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Slightly less than fresh, forgot to publish this one. But here it is anyway, better late than never...

gah! soaked!

On the way in to work it was pissing down rain. Now, although the drive is much less worrying now that I drive a Subaru, it was still a shitty time to remember I left my umbrella in the office yesterday.

So I broke out the emergency rain poncho, which kept me dry down to roughly knee level. Unfortunately, the rest of my legs got so wet the water has seeped up nearly to waist level.


non-sensationalist article about goths

Don't worry, the future for goths is not all black - National - New research from Europe is challenging the common assumption about goths as a subculture to be feared, often associated with violence, depression and drug use. On the contrary, they are likely to be high achievers, ending up in professional or creative jobs such as information technology, academia and even journalism.

Yeah, goths are just people, whodathunkit.

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that 1 guy - australian gigs 2006

He's playing near you. Do not miss this! Put it in your diary:

  • April 14, 2006 Melbourne, VIC Australia - Northcote Social Club
  • April 16, 2006 Sydney, NSW Australia - The Great Escape
  • April 27, 2006 Byron Bay Australia - Beach Htl
  • April 28, 2006 Brisbane, QLD Australia - The Rev
  • April 29, 2006 Coffs Harbour, NSW Australia - The Plantation
  • May 3, 2006 Woollongong, NSW Australia - The Oxford
  • May 4, 2006 Cronulla, NSW Australia - Brass Monkey
  • May 5, 2006 Sydney, NSW Australia - The Annandale
  • May 6, 2006 Katoomba, NSW Australia - The Clarendon
  • May 7, 2006 Hobart Tasmania - The Republic

(from Tog Dates)

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right! that's it! the commonwealth games are off.

Thorpy is Fully Sick (oh you know I had to say it) - Thorpe pulls out of Games. 07/03/2006. ABC News Online: Olympic and world champion swimmer Ian Thorpe has been forced to pull out of the Commonwealth Games as he continues to battle the effects of a viral infection.

Since nobody else is competing in the games, clearly the games are now over. The media can all go home, nothing to report now (except perhaps Thorpe's recovery, since I'm sure they won't leave the poor bastard alone to get better).

I'm surprised the media isn't lobbying to have the entire games postponed until he feels better.

dear subaru

Please put that 3.0L 6cyl engine into an Impreza. Sure, it's great in an Outback and all; but just think of what it would do in the lighter car.

Please? :)

PS. Your service centre's loan cars beat the ever-loving shit out of Holden's loan cars.

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news bits

  • Teen-sex teacher avoids jail - The Nation - Breaking News 24/7 - A FEMALE teacher who had sex three times with a 15-year-old student has escaped being sent to jail. ... Handing down a suspended prison sentence, Judge Gordon Barrett said Nolan's sacking as a teacher, and the considerable media publicity given to her case, had already served as considerable punishment. There's a double standard... imagine for a moment if this was a female student and a male teacher. Do you think the teacher would have avoided jail?
  • Minister criticises Sizzler over poison reporting delay. 01/03/2006. ABC News Online: Queensland Health Minister Stephen Robertson says 'it's not good enough' that Sizzler took 37 days to report a possible case of food contamination in to Queensland Health. The company has closed all self-serve salad bars in Australia until further notice after rat pellets were found in salad bar dishes at two restaurants in Brisbane. Mr Robertson says he will consider making it compulsory for food outlets to report such incidents immediately. I'm amazed that it's not compulsory already! Sizzler sat on the situation for weeks, continuing to trade the entire time... yet they think they're doing the right thing: Sizzler shuts salad bars over poison scare. 01/03/2006. ABC News Online: 'I'm not sure it is a PR disaster. I believe we're doing the right thing in closing the salad bar down and investigating future initiatives so that we can continue operations to what is a very popular product to the Australian consumer.' [said Sizzler's national managing director Bo Ryan]
  • The Australian: Beer and fun clubs flourish [March 01, 2006]: [At UQ's O-week,] showbags packed with condoms, libido stimulators and bottled water were packing them in over at the International Student Travel Confederation tent. Early signs are that cheap beer and ice cream will dominate student club life on campus after voluntary student unionism is introduced on July 1. The thing about VSU is that you'll now have to provide what the students want and not what they need. Plus, most students have no real idea where their money is going - or why the refectory's prices will jump and childcare faces shutdown in six months. You're dealing with swathes of 17 year olds, not adults who are used to paying for things which aren't fun or glamourous.
  • Your say on driving distractions - Driven to Distraction - Breaking News 24/7 - SMOKERS could be banned from lighting up in their own cars following the New South Wales's Government's decision to ban the habit in pubs and clubs. I'd support that idea just to stop the fuckers who flick lit cigarette butts out the window. Unless of course smokers agreed to leave their car windows down when they park, so we can our rubbish into their car.
  • ABC Sport - Rugby League - Warriors to appeal points penalty. Seems a bit much to strip competition points from a team before they play a game (on top of a massive fine). If they were playing with an over-cap team, then they would be getting an on-field advantage; but they're not. I would have thought it'd make sense to give them until game one to sort it out without losing the points, but still pay the fine.

Is it just me, or are major news websites redesigning to make it more difficult to locate hard news between the fluff and opinion?