[bactttoma] Re: bactttoma Digest V1 #27

  • From: steven taylor <steven_taylor10@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bactttoma@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 1 May 2010 15:16:51 +1000

Just to give our 2 members a taste of the topics I have posted here, here is 
todays digest email.


On 01/05/2010, at 3:09 PM, FreeLists Mailing List Manager wrote:

> bactttoma Digest      Fri, 30 Apr 2010        Volume: 01  Issue: 027
> 
> In This Issue:
>               [bactttoma] Book review Harry Poter and the deafly hallows. 
>               [bactttoma] Victorian Transport Meetings I had with minister
>               [bactttoma] welcome to the bactttoma list from your list own
>               [bactttoma] new member approved.
>               [bactttoma] Attention foxtel users.
>               [bactttoma] Digital radio Perth.
>               [bactttoma] Book review To the wild sky.  By ruth Park this 
>               [bactttoma] Another new member approved davidsaxberg@optusne
> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> From: steven taylor <steven_taylor10@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [bactttoma] Book review Harry Poter and the deafly hallows. by J K 
> Rol
> Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 15:19:47 +1000
> 
> Harry Potter and the Deafly Hallows.
> 
> by J K Rolling.
> 
> I am probably a little too grown up for this type of reading, but I read this 
> book anyway.
> 
> My disappointment is that it was in unified braille code and there was 
> absolutely no guide for the new contractions or punctuation marks, I am 
> sending a note to Va about this one.
> 
> The final instalment the author assures us of the tales of Harry Potter the 
> boy who lived despite the killing curse of the famous or infamous Lord 
> Voldermalt.
> 
> Harry and his 2 friends take off on the final adventure, to find the 
> remaining horcruxes and to face the final battle with Voldermalt.
> 
> If you are not in to deaf, you won't like this book.
> 
> Characters die, others are forced to run and the mudbloods the muggles who 
> have magical wizard powers  are slain by the dozens.
> 
> Dumbledor is dead but the struggle goes on without him with the remaining 
> order of the phenix and the power and might of the ministry of magic.
> 
> The dursley's are taken in to hiding, but not before Dudly repents of his 
> miss treatment of Harry.
> 
> Many people show their true colours at last.
> 
> We learn the truth of Snape, his secret love for Harry's mother.
> 
> We read about the wedding of Bill Weesley now a somewhat half wolf to Flur 
> the beauty queen of Bow Battone.
> 
> But the wedding is ended when the ministry falls to the dark side and the 
> deaf eaters show up.
> 
> Harry and his 2 friends escape and finally discover the truth of the note 
> written by RAB.
> 
> But they were left presents in Dumbledors will and Harry's present can't be 
> figured out.
> 
> I won't tell you how  it is eventually revealed, it will spoil the ending of 
> the book for you.
> 
> The adventure begins and the 3 friends face trials of all sorts.
> 
> They split up and it is here we start finding out about the help beyond the 
> grave.
> 
> We also discover at last the truth about Dumbledor.
> 
> It is Himeony's present which leads them to the lovegood house, where they 
> only narrowly escape again.
> 
> But then Harry breaks the jinks and they are taken prisoner and end up at the 
> Melfoi's house.
> 
> Well, I won't tell you how they are rescued, but it is thrilling to say the 
> least.
> 
> Then they take on gringots bank and this escape is thrilling as well.
> 
> Then there is the final battle right in Hogwarts itself.
> 
> People are killed including a Weesley, I won't tell you which one.
> 
> Then there is the final of all the face offs between Harry and Voldermalt.
> 
> You will have to read it yourself.
> 
> I must say, I was disappointed with the ending of this book, I was hoping for 
> a more thrilling ending.
> 
> The author has gone on public record herself saying she had to change the 
> ending to keep the fans happy.
> 
> The book contains 37 chapters and it is a long book 16 braille volumes in 
> total.
> 
> Well, if you are a fan, you will like the book, personally it was  not my 
> favourite Harry Potter adventure, book 6 won this hands down.
> 
> If you are going to read this book, I recommend book 6 at least before you 
> start.
> 
> The audio version read by Steven Fry is absolutely excellent.
> 
> Steven.
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> From: steven taylor <steven_taylor10@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [bactttoma] Victorian Transport Meetings I had with minister and 
> oppos
> Date: Sat, 1 May 2010 10:50:36 +1000
> 
> Hi folks.
> 
> Here it is finished at last.
> 
> It needs to be pointed out here, we are in an election year here in Victoria.
> 
> Politicians on all sides of politics have been known to look after number one 
> even to disregard the policies of their own parties, just in the attempt to 
> hold their seats in parliament.
> 
> We should all therefore be cautious about things said, promises made, and 
> most importantly of all, if the politicians tell you they never said this or 
> that, they may have said something to somebody, and then turn around and say 
> something completely different take Gordon Brown the British Prime Ministers 
> latest example.
> 
> So the report appears to be short in content, but I am under instructions not 
> to disclose to much of what was said, after all, I don't need off list 
> private email saying Steven he told me he never said this to you.
> 
> In truth, we picked the worst year to raise the transport issues, everyone 
> throughout the industry is looking after themselves they want to be either 
> elected and or re-elected at the next state election.
> 
> To put it another way, the unions want labor elected, the stake holders don't 
> care less, the ptua here is on the public record of saying they want an 
> alternative government etc.  I hope you are getting the picture.
> 
> Ok so here is the report, my sincere apologies if list members of the vip-l 
> list think it's outside the scope of this list, I will only take part in 
> discussions either privately or on the bactttoma list.
> 
> Two meetings took place on Tuesday 27/04/2010.
> 
> One was with the current Victorian transport minister and the other was with 
> the opposition spokesperson for Victorian transport.
> 
> Three issues were raised at each meeting.
> 
> In short, I got little joy or policy out of the opposition transport 
> spokesperson.
> 
> We discussed, audio announcements, station access, and last minute changes to 
> departures for v-line trains.
> 
> I sat there for an hour asking questions and listening to answers.
> 
> Regardless of my political views, I found this persons answers nothing but 
> waffle.
> 
> He made no attempt to say he researched anything I was asking him, seemed to 
> have no policies, and seemed to think I was completely wrong about the 
> meaningless tactile at Southern Cross even though I had a detailed map 
> showing where it goes which is nowhere.
> 
> He pretended to care about the audio announcements, he was only interested in 
> the lift situation at the city loop.
> 
> Don't hold your breath, if he is elected, he said, he would fix this he had 
> contact with the wheel chair groups and he would fix it if he was elected as 
> transport minister.
> 
> He ranted on about myki the new ticketing system for 20 minutes of the 
> meeting, and this was despite me telling him politely, I didn't need to use 
> the ticketing system on account I have a national travel pass.
> 
> Oh he said myki is gone if he is elected and he said he would conduct a 
> thorough inquiry in to how the money was wasted in the first place.
> 
> If this person wants my vote, he will need to show a little more concern for 
> serious issues like the ones I raised.
> 
> I should point out here, my current state member of parliament is labor but 
> no I didn't vote for him personally.
> 
> The meeting with the minister was a little more joyful.
> 
> Whether I agree with his political views or not, by the way, I have not 
> decided who I am voting for in the next state election here, I did manage to 
> make somewhat I hope is serious progress with existing audio announcements, 
> to put this correctly, the lack thereof.
> 
> The minister showed really genuine interest in fact I will go on public 
> record anywhere and any time to say he was genuinely disturbed.
> 
> The last thing he wanted and this is my words not his was people who are 
> blind stranded and his office having to front civil courts for damages.
> 
> My daughter was with me in both meetings and I trust her judgement.  If she 
> says to me he looked disturbed, then I'll back her all the way.
> 
> He certainly sounded extremely disturbed anyway.
> 
> He promises he will do everything in his powers to look at this issue and 
> permanently fix it for good.
> 
> Now having said that, no commitment was made as to how long we will have to 
> wait for him to look at the audio announcements issue or to "fix it for good 
> permanently" but he said this sincerely enough so hopefully, this happens 
> sooner rather than later.
> 
> He was puzzled at the tactile going nowhere, said that he would make an 
> inquiry but committed to nothing else.
> 
> He said money was a problem and the loop couldn't be improved right now.
> 
> Want my 2 cents worth, it's not on their priority list.
> 
> As for v-line last minute changes, I got the worst excuse I have ever heard 
> and I have heard some real doozies from v-line themselves.
> 
> The excuse isn't worth repeating it was rubbish a 2 year old would have told 
> him so.
> 
> Ok so for the next step.
> 
> The next step is that I have yesterday received a letter from the Victorian 
> Equal Opportunities Commission, for what they call an initial conciliation 
> hearing taking place May 25, 2010.
> 
> Advice I have received says I need at least 2 issues and no more for this 
> meeting.
> 
> The letter tells me that people from various parts of the Victorian Transport 
> industry will be there.
> 
> After careful consideration and talking to people in the know, I am going to 
> hammer the audio announcements issue as the first issue.
> 
> As for the second issue and here is where I now need your help please.
> 
> I need to know please if any of you are using train stations, tram stops or 
> bus stops where there are no tactile ground indicators.
> 
> I need please a description of these locations and I need these descriptions 
> to come from Victorian blind residents.
> 
> You do not have to include any personal details, although your first name and 
> surname would be helpful please.
> 
> As I am totally blind, my preference is braille correspondents, but if you 
> can't braille it, hard copy print from a printer is the preference please.  
> And please keep the fonts as plain as possible.
> 
> So the second issue will be the lack of tactile indicators.
> 
> I hate to ask but I need a letter from Vision Australia and Blind Citizens 
> Australia please as well.
> 
> This letter needs to say why tactile indicators are necessary and what the 
> benefits of tactile indicators are to people who are blind or vision impaired.
> 
> I need all this correspondents please by  no later than May 21 this year.
> 
> Yes, it is the worst year to get these issues fixed, but if the Victorian 
> community are serious, we need these issues fixed and as soon as possible.
> 
> I can't talk about my next course of action should I not get this 
> correspondents or the conciliation's hearing fails and or both.
> 
> I have a fair idea what I will do in the event if one or the other or both do 
> not happen, but I will wait to see how this action goes first.
> 
> I am not asking for finances folks, however, please be aware, this is going 
> to cost me a considerable amount especially if the conciliation's actions 
> fail.
> 
> I really do please please need your letters of support please.
> 
> My home address is.
> 
> Steven Taylor.
> 
> U11/44-50 Phillip Street
> Melton South Victoria 3338 Australia.
> 
> If you need help with the wording of the letters, despite my poor grammar, I 
> can help you at least with what types of descriptions I need in your letters.
> 
> You can call me on the following phone numbers.
> 
> Home.  03 9 7 4 7 8 0 6 7.
> 
> Mobile.  04 07 3 0 7 1 1 1.
> 
> You can email me at.
> 
> steven_taylor10@xxxxxxxxxxx
> 
> I thank you all in advance for your correspondents and continuing support.
> 
> Cheers.
> 
> Steven.
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> From: steven taylor <steven_taylor10@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [bactttoma] welcome to the bactttoma list from your list owner
> Date: Sat, 1 May 2010 12:59:31 +1000
> 
> Welcome to the bactttoma list.
> 
> Originally this list started with transport issues but now it's open to 
> almost anything goes.
> 
> Originally the primary discussions focused on blind people and accessibility, 
> now it's open to almost anything goes.
> 
> If you read a book and you want to post a review this is your list to do so.
> 
> We have 3 extremely simple rules on this list.
> 
> No pictures to be sent to the whole list please.
> 
> This is because the majority of us members are blind or vision impaired.
> 
> Respect for list members.
> 
> This is self explanitary I believe, please disagree with a point of view only 
> and no personal flaming of list members here please.
> 
> Please watch your language.
> 
> This list was and is designed for all ages, so please keep your language 
> appropriate here please.
> 
> As for topics, nearly every thing goes here.
> 
> If you have a telephone you find accessible this is the list to tell us about 
> it even if it  is an old cordless phone.
> 
> If you have a working eureka and you are using it, let us know.
> 
> If you have a transport issue they are all welcome here.
> 
> If you want to tell us about a favourite program which you can't access on 
> tv, let us know, we may be able to resolve it for you.
> 
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> 
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> 
> If you are really going to sell a freezer unit here, please consider that 
> people may not reply because of transport costs.
> 
> So please be sensible with buying swapping and selling items on this list.
> 
> Oh one more thing please.
> 
> Do not advertise anything with offensive language or pornographic materials 
> here please.
> 
> If you do not follow this list rule, you will be immediately removed.
> 
> If you see this message in your inbox you are now approved to post.
> 
> 
> To post.
> 
> Send email to.
> 
> bactttoma@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> 
> In the subject heading type in your subject.
> 
> Tip, first time members should tell us about yourself, so intro is a good 
> subject line for your first message.
> 
> Yes, general chat is welcome here.
> 
> 
> By default, replies go to the whole list.
> 
> If you want to reply privately off list then you must add the sender to your 
> email program first then reply privately.
> 
> If you need tips to do this please ask on list.
> 
> Thank you.
> 
> Steven Taylor list owner.
> 
> List Owner.
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> From: steven taylor <steven_taylor10@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [bactttoma] new member approved.
> Date: Sat, 1 May 2010 13:08:16 +1000
> 
> Hi folks.
> 
> I have just approved a new member.
> 
> Welcome to the list.
> 
> Hope to hear an intro from you, this list could do with some juicy discussion.
> 
> You may now post to the list.
> 
> To post.  send email to.
> 
> bactttoma@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> 
> Please read the footers they will tell you more information like changing 
> your email status.
> 
> Cheers.
> 
> Steven.
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> From: steven taylor <steven_taylor10@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [bactttoma] Attention foxtel users.
> Date: Sat, 1 May 2010 13:15:56 +1000
> 
> Attention foxtel users.
> 
> Today at 5 pm vh1 disappears from your channel package to be immediately 
> replace with mtv classic.
> 
> If you love guns and roses, slash will be at the launch of this new channel.
> 
> That's today 5 pm Melbourne time.
> 
> Also fox classics is going to be completely overhalled on May 10 this year.
> 
> Details can be found at the following url link.
> 
> www.foxtel.com.au.
> 
> Basically fox classic will have more variety, better programs, and a new look 
> for sighted users.
> 
> Cheers.
> 
> Steven.
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> From: steven taylor <steven_taylor10@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [bactttoma] Digital radio Perth.
> Date: Sat, 1 May 2010 13:27:59 +1000
> 
> I was pleased to read this from a friend in Perth.
> 
> Hi Steven.
> 
> Really happy with digital radio over here in Perth.
> 
> Let me tell you what we get in Perth.
> 
> 
> We get all the current abc stations.
> 
> We also get abc extra, abc grandstand, and from Monday we get another abc 
> music station not sure yet what it is called.
> 
> Ok so we get 6pr, 6ix, and our fm stations which are nova, mix, 92.9 and 96.1 
> fm.
> 
> We also get edge, radar radio, koffee, buckle, and classic hits live.
> 
> We also have all the sbs digital radio stations.
> 
> I love the sound quality, but don't take your digital radio to the hills 
> here, you get nothing but the fm band.
> 
> In July I hear we get another multi plexer so can't wait to see what choices 
> this will bring.
> 
> I hear some of our community stations will go digital not sure about 6rph yet.
> 
> Cheers for now.
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> From: steven taylor <steven_taylor10@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [bactttoma] Book review To the wild sky.  By ruth Park this was sent 
> t
> Date: Sat, 1 May 2010 13:49:30 +1000
> 
> Book Review.
> 
> To the wild sky.
> 
> by Ruth Park.
> 
> Other books include.
> 
> The Harp in the South.
> 
> Playing Beatie Bow.
> 
> Swords, crowns and rings.
> 
> Poor man's orange.
> 
> 6 children are taken on a flight to celebrate Gerald's birthday, but 
> something goes wrong with the Pilate Jim and Gerald is the only child who 
> knows anything about flying an aircraft.
> 
> But they get lost and when Gerald finally lands the aircraft, things go wrong 
> there as well.
> 
> Now they are stranded on an Ireland somewhere with little hope of help and 
> food and shelter is lacking as well.
> 
> We are told of their adventures here and what they do to attempt to get 
> somebody to rescue them.
> 
> This book was good, but I would have enjoyed it more if the ending was better.
> 
> I got this book in daisy format.
> 
> The best part is the fire they got lit it was funny how they did this.
> 
> This book is suitable for all ages, but if I was asked, I would recommend it 
> for younger audiences.
> 
> 
> The narrator  Shirley Harrison is extremely engaging and I found this book 
> good to listen too.
> 
> Pity the author doesn't tell us if the rescue was successful or not.
> 
> All in all, worth reading if you love Ruth Park.
> 
> Cheers.
> 
> Steven.
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> From: steven taylor <steven_taylor10@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [bactttoma] Another new member approved davidsaxberg@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> Date: Sat, 1 May 2010 14:07:12 +1000
> 
> Hi David.
> 
> Welcome to the list. 
> 
> If you see this post in your inbox, this means you have been approved and can 
> immediately start posting to the list.
> 
> To post.
> 
> Send email too.
> 
> bactttoma@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> 
> Please feel free to introduce yourself here, general chat is welcome, almost 
> anything is welcome here.
> 
> Cheers.
> 
> Steven.
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
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