Archive for November 8th, 2007

Lotto Repitition

I had a very strange and short dream last night about a lotto draw.

The dream started with the lotto machine just about to draw the first number, which was 44, it then went and picked out another number, and again it was 42…in fact the entire draw was filled with the number 42.

The lotto presenter did not seem at all surprised by the result although the government officials could be seen in the background measuring the lotto machine. The dream then ended.

Just in case you were wondering, most Australian lotteries have 45 numbers and draw out eight of them per lottery draw. To have enough of each number in the barrel to have a lotto draw in which the same number filled every position, you would need 360 balls in the lotto machine.


3 comments November 8th, 2007 at 07:15pm

From The Vault: July 24, 2007

The second raiding of the vault for the day only just meets the tree month threshold rule for vault posts. From the 24th of July this year, it WIN Television’s tribute to Peter Leonard.

WIN Television’s Tribute to Peter Leonard
July 24th, 2007 at 12:36pm

Here’s something I’m well overdue with, the tribute WIN Television produced for Peter Leonard.

I’m also privileged to be able to bring to you a report on the party WIN held for Peter following the bulletin, filed a short time ago by former WIN, and now 2GB, reporter James Goodwin, for which I thank him immensely.

At the end of the bulletin, past and present colleagues filled the WIN boardroom to reminiscence and share a drink with Peter. Channel 7’s Samantha Armitage and former weather presenter Tony Lynas were among those who flew in especially for the event.

There were a few brief speeches, New South Wales News Director Stella Lauri thanked Peter for his commitment to WIN, Jessica Good spoke on everyone’s behalf when she said how much she’d miss Peter, and Peter’s long-time on-air partner Phil Small had everyone laughing with his witty speech, peppered with many “in-jokes”.

Peter was overwhelmed by the number of people who came to wish him all the best in his retirement, and spoke with affection about the “terrific people he’s worked with”.

One of the highlights of the night was turning on the television in the boardroom and watching the ABC news and then Stateline. People were speechless when Stateline opened with Peter in the chair and saying “Hello and welcome to Stateline, I’m Peter Leonard”. It was all a friendly joke and a nice tribute to Peter. The laughs continued when Peter threw to a story “about me”.

One of Peter’s farewell gifts was the original WIN Television flag that flew in front of the Kingston studio. By the end of the night the flag was filled with everyone’s signatures and well wishes.

Samuel & James

2 comments November 8th, 2007 at 06:15pm

A song for Andrew Barr

Hi Mike,

Re your comment yesterday afternoon about Andrew Barr going around in circles and sweeping things under the carpet, I propose a new song for Mr. Barr:

The wheels on the Barr go round and round
Round and round
Round and round
The wheels on the Barr go round and round
All day long

The Barr and the carpet go sweep sweep sweep
Sweep sweep sweep
Sweep sweep sweep
The Barr and the carpet go sweep sweep sweep
All day long

The issues with Barr are "not my fault"
"Not my fault"
"Not my fault"
The issues with Barr are "not my fault"
All day long

I'm sure you could add a few verses to that if you want to.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart

1 comment November 8th, 2007 at 11:30am

ATO Efficiency

Usually I submit my annual income tax return in late July or early August but this year I managed to leave it until the morning of the due date. I ended up submitting it via E-Tax at about 2am on Wednesday October 31.

As a result I wasn’t expecting to hear back from the tax office for weeks, so I was very surprised when I received the refund in my bank account in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, which means it only took them four business days to process it.

All I can say is that I am astounded by the efficiency of the Australian Taxation Office, and can only congratulate them and thank them for it.

Well done ATO!


November 8th, 2007 at 09:22am

From The Vault: August 29, 2005

I’m a bit behind with these vault posts, so I think we’ll have two today to catch up, and to start with we’re going back to the 29th of August, 2005, and an incident where I managed to get a staple in one of my fingers.

I Stapled Myself
August 29th, 2005 at 09:45pm

This evening I finally got around to making a 2CC poster to attach to my school bag. I tried many different ways of attaching it to the exterior of my bag, including multiple sticky tape attempts. Unfortunately all of these attempts were unsuccessful, so I decided to use staples. I got the stapler and realised it was empty, so I filled it and proceeded to staple the corners of the poster to the bag.

The top corners were easy as the stapler reached the corners around the zip. The bottom corners however could not be reached by the stapler and I instead had to unfold it and put something behind the paper to bend the staples in place and make it easier to staple. I used a metal ruler, however the first staple I did that way caught me with the ruler slightly out of position and my finger in position, so I ended up with a staple in my finger which, needless to say, hurt.

I eventually got the staples in the right places and I now have the following half-A4 poster stapled and taped to my bag. (Some of the tape couldn’t be removed after it stuck to the paper, so it is now providing extra support.)

2CC Poster


Entry Filed under: Samuel News, TV/Radio/Media


1. Kerces | August 30th, 2005 at 12:51 am

Is your finger all better now? Or is it gross and gangrenous?

2. Samuel | August 30th, 2005 at 10:49 am

Still hurts a bit, and the Band-Aid is preventing me from using my finger much because I can barely bend it.

I should have pointed out that it is my right index finger which got stapled.

I’m trying to keep it dry which isn’t easy at times…and mostly limits me to one hand when using water.

3. eebl | August 30th, 2005 at 9:42 pm

Samuel, I hate your radio presenters. Bunch of wankers. But i’ll respect your taste because, sam, you’re awesome.

4. Samuel | August 30th, 2005 at 9:58 pm

Interesting statement, just wondering, why do you think that of them?

I take it you don’t like them and I respect that, I’m glad we can be democratic about this.

5. eebl | August 30th, 2005 at 10:10 pm

Well, my statement was rash. I just saw John Laws and went for it. But I dislike Laws because of certain view he holds, mainly spurting right-wing tosh and spreading fear and hate within the masses to please one person – John Howard.

I saw laws and figured the rest were in on it.

6. Samuel | August 30th, 2005 at 10:30 pm

Fair enough. Can’t say that I neccesarily agree with you, but that’s what makes democracy good.

To my knowledge, at least one of those presenters don’t get on with Laws.

2 comments November 8th, 2007 at 07:16am


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