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While most visitors to the Shire seem to be good sports, locals are understandably riled by the stupid cohort who always leave behind all manner of trash, human waste included, annoy or kill the local wildlife and generally behave like complete yahoos (beings with filthy and unpleasant habits in Gulliver’s Travels – http:// bit.ly/cliffyahoo). And as an aside, it may be a coincidence but after the Falls Festival there was an inordinate number of large men in black t-shirts in Mullum. Perhaps a secret bikers festival we missed out on? QQQQ
A hot-night survival guide – surely what the north coast needs. Some of the advice from Sleep Health Foundation seems counterintuitive, or at least difficult to accomplish. ‘Strip off totally to get your body temperature down,’ the foundation advises, and then ‘let your bed partner know cuddling is not conducive to a good night’s sleep’. Hmm. Other recommendations, such as drinking plenty of water throughout the day and taking a cool shower before bedtime seem more do-able. A tip sheet from the foundation is available at http:// bit.ly/sleephealthtips. If you have any good ideas on how to stay cool, then you can email us at email@example.com. au with ‘Hot Nights’ in the subject window. QQQQ
Ashley Fruno from the vegan activist group PETA (peta. org.au) offers a good reason to give up the chops: ‘By 2050, according to a UK government report, antibiotic resistant “superbugs” could kill ten
be reminded of it here: www. freewestpapua.com.au. QQQQ
The prawns this summer were bigger than Cynthia could have imagined. Sean rushed over in his underpants to help her fight one off. Artwork John Bolton johnbolton.com
million people a year, more than currently die of cancer. The World Health Organisation calls this a “global health security threat”. This is largely because more antibiotics are consumed by farmed animals than by humans, but also because for the last 60 years the meat industries have been using antibiotics as growth promoters. Diseases that had become rare are now evolving new forms, transmissible to humans…’ If you intend to stay with meat, then check with your local butcher or supermarket to ensure the meat is organic and antibiotic-free. QQQQ
For a brief week Australia didn’t have to train Kopassus soldiers to go off and kill West Papuans. Now, apparently, Indonesia has forgiven the offence caused, perhaps because they need our foreign aid money and Turnbull and Bishop have grovelled enough. Our diplomats make much of Indonesia’s sensitiv-
ities because, after all, who wants to be reminded of the slaughter of innocent humans one has indulged in? You can
Our holiday reading this summer includes notices at the bottom of government media releases: ‘The information contained in this email message and any attached files may be confidential information, and may also be the subject of legal professional privilege. If you are not the intended recipient, any use, disclosure or copying of this email is unauthorised. If you received this email in error, please notify the sender by contacting the department’s switchboard on XXXX during business hours (8am–5pm local time) and delete all copies of this transmission together with any attachments.’ Not quite as enthralling as Tim Winton’s work, but it has its moments.
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