Archive for March 1st, 2007

The Final Word On The Storm

Well, I hope this is the last thing I will have to write about the “super cell” storm which struck Canberra on Tuesday night (27 February 2007). This article serves as my summary to not only my information on the storm, but my pick of the photos floating about on other websites about the storm.

But first, the local television news coverage was quite excellent last night, firstly at 6pm it was Win News with Jessica Good once again filling in for Peter Leonard. Features pictures of the storm, the cleanup, and the toll to many businesses.

Then at 7pm, ABC News with Virginia Haussegger, features more pictures of the storm and the cleanup, a bit more info than Win on the ESA’s excuse for not warning anyone, and also pictures (sourced from Seven News) of a similar storm which hit Sydney yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon.

My description of the events of the storm, as well as photos of the aftermath can be found here.

There are some very good photos on other websites as well, click the links to go to their photos.
Ampersand Duck
Loadedog (Warning: Photos towards the end of the gallery are “not safe for work”, eg. would warrant an adult only rating if it were television, or possibly a late night SBS spot).
The RiotACT
2 Blog or not to Blog
Two peas, no pod

Thank you to everyone who has emailed me to thank me for my photos, and a really big thank you to everyone for not sending me the set of photos that were emailed to just about every other website in Canberra.


15 comments March 1st, 2007 at 10:15am

From The Vault: January 20 2006

Here’s a new monthly feature. At the start of each month I, with the help of a random number generator, will pull a random post from the past out of “The Vault” and redisplay it for your enjoyment. WordPress, the software which keeps this site going, gives each article an ID number, which is where the random number generator comes in. All it has to do is keep picking numbers until it gives me an article which is at least three months old.

So, to start us off, from January 20 2006, it’s the Wayne Mac Book Signing.

Wayne Mac Book Signing

January 20th, 2006 at 03:30pm

Earlier in the week I interviewed Wayne Mac for Samuel’s Persiflage episode two, where we talked about Wayne’s book, Don’t Touch That Dial. On this occasion Wayne had to rush off after the show and as such was unable to sign the book or have his photo taken.

We made alternative arrangements, which involved meeting for lunch and coffee today. During this time Wayne signed the book with the following:
Dear Samuel, Persiflage...gotta love that word! Thanks for having me on your show. Very best wishes, Wayne 2006

Here is Wayne signing the book:
Wayne Mac signs book

And a photo of myself with Wayne:
Wayne Mac and Samuel Gordon-Stewart

This was also a good time for me to hand Wayne an audio CD copy of Samuel’s Persiflage episode two and a thankyou letter. My standard policy for guests on Samuel’s Persiflage is that they receive a letter with information about the show (including the fact that it is now archived by the National Library of Australia), as well as an audio CD copy of the show, and monthly download statistics. At this stage the podcast hasn’t been running long enough for me to establish how long these monthly updates need to continue for.

You may recall that during my interview with Wayne, he was talking about John Kerr’s jingle from 1963 and was just starting to say something about John Vertigan when we were forced to cut to the jingle by an unexpected banging on the front door. Today I took the opportunity to ask Wayne what he was going to say, and he informed me that the jingle was part of a package of jingles where the main song was recorded and the names inserted later. Upon listening to the jingle closely it is quite possible to hear the difference in the way the various bits of the song are sung. This jingle package was used by many stations for many DJ’s.

For the record, the book weighs in at 1.88 KG according to my weighing of it.



1. wes.mitchell | January 21st, 2006 at 8:04 am

It is great to see a wonderful book on radio of past days, especially by Wayne. (I might find me in there somewhere under my past proffessional name). Keep up the good work in keeping us oldies up to date on current radio.

11 comments March 1st, 2007 at 06:51am


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