NZ Air Travel – Miss Your Flight And Get Punched In The Head

By Aussie Pete, June 29, 2011 12:37 am

EXCLUSIVE CCTV FOOTAGE RELEASED

The Location: The Check-In Counter for Jetstar (Operated by Skycare)

The Players: In the blue corner, Radio DJ (shock-jock) Iain Stables and in the red corner, a much larger Check-In Staff Member, Patrick Joseph Ulberg

The Problem: Mr Stables turns up late for his flight and is not allowed to board the plane

What followed, can only be described as absolute mayhem. The absolutely dramatic CCTV footage has just been released as a part of the assault case against Mr Ulberg.

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The video was played for the local court and shows Mr Stables sweeping bag labels off the counter and throwing a radio at Mr Ulberg. Next thing, Mr Ulberg comes out from behind the counter and starts swing haymaker punches.

jetstar2Ulberg was found not guilty of assaulting Mr Stables – the court ruled that the check-in staff member acted in self-defence.

However, despite his injuries, Mr Stables might not be off the hook – he was charged at the time of the incident with “disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence.”

Apparently, the incident was sparked when when Mr Stables turned up late for his Jetstar flight and when told he could not board the plane, was told in no uncertain terms, to “f*** off to Air New Zealand”.

It was further alleged that Mr Stables then yelled a racial slur – calling Mr Ulberg a “black mother f****r”, and then leaned over the check-in counter and punched him.

SkycareA witness testified that they had seen Mr Stables “mouthing off”, throwing something and hurling a racist insult at the employee at the Jetstar desk, whereafter Ulberg retaliated by throwing punches to the head.

Mr Stables was treated for concussion, bruising and cuts.

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UFOs Caught On Film – Fact Or Fiction?

By Aussie Pete, June 27, 2011 12:35 am

It doesn’t get any more ‘WTH’ than this… I’m not one to automatically jump to conclusions, so I’ll allow you, my dear readers, to make your own assumptions as to the authenticity of this footage.

The very strange and awry footage of various bright lights rapidly darting through the sky during the day was first posted on YouTube.

UFO In London - Fact Or Fiction?

UFO In London - Fact Or Fiction?

In the video clip, tiny circular specks of white light can clearly be seen flying high over London in broad daylight. The day is clear and the sky is blue (which I reckon is a very rare phenomenon in itself in London), when five UFOs are seen speeding in parallel before disappearing behind a cloud.

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Next, a much larger glowing disc-shaped objects then emerges from behind the very same cloud… perhaps the ‘mother ship’? It hovers slowly in a tight circle – then other smaller specks seem to follow the path of the original lights behind the cloud.

A small group of people can be seen on a corner near the Radio 1 studio in Great Portland Street, West London, watching and videoing the activity on mobile phones.

In the description of the video it states, “Right – took over a week to get it….but finally managed to get these critters on camera on a clear day, and even get a close-up… It seems to be attracting quite a crowd now when they appear. Can anyone explain what on earth these lights are please?”

Apparently, these lights have been visible at random times on previous evenings at the same location over the past week.

What do you think friends and readers? – Fact or Fiction?

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Cuteness Alert – Help Pete Get His Aussie Back Campaign

By Aussie Pete, June 24, 2011 12:43 am

Up until now, aside from a small side-bar ad, I’ve not done much promotion to rally for people to vote for me in the 2011 OMY Blog Awards. After walking away with the first prize in my category (’What The Hell’) last year and the amazing activities and follow-ons that have lasted for almost the last 12-months (including the tour of Hong Kong and the now infamous ’swim’ that I had in Victoria Harbour during my participation in the OMY media team for the HK Dragon Boat Carnival Bathtub race), I think that perhaps I’ve got my work cut out for me if I’ve got any chance to pull out a back-to-back win in the same category in 2011.

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Having said that, I am still feeling some (small) level of confidence – perhaps delusional? - based on the fact that thanks to my friends, readers and family in Singapore and around the world, I’m sitting in the Top 3 for the category from an online voting perspective – voting accounts for 30%, while the other 70% is based on the decision of a panel of independent and quite knowledgeable and respected judges.

If the 70% was based on hard statistics alone – eg, SEO, PR, Backlinks, Readership, Subscriptions, search engine rankings etc – the quick research I’ve done shows that I would be the clear front runner… but at the end of the day, the awards are all about blogging and content – not necessarily popularity or page views.

What The Hell?

What The Hell?

Therefore, much of the result will come down to what the respected judges deem to be the right or appropriate content to fit the particular category for which we are finalists. The other finalists in my category are unique in their approach to ‘What The Hell’ subject matter, and I wish them all the best of luck and success for the Awards presentation on the 23rd July!

I’ve really got no idea how much of a chance I stand of winning the OMY Blog Awards for consecutive years, but perhaps I can at least rally some more votes online in a couple of different ways – firstly, let’s take this article as the kick-off of the campaign to “Help Pete Get His Aussie Back”!!

You see, the award winners this year get to travel back to the city in which I spent 10-years of my professional career before heading up into Asia (Shanghai, and now my home for the past 5+ years, Singapore). The city of Melbourne in the state of Victoria, Australia – just think of the value to the other winning and travelling bloggers that my local knowledge and expertise has to offer. :)

Jiayou Aussie Pete! - Cuteness Alert

Jiayou Aussie Pete! - Cuteness Alert

Secondly, as a part of the rally video that we recorded at the SPH News Centre (and perhaps this is exploitation of cuteness) – I brought my nearly 4yo son, Jaime, along to join me in the latter half of the video as my #1 fan – for a total burst of absolute cuteness check his cheers for Daddy!… and of course, you will now be obliged to vote for me by clicking here, and then clicking the vote button next to my picture.

Watch the Video (Warning – Cuteness Alert):

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Once again, best of luck to my fellow finalists – see you all at the awards presentation!!

Don’t forget the campaign – “Help Pete Get His Aussie Back” !!!!

WP Photo Winners 2011 – Warning: Images May Be Disturbing To Some Readers

By Aussie Pete, June 22, 2011 11:44 pm

Disclaimer: Some of the images here and also more at the official World Press Photo Website may be considered very disturbing or graphic to some readers.

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“The annual World Press Photo Contest is at the core of the organization’s activities. It offers an overview of how press photographers tackle their work worldwide and how the press gives us the news, bringing together pictures from all parts of the globe to reflect trends and developments in photojournalism.”

Below is a cross section of some of the winners of this ‘best of the best’ in photo journalism. If you are easily offended, please close your browser now. I personally find these particluar images some of the most powerful and impactful.

World Press Photo of the Year

Bibi Aisha, an 18-year-old woman from Oruzgan province in Afghanistan, who fled back to her family home from her husband’s house, complaining of violent treatment. The Taliban arrived one night, demanding Bibi be handed over to face justice. After a Taliban commander pronounced his verdict, Bibi’s brother-in-law held her down and her husband sliced off her ears and then cut off her nose. Bibi was abandoned, but later rescued by aid workers and the American military. After time in a women’s refuge in Kabul, she was taken to America, where she received counseling and reconstructive surgery. Bibi Aisha now lives in the US, by Jodi Bieber, South Africa, Institute for Artist Management/Goodman Gallery for Time magazine.

Picture: Jodi Bieber, South Africa, Institute for Artist Management / Goodman Gallery for Time magazine

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1st Prize General News Single

Old Iron Market burns, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 18 January, by Riccardo Venturi, Italy, Contrasto

Picture: Riccardo Venturi, Italy, Contrasto

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1st Prize General News Stories

Haiti earthquake aftermath, 15-26 January, A man throws a dead body at the morgue of the general hospital, Port-au-Prince, 15 January, by Olivier Laban-Mattei, France, Agence France-Presse

Picture: Olivier Laban-Mattei, France, Agence France-Presse

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1st Prize People In The News Stories

Pakistan floods, August-September:Flood victims scramble for food as they battle the downwash from a Pakistan army helicopter during relief operations, Dadu, Pakistan, 13 September, by Daniel Berehulak, Australia, Getty Images

Picture: Daniel Berehulak, Australia, Getty Images

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2nd Prize People In The News Single

Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, London, 30 September, by Seamus Murphy, Ireland, VII Photo Agency

Picture: Seamus Murphy, Ireland, VII Photo Agency

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1st Prize Spot News Single

Suicide jump, Budapest, Hungary, 22 May, by Peter Lakatos, Hungary, MTI

Picture: Peter Lakatos, Hungary, MTI

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2nd Prize Spot News Stories

Anti-government riots, Bangkok, Thailand, May, by Corentin Fohlen, France, Fedephoto

Picture: Corentin Fohlen, France, Fedephoto

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1st Prize Daily Life Stories

Metropolis, by Martin Roemers, The Netherlands, Panos Pictures

Picture: Martin Roemers, The Netherlands, Panos Pictures

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1st Prize Daily Life Single

Man carries a shark through the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, 23 September, by Omar Feisal, Somalia, for Reuters.

Picture: Omar Feisal, Somalia, for Reuters

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1st Prize Contemporary Issues Stories

Escape from Somalia, March: Four Somali refugees en route to Yemen sleep in the desert after traveling all night on muddy roads and in pouring rain, Somaliland, 15 March, by Ed Ou, Canada, Reportage by Getty Images

Picture: Ed Ou, Canada, Reportage by Getty Images

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1st Prize Sport Single

Netherlands Demy de Zeeuw is kicked in the face by Uruguays Martin Caceres during World Cup semi-final, Cape Town, 6 July, by Mike Hutchings, South Africa, for Reuters

Picture: Mike Hutchings, South Africa, for Reuters

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1st Prize Sport Stories

Sports portfolio: Thomas Daley of Great Britain competes in the preliminary of the Men’s 3m Springboard diving event during the Youth Olympics at Toa Payoh Swimming Complex, Singapore, 22 August, Adam Pretty, Australia, Getty Images

Picture: Adam Pretty, Australia, Getty Images

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2nd Prize Arts and Entertainment Stories

The Flying Cholitas, Bolivia – Lucha libre (Bolivian wrestling) is one of the most popular sports in the country. Women wrestlers are known as cholitas and have in the last ten years become popular in the sport. Here, Carmen Rosa and Yulia la Pacena perform in a benefit show to raise money for the bathrooms of a school in La Paz, Bolivia, 26 June by Daniele Tamagni, Italy

Picture: Daniele Tamagni, Italy

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2nd Prize Contemporary Issues Single

Nguyen Thi Ly, 9, suffers from Agent Orange disabilities, Da Nang, Vietnam, by Ed Kashi, USA, VII Photo Agency.

Picture: Ed Kashi, USA, VII Photo Agency

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2nd Prize Portraits Single

Kirill Lewerski, cadet on Russian tall ship Kruzenshtern, by Joost van den Broek, the Netherlands, de Volkskrant

Picture: Joost van den Broek, the Netherlands, de Volkskrant

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2nd Prize Arts and Entertainment Single

Milan Fashion Week: Valeria Marini show, by Davide Monteleone, Italy, Contrasto for The New York Times Style Magazine.

Picture: Davide Monteleone, Italy, Contrasto for The New York Times Style Magazine

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2nd Prize Portraits Stories

Self-portraits for social network, by Wolfram Hahn, Germany.

Picture: Wolfram Hahn, Germany

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2nd Prize Nature Stories

Whooper Swans at dawn, Hokkaido, Japan, by Stefano Unterthiner, Italy, for National Geographic magazine, January.

Picture: Stefano Unterthiner, Italy, for National Geographic magazine

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2nd Prize Nature Single

Atlantic sailfish attack Spanish sardines, off Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, by Reinhard Dirscherl, Germany.

Picture: Reinhard Dirscherl, Germany

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2nd Prize General News Single

Tibetan monks prepare for the mass cremation of earthquake victims on a mountaintop in Yushu county, Qinghai province, in China. A 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the province on 14 April, killing over 2,600 people and injuring some 12,000 more. Tibetans usually practice sky burial, leaving corpses out for vultures, but the sheer numbers of dead in this case forced the monks to abandon tradition

Picture: Guang Niu, China, for Getty Images

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1st Prize Spot News Stories

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti on 12 January caused the collapse of a total of 188,383 buildings, of which 105,000 were completely destroyed. The quake struck a land that, depleted by decades of instability, was already the poorest country in the Americas. A woman is rescued from rubble, minutes after the quake.

Picture: Daniel Morel, Haiti

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Please click here to visit the official World Press Photo website for more of the winning images (singles and series from stories)

From Trash To Treasure – A Piece Of Junk Worth S$1.5 Million

By Aussie Pete, June 20, 2011 12:07 am

Folks – be very careful what you are throwing or giving away.

The following story is an absolute windfall for this unnamed retired Swedish lumberjack – perhaps he could rub some of his luck off this way!!?

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The elderly man was downsizing to a new home, so after cleaning up an decluttering, he decided to send several boxes of unwanted items to a small auction house in Stockholm… one of the items was a painting, which had been left to him by his late wife. It had been hanging on his wall for almost 10 years, and he considered it worthless.

A note that accompanied the boxes of unwanted goods, stated, “Will you accept these things? Sell what you can and leave the rest to the Red Cross!”

The ‘worthless’ painting was then put up for auction on the internet – starting price around S$1,500-S$2,000, however the piece quickly well exceeded what was expected.

The Battle of Bomarsund by Ivan Aivazovsky - 1858

The Battle of Bomarsund by Ivan Aivazovsky - 1858

The owner of the Auction house then called in Uppsala Auction House, which has access to experts in Russian art.

Trash to TreasureNext thing you know, Mr Knut Knutson of the auction house, decided that he should visit the retired lumberjack in person to deliver the news that the ‘worthless’ painting had in fact, been authenticated as an original masterpiece from 1858, by Russian master Ivan Aivazovsky – entitled “The Battle of Bomarsund”.

Knutson, was interviewed by ‘The Local’. He was reported as saying to the owner, “We are thinking of a starting price of five or six…” before he was interrupted with, “surely, you don’t mean five or six hundred thousand (kronor) do you?”

Knutson proudly replied, “No, actually I mean five or six million…” – the moment of truth!

The painting finally sold Tuesday just gone by to a Russian collector, for a staggering 7.6 million kronor (almost SGD 1.5 Million)!

There you go – as the saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” – in this case, it was really, “one man’s trash is the same man’s treasure”something that was almost given away to charity, created an instant millionaire!

From WTH Blogger To WTH Roving Reporter

By Aussie Pete, June 18, 2011 1:42 am

It’s taken me almost a week to get around to writing this article, so apologies to those who have been waiting so patiently for it. I won’t go in to the gory details, so just let me say (to use an Australian colloquialism), I’ve been down with a ‘crook guts’ – after a couple of days at the hospital, all is well now and I’m definitely back on the mend.

Last Saturday, the seemingly mismatched team of which I’d previously spoken – the crazy ang moh, the photographer, the traveller and the cam wh*re – managed to come together like clockwork in the AsiaOne Adventure Race.

My new calling? WTH Roving Reporter

My new calling? WTH Roving Reporter

Although we din’t win the overall race, we certainly managed to show that we are more than just a bunch of pretty faces… the OMY Star Blogger team worked our way through a half a dozen different challenges that tested our brain power, strength and endurance.

The OMY Star Bloggers Team

The OMY Star Bloggers Team

Jerome became our ‘human GPS’, so much so that we did not once need to programme a location into any device. Yet, we did not lose our way at all. His knowledge of Singapore, obscure locations and back streets is quite remarkable!

Jerome was considered as our Human GPS

Jerome was considered as our Human GPS

Having said that, there has been much discussion across social media about what is being referred to as the now infamous ‘Great Fall at Jurong Bird Park’… in short, Jerome took quite the tumble whilst heading to get our picture taken at the Flamingo Pool. Below, courtesy of OMY.SG, is one of the vodcasts of the event, and at around 3:05, you will see and hear a blow-by-blow account of the incident.

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The interview with the team was conducted by yours truly, and I’m thinking that maybe I’ve found myself a ‘new calling’ as a roving reporter. The challenge may be to find more ‘What The Hell’ type of events and activities for which to report.

(In all seriousness, at the time of the ‘Great Fall’, I was very worried for Jerome, as he did tumble quite seriously and did some significant damage to both himself and his expensive camera… and perhaps his pride – thank goodness that he has now recovered well – Jerome and I are very good buddies and it hurt me personally to see him go down like that).

Jerome looks happy but I feel sad after the Great Fall at Jurong Bird Park

Jerome looks happy but I feel sad after the Great Fall at Jurong Bird Park

Of course, kudos to the rest of the team for everyone’s unique set of abilities… Clara, who managed to reduce a potentially lengthy exercise of Origami down to almost a matter of seconds – what I’m guessing would’ve taken the average ‘non-paper folder’ at least 30-minutes to complete, Clara’s hands moved at the speed of light and required no guidance nor instructions to fold a paper crane identical in structure to the guidelines and the step-by-step pictorial.

How to fold a paper crane in a matter of seconds

How to fold a paper crane in a matter of seconds

Then there was Eunice – successfully climbing a rock wall with shoes that had become almost like ice skates from the puddles of water outside. As the other rock climber on the team, I can tell you that under the circumstances, this was no ‘walk in the park’ challenge.

The activities really tested our physical prowess

The activities really tested our physical prowess

My highlight of the day personally, was speeding around the Go-Kart track in the rain, with the ‘pedal to the metal’ – much to the dismay (and perhaps even anger) of the staff, I held nothing back as I manoeuvred my way around sharp corners and S-bends… the drifting that I was hoping to experience was an absolute rush… and the couple of times that I put the kart into a 360-degree spin, although costing me some time on the fastest lap measure, succeeded in pushing the adrenalin up to incredible heights.

Adrenalin Pumped and Drifting at High Speeds

Adrenalin Pumped and Drifting at High Speeds

After getting hosed down to try and remove some of the stubborn mud off my clothes, it took me a good half hour to stop the shaking in my hands brought on by the adrenalin rush…

With or without mud, I was adrenalin pumped

With or without mud, I was adrenalin pumped

Finally, a big thank you to Janet from OMY, who travelled with us as an observer (and photographer) was quite tolerant of our antics, and even joined in the group singing as we travelled from location to location… perhaps it’s saying something about our age, but we were listening to and singing some classic ‘oldies’ – the girls did get a little worried when I began crooning ‘Summer Lovin’ from Grease to Jerome on the drive out to Jerome – I feel blessed that the video cameras were not rolling at that point of the day!!

So what if I get invited to participate in the AsiaOne Adventure Race 4?? – I will be lining up with bells on!! It was such a fun-filled day, and one that I will be unlikely to forget any time soon – I recommend to anybody with a license and is over the age of 25 to apply in 2012… especially any serious ‘What The Hell’ Bloggers – I suspect that each member of our entire team this year had a few WTH moments of their own throughout the day.

For the article and all of the other Vodcasts from the day – click here!!

For more pictures, courtesy of OMY.SG – click here!!

Also – a recent article on the AsiaOne website – click here!!

Thinking about next year's race

Thinking about next year's race

Photo Credits here to Jerome, Eunice, Janet, OMY.SG

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Human Breast Milk to Hit Supermarket Shelves – GM Dairy Cows

By Aussie Pete, June 14, 2011 9:20 pm

What The Hell? – Got Milk?

Whether you agree philosophically with the technology of Genetic Modification or not, the breakthroughs being made in China are if nothing else, completely astounding!!

Within three years, Chinese expect to be selling their human breast milk in supermarkets – the milk comes from genetically modified dairy cows.

Genetically Modified Dairy Cows

Genetically Modified Dairy Cows

By all accounts, the milk produced by these transgenic cows is completely identical to the human variety – it contains the same immune-boosting and antibacterial qualities as breast milk.

Scientists at China’s Agricultural University in Beijing have bred the transgenic herd of 300, by inserting human genes into cloned cow embryos, which were then in turn, implanted into surrogate cows.

Although the milk is still undergoing safety tests, the plan is that with government permission, it will be sold to consumers as a more nutritious dairy drink than good old fashioned cows milk.

Some workers at the dairy farm owned by the University, have already tasted the milk. They say that it is sweeter and stronger than the ordinary cow’s milk.

Jiang Yao, said, “It’s better for you because it’s genetically modified.”

Professor Li Ning, who is the director of the research project, said that Western concerns about the ethics of genetic modification are “misplaced”. He goes on to say, “There are 1.5 billion people in the world who don’t get enough to eat… It’s our duty to develop science and technology, not to hold it back. We need to feed people first, before we consider ideals and convictions.”

More at Sky News

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Good ‘Ol Boy Crashes Kids Birthday Party With A Gun – Because Not Enough Cake and Ice-Cream!

By Aussie Pete, June 13, 2011 1:49 am

Y’all didn’t save my kids no damn ice cream and cake.

 
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Now I’m definitely not going to state my opinion on the gun laws in the US! I’ve already been beat up online enough for that in the past… ‘right to bear arms’ and all that – from the US Constitution – which is interpreted in many different ways.

What I do want to highlight though, is an incident that occurred at a childrens’ birthday party in a southern part of the United States on Saturday night… Clementine, in South Memphis to be precise.

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When a father found out this his kids didn’t receive any birthday cake and ice-cream at the party, what the good ol’ boy did would have made his righteous shooting buddies proud.

According to police, Joseph Hayes was angry that his children didn’t get any treats, so he went home, retrieved his firearm and returned to threaten the host.

Mr Hayes became extremely upset and, with the gun in his possession, began yelling at the victim, “Y’all didn’t save my kids no damn ice cream and cake.”

He faced court in Memphis, Tennessee today, after being arrested and charged with aggravated assault, and was held on a $30,000 bond.

Somehow I don’t think that his kids will get all that many birthday party invitations in the future!

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OMY Star Bloggers – The Crazy Ang Moh, The Photographer, The Traveller and The Cam Wh*re

By Aussie Pete, June 10, 2011 2:24 am

OK, so here’s the thing! – When I was first invited a few weeks ago by OMY to be a member of the media ‘Star Bloggers’ team to take part in the AsiaOne Adventure Race 3 which happens this Saturday, my mind – which often works in very mysterious ways – did some very strange things indeed.

Immediately, my hidden desire to one day participate in the popular TV reality show, The Amazing Race (or The Amazing Race Asia) boiled to the surface. Soon after, I started having flashbacks of the most recent instalment of the blockbuster movies, ‘The Fast and the Furious’… However, instead of seeing myself on the streets of Japan ‘drifting’ around sweeping bends, burning rubber while chucking doughnuts and using the handbrake for some radical manoeuvres, my mind was running 100mph trying to consider how I could emulate these skills on the streets of Singapore (without getting myself – or my team – arrested).

The OMY Star Bloggers Team

The OMY Star Bloggers Team

Obviously, there was absolutely no hesitation in my acceptance to participate in this inaugural event.

The first thing I did, was to go online to check out the event’s microsite, to see what the race was all about. On the home page, they have the following information:

“Form a team of four and pit your team against 91.3 DJs Jeremy Ratnam and Adam on June 11 in sponsored cars. Sort out the clues and complete the challenges in a treasure hunt that calls for your brains, brawn and beauty.”

Let me emphasise – Brains… Brawn… Beauty… well luckily for me, my fellow team members and OMY Star Bloggers have got my back on these critical factors.

As a media representative team, we are not in the running for the very attractive prize pool, but we are definitely in the running to secure ‘bragging rights’. You should know by now, that most Aussies are very passionate about their sports and usually extremely competitive!! I am no exception.

The OMY Star Bloggers team, are made up of the Crazy Ang Moh (that would be me), the Photographer, the Traveller and the self-proclaimed ‘Cam-Whore’.

WTH – you may rightly ask… but the way we figure it, we have such a diverse mix of skills we are bringing to the table that we will definitely be a challenge to be reckoned with. We expect to remove the prefix ‘Dys’ completely and end up with a fully ‘Functional’ team.

Before you get too nervous and think that you better stay in on Saturday and tell all of your loved ones to stay clear of the roads, on Tuesday night this week, we attended a pre-race briefing, and my ‘Fast and furious’ delusions were rapidly shot down.

Of course, no event organizers are going to give out sponsored cars to a bunch of ill-bred street racers. It was made quite clear (along with a number of other regulations), that the first rule is to ‘follow the rules’ – the race winner is not determined by the team who arrives at their final destination first. Success on the day, will be measured by a points scoring mechanism as awarded at each of the checkpoints or activities (I think my team can all breathe a sigh of relief).

We were also given two mobile devices by Singtel which will be used in the day, and the kind team from there gave us instructions on how to download and use Apps on these Android devices. Jerome and Eunice have taken them home to charge and familiarize themselves with the technology. We also received a Nikon camera on which Eunice was fully trained on at the briefing.

At this stage, I’d like to offer a huge ‘Thank You’ to my team who were quick to nominate me as ‘Team Leader’ for the OMY Star Bloggers Team – partly because I arrived 30-minutes late to the briefing and the decision was made in my absence. :)

The vehicles will be provided by Sime Darby Select, who are the official car sponsors. The other participants all drew out of a ‘lucky’ draw for their car selection – the OMY Star Bloggers and the 91.3 DJ team had already been allocated a vehicle.

Ours is a Volvo XC60 T6! I have not driven a Volvo in my life, so after a quick Google search I found our car – pretty neat huh? I’m not sure if ours will be red, but below is a mock-up with some OMY and star bloggers branding… if you see a car resembling this cruising the streets of Singapore this Saturday, be sure to wave and holler at us!!

Our Sponsored Volvo - Or Something Like It

Our Sponsored Volvo - Or Something Like It

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Dreaming (Again) Of Being Filthy Rich – My New Yacht!

By Aussie Pete, June 7, 2011 12:17 am

OK – so it’s really just my ‘dream boat’ – and truth is, it’s not even built yet.

Actually, it’s not just any boat either – the luxury 125-metre ‘Voronoi’ yacht is in the concept stage, but is soon set to become a reality.

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It is designed to with an intricate lattice exterior and extravagant facilities. Among the many features, are a sky lounge, hot tubs, a swimming pool and golfing green.

If this isn’t enough, it will also come with a bar, gallery, garden and dining room.

The luxurious design is the brain-child of one Kim Hyun-Seok, a Korean yacht enthusiast. He named it after the ‘Voronoi Pattern’ – for those scholars amongst us, this is a random geometric spacing created by Russian mathematician Georgy Voronoi.

According to Mr Hyun-Seok, “The Voronoi pattern is a special method of removing unwanted blocks of solid space, letting you create the most robust structures while using the minimum amount of material”

The inspiration for the unique design came from dragonfly wings.

In case you’re wondering where you’ve heard Mr Hyun-Seok’s name, he also walked away with first prize in the 2011 “Dreamboat Millennium Yacht Design” award for the “Tofi Trimaran” -a yacht shaped like a spaceship (I’ve included a couple of images of this bizarre craft at the end of this article – scroll down).

Here’s the vision of my “new (dream) boat”:

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As promised, below is Mr Hyun-Seok’s “Tofi Trimaran” – first prize in the 2011 “Dreamboat Millennium Yacht Design”:

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