Weapons come back to haunt criminals

Is it life imitating art or the other way around?

We’ve all seen those movies and TV dramas where the bad guy commits a heinous crime before ditching his weapon in a nearby river or lake.

It would seem that the ‘baddies’ have been watching those shows too.

This article from News.com.au tells us that the drought that is crippling much of Australia is having an unexpected side effect. Police in the Australian state of Victoria have been finding some surprises when the waters have dried up.

Since last November, four guns have been uncovered in the now empty Lake Wendouree in Ballarat and in a creek at nearby Creswick.

Ballarat Senior Sergeant Gary Pilmore said a sawn off .22 semi-automatic rifle, an old bolt action 12 gauge shotgun and a lever action .22 rifle were among the weapons found in the parched waterways.

He said police already had linked one of the rifles to a burglary in Ballarat some 20 years ago, and had made contact with its original owner.

Police are expecting to find even more weapons as other water bodies continue to dry out but they’re warning people not to touch the guns as they may still be loaded and dangerous.

I wonder how many crimes will be able to be cleared up as a result of the drought.

I also wonder what other items of interest may be uncovered from the murky depths. There have been a number of scenes in movies and on TV when someone wants to forget someone or something and throws an object into the middle of a lake or waterway. It might be a ring or some other item of value and it’s usually something symbolic.

Have you ever thrown anything into a body of water hoping never to see it again? (I hope it wasn’t a weapon.)

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I want to ride my bicycle

It would seem that I can expect a lot more two wheeled company on the road when I’m out cycling.

The Cycling Promotion Fund released details today about the growing popularity of the humble bicycle in Australia and around the world.

Bicycles have extended their sales lead over cars for 2006, with Australian bike sales hitting a new record of almost 1.3 million while car sales declined from the previous year.

Bicycle sales in Australia totalled 1 273 781 for their fifth straight year of million-plus sales, more than 32 per cent ahead of the motor vehicle sales total of 962 521.

In the seventh successive year in which bicycles have outsold cars, bikes have extended their lead to more than 300 000.

It seems that bicycle production worldwide is well over double that of car production each year. I know that bikes are used in very different ways in different countries but it’s great to see millions of people across the globe opting for two wheels.

When was the last time you enjoyed the thrill of cycling?

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2007 Bloggies

The Bloggies are back.

As the website says, “The Weblog Awards are a non-profit project created in 2001 to award the best blogs. All the Bloggie winners are chosen by the public.”

There are many categories, including the coveted Weblog of the Year Award, and anyone can nominate the blogs they feel most deserving of an award. Nominations close on Wednesday so you’ll need to be quick.

I’ll go out on a limb here and predict that I won’t win or even be nominated. I can say that fairly confidently because I know that my blog is fairly ‘random’ in content and doesn’t fit well with the kind of blogs that win such awards.

That’s really not a problem for me. I enjoy what I do and thankfully there’s a small but ever so discerning group of readers that enjoy dropping in to see what I have to say. That’s reward enough.

Having said that, I read a bunch of blogs that would fit into many of the categories. I’m planning to spend a bit of time thinking which ones I can nominate. I think that good writing deserves to be recognised and so I’ll do my bit in trying to highlight the extremely talented bloggers that I regularly read. Believe it or not, I do keep up to date with all the blogs in the Blog List in my side bar. Thank goodness for Bloglines. If you’re looking for some good blogs you might like to start there.

If there are some exceptional blogs that you think are worthy of highlighting, why not nominate them today? If you’re one of the bloggers that gets nominated, make sure you let me know so that I can vote for you when the time comes.

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Broken

It served me well over many years.

It followed me when I left 98.5 Sonshine FM in 1999 and came back with me two and a half years ago when I returned.

Alas, it is no more.

It only cost a few dollars but coffee may never taste the same.

My long serving coffee mug was broken a day or so back. I don’t even know who broke it, I just saw it laying there, lonely at the bottom of the bin without its handle.

Sitting down with a nice strong cup of black coffee just won’t be the same. There are lots of mugs in the kitchen at work but drinking from another mug really isn’t the same as holding your own mug is it?

Maybe when a little time passes and I’ve had a chance to get over the pain I’ll wander down the road and visit the new year’s sales or perhaps I’ll just rummage through the cupboard at home to find a new work coffee mug.

Do you have your own special mug for coffee or tea at work or do you share a communal collection of cups and mugs? Do you find that your favourite beverage just doesn’t taste right if you don’t have your chosen mug?

Oh well, it was just a mug. I need to get over it. I think I’ll go make myself a coffee.

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