Archive for July 3rd, 2007

Samuel’s Persiflage Update

If you were planning on waiting up for Samuel’s Persiflage (I’m always surprised that there are people who do this), then you will probably appreciate this notice that it won’t be online until about 3 or 4am.

You can stay up if you want, but I wouldn’t recommend breaking your sleeping pattern for it.

Update: Technical difficulties during the recording of an interview, plus my headache didn’t help. It’s nearly there. End Update

Further Update
: Final Processing and MP3 Encoding in progress. Upload shortly. ETA 6:30am End Update


July 3rd, 2007 at 11:06pm

Robbie McGregor: The Voice Of NodePhone

Long term readers would be well aware that I am a fan of ex-SBS voiceover man Robbie McGregor and was very disappointed when SBS decided to remove Robbie from the network last year. Since then I have been pleased to hear Robbie reading a wide variety of commercials and other voiceovers.

You can therefore imagine that I was even more pleased when I dialled a phone number incorrectly one day, and discovered that Robbie McGregor has recorded the announcements for Internode’s phone network NodePhone. I think these announcements are much better than the rather annoying messages produced by Telstra, and so for comparative purposes (and also to give Robbie a free plug), here is a sample of Robbie on NodePhone.

The following sound file includes two messages read by Robbie, one of the Telstra messages (does anyone know what the quietly muttered letters mean?), and Robbie as the talking clock.


I find the style of Robbie’s announcement to be a bit calmer, and more caring than the ones by Telstra. For some reason Robbie seems to come across as actually caring about the fact that, for one reason or another, the call you attempted wasn’t able to be completed, whereas Telstra’s faster, repeated messages, with seemingly pointless letters thrown in, come across as a case of “we don’t care if you can make this call or not…hang up and stop bothering our equipment”.

Perhaps I just give these things too much consideration.


2 comments July 3rd, 2007 at 02:22pm

A thing for Clive

Dear Clive, Abe, and the earlier emailer who thinks I have a thing for Clive,

Do I have a "thing" for Clive? No, but the suggestion did give me a good laugh.

I would like to find out why the earlier emailer thinks I have a thing for Clive…that could be a very interesting story.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart

1 comment July 3rd, 2007 at 03:00am

Pasha Bulker

For one reason or another the following email didn’t show up here when I sent it at 10:04pm yesterday.

Good evening Stuart,

I’m astonished…I didn’t think they would ever manage to refloat the Pasha Bulker. I think I will need to swallow my words, along with John Kerr and Peter FitzSimons.

Now that the rescue budget has been well and truly exhausted, I wonder what the damage bill will be?

Samuel Gordon-Stewart

2 comments July 3rd, 2007 at 02:44am


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