Archive for October, 2005

Happy 30th Birthday 2CC

Happy 30th Birthday 2CC.

Canberra’s Talk Radio 1206 2CC turned 30 at 7am. Originally a music station, it is now a talk radio station and they have been running a few promotions relating to their 30th birthday. They gave away a 1975 Holden Kingswood and are currently giving away $30,000 worth of home improvements.

Happy 30th Birthday 2CC
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John Kerr wished 2CC a happy 30th birthday at quarter past midnight this morning as part of his daily birthday list and offered up a memory or two. I recorded it for your listening pleasure, and you can hear it by clicking here.

According to radio historian Wayne Mac, the first song played on 2CC was Pick Me Up by Canberra band The Ritz, and they were originally broadcasting from Bellenden St Gungahlin.

I remember when 2CC started turning to talk, and David Young’s Garden was on from 7am-8am on Saturdays and 7am-9am on Sundays. I was one of the regular callers to that show, although rarely talking about anything useful, I was usually the first caller through and David seemed to enjoy our conversations. I would often sit up in bed with a cup of coffee listening to David Young, and occasionally the trading post, which started at 8am on Saturdays (I think). I remember that the two hosts rotated each week and the callers were constantly calling them the wrong names. Of course I started listening to 2CC when it was still a music station, probably in 1990 or 1991.

Happy Birthday 2CC!


5 comments October 31st, 2005 at 07:00am

Samuel’s Musician Of The Week

This week the award goes to Arlo Guthrie, son of Woody Guthrie. The feature song is Alice’s Restaurant which is long, to say the least, and was later turned into a movie. In reality it is a story/song combo, and you really have to hear it to understand it properly, but it is fantastic.

Alice’s Restaurant
By Arlo Guthrie

This song is called Alice’s Restaurant, and it’s about Alice, and the
restaurant, but Alice’s Restaurant is not the name of the restaurant,
that’s just the name of the song, and that’s why I called the song Alice’s

You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant
You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant
Walk right in it’s around the back
Just a half a mile from the railroad track
You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant

Now it all started two Thanksgivings ago, was on – two years ago on
Thanksgiving, when my friend and I went up to visit Alice at the
restaurant, but Alice doesn’t live in the restaurant, she lives in the
church nearby the restaurant, in the bell-tower, with her husband Ray and
Fasha the dog. And livin’ in the bell tower like that, they got a lot of
room downstairs where the pews used to be in. Havin’ all that room,
seein’ as how they took out all the pews, they decided that they didn’t
have to take out their garbage for a long time.

We got up there, we found all the garbage in there, and we decided it’d be
a friendly gesture for us to take the garbage down to the city dump. So
we took the half a ton of garbage, put it in the back of a red VW
microbus, took shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed
on toward the city dump.

Well we got there and there was a big sign and a chain across across the
dump saying, “Closed on Thanksgiving.” And we had never heard of a dump
closed on Thanksgiving before, and with tears in our eyes we drove off
into the sunset looking for another place to put the garbage.

We didn’t find one. Until we came to a side road, and off the side of the
side road there was another fifteen foot cliff and at the bottom of the
cliff there was another pile of garbage. And we decided that one big pile
is better than two little piles, and rather than bring that one up we
decided to throw our’s down.

That’s what we did, and drove back to the church, had a thanksgiving
dinner that couldn’t be beat, went to sleep and didn’t get up until the
next morning, when we got a phone call from officer Obie. He said, “Kid,
we found your name on an envelope at the bottom of a half a ton of
garbage, and just wanted to know if you had any information about it.” And
I said, “Yes, sir, Officer Obie, I cannot tell a lie, I put that envelope
under that garbage.”

After speaking to Obie for about fourty-five minutes on the telephone we
finally arrived at the truth of the matter and said that we had to go down
and pick up the garbage, and also had to go down and speak to him at the
police officer’s station. So we got in the red VW microbus with the
shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on toward the
police officer’s station.

Now friends, there was only one or two things that Obie coulda done at
the police station, and the first was he could have given us a medal for
being so brave and honest on the telephone, which wasn’t very likely, and
we didn’t expect it, and the other thing was he could have bawled us out
and told us never to be see driving garbage around the vicinity again,
which is what we expected, but when we got to the police officer’s station
there was a third possibility that we hadn’t even counted upon, and we was
both immediately arrested. Handcuffed. And I said “Obie, I don’t think I
can pick up the garbage with these handcuffs on.” He said, “Shut up, kid.
Get in the back of the patrol car.”

And that’s what we did, sat in the back of the patrol car and drove to the
quote Scene of the Crime unquote. I want tell you about the town of
Stockbridge, Massachusets, where this happened here, they got three stop
signs, two police officers, and one police car, but when we got to the
Scene of the Crime there was five police officers and three police cars,
being the biggest crime of the last fifty years, and everybody wanted to
get in the newspaper story about it. And they was using up all kinds of
cop equipment that they had hanging around the police officer’s station.
They was taking plaster tire tracks, foot prints, dog smelling prints, and
they took twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy photographs with circles
and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each
one was to be used as evidence against us. Took pictures of the approach,
the getaway, the northwest corner the southwest corner and that’s not to
mention the aerial photography.

After the ordeal, we went back to the jail. Obie said he was going to put
us in the cell. Said, “Kid, I’m going to put you in the cell, I want your
wallet and your belt.” And I said, “Obie, I can understand you wanting my
wallet so I don’t have any money to spend in the cell, but what do you
want my belt for?” And he said, “Kid, we don’t want any hangings.” I
said, “Obie, did you think I was going to hang myself for littering?”
Obie said he was making sure, and friends Obie was, cause he took out the
toilet seat so I couldn’t hit myself over the head and drown, and he took
out the toilet paper so I couldn’t bend the bars roll out the – roll the
toilet paper out the window, slide down the roll and have an escape. Obie
was making sure, and it was about four or five hours later that Alice
(remember Alice? It’s a song about Alice), Alice came by and with a few
nasty words to Obie on the side, bailed us out of jail, and we went back
to the church, had a another thanksgiving dinner that couldn’t be beat,
and didn’t get up until the next morning, when we all had to go to court.

We walked in, sat down, Obie came in with the twenty seven eight-by-ten
colour glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back
of each one, sat down. Man came in said, “All rise.” We all stood up,
and Obie stood up with the twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy
pictures, and the judge walked in sat down with a seeing eye dog, and he
sat down, we sat down. Obie looked at the seeing eye dog, and then at the
twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy pictures with circles and arrows
and a paragraph on the back of each one, and looked at the seeing eye dog.
And then at twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy pictures with circles
and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one and began to cry,
’cause Obie came to the realization that it was a typical case of American
blind justice, and there wasn’t nothing he could do about it, and the
judge wasn’t going to look at the twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy
pictures with the circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each
one explaining what each one was to be used as evidence against us. And
we was fined $50 and had to pick up the garbage in the snow, but thats not
what I came to tell you about.

Came to talk about the draft.

They got a building down New York City, it’s called Whitehall Street,
where you walk in, you get injected, inspected, detected, infected,
neglected and selected. I went down to get my physical examination one
day, and I walked in, I sat down, got good and drunk the night before, so
I looked and felt my best when I went in that morning. `Cause I wanted to
look like the all-American kid from New York City, man I wanted, I wanted
to feel like the all-, I wanted to be the all American kid from New York,
and I walked in, sat down, I was hung down, brung down, hung up, and all
kinds o’ mean nasty ugly things. And I waked in and sat down and they gave
me a piece of paper, said, “Kid, see the phsychiatrist, room 604.”

And I went up there, I said, “Shrink, I want to kill. I mean, I wanna, I
wanna kill. Kill. I wanna, I wanna see, I wanna see blood and gore and
guts and veins in my teeth. Eat dead burnt bodies. I mean kill, Kill,
KILL, KILL.” And I started jumpin up and down yelling, “KILL, KILL,” and
he started jumpin up and down with me and we was both jumping up and down
yelling, “KILL, KILL.” And the sargent came over, pinned a medal on me,
sent me down the hall, said, “You’re our boy.”

Didn’t feel too good about it.

Proceeded on down the hall gettin more injections, inspections,
detections, neglections and all kinds of stuff that they was doin’ to me
at the thing there, and I was there for two hours, three hours, four
hours, I was there for a long time going through all kinds of mean nasty
ugly things and I was just having a tough time there, and they was
inspecting, injecting every single part of me, and they was leaving no
part untouched. Proceeded through, and when I finally came to the see the
last man, I walked in, walked in sat down after a whole big thing there,
and I walked up and said, “What do you want?” He said, “Kid, we only got
one question. Have you ever been arrested?”

And I proceeded to tell him the story of the Alice’s Restaurant Massacre,
with full orchestration and five part harmony and stuff like that and all
the phenome… – and he stopped me right there and said, “Kid, did you ever
go to court?”

And I proceeded to tell him the story of the twenty seven eight-by-ten
colour glossy pictures with the circles and arrows and the paragraph on
the back of each one, and he stopped me right there and said, “Kid, I want
you to go and sit down on that bench that says Group W …. NOW kid!!”

And I, I walked over to the, to the bench there, and there is, Group W’s
where they put you if you may not be moral enough to join the army after
committing your special crime, and there was all kinds of mean nasty ugly
looking people on the bench there. Mother rapers. Father stabbers. Father
rapers! Father rapers sitting right there on the bench next to me! And
they was mean and nasty and ugly and horrible crime-type guys sitting on the
bench next to me. And the meanest, ugliest, nastiest one, the meanest
father raper of them all, was coming over to me and he was mean ‘n’ ugly
‘n’ nasty ‘n’ horrible and all kind of things and he sat down next to me
and said, “Kid, whad’ya get?” I said, “I didn’t get nothing, I had to pay
$50 and pick up the garbage.” He said, “What were you arrested for, kid?”
And I said, “Littering.” And they all moved away from me on the bench
there, and the hairy eyeball and all kinds of mean nasty things, till I
said, “And creating a nuisance.” And they all came back, shook my hand,
and we had a great time on the bench, talkin about crime, mother stabbing,
father raping, all kinds of groovy things that we was talking about on the
bench. And everything was fine, we was smoking cigarettes and all kinds of
things, until the Sargeant came over, had some paper in his hand, held it
up and said.

“Kids, this-piece-of-paper’s-got-47-words-37-sentences-58-words-we-wanna-
officer’s-name-and-any-other-kind-of-thing-you-gotta-say”, and talked for
forty-five minutes and nobody understood a word that he said, but we had
fun filling out the forms and playing with the pencils on the bench there,
and I filled out the massacre with the four part harmony, and wrote it
down there, just like it was, and everything was fine and I put down the
pencil, and I turned over the piece of paper, and there, there on the
other side, in the middle of the other side, away from everything else on
the other side, in parentheses, capital letters, quotated, read the
following words:


I went over to the sargent, said, “Sargeant, you got a lot a damn gall to
ask me if I’ve rehabilitated myself, I mean, I mean, I mean that just, I’m
sittin’ here on the bench, I mean I’m sittin here on the Group W bench
’cause you want to know if I’m moral enough join the army, burn women,
kids, houses and villages after bein’ a litterbug.” He looked at me and
said, “Kid, we don’t like your kind, and we’re gonna send you fingerprints
off to Washington.”

And friends, somewhere in Washington enshrined in some little folder, is a
study in black and white of my fingerprints. And the only reason I’m
singing you this song now is cause you may know somebody in a similar
situation, or you may be in a similar situation, and if your in a
situation like that there’s only one thing you can do and that’s walk into
the shrink wherever you are ,just walk in say “Shrink, You can get
anything you want, at Alice’s restaurant.”. And walk out. You know, if
one person, just one person does it they may think he’s really sick and
they won’t take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony,
they may think they’re both faggots and they won’t take either of them.
And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in
singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. They may think it’s an
organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day,I said
fifty people a day walking in singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and
walking out. And friends they may thinks it’s a movement.

And that’s what it is , the Alice’s Restaurant Anti-Massacre Movement, and
all you got to do to join is sing it the next time it come’s around on the

With feeling. So we’ll wait for it to come around on the guitar, here and
sing it when it does. Here it comes.

You can get anything you want, at Alice’s Restaurant
You can get anything you want, at Alice’s Restaurant
Walk right in it’s around the back
Just a half a mile from the railroad track
You can get anything you want, at Alice’s Restaurant

That was horrible. If you want to end war and stuff you got to sing loud.
I’ve been singing this song now for twenty five minutes. I could sing it
for another twenty five minutes. I’m not proud… or tired.

So we’ll wait till it comes around again, and this time with four part
harmony and feeling.

We’re just waitin’ for it to come around is what we’re doing.

All right now.

You can get anything you want, at Alice’s Restaurant
Excepting Alice
You can get anything you want, at Alice’s Restaurant
Walk right in it’s around the back
Just a half a mile from the railroad track
You can get anything you want, at Alice’s Restaurant

Da da da da da da da dum
At Alice’s Restaurant


October 31st, 2005 at 02:17am

Schnappi Drops To 22

Schnappi has dropped another two places to 22 this week.


2 comments October 30th, 2005 at 09:49pm

Microsoft offer to leave!

Microsoft have threatened to take Windows out of South Korea if the powers that be decide they have breached anti-trust laws by bundling MSN Messenger and Windows Media Player with Windows. It appears that Microsoft see this as a viable threat, and quite possibly blackmail, but they haven’t taken into account the growing number of people and governments using open source software.

Large chunks of Africa are running on Ubuntu Linux and doing just fine, governments in many places around the world are turning their back on Microsoft and proprieatary standards and software because they see major problems (not just financial) with investing their documents and operations in the whims of private enterprise. The fact of the matter is that not even Microsoft can import an early powerpoint presentation into modern versions of powerpoint with accuracy. The somewhat undocumented proprietary file standards are causing data loss amongst all kinds of computer users.

Open source invariably uses open standards, which, even when outdated, are still documented and can be imported into various programs. Open source software not only provides financial benefits, but can be altered to perform certain functions better.

I’m not saying that proprietary software is bad, I’m just saying that Microsoft seem to b showing an odd level of arrogance in their dealings with South Korea, and if they continue they will cause many other governments to reconsider their dealings with Microsoft and similar companies….except for the backward thinking ACT government that is…they have developed a strange “Open source is never documented and is always the worst solution and is only there to annoy people” stance on the matter. Strange when you consider the fact that ANYBODY can write a program which reads and writes Open Office files perfectly (because it is properly documented) and you have to reverse engineer and make guesses to implement a buggy filter for MS Office files (you try calling Microsoft and asking to see the documentation).

South Korea could make a decision as early as Wednesday….it’s not my place to speculate, but have fun flying those executives back to the US, Microsoft!


October 29th, 2005 at 11:36pm

The Spring Nut Parade

There is something about the warmer weather and Friday that brings a large number of loonies into my life. There were quite a few of them today, and it is hard to work out which one was first, but here goes anyway.

Firstly we have the woman who decided that the perfect way to transport a two metre pole (or thereabouts) is to shove it on to a bus rather recklessly…that was helpful…

Moving on to the next loopy person and it was some nut from an anti-daylight saving group, I have no problem with her anti-daylight saving views, but there is definetly a problem when she claims that daylight saving causes cancer, depression, the flu, flying werewolf disease and just about every other known and unknow medical problem on the planet (OK, I made flying werewolf disease up, but you get the drift). The best description of that would have to be codswallop.

What’s next…oh yes, the ambulance that had to go down Ainslie Avenue, kept going straight along Ballumbir St, did a u-turn, came back, stopped in the middle of the intersection before deciding which way to go. I pity the person they were attending…I hope they found their way back to the hospital…or are they at the top of Mount Ainslie right now?

Then we have the people who, regardless of location, refuse to eat quietly. I’m not talking about them talking, I’m talking about the way they chew their food…I really don’t want to be able to hear them chewing their food from the next table…it is rather off putting actually, and spoiled my meal somewhat.

Oh, I forgot to mention the people who, when you place your order give you a funny look as if you have spoken in klingon despite the fact that the order is exactly the same as every other time you have ordered.

Then we have the people in supermarkets who walk around in groups very slowly and block aisles in the process.

The people in bakeries who, despite the queue, feel a need to have a chat instead of serving anyone…..The people who park in bus stops…..The people who can’t wait check if the car in front of them has moved off from the traffic lights and nearly rear-end them….The chief turnip deciding we don’t need water restrictions any more…

Yes, I had a rather annoying late afternoon/early evening…


2 comments October 28th, 2005 at 09:27pm

Newsreader Dreams

I had a weird night last night. I can safely assume that this dream came about as a result of an email about a newsreading workshop…

The dream lasted about 15 seconds, from memory. Basically I was at some conference where there were probably 20 people in view, and an awful lot of unfinished walls…all I really remember about the events of the dream is that I was looking for 2CC newsreader James Creegan (guessing spellings again) and spotted him through one of the unfinished walls talking to somebody, both people were standing, James was standing in between a plastic chair and a table with a microphone on it. I remember thinking “that doesn’t look like James”.

I suppose the 2CC link came into the dream as I went out there yesterday to pick up the Home Improvement DVD I won.


October 27th, 2005 at 11:31pm

Samuel Dreams Of Stanhope

Well, I don’t know what to make of this, but I had a scary (and somewhat odd) dream last night where I met ACT Chief Turnip Jon Stanhope near the bus stop across the road from the ACT Legislative Assembly. In this dream I was walking in the direction of the ActewAGL building and Stanhope was walking in the opposite direction with two people holding clipboards (presumably advisers).

As he came close to me he recognised me and started saying something along the lines of “Ahhh, so you’re the idiot who…”, as far as I recall we had a bit of an argument and a yelling match, and that is all I recall. His advisors had disappeared by this stage.

I don’t know what to make of this dream, but the fact that I had a dream involving the Chief Turnip indicates I may have issues.

On a slightly related note, I must apoligise to Piers Akerman for mistakenly thinking he was female…I have since seen a photo and have fixed the comments accordingly. It is funny how names can be deceiving and photos elusive until after you make mistakes…


October 27th, 2005 at 11:20pm

Nattie’s Visit To The Vet

Today marked the dreaded day which comes around once every seven dog years…Good Doctor Day. Nattie isn’t very keen on doctors, mainly because they tend to give her thermometers and needles (and sometimes tooth scrapings).

Nattie obviously knew we were going to see the good doctor as she walked quite slowly and made a lot more stops than usual on the way. When we got there she went as far as the front door before needing to be dragged in, it then became necessary to pick her up.

Then it was on to the surgery room, the room which Nattie made every effort to escape from…keeping her still was virtually impossible, and at one stage she ended up standing on my back. It took quite a while to get her in to position for her vaccination, and then after that she was relieved to leave the room, but she refused to make any contact with me.

Then we walked home, and Nattie wasn’t very happy and more or less moped all the way home. When we got home I gave her a special drink of milk to cheer her up a bit. It didn’t help much, but she was willing to be mildly friendly towards me.

A little bit later the Vacuum Monster (our Kirby vacuum cleaner) was picked up for it’s annual service and inspection. I had to take it out to the street for the serviceman to find where I was, and Nattie saw me take it out the door. The serviceman came and took it away, and I went back inside. Nattie saw me come back inside without the Vacuum Monster and she was very very happy. Nattie has been happy with me ever since.

I think she has forgiven me for taking her to see the good doctor because I sent the Vacuum Monster away…I wonder if she realises it has only gone on holiday and will be back soon?


2 comments October 27th, 2005 at 02:28pm

Louie The Fly featured on John Stanley’s show

This afternoon John Stanley’s featured phrase was based around the Louie The Fly song, which was discussed here recently. John obviously hasn’t read this site as he didn’t know who the singer was.

Checking back through the logs it is quite clear that John and his staff didn’t get the song from this site, as the last download of the song was a couple days ago. Other than that, it would appear that he sent at least one person here as they searched for “louie the fly mortein” a couple minutes after John mentioned it.

Oh, nearly forgot, here is the Louie The Fly song again.

And John_B1_B5 has drawn a picture of Louie The Fly


2 comments October 27th, 2005 at 02:00pm

Stupid Spammers

I do get some weird spam, but today I received a bunch of identical spam from the following stupid names

  • Flagon F. Forgery
  • Disobeys B. Plop
  • They A. Titus
  • Derangement L. Jupiter

These spammers obviously think the world is filled with stupid people, fortunately for them they are right. The mass marketing is good at finding the stupid people willing to send money.

The spam sent with those names was telling me I had bought something on my credit card and that it would be processed manually, they didn’t tell me what I bought though.


1 comment October 25th, 2005 at 05:38pm

I Won!

After what I can only describe as a lot of trying, I am now in the fortunate position of being one of the many lucky winners of 2CC’s 30th Birthday $30,000 Home Improvement Challenge.

I have won a DVD of the first series of the TV show Home Improvement (one of my favourites) and I’m in the draw for the $30,000 Home Makeover. So how did I win you ask, well it was simple.

Firstly I visited and found the hidden 2CC prize link, from that I found out Today’s mystery suburb (which I can’t reveal as there is still another giveaway today) and when the cue to call came during the John Stanley Afternoon Show I rang 62554444…well, sort of…I accidentally hit the redial button first, which sent me to some other phone number, and once I realised the mistake I hung up and rang 62554444, so this accidental delay in me ringing the right number was quite fortunate as I was the 12th caller through. Naturally this will mean that I’ll be going out to Mitchell tommorow to pick up my prize voucher from 2CC.

Once I won I was guided through a recording for the winner promo, which unfortunately sounded very prerecorded, but will find it’s way into my archive of sound recordings anyway.

If you missed it you can hear the winner promo here, and make sure you’re listening to The Mike Welsh Drive Show for your chance to win.


1 comment October 25th, 2005 at 02:56pm

Coffee Shop Review: Tammetts Car Wash Braddon

It might seem odd that I had coffee at a car wash, but this is an interesting car wash. Canberrans will have seen the ads on TV for this car wash, even if they didn’t take any notice of them, basically they are the second (and smaller) Mobil service station on Lonsdale Street in Braddon, which also contains a car rental service and a convenience store. Most service station convenience stores are pretty dismal, they offer an unusual array of products at (mostly) inflated prices, but not this one in Braddon, quite possibly as it appears to be a family business.

People who have worked in industrial areas would know that service station coffee usually comes out of a vending machine tasting like dishwater, with a strange froth on top that disappears by the time you cross the road, and this is what sets Tammetts apart from most service stations, they have real coffee.

Let me go back a bit and explain why I was having coffee in Braddon. I had just walked into Braddon to return some DVDs and was feeling a bit thirsty, I couldn’t decide whether to walk home and have a coffee there, or find somewhere that serves coffee, then I remembered the ad for Tammetts Car Wash which states that you can enjoy a coffee while your car is washed, and I remembered seeing a coffee machine in the ad, so I thought I would go and try it.

When I got there I noticed something which, whilst not surprising, did surprise me a little bit. One of the people washing a car was the man in the TV ad who hands the car keys to a somewhat surprised looking lady who appears to be a bit camera shy. The ad alone would prove that she was a real customer and he was a real car washer as an ad with models would have lots of overly happy people making the car wash look like some euphoric water recycling and car shining extravaganza filled with people who can make a car shine by simply smiling at it and dancing nearby. The fact that the ad doesn’t contain such events is a breath of fresh air, and shows a level of trust and honesty which is rare in advertising, and somewhat refreshing.

I walked in to the convenience store feeling quite good about the place and walked over to the counter. I asked for my usual beverage, which is of course a cappuccino and was served by a lovely and courteous lady who made the coffee (which cost $2.70 from memory) and kindly directed me to the sugar and spoons. A lot of places direct you to the sugar and spoons when they aren’t in an entirely obvious position, but few do it in the nice manner which the lady at Tammetts did.

I collected my sugar and spoon and sat down in a position which overlooked the collection of maps for sale (at what I would consider quite reasonable prices) and the counter. I then proceeded to enjoy the froth on the coffee, the froth was very nice, it was of a good consistency and the sprinkle of chocolate mixed in very well. Then I moved on to the coffee itself, and it was wonderful. The strength was just right, as was the consistency, they managed the mixture of milk and coffee perfectly, and it showed as the coffee was very smooth and rich.

As I was enjoying my coffee and admiring the range of maps and car oils which Tammetts had for sale, the man from the ad walked in and (I think) collected his lunch. As he walked out he greeted me and I greeted him, he appears to be a very nice person, as do all the staff at Tammetts.

Overall I was very impressed with Tammetts, their staff and their coffee. They appear to be a very friendly and courteous business, and I’m sure that they have a lot of loyal customers as a result. I know that next time I’m thristy in Braddon I will be dropping in for a coffee.


2 comments October 25th, 2005 at 02:02pm

2CC Birthday Countdown

Not only did it take me a very long time to choose a countdown script that I like, it then took me a long time to get it right.

Firstly I used a countdown script designed to act as calender reminders, that was pretty horrible, not to mention that it was inaccurate as the web server (which is somewhere in the US) runs on some US timezone making it’s day-by-day announcements wrong by many hours. If it were me running it, then it would run on GMT which would make sense for something which will be used by people all over the world.

I changed script to something that was capable of a countdown showing days, hours & minutes. It took me a while to get that right as well, firstly I got the time difference wrong, then I managed to get it right but added a day, then corrected it for the upcoming start of daylight savings…in the wrong direction, and have now fixed it properly.

The countdown clock is now correct (including daylight savings transition) and will remain that way as long as the webserver isn’t running on Daylight Savings Time in the US, if it is then I’m going to have to fix the countdown yet again when DST finishes in the US.


October 25th, 2005 at 11:53am

Steve Liebmann Signs With 2UE

About a month ago, Steve Liebmann filled in for John Stanley for a day. This probably surprised a lot of listeners who are used to John Mangos filling for Stanley, but they better get used to it as Steve Liebmann has just signed a two year contract with 2UE as a regular fill-in presenter.

The information I’ve found suggests that Liebmann may be the new regular fill-in for 2UE’s Drive presenter, Steve Price, which probably fits in quite nicely with current naming conventions, Mike’s fill in for other Mike’s, John’s fill in for John’s (except for the John Laws show where Tim fills in for John, unless John Stanley does it, in which case it meets the naming convention) and Steve’s fill in for Steve’s.

It might be confusing, but at least callers can use the name of the regular host and still get it right!


October 24th, 2005 at 08:25pm

Schnappi stays on 20

I was going to do the Schnappi update yesterday, but ARIA didn’t update their website last night, so I couldn’t.

Schnappi is still sitting in 20th place.


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