Archive for April 4th, 2006

Salute To Eddie!

As many of you would be well aware, Eddie McGuire is the new CEO of Channel Nine, when he took on the job, there was much speculation about whether he would continue presenting television shows or not, and we then found out that he would not be.

We have previously seen Eddie on this website giving away a million dollars for the first time, which was a peice of Australian television history unto itself, and I think last night’s episode also fits into that category, as it was a momentus occasion in the history of Australian Television.

Last night was Eddie McGuire’s final episode of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”, and there was a special tribute to Eddie throughout the show, with a highlights package at the start, a voiceover introducing him “for his final episode”, and then a big tribute at the end of the show.

I have videos of this tribute online, and have listed them in quality order from highest to lowest. The multiple formats should be enough for compatibility for everyone. There were a couple minor hiccups in the middle of the video, which appear to be WIN Television’s fault, but nothing major.
Windows Media Video (WMV) 24.3MB
Real Player Video (RM) 23.5MB
MPEG-4 (MP4) 23.6MB
Quicktime Video (MOV) 24.0MB

After wrapping up proceedings from the night, and not mentioning who the host will be next week, Temptation co-host Livinia Nixon dropped by to present eddie with some gifts.
Livinia Nixon presents Eddie McGuire with some farewell gifts

It’s not every day you get to kiss the boss on national television, with his wife in the audience!
Livinia Nixon gives Eddie McGuire a kiss

There’s also a bottle of something, probably wine or champagne.
Livinia Nixon presents Eddie McGuire with some farewell gifts

Eddie runs through some statistics of his time hosting the show
Eddie McGuire runs through some Who Wants To Be A Millionaire statistics
And they are:

  • 292 episodes
  • 623 contestants
  • 6,808 questions
  • Eddie said “Lock it in” 6,510 times
  • Given away $28,595,000

Eddie used to joke about giving away the bosses money…I guess it is no fun when you’re the boss and you’re giving away your own money!

Eddie then showed us the picture Livinia gave him
Eddie McGuire shows off the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire picture

and was given a standing ovation
Eddie McGuire being given a standing ovation on his final episode of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
Eddie McGuire being given a standing ovation on his final episode of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

Eddie’s wife and son were in the audience
Eddie McGuire's wife and son in the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire audience

And Eddie gives us a final salute goodbye.
Eddie McGuire gives a final salute on his final episode of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

The Samuel Salute is a rare honour, but today I salute Eddie McGuire with the Samuel Salute, for excellence in his 7 and a bit years hosting Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Well done Eddie, may your time as Nine CEO be rewarding and successful.


12 comments April 4th, 2006 at 03:00pm

Samuel’s Footy Tips: Results

Not a great week in the NRL for my tips, but I did pretty well in the AFL.

AFL Round 1: 6/8 (75%)
NRL Round 4: 3/7 (42.86%)
Week Total: 9/15 (60%)
Graph of the weekly results

AFL: 6/8 (75%)
NRL: 10/28 (35.71%)
Total: 16/36 (44.44%)
Graph of the total results


1 comment April 4th, 2006 at 01:33pm

But, I’m Not A Stalker!

I have some strange dreams sometimes…this is most certainly one of them!

Last night I had a dream that I went into some building and went to reception, I greeted the two girls working there and asked to see someone (I mentioned their name, but I don’t remember who it was. I also got the impression in the dream that this is something I do daily, and the person I asked for was a friend of mine), the girls smiled and looked at each other and then one said “Well, actually, we’re not supposed to talk to you any more…(they mentioned the name of the person I was going to see) found out that you’re a stalker and doesn’t want to see you either…we’re really sorry, but you will have to leave.”

I then protested that I’m not a stalker, but they said “You will have to leave, or we will have to call the police.” So I left and started walking home wondering why they thought I was a stalker when I’m not…how could they think that?

It was a very strange dream…a very very strange dream.


4 comments April 4th, 2006 at 10:58am

The lizards that live in my backyard

My backyard is a place which some small gecko lizards have decided to call home. They were first spotted about a year ago, at which time there were probably two or three, and have since multiplied. Baby lizards have been spotted a couple times, but overall the lizards like to live in the nice leafy and plant covered sections of the backyard (which is most of it). I have been waiting for a good photo opportunity for a while, and was very pleased to get one on Sunday afternoon, when one of the lizards spent a bit of time on the garden path.
Gecko Lizard in Samuel's backyard in Canberra
Gecko Lizard in Samuel's backyard in Canberra

Nattie is, for the most part, at peace with the lizards, although she does occasionally try to chase one, but they manage to scurry off under the vegetation before the “big furry monster” gets to them. Nattie probably looks like some kind of big furry monster to the lizards.


4 comments April 4th, 2006 at 09:08am

Samuel’s Blog Year In Review: June 2005

June 2005 saw many exciting changes on Samuel’s Blog, in fact it started off with a new feature, the Musician(s) Of The Week award, which went to Boney M. Later that day I announced two more changes, the addition of a Google search box (something which I didn’t carry over to this site), and advertising. I particularly like my quote about the ads

The other improvement is advertising…hmmmm, I hear people moaning…look, it isn’t that bad, it is actually quite good. I could have gone with any number of advertising providers, but I don’t want ads that flash, flicker, buzz, popup, popunder, squeal, annoy or interupt. That rules out a lot of advertising sites. I also don’t want ads for “Pills & Potions ‘R Us” or those annoying ads that appear on Yahoo Mail and Hotmail “You can live and work in another country”…who cares??? I don’t want to move country, and I doubt many of my readers do, if you want to move country then call a travel agent.

I then reminded people about my Birthday and said that I would be getting a mention on John Kerr’s show, and intended on ringing him, something I later did, and even posted an MP3 of.

Another change was having a link back to the homepage of the blog, something the template lacked, but I added.

Nattie and I both have our birthday on June 2, and Nattie loves cake.
Nattie, Samuel, and the cake

My head didn’t turn lime green with polka dots, but that didn’t prevent somebody from gawping at me in Civic.

And then we had another change, the Step-O-Meter came into existence, or was supposed to, and eventually did, with the first Step-O-Meter report counting 6927 steps for part of the day.

I then made a further announcement, I joined Skype, and then Firefly, which seemed to annoy one of the readers, who went and dragged out the discussion into another post.

I then had a grumble about Fireworks and the way people use them during the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend.

Then, on June 6, I brought you the story of rumors that Stuart Bocking would take over John Kerr’s program later that month.

I even showed you a picture of Steppy, the pedometer that makes the Step-O-Meter possible.
Steppy the pedometer

It was then time for the Dickson College open night, I invited everyone along, and then documented it as part of what was a very busy day, I also rang Mike Frame on that day to voice my objections to the arboretum that the ACT Government had planned. I also debunked the theory that I drink too much coffee and brought you real life pictures of flying fish, one of which is shown here
Flying Fish

More news about Stuart Bocking’s supposed move to nights, and then I added stats to the blog, which was very important as don’t provide visitor stats.

The Stuart Bocking/John Kerr move became a bit more murky, I became very annoyed with Microsoft, had my record SmoothWall uptime, and showed some of the dangers of computer power saving.

Gmail changed domain from to and then switched between the two for a while.

John Laws had a rant at the expense of 2UE Management, and I held my breath as John Kerr was due back on air, in case Stuart Bocking took over. He didn’t take over, and John Kerr was back with many stories from his holiday, but the rumor turned out to be true later in the year.

Garfield had his 27th birthday and added image uploading.

And that pretty much summed up the month! We’ll look back at July 2005 on Thursday morning, as we continue to get closer to one year of Samuel’s Blog!


1 comment April 4th, 2006 at 07:00am

Samuel’s Coffee-Cup-O-Meter

2 x Standard Mugs (1 Point Each) = 2 Points
Total = 2 Points


4 comments April 4th, 2006 at 12:10am


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