Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

It's a Small, Small World

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

It's a Small, Small World

Article excerpt

"HEY look at this," called Long Suffering Wife, "there's a bloke from Gladstone in the Brissy paper."

I peered over her shoulder and inspected his mugshot but didn't recognise him. I'll bet he was surprised though, to find himself so far from home being accosted by a reporter, and having his photo, and opinion, printed in a statewide publication. Honestly, you're not safe anywhere these days.

The world has shrunk to such a miniscule size that this sort of thing happens all too often. Like one hapless worker, whose boss had sat down to watch the cricket on tele one evening, and happened to see his employee galloping through the crowd, enthusiastically waving a large flag. Now, it wouldn't have been a problem had the worker not rung in that morning claiming to be suffering from an illness which had left him struggling feebly, not quite at death's door, but definitely in death's front garden, somewhere near the letterbox. I'll bet he felt genuinely off-colour after he fronted at work the next day.

Then there's the legend of the Gladstone resident who was touring a Scottish loch one rainy day, and as a group of local fishermen rowed past, he was astounded to see one of them sporting a raincoat with the words "Property of Qld Alumina" printed on the back. Of course, photographic confirmation is yet to be produced-

And my own experience from last year when I went for a little drive, and thanks in part to a lack of maps, a GPS, or any sort of travel plan, I eventually found myself a fair way down the New South Wales coastline. Stopping at a seaside town late in the day, I was waltzing along a pathway which ran beside a picturesque river, when an old man pulled me up, "What sort of fish are those?" he asked, pointing into the water. I had a bit of a look. "No idea mate," I replied with a shrug, "I'm not from around here. …

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