Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

The Good, Bad and Ugly

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

The Good, Bad and Ugly

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AS A KID I loved the Toowoomba Show, but as an adult I was left traumatised and until this week hadn't attended a show for more than a decade.

As a kid, my mates and I would head to the old Showgrounds on Campbell St and spend the day getting into all sorts of mischief.

Go carts, shooting alley, anything that involved a gamble (a portent of things to come) and trying to get the St Saviours girls to join us inside the aGiggle Bubblea.

We had limited success at any of them, most of all the Giggle Bubble into which we would eventually entice our St Savs counterparts only to realise upon entry we knew nought of what to do next.

Well, we were Christian Brothers boys after all.

One mate used to run out of money early but he always have enough to get him through the day.

His secret? The Turn a[approximately]n' Tumble.

Turn a[approximately]n' Tumble riders were strapped in tightly because, as the name implied, it tumbled riders over and upside down.

It was amazing how many coins and wallets would fall from riders' pockets and land on the ground beside the Turn a[approximately]n' Tumble, hence my mate always had enough dosh to get him through the day.

Those fond show memories gave way to nightmares later on.

A good friend of mine was working in the office at the show and I had agreed to babysit her three children aged 11, 8 and 5.

Having known each since birth, I had looked after them before, just not at the show.

Now, I take babysitting other peoples' kids very seriously.

I'm paranoid any of them might fall over and hurt themselves, start fighting with each other or run away from home.

It's a tad embarrassing to explain to their mother you've lost one.

aWell, two of them are still here and a[approximately]two out of three ain't bad' as the song goesa just doesn't cut it with some mums.

Babysitting kids at home is one thing, but try keeping an eye on them amid thousands of people at the Showgrounds which sits on acreage akin to a small country. …

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