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Sunday, April 30, 2006

A Tragic Story of Coffin Mishandling

A member of Australian army died in Iraq recently, by a single shot wound in his head. According to the Army's initial investigation, it his death was most likely due to an 'accident', his pistol somehow was triggered and shot himself.

This man is from Gippsland, Victoria and he was only in Iraq for a month. He has a young family with two kids, and apparently he really lives to become a member of the army since his young age because he likes hunting deers.

So then his body was sent home to Melbourne and his family went to Melbourne airport to receive his body. And then this tragedy happened! The body in the coffin sent back to Melbourne was not his. This was another man, a completely different man, apparently a Bosnian contractor worker in Iraq. Somehow in Kuwait, someone mishandled or misidentified a different person and sent him back to Australia, covered by Australian flag, as an Australian soldier.

The family of the died soldier understandably went ballistic. How could it happen? His death was due to serving his country in a war, but somehow he could not even be correctly identified and sent back home after giving his precious life. It was such a terrible mistake for the grieving family. This mistake made them asking more questions about what caused the death of the soldier, which is understandable. It was indeed terrible.

Spin Doctors

Having get used to reading lots of news from the English press since a couple of years ago, especially football news, I become aware that some section of the press in this country are the best "spin doctors" in the world. Making headlines to sell papers and printing news for certain hidden agenda are normal practices for them. The most recent example is the Luis Felipe Scolari vs English Media saga.

"Big Phil" - the famous name of Felipe Scolari, Brazilian football coach who now works for Portuguese national team, was chosen by the Football Association of England to take over the England national team from Sven Goran Eriksson, after this coming Germany World Cup. Before the FA talked to Phil, the English Media have been campaigning for an English coach, at least a British coach to follow in Sven's steps. Once the news that Phil was talking seriously to the FA broke out, the FA was criticised left and right, front and back, up and down by the media, former national coach, club owner, former national player and so on - you mention it.

So, it was clear then the English Media, most of them if not all, did not like Big Phil, and later some of their journos started to find out more about this man, by parking outside his house in Portugal. Big Phil was shocked by this media attention and finally he backed off, even before he signed any offer and he quoted media pressures as the reason why he did not want to take the job.

Now, you would think the media realised they have put too much pressures to Big Phil therefore they should apologize to the FA because of their behaviour. No, they won't at all, the blame the FA instead, by accusing the FA was not doing their jobs. Fickle? Indeed! More interestingly, some section of the press mentioned Big Phil got death threat from the Portuguese fans. Blimey!

This is not the first time the English media have tried to make a headline of the FA and its national coach. A newspaper even needed to send one of their journos to act as a fake Sheikh and invited Sven, the current national coach, to Dubai to talk about a lot of confidential things about his future and the England dressing room. They spent hundred thousand of poundsterling to fund this "exclusive interview" without Sven knowing he was being interviewed.

The links provided in this article is for information purpose only, they are by no means to suggest the correponding websites/news providers are the actual spin doctors.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Bugatti Veyron

For those who do not know what the fastest and most powerful (and weirdest shape) sport car in this planet is (at the moment), please welcome: BUGATTI VEYRON 16.4

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 has 16 cylinders configured in W-shape, 8-litre engine, with 4 turbo super-chargers, giving a maximum speed of 400 km/h and 1001 horse power (HP) at 6000 RPM. It is a 7-speed transmission, and its acceleration is even faster than McLaren's F1 car, taking only 2.9 s to jet off from rest to 100 km/h, compared with 3.2 s of McLaren's. It is also an all-wheel drive car, because this is necessary to control the car during its top speed.

So how much will this car cost you if you want to buy one? Not much, if you are a billionaire! Only 800,000 poundsterlings. Oh, and this price does not include purchase tax yet. And you may want to buy a car insurance as well, just in case, someone driving a Mercedes Benz hit the back of your car.

To see more pics of Bugatti Veyron, go to Bugatti's website: http://www.bugatti-cars.de

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Protest Turn Ugly & Unlucky Chinese

Violent scenes are still going in Honiara, the capital city of Solomon Islands. A protest on the result of the nation's general election turn into violence and riots broke out. Unluckily for the Chinese businessmen, their shops in the Chinatown were torn by looters and burned down. This is like the 1998 riots in Jakarta, Indonesia, where some Indonesian Chinese also had to lose their businesses because of looting, but the real reason which made the riots broke out was actually politics. This is an interesting coincident, because those who see opportunities to get free stuffs from a shop during a riot actually occur in many countries. It is not necessary that those people don't like this particular race or something, but it is purely a matter of taking an opportunity and perhaps feeling different (lower) socially & economically from the others make them think looting the riches is okay.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Good Friday "Superstitious"

The sky is always filled with dark clouds on Good Friday afternoon. It is even raining in some places. I personally have never seen a bright sunny Good Friday afternoon. If you don't believe this, make sure you remember this superstitious on the Good Friday next year and check it yourself.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Moral Dilemma

A woman, let's call her Susan, is a good friend of Jake and Lisa, Jake's partner. Susan knows that another friend's boyfriend, let's call him Bob, is chasing Lisa, and they have an affair. Susan really feels sorry for Jake, because she thinks Jake is very caring and a good father, but she has not told him anything about his cheating partner. What should Susan do in this case? Should she tell Jake about Lisa's affair? Comments are welcome!

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Photos from Otway (1)

Some photos from my recent field trip to Otway, in the western region of Victoria.

These two photos were taken at the same location but from a different angle and coverage.