Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Revenge of the Black Sheep

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Revenge of the Black Sheep

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LET'S talk about black sheep.

Every family has at least one.

You know, the crazy uncle who turns up to the family's annual bring-and-share dinner with nothing but a voracious appetite and a heart-warming greeting of: C[pounds sterling]Orright, I'm here. Where's the beer?C[yen].

Doesn't matter who you are, how you were raised or where you are from, there's always at least one relative who just marches to the beat of a different drum.

A defining characteristic of the family black sheep is that they're blissfully ignorant of social niceties and human customs.

For example, at the family Christmas dinner, when you're all gathered around the Christmas tree to give out gifts, your family black sheep is likely to unashamedly announce: C[pounds sterling]Didn't get anything for any of youse this year ... with money being tight and all. On a different topic, me and the girlfriend are off to Bali next week. Gunna be a ripper hol.C[yen]

The good news is that everyone has a black sheep somewhere in the old family tree. Life would be boring if we didn't.

Even the royal family is not immune.

Yes, I know there are probably at least a dozen that would qualify Co that's what you get when you breed within a shallow gene pool Co but I reckon the blackest sheep of all is Sarah C[pounds sterling]FergieC[yen] Ferguson.

It seems that ever since the crazy, guffawing ginger that is Sarah Ferguson married an unsuspecting Prince Andrew in 1986, she's been providing tabloid fodder with a regular supply of crazy antics.

The Fergulicious one first gave the press some real fodder in 1991, when a paparazzo snapped her having her toes sucked poolside by some obliging bald American bloke in 1991. Then in 1992 she was photographed sunbathing topless, accompanied by ... a different American bloke.

But her most infamous moment came in May 2010, when the Fergster was filmed by now defunct News of the World offering access to Prince Andrew for 500,000 pounds.

Given this lapse in judgment didn't exactly reek of class, no one was surprised when Fergie's invitation to Will and Kate's royal wedding C[pounds sterling]got lost in the mailC[yen]. …

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