Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

400 Columns Would Fill out the Length of Suncorp

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

400 Columns Would Fill out the Length of Suncorp

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NEXT time you watch the Broncos have a look at the size of the pitch they are playing on.

The pitch itself is 100 metres long, goal-line to goal-line, with an in-goal area added on at each end.

So, overall, it is about 119 metres from dead-ball line to dead-ball line.

What you are reading this morning, and thank you for that, is my 400th Swannell column.

I have written one every Wednesday since April 2, 2008. Have not missed a week, even when I've been out of town.

My first one was headed "Any way you add it, the writing was on the wall".

I didn't fully understand that at the time, and I understand it even less about eight years later.

I don't put the headings on the columns; that's somebody else's job after I've come up with the words.

My column that day was all about the recently conducted TRC elections and I rattled on about how the result was predictable from very early in the counting.

It seems like a life-time ago.

Mayor Peter Taylor had the job in front of him and most of the retiring councillors took a hammering.

Ruby Slipperz got beaten by a short head and a large moustache when Peter Marks just beat her for the tenth seat.

I religiously file away copies of the published columns, together with the script for each as sent to the Editor a couple of days before the publication date.

I like to keep an eye on what appears compared with what I submitted!

I am delighted (and relieved) to say that, except for occasional very minor little typos, I seem to have escaped the Editor's blue pencil.

This can change so I still open the paper on Wednesday with some trepidation.....

My habit is to store away the column's original 625 words typed by my own two fingers.

In Verdana 8 type-size each column fits nicely on its own A4 sheet with the heading written large at the top as a mark of respect to whoever thought of it. …

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