Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

It's Been a Strange Week for the News Worldwide

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

It's Been a Strange Week for the News Worldwide

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IT'S Sunday afternoon, often my time for writing these columns.

Everywhere looks dry and my dog has a nasty dose of kennel cough despite not having been near a kennel.

It's been a strange week to reflect on what the media has seen as important news from around the world.

There is a bloke called Felix Baumgartner who hopefully will not have killed himself before you read this.

He's scheduled an attempt to break the sound barrier with his own body.

He is or was planning to jump out of a fancy balloon from a height of 120,000 feet and free-fall in an earthly direction.

About 40 seconds after he lets go, all being well, he'll know whether he's cracked it.

Less nerve-racking, but no less stupid is, or was, the A[pounds sterling]44,450 paid at a Christie's charity auction last Friday.

It was for a pair of swimming trunks worn by actor Daniel Craig while playing James Bond in the film Casino Royale.

They were, as Dame Judi Dench indicated when introducing the item, C[pounds sterling]unwashedC[yen].

I can only assume that this added significantly to the value.

The lucky benefactor from this piece of memorabilia madness was a charity called Women for Women who apparently do excellent work on behalf of women victims of war.

They're obviously not that fussed about gender issues when it comes to raising money.

That's an attitude considerably fresher than the source of the donation.

News stories today still centre on Alan Jones and include insights into somebody called Simon Berger.

He was the Master of Ceremonies at the University of Sydney Liberal Club function that hosted Mr Jones when he got it wrong, big time.

The same Mr Berger was the designer of the notorious chaff bag that Mr Jones used as a prop when describing what he'd like done with the Prime Minister.

Reading the transcript of Mr Burger's speech, the best that could be said is that he sounds like a poor actor Co a ham Berger. …

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