Apparently John Howard’s advance for his Harper Collins memoir deal is something in the order of $350,000. Didn’t they talk to MUP about what you get for $200,000? Still at least Howard, unlike Costello is writing his own. And think of the support News will give itself on publication.

Why do realestate.com.au still have listings for Kinglake, Marysville etc? How insensitive.

Many things didn’t go right at Marysville and it is a shame I cannot express my name here but it wouldn’t help me as they are already in protect mode. It is obvious that there was limited collaboration between agencies or the media. A multi-channel alerting system should have been used but it will only work if it also allows the teams to work together and share information in conjunction with alerting the public. The $100M paging system put in by LSE/Leightons since 2005 has never worked and went wrong for hours as various agencies tried to use it. Come on, all this bull about developing Telstra or Melbourne-based technology is nonsense. Overseas towns and cities are already using excellent technology. We are still in the last century and they should fire all those people in charge.

The monkeys have stopped pedaling at IT in at NAB. NAB are transfering all their credt card reward customers to Qantas Frequent Flyer at the end of March. Whatever points you have, get transfered in FF point, unless you redeem them immediately. But, their crap IT systems never work, and you have to ring the call centre to redeem the point (the other banks let you do it online). Problem is you are placed on hold for 45 minutes, then told the system is down, so you have to call back tomorrow. You have to redeem — but you can’t — very Kafka.

Currently fuming at the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ charmless take on gender politics. Handy if you need workplace fashion tips I suppose.

Bunnings will not trumpet this. Their sausage sizzles for bushfires have raised $1.7million in 10 days. Many people handed over $50 or $100 for a snag in bread. This is in addition to the $750,000 the company chipped in.

As part of this year’s Tropfest short film comp, there was also a competition to score a three minute film. All finalists, according to promotional material were to recieve VIP tickets to Tropfest. This has not been the case and Tropfest is only giving tickets to the Top three finalists. Very poor form especially considering the amount of time the entrants put in.

Meanwhile, Crikey received the following as a tip:

Hello, news.com.au is running a story about young entrepreneurs today. Would you consider putting a link to it on your website in return for a link to your site as part of our related coverage? Please let me know if this is possible. Here’s the story: “Harden up: Australia Young entrepreneurs tell Australians to toughen up when it comes to financial gloom” (link). The story also includes these links: Pictures: Gallery of the young guns: (link). Video: Crisis? What crisis? (link) Cheers, Xxxxx Xxxxx Editorial Promotions Manager news.com.au.

Er no, we can’t.

Peter Fray

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