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From The Vault: January 27, 2006

This was supposed to appear on Friday, obviously it didn’t. From the 27th of January 2006, it’s a note about John Laws returning from holidays, and a whole heap of very peculiar comments.

The Cat’s Back!
January 27th, 2006 at 02:41pm

Returning to The Fortress on Monday, is John Laws. That means the golden microphone will also be returning to work, and the co-driver will be dropping by on Fridays with his race tips.
John Laws - Putting The Cat Amongst The Pigeons from 9 til noon weekdays
Hopefully the cat will find a way to be amongst the pigeons again, and The Cuckoo’s Nest will almost certainly have a song ready, with plenty more to come as the years rolls on.

Welcome Back Lawsie!


Entry Filed under: TV/Radio/Media


1. Kooky_Pound_Puppy | January 27th, 2006 at 5:17 pm

I actually saw Lawsie the other day, in front of his Woollara home in Sydney, Looking relaxed fresh and happy.
He is great on radio my nan loves him!.

2. flakey blondie samspam | January 28th, 2006 at 11:52 pm

My mum has a hugh crush on Lawsie, that she went out shopping and brought home a vaz(a carpet washer). I started to threathen to put her into the local home.
All she would do is is quote Lawsie old add” A HOME ISN’T REALLY CLEAN UNLESS IT’S WASHED ‘like she was in some sort of trance.
It’s not that I have anything against carpet washes, it’s just that my mum’s house is all floorboards.
It’s amazing the power Lawsie has on the lady’s.

3. heatseeker | January 30th, 2006 at 12:24 pm

Mmmmm … I’m a bit worried about these subliminal messages of Lawsie’s that compel people who don’t even have carpet to go out and buy carpet washers.

I will play his next show backwards and scrupulously check for any hidden Satanic messages …

4. flakey blondie samspam | January 30th, 2006 at 10:15 pm

Well if you look at the pic of lawie it’s quite a knowing smirk. Men that have the hidden goods , seem to reflect it with a smirk that seems to make women weak at the knees.
I gather your male heatseeker as you seem not to have fallen for the charms of THE LAWSIE….

5. Chuck Berry | January 31st, 2006 at 12:57 am

Hold on and rewind. I seem to have missed something very important. What was the Kooky_Pound_Puppy doing outside Lawsies shack? Have we stumbled upon something here?

6. heatseeker | January 31st, 2006 at 4:59 pm

Well, yes FBP, I am indeed a male, but Samuel is apparently also of the masculine persuasion, and he seems to be enamoured with Lawsie, and, as his apprentice, he has very effectively adopted his modus operandi of subliminal seductive messages in his prose.

(Section removed – derogatory and offensive) (incidentally, I did a Google search: persiflage \PUR-suh-flahzh\, noun: Frivolous or bantering talk; a frivolous manner of treating any subject, whether serious or otherwise; light raillery … sounds all a bit demonic to me).

Come to the Dark Side Samuel …

And Chuck, yes, it appears that KPP is a radio star stalker, and I think it’s only a matter of time before he/she is lurking around outside Samuel’s abode, and reporting his doings in extensive detail every time he ventures out with Nattie.

7. flakey blondie samspam | January 31st, 2006 at 5:51 pm

Kooky you have some explaining to do young lady????
A stalker??? Or just another female that can’t resist the charm of THE LAWSIE!!!!

8. Kooky_Pound_Puppy | January 31st, 2006 at 11:09 pm

Ok i must explain, i ran out of oil for my 1974 Combi, and i neede some valvoline i was trying to get in to get some of Lawsie, if you know what i mean’

9. Tony | February 8th, 2006 at 3:41 pm

I’m starting to think John Laws is God, he seems to have been around just as long.

February 17th, 2008 at 03:31am

From The Vault: July 18, 2005

Hmmm, we’re certainly going back in time this month. All the way back to the 18th of January 2005, and an interesting attempt to make Romeo and Juliet a tad more interesting.

This was back before I moved from Google’s Blogger service to WordPress, so the formatting is a bit odd, especially the way I produced quotes.

Incidentally, as I didn’t raid the vault last month, there will be another look in to the vault on the 15th of February.

Romeo & Juliet in the nude
July 18th, 2005 at 08:17pm

The Canberra Theatre Centre and Hutchison Entertainment (advertising at 7:30pm on Prime TV) are bringing Romeo & Juliet to Canberra…but there is an interesting twist to this version….I’ll let the Canberra Theatre Company say it: “featuring the most captivating and sensual nude scenes ever presented on a ballet stage.”

It must be the night of the nudists because SBS World News had some “lots of naked people running” thing as their top story, and then had an encore performance at the end of the news while they filled the remaining 30 seconds or so. I suppose that it is SBS, and nudity is no stranger to SBS, but Prime running an ad for nudity at 7:30?

The Canberra Theatre Company have some interesting seating arrangements for this nude play
Babies under 3 years of age can sit on their parent’s lap

GROUPS 10+ $69.90

I would have expected this to be in Fyshwick or Mitchell, but alas, it isn’t….not that it matters.


February 1st, 2008 at 01:37pm

From The Vault: December 3, 2006

A week in to the month and I have only just realised that I didn’t peer in to the vault on December 1.

Today we are going back a bit over a year (to the third of December last year to be precise) and half time at the Scottish International Lawn Bowls Grand Final. The full time report can be found here if you’re interested.

Scottish International Lawn Bowls Grand Final: Half Time
December 3rd, 2006 at 01:17am

Kelvin Kerkow has easily won the first set of the Scottish International Lawn Bowls grand final, 11-5, against fellow Australian David Gourlay.

Ninth seed Kelvin Kerkow started the set well, and seemed more composed than 4th seed david Gourlay whose only answer was driving the ball in the hope of hitting something, a tactic which failed more often than not. By the end of the 7th set (the equivalent of a game in tennis), Kerkow led 8-1.

Gourlay then staged a comeback, getting back within three points of Kerkow, who led 8-5 after 9 ends, but it was all Kerkow from there, as he scored another two points to win the set 11-5.

Today’s final is being run over two sets of 11 ends, in the event of a draw there will be a tiebreaker of three ends.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart reporting for Samuel’s Blog and John Kerr

December 7th, 2007 at 01:07pm

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

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

From The Vault: December 5, 2005

In the last few hours I have realised that we have been in a new month for four and a half days and I haven’t yet reproduced an article from the vault…something I’m supposed to do on the first day of the month.

This month we are going back to the 5th of December 2005, and a rather memorable issue involving a tree.

The Tree Saga

December 5th, 2005 at 11:46pm

On Friday afternoon, three mini tornadoes swept through Canberra, killing one person and damaging a lot of buildings and trees. One such tree and building combination was my house and the gum tree next to it.

It was about 4:30 or so when the storm struck, during it a very large banging sound was heard coming from the roof of my home, This was very short lived and sounded like very large hail hitting the roof.

Around 6PM the next door neighbours noticed the large gum tree had broken and was leaning on my house. It had hit the building with quite a bit of force, but was rotten in the middle and therefore quite soft, this caused the tree to break up upon impact and cause minimal damage. It did however manage to scatter debris over the roof and front of the house. The tree hit the side of the house, near the back.

Here we have the mess in the front yard (there was much more outside the gate, but I was using the small memory card which didn’t have enough space).
Front Yard Mess
Front Yard Mess
Front Yard Mess

I also got some photos of the part of the tree overhanging the front of the roof.
Tree over front of house
Tree over front of house

At this stage we weren’t actually aware of how the tree was situated, and what damage had been caused, but the job had been logged with the SES. The fire brigade were in the area and turned up within minutes of the job being logged, as nobody knew that the tree was rotten, the area was closed due to the chance of the tree moving in the wind and causing more damage. The tree trunk was only balancing on 1 inch of the stump.

The fire brigade signed over the area to the landlord’s contractor, “spotless services” or something to that effect, who then started coordinating the cleanup. This involved relocating my family and the neighbours for the night whilst Spotless and the tree surgeons decided what to do.

I took some photos of the tree, the first one was without a flash and the camera did an interesting job of leaving the lens open for about 10 seconds for the photo.
The tree

The next two were with a flash.
The tree
The tree

The landlord put up the family at the Olims Hotel, which is just up the road, unfortunately they don’t accept pets, so Nattie stayed with another nearby neighbour for the night, which was very exciting as she got to spend the night with a cat. Nattie had lots of fun chasing the cat around for most of the night, although not in a hunting manner, more of a playful manner. Nattie and the cat apparently had fun.

Not long after my family (including myself) were up at Olims, Loadedog passed by my place (he has a friend next door) and took some photos of the tree. He somehow made it look like the lights were on at my place in the first photo, and the man on the right of the second photo is Matthew from Spotless.
Tree and House
People, tree and house

The room at Olims was a “superior room” with a queen bed and a single bed (the queen bed looked slightly more double sized to me).
The beds

The room had some facilities as well, including the all important coffee making facilities.
The room

The thing with a cord hanging out of it is a “Daikin reverse cycle heat pump” and the TV is a budget brand sold at The Good Guys. The TV quite clearly shows the local free to air stations via TransACT.
The television

The bathroom was very nice.
The bathroom
The bathroom
The bathroom

It was close to midnight when we all sat down for a nice cup of coffee, so I went over to the clock radio/telephone and turned it on, it was unfortunately on one of Canberra’s commercial FM music stations, this situation was soon rectified, with 2CC being found within moments. Stuart Bocking was talking about the storms which had swept through most of New South Wales and the ACT, so I decided to ring him later to tell him about the tree.

Mum and Dad had a shower, so I took some more photos. In the first one you can see the complimentary single serve tea, coffee and sugar.
Coffee and Tea facilities

The second one shows the inside of the fridge, including the single use milk.
The Fridge

When Mum and Dad went to bed I went into the bathroom to do three things, ring Stuart Bocking, clean my teeth and have a shower. I rang 2UE and explained that I didn’t have much mobile phone credit left, and the lady who answered the phone put me in the queue and offered to ring me back when it was nearly my turn on air. I waited for a while for my phone to ring, and then it did, I had a good chat with Stuart Bocking, and then continued with my routine before going to bed.

The next morning at 6:30 everyone was awake and bog ordinary morning television was observed for one reason or another, it was mildly amusing, and close to 7am it was turned off and the radio turned on. After the news we all went and had some breakfast before wandering down to our place where tree removal was well underway. I had to go back to fetch the camera, so my parents went ahead of me. As I got closer I took these photos.
Tree removal
Tree removal
Burgess Horticultural Services
Parents, neighbour, contractor and Nattie
In the last picture, the lady holding Nattie’s lead is the neighbour who looked after her overnight.

The tree was more or less removed by this stage, it would appear that they decided to use a crane for safety reasons.
Tree removed with crane
B & B Crane & Rigging

They were still clearing the roof though. You can see some roof damage in this photo.
Roof raking

And a closer view in this photo.
Roof Damage

Nattie was very pleased to see me.

The tree surgeons were just about ready to chip the tree, here you can see the man from Spotless going over to ask for some souvenier pieces.
More of the tree on the ground

And one of the tree surgeons bringing some over.

After this they got to work on processing the tree, or at least the bits small enough to process on site.
Tree Chipping
Tree Chipping
Tree Chipping
Tree Chipping

The bits which were too big for chipping were placed into the back of a truck with the help of a bobcat.
Bobcat moves tree bits
Bobcat moves tree bits

I took a photo of my souvenier piece.
Souvenier piece of fallen tree

The tree surgeons were efficient, fast and busy.
Tree surgeons at work

The bobcat had to cross the road a couple times
Bobcat about to cross road

I got a better view of the damage (although I never got to see the damage on top of the roof).
Tree damage

At this stage there was still a piece of tree on the roof.
More tree on roof

This didn’t seem to phase Nattie one bit.

After this I crossed the road and went into the neighbours yard, where they were inspecting the tree stump. I got a very good closeup shot of the damage from there.
Storm Damage

The tree stump.
Tree Stump

Then I took another two photos of the damage, the second one is better as it doesn’t have the excess background light.
Damage overview
Damage closeup

After a structural inspection we were allowed back into the house, and promptly noticed some pieces of the tree in the backyard.
Backyard post-storm

After this we returned to the hotel to collect our belongings. I took some more photos, firstly the access card.
Olims Hotel Door Key
Olims Hotel Door Key

Then of the hotel room door (Room 206).
Olims room 206
It turns out that our next door neighbour at home had been accomodated in room 208, right next door to us at the hotel.

Here is a fountain at Olims.
Olims Hotel Fountain

Overall we were lucky that this 40 year old tree was rotting, as a solid tree falling the way it did would most probably have caused much more damage, and with the building being built the way it was, probably caused a partial collapse. In the end we got to have a nice mini-holiday and some special excitement for the weekend. In some ways, it could even be described as fun!



1. snappedphoenix | December 6th, 2005 at 8:17 pm

I’m glad everything is okay, and your dog is quite cute!

2. John B1_B5 | December 6th, 2005 at 10:49 pm

Lot of great pics there Samuel , and as you mentioned, it COULD have been worse .

3. jingle | December 7th, 2005 at 6:26 pm

Thank god no injury, and all the work was done so quick!.
Nattie looks rather happy!.

4. Samspam | December 8th, 2005 at 12:22 am

I am also glad to see that Nattie was safe and well. I was in the middle of a bowel movement at 4.39 when the storm stuck. Lucky we were not hit by any falling trees as we just finished painting the outside of our house, around 2.51 p.m the night before.

5. Samuel | December 8th, 2005 at 12:26 am

2:51pm at night? Hmmm, are we talking 2:59am (early morning/late night depending on your point of view) or 2:59pm (afternoon)?

6. jingle | December 8th, 2005 at 12:27 am

So glad to hear normal activities are done and no life is lost during these horrific storms

7. Samuel | December 8th, 2005 at 12:30 am

No, one of the Prime Minister’s gardeners was hit by a tree and died in the storm, it is sad that these things happen, but it just goes to show that we are all vulnerable to nature’s various moods.

8. jingle | December 8th, 2005 at 4:09 pm

Yes it does go to show what “mother nature “can do , and it could happen at anytime

1 comment September 5th, 2007 at 04:52pm

From The Vault: March 19 2006

July certainly went rather quickly, and as today is the first day of August, it’s time to take another look in the Vault.

This time we’re going back to the 19th of March 2006.

Samuel’s Musician Of The Week

March 19th, 2006 at 07:36pm

This week the award goes to Tom Jones, and the feature song is one I remember hearing in the lounge room when I was about three or four years old. I must have heard it regularly as I had a game of running around the circular mat on the floor whenever it was on.

The old home town looks the same as I step down from the train,
and there to meet me is my Mama and Papa.
Down the road I look and there runs Mary hair of gold and lips like cherries.
It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home.
Yes, they’ll all come to meet me, arms reaching, smiling sweetly.
It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home.

The old house is still standing tho’ the paint is cracked and dry,
and there’s that old oak tree I used to play on.
Down the lane I walk with my sweet Mary, hair of gold and lips like cherries.
It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home.

Then I awake and look around me, at four grey wall that surround me
and I realiae, yes I was only dreaming.
For there’s a guard and there’s a sad old padre –
arm in arm we’ll walk at daybreak.
Again I’ll touch the green, green grass of home.

Yes, they’ll all come to see me in the shade of that old oak tree
as they lay me neath the green, green grass of home.


4 comments August 1st, 2007 at 09:35am

From The Vault: February 18 2006

It’s the start of a new month, the start of a new financial year, time for me to activate my new bank card (the old one expired at midnight, I probably should have activated the new one earlier), and time for me to pluck another post out of the vault.

This time we are going back to the 18th of February 2006, and a rather peculiar chapter in the history of Samuel’s Blog, unintended pop-up advertising.

Important Notice Re: Popups

February 18th, 2006 at 03:46pm

By now you will all have noticed annoying popups (or your browser constantly telling you it had blocked them). I noticed them too, but just thought it was my computer containing spyware or adware. It wasn’t until I had the same issues on another PC running Linux that I realised this was really coming from my site. I had previously suspected this, but dismissed that theory when I found no reference to the popups in any HTML.

After spotting these popups on the Linux PC, I went to the WordPress theme editor page and disabled Google Ads and Nedstat (now known as Webstats4u or some such nonsense)…the ads stopped. I enabled Google Ads again as I doubted Google would risk the bad PR from having popups…still no popups.

I was hardly surprised the following in the Webstats4u Terms of Service

When you use these free services, you agree to allow WMS to display advertising, including third party advertising, through the Products and Services. WMS reserves the right to modify the Products and Services from time to time, for any reason, and without notice, including the right to terminate the Products and Services or to change the nature, style, or form of advertisements displayed through the Products and Services.

Up until now, they have only had the advertising on their own website, now that it has changed, they have lost me for life.

I sincerely apoligise to everyone for this incident.

Please note that this is NOT webstat (the service I base the monthly stats on) that I am talking about here, but another stat service that has been with this site virtually from day 1. Their service isn’t great, and doesn’t keep stats for very long, I only kept using them because they provided interesting and detailed recent stats. With no regret, they have now been pulled off the site, and will not be returning.

(Update: Thanks to Tiepo and John B1_B5 for their assistance in troubleshooting this problem. It turns out that some browsers and ISPs have a stale cache containing the popup code, see the comments for instructions on fixing this problem)



1. John B1_B5 | February 18th, 2006 at 10:05 pm

Those popups have been a real nuisance the past few days …I couldn’t come to this site without having to activate my “popup blocker”, and I don’t like having to do that because it ‘chews up’ extra resources in the background .

Let me give you a “popup report” for tonight ( Saturday , 10.05 pm ).
Ok … I have ONE popup from “ilead.itrack” ….. classname – “Worker A” .

2. John B1_B5 | February 19th, 2006 at 7:05 am

“Popup Report” for Sunday morning — NO popups to report ! …… a few tracking cookies, but NOT ONE popup !

3. John B1_B5 | February 19th, 2006 at 7:06 am

OOps ! ……spoke too soon ….. that “ilead.itrack” popup is back !

4. John B1_B5 | February 19th, 2006 at 11:49 am

Ok …’s now 11.49 am , and that “ilead.itrack” popup seems to have gone .

5. Samuel | February 19th, 2006 at 12:24 pm

OK, I would suggest that it was a stale cache not picking up the change to the pages as it was only a very small change.

To explain this in english, most ISPs run a proxy cache of some sort to make your internet access quicker. When you request a webpage, the proxy stores it in it’s cache (secure pages are genrally not cached for obvious reasons) and serves it to you in future. Whenever the page is requested again, the proxy checks the site for an updated version, and if it doesn’t find one, it just gives you its copy.

Browsers also have a cache, which can be configured in the browsers “options” or “preferences” window. Clearing the cache or performing a hard refresh (usually CTRL-F5) of the affected page should give you the latest version of the page.

The pages on this site are created dynamically whenever they are requested, these pages technically don’t exist, they are just PHP and database entries which get formatted as HTML, I think this creates issues with some proxies and browser caches not correctly recognising updates. I’ve personally noticed this when I’ve changed the top banner image and it hasn’t been updated in my browser.

Thanks for the updates John!

6. heatseeker | February 19th, 2006 at 1:09 pm

People who make pop-ups should get big rocks and drop them on their heads!

7. Kooky_Pound_Puppy | February 19th, 2006 at 5:10 pm

Heatseeker are you male female or venutian

8. flakey blondie samspam | February 21st, 2006 at 8:09 pm

Heatseeker is male kooky otherwise he would of had falling for the charms of THE LAWIE.

July 1st, 2007 at 12:00pm

From The Vault: July 7 2006

It’s the first day of the month again, which means it’s time to pull an old post out of the vault and display it again in all its glory.

This month we are going all the way back to the 7th of July last year, and a rather disturbing dream I had.

Disturbing Dream

July 7th, 2006 at 02:18pm

I had a sleep when I got home from work yesterday, during which I had a very disturbing dream.

In the dream I was on late shift and finished work at 7pm, I left work and walked towards the bus stop (a five minute walk), about half way to the bus stop (near a car park) I noticed two people following me and catching up to me, as they got closer it became apparent that they had knives and their intentions were clear…the dream was not clear from there on but I know that I was attacked. The location of the attack was the footpath near the Dickson Woolworths carpark. You would expect a nightmare to end there wouldn’t you? But no, it kept going.

In the dream I went into a state of shock for the next few days, the next thing I remember is being at work three days later and just realising that I didn’t remember a thing about the last 72 hours, other people in the office were asking me if I was OK as I had been looking a bit vague.

The dream continued, this time I was in Belconnen at the bus interchange and I spotted the two attackers again walking towards me…I don’t know what happened from there as the dream changed again, this time I was walking somewhere in a shopping centre when I realised that I had left my radio on a bench, so I walked back and picked up my radio and walked off, a man at one of those charity stands grabbed me, detained me, and accused me of stealing the radio, he then called security who recognised me as the son of a shopping centre employee. My family then appeared and identified me and my radio. I have no recollection of being released, although I do recall that the bloke at the charity stand was one of my attackers, even though I didn’t recognise him as one of them at the time.

Finally, the dream ended.

Interestingly, I have two late shifts next week. Also, I have a clear recollection of the attackers, both were in their late teens/early 20s, both of medium build. One had dark hair and was about 180cm tall, he was wearing a dark t-shirt and dark pants. The other had light hair, about 170-175cm tall, wearing a dark jacket and dark pants or jeans.

It would be nice if I don’t have that dream again.


May 1st, 2007 at 02:03pm

From The Vault: April 18 2005

I completely forgot about this yesterday, it’s the monthly feature where I pull an old article out at random with the help of a random number generator and the post IDs produced by WordPress. This month we’re going almost all the way back to the beginning!

The morning of the first day of the LCA

April 18th, 2005 at 08:19am

To the tune of “The Twelve Days Of Christmas”
“Twas the morning of the first day of the LCA
And Samuel is happy today.
The days of the Linux conference are here
And I live rather near…”
OK OK I’ll stop singing…but it is official, I live 20 minutes away from LCA by foot.
Today I plan on spening most of my day at the Security Miniconf which should be quite good, I might also try and meet up with an old work colleague who is running one of the other miniconfs.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart reporting for Samuel’s lcaLIVE

April 2nd, 2007 at 07:25am

From The Vault: January 20 2006

Here’s a new monthly feature. At the start of each month I, with the help of a random number generator, will pull a random post from the past out of “The Vault” and redisplay it for your enjoyment. WordPress, the software which keeps this site going, gives each article an ID number, which is where the random number generator comes in. All it has to do is keep picking numbers until it gives me an article which is at least three months old.

So, to start us off, from January 20 2006, it’s the Wayne Mac Book Signing.

Wayne Mac Book Signing

January 20th, 2006 at 03:30pm

Earlier in the week I interviewed Wayne Mac for Samuel’s Persiflage episode two, where we talked about Wayne’s book, Don’t Touch That Dial. On this occasion Wayne had to rush off after the show and as such was unable to sign the book or have his photo taken.

We made alternative arrangements, which involved meeting for lunch and coffee today. During this time Wayne signed the book with the following:
Dear Samuel, Persiflage...gotta love that word! Thanks for having me on your show. Very best wishes, Wayne 2006

Here is Wayne signing the book:
Wayne Mac signs book

And a photo of myself with Wayne:
Wayne Mac and Samuel Gordon-Stewart

This was also a good time for me to hand Wayne an audio CD copy of Samuel’s Persiflage episode two and a thankyou letter. My standard policy for guests on Samuel’s Persiflage is that they receive a letter with information about the show (including the fact that it is now archived by the National Library of Australia), as well as an audio CD copy of the show, and monthly download statistics. At this stage the podcast hasn’t been running long enough for me to establish how long these monthly updates need to continue for.

You may recall that during my interview with Wayne, he was talking about John Kerr’s jingle from 1963 and was just starting to say something about John Vertigan when we were forced to cut to the jingle by an unexpected banging on the front door. Today I took the opportunity to ask Wayne what he was going to say, and he informed me that the jingle was part of a package of jingles where the main song was recorded and the names inserted later. Upon listening to the jingle closely it is quite possible to hear the difference in the way the various bits of the song are sung. This jingle package was used by many stations for many DJ’s.

For the record, the book weighs in at 1.88 KG according to my weighing of it.



1. wes.mitchell | January 21st, 2006 at 8:04 am

It is great to see a wonderful book on radio of past days, especially by Wayne. (I might find me in there somewhere under my past proffessional name). Keep up the good work in keeping us oldies up to date on current radio.

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