Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Merry Xmas and Happy New Year. My next post will be
in Md Janurary, Im off to the beach!!
Part of this blog is about sport and the media, and
that is what the last post of the year will be focused
2010 will be the biggest sporting year in New Zealand's
The Winter Olympics, The Commenwealth Games, Field Hockey
world champs, Test series against Australia, Basketball
World Champs and of course the Football World Cup.
I hae a plea to our media, I do understand 2011 will
be wall to wall a certain sport, there will be at least
a massive eight month buildup, but please please please
in 2010 show our other sports people respect.
You don't have to mention a certain sport in your stories
that have nothing to do with that sport. It's insulting,
so please please do your best to make 2010 possible, we
don't need to hear the R world in stories about Football,
Basketball, Field Hockey, Track and Field.
Craig Stanaway, Telfer, Saville, Joesph, Duncan, I ask
kindly to do something that goes against your nature.
But it needs to be done.
Fingers are crossed.
Anyway my sporting Predictions for 2010.
Cardinals to win the Superbowl.
NewZealand to win a game at the world Cup.
New Zealand to make the Sweet 16 at Basketball world champs.
New Zealand to win an Olympic medal.
New Zealand to win the field Hockey world champs.
New Zealand to do well at the Commenwealth Games.
Here's Hoping!!! and goodbye until mid Janurary.
New Zealand making their first world cup in 28 years.
Garth Brooks making his comeback with just his guitar.
New Zealand thrasing Australia in Basketball.
Ricky Gervais's Brillance.
John Key's laidback style.
No boyracers in my neighbour.
My blog reaching 17000 hits.
Not a bad year at all.
I don't beleive in writing about lowlights, I will leave that
to the mainstream media.
Hopefully this time next year, I will have a lot more highlights!!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
The man in the white hat is Billy Bowden a cricket umpire.
He is seen here hugging Steve Waugh from a few years ago.
He is regarded as one of the best Umpires in the world, mainly
by the Australian team.
After every series the hosts rate the umpires and the Australians
always gives Billy Bowden an A rating.
Thus he always gets invited back to umpire Aussies home games.
So there lies the question, can an umpire been bought or swayed
by the home team??
If a Umpire likes plying his trade in Australia he would
want to keep his hosts happy, wouldn't he?
If an Umpire makes a handful of mistakes that always goes
in the home team favour, then that would raise serious
questions, wouldn't it Billy?
But with any lack of hard evidence, nothing can be done,
although it is fair to raise the question.
Just ask the West Indies!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Brendan Telfer once again showed what a petty wee man he is.
In a discussion about who should get team of the year
at the sports awards, his producer suggested the
New Zealand men's Ice Hockey team.
He brushed off his producer, laughed and threatened to
cut him off.
Telfer has a huge chip on this shoulder about anything
that he deems to come out of the USA.
He is anti American sport, Im guessing he sees these sports
as a threat to his Netball and Rugtby Union.
It's a disgrace that successes in basketball and now
Ice Hockey are laughed at by pathetic small minded Journos.
He really needs to open the other eye.
But that anit going to happen.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Garth Brooks, your fans are proud of you.
The music industry is proud of you.
Only someone with the genuis of Garth, could take a glitzy
showbiz town like Vegas and give it class.
In a small room in fron of only 1500 fans, it was just Garth
and his guitar, he played his hits, he played his songs, he
played the songs that he grew up from Haggard to Segar and
he took requests.
I wish I was there, in the next five years I have to go, if
even his harshest critics are bowled over, then these Garth
events will be worth the airfare.
Thank you to Garth for what you have given to music, and thank
you to the critics who judged Garth by his music.
One of music's greatest genuis is back and we can all be
thankful for that.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Surly it must be the All Whites. It has to be doesn't it?
In less than a month's time the Nominees for the New Zealand
sport awards, (The Halbergs) will be announced.
In the team of the year Category, surly it has to The New Zealand
Football team (known as the "All Whites" for the colour of
their Uniform) for making its first world cup in 28 years.
I cant see any other sporting team getting close to them.
The other Nods will probably be The New Zealand mens
Basketball team (The Tall Blacks) for beating Australia
and the New Zealand men's Ice Hockey team for beating
Australia for the first time.
I sincerely hope the judging panel don't show bias against
these sports, and I hope they dont go with the usual
Netball or Rugby, the integrity of their profession
is at stake.
So when the nominations are announced in a few weeks time
and then the award show in February, lets hope a bunch of
proud footballers end up the winners, because they deserve it.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Are a million to one they say.
Scientists still can't make out what this thing is.
The Russians say it's a rocket Launch that went wrong.
Geeks are saying it's E.T.
The rest of the planet has no idea?
I think it's pretty cool myself, no matter what it is, it
just seemed to appear out of nowhere and was only visible
Nothing ever seen in space has looked liked this.
So what could it be???
A new solar system forming???
It would be kinda cool if more of these started to appear.
Fingers are crossed.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
This weekend even the toughest Garth Brooks critics
will be turned around.
Because this weekend it starts.
In a small historical theater in Vegas, while the rest of the city
is putting on glitzy expensive shows laced with special effects,
Garth Brooks will be sitting on a stool with his guitar, no back
up band, just Garth and his music.
There will be no bells and whistles, just music. For years the
critics have wrongly suggested that Garth is just an arena rock
act who can only sell seats because he swings on a rope ladder,
pours water over people and sets the stage on fire.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Those who have seen him do a acoustic show have
been memorized by his performance, and this weekend
Garth Brooks will perform his magic in Vegas in front
of only 1500 people, just Garth and his music the way
it should be.
It will take just one performance and then Garth's place in
History will be cemented.
He will have the respected of his peers and the last of
his critics will be silenced.
He may be retired but The Dance is only beginning.
Monday, December 7, 2009
New Zealand cricketer Iain O'Brian has shocked his
team by announcing his retirement. The reason was
he wants to start a family with his wife, and since
his wife lives in England that would be quite hard
to do with O'Brian touring all the time.
This is a huge lost for the New Zealand team, apart
from Vettori he was our most professional player in
his attitude and in his training.
He will be hard to replace.
All the best to him and his family.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The Invention of Lying is a must see movie.
It was written and directed and by Ricky Gervais also.
Basically it's set in a world where only one man has the
ability to lie.
It's a sweet romantic comedy with a heartfelt message, who's
funniest scene is actually near the start of the movie.
I don't want to spoil anything, but one of the other highlights
of the movie, is a short cameo by two actors who fans of Ricky
Gervais's work will recognize.
Some religious folks might be offended by the shot taken at Religion,
but the message in the movie is certainly something religious people
can take to heart.
Eight out of Ten!!!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Well the Seinfeld reunion that isn't a reunion is over.
They came back and they were magnificent. The first few episodes
involving the Seinfeld cast, didn't quite do it for me,
mainly because they played their real lifeselves.
But the last two were pure Seinfeld, last week episode
the cast did a read through that also had Kenny Bania,
Newman and George's mum.
All slipped back into their Seinfeld roles.
This week showed Larry David watching scenes from
the fictitious Seinfeld Reunion, and Seinfeld and
the cast as their real life selves in rehearsal.
The Seinfeld show part lasted around 6 minutes, but it was classic,
it could of been from any season. Basically George had come up
with an idea of a Iphone application that lets you know the location
of a bathroom anywhere in the world, invested his money and he had
lost it all by investing with Bernie Madoff.
IMHO all the actors slipped back into their roles with ease, with
Jason Alexander putting in a supreme performance, the acting ability
of this man is beyond belief, I often thought he was the star of
Seinfeld, and tonight showed why.
It was great to see them all in action and it was great to get a
ending to a great show even though it was on someone else's show.
Soup for everybody!!!!!!!
Monday, November 23, 2009
NewZealand's biggest racist John Minto wants to ban pokie machines.
In his opinion they do so much harm to society.
He wants a public referendum if they should be banned or not.
Well I'm afraid Mr Minto, Democracy is all about choice.
It is my choice to eat what I like.
It is my choice to drink what I like.
It is my choice to listen to what music I like.
It is my choice to watch the TV programmes I like.
It is my choice to play the sport that I like.
If I want to put a two dollar coin in a machine, that is
my choice and that choice should NEVER be taken away from
John Minto's political Ideology upsets most people, but
when he starts to want to take away choice, he becomes
Mr Minto, you have NO right to tell New Zealanders what they
can or cannot do.
What part of that don't you understand????
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Last night episode was a great one, first off the father and son
team got eliminated. The goodlooking young couple got in first
place, although I think their egos will get the better of them.
My favorite team, the globetrotters got in a bit of trouble in
the race to the finish line, as they attempted to overtake Sam
and Dan, Sam (I think) fell over.
Sam and Dan still made it to the finish line ahead, but complained
to Phil that the Globetrotters pushed them over. The Globetrotters
said they were elbowed out the way.
My view on it was, the Globetrotters who were a lot
quicker tried to get past and Sam and Dan, who tried
to blocked them with their bodies and
Sam and Dan fell over.
I dont believe the Globetrotters pushed them, I mean if someone
who is six foot feet pushes you over, your going to stay on
the ground for awhile.
Anyway, cant wait for next week. Hopefully there will be more
Sunday, November 15, 2009
What a game, the players deserve knighthoods. They played
the game of their lives. So many stars in this match.
Rory Fallon for the Goal, Nelson for his defense, Paston
for his penalty save, and Herbert for his coaching.
They deserve this, they deserve everything that is going
to happen to them in the next few months. They can feel proud
and happy for what they have done for themselves and their
This is huge.
It's huge for New Zealand sport.
It's huge for our country.
It means so much to football.
It means so much to all sport in New Zealand.
It means so much to me.
It will change the way TV looks at sport in NewZealand.
It will change the way advertisers look at sport in New Zealand
It will change the way the public look at sport in NewZealand.
It will change everything.
Hats off to them!!!!!
Five seconds into this youtube video the crowd cheers
after our goal keeper makes a save.
Eleven seconds into the video, the ref blows the final whistle
and the crowd goes nuts.
New Zealand has made the world cup.
I didn't take this video.
Friday, November 13, 2009
One day to go, to the most important sports match
in New Zealand's History.
It will be pure joy, or pure sadness.
Win and make our first world cup since 1982 and Football
is set up forever in New Zealand.
Lose, and well I don't want to think about that.
I wont be getting much sleep tonight.
Fingers and Toes are crossed.
Prays are said.
Good thoughts are going out.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Congrats to Darius for being the first African American to
win best new artist at the CMA's.
This is truly a historic moment in the history of country
Earlier this year when Jamie Fox sang for George Strait at
a celebration for Strait's career,it was clear that country music
is now touching a whole new fan base.
Darius who is probably best known for being lead singer of
Hootie and the Blowfish has decided to give country music
He always has had a love of country music, growing up
listening to Charley Pride gave him a feel for the genre.
In 1995, when Garth Brooks beat out Hootie and the Blowfish
for Entertainer of the year at the AMA's, Garth gave the
award to Darius because he thought he deserved it.
Darius has been rewarded for having a brilliant year, and
this award will surly open more doors and give country
music a bigger reach.
Country music has always broken down boundaries, and this
is a just another step in it's rich history.
Well done to Darius.
Taylor Swift has made music history.
She is the youngest artist ever to win "Entertainer of the Year"
at the CMA's.
At only 19 this is an astounding feat. The Entertainer of the
year award normally goes to artists such as George Strait or
Kenny Chesney and was of course dominated by Garth Brooks in
Taylor deserves this, the award goes to the artist who has
been represented country music, and Taylor has done a wonderful
job on representing country music in the past year all over
I hope the genre treats her right, she will be true to the music
as a writer and a musician.
May her success continue for years to come.
Ever since Garth Brooks took up retirement to raise his three
daughters, Kenny Chesney has been leading the way for male
country artists, and tonight he will be looking to break a
record hold by Garth.
If he wins Entertainer of the year at the CMA's it will be his fifth
EOTY award, breaking Garth's record.
Tonight should also see the very talented and very beautiful Taylor
Swift take home a swag of trophy's.
Tonight is a big night for the country music industry, ever since
Garth Brooks sang Shameless on stage at these awards show the
ratings have been thru the roof and the CMA's is now a major part
of American culture.
TV3 in New Zealand which use to take this award show, now sadly doesn't
hopefully the print media here and the folks at stuff.co.nz will at
least give it a mention.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Not since 1991 and the introduction of Soundscan has
Billboard made such a massive change to their top 200
Previously albums that were over two years old, or
had dropped out the top 100 albums for a
This has now changed, and every album that is sold thru soundscan
(Which is 98% of all albums in the USA) will count towards
We will see some classic albums back on the chart
for a whole new generation to enjoy, 20 years from
now instead of some kid looking at the latest chart
and seeing a bunch of manufactured pop acts, they
might see Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Garth Brooks,
Elvis, etc etc etc.
This is why I think this is brilliant.
Since soundscan came in, the album charts have been
accurate, expect for this one little flaw, that has
now been closed.
Music is the winner.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Five Sleeps to go.
To the Most Important sports match ever.
Both trying for a spot at the 2010 World Cup.
Words cant describe what this will mean to New Zealanders.
The hopes of all sporting codes in New Zealand rest on our footballers.
They will all benefit if we win.
If we don't, normal business will resume.
We just have to win.
Prays are said.
Let the Final Countdown begin.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Nickelback did a concert in New Zealand last night.
I didn't go.
I have been informed when they were about to launch
into their cover of Garth Brooks's Friends in Low
Places, they said this is a famous song that
no matter where you sing it in the world
everybody knows it.
Well, no one knew the words, the lead singer
said "its never gone that badly before"
IMHO this is the fault of the ignorance of the
New Zealand media and the crappy
treatment they give country music.
Friends in Low Places is known around the world but
not here, Where our media feels the need to treat the
genre like a bunch of immature little
ten year old boys.
I originally had a chuckled when I first heard this
story, kinda expected it, but now I actually feel
sick to my stomach and a sense of sadness.
For someone who has followed the genre since 1987, to
have emails from NZ leading music TV stations saying they
wont call Taylor Swift a country artist, to shy away from the
original version of If Tomorrow Never Comes, to basically
give no coverage at all to a music form is heart breaking.
The fact that our music public hadn't heard of Friends in Low
Places despite this song being known all over the globe is
a disgrace to our music media, everybody involve in retail
and radio and print and TV needs to hang their heads in shame.
They need to grow up and stop giggling like little schoolboys
everytime someone brings up country music.
Because of the immaturely of NewZealand music Journos we
have missed out on so much, I should have no reason to be
embarrassed for liking country music and I shouldn't have to
say sorry for liking it, it's just a shame that the public dont
get to hear great songs such as Friends in Low Places.
Thanks for the effort Nickelback, can you please come back when we
mature as a Nation.
Scariest Clown ever.
I love Krusty, I dont care for Ronald.
But Stephen King's clown from IT freaks me out.
There was a report in our media today, how a lady took her employers to
court for not taking down a clown photo.
She had that Phobia.
I agree with her. There is nothing funny or normal about a clown.
I just don't trust the suckers.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Jon Stewart's impersonation of Glenn Beck will go down
in comedy history. It was perfect in everyway.
He got the bizarre rantings of Beck downpact.
I will go as far to say that this was the Daily show's
Checkout the dailyshow.com for the clip.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Hone Harawira is a loser.
What kind of grown man would call a whole race of people "Mother F***ers"
How stupid must you be as a person/politician/man to use that type of language?
Basically Hone received a letter questioning him about why he went to Paris for a day when
he was suppose to be at meetings paid for by the Tax Payer.
His reply was that white people were Mother F***ers.
What an Idiot.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Chef Gordon Ramsay has signed on to do another show,
the show will be called MasterChef, not be confused with
MasterChef UK, and the show will involve Ramsay trying to
teach people who have never cooked before and turning them
He has also said there will be no more series of Kitchen
Nightmares UK, but will continue with the USA version.
All his TV work apparently just takes up around three months.
I'm a big fan of Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares, but I can
do without the other dozen or so projects that he has on.
He is still IMHO one of the best Chefs in the world, I
only hope he doesnt do anything to harm his legacy, because
he deserves better.
Now I'm off to have some Scallops.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The thug with a thousand life's is due back in court on domestic
violence and willful damage charges.
I have a few wishes this time, one he doesn't appear in front of the
same judge who always gives him one more last chance.
My second wish is that certain Green Party politicians don't blame
society for the crimes of this guy.
My third wish is I hope his priest stops telling us how bright and
good he is.
My fourth wish is I hope the media creates hell if he gets no jail
sentence, I doubt all this will happen though.
Never in the History of crime in New Zealand has one person
never taken responsibility for their actions, the public should
be outraged at this person and lets hope that he is kept away
from the public for a long time.
The Players are tremendous sportspeople, they have speed, they
have strength , they have athletic ability, the players are cut, they
have virtual leaps of 40 inches, they can shoot 40 feet jump shots or
dunk the ball, the finesse of the players on court are equaled to the
top ballet dancers, they can get down the other end of the court as
fast as a world class sprinter. They are in superb physical condition.
The game is like also like Chess with set moves and the coaching staff
with the better tactics will come up trumps.
So my question is, why does the New Zealand media
continue to say this quote...
"Basketball and Football are popular worldwide because they are simple sports"
Our media have such a chip of their shoulder about any
sport that isn't rugby, they cant comprehend that a sport
may be more popular outside our country than
their precious Rugby Union, so their has to be an excuse.
It is just getting too,repetitive now though, with Breakers
do well in the NBL, and The All Whites on the verge on
making the Football world cup, they feel threatened.
The real losers in this though is the public, who get feed their
BS on a daily basics.
The media needs to pull their heads in, and show respect for
all sports and not just their little favorite, then and only them
will the sporting public of NewZealand be better off.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I'm not a Journalist, its just my opinion.
This applies to myself and it also applies to the bloggers on stuff.co.nz
I have been reminded of this fact a couple of times now.
So like all bloggers who have opinions I welcome comments and other opinions.
As Im sure the bloggers from stuff.co.nz also do.
Take Simon Sweetman for example, he has a opinion, he
says he is not a Journalist, and his blog posts often have
hundreds of comments, pro and negative.
I only wish some of his supporters would realize just because
hes a blogger and not a Journo doesn't mean people can't add
a comment that may question what he says.
Although I seem to be the only person who has been called
out on leaving a negative opinion, perhaps I'm a easy target?
Oh and Garth Brooks doesn't suck.
In an interview with CMT, Carrie Underwood was asked
who she would choose to sing a duet with.
Her choice was Garth Brooks.
Garth is now at the stage where he is influencing other
artists, and that is a sign that you have made a real impact
on the industry, if your style is affecting the next generation
of artists, both Taylor Swift and Carrie have credited Garth with
affecting their careers.
Take a look at Kenny Chesney's live show, it has Garth written all over it.
But its not just the big sellers that Garth has had an affect
on listen to the Ryan Adams and Chris Cagles of the world,
they both have a early Garth style.
Success should never be measured by how many albums
you sell, but if you can change a whole music genre and have
such a profound effect on upcoming artists then you can say
you have had a successful career.
Garth has had both.
Hello Brendan, the sporting Focus of Japan will be on one sport,
their national past time. The sport that gets more coverage than
any other, the whole nation will be glued.
I am of course talking about Baseball and the world series.
The Yankees should take this out in six.
Also why is the NZRFU trying to take Rugby to Japan, where
Baseball is king, followed by Football and Basketball.
Isn't this somewhat like trying to get Rugby popular in the
league stronghold of Sydney and Brisbane, it just anit going to happen.
Also on November 14th the All Whites should garner higher
ratings in New Zealand than any other sport, and there wont
be extensive coverage this weekend in Australia on the Rugby.
So my question to you is....
Why do you feel the need to tell the NZ public that Rugby is
getting huge coverage and is popular in NZ?
We know this, we spend our lives having the media
tell us this, are you afraid we might forget?????
Open the other eye Telfer.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
FIFA has changed the away goal rule at the worst possible time for New Zealand.
In the past away goals have only counted in normal time, not
extra time, but now for the first time away goals will count
in extra time, what would possessed FIFA to make this
critical change, three weeks before the New Zealand versus
Perhaps some in FIFA are trying their best to please the
Bahrain royal family??? If you were a cynical person you
would be watching FIFA officials very closely to see if
they have any new gold watches on their wrist.
Perhaps its unfair to go that far, but it seems crazy to make such
a dramatic rule change to the most important football in the two
All I can say is that I will be watching the performance of the
Ref more closely now.
For the first time in my 15 year History of the Internet, I may of
been banned from a forum? I'm not sure, because the forum has a
history of logging in errors, but this ban message came the day
after I used a rude word, well not really a rude word but a letter,
the letter was F. (won't somebody think of the children)
Anyway countryweekly forums is a country music forum site, that
have various off topic threads and I let me feelings known about FIFA
changing the away goal rule in extra time, unfortunately you cannot say
"F Fifa" without being banned.
I find it strange since, certain political leaders get it
much worse over there, but anyway its a first on the internet
for me, to be banned from a forum, I only wished I had done
more to deserve it.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Stuff.co.nz is New Zealand's biggest news website, it is owned
by one of the biggest companies in this part of the world and they
have to be the worst example of what a media outlet should be.
In three weeks time The New Zealand Football team, will be playing
Bahrain for a spot at the FIFA World Cup in 2010, and the lack of
coverage has not only been so dismal, but Fairfax is doing their
best to remind the public what sport we really like.
You see for the past couple of weeks, ever since
The All Whites game got sold out, the leading sport stories on
stuff.co.nz have been....
Dan Carter Loves to Dress up as Superman
Johan Lomu is a Great Daddy
The All Blacks in 2050 will be Robots
NPC Players are having a Beard growing Competition
Can The All Blacks compete with Halloween?
What should the Rugby Party Headquaters look like?
Baiscally they are making up any crap about Rugby for a
sake of a story, well Fairfax Im afraid the only sport story
worth reporting on in the next few weeks is Football (and this is coming
from a Basketball fan)
Im guessing though, fairfax Journos will be working with
the NZRFU, the week before the Football match to try
and take away attention from the All Whites.
Some of the BS examples they have used in the past
and will probably use this time are...
Lomu is underappreciated and doesnt get the attention he deserves
Dan Carter is the sexy pinup boy of world sport.
The All Blacks have taken Asia by storm.
Can Rugby overtake Football?
Or some story about some rural Rugby player who has made the All Blacks.
I have one plea to the New Zealand media, please give Football
the credit it deserves in the week leading up to the
match, please put all your focus and effort into this
match, just for one week in your 150 year history, please do this.
I ani't holding my breath.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Gordon Ramsay is a cartoon.
Gordon Ramsay has given the go ahead for a Cartoon of himself which he will voice.
I'm in two minds about this, I love Hell's Kitchen and to a lesser extent Kitchen Nightmares, I don't watch the other dozen shows he has, because quite frankly I think it's overkill.
Now I can totally understand, him earning Millions for himself and his family (his remuneration for his TV work is paid into his Family Private accounts and has nothing to do with Gordon Ramsay Holdings) but when you have several Restaurants closing, your focus should be elsewhere.
Sure most the shows he does are just filmed over two to three weeks and he claims to spend nine months a year overseeing his Restaurants, but in a economic recession you would think he would of said no to voicing a cartoon of himself and spend more time running his Business.
Dont get me wrong I love the guy to death, I would just to see him move away from TV work and back into the business that he has given so much too.
Man, for some reason, I feel like having a Beef Wellington now.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
In three weeks time, we will know if New Zealand has made the world cup for the first time since 1982.
Bahrian stands in our way, they have the money, they have the skills, they have the royal family, do they have bigger hearts than New Zealand?
This game is going to come down to execution, Which team wont panic? Which team will put in an out of this world effort to make the cup?
For both New Zealand and Bahrian making this World Cup is everything.
Failure in three weeks time will be a devastating blow to New Zealand, one that I don't think we could recover from.
Victory means everything, it will change everything with the New Zealand sporting landscape, the country will be on a high like it has never been before.
It's going to be a long three weeks, with many sleepness nights, the emotional release that comes with the result will be sheer jublication or utter sadness.
Time will tell.
1. Garth Brooks Country
2. Elvis Presley Rock
3. Billy Joel Pop
4. Elton John Pop, Rock
5. George Strait Country
6. Bruce Springsteen Rock
7. Michael Jackson Pop, R&B
8. Kenny Rogers Country
9. Neil Diamond Pop, Rock
10. Alan Jackson Country
11. Eric Clapton Rock, Blues
12. Prince Pop, Funk, R&B
13. Tupac Shakur Hip Hop
Rank Singer Primary Genre(s)
14. Rod Stewart Rock, Pop
15. Bob Dylan Rock, Folk
16. Tim McGraw Country
17. Willie Nelson Country
18. Phil Collins Rock, Pop
19. R. Kelly R&B, Hip Hop
20. James Taylor Pop, Folk
21. John Denver Folk, Country, Pop
22. Tom Petty Rock
23. Ozzy Osbourne Rock
24. Michael Bolton Pop
25. John Mellencamp Rock
The RIAA has released thier list of the top selling Male Artists of all time.
The list is topped by Garth Brooks who has sold more albums than any other Male Artist in the USA.
The list is also dominated by Country Music Artists.
Country Music dominates music in the USA, the New Zealand media may see it as a small genre, but over there nothing comes close.
We are missing out on a whole form of music, because our media is too stupid to do any research or for some bizarre reason feel embarrassed if they even mention they like country artist.
All I can say is thanks for the Internet, where we don't have to rely on our insular media telling us what is good and what is not.
Let another scandal for the Labour Party, this time involving former Cabinet Minister Rick Barker.
He used Parliamentary offices to conduct polls, but instructed staff to use false names and LIE about who they are, getting them to say they were calling a company that no longer exists.
When first asked about this Barker denied everything, telling reports he had no idea what they were talking about, but later called the NZ herald, to say he did it.
The excuse he gave was just pathetic, telling the media his reasons was he wanted his workers to feel comfortable about cold calling.
I sincerely hope the Police are looking into this.
As usual the bloggers from The Standard are dead silent with yet another Labour Party scandal.
I guess Labour supporters like to stick their head in the sand and pretend everything is allright.
The leader of the Laboutr party is not taking calls.
One can only hope this will be the final nail in the coffin for corruption in The Labour party, I also hope in 2011 voters will show all Politicans that we ani't going to take it anymore.
No wonder National is riding high in the Polls.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Surly, the sport of Netball is the most insignificant sport on the Planet. I cannot believe how small this sport is. Today Jamaica beat New Zealand for only the second time in its history, one of the reasons why was because according to the Captain of the Jamaican netball team and I quote, "We have our own Gym"
Yep the fourth ranked team in the world, now has a Gym. How small is this sport? and why does our media try to blow it up?
Brendan Telfer who has ripped into League for only being played in a few countries, gives Netball a free ride, anyone who dares criticizes the sport gets called sexist. I think this is unfair.
Lets take another female sport, one that gets no coverage here, its played worldwide, has a viewing audience of millions and the top stars earn millions of dollars and they play to sell out arenas, the players are brilliant athletics, but hey this sport is a threat to our media, so we better not report on it.
So who is more sexist? male sports fans who don't follow a sport that is only played by a few countries or the media who doesn't report on one of the biggest female sports on the planet.
That sport is of course Basketball.
Played by Millions of females around the world.
Not just three countries.
And yes, Basketballers have their own Gym also.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
This is the current coach of The New Zealand Cricket team.
He doesn't look very inspiring does he, unless you want to win Hot dog eating contest.
It's a disgrace this guy even got the job, now there is a players revolt, they want him sacked
but New Zealand cricket is standing by him.
IMHO, that is a mistake, do you really think this is the type of guy, who will be giving our
team top advice on how to get fit for the current season. His results are appalling, hes a terrible
speaker and motivator, and I'm guessing he is just there to collect a pay cheque.
I know if ytour a top cricket coach, New Zealand is probably not the number one choice, but come on you can do better than this guy, what will it take for him to be fired?
I'm guessing we will see this season, there are a going to be a lot of red face officials at the New
Zealand cricket council for keeping this guy on.
Also a lot of sad fans. :-(
Minto once again showed his bias, in yet another dig at Israel and America.
He commented that the media was over the top in its coverage of the teenage boys
who performed like idiots at a Museum in Auckland.
Kinda expected this double standard from you John.
Here you are, supposedly a supporter of rights for all, yet early this year, you protested a teen age tennis player because of where this was from.
You also said to me in an email and I quote " I couldn't less about about two Israeli woman who cant get a cup of Coffee" in regards to Apartheid happening in Invercargill.
Your not about free rights and Justice for all, your about your Political ideology.
I'm guessing if some kids disrespected a Muslim shrine, you would be out of your collective tree.
You just couldn't help yourself could you, you had to have a dig at America and Israel in your blog.
Open the other eye, buddy.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Sorry Boy Racers, you may of had it easy under a Labour Government for nine years, but National is in power now.
This is a great day for New Zealand. Instead of taking the softy softy approach as in the past, the current New Zealand Government has gotten tough on Boy Racers.
If youcommit three serious crimes involving your motor vehicle in four years, your car will be crushed. If you don't pay your fines, your car will be confiscated.
For someone who has been a victim of the loutish behavior of Boy Racers, this is great news.
It's about time these jackasses have to learn there is a price to pay for anti social behavior.
As expected, one Politician was against this bill, the terrible Keith Locke, it's a sad day for the Greens that he still speaks for that party, and his comments today shows how out of touch with reality he is, and how he doesn't care about the people he represents, but only cares about his own ideology, which is a shame, because most boy racers, (who he supports) do terrible damage to the environment.
Anyway a great day for New Zealand, a bad day for mindless thugs!!!
Hats off to the Government!!!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
There will be a referendum on the MMP voting system at the 2011 General Election.
The voting public of New Zealand will get to decide, if MMP is a good thing or a bad thing, and what system of voting they would prefer.
IMHO, MMP is the worst possible system that a country can use. Sure it's supporters may say the little guy can get their say, but what would the little guy know about Politics??? Seriously, I have a huge problem with a system that allows a political party that gets only 5% of the vote to hold the other 95% to ransom, a system like that, allows the likes of Rodney Hyde or Keith Locke to flourish, while those that are more centred are left out in the cold.
If I had my choice, which I will in 2011, I will vote for a American style presidential election, I love the fact that you can vote for a President to lead you, instead of relying on what party gets the most seats.A election campaign like that must be good for the country and it's people.
Roll on 2011, when we take the first step in deciding how we elect our officials.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Make no mistake, The All Whites match versus Bahrain is not only the most important FOOTBALL match in our history, but the most important SPORT match in the history of our country.
We need this to make 2010 a complete sporting year. Winter Olympics/Commonwealth Games/World Basketball Champs/ Tua title shot, but the world cup is the big one.
In times of a recession, we need this pure emotional outburst a win will bring.
We all need to feel like a kid again, and in this point of History, the All Whites are the team to do it.
In terms of Football, make no mistake about it, if we don't go through, that's it for International football for New Zealand , it's no secret that Oceania is Dead, and if we wanted to continue in International Football we would have to be a part of Asia, and we just wont have the money or resources in this country for that to happen.
So there is more at stake than just another World Cup Campaign.
Secondly, the media in this country who aren't kind to any sport that isn't Rugby, Cricket or Netball, would have a field day, they would say Bahrain was a weak opponent, and would use the result to justify not giving coverage to Football.
Sparc will say, "We only give money to winners and not losers."
Football at all levels will die, but it's not just Football that will die and be hurt, it will be every sport that finds itself getting raped by our media.
Believe me, all Sports that are deemed to be a threat to Rugby Union will lose out.
This is why we can't afford to lose.
On the other side of the coin, when we beat Bahrain, the Public will go nuts, it will be something that our country has never seen before, you thought 1982 was an awesome public reaction, just wait till November 14th.
Remember back in 1982, there was no internet, no multi TV Channels, No Cell Phones, No Radio Sport, only a few papers, now thanks to all the wonderful advancements in communications, the feeling of joy will be tenfold.
Every kid will be out with a soccerball at the local park, they will be turning on Sky TV and tuning into the Premiership, can you imagine all the requests that Santa is going to get?
Every Blogger, will be blogging themselves out of their collective trees.
Every Officer worker/Cleaner/Teacher/Builder will have one thing on their mind, Football.
Media and advertisers wont be able to ignore it, it will just be too massive, there is no way fairfax/TVNZ will get away with their usual trash.
Advertisers will see it, the money boys will see it, and they will think "Hey perhaps we should invest in these soccer guys?"
Then there will be a flow on effort and other sports will get their turn.
Advertisers will start looking at sports like Basketball, Track and Field and Volleyball.
This is why this match is the most important sports match in our history, not just for football, but for other sports that are global outside our shores but a minority sport in our country.
More importantly, how would you feel? I remember the most emotional I have ever gotten over a sporting event was the 1982 All Whites, (and Basketball is my number one sport) I was just a kid, but it was my whole life. I must of gotten Bobby Almonds autograph over six times at various different events.
Im pushing 40 now, and this match means so much to me, more than I thought it would, I feel if the All Whites win part of my childhood stay alive, I want this victory so bad for The All Whites, it is physically hurting, I have had stomachaches and headaches for the past week, It will be devastating if we lose it, but one of the highlights of my life if we win.
This is why to me this is the most important sports match in our country history's.
Roll on November 14th.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Garth Brook's fans have been hoping for nearly 20 years for him to do a one man show in a intimate setting and now their hopes have come truth.
Garth has announced, that he will play at a one man show over several weekends thruout the year, for the next FIVE YEARS!!!
He will not perform anywhere else, there will not be any new music for five years or any Boxsets or DVD's the only place you you can see him is at the Wynn and that has got Garth fans excited.
The deal see's Garth signed on to do a show on Fridays, two on Saturdays and one on Sunday, on various weekends thru out the year, starting with December of this year, then Janurary and Feb of 2010 with ther other dates to be announced during the year closer to the dates of the shows.
To stop Scalpers, buyers must have ID when purchasing the tickets and when going to the show.
Ticket prices will be $125 at the small venue that only takes 1500 people.
It's not going to be a typical Garth show, its just going to be him on stage, telling stories, singing and doing what he does best, it will be magical.
As a fan I have always dreamt of seeing him in a setting like this, and a trip to Vegas is in order.
Hats off to Garth for this deal with the Wynn, what I like about him is he puts his family first, he contacted his Kids High School to see what dates during the year the School has functions or events on so he knows what dates he wont perform, not meaning artists would be that thoughtful to their families.
His fans all over the world have now got something to look forward too.
Well done to Garth.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Dave Levey has won the sixth season of Hell's Kitchen.
He is the most deserved winner ever IMHO.
The one arm bandit, cooked way better with one arm in plaster
than all the other Chefs put together.
His dedication to his profession was beyond belief he put is heart and soul into his work and was a genuine nice guy.
Chef Gordon Ramsay said this was the hardest decision he had to make in the history of Hell's Kitchen. I have to disagree, I thought it was a foregone conclusion, Dave was just too good for everybody.
You have to feel sorry for Kevin, who was second best by a long way.
Highlights of the season for me had to be, The Return of Robert, The niceness of JP, The fighting spirit of Tennille, and the good old boy Van.
All in all it was a great series.
Roll on Season Seven.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
How sick can one person be? I don't like to use the word Evil, but in the case of Deb Webber I will make a exceptation.
Deb Webber is a con artist (A.K.A a Psychic)
About a week ago in New Zealand, a two year old Child went missing in New Zealand. This Television Psychic said in a interview that she knew what had happened, and wanted to help the family.
Someone from TVNZ decided to introduce to her to the family, who weren't interested in the Psychic's help.
How sick in the head do you have to be to do this? To exploit a grieving family for your own benefit is beyond belief, how can she live with herself? What she did has made my skin crawl, and the country should be sick to their stomachs that someone can be so cruel.
As for TVNZ who contacted the family to arrange a meeting, that is probably the worst thing this network has done, since giving her, her own show in the first place, despite an Australian TV crew showing her up as a fraud, by getting her to contact people who don't exist.
TVNZ needs to drop her show, and woman's day magazine needs to drop her as a writer. I hope the New Zealand public boycotts advertisers of her show.
Sympathy goes out to the family of Aisling's Symes who's body was found last night.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Well New Zealand is still in it.
We didn't get a crucial away goal, but we didn't lose.
A hard fought draw, Bahrian played better, but now they have to come to our house.
36 thousand screaming westerners, on what could be a Windy, Rainy, Cold day.
They say Bahrain players don't travel well, lets hope this is the case,
because we are just 90 minutes and a goal away from making the world cup.
On November 14th our Nation will stop and hope, players dreams
will either be shattered or fulfilled. Not making it will hurt
more than previous attempts, it will destroy New Zealand Football.
Achieving a place at the world cup would change history.
To the good people of Bahrain, all the best to your team,
but I'm guessing the result will be a 1-0 victory to the home side
and four million Kiwi's will be singing again.
I'm counting down the days.
Come on New Zealand!!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Something's happening here, what it is aint exactly clear.
Well you get the picture.
Two Press Conferences, Two Cites, One Secret Location.
All will be revealed on October 15th USA Time.
This is the most secretive the G Man has been.
Only one line on his webpage that says
Something exciting is coming
and a two line press release.
His fans are waiting with baited breath.
It's going to be a long week.
The New Zealand music awards were on last night, a two and a half hour show, the usual genres of music received awards, plus their were awards in Roots/Classical/Dance/Electronica music.
Once again though, one genre was totally ignored, that was Country, it's New Zealand's music redheaded child.
Why are we this immature as a Nation, that the people running these awards feel it would be embarrassing to have country music on the show???
The people who run this industry in New Zealand, from the label bosses to radio to retail to the media, are like a bunch of little kids, who would snigger, if you would say you liked Keith Urban or Kelly Wells.
There would be a roll of the eyes, and a sneer if you dare mention that Country is a legitimate form of music.
This wouldn't happen in any other country though, but here in Kiwiland, those in the industry have to prove how cool they are I guess.
Country music may get one or two mentions a year by our media, but its always for camp value, either talk about Dolly Parton or The Topp Twins.
We have legimate artists trying to make it, but they never get the chance thanks to the schoolboy mentality of those in our industry.
No wonder the most successful born kiwi music artist ever Keith Urban, considers himself an Australian, because if he grew up here playing country music, he wouldn't got the chance, like he did in Australia to go to the states and sell 15 million albums.
Fingers crossed that our music industry will one day grow up and give the apperication to a music genre that is respected worldwide.
If not, well third verse to ya all involved in the NZ music industry.