Archive for August, 2009

Mondays with Maritz: Computer Fixings

Dear and writings from the computer of is now fixed thanks to lovely Neighbour Mrs. Lesley of next door who did do come to look for see of why computer is not working properly and did do see of the cords in wrong places. Some cords were of not plugged in properly from when I did do moving of desk for the cleanngs and I did not do notice.

This is much good as I am did have the writings of emails to Mother of Russia from computer of Mrs. Lesley but was not doing the receivings and so now have do see of many emails of which did not do see in times of previous which does do include photo of nice mouse Squeelivich who is well and good and enjoying the cheeses.

Last week I did do writings of story for teacher of the Englishes Mrs. Porrit and she has done the correctings for the learnings and the story of correctings is here which I write out now so as to do understand of it better which Mrs. Porrit says if of good as must be do writings of it many times so that I can be do understandings of the lenghts of the place for grammars and the do.

I have a pet cat whose name is Slavcatchski. He is a lovely cat who snuggles up to me and usually behaves. I also have a pet mouse in Russia whose name is Squeelivich, which is similar to the noise he makes. Sometimes I buy a cooked chook from the supermarket and Slavcatchski eats some of it. Milk comes from cows which live on farms, much like some chooks.

Mrs. Porrit has also done do of many lines and notes on story I did write of showing changes to help with the learnings and been set has new task for me of the change so to see for difference from writing of hers to how I would be do write and so that she can see of the differences and do further helpings.

I am do good this week and hope the weather is doing rain as I am much do like of the rain and please to be having wonderful times of week in coming.

From Maritz
Ms. Maritzkrozlavsky Throrglasnishozly

August 31st, 2009 at 03:31pm

ACT Government return to their senses

Don’t get too excited…it’s only one issue, they have a very long way to go before they can accurately claim to be in possession of all their senses (I don’t think they ever had all of them) but it’s a start.

After this year, Melbourne Cup day will no longer be a public holiday, ending their bizarre experiment of turning one of the better days for the ACT economy in to a “everyone stay at home while we have a temper tantrum about the Howard government’s industrial reforms” day.

That said, Family and Community day will still be a public holiday, just on a different day. Not being one who likes simplicity, the rules which decide when this public holiday will fall are much more convoluted than necessary.

[..] to be held on the first Monday of the September/October school holidays [except] where the first Monday of the school holidays falls on the currently designated Labour Day public holiday, such as will occur in 2011 and 2012, the Family and Community Day will be moved to the second Monday of the term break

Why he can’t just pick a single date is beyond me, but such is life, and I’ll just be glad for the moment that the return to workday Melbourne Cups, for which I have argued, has finally occurred.


August 31st, 2009 at 01:23pm

Just who are Obama’s many many czars?

Barack Obama currently has about 30 “czars” in his administration. People who are completely unaccountable, and yet hold a large amount of power. Understandably, Obama’s love of the czar has prompted the question “who are these people?”, often with somewhat disturbing results.

For example, Van Jones, the “green jobs” czar with a rather long history of radical activism. Don’t take my word for it, here’s Glenn Beck with a brief biography of Mr. Jones.

This all raises the question…how do you trust a government which is giving high-level jobs to people with this sort of radical background?

Thanks to Heather Kydd for the link to the video.


August 31st, 2009 at 01:01pm

2QN/Classic Rock Regional News headlines August 31

A 29-year old man became the ninth fatality on New South Wales roads in the space of 24 hours on Friday night after he crashed on Deniliquin-Wakool road. Police say alcohol was probably a factor.

A 20-year-old Echuca man has had his car impounded following a high speed pursuit through Echuca’s residential streets on Saturday night.

The Elmore Field Days site is set to receive a major makeover, courtesy of a $330,000 dollar grant from the Victorian government.

Aged Care services in Echuca have increased by 62 beds following the extension to the Wharparilla Lodge, which was officially opened on Friday by Member for Rodney, Paul Weller.

Victorian education minister Bronwyn Pike has agreed to consider a proposal to establish a school for student leadership at the Kyabram Dairy Research Centre, which would offer a residential education experience for year nine students.

In round 18 of Goulburn Valley football, wins went to Shepparton United, Seymour, Mansfield, Rochester, Kyabram and Euroa. Rochester finished on top of the ladder.

In round 18 of Goulburn Valley Netball, wins went to Shepparton Swans, Shepparton United, Rochester, Echuca, Tatura and Shepparton.

In the Elimination finals of the Murray Greenham football league on the weekend, Moama thrashed Numurkah 20.23.(143) to 4.8.(32) and the Deni Rams were too good for Congupna 15.12.(102) to 8.15.(63). Next weekend in the semi-finals, Tocumwal verse Barooga on Saturday, and on Sunday Moama play the Deni Rams.

In the Murray Netball elimination finals, Congupna defeated Finley 47 to 35, and Tocumwal defeated Cobram 51 to 47.

In next weekend’s semi-finals, Tocumwal verse Congupna and Tongala take on Numurkah in a top-of-the-table clash.

In the Picola Football seniors. In the north west league. Berrigan knocked the Deni Rovers out of the finals on Saturday, defeating them by 35 points, 15.18.(108) to 11.7.(73). Berrigan now advance to next weekend’s grand final against Jerilderie at Blighty, Saturday at 2pm.

In the South East league, Tungamah defeated Katandra in their semi-final 18.14.(122) to 11.11.(77).

In Picola Netball, The Deni Rovers defeated Blighty 32 to 31, and will meet Mathoura in next week’s North West grand final. Whilst in the south east, Tungamah downed Katandra by one point, 37 to 36 in their semi final. Shepparton East will play Katandra next week for a spot in the grand final against Tungamah.

August 31st, 2009 at 09:26am

Statistics from the trip to Deniliquin

As noted a couple weeks ago, the roadworks on the Hume Highway which have slowed my trips down considerably, have now been completed…well, almost. For some unknown reason, the westbound run towards Gundagai still has a decent stretch of “roadwork” slowing the road to 80km/h…I say roadworks in quotations, because I’m not convinced that closing the overtaking lane for no apparent reason and slowing the remaining lane down by 30km/h counts as roadworks.

Anyhoo, my trip was faster, taking only four hours and thirty-six minutes this time around.

I left home at 9:02am and stopped in Gundagai at 10:38am. I was back on the road at 11:00am and arrived at the hotel in Deniliquin at 2:00pm (I was surprised when both times were right on the dot). It’s a 495KM run, which makes the average speed 107.61 km/h.

As usual, Regional News headlines will be posted here on weekday mornings at around 9am over the course of the next two weeks.


2 comments August 30th, 2009 at 06:11pm

Here we go again…

I’m off to Deniliquin again for two weeks. I’m not completely over the cold which has kept me from writing much on here for the last week, but over it enough to still go without infecting people.

I’ll see you all from Deniliquin.


1 comment August 30th, 2009 at 08:16am

Last minute Jerk Of The Week submission 28 August

I was going to skip Jerk Of The Week this week as I’ve been sick in bed for much of it, but a visit to my post office box gave me something to whinge about at the last moment.

Your “Jerk of the Week” submission
Organisations that want me to receive their newsletter by email so that they can “go green”

Why should this person be the “Jerk of the Week”?
I’m quite happy to receive their newsletters by email as it makes it easier to ignore them, but I will not switch to email delivery to boost their green credentials.

Your Name (Optional)
Samuel Gordon-Stewart

Casey Hendrickson and Heather Kydd’s Jerk Of The Week airs on Newsradio 840 KXNT in a few minutes. The webstream didn’t go nuts last week during the segment, so hopefully that means it’s fixed.


August 28th, 2009 at 11:05am

The electricity is back on

The power in parts of Ainslie, Reid and Civic went out at 5:57pm. It is now back on, having been restored at 6:40pm, 20 minutes ahead of schedule.


August 26th, 2009 at 06:45pm

Mondays with Maritz (on a Wednesday): of writing from the next door

Dear to hello to everyone of the readings today,

I am doing write today of from computer of Mrs. Lesley of next door who is lovely neighbour as my computer is doing the not working properly at moment time which is much of difficult but is will be done fixed shortly after I have been do visit to the computer shop for the fixings. I am not of sure what is wrong with computer this time as it is not same as last time when nice cat Slavcatchski did the naughty jumpings on computer for chasings of photo of mouse Squeelivich who lives with Mother of Russia.

Mrs. Porrit of the English Teachings Has Been give to me of tasks for the learnings which does do involve the usings of word cow cat mouse chook in story and I am did do think of writing story here and in next week time after Mrs. Porrit has done do of read and the any correctionings which does do happen of much and often I can be to do of write the correctings here to be.

I have the pet cat of name Slavcatchski who is much lovely cat of the many snuggles and is very of good in times most, and I am also have pet mouse in Russia who is name Squeelivich which is similar of noise he does do make. Sometimes I do buy a chook of from the supermarkings shop of the cooked and Slavcatchski does do like to be eating of it. I am think that cows of milk do also come from farm to supermarkings shop as much like the chook.

Please to be do have week time of lovely and I will be do hope to write of next week.

From Maritz
Ms. Maritzkrozlavsky Throrglasnishozly

2 comments August 26th, 2009 at 08:34am

2GB and my cold

As much as I would like to be in Sydney today for 2GB’s outside broadcast, it is simply not feasible as I have a cold at the moment. The sore throat is gone, which is a good thing, but I’m in day three of the headache, and back ache, and leg ache etc.

The cold is the reason it has been so quiet around here for the last few days. Today is the first time I have logged in since Monday morning.

It looks like Maritz has submitted her column, so I’ll read it before publishing it, and then go back to bed.


August 26th, 2009 at 08:21am

Evening excitement

It’s not quite 1am, and already the day is off to an exciting start. A short time ago police chased a car to just outside my place where it was abandoned. A bunch of police cars with sirens blaring descended on my block, and then there was what sounded like a frenzied foot chase. I think they caught the suspect, as most of the police have now left.

The remaining police are currently taking photos of the abandoned car and chatting with their colleagues via their radios.

I can’t wait for the official press release about this.

Update 1:11am: More police in the area now, shining torches at this mystery vehicle, taking photos of it, looking in its boot, playing with its front left window, and knocking on house doors. End Update

Update 1:29am: I have never seen a group of grown men more fascinated with the boot of a car than these police officers. They keep opening the boot as if they’re checking that whatever is in there, is still in there. I guess they are waiting for something to happen, whether that’s forensics arriving or a tow truck, or something else. I just hope the mystery vehicle is moved by morning, as it’s blocking my car’s path of egress, and I have a rego inspection booked for 8:15am. End Update

Update 1:34am: And now they’re taking things out of the mystery vehicle and photographing them…and another police car leaves. Not many officers left now. End Update

Update 2:07am: Just as I’m starting to doze off, they start closing the doors on the remaining police car multiple times…seems that they can’t decide whether to sit in the car, or stand around outside of it. And here comes the tow truck. End Update

Update 2:20am: Mystery vehicle has been towed, and the police have left. Excitement over for the night. End Update

Update 10:02am: The 9:41am press release about the incident (it’s not online yet, I’ll check later and provide a link if one becomes available).

Man arrested after pursuit through northern suburbs

ACT Policing has arrested a 37-year-old Downer man after a short vehicle pursuit in Braddon and Reid today (August 24).

Around 12.30am police became involved in a pursuit with a white Subaru Impreza after the driver failed to stop. The pursuit took place in the area of Ainslie Avenue, Elimatta Street, Batman Street, Doonkuna Street and Allambee Street, as well as the laneway in between Allawah and Currong Flats.

During the pursuit an unidentified passenger managed to exit the vehicle in the area of Allawah Flats. The driver continued attempting to evade police until he came to a dead end and ran from the vehicle. The alleged offender was apprehended a short distance away near the intersection of Elimatta Street and Ainslie Avenue, Reid.

The motor vehicle was confirmed as stolen and during a search of it police located a syringe containing a substance suspected to be an amphetamine (speed).

The alleged offended will appear before the ACT Magistrates Court this morning (August 24) charged with driving a motor vehicle without consent, failing to stop when requested by police, driving in a manner dangerous to the public, driving a vehicle unlicensed, possessing a drug of dependence and property damage.

End Update

Update 11:02am: The press release is now online. End Update


August 24th, 2009 at 12:58am

Samuel’s Musician Of The Week: Seal

This week’s award goes to Seal, and the feature song is “Amazing”, a song I went looking for after hearing a very short extract of it used as part of the 2UE IDs for various presenters (I think the first time I heard it, it was being used for Stuart Bocking).

Seal – Amazing
by PeteRock

Everyone says you’re amazing
(amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing)

Say you don’t know, how to do it now
So you run
It’s not that you’re bleeding, but you’re through it now
So you run, so you run
I know that you need it, you can’t live alone
So you run, so you run…

Everyone says you’re amazing
Now that you’re clean
Only you know who the real ones are, ’cause you’ve seen
There’s only one question I want to ask, is it healing when you hear
Everyone see you’re amazing?

Does anyone ask you?
If you cry in your sleep and do you feel okay
When you run?
Thinkin’ it’s doomsday, you got to let it go
So you run, so you run…

Pretend you don’t see it, that way you can live the lie, when you run…
So you run..

Everyone says you’re amazing
Now that you’re clean
Only you know who the real ones are, ’cause you’ve seen
There’s only one question I want to ask, is it healing when, when you hear
Everyone see you’re amazing?

Does anyone ask you…? (ask you, ask you, ask you, ask you, ask you, ask you)
‘Cause I know that you’re real, amazing, amazing, amazing…

Everyone says you’re amazing
Now that you’re clean
Only you know who the real ones are, because you have seen
There’s only one question I want to ask, is it healing when you hear
Everyone see you’re amazing?

Everyone see you’re amazing
(I want you to always feel amazing)
Everyone says you’re amazing
(I want you to always feel amazing)
(I want you to always feel amazing)
You’re amazing


August 23rd, 2009 at 06:53pm

Aircheck Sunday: Samuel and Jason Morrison discuss the news of the week on 2QN. Friday May 22, 2009

You may recall that, three months ago, I was quite excited that 2GB’s Jason Morrison had agreed to come on to the 2QN breakfast show, on which I was filling in for Paul Dix, to have a chat about some of the stories which had made the news that week.

On the Friday morning, just after the 8:30am news, Jason and I discussed Annice Smoel’s release from a Thai jail which was undoubtedly the top story of the week, along with petrol prices and the discounting stunts taking place in Sydney, plus an amusing case of a large bank error and record bank fees.

I was quite pleased with how it turned out, as was the senior announcer at 2QN, and now that it is more than three months old, here it is for your listening pleasure.

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In case you are wondering, it was not a coincidence that Jason’s theme song from 2GB played straight after the interview. It’s a great song, I’d been wanting to play it all week, and the segment gave me the perfect opportunity to play it, even if I didn’t mention that as a reason at the time.

So, once again I would like to thank Jason for giving up fifteen minutes of his time on that morning. I understand that it was a particularly busy week for him, so his contribution is greatly appreciated.

Copyright notice: Copyright on this audio is jointly held by Rich Rivers Radio Pty Ltd, Samuel Gordon-Stewart and Jason Morrison. It is made available for personal use, and “fair use” as defined by copyright legislation only. This audio may not be redistributed without the prior written permission of a copyright holder.

Incidentally, my childhood recordings continue to be published tomorrow…one tomorrow, one on Tuesday.


August 23rd, 2009 at 12:35pm

The Optus bird is no longer in the air

But that’s a good thing, because that means it will soon be serving up all sorts of content.

Australia’s latest satellite has rocketed into space after the Optus D3 successfully lifted off from French Guiana.

The Ariane 5 rocket, operated by Arianespace, lifted off from Kourou, French Guiana, at 8.08am (AEST) on Saturday.

Optus D3 will expand the telecommunications company’s satellite technology by providing redundant capabilities and expanded capacity for subscription television, free-to-air TV and voice, internet and radio services.
The satellite will take a few days to assume its orbit of 35,000km above Australia.

It will then undergo two months of tests before it commences commercial operations.

This does force me to wonder what will happen if it fails its tests? Would they burn it in the atmosphere and send a new satellite up in its place? That would be a rather expensive option, considering that hundreds of thousands of dollars go in to launching each satellite…I wonder what the return is on these satellites? They must make a lot of money selling broadcast space if they can afford the launch costs.

Too many questions for a Saturday night. I’m just happy to see D3 has been launched.


August 22nd, 2009 at 10:16pm

Hugh Rimington on Ten

Apparently Hugh Rimington has been with Channel Ten since April. I’m surprised that tonight was the first time that I have seen him on Ten News seeing as I see it every Saturday.

Hugh RimingtonHugh worked for Channel Nine for 16 years which included a very impressive stint as the anchor of Nightline, before defecting to CNN as a newsreader and Hong Kong correspondent.

It’s good to see Hugh back on free-to-air television in Australia, and I dare say that Channel Ten must be very pleased that they have Hugh working for them and not another network. Hugh lends Ten News a level of credibility which I think it has been missing for quite some time when it comes to reporting on federal politics.

It was quite a shock to see Hugh on Ten tonight, but it was a good shock. It makes me much more inclined to pay attention to Ten News in the future.

A belated welcome back to the country Hugh.


1 comment August 22nd, 2009 at 05:30pm

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