You can now get Monopoly with electronic banking. I agree with Dallas that it should never need upgrading. I don't mind the special ones like Australia or Star Wars but keep it simple has to apply here.
* 2007? No way! * Georges 30th. Brawling with Alisdair Faulkner * Proposing clumsily to KC and she says Yes nonetheless. * Emilie and Derek's wedding. * Kate and Nath's wedding and my speech. * Launching Tangler public beta in San Francisco at web Expo. * New York with KC and having a ball. Felicity, Erinn, George Bush. * Mark and Fiona's wedding. * More trips back to San Francisco. Staying with the the Cooks. * KC get's into facebook... * Sam and Inessa's wedding in the Hunter Valley. * One more trip to the states... and laps of Sandhill. * Caine and Jess's wedding on the coast and me as MC MiCk * Bucks weekend and Phil breaks his leg when Ryan lands on him. * MY WEDDING - wooohoooo! * Our honeymoon in Thailand - Yeaaaaah! * Tangler with sexy new version. * Christmasy time. * Writing a blog entry about the year..... yup, that's it.
Last night I went to the (potentially boring) launch of the Sydney Festival program. We were invited because we are a key parts of the arts community in Sydney. OK, really, Karen won free tickets.
It was at Sydney Opera House and we got free champers as we arrived. Nice.
Then we went into the concert hall and were seated. I sighed and thought we'd have an hour of speeches. Then we were treated by Kev Karody and Emma Donovan singing From Little Things Big Things Grow - one of my favourite songs. I was happy.
After that we had an intro from the Aboriginal Land Council who controversially said "Our motto is "This is our land - always was, always will be"
Then Clover Moore, the Mayor and Sydney State Government rep. She's nice!
Then Frank Sator, the old Mayor....
Then the program director who told us about the program. Pretty cool. Some big stuff, and lots of free events. A really big launch night where the city is going to go crazy, including weddings on Macquarie St.
My highlights; * Black Watch - scottish theatre. * Spiegeltent - funky dance. * Salsa in Hyde Park. * Paul Kelly and Missy Higgins.
Through an old colleague and friend of mine I came across Regnan. It's a new Australian outfit, with some fat-wallet backers, aiming to change the way investment bankers look at Australian companies.
The investment bankers aren't doing anything wrong, they just aren't doing enough. They are evaluating investments based on old world accounting principles and not accounting for today or the next 100 years.
Now you might say that the next 100 years is too long away, but when half of these companies are investing in superannuation (or pension investments) then you start to realise that they at least need to be thinking about the next 30 years (for me) and 50 years (for my children (to be)).
So their goal, from what I understand, it so do research and support on behalf of large investment firms to help them more accurately evaluate companies they are investing in. This puts flow on pressure onto the companies to make sure they aren't just brining in the cash, but are thinking about their long term thinking too.
As a bonus, this may encourage and foster long term thinking across the board in business, political and personal spheres in Australia and the world, which is a good thing.