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19 entries from February 2007

Qantas.. no, Jetstar!

Well, it may be branded Jetstar but we all know it's just Qantas pretending to be Virgin...

We flew up to Hamilton Island to do an Awards Show over the weekend, more about that in another post! As far as the travel goes, Sue-Anne was picked up at security for trying to smuggle a pair of nail scissors in her hand luggage. Now bear in mind, this is the same security checkpoint that has (twice!) not been concerned about me carrying (accidentally) my 'Leatherman' in my carry-on luggage.

Now realistically, which item do you think would be more capable of harm in the cabin of an airliner:

Scisors Leather

On the trip up we forgot that Jetstar don't serve you food, they sell it to you, so when we came back this morning on the 10.55am from Hamilton Island arriving in Melbourne at 3pm, we restrained ourselves from filling up at the airport cafeteria and prepared to buy our lunch on the plane.

The yummy Jetstar menu featured: Classic Sandwich $5, Hot Meat Pie & Sauce $5, Sub Sandwich $6.50. They also had a selection of chips, lollies, some Pepsi range soft drinks and lots of alcohol.

I thought I'd follow the good old Aussie tradition and have a pie, while Sue-Anne was planning on a sandwich.

"Sorry", said the attendant, "No pies today." Oh. "No sandwiches either, we sold out on the flight up here and the catering is done from Melbourne. We never know how much we'll sell. We have hot cups of noodles, salted cashews, muffins, or pringles."

I had a tube of Pringles and a lemonade. Sue-Anne had wine, a muffin and some cashews.

Next time we travel on Jetstar we'll follow another good old Aussie tradition... Bring a plate!

The Illusionist

10m_3We saw the movie 'The Illusionist' the other day. I had ordered it from Amazon about a month ago (it still hasn't arrived!) so we went to Northland and saw it on the big screen instead.

So... is it better than 'The Prestige'?  No.

In my opinion, 'The Illusionist' commits the worst of all cinematic crimes - it's boring.

There are other problems: The script is basic and predictable, the characters are unlikeable and very one-dimensional, it had a score by Philip Glass, and the magic is extremely unconvincing. (Yes, 'The Prestige' had much more unbelievable effects, but it actually suspended your disbelief for the life of the movie). With one glaring exception, 'The Illusionist' had a much more authentic look for the time than 'The Prestige'.

I'll be surprised if it does as well in Australia as 'The Prestige'.

Subtitles used in Hong Kong Movies

English Subtitles (used in films from Hong Kong) (to cheer up Mat)

You daring lousy guy.

Beat him out of recognizable shape!

Yah-hah, evil spider woman! I have captured you by the short rabbits and can now deliver you violently to your doctor for a thorough extermination.

I have been scared silly too much lately.

I got knife scars more than the number of your leg's hair!

Beware! Your bones are going to be disconnected.

The bullets inside are very hot. Why do I feel so cold?

How can you use my intestines as a gift?

Greetings, large black person. Let us not forget to form a team up together and go into the country to inflict the pain of our karate feats on some butt of the giant lizard person.

I am darn unsatisfied to be killed in this way.

Fatty, you with your thick face have hurt my instep.

Gun wounds again?

Same old rules: no eyes, no groin.

A normal person wouldn't steal pituitaries.

Darn, I'll burn you into a BBQ chicken.

Take my advice, or I'll spank you a lot.

Who gave you the nerve to get killed here?

This will be of fine service for you, you bag of the scum. I am sure you will not mind that I remove your toenails and leave them out on the dessert floor for ants to eat.

Quiet or I'll blow your throat up.

I'll fire aimlessly if you don't come out!

Magic on TV???


'Australia's Got Talent' premieres tomorrow night. We've heard a bit of the backstage goss and know there is at least one (maybe more) magician appearing on the show but when??? And how will they go up against all manner of other eccentric talent acts???

Have you heard anything? Maybe you're going on it yourself and can share some insights with us?

Or maybe, if you watch it on Sunday night, you can tell us what you think of the show... is it as good as the American version.. will it last?