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Too much kids computing

Oh dear. Jake (10) was sitting next to me playing a game on my notebook. He stood up and said to me…


… and headed off to briefly return. For those not in the know – brb is Be Righ Back.


Written by Alan

January 20, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Posted in Kids

Toy Recall – HOLY CRAP

I just had my dad call me to tell me about this toy recall.

The toy (Bindeez Craft Beads) won the Australian Toy of the year award! Now they find that

“The colourful beads contain the same chemical as the illicit drug GHB, otherwise known as ‘fantasy’ […] the product actually contains 1,4-butanediol […] When metabolised, 1,4-butanediol converts into GHB.”

My (almost) 9 year old daughter loves playing with these things!!!

Sometimes as a parent I have the absolute sh*t scared out of me.

I will be packing these up to be returned as soon as I get home!

Written by Alan

November 6, 2007 at 1:07 am

Posted in Kids

My Dad, by Lucy (age nearly 9)

I say nearly 9 as she doesn’t like people saying she is 8.

I was cleaning up the lounge room and came across this and had to share it.

My Dad is called Alan Hargreaves. He works at Sun Microsoft Systems. He gets to go to other countries for work around the world. He gets me lots of souvenirs. He often stays in his office at my house. He is special and he loves me.

My dad likes playing Second Life on his laptop and being with my mum and playing with me. He also likes doing his work.

What can one say to that!

I love my kids!

Written by Alan

September 2, 2007 at 4:51 pm

Posted in Kids

Lucy’s modelling competition

The voting closes on Friday. It looks like only those folks with Australian IP addresses can access the site. If you think that it was a good picture of her, please vote. For details see my previous blog entry. You can vote once per day per model per email address. All votes gratefully accepted.

Written by Alan

December 20, 2006 at 3:08 am

Posted in Kids

Lucy in a modelling competition

My daughter Lucy, who turned eight on Saturday, has a photo up in a modelling competition. We are being encouraged to have folks vote for her. I would really appreciate anyone who thinks she’s had a good photo taken to do so by going clicking on her photo and voting (and encouraging friends to). Voting requires an Email address (they send out a thank you email and a couple of links when you vote). Pramod, she’s wearing the outfit that you haggled for me for on my last day in Bangalore.

Note I’ve used the image as the link as while I have not received my copies, I have purchased copyrights to the photo shoot. If you can’t see the image, you can click here. There appears to be a problem with accessibility of the site from outside Australia, I’m following this up with the website.

The terms and conditions of the competition state that if AKC believes that anyone voting is bypassing the normal system of vote casting by continously changing their IP address, AKC reserves the right to disqualify that contestant. Please be sure to ask your friends and support crew not to do this as, ultimately, it will disadvantage your chances.

The terms and conditions of the competition are available here. The important ones relating to voting are:

  • 5.
    Participants of this site may only use programs such as Netscape® Navigator®, Netscape®Communicator®, Safari and Microsoft®Internet Explorer® (or equivalent web browsers) in trying to win the prize. Use of any other software not designed for browsing the World Wide Web is expressly prohibited. No electronic devices or software programs may be used to falsify winnings from this site. In the event that use of non-approved client software is detected, we reserve the right to invalidate any prize or claims to the prize. In the event such fraudulent attempts to claim a prize is uncovered, such individuals will be subject to prosecution.
  • 6.
    Aussie-Kids.Com reserves the right to permanently disqualify from this promotion any person it believes has intentionally violated these rules or otherwise tampered with this promotion. Any attempt by any person to deliberately damage this Website or undermine legitimate operation of the poll constitutes a violation of criminal and civil laws and, should such an attempt or attempts be made, we reserve the right to seek damages from any such person or persons to the fullest extent permitted by the law.
  • 9.
    Voting is enabled via a simple polling method installed, activated and monitored by our webserver.
    It permits only one vote from an individual computer within a 24 hour period for any contestant entered in the “STRIKE-A-POSE” Photogenic Quest.
    It does not permit multiple voting due to the restrictions enabled through our software which identifies the IP address of the person (computer) voting.
    Aussie-Kids.Com is not responsible for any software malfunction that may occur during voting.
    Aussie-Kids.Com is not responsible if voting is not possible due to the networking of some computers in government bodies/departments or business houses and will not enter into any discussions or explanations as to this fact before, during or after the voting period.

Written by Alan

December 17, 2006 at 12:47 pm

Posted in Kids


OK, Halloween is not as big a thing in Australia as it is in the US. That being said, for the last few years we have had kids come around trick or treating, and our kids have gone around too and generally had a pretty good time.

This year, Lyn (my wife) decided to “do up the house” for halloween. I’ve got a series of about 66 photos (most of which she took) on Flickr.

A sample of which appears here.

House done up for Halloween

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Written by Alan

October 31, 2006 at 4:42 pm

Posted in Kids

The things kids say

Lyn went to wake up Lucy to get her ready for school today. As she walked up to her bed, she opened her eyes and happily said,

Happy my allowance day.

Written by Alan

October 19, 2006 at 5:57 pm

Posted in Kids