Archive for May 11th, 2007

Lesson to be learned from typing the wrong email address

This week’s Friday Funny was sent to 2UE’s John Kerr by George in Queanbeyan

A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during a particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel plans. So, the husband left Minneapolis and flew to Florida on Thursday, with his wife flying down the following day. The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an email to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, and without realising his error, sent the email.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston, a widow had just returned home from her husband’s funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory following a heart attack. The widow decided to check her email expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted. The widow’s son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:

To: My loving wife

Subject: I’ve arrived

I know you’re surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. I’ve just arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then. Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.

P.S. sure is devilishly hot down here!!!!!

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2 comments May 11th, 2007 at 10:25am

Samuel’s Footy Tips

NRL Round 9
Sea Eagles v Eels
Sharks v Broncos
Knights v Warriors
Cowboys v Panthers
Rabbitohs v Raiders
Roosters v Titans
Tigers v Dragons
Storm v Bulldogs

AFL Round 7
Kangaroos v Bombers
Magpies v Blues
Power v Tigers
Lions v Crows
Saints v Swans
Cats v Eagles
Bulldogs v Demons
Dockers v Hawks


May 11th, 2007 at 09:08am

Open Government

Good morning Mike,

Well I have to agree that all of these media organisations joining forces to protect freedom of information is a good thing, but I think you and Jason Morrison are right that having the company executives standing side by side presenting speeches reminiscent of politicians was the wrong way to present the story. Perhaps if we are lucky we will get all of the big names from the media outlets, people who are actually recognised by the general public, standing side by side at the next press conference…and I think you would find that the public would trust the collective stance of Kerry O'Brien, John Laws, Alan Jones, Ray Martin, Piers Ackerman and others more than a bunch of company executives. If you could get them all to stand up together, I think the public would take notice.

Of course I think Yes Minister did a very good job of showing the quick shift away from open government in politicians' minds following an election win, in the episode "Open Government". If I remember correctly they came to the conclusion that they supported open government…as long as it was in the public interest. They defined the "public interest" in a later episode where Jim Hacker MP wanted to stop an embarrassing interview from being aired by the BBC…from memory it went something like this:

Jim Hacker MP: "Well it's not in my interest, and I represent the public, therefore it's not in the public interest!".

Have a great weekend Mike!

Samuel Gordon-Stewart

May 11th, 2007 at 08:54am


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