Archive for April, 2007

Clive Robertson returns to 2UE on Wednesday

Hooray! Fresh from a lengthy absence (possibly a trip to Broken Hill), Clive Robertson returns to 2UE and many stations around the nation on Wednesday morning at 12:05. Clive will be hosting New Day Australia on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning, John Kerr will be back for Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and after that…chuck some names in a hat and hope for the best when you pull one out…at least I think that’s what 2UE management are doing.


10 comments April 30th, 2007 at 10:02am

Aeroplane Noise

Good morning Mike,

It was interesting listening the Stephen Byron from Canberra International Airport talking about aircraft noise and the probability of changing flight paths when Tralee is built.

I'm pretty sure that the flight path has already changed as I have noticed a large increase in the amount of aeroplanes flying over or near the Inner North suburbs lately. For about the last week the increase in noise has been quite noticeable. Whether it has something to do with the weather or not I don't know, but those planes aren't flying the same way they used to, as I rarely ever heard them before last week, and now I hear a bunch of them every day.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart

1 comment April 30th, 2007 at 07:56am

Insane Report!

I receive some weird junk in my email, but this one from “Jelle Hooper” absolutely takes the cake.

From: Jelle Hooper
Date: Apr 29, 2007 10:32 PM
Subject: Insane report

Important communique!
Instead of being someone who wants to own a big airline, you become an airline boss who happens to not own an airline at the time.

Some unbelievably wise words of wisdom from my insane angel of destiny.


April 30th, 2007 at 04:13am

Samuel’s Musician Of The Week

This week the award goes to a woman with an incredibly recognisable and unique voice, Joni Mitchell, and the feature song is probably her most recognisable song…it’s been redone by many people since Joni released it in 1970, but as far as I’m concerned nobody can sing it as well as her.

The song, if you haven’t worked it out already, is Big Yellow Taxi. Wikipedia has plenty of information about it.

They paved paradise
Put up a parkin’ lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swingin’ hot spot

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Til its gone
They paved paradise
Put up a parkin’ lot
(True, bop bop bop bop)
(True, bop bop bop bop)

They took all the trees
Put ’em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Til its gone
They paved paradise
Put up a parkin’ lot
(True, bop bop bop bop)
(True, bop bop bop bop)

Hey farmer farmer
Put away that D.D.T. now
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Til its gone
They paved paradise
Put up a parkin’ lot
(True, bop bop bop bop)
(True, bop bop bop bop)

Late last night
I heard the screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi
Took away my old man

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Til its gone
They paved paradise
Put up a parkin’ lot
(True, bop bop bop bop)

I said
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Til its gone
They paved paradise
Put up a parkin’ lot
(True, bop bop bop bop)
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot
(True, bop bop bop bop)
(High pitched) They paved paradise
(Low picthed) Put up a parking lot


April 29th, 2007 at 07:11pm

Samuel’s Blog Weekly Poll: Industrial Relations

A fairly straight forward question with an awful lot of complexity behind it this week.

Which industrial relations policy do you prefer?

Total Votes: 26
Started: April 29, 2007

I’m personally quite happy with Work Choices, but that could be because I have a decent and fair employer. Ultimately I think Labor’s plans fly in the face of the constitution in a lot of aspects and will need serious adjustment before being viable. Even iff their planned reforms were viable, I still prefer Work Choices.

None the less, I’d love to hear what you think, perhaps you can see more merit in Labor’s plans than I can, if so, leave a comment below and let me know.

Now, the results from the previous poll.

Should the United States adopt gun control laws similar to Australia’s gun control laws?

Total Votes: 23
Started: April 21, 2007

That was an awful lot closer than I expected. I was expecting at least 65% “yes” but I suppose it is a very controversial issue, and there are some very interesting arguments on both sides of the fence.

For a list of all previous results, see the Weekly Poll Results page.


1 comment April 29th, 2007 at 06:21pm


Good morning John,

Just thought you'd like to know that it's been raining all night here in Canberra, and it's wonderful. There are very few sounds which are nicer than rain on a tin roof.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart

2 comments April 28th, 2007 at 05:26am

Syndey Photos etc

As you would probably be aware, I have a whole heap of photos and things to post from my trip to Sydney earlier this week. On previous occasions I have posted these all in one big lot which is very effective, so this time I’m going to trial separating it in to four posts, one for Monday AM, one for Monday PM, one for Tuesday AM and another for Tuesday PM. I’ll probably spread them out over four days so that you’re not all inundated.

This will allow me to focus on writing more about the trip than I would have done if I was to cram the whole trip in to one post, and provide more relevant links back to the correct post when referring to a part of the trip in the future.

I haven’t actually processed any of the photos or audio from the trip, although I have established that the videos aren’t worth posting (except I am holding out hope that a Sunrise promo may be heading my way…it looks promising but we’ll wait and see, and if so, I’ll post that).

I’m looking at starting the series on Monday morning.


2 comments April 27th, 2007 at 01:40pm

Baa baa sheep dog, have you any fur? No sir no sir, just a lot of wool!

It’s not quite the usual Friday Funnies fodder, but this news story is just too good to not mention. From The Daily Telegraph.

Wool pulled over Japanese eyes

April 27, 2007 12:00
Article from: AAP

THOUSANDS of Japanese have been swindled in a scam in which they were sold Australian and British sheep and told they were poodles.

Flocks of sheep were imported to Japan and then sold by a company called Poodles as Pets, marketed as fashionable accessories, available at $1,600 each.

That is a snip compared to a real poodle which retails for twice that much in Japan.

The scam was uncovered when Japanese moviestar Maiko Kawamaki went on a talk-show and wondered why her new pet would not bark or eat dog food.

She was crestfallen when told it was a sheep.

Then hundreds of other women got in touch with police to say they feared their new “poodle” was also a sheep.

One couple said they became suspicious when they took their “dog” to have its claws trimmed and were told it had hooves.

Japanese police believe there could be 2,000 people affected by the scam, which operated in Sapporo and capitalised on the fact that sheep are rare in Japan, so many do not know what they look like.

“We launched an investigation after we were made aware that a company were selling sheep as poodles,” Japanese police said, the The Sun reported.

“Sadly we think there is more than one company operating in this way.

“The sheep are believed to have been imported from overseas – Britain, Australia.”

Many of the sheep have now been donated to zoos and farms.

Do you have something you would like to contribute to Friday Funnies? If so, email it to All contributions welcome!


2 comments April 27th, 2007 at 10:11am

Fairfax Sub Editors and Slimmer Newspapers

Good evening Stuart,

Fairfax have really shot themselves in the foot by sacking 35 sub editors, they're always the ones who get the blame for mistakes, errors and general poor judgement. What are they going to say now? "Oh sorry, the printing press decided to change a few paragraphs"?

On the plus side, at least you won't need two seats on the bus or train to fit the newspaper, and I wouldn't be too concerned about the lost advertising revenue, I'm sure that there's a whole bunch of weight loss companies who would love to sponsor "The Slimmer Morning Herald".

Samuel Gordon-Stewart

April 26th, 2007 at 08:27pm

Canberra Radio Movements

Congratulations to Capital Radio’s Duncan McCrea (Update: Spelling corrected, sorry Duncan) who yesterday had his first (as far as I can recall) hosting gig on 2CC. Duncan did what Kris Mckenzie would have done before he left, and filled in for Mike Welsh on the drive show. The show only went for an hour and was probably on par with the first hour of Peter Higgins on 2UE’s middawn program on Friday morning. Both of them are pretty much new to hosting talkback, and Peter was sounding pretty good by about the third hour, I wouldn’t be surprised if Duncan puts in an even better performance next time he fills in.

For those of you wondering, last time I checked Duncan was the local panel operator for the John Laws Morning Show, and occasionally works in the Capital Radio newsroom. He previously worked for the now defunct Radio2.

Over at FM 104.7, Sarah Robinson, part of the “Chris and Sarah for Breakfast” program, is leaving the station at the end of the show on May the 1st (Tuesday next week). Mason Edwards left the breakfast show at the end of last year for sister station NXFM in Newcastle, leaving Chris Welldon and Sarah behind. A replacement show will be announced shortly, and Chris will remain with the station.


5 comments April 26th, 2007 at 11:13am

Anybody Able To Help?

Does anybody have a recording of a promo for Channel Seven’s Sunrise program, recorded at some stage between 9am on Tuesday (April 24) and 6am Wednesday (April 25)?

There is a negotiable prize on offer to the first person (and possibly also the second if I’m feeling generous) to supply a copy of the promo with the person wearing a blue jumper (me) visible in the background.

This offer is only available for a limited time, so if you can assist, please either leave a comment below or send an email to


2 comments April 26th, 2007 at 12:01am

Steve Price

Good afternoon John,

So Steve Price doesn't look happy because his bus hasn't come yet (and won't for many hours to come)…is this really uncommon? He didn't look all that happy when I saw him yesterday.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart

Update: Pricey made it in to 2UE. In fairness he also looked very busy yesterday, and it’s difficult to look very busy and happy at the same time. End Update

April 25th, 2007 at 02:57pm

Sydney Trip

A quick count indicates that I have about 100 photos to share with you from my trip to Sydney, I also have two (possibly three) audio recordings for you, and possibly even a short video. I also have a fair bit to write, so I’ll have to get on to doing that tonight.


April 25th, 2007 at 02:23pm

Samuel’s Footy Tips

I’ve never quite understood the point of having a football match on ANZAC Day, I can see why, if ANZAC Day falls on a Thursday or Monday (or in the case of the NRL, Tuesday), they might want to extend the round by a day for the public holiday, but I don’t see the point in having a football match on ANZAC Day. None the less today is Wednesday, it’s also ANZAC Day, and the AFL and NRL in their infinite collective wisdom have decided that today would be a good day to start round 5, and as such, my footy tips get pushed forward as well.

NRL Round 7
Roosters v Dragons
Broncos v Storm
Bulldogs v Wests Tigers
Panthers v Raiders
Cowboys v Sea Eagles
Rabbitohs v Warriors
Titans v Eels
Knights v Sharks

AFL Round 5
Essendon v Collingwood
Port Adelaide v St Kilda
Richmond v West Coast
Carlton v Brisbane
Sydney v Melbourne
Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs
Geelong v Kangaroos
Fremantle v Adelaide


April 25th, 2007 at 11:14am

Samuel’s Footy Tips: Results

Weekly Scores
AFL Round 4: 5/8 (62.50%)
NRL Round 6: 3/6 (50%)

Total Scores
AFL: 15/32 (46.88%)
NRL: 22/46 (47.83%)
Total: 37/78 (47.44%)


April 25th, 2007 at 08:23am

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