Archive for May 11th, 2009

July 18

If I have a car of my own by then, I know exactly where I’ll be on Saturday July 18.

Ray Hadley and the Continuous Call Team – consisting of league Immortal Bob ‘Bozo’ Fulton, Darryl ‘The Big Marn’ Brohman and Steve ‘Blocker’ Roach – have informally adopted the Binalong Brahmans rugby league team.

In an off-the-cuff radio announcement last week, Hadley – 2GB morning presenter and leader of the weekend rugby league panel the Continuous Call – said he’d taken an interest in how the Brahmans were travelling and would bring the team out to Binalong to broadcast the game against arch-rivals Harden on July 18.

I was too tired on the day to go to Singleton when they visited the wife carrying championships last year, and had no transport for it this year. I have something to work towards, although I’m not convinced that I’ll be able to get there.

Thanks to The Right Aussie for the tipoff.

Samuel

May 11th, 2009 at 03:52pm

Voltaire may be right, but I get the danger

A colleague quoted Voltaire at me last night (and yes, I do mean “at me”…this was too sudden and unexpected to be a “to me” moment):

“It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.”

He was referring to my on-air comments during the week about Wayne Swan’s looming budget taking the wrong approach to the economic crisis, if the leaks in the papers are to be believed, and using an economist and another (same party, different parliament) politician to prove my point.

It reminds me of another Voltaire quote:

“Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.”

At its base, what I see hear is that the dead are beyond earthly punishment. Good news for him, not so for me…who knows what Wayne might slip in to the budget in order to spite me…some sort of 100% income tax perhaps?

If Wayne’s budget is anywhere near as awful as I expect it to be, then rest assured that I will publish here an interview between Alan Jones and Wayne Swan, where Wayne, showing his ignorance to economics and his inability to think on his feet, declared that traffic jams cause inflation.

I think I’ll upload it in advance.

Samuel

1 comment May 11th, 2009 at 11:44am

Useless Information

Poland’s national anthem has the rather pessimistic title “Poland is not yet lost”…

…but we intend on misplacing it tomorrow

Samuel

5 comments May 11th, 2009 at 09:44am

Who delivers a crime scene to a police station?

When I read this press release, my mind started whirring away with questions:

Police in the State’s far north are conducting inquiries after the body of a cyclist was discovered next to the busy Pacific Highway, near Byron Bay, this morning.

About 7am, a member of the public attended Byron Bay Police Station and handed in part of a pushbike found badly damaged beside the highway’s southbound lanes at Tyagarah, about 5km north of the Byron Bay interchange.

As a result, police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command attended the location and found the body of a female cyclist in heavy scrub next to a bridge.

A crime scene was secured by local police and specialist officers from the Ballina Crash Investigation Unit called in to carry out inquiries into the woman’s death.

They’re examining possible links between the woman’s death and a pantech truck – found a short distance away in Woodford Lane, Ewingsdale – which had sustained significant front end damage.

The driver of the truck is assisting police with their investigation at Byron Bay Police Station.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact Byron Bay Police Station or Ballina Crash Investigation Unit via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

I’ve called the police to a number of apparent crime scenes or other situations which required their attention, but I have never sought to deliver a crime scene to them…and there’s a good reason for this. The police have these wonderful people called “crime scene examiners” who analyse a crime scene as it is, where it is, with as little third-party manipulation as possible. Picking up a piece of evidence and carrying it to a police station removes and/or pollutes potentially vital evidence…the basic rule is that you do not alter a crime scene.

I don’t know if the person who carried the damaged half of a bike to the police station had good intentions or not, but seriously, just call the police or visit the police station…don’t pick up half the crime scene. Sometimes I think this planet would be better off without the mass public…or that I need to move to a different, saner planet…but where would the fun be in that?

Samuel

May 11th, 2009 at 06:04am


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