123456 – how safe is your password?


A list of the top 25 passwords have been revealed by the website Gizmodo.

The information comes from SplashData who complies an annual list of millions of stolen passwords made public throughout the year and assembles them in order of popularity.

How safe do you think your password is?  Does it feature in this list?

1. 123456 (Unchanged)

2. password (Unchanged)

3. 12345 (Up 17)

4. 12345678 (Down 1)

5. qwerty (Down 1)

6. 123456789 (Unchanged)

7. 1234 (Up 9)

8. baseball (New)

9. dragon (New)

10. football (New)

11. 1234567 (Down 4)

12. monkey (Up 5)

13. letmein (Up 1)

14. abc123 (Down 9)

15. 111111 (Down 8)

16.mustang (New)

17. access (New)

18. shadow (Unchanged)

19. master (New)

20. michael (New)

21. superman (New)

22. 696969 (New)

23. 123123 (Down 12)

24. batman (New)

25. trustno1 (Down 1)

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nohomophobes.com is a website designed as a social mirror to show the prevalence of casual homophobia in our society. Words and phrases like “faggot,” “dyke,” “no homo,” and “so gay” are used casually in everyday language, despite promoting the continued alienation, isolation and — in some tragic cases — suicide of sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ) youth.

It’s run by and managed by The Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS) at the University of Alberta. The Institute supports groundbreaking research, policy development, education, community outreach, and services focused on sexual and gender minorities.

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General Election Quiz 2015

election 2015

On 106.9 SFM www.sfmradio.com – Jason McCrossan presents Saturday Breakfast. The show was recorded 2 days after the 2015 general election and Jason pitted the wits of Kyra Cross and Bonnie Britain against each other. It was a monumental clash…if underachieving and arguing with the judge can ever be described as that. This is the results.

Please Mrs Butler by Allan Ahlberg read by Pam Ayres


Allan Ahlberg, a former teacher, postman, plumber’s mate and grave digger, is in the super-league of children’s writers. He has published over 100 children’s books and, with his late wife Janet, created such award-winning picture books as Each Peach Pear Plum and The Jolly Christmas Postman – both winners of the Greenaway Medal. He has also written prize-winning poetry and fiction for older readers. The Telegraph described him as ‘By far our best writer for the young.’

On 106.9 SFM every Saturday morning at around 08:50pm – Jason McCrossan presents Tranquil Time – poetry on the radio.

YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011


I recently stumbled across this video of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011. I’d never heard of them before and actually this turned out to be a nice video to have playing in the background whilst doing other things (well, this is written on a Sunday morning – so maybe this is fitting to my current mood.

101 musicians from over 30 countries who make up the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 playing a spectacular Grand Finale concert at Sydney Opera House.The musicians met for a weeklong celebration of music in Sydney culminating in the Grand Finale featuring animated visuals on the interior and exterior projections by Obscura Digital on the iconic sails, all synchronised to the music of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011’s performance and conducted by YouTube Symphony Orchestra Artistic Advisor Michael Tilson Thomas.

0:02:05 Introduction by MTT

0:03:20 Hector Berlioz – Roman Carnival – Overture, Op. 9 (featuring Android Jones – digital artist)

0:13:00 Meet Maria Chiossi – Harp

0:18:00 Percy Grainger – Arrival on a Platform Humlet from in a Nutshell – Suite

0:22:20 Johan Sebastian Bach – Toccata in F major for organ (featuring Cameron Carpenter)

0:30:00 Meet Paulo Calligopoulos – Electric Guitar and violin

0:32:55 Alberto Ginastera – Danza del trigo (Wheat Dance) and Danza final (Malambo) from the ballet Estancia (conducted by Ilyich Rivas)

0:42:22 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – ‘Caro’ bell’idol mio’ – Canon in three voices, K562 (featuring the Sydney Children’s Choir and soprano Renee Fleming via video)

0:45:14 Meet Xiomara Mass – Oboe

0:48:42 Benjamin Britten – The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34

1:08:00 William Barton – Kalkadunga (featuring William Barton – Didgeridoo)

1:13:15 Timothy Constable – Suna

1:16:36 Meet Roman Riedel – Trombone

1:18:38 Richard Strauss – Fanfare for the Vienna Philharmonic (featuring Sarah Willis, Horn, Berlin Philharmoniker and conducted by Edwin Outwater)

1:23:08 *PREMIERE* Mason Bates – Mothership (specially composed for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011)

1:34:34 Meet Su Chang – Guzheng

1:36:55 Felix Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 (Finale) (featuring Stefan Jackiw and conducted by Ilyich Rivas)

1:44:44 Meet Ozgur Baskin – Violin

1:46:22 Colin Jacobsen and Siamak Aghaei – Ascending Bird – Suite for string orchestra (featuring Colin Jacobsen, violin, and Richard Tognetti, violin, and Kseniya Simonova – sand artist)

1:55:35 Meet Stepan Grytsay – Violin

1:58:00 Igor Stravinsky – The Firebird (Infernal Dance – Berceuse – Finale)

2:12:50 *ENCORE* Franz Schubert – Rosamunde (featuring Eugene Izotov – oboe, and Andrew Mariner – clarinet)

The Sound of Music at 50

sound of music 50th anniversary

The Sound of Music has a special place in the hearts of so many people.  As a child it was the first film I fell in love with and have vague memories of running round to my old neighbours house to ask for her copy of the film.  I can’t say how often I would go to Netty’s and ask her – but I can still remember the smoke filled house, the pinny she used to wear and the yellow teeth.  I seem to remember thick thighs (my age and size meant I was knee high) but that maybe more to do with Les Dawnson’s characterisation than that of reality.

To mark 50 years – ABC’s Diane Sawyer recorded a special programme that went behind the scenes and is interesting in that it takes Dame Julie Andrews back to Salzburg.  The stories – you’ve probably heard before, but it is a nice programme all the same.

And in another programme Dame Julie Andrews sits down with entertainment editor David Onda to discuss the most difficult scenes to film for her 1965 musical classic.