Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Weekly Whispers

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Weekly Whispers

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Byline: JEREMY SOLLARS

CONSENSUS was that despite the lack of actual horseracing at Saturday's Warwick Cup the afternoon was enjoyed by all, even with the addition of a second storm late in the day.

Post-event recollections are hazy on the part of many, including one local chappie who arrived at his place of residence a bit worse for wear and experienced difficulty, as one often does in such a state, in gaining entry through the front door. The discovery of his own muddy footprints through the bathroom the next morning brought with them the realisation that he had in fact ended up breaking into his own house, with entry effected via the wheelie bins.

Then we had the sober and thoughtful local girl who after the late storm attempted to help a tipsy friend over a puddle. She held said friend by the arm and counted, C[pounds sterling]One, two, three, goC[yen], but sadly her charge failed to move off, resulting in our Good Samaritan finishing up with her yellow dress turned a distinct shade of mud. That's what you get for assisting the socially lubricated, I suppose.

MONDAY'S special meeting of the Southern Downs Regional Council produced some interesting debate and a little bit of humour, including on the subject of the mowing of our parks.

Planning director Ken Harris observed that in many European cities the parks are mowed with nothing like the frequency with which it takes place in the fair Rose City and the locals seem unperturbed. This prompted Mayor Ron Bellingham to quip, C[pounds sterling]They don't have snakes over there, KenC[yen], while others observed that given the smallness of the mowing budget the only thing able to be cut is the grass itself.

But the laughs didn't stop there.

Earlier in a briefing from Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) we learnt of the army's sequence for escalating action during natural disasters, which goes from C[pounds sterling]AlertC[yen], to C[pounds sterling]Lean ForwardC[yen], to C[pounds sterling]Stand UpC[yen] and then C[pounds sterling]Stand DownC[yen], with the inside joke being that the final phase is C[pounds sterling]Fall OverC[yen]. I guess it's the kind of humour used to diffuse otherwise stressful situations, a bit like that employed in newspaper editorial departments. …

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