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    Motor Neurone Disease Association – Every August Until a Cure

    ‘Every August Until a Cure’ is the new campaign for Motor Neurone Disease Association of South Australia (MND SA) promoted throughout the month to:

    • Increase awareness of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and its impact on the South Australian community.
    • Raise vital funds for MND SA to continue providing support and care to South Australians living with MND.

    MND is a degenerative disease in which nerve cells (neurones) controlling the muscles rapidly weaken creating disability and a need for support.MND SA provide information and support services, loan communication devices and promote research into the cure and treatment of MND.

    MND SA is a vital resource for those in South Australia diagnosed with MND and their loved ones.


    During the month of August iconic South Australian company Vili’s are baking delicious donuts for MND SA. 

    Host a morning tea for MND and purchase Vili’s iced blue donuts.

    Baked to order and available on Thursdays.

    Orders must be placed no later than Monday of the week that you would like the donuts.

    Call 8234 8448 or email to place an order.

    Pick up from MND SA 302 South Road Hilton 5033.

    Donuts are $3 each:

    3 x $8

    6 x $16

    20 x $55

    50 x $140


    Something to download and print.

    Every August until a Cure


    Womad 2012

    Great start to Womad 2012

    The Finn family.















    Adelaide City To Bay – 2011

    Kerry and I have put our hands up again to go for the 12km stroll – City to Bay.

    On Our Way.


    Half Way.




    Now Kerry and I are recovering… The Pot on King William Rd…
    My feet hurt.

    The Great Ed Shiraz Challenge 2011

    Kerry and I survived another day with 698 other passionate Shiraz drinkers and 150 winemakers at the 2011 Great Edinburgh Shiraz Challenge.

    As usual, we attempted to try lots of different Shiraz styles and break the day up with our old favourites to reset the palette.

    This amounted to us tasting about 41 wines over 4 hours.

    Many of Kerry and my favourites hit the best of show this year.

    It was also great to catchup with Karel again from Lengs & Cooter who made it to 35 on the list this year.

    It took a day to re-hydrate, but it was well worth it.

    Shiraz Challenge

    Panda Live Cam – Adelaide

    The Adelaide Zoo Giant Pandas

    Wang Wang

    Wang Wang (“Net Net”)

    Born: 31/08/05 at Wolong Giant Panda Research Centre, China

    Personality: He is a very laid-back and placid boy. Like all Giant Pandas, he loves to snooze but can usually roused by a fresh stalk of bamboo.

    Wang Wang’s Family Tree


    Funi (“Lucky Girl”)

    Born: 23/08/06 at Wolong Giant Panda Research Centre, China

    Personality: She is very active and playful and often makes excited mewing vocalisations at feeding time. She is also very intelligent, curious and loves to explore.

    Funi’s Family Tree

    Live Panda Cams

    Checkout the latest addition to the Adelaide Zoo. You will need Quicktime to see the live Cams.

    Thanks to Adam Internet for providing the feeds.

    Good food, great company, good red and an open fire

    Just spending time with Kerry in front of a fire with a good bottle of red (Flying Fish from WA) and eating some great cheese.

    The Internet is the modern day electricity

    Recently I have been been sorting through some of my old electronic engineering books and found myself randomly flicking through circuit design principals and practical electronics/radio theory application of calculus.

    I remember the amount of hours I spent trying to get the different laws (Faraday, Coulomb, Kirchhoff, Lenz, Ohm, etc.) stuck in my head ready for the gruelling exams at the end of each term. I quickly realised that as I have moved from radio/electronics to the computer industry that most of my applied detailed knowledge has been lost.

    I think the old adage that you loose it if you don’t use it, definitely applies here.


    This got me thinking about the evolution of computing and the Internet and how there are many parallels to the introduction of electricity to the modern world and how we consider/use the Internet today.

    Examples that came to mind are:

    • Electricity was originally only available to business and the very wealthy
    • Electricity was originally only available in isolated segments of heavily populated areas
    • Electricity grids, once created, provided many more distribution opportunities, introduced redundancy and increased the customer reach which in-turn provided economies of scale to drive down costs
    • Modern society can not function without electricity
    • Electricity production methods and the resulting pollution has had a profound effect on our planet, where the production of consumer electronics and infrastructure supporting the never ending thirst of modern society for faster, more feature rich, communication methods. This is still spiralling out of control through the production of extraordinary high levels of non-recyclable waist, heavy metals and other planet destroying bi-products
    • Electricity has been essential to survive in modern day society for some time.

    The internet is quickly becoming (some would argue has become) essential to survival in our modern society and required to be available to all socio-economic groups and developing countries to allow them to participate in the global economy.

    But at what cost?

    Adelaide City to Bay

    Some pictures from the city to bay walk/run.

    I did the 12 km walk. It was a great day for it.

    Kerry’s painting

    This is Kerry’s group birthday painting

    Posted by ShoZu

    The EDinburgh Great Shiraz Challenge

    Kerry and I went along to the EDinburgh Cellars Great Shiraz Challenge.

    Between Kerry and I we tasted more than 25 great wines over a harrowing 2.5 hours of hustle and bustle in a huge tent in the ED’s carpark. It was great, we both thought that it was well worth the $30/head entry fee.

    One of the great things was the amount of large and small wine companies presenting their spoils. Refreshingly many of the tasting areas were manned by the wine maker, winery owner or someone of similar stature. This made for great conversations and allowed us to find other great non-mainstream wineries on the day.

    As Kerry (Wine group – 9yrs) and I (Corporate) both worked for SouthCorp (Prior to Fosters), we agreed that we would be looking for the special wines of the day. Well we did grab an RWT on the way out as the last tasting for the day – we are not stupid.

    We had a great day overall and purchased and ordered some great wins at the Cellars after the event.

    It was great catching up with Barb and Karel from Lengs and Cooter Wines and taste some of their great wines. Barb used to work at SouthCorp for many years and Karl worked at Telstra, but Kerry and I agree that they make great wines.

    Of the wines in the winning list below our favourites are:

    2006 Woodstock “The Stocks” Shiraz

    2004 Bullers Caliope Shiraz

    2006 Hentley Farm “The Beast” Shiraz

    2005 d’Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz

    2006 Glaetzer ‘Bishop’ Shiraz

    Other top votes from us for the day are:

    2008 Mike Press Adelaide Hills Shiraz (It’s been a long time since we’ve tasted such a good cheap wine)

    2007 Honey MoonVineyard Adelaide Hills Shiraz

    2004 Lengs & Cooter Old Vines Shiraz

    2004 Lengs & Cooter Reserve Shiraz

    2005 Artful Dodger Barossa Shiraz

    2007 Veronique Regions Shiraz

    2006 Cape Jaffa La Lune Biodynamic Shiraz

    2006 Ceravolo Sparkling Shiraz

    2007 Yelland & Papps Greenock Shiraz

    Results – Shiraz Challenge

    Shiraz Day 2008 was a massive hit, with a record crowd of over 900 slurping through a field of just over 300 Shiraz. As always, we ask attendees to vote for their favourite wine of the day, and congratulations goes to Clarendon Hills for their superbly compelling 2006 Liandra Shiraz. Here’s the full list of the Top 20:

    2006 Clarendon Hills Liandra Syrah

    2005 Torbreck Factor Shiraz

    2005 Langmeil Freedom 1843 Shiraz

    2006 Hentley Farm ‘The Beast’ Shiraz

    2005 Whistler Reserve Shiraz

    2006 Penfolds RWT Shiraz

    2005 Wild Witch Shiraz

    2005 d’Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz

    2005 Dutschke St Jakobi Shiraz

    2006 Woodstock ‘The Stocks’ Shiraz

    2006 Brick Kiln Shiraz

    2004 Bullers Caliope Shiraz

    2006 Hentley Farm ‘The Beauty’

    2005 Pikes ‘The E.W.P’ Shiraz

    2004 Paracombe Somerville Shiraz

    2006 Kalleske Greenock Shiraz

    2005 Bendbrook Goat Track Shiraz

    2004 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz

    2004 Bethany Wines GR9 Reserve

    2005 Paxton EJ Shiraz

    TOP 20 UNDER $30:

    2005 Tin Shed Melting Pot Shiraz

    2004 Carlei Estate ‘Green Vineyard’

    2004 Majella Shiraz

    2007 Torbreck Woodcutters Shiraz

    2005 Hugo Shiraz

    2006 Tar & Roses Shiraz

    2004 Whistler Shiraz

    2005 2 Mates Shiraz McLaren Vale

    2005 d’Arenberg Footbolt Shiraz

    2006 Mitolo Jester Shiraz

    2006 Guichen Bay Vineyards Reserve

    2006 Pirathon Shiraz by Kalleske

    2006 Scarpantoni Block 3 Shiraz

    2006 Naked Run Barossa Shiraz

    2006 Bird in Hand Shiraz

    2006 O’Leary Walker Shiraz

    2006 Glaetzer ‘Bishop’ Shiraz

    2007 Paxton Quandong Shiraz

    2006 Trevor Jones ‘Boots’ Shiraz

    2005 Dutschke Gods Hill Road Shiraz