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A poem I wrote as a kid:

The War started in 1914
men came from all over to enlist
they appeared so keen to take part
regardless of the possible risk

Shipped off to Egypt for training
the trip seemed to take them for ever
nothing stops men who are dedicated
and filled with the sense of endeavor

Up the beach they charged
diving into trench after trench

despite the horrible stench

When the retreat started
the Anzacs sneaked out at night
the Turks crept up
but found no-one to fight

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ICE – In Case of Emergency

This arrived in my inbox the other day, and rather than forward it, I thought I’d post it here…

East Anglian Ambulance Service have launched a national In Case of Emergency (ICE)” campaign with the support of Falklands war hero Simon Weston and in association with Vodafone’s annual life savers award.

The idea is that you store the word “”ICE”” in your mobile phone address book, and against it enter the name & number of the person you would want to be contacted “”In Case of Emergency””. In an emergency situation ambulance and hospital staff will then be able to quickly find out who your next of kin are and be able to contact them.

It’s so simple – everyone can do it. Please do. Please will you also forward this to everybody in your address book, it won’t take too many forwards’ before everybody will know about this. It really could save your life.

There’s even a website:

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strange coincidence # 1029

On my way home from the Melbourne PHP User Group Meeting I was stopped at a set of light in Lilydale, and I happened to glance up at the petrol station in front of me.

Unleaded was 102.9 cents.

Bringing by focus back to the interior of the car, I noticed the time was exactly 10:29pm

Caused a weird double take / deja-vu sort of thing…

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A sunrise is like Gods love.

Always there

sometimes obscured by the clouds of ourt circumstances

sometimes we just turn our backs

but even then, even with our backs to the light, we often see it reflected off others

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Why do vineyards grow roses at the end of each row of vines?

I’ve often wondered why most of the vineyards I see in the Yarra Valley have a rose bush at the end of each row. My best guess was that it attracted the bees to fertilise the grape flowers, but Bern put an end to the controversy by asking someone at a wine tasting….

The answer is: If there are any afids about, the attack the roses first and provide warning before they get to the grape vines. Kind of like the Miner’s Canary.

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Eating an apple with CRUNCH

You know that crunch you get when you bite into a nice crisp apple. Try it one day with headphones on!

I found this out because I ate an apple on the way home from work one day and I still had the earpiece from my portable hands free kit in my ear.

Very crunchy.

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Streaming Media Costs

A 128kbps stream at 8 hours per day = 450Meg/day to listen to
the radio. 2.3Gig/week.” – Jase in an email.

At 6.9c/Mb* that works out to $31.05 per day or $621/month.

“”$10 would buy a little radio, and you’d never need to stream again, but
there would be no way to get your employer to pay for it…”” – Jase again in the same email.

I know at one of the schools I work at that students are not allowed walk/discmans but are allowed to listen to music through the computer. It’s not surprising that we have done approx 8Gb in downloads from in the last 10 or so weeks. I’m glad we get 30Gb free each month.

* Rate that government schools pay. Most commenrcial rates are more like 15c/Mb once you go over your cap.

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Digital Fridge

Bern posted the previous article to some friends and family, and we got a reply wondering “”was this the modern-day equivalent of the artwork pegged up on the fridge!””

I guess it is!
Please don’t leave the door open………. 🙂

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New word: SMeSsay

I came up with a new word the other day, after Mum sent me such a long SMS that it gor broken up over 2 messages. The word was SMeSsay” [es em essay] which is simply a long SMS.

I Googled for it but there was only a couple of links in English (I think it might be a word in an African language) and most of those were S&M. One funny like was this to a web button for the word “”Essay”” (and obviously a small pic).

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