Family and Friends all together on one page now.
We've all been there: you go over to someone's place, and they get out the photo's of their trip and proceed to bore you rigid with tales of their travels. Now you can be bored rigid without having to leave your computer screen! My Trip is two stories and two photographs (how restrained!) from my 1996 sojourn to France, and the story of my 1999 trip to the USA.
I have also included a page on disabled travel. Yes, that's me, a person with reduced mobilty. And it's possible to fly to the other side of the world and have a great time!
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Australia's premier cultural and information gathering institution. Radio (five networks), television, a symphony orchestra in every state capital, a publishing arm and international radio & television services. And they employ me! Go and have a look for yourself at these pages. You can lose yourself in there for a couple of days. See you after the weekend.
Look what you get for just hanging around for 25 years?
Until Classic FM (Aus) gets streaming audio, I confess a liking for Classic FM (UK)'s Windows Media Player hi-fi stereo feed.
Try Lyric FM across the Irish Sea - it seems just as good.
At a time when the ABC is beset with enemies and infidels, we have our friends: The Friends of the ABC: "Our aim is to defend and promote the ABC in its vital role as an independent, national broadcaster. We vigorously oppose all efforts to censor the ABC and oppose all forms of sponsorship and advertising for it. We continually remind all political parties of the importance of the ABC and seek funds from the government to enable it to operate effectively."
About a million years ago, I used to work for Radio University 5UV at the University of Adelaide (about 20 years ago, actually). It was the first public station in Australia, and I was there when it was two years old. Read all about it!
All Things Considered
And while I'm telling you about radio, you can't go past All Things Considered from National Public Radio in the US. It's also on ABC NewsRadio.
An interesting companion site to ATC is All Songs Considered. If you enjoy the music bridges in ATC, All Songs Considered highlights the tunes, their artists and the CDs they come from (you'll need the RealPlayer 7).
Lost and Found Sound.
Is there no end to the brilliance of these people? From All Things Considered. Just go there. Find out why the Foley walker you see on the movie credits is named after Jack Foley.
A Prairie Home Companion
While I'm singing the praises of NPR, you must take note of A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor's masterpiece. Alas, no longer on the air in Australia (and you'll have to pass around the hat if you want it back) but it is now on the Internet! If you haven't read his 95 Theses from Lake Wobegon Days (Viking Penguin US, Faber & Faber UK, 1985), log out, turn off the computer, run down to the bookshop/library and buy it/borrow it right now.
A note for Australian readers: if you check out the Prairie Home Companion catalogue you'll see a 1-800 telephone number which you can't call from here. But there is a way! I have just discovered that if you dial 0011-1-880-755-0387 you'll get through! It's not toll-free but at least you get through.
See Garrison Keillor's "In Search of Lake Wobegon" in the December 2000 issue of National Geographic -- good in print, better on the web, where you can hear Garrison Keillor reading his article.
At a time when commercial broadcasters are all running scared from web broadcasting (it might cost them $$$), public broadcasters are flying the flag
A trip to the library to look for a book about management can be depressing: there are just so many of them. Which can lead you to the conclusion that no-one really knows, and some are just lucky enough to have the knack. But Ricardo Semmler has the knack and can impart a few tricks, not so much in the books (which aren't too bad) but in a brief article from the Harvard Business Review, Ricardo Semmler's Guide to Stress Management, which I have placed here. It probably says a lot about me as anything else, but I hope you can glean some useful bits and pieces from it.
Best Source for Facts on the Net - Refdesk.com
The Celestine Prophesy
Have you read The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield (Bantam 1993)? If you've ever wondered why coincidences happen, buy/borrow that one too, then check out the Celestine Prophecy Homepage
Have you ever been reading in bed, and the book was so funny that you woke your partner up as you tried to suppress the laughter? That happened to me with Bill Bryson's The Lost Continent. It's a book that makes me laugh and laugh and laugh. I even tried reading it at the time of day when I feel most unfunny and it worked its spell!
He's written others which are just as good: e.g. Notes from a Small Island (Black Swan '95): "After seven years of living in the country where a dead cow draws a crowd, London can seem a bit dazzling."
The Internet Tourbus ("why surf when you can ride the bus?") which is an eclectic collection of nice sites with a story as well.
How many Microsoft engineers does it take to change a lightbulb? None - they have redefined the industry standard as darkness. And lots, lots more of lightbulb jokes are just waiting for you if you click on this link.
The one and only, the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald.
Before I finish this chapter, I just thought you might like next week's X-lotto numbers. If you're lucky enough to have foreknowledge, you might as well share it around.
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