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The Independent Weekly hear'say
This week s news of the
arson attack on a police car
at Streaky Bay reminded
Hear say of the prank once
played on a country cop in the
mid-north during the 60s.
were fed up with the local
bike cop issuing them
speeding tickets, so one day
when they saw the police
motorbike parked outside the
cop shop, they got a length of
strong rope and tied one end
to the bike s rear sub-frame.
The other end they tied to the
police station fence.
Then they went up and
down the country town s
main street making loud
noises, until -- sure enough
-- out the door ran the police-
man. He leapt on his bike and
fired up, accelerating down
Until the rope pulled taut ...
Firstly, a confession, and then
down to biz. Last fortnight,
due to the transposition
error -- which was entirely the
author s fault -- our story made it
appear that Mike Rann s report
to Parliament didn t mention his
meetings with Laura Lee in New
York. The sentence should have
followed the paragraph about his
Twitters, not his report, which did
mention the meetings.
But there was something a little
odd in the Premier s report about
his whirlwind trip to London and
And yes, you guessed it, it s to
do with his meetings with Laura
Lee. Of all the people he met, the
Premier felt compelled to explain
only one encounter -- the reason
she was in London at the same
time he was.
Rann also met John McEnroe
in New York, but Mr Rann doesn t
feel obliged in his travel report
to enlighten us that the ageing
tennis star had hopped back
home from Paris for a few days in
between the French Open and the
start of Wimbledon.
Yet the Premier is at pains
to write that the reason he was
able to meet Professor Lee was
because she "was visiting London
to promote her husband s book
while en route to the US".
Why does Mike Rann need
to tell us about Professor Lee s
husband s book?
Here the mystery deepens once
again. Laura Lee s husband is
67-year-old Professor Richard
Foqu , a leading light in archi-
tecture in Antwerp as well as a
visiting professor at Professor
Lee s university, Carnegie Mellon
University in Pittsburgh.
If Mike Rann thinks it s impor-
tant South Australians should be
told, albeit in passing, that Laura
Lee s husband has written a book,
then what s the book his wife was
so busy in London promoting?
Which brings us to a question:
how do you promote a book that
has not yet been published?
Professor Foqué has written
several books, including three of
poetry, published in 1967, 1969 and
1972, and a book on design theory
published in 1973.
His new book is called Building
Knowledge in Architecture.
Its cover appears on several
e-marketing websites. Problem
is, all the websites say it is not yet
ready. There s no sign of it having
been launched or promoted
yet -- because it s not due out until
How was Laura Lee promoting
her husband s new book when it s
not yet available?
Cannibalism could avert the latest
locust plague. Apparently locusts
have a natural penchant for
vegetables and grain crops -- and
Greg Sword, an associate
professor at the University of
Sydney s molecular ecology lab,
says gene manipulation could be
used to capitalise on the insects
tendency to eat each other.
"Cannibalism is one of the key
behaviours that describes how
locusts interact when they are in
this dense," he said. "The locusts
are constantly nibbling on each
other and are more than willing, it
turns out, to feed on each other."
Dr Sword said it may be
possible to manipulate the insects
genetically so they become less
likely to flee predator locusts,
providing easy pickings.
"The locusts would effectively
be feeding on themselves and
could help limit their own
populations," he explained.
A rabbit control project
begun late last year to protect
endangered plants on Eyre
Peninsula has already led to a
fall in bunny numbers.
The aim is to protect nine
threatened plant species which
the rabbits dig up for their
The Eyre Peninsula Natural
Board s Geraldine Turner
says there are three main ways
to close the warrens and stop
rabbits getting back in.
"We ve just started with a
little bit of fumigation. We ve
also got a contractor coming to
help us with some explosives
work and we ve another
contractor doing some ripping
for us as well."
A triple whammy, appar-
MP3: It s such a pity.
MP4: Why so morose?
MP3: People are beginning to think the oval
deal may collapse
MP4: I won t say I told you so.
MP3: Half the Caucus is against it.
MP4: So why don t they say so?
MP3: It s easier to blame you lot, the media,
the City Council, the conservative people of
MP4: Governments always blame someone
MP3: Government s now saying it wasn t its
MP4: That s ridiculous. They sold it as an
MP3: Do you think people will remember
MP4: Of course they will. But I think it s a
MP3: You do?
MP4: Yeah, we d all go to watch footy in the
MP3: SANFL has played such hard ball.
MP4: As I understand it, SANFL doesn t
want to lose money, it won t prop up
cricket, and it won t sign up until proper
costings and tenders are approved by
Government. Sounds like good business
practice to me.
MP3: City Council doesn t want to give away
its car parking revenue.
MP4: But it s the council that would have to
clean up Pinky Flat after the cars and crowds
have gone. And it s hardly been consulted.
Nor have the tennis people.
MP3: So they re right to complain?
MP4: Everybody is right to complain except
MP3: What was so wrong with promising
$500 million? That was generous.
MP4: When you ve done absolutely no
detailed costings? That was foolhardy.
And you can promise anything before the
election. Then you have to live with it.
MP3: But you lot promised a lot more for a
MP4: Ours was a more realistic guesstimate
of what a stadium costs. And we weren t
trying to get football and cricket together. We
knew that was mission impossible.
MP3: So where do we go from here?
MP4: Upgrade Football Park and tell cricket
it has to pay its own way.
MP3: But the Government has taken
away the $100 million to upgrade Football
MP4: The Government has a problem.
MP3: What a mess.
MP4: As bad as Pinky Flat would look
churned up by car parking.
MP4: Don t promise to hand out money in
future unless you ve done your sums.
MP3: Yes but what do we do now?
MP4: Oh you could blame us, the media,
the City Council, the conservative people of
this state. That s what you usually do when
things stuff up.
*(MP3 and MP4, though fictional, do like
The 100 interstate delegates at
the last week s general council
of the Australian Chamber
of Commerce and Industry
had plenty to talk about after
the welcome dinner hosted by
Business SA at the National
In an example of "know
your audience", Business
SA s Peter Vaughan took
the honours with his inspired
choice of travelling opera
troupe Co-Opera as the after-
The 20-minute performance
of a La Boheme scene received
rapturous applause from the
audience of local and national
business leaders, local and
federal MPs, and business
media. Vaughan is well
known for his passion to
find something different for
otherwise intense business
But the reaction from
interstaters to the keynote
speech by Industry Minister
Tom Koutsantonis was far
Tom focussed on the need to
embrace the idea of develop-
ing football at Adelaide Oval,
ending his speech with a
Whitlam-esque call to arms.
"It s time for football to
come to the city," he implored.
Interstate guests had no
idea what he was on about
and were mystified why he
hadn t addressed issues of tax
reform, wages and govern-
ment policy on mining tax and
As one Melbourne executive
said, "If that s all that s on
your economic agenda, then
there s not much happening."
Congratulations to FIVEaa s
Australian Commercial Radio
Awards finalists for 2010:
Brian White memorial award
(excellence in journalism),
Leon Byner; best on-air
team, FIVEaa Breakfast
with Keith Conlon, Tony
Pilkington, Jon Blake, Jane
Doyle and Chris McDermott;
best news presenter, Jane
Doyle, defending her 2009
win; and best show producer,
Winners will decided on
Saturday, October 16, at the
Crown Hotel in Melbourne.
Richard Foqu , with a copy of a differ-
ent book in Antwerp on March 5.
Photo: Geer tje Bevers
Oval and out
A feast for a king
the bunny trail
Don't try this
It could be worse.
When he looks another locust in the eye, he's thinking with his stomach.
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