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Newtown miss the eight

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 9, 2004 - 5:13am

My first season as a born-again Jets fan is over. Newtown missed the eight in the VB Premier League, finishing in tenth spot on 23 points. Conceding 696 points in 24 games is not a good way to do things, but rather better than the club I used to follow in its NRL days, North Sydney, who allowed 1024 points in 24 matches, almost 43 per game.

I got to see Newtown play at Henson Park four times this year: March 27, when they lost 26-14 to St George reserve grade in round three; May 8, when they beat North Sydney 42(right on average)-20 in round nine; June 5, when they beat Balmain 20-12 in round thirteen; and July 31, when they beat the Roosters reserves 22-20 in a thrilling round twenty-one clash.

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International Literacy Day

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 8, 2004 - 11:16pm

International Literacy Day 2004Wednesday September 8 is International Literacy Day. The aim, according to the UNESCO website, is "to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies".

This year's theme is Literacy and Gender. UNESCO says that almost one in every seven people is illiterate, and out of a total of 860 million illiterate adults more than 500 million are women.

Advanced hair and other John Howard resources

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 7, 2004 - 2:00pm

Some John Howard resources that you can't live without during this election campaign:

http://www.advancedhair.com.au/2004/johnny.html
From Advanced Hair Studios (yeah yeah!), How to get a head in politics. Choose a vote-winning hairstyle for JWH.

http://www.ny.com.au/johnny.swf

RNC: Picking fleas with Barney

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 6, 2004 - 1:24pm

"When I spend time with Barney, we bark together. We pick fleas together." Thus spake one dog of a president. That scene, from an informercial within that huge Fascist Infomercial called the Republican National Convention, is meant to show us, no doubt, how much GWB is an ornery guy who loves his critters.

RNC Fascist Infomercial Day 4 Preview

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 4, 2004 - 12:17am

The tea-to-stumps session of the fourth and final day of the New York StuporTest will start in a few minutes. The big question is: will GW Bush accept the Republican Party's unanimous nomination for President? Let's hope not, and make this Circ... er, Convention worthwhile.

The Life and Times of Malcolm Fraser (2004)

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 3, 2004 - 2:54pm

I could count the number of conservative politicians in Australia whom I respect on about two fingers. Tim Fischer is one. Malcolm Fraser is the other.

My feelings about Fraser were much different back in the 1970s. I detested him as a Liberal Prime Minister. I blamed him for back-stabbing his way to the top, having shafted John Gorton and Billy Snedden, and then orchestrating the blocking of supply in 1975 in order to shaft the Labor government of Gough Whitlam. I found his government to be hard-line conservative, and cheered as his bottom lip quivered while conceding the 1983 election to Bob Hawke.

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