Archive for June, 2004

give it your all

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004

I have never subscribed to the idea of giving anything less or more than 1oo% I have always wondered how it is that some people can give more than 1oo%. My way of thinking is that if you give everything you have given one hundred percent and there is nothing more. Therefore if you have room to give that extra 10 or 20 percent then I think that in the first instance you were only giving 80 – 90%.
A friend of mine sent me the following – I do not know how wrote it as it is one of those things doing the rounds on the internet. It sets some of my wonderings in order:
Strictly mathematical
From a strictly mathematical viewpoint it goes like this:
What Makes 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%? What makes up 100% in life?
Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:
If: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z is represented as: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.
8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11= 98%
K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E 11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%
1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%
2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%
AND, look how far ass kissing will take you.
A-S-S-K-I-S-S-I-N-G 1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%
So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that While Hard work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, it’s the BullshiT and Ass kissing that will put you over the top.

Azaria’s fate revealed in series

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004

Azaria’s fate revealed in series
For those who thought they knew the real story behind the disappearance of baby Azaria Chamberlain from Ayers Rock in 1980 – think again.
A new Australian TV mini series called Through My Eyes is about to set the record straight, uncovering a number of previously unknown facts that will shed light on the real question in most Australian minds: Did a dingo really take baby Azaria?
Writer and producer Tony Cavanaugh said the series, due to be completed in September and filmed in Brisbane, was the result of years of research and consultation with a number of key players.
“We call this the untold true story and it is,” Mr Cavanaugh said from the mini-series set.
Lindy Chamberlain claimed a dingo took her daughter Azaria from a tent at an Ayers Rock camping ground on August 17, 1980.
But authorities believed the young mother had murdered the child, and after a lengthy court trial and unsuccessful appeals to the federal and high courts, Lindy was sentenced to life imprisonment.
It was not until three-and-a-half years later that a royal commission found Lindy should never have been convicted, and she was pardoned and paid compensation.
“What we originally thought was the story we all know is in fact a very different story,” Mr Cavanaugh said.
He said his company Liberty and Beyond Productions were initially reluctant to touch the project, thinking it had already been done in films such as the Meryl Streep film Evil Angels (released in the US as A Cry In The Dark).
But Mr Cavanaugh said extensive talks with Lindy Chamberlain, her family, police investigators,rangers and people staying at Ayers Rock at the time of the disappearance, had soon changed his mind.
“It became clear pretty quickly that there was a lot of interesting material that had never been revealed,” he said.
Mr Cavanaugh said about 65 per cent of Australians still believed Lindy Chamberlain was guilty of murder.
“They all have a stake and opinion in the story, so when it goes to air who knows what will happen,” he said.
The cast reads like a who’s who of Australian acting, with the lead role of Lindy played by Miranda Otto, from Lord of the Rings, and her husband Michael played by Craig McLachlan of Neighbours fame.
Other famous names include: Peter O’Brien, Lorraine Bayley, Lucy Bell, Andrew McFarlane, Paul Mercurio, Barry Otto, Paul McDermott and Shaun Micallef.
–The Age

I’m tired

Sunday, June 20th, 2004

Ive had a big week!
Life makes you continuely get up, stand up and be accountable.
I keep fightng the battles – Tim You are with me on this right?! – just keep fighting the battles. My battles arent that big apart from the fact they are about living and surviving. Whose arent??
I have had too much red wine to make any sense but all I know is this: Life moves on,you either embrace it or you dont.
My daughter has now emarked on her journey of having her first boyfriend. She said to me the other day that no matter what I would always be the most imortant boy in her life. She meant it and i will forgive her when she takes it back when she gets married. She is such a wonderful girl and now she has a boyfriend – I am good with that – but damn you know you bring them up so they are good to go and then they do!
life is a series of letting go
come to terms with that
and living and dying
becomes a whole lot easier
know what I mean?
cross you on the path, hey?

Annie Get Your Gun …AUSTRALIAN

Saturday, June 19th, 2004

Annie Get Your Gun
…AUSTRALIAN theatre legend Toni Lamond has been lured back to the stage. Theatre is in her blood and she has clearly passed the blessing on to her son Tony Sheldon who is a hit in The Producers.
Lamond will play Mother Lord in the Production Company’s High Society, opening July 14. It will be her first ever, much anticipated, performance for the Production Company.
While on the Production Company, Paul Mercurio has just been appointed choreographer for Annie Get Your Gun, which will open on September 29…
–Catherine Lambert, Sunday Herald Sun

sense of scent

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

the scent of woman
long before I see
I smell.
perfume is the scent
of promises
wafting towards and
finding me.
it lingers
causing my nose to flare
my eyes to wander
my mouth to water
and muscle to tense.
my senses hightened
I search
first with nose
then with eyes
and finally with instinct.
the perfume reminds me
of promises met past
of promises yet to come
so now I hunt.
lust need and conquest
drive me
to stroke
your hair
your neck
your breast
my desire to
to become one.
this your scent
finds in me
settles upon me
and rules me
for without a woman
I am nothing
but an incomplete man

your choice

Saturday, June 12th, 2004

The only supposed rule I have asked for to be followed here is that people not be offended by some ones point of view. Share, express, discuss, honour, laugh, cry, debate, communitcate but DO NOT TAKE OFFENCE!!!
I can not remember anyone writing a post to this site with the express intention of offending someone. I can remember on too many occassions people taking offence at something – but what a waste of time and a good opportunity! If I take offence at something someone writes or says to me the first question is to myself – why am I reacting in that manner, which of my buttons did that idea or phrase push, why am I CHOOSING to react in that manner. How I react or act in any given situation is my choice – no one can make me react in that manner it is my choice even when I do not know it, even when I (choose to) blame some one else.
When something on this site pushes my button I have written on occassion “thank you for pushing my buttons this is how I felt…. I will think on this further”
Right now I am angry. I dont want peolpe to get offended, I dont want people to argue or clash, I dont want people to be negative or aggressive or bitchy. I never have in my life and not on this site but maybe my head is still in the sand and the fact is people are all those things and more and I am just ignorant and stupidly niave for thinking it could be different here.
So make a choice people right here and right now.
I do not believe an argument has to dip into the realms of negativity nor do I believe we need to dip into the realms of personal offence – if you do, dont bother posting here.

Toying with fame For once,

Saturday, June 5th, 2004

Toying with fame
For once, Andrea Toy’s celebrity husband is in the shade. The cameras, with their big stickybeak lenses, are seeking her instead.
“I said, `No Paul, today is my photoshoot’,” Toy says. And says it genially too, considering this former ballet star has spent 15 years eclipsed by the flashbulb halo around her spouse, dancer and movie god Paul Mercurio.
By the time Mercurio samba’d to success in 1992’s Strictly Ballroom, Toy had been retired from dance for three years and quietly raising the first of three young Mercurios. To have a floodlight suddenly beamed on daddy was unnerving.
“It was an amazing time, with women hurling themselves at my husband.
“You would go to functions and have people, photographers, pushing you out of the way. I felt like a lackey.”
She still squirms about one television interview, edited to make her appear angry about all the excitement. In fact, she wasn’t and still isn’t.
“People do recognise Paul but I’m very used to it now; it doesn’t faze me. I just don’t walk behind him.”
This week Toy, 43, steps out in her own spotlight to fulfil what she thought was a fading dream — to dance again with the Australian Ballet.
Her role as the Queen in Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake will reunite her not only with the company she left in 1985 — despite being within a jete of becoming a principal artist — but with the man who persuaded her to leave it.
Murphy, genius choreographer, shameless flatterer, wooed her to his Sydney Dance Company.
“I was just intrigued by Graeme and by working with someone different, someone so fantastic — and that won out over becoming a principal,” Toy recalls.
But what did the sly seducer say?
“He said `Love to have you in the company, love your work, you are wonderful, you’re a star’. It was nice to have someone say those things about you, because in the ballet world you didn’t often hear compliments. I didn’t regret it. I felt I grew up when I joined his company.”
Toy danced and travelled with the SDC for four years. Not the least of that maturing experience was meeting her true love, loitering in the SDC’s grotty former digs in Sydney’s Woolloomooloo. (The company now has posh lodgings on the harbour.) But there was no instant spark.
“He was having a fling somewhere and I had a crush on someone else. I was upset about some boy and we started talking — and once we started talking we didn’t stop. The romance didn’t start right away, but the friendship did.”
One night Mercurio rescued Toy from a party, and the clutches of a man she didn’t fancy, and was invited in for a cup of tea. And so it began.
When Mercurio left to try his luck in Europe, Toy followed — with Murphy’s blessing.
“He said, `OK, but bring Paul back with you’. We backpacked around though we realised that the best place for us to be was back here in the same company.”
But they didn’t dance together. Toy, about 175cm, was too tall to partner her compact, muscly husband.
“When I was 15, I was tiny,” says Toy, who used to munch Chokitos on her treks from the Australian Ballet School to her Glen Waverley home. Between 15 and 17 she soared tall, until the Australian Ballet’s then director, Peggy Van Praagh, begged her to stop.
“She still let me in the company. I was good enough.”
Last year, after a disappointing dry spell in Mercurio’s career, Toy moved her family back to Melbourne. She, Mercurio and Elise, 14, Emily, 12, and Erin, 8, live bayside and love it.
When the AB asked her to return for Swan Lake, she gleefully threw herself back into ballet classes.
“It was the age-old thing of the 20-year-old head on the fortysomething body,” she says, “and I thought, `I can do these jumps!’ And I tore a cartilage.
“It doesn’t matter if the Queen has a limp. It’s all part of the character. But I have done quite a bit of damage. It has taken me well over a year to do any kind of exercise again.”
But her friendship with Murphy is still in fine shape.
“That first day of rehearsal, we just looked at each other and had a good laugh.”
–Alison Barclay, Herald Sun


Friday, June 4th, 2004

Not too happy about the tone of some of the posts. Some newbies have come on boards and hijacked the thread. Some oldbies are none too pleased with the change. People seem to be getting ruffled and indignant, talk of flaming, talk of what happens on other boards, talk of shame, mention of offence, people coming, people going. It has been an interesting couple of hundred posts.
Heres what I think – this has always been a place where we listen to each other. It is also a place where we talk, comment, be honest, laugh, share and cry. Listening to each other is important and caring is important. Spelling is not so important!
Michael and Richard I am very happy to have you as part of this community but (sorry about the but…) but in your enthusiasm I fear you have run over a few of the oldbies. You have both used the word “assume” a very dangerous word and concept. To assume often means to not listen or to comment on that which you dont know. One of the things I am working on constantly is to not assume, in fact I am trying to purge it from my vocabulary. Richard you have made assumptions regarding my action and thoughts and then laid them at the feet of oldbies who have been here for two years. A newbie telling an oldbie how it is – it rubbed me a bit. Granted you dont know who some of the longer attending posters are. That is where the non jumping to assumption and listening part comes in. Michael I am sorry to say it but Mil is our appointed Gran Ma and as such she is our appointed authority figure because she is the oldest. Like a good Grand Ma occasionally she sticks her nose in where perhaps she shouldnt but it is done with love and concern and we forgive her because she is the oldest – because she is Grand Ma Mil. Being a new member you werent aware of this. If you need anything or somebody’s e-mail Grand Ma Mil has it and gives very generously too.
Newbies upset the apple cart could have been a good title to this post. I did find your post to her unecessarily aggressive but understand it hit one of your buttons regarding the past.
Grand Ma Mil I am going to give you a slap on the wrist too. I havent left the post, never have, I just wasnt coming due to the stuff of my life for the moment. I am sure you were speaking on behalf of some posters but not all. Your comment regarding the way it was in the beginning: I have read all the posts and the first two hundred or so is as per the norm: we talked about the blog at hand. But after that I think that topic was covered and people moved on. The fact I hadnt posted a new blog meant that people meandered which for the most part is good. I am a bit miffed that I wasnt reading when all the recipe stuff was on as you guys know I love a good recipe.
Respect is a good word and a convoluted concept at times. Ultimately it is earnt through time. Grand Ma Mil calls me “our Paul” which after posting here for a year and a half or so I feel that I know her well enough to be comfortable with her and that title. Newbies need to give us (oldbies) time to get to know you and visa versa before we start casting assumptions and spiteful words around the room.
Through knowledge comes understanding.
As for the poster with no name I am sure you are aware that this is not what this site is about.
I have said my bit. I thought Inn, in her last post or so said it well enough as did Sherrlyn. So now we may forget about the oldbies and the newbies and us and them type feelings and be a community. open, honest, tolerant and quick with a smile.

U.S. Television Schedule for June:

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004

U.S. Television Schedule for June:

Strictly Ballroom
Sun  May 30  11:00A on Encore Love Stories
Mon  May 31  04:00A on Encore Love Stories
Mon  May 31  05:00A on Movie Plex
Wed  Jun  2  05:10A on Starz
Wed  Jun  2  10:15A on Showtime
Sat  Jun  5  06:15A on Showtime
Mon  Jun  7  08:30A on Starz
Thu  Jun 10  02:25P on Showtime
Mon  Jun 21  08:45A on Showtime