Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Bitterly Cold Toowoomba Weather Worse Than Swine Flu 'Pandemic'

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Bitterly Cold Toowoomba Weather Worse Than Swine Flu 'Pandemic'

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WITH, Melbourne now being the swine flu capital of Australia, Victorians can no longer complain about being referred to as "Mexicans".

Fair dinkum, this swine flu thing is really getting out of hand, isn't it?

And how come it seems to affect NRL players more than say AFL, Rugby or lawn bowls players who are yet to report an infected case among them?

A group of us spent last week in Melbourne and I can tell you, it's not easy trying to drink your beer at the footy through a mask.

But really, despite Melbourne being amidst the height of the swine flu "pandemic", I think I counted a grand total of three masks being worn...and one was covering the face of a guy wearing Queensland supporters gear and another was on an Asian tourist.

But, for us, the so-called swine flu was the least of our problems.

While Melbourne is a great place to visit, particularly for those who like their sport, the cold and damp can be a bit much for a Queenslander after a few days.

Melbourne has some fantastic sporting venues and most of them are a leisurely stroll from the CBD.

But, while the State of Origin match was indoors in relative comfort under the big roof of Etihad Stadium, Friday night's match between the Storm and Broncos was not.

Olympic Park was simply freezing and I'm sure even the locals can't wait until next year when the Storm and Melbourne Victory take up residence in the new 30,000-seated stadium being built next door.

I had taken precautions and wore a woolly t-shirt under a long-sleeved Wallabies jersey under a woolly jumper - and still I froze!

It was that cold, I had to keep changing my beer hand to give equal time in the jumper pocket for each hand while holding on to my beer with the other.

There was fair argument for one of those hands-free Bogan beer caps with the can of beer in the cap from which tubes pipe the beverage down to the mouth while both hands are tucked snugly away in the pockets. …

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