Monday, September 27, 2004

Oztips Results

With the footy season finally over, we also have a wiener in the footy tips. Congratulations to Corby, who despite his bad tipping in the finals managed to hold off Ball Sack (Devo).

Feel free you redeem your prize* - a free holiday in Queensland!

I'd like to say congratulations to **** *****, but Jo would kill me....

  1. 130 Corby
  2. 129 Ball Sack
  3. 123 lanefiona
  4. 122 hellboy1975
  5. 119 George!
  6. 116 ur the best george
  7. 106 gmsmithau
  8. 103 Mark Smith
  9. 73 dpoley
  10. 72 ttgdavid
  11. 65 Kookaaaaaaaa!

*Airfare, spending money, food, petrol and bananas NOT included!

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

FireFox and Live Bookmarks

For you lucky people out there using Fire Fox 1.0PR as your web browser, you may or may not be aware that you can use a new feature called Live Bookmarks.

This is basically an RSS feed from a website that generates a list of available articles that the site contains. Since this site is a Blog, I can activate a RSS feed quite easily, which allows you to use Live Bookmarks.

To use it, simply click on the orange RSS button that appears on the right hand side of the Fire Fox Status Bar (the one on the bottom), and click "Subscribe to Yeppoon Diary". You can then save this book mark where ever you want, and you'll have an up to date list of the available articles on this website.

Get Firefox!

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Photo Gallery Updated

Finally, the Photo Galleries have been updated!

Follow the links to the right and check out the new pictures of Logan, Kat, Pine Mountain, Bluff Point and the Capricorn Caves.

Also don't forget to read about my trip with the Venturers to Pine Mountain below!

More Pictures to come including Great Keppel Island, more picture of the house and Yeppoon in general.

Go FireFox!

Monday, September 20, 2004

Pine Mountain

On the weekend, the Yeppoon Venturers went on a trip up Pine Mountain, a Volcanic Plug about 20 Minutes away from Yeppoon.

The trip was a light-weight camp, which basically in South Australian terms roughly translates to an over-night hike, except sleeping under the stars/tarp instead of in a tent. Though, being a stubborn South Aussie, I used my tent. Which actually worked out well since it turns out there are a few mozzies up there, which is strange since (a) we camped on top of a hill, and (b) there's no water there (or anywhere).

Anyway, the Venturers and I were to hike up the mountain from the south-west, while the Scout Troop walked in from the north-west, and we were supposed to surprise them at the top near on of the saddles. It took us around 1 1/2 hours to reach the saddle, walking through some reasonably rough scrub, and the occasionaly scramble up 45 degree rock slopes, but we made it to the top without any real dramas.

After reaching the top we were supposed to 'play around' with the campsite and make it a little scary for the Scouts. A Pentagram and a Chalk Body Outline later, and we were set to go. Unfortunately for us, the real campsite was a few hundred meters away, and in between was about 60m of cliff. Since it was dark at the time, and two of the guys had forgotten torches, we chose not to scale it in the dark!

After an attempt to go around, which was aborted since it basically required us to go all the way down the mountain, and the back up, we radioed the Scouts and let them know that we wouldn't be joining them until the morning.

We all had various bit's and pieces for dinner. I had a curry I'd had frozen in the freezer for a few months, and the other guys had various combinations of spaghetti and pasta. We had a few games of cards, and a chat around the fire and eventually went to bed.

That morning, we woke up, and made our way up to the top of the mountain, via some slightly exposed, though very easy cliff, and met the Scouts at the top for a couple of going-up ceremonies. Congratulations to Rohan, our newest official Venturer!

After admiring the view for a while, and doing a bit of bird/hawk watching, we joined the Scouts and made our way back down the mountain.

All in all it was a great walk, and could easily be done in 3-4 hours, with a pretty amazing view from the top.

Photo's coming as soon as I can get my website to play nice!

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Free Port!

I had a pretty busy weekend last weekend.

On Saturday night the Scout Group was holding a Quiz Night, and the Venturers (plus a few of the older Scouts) were asked to cook a BBQ for all the attendees. That all went pretty well, apart from there being not quite enough patties. After the BBQ, we decided to enter a team in the night, and much to our surprise - we won! I was also lucky enough to win the coin toss, so I came away with a free bottle of Wolf Blass Port as well!

Then, on Sunday morning, the Venturers put up a marquee at the local markets, and then we decided to have a round of golf at the local Yeppoon Golf Course. The course is pretty nice, and we didn't experience any snobby golfs who were unhappy with our level of skill at all, which was great. There were also plenty of Kangaroos around which make it interesting as well!

Luckily for us, we decided to only do 9 holes, otherwise we may have been there all day! I came away with a personal best of 83, while the best of use almost managed to get under 70.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Only Happy When It Rains

Rain! Sweet beautiful rain!

Hopefully it'll keep coming, but El NiƱo might have something to say about that.....