Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
North Queensland is croc country.
And... crickey! crocodiles are living dinosaurs.
And a crucial part of our ecosystem.
So in croc country be croc-wise.
Treat all water as croc territory.
Never swim where crocodiles live.
Camp well back from the water.
Keep rubbish secure.
And never clean fish at boat ramps.
In croc country be croc-wise.
It could save their lives and yours.
Crickey! = Slang an expression of surprise [euphemistic for Christ!] and a beloved word used by Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter.
Crocs rule! = Steve Irwin would often say "Crocs Rule!" at the end of his shows.
Ingredients for the fish dish:
olive oil, onion, parsley, salmon, clams, wine, fish stock, mustard
Ingredients for the queimada:
a bottle of mark, lashings of red wine, fruit and sugar
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The male cop says he's going to have to administer a sobriety test before he'll let the guy drive. "Would you sleep with my colleague here?" he asks the drunk.
The camera cuts to a close-up of the female cop, whose face is hideous.
The drunk looks at her, grinning lasciviously, then answers with an enthusiastic "Aye!"
Wrong! He's failed the sobriety test.
"Cuff him," the male cop says.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The results of the tests demonstrate something called change blindness, in which only a tiny fraction of all the information going into your brain enters your consciousness, and inattention blindness, in which concentration on one thing can lead to other events going unnoticed.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Winner Best Digital Film Digital Media Awards 2008, Winner Grand Prix Award, Digital Media Awards 2008.
Year of Production: 2006-2007
Commissioned by: Frameworks
Producer: Brian Gilmore
Directed by: Cathal Gaffney
Written and narrated by: Paul Woodful
Riverdance is a theatrical show consisting of traditional Irish step dancing. A group of dancers perform with rapid leg movements while keeping their bodies and arms mostly still.
It was first performed at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 featuring Jean Butler and Michael Flatley, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Celtic choral group Anúna.
Riverdance continues to be performed all over the world, but is currently playing its farewell tour. The show will finish in 2010, 15 years after opening, in Dublin.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Cast: Karl Beattie, Brendan Donoghue, Tara Morice & Kieran Darcy-Smith.
8-year-old Joe has a birthday he will never forget. After friends bully him, he sneaks off to the sick bay, wishing everyone in the world would go away. He wakes up to find his dream may have become a reality.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Journalist and screenwriter Mark Boal, who wrote and produced the film The Hurt Locker, first heard this expression in Baghdad. In 2004, Boal went to Bagdad and embedded with an EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal ) squad to write an article for Playboy, The Man in the Bomb Suit, a story about an Army staff sergeant who had disarmed the most bombs in Iraq.
“I was trying to interview a soldier about a bomb that was there, and I was trying to figure out how much explosive charge the bomb carried, how many pounds and how much damage it could do, and he just sort of said, ‘Put it this way; if it goes off, it will put you in the hurt locker. And I’d never heard that before, and it really sunk in,” partly because Mr. Boal was close enough to be put in the hurt locker himself.
To put someone in a "hurt locker" is to physically mess someone up, badly. It is roughly synonymous with causing someone "a world of pain." According to the movie's official web site, "In Iraq it is soldier vernacular to speak of explosions as sending you to "the hurt locker." The hurt locker is the destination for victims of explosions. For members of the Army's elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal squad, the likelihood of ending up in the hurt locker is a risk they live with daily. As a title, “it appealed to me because it gets to a central theme of the film, which is the cost of war and the brutalizing effects of combat,” Mr. Boal said. “And so more or less, to be really reductive about it, if you’re in Iraq, you’re in the hurt locker.”
Source: The Carpetbagger, the Awards season blog of the NY Times
Best actor nominee Jeremy Renner, who plays Staff Sgt. William James, an army sergeant and bomb-disposal expert in the Iraq War drama, explains what the title means to him:
For me, it was a thousand different things and when I first saw it I thought that’s just a really fucking cool title. Page one, “The Hurt Locker, what is this about?” And then it became a casket, I thought of it as a casket or a hospital bed, not as a place. And after shooting it, it was an emotional and spiritual place of pain and despair and loneliness and loss. This is personal stuff, this is for me, this has nothing to do with the movie, that is what it seemed to represent because we were all in the hurt locker, somehow.
There was an outhouse for 200 people that were all in diarrhea that’s the hurt locker! Get me out of this suit, were all going to the hurt locker, you know what I’m saying. So it was a lot of things for a lot of people. You know it doesn’t matter what I think so much, it’s how one interprets it. That is why I love the movie title, I love the characters because it’s so rich, and they are not one note, and there is room for interpretation. I love that.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Whether you scuba dive in it, helicopter over it, or view it from the shore, all 50 Places voters seem to rate the Great Barrier Reef as one of the most vibrant, impressive and most of all colourful places on Earth.
The British public also voted to travel to Borneo to spend some time with one of the world's most endangered species - the Orangutan.
The British public voted Huskie Sledding the most fun you can have when wearing a lot of clothes. It's number 38 on the list of 50 Things To Do Before You Die
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
This Welsh town on the island of Anglesey is only known due to the fact that it has a very long name, and is the longest railway station name in Britain, and probably the longest domain name in the world.
The name translates as 'St Mary's church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the church of St Tysilio of the red cave'.
Originally called Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll, which means 'The Mary church by the pool near the white hazels' the village was renamed in the 19th Century.
This was around the time when the railway was built between Chester and Holyhead at the beginning of the 1850s. A local committee was put together to try and encourage trains, travellers and 19th Century tourists to stop at the village in order to help develop the village as a commercial and tourist centre. It is believed that the name Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch was invented by a cobbler from Menai Bridge; little did he know that he had implemented one of the most successful tourist marketing plans of all time. Today the village is signposted as Llanfairpwllgwyngyll and is known to locals as Llanfairpwll or Llanfair. (source BBC)
Welsh Rarebit consists of toasted bread covered with cheese that has been melted in beer or milk with mustard, pepper and Worcester sauce.
It's then grilled (broiled) and served very hot so the cheese is bubbling and golden brown.
Some people call it Welsh Rarebit and some people call it Welsh Rabbit...but no-one seems entirely sure which one is right!
There's lots of variations on the basic theme of Welsh Rarebit too - it's very versatile and easy to make.
In Welsh, the dish is called Caws Pobi which literally translated means "cheese roasted"!
St David reached the status of archbishop of Wales, and was one of many early saints who helped to spread Christianity among the pagan Celtic tribes of Western Britain. Apparently he lived a frugal life, eating mostly bread and herbs and just drank water. Dewi died on 1st March 589AD and was buried at St David's Cathedral in Pembrokeshire which became a place of pilgrimage throughout the Middle Ages.
St. David's Day is celebrated by Welsh people all over the world and is a time when the wearing of the national emblems of Wales - a leek or a daffodil - is a must.