Are you playing EuroMillions?

pound_coinsThis Friday’s jackpot is sitting at £110 million! 

Picture a pound coin – got it? Now picture a pile of 110 of them. Now picture 1 million of those piles – yup – got it now? That’s how much you could win in this Friday’s jackpot!

Considering the news I got yesterday (more on that later in the week) I thought it fortuitous to purchase a few tickets to this Friday’s draw. It’s only £4 a ticket – what have you got to lose? Just think of the possibilities.

A friend posted earlier this month about what she would do if she won the lottery. My wife just asked me what I’d do if I didn’t *have* to work anymore? You know what – I’d probably still do what I do now, develop software and solutions and blog – except the difference would be I wouldn’t *need* to do them for money and I could pick the jobs I wanted and even do charity software development – I wouldn’t know what to do with myself otherwise. 

A nice piece of land for us so that we can build a house to our own specifications, a good family car (and of course something nice for daddy to take for a spin on Sunday morning’s). We’d probably give a sizeable chunk to each other’s brothers and sisters to help them out too. Other than that I somehow doubt we’d change otherwise, other than a few wise investments for our kids’ futures.

What would you do? Would you change? Would you know how?

Nando's 'Julius' up for auction

nandos_julius_puppetNando’s have done it again! First they brought you a great advertisement before the elections using their puppet called ‘Julius’. Then, Julius Malema and the ANCYL got angry and “forced” Nando’s to withdraw their advert, or else. Nando’s responded.

Now in a bid to prevent ‘Julius’ from gathering dust just sitting in a corner, they’ve put him up for auction, to the highest bidder (proably around R5) and the proceeds will go to the Self-Help Development Organisation, which helps young men to finish school and study mechanics, woodworking and electrical engineering.

You can find out more on the Dispatch Now blog here. [via the_dre]

Update: 6 May 2009
It appears that more than 100 bids have been received so far for the puppet, the highest being for R85 000.

The R85 000 bid was not too bad, considering that Nando’s had said it believed it would receive “at least R5 for him”.

Chauke said it had cost about R30 000 to create the hand-crafted radio-controlled ventriloquist dummy, the star of a recent television advertisement.

He said Nando’s had not heard from the ANC Youth League president since it announced that his puppet would be auctioned for a charity group that funds, among other things, courses in woodwork, the subject Malema notoriously scored a GG for in matric, according to reports. – source News24

You can read the full article on News24.