Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
SINGER Allison Durbin pleaded guilty to drug charges in Melbourne's County Court today.
The singer, now known as Allison Giles, was expected to face trial today, but instead pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in a drug of dependence, one count of cultivation of narcotic plants and one count of theft of electricity.
Judge Ian Robertson adjourned the plea hearing to Wednesday this week.
Now in her mid-50s, Giles won the Queen of Pop title in 1969, 1970 and 1971.
She had a string of hits, including Put Your Hand In The Hand, but publicly admitted to a heroin addiction in 1985.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
A MELBOURNE pub catering for gay men has won the right to refuse entry to heterosexuals in a landmark ruling at the state planning tribunal.
The owners of Collingwood's Peel Hotel applied to ban straight men and women to try to prevent "sexually based insults and violence" towards its gay patrons.The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal last week granted the pub an exemption to the Equal Opportunity Act, effectively prohibiting entry to non-homosexuals
I don't really think this is a problem in itself. If you are not gay why would you want to go there. The only thing that wrong is it seems everyone can have a club now apart from white Hetro sexual men.That's life I guess. 0ne question . How will they police this?Not every gay person looks gay do they?. live and let live.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Her father Raymond Cornell, 53, died of cancer in Adelaide, and his funeral was held on Monday.
Emma's boyfriend Tim Stanton told News Limited that Mr Cornell had asked that his daughter not be told of his death until she left the house.
Director of the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, psychologist Chris Hall, this morning said Emma should be given the information about the death of her father, so she can make her own choice about the best way to deal with it.
"I've worked with lots of bereaved people, and I've never had somebody complain that they've been told too much. But I have had people complain to me that they've been lied to, or that they've been deceived," Mr Hall told theage.com.au.
"To me it's somewhat paternalistic. I think there's a real danger when we make assumptions about what the needs for other people may or may not be, and when we actually remove choice from the individual.
"One of the things about bereavement is it often makes people feel incredibly powerless. . . death is a choiceless event, we have no control over that experience," he said.
Mr Hall said that Emma's grief could be exacerbated by not being involved in the aftermath of her father's death, whose funeral was on Monday.
"It may be that she decides to continue, or not. There are two needs here: the needs of the family and (the needs) of the deceased person, who may have expressed a wish. But very often we see people whose grief has been made more complex because they have been excluded in some way," he said.
Mr Hall said that given Emma, who at 24 is an adult, she should be informed of the death even if it goes against the wishes of her family.
"She's an adult and so I think the duty of care to an adult is to discreetly and privately inform her of the situation."
Mr Hall also said Big Brother's producers should tread carefully when dealing with this issue on air.
Outlining his vision for Sydney Harbour last night, Mr Keating said he agreed with the 19th century architect Francis Greenway that a landmark building should fit on the headland where the navy is presently located.
"John Howard has moved the Government to Sydney. Cabinet meets in Phillip Street and the Government only returns to Canberra when Parliament sits," Mr Keating told a packed lecture room at the Powerhouse Museum.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Melbourne inventions include the Black Box Flight Recorder and the Bionic Ear to name a few.
Australians great ideas and vision can be seen by the many Melbourne inventions that have helped improve the lives of people all over the world.
Australian System - 1856
Eight Hour Day - 1856
Australian Rules Football - 1858
Telephane - 1885
Electrical Drill - 1889
First Feature Length Film - 1906
Kiwi Shoe Polish - 1906
Hills Hoist - 1912
Aspro - 1917
Trugo - 1918
Vegemite - 1923
Not only invented in Melbourne but every jar of Vegemite 'ever made' has come from the Melbourne factory at Fisherman Bend.
Utility Vehicle - the 'Ute' - 1933
Dim Sims - 1945
Black Box Flight Recorder - 1958
Bionic Ear - 1979
In-vitro fertilisation - 1984
Not so rainy
Melbourne is not Australia's wettest capital city. Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin and Perth all receive much higher annual rainfalls. However, Melbourne does have the highest number of rainy days.
It's also interesting that the average Melbourne summer will see more 30C plus days than in Sydney, although overall averages are lower, Sydney being further north.
First feature film made in Melbourne
The world's first feature film was shot in Melbourne. 'The Story of the Kelly Gang' was filmed by the Tait Brothers at a property in the Melbourne suburb of Heidelberg and is generally thought to be the first ever narrative full-length feature film.
Running over an hour, the film was first shown at Melbourne's Athenaeum Theatre on Collins Street in 1906. In 1910 the Victorian government banned the film because they believed the film incited people to crime. Only scraps of the film and a few out-takes remain.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
2. How many months did astronaut Andy Thomas spend on the Mir space station?
3. As the crow flies, Darwin is closer to Adelaide than it is to Sydney. True or False?
4. The highest point on the Australian continent is Mt Kosciusko. What is the lowest?
5. The Flowering Blue Gum is the floral emblem of which state?
6. How long is the Northern Territory’s mainland coastline?
7. Who was Australia’s THIRD Prime Minister?
8. In ‘Advance Australia Fair’ the Southern Cross is described as what?
9. Where in Australia is the ‘Big Cheese’?
10. On 6 November 1999 Australians said No to what?
2. I don't know what your problem is, but I'll bet it's hard to pronounce.
3. How about never? Is never good for you?
4. I see you've set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.
5. I'm really easy to get along with once you people learn to see it my way.
6. I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter.
7. I'm out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message.
8. I don't work here. I'm a consultant.
9. It sounds like English, but I can't understand a damn word you're saying.
10. Ahhh...I see the screw-up fairy has visited us again.
11. I like you. You remind me of myself when I was young and stupid.
12. You are validating my inherent mistrust of strangers.
13. I have plenty of talent and vision; I just don't give a damn.
14. I'm already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.
15. I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you.
16. Thank you. We're all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view.
17. The fact that no one understands you doesn't mean you're an artist.
18. Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental.
19. What am I? Flypaper for freaks!?
20. I'm not being rude. You're just insignificant.
21. It's a thankless job, but I've got a lot of Karma to burn off.
22. Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial.
23. And your crybaby whiny-assed opinion would be...?
24. Do I look like a people person?
25. This isn't an office. It's Hell with fluorescent lighting.
26. I started out with nothing & still have most of it left.
27. Sarcasm is just one more service we offer.
28. If I throw a stick, will you leave?
29. Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.
30. Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.
31. I'm trying to imagine you with a personality.
32. A cubicle is just a padded cell without a door.
33. Can I trade this job for what's behind door #1?
34. Too many freaks, not enough circuses.
35. Nice perfume. Must you marinate in it?
36. Chaos, panic, & disorder-my work here is done.
37. How do I set a laser printer to stun?
38. I thought I wanted a career; turns out I just wanted a salary.
39. Who lit the fuse on your tampon?
40. Oh I get it... like humor... but different.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Rolf Harris has had a go at it in London. Now a young Gympie artist has brought a peculiar Australian touch to a royal portrait.
16-year-old Steph Chard isn't sure what all the fuss is about, since she turned to Vegemite to paint Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
"It just came to me. I was experimenting with different mediums and it turned out quite well!"
She says Vegemite is actually easier to use than paint because the sandwich takes much longer to dry. To change the shade Steph watered down the spread, giving it more yellow tones.
"I'm mostly self taught," she told Spencer Howson during an interview on 612ABC Brisbane. "I've had a few art lessons at school."
Her father, Gary Chard, said he is amazed when he looks through the portfolio of work from the past two years. Steph's work shows a fascination with the glamour of the 1950's, bringing a Marilyn Munroe style to many of her female portraits.
"Steph finished Year 12 in 2006," said Gary. "She did well in other subjects, but painting portraits is her passion."
Like his daughter, Gary has been surprised by the amount of Australian media interest. The British press may be next on the phone.
There's only one major criticism of the portrait. It stinks! Steph says she has no idea had to preserve the work which earned the young painter a 'second' at the local show.
And what will she do with it now?
"I don't know. Maybe put it in my house, although it does smell a bit."
With her ambition to paint full time, Steph said she may have to concentrate on more traditional mediums for a while.