Archive for April 15th, 2006

Mark Carmody leaves the horticultural airwaves

Many Canberrans would be familiar with Mark Carmody, host of 666 ABC Canberra‘s gardening show. Mark has been hosting this show for many years, and has been a welcome addition to many households on a Saturday morning, but he has decided to hang up the garden microphone, and ride off into the distance, on a riding/driving tour of Australia.

Mark’s ABC predecessor and current host of the 2CC gardening show, David Young, wished Mark well on his journeys, and paid tribute to him this morning.

I suppose this means that people who are after wireless horticultural advice will turn over to 2CC from 7am-9am every Saturday and Sunday to hear the excellent “David Young’s Garden”. I’m a long-time listener to David’s show and I think David has a very relaxed manner of dealing with things, which is the perfect way to start the day. I’m sure that Mark’s listeners will agree with me once they make the switch.

For the record, the ABC website offers the following information about Mark:

Mark Carmody

Mark Carmody

Even if you’re not a gardener, you’ll enjoy starting your weekend with Mark from 8.30am each Saturday morning.

Mark has over two decades of gardening experience, including being head gardener at The Lodge during the Fraser and Hawke years, and at the Tindal Air Force Base in the Northern Territory.

He currently works for the Department of Urban Services and his formal qualifications include a Certificate of Horticulture from the Canberra Institute of Technology and an Associate Diploma of Science (Horticulture).

Best of luck Mark, I hope you enjoy your journey around Australia, I know many Canberrans will miss you, and you can rest assured that David Young will do an excellent job picking up all of those questions that would have been directed at you.


3 comments April 15th, 2006 at 08:25am

Easter Saturday

It’s Easter Saturday, and once again from Nattie & I, Happy Easter.
Easter Cross


4 comments April 15th, 2006 at 07:02am

Samuel’s Blog Year In Review: February 2006

February started off with me enrolling at CIT, which turned out to be a slightly more frustrating experience than expected. The next day I stumbled across some underground cabling work, which would be the start of a long series of posts about it.
Underground cabling in Reid

I had a dream involving vicious cats

I explained my reasons for leaving a website called The RiotACT, and continued documenting the underground cabling work.
Underground cabling in Reid

2GB newsreader Rowan Barker returned to work after recovering from a random stabbing attack.
Rowan Barker

Somebody tried to gain access to my Gmail account.

I then announced my schedule for my first day at CIT, which doubled as the day of 2CC’s outside broadcast from the grand opening of the new Bunnings store in Belconnen.

Nattie enjoyed a bone (she does it quite often, but it is hard to photograph).
Nattie chewing on a bone

The underground cabling continued, and I got a video of a horizontal directional drilling machine in action.

I had a dream about a lion, a professor and John Howard.

Then it was CIT/2CC/Bunnings day, it started off with my trip to CIT for my first class, had a cafe review in the middle, and concluded with my trip to Bunnings Belconnen, where 2CC were holding an outside broadcast as part of Bunnings’ grand opening celebrations.
Bunnings Belconnen
Bruce Husking, Mike Frame & Kevin Woolfe at Bunnings Belconnen
Bunnings Belconnen

I made my views on the “Bali Nine” issue perfectly clear.

The website was temporarily plagued with popups from a third party service provider.

The Canberra Capitals won the Womens National Basketball League.

John Kerr celebrated his 64th birthday, whilst network stations suffered satellite induced problems, I rang John to wish him a happy birthday and had a special Musicians Of The Week award in his honour.

I released Samuel’s Persiflage #3.

Bigpond blocked Gmail temporarily. This was acaused by their use of seriously flawed spam filtering techniques.

I noticed that standards had dropped at Campbell High School since my time their.

I had an interesting conversation with a correspondent.

Internet Explorer’s insistence on not following standards caused me all sorts of headaches in getting rid of those popups.

The select group of Summernats enthusiasts who insisted on ridiculing my opinion of Summernats had a few mildy legible words to say.

I proposed some changes for the better in the laws behind drivers licences.

I thought about the possibility of 2CC launching some podcasts.

I discovered the reason for the underground cabling.

And a bus fare scammer proved beyond all reasonable doubt that he is a scammer.

That’s February, March is up tomorrow morning, and then we will have the 1st birthday of Samuel’s Blog!


April 15th, 2006 at 07:00am

Samuel’s Coffee-Cup-O-Meter

5 x Standard Mugs (1 Point Each) = 5 Points
Total = 5 Points


April 15th, 2006 at 01:00am


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