Wry & Dry


Last words...

“Australia is America 50 years ago, sunny and slow, a throwback, which is why you go there for throwback people."

 -    Rich Cohen, contributing editor, Vanity Fair, in a feature on Margot Robbie, an Australian actress.

Any country that is currently running Donald Trump as one of two presidential candidates perhaps is not in a position to call Australia a throwback.

First Samuel client events calendar

Wed-27- Jul Art Series Degas: A New Vision.  Reception and private viewing National Gallery of Victoria
Tue-16-Aug Investment Forum & cocktail party

Saul Eslake.  

"The New World of Economic Disrupters: From Brexit to Trump"

Presentation by leading economist and First Samuel client

Leonda by the Yarra
Aug - Nov (dates TBC) FY-17 CIO Investment Dinner Series A series of intimate client dinners with investment presentations by Dennison Hambling, First Samuel's Chief Investment Officer Various restaurants in Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney


Some lightly salted absurdities from all over...

At the extreme left-hand of the bell curve

burglar who attacked a police officer with a crowbar was convicted when he accidentally admitted the offence during whispered courtroom confession.

Francis Overend, 47, had initially denied hitting the officer over the head, claiming he had been attempting to give himself up at the time.

But when he was cross examined about events at his trial, he accidentally let slip under his breath: “…and that’s when I hit him.”

The aside was just a little too loud...

(UK Telegraph) 

Overend was out of prison on parole at the time of the burglary, having been jailed for life in 2002 for taking two police officers prisoner at gunpoint.

Compelling explanations

A former Malaysian legislator (Mr. S. Manikavasagam), who was charged in June with taking a bribe worth about US$7,300 from a contractor, claimed innocence.

Somehow a package of money was thrown into his car as he drove down a city street. 

(Straits Times)

Only in America

At the monthly professional wrestling show in Ringgold, Georgia, in June, Patricia Crowe, 59, apparently having had enough of "bad guy" Paul Lee, reportedly jumped into the ring to rescue "good guy" Iron Mann, whom Lee had "tied up" and had been beating with a chair.

First, she cut Mann loose with her knife and then pulled a loaded handgun on Lee.  She was eventually arrested by sheriff's deputies.  


Crowe admitted that Lee's earlier "mean" banter with ringside patrons had unnerved her, especially when he told Crowe to sit her "toothless-self back down."


Have a wry and dry weekend