Dashing through the bush,
in a rusty Holden Ute,
Kicking up the dust,
esky in the boot,
Kelpie by my side,
singing Christmas songs,
It's Summer time and I am in
my singlet, shorts and thongs

Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,
Christmas in Australia on a scorching summers day, Hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas time is beaut !,
Oh what fun it is to ride in a rusty Holden Ute.

Engine's getting hot;
we dodge the kangaroos,
The swaggie climbs aboard,
he is welcome too.
All the family's there,
sitting by the pool,
Christmas Day the Aussie way,
by the barbecue.

Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,
Christmas in Australia on a scorching summers day, Hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas time is beaut!,
Oh what fun it is to ride in a rusty Holden Ute.

Come the afternoon,
Grandpa has a doze,
The kids and Uncle Bruce,
are swimming in their clothes.
The time comes 'round to go,
we take the family snap,
Pack the car and all shoot through,
before the washing up.

Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,
Christmas in Australia on a scorching summers day, Hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas time is beaut!,
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It may be an oldie, but it is certainly a goodie :>! Happy 4th of July my American friends - We look forward to welcoming you back in to the Commonwealth any day now!




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Notice of Revocation of Independence

To the citizens of the United States of America, in the light of your failure to elect a competent President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective today.

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories. Except Utah, which she does not fancy. Your new prime minister (The Right Honourable Tony Blair, MP for the 97.85% of you who have until now been unaware that there is a world outside your borders) will appoint a minister for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire will be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed. To aid in the transition to a British Crown Dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

1. You should look up revocation in the Oxford English Dictionary. Then look up aluminium. Check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'favour' and 'neighbour', skipping the letter 'U' is nothing more than laziness on your part. Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters. You will end your love affair with the letter 'Z' (pronounced 'zed' not 'zee') and the suffix ize will be replaced by the suffix ise. You will learn that the suffix 'burgh' is pronounced 'burra' e.g. Edinburgh. You are welcome to respell Pittsburgh as 'Pittsberg' if you can't cope with correct pronunciation.

Generally, you should raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. Look up vocabulary. Using the same twenty seven words interspersed with filler noises such as "like" and "you know" is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. Look up interspersed. There will be no more 'bleeps' in the Jerry Springer show. If you're not old enough to cope with bad language then you shouldn't have chat shows. When you learn to develop your vocabulary then you won't have to use bad language as often.

2. There is no such thing as "US English". We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take account of the reinstated letter 'u' and the elimination of -ize.

3. You should learn to distinguish the English and Australian accents. It really isn't that hard. English accents are not limited to cockney,upper-class twit or Mancunian (Daphne in Frasier). You will also have to learn how to understand regional accents - Scottish dramas such as Taggart will no longer be broadcast with subtitles. While we're talking about regions, you must learn that there is no such place as Devonshire in England. The name of the county is Devon. If you persist in calling it Devonshire, all American States will become shires e.g. Texasshire, Floridashire, Louisianashire.

4. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as the good guys. Hollywood will be required to cast English actors to play English characters. British sit-coms such as Men Behaving Badly or Red Dwarf will not be re-cast and watered down for a wishy-washy American audience who can't cope with the humour of occasional political incorrectness.

5. You should relearn your original national anthem, God Save The Queen but only after fully carrying out task 1. We would not want you to get confused and give up half way through.

6. You should stop playing American football. There is only one kind of football. What you refer to as American football is not a very good game. The 2.15% of you who are aware that there is a world outside your borders may have noticed that no one else plays American football. You will no longer be allowed to play it, and should instead play proper football. Initially, it would be best if you played with the girls. It is a difficult game. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which is similar to American "football", but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like nancies). We are hoping to get together at least a US Rugby sevens side by 2020. You should stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the 'World Series' for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.15% of you are aware that there is a world beyond your borders,your error is understandable. Instead of baseball, you will be allowed to play a girls' game called rounders, which is baseball without fancy team strip, oversized gloves, collector cards or hotdogs.

7. You will no longer be allowed to own or carry guns. You will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous in public than a vegetable peeler. Because we don't believe you are sensible enough to handle potentially dangerous items, you will require a permit if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

8. July 4th is no longer a public holiday. November 2nd will be a new national holiday, but only in England. It will be called Indecisive Day.

9. All American cars are hereby banned. They are crap and it is for your own good. When we show you German cars, you will understand what we mean. All road intersections will be replaced with roundabouts. You will start driving on the left with immediate effect. At the same time,you will go metric with immediate effect and conversion tables. Roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

10. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips. Fries aren't even French, they are Belgian though 97.85% of you (including the guy who discovered fries while in Europe) are not aware of a country called Belgium. Those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut and fried in animal fat. The traditional accompaniment to chips is beer which should be served warm and flat. Waitresses will be trained to be more aggressive with customers.

11. As a sign of penance 5 grams of sea salt per cup will be added to all tea made within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this quantity to be doubled for tea made within the city of Boston itself.

12. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all, it is lager. From November 1st only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer,and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. The substances formerly known as American Beer will henceforth be referred to as Near-Frozen Knat's Urine, with the exception of the product of the American Budweiser company whose product will be referred to as Weak Near-Frozen Knat's Urine. This will allow true Budweiser (as manufactured for the last 1000 years in Pilsen, Czech Republic) to be sold without risk of confusion.

13. From November 10th the UK will harmonise petrol (or Gasoline, as you will be permitted to keep calling it until April 1st 2020) prices with the former USA. The UK will harmonise its prices to those of the former USA and the Former USA will, in return, adopt UK petrol prices (roughly $6/US gallon- get used to it).

14. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not adult enough to be independent. Guns should only be handled by adults. If you're not adult enough to sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist then you're not grown up enough to handle a gun.

15. Please tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us crazy.

16. Tax collectors from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all revenues due (backdated to 1776).

Thank you for your co-operation and have a great day.

John Cleese


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Well, last night the internet premiered the trailer for the new season of one of my most anticipated TV shows this year. That's right, Game of Thrones is coming back on March 31st!


Major nerdgasm - can't wait!


Watching that trailer, it got me thinking about myself and my viewing habits, and it made me realise that TV over the last 5 years has really evolved, at least in my mind. I hate to say this, as it makes me sound aloof and elitist, but it seems to me that TV has started to become smarter. In other words, TV shows have become far more complex and sophisticated to cater to the masses that aren't content with the, frankly, tripe that the mainstream networks push out.

The leader in this glorious revolution is none other than HBO. The cable network has been producing great shows for well over a decade, and are the beacon of light in an otherwise dismal TV landscape.


A masterpiece of TV history.


Shows like Band of Brothers, The Soprano's and The Wire set the foundation for the coming decade for sophistication on TV.

Fast forward a few years, and we've got a glut of quality shows, and it's not all confined to HBO anymore. Another cable channel in the form of AMC have also produced a set of high quality, original programming to rival that of HBO, and we the fans are much better for it. Shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead have all been critical and commerical successes.


Bringing back the cool.


This competition has spurred HBO on to bigger and better things, with shows such as The Newsroom, Boardwalk Empire and (one of my personal favourites) Game of Thrones gracing our screens, all of which have gained an almost fanatical following which has spurred them in to real money spinners for their respective networks.


I will take what is mine!


It's not just confined to cable either, with channel ABC getting in on the act with their thought-provoking original series Once Upon A Time. Taking you on a journey through many of our beloved fairy tales, it twists and turns at every point, leaving us guessing as to what will happen next. It's that type of programming, the type that keeps you guessing at every possible point, that creates maximum engagment for the viewer.


Everyone needs a little bit of magic in their lives.


So, where am I getting at with this? Well, it's simple - TV executives need to stop underestimating their audiences. For too long, and I believe the major commercial channels are the most guilty of this, the executives have taken the 'tried and true' path, and have provided us with lacklustre entertainment as a result of it.

The world is becoming more educated as a whole, and believe it or not, we have money that we want to spend. I sincerely hope that this revolution continues, as it is rekindling my 'love' for the idiot box after a sustained period of disillusionment. Long may it continue.


Elementary my dear Watson.


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Have you ever grown tired of something, been so jaded that you are just turned off completely by it all?

Well, I found that point last night - I'm no longer a brony. I was watching the season 3 finale last night and found myself thinking 'I've got no interest in this anymore'. It's not just the show either, I just feel no connection, nor do I want any, with the community and fandom that has sprung up around the show.

Maybe I'm just getting too old for colourful ponies I guess, but I don't appreciate the 'clique' that has sprung up around the show, despite being one of the few people that started it all here on Neoseeker. It just seems people are using the show to make complete and utter arses out of themselves, all in the name of the show.

Not to mention, there are many disturbing trends that have been borne out of it that just frankly repulse me.

Anyway, the show is not grabbing my attention any more, and I think it's now well and truly time for me to move on. I don't mind what other people do with their time, but I certainly won't be using my time on this show any more.

So, it is with that in mind that I bid Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Applejack and of course, Princess Twilight Sparkle adieu.

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I saw this on Google+ this morning, and it struck a chord with me. I thought I'd share it, even if it's as a reminder that we all have hopes, that we all have dreams...that we all have memories. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.






A NYC Taxi driver wrote:

I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.. 'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940's movie.

By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.

There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard
box filled with photos and glassware.

'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.

She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.

She kept thanking me for my kindness. 'It's nothing', I told her.. 'I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.'

'Oh, you're such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, 'Could you drive
through downtown?'

'It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly..

'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice.

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 'I don't have any family left,' she continued in a soft voice..'The doctor says I don't have very long.' I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.

'What route would you like me to take?' I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.

We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm tired.Let's go now'.
We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.

Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move.
They must have been expecting her.

I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

'How much do I owe you?' She asked, reaching into her purse.

'Nothing,' I said

'You have to make a living,' she answered.

'There are other passengers,' I responded.

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug.She held onto me tightly.

'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said. 'Thank you.'

I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.. Behind me, a door shut.It was the sound of the closing of a life..

I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day,I could hardly talk.What if that woman had gotten an angry driver,or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?

On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.

We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.

But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

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It's funny you know. You spend most of your childhood wanting to grow up, be a 'big kid' and all that, want to be an adult and have a complete freedom and everything? Well, I'm at that stage in my life where I don't want any of it. I suddenly feel old beyond my years...both physically and mentally. I won't go in to too much detail, but frankly, I'm just apathetic to everything at the moment. I'm not ready to take over as 'man of the family' yet. Not a good way to be.

Anyway, not much has happened in the 24 hours since my last blog post. Just unseasonably warm here in Southern Australia at the moment. Can't wait until the first cold blast hits.

Coming up to Anzac Day here in Australia, where we remember all those who fought for our freedom. It'll be 97 years since my great-grandfather stormed the beaches at Gallipoli in 1915. He didn't spend long there as he took some shrapnel in his back shortly after landing, but after he recovered in hospital he was sent to the Western Front. I don't know how he was affected, but I've been told by my grandfather that he was an intensely quiet man, but if anybody mentioned the war he would fly in to a rage and storm out of the room. Understandable, considering the horrors that he endured. Anyway, it shall be a day of rememberance. One of the reasons for the top picture actually, as a reminder that our soldiers are human too I guess.

Enough doom and gloom, I am excited that The Avengers comes out in a week. Been a while since I've seen an excellent movie at the cinemas, so I'll be there first thing on Wednesday morning to see the first session. I'm excited, should give me something to enjoy! My favourite is Iron Man, can't wait to see how the team reacts with a smartass Tony Stark in tow. I shall be sure to post a review when I've seen it, I'm sure it'll be overwhelmingly positive.

Anyway, will wrap this up now. I've got some of my favourite tv shows to watch now, including the third episode of Game of Thrones. Next series on the hitlist will probably be Once Upon A Time, I believe that finishes soon. Will sit down and watch the entire first season in one hit :)

Been craving some Disney lately, but seeing as I probably won't be able to sit down and watch a movie, here's one of my favourite opening narrations ever. Does a perfect job in setting the mood. Enjoy :)



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It's been a while since I posted a blog post, about a week actually so I figured I might as well update the lovely denizens of Neoseeker with my happenings. Been a hectic time at work, working some long hours to get some stuff done and put some cash away for a rainy day. Kids return back from school tomorrow as a matter of fact, so it's chaos getting things ready for them.

It was Dad's birthday on the weekend, he turned 49. A keen photographer, he's got some superstar equipment, but he's never had the proper way to display them. Until now, that is. We bought him a 15" digital photo frame, nice wooden frame around it and everything. Looks great on the kitchen bench, he can now display everything from his trips around the world.

As for myself, I received a few items in the post last week. A nice package from a friend who was awesome enough to pick up Darth Maul's signature for me:



Very awesome indeed, I don't think I've ever had anything signed by an awesome celebrity before. Also got a shipment of comics through in the mail which I'm slowly burning through. However, I need to stop reading them so late at night as I just seem to forget half of it and end up going back to reread it.

Also went to a bucks night on Saturday, saw off the groom in a manner befitting young men. Actually came home with a stack of money as I cleaned up at the poker table. One thing I don't like about parties though are the smokers. Nice enough people, but I always get a dry throat and come home feeling smokey. Not nice. Was a great night though, thoroughly enjoyable.

Probably going to go and see a movie tonight, most likely the new Battleship movie. Looks like some mindless action, not sure how deep a plot can be about a board game, but we'll see I guess.

Todays title comes from the mind of the brilliant Leonardo da Vinci. I grew up being taught that if you can explain a complicated subject to somebody very simply, then you truly understand it yourself. I think this quote rings very true of that, so I guess that's why it came out at me, really like this quote.

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Not much to this blog post other than some photos of a terribly awesome cosplay of the delightful Zatanna Zatara! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did, it's always nice to see a high quality cosplay. Also, magic.





















Zatanna Photoshoot

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I was looking through the movie forum this evening, reading some movies that are out and about, and I started reading the Man of Steel thread, about the upcoming Superman movie...another reboot. It got me thinking though. I mean, comic book movies are a viable genre now, what with the likes of Batman, Transformers and Iron Man making big waves at the box office over the course of the new Millenium, right? Admittedly, Superman has had success on the small screen with the series Smallville lasting 10 years. However, that success hasn't translated to the fame and success of the big screen, the arena where Superman once dominated.

So why has Superman, arguably the most iconic character in the history of the industry, struggled to make an impact at the box office? What do Batman, Optimus Prime and Iron Man have, that makes them better drawcards in this day and age? Is it simply the directors and casting behind these movies that gives them the edge? Or, is it something about the character themselves that put them head and shoulders above Superman in this new age?

Whatever the case may be, this new movie could be make or break for Superman. Fail, and we could see any further plans shelved for the Man of Steel. Succeed, and well, we might just see that Justice League movie after all. I shall be watching the next movie with trepidation, hoping against hope that Superman succeeds, and finds a place in the sun in this modern world of ours.


The hero that Earth no longer wants?


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So, one of my most favourite shows on TV at the moment made its return last night...and I am excited! 'Game of Thrones' combines, oustanding writing with sensational casting in a world that is not so different from ours. Different families vying for the Iron Throne, whilst ignoring the threat from the North. Twists and turns accompany every episode, and last nights was no different. Many great characters, but my favourite two are Daenerys Targaryen and Tyrion Lannister. One a young girl looking to reclaim what was once hers, the other a smooth talking dwarf. Both are undoubtedly the stars of the in my humble opinion.


No longer the innocent, little girl.


If you like movies like Lord of the Rings, then I think you'll love this very mature take on the 'swords and dragons' genre that is this show. HBO have once again outdone themselves with this award winning show. I'll leave this blog with this...

Winter is coming.

I went to the movies and saw the great little British movie 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'. Very nice movie really, an all star cast over 70 with the likes of Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Judi Dench headlining the movie. Basically a movie about self-discovery and casting off the shackles. A bunch of oldies head to India to rediscover their lives and hijinks ensue, usual enlightenment yadda yadda yadda. Nice film though, and you wouldn't waste your money if you went and saw it. Also introduced me to the lovely Tena Desae:


Good Ghandi!


Lovely ladies aside, the movie had a message that I thought was very pertinent. How does a country blend modernisation and an ancient culture? Trying to drag the country into the 21st Century, but with most of the country wanting to retain ancient practices, with arranged marriages being chief among them. Not only that, but the forced eviction of people from their homes, to replace them with giant concrete monoliths as a testament to 'progress'. Very interesting undertone to the film, not sure if that was the intention but its certainly something that I took from the movie.

Anyway, currently sitting here on a lazy Sunday afternoon with the comedy stylings of Father Ted. Never has priests behaving badly been so hilarious. Here's my all time favourite scene from the show:



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Short little comic about the benefits of never judging somebody too early in their life. I'm not saying not judge anybody, because frankly, we all do it and need to do it, otherwise we end up hanging around with dickheads, which is not good for anyone. However, if you let them evolve a little first, you'll be surprised at what they can become.

That said, Dragonite does end up being such a jerk by the end of this comic. Unfortunately, when people are pushed too far, they end up snapping in ways that hurt people, sometimes with drastic consequences.

All the world needs to do is smile, and who better to show us how to do it then adorable ponies?



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Well, due to a very good friend of mine, I'm actually in a fair bit of a Harry Potter mood at the moment. I'm the first to admit that I'm no fanboy about it, but, well, I did grow up with it, and I loved it to pieces. Anyway, it's inspired me to sit down and read the books again. Alas, but there is one problem with that: I don't have all of the books! I've got the first 3-4, but my older sister used to buy the books, and thus took them with her when she moved out. I'll have to coax her to let me borrow them at some point. Meanwhile, I'm on the hunt for a really awesome set that I can buy and display on my bookshelf. My first preference would be an awesome, leatherbound set, but after much searching I don't believe it exists, or if it does in VERY limited quantities. Alas, I shall keep searching, but one day I'll treat myself and buy the whole collection. No prizes for guessing who my favourite character is. The Potions Master himself, Professor Snape. Too awesome for words, and Alan Rickman nailed the depiction perfectly in the movies.

My day was pretty standard today, just some work and plodding through the motions. However, soon to change as I dive headlong in to the exam timetable for Term 2. It never stops.

Also saw that the new Transformers game Fall of Cybertron released a new trailer today. Looks awesome as always:



Such a crying shame that it isn't being released on the PC, but them's the breaks! I'll see if I can catch the story on Youtube once it's released.

Anyway, on a closing note I've got myself a new favourite shirt. I've technically had this shirt for a while, but I've finally slimmed down enough to a point where it doesn't look ridiculous on me:



Looks and feels awesome :>!

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Not a particularly exciting 24 hours or so...apart from the fact that I got a confirmation email that my CD from my most favourite band ever H.E.A.T, has been shipped! It's been signed by the band too, so I am actually quite excited about it all. Hopefully the new album, 'Address The Nation', can reach the same heights as 'Freedom Rock'. Bit of melodic rock is nothing short of awesome.

Pumped about one of my favourite shows returning to the screen on Sunday, 'Game of Thrones'. Absolutely psyched, love that show to pieces. I mean, what's not to love about dragons?!

Anyway, going offtopic a bit. In the process of growing a beard, and here it is:



Not looking too bad, even if I say so myself. Needs a trim though, to catch all the loose hairs and whatnot flying around. It's been a nice change though, glad I did it.

Took little Rosie dog for her first walk tonight, very exciting. She was a little bit nervous, but she passed with flying colours. Now that her first walk is out of the way, hopefully she'll be able to come with us every night now.

I'm also lamenting the fact that clothing manufacturers in this country don't sell what I want anymore. Seriously, why don't they realise that a 22 year old man wants to wear Chewbacca to bed? Honestly, very frustrating.

Anyway, time to end this on a funny note. Here's my favourite scene from my most favourite show in the world. Enjoy :)



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So it's been a while since I've last used my blog, but I feel as though now is as good a time as any. I don't expect anybody to read this, but I think it's good for me to jot my thoughts down rather than bottle them all up.

It's been a rough month or two, not just for me but for those closest to me as well. I've had to do a lot of soul searching in that time, and frankly, I've had to grow up and not be such a selfish person. It's been tough, I won't deny that. There have been times when I wake up just feeling empty.

But, looking back on it, I know it's the right decision. I just hope that she knows that I do support her, and that I'm working incredibly hard to overcome my emotions and my insecurities to try and help support her the best I can. I don't always do it, and I know I've certainly hurt people over the years. But I'm trying with every sinew of my being to be the better man that she deserves.




Anyway, enough of me wallowing in my own self pity, it does nobody any good. Sitting here at work at the moment, doing some work stuff with the Futurama movie 'Bender's Game' playing in the background. Gosh I love this movie, easily one of my most favourite.

Speaking of movies, I need to sit down and watch LotR movies 2 and 3. I'm bitterly disappointed to say I have never seen them, but alas, I intend to correct that very soon. I enjoyed the first one immensely, but I wish I could've seen them in the cinemas. Oh well, I will have to make do with what I have. I did it with Star Wars, I intend to do it with LotR.

Anyway, should probably leave it there. I'll come back tomorrow with hopefully more to talk about. I may have taken a break from posting for a while, but I think I'll do my blog everyday, something to keep me occupied

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Well, today I popped my cherry (no, not THAT cherry...that's long gone!). No, the cherry I'm talking about is my collecting cherry! That's right, today I got my first shipment of collectible items.

Now, for those of you who know me, you'll know what I love more than anything. For those of you who don't though, here's a snapshot of my collecting fetish:


(Other photo's can be seen in my gallery)

Yep, I started my Transformers collecting today! That there is Masterpiece Starscream, a line of collectible toys from Japanese manufacturer Tanaka. He stands at about a foot tall, and is incredibly well made. He also has his Decepticon brother's Thundercracker and Skywarp joining him later this week, at which time I'll hopefully have cleaned up my shelf to be able to unpack them from their boxes and have them in kickass poses (why else would you have them if they're not going to be kicking your bookshelf's butt?).

I spent a cool $530 on the three of them though, so unfortunately I'm going to have to cool it for a little while, but I don't regret the decision in the slightest. They look awesome now, just imagine how much better they'll look out of the box! I'll post up more pictures when they arrive later this week.

Anyway, for any of you seeker's out there reading this, do you collect anything? If so, what? I'd like to know that there are others out there like myself willing to spend good money on a bit of nostalgia :P

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Today was re-enrolment day for uni, and I felt like a circus lion with the amount of hoops I had to jump through. The amount of red tape and bureacracy left me disillusioned at the state of education in my country, when I am unable to access the units I truly want to, instead settling for subjects I don't really wish to do.

Alas, I will hopefully by this time next year be a trained economist, ready to be torn apart by the wolves of the Big Four banks, hoping one of them finds my carcass worthy enough to take in and mould into a fully functioning economist.

Quote of the Day
-When you are through changing, you are through.

Song of the Day
-Rocky Mountain High - John Denver

Movie of the Day
-Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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Gary Puckett knew how I felt.

Basically, I've been chatting with this girl at this cafe I go to. She's a waitress, and I'm a regular. Anyway, she's pretty, great personality, lovely hair.

During a lull one day, I invite her to sit down and join me. She said yes without a second thought. We're talking away, having a good old time, when she starts bitching about school. Curious, I asked her how old she was...

'15!' she replied, and my heart sank.

Bear in my mind, I am a 20 year old unviersity student, a man of the world. Yet, here I was, flirting unashamedly with a girl, someone who probably struggles with the concept of reality during her teenage years.

I quickly made my excuses, and left the cafe. I haven't returned back in 2 weeks now, fearful of bumping into her again.

I felt morally wrong, solicitating this young girl, taking advantage of her youthful innocence for my own selfish wants.

Whilst age should never be a barrier, I did feel completely weird, and morally bankrupted. Add in to the fact it is illegal, I felt I saved myself from falling off the precipice, and down a slippery slope.

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I consider myself quite an intelligent guy. I'm university educated, I'm articulate, excellent general knowledge about the world. So in an essence, I think I can afford to have a reasonably high opinion of myself, no? Be proud of who I am and what I have achieved that other's haven't. Sit atop my ivory tower, so to speak? Well, today I saw the foundations start to crack...

I got into a petty argument with a 12 year old boy. That's right, here I was, the educated man of the world, arguing with a boy who probably struggles to keep his bed dry at night. I was about to lay the boy flat with an excellent rebuttal, when I checked myself, and was horrified at what I'd become....a /b/tard.

I'd lost every scrap of decency and maturity I'd ever had, thrown it out the window in the pursuit of petty point scoring. Had the internet had such a dramatic impact on me? Had I let myself be dragged down to the levels of others? Scared, I put the keyboard down, and went and watched a BBC documentary on the Young Queen Victoria.

Illuminated, I returned to the keyboard and started repairing the cracks that my ivory tower had shown, confident that I had stopped before any irreversible damage had been caused. Most important of all, I preserved my sanity for another day.

Quote of the Day
'I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.'

Song of the Day
Nessun Dorma - Luciano Pavarotti

Movie of the Day
The Prestige

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I got a letter today from the unversity. Dreading the thought that they had retrospectively failed me in all my classes. Opening the envelope, I read its' contents....

'Dear Mr Moore,

We're delighted to offer you the opportunity to pursue an Honours degree in Economics when you finish your undergraduate degree in 2010

Sincerely,

Dean of Economics'

Well, I can say with absolute certainty that a feather could've knocked me over at that point in time. I was so proud, I showed my mother and she announced we have to go out for dinner tonight. Just goes to show, hard work will pay off in the end. It's cool to be smart, and I'm proud of my work.

I had to enrol for next years classes too. Mu subjects, are as follows:

-Microeconomic Theory and Policy
-Macroeconomies of Open Economies
-International Economics
-Public Economics and Finance
-Strategic Management
-Industrial Relations
-International Business
-Business Marketing

An excellent mix with 4 economics subjects and 4 management subjects ;D Oh well, I suppose I'm at that point in my life where I need to crack on and do something with it ;D

Leave you with a sobering quote for the day...

Quote of the Day
'Never in the field of human conflict, has so much been owed, by so many....to so few'

Song of the Day
La Diosa del Carnaval - Ricky Martin

Movie of the Day
Basil the Great Mouse Detective

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My heart was pumping as I made my way through the maze. I could only outrun them for so long! They were faster, stronger, and smarter....They knew I wouldn't pick up the crystals unless they got near me, as their power is useless if I don't get them straight away.

I continued on my way, shovelling the gravel into my bag, hopefully finding some value in it when I made my way home. I turned the corner, and my eyes were greeted with the wondorous site of a cherry tree. I sprinted over and devoured the fruit as quickly as I could, delighting in it's sweetness. Savouring the taste, I continued my journey. That's when they appeared...

The ethereal like appearance of my nemesis sent a shiver down my spine, and I sprinted in the opposite direction. If I ever needed a crystal, now was the time. I swung around the corner, and saw it in front of me, the last remaining crystal. The last few steps were there, for the taking, when I felt the touch of death. I spun around and Blinky was standing over me, the face of a mad man hell bent on revenge.

It's all over, I can't take it anymore. I shall see you again on the next life.....

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I just came home after seeing the movie 'Charlie and Boots'. Now, unless you're Australian, you're unlikely to even have heard of it, let alone understand it.

The premise of the story is a flimsy one at best. The old man Charlie, played by the evergreen Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee fame) loses his wife, and is alone in his life, finding solace in his dark house. His semi-estranged son, Boots, portrayed by Shane Jacobsen of Kenny fame, decides to fulfill his dream...to go fishing off Australia's most northerly tip, Cape York.

What follows is a road trip, and the inevitable adventures occur. Hitchhikers, crazed truckies and broken radiator hoses all strike Charlie and Boots, and as the journey continues, the two open up and rediscover their roots.

But this cliched road trip is not what I liked about this movie. No, I liked how it represented Australia for what it is, and not some glorified 'Wild Man from Borneo' flick. It showed a true Australian spirit that has been missing from a few so called 'Australiana' films. It does a better job of promoting Australia then Baz Luhrmann's rip off, wrongly titled 'Australia'.

If exported, this film shows the people of the wider world that we do more than hunt crocodiles and call everyone sheila. It shows the true Aussie battler, and the spirit of mateship that was forged on that rocky beach on April 25 1915, at Gallipoli.

It made me proud to be an Australian, something which has been sorely lacking in recent years.

Quote of the Day
'It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government....except all the others that have been tried.'

Song of the Day
I was only 19-Redgum

Movie of the Day
Charlie and Boots

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This morning I woke up with the sudden realisation that I was to submit my marketing law assignment today. I don't really like it, it's one of those subjects I have used to pad out my degree tbfh. That said, I can do it, and quite well. I'm currently at home doing a macroeconomics assignment about why the RBA is so awesome and why we should keep it. Anyways, thought I'd get this started before I toddled off and did something useful with my time.

Quote of the day
'It is better to appear to be a fool, rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt'

Song of the day
What Hurts The Most-Cascada

Movie of the Day
The Mummy

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