Monthly Archives: March 2012

For $50 I Would

Read a good thread in a forum posing the question if you were given $50 what would you do with it?

This was spiced up a little by actually giving away $50 to the best comment.

The focus was on ideas, a glimpse of peoples character and I guess a good forum for insights into what $50 really can get you.

This forum was predominantly tech related, so the inevitable suggestions of backlinks packages, articles, domain names and hosting were offered.

Others went the track of trinkets or little tidbits.

Then there were the altruistic, that supported a cause or event like Milaap or ONE80TC.

How about you … $50 on the line what would you do with it?

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Team Sports Like Football

Who’s bright idea was it to play sport after 40?

So, I’m standing there with my 5 year old … awaiting under 6 team allocations and there heralds an announcement: Attention please, the over 35’s division 9 are short a few players please see the registration desk if interested.

Over 35 – tick. Division 9 – sounds reasonable. Me reigniting my soccer career and running around a soccer oval for 90 minutes – tick. Signed up, ready to go – tick.

Now if this were a mathematical equation then the excel spreadsheet would have reported an error – unknown variable.

(>35)+(-abilty)+(=90 mins)+(me)=ERROR

The first three factors are fine, no untruths – the competition is greater than 35 year olds, the lesser ability is emphasised by the ranking of division 9. A mens game of soccer is 2x 45 minute halves. All factual.

The erroneous calculation in this equation is the addition of me … I’ve trained one night and I’m still sore!

I have the right equipment, I almost look the part – ignoring the bulge in the middle … so in theory the equation works.

Theory vs Practice

Don’t you love lab experiments gone wrong!

The theory is sound, I am over 35, certainly of lesser ability, and in theory my body can move for 90 minutes.

Yet this is an important lesson for those yet to reach their 40’s: theory and practice don’t seem to = each other, there seems to be a < sign in there. Practice is < theory!

So here I am readying myself for the first trial game. Acknowledging that I have in fact signed optimistically for a season while I'm still trying to recover from our first light training.

The only hope left now is to pray … hope for mind over heavy matter and await the inevitable pains, aches and woes of tomorrow.

Yours in soccer, "Gummy" boots!

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Weather With You

Bringing Back the Crowded House

Who remembers Crowded House? Hope it’s not just me … I’m sure there are others who know this great New Zealand come Aussie, and a few Americans, band.

These guys launched hit after hit during the 80’s through 90’s including Don’t Dream it’s Over, Better Be Home Soon, Distant Sun … and on and on.

A personal fave was “Weather With You” first released in 1991 by Crowded House on their Woodface album, and then released in 1996 on their greatest hits album, Recurring Dream.

A cracker of a song and pretty cool clip.

Chrissie Pearce | Weather With You

Now, Chrissie Pearce, known for her album Comfort Chair has released the song.

Now I know remakes are always hard to get right, but damn, with slide guitar and almost a folk, even bluegrass feel, they’ve done this song justice!

Check out the behind the scenes look at their upcoming video release.

Crowded House fans

So were you a Crowded House fan? Did you crowd in at the Opera House? Are you old enough to remember these cracker songs? You might even remember Split Enz! 😛

Well for my two cents worth, Chrissie has done the song proud.

Australian Coat of Arms

The Kangaroo and Emu

Standing astride our national coat of arms are the Kangaroo and the Emu. National symbols of pride? Of our unique culture and Australian fauna?

No, the kangaroo and emu form part of our leading food sources! Are there other nations that treat their nationally recognised coat of arms as good tucker?

The UK coat of arms boasts a lion and a unicorn – so can assume they don’t eat those. Henry VIII had a dragon and a dog … again don’t think it formed part of their daily cuisine. In the US, it’s the bald eagle … endangered species and highly protected.

But here in good ole Oz we take our national symbols of pride and proudly serve them on the dinner plate!

You got to love the Aussie way!

Making The Most of It

Credit to the Marketing Team

Got to give it to mX magazine for quick thinking and ingenuity.

During Sydney’s torrential downpour the MX team came up with this little marketing plan.

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The caption reads “grab two copies” … Very nice way to increase distribution.

Then to top it all off they even provide handy hat making instructions.

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Love the ingenuity, the community service and the quick thinking marketing guy who threw it in the paper.

Wish I’d left earlier while they were still handing them out to see if the distribution crew were involved in the marketing ploy!

Nice work mX!

First of March

And so ends another glorious summer!

The 1st of March and we wave goodbye to the sun, the heat, the nights of tossing and turning.

Well most years that would be the case, this past summer was at best a continued spring. With lots of rain, patches of sun and great conditions for grass to grow!

So goodbye Australian summer and welcome to Autumn – I can safely say it won’t be a wetter season!

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