Monthly Archives: December 2005

Minto Hotel Robbed

My local pub got stuck up!!!

Minto Hotel

Two men were slashed with machetes when they tried to stop a bunch of guttless thugs from robbing my local pub.

One local required surgery for a serious arm wound after joining a fight against the group of five balaclava-clad creeps, who used machetes in a raid on the Minto Mirage Hotel in Sydney’s south-west, at about 8pm on Wednesday night.

Police said six of the hotel’s patrons had armed themselves with pool cues and grabbed a baseball bat from behind the bar when they took it upon themselves to try to stop the robbery.

"It was just spontaneous. They tried to protect themselves and the people from the hotel and challenge those who were committing the robbery," said Macquarie Fields Superintendent Stuart Wilkins.

"After that a melee commenced in the hotel … it was a significant fight." police reported.

The bandits had threatened the hotel’s manager and demanded cash from the bar safe before they were attacked by the group of angry drinkers.

Supt Wilkins said one of the bandits was struck on the arm with the baseball bat before the group fled with a small amount of cash.

Two of the hotel patrons, aged 32 and 35, suffered deep lacerations when they attacked the bandits and were cut with the machetes.

The 32-year-old was released from hospital on Wednesday night while the 35-year-old was to undergo surgery for a serious arm wound on Thursday.

Supt Wilkins said he could not condone the drinkers’ actions and warned people against taking the law into their own hands.

"It is important that you allow the police to do their job," he said.

"If someone is armed and attempts to attack you or take your personal property you should give that over, do as you are told, and then contact the police."

Police are searching for up to five piss weak thugs of Indian or Islander appearance in connection with the robbery.

They have canvassed the local area, taken fingerprints at the hotel and were reviewing closed circuit television footage seeking to identify the thieves, Supt Wilkins said.

Twenty witnesses were being questioned by police.

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Kerry Packer Dead

Cashes his chips for the last timeā€¦

Kerry Packer

Australia’s richest man, media mogul Kerry Packer, dies aged 68

SYDNEY – Kerry Packer, who was known throughout the world for his love of sports and gambling, has died, his family reported on Tuesday. He was aged 68.

Packer was listed by Forbes magazine this year as the 94th richest man in the world with a fortune of $5 billion US. He died at his Sydney home Monday evening, according to a family statement released through his Nine Network television channel.

"He died peacefully at home with his family at his bedside," the statement said.

Packer amassed his fortune through his family’s Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd., which he inherited from his father. Packer handed the day-to-day running of his media empire – which includes Australia’s most popular television network and a stable of profitable magazines – to his son James some years ago.

While Packer’s business empire made his name in Australia, it was his love of sports and gambling that earned him worldwide fame.

In 1977, he reinvented limited-overs cricket to make it more appealing to a mass television audience.

Players in the Packer-backed World Series Cricket swapped their traditional white clothing for multicolored uniforms disparagingly referred to by some as pajamas.

The format was attacked as gaudy by traditionalists, but helped revitalize the game. The series also controversially featured South African players who had for some years been subject to sporting sanctions because of their country’s apartheid regime.

On Tuesday morning, the Australian and South African cricket teams held a minute’s silence in memory of Packer in the southern city of Melbourne before play started on day two of the second Test.

Packer’s love for gambling will no doudt be sadly missed by casino bosses from around the world.

He haunted baccarat tables from London to Las Vegas and his love of gambling inspired him to buy Melbourne’s Crown Casino complex, Australia’s largest.

Reports of huge losses in the tens of millions surfaced from time to time but Packer either refused to comment on them or brushed them off.

Son of publishing mogul Sir Frank Packer, Kerry began his career aged 19 in the printing room of his father’s Daily Telegraph newspaper in Sydney.

Packer was trained in all aspects of his father’s business except as a reporter – he suffered from the learning disability dyslexia and was not considered journalist material.

When his father died in 1974, Packer inherited two television stations, five radio stations, nine provincial newspapers and the biggest magazine publishing company in the country. The Daily Telegraph had been sold two years earlier to rival Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

By the late 1980s, Packer had acquired another magazine business, bought and sold the nation’s largest engineering company and expanded programming at Nine Network.

Packer also invested in real estate, becoming one of Australia’s largest landowners and cattle barons by the late 1980s. His Australian properties were said to cover an area bigger than Belgium.

Murdoch, who heads the News Corp. media empire, praised his rival as "a lifelong friend and a tough competitor. He was the most successful businessman of our generation.

"As a broadcaster, he had an uncanny knack of knowing what people across the country were thinking and this finely tuned antennae made him the best broadcaster this country has seen," Murdoch said in a statement.

Prime Minister John Howard also applauded him.

"He was a great Australian, he was a larger-than-life character, and in so many ways he left his mark on the Australian community over a very long career in business," Howard told reporters in Sydney.

Packer was undoubtedly a powerful businessman, courted by prime ministers and credited with using his media empire to make or break governments. He was not partisan. According to former prime minister Bob Hawke, Packer "preferred winners to losers."

In 1987, Packer made the deal of a lifetime when he sold his two television stations to up-coming entrepreneur Alan Bond for one billion Australian dollars. Packer’s financial advisers then valued the stations at just $400 million.

Packer bought the TV stations back three years later for $200 million.

A giant of a man who was said to live on hamburgers and milkshakes, Packer was nonetheless a keen sports fan and in the 1980s began devoting his time and money to polo.

The family statement did not state the cause of Packer’s death, but he had long been plagued by ill health.

In 2000, he received a new kidney donated by his longtime helicopter pilot and friend Nick Ross.

The operation left Packer without either of his own kidneys – the first was removed in the 1980s after doctors found it to be cancerous.

Recent Heart Attack

In 1990, he suffered a heart attack while playing polo and his heart stopped for about seven minutes before paramedics revived him with a defibrillator.

Days later, he donated $3 million to equip all ambulances in New South Wales state with defibrillators – machines later irreverently branded Packer Whackers.

He had a heart bypass in 1990, but suffered a second heart attack in 1995.

In spite of his huge wealth Packer was known to be a true blue down to earth Aussie, who was always good for a bit of dry humour.

Mr Packer is survived by his wife of 42 years, Roslyn, his son James and daughter Gretel.

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Cool Looking Blog Posts

Have I got Your Attention

…from now on we will try to make all of our posts a lot more interesting to look at………

Dont know about you!!!, but when Im on the web looking around for something to read, I like to see a few things at least…

  • Informative headings
  • Photos
  • Good content
  • Simple English : And I dont mind a few spelling mistakes. Sort of brings them down to my own uneducated level, if you know what I mean :)
  • No references at all to Kilie Minogue, dumb penis enlargement pills (unless the guy using them happens to be screwing me) or stupid investments in a goldmine in anti social Ziare.

From now on we will try to make all our posts a lot more interesting to look at…. see
the list above. That includes having at least one photo that relates to each article, so you have something to view.

Now your probably thinking where’s the photo!!!… well its going to be at the end of the article. I mainly wanted to get your attention by trying out the fancy multi colored "pullquote" that you can see in the right hand corner of this post.

If you click on the image below it will take you too a great website called Mandarin that is absolute full of fantastic tips for making your blog stand out from the rest.

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Merry Christmas 2005





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Sydney M7 Tollway Opens

Its been a week today since the new M7 motorway was officially opened by our Prime Minister. At a cost of $1.5 billion dollars, it was the biggest engineering feat in western Sydney for 50 years.

M7 Map
M7 Tollway : Sydney

As a resident of Campbelltown, I would like to say that after trying it out a few times this week, it was money well spent. Have included a few more photos to give you an idea of what it looks like.

From the start of the M7 at Prestons in Liverpool to the finish in Winston Hills took me 25 minutes. That was travelling at 90 to 100 kph. Represented by the yellow line on the map.

Start of the M7 at Prestons
Start of M7 at Prestons

Elizabeth Drive Exit
Elizabeth Drive Exit

M4 To Penrith And Sydney Exit
M4 To Penrith And Sydney Exit

Windsor Exit
Windsor Exit

Finish Of M7 - Start Of M2
End M7 – Start M2

From a motorists point of view, this new tollway is fantastic. Trips across the outer Western Suburbs will now be done in half the time. You will have to pay… but its worth it.

I have only one complaint. There are no Service Stations for petrol and toilets. They have one on the M2… why not on the M7???

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