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Name: Mick
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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

What a pain in the foot...

Every now and then I think to myself.... "Hey...I don't need to wear my orthotics. I'll just slip these shoes/thongs/sandals on" 2 days later, my foot (or feet) is so freaking painful I have to hobble around like a grandpa. I really don't know what the problem is exactly, but all I know is that my foot really doesn't like it when I don't wear my innersole things. I get a huge pain, either on the inner arch, or coming up from my big toe. It pulses. It throbs. It hurts like a bitch. And then it's finished and I can walk again. I'm falling apart I tell you, and I haven't even reached 30 yet!

Monday, September 27, 2004

[NRL] The Pretty Boys vs. The Bad Boys

So, the NRL Grand Final has been set. The Roosters v The Bulldogs. Crap. If I had to choose 2 teams that I hate the most right now, it is those 2 teams. I can't actually pick either to win. The Bulldogs: It is a compulsory law that any Parramatta fan hates the Bulldogs guts. This goes back to the 80's rivalry, but also to the *shudder* Preliminary Final loss to them a few years back... Plus they're all pack of cheaters and bastards.. The Roosters: Pretty Boys. Arrogant. Up-themselves. Dickhead Coach. What more can be said about the team that gets all the breaks and all the attention. Even Fittler has turned into a player that I just can't wait to leave. Their list of players that piss me off include, Walker, Crocker, Minichello, Finch, Hodges. How can I want them to win? The Roosters coach, Ricky Stuart, came out and said it was "the Grand Final everyone wanted to see". Bullshit. It's the last Grand Final I wanted to see.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

More Canberra Blogs!

Always nice to discover more Canberra Bloggers. Thanks to the Markster, I have added Zoe's crazybrave, anyresemblance, WoodenSpoon, and Salt & Vinegar. If you guys are interested, please join the Canberra Bloggers Yahoo Group! And if you've got a blog and you're in Canberra let me know!

Sexy Playstationtwo Gaming...

The PStwo has been Officially Announced, and how sexy does it look? It is 75% smaller than the original PS2, and would easily slip into any TV cabinet! I'm sure it'll be a big seller for those PS2 users that have worn their original one out ;) The new model also has an ethernet port built in. Bonus!

Dogtoy or Marital Aid.....You decide!

Do you have a dog? Do you have a dildo? Maybe you can go better than I did at this quiz!

Blog Buggery

It seems that my Blog decided to go wacko a little in the last day or 2. I had to rebuild the template a bit, and have finally got it going again. I think backups are required :)

Fitzy vs The Eel

In the Sunday Telegraph, it was written tthat the Chief Executive of my beloved Parramatta Eels is considering changing our logo from the Eels to something else. He says it is 'slimey' and not 'powerful' enough. From the PlanetEels Yahoo Group, that I am a member of, Kate Wallace has written this letter, and it mirrors exactly what I think of the situation. For the un-initiated, the Eels logo looks like this: ------------------------------------------ As you all know, we have constantly been made a laughing stock by our fearless CEO. But this time he's gone too far in wanting to change the Eels mascot. I have sent the following letter to Big League, Rugby League Week and the Sunday Telegraph in the hope that for once he will listen to us,the fans of the Mighty Eels. New Mascot the Solution? Even before the dust has begun to settle from the Telstra Premiership 2004 season, Denis Fitzgerald is at it again!! In a disappointing year which saw the Eels finish 12th in a new playing stip and logo designed to capture the tradition and glory days of the Eels golden era, the 80's (which were highlighed in the 3 part dvd "The Mighty Eels" released by the club this year), the club also lost two of the leagues greats, Jack Argent and Peter Frilingos, both of whom helped to make the Eels the great Club it is today. But can such a poor season which brought many misfortunes be attested to the Eels mascot? "It is slimy and it doesn't represent strength or power". These are the "wise" words of a man who, just this year, promised that the Eels would win the 'highly' important Club Championship (which the Eels lost for the first time in 8 years); stated that Melbourne Storm (a team which finished in the top 6 in the race for the Grandfinal) should be relocated in the bid for a 16th team (a proposal which was not approved); and finally that the semi final between the Cowboys and Broncos should not be played in Townsville (which saw the Cowboys beat the Broncos 10-0 in front of a sell out crowd!) This leads me to ask the question, does the CEO really know what we, the fans, really want?? I think not! Changing the mascot, which was named by the late Peter Frilingos in 1965 from the Aboriginal term for Parramatta, "where the eels lie down", is not a quick fix solution to the problems facing our club. Look elsewhere Fitzy!! We the fans have donned the blue and gold week in and week out and have suffered along with the players. But like the players, when we put on our jersey, we wear the emblem of the Eel on our left, over our hearts, with pride. To us, the fans, it represents pride, passion, tradition and a fighting spirit which never says die! If you want to change the mascot to something that represents Parramatta, then change it back to the Fruit Pickers, which was what we were known as when we became "the house that Jack built". For the clubs sake Fitzy, leave the Eels mascot alone! Have a good hard listen, word for word, to the Eels old theme song "We Are The Eels" by Col Duane and have a good hard think about what the Eel represents and what it means to the Club and fans. Perhaps the face of the Parramatta is one that is "very difficult to deal with" and "is slimy and doesn't represent strength or power", but I'm not referring to the one found in the Parramatta River......... Fitzy, hear our plea, please don't destroy the house that Jack built. Eels forever!!! Kate Wallace

Monday, September 20, 2004

Is that Spring I smell?

Sleep is handy. I only got around 2 hours sleep on Friday night and I am still paying for it. But on the upside, I had a great time and it was worth it. My mate from Sydney came down and we went to the Pide house in Jamison (Big Banquet. YUM!) and then to Westies and then back to my neighbours for some pool and more drinking. It was all in all the best night I've had in ages, even including the drunken political debate I had at 4am! The rest of the weekend was made up with work, and cleaning...and a little footy :) How good were the Cowboys on Saturday night? They beat the Broncos all over the park, and I am truly on their bandwagon now. IF they can beat those nasty Rooters next week they would be in the Grand Final. What a fairytale that would be! But I feel good today. Fine and 19, and the next couple of days will be in the mid 20's. Finally! Some warmth!

Friday, September 17, 2004

Free NRL Semi-Final Tickets

I have won 2 tickets to see the Storm vs Bulldogs on Sunday at Aussie Stadium. First person to comment or email me, gets them! Being in Canbera and not really liking either team, i couldn't be bothered going up there. Quick quick!

Thursday, September 16, 2004

[NRL] Pushing into tackles

I just read an article about the Finch Judiciary meeting (Finch free for grand-final charge) and it got me thinking about that Raiders v Roosters game on Sunday. One thing I really noticed in that game, more so than other games was the way that Canberra players continually pushed their own attacking players into tackles. Over and over it happened. If the opportunity was there, every time a Canberra player was tackled by a Rooster, another Raider would be behind them pushing them forward... This was annoying the piss outta me cause i didn't see any benefit in it. Were they trying to slow down the play of the ball. Were they simply trying to gain more metres? I know that this ploy has been used more and more in the last few seasons, but I think the Raiders pushed it a little too far (pardon the pun) on Sunday... And as a result, Finch and Stuart used it to downgrade his charge.... In this case, i think maybe they had a point.

[invite] The Screaming Jets of my favourite ever bands is playing at the ANU Bar tomorrow night, and can I find anyone to go with? NO! Anyone reading this interested in seeing some kickarseaussierocknroll tomorrow night? Let me know :)

The Lake Stakes

So I have started running again in 'training' for the Canberra marathon next year (see here). I did about 4.8km the other day in around 32 minutes, which is a major improvement on my first run, but today will be a test. My Brother-in-law and some of his workmates have devised the 'Lake Stakes' which involves a number of them running a course from the Boat Hire place down on the lake around to the Yarralumla Yacht Club and back again. The course is 5.8km and runners are given 3 runs to work out a handicap time so that when the races occur, everyone starts staggered and everyone should finish around the same time. The $2 entry fee is added to a pool that the winner takes away at the end of the race. When you run faster than your handicap base time, you add 15 seconds to your handicap...and so on. The rules are intricate ;) I am hoping to do 32 minutes for the whole 5.8km today at lunch if possible....I'll let you know!

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Come back Teeeeej!

One of my favourite blogs, Red Wine & Vitriol has disappeared (hopefully temporarily). Hope everything's cool Teej, but I can't but but speculate on what has happened! Fill out the poll on the left :) (I know the colours are shocking. I will try and fix it later)

The Hair Bears...

Give Johnny Wanker, and Mark Latham, new hairstyles for their campaign trail. Click here to check it out.

Monday, September 13, 2004

Election Poem.

2 heads. 1/2 a Brain. Annoying. Tedious. Stop. Now. I didn't watch the 'Great' Debate last night, but just saw the results of the 'worm'. Once again, Labour won the debate with 66% of the votes from the 90 strong 'hand-picked' audience of non-committed votes (my arse). It is ironically the same percentage that Beazley got in the last election, so you can't read too much into it. But seriously, how can anyone stand to listen to Howard talk for more than the 2 seconds that it takes to fumble for the remote control and press '1'...'0' I wonder if Australian Idols ratings for last night were boosted when Howard was talking..... Message to Australia: Get rid of him NOW. Or at least, could he just stop talking.

Friday, September 10, 2004

While I was away...

Been neglecting my blog the last few days cause of hectic work, but will get back onto it soon :) Meanwhile.....

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

The Water Cube..

If anyone has any doubt over China's ability to stage a good Olympic games...check out this video showing off the Proposed 'Beijing National Swimming Centre'. It's very cool. 2008 Beijing National Swimming Center, China | Arup (may be slow on dial-up)

Spozzy's 'Fictional' Story about the Roosters....

From 'Spozzy' a fellow Eels supporter at the PlanetEels Yahoo! Group I bring you this little story about what happened yesterday when Brad Fittler was supposed to turn up at the Finals launch Captains Meeting and photo shoot... It's funny and maybe a little too accurate.... ;) ---------------------------------- This Story is fictional, not Real.. any Names or Persons similar with the real Life is purely a coincidence........ A telephone conversation between Fittler and Gould heard from Bondi on Monday Morning... Freddie: Hi Dad, errr I mean Phil.. how r ya? Gould: Good my boy, how r u holding up after yesterdays emotional game? Freddie: Mate, the Game was a jog in the park, the celebrations afterwards was the problem, I have a hangover.. I'm buggered.. and this is why i'm ringing you Gus, my old time favourite person.. Gould: what's up Freddie, Tell me. Freddie: Mate, it's about today's NRL Captains meeting to promote the Final 8 Semi-final Series, I don't want to go, i'm too tired and hung up, and plus mates are coming from the bush and we are continuing to party, and I want to spend time with the family as well. Gould: No worries mate, stuff 'em, don't turn up, that'll give the press some fuel hehehe, I love it, its cool mate, ill call my bum chum Politis, and he can call his Bum chum David Gallop and she'll be right mate.. Freddie: ok, mate, I appreciate it Gus, when the Captain's meeting is on, ill be at the Pool across the road from the Meeting, ill make it look like I'm recovering from the Footy game ok? .. Gould: Glad to see u learned from me all those tricks over the year's son.. Freddie: LOL Gould: Tell ya what, we will send Ricko to replace you, so we have a representative ok? Freddie: Good Move! Gus! You are a Legend ! Gould: i know, cya mate ---------- Another telephone conversation between Nick Politis and David Gallop later that morning.... Nick: G'day David David: Hi Nick, wuz up? Nick: Just a courtesy call mate, wondering if the brand new Ford I gave ya for the Salary Cap Cover-up last month is all in good nick and if u r happy with it mate? Because we have plenty more for you to choose from u know.. David: Mate, it runs like a beauty, I love it, u are a legend Nick. Nick: thanks mate! oh yeah, and also to let ya know that Freddie won't be turning up to today's captains meeting, he just can't be bothered mate, ok? David: Ok, mate no worries at all, just let me check one thing...just a sec.. David: yeah mate cool, no worries, I just checked the rules book, and there's no mention of it, so its not a finable offence, and we will go with that when the Media asks me ok? Ill say, it's not an offence at this stage to shun the meeting just because he could not be f..... Turning up, after all it's only to promote the game, ok? After all, he plays for the Team that are treated differently to the rest right Bro? Nick: right on Bro!! Glad to see we think along the same lines... two great minds think alike hehehe David: yeah! Anything else I can do for ya Nick? Nick: Yeah mate, just make sure Finch wins the Dally M's Tonight, he was leading before the votes closed, so, it should be easy enough to rig it right? .. Does ya Mrs need a car? David: ummmm yeah, considerate done mate!! ....She said she would love a Yellow one.. Nick: Done! will be delivered to your house within the hour.. David: Thanks.. cya ------------------------------ I have to agree with Spozzy on this. It is the height of arrogance for the captain of a local Sydney team to not bother showing up for a captains meeting, when captains from all the other teams, including from Melbourne and Brisbane showed up. So, look out for Mrs. Gallop driving around in a brand new Yellow car ;) Thanks Spozzy!

Monday, September 06, 2004

The 2004 NRL Finals

So, the NRL regular season has finished, and the finals series begins. The Roosters snatched the Minor Premiership on For and Against, while the Raiders snuck into 8th spot, thanks for the lacklustre efforts from the Knights, Tigers, Sharks and Eels in the last weeks of the season. The final ladder looks like this: Some Canberra Raiders plays reportedly sobbed in joy after the game on Saturday (and these are footy players??) They of course have to beat the Roosters in the first week of the finals series to get to Week 2. So what are the chances they'll be sobbing in despair next week! I HOPE the finals pan out like this: And Penrith get Back to Back Premierships! I only wish this because i HATE the Roosters, Bulldogs, Storm and Broncos, and I think the Dragons, Cowboys and Raiders have no chance. So that leave the Penrith boys :) I don't think they will be realistically though. I think that the favourites may win all the way through and we'll have a Bulldogs v Roosters Grand Final. IF that happens, I don't think I'll bother even watching it!

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Australian Idol - The Final 12

Ok, so I've been sucked into Australian Idol this year. I thought it was a load of crap last year, but probably because I didn't watch it from the beginning. This year I was interested in seeing the Canberra Auditions, (cause I was going to go, but didn't cause I'm a big wimp) and since then I have grown to know the contestants and all my opinions now :) I didn't see every performance tonight, but I was impressed with Casey, Courtney and of course, the Canberra girl, Hayley. Hayley sang a Killing Heidi song, Weir, which is way different to the other soft sappy stuff she does. Courtney did a great old Aussie song, "You weren't in love with me". Dicko didn't even know it. But he did it great. But what pissed me off about tonight? Dan's attempt at singing "Better" by the Screaming Jets. I love the band and this song, and I sang it at a Karaoke night a year or so back and I reckon I would have shat all over his boring ass crap performance. He might have got the chicks on his side, but the guys would be with me I reckon! Anyway, time to see who gets kicked out. I reckon it'll be either Emelia (she sang crap AGAIN tonight) or Anthony (who did a crappy Rick Price who is crappy for starters.) Best 4, in no particular order Courtney - He can really sing. But I worry that he won't make it cause of his size...(fickle teenage gvoting girls!) Angie - Killer voice, but did a crap song tonight Hayley - Did the Rock Chick thing well. Casey - Kick ass voice as well. Especially for a 16 yr old. But seriously. Rock on. I'm not really into this shit ;)

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Campaign Crap.

Anyone else sick of the election campaign already? We've had about 4 days of it, and already I am sick of hearing and seeing anything about it. I know the Americans have had theirs in full swing for ages, but the campaign here in Australia has just got going with announcement of a date for the election (October 9th). I wanna punch Johnny in the face at the best of times, but right now I'd do it repeatedly, the amount I have seen him on tv. I just can't stand the guys voice. TV Stations would be advised to NOT have him on their channel, as they'd probably get less viewers! If I were religious I'd be praying for a back to back Howard and Bush beat down, and that come November, both of them will be gone. All I can do is hope, and plead that people in the US and Australia actually open their eyes.... Then the 2 people below can go and get together in their secret love cult forever......

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Post-Olympics Depression..

Well, the Olympics are over for another 4 years. My interest peaked around Day 9, when Chantelle Newberry won gold in the 10m Platform Diving. After that, I slowly started to watch it less, and hence missed some of the big events near the end, including Australia's silver in the 4 x 400m Relay. Channel Seven just tired me out. I was sick of sitting down at 8.30 at night to watch the 'live' Olympics, but all we got were replays of the previous days events (of which we knew the results). Waiting around for something live and new to happen was like waiting for Bruce McAvaney to stop talking. It never happened. Oh, and don't get me started on McAvaney... But Australia did great. FInished 4th with 17 Golds. Our biggest gold medal haul ever. Even though we took more total medals away in Sydney, this Athens effort will be seen as a huge accomplishment. A previous host country winning more gold at their next Olympics has never happened before. More obscure records ;) Anyway, here's some supposed quotes that NBC captured during the Olympics, although it is dubious that they were cause come of them look familiar! Also, check out TJ's hilarious Olympic Photos post. ----------------------------------------- Here are the top nine comments made by NBC sports commentators so far during the Summer Olympics that they would like to take back: 1. Weightlifting commentator: "This is Gregoriava from Bulgaria. I saw her snatch this morning during her warm up and it was amazing." 2. Dressage commentator: "This is really a lovely horse and I speak from personal experience since I once mounted her mother." 3. Paul Hamm, Gymnast: "I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father." 4. Boxing Analyst: "Sure there have been injuries, and even some deaths in boxing, but none of them really that serious. 5. Softball announcer: "If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again." 6. Basketball analyst: "He dribbles a lot and the opposition doesn't like it. In fact you can see it all over their faces." 7. At the rowing medal ceremony: "Ah, isn't that nice, the wife of the IOC president is hugging the cox of the British crew." 8. Soccer commentator: "Julian Dicks is everywhere. It's like they've got eleven Dicks on the field." 9. Tennis commentator: "One of the reasons Andy is playing so well is that, before the final round, his wife takes out his balls and kisses them... Oh my God, what have I just said?"

Band in a Bubble

It has begun. The Band in a Bubble experiment started on Channel V tonight. The concept is this; The band Regurgitator is locked inside a 'bubble' for 3 weeks, and during this time they can viewed 24/7 from outside the glass bubble and also on a devoted Foxtel Channel. They will be recording their upcoming album whilst inside the bubble. And goddam it, it is so cool. I have been watching it tonight and I am already hooked. There are 6 people inside. Regurgitator members, Quan, Ben and Pete, plus the producer, Magoo, someone else (not sure of name yet), and Jabba, a Channel V presenter and general wacko. Regurgitator are one of my favourite all time Aussie bands, and I have been dying for a new album, so to actually be able to watch it being produced is just something special.. Stay tuned, as I give updates over the next 3 weeks!

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