Archive for January 20th, 2007

Bill Caralis’ “Supernetwork” appoints 10 new journalists

Radioinfo are running a story about Bill Caralis’ “Supernetwork” appointing ten new journalists. The article quotes the general manager of 2LM/ZZZfm Lismore, Chris Lodge, confirming the story.

Well I don’t know when they are counting from, but if it includes late last year, then I would just like to congratulate Leonie Ryan, ex-2UE producer, who is one of the new recruits in the 2LM/ZZZfm newsroom. Actually, I’ll congratulate you regardless of whether or not you are part of the ten new journalists.


January 20th, 2007 at 09:32pm


Good afternoon again Glenn,

I absolutely agree with you about maturity and the ages at which things are allowed.

I'm 19 now, and will be 20 in June, and as I look back on the last four years or so, I just find it amazing how immature I, and everyone around me, was, and how mature we all thought we were.

I did some absolutely stupid things when I was 16, and I can honestly say that I did some stupid things at 17, and even at 18…and I probably still do to a lesser extent and will look back in a year and identify some silly things.

I think the main problem isn't so much the ages at which we allow certain things, it is more the level of maturity, and everyone matures at a different rate…it's not as if everyone is suddenly mature at 18 or 21 or any other nominal age…I certainly didn't feel any different when I was 18 years old to when I was 17 year and 364 days old. In fact I don't think it really sunk in that I was an adult for another few months.

Ultimately I don't think people can mature until they finish secondary education as high school is such an insular environment…it's not until you are out in the workforce and/or tertiary education and you have to fend for yourself in just about every thing (even if you still do live with your parents) that you truly mature.

Unfortunately we can't easily measure maturity, which is why we set nominal ages…and as most of our laws are based on the premise of the lowest common denominator, 18 is probably a fair age for voting, smoking, driving, sex etc in my view. I think the latter two are currently permitted at an age when the majority of people aren't truly ready…some are, but very few.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart

4 comments January 20th, 2007 at 01:30pm

GPS Systems

Good afternoon Glenn,

I think the reason GPS navigation systems have the video display with the map on it, and not just the "turn left in 257 metres" audio messages, is that it is reassuring to see the map occasionally, and see that the GPS system does at least appear to know where it's going.

It is also helpful if you are sitting at a red light in a "foreign" city and you can quickly check where the GPS will tell you to go so that you can be sure to get into the correct lanes and also have an idea where you are going, which is much less stressful than hoping that the magic voice gives you the right directions.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart

January 20th, 2007 at 12:30pm

Mad as march hares

Good morning John,

Wow! what a morning of nuts…I think I know where they came from too! Yesterday evening when I went for a walk with my little doggie we went past Glebe Park in Central Canberra, and spotted a group of about 10-15 people huddled in a circle, and then they started jumping around in a way which looked like they thought they were frogs.

Whilst I hope I was just seeing them out of context, I do have this strange feeling that they might be the escaped lunatics who have been entertaining you this morning.

Have a great day John.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart

January 20th, 2007 at 03:30am


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