Saturday, 30 September 2006

The AFL Flag goes west

Eagles win thriller by solitary point 
THE West Coast Eagles held off Sydney by one point to win today's AFL Grand Final at the MCG.

West Coast 12.13 (85) defeated Sydney 12.12 (84)

[listening to: All You Have To Do - Jet ]
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On This Day : Sep 30

Happy Birthday Ethernet!!!!

September 30: Independence Day in Botswana (1966)

W³adys³aw Sikorski

[listening to: Joker & The Thief - Wolfmother ]
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  Friday, 29 September 2006

Quiz :How's Your Taste in Music?
Your Taste in Music:
80's Pop: Highest Influence
90's Rock: Highest Influence
80's Alternative: High Influence
90's Alternative: High Influence
Ska: High Influence
[listening to: Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet ]
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Global Corporate Challenge News

I had a little piece published in the September edition of the Global Corporate Challenge Newsletter

It's from my adventures at the PLC Garden Day last week

Saturday 23rd September, 2006

6.45am: Pedometer reading 0. The kids get me out of bed. Today is the PLC garden day and my wife needs to get there early to help setup the book stall.

8.45am: Pedometer reading: 1088. Car loaded, breakfast done, kids washed and dressed. I surprise myself with the pedometer reading. I think I went up and down the stairs about 10 times.

9.45am: Pedometer reading: 1506. I deliberately parked far away from the event. A round trip to the car is going to be about 1000 steps and I reckon I will do this trip a few times.

10.55am: Pedometer reading: 2134. Been at Kiddy Korner for almost an hour. Brice (my 6 year old) has been on all the rides. I buy tickets one at a time, so that I have to walk to the ticket seller. It's not far, but every little bit helps.

11.15am: Pedometer reading: 3130: Have to go back to the car to get a blanket. My cunning plan of parking far away will help drive up those steps.

11.30am: Pedometer reading: 3333. Quick rest stop and Devonshire Tea. The Year 11 girls are serving tea and scones. We have to do our part to help with the fundraising.

11.55am: Pedometer reading: 4326. Back to the car. Drop off some of the stuff the kids have bought and I no longer want to carry. I'd rather walk it back, than lug it around.

12.25pm: Pedometer reading: 5097. The girls want to look at the jewellery stalls, but Brice wants to buy something at the Black Rhino stall. These things are at the opposite end of the venue. Another opportunity for a walk across the school grounds.

12.55pm: Pedometer reading: 6100. The boys have had enough so we walk back to the car again and head home for a bit of a rest.

2.15pm: Pedometer reading: 9205. Brice wants to have a light sabre battle. I convince him to go for a walk around the block *WHILE* we have a battle. Imagine what the neighbours must think as we walk past trying to wack each other with these things.

5.30pm: Pedometer reading: 10012. Moira arrived exhausted from the garden day and delegates the dinner preparation to me. Oh Joy!

7.30pm: Pedometer reading: 10347. Get the little ones ready for bed. I agree to carry Brice up the stairs.

9.30pm: Pedometer reading: 19012. I get onto the treadmill and spend an hour or so walking before settling down for the night. Check team watch stats and discover we are the top team in the company and beating those guys from Readify. I can sleep soundly tonight!

[listening to: Come Around Again - Jet ]
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  Thursday, 28 September 2006

McKenna earns a second interview with Saints

Interesting. Bluey gets a second interview

McKenna earns a second interview with Saints
The Age, Australia - 26 Sep 2006
COLLINGWOOD assistant coach Guy McKenna has been invited back for a second interview for the vacant St Kilda coaching position. McKenna has already been interviewed once by Ian Foote of Stride Management, the ...
Last rites finally for the coach having to be Jock of all trades The Australian
all 3 news articles »

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Quiz: What Famous Work of Art Are You?
You Are Best Described By...
Impression, Sunrise
By Claude Monet

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  Wednesday, 27 September 2006

On This Day : Sep 27

September 27: Meskel in Ethiopia and Eritrea; World Tourism Day.

Locomotion No. 1, now in a museum. Photo Courtesy of Darlington Railway Centre and Museum

[listening to: Mind's Eye - Wolfmother ]
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Quiz : What Does Your Birth Month Mean?
Your Birth Month is November
Tolerant and inspirational, you are wise beyond your years.
You are universally sympathetic and a great humanitarian.

Your soul reflects: Compassion, friendship, and secret love

Your gemstone: Citrine

Your flower: Chrysanthemum

Your colors: Dark blue, red, and yellow
[listening to: Vagabond - Wolfmother ]
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  Tuesday, 26 September 2006

On This Day : Sep 26

September 26: European Day of Languages

Francis Drake

[listening to: Pyramid - Wolfmother ]
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Brownlow Medal 2006 Actual

So, the Brownlow medal went to Sydney's Adam Goodes

Goodonya Goodie

Here's the final leaderboard

  • Adam Goodes - 26
  • Scott West - 23
  • Daniel Kerr - 22*
  • Chris Judd - 21
  • Brad Johnson - 19
  • Matthew Pavlich - 15
  • Shaun Burgoyne - 15
  • Brendon Lade - 15
  • Paul Chapman - 14

Well the rumour mill wasn't too far from the truth, as it predicted Adam Goodes too.

The Saints had a crap showing. No player made it in the top 10.

12: Robert Harvey
10: Nick Dal Santo
8: * Lenny Hayes, Nick Riewoldt
6: Fraser Gehrig, Brendon Goddard
5: Jason Gram
3: Luke Ball, Leigh Montagna
2: Samuel Fisher
1: Matt Maguire, * Max Hudghton, Brett Voss

What I found amusing has been the coverage of the "fashions".


The Saint's players did well on this score

[listening to: Human Jukebox - Sandi Thom ]
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Rigo has a new blog

My son Antony (or as he prefers to be know as 'Rigo) has started a new blog

He's tells me that he is going to start a videoblog too.

I'm curious to hear what he will have to say

[listening to: Mind's Eye - Wolfmother ]
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  Monday, 25 September 2006

The IT Crowd on ABC TV

I saw an ad on ABC TV tonight, The IT Crowd is coming to the big screen this week.

The IT CrowdThe IT Crowd
Yesterday's Jam

9:00pm  Wednesday, September 27, 2006

From the writer of Father Ted and Black Books, get ready to delve into the off-the-wall world of an IT department, with the new six-part comedy series, The IT Crowd, starting Wednesday 27 September at 9pm.

Best friends Roy (Chris O'Dowd) and Moss (Richard Ayoade) spend their days working in the IT Department of Reynholm Industries, solving other people's computer dilemmas, or at least pretending to. But while their social betters work upstairs in fantastic surrounds with great views and unisex toilets, they are relegated to the horrible dark basement underneath it all.

Moss is highly intelligent but has the social skills of a serial killer. He can't communicate with anything that doesn't have a keyboard and he's still dressed by his mum.

Roy on the other hand, is someone whose spiky personality ensures that he will always be kept as far away from normal people as possible. Working in the basement, away from prying eyes, he's able to indulge his love of everything that is bad for him; fast food, comics and endless nonsensical arguments with Moss.

Their world is shattered when the highly ambitious Jen (Katherine Parkinson) joins the team as their new manager. Jen has dreamed of being a high-powered businesswoman all her life, or at least that's what she claims on her resume. With her imitation Armani suit and the ability to tell the most outrageous lies while keeping a straight face, she knows absolutely nothing about computers, but isn't about to admit it.

[listening to: Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll [#] [#] - The Killers ]
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First Swim of the Season

Emma and Bricey braved the elements and went for a swim on Sunday 24/9.

The first official swim in the pool for the season.

It was a good way to cool off on such a hot & windy day.

[listening to: Bohemiath (Dialogue) - Steven Wright ]
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  Sunday, 24 September 2006

Quiz : What English Speaking Country Are You?


You Belong in Australia
Sunny, upbeat, and cute
You make the perfect surf bum
Now stop hogging the vegemite!
[listening to: Jenny Was a Friend of Mine - The Killers ]
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Very Blustery Day

It's a hot and windy day today in Sydney.

State braced for bushfires
A total fire ban is in place across large parts of NSW, amid forecasts of soaring temperatures and strong winds.

What's really worrying is that the whole state is so dry means we could be in for a hot hot summer

[listening to: Let It Be - Nick Cave ]
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  Saturday, 23 September 2006

Brownlow Medal 2006 Prediction

From my friends over at Saintsatinal

TOP 15 in the 2006 Brownlow Medal

  • S Goodwin 28
  • A Goodes 28
  • B Johnson 27
  • N Riewoldt 26
  • C Judd 18
  • N Buckley 18
  • C Bruce 18
  • S West 17
  • S Mitchell 16
  • N Dal Santo 15
  • N Thompson 14
  • B Hall 14
  • J Brown 13
  • D Kerr 13
  • T Edwards 13
  • C Cornes 13

Looks believable

[listening to: Somebody Told Me - The Killers ]
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PLC Garden Day

A big day in the school year. Today is the PLC Garden DAY

Moira gets to sort books

Emma gets to drive Jeeps

Brice goes in inflatable things

We get to have Devonshire Tea served by the Year 11 girls

[listening to: Ridiculous Thoughts - The Cranberries ]
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  Friday, 22 September 2006

On This Day : Sep 22

September 22: Rosh Hashanah, 5767 begins at sunset (Judaism, 2006); Independence Day in Bulgaria (1908) and Mali (1960); Car Free Day in Europe & Canada.

Richard Wagner

[listening to: Everything Will Be Alright - The Killers ]
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  Thursday, 21 September 2006

Quiz : How Logical Are You?

Hey Geoff : Snap!

You Are Incredibly Logical
Move over Spock - you're the new master of logic
You think rationally, clearly, and quickly.
A seasoned problem solver, your mind is like a computer!

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Bindi's Speech

What an awesome speech....

"My Daddy was my hero - he was always there for me when I needed him."

"He listened to me and taught me so many things but most of all he was fun.

"I know that Daddy had an important job. He was working to change the world so everyone would love wildlife like he did.

"He built a hospital to help animals and he bought lots of land to give animals a safe place to live.

"He took me and my brother and my mum with him all the time. We filmed together, caught crocodiles together and loved being in the bush together.

"I don't want Daddy's passion to ever end.

"I want to help endangered wildlife just like he did.

"I have the best Daddy in the whole world and I will miss him every day.

"When I see a crocodile I will always think of him and I know that Daddy made this zoo so everyone could come and learn to love all the animals.

"Daddy made this place his whole life and now it's our turn to help Daddy."

[listening to: All These Things That I've Done - The Killers ]
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  Wednesday, 20 September 2006

On This Day : Sep 20

September 20:

Pope Urban VI

[listening to: All These Things That I've Done - The Killers ]
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Players re-sign with the Saints

Some good news for the Saints, as some key players re-sign with the club for the long term.

St Kilda re-signs Brendon Goddard
The Age, Australia - 14 hours ago
Brendon Goddard has become the latest St Kilda player to confirm his AFL future after signing for two more seasons. Goddard, the No.1 pick in the 2002 draft, committed to the Saints until the end of the 2008 season.
Harvey to play a 20th season The Australian
Goddard commits to Saints The Australian
all 6 news articles »
Goddard re-signs for two years, Australia - 16 hours ago
St Kilda has followed up a tumultuous week with the positive news young midfielder Brendon Goddard has committed to the club for another two years.
Goddard a Saint to '08 AFL
all 2 news articles »

[listening to: It's Not Unusual - Tom Jones ]
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  Tuesday, 19 September 2006

How I Became A Pirate:

I read this book to the kids tonight when I put them to bed

Cover: How I Became A Pirate

How I Became A Pirate:
by Melinda Long, David Shannon
# Harcourt Children's Books (2003)
ISBN: 0152018484

[listening to: Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve ]
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On This Day : Sep 19

It's not just Talk Like A Pirate Day

September 19: Independence Day in Saint Kitts and Nevis (1983), Armed Forces Day in Chile, International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

FBI's sketch of the Unabomber

[listening to: Sunset Borderline - Sandi Thom ]
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I've got my tshirt on today

[listening to: The Rolling People - The Verve ]
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My pirate name is:
Black Jack Bonney
Like anyone confronted with the harshness of robbery on the high seas, you can be pessimistic at times. You can be a little bit unpredictable, but a pirate's life is far from full of certainties, so that fits in pretty well. Arr!
Get your own pirate name from
part of the network
[listening to: Believe Me Natalie - The Killers ]
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  Monday, 18 September 2006

Shiver Me Timbers

Tomorrow's the day

In anticipation, here's the top 10 pickup lines

10 . Avast, me proud beauty! Wanna know why my Roger is so Jolly?

9. Have ya ever met a man with a real yardarm?

8. Come on up and see me urchins.

7. Yes, that is a hornpipe in my pocket and I am happy to see you.

6. I'd love to drop anchor in your lagoon.

5. Pardon me, but would ya mind if fired me cannon through your porthole?

4. How'd you like to scrape the barnacles off of me rudder?

3. Ya know, darlin’, I’m 97 percent chum free.

2. Well blow me down?

And the number one pickup line for use on International Talk Like a Pirate Day is …

1. Prepare to be boarded.

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Saints news continuing

The Saints continue to feature in the news, including a scatching report card.
2006 report card: St Kilda
AFL, Australia - 42 minutes ago
What went right: St Kilda made its third consecutive finals series this season, which was only the second time in the club's history that it had achieved this feat.
Saints first considered sacking Thomas two years ago The Age
Thomas' position shaky for years The Age
Roos offers Thomas support Townsville Bulletin
The Australian -
all 10 news articles »
Harvey to play on for St Kilda
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia - 14 Sep 2006
The 35-year-old club games record-holder, who has played 340 games for the Saints since 1988, told club officials on Thursday he would continue playing.
Footballing heaven
Courier Mail, Australia - 16 Sep 2006
THE St Kilda coaching job, vacant after the shock sacking of Grant Thomas on Tuesday, is the best to come on to the AFL market in eight years.
Rendell considering Saints job RealFooty
Our man at headquarters RealFooty
all 3 news articles »
Sacked Thomas urges commitment to Saints
The Age, Australia - 14 Sep 2006
Grant Thomas has urged his loyal players to commit their futures to the AFL club to prevent it from imploding. Contract extensions with several Saints players have been jeopardised by the St Kilda board's ...

[listening to: Change Your Mind - The Killers ]
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Quiz: Are You a Slacker?
You Are 72% Slacker
You are pretty much a slacker. Sure you may have a job or car, but only through luck and charm.
So stop slacking! (And stop turning your underwear inside out instead of washing it!)
[listening to: Change Your Mind - The Killers ]
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  Sunday, 17 September 2006

Lazy Sunday

Moira has taken Emma to the Sydney Fish Markers for a "Bambini in Cucina" session.

Billy has gone to see Nacho Libre with some of his little friends.

Jack Black in a scene of the film

Antony and Brice wanted to stay home to play their new games - Star Wars Lego II.

A cross between Darth Vader and Princess Leia (Slave outfit), with a purple cloak and a Wookiee bowcaster.

They have just asked me to put on Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope.

Me, I am the adult supervision at home. Moira gave me a list of chores to do (isn't she nice), so I had better go and change that lightbulb.

[listening to: Andy, You're a Star - The Killers ]
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On This Day : Sep 17

September 17: Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in the United States.

At the Signing of the Camp David Accords

[listening to: On Top - The Killers ]
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  Saturday, 16 September 2006

Monster House 3D

I took my 2 little ones to see Monster House 3D, at Castle Hill

See Monster House (PG) in 3D!

They loved it.

The SMH has a review

Monster House: a spooky story for kids.

Lots of 3D movies coming out too, which is interesting to note.

[listening to: What If I'm Right - Sandi Thom ]
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  Friday, 15 September 2006

The Latest Amazon Order

It has been a while since I went shopping on Amazon.

My latest shipment arrived today.

  • The Office - Season One (US/NBC Version)
  • Arrested Development - Season 3
  • House, M.D. - Season Two
  • Lost - The Complete Second Season
  • The Office - Season Two
  • I feel this makes me clean again ;)

    [listening to: Everything Will Be Alright - The Killers ]
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    Quiz : How Much Do You Know About 80s Music?

    Pretty disappointed with this attempt, but good enough

    You Scored 80% Correct
    You are an 80s expert
    You never confuse New Order with the Pet Shop Boys
    You know which classical musician Falco rocked
    When it comes to 80s music, you Just Can't Get Enough!
    [listening to: 11 Hells Bells - AcDc ]
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      Thursday, 14 September 2006

    New Rockstar Crowned

    Pipped by Lee Harding look-alike ... Rand and Lukas Rossi.

    What did I tell ya?

    I called it!!!

    And the news is out there!

    [listening to: Mystify - INXS ]
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    On This Day : Sep 14

    September 14:

    Harun al-Rashid

    [listening to: Sonnet - The Verve ]
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    Quiz : Are You Masculine or Feminine?

    No Comment Needed

    You Are 46% Feminine, 54% Masculine
    You are in touch with both your feminine and masculine sides.
    You're sensitive at the right times, but you don't let your emotions overwhelm you.
    You're not a eunuch, just the best of both genders.
    [listening to: Castles - Sandi Thom ]
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    Grant Thomas Sacking dominates the news

    The stories continue to grow. Is there no other news in the AFL this week???

    Pyke enters St Kilda arena as a contender
    The Age, Australia - 7 hours ago
    DUAL West Coast premiership player Don Pyke has firmed for the St Kilda coaching job, a position that looms as one of the most sought after in the AFL.

    The Age
    Solo approach sank Thomas
    The Australian, Australia - 6 hours ago
    LESS than a day after St Kilda sacked its coach Grant Thomas, president Rod Butterss said his board had become frustrated with Thomas' "Alex Ferguson model" of running the club.
    Same old story but the young players wanted different end The Australian
    St Kilda restores law and order The Australian
    What the papers say AFL
    The Age - The Age
    all 90 news articles »
    Powell retires from Saints
    The Australian, Australia - 7 hours ago
    ST KILDA midfield player Stephen Powell has become the first member of St Kilda's old-timers brigade to retire in the wake of the Saints' elimination final exit to St Kilda.
    Harvey decision looms The Age
    Powell done and dusted AFL
    Powell not only Saint to make exit Border Mail
    all 6 news articles »

    Sydney Morning Herald
    Saints may beat Swans to Everitt
    Sydney Morning Herald, Australia - 8 hours ago
    Fun and games … Sydney full-forward Michael O'Loughlin takes it easy at training yesterday. He is expected to be fit for the Swans' preliminary final on Friday week.
    Saints shoot for coaching stars
    Ex-Roo starts in red Melbourne Herald Sun
    Saints shooting for star Townsville Bulletin
    all 5 news articles »
    Take the tip: things can change in an instant this time of year
    The Australian, Australia - 6 hours ago
    CONSIDERED opinions are not worth much in football. That's because what is considered good sense on Sunday morning, is considered flaky thinking by 5pm that afternoon.
    Alves says St Kilda has lost its way
    Border Mail, Australia - 12 Sep 2006
    FORMER St Kilda coach Stan Alves believes the Grant Thomas sacking is a “classic case of the St Kilda football club losing it’s way again”.

    Assistants win endorsement
    AFL, Australia - 13 hours ago
    Fremantle assistant coach Mark Harvey and his West Coast counterpart Peter Sumich have been anointed as senior coaches in waiting by their respective bosses here as St Kilda begins its search for a new coach to replace the dumped Grant Thomas.
    Freo coach angry Courier Mail
    Freo assistant in running Sunday
    Hamill not done yet: Thomas RealFooty
    all 4 news articles »
    Thomas fallout is bad sign for club
    Border Mail, Australia - 1 hour ago
    ST Kilda’s next coach will find one of the best lists in the AFL comes with potentially-destructive baggage. While Saints president Rod Butterss downplayed the fallout from the shock axing of Grant Thomas ...

    [listening to: Under the Gun [#] [#] - The Killers ]
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      Wednesday, 13 September 2006

    On This Day : Sep 13

    September 13

    Yitzhak Rabin, Bill Clinton, and Yasser Arafat at the signing of the Oslo Peace Accords.

    [listening to: 16 - R.E.M - (Don`T Back To) Rockvil - R.E.M ]
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    St Kilda has lost its way

    Here I was thinking the footy season was now over, and then boom the bombshell hit on Tuesday.

    This news story is dominating all others.

    The Age
    St Kilda top job vacant as Thomas exits
    The Age, Australia - 11 hours ago
    St Kilda's extraordinary decision to sack Grant Thomas on the back of three straight AFL finals appearances has opened up a remarkably attractive coaching vacancy.
    St Kilda restores law and order The Australian
    Unconventional coach the victim of his own spin The Age
    Signed, sealed sacked Sainter The Age
    The Australian - The Age
    all 60 news articles »

    Alves says St Kilda has lost its way
    Border Mail, Australia - 2 hours ago
    FORMER St Kilda coach Stan Alves believes the Grant Thomas sacking is a “classic case of the St Kilda football club losing it’s way again”.
    Freo assistant in running Sunday
    all 2 news articles »
    Backward step will fire up St Kilda
    RealFooty, Australia - 9 Sep 2006
    LUKE Ball believes St Kilda's best times are yet to come, defying the suggestion that his club should have enjoyed a better return from its talented list in the past three Septembers.
    Thomas did it his way
    The Australian, Australia - 7 hours ago
    AS OTHER coaches stressed about kids and numbers, Grant Thomas was kicking back in thongs in a shack halfway across the world. It was draft day 2004, but Thomas didn't have a problem being on a training camp in the backblocks of South Africa.

    [listening to: When Horsepower Meant What It Said - Sandi Thom ]
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      Tuesday, 12 September 2006

    Grant Thomas Gone!

    The Saints have a new coach.

    Saints coach Thomas sacked

    St Kilda coach Grant Thomas will not coach the Saints next year after reaching a "mutaul agreement" with board members earlier today.

    Thomas said he was disappointed in the decision and said that before the board meeting, he had expected to hold onto his postition for next season.

    ''The guys (board) think firmly that the club needs to move in a different direction,'' Thomas told the press conference.

    ''It's not necessarily a mutual agreement.''

    ''It came from left-field, I certainly wasn't expecting it.''

    Club president Rod Butterss said Thomas' departure would allow the club the time it needed to find a new coach. 

    He highlighted strategy as one of the things the club had disagreed with Thomas on.

    ''We had our differences in terms of strategy and that helped our desision,'' he said.

    Thomas, Saints part company
    Tuesday 12 September 2006
    Ben Wise
    Sportal for

    Grant Thomas has coached his last game with the St Kilda Football Club. Thomas and the Saints have parted company by mutual agreement.

    The second-longest serving coach in St Kilda history has been at the helm of the Saints since 2001 when he was a shock replacement for mid-season sacking Malcolm Blight, but club president Rod Butterss and Thomas broke the news at a media conference at Moorabbin on Tuesday that he was leaving the club.

    Thomas said that when he went to attend a board meeting at the club on Tuesday afternoon it had never occurred to him that he would not be in charge by day's end.

    "I had a fair inkling that I would be coach, but things change … we have to move on pretty quickly.

    Thomas also expressed that he was disappointed at having to leave a post that he has "put his heart and soul into" but said: "The board firmly believes the club is heading in a different direction and I will have to live with it. I still think I am the right bloke for the club but the club has made the decision to head in another direction."

    "It is not necessarily a resignation it is a mutual agreement, we are after the same things, to achieve the ultimate success. I don't think we are totally congruent with the direction the club is heading.

    Butterss said the club wished to thank Thomas for his achievements at the helm of the Saints.

    "The board discussed that it was in the best interests of the football club that Grant should stand aside. He has always preached the need to be selfless," Butterss said.

    St Kilda was knocked out of the AFL finals race by Melbourne at the MCG last Friday night.

    Injuries to key players throughout the year including a season-ending knee injury to star midfielder Lenny Hayes in round nine, a fractured skull to Justin Koschitzke in round six, knee problems for rugged forward Aaron Hamill and Matt Maguire's broken leg made Thomas' task of getting his side into the finals all the more difficult.

    After struggling to lift the club from lowly ladder positions in 2002 (15th) and 2003 (15th), Thomas led the club to third in 2004, fourth position in 2005 and eighth this season.

    The Saints succumbed in preliminary finals in 2003-04 and won a pre-season competition under Thomas in '04.

    Thomas leaves the club with 62 wins from 118 matches (one draw) at the helm, and punctuates what has been a tumultuous year for the club. Thomas played 72 games with the Saints from 1978-83.

    4:42:18 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Hobbies

    Quiz : How Angry Are You?

    Should I be concerned?

    You Are 79% Angry
    You're a pretty angry person, although you might not describe yourself that way.
    But if you think about it, you probably feel annoyed, frustrated, and disappointed often.
    All of the emotions above are classic signs of anger.
    And if these angry feelings are controlling your life, you may need help.

    4:31:35 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Random

      Monday, 11 September 2006

    On This Day : Sep 11

    September 11: New Year's Day in the Coptic and the Ethiopian calendars, National Day of Catalonia, Teacher's Day in parts of Latin America.

    A fireball exploded as a hijacked airliner crashed into one of the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001.

    [listening to: Castles - Sandi Thom ]
    1:57:36 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Geek • Random

      Sunday, 10 September 2006

    Rock Star : Supernova Finale Coming Up

    We've been hooked on Rock Star : Supernova

    It's funny seeing some mainstream press covering the finale, but not surprising since there is an aussie in the mix.

    We like (Toby), but we think  (Lukas) is going to win

    Here's a chart that summarises it all

    Week: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
    Place Contestant Result
    - Magni Ásgeirsson Encore Encore Btm 3 Btm 3 SP
    - Toby Rand Encore SP B3 Encore Encore
    - Dilana Robichaux Encore SP Btm 3 Btm 3
    - Lukas Rossi Encore SP Btm 3
    5 Storm Large Encore Btm 3 Elim
    6 Ryan Star Encore Btm 3 Encore Elim
    7 Patrice Pike Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
    8 Zayra Alvarez Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
    9 Jill Gioia Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
    9 Josh Logan Btm 3 Elim
    11 Dana Andrews Btm 3 Elim
    12 Phil Ritchie Btm 3 Elim
    13 Jenny Galt Elim
    14 Chris Pierson Btm 3 Elim
    15 Matt Hoffer Elim

    [listening to: Australia Zoo - The Wiggles ]
    4:13:30 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • TV

      Saturday, 9 September 2006

    Another Qu'est-ce que c'est

    Yes, it's what it looks like

    A recent undated x-ray shows a mobile phone in a Salvadoran prisoner's lower intestine.

    [listening to: Lonely Girl - Sandi Thom ]
    6:06:52 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Random
    How I am Feeling today

    Another Lost Year

    [listening to: Mr. Brightside - The Killers ]
    4:40:15 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Hobbies
    On This Day : 9/9

    September 9: Republic Day in North Korea (1948), Independence Day in Tajikistan (1991).

    James IV of Scotland

    3:15:39 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Random

      Friday, 8 September 2006

    ST KILDA 10.12 (72) lost to MELBOURNE 13.12 (90)

    Season over for the Saints.

    The win was Melbourne's ninth victory from 11 against the Saints and it was the third time the Demons had knocked off St Kilda in three finals.

    For the Saints, it was another Friday night loss, following another 6 day break.

    Roll on 2007

    MELBOURNE 2.2 3.4 8.5 13.12 (90)
    ST KILDA 5.4 6.6 9.8 10.12 (72)

    Goals: Melbourne: D Neitz 4 B McLean 2 M Bate B Miller A Yze J McDonald R Robertson C Bruce B Pickett. St Kilda: F Gehrig 3 N Riewoldt 2 S Milne 2 J Peckett S Baker J Koschitzke.
    Best: C Bruce J White B Green B Pickett B McLean N Carroll J McDonald. St Kilda: L Ball S Baker B Goddard N Riewoldt S Milne R Harvey.
    Umpires: B Rosebury J Schmitt D Goldspink.
    Crowd: 67,528 at the MCG.

    10:20:41 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Hobbies

    Please Stand By

    "This telecast is a
    retransmission of
    Channel Ten Adelaide
    and may include
    advertisments for goods
    and services which are not
    available in your local area"

    7:01:18 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • TV

      Thursday, 7 September 2006

    OMG!!! FOXTEL has St Kilda v Melbourne live in NSW, ACT & QLD

    I spotted this news items

    FOXTEL will telecast tomorrow night's St Kilda v Melbourne elimination final live to NSW, the ACT and Queensland. Fans will be able to watch Ten's live feed of the game on Foxtel's Main Event channel (Channel 955) from 7pm.

    I will stop being grumpy now.

    [listening to: [Untitled Track] - The Wiggles ]
    9:28:14 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Hobbies • TV
    Quiz: What Kind of Blogger Are You?

    I used to be snarky, so things are changing

    You Are a Link Blogger!
    Your blog is more about cool links than thougtful posts.
    Better to be entertaining and brief than longwinded and boring!
    [listening to: Smile Like You Mean It - The Killers ]
    3:25:19 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Random

      Wednesday, 6 September 2006

    FOX Footy Channel Program Listings 6th - 12th September 2006 NSW only

    The Saints are up first on Friday night against the Demons. Sudden death. Loser gets eliminated, Winner heads interstate for the next final.

    Since the game is on Friday, it was next to impossible for me to get down to Melbourne, so I am stuck in Sydney watching on the telly, and it's a delayed telecast as per usual. Grrrrr. Any other time over the weekend and I could have been down to see it.

    The Saints record againts the Demons has been patchy at best. Our last final's meeting was in 1998 when the Demons eliminated the Saints. Painful memories

    Since 1980 All
    Last 5
    St Kilda 17 2 176 32 88
    Melbourne 27 3 165 35 90

    This week there will be plenty of chances to relive the victory.

    Thursday 07/09/2006

    • 2.00a  Round 22 Brisbane Lions v St Kilda
    • 3.30p  Last Time They Met 2006 Rnd 10 Melbourne v St Kilda

    Friday 08/09/2006

    • 8.00a  Last Time They Met 2006 Rnd 10 Melbourne v St Kilda
    • 11.30p  2006 Finals 2nd EF St Kilda v Melbourne

    Saturday 09/09/2006

    • 6.30a  2006 Finals 2nd EF St Kilda v Melbourne
    • 9.30a  2006 Finals 2nd EF St Kilda v Melbourne
    • 3.30p  2006 Finals 2nd EF St Kilda v Melbourne
    • 8.30p  2006 Finals 2nd EF St Kilda v Melbourne

    Sunday 10/09/2006

    • 12.00p  2006 Finals 2nd EF St Kilda v Melbourne

    Monday 11/09/2006

    • 11.00a  2006 Finals 2nd EF St Kilda v Melbourne

    Tuesday 12/09/2006

    • 3.00a  2006 Finals 2nd EF St Kilda v Melbourne
    • 1.30p  2006 Finals 2nd EF St Kilda v Melbourne

    BTW I will be cheering for the Swans to win againsts the Eagles, so that the Saints meet them in Sydney in two weeks time.

    [listening to: Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve ]
    11:32:35 AM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Hobbies • TV
    On This Day : Sep 6

    September 6: Independence Day in Swaziland (1968); Defence Day in Pakistan; Unification Day in Bulgaria.

    Star of David with the word "Jude" (German for Jew) inscribed

    [listening to: Everything Will Be Alright - The Killers ]
    10:58:25 AM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Geek

      Tuesday, 5 September 2006

    Quiz: Are You Impulsive?
    You Are 75% Impulsive
    You are impulsive, which at times leads to irresponsibility.
    It's hard for you to say no to all but the most insane propositions.
    But you could care less. While your impulsive ways have gotten you in a little trouble - they've made for a very exciting life!
    [listening to: Everything Will Be Alright - The Killers ]
    3:20:57 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Random

      Monday, 4 September 2006

    Qu'est-ce que c'est?"

    Moira Brice, Age 5

    Isn't she cute.

    For those of you who don't know - Moira is my lovely wife

    [listening to: Drop The Pressure - Mylo ]
    9:43:25 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Family
    On This Day : Sep 4

    September 4: Labor Day in the United States and Labour Day in Canada (2006)


    [listening to: Kiss - Prince & the Revolution ]
    9:07:38 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Geek • Random


    Steve Irwin has died aged 44 (file photo).

    The Crocodile Hunter killed while doing what he loves

    As he would say - Crikey!

    [listening to: Chicken Payback - The Bees ]
    5:20:08 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Random

      Sunday, 3 September 2006

    The 2006 AFL Finals

    2nd Elimination Final - Fri 8th Sept 7.30pm AEST


    2nd Qualifying Final - Sat 9th Sept 2.30pm AEST


    1st Qualifying Final - Sat 9th Sept 7.30pm AEST

    • WEST COAST v. SYDNEY Subiaco

    1st Elimination Final - Sun 10th Sept 2.30pm AEST

    [listening to: I'm Just A Girl - Melissa Etheridge ]
    10:03:09 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Hobbies
    Footy Tipping Results : Round 22

    The end of the season.

    I got 4 right. Again, I let my tipping be based on how I wanted things to end, rather than reflecting reality. I was hopeful things could fall the Saints way. I was wrong

    Week 22
    Home Draw Away
    Bulldogs (22.15 147) Bombers (18.17 125)
    Tigers (12.13 85) Eagles (26.17 173)
    Crows (23.14 152) Demons (14.10 94)
    Lions (7.15 57) Saints (16.12 108)
    Dockers (23.13 151) Power (9.18 72)
    Swans (21.10 136) Blues (6.8 44)
    Hawks (21.7 133) Cats (10.12 72)
    Magpies (20.19 139) Kangaroos (10.11 71)

    My tipping  has me with 108 correct tips for the season. I don't know how I've done in the tipping comp, but I am sure I didn't win.

    The Saints have ended up 6th on the ladder and play an elimination final next week against Melbourne at the MCG.

        P W D L F A % Total
    1 West Coast Eagles 22 17 0 5 2257 1874 120.44 68
    2 Adelaide 22 16 0 6 2331 1640 142.13 64
    3 Fremantle 22 15 0 7 2079 1893 109.83 60
    4 Sydney Swans 22 14 0 8 2098 1630 128.71 56
    5 Collingwood 22 14 0 8 2345 1965 119.34 56
    6 St Kilda 22 14 0 8 2074 1752 118.38 56
    7 Melbourne 22 13 1 8 2146 1957 109.66 54
    8 Western Bulldogs 22 13 0 9 2311 2173 106.35 52
    9 Richmond 22 11 0 11 1934 2245 86.15 44
    10 Geelong 22 10 1 11 1982 2002 99 42
    11 Hawthorn 22 9 0 13 1834 2140 85.7 36
    12 Port Adelaide 22 8 0 14 1911 2151 88.84 32
    13 Brisbane Lions 22 7 0 15 1844 2239 82.36 28
    14 Kangaroos 22 7 0 15 1754 2167 80.94 28
    15 Essendon 22 3 1 18 2021 2469 81.86 14
    16 Carlton 22 3 1 18 1791 2415 74.16 14
    Now I need to work out how I get down to Melbourne for the game next week.

    Bring on the finals.

    [listening to: Rockin' The Suburbs - Various Artists ]
    7:40:00 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Hobbies • My Interests
    On This Day : Sep 3

    September 3: Father's Day in Australia and New Zealand (2006); Independence Day in Qatar (1971); Armed Forces Day in Taiwan.

    National Flag of Australia

    7:29:00 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Geek

      Saturday, 2 September 2006

    Saints outclass Lions; First Win at the Gabba for 15 years

    So, the Saints beat the Lions. Yippee.

    The game is on delayed broadcast here in Canberra. It's about to start. Cant wait to see the game.

    And we wont know until Sunday which team plays who, in the finals. We could end up anywhere from 4th, 5th and 6th place, depending on Sunday's results.

    Qtr Time Half Time 3 Qtr Time Final
    St Kilda 4. 1 (25) 10. 5 (65) 13._6 (84) 16.12.   108
    Brisbane Lions 3. 4 (22) 4. 7 (31) 7.14 (56) 7.15.   _57

    St Kilda:
    Goals: - R.Harvey 3, B.Brooks 3, F.Gehrig 3, S.Milne 2, N.Riewoldt, B.Goddard, J.Koschitzke, J.Gram, L.Fisher.
    Best: - R.Harvey, N.Dal Santo, L.Fisher, B.Voss, L.Ball, L.Montagna, J.Gram, N.Riewoldt.

    Brisbane Lions:
    Goals: - J.Sherman 4, D.Bradshaw, C.Johnson, J.Adcock.
    Best: - M.Voss, J.Sherman, J.Adcock, C.Stiller.

    Injuries - St Kilda: nil. Brisbane Lions: nil.
    Reports - St Kilda: nil. Brisbane Lions: nil.

    Umpires - S.McLaren, S.Grun, J.Quigley.
    @ the Gabba Ground, Brisbane. Crowd: 27,101.

    Saints too strong for Lions
    ABC Online, Australia - 4 minutes ago
    St Kilda remained in contention for a top-four finish after defeating Brisbane by 51 points in the final round of the AFL minor premiership at the Gabba on Saturday night.
    Saints break Gabba hoodoo to beat Lions
    Sydney Morning Herald, Australia - 13 minutes ago
    An emotional lap of the Gabba was completed by inspirational Brisbane Lions skipper Michael Voss - but even the player himself still had no idea whether it marked his AFL farewell.
    Saints break Gabba hoodoo to beat Lions
    The Age, Australia - 15 minutes ago
    An emotional lap of the Gabba was completed by inspirational Brisbane Lions skipper Michael Voss - but even the player himself still had no idea whether it marked his AFL farewell.
    Saints romp over Brisbane at the Gabba
    Sydney Morning Herald, Australia - 21 minutes ago
    An emotional lap of the Gabba was completed by inspirational Brisbane Lions skipper Michael Voss tonight - but even the player himself still had no idea whether it marked his AFL farewell.
    Saints step up to defeat Lions, Australia - 45 minutes ago
    With September calling, St Kilda stepped up a gear in defeating the Brisbane Lions by 51 points at the Gabba Ground on Saturday night.
    Saints outclass Lions, Australia - 55 minutes ago
    In a polished display of football, St Kilda completely outclassed Brisbane to come out on top at the Gabba on Saturday night and win by 51 points, boosting its chances of a top

    [listening to: Ophidiophobia - Cee-Lo Green ]
    10:31:48 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Hobbies • My Interests
    Kamberra - a meeting place of tribes

    I find myself in Canberra this weekend with the family.

    Moira's Grandmother passed away during the week, so the whole clan is meeting in Canberra.

    We're off to the Rose Cottage Inn to celebrate her life and memories and give support to Moira's Mum - Alma.

    I'm taking my lucky bottle of Irish Whiskey.

    3:07:54 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Family

      Friday, 1 September 2006

    Flight 29 Down : Lost for Kids

    The kids have been watching a show called Flight 29 Down.


    It's kinda like LOST but for kids - minus the numbers. the hatch and the bad stuff.

    The show is on Nickelodeon, Foxtel Digital Channel 701, at 7pm weeknights, with marathons on the weekend, covering all the episodes.

    6:49:45 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Family • TV

    On This Day : Sep1

    September 1: Start of the Liturgical year in the Eastern Orthodox Church; Constitution Day in Slovakia; Independence Day in Uzbekistan.

    Louis XIV, King of France and Navarre (1643-1715)

    6:34:56 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Random

    First Day of Spring

    Spring has Sprung.

    On the weekend we drove down to Palm Beach and the kids went for a run.


    [listening to: Snakes on a Plane -The Theme - Trevor Rabin ]
    9:26:30 AM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Family