Archive for October 29th, 2007

Polls

Good evening Stuart,

Well all I can say is that I am pleased that the polls are swinging back to the coalition…the longer this election campaign has gone on, the less I trusted or agreed with Kevin Rudd and his colleagues, in fact I received one of the "blue moon" mailings from my local member Bob McMullan in the post today and I will be hand delivering it back to his office in the morning and requesting that he doesn't send any more to me as he is only wasting tax payer's money by sending stuff to me that I don't want to see.

My local liberal candidate Troy Williams is paying $15 to win on Centrebet…and the coalition are paying $3.40 to win overall…I think I might put a few dollars on them.

Regards,
Samuel Gordon-Stewart
Canberra

4 comments October 29th, 2007 at 10:00pm

The ARIAs

Good afternoon John,

I was just listening to you playing bits of "music" from the ARIA awards, including that awful tin bashing and caterwauling from the group of school kids, and then Mark Holden waxing lyrical about how awful it is that people don't pay for music any more…well here's a thought, perhaps if the "music" was semi-decent, people might be willing to pay for it. I don't blame people for downloading this stuff for free, I certainly wouldn't pay for the awful noise you played earlier.

Have a great afternoon,

Samuel Gordon-Stewart
(Back in Canberra).

P.S. Is the lolly jar empty yet?

3 comments October 29th, 2007 at 02:30pm

The Prime Minister’s Glasses Are In The Communist’s Box

I had this dream on Friday night. It started in the primary school library where a friend and I were trying to find our glasses. Eventually the class teacher (my year three and year five teacher, Ms. Sue Amundsen) got out her box of lost glasses and rummaged through it, but the glasses weren’t in there so she sent two other students downstairs to the principal’s office for stealing glasses.

Ms. Amundsen then got the class to sit down so that she could start teaching us. The lesson for the day was a lecture from her about how wonderful communism is. For some reason she was telling us all about how books are better if you’re a communist, the colour on the television is better in communist countries and you don’t have to eat vegetables if you don’t want to.

Another teacher then interrupted and started telling us about the problems with communism…for some reason the teacher was Abe, Clive Robertson’s producer. Ms. Amundsen did not like the idea of anyone talking about the problems with communism, so she started screaming, and then started throwing sorbolene cream all over the room, before knocking the book case over. As the book case fell over, Ms. Amundsen’s box of lost glasses fell on the ground and my glasses flew over to me (my friend had seemingly disappeared). The police then arrived to arrest Ms. Amundsen for stealing glasses, and as they were doing this the prime minister’s missing glasses appeared.

Abe and I then took the prime minister’s glasses to him, and he knighted us.

At this point the dream ended.

Samuel

October 29th, 2007 at 01:54pm

Samuel’s Blog Weekly Poll: Climate Agreements

The weekly poll returns:

If Australia must sign a climate change agreement, would you prefer Kyoto or a new agreement?

Total Votes: 22
Started: October 29, 2007

I would prefer to see no agreement signed, but that’s not an option in this poll, so if we have to sign an agreement, I think Kyoto is an inefficient and outmoded agreement, and we need a new agreement that actually has a chance of being signed by every polluting country.

For a list of all previous results, see the Weekly Poll Results page.

Samuel

2 comments October 29th, 2007 at 10:51am

Storm Warning

The storm warning has now expired.

Update 12:20am 29/10/2007:
The bureau of meteorology have updated their previous storm warning, and have increased the warning area in the process. It looks like Canberra has been spared the brunt of the storms so far, but the weather radar shows more on the way. Hopefully the warning is a mere formality, and the storms don’t cause any damage.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
for DAMAGING WIND and LARGE HAILSTONES
For people in the SOUTH COAST, SOUTHERN TABLELANDS, ACT, SOUTH WEST SLOPES and parts of the ILLAWARRA, CENTRAL TABLELANDS, CENTRAL WEST SLOPES, CENTRAL WEST PLAINS, RIVERINA and LOWER WESTERN Forecast Districts.

Issued at 11:38 pm Sunday, 28 October 2007.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Nowra, Batemans Bay, Orange, Canberra, Goulburn, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga and Albury.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep clear of fallen power lines.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 2:40 am Monday.

End Update

Story originally posted at 8:45pm, Sunday October 28, 2007 follows:
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the ACT and a number of other regions:

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
for DAMAGING WIND and LARGE HAILSTONES
For people in the SOUTHERN TABLELANDS, ACT, SOUTH WEST SLOPES and parts of the CENTRAL TABLELANDS, CENTRAL WEST SLOPES, CENTRAL WEST PLAINS, RIVERINA and LOWER WESTERN Forecast Districts.

Issued at 8:32 pm Sunday, 28 October 2007.

Severe thunderstorms may produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Canberra, Yass, Parkes, Wagga Wagga, Albury and Griffith.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep clear of fallen power lines.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 11:35 pm.

From Reid I can see and hear a large amount of storm activity, and the weather radar shows a fairly large area of rain about to sweep across the ACT.

There is also a more potent storm cell behind it…although if the next one is more potent than this one, then that is a concern.

Samuel

2 comments October 29th, 2007 at 12:20am

Samuel’s Musician Of The Week

This week’s award goes to Carole King, and the feature song is “It’s Too Late”.

Stayed in bed all morning just to pass the time
There’s something wrong here
There can be no denying
One of us is changing
Or maybe we’ve just stopped trying

And it’s too late baby, now it’s too late
Though we really did try to make it
Something inside has died and I can’t hide
And I just can’t fake it
Oh no no no no no

It used to be so easy living here with you
You were light and breezy
And I knew just what to do
Now you look so unhappy
And I feel like a fool

And it’s too late baby, now it’s too late
Though we really did try to make it (make it)
Something inside has died
and I can’t hide it
And I just can’t fake it
Oh no no

There’ll be good times again for me and you
But we just can’t stay together
Don’t you feel it too
Still I’m glad for what we had
And how I once loved you

But it’s too late baby, now it’s too late
Though we really did try to make it (make it)
Something inside has died and I can’t hide
And I just can’t fake it
Oh no no no no no

It’s too late
Baby, it’s too late
Now darling, it’s too late

Samuel

October 29th, 2007 at 12:14am


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