Are Australians wine snobs?

In a recent press Johannesburg press conference, Jeremy Clarkson was asked what he thought about South African wine. His comment, ‘well it’s better than Australian wine’. Given that the poms love to go Aussie bashing, it was to be expected. But it got me thinking, has the average Aussie tried a South African wine? Australia is a definitive ‘new world’ wine country. So we should be free of the snobbery of the Champagne or Alsace region of France where appellations are mandated and chateaus centuries old. You’d think we’d be open minded about wine. Sadly not. I put it to the average ‘long in the leg, thick in the head Aussie’ that you are the world’s most unmitigated wine snob. You buy all your wine from the one shop (Dan Murphys). For those of you who came in late or are not Aussies, Dan Murphys is a booze supermarket, like a Wal Mart dedicated to everything alcoholic. Good to save a few bucks, but just like Wal Mart, you save a bundle on somethings and get totally ripped off. Worse than that, you’re not getting any story behind the wine, you hardly ever meet the makers and you’re served by some spotty git that only knows what’s good because the manager always knicks it. Their ‘cellar’ is an industrial warehouse the size of Belgium and that’s about it. There’s no guy with a beard that could tell you everything from the etymology of the name of the terroir of the soil. Secondly, all your information comes from at best two sources, Jeremy Oliver (no not the celebrity chef) and...

Lemmy movie imminent

OMFG! I am so friggin’ excited. A movie about Lemmy is all but in the can and will be released in 2009. In the teaser alone, there’s Slash (who must be the Lemmy in training), Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper, Mick Jones and some other guy from the Clash and of course the other two blokes in Motorhead! Not much else is said about it except two of the guys from Poison will be in – meh. Not even that can trash this movie. On a side note, I hope Metallica are in this given they owe their whole livelihood to Motorhead! In the mean time, you can search for the Classic Albums episode on the Aces of Spades album – a true classic – and “Motorhead: Live Fast Die Old” (by Channel 4 in the UK) filmed in 2003. Both have a great dose of Lemmy’s inimitable character and humor. The later is a little more candid and realistic, but both are fantastic. If the movie can be half as good as these two, it will still be awesome. For better or for worse, it promises to be so much more. Man, this movie has a lot to live up to, but I am so excited. Become a fan of Motorhead on Facebook to get updates like this. How many more sleeps until 2009? For the trailer, see...

Lions reprezent in Cambodia wrestling

Er, this is so weird I had to check for the obligatory April Fools, but it’s dated May 2005! The Cambodian Midget Fighting League (all 42 of them) apparently decided to take on a lion in some sort of cage match. The fight was slated when an angry fan contested Yang Sihamoni, President of the CMFL, claiming that one lion could defeat his entire league of 42 fighters. Those little fellers didn’t do so well: Sihamoni was quoted before the fight stating that he felt since his fighters out-numbered the lion 42 to 1, that they “… could out-wit and out-muscle [it].” Unfortunately, he was wrong. Don’t believe me, well it’s from the BBC! Something tells me the won’t be a video on Youtube and I’m not game enough to look at...

iiNet Customer Service not so good

Well iiNET are very proactive after you call them. So much so after you call help desk, they send you an email that goes  like this. Thank you for your call this morning, Skye spoke to you this morning at ##:## AM WST regarding your enquiry. We understand that you may be midway through this transaction at present; however to enable us to improve and provide specific guidance and feedback to Skye, we would like you to fill out a very short survey. To complete the survey, please click on the following link: [insert link here] If you do not wish to participate in any more of these surveys, you can unsubscribe by modifying your mail settings on the iiNet toolbox available at https://toolbox.iinet.net.au Normally, I wouldn’t bother with a reply. But given that I had spent almost enough time on the phone to watch most of an average B-grade movie,  there was plenty to talk about. So I provided them with this reply in their little survey. This went in the ‘free text’ field of their response. It took approx 65 minutes to answer the phone. [operator name] was lovely and I have absolutely no complaints about her demeanour or level of diligence; she was truly the only hope you guys would have in organising a dance number in a Bollywood movie, let alone fornication in a brothel. Hats off to her. What I do wish to complain about in no uncertain terms is that when I’ve clearly identified myself as a broadband customer using the IVR, I’m forced to listen to the same dial up customer announcements...

Say hi to my big gay pierced dad…

Well at least you’d be saying this if you were Karl Rove. Whose apparently Norwegian, pierced penis, queer pioneer adopted father is meant to be according to this article. Some bloke who claims that Louis Rove used to go to piercing parties with him in the seventies, where they’d pierce each other on coffee tables, claims to own Mr Rove’s favorite golden cock ring. If you’re really game, read the source article here. The alledged Louis Rove has so many piercings, he’s like an inverted colander or a gold plated, purple headed Darlek. Well at least he can follow in his son’s footsteps and join the Conservative Party in the UK… Aah when the truth comes out about neo-cons. Oh dear god I hope that this is true. This is funnier than the refugees that snuck into England in Tony Blair’s customised BMW limo… Pure gold! Ironically I found this because I was searching for the apparent new You Am I album title “I’m Proud Of My Gay Son”. This find was almost as good as a new You Am I album. But please Timmy, top this...