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Apple's iPad goes on sale tomorrow in Australia and people are already queuing up to be the first to purchase it.
This is just bizarre. I frigging love the way the ABC works. So dysfunctional yet so fabulous.
ps, I heart Kerry O'Brien and Tony Jones.
Reports last month revealed the Lego was made available to ABC staff to play with while they waited in the cafe queue at one of the broadcaster's Sydney offices.
The introduction of the Lego blocks was just one of numerous promotions around the country aimed at drawing ideas from staff to boost innovation at the ABC.
"I think the long-suffering taxpayer that funds the ABC might be interested to know what the cost was," Senator Abetz said.
"Plasticine might have been cheaper, I don't know, or finger painting."
Mr Scott was unable to say if the ABC had paid for the Lego or not, but he defended the initiative as a very important idea aimed at promoting innovation among ABC staff.
"We have innovation as part of the core values at the ABC," he said.
Senator Abetz said promoting a culture of innovation at the ABC was not in question.
"What is in question is the, if I might be polite and use the word bizarre, methodology, to provide building blocks, building Lego blocks, in the cafeteria for staff members to play with to enhance their creativity," he said.
Story via The Daily Telegraph
Tell me, does your workplace have any 'unusual' concepts for productivity implemented in your office cafeteria?
Lyz Parker, 23, found him in a bag of Candy King she got at Tesco Home Plus in Staines, Middlesex.
She said: "When I opened the bag I screamed so loudly the whole office came running over. I couldn't believe my eyes."
Lyz, from Camberley, Surrey, called Candy King but at first they thought it was a prank call. The firm is now investigating, and said yesterday: "Clearly this is not part of Candy King's assortment."
Tesco added: "We expect better behaviour from our jelly sweets. We'll raise it with the supplier."
Last year, comedians Wil Anderson, Dom Knight, Julian Morrow and Dave Hughes landed themselves in hot water after tweeting several "offensive" statements about the show, Gretel Killeen who was hosting, and various award winners.
This year was no exception. Wil Anderson got slammed again by the media as did Catherine Deveny. Catherine is primarily known for being a columnist for The Age in Melbourne and definitely doesn't water down her comments.
Tonight it was announced that she was sacked from The Age following what she wrote on Twitter on Logies night.
I think this is ridiculous. Sure, what she said may not be everyone's cup of tea but the beauty of Twitter is the two magical words 'Follow' and 'Unfollow'. If people don't like it, they don't have to read it. Everything is a choice and everyone that has been offended by these comments, it's their own fault for reading past the first one. She published these comments on Twitter, not in her Age column. Why should she lose her job over this? Hardly seems fair.
I think Catherine is great. Freedom of speech is lacking and she is making up for it. The world is full of precious morons who go looking for things to be offended by.
Find her on Twitter here
Here's her "offensive" Logies tweets and then her defense as published in SMH online.
" Today, Deveny stood by her comment about the 11-year-old, saying she was using satire "to expose celebrity raunch culture and the sexual objectification of women, which is rife on the red carpet".
"It was just passing notes in class, but suddenly these notes are being projected into the sky and taken out of context," she said.
"This [the Bindi Irwin comment] was a ludicrous remark that was as ridiculous as me saying I hope the dog that Molly Meldrum brought with him got drunk." "
" "I meant every single word," Deveny said today.
"I love Rove. I worked for Rove for five years. I've publicly said and printed I would take a bullet for him. He endorsed my first book on the front cover.
"They looked really sweet. I do hope that Tasma doesn't die and I hope that Rove doesn't die ... I absolutely meant it." "
I would say that 99% of people in the world are opposed to animal cruelty. Most of us would lend our support to a cause as great as this, but many of us aren't really sure how we can help out. I was fortunate enough to interview Elizabeth Anile, a co founder of ATAAC ("Australian Teens Against Animal Cruelty".. I know the majority of you readers aren't teenagers so for the purpose of this article, you can pretend it's "Australian Twentysomethings Against Animal Cruelty").
As a youngin' Elizabeth grew up having compassion and respect for all animals. It wasn't until she was 16 years old that she realised that "there was no difference between the lamb on my plate and my beautiful Labrador dog sitting at my feet." After realising this, it prompted Elizabeth to become a vegetarian and inspired her to do more to help and care for all animals.
After volunteering for a number of animal groups in Victoria, she realised that there wasn't one single youth group against animal cruelty run by youths. Elizabeth spoke out to other teenagers and discovered that many of them were too intimidated to ask for advice about vegetarianism or weren't 100% sure of how they can actively be involved with helping to eradicate "horrific issues such as whaling".
Elizabeth got together with buddy Andrew Glover and decided to combine everything they knew about animal rights and vegetarianism and created ATAAC. Elizabeth describes ATAAC as "an educational group that is dedicated to providing the youth of Australia with the facts of a range of animal issues; from factory farming to the dancing bears in India to the street dogs of Bulgaria."
"ATAAC believes that education is the key to prevention" Elizabeth says, "We research and gather information and project it to our readers so that they in turn can make an informed and educated decision."
Elizabeth and Andrew have had many people contact them saying that they weren't aware of the treatment of farm animals and once being educated on these subjects they've made the decision to ditch the meat and go vego.
You too can help end the horrid treatment of so many animals today. Even if you feel like you're not doing much, every little bit counts!
Here's a few quick tips from Elizabeth:
1) Become a vegetarian. The average vegetarian saves the lives of 95 animals per year. By making the decision of cutting meat out of your diet, you are responsible for saving the lives of so many animals that otherwise would be subjected to mistreatment in factory farms and slaughter houses.
2) Get involved! Contact an animal organisation that you are most interested in and start volunteering your time. There are so many amazing organisations out there that need all the support they can get.
3) Donate money. ATAAC donates money to many charities and organisations all over the world. ATAAC's fundraising efforts alone have helped street dogs and cats in India, Egypt, Bulgaria and Spain from abuse and mistreatment and assisted with vaccination and desexing campaigns. The list of charities we have donated to can be found on our website, if anyone else wants to get involved, has any ideas or can help us fundraise please contact us!
Visit the ATAAC website
Become a fan on Facebook
Elizabeth and Andrew have also just returned from a trip to India where they filmed a feature length documentary about animal welfare. To read all about their trip & see some amazing photos, visit their blog.