Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Do you Understand my Language



He just smiled and gave me an Isnack 2.0 Sandwich.

Doesn't have the same ring to it, does it.

People here in New Zealand and over in Australia, the home of Vegemite are fuming.

Some marketing company, was paid by Krafts food to come up
with a name for the new vegetime product that contains extra Cheese.

So what name did they come up with????

These mega brains of the advertising world, who are play huge salaries, came up with the name,
Isnack 2.0

Now I'm not sure if Apple will sue, but millions of New Zealanders and Australian's are probably hoping they do, anti Isnack 2.0 websites have pop up overnight, begging Krafts not to use this name.

IMHO someone needs to be fired, if this was a task on the Apprentice, Donald Trump would be pulling off his hair piece in frustration.

Worst Product Name Ever.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

UP



Up was the first 3D movie I have seen since Jaws 3 in the mid 80's.

It was visually beautiful the effects were great, and more importantly the story and the moral of the movie was sweet.

It was also damn funny.

The visuals 3D effects were so crystal clear, the humor was aimed at both a kids and adult audience, and their was some genuine touching sad moments, if you have any little relatives, take them to see this movie they and you wont be disappointed.

This was the movie that they said, would make or break the 3D genre, if this had of failed, then a lot of future projects would of been pulled, and even the much hyped Avatar due for release in December may of not have had the massive support from the studio that it is had so far in the build up to it's release.

So hats off to the creators of UP, for not only making a sweet movie, but taking 3D into the 21st century, my only hope now is that Avatar takes 3D into the 22nd century.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The All Whites New Zealand's National Football Team



New Zealand's National Football team are nicknamed The All Whites, because of the colour of the team's uniform.

This is a song from 1982, where New Zealand made the FIFA World Cup for the only time in their history. The All Whites have a chance to change all that when they play Bahrain for a spot in the 2010 World Cup. Hopefully this video that was posted on youtube, brings back memories for sports lovers in NewZealand.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Sue Bradford Quits



Sue Bradford was one of New Zealand's most extreme left wing politicians, she always fought for her cause, even though the majority of New Zealanders were against her policies, she is now quitting politics after missing out on the top job with the Green Party.

Personally I think this is good for the green party, and very good for the country, because despite working hard for what she believed in, if she was our leader she would of taken us back to the dark ages and taken away the most important thing in a democracy, and that is CHOICE.

By the way, I don't believe in smacking kids as a form of discipline, so my feelings on the matter has nothing to do with the anti smacking bill.

Today is a happy day for those who are on the center of Political sphere.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Van is Gone




Van is Gone from Hell's Kitchen, never to be seen again.

This Texan who cooked beautiful light food, had passion and he fought all the way to the end, had to be fired by Ramsay, for serving up undercooked Fish twice during Service, he will be missed.

Now we are down to five, two of my favorites are left, Dave and Tennille, and two of my favs have been booted off, Robert and Van.

Surly Dave has to win this thing, he is basically cooking with one arm, and has been so consistent and is putting so much effort, he is all heart and soul.

Tennille who got off to a rough start in this comp, is now storming home with her efforts, and Chef Ramsay seems to have taken a shine to her.

With the final show only weeks away, if I was a betting man, I would have money on a Dave and Tennille final, but who knows what Ramsay has in plan for the next few weeks?

I would like to know one thing though, why am I always hungry after watching this show??

Monday, September 21, 2009

NZ Sports Journalists: Corruption or Incompetence




This blog post has nothing to do with the players that play Rugby Union or the fans, or people involved at grassroots level, this blog post is about the media and how they report on our national game.

NZ Sports Journalists: Corruption or Incompetence

Over the decades, while reading/watching/listening to the New Zealand sporting Media, my jaw has dropped on too many occasions, because of their utter stupidity, the incorrect information they give out, and what seems like sheer lies that come out their mouths.

Well it wasn't until September of 2009, that I have come to realize that these guys aren't incompetent, but they are corrupt, now that is a big word to use, especially on this blog!!

So here is my case for corruption.

First you need the crime.

The crime is Blowing Rugby Union's world wide significance and the players world wide popularity out of proportion to the detriment of other sports in NZ and taking those sports that are deemed to be in competition with Union and downplaying them.

Second you need Motive. Money is a good place to start. It's in the NZRFU best interests that our media continues to spout what they want the public to hear. Also the media wants access to players for interviews,and since the NZRFU decides who interviews who, then the media has to be on it's best behavior.

So I'm going to list some examples of the ways our media have distorted the public perceptions on how big the sport of Union is, and what sports are huge outside our country, some of the examples are just outright lies, the more sinister ones, are the ones when our journos makes a suggestion and plants a thought in the listeners head that they know is incorrect, and in a journalistic sense that is just plain evil.

The quotes below are taken from the NZ Print/Radio/Television Media, over the past 30 years, they are just a selection of 1000's of quotes that are similar in nature.

1:Lomu took David Beckham off the front pages of the English pages during the Soccer world cup in 1998, Lomu is bigger in Manchester than Beckham.
(This never happen, research into the English papers during the 1998 FIFA WORLD CUP, shows that Lomu never appeared on the front pages of the English papers, while the English soccer was never NOT on the front pages)

2:Rugby is the only outdoor sport that the players keep on playing even if its raining.
(This bizarre statement was said in the early 1980's, the reporter was trying to make out that Rugby Union players were tougher than those from other sports, I guess he had never viewed a League game from Sydney a Football match from England or a NFL match during a snow storm)

3: The All Blacks are the third most popular recognized sports team in the world behind, Manchester United and the New York Yankees
(Another lie, from 1994, by the print media this time, who apparently did some independent research and found out that The All Blacks were the third most recognized sporting brand, they never came up with any stats or data on who did the research, or numbers to back it up)

4: Dan Carter is the Pinup boy of world sport.
(A statement thrown into the mix by TVNZ, who thought because Carter who got a warm welcome from an Intermediate school in the North Island, he must be this Global Superstar)


5: No one knows nothing about New Zealand outside our country, but they have heard of the All Blacks
(In my personal travels outside of New Zealand and my family and friends experiences, no one has ever mentioned the All Blacks to us, although Lord of the Rings, Hamish Carter, Lucy Lawless, Bungy Jumping, The Black Caps, The Bush Wackers, Helen Clark, Nuclear Policy, Sean Marks has been mentioned several times.)

6: We would like to welcome our international viewing audience of 400 million for this match between Canterbury and Waikato
(This one was a Doozy, said by Grant Nisbett on Sky, trying to build up hype for a Match, the viewing audience in NZ ended up being 180 thousand, there are no figures for worldwide audience because they were too low)

7: He has the speed of a world class sprinter
(Another lie that has been repeated by the New Zealand media over the years in regards to
the speed of former player Johan Lomu, who was handtimed by his manager running 10.79 for the 100 metres, hardly the speed of a world class female sprinter, let alone a man)

8: The Cowboys want to pay him 3 million a year
( This was a huge lie, it centred around Johan Lomu and the media's perception that he was a global superstar, someone from the Sunday Star Times reported that he was offered three Million a year to play for the Cowboys, in reality he was offered to have talks with a Scottish World League of American Football team, this same team was buying up retired Union Players)

9: So can Rugby Challenge Soccer as the number one Sport in Argentina?
(This is the comment that made me do this post, and it's the one of the most sinister of all comments said by New Zealand Journos over the years, because its not a outright lie, but its planting a seed of thought into the Public's mind. By saying this Brendon Telfer wanted to create a Illusion, that Soccer is still the number sport in Argentina but Union could challenge one day. The truth is Basketball and Handball and Track and Field are far more significant in Argentina, and those fans of the Spurs will know what I'm talking about.

10: Basketball only gets coverage worldwide because its the Bastardization of American sport on the world.
(Once again Brendon Telfer is trying to plant a seed in the listeners mind that Basketball is just an American Sport who is only popular because big money and the NBA. Anyone who follows Basketball and Basketball History knows that the sport has such a deep and rich history and a Fanatical following throughout Europe, and Asia as well as North America, and is highly regarded by any sports Journalist outside the USA as the number two sport behind Soccer)

11: I mean how big is this cup really, will these soccer players be playing professionally in ten years time
(Once again it's Telfer trying to downplay a significant sporting event in New Zealand, this time it was FIFA's under 17 world cup, he suggested that these players weren't of high quality and wont be playing professionally in ten years time, how wrong he was, most the players are now in the EPL from that cup, and the USA players have now biggest their biggest soccer stars of all time)

12: Rugby can overtake Soccer in Japan as the number one sport
(
There is one sport that Japan is Obsessed about and it isn't soccer, its baseball that is their National past time, yet once again we are lead to beleive that its soccer and rugby that is out for the public's attention in Japan.)


13: Even 80 year old Mongolian men from China have heard of Lomu
(An ongoing lie by the New Zealand sporting media, this changes depending on who is telling it,
the story is the same, a caller to radio, or someone writing a letter to a newspaper has a point to make, they say that Lomu has never got the credit that he deserves, and in their travels to China they met an 80 year old Mongolian man who knew nothing about New Zealand but has heard about Lomu, Journalists as well as the public have told this story)

14: Rugby is the fastest growing sport in India
(Another lie, the sports of baseball and soccer are making inroads to cricket in India.
There aren't any stats for the sport of Rugby union because the numbers are just too small)

15: The Tall Blacks victory Over Serbia is the 17th best sporting achievement of 2004
(A group of leading New Zealand sporting journalists ranked the top 20 sporting achievements
by kiwis during 2004. They had the Tall Blacks victory over Serbia at the Olympics as the 17th best achievement, ahead of that they had a Ranfurly shield Rugby Victory, how can people who call themselves Journalists, put a domestic rugby victory ahead of New Zealand beating the World Basketball Champs at the 2004 Olympics)

16: Parts of France are all Football, but the other part is all Rugby
(This is a pattern of deceit that they have been trying for decades, put it out there that, yes we know Soccer is the number one sport but Rugby is challenging it. The truth is, Soccer is the number one sport in France, but other major sports in France are Basketball, Volleyball and Handball all of which outrate Rugby in France.

17: Throw the lot in Jail

(This statement was said By Brendon Telfer, in regards to Michael Vick, I'm not sure what he meant, but the NFL had less players arrested than the sport of Rugby Union)

18: Baseball only gets coverage because of American TV
(
Doug Golightly of radio sport told this lie, when trying to promote a SOFTBALL victory, the truth is Baseball took off after American introduce the game to the world, during several overseas conflict. The sport of Baseball is huge internationally, not that our Journalists would admit this, and it the number sport of several countries over two continents.)

19: The Super 14 is more popular in Australia than League
(
Another lie and once again no stats or hard data to back up their argument.
Their has never been a year where Rugby has drew bigger crowds or
bigger TV audiences in Aussie.)


20: New Zealand Athletics would Love to have the All Black Wingers
(
No All Black could make any Sprint Club in NZ)



21:The rugby league world cup is worthless
(
Telfer said this statement, funny that he has never said this about Netball.)

22: The rugby world cup is the third biggest sporting event in the world
(For this gem, the Media used an Independent study done by Waikato University and paid for by the NZRFU, most people could come up with at least 100 events that of course are larger)

23: Sean Marks is the 98th ranked New Zealand sportsperson
(
Joesph Romanos published a book where he ranked the 100th top kiwi sportspeople of all time,
he ranked Sean Marks in 98th place for becoming the first kiwi to make the NBA, Marks has also won an NBA ring, Romanos had ahead of Marks, A Sheep Shearer, A Archer, A Netballer, and of course about a dozen or so Rugby Players, how making it into one of the world's toughest sporting league can rank you behind a sheep shearer is beyond belief.

24: With a crowd this size you would think the All Blacks were Playing
(TVNZ reporter Tony Vietch reporting on the hero's welcome that The All Whites got in Mexico when they arrived to the Played the USA in the confederations cup in 1999, a positive story for Football couldn't be done without mentioning Rugby Union.)

25: Perhaps they have never heard of Rugby so they play League
(Once again this showed the mindset of the New Zealand media, Brendon Telfer was reporting on news that a Rugby League game in Russia had over 30 thousand people, his response was typical of all New Zealand Journo's reporting on this story.)

26: Its Like if Lomu went to Japan
(
This statement is a ploy they have always used, bringing up a Rugby reference in a story that has nothing to do with Rugby. This was said in response to the massive media coverage given to David Beckham when he left Manchester United.)


27: The cheapest ticket to any NFL game is $200 dollars
(
This lie was told by Doug GoLightly at the turn of the 21st century.
The average NFL ticket will only set you in 2009 around $40 dollars and the cheap seats can go for as little as $15.)

28: The NFL players are thick as dogs
(
This has quite racist undertones, it was a story completely made up by John Morrison, he told a yarn about how he met up with the coach of the Detroit Lions by accident in a bar, and the coach told him, how stupid all his players were. Anyone who follows the NFL knows that this is outrageous, the set moves the players have to memorize would scare off a Chess Champion, Morrison needs to hang his head in shame for making up a story like this)

29:The 2005 Ashes are the most overated sporting event of the year
(
This was said by Darcy Watergrave, you see the Lions Rugby Union tour was held the same year of the Ashes, the 2005 Ashes were highly regarded as the greatest Ashes series ever, not according to the New Zealand media though, who had to spin the lie of the Lions tour being successful and the Ashes being a flop)


30: Lomu is the most underatred sportsperson and Ruther is the most Overated
(
This is perhaps the biggest lie of them all and sums up the New Zealand media, Radiosport did a poll on who people thought were the most overated and underated sports people this country has produced, they stopped taking calls and annouced that Lomu was the most underated sports person, and Wynton Rufer was the most overrated. This is the smoking gun, how anyone with any Journalistic crediblity say this is beyond all sensible reason, never in the history of country, has one sportsperson had so much positive media attention by our media and one been totally ingored, and for the media to reverse it and say its the other way around, shows thier must be corruption, because no one could be that incompetent.

Like I said those examples are just 1000's of quotes from over the years. There is also the non reporting of major sports that our media is guilty of. When New Zealand NBA player Sean Marks was playing for the Spurs, ESPN, Sports Illustrated and the Local San Antonia media would report that he was a fan favorite and the crowd used to chant KIWI KIWI KIWI when he was playing, did this ever get reported in the New Zealand media, if this was happening to a rugby union player overseas, don't you think it will be the first item on the news.

Take a look at the little amount of coverage Ryan Nelson gets for playing in the Premier League in England, or our female basketballers who have made the WNBA, or our one NFL player, sports such as Football, basketball, baseball, Volleyball, Rugby League, Ice Hockey and track and field and the NFL are physical sports that require strength and speed and power and appeals to the general public and wanna sportspeople, they are deemed by our media to be in competition with Rugby Union, so the successes in these sports will be down played.

Yet if we have success in Squash, downhill mountain running, bmx biking, yachting even swimming, the media will applaud it because THESE SPORTS AREN'T DEEMED TO BE IN COMPETITON WITH RUGBY UNION.

Take a look at our most successful female sportsperson on the 80's Erin Baker, she was a world champion triathlete and got little coverage if none at all, yet Susan Devoy a Squash player got plaudits for her efforts, why????, because the NewZealand media knows that Squash is not a threat to rugby union's dominance in the Public's mind, yet triathlons would be.

This is why Netball gets wall to wall coverage, they promote this nonexistent sport worldwide, over Basketball, because they don't want Basketball in the public's eye, because the game of Basketball would draw the same fanbase as Rugby Union and take away from Union's popularity.

Another huge lie that the media inserts into the sporting brain of the average Kiwi, is that famous people everywhere worship the All Blacks, we have had several reports that Anna Paquin loves her rugby
(In a 2006 interview Ms Paquin stated on the recorded that she didnt follow the game and didn't know why most New Zealand newspapers reported that she was a fan over the years)

(We were also told That Anna Knorunika wanted to meet Johan Lomu and when she wasn't playing Tennis she watched the All Blacks where ever she could, that lie blew up in Tony Vietch's face when he asked her about meeting Lomu she replied "Who's he??)

(American Actor Chris O'Donell was also asked what he though of the All Blacks by a kiwi reporter, he had no idea what the reporter was on about and just walked out of the Interview.)

(But that had nothing on, probably one of the most embrassing moments for a New Zealand sports reporter, when Rio Ferdinand signed for Manchester United, it was a huge worldwide story, the terms of the deal were keep secret, this so called reporter felt the need to ask Rio in front of the world's media this question, "So is there any truth to the rumor that All Black tickets were included in your Contract) The world's press just stood there along with Rio and Alex Ferguson downfounded and and had no idea what the reporter was talking about)

So that's my case, Journalists with 30 or 40 years experience, like Joesph Ramnos, Brendon Telfer, Phil Gifford, Chris Miriams, Peter Williams, Murray Decker, or the new young guns such as Saville or Waldergrave, can't be incompetent with access to the internet and articles on all the world's leading sports from the world leading Journos at their fingertips, they have also seen the impact on global sports such as Basketball and Volleyball and handball and Football and Ice Hokey and Baseball around the world, (even cricket) yet have still chanted their Mantra of Rugby is challenging Soccer as the worlds global Sport.

They lack one piece of the puzzle though, and its a piece that all good journalists would use and that is Data and Statistics, they never mention real numbers, they never use the research, the reason why????, well they know the stats and hard data would NEVER back up their argument, so here is some actual stats for you, from the world's leading sports, which have been verified either from Government scoures and sporting bodies and indepedent accounting agencies.

Basketball

A study conducted by TGI Europe in 2006, shows that in just four European Countries, The UK, Spain, France and Germany, shows there are 33 Million Basketball fans.

A global study, conducted by Roper Starch Worldwide in 1997, shows that 11 percent of the world's population plays Basketball, and its the fastest growing sport in the Asia region.

A 2007 study shows that their are 450 Million registered Basketball players worldwide.
There are 213 countries that are members of FIBA.

Television ratings of International games and the European League are second only to Soccer thruout Europe, and is the number one televised sport in parts of Eastern European.

AN NBA Franchise could cost you up to a Billion Dollars.

Tv rights for the the NBA measure in the tens of Billions in the USA alone.

The European Basketball league rights are worth in the Hundreds of Millions
Sky Sport Italy recently payed $5.3 Million a season for the Israeli Basketball league alone.


Baseball

Baseball is the number one sport in Korea, American, Japan, Cuban, Putero Rico and Vensulza, Tawain.

Baeball is the fastest growing sport in the West Indies.

It's players are the highest payed sportspeople on earth. (Forbes Magazine)

MLB has the biggest representation of countries than any other sports competition including football. (ESPN)

Fox recently played Billions for the rights to air the world series upuntil 2013, plus regular weekly matches.(Forbes)

The average salarly of new York yannkee is 6.6 Million a year, while their payroll is over 200 Million a season. (Forbes)


VolleyBall

There are an esitmate 250 million people worldwide who play Volleyball (FIVB)

Its the number one sport for woman and number two sport for men in Brazil

Olympic Volleyball outrates Soccer in Russia

There are 215 Federation countries

The top Volleyball League in the USA has $20 Million in Prize money

Ice Hockey

Ice Hockey is the National Sport of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Canada and Russia, Czech Republic, Austria andSolvakia(IIHL)

There are 66 member countries of the IIHL

Ice Hockey is the highest rating sport of the Winter Oylmpics (IOF)

Largest crowd for a college was 74 thousand

The NHL has more International players than Americans

Ice Hockey is the most popular sport in Nordic countries.

Handball

There are 166 member countries of the (IHF)

In France only Soccer and Basketball gets higher TV Ratings.

There are 795 thousand handball teams in the world

There are 19 Million players

In 1999 one month after the Rugby union World Cup, the Handball final was played, and
the Handball double the ratings of the Rugby World Cup (Dont tell a NZ Journo this though!)

American Football


The SuperBowl TV Ratings is Second only to the FIFA World Cup

NFL TV rights and Merchandise are the highest in the world.

I have listed the six above sports to make a point, and of course sports such as Lacrosse, Cricket,
WaterPolo, Track and field, Tennis, Golf, Swimming, Motorsport (well you get the picture,) are far more in the minds of the world's sporting public than the sport that our media tries to glorify as second only to Football.

Now of course, our media will blow up the fact that a big crowd turn up for a one off match in Japan, but if you took Aussie Rules Football to Japan they would get a huge crowd also, but day in and day out the world is not talking about Rugby Union, the All Blacks or Johan Lomu.

So with all this information they have, with the examples i have listed, they have to be corrupt and not incompetent. The only other explanation is that they are a bunch of lazy liars who are just trying to say what the New Zealand public wants to hear, knowing that it will be a easy ride, but that isn't, corruption or incompetence , that is a Journalist crime.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Goodbye Fairfax Forever



The picture above is of Fairfax's music Journo, Simon Sweetman.

Fairfax is a media company in New Zealand, that owns a lot of our print media, magazines and news based websites. They are very powerful indeed, they basically control 80% of what we see and hear every day.

I am now through with them.

Over the past few years they have become very lazy and tabloid orientated to a point where I have to ask myself, why am I still reading their papers?

stuff.co.nz is the biggest website in New Zealand, and up until now I visited it daily, well not anymore.

It was basically two stories on their webpage that did it for me, one they are offering a Journalist scholarship to a Z Grade New Zealand celeb who blogs about her sexual experiences for them.

I have no problem with them offering people like that, a blog, but a Journalist scholarship??? Hundreds of young students of Journalism applied for this, and they are going to give it, to a attention seeking wanna be celeb???

Secondly, their reporting on the Kayne West incident, when they falsly accussed country fans of being racist, using every sterotype imaginable. It was appalling it was lazy reporting and it was false.

They were the incidents that put me over the edge, fairfax websites and newspapers are the lowest lowest form of Journalism, and I will not be apart of it.

Goodbye stuff.co.nz forever.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

I Swear, If Tomorrow Never Comes is a Country Song



This blog post has nothing to do with Kevin Skinner winning America's got talent with his version of Garth Brooks's, If Tomorrow Never comes.

It has to do with Pop Radio in New Zealand and New Zealand's music Journalist's failure to give any credit to Garth Brooks for his song.

For those of you who read this blog from the USA, you may not know that there is an Irish Pop singer called Ronan Keating who did a cover version of If Tomorrow Never Comes a few years ago, it became a huge hit here. Unfortunately music critics here, the pop press, either lied and said Ronan Keating wrote the song, or never mentioned that Keating's version was a cover.

Even on a reality TV show, when contestants pick a song and a artist to cover, the host went on and on to this contestant saying, "Ronan Keating would be proud of what you have done to his song" He also went on to say that Keating is a great writer of songs.

So the Following is to New Zealand music Journos.

If Tomorrow Never comes is a country song, the Lyrics were written by Garth Brooks in 1986 and he teamed up with Kent Blazy in 1989 who wrote the music to go with he Lyrics.

I swear is also a country song, along with I can love you like that and I love the way you love me.

When you say nothing at all, is also a country song.

Leann Womack, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Leeann Rimes are country artists.

The song Amazed is a country song.

Its one thing to totally rubbish a form of music, its another thing to take such a country classic as Garth Brooks's If Tomorrow Never comes, and give credit to the watered down, manfactured, ear candy, pop version, which Ronan Keating sung and Radio in New Zealand Loved.

Please just do more research next time.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Dad of the Year

video

This guy has to be Dad of the year, he takes his little three year old daughter to a Baseball game, catches a Foul Ball, hands it to her, she throws it back (In baseball if a fan catches a ball, they get to keep it) the crowds gasps, the little girl didn't know what was going on, so instead of explaining it to her, or telling her she did wrong, the Dad gives her a big long sweet hug!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What a Nice guy!!!!

Hats off to him, and Dad of the year, IMHO.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Plot of Seinfeld Reunion Released



Unless your living a rock, you would know that their is going to be a reunion of Seinfeld, to take place as a story line on HBO's, Curb Your Enthusiasm.

The plot has been guarded, until now.

Basically the reunion will take place over five of the ten episodes, and the plot will involve, Larry David trying to talk Seinfeld into doing a reunion so he can win back his wife.

The core cast of Seinfeld, Jerry and George and Elaine and Kramer will of course take place, but in an announcement today that should add further delight to Seinfeld fans, they will be joined by Newman, Estelle and Kenny "its the best Jerry, its the best" Bania.

Once again the viewing public will be able to see the Genius of Seinfeld. It's been a long time between drinks, I cannot wait.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Family Guy is Back


Family Guy is back for another season, and its probably the most anticipated show of the new season, although it may came across as crude and crass and it crosses the boundaries, it always makes it point well and is damn funny.

This season the episode I am most looking forward too, is the take off of, The Empire Strikes back, Called "Something, Something, Dark Side" Last season the episode where they took off the original Star wars, became so popular that a DVD was rushed out to the public and ended up having record sales.

While, shows like South Park have gone way down hill and has lost its edge, Family Guy gets stronger and stronger, and this year has created history by getting a Emmy nod, for best comedy.

So I have high hopes for this new season, I only hope they continue to base the show around Brian and Stewie, the show is at its strongest, when they are the center point of the story.
The other charterer that needs more air time is Quagmire, who is based on the great Larry from Three's Company. I'm quite surprised that they haven't contacted the actor to portray him.

So here's hoping for a great season, fingers are crossed.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Taylor Swift Wins VMA



Congrats to Taylor Swift for winning a VMA award, I understand that she is the first country music artist to do so, and this is a big step for country music, a genre that is not normally associated with videos unless your name is Garth Brooks or The Dixie Chicks.

So it was a big night and a big achievement for young Ms Swift, one little sour note though, Kayne West felt the need to grab the microphone off of this teenager to tell the audience that he disagreed with Taylor winning and the award should of gone to Beyonce.

This rock audience crowd mostly booed him, knowing that it was a pretty pathetic thing to do at an awards shows, he got a few cheers, but they mainly came from parts of the crowd who would think, Paris Hilton has something special to give the world.

Our own New Zealand media once again deserves a black eye or their reporting of this story, they seem to have a problem with using the C word. Country is the word I'm talking about.

I know those at C4 and stuff.co.nz dont want to mention this, but guess what, Taylor Swift is a Country Artist and she is Proud of it. How about mentioning this fact, in your stories about her.

Well done to her and her Genre. Lets hope she contuines to make great records!!!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Time and Money



If you want to stop, what happened in Dunedin this weekend, its quite simple, you need to take away the two most precious things that people value, Time and Money.

These drunken louts, who for some reason get their kicks by throwing bricks at members of the public, then brag about it on their bebo and myspace pages, need to be told that they will be hold accountable.

First don't send them to Prison , if they were sent to prison several Politicians of extreme left wing parties would try and garner sympathy for their rioters. I also think you shouldn't put their actions on television or on the web, you don't bring attention to bad behavior.

It's Time and Money that you must take away from these people.

Pass a law that allows you to suspend their bank accounts, and the money transfer ed to pay for the damage they have caused, you can also take charge of their possessions, sell them off at a auction to refund the public and the city.

Also take away their time, every spare second they have, they should have to be cleaning up the streets under the watch of the police for a whole year, no social life, no spare time, no ifs or buts.

How grown men and woman can behavior like this is beyond me, to get their kicks by causing damage, show their must be some brain activity lacking.

I only hope the good people of Dunedin can get this annual drunken student event stopped, they deserve better.

Friday, September 11, 2009

9/11



Thoughts and Prays with America for the Anniversary of 9/11.

New Zealand will Play Bahrain



Not since 1982 has the New Zealand football team made the world cup, now they are in a do or die home and away leg against Bahrain to make the 2010 Football cup.

If New Zealand makes it, it will be pandemonium in the streets of New Zealand, Football fans don't have much to cheer about in this country, we only have one professional team in the Australian league, and a few players playing professionally in Europe, to make 2010 will change all that.

So what are odds? We are in with an outside chance, we shouldn't be thrashed by Bahrain, but in reality unless Ricki Herbert is holding something back, the odds may be virtually Zilch, Bahrain should be too strong all over the park, they are technically better and also very physical, and I think there maybe a few shocked kiwi supporters after the first leg, where we might concede three or four goals, but as stated before, it shouldn't be a thrashing.

It will be sad if this happens, and might be the death knell for New Zealand Football, but hey who knows, our Basketballers stunned Australia, along with our Ice Hockey players, but a victory over Bahrain will be ten times harder.

Fingers are crossed.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

It's Freakin Rubbish



The big argument in New Zealand this week is, Is it art or Rubbish?

A Waikato man won a $15000 dollar art prize for dumping his rubbish in a pile on the floor.

The art critics loved it, and had their thesaurus's out when describing this lovely piece of art.

This piece is called Collateral, and is suppose to represented the damage humans are doing to the environment.

Are art critics out of their freakin minds? Are they that far out of touch with the rest of us?

I'm guessing these art critics are trying to feel important by giving an award to this pile of rubbish, and have the mindset of "The poor misguided public, they just don't understand the point this artist is making, but we do!"

Art can be beautiful or ugly, but IMHO it has to do something to the psyche, it has to take you to another place, it has to give you a feeling that, only that particular artist could of created it.

It shouldn't be someone dumping their rubbish on the floor.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Prophetic

I remember watching this concert on TV in 1997 and have just seen this clip posted on youtube.
It's taken from Garth Brooks's record breaking 1997 Central Park Concert, he has just finished singing his single "We Shall be Free" a song about equality for all, Religious Freedom, Gay Rights, and hope and peace.

I was watching in awe, when they showed a shot of the twin towers and unveiled a Banner that said "FREEDOM" between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre, its kinda Prophetic now.
video

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Euthanasia



These people remind me of the late great Comedian, Billy T James, when asked by a reporter what was his opinion on Euthanasia, he replied, "I think we should look after our own kiddies first"

I don't think banners like this help your cause.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Happy Birthday to you



Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear Internet, Happy Birthday to you.

Well the Internet is 40 years old today, who would of thought it.

I remember my first time on the Internet, it was in 1994 and I was told about newsgroups, and that you could and write a message and it would show up all over the world, and people would reply to your message, and I thought that is too cool. I had just gotten back from seeing Garth Brooks in concert, and thought I would write about it on a country music newsgroup, I wrote my message, then browsed the other messages, and to my pleasant surprise there were already seven replies to my message, I couldn't believe it, I thought wow how fast is that???

Then when I got my first computer in 1995 that cost $3000 bucks with a modem of 28.8, I was blown away that I could download two minute clips from the Simpson's, (sure it took me about half and hour to download it) I didn't think it could get better than this.

Flash forward to 2009, and broadband, where there is no limits, (except if you have a server that gives you 10gb a month, otherwise your going to pay extra.) I can go to youtube and watch Hells Kitchen, I can download whole albums from Itunes in mintues, anything I want, I can have.

So where to now for the internet? Surly there is more to come, as speeds go up and computer processors hold more information, I'm guessing 3D /holograms is the next step?

The internet is now 40 and has come along way since people started writing a few lines on rec.music.country.western

I cannot wait to see what the Internet will be like when it hits 50.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

President Obama




The last time a sitting US President visited New Zealand was President Clinton in 1999 for APEC, when he was met by huge crowds.

It was one of the biggest regrets of my life, that I could of been there while he was giving a speech, but decided not to get tickets due to other things going on in my life.

Well never again. If President Obama does come to New Zealand I suggest every Kiwi goes, its not very often that you will get to see the President of the USA.

America bashing seems to be a sport with some people here, personally I don't think they get enough credit for all the good they have done in the world through the decades and all the achievements they have created for mankind.

In 2010 we will have a chance, so if your left wing or right wing, if your christain or Muslim, I suggest you head on down and see President Obama, it's something you will be able to tell your grandkids about.

This Man is not a Genius



This man won't be a SOCIALTST
Or a Commomunst
Or a Liberall
Or a Democat
He won't vote for Orama
Or watch Oparl

I love people like this guy, he makes my spelling look good.