Tim Gossage Channel 10

You have to wonder about highly paid sports presenters who do not do their homework!

Channel 10 has excellent sport news after their daily news report but unfortunately its host normally thinks he is a comedian instead of a sports journalist.

Last night he bemoaned the fact that Aussie Kim Clijsters had been knocked out of the US Open tennis tournament by English girl Laura Robson.

Tim should have been aware, and mentioned, that Laura was born in Melbourne to Australian parents, her mother Kathy is a Perth girl, and they moved to England because of her father’s work committments.

In fact there is a Fremantle connection, as Laura’s uncle is Larry Dwyer former champion South Fremantle footballer, resident of East Fremantle, and President of Fremantle Derby Club.

Do your research please Tim.

Australian National Flag Day-3 September

• The Australian National Flag is the only flag to fly over an entire continent.

• The Australian Flag was the first national flag chosen in an open public competition.

• The prize for the design competition (£200) was a substantial sum of money in those days – representing nearly a years’ wages for an average worker.

• Given that there were 32,823 entries in the design competition, and the ‘Australian’ population was estimated to be around 3.6 million in 1901; an equivalent response rate from today’s population would amount to some 200,000 entries!

• Arranging the 32,823 entries for display at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne took eight weeks, and the judges needed six days to inspect them and choose the winning design.

• Entrants in the flag competition gave their imagination free rein: designs submitted featured “every kind of flora and fauna identifiable with Australia – sometimes all at once” (eg a kangaroo with six tails to symbolise the six states; a galloping emu heading south, and native animals playing cricket with a winged cricket ball !)

• The winning design was unveiled by the wife of our first Governor-General at a ceremony held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne on September 3, 1901.

• Two out of the five prize-winners in the 1901 flag design competition were teenagers (school boy Ivor Evans and apprentice optician Leslie Hawkins), another was a well-known female artist (Annie Dorrington) and one (William Stevens) was First Officer for the merchant navy. The fifth winner was a Melbourne architect (Egbert Nuttall).

• The Southern Cross (formally known as “Crux Australis”) is a constellation that can be seen only in the night skies of the Southern Hemisphere. The individual stars are named by the first five letters of the Greek alphabet – Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon.

• The Southern Cross has a very significant status in Aboriginal mythology (eg as part of the legend of Mululu of the Kanda tribe).

• The Australian National Flag is raised every morning at the school in Villers-Bretonneux in France, in memory of the thousands of Australian casualties incurred in liberating their village in 1917 (during the First World War).

As our Governor-General (Her Excellency. Ms Quentin Bryce AC) has remarked:

“Since it was first unfurled from the Royal Exhibition Building in 1901, our Australian flag has been an icon of our shared identity, of what it means to belong to our country.
It is much loved, worn and flown by Australians here and across the world … Wherever it is raised, it stirs in us a sense of unity…”

Published by ANFA (Qld) Inc. For further information about flag history and protocol, and the “rules” for flying the Australian flag, go to http://www.australianflag.org.au .

Phone Licence for Kids-Ridiculous

Reported in The Sydney Morning Herald today:
NSW schools should introduce a licence for students before they can use mobile phones and tablets at school, says the adolescent psychologist Michael Carr-Greg.

His intention is not to ban them, rather to facilitate greater use of technology by first teaching students what safe and responsible use is and then obtaining their agreement to abide by a set of rules and conditions.

Students would sit a licence test online with their parents needing to sign up to validate their digital rights, says Dr Carr-Gregg, who has written a report for the Queensland Education Department.

”There is absolutely no point in banning them because it is going to be the central part of their education. This would at least ensure they have the skills, the knowledge, strategies and basic competencies before they’ve brought the device to school,” Dr Carr-Gregg said.

Why do beaurecrats commission this type of rubbish?

No doubt the Queensland Education Department paid a lot of money for his report and we can only hope that it is consigned to the bin.


Mr Bean goes to Ecuador

The latest edition of The Spectator Australia has an editorial titled “Mr Bean goes to Ecuador,” and I will quote all of it:

When they come to make the inevitable tele-movie about the Assange affair, may we recommend that Sacha Baron Cohen play the part of Ecuadorean despot, sorry, er, president Rafael Correa and that Rowan Atkinson don a white wig and play the great Aussie cyber-freedom fighter and political martyr himself. It is hard to imagine two more ludicrous characters thrown together on the world stage, and it is inconceivable that anyone other than the world’s two greatest comedians would be able to do them justice.

Speaking of which, Evading Justice could be the film’s title, as Julian fights to avoid doing what every other citizen accused of sexual molestation and rape must do: face the music. His woeful excuse – doing so puts him at risk of being extradited to the US – only highlights his refusal to accept the consequences of his own behaviour. Indeed, it is worth pointing out that, along with blithely endangering informants’ lives, Julian Assange is suspected of encouraging a young and naive Bradley Manning to upload the military secrets that WkiLeaks built its fame and wealth upon, knowing full well that Private Manning might end up in military detention on the sorts of charges (espionage, conspiracy, unlawful access to confidential information) that Mr Assange himself is so terrified of facing. Cowards and hypocrites don’t come any worse.

And Messiah complexes don’t come any bigger. “As WikiLeaks stands under threat, so does the freedom of expression and the health of our societies,” Saint Julian proclaimed to a throng of worshippers from his balcony a few feet above a packed London street, pitching himself as Nelson Mandela, the Pope and Rosa Parks rolled into one. Missing from his address was any mention of or sympathy for the two girls in Sweden who claim they were assaulted by him.

Sacha Baron Cohen plays dictators very well so he’ll have no trouble nailing the corrupt and narcissistic President Correa, the son of a drug runner, who loathes the US for imprisoning his dad, who jails you if you call him a dictator, who’s buddies with Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who’s setting up a media oversight panel so he can censor and fine journos without bothering to go to court  and who is quite happy to evade his economic responsibilities to the IMF and the international community, thereby pushing his people further into poverty and isolation.

Fantasising that he could “hear teams of police swarming up into the building through the internal fire escape”, Mr Assange’s balcony address was a rambling mixture of pop-politics and self-mythologising. “in the morning, the sun came up on a different world, and a courageous Latin American nation took a stand for justice,” he proclaimed to his fans, as he warned of an “oppressive” US, “in which journalists fall silent under the fear of prosecution and citizens must whisper in the dark”.

Pass the popcorn.


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