Archive for May 13th, 2008

The Federal Budget with John Stanley and Stuart Bocking

In case any of you are wondering where I will be turning for coverage of Wayne Swan’s first federal budget tonight, it will be John Stanley and Stuart Bocking on 2CC (relayed from 2UE). 2CC have been claiming that the coverage starts at 7pm although the Fairfax Syndication schedule indicates that it starts at 7:30pm and runs until 9pm.

It will be good to once again hear John Stanley’s analysis of news and current affairs on 2CC. It will also be very interesting to see how good or bad Wayne Swan’s budget is.


2 comments May 13th, 2008 at 05:13pm

Sydney’s highest rating breakfast radio programme…and the most beautiful women on Australian television

I was reading through some blogs which I haven’t read for a while last night, and found myself quite bewildered and annoyed by a particular blogger who I shan’t name because, quite frankly, I don’t think they deserve a link after annoying me in this manner.

Basically, the blogger in question is in a lather about how he is going to interview Jackie O, co-host of Channel Ten’s Big Brother and 2DAY FM’s breakfast show, both of which she co-hosts with the annoying Kyle Sandilands. He makes two claims which irritate me, the first of which being that 2DAY FM’s breakfast show is the highest rating breakfast radio programme in Sydney. This is blatently false.

In the latest Sydney radio ratings (Survey three, 2008), 2GB’s Alan Jones Breakfast Show is the clear winner, on 15.2%, followed by 2DAY FM on 11.1% and 702 ABC Sydney on 10.1%. The story was the same in Survey 2:
2GB: 16.5%
2DAY FM: 12.3%
702 ABC Sydney: 11.3%

And survey one was quite similar:
2GB: 19.1%
2DAY FM and 702 ABC Sydney: 10.9%

2GB were also the breakfast leader for all eight surveys last year.

The other thing this blogger wrote which annoyed me was a claim that Jackie O is one of the most beautiful women on television. I suppose it doesn’t really annoy me, I just disagree quite strongly. In my opinion, Jackie O tries too hard to look attractive, and I’m not fond of excessive use of makeup to make oneself look attractive. In my opinion, somebody who would truly rank as one of the most beautiful women on television is Channel Nine sport presenter Stephanie Brantz, she also has a great voice.
Stephanie Brantz

I remember watching Stephanie on SBS World Sport before it was dumped in favour of an extended and revamped news bulletin, and was then very pleased to see her jump across to Channel Nine. It’s a pity that she didn’t get the proper cricket commentary role that she deserved, but it’s good to see her presenting the sport on Nine News on the weekend. She is a great talent and I’m sure she will be one of Australian television’s star commentators in years to come. Maybe the 2012 London Olympics on Nine will be her big break.


6 comments May 13th, 2008 at 01:56pm

Is the Happy Dragon about to become a smiling W?

As a long-time loyal customer of St. George Bank I am rather disappointed that they have agreed to merge with Westpac Bank. Whilst it’s nice to know that St. George shares are being deemed to be worth 1.31 Westpac shares each, forever proving that St. George is a more wonderful institution, the fact of the matter is that I loathe Westpac, and the thought of St. George becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Westpac or even worse being melded in to the very essence of the Westpac existence is a horrifying thought.

It has always been comforting to know that a nice big happy green dragon that I met at the Canberra Show, and with whom I shared a meal of fairy bread, has been looking after my banking needs with a friendly green smile.

I also have to agree with the concerns of the unions about bank branches closing. Westpac and St. George are adamant that branches will not close, but with the Civic St. George and Westpac branches about two doors away from each other, I find that very hard to believe, even if the two brands operate somewhat independently.

My personal feelings aside, I can’t see any logical reason for the regulatory bodies to block the merger, so I suppose I will just have to enjoy the nice warm glow of Happy Dragon while it lasts:
St. George Bank
And get ready to run before my accounts are devoured by the not-so-friendly W.
Westpac Bank

With all that said, I’m sure that with all of those valuable shares, Happy Dragon will enjoy a nice retirement, and a never-ending supply of fairy bread. It’s just a pity that I probably won’t be coming along for the ride.


May 13th, 2008 at 12:53pm


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