A VERY well-known bloke around town – okay, let’s call him, ummm, Daryl – looked out the front window of his central Bendigo heritage home the other day and was surprised to see a young bloke sitting on the edge of his verandah, talking on a mobile phone.
“No worries,'' thought Daryl. “He’s probably coming to see me about something and had to take a call before he could knock on the door.”
Time passed. No knock.
Daryl looked out his window again, and this time the young bloke was still sitting there, but now the phone was on the ground next to him.
Daryl went out: “Errrrm, ‘scuse me. What are you doing? Anything I can help you with?''
“Nup,” the bloke said. “Thanks anyway.”
“Errr, I almost hate to point this out, but this is my verandah. Why are you here?” Daryl asked.
The bloke explained he’d had to make a phone call, had been walking by and found his phone battery was flat.
He noticed an exterior power point on Daryl’s front verandah so he thought… soon after that he found there was more than one meaning to the word 'charge'.
Garage sale warning
WE NOTE the big Garage Sale Trail in Bendigo this weekend: 100 sellers at 70 sites!
But here’s a word of warning folks: Pride is what you feel when your kids get $178 from a garage sale. Panic is what you feel when you first wonder where your car is.
You might be able to track it down again by visiting www.garagesaletrail.com.au
To 'B' or not to 'B'
IT'S interesting how close Garage is to Garbage, don’t you think? Too close for many people’s comfort.
Final rivalry chapter
ONE more Bendigo v Ballarat historical reference, just because we can. Almost precisely 100 years ago, the Melbourne Argus reported:
BENDIGO, Thursday. — The ninth anniversary of the Bendigo Caledonian Society was celebrated by the holding of a haggis supper at the town hall on Thursday night. The chief of the society, Mr James Walker, presided over an attendance of about 350. Among those present were the Mayor and Mayoress of Bendigo, Councillor and Mrs Curnow, Sir Alexander Peacock (Minister for Education), Mr. F. Tate (director of Education), Mr Hampson, M.L.A.
Councillor Curnow said that they were glad to see (Ballarat-based) Sir Alexander Peacock, because Bendigo was the most important city outside of Melbourne. They only regretted they did not have visits from Ministers of the Crown more frequently. At this time of the year Bendigo was the healthiest, brightest, and most picturesque spot in the State — (laughter and applause) unlike that suburb, Ballarat. (Laughter.) Bendigo had the sun all the year round. While the sun only shone periodically on Ballarat. (Laughter and applause).
Sir Alexander Peacock said that …his mission in Bendigo was the laying of the foundation-stone of the new high school on the following day. Bendigo as a whole had not yet really appreciated what the school would mean to the city and district, but they no doubt soon would. (Applause).
Ouch. I hope they hid the haggis-cutting cutlery after that.