ONE of the highlights for people handing out how-to-vote cards during the federal election last weekend was standing next to Charlie Crutchfield as he handed his flyer to some of our more, umm, senior voters.
“Hi, I’m Charlie and I’m standing for the Sex party!”
Some folk almost choked before making a desperate dive for the Christian Party people. One chap harrumphed that we shouldn’t take this sort of thing lying down.
Speaking of elections, Bendigo people connected to the LinkedIn professional networking sites got an unusual message this week from Greg Bickley, noting that he’d added new skills and expertise to his profile. It was for “non-profits”.
Considering that came two days before Greg officially conceded he had not won the Federal seat of Bendigo, perhaps it should have read “non-prophets”.
Bit of a chortle too when the chap handing out Katter Party stuff at Golden Square unfolded his little white table and two white chairs, carefully unscrewed the top of his Thermos and opened a lunch box.
“Look,” one of his mates called. “It’s the Katters tea party.”
We should be rich
You know how people are always saying how much wealth pokies suck out of Bendigo’s economy? Well, we just calculated something which shows that’s not a new thing.
It’s often forgotten that Bendigo was once one of the world’s great goldfields, six times as productive as Ballarat.
The official figure says 25 million ounces of gold were taken from under the city from 1851 to 1951. On today’s value, that’s $36.6 BILLION worth of gold. More than $360,000 for every man, woman and child in the City of Greater Bendigo. Sigh.
The world or words lost an old mate this week with the passing of Keith Dunstan, aged 88. In his prolific life he wrote thousands of columns, for the old Sun News Pictorial and the Age, and 30 books.
* Wayne Gregson is a former Addy editor, writes Friday's Bushwacked column and works for Damian Drum.