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Carmel (CarmelF) | 5479 comments Hands up who doesn't barrack for an Aussie rules team (like me) and doesn't really care for the hoopla leading up to tomorrow? I live in Victoria and work with a number of Collingwood supporters & a few St Kilda supporters and god help me whoever wins tomorrow as I'll have to put up with the post footy congratulations or commiserations:( I never thought I'd say that I hope St Kilda win as it's the lesser of 2 evils!
No really I just hope it's a competitive game and not one sided and those that spend so much money to see it at the G get their moneys worth.
Cheers
Carmel


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Paul Daniels (Mrpld) | 155 comments I'm no footy fan - so I'm with you there Carmel. I'm more of a MotoGP / 125 motorbike racing fan, or rally cars :)


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Mark (valiukas) | 58 comments Mandy wrote: "I think POETS day is a cheeky acronym for the last day of the working week Jan. If I recall it's 'P*ss o..."

Yup, that exactly :-)

Not that I got to :-(


Carmel (CarmelF) | 5479 comments Paul wrote: "I'm no footy fan - so I'm with you there Carmel. I'm more of a MotoGP / 125 motorbike racing fan, or rally cars :)"

Can't say I'm a big fan of the car racing side of things but don't mind watching the bikes. I have a very dusty motorbike licence - haven't ridden for 25 years, maybe one day I might buy a bike & ride off into the sunset, ha ha who am I kiding:)


Lindy Dale (LindyDale) Carmel, I actually got stuck supporting Collingwood when I went to the 77 Grand Final (the other draw) on a school trip and every one else was going for North Melb. I felt sorry for the Pies. However, I dont really like footy that much, could go a whole season without watching a game... and the one I chose to watch (yesterdays) was such a disaster, I gave up in disgust. I much prefer Rugby Union. Footy drives me nuts, too scrappy.


Carmel (CarmelF) | 5479 comments L.A. wrote: "Carmel, I actually got stuck supporting Collingwood when I went to the 77 Grand Final (the other draw) on a school trip and every one else was going for North Melb. I felt sorry for the Pies. How..."

I would call that torture, ha. I prefer a bit of netball - just been watching the local footy/netball grand finals and saw some great displays of healthy competition - no draws thank god!! Beautiful weather for it, love spring:)
Cheers
Carmel


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MandyM | 2032 comments FYI Our wonderful Aussie Readers group member Paul has had to stop being a moderator for work reasons. Thanks Paul for your great contributions and look forward to seeing you from time to time in the discussions.:)

P.S. POSITION VACANT!...(lol)
Requirements:
1. Loves Australia!
2. Likes to read
3. Likes a chat
4. Can put up with Mandy and Gail.;D


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Paul Daniels (Mrpld) | 155 comments Yes, sorry folks - I really wanted to be more of a contributor to the growth of this GR section but I just couldn't find more time than what I'm already giving now.

I'm sure plenty of you fellow authors, or partners-of-authors can understand what it's like.

All that said, you can be sure I'll still be hanging around and posting lots of comments :)

Paul.


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Jan (Auntyjan) | 200 comments Paul...we certainly hope to see lots of comments!


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Paul Daniels (Mrpld) | 155 comments No comment.


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Jan (Auntyjan) | 200 comments LOL


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Paul Daniels (Mrpld) | 155 comments Glad to see people got my sad little bit of fun there :D


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We love you still Paul. ::kiss::


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Paul Daniels (Mrpld) | 155 comments Thanks Gail - sorry I couldn't be "even more" but as you can all appreciate, Elita commands the best from me ;)

Things have been picking up nicely for us the last couple of weeks, we've had a lot more web-site traffic, reviews are finally popping up all over the place along with requests for interviews and such. It's a great feeling - we're making progress.

Paul.


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Jan (Auntyjan) | 200 comments Sounds good Paul, keep us updated and we're all supporting from the sidelines here.


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Hehehe.

Glad things are picking up.


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Paul Daniels (Mrpld) | 155 comments You know what's a bit annoying about working the forums... most of the real chatter doesn't start until about 10pm at night (because they're in the USA)! Of course, I suppose if I was a sane man I'd wake up at ~6am and chatter during their evening-hours :)


Cheryl (cherylllr) I solve that by being in so many forums that I can never get caught up. Not even if I get on during a sleepless night. I don't get the immediacy of chat, but I'm not fond of that.

Now Paul, I'm very happy for you & Elita & your business, but don't let the painting go until your home looks like it's been through a dustbowl! Let us go instead - we'll welcome you with open arms when you come back.


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Paul Daniels (Mrpld) | 155 comments Unfortunately it's still raining sporadically here, need a 2 day dry out and then hopefully no rain for 24 hrs after. I should have done this during the winter time.


Paul.


David Delaney | 786 comments Here I am in Port Douglas accepting my 1st place plaque.






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Great photo, congratulations David.


MandyM | 2032 comments Yes you look very distinguished David. Congrats on the first place!! I've finished My Small Book Of Poems' and loved it. 'My favourite was 'Loving You'. I'm only up to 'When Autumn Comes Again' in Rhymes of Times but so far really enjoying it. I try to read only one poem every couple of days otherwise I find I read them too fast and don't have time to reflect on what I've read.


MandyM | 2032 comments Thanks Woodley! I didn't know these guys when they were together. I mostly know Frank Woodley from Spicks and Specks (my favourite show on telly!). But I found this clip on Youtube and it was very funny: Lano & Woodley. Enjoy!


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Hey Mandy (Lano), you would love Lano & Woodley. We have The complete adventures of Lano & Woodley on DVD, the kids love watching them, just mention the 'Pengin Outfit' and they crack up laughing. I'm a huge fan of Spicks & Specks as well. It's one of the few TV programmes I watch regularly.


David Delaney | 786 comments Why thank you Gail & Mandy.

I agree with you Mandy, one should not try to read a book of poetry in one sitting, one at a time to penetrate the senses.


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Jan (Auntyjan) | 200 comments A poem a day
Keeps the blues away


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I just noticed that our group numbers have hit 600 congratulations Mandy on your marvellous recruiting.


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Paul Daniels (Mrpld) | 155 comments Well done indeed.


MandyM | 2032 comments Thanks guys but I think word must be spreading. Plenty of those new arrivals found there own way here.:)


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MandyM | 2032 comments Wow, I didn't know that this book was coming out (16th Oct). It will certainly be very controversial with many different points of view:

Guantanamo: My Journey is the first published account by David Hicks of the years leading up to his incarceration in the infamous US military detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, his time as a detainee, and his search for a normal life following release from prison in late 2007.

Written over the last two years, the book dispels myths about David Hicks’s life before Guantanamo and reveals insights into the interrogation techniques used by the US military on Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Publishing Director of Random House Australia, Nikki Christer, said she had greatly enjoyed working with David Hicks as his publisher, and found him to be a talented writer. She expected keen interest in this first published account of his experience. “David Hicks is one of the more intriguing figures in recent Australian history. Most people have an opinion about him, but very few know the truth of his experience,” Ms Christer said. “We’ve waited a long time to hear from him.”



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Paul Daniels (Mrpld) | 155 comments One very happy novelist this morning - recipient of her K3 that I managed to keep a secret for the last couple of weeks :)

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David Delaney | 786 comments Great news Paul....what's a K3??


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Paul Daniels (Mrpld) | 155 comments K3 = Kindle v3 (this one is Wifi).


David Delaney | 786 comments I must admit I don't know anything about these things, I thought Wifi was for games, I'm still having trouble working the new DVD player our daughter got us last Christmas.


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Paul wrote: "K3 = Kindle v3 (this one is Wifi)."

Does it have 3G capacity?


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Paul Daniels (Mrpld) | 155 comments Gail,

No, I didn't bother with 3G since we'll invariably take the Acer laptop with us everywhere and it has 3G-broadband already. Wifi works great for connecting here at home and most hotspots. I had no problems deregistering and then re-registering for Elita. Even surfed to her WWW page and was amazed it looked quite good even in greyscale.

Paul.


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Carmel (CarmelF) | 5479 comments Mandy wrote: "Thanks guys but I think word must be spreading. Plenty of those new arrivals found there own way here.:)"

Mandy, I'm part of a google group for Cassandra Clare and one of the participants commented that Goodreads was a great way to organise & share your reading list and that encouraged me to sign up - and I'm very pleased I did, you guys are terrific:)


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Carmel (CarmelF) | 5479 comments Mandy wrote: "Thanks Woodley! I didn't know these guys when they were together. I mostly know Frank Woodley from Spicks and Specks (my favourite show on telly!). But I found this clip on Youtube and it was very ..."

Thankyou Mandy, after a brain draining week at work and problems with my computer with no access to email, etc, tonight is the first chance I've had to view this clip and I had a belly laugh and it put an otherwise tired smile on my face, so thanks - those guys were the best entertainers:)
Cheers
Carmel


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MandyM | 2032 comments Carmel wrote: "Mandy wrote: "Thanks Woodley! I didn't know these guys when they were together. I mostly know Frank Woodley from Spicks and Specks (my favourite show on telly!). But I found this clip on Youtube an..."

Thanks Carmel, glad to see you're liking the chat. I found goodreads via the amazon discussion boards and I get so much enjoyment out of it. I loved setting up my personal bookshelf and profile then playing around on the quizzes and polls and listopia votes. Eventually I got the nerve to send some 'friendvites' to some of the fabulous reviewers out there who have similar taste to mine and now I'm never at a loss for what to read next! I feel really at home now with Aussie Readers and I'm thrilled you're enjoying it.
Sorry about your braindraining week at work. TGIF!! Let's break out the champers dahling!:D


Carmel (CarmelF) | 5479 comments Mandy wrote: "Carmel wrote: "Mandy wrote: "Thanks Woodley! I didn't know these guys when they were together. I mostly know Frank Woodley from Spicks and Specks (my favourite show on telly!). But I found this cli..."

Thanks Mandy, yeah I haven't spent much time doing reviews yet (I admit I'm not a wordsmith- I'll leave that for the professionals, as I suck) but I've mainly put some of my books up and scored them - will need to spend some time making comments at some stage:)
I've had my 2 glasses of yummy shiraz for a Friday night & am now enjoing a cup of tea, oh how civilised!!
Cheers
Carmel


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Mark (valiukas) | 58 comments Paul wrote: "No, I didn't bother with 3G"

We didn't either. I've got mixed feelings about that decision.

On the one hand, it would have cost us an extra US$50, and we don't really need it.

On the other, if Amazon are going to charge a couple of extra bucks to cover data delivery to Australia - whether you get the book via 3G or wifi - it's only right and proper to erode their windfall profits.


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You have to get it to wrk first before you can eat into their windfall. >:(


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Mark (valiukas) | 58 comments I take it you're having a little trouble with a 3G Kindle, Gail?


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Yep. It's not working at all. I don't have access to wi-fi, so my kindle is currently not functional. Paul has been trying to help me but I haven't had any success. I think tomorrow I will try relocating to a spot that has a better signal, see if that makes a difference. If that fails I will have to ring Amazon. :(


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Mark (valiukas) | 58 comments Gail "cyborg" wrote: "Yep. It's not working at all. I don't have access to wi-fi, so my kindle is currently not functional."

Only if you ignore the fact that it also has a USB port in it.

While logged in at Amazon, click on the "Your Account" link up in the top right corner.

Then, in the "Digital Content" section, click on "Manage your Kindle".

Scroll down to "Your Orders", find something that you want to download, and from the "Deliver To" drop-down menu to the right of it select "Transfer via computer". That'll allow you to download a file encrypted specifically for your Kindle, which you can transfer to your Kindle in just the same way you'd copy a file to a USB flash drive - drop it in the "Documents" folder on the Kindle.

You can do the same thing with new purchases too - rather than specifying that you want it delivered to your kindle, select "Transfer via computer" for the destination, then manually copy it to the kindle.

Of course, this is only a work-around until you can sort out the 3G issue or possibly invest in a cheapie wireless access point (assuming one can be slotted in with your other networking gear at home, that is).


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I haven't been able to work out how to get them onto the kindle from my Amazon account.


Thanks for the help I now have some books to read. :)


MandyM | 2032 comments Mark wrote: "Gail "cyborg" wrote: "Yep. It's not working at all. I don't have access to wi-fi, so my kindle is currently not functional."
Only if you ignore the fact that it also has a USB port in it.
While l..."


I must admit even though I have 3G that's working I still buy most of my books via my computer in the manner that Mark's described to you because I buy lots of books from ebook retailers other than Amazon. Gail let us know how you get on with Amazon so we can commiserate with you.:)


MandyM | 2032 comments I've never listened to an audio book but several Aussie Readers have mentioned enjoying them in their posts. I didn't realise that antiquated copyright laws severely restricted the number of books converted into the audio format.

Todays Australian newspaper writes: THREE cheers for Stevie Wonder, who declared a "state of emergency" caused by copyright laws that make it so difficult to put books into audio form. In a short speech delivered to the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the blind singer made it clear the rules should not be to the detriment of writers. But when only 5 per cent of printed material is available to the visually impaired, it is scandalous to lock out the 300 million people who "live in the dark and want to read their way into light".

Read more about Stevie Wonder's address here: Stevie Wonder Lobbies United Nations


Jenny | 114 comments I'm with David, what's a K3, Paul?


Jenny | 114 comments Oops, just saw that's been answered. Do the new Kindles have colour? I know they cost more, but I still reckon you can't go past an iPad.


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