COMFY BEDFELLOWS, LOST APOSTROPHES AND SPUDS

BY MIKE WELSH from CANBERRA CITY NEWS FEB 8

President Donald Trump’s dressing down of our PM provoked a couple of Canberra wireless talkers into questioning his business ethics.

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FM 104.7’s breakfast duo Ryan and Tanya wanted to know if Trump’s travel ban on refugees from certain Muslim countries carried over to his extensive business interests.

Ryan, posing as Osama, an Iranian student visiting Washington, rang the local Trump Hotel to book a room for he and his Iranian mates. “Not a problem Sir” said the accommodating man at the D.C. end. Clearly business and politics can be comfy bedfellows.

 

The Enlightened city is set for a heightened level of enlightenment this year according to CM Andrew Barr.

In launching the 7th annual Enlighten Festival this week, Mr Barr predicted it would “easily surpass” our most famous festival Floriade.

Barr’s bold claim was backed by Singapore Airlines coming on board as a sponsor. The airline’s representative and former Canberra boy Karl Schubert says Asian visitors were keen to take advantage of the Capital Express flights to see Canberra’s buildings “in a different light”.

Enlighten 2017 takes place around national buildings and the Parliamentary Triangle from March 3 to 12.

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A worrying trend (for pedants at least) seems to have spread across the Enlightened city…The IUOTA (inappropriate use of the apostrophe). This week I spotted a very green example at the Kippax Raiders’ club promoting the special meal deal “Coastal Combo’s“. Take Away food shops often advertise Fish N Chip’s and the growing number of people who automatically apply the IUOTA to that bygone era (when the apostrophe knew its place) the 50s, 60s and 70s… might suggest the old journalistic idiom of IF IN DOUBT LEAVE IT OUT has been flipped on its head. The new norm…whack it in to be sure. Is this acceptable for an enlightened city?

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Still on Fish N Chips and near catastrophe has befallen the local fryers. Unseasonal weather, battering potato crops in Southern states, has created a potato famine (of sorts) causing hardship for those partial to the thin slice of pomme de terre cooked in batter and called a Potato Scallop (in Tassie it’s a Potato Cake).

The thousands of Canberra connoisseurs of the Potato Scallop are reportedly “getting by” on the frozen but vastly inferior variety.

Might be unhelpful though to suggest they…“eat (Potato) cake instead”..

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Nice to see that abstract still makes the art grow fonder

One of Canberra’s most valuable assets is back home after a rare overseas visit.

Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles, one of the world’s most recognisable pieces is safely back on the wall at the National Gallery after a trip to London.

And apparently the controversial painting, purchased by the Whitlam Government in 1973 for a ‘tad’ over $1mil was “missed”.

According to NGA’s senior curator of international art, Lucina Ward, “visitors expect to see it in Canberra… it is one of the National Gallery’s most famous paintings”.

Estimates of Blue Poles’ current worth vary widely between $20Mil and $350Mil.

Two men sitting in deck chairs on a traffic island during Monday’s peak hour viewing traffic flow through a large roundabout was indeed a rare sight. And one which runs the risk of compounding the belief in that ignorant national myth that there is nothing more exciting to do in Canberra than watch traffic.

Apparently the pair of local residents held grave safety fears after the installation of lights on the dangerous Barton Highway/William Slim Dr/Gundaroo Dr roundabout, but at last report, after a relatively smooth transition, had given it the thumbs up.

Sadly though for the reputation of the Capital the story went national.

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Marauding MAMILS (middle aged men in Lycra) and their attitude is an issue brewing to a head more powerful than an inexpertly tapped keg of the Braddon brew, and will explode soon if not approached in a cordial fashion.

The fair dinkum practitioners of the pedal in all their yellow/pink flexible splendour were targeted yet again last week in an article asking the question.. Why are Canberrans so unkind to cyclists?

Responses on social media, ranging from..”Canberrans are a loving, kindly people who delight in the social benefits of bike riding “….to..“I’m glad I have a Bullbar on my car” might suggest we have a long ride ahead.

 

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