Breakfast Television

February 5, 2007 by  
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The intended audiences, and cultures they’re trying to build, for the two main Australian network breakfast programmes were highlighted by their choice of live musical performances this morning.

Seven’s Sunrise: Scissor Sisters with I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’
Nine’s Today: Ten Tenors with I Still Call Australia Home

Poles apart.

Super Bowl

February 5, 2007 by  
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A 92-yard kick return for a touchdown off the opening kickoff has given the Chicago Bears a dream start against the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI.

Unfortunately, I don’t know if I’ve got four hours worth of Super Bowl watching stamina in me.

Indianapolis Colts won 29-17 against a tired Chicago Bears. I’d heard Chicago’s quarterback, Rex Grossman, described as the worst quarterback ever to play in a Super Bowl. Every time I walked back into the room and saw the Chicago offense, Grossman was either getting sacked, intercepted, fumbling the snap, or tripping over his own feet, so he didn’t make much of an attempt to prove anybody wrong. What amazes me is that Chicago made it to the Super Bowl at all.

Disclosure: living in Australia I have not seen a single NFL game of the 2006/07 season, so Grossman could very well be a better player than I saw today.

Kosovo non-independence

February 4, 2007 by  
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For years now Kosovo has been essentially an independent nation, but administered by the United Nations to ensure they don’t actually try to claim independence. Their status as either a Serbian province or nation in their own right has been in limbo while the international community has tried to avoid giving either Serbia or Kosovar Albanians what they want.

The UN finally delivered their recommendations on Kosovo’s future status a few days ago.

While the UN special envoy Martti Ahtisaari has said Kosovo should split from Serbia, it’s independence in theory, but not reality. While Kosovo will legally have national symbols separate from Serbia, and be allowed to apply for membership to organisations like the UN, they will still not be able to claim outright independence.

NATO and EU forces would remain, and it pretty much looks like things would stay as they are now. I’m not really sure how this resolves Kosovo’s status.

Kosovo’s decisive step to statehood
Serbia rejects Kosovo breakaway

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