Sunday, February 28, 2010

Crosby IS the new Gretzsky

Sidney Crosby scored the Gold medal winning Goal, 7.40mins into overtime, to cement his place next to the great Wayne Gretzsky.

Wearing 87 to signify his birth date, although reguarded as unlucky in Australia's national game of cricket, provided no such omen for the rising star in Ice Hockey.

This jersey will sell heaps for many weeks to come.

Nowadays a 30cm wave a Tsunami.

The tsunami alert was issued after a massive 8.8 magnitude quake hit Chile, killing hundreds of people and triggering a tsunami that rushed across the Pacific a wave of 30cm was recorded at Bondi.
Talk about an over-reaction in Australia.
These forecasters can do better than this.
I know the sea can be unpredictable but this was on the last sunday of summer and the bastards closed all the beaches on the Australian coast.
Talk about a nation being run by insurance companies!
Most people went down to watch anyway, sigh.

These countries were way closer...Reuters:
Meanwhile, waves up to 1.5 metres high rammed into New Zealand's east coast
Oceanographer Nathan Bedford has told CNN water levels in Hawaii are rising by about a metre before receding then rising again.
Earlier, a four-metre high wave hit part of the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia.
A huge tsunami has caused serious damage to the southern part of Juan Fernandez island, also known as Robinson Crusoe island, while a partial evacuation of Easter Island has been ordered.
Boats, including US Navy ships, moved out to deeper water so that they would be unaffected by the wave.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Gold Medallist saves the day

Lydia Lassila has won the Gold Medal in the womens Aerials at Whistler/ Vancouver Canada.
The Winter olmpian has saved the Olympic committee from the dilemma of choosing who leads the Aussies with the flag into the closing ceremony.
Torah Bright carried it into the opening and it looked like the 'friendless' silver medallist, Dale Begg-Smith would get the honour. Now it looks like Lydia will get the honour. PHEW☺☺☺

PS. Did you see the look of relief on Kevin Gosper's face when he placed the Gold Medal around Lydia's neck today?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Brian Mc Keever

Notice the Bib number? 42. Some 'Hitchiker's guide to the galaxy' fans would agree that this is the answer to the meaning of life.

He is the first athlete to compete in both the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
STOP PRESS!!! THEY JUST CHUCKED HIM OFF THE TEAM (27th Feb)...WHAT A bastard of a coach! His replacement, Babikov competed in 4 events and got 33rd in this one. You've gotta feel for Mc Keever.

His event is the Men's 50 km, Mass Start Classic. It's the last event of the games.
He suffers from Stargardt disease, causing him to lose 90 percent of his vision.

"It's the Olympic Games (Paralympics) for people with physical disabilities and I hope people will realise through my story the gap is not that big."

He has just won dual Gold Medals at the Paralympics, mission accomplished. March 17, 2010.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Gridiron final series

Those americans know how to get a crowd revved up before the game starts.
At this match, about half way through The Star Spangled Banner, they released a bald eagle to fly all around the stadium only to land on its trainers arm in exact unison with the last note of the song.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Winter olympics week 1

My 2 favourite events this week were the snowboarding and of course the ski-jumping.

Torah Bright won for Australia while Shaun White did it for America.

This is how high they both can go off the half-pipe.

Gotta love Simon Ammann's double olympic double golds.

And a creepy Skiing poster...Lol ☺☺☺

Our Two man Bobsleigh found the track challenging on their first run.
The picture shows how they went from just after a start mishap.
 It's a long way down when you're Downunder!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

VJ no more.

It looks like the VJ class died quickly in 2007 after the great (St George) sailor, Larry Selby,set sail for heaven.
Here's a few pictures from when I was sailing them against Larry (above at Teralba lake Macquarie, that's me with a  spinaker pole, lol) and below right up to the last days circa 2008.
New Hissy from the 1970's and a couple from 2007.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The America's cup has jumped the shark!

Seriously these boats are speed racers.

How could you call them Yachts?

James (Jimmy) Spithill from Oz was the skipper and victorious on BMW Oracle-USA.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


The anonymous blogger mentioned he sailed a firball.
Not quite a VJ, but great fun.
Check out this clip on Youtube, the ending sums up the camaraderie between classes. I suppose the main tip is to give way to port by going behind the boat even if it's a tad slower than you, lol.
fireball sailing 2008

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Australia remembers 'Black Saturday." This youtube clip was seen all around the world (Koala) and reminds us all of the disaster.
This clip shows you what it was like being a witness to the fire front.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree

Men at work have lived up to the Aussie slang today.
The band was so named 'Men at work' because that's the sign Aussie roadworkers use and often it looks like they're all doing nothing.

Their song "Downunder" has been found to be a rip-off of the tune 'Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree.'

Very fitting that Larrikin music were the winners.

men at work rip off folk song.