Archive for December, 2005

Last day of 2005

Its the last few hours of 2005. Some of us are celebrating the coming of the New Year in the city while the rest of us, well, some of us are just going to stare at the television, watching all the fireworks display in both Sydney and Melbourne.

Any thoughts? Well, it has been a year of ups and downs …but mostly downs. All the disasters come foremost to my mind. I look forward to the New Year and hope for a safer, happier year.

The extremes of weather

What a scotcher it is today! The thermometer in my car was reading 37 degrees. I hope there is a total fire ban. Can’t imagine how a bush fire can be controlled in such temperature!

The northern atmosphere is suffering through the wintery snow storms while here, we are suffering through the summer heat. How I wish for a little change … maybe the earth can tilt just a little bit or maybe some local phenomena will bring a little snow or rain.

What to do to cool down? A few suggestions come to mind; including putting clothes in the freezer before putting them on, drink lots of cold cold water, wear light coloured clothings and stay out of the hot sun!

I hope the weather will be much more comfortable during the New Year celebrations.

On to 2006

With Christmas just over, and the boxing day sales are over as well, it’s a straight run on to 2006.

There’s always tons on during NYE, especially around the city near the Yarra river which seems to be the most popular place. There’s my favourite Fed Square where you’ll still be able to see the fireworks on the river as well as on the big screen. More info.

Another great place for the festivities is along Southgate where there’ll be live bands and roving performers, I’m guessing it will be packed so if you want a good view you might want to go early.

Oh and remember, an extra second this year, scientific purposes of course.

The one quote from Kerry Packer …

I have been reading all the tributes online on Kerry Packer. If there is one quote from Mr. Kerry Packer which I will always remember is

Now of course I am minimising my tax. And if anyone in this country doesn’t minimise their tax they want their heads read. Because as a government, I can tell you you’re not spending it so well that we should be donating extra.

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What a man for straight talking …

The day after … getting into the S spirit

Its the day after … after all the shopping, celebrating and most important of all, all the eating and drinking. What to do next? Its time of the ‘S’ events, is what I call it.

Time for shopping, as well as all the sporting events to commence. Boxing Day shopping is famous for the deep discounts and crowds of bargain hunters. Although I have been one of those who will do anything to avoid crowds, one can’t help getting caught up in the excitement of post Christmas shopping. Its a time to stock up on next year’s christmas decorations, presents as well as things you really really wanted for Christmas!

Of course in Melbourne, there is always the Boxing day cricket match at the MCG. This year, it is between Australia and South Africa. Personally, I prefer to keep track of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race.

And finally for those of us, not into the above two ‘S’s, there is always the third S, for sleeping.

Happy Holidays, Everybody!

Happy holidays Everyone! Or for some of us, its Merry Christmas! Santa just visited at my place, in full santa suit but without Rudolph. Santa came in the fire truck. I guess Rudolph was a bit drunk and couldn’t make the trip!

For interested parties, we could track Santa’s flight path tonight at various websites:
http://www.airservices.gov.au/santa05/default.htm

http://www.cdscc.nasa.gov/Features/pg_santa2005.html

I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!

Do some visiting …

New metroblogs sites are popping up … I just discovered these two today …
Paris: http://paris.metblogs.com/
Singapore: http://singapore.metblogs.com/

Its going crazy at the Victoria market

Its crazy out at the Victoria market today, and I suspect, it will continue to be the case til next year. Lots and lots of people doing their shopping. Especially so in the seafood section of the market. Have you tried venturing in there? My advice, take your time, relax and enjoy the crowd.

I was there today, and people were buying seafood like there is no tomorrow! By 2 pm, most of the offerings were gone from most stores!

Is Melbourne a scrooge city

According to an article in the Herald Sun today, apparantly, Melbourne is a scrooge city because …
1. Christmas decorations in the city is pathetic (according to some celebrities), compared to other cities such as London, Los Angeles and New York.
and
2. Melbourians are lacking in Christmas spirit.

What do you say?

Me, I’ll say that the christmas spirit need not translate to outward show in materialistic decorations, but the true spirit of giving is alive and well. We know what is more important.

There is still time enough

Forgot to mention, but there is some sort of large warehouse sale in the Melbourne Exhibition Centre until midnight. There are books, DVDs, CDs, videos, manchester and clothes. I managed to walk through a third of the book section before giving up out of exhaustion but for the more motivated and shopping enthusiast, you have til midnight!

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