June 17th, 2007
EDIT: Welcome to everyone dropping in from www.unofficialdarrenhayes.com Also, someone has dugg this story, so please head on by and vote for it.
Unfortunately for Ms Lucy Carne, the author of the article, Mr Hayes never actually said that. Mr Hayes released an ‘open letter’ to the Sunday Mail on his myspace page, which begins:
In response to the article in your news paper that suggests I ‘dissed’ the town I grew up in I have to say I’m appalled. The story is completely false and you didn’t even get my Father’s name right. You just printed a lie.
The opinions you expressed as mine are not even my words. They have been lifted from press release written by a U.K journalist.
For the record, Peter is my brother. Not my father. So much for getting basic facts straight.
However, the damage has been done. The article in the Sunday Mail has many comments hostile to Mr Hayes.
Another News Ltd employee, Brett Debritz, has altered a story on his Sunday Mail blog, apparently after having the Hayes letter brought to his attention by tuberuse . There is no acknowledgement of the fact that the original story was incorrect – it has just disappeared down the ‘memory hole’.
The story now has two unrelated YouTube clips, but the URL of the story still contains the words ‘get_real_darren’.
Just another reason to take Brisbane’s monopoly media company with a pinch of salt.
June 13th, 2007
It’s opening night tonight for ‘Allo ‘Allo at the Twelfth Night Theatre on Cintra Rd, Bowen Hills – click here for a Google Map showing the exact location.
‘Allo ‘Allo is a classic farce set in World War II – Rene, the owner of a small cafe in Occupied France, tries to carry on affairs with his waitresses while not getting caught by his wife, and also not getting shot by either the Germans (because he is hiding some very stupid British airmen in the cafe) or the Resistance (who distrust him because he lets Germans eat and drink in his cafe).
For a better idea of the plot, click here for the Wikipedia article (not really suitable for young children, but older teens will probably think the “naughty bits” are actually a bit tame compared to the latest Top 40 clip).
Private Helga Geerhart is played by Australian actor Chole Dallimore, who also played Ulla in the local version of The Producers – I saw this production, and I can verify that Ms Dallimore can lie with her back on the floor, kick behind her head and touch the floor with her toe.
Contact the Twelfth Night theatre to book your tickets for ‘Allo ‘Allo.
June 12th, 2007
I took some photos yesterday, and when I looked at this one from the Merivale rail bridge, I was amazed at how much detail the camera was able to pick up:
Anticlockwise from the bottom, I saw a bike path next to the river, an exit from the Riverside Expressway to Hale St with the Fourex Brewery in the background, the giant flagpole on Coronation Drive in Milton, and Oxley’s on the River restaurant.
If you click on any of the photos you will get taken to where they are stored at Flickr, the photo-sharing website, where you can see different sizes, download them for your own use or watch them as a slideshow.
June 11th, 2007
David says if I want to post anything to his blog I have to introduce myself. Hi I am David’s friend MsPiggy and I may post about Brisbane too occasionally. *waves*
A nurse at the Bundaberg Hospital, Toni Hoffman, has been appointed a Member of the Order. Ms Hoffman was the ‘whistleblower’ who exposed the scandal surrounding Dr Jayant Patel.
The Order of Australia was started in 1975, to replace the old British Imperial honours system.
For ten years (1976 – 1986) people could be appointed a Knight or a Dame of the Order of Australia, but not any more. Prime Minister Mr John Howard, leader of the conservative coalition government for the last eleven years, has never looked like bringing back Australian knighthoods. Only twleve knights (including Prince Charles) and two Dames were ever appointed, and only five of them are still alive.
Even though the Order of Australia is, in theory, awarded by the Governor-General, who represents the Queen of Australia, Elizabeth II (who is also the Queen of the UK). In reality the awards are decided by the Council for the Order of Australia, which has representatives from State and Territory Governments, the Federal Government, some public officials and the community.
Congratulations to all the new appointees to the Order Of Australia!
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