Thursday, October 18, 2012

Save Our Marine Life

Save Our Marine Life - The Big Blue Army
Photo: Ron and Valerie Taylor

It's images like this that remind me just how amazing Australia's marine life really is. (Imagine being there for this photo – what a moment!)

Introduce sweeping trawler nets or even an oil rig, and suddenly things look very, very different.

But we have a new opportunity to protect some of the most pristine marine places along our continent's southern coastline forever. And we need your help before the deadline expires in 4 days.

The South Australian Government is offering to protect the very best, the most spectacular marine icons along their State's vast coastline. These places are South Australia's marine equivalent of Kakadu, Kings Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef or the Blue Mountains. They are also havens for the world's most endangered sea lion, leafy sea dragons, giant cuttlefish and southern right whales.

With less than 1% of South Australia's marine waters protected, and new threats such as faster, larger fishing charter vessels targeting pristine areas previously beyond reach, the opportunity can't come fast enough.

Please make these new marine sanctuaries a reality while we can. Help protect these pristine and spectacular ocean environments by 'clicking n sending' the message of support here.

The two minutes it takes will make a real difference in convincing the South Australian Government to protect these very special places for the future.

Thanks for your support for our oceans. Together we're making a big impact.

All the best,


David Mackenzie
Save Our Marine Life

PS - This opportunity has been almost 10 years in the making. Please click n send, and tell your friends too.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

GRYMM - where your worst nightmares come true

Keith Austin

SOMETHING stirred in the gravelly yard beneath their window . . . A soft slippery nuzzle, the sort of sounds you’d expect a pig to make with its snout in a trough . . . The small mining town of Grymm perched on the very edge of the Great Desert is the kind of town you leave – but when Dad gets a three-month contract in the mine there, Mina and Jacob, unwilling stepbrother and sister, are reluctantly arriving. From a grotesque letting agent who seems to want to eat their baby brother, a cafe owner whose milkshakes contain actual maggots and the horribly creepy butcher, baker and candlestick-maker, Mina and Jacob soon realise that nothing in Grymm is what it appears to be. And then things get seriously weird when their baby brother disappears – and no one seems to even notice! In Grymm, your worst nightmares really do come true . .

Of which one reviewer said: "This book really does need to be read to be believed, and I only wish I could come up with a more coherent way of describing it. Dark, macabre, bizarre, hilarious, chilling - none of those words are really enough..."

Still not convinced? Then read the first chapter for FREE here:

Grymm is available in all good book stores but also at (Kindle edition available too), where it's received 5 out of 5 stars from three reviewers, as well as where four reviewers all awarded it 5/5 stars ... It's also available as an iTunes download.
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Red Fox (July 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849415560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849415569
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces

Stolen: Porsche 997

The Porsche stolen overnight from Richard Perini is one of just 12 in Australia. Source: The Daily Telegraph


POLICE are appealing for help after a rare silver Porsche was stolen from a home in Sydney's north.

The 2007 Porsche 997* - valued at $275,000 - was taken from the home at Hunters Hill overnight on Monday, police said.

There are only 12 cars of this type in Australia, and only two of which are silver.

Anyone with information is being asked to call Gladesville Police or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Read more:

 * the 997 is a special, limited production, high performance version of the popular and more common 911 model.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2012 supported by Jaeger-LeCoultre

Opening Ceremony of Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2012 supported by Jaeger-LeCoultre

Ali Al Jabri, Abu Dhabi Film Festival director opened the Festival last night.
On the picture with Renaud Pretet, Jaeger-LeCoultre Brand Manager for Middle East
and Jerome Favier, Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre International Sales Director.

Jury President (Narrative competition) Bollywood legend Shabana Azmi chose a
Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous watch that complemented her outfit

Egyptian star Ilham Shaheen wore Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous watch in pink gold.
Egyptian actress Mena Shalabi graced the Red Carpet with a Jaeger-LeCoultre high jewellery watch, and jury member Ismael Ferroukhi – a Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon in pink gold.

The “Arbitrage” film premiere in the Middle East opened the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in the attendance of the film director Nicholas Jarecki and his wife Agata Bobola who chose to wear Jaeger-LeCoultre 101 watch for the evening.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

James Bond's Aston Martin sells for nearly $400,000

London: A 2008 Aston Martin car used by Daniel Craig in the James Bond movie "Quantum of Solace" has been sold in an auction of Bond movie memorabilia for 241,300 pounds (around $389,000), Christie`s auction house said.

The cost of the 2008 Aston Martin 6 litre V12 DBS 2 door coupe, which went to an anonymous buyer, was 1.5 times higher.

The trading took place in the presence of 600 VIP guests, and many items of the auction were presented by the stars of the film.

Actress Judi Dench, who plays M, presented one of the most piquant lots, a pair of blue trunks worn by Daniel Craig in the film ‘Casino Royale’.

"All I can tell you, they are unwashed," the actress said.

The trunks were sold for 44,500 pounds and will be given to a charity fund Women For Women.

The second most expensive item in the auction was an Omega watch made of titanium and used by Craig in the upcoming James Bond movie ‘Skyfall’. The watch was expected to be sold for some 8,000 pounds but was sold for 157,300 pounds.

Former Bond Roger Moore presented a musical score of the soundtrack for the same film signed by the British singer Adele, performer of the title track. The lot was sold for 13,800 pounds.

The total cost of 11 pieces was 752,100 pounds. All proceeds will go to various charitable organisations. The auction was held to mark the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond movie.
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