Tuesday, September 2, 2008

New Season

The footy posts have been removed from the cricket ground at the back of my flat. That means I'll soon hear the sound of leather on willow again.

Spring is officially here. Yay!

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Cracks showing but no break


US Republican presidential hopeful John McCain has picked Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska, as his surprise running mate.

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If she was picked primarily because she was a woman, then this is a step backwards from breaking that glass ceiling.

It will only truly be broken when real opportunities are available to women and when all achievements are recognised equally. Not because of some desperate tokenism.

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

One Ton, Two Awards


Lance Franklin reached his ton and Brendan Fevola came tantalisingly close as Hawthorn tuned up for the finals in fine style with a resounding 78-point victory over Carlton at Telstra Dome on Saturday night.

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My award for the most miserable team of the season goes to Hawthorn, for believing a 72-point win wasn't good enough and doing whatever they could to deny Fevola his 100th goal of the season.

The award for the best handling of Franklin's achievement goes to the AFL, Victoria Police and the Telstra Dome security staff who allowed the crowd pitch invasion to go ahead without incident. It was a rare event and one worthy of the fans showing such appreciation.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Well Done, Beijing

So, the games are over for another 4 years. And dear old London town gets to host the next party.

The build up to the Games weren't the best publicity for the Chinese (some justified, some over the top imho) but I reckon sport won out in the end.

Which has to be good news.

There were many memorable moments for me:

Well done to all the athletes.

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Sunday Paper Snippet II


DOCTORS say the State Government's decision to include a 24-week gestational threshold after which a woman will need the approval of two doctors in order to terminate a pregnancy creates an unnecessary complication in the bill to decriminalise abortion.

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After reading this article today, I couldn't believe that there a people who believe a woman can decide at any time to have an abortion.

The law has to specify a threshold to stop all but the absolutely necessary late-term abortions. I've never believed that abortion should not be available legally, but the thought of a woman and her doctor being able to agree to a termination of her pregnancy at anytime before the birth horrifies me.

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Sunday Paper Snippet I


The Sunday Age can reveal that the Sydney Symphony Orchestra mimed key parts of its performance at the opening of the Sydney Games in 2000.

And it gets better - it was, in fact, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra whose brilliant playing was heard by millions around the world at the Sydney Olympic opening ceremony.


theage.com.au - Read more ...

It never fails to amaze me how much fun the media have in the Melbourne/Sydney rivalry.

But Melbourne is better.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Passed

I took my Australian Citizenship Test yesterday, and passed with flying colours. 20 out of 20 questions in under 5 minutes!

I didn't think it'd be hard, but there's always a doubt in my mind when I'm taking a test. I was quite relieved when I got the results.

Last night, I filled in my online application form. Now, I'm just waiting to hear that it's been accepted and I can make my pledge.

I'm hoping that my father will come out to join me at my ceremony. I've got a year to take the pledge, so there's plenty of time for him to schedule the trip. My only doubt is that there doesn't seem to be a way of selecting which ceremony you attend, so I may have to refuse a couple before the timing is right.

But I'll worry about that when I get the nod from the Government. For now, I'm just pleased I'm a step closer to being an Aussie!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

All wrong 2008

In my task of re-posting the entries from my first life, I posted this one today:


Work was completely demoralising. I beginning to realise that our whole team is no longer working as a team. Everyone is out for themselves now that the ship is beginning to sink.

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By sheer coincidence, I can echo that feeling again today. Albeit for different reasons.

There's a big departmental restructure to be announced tomorrow, and we were given the heads-up for our team today.

We're to lose our manager. He was promoted from within the new-ish team around 2 years ago. He understands our role. He's an excellent thinker, negotiator and communicator. He's kept us together and looks out for us without micro-managing. The team has come of age under his tutorship. All in all, he's a great guy to work for.

And he did do his best for us in the restructure. The outcome could have been a lot worse than it was.

I'm sure the new order will soon start to feel "normal". But, for the moment, it feels like a massive blow to the chin.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Unbelievable


Medals table
Monday, 18 August 2008 14:28 UK
  1. China - 39 Gold
  2. USA - 20 Gold
  3. Great Britain - 12 Gold
  4. Australia - 11 Gold

BBC News - Read more ... (dynamic content)

I can't believe that GB is ahead of Australia in the medals table! Apart from a little time in the middle of the day, they have been for over 24 hours. I've made the most of it at work, coz I'm doubtful this is going to last!

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Jobsworth

Why are some people such jobsworths?

I was working in the new building today, where the hot desks are not yet setup with network connections so you've got to find anywhere you can to work. Not everybody has moved in, and so some floors are pretty empty.

The building itself has an open floor policy. You need your pass to get onto each floor, but everybody has access to them. The only exception is a department where there is a risk of disgruntled customers attempting to deal with their complaints 'face to face'. But even their floors are planned to have open access to the meeting rooms and hot desk areas.

Today, I went onto a floor that wasn't yet occupied and settled myself into one of the meeting rooms that had a network connection and a phone.

Half way through the day, a man walked past the room and asked me whether I worked for his department. When I replied in the negative, he accused me of not being authorised to be on the floor. I said I was just hot desking, because the nominated desks hadn't been set up yet. He asked how I managed to get onto a restricted floor, and seemed put out when I told him it wasn't a restricted floor. He left muttering that he'll have to get that changed.

Five minutes later, he returned asking for my details. I gladly gave him my name and department. He then said that he was concerned about the OH&S aspect of my being on an empty floor. Next thing I know, I get a call from one of our relationship managers saying she's been told I'm causing an OH&S issue. She obviously didn't think there was an issue, but I was leaving for a vendor meeting in the next half-hour anyway so everyone was happy.

I didn't see the guy again.

All that because I was sitting in a meeting room that nobody was using but he obviously thought I had no right to be in. Security had chatted to me when they were doing their rounds. The building move Project Managers were taking contractors round pointing out work that needed to be finished and didn't comment on my presence. But this guy just couldn't let it lie.

Trouble is, we've got a team workshop booked on this particular floor all day on Monday. I think they'll have moved in by then. I wonder if he'll ask why we're using one of "his" meeting rooms.

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