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I listened to Shaun Hart and Robert Walls bagging Carlton player Brendan Fevola before the AFL game against Fremantle tonight. The general theme was his lack of discipline and off-field activities. I’ll certainly concede he’s no angel.

Then I saw him running onto the field with a young lad who, going by his bald head and look of general poor health, was probably a cancer sufferer. I’m pretty sure he had Fev’s number (25) on the back of the Carlton jumper he was wearing, and he ran through the banner with the team. It was absolutely fantastic to see the amount of time that Fev spent with him as they came out onto the field. I’m not going to hold my breath for the commentators to comment favourably of course.

Nice job, Fev.

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Thousands of people have asked where my banner picture was taken. Well, that’s not quite true. No one’s asked. But I’ll tell you anyway.

The photo was taken at Lake Louise in Canada in May 2008. It is the lake, semi-frozen, and the Fairmont Resort in the background. The scenery was absolutely spectacular. The stay at the hotel left a bit to be desired.

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I don’t think I’ve ever had anything to do with Brimbank Council. I worked with a lot of councils when I sold local government software for Fujitsu and Infomaster. I swore that, if humanly possible, I’d never sell into local government again. Why? Because they procrastinate over the most insignificant amounts of expenditure and it seems half the council needs to get involved in the decision.

It’s a pity, because the majority of people that work at the coal face in local government are fantastic people. The people I’ve come across in my emergency services activities are generally fantastic.

But for some reason, local government councillors persist in getting involved in their ridiculous petty politics. I absolutely pissed myself laughing when I saw this cartoon in The Age this morning – it’s so relevant to many local governments across Australia.

The Age Cartoon

Ladies and Gentlemen. For goodness sake, recognise that your little part of the political world is simply that. Little. And insignificant. Get on and provide the services that we elected you to do and for which we pay our rates every quarter.

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