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    Quote Originally Posted by antichrist
    The dunny man used to come when I lived in the bush, we once filled up the can with bricks and was he cursing.

    What has 4 wheels and flies?
    A dunny truck, of course

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Murray
    A dunny truck, of course
    and how is that different from my answer?
    So einfach wie möglich, aber nicht einfacher - Albert Einstein

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    CC Grandmaster Ian Murray's Avatar
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    While world celebrities have passed me by for one reason or another, I've had a few chess notables as house guests:
    GM Ian Rogers
    GM Darryl Johansen
    GM Stefan Djuric SRB
    IM Guy West
    IM Greg Hjorth
    Tim Krabbe NED (http://www.xs4all.nl/~timkr/chess/chess.html)

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    Just for fun

    Since we are now mostly talking about titled chess-players here, I had FM Jono Sarfati attend my first ever house-warming party in Wellington. Not so surprising I know, as we lived in the same city and played at the same club. But he has also stayed as a house-guest at my home in Sydney (while resident in Brisbane) while visiting for CMI (Creation Ministries International now, though then the name was Answers in Genesis).

    In Dunedin, GM Walter Shawn Browne came to our home as dad interviewed him for the Otago Daily Times newspaper. My father later became the editor of the ODT and is now retired. Browne played a simul in which I participated (and kept up my 0% record in simuls) At the time Browne lived in USA rather than Australia. He was a young well-regarded GM with flowing long hair at the time and dad's story got the heading from the subs "Swinging Image for Chess Master". On Browne's connection with R J Fischer (same high school etc.) see http://books.google.com.au/books?id=...um=7&ct=result - p.97 of Brady's famous RJF Profile.

    Dad also got to interview ex-world champion Max Euwe, though he did not come to our home.

    Yes, this thread needs resurrecting! Gunner, sounds like a job for you!
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    God exists. Short and to the point.

    Secretary of, and regularly arbiter at, Rooty Hill RSL Chess Club. See www.rootyhillchessclub.org.

    Psephological insight. "Controversial will only lose you votes. Courageous will lose you the election." Sir Humphrey Appleby on Yes Minister.

    Favorite movie line: Girl friend Cathy to Jack Ryan in "Sum of all Fears". "What kind of emergency does an historian have?".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski
    Yes, this thread needs resurrecting! Gunner, sounds like a job for you!
    I will take up the challenge! (so long as I can take the thread on a tangent.....)

    Famous people I have met through being a chess coach:

    Red Symons
    John Fitzgerald
    Kerry Armstrong
    Ted and Robyn Baillieu
    Rove McManus
    quite a few local pollies

    Famous people who went to my school (Melbourne High):

    Lindsay Fox
    Gareth Evans
    Max Gillies
    quite a few pollies and sportspeople (including footballers Dale Lewis and Ilya Grgic who were in my class)
    Many others who I can't remember

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteElephant
    I will take up the challenge! (so long as I can take the thread on a tangent.....)
    Famous people I have met through being a chess coach....
    Rove McManus
    ...Famous people who went to my school (Melbourne High):

    Lindsay Fox
    ...
    Many others who I can't remember
    Good on you for taking up the cudgel, WE. Love the last line - I guess we can all claim many famous people who we can't remember - because they aren't that famous!!

    Interesting that you met the first lot ,including Rove, through chess coaching. Did Rove interview you or you coach him or???
    God exists. Short and to the point.

    Secretary of, and regularly arbiter at, Rooty Hill RSL Chess Club. See www.rootyhillchessclub.org.

    Psephological insight. "Controversial will only lose you votes. Courageous will lose you the election." Sir Humphrey Appleby on Yes Minister.

    Favorite movie line: Girl friend Cathy to Jack Ryan in "Sum of all Fears". "What kind of emergency does an historian have?".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski
    Good on you for taking up the cudgel, WE. Love the last line - I guess we can all claim many famous people who we can't remember - because they aren't that famous!!

    Interesting that you met the first lot ,including Rove, through chess coaching. Did Rove interview you or you coach him or???
    LOL, no I didn't coach any of the famous people, in all cases it was because their kids play chess and in Rove's case....his nephew.

    The people I mentioned who went to my school were ones I had actually seen at Assemblies/ Speech Nights but I did see a list of Old Boys and remember being impressed

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    This looks like a laugh I'm sure I've forgotten lots of people but here goes:

    Home:
    Richard Feinman - Nobel laureate in Physics (but this is a cheat because he was my parents' guest)
    Dalai Lama (an even bigger cheat as although the DL allegedly slept in my room, my parents had previously sold their house to the local Buddhist community)

    Um, can't think of anyone else except IM Guy West (whom I see is in another list in an earlier posting)

    Met:
    Kasparov (who in 2002 thought the 1982 USSR team was one of the strongest ever OL teams)
    Ivanchuk (who was walking along in his own world and nearly bowled me over)
    Seirawan (1978, 1982, 2002 - he really is a nice guy)

    Queen Elizabeth
    Lange (then Prime Minister of NZ)
    Campomanes

    Played and lost against:
    GM Beliavsky (then USSR now SLO)
    GM Chandler (NZL)
    GM Safin (UZB)
    GM Gavrikov (LTU)
    GM Timoshenko (UKR)
    Jono (NZL)
    Adamski (NZL, not POL)

    Played and beaten (spot the barrel-bottom scraping):
    IM Alex Wohl
    IM Russell Dive - prior to IM title?
    IM Anthony Ker - rapid game
    IM Paul Garbett - prior to IM title
    IM Ben Martin - rapid game
    Um ...
    IM Guy West - blitz event
    Jono - when he was about 14
    Kevin Bonham - a generous customer
    Adamski - who has been dodging me for the last 20 years or so
    Last edited by Tony Dowden; 21-06-2008 at 02:43 PM.

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    Cool

    Who thought of this thread topic ? .. Im not even going to look. But I have started a conversation once with "Ask me what Im thinking right now?" lol.
    ......and.....
    lots of famous people come to my house... but they won't come out of the TV .... but they still talk to me .... rofl......
    .. this Caketin is full of little spiders and watermelon seeds.....

    ..Chess is all about fear and psychology

    ..Chess is like an exam..... you havent studied for

    ..If you're good at Chess it means you are very intelligent and could potentialy do great things
    ..... but that you might have wasted that playing way too much chess

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyD
    Kevin Bonham - a generous customer
    I'm certainly the bottom of the barrel; I'm only locally (in)famous!

    When considering my own responses to this thread I decided that a good working definition of being famous enough to mention was the existence of a Wikipedia page about that person.

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    Ted Heath, but that was long after he was prime minister.

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    Hmm... Does it count when I was living in Churchill College, Cambridge and Prince Philip came to visit? (not to mention a few dozen Nobel laureates)

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    The bloke who used to drive Antichrist's dunny truck...
    "On my chess set, all the pawns are Hamburglers" ~ Homer Simpson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    I'm certainly the bottom of the barrel.
    Correction KB, you rise to the top of the (Tassie section of the) bottom of (my) barrel

    Besides, you are stronger than Adamski (sorry, Jono2).

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    Fat Boy Slim, when he was known as Norman Cook and in the Housemartins.

    The other members of the Housemartins also came around (they lived across the road from me at uni) but he was the only one that wasn't totally up his own arse
    I've never been so broke that I couldn't leave town

    I'm trying out a new blog site...
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