The Red Balloon

Here’s a French film from the 1950s that I remember vaguely watching as a child. This short film from Albert Lamorisse is probably one of the most famous children’s films of all time.

More Comments From Piers’ Cesspool

Again I ask how a major newspaper blog site can allow such lax moderation standards as that at Piers Akerman‘s. I think alluding to the PM as having a criminal history is worthy of a defamation action while calling her shit and an arsehole is just crude vulgarity. But as Piers and his News Ltd cronies always tell us, the Labor government and Julia Gillard are arroding our freedom of speech.


 Surely allowing comments calling the PM a traitor is not good. Nor is calling for the army to revolt. Are people so unhinged or is it just that Piers attracts these looneys.



Shonen Knife – Buttercup (I’m A Supergirl)

What could be better than combining Shonen Knife with the Powerpuff Girls? Nothing!!!

iPhone 4S Issues

In March I decided to lash out and purchase a new iPhone 4S. Last Wednesday I upgraded the operating system software… And that’s where my troubles began. Since then I have had no sound. I can’t hear people who I ring and Those who ring me, I can’t even hear the bloody thing ring. There’s no sound on any of the apps or games either.

Today I took the phone to Chadstone to repair. First I went to Vodafone where the ‘nerd’ pretended it was an unusual problem. (It ain’t, there are hundreds of pages at Apple’s online forum dedicated to this issue!) he said he could send it to the Vodafone tech but that would take between 5-10 working days to get my phone repaired.  I then went to the Apple Store where the tech again feigned disbelief at this problem. It couldn’t possibly be the software upgrade that caused this issue! Do they think I’m stupid? Do they think I wouldn’t have checked the Internet to see if anyone else has had this problem?

Anyway I have made an appointment to see a tech tomorrow to repair the phone. I think the phone is great when it works but to have a problem like this is unacceptable. They better repair the phone to my satisfaction, but I must say I’m not impressed.


Some comments made at Piers’ and Andrew’s blogs are almost defamatory. Many are just downright stupid and I don’t understand how they can pass moderation.

Shonen Knife – Daydream Believer

Back in the 90s I was a fan of what was then known as J-Pop. That is pop/rock music played by Japanese all girl bands singing in Engrish. OK, I admit that I wasn’t all that into the scene but I was a fan of Shonen Knife and even went so far as buying a few of their albums.


This is their cover of the great Monkees song, Daydream Believer.


Brilliant Moderation Piers

Yesterday David Penberthy wrote an article on Murdoch’s The Punch website talking about how there are some people who are quite unhinged when it comes to discussing politics and that he thought it was Tony Abbott‘s fault because he wants power at any cost. It was an interesting read but it ignored one big factor in the unhinging… the Murdoch press. Maybe Penbo didn’t want to bite the hand that feeds him but spend just a minute reading Andrew Bolt‘s latest blog entry and you’d think that we are living under a dictatorship. Then there is Piers Akerman, who describes Prime Minister Gillard as odious. Just one look at the comments he, as a moderator, allows to be published unchallenged is quite an eye opener.

English: own work

English: own work (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I see that Melbourne supporters are blaming their coach Mark Neeld for their woeful performances this so far year. This is really unfair as the problem runs much deeper than the coach and has more to do with their administration and previous coach. The problem is that the Demons have been terrible for a long time. As I said on Facebook 12 months ago when I watched both Collingwood and Melbourne training on adjacent ovals, watching the Dees was like watching the local under 12s in comparison to the professionalism of the Pies. The Pies were running through complex drills whilst Melbourne was playing kick to kick and goal kicking practice.

The problems as I see it has to do with their poor recruiting and the fact that Neeld has come from Collingwood where tactics, accountability and discipline, two things Melbourne has been lacking for so long, and tried to bring these things to the Demons. From some reports the senior players have rejected Neeld for this, which I guess means that to be honest they don’t deserve the opportunity to play AFL football. I think that Melbourne’s current predicament reflects more on former coach Dean Bailey than anything else.

One of the biggest critics of Neeld has been David King, who was a successful player with North Melbourne, but has never been a senior AFL coach. He was an assistant to Richmond coach Terry Wallace a few years ago and we know how well the Tigers did during those years. King has applied for several coaching jobs since Richmond gave him the flick but no one has been willing to even give him a second glance.


John Jay on Bob Brown

Here’s a recent post from Pier’s favourite reader about former Greens leader Senator Bob Brown. Yes, there is more mention of Dark Forces…

John Jay

A regular contributor to Piers Akerman’s blog is John Jay, whose views are… shall we say… unique.