Introducing: Tuesday PANTS pursuit

By kaydo at 12:01 am on Tuesday, January 30, 2007

We’re all about fun.  That’s not under question.  Starting on Tuesday Feb 6th, I bring to you, the Tuesday PANTS pursuit.  This will give us the chance for wholesome after-work fun by the lake while daylight savings still reigns.  This will not replace other events, but will serve to brighten up an often dull week.

As always, more details to come, but expect:

  • Venue: The lake side of reconciliation place, near the flags
  • Time: 19:30
  • Activity: Will change weekly.  Will start out with some flexible wheel based entertainment (Blades, Skateboards, Scooters, Bikes or unicycles)

Suggestions welcome.  I vote for a pick-up game of Ultimate Frisbee on week 2.

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Review: Taralga Rodeo

By lukeo at 8:22 am on Monday, January 29, 2007

The mission:  Recapture the magic of Canowindra Rodeo
The event:  Taralga Rodeo
The team: Kaydo, Lukeo, Megan and Baz the wombat 

Recapture we did. Forget the Bungendore city hybrid rodeo, Taralga was the real McCoy.
We set off from Canberra, a quick stop at the big Marino for a photo and it was time to get through Goulburn and on to Taralga.  Now Goulburn you could say is not the best sign posted city in NSW, so our approach was to drive down every street until we found the right one.  So with a quick Goulburn detour (surprisingly enough, we did not take the correct streets the first time!), we found the Hwy and in the words fitting for the time, we were on the road again.   

The most amazing thing as you drive into Taralga is that you can’t see the town.  On a fairly sketchy highway, a 50 speed limit sign appears, you go over the crest of a mound (the term ‘hill’ would have been an exaggeration) and you are there. 

The rodeo had everything you expect…. Cowboys on horses , 95:1 cowboy hat ratio and lots and lots of dust!
We held a very good position right near the place where all the cowboys gather before they mount up – I will call it the departure lounge for now and we managed to see some novice horse and bull riding, before a man/bike/horse race (which I won’t even try to explain) and then the big one – the OPEN rodeo.  This is where the real cowboys ride.  They all generate lots and lots of dust that’s for sure, even the novice riders. 

Now, the departure lounge was a good base camp, but I wanted to get some good photos from the front.  I found a spot right in front of the gates on the fence where if needed is used for horse support or ambulance entry.  Another word for this spot is ‘Poll Position’.  The thing I  knew but forgot about was that when an angry horse is released, it runs straight, as fast as it can and doesn’t stop for anything including a fence.  So you could imagine my surprise when I was clicking away with my camera and thought, Jesus that horse is getting close.  As a bloke next to me starts yelling at me and two other blokes “back, back, back”, I realised there was merit in moving back from the gate.  Just in time, as the horse tried to go through the fence.  It was a close one.  My only regret was that in fear, I put the camera down – would have been a great photo!!!  There was also lots of dust in that spot to, and my camera looked like I had tried my hand at camouflage. 

After a few other scares of similar ratio, I decided that I had pushed my luck long enough and returned to the departure lounge to catch up with the girls.  On my return I learnt that a bee had tried to get down Kates shirt and gave her a lasting memory of the event.  Luckily she was not allergic, and back to the fun. 

Grabbed some grub at real country prices, stopped past the mechanical bull, enjoyed some more dust and then back off home. 

On the whole, a great day, two dusty thumbs up.  Photos coming soon.

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Public Holiday: Australia Day

By joinpants at 12:01 am on Friday, January 26, 2007
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Australia day reverse long weekend

By kaydo at 9:04 pm on Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The PANTS rundown on the big weekend.

  • Thursday 25th – Enjoying a drink at the new Uni Pub in town. Maybe after the 104.7 kids depart.
  • Friday – to be scheduled
  • Saturday – to be scheduled
  • Sunday 28th – Taralga Rodeo.  Apparently it’s an hour and a half from Canberra.  We’ve long been trying to recapture the magic of the Canowindra Rodeo a few years ago.  This is where they have real Cowboys and real Carnys.  This is also where people ride their horses across the spectator area instead of walk.  This is where head protection is a must, but is often avoided in favour of a ten gallon hat.  This is, without a doubt, gold.  Bungendore Rodeo has nothing on this.  The cowboys there wear hoodies with their Akubras.  They’re not real cowboys, but some sort of city-influenced hybrid.
  • Monday 29th – International Hockey at Lyneham.  It’s just $12.  I’ve never seen non-ice hockey before, but may as well start big.


Friday (yet to be PANTS endorsed) event options include:


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Yearn to learn in 2007

By kaydo at 7:46 pm on Tuesday, January 23, 2007

A few ideas from the folk at CIT for the short courses on offer in 2007. My pick of the bunch:

Course Cost Dates Num. of lessons
Screen Printing Fabric $350! 27 Feb (6-9) 6
Screen/Plate & block printing $395! 30 Apr (6-9) 9
Screen Printing Photo stencils $250 5& 12 May (10-4) 2
Motor Maintenance $240 14 Mar, 9 May (6-9) 4
History of brewing (wig & pen) $45 24 feb or 26 May 1
Hand Pulled beer (wig & pen) $80 27 Feb (6-8) 3!
Fly Fishing intro $175 20 Feb (6-8) 6!
Flying – intro $260 21 Feb (6:30-8:30) 4 + flight
French (intro) $225 7 Feb – 11 Apr (6-8) 10
West African Drumming $95 17 Feb, 31 Mar or 26 May (2-5pm) 1

The hot tip is flying classes. We’re definately the sort of the people who should be trusted in the sky (if you take my place in the class, I’ll be upset).  Those marked with ! are odd for one reason or another (as in very expensive or a bit of a committment for a whim).  Really you should check out CIT yourself, I’m just pointing out the goodness that they bring.

Did I miss anything that looks fun?

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Proposed: Come-and-Try Croquet

By lukeo at 10:38 am on Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Brush off the whites, make some sandwiches and get your flat sole shoes down the the lovely pcatch of green next to the Hyatt.  The first sunday of each month till May holds one of the most anticipated events of the croquet season for me – the Come-and-Try days.

Sunday 4th February from 1pm-3pm kicks off the Come-and-Try days at Canberra Croquet.  For more information on the Croquet club, visit

Don’t be caught out in not understanding the game or the lingo (which happened when we went curling!).  Check out to get a good headstart on things.

Whos keen?  Email

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Beach Cricket is on!!!!

By lukeo at 10:23 am on Monday, January 15, 2007

Good Morning All

If the 20Twenty cricket or the one day series was not enough for you, beach cricket is also on to entertain us in the summer.  Here is the schedule:
Gold Coast:  Jan 20-21
Perth: Jan 27-28
Sydney: Feb 3-4

Ticketing information available at

For those of us who cannot attend, channel 10 is getting in on the action and brings us the action.  Check you local guides.

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Event: Summer Concert Series at National Botanic Gardens

By lukeo at 1:10 pm on Thursday, January 11, 2007

January and February in Canberra sees the return of the summer concert series at the botanic gardnes.  Get down to the Botanic Gardens from 6pm to catch some of the music.  Get the full details and line up from

This sunday is my pick with Malumba on the Cafe Lawns.

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Review: What a year – 2006

By lukeo at 11:56 am on Thursday, January 11, 2007

Man, what a year it was!!!  The fun, the excitement, the tears, the pain of curling for 10 hours straight!  I would not change a thing.  It was crazy busy thats for sure. 

The biggest event was the grand opening of PANTS.  A concept in the beginning of the year (at the multicultural festival in fact) turned into reality due to some mighty efforts of Kaydo and Threeze, with inspiration, motivation and general laziness for yours truly.

As you have seen over the last few months, we have been up to all sorts of things.  Here are some of my own personal highlights (too many to mention):

  • Starting the year in Port Macquarie
  • Tripping to Melbourne and enjoying a few to many with Simmo and the crew once again
  • Curling in Bendigo
  • The many many parties throughout the year – especially Penny’s birthday where a met a certain someone.
  • Soccer world cup at Civic Pub – the excitement and the devastation and the sleepless nights – what an emotional rollercoaster
  • The amazing music this year – Of mention, U2, john butler, the fumes, barnsey and pearl jam, hilltop hoods, four play, drum tao
  • The ski season
  • The new arrivals Josh and Sarah
  • Gary-o-lantern.  I can’t wait for this crazy dude to be carved again!
  • The first skim board injury – Thanks for taking one for the team Simmo

And probably I have missed some!!!  I invite you to send in your 2006 highlights.

  Flappy at the BBQ Ski season   


2007 is promising to be a cracker.  Already we have had a cricket trip and more fun is promised along the way.  I wish to leave with something inspirational, so in the words of a wise and irresponsibly drunk man “I will do anything as long as I am wearing PANTS”.

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Proposed: Islands in the city

By kaydo at 9:46 pm on Wednesday, January 10, 2007

I hate to link to, but sometimes sensationalist journalism has good ideas.  I propose an island adventure in Sydney a la:,23483,21026128-27977,00.html

It’s probably only a good idea if you like fun.  The kayak based one looks grand.  Register your interest in the comments or email


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