Down the Mall | ‘Tis the good news season

PANDA PREOCCUPATION: The birth of several pandas, kittens and royal millinery has knocked politics well and truly off the news cycle.
PANDA PREOCCUPATION: The birth of several pandas, kittens and royal millinery has knocked politics well and truly off the news cycle.

Down The Mall notes a change in the mood of the news over this Christmas/New Year period.

We haven’t become excited over two blokes with bad haircuts with their fingers on the launch buttons.

Nor the ongoing saga of which Australian MPs are really foreigners.

Politics and global mayhem seem to have been put on the back burner.

Instead, we’ve had news of Bettie Bee, the two-faced cat born in South Africa.

And a crocodile found calmly strolling about in suburban Melbourne.

And a few panda births here and there.

Oh, and let’s not forget the astonishment at a 25g bit of fungus found growing on a Parisian rooftop.

Other matters of moment included 1345 articles on Meghan Markle’s hat, a newly-discovered spider named after Bob Marley, the launch of Ferry McFerryface marred by union members refusing to work on it, a double sea eddy spotted off Australia’s east coast, and finally, the “predictions” of a long-dead Bulgarian clairvoyant named Baba Vanga.

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Here are some new listings in our Appropriate Names Department.

A recent documentary discussed using Lego as a tool to help manage some types of autism. The researcher was Dr Danial Legoff.

Channel 7’s specialist commentator for the Sydney-Hobart yacht race was Peter Shipway.

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Bendigo people are getting a bit weird on Facebook.

In recent times DTM has reported the case of the bloke selling a 4WD with some parts missing – there were just four tyres – and last week we had the person selling “last year’s model snowman” some work required. It was a bowl of water with a carrot and two bits of coal.

This week, the madness continues with Sean Fagan offering to give away something for free “Selling as is without RWC. Don’t know kms. Selling for a mate. Need gone ASAP.”

There was a photo: two Twisties.

There were about 50 responses including one chap miffed that the ad might’ve been nicked off the CarSales website.