Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Year's Best Buzzes

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Year's Best Buzzes

Article excerpt

THIS year The Buzz has told some incredible stories, broken national secrets and uncovered numerous gossip secrets.

To finish off the year, we've collated the Best Buzzes of 2009, starting with a story that went gangbusters in August.

Staff at Rockhampton Hospital found themselves in a sticky situation when a man arrived at the emergency ward with a rather unusual dilemma.

Embarrassingly, he had been in the middle of "something" with his girlfriend when a stainless steel ring he had been using as an integral part of the procedure became stuck fast.

Unable to remove the ring themselves, hospital staff called on the firefighters, who used a small power tool and a paddle pop stick in an effort to cut through the offending ring.

It took an hour and 15 minutes to complete the delicate procedure.

Buzz breaks the news

THE start of 2009 brought new celebrities to Rockhampton ... on the radio, at least.

Sources from SeaFM radio revealed to The Buzz that two of Australia's funniest men would stream across airwaves starting in January.

Described as a "dynamic duo", The Buzz lifted the lid on the secret that Rove Live stars Hamish Blake and Andy Lee would sell their Melbourne show to radio in Rockhampton and Gladstone.

Despite contractual arrangements restricting information, The Buzz was able to deliver a scoop about the comic geniuses.

They broadcast their program on station B105 in Brisbane as well as seven other centres across Australia.

Bludgeoned with offensive weapon

ONE of the biggest buzzes this year came from our strange sugar-munching neighbours in Mackay.

It was our sister publication, The Daily Mercury, that shook up a beehive worldwide in January with one of the year's most bizarre stories - the front page of which was emailed to The Buzz.

With a headline "I was bashed with a dildo by man in leather mask...and he killed my dog", the story was well read that day.

It's not known where the forward email started, but a photo of the newspaper's front page did the rounds across the country that week.

In case you missed it (the story also featured in the pages of The Morning Bulletin) here's how the start of the story read: "An Andergrove mother was bludgeoned with a rubber dildo wrapped in duct tape by a home invader who also killed her little pet dog by strapping it up to a palm tree in a public park, a court heard yesterday". …

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