Archive for December, 2008


The Porsche 996 GT1 of 1998, better known as the 911 GT1 won only a single race in it’s career. Fortunately it was the only real race that counts, the 1998 Le Mans 24 Hours, but if it was not for this very lucky victory, the car would be considered a major flop.

The winning 911 GT1 visited Melbourne in 2007 for the Phillip Island Historics, and also posed for photos at Southbank.
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After its victory at Le Mans the only other thing of note that the car did was some aerobatic work at the 1998 Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Fortunately driver Yannick Dalmas was unhurt and the car was able to be put back together again.


George Harrison was not just a Beatle, but was also a great fan of Formula 1. He was close friends with many of the drivers, in particular Sir Jackie Stewart and Niki Lauda who he wrote this song about. Harrison was actually inspired to write the song after speaking to Lauda after the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. He wanted to write a song that Niki, Jody Scheckter and Emerson Fittipaldi and the rest of the F1 drivers could enjoy. The song is also dedicated to the memory of Ronnie Peterson.

The beautiful sounds of the racing engines revving up come from the 1978 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

George used to be a regular visitor to Adelaide when they held the Grand Prix as well.

Happy Christmas (War Is Over)

Posted: December 25, 2008 in Music
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If only it was true!

Cricket Follow Up

Posted: December 25, 2008 in Sport
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Just a quick post as a follow up to a previous post in which I hypothesized that the Australian cricket selectors were prejudiced against Victorian batsmen. It seems that the person who is first in line for Matthew Hayden’s slot in the team should he fail in the next couple of matches is Michael Klinger, who until this season was a Victorian but now plays for South Australia. It seems that the only way for Victorian batsmen to get a spot in the test team is to move interstate.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Posted: December 25, 2008 in Animation
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A few years ago the hideous Jim Carrey Grinch movie was released, which has unfortunately over shadowed this classic holiday speical from Chuck Jones. This one is a lot closer to the Dr Seuss book than the Carrey version, and features the naration of the fantastic of Boris Karloff .

A cute Guinea Pig picture!

Posted: December 23, 2008 in Stupid Picture
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Just a cute picture that I found earlier this year. There is now a calendar full of these guinea pig  pictures.

Remakes, Remakes, Remakes!!!

Posted: December 21, 2008 in Cinema
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I read the other day that Hollywood is set to remake the classic Peter Sellers/Blake Edwards film The Party, with Sacha Baron Cohen playing Sellers’ part. To some people this may sound promising but to me it just sounds horrible. Is Hollywood so creatively bankrupt that they have to remake everything? Why is Sacha resorting to play someone elses character when he is quite adept at creating his own? Has no-one learnt anything from Steve Martin’s abysmal remake of The Pink Panther? Why can’t we just enjoy the originals?

The problem with most remakes these days is that they can never live up to the original. Everyone remembers Sellers’ Clouseau as one of the great screen characters of all time, which means that no matter how good Martin’s version was it would never measure up to Sellers’ brilliance. This can be said about Sellers’ version of The Party’s Hrundi V. Bakshi or Don Adams’ Maxwell Smart, which was remade earlier this year with Steve Carrell. These are characters that were built around the actors who played them and even thinking of someone else filling their shoes is heresay.


I have been trying to buy this on DVD for a while. I may have to resort to buying a copy from Ebay because I cannot find it at all in the shops here in Melbourne. It’s amazing how it is easy to find films featuring Jean Claude Van Damme and Steven Segal but impossible to find one of Hitchcock’s best.

The other day in JB Hifi I even saw a Psycho double pack DVD featuring the brilliant original film starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh, teamed up with the pathetic recent remake. How sad!!! I suppose the only way that they can get rid of the remake is to sell it with the original, but I think that it should just be burnt!


I admit that I have not seen Baz Lurhman’s Australia. I have no interest in seeing it either. From what I have gathered it is just one big historically inaccurate jingoistic cliche featuring some horrible acting. Apparently there is a lot of nice scenery and flora and fauna, but that is it. This is something that is just ripe for satire and hopefully that is something that I will do in the next couple of weeks. Watch this space!!!


Why are there no Victorian batsmen in the Australian test cricket team. Surely Brad Hodge, Chris Rogers and David Hussey are good enough to be in the team? Why is it that even when Victorian batters make tonnes of runs in the Sheffield Shield they are still overlooked by Australian selectors. Ever since Dean Jones was unfairly dropped from the test team in 1992 Victorian batsmen have struggled to find a place in the team, and even when they do get selected their is no guarantee that they will keep their spot regardless of how many runs they score for Australia.

I have heard that there is talk that NSW opener Phil Hughes is the next in line for a test spot despite Chris Rogers having made many more runs in the Sheffield Shield this season. It sort of reminds me of the situation with Matthew Hayden, the man who may be dropped from the test squad, a decade ago. From his debut in 1994 until 2000, Hayden continually failed at test level and was in and out of the team. He would be selected for Australia, inevitably fail, be dropped, and then after a little time on the side lines be selected again, which would start the cycle again. It was not until Australia toured India in 2001 that Hayden finally repaid the selectors for their faith in them, and while he was undoubtably the best batsmen in the world between 2001 and 2005 it is often forgotten that until the 2000 season Hayden’s average at test level was a pathetic 21.7. Contrast this with Matthew Elliott whose place Hayden ultimately took, who had an average of 33.48, a top score of 199, but only played 21 test matches. Elliott was dropped from the team not because he lacked any form, but because selectors perceived him to be mentally weak.

 

 Hodge should be in the test team at the moment. The last time the South Africans were here he scored a double century at the MCG, yet the selectors congratulated him by dropping him from the team at the end of that series. He is currently on fire in the Sheffield Shield and Ford Ranger Cup yet I doubt that the selectors care. He has a test average of 55.88 but has only played six test matches. Similarly David Hussey should be in the team. He has a first class average of 54.75 at a strike rate of 70.55, making the second most Shield runs last season. Why is he not in the test team? Obviously because he plays for Victoria it seems.

 

For the record Victoria are currently on the top in both the Sheffield Shield and Ford Ranger Cup. Victoria have finished second in the Sheffield Shield for two of the last three years and won as recently as 2004. At one day level we finished second in the last two seasons, while in the Twenty/20 competition we have been champions for the last three seasons. In the last two years (since Shane Warne’s retirement!) the only Victorians to play test cricket for Australia are Brad Hodge(6), Cameron White(4) and Peter Siddle (1). Bryce McGain was selected to tour India but was injured before he played a test match. Siddle and McGain are both bowlers whilst White is an all-rounder who was selected as a bowler. The only Victorian batter to be selected for Australia is Hodge. Rogers has played a single test match for Australia but that was when he was playing for Western Australia.