Friday, June 29, 2007

AFL Round 13 Tips

Well after a split round 12 the last 2 weeks, it's back to normal now. Here are my tips for round 13.

Essendon vs Melbourne - Melbourne

Geelong vs Sydney Swans - Geelong

Fremantle vs Carlton - Fremantle

Brisbane Lions vs Port Adelaide - Port Adelaide

St Kilda vs Richmond - St Kilda

Adelaide vs West Coast Eagles - Adelaide

Kangaroos vs Western Bulldogs - Western Bulldogs

Collingwood vs Hawthorne - Collingwood

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Farewell Mr Blair

Today British Prime Minister Tony Blair stood down as Prime Minister. According to this article, he was showered with ovations from his collegues, but the critics who are protesting the Iraq war, were celebrating his departure.

Now obviously I don't know the man, & I've been to Brittian, but from what I've seen & heard of him, he has done a good job. I'm not sure the reason he has left, but I know it has been coming for a while, I just hope that the new PM will do as good as Mr Blair has done. I guess we'll just have to wait & see.

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2006 Census Results

On the 8th of August last year (2006), every person in Australia filled out a Census form, answering questions about home, age, religion, & many other things. Today, 27th June 2007, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released their results. A few of their findings were:

The number of people counted (including overseas visitors) in the 2006 census was 20,061,646.

In the 2006 census, there were more females (50.6%) than males (49.4%)

The number & proportion of Australians stating they were never married, separated, or divorced in the 2006 census increased from the 2001 census.

There are many other results. For more detailed results just go to the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.

The funny thing is that, the population statistic is already out of date. With baby Chloe now here, the population is already increased by 1.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Will we ever be satisfied?

We've just had a couple of days of good rainfall here in Perth. The gardens & lawns are starting to green up again, & more rain is forecast on & off for the next week.

Many people, including the farmers who have suffered major drought are still saying that it is not enough. I can understand their situation, especially when it's their lively hood at stake.

At the same time, some parts of NSW (Sydney) have experienced major flooding over the past fortnight. Some say it's the worst they've ever seen & they've had enough of it.

The thing I find is that there is always too much or too little. People never seem to be satisfied with what they get. Some want more, while others want less.

Now while we have no control over the weather patterns, we all think we know best. My question is, isn't some rain better than none at all??

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Saturday, June 23, 2007


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Shopping Chaos

This afternoon Jo & I went out to our local Woolworth's to do our weekly grocery shopping. Even before we got out of the car, we were stuck in a traffic jam, in the car park.

We went in & did our shopping, while trying to squeeze our way through the many trolleys, down the, what seemed like narrow isle of the supermarket. There were trolleys everywhere, people & kids everywhere.

One could be mistaken to believe that either the shop as going to permanently close at the end of the day, or that this was the last opportunity ever to stock up on grocery's.

Once we finally got to the checkout the queue really started. The store had all 10 checkouts open & they all had a lineup of trolleys waiting to be served. It seems to be that Saturday's are really not a good day to do shopping. It must be the fact that everyone is too busy during the week to go out, so everyone heads out on the weekend. It also seems that every week is getting worse. I hate to see what next week will be like!!

What about you? Do you find that you are too busy during the week to to the shopping. Do find that the shops & roads are always busy on the weekends?? You can leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Friday, June 22, 2007

What's your opinion

It has been announced this week by Australian Prime Minister John Howard, that the federal politicians will receive a pay rise. Surprisingly, no one has opposed.

I'm no expert & I don't understand the fundamentals of politics, so I don't know whether this pay rise is justified or not. What about you.

Please have your say & vote in my special poll below provided by

If you have any futher comments to add, please feel free to use the comment section of this post.
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Sunday, June 17, 2007

I hate it when that happens.....

On Friday I posted my AFL footy tips for round 12. One of the games I tipped Adelaide to win over the Kangaroo's.

After some expertly influence from a source who shall remain unnamed, I changed my tip before the game, & picked the Kangaroo's to win.

Well that game is now over, & let's just say, Adelaide didn't win & I should've stuck with my gut on this one. DO'H

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Keeping up to date

I'm just starting to get into the whole area of online communities. Are you a member of Facebook or Twitter?

I've just signed up at both of these, so if you're online, why not lok me up at Twitter or Facebook, say hi & add me as one of your friends, I'd love to see you there.

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If you prefer the good old email, then simply enter your email address under the Subscribe by email heading & you'll receive an email through Feedburner whenever I've updated.

Which ever way you choose, you'll always be up to date. When you do subscribe, would you mind letting me know by adding a comment in the comment section of this post.

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

AFL Round 12 Tips

It's been a quiet week as far as blogging goes this week, but now it's the weekend again & that means another round of footy, so here are my tips for round 12.

Carlton vs Hawthorne - Hawthorne

Kangaroos vs Adelaide - Adelaide (however I am thinking of changing this one before the game)

Western Bulldogs vs Fremantle - Western Bulldogs

Geelong vs Brisbane Lions - Geelong

Port Adelaide vs Essendon - Essendon

Richmond vs Melbourne - Melbourne

Sydney Swans vs Collingwood - Sydney Swans

West Coast Eagles vs St Kilda - West Coast Eagles

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Squeaks & Smiles

This morning Chloe was lying on the carpet with her play gym, which consists of hanging rattles, soft toys & lots of pretty colours.

All of a sudden she started making a few random squeaks & cute sounds. Jo & I & Graadie (my mum) sat down on the floor with her & started to talk to her & stimulating her with the toys.

We got a few more small squeaks & even a smile or 2 out of her. She's only 5 weeks old, but she seems to be a little bit responsive to us which is really cool. Up until now she just cries & looks around.

The battery in the camera is charging, so hopefully we will have some pics or even a short video clip soon.

It's exciting to see what she'll do next.
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Saturday, June 9, 2007

Water or Coke?

I received the following through the email; Interesting & disturbing. Have a read & let me know what you think.


1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half the world population.)

2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.

3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much 3%

4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.

5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short- term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water you should drink every day?


1. In many states the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.

2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it will be gone in two days.

3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.

4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.

6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.

8. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.


1. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis

2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.

3. The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean engines of the trucks for about 20 years!

Now the question is, would you like a glass of water? or Coke?

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Friday, June 8, 2007

AFL Round 11 Tips

Well last week I didn't do so good with my tips; I scored 3 out of 8, so my score so far is 42. Here are my tips for round 11.

Essendon vs West Coast Eagles - West Coast Eagles

Hawthorne vs Sydney Swans - Hawthorne

Brisbane Lions vs Western Bulldogs - Western Bulldogs

Carlton vs Port Adelaide - Port Adelaide

Adelaide vs Geelong - Geelong

St Kilda vs Kangaroos - St Kilda

Fremantle vs Richmond - Fremantle

Melbourne vs Collingwood

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Sunday, June 3, 2007

More Photos

Here is another picture of baby Chloe (click the image for a better view). She is now almost a month old. I have just added some more photos to the online photo album. You can view them here.

Let me know what you think below in the comments section.
At the moment she eats, sleeps & fills her nappies; all the things that newborns do; but it's all worth it because she's just beautiful.
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Saturday, June 2, 2007

Bring Out the Winter Wollies

Yesterday was officially the first day of winter 2007. We've already had some cool days during May, with some cold mornings that I think we're trying to prepare us for the Winter season.

For the next 3 months we can look forward to cold mornings followed by cool sunshine. Also during this time lots of rain hopefully.

I often think back to the winters in New Zealand. Frosts of -2 or 3 in the mornings. I recall often having to scrape ice off the windscreen of the car with a credit card or something similar, then hovering in front of the fireplace during the cold evenings. Ah those were the days!

Here in Perth, Western Australia though, it's not quite that extreme. Cool mornings but not cold. With 4 degrees, the dew on the car windscreen simply washes off with one sweep of the windscreen wiper & I don't think I've seen any fire places in homes here, just heaters.

I like winter much better than summer though. I find it's much easier to wrap up warm, then to try & keep cool. There's only so much clothing you can remove from your body.

How about you. How do you cope in the winter months? Do you prefer the hot or cold weather more? Please leave your comments in the comment section below.

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Friday, June 1, 2007

AFL Round 10 Tips

Well I am suitably impressed with myself. I thought I had a shocker week last week in my tipping, but after viewing my results, I see I actually scored 6 out of 8.

Let's see how we go this week. Here are my tips.

Collingwood vs Fremantle - Fremantle

Melbourne vs Adelaide - Adelaide

West Coast Eagles vs Kangaroos - West Coast Eagles

Richmond vs Brisbane Lions - Richmond

Sydney Swans vs Essendon - Sydney Swans

Port Adelaide vs Hawthorne - Port Adelaide

Carlton vs Western Bulldogs - Western Bulldogs

St Kilda vs Geelong - Geelong

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