Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

OJ's Calling Last Drinks

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

OJ's Calling Last Drinks

Article excerpt

THE time-honoured tradition of goodbye drinks is on my mind at the moment, because I will leave this newspaper on Friday next and will from there leave for a southern newspaper, to hock my scribblings and pretend that I'm worth a dime.

At my last evening on a liquid diet of mostly beer but occasionally cocktails too, I started planning my goodbye drinks and came up with the ideal formula for the event.

The liquor cleared my mind and I solved the unsolvable equation.

The problem is always that you want a large group, but a large group is susceptible to division and as soon as the clock strikes 10.30, many will take others' cues and head on home.

So a large group can put the longevity of your evening at risk, but too small a group and the conversation will sneak into a lull, there'll be yawning and suddenly people are hailing a cab.

So here's the solution, you have a large-ish gathering and you begin somewhere early and cheerful.

A cafe and bar amalgam should work nicely. …

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