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…

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The Sale Blog

Regular listeners to Chris Smith’s afternoon show on 2GB will know of the Bargain Shoppers’ Guide on Thursday afternoons with Jebby Phillips. She mentions at the end of her segment that there is a blog that sums up the bargains from the broadcast, plus more that there isn’t enough time to talk about. Check out the blog here, and thanks to the show this afternoon, I know where I’m going on Saturday morning (that is, if the products being sold aren’t already gone by the time I get there around 11am).

ONE DAY CHOCOLATE SALE: Does the name Lindt mean anything? Of course, great chocolates. On Saturday they are having a warehouse sale that will save you 50-70% off rrp on all sorts of tasty treats. Personal shoppers only, no bulk sales and a $250 limit per customer. But everything is while stocks last. The warehouse is in the old Wonderland theme park.

CCL (Lindt) Warehouse, 2 Alspec Pl, Eastern Creek. Sat May 31, 8-4.

NRL 2008 – Round 1

Well, the centenary season of Australia’s rugby league competition commences tomorrow night with traditional foes South Sydney and the Sydney Roosters squaring off at ANZ Stadium (no, not the one that used to be Brisbane’s home ground, but the former Telstra Stadium). It’s going to be an enthralling year of rugby league, I reckon.

I thought it might be a good exercise in bold tipping to present my tips each Thursday night and keep a tally of them, since I’m not sure whether Steve will be creating a comp this season through the Footytips site like previous years. What follows are my carefully (to a degree) selected tips for this weekend, pasted directly from Footytips.

Game Time (AEST) Home Game Result Away Margin* Venue Result
Fri 14/03 7:30 PM
Rabbitohs
vs.
Roosters
ANZ Stadium
Placed by Kristian Wren at Thu 13/03 2:11 PM
Fri 14/03 7:30 PM
Titans
vs.
Cowboys
Skilled Park
Placed by Kristian Wren at Thu 13/03 2:11 PM
Sat 15/03 5:30 PM
Eels
vs.
Bulldogs
ANZ Stadium
Placed by Kristian Wren at Thu 13/03 2:11 PM
Sat 15/03 7:30 PM
Sea Eagles
vs.
Sharks
Brookvale Oval
Placed by Kristian Wren at Thu 13/03 2:11 PM
Sat 15/03 7:30 PM
Knights
vs.
Raiders
Energy Australia Stadium
Placed by Kristian Wren at Thu 13/03 2:11 PM
Sun 16/03 2:00 PM
Broncos
vs.
Panthers
  Suncorp Stadium
Placed by Kristian Wren at Thu 13/03 2:11 PM
Sun 16/03 3:00 PM
Wests Tigers
vs.
Dragons
Sydney Football Stadium
Placed by Kristian Wren at Thu 13/03 2:11 PM
Mon 17/03 7:00 PM
Storm
vs.
NZ Warriors
Telstra Dome
Placed by Kristian Wren at Thu 13/03 2:11 PM

I’ve gone and boldly predicted some upsets in the form of Gold Coast christening their new home ground in Robina with a win over North Queensland (if Johnathan Thurston is cleared to play I may be changing my tip though), and Canberra continuing their surprise form with a win over a Newcastle side that I doubt will do much better than last year, even if Danny Buderus’ move to Leeds next year serves as a motivational tool.

Of course, the return of NRL means the return of 2GB’s greatest quartet, the Continuous Call Team. Tune to 873 at 7pm tomorrow to hear Ray, Blockie and The Big Marn bring their slightly irreverent, yet always entertaining, edge to footy commentary, then Weekend Detention from midday on Saturday and Sunday, where Bob Fulton will once again resume his Vice-Captain duties.