Wry & Dry


Last words...

"This is a major weather event..."

-  Jay Weatherill, Premier of the State of South Australia, as a massive storm lashed South Australia and Adelaide in particular.

Perhaps an understatement.  Look at what happened to 22 of the state's power transmission towers:


First Samuel client events calendar

FY-17 CIO Investment Dinner Series

Dennison Hambling: "Investing for the next three years"

Following a strong FY-16, over 30% of clients' share portfolios have now been 'refreshed.'  

Hear how and why at one of a series of intimate client dinners with investment presentations by Dennison Hambling, First Samuel's Chief Investment Officer.

Invitations have been sent to clients.  We have been overwhelmed by the response from clients.  Waiting lists are now in place for all events, except Stillwater (Tue-18-Oct) and Donovans (lunch: Tue-15-Nov).


Stillwater, Dromana Estate Winery 



Quaff, Toorak



Donovans, St Kilda Beach (lunch)



Donovans, St Kilda Beach



Centenove, Kew







Some lightly salted absurdities from all over...

At the extreme left-hand of the bell curve

By August, Raymond Mazzarella was fed up with the tree in his neighbor's yard in Pittston Township, Pennsylvania, as it was continuously dripping sap onto his car.  And so he grabbed a chainsaw, cut through the one metre-wide trunk, and fixed the problem. 

Err.  That's a maybe.  The tree fell directly onto Mazzarella's small apartment house, dispossessing five tenants and, ultimately, forcing inspectors to condemn the entire building.


Congratulations!  You've just bought a bus

Dave Little, 27, vacationing on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza, Spain, and partying hard, apparently, was at press time still haggling with eBay.

Little had successfully bid on eBay auction for a Scania Irizar Century bus.  He bid GBP28,500 (about AUD50,000).  But, when sobered-up, blamed fingering misadventure on his phone.

(Metro News, London)

Looks like Little now owns a bus. eBay, of course, warns that bids are legally binding.  And notice the transaction time 00:03.

Bus buyer

The problem with deathbed confessions (from the W&D archives)

By 2009 James Washington believed he had gotten away with a 1995 murder, but then he had a heart attack, and on his deathbed, in a fit of remorse, told a guard in the jailhouse where he was being detained on an unrelated offense, “I have to get [this] off my conscience.”

However, Washington miraculously recovered from the heart attack and tried to take back his confession, but prosecutors in Nashville, Tennessee used it to augment sparse evidence from 1995.

In October 2012 the now-healthier Washington was convicted of the murder and sentenced to 51 years in prison.



Have a wry and dry weekend