31.12.07

Geocaching

This it seems is an Internet treasure hunt which kicked off on May one 2000, I myself had never heard of it until a good friend I chat to most days told me of it and gave me the site site today so I figured I would blog it.

This friend does lots of good work re scouting and all sorts of things in that vein.

To reward her scout troop for having cookie drives and for her as she bakes them to send to troops in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, one soldier has donated a GPS for the troop to use in this treasure hunt; it seems one is needed for this latest hobby there is also much info on this on here it works like this a Geocacher usually places a waterproof container of some kind with trinkets or such plus a log book with a pencil.

He or she then notes the caches coordinates and posts them on a website so I presume that is the official site!!

The hunters or seekers obtain these coordinates along with some details and find the cache using hand held GPS receivers and record all in the log.

Usually more treasure is left as the finder has the right to keep what he or she finds.

A great way to spend the weekend instead of watching TV I reckon and a tremendous idea for scouts to do this kind of thing.

I am quite wrapped in the idea the next step is how much does a GPS cost in Australia, I believe it is much cheaper in the USA.

This twenty first Century form of treasure hunting is done in at least a 100 countries all over the world and on all seven continents yes all seven so that means it is done in Antarctica also amazing huh

A happy and Prosperous New Year To all of you.

Comments most welcome

28.12.07

Only the New Year to go now

And video conversion.

I shan’t be sorry when all the Christmas celebrations are finally over for another 12 months it is usually a costly time.

I can get back into my normal routine like all of you.

I have naturally been watching the Cricket test between India and Australia with great interest.

Telecast from the Melbourne cricket ground the traditional venue for all Boxing Day cricket tests, the Indians did very well on the first day.

Sadly they were bowled out in their second innings fairly easily; I really thought they had us on the ropes; it is a struggle still out there so the pitch must not be so good to bat on although all the commentators say it is

For all international Cricket updates click on here a great site for all cricketing fans.

I seem to be having trouble uploading videos to Myspace for some odd reason no doubt I will get to the bottom of it.

For all you folk that need to convert videos back into MPG from flash on you tube and similar sites try this site it does it online for you and e-mails you the result; a better idea than a lot of other sites that profess to do this for you but you have to get out the old credit card.

This one is completely free; I test drove it and no worries it worked like a charm.

You may have to wait 24 hours for the result but it’s free so I reckon that’s a small price to pay.

Some folk wonder why we do this but there many gains out of it ok so you spot a video on You Tube but cannot embed it as the owner has disabled it.

Solutions download and convert it and post it up yourself on the tube or another of the video sites that are coming out of the woodwork, and hey presto you get an embedment code.

22.12.07

Coonamble NSW Australia Featuring the Historical Museum

Some of the local inhabitants think that Coonamble is out in the back of beyond well maybe not all of them; after having been there at least once every nine months or so for a period of hmm 4 years I guess I kind of got that impression myself but after reading up on the place this is not strictly true.

If you wish to be technical and give it the correct name it is really Coonamble and Macquarie Marshes; not that I saw any marshes on any of my visits.

It is a small town with a population of around 3000 or so, interestingly enough Google maps classify it as a city which I found odd.

It’s a service centre to the largest shire in NSW actually which give or take is around 10,000 square kilometres covering the slopes of the Warrumbungle range.

There quite a few famous Horse stud farms there but Wheat Sheep and cattle kept the town going although sheep took over as the mainstay instead of cattle

Coonamble gets its name from an indigenous word Gunambil, three tribes of our indigenous people were thought to be the original inhabitants in this region of NSW.

First European’s in the area were from the party of John Oxley, the river which is mainly dry was named after Lord Castlereagh who at the time was Secretary of State for the colonies.

Even water from the artesian basin is still used by the town and district.

They also have a museum with quite a few exhibits a daughter of a friend I write to helps out there quite a lot I believe, this is purely voluntary of course.

This museum the Coonamble historical museum is the former Police station which was built in 1886 and converted to the museum a good idea I reckon

There is even a Cobb & Co Coach restored and even loaned out for celebrations etc.

There has been a lot of closures in Coonamble I have read

I have no doubt this sort of thing has happened in most of Australian towns as I have seen them in other towns; sadly I never got to see Coonamble’s museum.

Here are a few images of a very few of the exhibits.

First up here is the old Police station

These are the old horse stables

Things did look rather grim in those days I guess but people survived just look at us today.

I hope you enjoyed this brief look at a little of Australia's past I know I did

Most likely you all have similar museums in your own local town so these images may bring back memories for you

My info I got from a book and my friend who lives there so no direct link to a site sadly

Comments most welcome

14.12.07

More on climate Change

Farmers and fuel companies reckon Bio Fuels could help save earth from this global warming which in some circles is being called a catastrophe but this again smells of money to be made.

The farmer’s well they do not fare so well here in Australia due to the terrible droughts we have so I don’t begrudge them the means to earn money as half the time a lot of them exist on social security payments.

Fuel companies are a completely different kettle of fish they are greedy they know they can sell their product with no worries

Of course at the same time I realise that the population of our planet is increasing hugely so we do need better methods as to the care of us all so the need for a scientific study is on the cards

The thing is we get these studies all the time using our money to fund them; these scientists may well be devoted to their profession but why use public money (ours) when private institutes can employ them.

Do we ever hear of one of the giant petroleum companies offering here no I thought not.

In January of this year in fact the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) gave the major oil companies one week to get their act together and bring petrol retail prices into line, with the Singapore unleaded petrol price so obviously this was a breach of the rules so as to give their shareholders a massive profit; at our expense of course.

Whether they have done this remains doubtful to me as my petrol price when I fill up is still spiraling up and up as no doubt it is in countries like the UK and the USA.

Big hearted of them huh British Petroleum (BP) is another of these giant companies; they along with others are responsible for the destruction of rain forest in Brazil.

Mind you this will happen well it is already due to the demand for these bio fuels.

Simply put the land is needed to make this happen

This puts the oil mob into a quandary as it has to sell its product.

What I don’t understand is why; we have heaps of oil reserves here in Canada, the USA and off Brazil even offshore in the UK have them.

About time a nuclear car was invented (it probably has) but the oil companies won’t want that.

To sum up this world is in one hell of a mess and it’s about time somebody did something they will when it’s too late.

I still don’t reckon that all this is changing our climate maybe a little but it has always been that way.

To be fair since the industrial revolution methane levels in our atmosphere have increased by as much as 145% but this is evolution for heaven’s sake look at the space garbage orbiting our planet all these things contribute to this BUT nature will work this out not us puny people never fear like she has done in the past.

Global Temperature Since 1860

Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions Since 1860

There are all sorts of theories on this and there always will be I am just wondering if any of this will help; my take is no.

We humans have always been a greedy aspiring lot and nothing will change that.

God I wish I was rich LOL

Comments most welcome

12.12.07

Global warming

Whose fault is this?

I am talking global warming here and to me it’s a natural phenomenon nothing to do with greenhouse gasses and all the B/S put around by various western world governments all on the advice of their scientists.

These scientists may have degrees and so forth but a lot use this clothe and feed their selves and their families simply on grants, did I hear you say how... your money the taxpayers money that's how.

This phenomenon occurs naturally.

Companies are cashing in on this and we are stupid enough not to see it.

Why even one of the power companies in Queensland here uses as its main selling topic this idea of giving away for free 6 light globes or bulbs (it seems they stop carbon emissions) I did not take much notice of this ridiculous idea to try to obtain customers; not that the idea won't aid in managing this problem as it will

When they are freely up for sale in stores and shops and the previous government outlawed the old type; not a good selling point mate sez I to the salesman, now if you offered me free power for three months; I might listen to you, and closed the door.

This problem naturally occurs on earth if you care to go and take at squizz at all the info on the subject; I did.

I read a few links kindly sent to me by a friend in Arkansas and was simply amazed at what was said on them.

It seems in one incident a threatening e-mail was sent to a sceptic and reckoned he the writer would bring this bloke to his knees for daring to challenge corporate America; I’m a sceptic I may spell the word differently but would have told him to go to hell.

This kind of stuff we don’t need it smacks of exhortation and money for starters.

Having said all this I would go along with trying to manage this natural RE-OCCURRING phenomenon.

Maybe we should stop sticking our oar into other countries problems and spend the taxpayer’s cash on doing just that for a change.

I see on the chart up here that the USA is one of the biggest offenders but I understand why.

All this waffling by their Senate gets on my nerves to be candid the jokers get paid enough, by you of course.

This is not to say I disagree with the Kyoto protocol as we should Endeavour to stop India and RED China from belching out their filthy emissions; these can and do cause disease but on the subject of global warming would it help? Slightly perhaps but its not going to stop it happening in my opinion.

I see (Sir) Richard Branson lobbed three BILLION into the pot to help, good old Dick, and here’s that joker whinging about being a sceptic and challenging Corporate America; money where your big mouth is Michael T Eckhart, where’s your money to aid in managing an event that occurs naturally.

You jokers make me want to puke you are not worth a two bob bit none of youse.

I reckon I have said enough on this matter but at the bottom I have put some links for you to read up on this.

Mainly all from the US Senate who seem to be better at the B/S game than us Aussies

MSNBC

Senate

US SENATE AGAIN

US Senate

Comments most welcome

10.12.07

So the Yanks think we are becoming an insular people

Due to the new government we now have I reckon that American thoughts about us Aussies are becoming worrying: not to worry youse good folk over there some of the figures shown in this report by the Herald Tribune are in my estimation sheer rubbish.

Mind you it does look that way but it is only the Government you have in power at the moment that has sparked off a lot of this; I fancy this will change once the Democrats resume control of the Whitehouse.

Also we are becoming sick of your language and junk food influence so I read on OUR ABC NEWS this morning I go along with some of that but it will never change in my opinion besides I like MacDonald’s tucker myself lol I often have it.

Yeah well the language problem may be annoying to some of us but who cares I certainly (sure) don’t

It is not just in this country that this has happened have a squizz at other western countries, in particular the UK, they are as bad,

On a visit to the old dart in 1987 I made a beeline for MacDonald’s to stuff myself with a burger.

I read further we don’t approve of your Gun Laws well maybe not but it’s not our business what you folk do over there is it.

And our Gun law policy never really worked properly anyway

You have a problem with social equality it seems (so do we) that was not mentioned in the report.

In short a lot of hogwash or as it used to be said here (Ah she’ll be right mate).

As long as we remain friends and allies is what counts in my book.

A parting shot we like your sports so there is some good in us after all

7.12.07

A BLOG I WHOLEHEARTEDLY RECOMMEND

This blog I am writing about I recommend without question, you may be more familiar with this blogger under another excellent blog he has entitled Blogger Tricks he gets many enquiries re this blog and has helped people on numerous occasions including myself, he has quite a few blogs; seven or eight I believe!!

Click on HERE to see his very latest one; after reading it you may hopefully come to the same conclusion I have; it is really for the oppressed peoples of Malaysia (our neighbours to the north of us) it involves donating a photo of yourself or family group lighting a candle for these people; not so much to ask is it?

Hopefully this message will get through to the Malaysian Government, I personally have my doubts it will but I have found that if one persists in the end It will bear fruition.

Well Peter is persisting and I am going to help in my small way as well.

I ask that more of you citizens of this world join with me in trying to aid this country it will not take a lot of your time.

I have read on other sites (in the main social networking sites) that other countries have their woes as well; they obviously do, we have ours in Australia also.

Peter however is doing something about his countries problems in his own way and I applaud him for that; there is an element of risk for him in this Endeavour but he and a lot of others are still trying anyway.

They say that the pen is mightier than the sword; in this case I certainly hope it pans out well.

What is a photo with you holding a candle going to do you might ask in my view it is a start.

It certainly has my support

3.12.07

SWEARING IN OF THE NEW HEAD OF THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT

So it is finally official here in the land down under we have a brand spanking new Prime Minister, a former diplomat and an entirely different look altogether from former Australian labor party leaders, he has charisma folks much more than I can say of our last Prime Minister or his Treasurer.

He was sworn in with his cabinet today by the Governor General who represents Queen Elizabeth more to come on her later.

His first job it seems is to ratify the Kyoto Protocol this may cause estrangement with the Bush administration as will the return of our troops from Iraq, I have just read he has signed it already good on yah Kev.

I often get letters from Americans saying our force there is puny; of course its puny we may have a huge country but the population here is so small compared to the American one.

I did read they were stretched to breaking point as well.

Like them we have military commitments in other parts of the world, they also double up as border guards patrolling our seas

Kev did say that in his first term he would not be looking into the Republican issue; no doubt that will be on in 4 years time, why should we have a Governor General admittedly appointed by the federal government when we can have a president as head of state.

That deals with the Queen for the moment who needs her we sure don’t, Canada is welcome to her and all the hangers on she brings with her.

I don’t agree with changing our flag however as many men and women died serving that flag, no outbursts from any American on this please you have a state that has the British union jack on its flag, for those that do not know which one it is Hawaii.

I wish Prime Minister Kevin Rudd all the best in this his first term as head of the Australian federal government and the Parliament.

Interest rates should be high on the agenda as they seem to be spiraling.

I guess that’s it on our new bloke for now but he has my overwhelming support.

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Young warned over social websites

Be careful Facebook users I have been reading a very reliable piece of news on the BBC and it seems your privacy can be at stake here apart from the larrikins on there, as I see it folk will have to say just who they are; I cant see that happening myself but certainly hope so This comes after my whinge about the site yesterday, a shame as it’s a good site and ideal to while away your free time Millions yes Millions of young people are in jeopardy with the details they post on Facebook Obviously they don’t wish their employers to know these details, I have always been wary on some of these sites.

The worrying thing is this site is free so who pays for it? Good question, having a stab at it I reckon they use personal details which could lead to spam I reckon, Mind you I was hassled on there recently but nothing to do with this article I read My advice is BE WARNED there are a lot of nasties out there It’s a tad different in the UK I read as to users in the USA they have young members whilst in the UK they seem to be older.

I did read there are 14 year olds using it I have a suggestion to Facebook why not have a special site for children that age? It makes perfect sense to me There are quite a few articles on the BBC about this site; the best way is to click on the links I made (usually green) to get more info

Read the one called too old for networking I had a job to believe what the bloke on it said as I am 30 years his senior and I am on it; there are many my age on it

All comments welcome

2.12.07

This is probably true of most social networks but I hope not

Yes well it needs to be looked at and I am referring to Facebook here, I like the site I like a lot of the things possible to do on there however I found a not so nice side.

They have a search for friends on it called advanced search so I took advantage of this to search for more friends; bad idea.

When you click on a Facebook user on this programme more than likely there is a picture, the snag is in a lot of cases they are group pictures, ok so I thought I would just click on them all figuring I would come up with at least one hit, the ages are on there so I was looking for folk around about my age group, wrong it seems like a lot of sites people lie re their age in a big way.

So me here got a message saying how dare you write a message to a young girl on the Internet by a supposed friend of the person I clicked on, she called me terrible things etc I expect you get the drift.

I DID NOT EVEN KNOW HOW OLD THIS PERSON WAS but thinking about it what the hell is a child doing on one of these sites; yes very strange and considering the age groups I searched were from 60 years and up well it upset me slightly.

I flagged it of course with Facebook I was only given 2 options for a complaint Spam and harassment; I picked the latter.

Needless to say I will never search on it again; I have 20 friends on there so I think that will do me.

My youngest one on there by the way is 30 but then again she is my niece.

Comments most welcome.

28.11.07

Not entirely unexpected in Australia

The good ole Australian Labor party romped home as was expected some here would have called it a Rout including me.

The monies some of the retiring ministers will receive including use of free air travel to me are horrendous when lots of us are on the breadline; incoming Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is leaving things as they stand he was quoted as saying today.

The Member for Bennelong ex Prime Minister John Howard has lost his seat to ex ABC (Australia) news reader and reporter Maxine McKew, the smirking ex treasurer Peter Costello was re-elected into the parliament but decided to stand down for election as head of the Liberal party.

The new Prime Minister elect is rumoured to be sworn in with his new ministry on Monday in the capital Canberra, this depends of course on the Labor parties choice at their Caucus meeting and a woman as Deputy Prime Minister that sounds good, not before time lots of us would say me included.

Kev promised us faster broadband I can’t wait for that to happen, on the other hand John Howard point blank refused to make it faster; a deal with semi government Telco Telstra is my guess.

On a not so nice note it seems that former Guantanamo Bay prisoner an Australian citizen Mamdouh Habib has filed a defamation suit against a columnist of Nationwide News saying he had made false claims this occurred in front of American and Australian officials.

I recall the case very well as do lots of Australians. No smoke without fire is my contention here, guess he may collect some cash; small recompense for his suffering or his family is my view.

24.11.07

At long last Australia throws off the conservative yoke

At long last Australia throws off the conservative yoke ************************************************************************************** I have of course been watching (well I still am) the election on of whether or not our incumbent Prime Minister will lose the election well I do believe he has in more ways than one. He may well lose his seat as the Member of Parliament for Bennelong in fact it seems likely he will. Not a word has he said so far nary a word. In news just in he has conceded defeat. So Mr.Rudd will be sworn in as the new PM and his deputy PM who is a woman Julia Guillard which will make a pleasant change Well there was a murmur he wanted to wait until all postal votes come in; these come from all over the world wherever Australians are on holiday and such. To me it matters not he has lost the reins of power sadly his offsider retained his seat but in opposition only. One thing that does bother me with the change, our relationship will change with the USA but not for long if their democrats get complete power so for my American friends roll on 2008. These results can be seen on this site but; for how long is not known it may be a temporary site for this event. So to sum up goodbye John and welcome Kev who incidentally went to school in my home town well done Kev.

22.11.07

A couple of news items and bibs and bobs

I see that the commonwealth action group in the Commonwealth of Nations (TCAG), formerly known as the British Commonwealth and at one time the British Empire; is having a shot at the dictator Pervez Musharraf in Pakistan.

It has been mooted whether to kick them out of the commonwealth

Good on them I reckon there is something wrong with the man.

Pakistan was indeed suspended from this organisation for 5 years at one time after a coup in the country but was reinstated after he appeared in Mufti instead of his uniform.

These tin pot generals are all the flaming same look at all the troubles committed in a lot of countries by these self styled Autocrats at one time they were referred to as banana republics.

Our foreign Minister Andrew Downer says he would support this action.

He was quoted as saying whilst Australia is not a member of the TCAG he would support such a motion I read this on a reputed media site our very own ABC

This meeting of the CHOGM is being held in Uganda.

We will be represented by our high commissioner in London at these talks including Prince Charles Who is campaigning or practising in his role to be become King our own PM has his hands full and facing an election defeat could not attend(hooray) still one never knows at the polls Joe Public could revise their thinking on the 24th

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On a lighter note some joker listed the Prime Minister’s official residence in Sydney (Kirribilli House) for sale what a hoot and this has happened before it seems. "Current occupant considering a move even if a new lease is signed. one line went" another also urged would be buyers to move quick as it was likely interest rates could go up shortly. The director of Fairfax decided to go ahead with the advertisement knowing it was a mere joke; good onyah mate its nice to see some of us have retained their humour

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I know I did a blog about me working away on my new website in my last post but I am getting there and now have many photo albums on it and quite a few videos as well.

To make things harder one of my computers failed to start up and silly me could not find the windows disc to reboot it.

After persevering into the wee hours I finally got it booted up so the language was bad here as you can imagine.

I have a blog on it if you register you can comment I have only just started it so only 2 posts up to now; maybe 1 more tonight.

I have even put a dictionary and thesaurus there to make it easier.

My son who was responsible for getting hosting etc says I am doing just fine so that’s good.

He reckons its ok and here’s me more concerned about my health.

Still it keeps the mind alert thus staving off that demon Alzheimer’s so I have been told; it’s true though in my opinion.

I also seem to be getting quite a few friends on Facebook as well; only one snag with Facebook it tends to get a tad demanding.

For all that it’s still a very good social network.

Here’s a site that could interest you if you are interested in the English language as spelt in other countries it explains in great detail how Aussies, Canadians British and Americans spell and pronounce their words.

I get sick of my spell checker bringing up the Americanised version all the time even after I have disabled it in word and made Australian English my default.

I did notice on this site that Canadians in the main use British words but American ones are used also.

Personally I can find nothing wrong with the way Americans spell; I know what they mean I was just taught to spell differently that’s all.

Comments as always are welcome

16.11.07

Website building Armistice Day

I have been a bit forgetful regarding blogging lately it seems there has been a lot happening for me with one thing and another health is one I do not intend blogging that one.

But I have however finally got a website a personal one a big vote of thanks for it must go to my youngest son who was very enthusiastic about it even though very busy himself making websites and other things for other folk in the course of his business.

He hosted it got me a domain name showed me how to create things on it, it was not an easy task for me getting on in years but I stuck with it.

I seem to have been busy ever since what with editing it, creating a picture gallery there are videos on it in the form of a video diary.

Another feature on it is Google maps another idea from my tormentor er son who arranged that bit showed me how to add maps (I found that bit a tad difficult) it is mainly about my location here on the Sunshine coast so very Australian I guess see here for more.

With all this going on I kind of forgot my usual blog post on Armistice Day or as its known here Remembrance day I wore a poppy of course, I think in the USA it is called veterans day.

I did do a little blog about it after all I seem to be losing it.

I don’t need to rave on about it as most of us know what it means although there are times when I wonder if it was worth it the way things are shaping up in the world today sadly.

Comments most welcome

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10.11.07

Two items of note

____________________________________________________________________ 0ne is Facebook the latest in social networking; much better in my opinion than Orka or Myspace. Facebook can keep you occupied for hours if you allow it,there are so many things to do on there it will be late into the small hours if you don't keep your eye on the clock; you won't though hence the reason I have not blogged this month. Apparently Google was all set for this I suspect because Orka is no match for it but Microsoft beat them too it. I now know why my youngest son joined it; he swears by Microsoft the old man does not. Normally these social networks don't interest him. Whoever owns it is no concern of mine it's there and so I use it. I am a member of My space but at the moment it's running second in these networks. I recommend it to my readers if I have any!! Meant to mention the day Australia stops for ten minutes it is the second Tuesday in November for the Melbourne cup, Bet you all thought it was ANZAC day or Remembrance Day also known as Armistice day. Please Don't forget tomorrow Sunday the 11/11 2007 for two minutes silence (now whittled to to one minute here) to remember on the eleventh hour, They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the Morning. We will remember them. Lest we forget. I often wonder was their sacrifice worth it and other sacrifices in other world wars and at times I wonder. Comments most welcome

26.10.07

I couldn’t have put it better myself.

Malcolm Fraser a former liberal conservative Prime minister way back has the right idea regarding Australia going to war, not of my political persuasion Mr Fraser said that he thinks our government should take a vote on whether to go to war or not.

I think he has a point a big one the Australian people are fed up funding a war which seems to be another Vietnam as are most of the American people.

After all the fuss and ado with the Iraqi campaign (which is still going on) we should never have got involved in the first place.

Now we are paying the price according to this ARTICLE the American congress do vote also as Malcolm says and I quote "The failure in Iraq demonstrates that the idea of American unilateralism has been extraordinarily destructive," he said. "The twin towers (attack) enabled them to establish an aggressive unilateral foreign policy … It was based on ideas that were doomed to fail.” unquote

Let us hope that whoever wins the 2007 federal election makes damn certain we implement this suggestion in the Parliament whilst at the same time withdrawing our troops.

It matters not what the Bush administration thinks one iota we must ensure that we do not continue with the stupidity the Bush administration seems to insist on.

We here are a sovereign nation and are not beholden to the likes of Bush and his lackey’s.

The American people get their chance soon to get rid of their commander in chief; I’m sure they will pick the right person for the job this time; they seem to be sick of him as well

25.10.07

California afire

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My prayers are with the folk of California tonight after the horrific fires it must be downright awful and to think that some of these fires were deliberately started well the mind boggles.

What a sick world when people stoop to being LESS than an animal by doing this has baffled me completely.

I feel absolutely no sorrow at all for the arsonist that was shot dead or the one arrested and I wish the authorities all the luck in the world to catch the rest as surely there must be more.

At least with the intervention of the POTUS more help will be given to our Californian friends, I was horrified to read of the number of evacuations etc well shocked and stunned would be a better way of describing this.

Sourced from here.

18.10.07

Well done George you did the right thing

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Whether a political stunt or not I am so pleased that somebody has had the guts to get up the RED CHINESE NOSE IN BEIJING the Han just marched on Tibet and just took the Himalayan hill kingdom just like that years ago, I blogged it once.

Why should any of us cozy up to Red China we buy their goods that should be sufficient, you have to remember that the Red Chinese Government are really brutal killers never forget what they did to their own children in Tiananmen Square I rather liked it when my own Prime Minister finally agreed to talk to his Holiness the Dalai Lama, he did not want to but his hand was forced.

I’d like to think that the POTUS was not forced and it does appear not, and to present him with his nations highest civilian award the

Congressional Medal of Honor

is simply great and a way of annoying our trading partner to the North.

I like annoying them a lot.

Well done George there are a couple of videos on the site I sourced this story from, well worth a squiz as well it seems these videos will not work on my machine but so what you get the drift I think, also I meant to say that China has officially warned US President George W Bush not to meet the Dalai Lama.

Who the hell do they think they are I won't say but would love to would I ever.

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This is for all eBay fanatics

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Well not fanatics but just people concerned about their security.

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All we hear lately is news on spammers / scammers and sadly it’s getting worse, I had to pay my provider extra cash to keep spam out of my account needless to say a bit still slips through the net.

These lowlifes are also on eBay I have run foul of em so the odds are you will or have, nothing it seems is sacred these days except the mighty dollar, you are stepped on abused etc.

Not content with that these lower than low lowlifes resort to phoning you at meal times yeah tell me about it.

eBay has a video all about it; it might be a good idea to have a squiz at it I put it on this blog post, actually this is but one of 5 videos on eBay all have a similar message.

Since I spend a fair bit of time on eBay I figured I would pass this on plus a tip of my own which is when I sell to my own country I prefer to be paid by direct bank cash or online deposit, I use Paypal only if I purchase goods overseas.

I found it quite safe, a friend in Idaho told me she uses it and has had no problems, and a guy at my bank told me he uses it as well.

He also gave me some sound advice on buying by credit online, I won’t insult your intelligence by saying what advice, but you could ask at your bank or financial institution if you think you need advice ok eyes down look at the video.

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16.10.07

Was this an omen?

If it was well the war of words will still go on in my opinion.

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Cricket on the sub continent can get violent at times crowds, betting and things of that nature plus the heat all these things help joggle this along.

So this incident with the bird and the aircraft in which both teams were traveling in may just help both sides keeping their cool.

I find it sad in a lot of cases that razor wire is on a lot of the grounds a crude form of crowd control if you ask me.

Human nature being what it is sadly it is necessary in some cases and not just in India I assure you.

I myself still think there should be an investigation into the claim of racism as it happens and much more than the average bloke seems to think when he is viewing the sport at his local club complete with grog of course.

It definitely goes on and by all teams usually I have just received an e-mail from a fellow blogger who is Indian and lives there this is his blog well one of them here but this is what told me I quote!! And the audience wasn’t actually Monkey chanting against Symonds. They were praying. They were calling out "Ganapathi Bappa Moriya", which is praising Lord Ganapathi. They were praying since the batsmen were getting out. The chant, well, honestly, to someone who isn’t familiar with the Indian Gods and local language, will not be able to make head or tail of it, and will sound weird. !!Unquote.

I have no reason to disbelieve this in fact it makes sense to me at least

This sledging and discrimination has gone on ever since I was a boy but it is much worse nowadays.

I reckon the time has come to sew zippers into cricketer’s mouths and the umpires can shut them any old time

15.10.07

WIN Television Australia.

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You are a good channel for most sports so I watch at times I watch your news occasionally but what got me was when I switched on at 5 AM this morning and you were screening the (American ABC) so I guess my question is why? this is Australia not America, one wonders do Americans watch Australian news before their own comes on OF COURSE THEY DON’T why should they anything of interest from our shores is on their own broadcasts and vice versa.

Such a waste of money and I don’t suppose you are the only channel that does this as I have heard rumours of CNN being watched.

Stick to the footy and cricket

11.10.07

Scouting today

I can hear the groans and moans already this is what you will hear.

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We are all into my space and all these other social networks for example; it doesn’t mean a thing Mom and Dad Grandma and Grandpa.

But I assure you it really does you will never ever discover comradeship like the world scouting movement does not ever unless you count the military and come on be honest nobody really wants to be a soldier except the dedicated few (thank God for the dedicated few and draftees) I must not forget them guys.

After my previous whinge about you tube I found I had an excellent video clip on the centenary of world scouting so I have included it in this blog.

If I have put it on before forgive me as I may have being a bit long in the tooth now (what teeth lol).

All are welcome to join the scouting movement started by Lord Baden Powel one100 years ago now.

Originally it was a boy’s only affair but that stopped and the girls are very welcome.

As you can see by the video clip and there are others on the site scouts will or have climbed Mount Everest a mob from Hampshire in the UK.

Amazing huh when you think about it.

There is a scout den near my house but to be honest I have never seen any scouts here; there obviously is of course.

Now don’t laugh but I was a cub leader myself as a young man and I have a friend in the USA who is a scout leader of an all girl troop takes them camping etc I won’t mention the area she lives in as I think she wants to remain anonymous so I will honour her wishes.

There are no racial prejudices here or religious ones which I think are of our own making personally.

So come on enlist enroll whatever and put some fun back in your life you can always tell your pals on my space, I am a member of my space myself but I don’t quite understand it all; I still gave it a shot though.

Anyway have a squiz at the video it certainly makes a bloke think, it did me.

More info can be found on this site please click on it

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10.10.07

You Tube and copyright law

I notice that you tube dealt me a shady under the belt notification the other day,

I was told that they had decided to make a video I uploaded as a breach of copyright and it has been up there for months, I originally got it from friends via e-mail so my view is if it can be sent via e-mail to all and sundry why does that not constitute a breach of the copyright law.

I must say that I did check beforehand and it was just fine but it seems not. Click on the image to see it better.

The letter in part said.

I quote!! This is to notify you that we have removed or disabled access to the following material as a result of a third-party notification by American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. claiming that this material is infringing: !! Unquote.

You can read all of it on here but I fear that this is just sour grapes on the part of the ABC the strange thing is they did not remove it so I did.

I had the usual threats so I think I might stay with live video for a while and see how things turn out.

It seems you can make things worse if you complain if you read it, I don't like being held to ransom

I am tempted to remove all my videos and put them up on live video but I just can’t be bothered.

I have the facilities to download them and convert them back to WVI format but in my view it is just not worth it.

Comments most welcome.

9.10.07

Joost number one in free internet TV not to be confused with classic cinema online.

I have now been informed that Joost TV

Is now available to all and not just by invitation only which is good to know I do advertise it on my blog as invitation only but peoples that has now changed.

Do not confuse this with classic cinema online which I personally quite like there are many old movies on classic cinema on line my particular liking is the spaghetti westerns I saw so many years ago.

Take your pick folks I find them both good also on classic cinema online there is a chat room (chatty world central); this is also featured in the sidebar of my blog and I thoroughly recommend all of these sites.

There is none of the huge downloads which one gets if they use the bits torrent method either.

Once again I highly recommend classic cinema online and Joost. Just click on cinema.

Comments as usual are most welcome please click on the images to view them.

2.10.07

Another search engine just launched and stuff

Yep a new search engine folks and Australian as well wow

It has not got the look of Google or Yahoo as yet but I think it soon will; ok so MSN has one as well anyway check it out here or have a SQUIZ as we say here.

At the moment I am not that impressed with it but it has to get better, the law of averages says that

I was writing to a friend the other day and it was mentioned having a few bucks on the slots.

I am not too certain what states have them but I found it interesting as here in the land down under they are here in every state in casinos licenced clubs and quite a few hotels or pubs.

I must emend that slightly as I read there are none in Western Australia only in a casino there.

When I first came here the only state that had them was New South Wales and folks in Victoria got coach trips over the border just to play them.

That of course is finished and the bloody things are everywhere, gone are the days when you could pop into a pub for a drink and a chat, now you can still pop into a pub for a drink but nobody socialises anymore.

It was rumoured in NSW many years ago that these machines which in those days came from the USA were Mafia controlled but I could not swear to that.

I did read that the Bally Company in Australia represented by Jack Rooklyn (an Australian) was from Chicago and could have been Mafia controlled just hearsay of course.

Then there is Ainsworth the Aussie poker machine king and well over 80 here he is pictured below.

So I suppose summing up they are ok now and again but not 365 days per year or 363 as most clubs and pubs if they do open on Good Friday or Christmas day do not permit the playing of machines as far as I know.

Comments are most welcome please click on the images to make them large.