Friday, June 30, 2006

Patty and Bears Tour Day 3

Patty and Bears tour day 3........Started in minus 2 deg at Beechworth, visit to Ned kellys Prison and courthouse...Then to Cootamundra to see Don Bradmans finally finish at Cowra, the place of the big Japanese POW camp and escape during the War. Posted by Picasa


Have a great 50th...from all your friends at Pattycam

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Pattys Tour 2006 day two highlights

Patty and Bear leave Melbourne today after they go to Queen Victoria Markets. Then they are off to find explorers Burke and Wills grave monument.
They did not get much shopping done yesterday as the Mall was full of Industrial reform protesters, but they got some great photos for us all to see when they return.
Today they travel to Ned Kelly country, woot!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Pattys Tour 2006 day one highlights

DAY ONE OF PATTY AND BEARS TRIP.........Booked into hotel at 6.30pm....drove around St Kilda and went to see Da Vinci code...Crawled home in typical heavy traffic in rain...parked car and went to room...left wine in car...back to car and ordered pizza(nice and healthy)...watched Tv and ate pizza with some small wine glasses..*cough!...Todays plan is to go to markets on a tram...but there is a huge strike on so city will be jam packed....A trip to federation square sounds good....

look out patty

I hope Patty did not get caught in this. IMAX would be better

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Road Trip 04

Road Trip with my eldest son.....

The road winds around some of the prettiest country we have seen for 3 days, and we pass row after row of the stark Poplar trees, their golden leaves now fallen with the winter winds.

Outside it's about 5 degrees, bloody cold in our language, as we are from Queensland, and now we are racing towards Canberra, the capital of Australia. Overnight the temperature plummets to minus 10.

Welcome to our Road Trip, or as I like to say now, Road Trip 2004, which means I have already planned to make more of these delightful journeys with my sons in the future.

This is our first Trip, and so far, so good. I am sharing the driving with my 17 year old son Doc, and at the end of our journey, we will have travelled 2,855kms together, and merged a lifetime of middle-aged experience and youthful adolescence enthusiasm.

We will talk, of course, filling the empty kilometres with discussions of university, future travel, new girlfriends, old boyfriends (mine *cough) telling jokes, and we laugh and shake our heads and say “Wherever the wind takes us!” as we shout it to the sky, to the bitumen, daring us to follow it, trusting it, unknown as it is, we drive on with blind faith and a full petrol tank.

Our destination is Canberra, to deliver some car parts, but our true destination is in each other's minds and hearts and souls.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Woot! Now this is a's thing....

The freeways are very exciting (in such a bleak city) I wonder how Bear will react to seeing this?

I have to learn to work this E-Toll thingy, it has to beep at least twice, *gulp

Da Sheriff is watching....lets Party!!!

Answer to what is it 1...a key

answer to what is it 2...A big ben Pie

What is it? #2

Johnnos "What is it no.2"

What is it?

Johnnos "what is it no.1"


What Three Things do you have to remember on a Road Trip?

Here's some helpful hints that could save your life!

Here's some helpful hints that could save your life!

1. If you are choking on an ice cube, don't panic. Simply pour a cup of
boiling water down your throat and presto! The blockage will be
almost instantly removed.
2. Clumsy? Avoid cutting yourself while slicing vegetables by getting
someone else to hold them while you chop away.
3. Avoid arguments with the Mrs. about lifting the toilet seat by simply
using the sink.
4. High blood pressure sufferers: simply cut yourself and bleed for
awhile, thus reducing the pressure in your veins.
5. A mouse trap, placed on top of your alarm clock, will prevent you
from rolling over and going back to sleep when you hit the snooze
6. If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives, then you will
be afraid to cough.
7. Have a bad toothache? Hit your thumb with a hammer, then you will
forget about the toothache.
8. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
9. AND..... Sometimes we just need to remember what The Rules of Life
really are: You need only two tools: WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't
move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn't, use the duct
10. If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance!
11. And finally... Be really good to your family and friends. You never
know when you are going to need them to empty your bedpan.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Why did I leave Radio?

I hope at least SOME of you have been taking the time to listen to my Radio Reports on my Podcast...and you may be wondering WHY I left... Or not. Whatever.

I left not long after this report. It brought back the sour memory of why I left the ABC, and a job that I adored, as each day had a routine, but was different.

I cried for 3 whole days after I left, including Mother's Day. It was MY JOB, hand-chiselled in heaven, for me.

In order to do this radio report, I had to park my car in the grounds of Qld Uni (about 6 kms from the ABC studio) and of course after the show, had to then go and collect it again.

I asked my Producer if she could give me a lift and she refused, citing that her petrol allowance wouldn't cover it.

Petrol allowance? I was gobsmacked.(I didn't get petrol allowance?)

She suggested that I call a taxi, but also stated that I wouldn't be reimbursed.

Be stuffed!

I then asked Spencer if he could help, but he too, refused. I took a cab, got my car, went home, kicked the cat, went back to the studio after I had calmed down, and Spencer critisied me for screaming on the bike (I had the wobbles, and was only using one hand, as you heard.)

"I had to keep turning your microphone down" he said.

Then, to top it all off, they didn't pay me.

I had to go to the Paymaster three times, (over a week) "I have done the work, now pay me please!" and by now I was so enraged, I resigned.

They didn't accept it, but the next day called a meeting to say that it was prolly for the best. So I left.

It still sticks in my throat now, it sucks.

To have to go to the Paymaster THREE TIMES and beg for your pay, is humiliating, and a red-rag-to-a-bull for me, it makes my blood boil just thinking about it again.

After 5 years on air, you realise that there are only so many times you can jump our of a plane/climb a bridge/blah blah.

I love to sleep in now...oh yeah.

So now you know.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

WHAT THE!!! Look at the company holding the auditions.

more music

Against the wind-----bob seger, hot blooded----------foreigner, born to be wild------steppenwolf, on the road again----canned heat, Horse with no name---america, Lonely People,Ventura Highway
Hotel California, New Kid in Town, Life in the Fast Lane---eagles

All the way to heaven,American gir, lBreakdown,Bring me some water,Come to my window,I'm the only one----------melissa etheridge
Me and Bobby McGee janis joplin
Nutbush City Limits-------tina turner

Peters little girl, Meeah, aged 2 months, isn't she just soooo sweet?

Friday, June 23, 2006


Campbell Maritime

I have this online friend in Seattle who owns a small tug boat company. He publishes a daily blog with a short story and a picture of the daily adventures of a local tug boat captain. He usually writes an entertaining, if not educational story and is a good photographer as well.

He usually gets about 80 to 90 hits per day, but was complaining that this week he was only getting half that number.

Anyway, I thought it might be fun to play a little joke on him and see if I can get a whole bunch of folks to stop by. Who knows, you might even enjoy the stories and decide to become a regular too.

Brian Campbell's stories can be read at: Campbell Maritime

Stop by and read the latest story. He also has links to previous stories, along with pictures of some of the boats. Just don't tell him I sent you :)

too easy

lone ranger

The Lone Ranger was ambushed and captured by an enemy Indian war party. The Indian Chief proclaims, 'So, you are the great Lone Ranger. In honor of the Harvest Festival, you will be executed in three days. But, before I kill you, I will grant you three requests. What is your first request?'
The Lone Ranger responds, 'I'd like to speak to my horse.'
Chief nods and Silver is brought before the Lone Ranger, who whispers in Silver's ear, and the horse gallops away. Later that evening, Silver returns with a beautiful blonde woman on his back. The woman enters the Lone Ranger's tent and spends the night. The next morning the Indian Chief admits he's impressed. 'You have a very fine and loyal horse, but I will still kill you in two days. What is your second request?'
The Lone Ranger again asks to speak to his horse. Silver is brought to him and he again whispers in the horse's ear. As before, Silver takes off across the plains and disappears over the horizon. Later that evening, to the Chief's surprise, Silver again returns, this time with a voluptuous brunette, even more attractive than the blonde. She enters the Lone Ranger's tent and spends the night.
The following morning the Indian Chief is again impressed.
'You are indeed a man of many talents, but I will still kill you tomorrow .. What is your last request?'
The Lone Ranger responds, 'I'd like to speak to my horse, Alone!'
The Chief is curious, but he agrees and Silver is brought to the Lone Ranger's tent. Once they're alone, the Lone Ranger grabs Silver by both ears, looks him square in the eyes and says, 'Listen carefully, for the last time. I said ......BRING POSSE!'

Why dogs attack people, and why Gary and I prefer cats.

lone ranger the next day

disguised as a door and got his knob shot off


Mildred, the church gossip, and self-appointed monitor of the church's morals, kept sticking her nose in to other people's business.

Several members did not approve of her extra curricular activities, but feared her enough to maintain their silence.

She made a mistake, however, when she accused George, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his old pickup parked in front of the town's only bar one afternoon.

She emphatically told George and several others that everyone seeing it there would know what he was doing. George, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment and just turned and walked away. He didn't explain, defend, deny. He said nothing.

Later that evening, George quietly parked his pickup in front of Mildred's house ... walked home.... and left it there all night.

You gotta love George.

Lone Ranger and Tonto

Lone Ranger and Tonto are trapped in a box canyon behind a rock with Indians attacking from the left, right and infront of them.

The Lone Ranger says to Tonto, "It looks like where in real trouble this time Tonto, we might not make it out alive".

Tonto looks at the Lone Ranger and says "What do you mean we white man".


Friday's game against Croatia could be the vital turning point in the Qantas Socceroos World Cup future and also in determining Jetstar's Spectacular Soccer Sale, exclusive to JetMail members.

If the Australians draw or win on Friday 23rd June and progress to Round 2, it will leave the JetMail exclusive sale details undecided until their World Cup exit.

If Australia gets knocked out against Croatia Friday morning, our sale will launch that day from 9am till 12pm (EST) on selected destinations. If no more goals are scored the sale will be 3,000 seats at $3. But if the Socceroos can manage to slip in a goal before knockout, the seat number will rise accordingly, for example another goal will mean there will be 4,000 seats for sale at $4.

Our Soccerroo Team!

Aussie fans party hard in Stuttgart

Thursday, June 22, 2006



To get you started Patty.
Ben Lees..........................Into the dark, Everything for love.
Billy Joel..........................My life
Blondie.............................One way or another
Van Morrison..................Brown eyed girl.
Jon English......................Get your love right
Euryhmics.......................When you say you love me.
America...........................A horse wih no name
The Animals...................There is a house in new orleans
Beatles.............................Oh darling

Say what?

When 612 ABC Brisbane's Peter Gooch is on-air, sometimes things just don't come out the way he intended them to.

It happens to the best of us - but admittedly, there aren't usually thousands of people listening when we mix our metaphors or make our small slip-ups.

There are some occasions, though, when a small slip-up just doesn't make the grade - sometimes it's more appropriate to stuff things up well and truly, to do the job properly.

And that's what Peter decided to do yesterday, when he had a minute to introduce Kelly before her program.

Here's what he said:

After the news, it’s Kelly Higgins-Devine – who’s here with us now as well being with us then. How can you be in two places at one time? Well it’s all done with smoke and chopsticks – and Kelly’s been able to grab the bull by the horns and run with it.

She’s shooting from the seat of her pants, today she’s hit the nail on the jackpot and knocked the socks right off the ball.

I’m not pulling your leg up over your eyes!

Now at the risk of grating you up the wrong way, I’ve been told I could be treading on thin water if I go on for too much longer – but I always say it’s worth waiting until the fat lady freezes over before the pot can call the kettle’s bluff.

Final advice before we find out what Kelly’s doing after 3 (I hate to put you through all this rigor mortis but it’s worth it): don't count your chickens until you see the whites of their eyes; don't come running to me if you break your leg; a rolling stone catches the worm; and don’t be average - always try to gain a foothold in the public eye.

None of this is hard to work out. It’s not rocket surgery! It’s not even a hard bubble to crack. The monkey’s in your court. Don’t go away because I think you’ll find when Kelly gets here - you’ll all get along like a horse on fire!

Pattys road trip music

This is my choice of songs to get Patty back to Brisbane

1. Melbourne song.............Colin Hay
2. On the road again......... Willie Nelson
3. Victoria...........................The Kinks
4. Poor Ned....................... Casey Chambers
5. Red red wine..................Bob Marley
6. Amighty big river............John Williamson
7. New South Wales.........Masterless Men
8. On the road to Gundagai.......Slim Dusty
9. Last train out of Sydney........ Jimmy Barnes
10. Newcastle song..............Bob Hudson
11. Gold coast..............Rebecca St James
12. Nobody loves Brisbane like Jesus.......John Williamson
13. Hey its Good to be back home again.....John Denver

Melbourne to...which way? Ack! Obviously have to go to Melbourne...but after that we are free agents "wherever the wind takes us...." but want to go to Bathurst to drive the Bathurst Mount Panorama. Would also like to go to Newcastle to see the F1-11's landing and taking off, and show Bear my old haunts near Taree etc...also want to go to Tamworth? Port Macquarie? Coffs Harbour? Ack! Suggestions peoples!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

See you Bods. :)

Nice to see some rain, whew.


Four surgeons are taking a coffee break. The first one says "Accountants are the best to operate on because when you open them up everything inside them is numbered." The second surgeon says, "Nah, librarians are the best; everything inside them is in alphabetical order." The third surgeon says, "Try electricians. Everything inside them is colour-coded." The fourth one says, "I prefer NSW fans. They're heartless, spineless, gutless and their heads and arses are interchangeable."

Q: Did you hear that the Post Office has had to recall their latest stamps.
A: They had pictures of NSW players on them. People couldn't figure out which side to spit on.

Q: If you see a NSW fan on a bicycle, why should you never swerve to hit him?
A: It could be your bicycle.

Q: What do NSW fans and sperm have in common?
A: One in 3,000,000 has a chance of becoming a human being.

Q: What do you have when 100 NSW fans are buried up to their necks in sand?
A: Not enough sand.

Q: What's the difference between a dead dog on the road and a dead NSW fan on the road?
A: There are skid marks in front of the dog.

Q: You're trapped in a room with a tiger, a rattlesnake and a NSW fan. You have a gun with two bullets. What do you do?
A: Shoot the NSW fan - twice.

Q: What's the difference between NSW and a Jet engine?
A: A jet engine eventually stops whining.

Q: How many male NSW fans does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Seven - one to change it, five to moan about and a Manager to say that if the ref had done his job in the first place the light bulb would never have gone out.


ABC Staffers and friends gather to commemorate Paul, with a bench on which to sit and think about the beauty of the world.


A frangipani for Paul Bodington. He was a soft, gently colorful soul in a sea of hardness and grey.....


Poor people and perspectives

One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live.

They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"

"It was great, Dad."

"Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked.

"Oh yeah," said the son.

"So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.

The son answered:

"I saw that we have one dog and they had four.

We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.

We have imported lanterns in our gard! en and they have the stars at night.

Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.

We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.

We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.

We buy our food, but they grow theirs.

We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them."

The boy's father was speechless.

Then his son added, "Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are."

Isn't perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have.

Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your friends!

Monday, June 19, 2006

..and just to change the subject, this is how I remember JPY - and yes, I have also met and interviewed him too. Nice bloke.

Greenpeace at the docks in Brisbane

Aboard Greenpeace

I have been on Greenpeace, for an interview (Goodness knows where it is, somehwere *peers into 4 drawers full of radio interviews)

Whilt I understand that it's a cultural thing for Japan to eat whae meat, I also know that most of todays generation in Japan won't eat it, and don't want to eat it. They are advertising and promoting it now within schools (get 'em young) as they have such a glut of stored whale-meat. As for the aurgument that whales 'are eating all the fish' they actually eat plankton.

Thank goodness for organisations and peoples passions like Greenpeace. Let's face it, you or I are never going to go down south and get sprayed with water-cannons to save the whales, but I am glad they do on my behalf.






Answer to my What-is-it question.... Seed pod of my canna.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

The gang

Bear cuts the mud cake, happy birthday kiddo

Shy lad, *coughs

Biting candy necklace

Sam's famous mexican dip, yum!

All ready for some mates

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Johnno is sick, so it's my What-it-it for the weekend.

Friday, June 16, 2006


Why we split up
She told me we couldn't afford beer anymore and I'd have to quit.
Then I caught her spending $65.00 on make-up.
And I asked how come I had to give up stuff and not her.
She said she needed the make-up to look pretty for me.
I told her that was what the beer was for.

I don't think she's coming back..........
A man is at work one day when he notices that his co-worker is wearing
an earring. This man knows his co-worker to be a normally conservative
fellow, and is curious about his sudden change in "fashion sense."
The man walks up to him and says, "I didn't know you were into
"Don't make such a big deal, it's only an earring," the co-worker
replies sheepishly.
His frie nd falls silent for a few minutes, but then his curiosity prods
him to say, "So, how long have you been wearing one?"
"Ever since my wife found it in my truck."

Blogged on behalf of Gary

...and little kitty Soma has celebrated his first year living with us, woot!

Happy 17th Bear, hope you had a fantastic day