Saturday, September 29, 2007

Port powerless

The cats call it their flag at half time.We where going to have a beer after each goal

The latest Chinese Toy Recall...

Only two eggs hatched

Blogged on behalf of Patty...spelling mistakes corrected by me :-)
You can see that the egg is still intact here, if the chick had hatched, the egg would be split in two. I think it must have died in vitro, (within the egg) and was never viable. Bugger!


Blogged on behalf of Patty...not mine!!!

Men Are Just Happier People -- What do you expect from such simple
Your last name stays put.
The garage is all yours.
Wedding plans take care of themselves.
Chocolate is just another snack.
You can be President.
You can never be pregnant.
You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.
You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
Car mechanics tell you the truth.
The world is your urinal.
You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.
You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.
Same work, more pay.
Wrinkles add character.
Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$ 100.
People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.
The occasional well-rendered belch is practically expected.
New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.
One mood all the time.

Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
You know stuff about tanks.
A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.
You can open all your own jars.
You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend .

Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.
Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.
You almost never have strap problems in public.
You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.
Everything on your face stays its original color.
The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.
You only have to shave your face and neck .

You can play with toys all your life.
Your belly usually hides your big hips.
One wallet and one pair of shoes -- one color for all seasons.
You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.
You can "do" your nails with a pocket knife.
You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache .

You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Only two chicks?

ONE of the three falcon hatchlings being watched by the world on The Courier-Mail's Frodocam has vanished without a trace.

Three chicks had hatched on the inner-city penthouse nesting ledge of urban peregrine falcons Frodo and Frieda – two of them yesterday.

But at some stage yesterday one of them – probably the second hatchling – disappeared.

Queensland Museum raptor expert Greg Czechura said today he was baffled.

A check through the day's Frodocam logs shed little light on the mystery.

There was no sign of a crow or other predator on the webcam.

"In any case, it would have to be a pretty game predator – and a pretty quick one – to go anywhere near the falcons' nest," Mr Czechura said.

Throughout the day, Frieda was barely away from the eggs or the chicks, and showed no signs of distress. "She looks very relaxed," Mr Czechura said.

He said that if a chick died, the parents would sometimes leave it, or they might eat it or throw it away. None of the images or video captured from Frodocam yesterday showed any sign of that.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Weekend winners

They have waited a long long time and I don't think the Power will be on.
The storm will not get caught with their pants down this year.

Genuine complaints received by local councils in England

1) My bush is really overgrown round the front and my back passage has fungus growing in it.

2) ... and he's got this huge tool that vibrates the whole house and I just can't take it anymore.

3) ... it's the dogs mess that I find hard to swallow.

4) I want some repairs done to my cooker as it has backfired and burnt my knob off.

5) I wish to complain that my father hurt his ankle very badly when he put his foot in the hole in his back passage.

6) ... and their 18 year old son is continually banging his balls against my fence.

7) I wish to report that tiles are missing from the outside toilet roof. I think it was bad wind the other night that blew them off.

8) My lavatory seat is cracked, where do I stand?

9) I am writing on behalf of my sink, which is coming away from the wall.

10) Will you please send someone to mend the garden path. My wife tripped and fell on it yesterday and now she is pregnant. We are getting married in September and we would like it in the garden before we move into the house.

11) I request permission to remove my drawers in the kitchen.

12) ...50% of the walls are damp, 50% have crumbling plaster and the rest are plain filthy.

13) I am still having problems with smoke in my new drawers.

14) The toilet is blocked and we cannot bath the children until it is cleared.

15) Will you please send a man to look at my water, it is a funny colour and not fit to drink.

16) Our lavatory seat is broken in half and is now in three pieces.

17) Would you please send a man to repair my spout. I am an old age Pensioner and need it badly.

18) I want to complain about the farmer across the road; every morning at 6am his cock wakes me up and its now getting too much for me.

19) The man next door has a large erection in the back garden, which is unsightly and dangerous.

20) Our kitchen floor is damp. We have two children and would like a third so please send someone round to do something about it.

21) I am a single woman living in a downstairs flat and would you please do something about the noise made by the man I have on top of me every night.

22) Please send a man with the right tool to finish the job and satisfy my wife.

23) I have had the clerk of the works down on the floor six times but I still have no satisfaction.

24) This is to let you know that our lavatory seat is broke and we can't get Channel BBC2 on the TV.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Three chicks, woot!

Last egg to hatch

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Silver Arrow Award for Scouting

Congrats to my hubby for receivng the Silver Arrow award for Services to Scouting, in the 100th year of this fabulous organisation, the largest youth group in the world. And all you have to do is work like a dog for 7 years, 7 days a week apparently. Too easy! *grins

The Scout Den has been re-roofed, re-wired, new kitchen,landscaped over 5 years, grants submitted endlessly over 5 years, working bees, and so on, I am sure you get the picture. Contrats mate.

My new computer, so far, a work in progress. The screen is my sons, but mine is similar. It's taking yonks to get everything set up again, but that's life. *shrugs.

Two statues

Spot the difference


We are all Aunts and Uncles again

Monday, September 24, 2007

Now how did they manage to do this?

About 20 passengers have been injured in a collision between two trams in inner Melbourne which caused one tram to derail.

The collision occurred after 10.30am (AEST) at the intersection of St Kilda Road and Leopold Street in South Yarra.

Ambulance officers are at the scene treating the injured, including a number who are still on the trams.

Trams between Domain Interchange and the St Junction were to be diverted.

The driver of the rear Number 6 tram was taken to hospital in a neck brace after being freed.

A number of Metropolitan Fire Brigade officers, police and Yarra Trams officials also were at the scene.

A long queue of trams was banked up behind the two trams.

Yarra Trams spokesman Colin Tyrus said no passengers were trapped.

Johnnos friday Whatisit

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Real Football

Go the Power

Friday, September 21, 2007

Dancing to Abba, as you do....*coughs

On the tiles last night

At a fundraiser for Mal Brough, lots of interesting people there including our old Bank Manager, lol. The white orchid flowers were stunning, and all to be thrown out at the end of the night. The waitress said to take them, but we didn't, but should have. What a waste! They would have lasted for weeks too, boo hoo. A great night out.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Aussie facts

How well do you know Australia?
1.When was Commonwealth of Australia formed?
2.How many states are there?
3.What does ANZAC stand for?
4.Australia has hosted the Olympics two times. Where and when where they held?
5.The capital of Australia is?
6.Name the only state NOT to have received convicts?
7.What is a bludger?
8.What is a drongo?
9.In 1967 Prime minister Harold Holt disappeared. What caused that?
10.Name the Australian national flower?

Patty at the Hairdressers sipping on a glassa

Hasta la vista, baby

In your dreams mate lol

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Courier Mail Election 07

Interesting New Courier Mail Website covering the upcoming Federal election.

Can you guess the date of the election? We can narrow it down to a Saturday between now and the end of december the question is which Saturday ?

My tips the 8th of December, whats yours?????

Press Release

Following complaints to the IRB about the All Blacks being allowed to motivate themselves by performing the ‘Haka’ before their games, other nations were asked to suggest pre-match rituals of their own.

The IRB Rugby World Cup 2007 Organizing Committee has now agreed to the following pre-match displays:
1) The England team will chat about the weather, wave hankies in the air and attach bells to their ankles before moaning about how they invented the game and gave it to the world, but no one appreciates them.

2) The Scotland team will chant “You lookin’ at me Jimmy?” before each of them smash a bottle of beer over their opponents’ heads.

3) The Ireland team will split into two, with the Southern half performing a Riverdance, while the Northerners march the Traditional route from their dressing room to the pitch, via their opponents dressing room.

4) Unfortunately the Committee was unable to accept the Welsh proposal to form a choir and sing Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual”.

5) Argentina will unexpectedly invade a small part of opposition territory, claim it as their own “Las In-Goals-Areas” and have to be forcibly removed by the match stewards.

6) Two members of the South African team will claim to be more important than the other 13 whom they will imprison between the posts. These two will then go about selecting the best parts of the pitch to settle on and claim that they have been there for centuries.

7) The Americans will not attend until almost full time. In future years they will amend the records to show that they were in fact the most important team in the tournament and Hollywood will make a blockbuster film called ‘Saving Flanker Ryan’.

8) Five of the Canadian team will sing La Marseillaise and hold the rest of the team to ransom.

9) The Italian team will arrive in Armani gear, sexually harass the female officials and then prepare pasta dishes, which they will flog to the crowd for a fortune.

10) The Japanese will shock fans buy demonstrating how to capture a whale for scientific research by harpooning an opposition prop.

11) The French won’t have a pre-match display and will simply hide in fear in the dressing room for the whole match.

12) The Australians will have a BBQ on their side of the field and invite the opposition over before the game. The food and alcohol will be in abundance and by the start of the game no-one will remember what they came to the stadium for. After some streaking, the singing of dirty songs and the occasional chunder everyone will go home thoroughly convinced it was a bloody good night.

13) The Moroccan team will quietly pray during the first half and then launch suicide attacks against the opposition after the break. Unfortunately, this strategy works well for the first game only, after which Morocco is forced to withdraw from the Rugby World Cup due to lack of players.

14) Samoa will prepare a huge feast in the middle of the pitch by digging a large hole and filling it with burning embers. They invite the opposition over by saying, “We’d like to have you for dinner”. It’s only when the opposition get to the pit that they realize there is no meat and that they are the dinner!

Hopefully, with these policies now in place, further problems is this area of the game should cease to exists.

Pixel's a pirate today!

Talk like a Pirate Day, aye

Pirate lingo is rich and complicated, sort of like a good stew.

But if you just want a quick fix, a surface gloss, a "pirate patina," if you will, here are the five basic words that you cannot live without. Master them, and you can face Talk Like a Pirate Day with a smile on your face and a parrot on your shoulder, if that's your thing.

Ahoy! - "Hello!"

Avast! - Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, "Whoa! Get a load of that!" which today makes it more of a "Check it out" or "No way!" or "Get off!"

Aye! - "Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did."

Aye aye! - "I'll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over."

Arrr! - This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. "Arrr!" can mean, variously, "yes," "I agree," "I'm happy," "I'm enjoying this beer," "My team is going to win it all," "I saw that television show, it sucked!" and "That was a clever remark you or I just made." And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Arrr!

Advanced pirate lingo; or On beyond “Aarrr!”
Once you've mastered the basics, you're ready to start expanding your pirate vocabulary. Try these for starters

Beauty – The best possible pirate address for a woman. Always preceded by “me,” as in, “C’mere, me beauty,” or even, “me buxom beauty,” to one particularly well endowed. You’ll be surprised how effective this is.

Bilge rat – The bilge is the lowest level of the ship. It’s loaded with ballast and slimy, reeking water. A bilge rat, then, is a rat that lives in the worst place on the ship. On TLAP Day – A lot of guy humor involves insulting your buddies to prove your friendship. It’s important that everyone understand you are smarter, more powerful and much luckier with the wenches than they are. Since bilge rat is a pretty dirty thing to call someone, by all means use it on your friends.

Bung hole
– Victuals on a ship were stored in wooden casks. The stopper in the barrel is called the bung, and the hole is called the bung hole. That’s all. It sounds a lot worse, doesn’t it? On TLAP Day – When dinner is served you’ll make quite an impression when you say, “Well, me hearties, let’s see what crawled out of the bung hole.” That statement will be instantly followed by the sound of people putting down their utensils and pushing themselves away from the table. Great! More for you!

Grog – An alcoholic drink, usually rum diluted with water, but in this context you could use it to refer to any alcoholic beverage other than beer, and we aren’t prepared to be picky about that, either. Call your beer grog if you want. We won’t stop you! Water aboard ship was stored for long periods in slimy wooden barrels, so you can see why rum was added to each sailor’s water ration – to kill the rancid taste. On TLAP Day – Drink up, me hearties! And call whatever you’re drinking grog if you want to. If some prissy pedant purses his lips and protests the word grog can only be used if drinking rum and water, not the Singapore Sling you’re holding, keelhaul him!

– Both a single-reeded musical instrument sailors often had aboard ship, and a spirited dance that sailors do. On TLAP Day – We are not big fans of the capering, it’s not our favorite art form, if you will, so we don’t have a lot to say on the subject, other than to observe that the common term for being filled with lust is “horny,” and hornpipe then has some comical possibilities. “Is that a hornpipe in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me? Or both?”

Lubber – (or land lubber) This is the seaman’s version of land lover, mangled by typical pirate disregard for elocution. A lubber is someone who does not go to sea, who stays on the land. On TLAP Day – More likely than not, you are a lubber 364 days of the year. But not if you’re talking like a pirate! Then the word lubber becomes one of the more fierce weapons in your arsenal of piratical lingo. In a room where everyone is talking like pirates, lubber is ALWAYS an insult.

Smartly – Do something quickly. On TLAP Day – “Smartly, me lass,” you might say when sending the bar maid off for another round. She will be so impressed she might well spit in your beer.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Meet my dogs

It all started off as cutting a hole in the fence so the dogs could watch the people in the park next to home. Then I got this idea of painting on plastic cutouts.
Weekends are the funniest as we sit behind the fence and listen to the visitors laughing at the dogs sticking their heads thru. They even take
The cowboy one was the funniest...I took it last night....Kiba would only put her nose thru so I grabbed a rissole and enticed her a bit...well!!! she shoved her whole head thru the hole...Then to get the poor thing back I had to squease her head and push her back...with all the laughter, I got the was soooooo funny.

Happy Birthday Gary

View this montage created at One True Media
Gary's Birthday

Monday, September 17, 2007

Storey Bridge Fog

Monday 17th September
Brisbane Storey Bridge covered in a blanket of morning fog

Let's get phyisical - Paul

View this montage created at One True Media
Paul - get physical

Lets get Physical

So I go out for milk yesterday and come home with a treadmill

Turning 50

This is an email I received, but it's worth reading......

The other day a young person asked me how I felt about being old. I was taken aback, for I do not think of myself as old. Upon seeing my reaction, she was immediately embarrassed, but I explained that it was an interesting question, and I would ponder it, and let her know.

Old Age, I decided, is a gift.

I am now, probably for the first time in my life, the person I have always wanted to be. Oh, not my body! I sometime despair over my body, the wrinkles, the baggy eyes, and the sagging butt. And often I am taken aback by that old person that lives in my mirror (who looks like my mother!), but I don't agonize over those things for long.

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become more kind to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.
I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.
I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon?
I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60&70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love ... I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.

They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day. (If I feel like it)

Johnnos Friday Whatisit

What are these and what are they used for...The lighter is only there to give you a size
Answer....They are Fly-Tying Bobbins.

The 'clamps' loosely hold a spool of (cotton, metal, nylon, etc.) thread or wire. The thread goes through the hollow single tube end. It's held by the thickest part (chrome on one, brass on the other) simular to a pencil or pen, and used to easily wrap thread on the fly.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Queensland Daylight Savings

Click to see Courier Mail Readers Comments on the subject of DLS being introduced into Queensland

ONE of Anna Bligh's first major decisions as Premier of Queensland is likely to be whether to hold a daylight saving referendum or trial.

Research commissioned by her predecessor Peter Beattie will be completed within weeks.

Unlike Mr Beattie, Ms Bligh is an avid fan of daylight saving but has voiced concerns about a southeast-Queensland-only time zone.

Is it time to try daylight saving? Have your say Yesterday she said she expected a decision on the research would be one of her first.

"On the basis of that research I will be taking those recommendations to Cabinet on whether or not we revisit that issue," Ms Bligh said

Friday, September 14, 2007

Farewell Peter Beattie press

IT ended in tears as Premier Peter Beattie, with just minutes left as leader of Queensland, strode out of the Executive Building about 9.45am yesterday

He lost his normal composure in front of the cameras.

The sight of his loyal staff, formed in a guard of honour through the foyer, was just too much for the boss.

"I don't think I've cried in public before," Mr Beattie said.

"When you see people you really respect and admire, that is very emotional."

The end was getting closer but the Premier was not done yet. The keys to power had to be handed back at Government House, Paddington, before his successor, Anna Bligh, and the future arrived later.

Mr Beattie's government car – driven by his driver Bruce Cousar since 1995 – rolled in at exactly 10am to find a woman at the front gate with a sign: "Thanks, Pete."

NOTE*At this point he wound his car window down, looked at me and said, "Thanks, thanks very much" which also went to air on tv, and I said to hubby, "he was speaking to me then" heheheh

"You're looking as charming as normal," Mr Beattie said to his (mostly) beloved parliamentary press gallery as wife Heather escorted him inside to resign officially to Governor Quentin Bryce.

His power removed, the member for Brisbane Central and his wife waltzed down the front drive for the Beattie Finale, his final press call.

"The king is dead, long live the queen," the now former premier chortled, adding another line to The Bible of Beattie Speak.

"Thank you, Queensland. I love you all."

Mr Cousar, meanwhile, already had the engine purring for one last spin with the boss.

"He was a bit cut this morning," Mr Cousar said. "We'll go wherever he wants to go."

President Bush’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress.

I promised to Blog this on the behalf of a fellow employee.
From President Bush’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the America People.

September 20, 2001 (9 days after 9/11 and 1-1/2 years before Operation Iraqi Freedom.)

Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated. (Applause.)

What’s wrong with the President’s statement?

If you remember your history, you know that there have been many terrorist organizations (Hamas, the PLO, Hezbollah, etc.) that have attacked the USA and we’d consistently treated those attacks as criminal actions, even when the people killed were our soldiers, sailors, and Marines, or our sovereign territory such as the African embassies. After 9/11, this attitude was recognized as incorrect, that the attacks we’d been subjected to were state sponsored actions attempting to apply violent political pressure. With that in mind, I ask again, what’s wrong with the President’s statement?

War of the Worlds

Ready for an exciting evening, the man is a genius and his music and stagecraft impresses us all night. Brilliant!!!! We manage to buy the last bag of Maltezers and I do a Gilligans jump into my husbands arms when the Fighting Machne shoots us from the stage, yikes!!! ULLA!!!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

War of the Worlds - woot!

War of the Worlds

I can remember buying the LP album to this as a kid fantastic music the sort of music that has you drumming to air if you know what i mean