I’ve just been to the dentist aka “There is no way to escape the Olympics”

You may have gathered that I’ve just been to the dentist.  Which I have.  And got a filling.  Which is by itself not newsworthy (although those dear readers who have been keeping up with this blog will know all about my wisdom teeth drama almost exactly a year ago, which is why it is most definitely not on my list of favourite things to do).

But no, that is not really the main subject of this post.  Although it is the catalyst that caused this post to be written.  And the event that caused this post to be written was the realization that right now, there is no way to escape the Olympics.  Not for me, at least.

I get in the car – and am regaled by commentary of (I think) the Women’s Water Polo match on the radio.  I go to the dentist – the Women’s Gymnastics are on the television in the waiting area.  I get into the chair and am almost grateful that I’m there, because it means I don’t have to hear or see anything remotely to do with Medal Tallies or how our swimmers are doing in the pool or hear rude remarks about Togo winning a Bronze medal and “does anyone even know where that country is?” (It’s in Africa, you smarmy, condescending idiots!) or inane comments about how all our gold medallists are such “normal girls/boys from ‘insert name of any small Australian town here'” and how great it is that they’re setting such an inspirational example for the youth of our nation.  (Yeah, they are, but they’re not normal – not just anyone becomes an Olympian – it takes years of hard work and commitment to get there in the first place – and that goes for ANY Olympian, not just the medallists).

It might seem strange for the daughter of an Olympian to be spouting these thoughts. Continue reading “I’ve just been to the dentist aka “There is no way to escape the Olympics””

Halloween is coming, that’s a given …

… if my week is anything to go by.

I’m not really complaining, but it’s been a strange few days, full of miscommunication and crossed wires.

And it’s not just me suffering whatever effects the planets are dealing out right now. Peter Costello (our current Federal Treasurer, who really wants to be PM, but that’s another – and very old – story), had a major slip of the tongue yesterday during Parliment Question Time when he announced that it would be the last Question Time before the election. He quickly corrected himself, stating that it COULD be, but, by then, the black cat was out of the bag. Continue reading “Halloween is coming, that’s a given …”

Pitching for Success – how to create a successful pitch for your movie


Only a quick post today … I have a STACK of web design work that I’m WAAAY behind on due to various reasons (see previous blogs for details).

A quick Oz political wrap up for today:

APEC is finally over and the so-called decision reached on climate change was, according to Bob Brown, leader of the Greens, “just hot air” (which I sadly agree with – they had the chance to do something truly useful and blew it, ‘scuse the pun, once again). See the ABC’s report here.

And what was with those Drizabone outfits!?!? One fashion commentator said it left our world leaders “looking like something washed up from an estuary.” LOL. See a photo and article here (courtesy of Inquirer.net) Continue reading “Pitching for Success – how to create a successful pitch for your movie”

Confused Bush lost for words in “Austria”

Oops, he did it again.

President George W. Bush thanked his “Austrian” hosts and expressed his enjoyment of being at the OPEC summit in Sydney yesterday. Of course, he’s in Australia and it’s the APEC summit, but what’s a few mis-pronounced names between friends?

It gave us a few laughs to follow the stunt pulled by The Chasers on Thursday (which they followed up, by the way, with another stunt yesterday – running around Sydney in cardboard box cars with Canadian flags affixed – of course, they were stopped by the police within two minutes, searched with sniffer dogs and told to go away. I can’t wait to see the show next Wednesday night!), which gave enormous relief from the public love-fest between Howard and Bush (which continues even now – Enough boys already!! We get it – you’re mates. While you might think that’s great, we don’t care!! And people are starting to talk!!). Continue reading “Confused Bush lost for words in “Austria””

Osama hiding in Canada??

Sally McLeanI think the stunt pulled by “The Chasers War on Everything” yesterday in Sydney at the APEC summit was hilarious. Yes, it was risky and could have ended disastrously – I mean, you don’t want to go putting yourself in the line of fire of ever-alert snipers when you’re dressed as Osama bin Laden, especially when your objective is to get as close to the US President as you can, but the fact they managed to get a fake motorcade through TWO security checkpoints, flying the Canadian flag – when the Canadian contingent haven’t even landed in Australia yet – and got within 10 meters of George Bush’s hotel … well, that is risky, but very funny to the average Australian.

Chas Licciardello from “The Chaser” dressed as Osama bin LadenCall us irreverent – we are. Call us disrespectful – we’re only that when we feel someone doesn’t deserve our respect. I’m pretty sure they weren’t having a go at the Canadians, using their flag would have been simply a means to an end. I’m pretty sure, knowing the program, that they were intending to simply see how far they could get before someone stopped them. And they got pretty far … as every news service here has commented on. Continue reading “Osama hiding in Canada??”

Finding inspiration …

I’ve just come in from sitting on a breakwater on a secluded beach 10 minutes from my home. I find the sea an absolute inspiration to live near. Whenever I’m stuck with a script, or need the space to mull over some ideas, I’ll go and stare at the sea. Honestly, I can’t live too far from the shoreline or it screws around with my creativity. I tried it when living in London, but staring at a little sandy alcove nestled on the banks of the Thames near London Bridge just didn’t have the same impact as standing on Mt Martha beach and seeing the bay stretch to the horizon. (Funny, that!) Continue reading “Finding inspiration …”

What is it about the Land of the Kiwis?

What is it about the Land of the Kiwis?

I’ve just been reading an interesting article on NineMSN – http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=76865 – that talks about the boom in film production going on for our rivals over the water, New Zealand.

Which got me thinking – why is the perception building out there (and I’m speaking about internationally as well as within the Australian general public) that NZ is the leading popular destination for international, large-scale film productions in this region? Continue reading “What is it about the Land of the Kiwis?”