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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

A toast to the Picknickers at Hanging Rock

Just a quick note to thank everyone who joined us on the Oxfam Melbourne Wine Tour - we raised $517 from the day, and another $340 in donations from some kind people who weren't able to make it.
I think the wineries also profited quite well from the day - particularly if our purchases are anything to go by.

A special thanks also go to the following people:
  • Shannon at Goona Warra Winery for her help and for generously waiving the tasting fee;
  • the Park Ranger at Hanging Rock for waiving the park entrance fee;
  • Anne and Warren for organising much of gourmet picnic and gathering their friends to join us, and without whose help the day would not have run so smoothly; and
  • Anne's local butcher (whose name I will put up shortly) who discounted his lovely quiches and chicken wings.

We hope you all had a great day despite the weather (and slept as soundly as we did on Sunday night :o)

Thank you all!

Friday, October 21, 2005

Thanks to Justin and Amie

A couple of weeks ago I received the following email (censored for some anonymity) from a friend and former colleague in our Canberra office:

From: Justin
Sent: Tuesday, 4 October 2005 3:36 PM
To: canberra floor 4
Cc: Rebekah; Stefany
Subject: Lolly jar guessing competition

Hi litigation colleagues,

A couple of weeks ago we got an email telling us litigation was $120 down on its Oxfam fundraising chocolates. Amie and Justin have come up with a solution that's as delicious as it is noble.

a lolly jar guessing competition!!!

There's a jar of lollies on Justin's desk. How many lollies in the jar? Guess right and the jar is yours!

A guess will cost you $1 - if everyone on the floor has 2 or 3 guesses we write off our collective debt and an impoverished village in a developing nation gets a veggie garden.

It's winner takes all and the judge's decision is final. The winner will be announced at morning tea on Friday 21 October 2005.

Let the conjecture commence!

Well, we have just been notified that the competition is over and a winner has been announced...

From: Justin
Sent: Friday, 21 October 2005 11:26 AM
To: canberra floor 4
Cc: Rebekah; Stefany; Martin
Subject: And the lolly jar goes to---

The lolly jar guessing competition has now come to an end. The winner, with a correct guess of 276 lollies, is Jenny.

Guesses ranged from 142 to 830 (with a couple of guesses at 1000 and 2000, the seriousness of which might be called into question). People tended to guess high - as the graph below demonstrates, the correct guess was in the lower third of responses.

Most importantly, we raised $126 for Oxfam, thus repaying our collective debt with interest. Well done and thank you to everyone who participated.

Justin and Amie

A HUGE THANKS to Justin and Amie for organising that competition and donating the lollies. We're touched by their spirit of generosity (or the generosity of spirit as I described it in my thank you email!) and thank everyone who had a guess, seriously or wildly!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Jujutsu Jen to the rescue

To keep up with Marty and Steff (literally) I decided to do a 100km ride yesterday, and was lucky enough to have Jujutsu Jen to accompany me! So, around Lake Burley Griffin we went, and then again, and then again, and then again, and then again! Five times around, a few breaks and a lot of sweat later we made it to 100km!

Then the funny bit happened. I rode Jujutsu Jen home (so that we could kick over the 105km mark) and on the way back from her place got attacked by a rusty nine inch nail which rendered me stopped dead within about 2 metres! Okay, so maybe it wasn't nine inches, but after doing over 100km ride, it was so frustrating to get stopped at the last hurdle only 1km or so from home.

So, Jujustu Jen to the rescue on her trusty steed (read: car), and alls well that ends well!

100km down, with only 5 weeks to go!

Monday, October 10, 2005

Canberra Wine Tour


Come one, come all for fine wine and dining on Sunday 23 October as we explore four wineries in the wine region of Murrumbateman, just 30 mins from Canberra.

We'll start with a winery tour and tasting from Murrumbateman identity Ken Helm at Helm Wines, then stop next at Clonakilla Winery for a tasting and then we'll stop for a tasting and a gourmet lunch under the willows at Doonkuna Winery.

Then with everyone aboard (we don't plan to leave anyone behind!) we'll enjoy another tasting at Pankhurst Wines at Hall on the way back to Canberra. We expect to arrive back in Canberra about 4:30pm.

Tickets are $75 per person and include:

Our gourmet lunch aims to cater to all tastes, so please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you RSVP.

Please RSVP as soon as you can, but no later than Tuesday, 18th October.

All payments must be received by Thursday 20th October (which is a payday!).

Melbourne Wine Tour

Join us for fine wine, ale and food on Sunday 23 October as we raise money for Oxfam* by:

  • exploring two wineries in the wine region of Mount Macedon and Sunbury (carefully chosen by our resident wine snobs after an arduous weekend of sampling);
  • stopping for a gourmet 'Picnic at Hanging Rock'; enjoying some quiet ales at the beautiful Holgate Brewery, Woodend.

Tickets are $79pp (about $50pp less than comparable tours) and include:

  • Return Coach from the CBD
  • Tasting at Goona Warra Winery
  • Tasting at Wildwood Vineyards
  • Gourmet Picnic at Hanging Rock, including all food, beer, wine and softdrink (byo picnic rug!)
  • Paddle of 7 beers at Holgate Brewery, Woodend
  • All tasting fees and entry fee to Hanging Rock

Our gourmet picnic aims to cater to all tastes, so please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you RSVP (and pay) by Tuesday, 18 October.

Book fast as seats are limited!

*As you're probably all aware, we are fundraising for the Oxfam Challenge - a charity bicycle ride through Vietnam and Cambodia that raises money for Oxfam Australia and its community-based programs in 31 countries around the world.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Ride to Work Day, Wed 5 October

This Wednesday, get 'on ya bike'!

Bicycle Victoria has organised a breakfast in
Federation Square for everyone participating in
Unfortunately I won't be able to make it cos I'm interstate for work.

While you don't have to register to be able to ride to work, do register to let BV know if you are joining them at Fed Square and get brekky!

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