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iPhorest

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As an iPhone fan and co-founder of a "green" company I think this is either sensational or insane. I might need a coffee to wrap my head around it some more…

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Tina Turner at her very best

The footy tipping comp is back for the upcoming Australian winter and our brave leader Buff sent through this terrific promo piece from 1989. Not many of my American cousins would know the kind of work Tina did Down Under. Very, very special. (Many of you have asked for a visual on Buff – below is his pre-race interview at the 2009 Australia Day Gift. Another failed attempt.)

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For every blowhard sportsman who thinks the world owes him something…

Wisdom from the coach of Herb Elliot. Herb is one of Australia's great middle distance runners. Never beaten over 1,500 metres and broke the 4 minute mile 17 times. 


"I never understood why sports people are not the most humble people in the world because in sport, which involves physical activity, what you are trying to do is to squeeze the last drop of physical power and performance out of yourself – without dying. And if you gonna do that the only way you can do it is confronting your weaknesses and you discover, when you really set the test for yourself, and you apply yourself against that test day after day after day, you discover that, the thing that is stopping you to be the winner isn't the competitor, it's yourself, it's your own weaknesses. And so you start to work on that, you are trying to build strength where there are weaknesses. So, in my view, top athletes should have a much more conscious view of their weaknesses than the normal population. And that should bring humility. So I don't really understand why some guys get a bit carried away with themselves when they do actually achieve what it is they set out to achieve."
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This just makes me laugh…

From my favorite columnist, Peter FitzSimons…

A FRIEND, we'll call him Nick Farr-Jones, tells me that a few years back he was on an evening flight from Tokyo to Hawaii on Japan Airlines and just after take-off the following announcement came over the intercom, in a soft wispy voice.

"This is Captain Takenata, speaking. We hope you enjoy your flight. We have a journey of 3000 kilometres to make and will be cruising at an altitude of 10,000 metres. We will be arriving over Honolulu at dawn tomorrow morning. And they don't know we're coming" …