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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

Your ideas could save the net

ECGMA says: Thanks Doug!

From: [] On Behalf Of GetUp
Sent: Friday, 20 March 2009 14:42 PM
To: Irwin, Doug
Subject: Your ideas could save the net

Dear Doug,

Yesterday Senator Conroy confirmed1 that websites on the Government's closely guarded 'blacklist' of censored sites had been leaked. News outlets are reporting that if the Government's censorship plan went ahead, a dentist and a tour operator are just two of the many legitimate Australian businesses whose websites would be blocked.

We've reached hundreds of thousands of Australians through our petition and online advertising campaign. Now we're after your creative ideas so that together we reach millions.

We're producing a TV ad to turn up the heat, and we want your ideas. Script ideas, images, music, video content or just a good pun - your brainwave could end up on national TV! We'll turn the best ideas into a TV advertising campaign ready to hit the airwaves in April. Click here to find out more:

The internet isn't about control, censorship and government interference. It's about collaboration. Working together we can create and broadcast a message the whole nation will see.

This is our opportunity to drive a nail into the coffin of internet censorship. Send in your ideas for a hard-hitting TV ad, and we'll use the best ones to create a unique TV ad:

Our online ads, running all over the internet since December, have been seen over 3.5 million times.Now it's time to take our message to TV screens around the nation. Internet users are firing up the bloggersphere against the proposed censorship.

A hard-hitting TV ad delivered now can protect that most important of freedoms - the freedom of the community to stand up and defend rights we perceive to be under threat. Let's harness the power of the internet to create the best ad to defend our rights.

Thanks for being a part of the solution,

The GetUp team

PS - If you're in Canberra, come join the 'March in March' against the internet filter: 1pm tomorrow, Saturday March 21, Federation Mall outside Parliament House. Organised by the Digital Liberty Coalition and supported by GetUp!

1'There are some common URLs to those on the ACMA blacklist' stated Senator Conroy, Minister for Communications:


GetUp is an independent, not-for-profit community campaigning group. We use new technology to empower Australians to have their say on important national issues. We receive no political party or government funding, and every campaign we run is entirely supported by voluntary donations. If you'd like to contribute to help fund GetUp's work, please donate now! If you have trouble with any links in this email, please go directly to To unsubscribe from GetUp, please click here.

Authorised by Simon Sheikh, Level 5, 116 Kippax St, Surry Hills NSW 2010tracking

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Fw: Amazing Staircases

ECGMA says: Thanks Doug!

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Sent: Friday, March 20, 2009 11:53:06 AM
Subject: FW: Amazing Staircases
Amazing Staircases

Saturday, March 28, 2009


ECGMA says: Thanks Doug!

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Sent: Friday, March 20, 2009 9:33:12 AM
Subject: FW: Friendship

Capturing these photos must have been pure joy for this photographer.

Friendship isn't about who you have known the longest.

...but about who came and never left your side.

Friday, March 27, 2009

News reader cannot stop laughing at model falling over!

Lights in the sky: Builder on rooftop snaps four 'UFOs' flying over London

By Caroline Graham

Last updated at 8:54 PM on 17th March 2009

It's a scenic shot that appears to be out of this world.

Taken on a mobile phone early one morning it captures the London landscape as well as four curious lights hovering over the Houses of Parliament. Could they be UFOs?

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The image, taken on a mobile phone, shows four curious lights in the top right corner. Could they be UFOs?

Derek Burden was working on the 16th floor of a building in Covent Garden in the capital's West End when he took the picture at 8.30am.

But it was only when he looked at the image a few days later with his wife Sarah that he noticed the eerie shapes in the cloudy sky.

Mr Burden, 40, said: 'I was waiting for some materials to arrive so I thought I would step out onto the balcony to have a cup of tea. I was 16 floors up and I thought I would take some pictures of the view for my wife who doesn't get to come to London much.

'I didn't notice anything at the time because I was focusing on getting in all the sights but when I showed Sarah that weekend she said "What are those lights in the corner?"'

Mr Burden, from Luton, said the lights are not any kind of reflection, claiming he took the picture outside with no office lights behind him.

He added: 'The picture clearly shows four saucers all the same size. I've shown loads of the guys on the building sites and they're all amazed.

'I took the picture to Boots as well and had it blown up - it looks wicked.'

So are the supposed space ships aliens travelling on their daily commute, or perhaps some outer space shoppers heading up West? Mr Burden is stumped.

'I haven't a clue what the saucers are. I've never really believed in all that,' he said. 'But it's a big old place out there and I think the picture speaks for itself.'

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Dial Before You Dig!!!

ECGMA says: Thanks Doug! Boy! Oh Boy!

Monday, March 16, 2009 10:32:49 AM
Subject: FW: Dial Before You Dig!!!

The pictures below are a result of a farmer in the USA using a post hole digger without calling for 'Safe-dig' prints he hit an underground high-pressure cross country gas pipe.

They never did find the guy……….
Took out 2 homes.