Fielding Positions

For those of you who don’t know much about Cricket, here is a short explanation on fielding positions used in the game:

Most of what is shown in the video is true, but not all positions are used at the same time. There are only 11 players from the fielding side on the field at any one time, including the bowler and wicket keeper.


First Match of the Season

Yesterday was my first match of the season, a trial match between an Indian State Touring side and 8 Sydney grade players with 3 poms English lads. As far as the match went, it was good to get back into it again, although I feel a little stiff and tired.

However, while eating my chicken roll for lunch I crunched down on part of a tooth (one of mine – chooks don’t have ’em). I managed to see a dentist today and he happily told me that I had lost the only part of my tooth that wasn’t a filling. So, after what seemed like endless drilling, off came all the old fillings and on went the new. After an hour and a half in the chair the dentist said that I really needed a crown and that the tooth in front needed work as well! He also sent me for an OPC (or Orthopantomogram). This is a panoramic X-ray of my upper and lower jaw and all my teeth to see if there is any trouble below the gums. At least the OPG was bulk-billed. The dentist wasn’t. Still, I did have 3 needles, an entire tooth reconstructed, a X-ray and close-up photo images taken of my teeth. And I got a free toothbrush and a sample of toothpaste!! Woohoo!

Now I feel a little stiff and tired and I have a sore mouth.


Is It Worth It?

Is it worth having a high-powered PC if all you are going to use it for is working on the internet?

I have just spent almost 2 hours downloading a single ZIP file. My network connection was running at maximum speed, but my PC was running at less than 3% on each processor core. (No, I did not spend all that time watching the download – I did other things instead.) With the slow speeds we get in Australia, congestion on international routes, unexplained dropouts and continuous “scheduled downtimes” for “network upgrades” which cause more problems than they solve, it seems that my old Pentium-I machine can download just as fast as my Core 2 Duo.

Yes, I could upgrade to a higher speed, but at an exorbitant cost – and there is no guarantee that I will get any faster speed as no ISP will tell you what speeds you will really get. I live just 80km from Sydney CBD yet you would think that I was in outback Western Australia. I know the Federal Government is building a new fibre-to-the-home National Broadband Network, but at the current rollout speed, I may not live to see it. My area does not even rate on the rollout plan yet the Government wants to double the population in my area within the next 15 years.


…And How Did It Go?

After breakfast I finished one box in half an hour. So I thought “good, I can do another one”. Unfortunately, that was my downfall. The next box was a little more complicated and by the time I had finished it, I had missed the Midday Report! I really had no idea what time it was. That made me late with everything else and I didn’t get done what I wanted to achieve. I’ll have to get a clock for my office wall.

Oh well, two boxes down and 6 to go. Then I can get started on the pile in the garage!


What a Week!

What a week it has been. Last weekend was full-on with Cricket Umpire training and I haven’t stopped since. It just seems that there aren’t enough hours in the day to get things done, and now I’m feeling very tired. Sometimes it’s lucky I’m not currently employed, otherwise I’d have to work 24 x 7 and that is not an option. At least I’m not bored. In fact I think I’m working harder than when I had a job. What I need to do is work smarter and become more organized. I still have boxes full of stuff when I moved house last December. They obviously don’t contain anything that I desperately need, but it would be nice to clear them out and organize my things.

Let’s start by planning set times to do certain tasks, like after breakfast spend one hour unpacking one box and sorting the contents. Then log on and read my emails. Maybe post a blog or two for a while and then do a section from John Thornhill’s Marketing Masterclass. Watch the Midday Report while having some lunch and get back into it again. Sounds like a start. I’ll let you know how it goes.