Archive for December, 2007

This model sheet is currently up for auction on Ebay. It’s going quite cheap too, just $40. The seller says that it’s an original Disney model sheet from the 1940s Mickey and the Beansalk segment of Fun and Fancy Free. I’m not entirely sure if this is true, but it does look very nice.

I know that a newsagency is not a lending library but customers usually do like to look through magazines before they purchase them. At least I do anyway. I don’t blindly buy magazines, but instead purchase ones that have interesting articles. The only way that I am able to see whether a magazine has interesting articles is to flick through them first to see what is inside the cover. Unfortunately the QV newsagent in Melbourne has begun a new policy of not allowing customers to read through their magazines until after you have purchased them. They even have a guy roaming the shop rudely grunting at customers that they should buy before they flick through the magazines. I can understand why they have such a policy, but I suspect that this policy will backfire and that they will lose business. (They have already lost mine!) Instead I will buy my magazines from Borders in Melbourne Central or at the Melbourne Central newsagents where you are allowed to flick through the magazines to see if they are worth buying, before making a purchase.

This morning on Sky News Australia they reported on who won Survivor China. This is all very well and good, except that here in Australia only four episodes of this show has been screened and we won’t be seeing the season finale until around February 2008. Then again, perhaps I should not be angry at Sky News for reporting this story, but at Channel 9 for not showing the show until now that it has finished screening in America. I have now lost all interest in this season of Survivor thanks to 9.

I could make a snide remark about how this is the reason why Channel 9 is no longer the number 1 station in Australia, except that Network 7 are even worse. A couple of weeks ago 7 started screening the Amazing Race with little fan fare at all. I cannot remember seeing any advertisements for it in the lead up to the first show, which I ended up missing. Not only that, but the season of the Amazing Race that we are seeing was screened in America a year ago before the Amazing Race All Stars season that we have already seen.

The three Australian commercial networks (I include Channel 10 for their woeful coverage of the Formula 1) really need to improve their game with stuff like this. In this day and age of satellites and the internet it does not take much for us to get the information about when these shows are on in the States. This is the reason why Bit Torrents and the illegal downloading of American television shows are popular in Australia.

Just last week I ventured to the MYER city store to look at their 2007 Christmas windows. These have been an attraction for 51 years and I can honestly say that this years windows are one of the best displays ever. This years theme is an environmental one, with scenes taken from Graham Base’s picture book Uno’s Garden being displayed in the windows. This is a must see for anyone visiting Melbourne or for parents who are looking for stuff to do with the kids this festive season.