LED TVs

Faster, brighter, lighter, more colour depth, more power efficient, vastly better contrast ratio. And you can get one now (or in early May if you live in Australia) What’s not to like? Well, apart from the fact that the price on release is about twenty-five percent higher than comparably sized LCD or plasma TVs. But that will change. …

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George Strait – Country Artist of the Decade

I always hated country music as a teenager, but got to know it better, and to respect and enjoy it, when we lived in Western Queensland. Lots of country music fans will be pleased to see this once in a decade (OK, there’s a surprise) award going to a more traditional country artist. And it …

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This is an April Fool’s Day Joke

The G-Ball. It measures your kick – velocity and direction, and transmits this data to satellites, from where it is sent to football scouts who are waiting to offer you a lucrative contract. But this is not an April Fool’s Day joke: Sony PS2 new for under $100. That’s US$ of course, but still, it is a …

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New Idea is a Sleazy Rag

In latest inventions by New Idea magazine (your celebrity news!) Bec Hewitt, wife of Australian tennis player Leighton Hewitt, is accused of having an affair with ‘minder Mark,’ a ‘special kind of guy’ who is a fitness trainer from Dallas. Minder Mark is actually Bec’s brother. Bec and Leighton said: The article is plainly intended to …

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Virtue Refuses to Comment on Ladettes Boob

The delightfully named Heidi Virtue, Australian Channel Nine’s director of publicity, has declined to comment on very un-ladylike behaviour by all but one of the stars of Aussie Ladette to Lady. This show takes ordinary sheilas who don’t have much idea of decorum, manners or what contstitutes lady-like behaviour, and puts them through a finishing school …

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Wigs on the Waterfront – One Sour Note

Wigs on the Waterfront is an annual homosexual festival of music which takes place at the waterfront at Auckland Harbour. GayNz.com has posted some sample performers on YouTube. Amanda and I went because my brother David was performing. David has a truly wonderful voice, especially for the old standard Bennett/Sinatra type numbers. It was the first …

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Ads Not So Bad

When I first read about the Baz Luhrmann tourism ads for Australia, I shared Andrew Bolt’s concern that they were both unattractive – ie, not likely to attract visitors to Australia, and that they sent the wrong message about Australia. They sounded dull, even morose. Of course, I hadn’t seen  them then. I was watching TV a couple …

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Amanda and Gran Torino

After an ultrasound doctors found a large quantity of fluid in Amanda’s chest yesterday, and asked us to leave for a few hours while they sedated her and inserted a drain. Dad and David and I went and had pizza for dinner and then went to see Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino.  Gosh! Wow! Heck! It was a great …

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Lindsay Lohan’s Tantrum Works

Shouting, stomping your feet and screeching at people are an effective way of getting what you want. If you are a two year old. My Mum used to tell me that if we were in a supermarket and I saw something I wanted, and she wouldn’t let me have it, I would say I felt sick  …

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Fox to Take Over Narnia Series

Let’s hope they do a better job than Disney did with Prince Caspian. Disney cited ‘budgetary issues’ as one of their reasons for not continuing the series. Prince Caspian earned $420 million, compared with $745 million for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. No wonder. Prince Caspian was a dog of a film. Some Hollywood …

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