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RIP Peter Falk

Peter Falk has passed away at the age of 53. ‘P’ and I used to love watching episodes of Columbo on TV1 on Foxtel together. Columbo was one of those great characters. He had a lot of good movie roles in films such as It’s a Mad Mad Mad World, The Great Race, and Murder By Death and of course The Princess Bride.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? – I Do!

Yesterday I auditioned for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Hotseat. It is one of my long-held ambitions to try to get onto a game show, and since this is the only one left on Australian TV at the moment, this is the one I chose. Personally I don’t like the Hotseat version of the game, and it makes the game more about luck than skill. Because of the concept there is the possibility that you get onto the show but don’t get asked any questions. The original Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? was a better show. (Note to Eddie and Channel 9 – Bring it back!)

I left home at 4pm. I caught the number 75 tram from Flinders Street to Auburn Road and walked down to the Hawthorn Institute of Education campus of Melbourne University. This is a place that I know well as I have been here several times to complete exams for Open University. Whilst I was on the tram I tried to read the MX newspaper. This took me three minutes. I then tried to complete the word puzzles that MX publishes to ease my frazzled nerves. This again took me three minutes.

I arrived at the destination around 5:15 but had to wait until 6pm to go inside. I went for a walk to try to calm down a bit, but this really didn’t work. I tried to do some meditation whilst waiting and people must have thought that I looked silly. This helped to clear my mind but I still felt nervous.

The first part of the audition process involved watching an episode of Hotseat. This was very frustrating. I always find it frustrating when watching the show as I know most of the answers but the contestants don’t. I think that the episode was a hint to what the producers really wanted, as it featured Alice, who was very quirky. (Hint, they don’t necessarily want smart people, just quirky/charismatic ones!)

The next stage of the audition consisted of a 30 question test. It was done like they do on the show, where the questions were multiple choice and you have 20 seconds to answer them. I guess I was extremely nervous still as the test started, as I got six of the first 15 questions wrong. Fortunately for me I only made two more errors over the final 15 questions. This gave me a score of 22 out of 30, which I was a bit disappointed with. Of those that I got wrong, about five I had no idea whatsoever, whilst pon the other two I just seemed to have a complete brain fade.The tpo scorer only got a score of 27 out of 30, so I guess I didn’t do too badly. Only people who scored 17 and above got to stay for the next part of the audition. I was surprised that so few people remained and that so many missed out. (Really, most of the questions were very easy!)

The next stage was the hardest. It consisted of filling in a form telling the producers about youself, and then doing a mock 60 second interview where you have to say something about yourself. It is this section in which I don’t think I did too well. I’m not all that great at interviews as I can be very shy and often get nervous and tongue tied. On top of this I did not have any great anecdotes about trips I have been on or crazy incidents I have been involved with.  It seems that everyone had some elaborate story to tell except for me. I did not even have a compelling sob story for why I should win a million dollars. In reality I think it would be extremely unlikely that I would win anything, so my entire motivation for being on the show is just to prove to myself that I can do it.I do think that a lot of the others who were there were quite arrogant and ‘up themselves’. Not the type of people who I would associate with but probably the type of  people who will get onto the show.

Anyway I guess that if I did well I will get a call back to appear on the show. I am not holding my breath. Today I received an email offering me tickets for the studio audience, which I figure is a consolation for not being asked to appear on the show. I am still proud of myself for giving it a go.

Osama Dead/Trump News

Woke this morning to the news that Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks on America has been killed. Here is President Obama giving the news today.

Obama has finally managed to do what neither Bush nor Batman could.

The other big news has been the stupidity of Donald Trump and his advocacy of the so-called ‘birther‘ issue.

I think Obama put Trump in his place with these comments.

I know a lot of people, myself included, like to criticize George W Bush‘s presidency and how inarticulate he could be. However unlike Trump I do think that Bush did have America’s best interests at heart. Trump on the other hand is a narcissistic ego maniac who is trying to capitalise on his cynical belief that the American people are stupid and racist.

I don’t believe that Americans are racist or stupid but a lot are as can be seen with these pictures.

But most Americans are not racist or stupid and they will see Trump’s  bizarre statements for what they are.

RIP Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor has passed away at the age of 79. She is remembered as  one of the most beautiful and glamorous actresses of the 1960s but she also started making movies as a child in the 1940s. Some of here most famous movies include…

Lassie Come Home

National Velvet

Father Of The Bride


Cat On A Hot Tin Roof


RIP Tony Curtis

June 3, 1925 – September 30, 2010

Just heard via Twitter that Tony Curtis has died at the age of 85. I think that the first time that I ever saw a movie with Tony in it would have either been

Some Like It Hot

or The Great Race

on TV, both movies that I loved as a kid and still like now. When I grew older I watched other movies such as…


The Defiant Ones with Sidney Poitier.

I wonder how many stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood are still with us. Jerry Lewis, Mickey Rooney, Lauren Bacall, Kirk Douglas… not too many others.
Douglas… not too many others.