Archive for December 11th, 2007

Carbon Tax

Good evening Clinton and Rachel,

A carbon tax of $500 per child per year for the third and subsequent child? Plus the removal of the baby bonus? I suppose the academic who came up with that one doesn't have children…

With the planet already showing signs of cooling, I can't wait until another few years have passed and all of these global warming alarmists have egg on their faces.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart

Update: I got the figures wrong…in reality they are much worse. $5000 per child at birth plus up to $800 per child per year thereafter. Professor Barry Walters appears to be proof that just because you’re a professor, you’re not necessarily sane. He might not be insane either, but he doesn’t seem to have thought this one through. Professor Walters, amongst the many other flaws in your proposal, you are forgetting the random nature of some births…why should parents be punished for having triplets? They didn’t plan on having triplets…I would have thought that of all people, you, Professor, as an obstetrician would understand that.End Update

December 11th, 2007 at 08:30pm

20/20 Cricket

Good evening Gibbsy and Cameron,

I really couldn't care less about twenty-twenty cricket, it's just too short and lacks tactics. It seems to be entirely a case of "bash the ball as far as you can or bowl it as fast as you can". I prefer the fifty overs per side game where there is more room for tactics, or even test matches which involve plenty of mind games. I won't be watching the twenty-twenty match tonight, although I will be interested to see who wins.

The sport I would like to see shortened in tennis. I can not sit through a tennis match, so I would be happy with a thirty minute version. Whoever wins the most games in thirty minutes wins the match…I'd enjoy that!

Samuel Gordon-Stewart

December 11th, 2007 at 07:00pm

That’s The 2GB Line…

Did I hear that correctly? The traffic report during 2CC’s 4:30 news ended with “Canberra’s traffic leader, 1206 2CC”.

They say that nothing is new in radio, and in this case they would be correct, because that’s the 2GB line. “Sydney’s traffic leader, 2GB 873”.

I’m the first to admit that I don’t know a huge amount about the way the Australian Traffic Network provide reports to stations, but after hearing that I have to wonder if they have a bunch of standard outcues and let stations choose. This one obviously is “(location)’s traffic leader, (station name and frequency)”.

I’ll keep an ear out for the next traffic report and see what happens.

Update 4:47pm: Looks like it was just a bit of ad-libbing from Ash Keenan (I’m guessing the spelling…care to correct me Ash? Oh, and a belated welcome to Capital Radio) as we’re back to the regular outcue now. I enjoy Ash’s ad-libbing, Canberra’s traffic isn’t always particular interesting but Ash seems to be able to find a way to keep it interesting. End Update


December 11th, 2007 at 04:38pm

I should reply…

On Sunday, Tuggers left a couple comments and I haven’t replied to them yet. I think the comments and the replies are of general interest so rather than simply replying, I will reproduce the comments here, and reply to them.

On “Yep, the nation’s water has been spiked” Tuggers left this comment:

Ok Samuel. The flu epidemic has passed, the election is over (Wasn’t it your first one? Very brave of you to consider standing then…) John Laws and Peter Fitzsimons have resigned from 2UE and the ACT Government is still plodding along. How about you make some more comment about Canberra thngs and even pick up the radio surveys notion again.

Tuggers, I suppose this has something to do with the lack of content on this blog recently. I’m the first to admit that I haven’t been producing anywhere near as much content as usual lately, it’s partially to do with a lack of time, and partially to do with a lack of motivation. A lot of the problem has to do with me wanting to write lengthy articles, not having enough time, and not bothering to write anything at all as a result.

The article you responded to was one I wrote on Friday, it was very short and was based around a news story I spotted and wanted to write about. I wrote a few similar articles on Friday, and the format appeared to work…I made my point in a short space of time and provided enough of the relevant news story to put my comments in context. It all happened because I spotted the news stories during the day and had a few spare minutes to make a comment…it works better than my other system of spotting something I want to write about, jotting down a couple notes and never finding time to write my article until a week later, by which time it is irrelevant, so it doesn’t get written.

I will probably continue with this shorter format as my spare time seems to have changed from being a small number large blocks to being a number of shorter blocks.

As for Canberra stories…I had about half a dozen topics last week, and I only remember one of them. My point on that topic has been mentioned by many others in many other places…but I might still write about it. I do agree that I need to write more about Canberra-centric issues though.

Yes, it was my first election…oh, there’s a second topic…must find the email that’s story is based on…

The radio reviews didn’t work very well. I just didn’t have the time to commit to it…and I think people know what I think of most formats anyway. It would probably be worthwhile running random reviews occasionally, but I don’t think I can commit to a proper series.

I have been considering comparing various international radio stations…it might be interesting to compare the breakfast shows of commercial talk stations in different countries. I think it is fair to say that I am more qualified to compare commercial talk radio than any other format.

Tuggers wrote the following in response to a cryptic email I wrote to 2UE’s Stuart Bocking.

Samuel. Since you email 2UE presenters in the middle of the night or on the weekend, there is a better than average chance many of your readers don’t know what you are talking about. How about prefacing your emails before stapling them to the blog?

This is another message that is just as confusing as the star jump business.

I should be more selective about the emails I copy on to the blog. Basically the way it works is that I will send them to the presenter and send a BCC (Blind Carbon Copy) version to the blog. A script runs every half hour to check for new messages. I have considered making the script add some text about the email being one of my contributions to talkback radio, but that wouldn’t help to put the emails in context. It would probably help if I either copied the more ambiguous emails separately with some explanatory text, or added in some explanatory text after the email appears online.

To explain that message, Sarah is the producer of 2UE’s Drive Show and for one promotional reason or another she was sent on a train trip across Australia. Part of the promotion was that presenters would cross to her on the train, so she asked Clive Robertson what time he would like to talk to her…he said 4am and she (for some unknown reason, maybe she thought he was joking) agreed. I next heard Sarah talking to Stuart Bocking at 9:30 that night, and noticed that she sounded bright and bubbly on both occasions.

As for the “star jump” stuff. The short version of that is that Glenn Wheeler abseiled down the 31 storey Stockland Building in Sydney to raise money for the starlight foundation. More details (including videos) are available on Glenn Wheeler’s highlights page and the MyTalk star jump page. For the record, I donated $50 to the cause.

Anyway thank you for your suggestions Tuggers. They’re constructive and useful, and I appreciate them.


December 11th, 2007 at 07:39am


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