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  1. Yep, it's been ages since I burned an audio CD. It's now getting to the point where not many new computers (and very few laptops/ultrabooks) have CD/DVD burners. I just replaced a nearly 10 year old Dell XPS laptop with a new Lenovo (Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 6) which has no room for an optical drive. Sure, I know it's easy and cheap to buy an external USB drive but I doubt if I'll bother. If I need to rip stuff in future, my old machine can still do that. And as for new music, I'm leaning more and more towards streaming anyway.
  2. Don't know if you could call it a "mini series" but Seachange was one of the best things I've seen on Australian TV. Or on anyone else's TV for that matter. The early seasons of Blue Heelers were no slouches either. And then there was a 2007 ABC series with Rachel Ward and Gary Sweet (and others) called Rain Shadow that was excellent.
  3. Before I bought my Dynaudio Confidence C1s, I had a chance to audition these exact same Duntechs using the exact same ancilliaries (pre, amp, source cables etc) that were used for the Dynaudio audition. Were the Duntechs better than the Dynaudios? IMHO, most definitely. Why didn't I buy them? Because the Duntechs were a brand new pair and the Dynaudios were a demo pair so the Dynaudio price was less than half the Duntech price. At the price these are listed for, they're a steal. If you are in the market and near the seller, check them out. You'll be gob smacked. GLWTS.
  4. A tragedy! BMW 1602. That's precisely the car I passed my first test on - in 1966 - in Vancouver (Canada). My old man did have at least some taste, that was his car. I have driven faster and much more luxurious cars since. Have I driven a better handling car? Well, there was a 981 series Cayman S. Apart from that, I don't think so.
  5. In the 1950s and '60s (and 70s and 80s for that matter) the idea of human beings playing rock music in their 70s or of a rock band surviving for more than half a century was looked upon as being ludicrous. And so it was, and still is, and rightly so. By the late 1970s, the Stones were not a rock band, they were an institution. Ronnie Wood did much better work for the Faces than anything he ever did for the Stones. But it cannot be denied that he's had a very good gig with the latter for the past four decades and counting. So have the rest of them, but they haven't made much music worth listening to for a very long time now.
  6. As I talked about earlier in this thread, I started a weight loss program with the 5:2 diet after seeing some Dr Mosley You Tubes. It definitely works. It got me started and peeled off about 15 kg (from 102 to 87 kg) in 3.5 months. But I got stuck at 87 kg on this diet and my weight didn't move for a month. And that's with daily calorie counting so I didn't negate the two calorie restricted days on the other five. So I switched to proper intermittent fasting - every day - and kept calorie counting. Intermittent fasting is very easily done, just skip breakfast. I didn't ingest any calories at all between 7 PM in the evening and Noon the next day and I did that every day. That got me down from 87 kgs to my present weight hovering between 77-78 kg. 5:2 may be the more popular diet but I have no doubt at all that intermittent fasting is the more effective diet and MUCH easier to stick to. Google "Max Lowery". I'm easing up on any diet at all for this month. I reckon my previous propensity to "binge" has been pretty well eradicated and I'm now much more aware of what's good to eat and what I shouldn't eat. In the new year (not necessarily on Jan 1 🧐) I'm going to institute intermittent fasting as a permanent lifestyle and up my resistance and HIIT routine. My intention is to live forever. So far, so good!
  7. I can remember buying both the White Album and Beggars Banquet in 1968. Beggars Banquet in particular was a huge relief after the Stones stuffed it up completely with Their Satanic Majesties Request and I agree that it was better than the White Album. But I bought a bunch of other albums in 1968 too! 🤩. Two that I'm sure got more time on my turntable than either the Beatles or the Stones were Electric Ladyland by Hendrix and Wheels Of Fire by Cream. Either one is my 1968 pick.
  8. The greatness of Paul Butterfield?? Indeed!! Michael Bloomfield too. I was priviledged to see them twice in the mid/late 1960s. Another great white blues harp player was Corky Siegal. Check this out: Others: Taj Mahal with the great Jessie Edwin Davis - Bacon Fat Jeff Beck - Wired - Goodbye Pork Pie Hat John Abercrombie and Jan Hammer - Timeless Emil Gilels - any Beethoven Piano Sonata Mitsoko Uchida - Mozart Piano Sonatas Ralph Towner - Oregon and his many magnificent ECM recordings Little Feat and the great Lowell George - Rock n Roll Doctor, Dixie Chicken and others Miles Davis - In A Silent Way and many others (yes, including Kind of Blue) Bill Evans - Consecration and lots and LOTS of others Herbert von Karajan - Beethoven #9, 1977 recording, especially the slow movement (#3) - perhaps the finest music ever written
  9. Thanks for that, mate, but in some ways we've done the easy part. Getting the weight off is one thing. KEEPING it off is another. We both now have "ceiling" weights which we don't ever want to get above again. I haven't quite decided on mine but it won't be more than 80 kgs and might be as low as 78 kgs. Probably the latter because I'll be 70 in not much more than a year and getting lighter as you get older and possibly shrink in stature (I'm already 5 cm shorter than I was 10-15 years ago) is a good idea. A doctor mate of mine told me his formula is to take your height in centimetres and subtract 100. The result should be your goal weight in kgs. Cathy was originally going to put a no go zone above 57 kgs but is now considering lowering that to 55 kgs. We weighed ourselves every day during our "diet". In future, twice a week is probably adequate. What could change that is putting on muscle mass but we'll cross that bridge if and when we come to it. The other good rule of thumb is to keep your waist measurement at less than half your height - both measured in centimetres. My ratio is 85 - 178 and Cath's is 78 - 161 so we both qualify - for now.
  10. Jumped on the scales this morning – 76.3 kg (168 lb). Back in early April I was 102.5 kg (225.5 lb). I'm 178 cm or 5'10" in the old money. The single most important starting ingredient on this road was completely cutting out anything that has sugar in it except fresh (uncooked) fruit. And I went booze free two days a week. Along with that, I've done two types of what are called "intermittent fasting" diets. The first was Dr Mosley's "5.2 diet". That's two days with a restricted calorie intake (800) and watching what you eat but not "dieting" on the other five. I did count calories every day though and a BIG day for me was 1800 calories. I averaged between 1300-1450 a week. That dropped my weight from 102 to 87 kg between early April and the end of June. That's where I plateaued. I only dropped about 0.5 kg in the month of July. So I switched to "proper" intermittent fasting and a variation on the "16-8 diet" called 2meal a day. https://2mealday.com/ Basically, I skipped breakfast. I didn't eat or drink (except for water) anything at all between 7PM and noon the next day. And I kept the two booze free days a week up and limited my consumption on the other five days to a beer (very occasionally two) and a glass or two of wine of an early evening. This WORKS! Or at least it works for me. Between the end of July and the middle of October I dropped from just over 87 kg to just under 80 kg. That equalled my lowest ever weight in my adult life. Over the past six weeks I've been on an elimination diet to discover any food intolerances. It was a reasonably severe one - no sugar, gluten, dairy, eggs, legumes, seeds, caffeine, alcohol, nuts, citrus, soy etc. I'm more than halfway through the reintroduction phase and haven't found anything which disagrees with me - including booze! Yes I did exercise – HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and resistance mostly – but that wasn't the main contributing factor. The intermittent fasting most certainly was. Cathy (my partner) has done all the same things too and dropped from 66.5 kg to 52.6 kg. She wasn't obese when she started and I was by official BMI reckoning. We figure we'll be on the two meal a day kick for the rest of our lives. We also plan to include the two booze free days a week.
  11. That is the best first half I've seen a NRL team play in a LONG time. Superlative! Barring a miracle, this one is going to the chooks!
  12. Gimme Shelter from Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones. Two other Stones albums named I see, both with very worthy opening tracks Rock and Roll Doctor from Feats Don't Fail Me Now by Little Feat So What from Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans et al Bridge Over Troubled Water from Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel Graceland from Graceland by Paul Simon Willie The Pimp from Hot Rats by Frank Zappa Goodbye Pork Pie Hat from Wired by Jeff Beck And many, many, many more.
  13. I take all comments along the lines of "ME amps are not really up to the standards of serious world class amplification" with more than a few grains of salt. I should, I've been hearing them for decades. Aussies have absolutely no reason whatsoever to suffer from any part of the "cultural cringe", but they do. I encountered ME amps in the early 1990s. If you can cast your mind back that far, this was the era of Paul Keating's "recession we had to have". That being the case, and it was, the Aussie Dollar was in the dumps and interest rates were through the roof, making foreign hi fi equipment prohibitively expensive and buying on the "never never" even more so. All of that made it an ideal time to be introduced to GOOD Aussie gear, and ME certainly qualified in my not so very humble opinion. Did I compare them to other amps? You betcha. Was there anything better? Yep, but they were invariably three to five times (or more) the price. I agree with Trevor that the 850 was the sweet spot. I also agree that even the 850 couldn't run the Duntech Sovereigns to what they were capable of. I did hear a demo of the Sovereigns being driven by a ME 1500/24 combo. Did I want it. Yep. Could I afford it? 🤣 Nope. For the money being asked, ME was always a bargain.
  14. I got into ME in the very early 1990s when I was cruising the Brisbane Hi Fi shops (no, there weren't many then and there aren't many now) looking for a new amp. I was leaning towards an integrated but I wasn't averse to a power/pre combo if the price and the performance was right. Anyway, over two days I hit EVERY shop in Brissie. One stood out for me WAY ahead of all the rest. That was Reg Mills Stereo near Wooloongabba run by Tony Mills. His main event at the time was ME and Duntech, both Aussie products and at the time both exceptional value for money. Tonyt sold me on the amps (and the Duntechs) by giving one of the best presentations it has been my pleasure to receive in any Hi Fi shop anywhere in the world. And that includes Canada/US/UK/Europe/Hong Kong and Oz. I lusted after an ME 850 but simply couldn't afford it. I ended up with a 550/14 combo (I had no need of phono) which I ran happily for years into B&W and then Spendor and then Duntech (Viceroy) speakers. If you're curious, you just have to hear them. It's that simple. ME amps were (and maybe still are although I haven't heard the new 580) standout Australian products. There may be, probably are, better amps available. But at the time and at the prices Peter Stein was charging, they were stonking bargains and superb amplifiers.
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