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OK, well, here we go.

It is with much nervous trepidation I now announce that I am no longer single.

Rebecca and I are together.

The weekend we just has pretty well convinced us that this one was 'right'. We both has stepped into this with the belief that we were perhaps not ready for anything more substantial that just a casual association for now with an open mind to what may lay ahead.

But it has become quite clear to us that to keep up that pantomime was not being honest to each other or ourselves. So at 1am on Sunday morning we talked about it and decided that we'd now be exclusive to each other and work hard to overcome the problems of distance. Mudgee is not that far away.

She is an amazing woman who shares a lot of my world view, but is different enough to challenge me when our opinions don't match. She's an english teacher and a lot of our time is spend talking literature, though she is far more well read than me. We have yet to encounter a pregnant pause in conversation, which is a very good sign.

She is a beautiful dirty blonde, and while she is a bit younger than me (late 20s), she is old enough to know what she wants out of a partner and she has chosen me. I still find it amazing that I seem to be the one, but I am definately not going to argue.

She is also a Catholic. That's pretty important to me.

So, please be patient with me when I try to drope her into every conversation I have over the next couple of months. This is all so terribly exciting and wonderful, it pretty well occupies most of my thoughts right now. I am sure that will settle down in time to a constant sense of contentment and normal transmission will resume.

Long time, no update.

OK, here's what has been going on.

The production of Jesus Christ Superstar ran its course. Lots of fun and lots of work. I now have free time again.

The show was brilliant and i intend to do the next one.

On another front;

Some of you may remember when I went to Aimee's birthday a couple of months back I hooked up with a girl. Her name was Rebecca. Some of her may know of her as crazy girl.

Well she came to see the show and she stayed at my place with Aimee. As it turns out we really hit it off. Things clicked very nicely.

We have been keeping in touch and will be seeing each other this weekend. I'm quietly optimistic we will have a lovely time.

I'm really enjoying myself.

Oh yeah, I've been working too. BUt that's not very interesting.


This Friday night my mate, Callen (Ben) and his new band Storm are playing at the Lucky Country Hotel in Newcastle.

Starts at 9pm and costs $7.

Ben's an absolutely awesome bass player and I expect the band to be up to his high standards.

Amongst the influences cited are: Led Zepplin, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC and Motorhead.

Come along. I'll be there.

The Democrat race.

It looks like it is over for Hilary.

She won Indiana, but only by 4%. She needed a bigger showing to offset the predicted win of Obama in North Carolina, which was projected to be 10%. Unfortunately for her, it looks like he has secured a 14% win.

The effect of this is that Obama will increase his lead in pledged delegates.

Hilary, as much as I support you, I think it is time to make nice and woo for the position of Vice President.

Well fought.

Done good.

Played strong.

If your votes are not good enough for your party during the primaries, then they are not good enough come November.

That is all.

May. 5th, 2008

Watch the web for climate change truths

By Christopher Booker

A notable story of recent months should have been the evidence pouring in from all sides to cast doubts on the idea that the world is inexorably heating up. The proponents of man-made global warming have become so rattled by how the forecasts of their computer models are being contradicted by the data that some are rushing to modify the thesis.

Polar Bears in Alaska
Last September's data, showed ice cover had shrunk over six months to just 3 million but by March the ice had recovered to 14 million sq km

So a German study, published by Nature last week, claimed that, while the world is definitely warming, it may cool down until 2015 "while natural variations in climate cancel out the increases caused by man-made greenhouse gas emissions".

A little vignette of the media's one-sided view was given by recent events on Snowdon, the highest mountain in southern Britain. Each year between 2003 and 2007, the retreat of its winter snow cover inspired reports citing this as evidence of global warming.

In 2004 scientists from the University of Bangor made headlines with the prediction that Snowdon might lose its snowcap altogether by 2020. In 2007 a Welsh MP, Lembit Opik, was saying "it is shocking to think that in just 14 years snow on this mountain could be nothing but a distant memory".

Last November, viewing photographs of a snowless Snowdon at an exhibition in Cardiff, the Welsh environment minister, Jane Davidson, said "we must act now to reduce the greenhouse gases that cause climate change".

Yet virtually no coverage has been given to the abnormally deep spring snow which prevented the completion of a new building on Snowdon's summit for more than a month, and nearly made it miss the deadline for £4.2 million of EU funding. (Brussels eventually extended the deadline to next autumn.)

Two weeks ago, as North America emerged from its coldest and snowiest winter for decades, the US National Climate Data Center, run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a statement that snow cover in January on the Eurasian land mass had been the most extensive ever recorded, and that in the US March had been only the 63rd warmest since records began in 1895.

While global warming enthusiasts might take cheer from the NOAA's claim that "average global land temperature" in March was "the warmest on record", this was in striking contrast to a graph published last week on the Climate Audit website by Steve McIntyre.

Tracking satellite data for the tropical troposphere, it showed March temperatures plunging to one of their lowest points in 30 years.

Mr McIntyre is the computer expert who exposed the infamous "hockey stick" graph - that icon of warmist orthodoxy which showed global temperatures soaring recently to their highest level for 1,000 years. He showed that the computer model that produced this graph had been so designed that it would have conjured even random numbers from a telephone directory into the shape of a hockey stick).

On April 24 the World Wildife Fund (WWF), another body keen to keep the warmist flag flying, published a study warning that Arctic sea ice was melting so fast that it may soon reach a "tipping point" where "irreversible change" takes place. This was based on last September's data, showing ice cover having shrunk over six months from 13 million square kilometres to just 3 million.

What the WWF omitted to mention was that by March the ice had recovered to 14 million sq km (see the website Cryosphere Today), and that ice-cover around the Bering Strait and Alaska that month was at its highest level ever recorded. (At the same time Antarctic sea ice-cover was also at its highest-ever level, 30 per cent above normal).

The most dramatic evidence, however, emerged last week with an announcement by Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory that an immense slow-cycling movement of water in the Pacific, known as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), had unexpectedly shifted into its cool phase, something which only happens every 30 years or so, ultimately affecting climate all over the globe.

Discussion of this on the invaluable Watts Up With That website, run by the US meteorologist Anthony Watts, shows how the alternations of the PDO between warm and cool coincided with each of the major temperature shifts of the 20th century - warming after 1905, cooling after 1946, warming again after 1977 - and how the new shift to a cool phase could have repercussions for decades to come.

It is notable that the German computer predictions published last week by Nature forecast a decade of cooling due to deep-ocean movements in the Atlantic, without taking account of how this may now be reinforced by a similar, even greater movement in the Pacific.

Mr Watts points out that the West coast of the USA might already be experiencing these effects in the recent freezing temperatures that have devastated orchards and vineyards in California, prompting an appeal for disaster relief for growers who fear they may have lost this year's crops.

Mr Watts's readers are amused by the explanation from one warmist apologist that "these natural climate phenomena can sometimes hide global warming caused by human activities - or they can have the opposite effect of accentuating it".

It is striking, in view of the colossal implications of the current response to "the greatest challenge confronting mankind" - as our politicians love to call it - how this hugely important debate is almost entirely overlooked by the media, and is instead conducted largely on the internet, through expert websites such as those run by Mr McIntyre and Mr Watts.

On one hand our politicians are committing us to spending unimaginable sums on wind farms, emissions trading schemes, absurdly ambitious biofuel targets, and every kind of tax and regulation designed to reduce our "carbon footprint" - all based on blindly accepting the predictions of computer models that the planet is overheating due to our output of greenhouse gases.

On the other hand, a growing number of scientists are producing ever more evidence to show how those computer models are based on wholly inadequate data and assumptions - as is being confirmed by the behaviour of nature itself (not least the continuing non-arrival of sunspot cycle 24).

The fact is that what has been happening to the world's climate in recent years, since global temperatures ceased to rise after 1998, was not predicted by any of those officially-sponsored models. The discrepancy between their predictions and observable data becomes more glaring with every month that passes.

It won't do for believers in warmist orthodoxy to claim that, although temperatures may be falling, this is only because they are "masking an underlying warming trend that is still continuing" - nor to fob us off with assurances that the "German model shows that higher temperatures than 1998, the warmest year on record, are likely to return after 2015".

In view of what is now at stake, such quasi-religious incantations masquerading as science are something we can no longer afford. We should get back to proper science before it is too late.

Jesus Christ Superstar

What a weekend it has been.

In 48 hours we have done 4 shows and the strange thing is that the last one, a sunday matinee where we were all shambling golems of exhaustion was the best.

I am really loving the show. Sure stage fright is still a big feature for me but I am just loving being a part of something like this. The people are wonderful, the music is awesome and I get to flounce about in costumes. And aparently we don't do a bad show (for community theatre).

After a long absense from the stage, I thing getting back into musical theatre was the right thing to do at this point in my life.

We have two shows next weekend and then one at the Tempus Two winery the week after.

And then we start Pirates of Penzance.

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

OK, so here's the problem; The race for the democratic nomination is drawing to an end. Obama was way ahead at the beginning but support has swung against him.

His early victories have all but ensured him the numbers to win... just. But now the public is not as in love with him as once they were and polls are now showing him losing against the Republican, McCain.

So, what does the democratic party do?

If they put Obama up against McCain he appears to stand less of a chance than Clinton. But if the party goes against the popular vote and puts Clinton up the furore may well tear the party apart and possibly even cause riots.

Looks like they will have to take a chance with Obama, whatever the outcome, for the sake of the party.