Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

How Powerful Duos Can Be Enlightening

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

How Powerful Duos Can Be Enlightening

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PETER SWANNELL

I SIMPLY cannot understand how proper journalists can manage to do it.

I'm thinking of those professional writers who, day after day, week after week, find a way to produce articles, columns, opinion pieces, call them what you will, that are generally readable and sometimes clever as well...

Of course, sometimes we come across contributions that could at best be described as "very ordinary". However I seriously believe they are exceptions to the rule and can be seen as the result of a grossly unrealistic deadline or a mis-judgment of the importance of other issues in the competition for readership space.

I unashamedly admire those who can take the simplest issues and turn them into page-fillers that don't insult the intelligence of your average reader. It's a gift like that of some public speakers who can talk the socks off most audiences, yet still hold their attention well into drinking time! It's a gift given to few people.

So, sympathy please for an old engineer and academic! I've now written something every Wednesday since April 2008, except once years ago when I was crook at an inconvenient time and allowed vomiting to take over my life.

I've been thinking about what can be achieved by two people working together rather than as individuals. Bill and Ben, the flowerpot men, Jack and Jill, Hutton and Washbrook and the Bedser twins! I remember bowling to the Bedser twins when I was about 10 years of age. They were demonstrating their skills at a major department store near my home.

Two people thinking and working together are so much more powerful that two individuals trying to outdo each other. The companionship and mutual support of friends and relatives with a shared purpose can beat anything that two individual can conjure up working separately. It is irrelevant whether the mutual ambitions are solely in one mind or whether they involve the physical or mental support, of both. …

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