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The Independent Weekly hear'say
The spate of readers photos in
Hear say s mailbox, illustrating
prominent road signs with the
names of towns completely mis-
spelt, has finally been explained.
It seems the South Australian
Department for Transport, Energy
and Infrastructure s road signs are
made in ... Victoria. No wonder
they can t spell SA town names,
those people in Sheppertown,
Milldura and Eechewka.
Unlike some other newspapers,
The Independent Weekly
welcomes competition. We
think it makes us better, and that
the community is served better,
to have a strong, vibrant, healthy
variety of players in the news
So we re genuinely sorry to hear
about more strife at the Spanish-
owned Adelaide Review. Some
editorial contributors have quit,
including -- as Margaret Simons
reported on Crikey -- Michael
Jacobs, who wrote what was
effectively an open letter to fellow
contributors, friends and contacts
to lambast his former employer
for its pay rates and policy of
on-selling writers copy without
giving them a few extra quid from
Another contributor, Ron Dent,
left after former editor Lachlan
Colquhoun was sacked either
by the paper s owner, Iberian
newspaper magnate Javier
Moll, or his SA factum Manuel
Luke Stegemann came in from
Spain to drive the stagecoach, but
things didn t improve. Dent wrote
to his fellow contributors last year,
"I have withheld my labour from
the current regime at The Adelaide
Review. I like to think I wouldn t
have worked for Hitler either."
Dent complained about low pay
rates, copy being "butchered"
and copyright allegedly breached
without any consultation.
Neither Stegemann nor
Ortigosa returned Simons s calls.
By Botters and Lachy
(No relation to the Premier s election
strategists, Lachlan Parker and Jill
B: Light and Mawson, Lachy. What do
they mean to you?
L: Iconic heroes of this heaps good
state of ours.
B: And seats we could lose.
L: A strategy is needed.
B: Who s Cosie Costa?
L: I like film questions. Cosie Costa.
Born 1947. Played Remo Williams in
The Adventure Begins. 1985.
B: We need lots of photos of him on
posters distributed around Gawler.
With the words: "Would you vote for a
62-year-old bit-part actor?"
L: Ingenious, Botters. Think voters of
Light will confuse him with a 46-year-
old local businessman and Liberal
candidate, also named Cosie Costa?
B: When the margin is just over
2 per cent, we must try anything.
L: It might work. But it s probably
B: You might be right. How many more
Cabinet meetings are planned for
L: Two a week, hopefully, with a
transport announcement at each one.
B: Good. Now what about marginal
Mawson in the south?
L: Leon Bignell, MP, might be looking
for a job back in TV.
B: Biggles may be a former journalist,
but we must help him if we can. He s
one of us.
L: One of us and one of them.
B: What do we know about the Liberal?
L: Matthew Donovan? Businessman.
Plays cricket for Hackham.
B: Bugger, the sport might help him.
L: But Biggles likes cycling. Used to
wear lycra to work.
B: I ve banned it. Like when the
Boss wanted to ride with Lance
Armstrong. Big bulging no-no.
L: Donovan wants to change Fleurieu
Peninsula to McLaren Vale.
B: Not a bad idea. No one can
pronounce the stupid French name.
L: The other Matt Donovan is the
star in a teen horror series Vampire
B: Great. Get on to the poster-makers.
B: Just do it. It s our best shot.
*Not based on a true story
In a few weeks North
Terrace will light up
with illusion, turning
into works of art,
but in eastern China
the Anhui Province
Government has gone
further. It s commis-
sioned a piano-shaped building with a
The attention-grabbing plan is sup-
posed to encourage local development.
Now hop in a car and drive a couple of
hours south to the Henan Province and
you ll find a stark contrast in the type
of architecture. Henan
is also pushing for
development and, from
the road, freshly painted
new buildings appear to
be the forefront of the
fight against poverty.
But unable to afford the
whole house, Henan
peasants and farmers are building
homes only 1.5m deep.
The facades meet the minimum
requirement for rural development
and put a new face, albeit an illusion,
on the region. Pity it s not solving real
problems of urban decay.
The Yorke Peninsula tourism
people have come up with
a winner. If you visit Yorke
Peninsula next month and take
your camera, you could win a
All you need do is visit the
peninsula, take some great
shots in the region, then visit
submit them for a competition.
It doesn t matter if you re a
weekend happy snapper or a
professional. The best photo wins
"Yorke Peninsula has a huge
variety of accommodation to suit
everyone, from a family-friendly
beach shack to romantic bed
and breakfasts, caravan parks,
hotels, motels, farm stays,
heritage cottages, luxury
apartments, villas and, of course,
camping," enthuses competition
co-ordinator Nicole Page.
very good indeed.
Salisbury North s
has taken out a
top honour at the
awards for his work
with the City of
Mr Taggart, who
is totally blind,
was "amazed and
presented with the
Award at federal
Parliament s Great
Mr Taggart helps
the council make
for people with dis-
"It has been a hard
there are not books
you can pick up
saying this is how to
make an accessible
street system ," he
One of our favourite exhibitions
is coming up again -- the Brighton
jetty Classic Sculptures. It s
outdoor on the esplanade and
along the beach, and inside
the Brighton Surf Lifesaving
clubrooms. It s sculpture -- wood,
wire, glass, metals, stone, clay,
plastics and cement.
It s open. It s free. See it before
it closes on February 7.
The navy s submarine capacity
dropped to just one capable boat
after a power fault forced the
HMAS Farncomb to dock at a navy
base south of Perth for emergency
repairs to one of its three genera-
An angry navy chief, Vice-
Admiral Russ Crane, ordered
the submarine maintenance
agency, ASC, to fix the broken
generator and get the boat back to
sea as quickly as possible. ASC will
charge taxpayers $330 million to
maintain the six Collins boats this
But Vice-Admiral Crane said
the nation s maritime defence
remained strong despite the lack
of working submarines. (Just one
boat, HMAS Waller, is available to
protect this great and once-proud
nation -- the Rankin, Sheehan and
Dechaineux, are all in dock for
"We continue to have a credible
submarine capability available,"
said the admiral, incredibly.
I have withheld my labour from the current regime at The Adelaide
Review. I like to think I wouldn t have worked for Hitler either
Noteable building in Anhui and a facile fa ade in Henan (below).
It's an illusion
Sign on the dotted line
A thousand words
Unsuccessful entry: Black cat on a
starless night in Kadina.
Photo: George Eastman
the sea saw
Gerry McMahon's sculpture, Water
dwellers, at the 2009 exhibition.
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