Back…with a music recommendation and kidney chat

Dunno what really prompted me to dust off the blog after 5 months of snoredom (and a heap of people responding to my Kidney for $50000 post with, of course, offers to sell their own kidneys), but I thought I’d do so and see what happens.


In the interests of promoting fine unsigned musical talent, check out this link to a band called The Project, headed up by Andrew Furth, who regularly posts at one of my regular forum hangouts, the Dave Matthews Band fan forum – Andrew’s been working on a live EP and has tracks to download:

Now, to kidneys.

My Dad’s recuperating in hospital after an operation to remove what’s most likely the very beginnnings of a cancerous growth on one of his kidneys, so it’s sort of a current affairs issue in the family. But looking over the 5 months of yet to be approved comments (as of this afternoon), I was rather stunned to see 20 comments by people who were offering one of theirs. My approval of these is by no way an endorsement of their “for sale” ads, but a simple way of showing just how willing people are to put a price on one of their organs.

It’s just…well, interesting.


Alan Jones has prostate cancer

I’m listening to his press conference now – in the midst of this rather startling and unexpected news, he’s showing his class and level headedness in not over-lamenting his situation, and looking at it in the perspective of others who struggle far more than he will in this battle.

I wish him well and hope that he recovers from this setback. News link to come…

Million Dollar Wheel falls off

I heard that the newest incarnation of Wheel of Fortune here in Aussie land was axed by Channel 9, adding to its programming woes this year. Not surprising – I watched bits and pieces of it and it is nothing compared to the classic days of John and Adriana on Channel Seven.

Games shows like that seem to be often identified hand in hand with the hosts that made them popular, such as Tony Barber/Glenn Ridge and Sale of the Century, and John Burgess and the original Wheel. I’m not sure that Burgo could make the show a winner again, but him and the long gone moustache are what I most readily identify with the show – that and the old fashioned bankrupt sound (which I believe has been updated). Tim Campbell is no John Burgess.

Source: News Limited

Great forgotten rock songs of the 90s

I’m listening to Closing Time by Semisonic – a great song that got plenty of airplay when it was released back in 1999, but you probably wouldn’t have heard it much ever since. I think I have the CD single of it somewhere here at home, such did I enjoy the simplicity of the song. Plus I like the line “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end”.


What good rock songs can you think of from the 90s that are so easily forgotten about in this current junk-riddled world of R&B, hip hop and other sugary pop music?

Is live coverage damaging rugby league?

Penrith are playing Brisbane tonight at CUA Stadium (about 10 minutes away from where I live), and I’m staying inside my cosy warm house to watch it live on Channel 9. This is as opposed to paying around $20 and whatever else I’d require for food and drink, and rugging up in pretty cold temperatures.

As I type this I’ve been listening to 2GB’s preview of the game, and apparently the crowd at the ground is rather small with a few minutes left until kickoff. The Continuous Call Team is discussing why, and one such reason is the structure of Friday night games, with a live game shown on Nine at around 7:30pm and another one on delay at 9:30pm. One game used to be played on Fridays up until last year, and was shown on a 1 hour delay at 8:30pm.

Would such reversion to one game on Friday nights, with possibly an extra game played during the day, help bring crowds out of their houses and local watering holes to the grounds? I used to like Saturday afternoon footy back in the days of the State Bank Big Game on Channel 10 in the late 80s/early 90s. Kickoff at 3pm, enough daylight to make it not too cold for spectators, and it could even be restricted to radio broadcasting if desired.

Some may argue that Saturday is the domain of kids’ sport, but I don’t think that it would be detrimental to kids and their own recreational pursuits if planned appropriately. All I know is that if clubs are lamenting small crowds at their games, they should lobby the NRL to consider shifting more games to Saturday afternoons just like the AFL does. Playing up to 5 out of the 8 games each week when the sun’s down just seems a bit old hat, and daytime footy would in my opinion be a bit more conducive to better quality of play, since you wouldn’t have to worry about dew making the ball and the grass slippery.

Go the Panthers!!

Pamela Anderson to enter the Big Brother house

I still don’t know (nor do I care) whether Steve Carell made it in, but the busty Baywatch blonde (whose best TV work in my opinion was in Home Improvement as Tool Time’s first female assistant) will visit the modern day house of horroes in around 2 week’s time.

Source: News Limited

Steve Carell in the Big Brother house?

I sure as anything hope this silly rumour remains such – it’s almost like applying CPR to a deceased person – sadly, such efforts don’t work when the victim (in this case, the Big Bother Brother house up at Dreamworld) is already…well, dead. An appearance on Rove is far more likely to be an appealing television viewing prospect in my opinion. I haven’t watched a second of BB for years and no A grade (nor D grade, for that matter) celebrity making an appearance in the house would change that.

Source: News Limited