Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Why Read When You Can ,Cysummly,CO

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Why Read When You Can ,Cysummly,CO

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I SPENT much of last week watching Hairspray, as you do when there is something very good going on.

ICOm biased but I reckon most of the 6000-plus Empire patrons who saw the show would share a view that it was an energy-packed hugely enjoyable production by a young cast of amazingly talented performers.

Mr Pinky was a little older than some of his admirers but he did look very special and we all deserve to get lucky once in a while.

Tracy TurnbladCOs mum, Edna, was freshly shaved and looking almost every inch the part.

Fairholme College graduate Meg Hamilton, alias the well-upholstered Tracy, was superb, demonstrating once again that a decent independent school education can sometimes be the basis for very quirky achievements.

I was leaving the auditorium at the interval last Friday evening feeling conspicuously older than the vast majority of those sitting around me.

I cast my eye over the more slow-moving occupants of seats near me.

Between my seat and the exit, about 90 seconds after the lights went up, I counted about 20 iPhoney-type phones switched back on and being frantically fingered-and-thumbed.

Young patrons had been starved of social media contacts for the better part of an hour.

It again occurred to me that the world has changed.

There was a palpable earnestness for catching up on what they had missed.

I canCOt even hope to understand the quality and depth of the social interactions they had been forced to live without, while their phones were switched to silent mode.

I decided to make my own sacrifice in the interests of communication.

I missed the second act and went home to write this stuff.

ICOd seen the show three times already and I could keep an eye on the second half of the footy while writing about that amazing thing, Summly.

A young genius called Nick DCOAloisio had invented and recently sold it to Yahoo for many millions of dollars. …

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