Archive for April, 2011

The rest of the footy tips

The perils of having to work late and sleeping through to the early afternoon…I not only don’t have time to go out to Bungendore this afternoon to see the Continuous Call Team (I’ll try to catch them in Wagga Wagga in a couple weeks when I have the day off), but I also slept a bit too long to put a tip in for this afternoon’s AFL match.

For the record, I wanted to tip the Kangaroos, but I’ll have to miss out now.

AFL
Tigers V Lions
Crows V Saints — This will be tough in Adelaide, but the Saints are playing better.
Bombers V Suns
Magpies V Bulldogs — The doggies will probably struggle with this game, but they’re my team, so I have to faith it them.

NRL
Titans V Roosters — The Titans are often too good for Sydney-based teams at home.
Storm V Knights — I like the Knights here. The Storm are formidable at home, but the Knights will learn from the Warriors’ victory in Melbourne last week.
Cowboys V Sea Eagles — The home ground advantage is about the only thing I can see which separates these teams.
Raiders V Tigers — When will the Raiders win their next game? Not this week I hope.
Warriors V Panthers — I like the look of the Panthers. They haven’t won a game for a few weeks, but they have been threatening, and I think they’re due for a win.
Dragons V Eels — No brainer, it really is.

Samuel

April 30th, 2011 at 03:57pm

Tonight’s tips

AFL
Swans V Blues — I normally tip against the Swans, but on this occasion I think they will overpower the Blues. They’re at home, which is rare for them on a Friday night, and they have some key players back in the side. Swans to win this one for sure.

NRL
Broncos V Bulldogs — I’m a Dogs fan, enough said.
Rabbitohs V Sharks — Both sides are coming off a loss, but I have been more impressed with the Rabbitohs so far this year. It will be a close match though.

On that note, if Seven can show the AFL live on their main channel in Victoria and on a secondary channel in NSW, why can’t Nine do the same with the NRL instead of delaying it by at least an hour (I’d suggest more, they won’t want to bail out of the wedding too early), especially seeing as, like Seven in Victoria, they already have the wedding on a secondary channel in the northern states?

Samuel

April 29th, 2011 at 03:11pm

Good Morning Young

Good morning to all the good folk of Young, listening through 2LF.

Welcome to my intermittently avid blog. There’s not much on here this week, and thanks to work commitments, there might not be much new content on here for a couple days. My “plan” to write at least something of substance once per day failed quite miserably this week, so I’m aiming to start afresh on Sunday, when I won’t be tired from being forced to sit through bits of overseas weddings between bits of domestic football. I’ll see if I can find the time to sneak in some interesting comments before then…but regardless, you can look forward to a full week-in-review on Sunday.

Thanks to Rob Harrington for inviting me on to 2LF this morning. I wish the good people of Young a lovely weekend.

Samuel

April 29th, 2011 at 07:48am

Footy tip for tonight

West Coast will be too good over in the west. They’ll beat Melbourne with ease.

The rest of my tips will follow in the morning, after work.

Samuel

April 28th, 2011 at 03:44pm

Stolen cushions, health care buses and a national anthem

In terms of rambling dreams, this was one of the strangest I’ve had in a while. It started as I walked past the window of the house of an elderly lady in my neighbourhood. She was staring out the window, looking quite fearful of the world. I stopped to check on her and asked her what was wrong.

“Look!” she shouted while pointing at her lounge, “They stole a cushion” she continued before sobbing. I looked, and a cushion was indeed missing, so I vowed to track down the culprit.

Just then, a group of three young men arrived claiming to have information about the cushion theft. I joined them as we set off and caught a bus.

Once on the bus, which had windows which could not be seen through, with the exception of the front and rear windscreens, I walked over to the health care desk which occupied a space about half way down the bus on the left hand side, and told the lady at the counter that I wanted to pay my monthly fee. She informed me that I had not paid for the last twelve months, but I would be able to pay the normal monthly fee and be covered for this month, which I promptly did. The young men that I was with objected to this, stating that it was not fair that I could avoid paying my dues for a whole year and still expect to be covered. I agreed, and said that if I was in charge, I would have myself pay the outstanding fees or go through a full physical examination if I only wanted to pay for the current month.

After this we got off the bus and entered a football stadium where we ended up on a stage and the music for the national anthem started. I started singing the national anthem in my falsetto opera, reaching notes that I have not reached since primary school. After the anthem, there was an applause and the dream ended.

I had the radio on while I was sleeping and a few ANZAC Day services were on the radio while I was asleep, so it’s possible that this is what caused the national anthem to be a part of it, but the rest of it…I have no idea.

Samuel

April 25th, 2011 at 03:15pm

Monday and Tuesday tips

AFL
Bombers V Magpies
Dockers V Bulldogs
Hawks V Cats

NRL
Roosters V Dragons
Storm V Warriors

Samuel

April 25th, 2011 at 12:51pm

ANZAC Day

In honour of those who have served and defended this country, and our allies, against our enemies and those who wish to do us harm.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

Lest we forget.

Samuel

April 25th, 2011 at 05:14am

Samuel’s Musicians Of The Week: Martin Solveig and Dragonette

It’s been a while, so I think it’s time once again to delve in to the “I’m not a complete musical luddite, I do like some modern music but I have to really like it for it to appear on these pages” file…and this week’s award goes Martin Solveig and Dragonette, with the feature song being one which I absolutely love, Boys & Girls.

The video is rather interesting as well…it reminds me a bit of some of the music videos from the 1980s with the dance sequences which look rather amusing these days, but in a charming way. Also, the male dancer who is at the front of the group on the left of the shot behind Dragonette at 2:22, then behind Martin and Dragonette and eventually moves behind the manikin at the front left of view…he is the spitting image of someone I work with, especially when he pulls his “looking down slightly with a serious expression” face.

[Martin]
I could be your boy and you could be mine (Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh)
I could be your toy, it would be fine (Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh)
I could be your boy and you could be mine (Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh)
Bring me all your joy, it will be fine (Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh)
You want it or not, coming after you, I’m really hot, I know you are too
I could be your clown, I will make it right
Boy say the word, let’s get over tonight

I could be your boy and you could be my girl
(I could be your boy) Come on, rock my world
I could be your boy and you could be my girl
(I could be your boy) Come on, rock my world
I could be your boy and you could be my girl
(I could be your boy) Come on, rock my world
I could be your boy and you could be my girl
(I could be your boy) Come on, rock my world

(Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh)
[Dragonette]
I can’t be your girl, look at yourself (Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh)
Maybe you have taken me for someone else (Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh)
I can’t be your girl, tu me fatigues (oh!) (Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh)
This is not your world, boy you’re outta your league (Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh)
Popsicle French boy, sure of yourself
I could get to know you but I just want to dance
I’m gonna make it clear, parlez-vous fran├žais?
Ce n’est pas possible, now, get out of my way

[Martin]
I could be your boy and you could be my girl
(I could be your boy) Come on, rock my world
I could be your boy and you could be my girl
(I could be your boy) Come on, rock my world
I could be your boy and you could be my girl
[Dragonette]
(I could be your girl) Come on, rock my world
[Martin]
I could be your boy and you could be my girl
(I could be your boy) Come on, rock my world

Come on, rock my world

I could be your boy and you could be my girl
(I could be your boy) Come on, rock my world
I could be your boy and you could be my girl
(I could be your boy) Come on, rock my world
I could be your boy and you could be my girl
[Dragonette]
(I could be your girl) Come on, rock my world
[Martin]
I could be your boy and you could be my girl
(I could be your boy) Come on, rock my world.

Samuel

April 24th, 2011 at 06:23pm

Some Sunday Tips

I hope that the Easter Bunny was good to you overnight and left you with plenty of Easter Eggs. I also hope that if you are celebrating Easter for religious purposes, that it is a most wonderful time for you.

Now, some tips for today.

AFL
Kangaroos V Tigers

NRL
Raiders V Knights
Eels V Titans

Samuel

April 24th, 2011 at 11:42am

Saturday tips

He writes in the few minutes spare between waking up, doing the handful of homely tasks of the morning and heading off to work…

AFL
Power V Suns
Blues V Crows

NRL
Sharks V Cowboys
Bulldogs V Rabbitohs

Samuel

April 23rd, 2011 at 11:35am

Good Friday

A Happy Easter to everyone. I hope you have a wonderful long weekend.

I, unfortunately, am a tad pushed for time again as I have to go to work soon, so once again I’ll just post today’s footy tips.

Tigers V Broncos
Sea Eagles V Panthers

Samuel

April 22nd, 2011 at 12:31pm

Is this the single most politically incorrect thing I have ever written?

This was written in reference to a giant Easter egg which took up an entire chair. This was after I wrote “the Easter chicken is to the Easter bunny what the elves are to Santa”.

I’ll let you be the judge…

Samuel

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April 21st, 2011 at 03:59pm

Footy tip for tonight

As I don’t have time to run through my whole set of tips for the weekend right now, I’ll just provide my tip for tonight, and do the rest after I get home from work.

Lions V Saints

Samuel

April 21st, 2011 at 12:34pm

Airport security, company profits, and shift work

An email to 2UE’s Tim Shaw

G’day Tim,

About that security scanner, you’d think that it would have a light on it to indicate that it has power and is working. The fact that the problem went undetected until some armed police walked through it astounds me, and makes me concerned about how many other times this may have happened and gone undetected.

As for company profits, they belong to the owners of the company. I’m sure the unions want more pay for their employees and think the profits should be “shared” more; I’d expect nothing less from the socialist unions, but what they forget is that businesses are in business to make money for their owners, and employ people in an effort to achieve this aim. Businesses do not exist for the sole purpose of employing people.

In the case of companies, many of us benefit from the profits through our super funds and other investments.

And finally, in many shift work jobs (mine included) there are penalty rates or other extras for working certain hours or public holidays. I’m looking forward to working on the upcoming public holidays because of the extra cash I receive.

If people don’t like shift work, they shouldn’t take jobs which require it.

Regards,
Samuel Gordon-Stewart
Canberra

April 21st, 2011 at 12:27am

Step 1 on the way to PM: Barnaby Joyce in the House

As Padders notes on his site, The Right Aussie, National Party Senator Barnaby Joyce is considering running against on-the-nose independent MP Tony Windsor in the seat of New England at the next election. This is good news for the people of New England who have been betrayed by the Carbon Tax supporting Tony Windsor, and good news for the rest of the country in that Barnaby could have an even bigger influence on the state of the government by being in the House of Reps.

The way I see it, this is a three step plan for Barnaby.
1. Win a seat in the lower house.
2. Become leader of the Nationals.
3. Raise the National Party’s profile to the point where he becomes Prime Minister instead of the leader of the Liberal Party.

Don’t get me wrong, Tony Abbott has my full support to continue leading the coalition and to be our next Prime Minister, however I think Barnaby would be a better option if the opportunity presents itself as Barnaby has the gift of being able to be direct; the ability to say exactly what is on his mind without worrying about turning it in to political speak, and to be interesting and charismatic at the same time. Barnaby is arguably more liked by voters of all persuasions than Tony Abbott…this is different to the silly Tony Abbott V Malcolm Turnbull contest which the media keep mentioning where Malcolm’s support comes mostly from staunch Labor voters who won’t vote for him because he’s not in the Labor Party. Unlike Malcolm, Barnaby does not alienate the conservative voters, and so would be likely to attract a similar cross-section as John Howard did. The way I see it, Barnaby would be likely to attract more voters than Tony, maybe even more than John Howard did.

That said, it would take a monumental shift in numbers from the Liberal Party to the National Party for this to occur, and Tony Abbott is a perfectly good candidate…he’s just not as vocally eloquent as Barnaby. Intellectually and administratively, Tony is great, it’s just a pity that his personal approval rating is so low because it doesn’t deserve to be, and I think a lot of it comes his speech pattern which sadly leads some people to think that he’s not as smart as he is, and then leads them to believe the slander peddled by some bits of the media about him. This can all be cured by a term as Prime Minister…once people have the opportunity to see him for who he really is, based on his performance as PM, their attitudes will change…but I’m not convinced that he will ever carry as much support as Barnaby can. Put them both together though, and you have a formidable ticket.

If we can arrange a Tony and Barnaby combination for Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, with Andrew Robb as Treasurer, then I think we’ll have a country which is in the best hands it has been in for many many years. It would also be a combination which would be virtually unbeatable, especially up against the current government.

Incidentally, I touched on these topics in an SMS which I sent to 2UE’s Mike Jeffreys (whose voice was failing him) overnight. For some reason they were asking for suggestions (I think it was a caller’s idea) for animal mascots for politicians.

Morning Mike, I’d vote for Barnaby Joyce. He should be PM. As for political mascots, how about the lyrebird. I see Julia in feathers. Get well soon. Samuel CBR.

Now that I think about it, we need to find a portfolio for Senator Brett Mason as well. I get the impression that Brett could oversee almost any portfolio with wisdom and incredible competence. He is a great talent.

This all makes me long for the next federal election. It really does.

Samuel

April 19th, 2011 at 06:41am

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