Wry & Dry


Last words...

"English is not my mother tongue, I don't know that I would sound decent.  There are so many pussies around your presidential campaign on both sides, that I prefer not to comment about this".

-  Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, on the US election.

Tsar Vlad must be laughing, but for different reasons. 

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.  We have already held events in Brisbane and Sydney; and two in Melbourne.

Waiting lists are now in place for all remaining events.


Stillwater, Dromana Estate Winery 



Quaff, Toorak



Donovans, St Kilda Beach (lunch)



Donovans, St Kilda Beach



Centenove, Kew







Some lightly salted absurdities from all over...

The blind scales of justice

A recent working paper by two Louisiana State University economists revealed that those of the state's judges who attended LSU tend to dole out harsher detention sentences to juveniles on weeks following a loss by the LSU football team.

The differences in sentences were particularly stark in those seasons that LSU's team was nationally ranked.

(New York magazine)

Post hoc ergo prompter hoc.

The passing parade

Hippie grandmother Shawnee Chasser, 65, who has lived in a tree since 1992, is under siege by Miami, Florida, county officials who plan to tear down her treehouse by December unless she brings her property up to local council regulations.

It's a full-featured, well-appointed treehouse.  And she owns the land underneath but prefers the "heaven" of her high perch, especially when it rains. 

(Miami Herald)

But, doubtless, chopping down the tree would breach council regulations.

Things you thought didn't happen

Wanda Witter, 80, had been living on Washington, D.C., streets for 10 years but insisting to anyone who would listen that the Social Security Administration owed her sums that recently reached $100,000, and that she had documents to prove it.  However, given her circumstances, all regarded her as just another luckless person confused by homeless life.

In June, though, social worker Julie Turner took a closer look and found, improbably, that all of her paperwork was carefully organized among the unimpressive possessions she hauled around daily.

Moreover, that Witter was indeed owed $100,000.  SSA paid her $999 on the spot, and the remaining $99,999 arrived in August.

(Washington Post)


Have a wry and dry weekend