Forlorn.of.thee (fa'lo:n ŭv thē), p, my only strength and stay,forlorn of thee, whither shall I betake me, where subsist?
Paradise Lost by John Milton

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

An Aussie Christmas!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
Ceratopetalum gummiferum or Christmas Bush from the front yard.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

On a clear day...

Having great problems with the Html on Blogger. It will not let me do this!!

Can anyone help? Please?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Working from home...

Most who follow this blog know that the company I work for is shutting down. Not a lot to do, so I mostly work from home, answering a few emails, pay some bills and the like. In between applying for jobs, I've also been watching a lot of news on TV.

One realises one's been watching too much TV news when one starts developing a crush on news readers!

In the old days, news presenters were the mature, graying serious type. One just turned the TV on and went about doing other things, catching snippets of what's happening in the world. Unfortunately, TV companies have caught on and in the chase for eyeballs, attractive faces have been appearing on the box.

The two who's got me drooling are Juanita Phillips on ABC and Peta-Jane Madam on SBS... oh well, it's time for the 7:00pm news ;)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Neither sound nor fury...

It’s wet, it’s cold and I’m miserable. This damn company I work for should be closed and liquidated by now but no, it still gasps and the blood still flows through those CAT 6 cables. Me? Again, I’m the last one standing, I’m bored and there’s no reason to go into the office,..

So I work from home, work as in drinking too much coffee, snacking on the chips and chocolate. Wanted to mow the lawn but the weather has been crap, wet and windy. As luck would have it, my Victa has died and gone up to mower heaven (or hell). Still, I sent it to the doctor’s and hopefully the defibrillator can put that spark back.

Since I’ve started whinging, no point holding back. The company intranet’s buggered; the two stunning ladies at the front door turned out to be Jehovah Witnesses; the wine cellar’s dry and I’ve got a 7:00 pm phone conference which clashes with Two and a Half Men on the box.

At least I’ve got the mash and meat loaf ready for dinner…

Friday, October 1, 2010


One moment please.... waiting !

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Went through today's headlines, not one happy!. Wall Street slumps, Home sales at 15 year lows, China plane crashes, Congo mass rape, 600 jobs to go at National Foods, Worker stole $50,000 from university... and the list goes on.

Not going to talk about the election, nothing to talk about anyway. No idea who's going to be the next Prime Minister.

Instead, let's dance...

Friday, July 23, 2010

Marketing 102 *

Darwin restaurant owner John Spellman started charging patrons $10 for wearing thongs. When a customer complained, he took a $10 note out of the register and said: "Buy yourself a hamburger". Nice!

He again appeared in the news accusing one woman of having "saggy tits" (for breast feeding a baby) and suggested another had a "floppy c...".


How about the Japanese chef offering a 30 per cent discount to patrons who eat all the food they had ordered adding "Please also note that vegetables and salad on the side are NOT decorations; they are part of the meal too". I'm sure business is booming.

Any publicity is good publicity, right?

Just how successful have those Tourism Australia adverts been? The one with Lara Bingle saying "Where the bloody hell are you?" or the happy - clappy "There's nothing like Australia"

Elizee stripping on Uluru? Sex sell, we all knew that!

* 101 previously used

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Kick ass chicks

Consolidated from some old forgotten blog.

My top 10 kick ass fantasy femmes. Who's yours?

1) Selene, kick ass vampire warrior played by Kate Beckinsale (in Underworld and Underworld: Evolution)


2) Zhang Ziyi who plays Moon (Hero), Jen (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Mei (House of Flying Daggers)


3) River Tam (in Serenity and Fire Fly) played by Summer Glau. The perfect assassin conditioned by the Alliance.


4) Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Killer) played by Sarah Michelle Gellar. what more need be said...


5) Ziva David played by Cote de Pablo. The Mossad liaison officer in NCIS.


6) Trinity in The Matrix series played by Carrie-Anne Moss. A computer programmer and a hacker who has escaped from the Matrix.


7) Lara Croft played by Angelina Jolie, the seeker of truth, daughter of Lord Henshingly Croft, English.


8) The Bride in Kill Bill, waking up after a long coma and hell bent on revenge. Played by Uma Thurman.


9) Alice played by Milla Jovovich, wakes up with amnesia, takes on the Hive in Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Resident Evil: Extinction.


10. The Mama of them all Lt. Ellen Ripley played by Sigourney Weaver in Alien, Aliens, Aliens 3 and Alien: Resurrection. If anyone can kick some big scary butt, Ripley's the one to do it.


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Round the world in 3.7 years

Following on with the cooking theme, discovered this fab blog by Sarah - What's Cooking in your World?

Her goal? Prepare 1, possibly 2 meals per week from a different country, until she's worked her way through all the World's countries in alphabetical order.

Nice one! When the time comes, hope you can do something with ..... Aubergine!

Couple more advertisements from Clemenger BBDO for Perfect Italiano

Friday, June 25, 2010

What a (sporting) week!

Italy and France out of the Soccer World Cup, New Zealand undefeated and wait for it... Isner beat Mahut 70-68. It's not a basketball match but tennis at Wimbeldon. 11 hours on court.

In the Australia's Cup
Gillard: 1 Rudd: 0

Julia Gillard is Australia's first woman Prime Minister and good for her! Rudd and Swan what arrogance! Wayne you gotta go too.

... and Joe, eat your heart out. Julia's a lot prettier than you.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010


Been watching too much TV. The worst thing about this show... putting on too much weight! Fellow aficionados, might recognise this song...

Is there a bit of LGG in there?

Friday, June 11, 2010

What the f????

(whinge with a religious bent)

I've been hiding under a rock all these years. Centuries some might say. I've just discovered that the secularist have had a field day while I was under that rock.

It's no longer correct to use the abbreviation BC (Before Christ) nor AD (Anno Domini - translated as in the Year of our Lord). It's now BCE (Before the Common Era) or CE (Common Era). It matters not if 10 BC = 10 BCE or 2010 AD = 2010 CE.

Wikipedia said it better than I ever could...

"...the use of BCE/CE shows sensitivity to those who use the same year numbering system as the one that originated with and is currently used by Christians, but who are not themselves Christian."


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Miss Me ?

Wordless Wednesday (Stolen from Lavender years ago)

Monday, May 17, 2010

The copy machine and you

Have you ever photocopied important documents in the office? Passports, bank statements, drivers license and the like?

All modern copying machines have a hard disk drive and it is very likely the image of those copies are still on that drive. Imagine what happens when the lease is up. The office gets a new machine and the old one with scans of your personal information gets shipped to Russia or maybe Nigera.

The accompany investigative video from CBS News is well worth watching.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Sometimes when I cook, I weep...

I've talked about SNAGS and men buying pantyhose, about Guy-liner and Man-scara. It's back, love this advert ..."Sometimes when I cook, I weep." Muwhahaha...

I've also blogged about tradies, the good looking plumber who knows his U-bends, the sparkie who knows how to turn it on.

Here's a Tom-Magnum-Selleck tradie in his Chesty Bond's singlet who parks his ute, grabs a stubbie from the fridge and when his partner raises her eyebrows... don's an apron!

I think I'm going to chuck...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ahhhh ahhhh

I've just read....

1) The richest guy down under is a Kiwi
2) Melbourne's gonna be bigger than Sydney. Read here!
3) The world ends 2012

How will the world end? Global warming, sea levels rising to 4,000m (that's where Noah's Ark landed, 4,000 m up Mount Ararat).

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Best Free Blackberry Applications

With the demise of my Dell PDA, I've had to make do with a Blackberry 8310.

What sucks:
  • The BB screen is about half the size of the PDA.
  • There aren't as many free applications for the BB as a PDA running on Windows Mobile.
  • Word and Excel software normally included when you buy a Windows PDA, but nothing with the BB. Not even an Acrobat Reader for pdf files (Yes, I know, the enterprise server is capable of converting these files when sent as attachments in an email but it's just not the same).
  • The Windows File Explorer only recognises the BB after signing onto the Desktop Manager and the Roxio Media Manager. Give me ActiveSync anytime!

Attempting to make the BB feel more homely and less of a occupational hazard, I would recommend the following freebies:

Mobiola xPlayer lite v1.8. The BB Media Player is pretty poor, if all you want is an MP3 player, you can't go past the Mobiola lite. The problem is that you've got to install BB's App World first.

Mobipocket Reader v6.0: I've been a Microsoft Reader fan for ages, but a Mobipocket Reader is a more than adequate substitute. I've converter my LIT library with the ABC Amber LIT Converter (to HTM), then to PRC files with the Mobipocket Creator. Both free.

FileScout Lite. A free file manager for the BB. A txt reader is included.

Opera Mini 4.2.1. The BB browser is terrible for viewing many pages. I've gone for the Opera Mini, but version 4. Version 5 is terribly unuser friendly!

Google Maps v2.2.0. No further comment needed. If there is one application that is a must have, this is it. I can even see the office in satellite view.

Kinevia MetrO. If you're in a strange city and need a public transport timetable, just download it with this application. Timetables and are available from Aachen to Zurich!

BB Notepad v1.1.3. Unlike the BB MemoPad, this one allows you to create files in txt format.

Magmic Sudoku v1.0.10. Bored, exercise that brain with three levels of difficulty.

Handmark Blackjack v1.12. Practice your Blackjack skills before visiting Crown Casino.

There are various chat programs available Ramble IM and Yahoo Messenger seems the best.

Hmmm... wonder why App World keeps warning me less than 5 Mb free memory available !

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Java anyone?

Playing with a little java programming using Processing 1.0.9.
Get your copy from Processing

Please be patient as it's loading... then wave your mouse over the square.

This browser does not have a Java Plug-in.

Get the latest Java Plug-in here.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Two things I learnt this week...

An obituary...

My PDA stopped working, the power won't power, the buttons do nothing.

My constant companion for past last six years, carried my library of e-books that I read on the train, the Metro application that saw me through Paris and London and AIM that allowed me to chatter when bored.

Two thing's I've learnt...

Never take a PDA apart and
A parallel port scanner will not work with a "parallel to USB" cable.

Sudoku on the Blackberry just doesn't feel as satisfying as Lara Croft on the PDA... bang! bang!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Shades of grey

My heart weeps for Medine Memi, buried alive by her father and grandfather.

Is this normal Kurdish practice? If so, should I be sheading a tear for the execution of Chemical Ali who ordered the gassing and murder of 5,000 Kurds in the city of Halabja during the Iran-Iraq war.

It's not easy is it? Never black, nor white but damn shades of grey.

But still, Medine, Heshu, Hatun, Gulsum, Tulay and many others brutally murdered, all will forever stand out in this cruel grey world...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The price of virginity

Tony Abbot (the Monk) Liberal Opposition Leader was asked by Australian Women's Weekly, what advice he would give his three daughters on sex before marriage. His response:

"I would say to my daughters, if they were to ask me this question … it is the greatest gift you can give someone, the ultimate gift of giving and don't give it to someone lightly."

The chorus from Aussie women :

"If one were to look in the dictionary under "hypocrite", there would be a picture of Mr Abbott." ~ Comedian Fiona Scott-Norman

"Nonsense!" ~ Latrobe University sex education expert Associate Professor Anne Mitchell.

"These comments will confirm the worst fears of Australian women about Tony Abbott, Australian women want to make their own choices and they don't want to be lectured to by Mr Abbott." ~ Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard

and on and on it goes...

But is the proof not in the pudding? In today's news, A CASH-STRAPPED New Zealand student who auctioned off her virginity to help pay her university fees said she had accepted an offer of $NZ45,000 ($36,100) to sleep with a stranger.

Would you give away $NZ45,000 lightly?

Monday, February 1, 2010

It's time...

Wikipedia ~ Outlook is one of India's four top-selling English weekly newsmagazines. Like many other Indian magazines it is reluctant to reveal its circulation, but the 2007 National Readership Survey suggested 1.5 million copies. Outlook's competitors are India Today, The Week, and Tehelka.

Circulation 1.5 million! One bashing has managed to do what millions spent in advertising could not. It's about time we faced up to racism, not bury our head in the sand, saying she'll be alright!

It's not!

Related posts:

Racist? Never.....
Funny this.....

and an oldie but goodie

Monday, January 25, 2010

One day in boring Sydney...

I think Sydney is boring! Those who don't live in Sydney (especially those from overseas) probably think it's paradise on earth! If you were to visit, I'd really be scraping the barrel to find enough sights to show you or things to keep you entertained. OK, there's a nice blue harbour, but that's about it! I could spend a week in London and not get bored, a week in Rome is not long enough, a week in Paris and one would barely scratch the surface of that city. A day in Sydney, and you've done it all!

If you did drop by, what would I recommend?

Harbour Bridge Walk
Catch a train and get off at Milsons Point (Northern side of the Bridge). Walk across the Harbour Bridge. Cost, the train fare, time 1 hour.

Circular Quay
You've arrived on the other side, take a stroll round the Rocks. This is the birthplace of Sydney, the Old Town. Cost free (maybe buy a coffee), time 1 hour

Opera House
Walk east around Circular Quay, over to the Opera House. Take your camera out! Maybe go on the Essential Tour. Book online its cheaper $29, 1 hour

Manly Ferry
Walk back to Circular Quay and buy a return ferry trip to Manly. Cost $13, it's a 30 minute trip each way.

Lunch in Manly
Buy yourself a packet of fish and chips (throw in some shrimps, calamari and mussels too), sit at a bench on the Corso, feeding yourself and the seagulls. Food and drink, less than $20, u.v. rays - free (hope you remembered the sunnies and zinc cream).

Back to the City
Zoos, aquariums are pretty much standard fare all over the world so I wouldn't recommend visiting them. If you've got transport visit the Koala Park at West Pennant Hills. This is the one where you get to pat and feed the roos, maybe even cuddle a Koala. Entry fee is $19. The cost of a taxi ride is exorbitant!

If you can't make it there, the next best is Wildlife World at Darling Harbour. Entry $32. You get to see the weird and wonderful creatures of Australia. You can while away a couple of hours in there.

Finally, Sydney's own Eiffel Tower, Centerpoint. For $25, you get a 360º view of Sydney from 260m up.

Finally, Opera and Dinner
Hope you've booked in advance. Book an opera online and a table at the Bennelong. Chef Guillaume Brahimi is brilliant! Time, the rest of the evening, cost - breathtaking! But then you wouldn't do it too often ($105 - $270 for one opera ticket, dinner hmm...)

So here it is, Sydney in 24 hours!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Introducing GG

I'm not referring to the Governor General of Australia, Quentin Bryce nor Marie Bashir, Governor General of NSW but to a great mate from Adelaide, South Australia. He's joined me at Fun with Finance with his first post Food. Do drop by and give him some support and comments.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Bean Counter

Doctors have concluded that if you find the man in the coffee beans in 3 seconds, your right half of your brain is better developed than most people.

If you find the man between 3 seconds and 1 minute, your right half of the brain is developed normally.

If you find the man between 1 minute and 3 minutes, then the right half of your brain is functioning slowly and you need to eat more protein.

If you have not found the man after 3 minutes, have you got problems :)

Ready Go!