Flick Crit: Let the Right One In – Vintage Vampire

Låt den rätte komma in/Let the Right One In is vintage vampire. I thought I’d never enjoy another in this genre but this film took me by surprise. A real gem!

This is the best foreign language, pubescent female vampire movie of 2008 by far. It’s set in Stockholm in 1982, obviously a memorable year for Swedish horror. Kåre Hedebrant as the bullied boy Oskar and Lina Leandersson as the girl vampire Eli are magnificent! They even outshine the child actors in Slumdog Millionaire.


Easter Sports Thread

Well here I am seeing if I am techo enough to post a blog topic. If it works, look out!!!

In Australian Football this weekend (I will NEVER call it AFL) we have some pretty good matches.

Geelong v Collingwood tonight will be the match of the round. Almost impossible to pick with both sides showing solid, if not great, form. I’m going with Collingwood in the absence of Brad Ottens and because I wasn’t impressed with the Cats over Richmond last week.

St Kilda v West Coast. St Kilda at home fairly easily. Baker will take Kerr, lose the battle, but do just enough to prevent Kerr putting on a show like last week.

Carlton v Essendon. One of what some may call the “traditional blockbusters” Carlton are flying and the Bombers are fighting amongst themselves. Carlton by plenty.

Brisbane v Sydney. Brisbane haven’t beaten the Swannies in I don’t know how long and the Bloods are coming off a flogging of the current premiers. Yet Brisbane start favourites? Go figure. Tough one to pick if you’re neutral. I’m not. Swans.

Port Adelaide v Melbourne. You heard it first from me. Port Adelaide are crap this year. Melbourne are worse. Port to win at home.

North Melbourne v Hawthorn. This would have been a tough pick if The Age hadn’t decided to report a stupid video about chickens as representing some sort of underlying degradation of women. Now North probably won’t play a couple of their best players and Hawthorn will win.

Fremantle v Adelaide. Fremantle couldn’t even win in the WAFL at the moment. Adelaide by plenty, even without the wife beater. FFS when will these blokes learn that if grog makes you aggro, don’t drink. Not really that difficult.

Western Bulldogs v Richmond. Was Richmond’s effort against Geelong last week the real deal or were Geelong just loafing. We will find out on Monday arvo when they come up against the Dogs. Richmond haven’t convinced me. Dogs to win.

Too early to give any punting tips yet but I hope to drop in on Sat morn with some sort of analysis.

Happy Easter Gents and Lassies.

James of North Melbourne

Latest Unemployment Figures

The latest figures are just out, and it’s worse than expected with unemployment now at 5.7% (the consensus was 5.4%)

More to follow…


The Australian reports:

AUSTRALIA’S unemployment rate has climbed to 5.7 per cent, with nearly 40,000 workers losing their jobs in March.

Economists had forecast the unemployment rate to rise to 5.5 per cent with more than 30,000 workers cut from the market.

Several leading job indices had March falls, indicating the employment market may be drying up faster than expected.

The number of internet and newspaper job advertisements slumped by 8.5 per cent in March to a seasonally adjusted 147,804 ads, according to ANZ job ads survey, 61 per cent lower than the peak reached in November 2007.

Skilled job vacancies also fell with the Federal Department of Education, Employment (DEEWR) reporting a 10.8 per cent fall in March to 40.7 points.

The Federal Government revised their employment forecast earlier this month, with Treasurer Wayne Swan conceding the unemployment would soar above 7 per cent.

Similarly the world’s leading economic advisor, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), tipped unemployment to reach an average of 10 per cent across the developed world in 2009.

Easter Weekend Frolykz!!


And welcome to the Easter Weekend Frolykz..!!

I thought I’d open the door to Frolykz a little earlier, so jump on in.

Whatever you’re doing this long weekend, take it easy and travel safe…