Archive for February, 2010

Triple M

Posted: February 28, 2010 in Misc Thoughts

I have been listening to Triple M a little bit over the last couple of weeks and have decided that other than their footy broadcast that will be it. They are just annoying. One minute they will play a great song and then it will be followed up by some riffless dirge that apparently is ‘the new stuff that you must hear!’ (Ummm… no one tells me what I must hear!)

The announcers are really annoying too. The other day the female afternoon announcer (Claire Marshall?) asked a listener if he liked the 90s stuff they were playing and if he liked Ghostwriters. The guy replied yes, except that he hadn’t heard Ghostwriters on the radio for a while because no one plays them anymore. I was yelling at the radio that Perhaps no one plays them anymore because they only ever released one song… which Triple M then proceeded to play. Sigh!!! Of course the Amazing Ewan Giles and Dangerous Dave are as equally annoying too. It’s a long way from the classic Triple M that featured The D-Gen and The Grill Team and even Get This with Tony Martin.


The new Tim Burton version of Alice In Wonderland is about to be released and I think I have some really mixed views on the film. I think that when I do watch it I will be distracted by Helena Bonham Carter’s massive digitally manipulated head.

I would like to take this opportunity to post some pics of Mary Blair’s concept artwork for the original animated version of Alice. Mary Blair was an animator who worked for Disney on films like Alice In Wonderland, Peter Pan, Song Of The South and Cinderella. She was also an illustrator who did the artwork for several Little Golden Books.

Nigerian Scammers

Posted: February 23, 2010 in Misc Thoughts

Today I received another Nigerian scammer spam email wanting me to be so gullible as to send them $95 so that they can ‘give’ me almost a million dollars. If anyone is interested here is the email.

“ From: info@admin.org

Reply To: erichweingand@sbcglobal.net

Good Day,

I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank cheque of $990,000,00 (Nine hundred and Ninety nine thousand) United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since for a couple of weeks now. Then I went to the bank to confirm if the cheque has expired or getting near to expiration / stalement and Dr. Wilson the Director United Bank for Africa told me that before the cheque will get to your hand that it will expire. So I told him to cash the $990, 000, 00 USD to cash payment to avoid loosing this fund under expiration and re-assign it to an international certified bank draft (crossed) cashable by you only as I will be Out of the country today for a 6 Months Course and make it into an international certified bank draft for you which Will be only that can cash it when it gets to you and renew its stalement date to at least 10 working days before Expiration.

What you have to do now is to contact UNITED PARCEL SERVICE (UPS) DELIVERY COURIER SERVICES there as soon as Possible to know when they will deliver your Consignment to you because of the expiring date. For your information, I have paid for the delivering Charge and Insurance premium. So right now the only money you will send to the UNITED PARCEL SERVICE (UPS) to deliver your Consignment direct to your postal Address in your country is ($95 USD) only being for the Security Keeping Fee and only of the Courier Company so far. Again, don’t be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except ($95) US Dollars for the Security Keeping Fee as being inquired from you by the UNITED PARCEL SERVICE (UPS) for security purpose. I want you to note that I would have paid that but they said no because they don’t know when you will contact them and in case of DUMMERAGE. You have to contact UNITED PARCEL SERVICE (UPS) now for the delivery of your BOX with this information below and send to them the $95 for the security fee also in your email to them in response ;

THIS IS THE CONTACT ADDRESS OF THE DELIVERY SERVERICE AND PERSON IN CHARGE OF THE TRANSACTION BELOW.

CONTROLLER OF UPS DESPATCH UNIT …

MR ADE ERIC JONES COMPANY’S NAME: …………………………………………………

UNITED PARCEL SERVICE (UPS) WORLDWIDE NIGERIA CONTROLLER OF UPS DESPATCH UNIT

EMAIL ADRESS:……………………………. (erichweingand@sbcglobal.net)

TELEPHONE NUMBER:…………………………………… +234-70-2690-7119

CONTACT MR ADE JONES OF THE UNITED PARCEL SERVICE (UPS) WITH YOUR FULL PERSONAL INFORMATION BELOW AND THE PAYMENT REQUIREMENT OF THE SECURITY KEEPING FEE OF $95 DIRECTLY.

1, Your Full Name…

2,) Address of Residence:

3,) Your country….

4,) Telephone Number:…

5,)Occupation………………………………………………………….

6,)Age/status/sex:….

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your delivery address and direct telephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery and ask them to give you the tracking number to enable you track your package over there immediately you have sent the $95 (ninety five dollars ) to them and know when it will get to your address immediately when you have sent them the $95 as soon as you receive this email.

Let me repeat this again, try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail to avoid any further delay and remember to pay them their Security Keeping fee of ($95) USa Dollars for their immediate action to getting this confidential parcel to you. You are to forward the payment of $95 for the security keeping fees of your package to them also with the below information to making the payment with: So go ahead and make the payment across to the through western union money transfer or using money gram money transfer in the name of their (UPS) accounting officer MR JOHN MARK and send to them (UPS) the reference number / mtcn code of the payment of the $95 with the information / channel of payment below to their email as you respond to them immediately.

PAYMENT METHOD: WESTERN UNION OR MONEY GRAM MONEY TRANSFER.

1. Receiver Name: Mr. John Mark

2 .Receiver Address: 133 cliff road Victoria island, Abuja .Nigeria

3. Text Question: what is the colour

4. Text Answer: purple

5. MTCN / REFERENCE NUMBER (8 or 10 digit number):…

6. Amount to send to them: $95 only Note: The $95 is the only money required of you to pay them as I have paid for the delivery fee, please inform me as soon as you get your box after I must have been back from my 6month course.

NOTE THAT THE UNITED PARCEL SERVICE (UPS) doesnt know the contents of the Box. I registered it as a BOX of African clothes. They did not know the content is money (confirmable certified bank Draft drawn to you). This is to avoid them delaying with the BOX. Don’t let them know that box contains (confirmable international certified bank Draft drawn to you) for yours confidential interest and benefits in this transaction. They are waiting for your urgent response as soon as possible today.

CONTACT MR ADE JONES OF THE UPS TODAY WITH THE INFO BELOW FOR THE BOX

Sincerely Your friend / sister MRS.ELIZABETH DONNEL”

If anyone is stupid enough to fall for this rubbish go for it! By the way Elizabeth, you are neither my friend or sister.

Borneo’s Pygmy Elephants

Posted: February 22, 2010 in Misc Thoughts

I just came across a webpage by the WWF. Not the wrestling organisation but the World Wildlife Fund for Nature. (Shouldn’t it be the WWFN?!) I could go on about how I think it was stupid for the World Wildlife Fund to sue the World Wrestling Federation over the usage of the three letters, as who would confuse the two? Ok, the World Wrestling Federation did have a wrestler called Rhino (Rhyno) at the time of the lawsuit which may have confused people…  but I digress… this is not the time to bring up this issue.

Instead I want to look at the efforts of the WWF in tagging Borneo’s rare pygmy elephants. The pygmy elephants which are a distinct species in their own right (they aren’t just small Indian/Asian elephants) are endangered because they are losing their homes and habitat to Malaysia’s increasing palm oil plantations (As is the white rhino).  The WWF are tagging and tracking the animals, as well as assisting the Malaysian, Brunei and Indonesian governments to preserve the Borneo rainforest that the elephants call home.

The Borneo Conservation Trust has also purchased land in Sabah on the elephant’s migratory route. They are working to repair the Sabah ecosystem where so many rare and wonderful species of animals and plants life. The Sabah Tourism Board is also actively working on protecting the elephant’s habitat too.  Hopefully Sabah can end up relying on eco-tourism to boost their economy, rather than palm oil.

Of course we can also do our bit to preserve the habitat of the Borneo elephant by boycotting Borneo palm oil products.


I see that A Current Affair has picked up on the Saigon the Elephant story. I wonder if their researcher may have read this blog or if they were just thinking on the same wavelength as me, as they mentioned about how Arna and Gigi had been removed from their circus homes to the larger open range zoo at Dubbo, and wondered whether it would be a better alternative for Saigon to live with these elephants.

I would think so, but I am just a ‘do-gooder’ who has never ‘owned an elephant of my own’, so I should not be entitled to my own opinion. I should just leave it to Saigon’s owners to take care of her, as they are elephant experts and have cared for circus animals all their lives… except I am not willing to do so. Sure, I am not an expert and have never owned an elephant, but this is a democratic country that we live in which guarantees me the right to speak my mind regardless of whether other people want to hear what I have to say or not.

My gut feeling is that an elephant should be around other elephants. I would hate to spend up to 20 years of my life without human contact, so I can only imagine that Saigon would crave the companionship of another elephant. Female elephants are naturally herd animals and in the wild they hang out in largish groups.

Elephants are also rather large animals and would need a lot of room to move around in. At the moment Saigon is chained up and stuck in a small enclosure surrounded by an electric fence. I am assured that when she is not on the road touring she has a 40 acre plot of land that the Perry’s own to roam around, but how often is she off the road? Perhaps just during the winter months?

I am not a stooge for the zoos either. Zoos are really not that great an alternative for elephants either. They have been known to employ the same abusive methods that circuses have been accused of using. It was not that long ago that a Melbourne Zoo keeper was accused of using a bull-hook on Dokoon. They also do not offer a really large area for the elephants to roam around in. The elephant enclosure at the Melbourne Zoo barely had enough room for Mek Kappah and Bong Su but the zoo had to add three more elephants and then get both Dokoon and Kulab pregnant. How will this tiny space cope with seven elephants?

Maybe I am really unsure of where I truly stand in all this. All I want is what is best for Saigon. Nothing else!

Animals Australia has a petition here to free Saigon.


The bogans have voted. AC/DC took out the top 5 positions of Triple M’s Ultimate 500 Rock Songs countdown. They had eight songs in the top 31. Now don’t get me wrong, I like AC/DC and all that, I even have quite a few of their cds lying around the house, yet I also like some variety. Now I know that whenever I tune into Triple M they will definitely be playing an AC/DC song. Do we really want to hear T.N.T eight times a day seven days a week? (Also Thunderstruck at #1 WTF!!!)

Some of the other choices in this countdown were quite… odd… to say the very least. Guns ‘N’ Roses insipid cover of Knocking On Heavens Door at #53 and the highest Stones song being It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I like It) at #61 show just how odd the voting was. I could do a list of my own top 500, but that would end up being really tedious for me. Here’s just a list of the songs I’ve been most listening to lately. (Where did they come on the list?)

1. Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix
2. Shake Your Moneymaker – Fleetwood Mac
3. The Seeker – The Who
4. Happy – The Rolling Stones
5. Comin’ Home – Delaney & Bonney & Friends
6. Mama Kin – Aerosmith
7. Lola – The Kinks
8. SWLABR – Cream
9. Hush – Deep Purple
10. Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin
11. Three Button Hand Me Down- The Faces
12. I Want To Take You Higher – Sly & The Family Stone
13. Rocks Off – The Rolling Stones
14. Evil Ways – Santana
15. Days Like This – Van Morrison
16. Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
17. Behind Blue Eyes – The Who
18. Dream On – Aerosmith
19. Hard To Handle – The Black Crowes
20. Superstition – Beck, Bogert & Appice

Happy Year Of The Tiger

Posted: February 16, 2010 in Misc Thoughts