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anna! said:
Being outrageous wealthy is different to being financially secure.

I don't really see any pitfalls to being able to afford to pay all your bills, except perhaps not having anything to complain about.


Guess it depends on whose eyes your looking through doesnt it.

Unfortunately some people are unable to open there own.
 

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keystroke said:
never heard of "monthly" but I bet you it'll be hard to find online.

Results 1 - 10 of about 64,000,000 for "monthly magazine". (0.26 seconds)
head in the sand much? probably the biggest magazine launched in australia in the last decade or so. great read too.

just got my copy in the mail today, but i haven't made it that far in yet. nice article about liberal-voting drug dealers at the start though.
 

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anna! said:
Um, okay, sure! Sorry, I guess I'm being really narrow minded in thinking being able to pay bills is a positive thing 8)

As I said Anna, there is financially secure and financially secure.

For some reason you just seem to want to be cantankerous and argumentative.
 

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The Girls are draped over him like it’s a Bond film.
Well I haven't met the girls but I've been in one of his offices and the first thing I thought of was "Bond villain lair" ;). Alan rocks.
 

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Strawberry_lovemuffin said:
Is that the whole article Alan? I was really getting into it and then it just ended... or maybe that's the magazine's style.

Really interesting! I feel like I know a bit more about you now.
no it isn't so why don't you buy the magazine.

i just got an email from my son chastising me for talking about the girls.

"In September, I travelled to Manila to interview a guy called Alan xxxxx,
who has made about half a billion dollars betting on the Hong Kong races.
During the afternoon I spent with him, he won 1.8 million. He's an
interesting character, and the 8,500 word article is in the December issue
of The Monthly magazine. It has Rupert and Wendy Deng on the cover."

To read a teaser, check out my website at www.tonywilson.com.au

"Players is still going well and this week was named in the Financial Review's 5 best novels of 2005."

Tony wrote it and it is an excellent read.

hey i have finally hit the 2,000 post mark but was planning to save it for something more serious.
 

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onetwothreefour said:
head in the sand much? probably the biggest magazine launched in australia in the last decade or so. great read too.


Errr, I hadn't heard of it either... I don't often read magazines.

Sounds interesting though... I may check it out :)
 

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http://album.lataw.com

Login: album / rotflmfao

any flames please post here as cannot post in album i think.
 

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another teaser for you SLM ( but also because i saw someone use the term "attention whore" in the Gallery whereas i thought i had invented the term ).

also because i need to psyche myself up to go out tonight. i have been in HK for the last mth and very well behaved and will be travelling for maybe the next 2 mths.


Alan is barefoot, and wears running shorts and a T-shirt. I’m taken to meet him by Olive, a spectacularly sexy 28-year-old Filipina who has performed the door duties. She’s small, barely up to my chest, and a keen smiler. The beam from her teeth coordinates nicely with her dark slender arms and white singlet. She covers the short distance between door and lounge with catwalk hips. She hasn’t overdressed either. Alan introduces himself while Olive retreats to the kitchen to prepare dinner.

“Guess what my views are on the war in Iraq?”

It comes just after the handshakes and hellos. I glance at the split-level apartment and the acres of glass-topped coffee table, the full-size billiard table, the imperial quality of the lounge leather. We’ve only been going five minutes and Alan has asked the first question. I’m nervous. If he’s a George W. Bush man things could get ugly before we’ve even hit the dinner table. I roll the dice. It’s the weekend’s first gamble.

“Pro?” I say, wincing.

“No!” he says, with a burst of passion. “I’m totally against the invasion of Iraq.” I fall over myself to agree with him, and we spend five happy minutes kicking the shit out of the neo-cons and the Christian Right. It feels better doing it under a chandelier.

“Once upon a time one of my friends described me as so right-wing I was to the right of Genghis Khan … whereas these days, bizarrely, my views seem to have shifted.”

We make our way to a dining table crowned with prawn salad and pasta. Conversation is relaxed and easy and refreshingly free of small talk. Until now I’ve only known “email Alan”, a man whose bold, staccato replies weave through the body of my messages and who signs off with: “I don’t have an attitude problem, you have a perception problem.” Real-life Alan is friendlier and more expansive. By the end of dinner we’ve discussed Iraq, Roe v Wade, gun control and the day he won HK$20 million. I’m well enough at ease to have eaten 11 prawns to his two.

The table is cleared by another beautiful, twenty-something Filipina who Alan introduces as Ruby. “Ruby’s younger – very sweet but maybe not so bright. Olive is smart, extremely witty and funny, but Olive is an attention whore. I sometimes call her the world’s biggest bullshitter. Whereas Ruby would never tell a lie, unless she’s being corrupted by Olive.”

He invites the girls, whom he calls “The Girls”, to share fruit salad with us. But they are happy in the lounge room, drinking wine and listening to a Spanish pop song – “Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee – on repeat. At some point it becomes clear Alan’s going out with both of them.

Olive is gone a couple of mths ago --- she used to jokingly ask would i marry her and my response was "do you think i am insane" so she is now nagging some other guy to marry her..

Ruby is in her province for another 36 hrs before we leave for Sydney.

Ruby pointed out the bit about "Whereas Ruby would never tell a lie" was not even close to true.
 

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it's a good article alan. lucky you had a good writer on your side - it could have turned into a bullshit tabloid piece (all the staples of tabloid journalism - money, girls, drugs - are there), but it's really well written, and you come across in exactly the same way as you do here - nice, humble, funny, rich (ya bastard ;)).

p.s. hi everyone.
 

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Hey I have an ace idea on how to extend your life.

I don't want to let my secret out but lets just say it involves magnets.

A $500k advance is all I need to help you live forever.

You in?
 

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14 December 2005 @ 03:14 am (1234)
Bullshit
Tonight, when I was at work, a lady rushed into the store looking flustered and very, very worried. She looked Indian, perhaps Sri Lankan, with a small gold stud in her nose, beautiful eyes filled up with tears.

"A man's been following me," she said.

I looked out the window and couldn't see anybody, but she wasn't lying. She hung around for a bit, called a friend, and eventually ventured home. I hope she made it back safely.

Apparently the man who had been following her had started some time back - about a kilometre or so - and she knew he was following because she had taken back streets to avoid him... Yet he kept reappearing.

It's all very disturbing. There's no point saying that it's symptomatic of a greater problem within society, because as much as the media likes to blow such things out of proportion, an individual is never anything more than just that - an individual situation. It has no greater bearing on anything else in the world than its one instance. Yet such things require a contextual opinion to be formed around them, and that context is becoming increasingly troubling.

Was this lady being targeted because of her vaguely Muslim appearance? I don't know. I do know that three years ago that probably wouldn't have even be a question that I would need to ask myself. Saying things are unsafe, that women or men or children or whoever have to lock themselves inside at night, is pointless and untrue. Presuming that the ills of society are going to come crashing down on each of us individually is going to achieve nothing. Yet it's a scenario that we're being asked to consider more and more.

i leave for Syd in less than 48 hrs where i will meetup with ex-wife & children for x'mas. both my children have muslim SO's.

now i went to Jakarta a few weeks after the riots there in May, 98 and have continued to travel Asia, when most westerners would have viewed it as very dangerous, post 911 and have not felt particularly in danger.

having seen only snippets of the "riots" in Sydney on CNN those racist fuckwits scare me immeasurably more than any muslims in Asia.

1234 why are you working in a store ??? TY for your comments but i don't do funny well at all.
 

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14 December 2005 @ 03:14 am (1234)

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i leave for Syd in less than 48 hrs where i will meetup with ex-wife & children for x'mas. both my children have muslim SO's.

now i went to Jakarta a few weeks after the riots there in May, 98 and have continued to travel Asia, when most westerners would have viewed it as very dangerous, post 911 and have not felt particularly in danger.

having seen only snippets of the "riots" in Sydney on CNN those racist fuckwits scare me immeasurably more than any muslims in Asia.

1234 why are you working in a store ???
why? 'cause after finishing a fairly decent gig as editor of my uni magazine i can't get a job, sadly.

it's exactly right that the racists are far more scary than any of the stereotyped muslims - it's just a horrible shame that their behaviour is being tolerated here at the moment. howard's reaction to the incidents is fucking shameful.

hope ya had a good christmas!
 

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Mr Huge


http://www.themonthly.com.au/excerpts/issue8_excerpt_001.html

or

http://tinyurl.com/mentc

re the above article BB was allowed to rewrite some of the sections relating to him on the basis "factual corrections". very nice journalist.

Gambling Wizards.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0929712056/103-5586174-3271867?v=glance&n=283155

or

http://tinyurl.com/k8og8

8o is 8 o no space


Cigar Aficionado --- Alan W Article
http://www.cigaraficionado.com/Cigar/CA_Archives/CA_Show_Article/0,2322,1413,00.html

or

http://tinyurl.com/fhr3e

i did an interview whilst in Sydney last October for a chapter in a book by Mike Atherton related to gamblig.

why post here ??? i am trying to get all the links in one spot.
 

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compilation book

Just letting you know that the article on you was picked for the ‘Best Australian Sports Writing’ compilation book that is coming out at Christmas. Released only in aus – probably smallish numbers (10,000 or so). I’ll send you a copy when I get it.


Nice honour. Thanks again for your cooperation. Cheers Tony

chapter in latest book by Mike Atherton ( hope i got the correct link )

"Gambling: a Story of Triumph and Disaster" (Hodder & Stoughton, £18.99) is published on Thursday

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/421ff614-3996-11db-90bb-0000779e2340.html
 

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You're certainly an interesting man Alan. I've always taken the view that gambling is stacked against you so it is for fools and I almost never do it. Therefore to me, there's somethign just and almost Robin Hoob like about using a system to 'cheat' against the stacked casino or racing odds (although I don't know how much of that 'stolen from the rich' money you 'give to the poor'!). Whatever the case, It's a pretty novel and daring way to make a crust.

I'm still not sure how the 'angels' fit into all of this and so would be interested to hear your philosophies on relationships and sex.


Thanks for posting the article, I really enjoyed reading it.
 
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