Archive for May 29th, 2007

What goes around comes around

Good evening Stuart,

Well they say what comes around goes around…earlier today I had whinge about how I have an irrational fear of overhead power lines and how I think power lines shouldn't run through backyards like they do here in Canberra due to my safety concerns…so guess what happens…a freak rain storm and a power failure! Followed by the security alarm trying to deafen me…twice.

It's certainly dark at night when all the lights go out.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart

3 comments May 29th, 2007 at 08:30pm


Good afternoon Stuart,

After more fruitless (pardon the pun) searching for fresh blueberries, I have given up and purchased a box of frozen blueberries…a bit over $7 for 500g is a pretty good price, but the real test will be in the quality of them. I'll give you a brief report later on.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart

May 29th, 2007 at 03:26pm

The Fact Of The Matter Is…I Don’t Like Power Lines

If there is one thing I have an irrational fear of and try to avoid like the plague, it’s overhead power lines.

I don’t really know why I am so antagonised by them, but whenever possible I try to avoid walking under them. In Canberra, where most power lines run through backyards, this isn’t too much of an issue as I can quickly pass the ones that cross from one side of the road to the other (although the poles which have feeder lines running up them petrify me). On occasion there are power lines which do actually run next to and above the footpath, I have two methods of dealing with this, firstly walk on the other side of the road where possible, and secondly, if I have to walk under the power lines, walk quickly.

I do remember walking home from Dickson College one day along the equestrian track behind the houses of Ainslie, on the edge of Mount Ainslie. The urban power lines (to differentiate from the high voltage lines in a similar area) ran the same way, but a bit closer to the houses…unfortunately due to the way the whole area undulates, at one stage this meant the power lines were level with, although a safe distance from, my head…this made me want to turn back and walk home another way…in the end I just walked as quickly as I could until that section was over.

On the subject of urban power lines and backyards…I’ve never quite understood the logic behind that. I believe it has something to do with having to run less cable, but power lines occasionally have faults, and they run along the line of the back fence…an often flammable object, usually surrounded by the least maintained, and driest, section of the garden. With so many people not being home during the day, it wouldn’t take much for a fault in a power line to start a large backyard(s), and possibly house(s), destroying fire. It makes much more sense in my opinion to run power lines along the street where any fault is far more visible.

I clearly remember in late 2003 (possibly early 2004) a house near where I live, which is owned by some people I know who were having some renovations at the time, had a faulty power line. Basically what happened is that one night it emitted a series of bangs, however no damage was evident at the time. Unbeknownst to the person who heard the bangs, a small fire had started and was smouldering overnight. The next morning as I was taking Nattie for a walk, just after we past the house we heard a large bang come from their backyard…we rushed back to investigate and noticed that the tradesmen had all stopped work and the power was out…the lady who owned the house came out to see what was going on, only to notice that the power line was on fire. One tradesman in his infinite wisdom decided to spray it with water, resulting in more bangs, a larger fire, and stuff on the power pole melting in to the compost heap on the other side of the fence.

The fire brigade arrived a short time later and dealt with the fire, including preventing it from travelling further along the line to the house (it did come close) after ActewAGL cut the power further upstream. ActewAGL then spent the majority of the day replacing the entire power line, apparently it is something they have to do quite often.

The other type of power line that I really dislike being anywhere near is high voltage power lines, for some reason the absolutely scare the living daylights out of me. In fact, earlier this year when I walked up Mount Majura (an exercise I plan on repeating with a camera in hand) I had to walk under two sets of high voltage power lines, it took me a good minute to compose myself before I could do it, and even then I had to do it quickly. Coming back was worse because it had started to rain, and despite all logic saying that nothing was going to happen, it took me even longer to prepare to walk under the power lines.

So, there you go, my most irrational fear, power lines. Would anyone like to share one of their irrational fears?


May 29th, 2007 at 12:59pm

Peter Leonard Returns

I’ve had five people email me this story, and a further half a dozen point me towards RiotACT’s coverage of the story (where they somehow manage to link it in with the really old news about Bert’s Family Feud being cancelled), so thank you to you all, but you may now desist.

Peter LeonardIt’s not terribly exciting news but it is interesting to note that Peter Leonard has not retired, but has instead returned from a lengthy and well deserved break. Jessica Good, who, for the most part, did a good job filling in for Peter, has now returned to the weather.

Unfortunately, due to the fact that I am currently working during both WIN News bulletins, I did not see it.

I do have a question for anyone who was watching it on Friday though. Phil Small was hosting 2CC’s coverage of the Raiders V Dragons match at Canberra Stadium on Friday night…was he presenting the sport on Win News on Friday? If so then that was either a pre-recorded segment, or some very nifty work to get between venues, and find parking, so quickly.


2 comments May 29th, 2007 at 10:12am

Samuel’s Footy Tips: Results

It looks like I forgot to score a weekend again…

Weekly Results
NRL Round 10: 3/6 (50%)
AFL Round 8: 5/8 (62.50%)

NRL Round 11: 3/8 (37.50%)
AFL Round 9: 5/8 (62.50%)

Total Scores
NRL: 38/84 (45.24%)
AFL: 42/72 (58.33%)
Total: 80/156 (51.28%)


May 29th, 2007 at 09:10am

Words from Clive Robertson

Here is what Clive Robertson had to say about this website:

“You have a strange website…you should see a physician about it.”

He later added “the fact that you can’t see what is strange about it is a worry”.

Thanks Clive!


4 comments May 29th, 2007 at 05:44am


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