Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Dearest Charlie,

Welcome to the world, my son. Your mum and dad are very happy to meet you.

Born 9th of March 2009, 2.8kgs and beautiful.


  1. *gibbers incoherently in coochie-coo baby talk*
    well done there - good work - cute baby

  2. Ohhhhh, I've been waiting for this news - congratulations to you and your lovely wife Mele.

    Charlie is a great name - no bloke can go wrong with a name like that; no hen's night stripping or crack den landlording for him!

    Please keep us posted on this blog. Charlie will just enrich what you write, think and feel passionately about, trust me :)

  3. That is fantastic Franz - and he is a beautiful baby.

    Charlie is a great name, no Charlie ever wanted for a good group of friends...middle name?

    Congrats to you and Mele.

  4. So when's charlie getting his own blog?

    "Today something really weird happened. Damn it's cold and bright out here."

  5. Congratulations!!! (what's 2.8kgs in pounds?)

    *magical fairy blessings on his wee head*

    He is gorgeous!!

  6. awesome! oh, babies.
    *gibbers incoherently alongside mad cat lady*

  7. 2.2lbs/kg + some calculations = 6.16lbs - is that small..? Use those kids and give me twenty - aka American Dad.

    At least in the next couple of years Franzy will have someone to pass down last years jeans that no longer fit him.

    How's grandma and grandpa enjoying their new grandchild?

  8. Ooh, Ooh, GTH: Mele saying hello to her new son Charlie Franzway (Aka Chuckie Franz) for the first time. Welcoming him into the world.

  9. Woo-hoo! Congratulations! Bells and whistles, stars and fireworks, unicorns and rainbows, fluffy puppy toys, everything wonderful I wish for your little family. Your header picture is the loveliest I have ever seen and thanks for posting a picture of Charlie. I guessed he was on the way fairly early on, little hints here and there in your blog. I'm glad he's here at last. You and Mele must be so proud. Congratulations again.

  10. gratulations Franzy, Mele, Charlie, Suzanne and Neil! I compleetly failed to seeanything /anyone coming between the lines! WHat a thrill

  11. Hey congrats! And who cares about GTH?!?!

  12. GTH is FRANZY looking at his new born son, NOT Mele...! Unless she now sports a beard and goatee - hormones can play havoc during pregnancy..

    Seriously though, congratulations again.

  13. Massive congrats! Get a stick in his hand and let the hockey training begin...

  14. Sam! your email this morning was the best email I've seen in ages (apart from ones I write, of course). Congratulations to you and Mele.

    Welcome to the world, Charlie

  15. Congratulations from Sean and Justine!! He is absolutely beautiful. Well done to Mum(and Dad)!


An explanation of The Joy Division Litmus Test

Although it may now be lost in the mysts of thyme, the poll below is still relevant to this blog. In the winter of 2008, Mele and I went to live in Queensland. In order to survive, I bluffed my way into a job at a Coffee Club.
It was quite a reasonable place to work: the hours were regular, the staff were quite nice, it wasn't particularly taxing on my brain.
There were a few downsides: In the six weeks or so that I worked there, there was about a 90% staff turnover (contributed to by my leaving). This wasn't seen as a result of the low pay, the laughability of staff prices or the practice of not distributing tips to staff, rather it was blamed on the lack of work ethic among Bribie Island's youth.
However, one of the stranger aspects of the cultural isolation that touched our lives during our time "up there" was the fact that nobody at my work had heard of the band Joy Division.
The full explanation is available here.
But please, interact a little further and vote in my ongoing poll. The results are slowly mounting up, proving one thing: people read this blog are more well-informed about Joy Division than anyone who works at the Coffee Club on Bribie Island.

Have you heard of the band Joy Division?

Chinese food, not Chinese Internet!

Champions of Guess The Header

  • What is Guess The Header about? Let’s ask regular “Writing” reader, Shippy: "Anyway, after Franzy's stunning September, and having a crack at 'Guess The Header' for the first time - without truly knowing what I was doing mind you - I think I finally understand what 'GTH' is all about. At first I thought you needed to actually know what it was. Don't get me wrong — if you know what it is, it may help you. I now realise that it's more Franzy's way of invoking thought around an image or, more often than not, part of an image. If you dissect slightly the GTH explanatory sentence at the bottom of his blog you come up with this: “The photo is always taken by me and always connects in some way to the topic of the blog entry it heads up.” When the header is put up, the blog below it will in some obscure way have something to do with it. “Interesting comments are judged and scored arbitrarily and the process is open to corruption and bribery with all correspondence being entered into after the fact and on into eternity, ad infinitum amen.” Franzy judges it, but it's not always the GTH that describes the place perfectly that gets it. “The frequent commenters, the wits, the wags and the outright smartarses who, each entry, engage to both guess the origin and relevance of the strip of photo at the top (or “head”) of each new blog and also who leave what I deem the most interesting comment.” It generally helps if you're a complete smartarse and can twist things to mean whatever you feel they should mean - exactly the way Franzy would like things to be twisted." - Shippy Blogger and GTH point scorer.
  • Nai - 1
  • Lion Kinsman - 2
  • Will - 2
  • Brocky - 2
  • Andy Pants - 2
  • The 327th Male - 3
  • Mad Cat Lady - 3
  • Miles McClagen - 4
  • Myninjacockle - 4
  • Asheligh - 5
  • Neil - 5
  • Third Cat - 5
  • Adam Y - 6
  • Squib - 6
  • Mele - 6
  • Moifey - 7
  • Jono - 8
  • The Other, other Sam - 14
  • Kath Lockett - 15
  • Shippy - 19
  • River - 32