Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Spend the Money and Bring in Judge Judy to Sort Coast

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Spend the Money and Bring in Judge Judy to Sort Coast

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I CAN'T believe the hype over Oprah and, in her words, "Oh my God" is an understatement.

The "O" they put on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and calling our Oprah House after her is probably all appropriate considering the worldwide attention she has brought to our small island colony.

I am not sure what benefit the economy will get out of the millions we spent to get her here but I would imagine future tourist business should cover that easily.

They may have to change the size of the economy seats on the plane judging by the size of some of her touring guests and also put maple syrup, pancakes and baked beans as one dish on the breakfast buffets around the country Co but that is a "small" price to pay for the frenzy created.

Of course, the economy of Beerwaaaaaah will benefit as well, which should spin off to the rest of the Coast, which is also a good thing.

It certainly has been an interesting experiment although I did cringe a bit when our illustrious prime minister (who has taken a leaf out of the Peter Beattie school of self promotion which is "never miss a chance to talk to the media") sat with Oprah talking to all and sundry like it was an episode of Play School.

It did give me an idea that would have helped me with my Christmas wish list, which originally was what this column was going to be about because there are only five more sleeps until the fat bloke turns up, but the whole Oprah thing has overpowered me like Bundy rum on Christmas Day.

I thought maybe we could start bringing other celebrities over here to help with stuff that basically we have inherited from the Yanks Co namely litigation, living in excess and lauding our politicians to the point they are treated like rock stars.

I thought maybe Dr Phil would be one.

He could cure us of our excesses and anything else he could magically whip away in less then an hour. …

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