Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Killing Colds On The Couch

On Friday my family and I head to the Gold Coast, where my wife will be competing in a half marathon event. This is not that unusual as Lee is a great runner and likes to compete when she can.
Unfortunately both myself and my eldest daughter have been struck down by the worst cold ever. Our mission is to convalesce on the couch all the while trying not to pass on the bug. Lee has trained through some very cold mornings and really put in some hard yards, to be struck down before we head off would be a crying shame.
Wish us luck

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Lost and Found this week on 20/20

My colleague Mark Sleeman has been working on this for awhile and sounds like a good yarn be sure to watch

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

TV Pro

I’m a television professional with over twenty years of experience, so when my daughter said she had a school project to do on earthquakes I had what seemed at the time an amazing idea. I suggested to my eight year old daughter that she do an interview with her Uncle Mike who is a reporter for the 60minutes show and had gone to China to cover the 2008 earthquake.

This would be simple I thought, I’d film it, borrow a friends MAC Book and edit it on IMovie. How hard could it be, I am after all a TV Pro. Well as it turns out very hard, first up my friends shiny new MAC Book is so new it doesn’t have a fire-wire input. No problem I’ll just use my old PC Laptop.
Next what to use as an editing tool, after searching the net I discovered that Sony Vegas provides a free trail of their Movie Maker software .
Software downloaded I started editing away in the knowledge the project was due in two days time. I was once an editor however it was just starting to dawn on me that was over ten years ago…oops this might not be as easy as I first thought. Eventually I found my way around the editing tool and had a final product the night before it was to be handed in.

Next step transfer the project to DVD, oops I need to download some more software. New batch of software neatly installed I was ready to publish and be damned …. system crash …. try again …. system crash …. repeat this sequence many times over. It is now midnight and I suddenly remember how old my laptop is …. you fool it doesn’t have a DVD burner.

Due day arrives I explain to my girl I’ll take the Flintstone laptop to work make a file and use another computer to burn a DVD. I then write her a note for her teacher saying that I’ll bring the disk in at lunch time.

Disk in hand I race from the city to my daughters school, find her in the playground and hand it to her. Daddy she says to me, yes I say, we don’t need it until Friday now.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Steph Coldstream

A couple of months ago Beth Roche and I did a story about a mother daughter stunt riding team for 20/20. It is with great sadness that I post notice of her death, Steph passed away yesterday morning after what can only be described as a very brave battle with breast cancer.

Our thoughts are with Kody her youngest daughter and the rest of the family, all of whom were a pleasure to meet during the filming of Stephs story.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

New Blog

Hi my mighty army of followers, this is just a post to let you all know that in the near future i'm going to be transfering my blog over to a Wordpress platform. This means it will be found at different address, I will post that address, put it on Twitter, stick it on Facebook, send out a txt, and set free some pidgeons with notes attacthed to them.
Watch this space and any other space you have that might be worth watching.