Monday, April 21, 2014

Rubin The Hurricane Carter Dies

Rubin The Hurricane Carter has died in Toronto aged 76 after a battle with prostate cancer.

The former boxer was ranked Number 10 in the world in 1963 by Ring Magazine.
He spent long periods of his life in prison after being convicted with friend John Artis of murdering three people in a New Jersey bar in 1966.  The decision was overturned nine years later, before the pair were convicted again in 1976, before being released in 1985.

The story was portrayed in the movie The Hurricane and by Bob Dylan's song.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Quito, Ecuador 10 Quirky Facts

 Here are some interesting quirky facts about Quito, Ecuador that I thought you would like to know about.  1)  We have an amazing BBQ area on top of our apartment complex with a full on food preparation and dining area with an amazing view over Quito.  In New Zealand you usually aren't allowed on any roofs of properties.  Ironically I don't have enough friends yet to throw a big party and make the most of this area.

 2)  Some products are recognisable, but different.  I came to Quito with Head and Shoulders 2 in 1, in Quito they have Head and Shoulders 3 in 1.  I am not sure what the extra stage is, but I have been living a lie up until now.

3)  Which one of these is a lemon?  I got caught out!

4)  Check out those bananas!  They are cheap and plentiful here!  Do you still have that shortage in New Zealand?


5)  This guy is keen to earn money at a street corner by juggling fire in the rain.  That is commitment!


6)  Bull fighting is now banned in Quito.  They call me Senor Scotty.  This is at a cheap lunch place.  The guy was very welcoming!  

7) Always be on guard for Le Carnaval
8) This is a regular site, if there is a rubbish bin next to the toilet, then don't flush paper down the toilet.  It doesn't matter how flash the house!  I found that out the hard way.  I didn't need that wrist watch anyway!
9)  I just discovered a 22 screen cinema in Quito including special VIP cinemas.  OK this photo was taken at another cinema because the 22 screen cinema was full apart from a movie in German with Spanish subtitles.

10)  People queue not only to get into the bank but here they are queuing for a money machine.  EFTPOS isn't overly popular here.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Kids React To Walkmans - This Makes You Feel Old!


These kids react to walkmans and it makes you feel really old. It is hard to believe how far technology has come since the 1980s! Thanks to a friend for sharing this on Facebook and making everyone feel old now!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

RIP The Ultimate Warrior - Wrestling Legend Dies





Wrestling legend the Ultimate Warrior aka James Hellwig died aged 54 just days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

See the video footage above from 1990 when the Ultimate Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania V1, I used to have mates over to watch WWF wrestling back then.  This fight really tore us apart because both the Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan were good guys and so it was difficult to know who we wanted to win.  We also thought it was real back then!

Unfortunately the early death of the Ultimate Warrior adds another name to the long list of wrestling legends who have died too soon.  There are obviously some potential reasons for this, here is a list of dead wrestlers and not surprisingly there have been plenty of wrestlers who have died from heart attacks and drugs issues.

Dead Wrestlers List

Name, Age, Date and Cause of Death
  1. Frank Gotch 40 December 16, 1917 Uremic Poisoning
  2. The Terrible Turk ?? July 4, 1898 Drowning
  3. Wayne Munn 35 January 9, 1931 Kidney Problems
  4. William Muldoon 88 June 3, 1933 Dies At Home
  5. Farmer Burns 75 February 9, 1937 Unknown
  6. Gus Sonnenberg 46 September 12, 1944 Tuberculosis
  7. Bull Montana ?? January 24, 1950 Dies at Home
  8. Danno O’Mahoney 37 November 4, 1950 Auto Accident
  9. Maurice Tillet 51 August 4, 1954 Heart Disease
  10. Jess McMahon 72 November 22, 1954 Unknown
  11. Rikidozan 38 December 15, 1963 Stabbed
  12. Gorgeous George 48 December 26, 1963 Heart Attack
  13. Ed “Strangler” Lewis 76 August 7, 1966 Dies at Home
  14. Sandor Szabo 60 October 16, 1966 Heart Attack
  15. Primo Carnera 51 June 29, 1967 Cirrhosis of Liver
  16. Stanislaus Zbyszko 88 September 22, 1967 Dies at Home
  17. George Hackenschmidt 90 February 19, 1968 Dies at Home
  18. Wladek Zbyszko ?? June 10, 1968 Unknown
  19. Mike DiBiase 45 July 2, 1969 Dies in Ring
  20. Skull Murphy 39 March 23, 1970 Heart Attack
  21. Hercules Cortez 39 July 23, 1971 Auto Accident
  22. Dory Funk Sr. 54 June 3, 1973 Dies at Home
  23. Freddie (Sweetan) Prosser, 36, July 26, 1974. Accidental fire
  24. Bobby Shane 29 February 20, 1975 Auto Accident
  25. Jim Lindos 78 August 19, 1975 Heart Attack
  26. Pepe Lopez 39 July 27, 1976 Auto Accident
  27. Antonio Rocca 49 March 15, 1977 Unknown
  28. Chris Taylor 29 June 30, 1979 Prolonged Illness
  29. Billy McGuire ?? July 14, 1979 Heart Attack
  30. Peter Maivia 47 June 13, 1982 Cancer
  31. Frank Tunney ?? May 20, 1983 Heart Attack
  32. The Grand Wizard 54 October 12, 1983 Heart Attack
  33. El Santo 67 February 5, 1984 Heart Attack
  34. David Von Erich 25 February 10, 1984 Acute Enteritis
  35. Vince McMahon Sr. 69 May 17, 1984 Cancer
  36. George Zaharias 76 May 22, 1984 Dies at Home
  37. Argentina Apollo 46 August 2, 1984 Heart Attack
  38. Eddie Graham 55 January 21, 1985 Suicide
  39. Jay Youngblood 30 September 1, 1985 Heart Attack
  40. Rick McGraw 30 November 1, 1985 Heart Attack
  41. Tarzan Tyler ?? December 20, 1985 Auto Accident
  42. Gino Hernandez 29 February 4, 1986 Cocaine Overdose
  43. Warren Bockwinkle 74 March 24, 1986 Alzheimer’s Disease
  44. El Solitario 40 April 6, 1986 Heart Attack
  45. Mike Von Erich 23 April 12, 1987 Suicide
  46. Malcolm “King Kong” Kirk ?? August 24, 1987 Heart Attack
  47. Adrian Adonis 34 July 4, 1988 Auto Accident
  48. Pat Kelly ?? July 4, 1988 Auto Accident
  49. The Canadian Wildman ?? July 4, 1988 Auto Accident
  50. Bruiser Brody 42 July 17, 1988 Stabbed
  51. Leroy Brown 38 September 6, 1988 Heart Attack
  52. Leroy McGuirk 78 September 9, 1988 Dies at Home
  53. Mildred Burke 73 February 18, 1989 Stroke
  54. Paul Boesch 76 March 7, 1989 Dies at Home
  55. Happy Humphery ?? March 14, 1989 Heart Attack
  56. Eduardo Perez 61 September 7, 1989 Dies at Home
  57. Haystacks Calhoun 55 December 7, 1989 Diabetes
  58. Bronko Nagurski 81 January 7, 1990
  59. Whipper Billy Watson 74 February 4, 1990 Dies at Home
  60. Gory Guerrero 69 April 18, 1990 Unknown
  61. Pat O’Connor 65 August 16, 1990 Cancer
  62. Ed “The Bull” Gatner 31 December 31, 1990 Suicide
  63. Duke Keomuka 70 June 30, 1991 Heart Failure
  64. Vivian Vachon 40 August 25, 1991 Auto Accident
  65. Chris Von Erich 21 September 12, 1991 Suicide
  66. Gene Anderson 58 October 31, 1991 Heart Attack
  67. Dick the Bruiser 62 November 10, 1991 Internal Bleeding
  68. Wilbur Snyder 62 December 25, 1991 Heart Failure
  69. Buzz Sawyer 32 February 7, 1992 Dies At Apartment
  70. Tojo Yamamoto 65 February 19, 1992 Suicide
  71. Jimmy Lennon Sr. 79 April 20, 1992 Heart Failure
  72. Buddy Rogers 71 June 26, 1992 Stroke
  73. Uncle Elmer 54 June 30, 1992 Diabetes
  74. Danny McShain ?? July 14, 1992 Unknown
  75. Roy Heffernan 67 September 24, 1992 Heart Attack
  76. Andre The Giant 46 January 27, 1993 Heart Attack
  77. Kerry Von Erich 33 February 18, 1993 Suicide
  78. Dino Bravo 44 March 11, 1993 Drive-By Shooting
  79. Wally Karbo 77 March 25, 1993 Heart Attack
  80. D.J. Peterson 33 May 25, 1993 Unknown
  81. Don Kent 61 June 14, 1993 Leukemia
  82. Brazo de Oro ?? October 26, 1993 Brain Aneurysm
  83. Rufus R. Jones 60 November 13, 1993 Heart Attack
  84. Larry Cameron 41 December 13, 1993 Heart Attack
  85. Eddie Creatchman 66 March 9, 1994 Heart Attack
  86. Ray Candy 43 May 23, 1994 Heart Attack
  87. George “Crybaby” Cannon 62 July 1, 1994 Cancer
  88. Joey Marella 30 July 4, 1994 Auto Accident
  89. Boris Malenko 61 September 1, 1994 Cancer
  90. Art Barr 28 November 23, 1994 Drug-Related Cause
  91. Jerry Blackwell 45 January 22, 1995 Pneumonia
  92. Eddie Gilbert 33 February 18, 1995 Heart Attack
  93. Big John Studd 46 March 20, 1995 Hodgkin’s Disease
  94. Ilio DiPaolo Auto 68 May 10, 1995 Auto Accident
  95. Killer Karl Krupp 62 October 24, 1995 Heart Attack
  96. Little Beaver 61 December 4, 1995 Emphysema
  97. Ray Stevens 60 May 3, 1996 Heart Attack
  98. Dick Murdoch 49 June 15, 1996 Heart Attack
  99. The Missouri Mauler 45 July 19, 1996 Heart Attack
  100. Herb Abrams 41 July 23, 1996 Drug Overdose
  101. Neil Superior 33 August 23, 1996 Heart Attack
  102. Sapphire 61 September 10, 1996 Heart Attack
  103. Dr. Jerry Graham 58 January 24, 1997 Stroke
  104. Bulldog Bob Brown 58 February 6, 1997 Heart Attack
  105. Dr. Bill Miller 69 March 24, 1997 Heart Attack
  106. Stan Stasiak 60 June 12, 1997 Heart Failure
  107. Larry O’Day 53 June 30, 1997 Liver Cancer
  108. Plum Mariko 29 August 16, 1997 Brain Aneurysm
  109. Jeep Swenson 40 August 19, 1997 Heart Attack
  110. Dale Lewis 62 August 30, 1997 Leukemia
  111. Fritz Von Erich 68 September 10, 1997 Cancer
  112. Dick “Bulldog” Brower 63 September 16, 1997 Diabetes
  113. Brian Pillman 35 October 5, 1997 Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease
  114. Big E Sleaze 22 October 26, 1997 Suicide
  115. Stanley Blackburn 80 November 20, 1997 Unknown
  116. Bobo Brazil 74 January 20, 1998 Heart Problems
  117. Louie Spiccoli 27 February 15, 1998 Carisopridol Overdose
  118. Junkyard Dog 45 June 1, 1998 Auto Accident
  119. The Spoiler 56 June 20, 1998 Heart Failure
  120. Shane Shamrock 23 August 17, 1998 Shot by Police
  121. Terry Garvin 60 August 17, 1998 Cancer
  122. Giant Haystacks 55 November 30, 1998 Stomach Cancer
  123. Brady Boone 40 December 15, 1998 Auto Accident
  124. Sam Mushnick 93 December 31, 1998 Internal Bleeding
  125. Shohei “Baba” Giant 61 January 31, 1999 Bowel Cancer
  126. The Renegade 23 February 23, 1999 Suicide
  127. Kurt Von Hess 65 March 13, 1999 Heart Attack
  128. Rick Rude 41 April 20, 1999 Heart Attack
  129. Owen Hart :-( 33 May 23, 1999 Accidental Fall
  130. The Sarge Donnie York Sr. 50 May 25, 1999 Complications of Diabetes
  131. Jackie Sato 41 August 9, 1999 Stomach Cancer
  132. Mark Curtis 38 September 8, 1999 Stomach Cancer
  133. Gorilla Monsoon 62 October 6, 1999 Heart Illness
  134. Tony Rumble 43 November 13, 1999 Heart Attack
  135. Hiro Matsuda 62 November 27, 1999 Cancer
  136. Gary Albright 34 January 7, 2000 Heart Attack
  137. Al Costello 80 January 22, 2000 Pneumonia
  138. Bobby Duncum Jr. 34 January 24, 2000 Drug Overdose
  139. Liz Chase 45 February 29, 2000 Died During Surgery
  140. Masakazu Fukada 27 April 19, 2000 Internal Bleeding on Brain
  141. Tom Renesto (Assassin #1) 72 April 25, 2000 Heart Failure
  142. Tomomi “Jumbo” Tsuruta 49 May 16, 2000 Internal Bleeding
  143. Gordon Solie 71 July 27, 2000 Cancer
  144. Tony Parisi 58 August 18, 2000 Heart Attack
  145. Chris Duffy 36 August 25, 2000 Seizure
  146. Toru Tanaka 70 August 22, 2000 Natural Causes
  147. “Klondike” Bill Soloweyko 68 October 3, 2000 Bulbar Palsy
  148. Leo Nomellini 76 October 17, 2000 Stroke
  149. “Yokozuna” Rodney Anoia 34 October 22, 2000 Heart Attack
  150. The Blue Demon 78 December 16, 2000 Heart Attack
  151. Benny McGuire 54 March 26, 2001 Heart Attack
  152. “Red Shoes” Dugan ?? March 26, 2001 Parkinson’s Disease
  153. Johnny Valentine 73 April 24, 2001 Natural Causes
  154. Terry Gordy 40 July 16, 2001 Heart Attack
  155. Rhonda Singh (Bertha Faye) 40 July 27, 2001 Unknown
  156. Dennis Coraluzzo 48 July 29, 2001 Stroke
  157. Chris Adams 46 October 7, 2001 Shot to Death
  158. Chief Dave Foxx 44 October 28, 2001 Heart Attack
  159. Helen Hart 77 November 4, 2001 Organ Failure
  160. Russ Haas 27 December 15, 2001 Heart Failure
  161. “Maniac” Mike Davis 46 December 25, 2001 Heart Attack
  162. Mighty Igor 60’s January 7, 2002 Heart Failure
  163. Nelson Royal 70 February 2, 2002 Heart Attack
  164. Swede Hanson 68 February 20, 2002 Alzheimer’s Disease
  165. Wahoo McDaniel 63 April 18, 2002 Stroke
  166. Lou Thesz 86 April 28, 2002 Natural Causes
  167. Randy “Pee Wee” Anderson 41 May 7, 2002 Natural Causes
  168. Erich Kulas (Mass Transit) 22 May 14, 2002 Unknown
  169. Alex “Big Dick Dudley” Rizzo 34 May 16, 2002 Unknown
  170. Shoichi Arai (FMW President) 36 May 16, 2002 Suicide
  171. “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith 39 May 17, 2002 Heart Attack
  172. Ted Petty (Rocco Rock) 49 September 21, 2002 Heart Attack
  173. Edward “Moose” Cholak 72 October 31, 2002 Natural Causes
  174. Billy Joe Travis ?? November 22, 2002 Heart Attack
  175. Jeff Peterson 22 November 29, 2002 Cancer
  176. “Mr. Wrestling” Tim Woods ?? November 30, 2002 Heart Attack
  177. “The Original Sheik” Ed Farahat ?? January 18, 2003 Natural Causes
  178. Curt Hennig 44 February 10, 2003 Drug Overdose
  179. Tony Altomare 74 February 20, 2003 Heart Attack
  180. Hiromichi “Kodo” Fuyuki 42 March 19, 2003 Cancer
  181. Sailor Art Thomas 79 March 20, 2003 Cancer
  182. Ray Mendoza 73 April 17, 2003 Natural Causes
  183. Miss Elizabeth (Elizabeth Heulette) 42 May 1, 2003 Drug Overdose
  184. “Classie” Freddie Blassie 85 June 2, 2003 Natural Causes
  185. Giant Ochiai 30 July 8, 2003 Brain Damage
  186. Anthony “Pitbull #2″ Durante 36 September 26, 2003 Drug Overdose
  187. Stu Hart 88 October 16, 2003 Pneumonia
  188. Road Warrior Hawk (Mike Hegstrand) 46 October 19, 2003 Heart Attack
  189. Mike “Crash Holly” Lockwood 32 November 6, 2003 Asphyxiation
  190. Richard “Dick” Hutton 80 November 24, 2003 Natural Causes
  191. Moondog Spot (Larry Lathman) 51 November 29, 2003 Heart Attack
  192. Jerry “The Wall/Malice” Tuite 36 December 5, 2003 Heart Attack
  193. Jack Tunney (Former WWE President) 68 January 24, 2004 Natural Causes
  194. Don (Hard Boiled) Haggerty 78 January 28, 2004 Natural Causes
  195. Hercules Hernandez 45 March 6. 2004 Heart Attack
  196. Pepper Gomez 77 May 6, 2004 Kidney Failure
  197. Billy Redwood 28 July 3, 2004 Auto Accident
  198. Pat “Bomber” Roach 67 July 17, 2004 Cancer
  199. Ken Timbs 53 August 1, 2004 Heart Failure
  200. Dr. Wagner Sr. 68 September 12, 2004 Heart Attack
  201. Jim Barnett (Promoter) 80 September 17, 2004 Cancer and Pneumonia
  202. Ray “Big Boss Man” Traylor 42 September 22, 2004 Heart Attack
  203. Marianna Komlos 35 October 4, 2004 Breast Cancer
  204. Dandy Jack Donovan 76 November 27, 2004 Construction Site Accident
  205. “Pistol” Pez Whatley 54 January 18, 2005 Heart Failure
  206. Chris Candido 33 April 28, 2005 Blood Clot after Surgery
  207. Ron Trongaurd (AWA Announcer) 72 June 17, 2005 Liver Cancer
  208. Shinya Hashimoto 40 July 11, 2005 Brain Anresum
  209. Lord Alfred Hayes 77 July 21, 2005 Stroke
  210. Chris Tolos 75 August 13, 2005 Natural Causes
  211. Chri$ Ca$h (Christopher Bauman Jr.) 23 August 18, 2005 Motorcycle Accident
  212. Ed “Sailor” White (Moondog King) 56 August 25, 2005 Unknown
  213. The Crusher (Reggie Lisowski) 79 October 22, 2005 Natural Causes
  214. Eddie Guerrero :( 38 November 13, 2005 Heart Failure
  215. Chad Floyd (Chazz Rocco) 37 December 10, 2005 Heart Failure
  216. El Texano (Juan Aguilar) 47 January 15, 2006 Respiratory Failure
  217. Ricky Romero 74 January 16, 2006 Complications of Diabetes
  218. Victor Mar (Black Cat) 51 January 28, 2006 Heart Attack
  219. Emory Hale ?? January 29, 2006 Complications of Kidney Failure
  220. Mike “Johnny Grunge” Durham 39 February 16, 2006
  221. Victor Quinones (Owner of IWA Puerto Rico) 46 April 2, 2006 Natural Causes
  222. Sammy “Steamboat” Mokuahi 71 May 4, 2006 Complications from both Alzheimer’s and Diabetes
  223. Apache Bull Ramos 71 May 27, 2006 Complications of Shoulder Infection and Diabetes
  224. John “Earthquake” Tenta 42 June 7, 2006 Bladder Cancer
  225. “Crazy” Luke Graham 70 June 24, 2006 Heart Failure
  226. Marlon Kalkai (Tiger Khan) Mid-30’s June 28, 2006 Unknown
  227. Bob Orton Sr. 76 July 14, 2006 Heart Attack
  228. Karl Von Stroheim 78 August 8, 2006 Heart Attack
  229. Antonio Peña (Mexican Promoter) 57 October 6, 2006 Heart Attack
  230. Jumping Joey Maggs 37 October 15, 2006 Unknown
  231. Kintaro Oki (Kim Ill) 77 October 26, 2006 Natural Causes
  232. Daniel Garcia (Huracan Ramirez) 80 November 1, 2006 Natural Causes
  233. Sputnik Monroe 77 November 2, 2006 Natural Causes
  234. Dennis “Tiger” Conway, Sr. 74 November 13, 2006 Massive Stroke
  235. Don Jardine (The Original Spoiler) 66 December 16, 2006 Complications of Heart Attack and Leukemia
  236. Scott “Bam Bam” Bigelow 45 January 19, 2007 Drug Overdose
  237. Mike Awesome 42 February 17, 2007 Suicide
  238. Bad News (Brown) Allen Coage 63 March 6, 2007 Heart Attack
  239. Alejandro Cruz (Black Shadow) 82 March 8, 2007 Pneumonia
  240. Ernie “The Cat” Ladd 68 March 10, 2007 Cancer
  241. Arnold Skaaland 82 March 13, 2007 Natural Causes
  242. Angel Azteca 43 March 18, 2007 Unknown
  243. Abe Coleman 101 March 28, 2007 Natural Causes
  244. Mephisto Lephanto 31 May 4, 2007 Sudden Heart Attack in the Ring
  245. Sonny Myers 83 May 5, 2007 Natural Causes
  246. Sandy Barr 69 June 2, 2007 Heart Attack
  247. Sensational Sherri Martel 49 June 15, 2007 Unknown
  248. Shane “Biff Wellington” Bower 42 June 23, 2007 Heart Attack
  249. Nancy Daus (Woman from WCW) 42 June 23, 2007 Strangulation
  250. Chris Benoit 40 June 25, 2007 Suicide
  251. Brian “Crush” Adams (43)–August 13, 2007–Natural Causes
  252. The Missing Link (Dewey Robertson) (68)–August 16, 2007–Died from cancer
  253. Fabulous Moolah (Lillian Ellison) (84)–November 3, 2007–Natural Causes
  254. Jean Louis Cormier (Rudy Kay), 65, May 25, 2008. Septicemia.
  255. Andrew Martin (Test) - 1975 - 2009 - Overdose of drugs
  256. Captain Lou Albano - 1933 - 2009 - Prolonged Illness
  257. Yvon “the Beast” Cormier, 70, Mar. 4, 2009. Heart attack during lymphoma treatments.
  258. Umaga - 4 December, 2009 - Heart Attack
  259. Lance Cade - 2010 - Heart Failure
  260. Bastion Booger - 2010 - heart attack
  261. Giant Gonzalez - 2010 - Diabetes
  262. Chris Kanyon - 2010 - Suicide
  263. Jack Brisco - 2010 - Heart Attack
  264. Ludvig Borga - 2010 - Heart Attack
  265. Sailor White - 2011 - Car Accident
  266. Macho Man Randy Savaage, 2011 - Accident
  267. Doctor X - October 2011, 11 (aged -1959)- Was shot in the head and killed
  268. Larry Sweeney - 2011 - Suicide
  269. Shawn Osborne - 2011 - Suicide
  270. Well Dunn - 2012 - Unknown

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Terminally Ill Father Throws Surprise Wedding For 11 Year Old Daughter - Tear Jerker!



This terminally ill 62 year old father threw a surprise wedding for his 11 year old daughter so he could walk her down the aisle. What is it about weddings that makes me get all emotional?

Friday, April 04, 2014

Fight Church Official Trailer - What Do You Think?




Here is the preview for Fight Church which is about "defeminising" church by providing a fight club for church men. Tough guys need God too! What do you think of this concept of bringing people to Christ by having a controlled environment where men can invite other men to their church? I think it is cool as I have a heart for sports ministry and I think this could be just another way of getting people involved in the church. The only catch is that with the actual "Fight Club" it was supposed to be kept a secret, but we wouldn't want that to happen with this!



Fight Church Official Trailer (2014). Starring Jon Jones, Jill Burress and Ben Henderson. http://bit.ly/DeadlineSubscribe

Academy Award Winning Director, Daniel Junge (Saving Face) and director Bryan Storkel (Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians) team up with producers Eben Kostbar and Joseph McKelheer (The Hammer) for a feature documentary about the confluence of Christianity and mixed martial arts, including ministries which train fighters.

Oxfam Trailwalker 2014 Live Updates


Here is Cool Runnings finishing the Oxfam 100 Trailwalker in 2014. They crossed the line first, but their time was slower than they were hoping for. Still, it is a great achievement running 100km in less than 14 hours.



Oxfam 100 Trailwalker 2014 is here when teams give up their weekends to walk, hop or run 100km to raise money for charity.  Some of my mates were inspired by the feel good story of the Jamaican bobsled team at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics and entered as Cool Runnings.

Get live Oxfam 100 Trailwalker 2014 updates and sponsor some teams at
http://www.oxfamtrailwalker.org.nz/

Cool Runnings were the fastest team in Oxfam Trailwalker 2013 choosing to run large parts of the 100km.

Sponsor Team Cool Runnings in Oxfam Trailwalker in 2014 by going to one of these links.  All the best guys!

 http://www.oxfamtrailwalker.org.nz/otw14/teams/cool-runnings 

Like the Team Cool Runnings fan page!

 https://www.facebook.com/pages/OXFAM-100-Team-Cool-Runnings/341439182623732?fref=ts




Here is footage of Cool Runnings in Oxfam Trailwalker 2013

Cool Runnings the Oxfam Trailwalker 2013 fastest time team have released a music video to inspire sponsorship in 2014.  Click the link below.
http://screen.yahoo.com/bobsled-song-182420782.html

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Parachute Music Festival Cancelled - What Were Your Memories?

Parachute Music Festival which has been going 24 years, has been cancelled because it isn't financially viable.  This is a shame.  For many people this is the only time they hear the gospel in their lives.

Should Parachute Music Festival be cancelled or should there be a petition to keep it going with the help of some major sponsor?

What are your memories of Parachute Music Festival?

I never went, but heard it was great if you are a teenager!  They also had some massive acts and did really well for a Christian event to become so popular.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Why Do Sports Change Their Rules - Players, Fans or Administrators?


There have been some recent changes in sport which seem to have taken the players by surprise.  This is crazy given how they are the ones it affects the most!  It is difficult to know if the rules changes will make a sport more popular or improve it at all?  I think sports change rules for a variety of reasons and these latest changes have a mixture of motives.

Netball is the latest sport to change their sport by moving to having some two point shots using youth competitions in New Zealand as an example.  It is sort of a compromise from the Fast Five netball.  There will be two points awarded for longer shots inside the circle.  I think this change is for the fans.

Hockey has also changed their rules with the international body FIH pulling the strings which seems to have left players and coaches in New Zealand dumbfounded.  Instead of two 35 minute halves, there will be four 15 minute quarters meaning less playing time.  This will make it more similar to sports like netball and basketball, but could be for player welfare, especially in hotter countries like India and Pakistan.

Rugby league constantly tweaks their rules with banning the shoulder charge probably having the biggest impact in the last few seasons.  This was definitely nont for the fans, but for the safety of the players.  Rugby league does lead the way in innovation in many regards with the use of TMOs and two onfield referees and usually these are for the fans.

Other sports like cricket and rugby are a bit slower to make changes.  These are more traditional sports and so it can take longer for changes to get past the administrators.  There are so many rules in rugby especially that they change the interpretation of those rules relatively often.  Changing the value of the try from three to four points and then to five points in the early 1990s was major.  I think it depends who pays the bills, but plenty of the changes made in rugby and cricket is for the benefit of the fans.  Pay television does pay the bills for professional rugby.  

It is funny how football, the world's most popular sport rarely changes the rules at all.  It goes to show that simple rules can be the best.

In conclusion, changing the rules can happen for many reasons and for the benefit of fans, players and administrators.  It is hard to know who motivated these changes in netball and hockey and if they will improve the sport for everyone involved.  How do you tell if these changes are successful or not?  Do participation or crowd numbers indicate if they are successful or not?  Is it the number of injuries that is an indicator?

Brazilian World's Luckiest Cyclist Crash Lands On Mattress


A cyclist in Brazil is extremely lucky after he was hit by a pick-up truck and crash landed onto a mattress from that truck.  Is this an amazing stroke of luck or was this staged?  It is difficult to know, given that there is security camera footage.  Either way, it makes for a cool video which can be watched at Wimp, see the link below.  There are plenty of narrow roads around South America and so this could easily happen.

http://www.wimp.com/mattressfall/

Monday, March 24, 2014

Confirmed Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 Crashed In The Southern Indian Ocean



In breaking news Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean.  It is hard to know why this plane was so far off course and if it is good or bad news that the plane's whereabouts have been confirmed.  For family of the victims they at least know now what happened, but it has confirmed the death of their families.  

The theories of what happened can hopefully be solved.  Was the plane hijacked and forced to fly elsewhere before running out of petrol?  Was everyone still alive when the plane crashed?  It is hard to know or say.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - A new analysis of satellite data indicates that the plane disappeared from Malaysia Airlines collapsed in the southern Indian Ocean, the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Monday.
If confirmed, the news would be a substantial advance in the unprecedented struggle to find out what happened to Flight 370, which disappeared over two weeks ago after taking off from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board.
For more details go to

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Missing Malaysian Airlines 370 Plane : New Clues

An American television channel has made a geographical mistake when broadcasting information about the missing Malaysian Airlines 370 plane.  Although technically correct, (there is a Perth in Tasmania) they have made a few mistakes with their television map.  They also called it the "seach area".  They must have been in a hurry to get the graphics to air and didn't have time to proof read.  Perth is on the West Coast of Australia.

I found this on Newcastle's NXFM website
https://www.facebook.com/1069NXFM

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Westboro Baptist Church Hates Lorde and NZ Isn't God's Own


It ends up that American gay-hating church Westboro Baptist Church isn't a big fan of New Zealand or our singer Lorde.  Should we be worried?  These are some massive claims by this church, but given the way we live in a fallen world then it begs the question of if God approves of what we have done with his world.  We have destoyed it in many ways and so he probably doesn't, but he still loves us if we live in a way that pleases him.  I don't agree with the gay marriage legislation but I think that this church has overstepped the mark, it ends up Westboro Baptist Church is unaffiliated and known for extreme ideologies often picketing gay issues.  I have gone to heaps of baptists churches and they don't share Westboro's ideologies.

Should Westboro Baptist Church start a church with all of these extremist people like Harold Camping the end of the world guy and the likes?

What do you think?  Will you be picketing Lorde concerts?   This is from NewstalkZB.

America's controversial gay-hating Westboro Baptist Church has our Lorde in its sights.
The extreme organisation says Lorde has no wisdom worth having, and wants members to picket her show in Kansas City.
The singer has tweeted back - obviously highly amused - encouraging concert-goers to wear rainbow clothes to it.
She says in one tweet, "hahaha omg just found out westboro baptist church are going to picket my show in kansas city (sic)"
That tweet was followed by "everyone wear rainbow clothing to that show"
Lorde has also given the link to the church's website, godhatesfags.com
The church says God hates New Zealandbecause of civil unions and our gay marriage legislation, and says Auckland is the 15th gayest city.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Cadbury Creme Egg Biscuits Not Coming to New Zealand


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New Zealander's love the traditional Cadbury Creme Egg (some of us too much).  It has been the go to Easter egg for years, but in 2014 Cadbury released a Cadbury Creme Egg biscuit in the United Kingdom.  According to Cadbury's Facebook page there is no intention of bringing these biscuits to New Zealand.  Sure, it could be another Double Down from KFC or Georgie Pie, where the novelty only lasted a short time for most people, but I think they should bring Cadbury Creme Egg biscuits to New Zealand, although remember to only eat in moderation!

A contact at Cadbury told me that while these biscuits won't be available in supermarkets in New Zealand they will be available in Britain speciality stores.

According to sources in England, these biscuits are amazing, so you may have to get a friend to bring you some from overseas.  

To help achieve this please like my Facebook page to Bring Cadbury Creme Egg Biscuits to New Zealand.


Should Cadbury Creme Egg Biscuits come to New Zealand or would the novelty wear off too quickly?  Would you try them?