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The Independent Weekly hear'say
Suburban Adelaide pooches
have already had to deal with
spiky grass seeds -- one Victor
Harbor owner this week spent $300
having a seed embedded in her
border collie s ear removed under
Vets say needlegrass seeds
also burrow under dogs feet and
legs, and horses are particularly
vulnerable to the seeds spiking the
gums and teeth.
Needlegrass is an illegal
immigrant from South America,
and almost impossible to eradicate.
Per square metre, in some parts of
the Fleurieu there are thousands
of seeds resembling vicious barbed
As if that isn t enough, dog and
cat owners now have to worry
about snakes, too, warns Murdoch
University s lecturer in veterinary
emergency and critical care
Dr Lisa Smart. Adelaide has a
clutch of large venomous snakes,
including black and eastern tigers,
red-bellied blacks, eastern browns
and the pygmy copperhead.
What to do if the pooch gets
punctured? Anti-venom must be
given as soon as possible, says the
"If your pet becomes limp
with shallow breathing, you will
need to perform mouth-to-nose
resuscitation until you arrive at the
vet. Lie the animal on its stomach
with head and neck extended
towards you, keep the muzzle
closed, place a thin cloth over the
nose to protect your own mouth,
and breathe into the animal s nose
until the chest rises, then allow the
animal to exhale and do this every
five to 10 seconds." Phew!
Hear say came across an intriguing
way to kiss goodbye to a few thousand
lazy dollars. The world s largest
fully rigged sailing ship, the new Sea
Cloud Hussar, is due to be launched in
November next year.
The three-master will be 135 metres
long, have a beam more than 17 metres
wide and a sail area of 4000 square
metres over 27 sails.
She s being built in a Spanish
shipyard but bookings are already
being taken by its Australian agent.
We could tell you the price of a ticket
on her maiden cruise down the Med
and Arabian Peninsula. Book into the
first-ever balcony cabin on a sailing
ship. It s first-class all the way -- teak
shines into mirrored brass and gleam-
ing mahogany, and there s almost one
crew member for each passenger.
We could tell you the price, but we
won t. If you need to ask, you can t
Cloud on the horizon
For Botters and Lachy. (Any
resemblance to the Premier s media
advisers Jill Bottrall and Lachlan
Parker is entirely coincidental.)*
B: We need another diversion Lachy.
L: What say we get a debate going?
B: I m thinking names.
L: Not the Royal Adelaide again?
L: Bridge? New wetlands? What
about Foley Fields?
B: Show some sensitivity.
L: Tram extension? The Conlon
Connecter has a ring to it.
B: Be serious.
L: Sorry. I was on a roll.
B: I m thinking Glenside. But the
name has connotations...
L: I suppose so.
B: ... that won t work with the Boss s
L: Well we can t use The Marj.
B: Don t remind me.
L: Great Scott.
L: I ve got it. Hicksville.
B: Not quite the right image Lachy.
L: The Cappo Centre? Best of both
B: No, this is the Boss s baby.
L: How could we forget?
B: I think there was a movie he liked
as a child.
L: Try me. I know my films.
B: It was about looking on the bright
L: Monty Python.
L: Pollyanna. Hayley Mills. That was
the 60s. I wasn t born.
B: The Boss was.
L: That film was a primer on positive
B: A lot of the voters will remember
L: And I suppose any name should
help everyone in the area feel better.
B: Pollyanna ... Rann.
L: Polly-Rann-a ... yes the PPP!
B: Public private partnership?
L: No. The PollyRanna Production
L: And if people don t like it?
B: We blame the Hillster.
L: Again! Brilliant Botters.
* Not based on a true story.
What's in a name?
A red-bellied black snake.
Certain idioms have fallen
prey to passing time. We no
longer speak of pigs in pokes
or every man and his dog but
there are plenty of people who
seem to have their snout in the
Copenhagen trough, and every
person and their valet is there.
The Australian delegation
includes the president of the
Australian Local Government
Association, Geoff Lake.
There s the Australian Prime
Minister Kevin Rudd and
his Climate Change Minister,
Penny Wong. Mike Rann is
there, as are the Queensland
and Victorian Climate Change
Ministers, together with
federal and state officials and
advisers by the uncountable
They all went by plane,
naturally, 15,351 kilometres
as the crow flies of carbon
dioxide-producing jet travel
each way. That s at least
three million kilometres of
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