Wednesday, January 28, 2009


So the CPI numbers come out today and tell a fairly predictable tale. With the average price of petrol falling 18.2% against the previous quarter, and this forming a rather large portion of the average consumer's spending, the total CPI figure for the quarter is negative 0.3%. But if you strip out the change due to petrol prices (which is highly volatile at the best of times) then you would get a very different picture.

Lets get down to the nuts and bolts of living and alcohol. Lets say you go on a picnic down to the local park and stop in at the bottle-o on the way through. Yes, it is cheaper to get there, but fruit prices for the quarter are up 8%, take-aways up 1.5% and veggies up 3.3%. To give you an idea, if we annualise this then in nine months from now fruit will cost 36% more! And I can tell you that beer, spirits and wine have each fared not much better.

This rant of course has nothing to do with the fact that I dont drive a car and so get no benefit from falling fuel prices. Well maybe a little.

And as for the game-time post, the results will be posted soon. I am pleased to say though that of the 3 people who submitted a guess, one of you has got it correct.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Game time

Since the blogging is so bad over here, I may as well try for some audience participation to see how well the people know the potato.

Lets play the old 4 truths and one lie game to see if you can work out what the lie is.

  • I consider myself the smartest person I know - To prove this I have accumulated 3 different university degrees in different fields. A degree each for physics, law and commerce. I am also studying some postgraduate courses right now.
  • I consider myself the most environmentally friendly person I know - I recycle more than most people, ride my bike to work and make more effort towards reducing my carbon footprint than anybody. I am all for a carbon credit system so that we can all focus on what we as humans put in to the atmosphere.
  • I consider myself the most athletic person I know - To prove this I have played 2 different sports professionally (not at the top levels but as long as you are payed to play a game and sign contracts then its professional). I have played both basketball and Aussie Football at this level. I am taking on a position of coach this year for a senior football team.
  • I consider myself the heaviest person I know - I rarely meet anybody that weighs more than I do. I weigh 121kg (270 pounds).
  • I consider my opinion to be the best around - I am so confident of this that i named my own blog 'my opinion on everything' because I think more people should listen to me.

So what are the truths and which one is the lie?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My Favourite People

I have for a long time valued quality moments in front of the tv screen. Spending days and weeks just staring at the idiot box as faces come and go. Some are good, some are bad. But it takes a truly fantastic character to stay on the tube for a generation.

So let me tell all of my faithful readers out there about a very special man. Starting broadcasting all the way back in 1977, there has been one true great of sports journalism and presenting in this country. And just one mention of his name eludes memories of heroics, goals and complicated Eastern European names (but NEVER poetry).

Australia and Hungary's own LES MURRAY. Never has there been a greater Australian!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Well I am back from the Sydney holiday and can say that I loved every minute of it. Back in a real city (instead of a sleepy outpost) with all the fun and excitement of Christmas and New Year celebrations. Here is a brief update of the goings on...

Worst present received - Model car

I do not even have a drivers licence. Never have..... What would make somebody think I would be interested in collecting model cars??

Best show on Pay TV - America's Most Smartest Model

Now I dont have pay TV so it is a bit of a treat when I go home to turn on to MTV and see what it produces and much like a midget riding a unicycle, it never fails to put a smile on my face. This show pits models against each other in a battle of the brains and looks in a weekly knock-out style can this be more entertaining you ask....Because they give them special challenges such as 'create your own fake tan lotion and apply it to a pasty nerd for a photo shoot'. The result of course was horrible for the poor nerds, but an absolute win for television.

Notable efforts to programs such as Next, Date my Mom, Parental Control and I Want to Work for Diddy. Seriously, if you have Foxtel and do not watch these shows, you are wasting your life away!

Biggest Realisation - I am not a good blogger

Deal with it!