Magnificent Seven P’s Meme

I have been tagged by Wolfgang to participate in the “Magnificent Seven P’s” meme, which was created by WVb A blog about everything and more:

Passion: my kids
Purpose: to learn to live life to the full
Pursuit: of happiness
Position: changeable
Pummeling: my ego full of self respect
Progress: slow but sure
Personality: boring sometimes, calm, nerdish

And now, as usual when I complete memes I will tag five people who may choose to complete the meme if they so see fit, or not.

Angry Barcode at Intellectual Hedonism
Midlife Beginnings
Theresa at Sleeping Kitten Dancing Dog
Anne at The Rest of Me
Lady Penelope at Lady Penelope’s Thoughts

Magnificent Seven P’s Meme

I have been tagged by Wolfgang to participate in the “Magnificent Seven P’s” meme, which was created by WVb A blog about everything and more:

Passion: my kids
Purpose: to learn to live life to the full
Pursuit: of happiness
Position: changeable
Pummeling: my ego full of self respect
Progress: slow but sure
Personality: boring sometimes, calm, nerdish

And now, as usual when I complete memes I will tag five people who may choose to complete the meme if they so see fit, or not.

Angry Barcode at Intellectual Hedonism
Midlife Beginnings
Theresa at Sleeping Kitten Dancing Dog
Anne at The Rest of Me
Lady Penelope at Lady Penelope’s Thoughts

Of Heroes

Just a quick post this time to mention two sports people in the news downunder.

Firstly, last night we saw an amazing performance from Jana Rawlinson who won the 400m hurdles at the World Athletic Championships in Japan. What is remarkable about this is that she did it only 8 months after having a baby. This is a lady who in some ways self destructed just prior to the Athens Olympics so it is a fantastic effort for not only making the comeback but for the manner in which she has done it. I understand she continued to train through most of her pregnancy.

Secondly, Andrew Johns, arguably the greatest Rugby League player Australia has produced and therefore one of the best ever anywhere, admitted on the Channel 9’s NRL Footy Show last night that he has been taking illicit drugs for 14 years. You can see a video of his confession here.

In my eyes Andrew Johns has just stepped up a rung on the pedestal despite the fact that this confession may well tarnish his playing reputation I think that he has shown an enormous amount of courage to come out and expose his personal issues so publicly. I fear that it is the tip of an iceberg in terms of the illicit drug problem amongst elite sportsman in this country but I hope that it will now not continue to be swept under the carpet.

Channel 7 a week ago purchased some confidential medical records that have since turned out to be stolen. These records named a Melbourne AFL club and stated that two of it’s players were in rehab for drug use. The story has become more about the purchase of stolen medical records than about the issue of illicit drug use and I have been astounded by the response from both the AFL and the AFL Players Association in the vilification of the journalist who broke the story and the fact that in my opinion they are missing the point about the drug use.

The AFL and the AFLPA claim that it has the most stringent drug testing policy of any sport in this country or the world but there are way too many unanswered questions here for me to believe what they are saying.

We know, for example, that Ben Cousins, who plays for the West Coast Eagles, has or had a major drug problem and we also know that he never tested positive for drug use. What we don’t know about the current situation is whether these players alluded to by Channel 7 have tested positive and were caught by the AFL’s drug testing or whether they have gone into rehab voluntarily. We don’t know how many tests are done for illicit drugs, nor how many have tested positive, nor do we know what clubs are involved. On face value, at least one Melbourne based club has a drug culture that needs to be dealt with. And under the AFL policy, unless a player has tested positive three times, that club has no right to know if any of it’s players are using drugs. That is absurd.

I also don’t like the way that the AFL and AFLPA continue to qualify what they say by stating that we know there is a drug problem but there is a drug problem in the rest of the community too. It is a cop out to claim that football players deserve some leniency because they give up a lot when they become footballers.

If lucky enough to be given an opportunity to play sport professionally they also gain a hell of a lot, including a salary that most kids won’t see in ten years of work let alone as a rookie sportsman. And those who are good enough will go on to become part of the privileged few who can retire comfortably in their early 30’s. So yes, they give up some privacy, but the payoffs can be enormous. Like it or lump it they also become role models and it is bad that kids can now see an example of elite sportsman who have taken drugs and continued to perform well on field and to prosper off it as a result of money and privilege.

Andrew Johns has at least given a public confession now and we will all watch and hope that he can overcome his problems. I would have far greater respect for the likes of Ben Cousins and Daniel Kerr, and these other hidden drug users if they went public and showed that they were serious about overcoming addiction and in showing they understand the duties a role model has to younger people in society.

Of Heroes

Just a quick post this time to mention two sports people in the news downunder.

Firstly, last night we saw an amazing performance from Jana Rawlinson who won the 400m hurdles at the World Athletic Championships in Japan. What is remarkable about this is that she did it only 8 months after having a baby. This is a lady who in some ways self destructed just prior to the Athens Olympics so it is a fantastic effort for not only making the comeback but for the manner in which she has done it. I understand she continued to train through most of her pregnancy.

Secondly, Andrew Johns, arguably the greatest Rugby League player Australia has produced and therefore one of the best ever anywhere, admitted on the Channel 9’s NRL Footy Show last night that he has been taking illicit drugs for 14 years. You can see a video of his confession here.

In my eyes Andrew Johns has just stepped up a rung on the pedestal despite the fact that this confession may well tarnish his playing reputation I think that he has shown an enormous amount of courage to come out and expose his personal issues so publicly. I fear that it is the tip of an iceberg in terms of the illicit drug problem amongst elite sportsman in this country but I hope that it will now not continue to be swept under the carpet.

Channel 7 a week ago purchased some confidential medical records that have since turned out to be stolen. These records named a Melbourne AFL club and stated that two of it’s players were in rehab for drug use. The story has become more about the purchase of stolen medical records than about the issue of illicit drug use and I have been astounded by the response from both the AFL and the AFL Players Association in the vilification of the journalist who broke the story and the fact that in my opinion they are missing the point about the drug use.

The AFL and the AFLPA claim that it has the most stringent drug testing policy of any sport in this country or the world but there are way too many unanswered questions here for me to believe what they are saying.

We know, for example, that Ben Cousins, who plays for the West Coast Eagles, has or had a major drug problem and we also know that he never tested positive for drug use. What we don’t know about the current situation is whether these players alluded to by Channel 7 have tested positive and were caught by the AFL’s drug testing or whether they have gone into rehab voluntarily. We don’t know how many tests are done for illicit drugs, nor how many have tested positive, nor do we know what clubs are involved. On face value, at least one Melbourne based club has a drug culture that needs to be dealt with. And under the AFL policy, unless a player has tested positive three times, that club has no right to know if any of it’s players are using drugs. That is absurd.

I also don’t like the way that the AFL and AFLPA continue to qualify what they say by stating that we know there is a drug problem but there is a drug problem in the rest of the community too. It is a cop out to claim that football players deserve some leniency because they give up a lot when they become footballers.

If lucky enough to be given an opportunity to play sport professionally they also gain a hell of a lot, including a salary that most kids won’t see in ten years of work let alone as a rookie sportsman. And those who are good enough will go on to become part of the privileged few who can retire comfortably in their early 30’s. So yes, they give up some privacy, but the payoffs can be enormous. Like it or lump it they also become role models and it is bad that kids can now see an example of elite sportsman who have taken drugs and continued to perform well on field and to prosper off it as a result of money and privilege.

Andrew Johns has at least given a public confession now and we will all watch and hope that he can overcome his problems. I would have far greater respect for the likes of Ben Cousins and Daniel Kerr, and these other hidden drug users if they went public and showed that they were serious about overcoming addiction and in showing they understand the duties a role model has to younger people in society.

Of Heroes

Just a quick post this time to mention two sports people in the news downunder.

Firstly, last night we saw an amazing performance from Jana Rawlinson who won the 400m hurdles at the World Athletic Championships in Japan. What is remarkable about this is that she did it only 8 months after having a baby. This is a lady who in some ways self destructed just prior to the Athens Olympics so it is a fantastic effort for not only making the comeback but for the manner in which she has done it. I understand she continued to train through most of her pregnancy.

Secondly, Andrew Johns, arguably the greatest Rugby League player Australia has produced and therefore one of the best ever anywhere, admitted on the Channel 9’s NRL Footy Show last night that he has been taking illicit drugs for 14 years. You can see a video of his confession here.

In my eyes Andrew Johns has just stepped up a rung on the pedestal despite the fact that this confession may well tarnish his playing reputation I think that he has shown an enormous amount of courage to come out and expose his personal issues so publicly. I fear that it is the tip of an iceberg in terms of the illicit drug problem amongst elite sportsman in this country but I hope that it will now not continue to be swept under the carpet.

Channel 7 a week ago purchased some confidential medical records that have since turned out to be stolen. These records named a Melbourne AFL club and stated that two of it’s players were in rehab for drug use. The story has become more about the purchase of stolen medical records than about the issue of illicit drug use and I have been astounded by the response from both the AFL and the AFL Players Association in the vilification of the journalist who broke the story and the fact that in my opinion they are missing the point about the drug use.

The AFL and the AFLPA claim that it has the most stringent drug testing policy of any sport in this country or the world but there are way too many unanswered questions here for me to believe what they are saying.

We know, for example, that Ben Cousins, who plays for the West Coast Eagles, has or had a major drug problem and we also know that he never tested positive for drug use. What we don’t know about the current situation is whether these players alluded to by Channel 7 have tested positive and were caught by the AFL’s drug testing or whether they have gone into rehab voluntarily. We don’t know how many tests are done for illicit drugs, nor how many have tested positive, nor do we know what clubs are involved. On face value, at least one Melbourne based club has a drug culture that needs to be dealt with. And under the AFL policy, unless a player has tested positive three times, that club has no right to know if any of it’s players are using drugs. That is absurd.

I also don’t like the way that the AFL and AFLPA continue to qualify what they say by stating that we know there is a drug problem but there is a drug problem in the rest of the community too. It is a cop out to claim that football players deserve some leniency because they give up a lot when they become footballers.

If lucky enough to be given an opportunity to play sport professionally they also gain a hell of a lot, including a salary that most kids won’t see in ten years of work let alone as a rookie sportsman. And those who are good enough will go on to become part of the privileged few who can retire comfortably in their early 30’s. So yes, they give up some privacy, but the payoffs can be enormous. Like it or lump it they also become role models and it is bad that kids can now see an example of elite sportsman who have taken drugs and continued to perform well on field and to prosper off it as a result of money and privilege.

Andrew Johns has at least given a public confession now and we will all watch and hope that he can overcome his problems. I would have far greater respect for the likes of Ben Cousins and Daniel Kerr, and these other hidden drug users if they went public and showed that they were serious about overcoming addiction and in showing they understand the duties a role model has to younger people in society.

Morgan’s Meme

Here is another tag that is actually getting a bit long in the tooth for which I apologise. This one comes from Walks Far Woman over at Kissing the Dogwood.

So the instructions to the next five people we’re grilling! :)

1- Remove the blog from the top, move all blogs up one, and then add yourself to the bottom.
Homespun Honolulu,
Who’s Yo Mama
Life in the Fast Lane,
Sir Paul McCartney & The Beatles guest band purplemelon,
The Process of a Miracle,
Kissing The Dogwood,
Sunrays and Saturdays

2- Replace the last persons answers to all the questions with 5 of your own.

3- Pass this meme on to five fellow bloggers

************************************************************

What were you doing ten years ago? (Five things)

  1. I was 5 months into owning my own business
  2. growing my hair and a beard
  3. working 80 hours a week
  4. worrying about money
  5. playing basketball

What were you doing one year ago? (Five things)

  1. I was 4 years into my current job
  2. Working 60 hours a week
  3. Worrying about my kids and money
  4. I was in Newcastle for the ABA National Championships
  5. I was waking up to the fact that I was deep into a midlife crisis

Five snacks you enjoy.

  1. potato chips
  2. KFC
  3. Magnum Icecreams
  4. Kiwi Fruit
  5. Chocolate

Five Songs you know the lyrics to…

  1. Hotel California
  2. The Pretender
  3. Sunrays and Saturdays
  4. Summer of 69
  5. Boys of summer

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire.

  1. Give half of it away
  2. Buy a house
  3. Buy a Canon 1DS MkIII
  4. Take a world tour and visit my blog friends
  5. Learn to fly

Five Bad Habits.

  1. snoring
  2. Farting
  3. Occasional intolerance
  4. Feeling guilty when I make a purchase for myself
  5. I am a hoarder

Five things you like to do.

  1. Read
  2. Write
  3. Listen to music
  4. Photography
  5. Participate in sport whether as a player, coach, administrator

Five things you would never wear again.

  1. Platform shoes
  2. Flares
  3. Staggers Jeans
  4. Cravat
  5. Bowler hat

Five favourite toys.

  1. Lego
  2. Toy soldiers
  3. Dino Riders
  4. Bike
  5. Basketball

Five things you hate to do.

  1. Clean up spew
  2. Unblock dunnies
  3. View dead bodies
  4. Use a gun
  5. Confess my sins

Now I am going to tag 5 people on my blogroll whom I don’t believe I’ve tagged before. No obligations folks, I’m not even gonna tell you you’re tagged, I expect you’ll find it if you’re on technorati. 😉

Peter of Worldman
Janice at Twist and Skewer
Dr Heidi at Virushead
Pen of Pen is Mightier than the Sword
Ohmyword at Ohmyword

Morgan’s Meme

Here is another tag that is actually getting a bit long in the tooth for which I apologise. This one comes from Walks Far Woman over at Kissing the Dogwood.

So the instructions to the next five people we’re grilling! :)

1- Remove the blog from the top, move all blogs up one, and then add yourself to the bottom.
Homespun Honolulu,
Who’s Yo Mama
Life in the Fast Lane,
Sir Paul McCartney & The Beatles guest band purplemelon,
The Process of a Miracle,
Kissing The Dogwood,
Sunrays and Saturdays

2- Replace the last persons answers to all the questions with 5 of your own.

3- Pass this meme on to five fellow bloggers

************************************************************

What were you doing ten years ago? (Five things)

  1. I was 5 months into owning my own business
  2. growing my hair and a beard
  3. working 80 hours a week
  4. worrying about money
  5. playing basketball

What were you doing one year ago? (Five things)

  1. I was 4 years into my current job
  2. Working 60 hours a week
  3. Worrying about my kids and money
  4. I was in Newcastle for the ABA National Championships
  5. I was waking up to the fact that I was deep into a midlife crisis

Five snacks you enjoy.

  1. potato chips
  2. KFC
  3. Magnum Icecreams
  4. Kiwi Fruit
  5. Chocolate

Five Songs you know the lyrics to…

  1. Hotel California
  2. The Pretender
  3. Sunrays and Saturdays
  4. Summer of 69
  5. Boys of summer

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire.

  1. Give half of it away
  2. Buy a house
  3. Buy a Canon 1DS MkIII
  4. Take a world tour and visit my blog friends
  5. Learn to fly

Five Bad Habits.

  1. snoring
  2. Farting
  3. Occasional intolerance
  4. Feeling guilty when I make a purchase for myself
  5. I am a hoarder

Five things you like to do.

  1. Read
  2. Write
  3. Listen to music
  4. Photography
  5. Participate in sport whether as a player, coach, administrator

Five things you would never wear again.

  1. Platform shoes
  2. Flares
  3. Staggers Jeans
  4. Cravat
  5. Bowler hat

Five favourite toys.

  1. Lego
  2. Toy soldiers
  3. Dino Riders
  4. Bike
  5. Basketball

Five things you hate to do.

  1. Clean up spew
  2. Unblock dunnies
  3. View dead bodies
  4. Use a gun
  5. Confess my sins

Now I am going to tag 5 people on my blogroll whom I don’t believe I’ve tagged before. No obligations folks, I’m not even gonna tell you you’re tagged, I expect you’ll find it if you’re on technorati. 😉

Peter of Worldman
Janice at Twist and Skewer
Dr Heidi at Virushead
Pen of Pen is Mightier than the Sword
Ohmyword at Ohmyword

Morgan’s Meme

Here is another tag that is actually getting a bit long in the tooth for which I apologise. This one comes from Walks Far Woman over at Kissing the Dogwood.

So the instructions to the next five people we’re grilling! )

1- Remove the blog from the top, move all blogs up one, and then add yourself to the bottom.
Homespun Honolulu,
Who’s Yo Mama
Life in the Fast Lane,
Sir Paul McCartney & The Beatles guest band purplemelon,
The Process of a Miracle,
Kissing The Dogwood,
Sunrays and Saturdays

2- Replace the last persons answers to all the questions with 5 of your own.

3- Pass this meme on to five fellow bloggers

************************************************************

What were you doing ten years ago? (Five things)

  1. I was 5 months into owning my own business
  2. growing my hair and a beard
  3. working 80 hours a week
  4. worrying about money
  5. playing basketball

What were you doing one year ago? (Five things)

  1. I was 4 years into my current job
  2. Working 60 hours a week
  3. Worrying about my kids and money
  4. I was in Newcastle for the ABA National Championships
  5. I was waking up to the fact that I was deep into a midlife crisis

Five snacks you enjoy.

  1. potato chips
  2. KFC
  3. Magnum Icecreams
  4. Kiwi Fruit
  5. Chocolate

Five Songs you know the lyrics to…

  1. Hotel California
  2. The Pretender
  3. Sunrays and Saturdays
  4. Summer of 69
  5. Boys of summer

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire.

  1. Give half of it away
  2. Buy a house
  3. Buy a Canon 1DS MkIII
  4. Take a world tour and visit my blog friends
  5. Learn to fly

Five Bad Habits.

  1. snoring
  2. Farting
  3. Occasional intolerance
  4. Feeling guilty when I make a purchase for myself
  5. I am a hoarder

Five things you like to do.

  1. Read
  2. Write
  3. Listen to music
  4. Photography
  5. Participate in sport whether as a player, coach, administrator

Five things you would never wear again.

  1. Platform shoes
  2. Flares
  3. Staggers Jeans
  4. Cravat
  5. Bowler hat

Five favourite toys.

  1. Lego
  2. Toy soldiers
  3. Dino Riders
  4. Bike
  5. Basketball

Five things you hate to do.

  1. Clean up spew
  2. Unblock dunnies
  3. View dead bodies
  4. Use a gun
  5. Confess my sins

Now I am going to tag 5 people on my blogroll whom I don’t believe I’ve tagged before. No obligations folks, I’m not even gonna tell you you’re tagged, I expect you’ll find it if you’re on technorati. 😉

Peter of Worldman
Janice at Twist and Skewer
Dr Heidi at Virushead
Pen of Pen is Mightier than the Sword
Ohmyword at Ohmyword

Birthday Meme …and then there were 3

Birthday Meme …and then there were 3
I think I am way behind memes so if I you have tagged me and I haven’t answered please let me know in a comment. Steph from Remedial Rumination has tagged me with the birthday meme.

Instructions: Go type in your birthday in Wikipedia (month and day). Write down three events, 2 births, 1 holiday and tag 5 friends. My birthday is July 14:

Events

Births

Holiday
France’s National Day

Anyway, if you’re tagged by me, please slot yourself right on the last slot and bump everyone up. And the list:
Are We There Yet?,
Gran’s Memory Keeping Corner,
Teacher Julie,
Mommyness is Happiness,
This is a miracle,
Blur Ting,
Remedial Rumination

Sunrays and Saturdays

Part Deux originating with Janice:

“13 of 3s”

Three things that scare me:
1. Heights
2. Drowning
3. Criticism

Three people who make me laugh:
1. Billy Conolly
2. John Cleese
3. Jeremy Clarkson

Three things I love:
1. Petrichor – The smell of rain on a summers day
2. Wilderness
3. My kids

Three things I hate:
1. Petulance
2. Unsportsmanlike Behaviour
3. Racism

Three things I don’t understand:
1. Quantum Physics
2. Cellular Mechanics [just made that one up – don’t even know if there is such a thing but if there was I wouldn’t understand it
3. WOmen

Three things on my desk:
1. Photo of my daughters
2. Crystal Basketball bought by my son for me in the NBA store in New York
3. A Carlton wobble head figurine

Three things I am doing right now:
1. Watching City Homicide – New Australian TV Show
2. Drinking a cup of tea
3. Thinking about making up a meme on favourite books

Three things I want to do before I die:
1. Visit Machu Pichu
2. Walk the Cradle Mountain track in Tasmania
3. Be a great great great Grandfather

Three things I can do:
1. Write
2. Photograph
3. Cook

Three things I can’t do:
1. Ride a motorbike
2. Bungy Jump
3. Stop thinking

Three things I think you should listen to:
1. I Hope You Dance – Leeann Womack
2. The Dance – Garth Brooks
3. A childs laugh

Three things you should never listen to:
1. Gossip
2. Fingernails on a blackboard
3. Power saw

Three shows I watched as a kid:
1. Gilligan’s Island
2. Hogan’s Heroes
3. The Flintstones

And for the three who may choose to do this one or not –

Gypsy
Janice
Pen

Birthday Meme …and then there were 3

Birthday Meme …and then there were 3
I think I am way behind memes so if I you have tagged me and I haven’t answered please let me know in a comment. Steph from Remedial Rumination has tagged me with the birthday meme.

Instructions: Go type in your birthday in Wikipedia (month and day). Write down three events, 2 births, 1 holiday and tag 5 friends. My birthday is July 14:

Events

Births

Holiday
France’s National Day

Anyway, if you’re tagged by me, please slot yourself right on the last slot and bump everyone up. And the list:
Are We There Yet?,
Gran’s Memory Keeping Corner,
Teacher Julie,
Mommyness is Happiness,
This is a miracle,
Blur Ting,
Remedial Rumination

Sunrays and Saturdays

Part Deux originating with Janice:

“13 of 3s”

Three things that scare me:
1. Heights
2. Drowning
3. Criticism

Three people who make me laugh:
1. Billy Conolly
2. John Cleese
3. Jeremy Clarkson

Three things I love:
1. Petrichor – The smell of rain on a summers day
2. Wilderness
3. My kids

Three things I hate:
1. Petulance
2. Unsportsmanlike Behaviour
3. Racism

Three things I don’t understand:
1. Quantum Physics
2. Cellular Mechanics [just made that one up – don’t even know if there is such a thing but if there was I wouldn’t understand it
3. WOmen

Three things on my desk:
1. Photo of my daughters
2. Crystal Basketball bought by my son for me in the NBA store in New York
3. A Carlton wobble head figurine

Three things I am doing right now:
1. Watching City Homicide – New Australian TV Show
2. Drinking a cup of tea
3. Thinking about making up a meme on favourite books

Three things I want to do before I die:
1. Visit Machu Pichu
2. Walk the Cradle Mountain track in Tasmania
3. Be a great great great Grandfather

Three things I can do:
1. Write
2. Photograph
3. Cook

Three things I can’t do:
1. Ride a motorbike
2. Bungy Jump
3. Stop thinking

Three things I think you should listen to:
1. I Hope You Dance – Leeann Womack
2. The Dance – Garth Brooks
3. A childs laugh

Three things you should never listen to:
1. Gossip
2. Fingernails on a blackboard
3. Power saw

Three shows I watched as a kid:
1. Gilligan’s Island
2. Hogan’s Heroes
3. The Flintstones

And for the three who may choose to do this one or not –

Gypsy
Janice
Pen

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