Ready to give me a kicking?

I proved to everyone in the office last year that I’m hopeless at footy tipping. This year I intend to prove it to the world.

If you follow AFL can I encourage you to try to beat me at tipping for the coming season?

I’ve just signed up at footytips.com.au and so I’ll be able to pit my skills against thousands of other footy fans. The best part is that you can try your skills against mine by signing up to The Journey Footy Tipping Competition. Just follow the link and join up. I promise that by the time the season ends I’ll have come up with a reasonable prize for the best tipster.

Some people spend ages checking the form of each side and thinking through the match ups, the ground, the ladder and a whole range of variables before tipping. I tend to just go ahead and choose then hope for the best.

Go on. Join up. It’ll be fun.

The great thing with footytips.com.au is that you can be part of more than one competition at a time. I was alerted to the possibilities by Geoff so I’ve joined his competition too.

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Let in the unexpected

One of the segments on my morning radio programme at 98.5 Sonshine FM is a fortnightly look at what’s on at the movies.

Aaron Kamp has been reviewing movies for some time and he posts his reviews at Cinemaniacs, part of the YFC website.

Every couple of weeks we look at what’s in the cinemas and what’s new on DVD.

Today we talked about the new Adam Sandler movie, Reign Over Me.

In the movie, Sandler’s character is a man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City. The grief he experiences is crippling and has left him living a strange, reclusive existence. He runs into his old college roommate played by Don Cheadle. Renewing their friendship is the one thing that begins to help the man recover from his grief.

The movie has Sandler playing a very straight, dramatic role rather than his usual bumbling comedy parts. Not all the critics have been kind to him but many have had a lot of good things to say about his acting in Reign Over Me.

You can listen to our discussion by clicking here.

There is a whole range of audio options available now with 98.5 Sonshine FM’s Audio On Demand service. You can subscribe to a number of my regular radio features or simply look through the archives to find something that interests you.

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Ross Wilson please Come Back Again

Brilliant.

How else can I describe the inaugural Hearing Aid family concert in Supreme Court Gardens on Sunday?

The Ear Science Institute Australia, a not-profit-organisation, organised the family event to fund vital medical research into ear and hearing disorders. After some initial audio problems, which the organisers handled extremely well, the concert got underway and featured over four hours of music from acts as diverse as the Rogue Traders, the Hooley Dooleys and Courtney Murphy with his band Murphy’s Lore.

I must admit that my favourite part of the event was seeing Ross Wilson performing live with his band the Urban Legends. Ross is certainly getting older, an affliction not unique to him alone, but he has lost none of the sound that put him on the top of Australia’s musical charts with his bands Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock. He’s still got the moves too.

He played some of his solo stuff but mainly stuck to favourites including Come Back Again, Hi Honey Ho, Bom Bom, Come Said the Boy, Summer of ’81 and several others before finishing with the song that was the inspiration for Elton John’s Crocodile Rock, Eagle Rock.

No party in Australia is complete without Eagle Rock pumping through the speakers so it was a fitting finale for Ross Wilson and the Urban Legends.

As I mentioned previously, I recently spoke to Ross Wilson during my morning radio programme on 98.5 Sonshine FM. You can hear our conversation using the media player at the bottom of this post.

As for the rest of the show, it was great to see Courtney Murphy performing live. At one point during his set he invited Fremantle Docker, Luke McPharlin, took to the stage and sang a couple of songs. He did quite reasonable versions of How to Save a Life and You Can Call Me Al.

The final band to take to the stage was the headline act, Rogue Traders. According to ten year old Emily, this was the act we’d all come to see. Iwasn’t quite convinced.

I listened to them and tried to enjoy their music but it all seemed to be ‘just noise’. I listened to the guitarist – he’s extremely talented. The drummer – brilliant. Keyboards – very good. Natalie Bassingthwaighte’s vocals – excellent. Even with all those great elements it just didn’t work for me. I did enjoy a couple of their songs but for the most part I couldn’t see what the fuss was about.

I was wondering about my lack of enthusiasm when it hit me. It wasn’t about them, it was about me. There comes a time in every man’s life when he becomes his father. In the same way that my musical choices sounded like ‘just noise’ to my dad, the kind of music that Emily chooses to listen to sounds the same way to me. Make no mistake, the guys in Rogue Traders are a great band, I’m just getting older.



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Knockin' on Heaven's Door

A survey by Ed Stetsker shows that a lot of people are thinking about Heaven a lot of the time.

They may not be thinking about the Christian idea of Heaven but it seems that a lot of us are often wondering about what lies beyond the grave. Do we go on to some kind of paradise? Do we become spirits that continue to hang around here on earth? Can we truly know what we’ll encounter when we pass from this life?

When people we know pass away we talk about them going to a better place. Is that what we truly believe? Is there a better place waiting for us?

My regular Wednesday morning guest on 98.5 Sonshine FM is Ross Clifford who is the Principal of Morling College in New South Wales and current President of the Baptist Union of Australia. Each week we chat about a range of issues relating to spirituality and belief.

Yesterday we talked about the subject of Heaven and our yearning for something more than this life offers. Is it just a yearning based on a wish? Is it simply that we don’t want to believe that it’s all over when it’s over?

You can hear our conversation by left clicking here or you could right click here to save the mp3 and listen later.

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