A Look Back At 2006

Well I considered doing an end of year list of the best things in life. Thing is, I’m pretty disorganised so I consider Aereogramme’s A Story In White to be one of my favourite albums of the year, despite the fact it was released in 2001. Anyway, I came up with a better idea. Since I have now spent 8 months in this slightly scorched country, I thought I’d give you an idea about what I like about it and what I don’t.

Good Things


  • Triple J: Imagine a radio station that played all the good stuff Radio 1 plays, but without Christina Aguilera tracks inbetween. Imagine a radio station that plays mainstream stuff like the Killers and Gnarls Barkley but also plays album (yes, album) tracks by the likes of Thom Yorke and Tool during prime time shows. Imagine a radio station where a presenter calls a well know, odious politician a “prick” on air and there’s no media furore. Triple J does all of this without any commercials to. Brilliant!
  • Bigger Selection of magazines: ok, fair enough most of them are about 2 or 3 months behind but I never picked up copies of Geek Monthly, Alarm or Empty before. Add to that an Australasian edition of Dazed and Confused and the fact that if I hunt about a bit I can still get Arena, Filter and other top notch mags, then my bedroom has become as laden with mags as it used to.
  • Ali Baba’s Kebabs: quality kebas delivered with fast-food efficiencey. Top stuff.
  • SBS: Ok, it’s the least glamourous of all the TV stations and it spends most of it’s time broadcasting the news in almost every language imaginable. But it was the TV station that broadcast the World Cup and has a quality 4 hour football show on every Sunday. Add to that Champions League highlight, the Daily Show, Mythbusters and South Park, they’ve got some pretty good stuff. I turned it on two weeks ago at half ten at night and they were broadcasting Anime!

Bad Things




  • Mullets: and not just on booze-addled hicks either. Kids have fucking got them. Kid’s for fuck’s sake!
  • Celebrity fixation as rampant as Britain and the US: most of the girls shat themselves when they heard that Paris Hilton was going to be at Bondi Beach for New Year. Whoop-de-motherfucking-do!
  • Dodgy Cinema Release times: Big films are ok, Superman Returns, Borat, Casino Royale all got released round about the same time as everywhere else. Mind you, it’s good I saw the Descent (and got the DVD) before I came over; it came out here about 4 weeks ago. (Pan’s Labyrnth is out next year too).
  • The fact that all sports commentators refer to everything as football. Yes, that means AFL, Rugby League and Union are all football. I’m waiting to hear someone say “Hey, Fernando Alonso was good at the football at the weekend!”. Any claims that football is the true football are met with weak excuses like “well, goalkeepers use their hands”.
  • My accent: not that I’m ashamed of it, but it limits communcication a bit. I get a lot of blank stares and all I’ve said it “Could you pass a napkin please?. The other crap thing is if I’m getting served in a shop, the attractive young woman behind the counter gives me that look and says “Wow, I love your accent”. Fuck.



  1. How’s it been in Oz since they retook the Ashes? That would be my idea of hell. Or can you just duck for cover and claim your’re Scottish and so exempt from generalised Pom-bashing?

  2. John

    Triple J is a brilliant and so much better than any radio over here. You’ve got the hottest 100 too look forward which is great. I always manage to pick up aload of new music when they play that.
    Its just a shame they havent got the Ross & Terri show back on in January, Ross noble is fucking hilarious. You should have a listen to the podcasts if they are still up on the site.

    And if they like different accents over there, how do you think some scouse would go down? 😛

    Anyway, Happy New Year to you and Anna 🙂

  3. It’d probably go down pretty well, but I think you’d probably get the blank stares too.

    Frankly I’ve only had to explain to one guy I work with that, I’m Scottish and as such, aren’t actually English and therefore couldn’t give a fuck about cricket. You’d be surprised how many people don’t down here. There’s quite a few people at work that don’t like Cricket and Anna’s family as whole don’t seem to give a fuck.

  4. Poor you, being told by attractive young women that they love your accent. My heart bleeds for you you jammy . Yes, I know you’re getting married to Anna & therefore have no interest in other women (whether you like it or not) but it’s still a ing compliment!!! I wonder what it’ll be like for me & the other guys when we come over for the wedding. I hope they like English accents too 😀

  5. Damn you cybersitter!!!

  6. Heh Heh, nah they’ll probably take the pish out you for the cricket.

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