December 31st, 2006

Hot on the heels of Best of 2004 and Best of 2005 comes Best of 2006!!

Album of the Year – Bernard Fanning – Tea & Sympathy

I bought the album for Amy for a special event. It is an excellent album with some great songs, one features in this video of arriving in Australia this year.

Cinema Trip of the Year – Children of Men

Read the full review here. This film is a must see for both the story and the excellent camera work.

DVD of the Year – Mighty Boosh Series 1 and 2

Chris gave us a copy of Series 2 and we’ve been watching it regularly, re-visiting episodes that we had not seen for a while. Episode six goes as follows – Travelling like the settlers of old (because Howard is scared of flying), Howard and Vince set out by boat for the Pieface Records showcase in the US of A. But they never get there, and instead find themselves marooned on a desert island on which there isn’t much to eat – now that Breakfast Bob has left – apart from coconuts

Book of the Year – Love and other Near Death Experiences

Not really been reading many books, but I did read this one. It is probably not worthwhile of being the book of the year as I don’t think it is as good as the earlier works of Millington.

Game of the Year – Armadillo Run

A physics based game. You have to move the armadillo across the screen. Sounds simple but with a limited budget and materials this game is really very addictive and difficult! Visit the website for a demo.

Website of the Year –

Even though the beach is only a few metres away Coastal Watch provides an excellent live stream so there’s no need to go down there. Hasn’t been very useful for the majority of the year with the recovering shoulder however it still gets visited probably every other day!

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 9th, 2006

Today was a long day, an 08h00 start for a surf and whilst Amy and the rest of the girls went to see Robbie Williams in concert the boys went for a trip to Sydney Superdome for the basketball derby game of the Sydney Razorbacks vs. Sydney Kings. Stu, Marcus, T-Bone and I went down for what was a thrilling match which went from being a Kings game, to a Razorbacks game and then back to the Kings game and then a final last gasp at the crown by the Razorbacks in the last three seconds of the game –

Razorbacks last 3 seconds of the final quarter

It was the closest you can get to living the American dream without being in America. Whilst there we wondered what it took to get a ring side seat, as typically these seats are reserved for people like the artist formally known as Prince and other celebrities, so it was no surprise to see Cooey bear (Andy) was there –

Cooey Bear in yellow t-shirt and Tiger court side

Cooster and I have also been to a Radiohead Gig in a tent in Newport Wales (UK) at the same time as well as a Smashing Pumpkins gig on Tottenham Court Road without realising (or knowing each other for that matter).

Good to see Tiger and Cooster at the end of the game they had obviously been hitting the complimentary booze fairly hard by the looks of it!

Final Score: Razor Backs : 90 , Sydney Kings: 91

December 6th, 2006

T-Bone, Marcus and I went to STIRR Sydney last night. It was an event for people who work in emerging technologies / internet startups. It was a very interesting event, to begin with we all split into teams and had to come up an idea for a startup based on random words that were shouted out at the start of the night, an activity called ‘HalfBaked‘.

We met some people from other Web 2.0 style companies in Australia. It was a very interesting night for us!

STIRR Sydney

From : bigmick

More information about the event can be found at the STIRR Sydney page.

December 1st, 2006

Sorry for the delay in updates just been very busy recently! Finally I get to do an entry and it is Friday night, the reason for being in is that I’m too tired from the corporation I currently work at had its Christmas party yesterday afternoon, we drank loads it takes two days for me to recover from drinking now!

Two weekends ago Amy and I went to Bondi to see Scuplture by the Sea which was a display of scupltures put by the sea (hence the title). It was pretty good but we had to rush around to get to the shops in time to buy Amy’s birthday present as the following weekend (Amy’s Birthday) we would not get the chance to go shopping.

Here are some photos from the day –

Stange Red Thing at Bondi

This was one of my favourites, a funny shaped Tennis court –

Funny Tennis

Afterwards I’d arranged a little surprise for Amy’s Birthday and that was to stay at the Shangri La hotel in Sydney Harbour for Sunday night so that we could have a nice easy walk into work on Monday morning, it was really good fun, we went swimming and had dinner at Harbour Kitchen

Yummy food at Harbour Kitchen!

And this was the view from our room in the Shangri La

View from the Shangri La

Last week we went to see Kylie play at the Sydney Superdome, it was really good and you couldn’t tell that she had been through cancer treatment as she jumped around the stage and sang all the classics, it was very good. On Saturday we went on the the Hawkebury River boat trip, the same boat as I went on two years ago, it was really good fun and the weather was beautiful. It was about 35 degrees on the first day so it was nice to cool off and jump in the river. We had great company of Simone, Nancy, Marcus and Stu. The tinny is my favourite part of the house boat, Marcus took it out for a spin with Nancy but the engine wouldn’t start so we had to go and get them. He has now got 5mm deep cuts in his hands from trying to start the engine!

Over 30 degrees on the river

It was so hot that on the way to the river we saw big C-130 Hercules planes circling above us surveying a nearby fire!

On the first day we made it to Wiseman’s Ferry and had a little look around and a drink in the local pub. At dinner we celebrated Amy’s Birthday once more with a bottle of Champers bought by Marcus and Nancy. Simone and Stu got Amy a lovely cup cake making set which will be put to good use!

Amy Celebration Time!

On Sunday there was a powerboat race with a twist. People on the back of the speed boats were water skiing. I’ve never seen anything so dangerous in my life. You can always trust Australians to make to take a nice sport like water skiing and convert it into a death defying 60mph joy ride requiring helmets and nerves of steal –

Manic Super Speed Boat Water Skiiers

I made this little video of the speed boaters going past at silly speeds, you have to see it to believe it really –

An excellent weekend and fun had by all, as I mentioned at the start of the post, it was the work Christmas party last night and it got a bit messy towards the end (as they do), here is the guys and I after a few too many beers –

Marcus with his new eyes, Jon, Myself and the Sausage Dog

That’s it for now! Rock on!