Wry & Dry


Last words...

“Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland ... chose instead to pass into the eternal love of God, on Sunday May 15 2016, at the age of 68.”

-  Death Notice in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia)

And verified as true.

First Samuel client events calendar



Charity Event

Eat Street

This is the annual food and wine fest.  All the proceeds of the event go to a charity.

Sofitel, Collins Street.

Invitations upcoming.


Art Series

NGV Winter Exhibition - First Samuel Private Viewing

NGV Van Gogh 2Van Gogh and the Seasons

This will be a cocktail party followed by a private viewing.  Strictly clients only. 

(We are not sure if Van Gogh's 'Self Portrait' - above - will be exhibited)

NGV, St Kilda Road.

Invitations upcoming.


Education Series

Annual Forum

This is our annual 'food for the brain' event.  Guest speaker to be confirmed.

Leonda, Hawthorn

Invitations upcoming.

Some lightly salted absurdities from all over...

At the extreme left-hand of the bell curve - from the archives

Marshall George Cummings, Jr. of Oklahoma was charged with snatching a purse from a woman on October 14, 1976. His case came to trial in January 1977, and Cummings asked to represent himself, which the court allowed.

However, during the cross-examination of witnesses, Cummings proceeded to make what the state later described as an "unfortunate error." He conducted the cross-examination in the first person. Specifically, he asked the main witness, "Did you get a good look at my face when I took your purse?"

The jury found him guilty, and he was sentenced to ten years in prison. 

(Asbury Park Press -1977)

Good grief!  Ten years in the slammer for snatching a purse.

China keeping score

A high-level policy document released by the Chinese government in September detailed plans to use technology to monitor citizen behavior to such a degree that each person would receive a "social credit" score that would be the basis for allotting perks such as government support in starting businesses and whether parents' children are eligible for the best schools.

"[K]eeping trust is glorious," according to the document, and "good" behavior promotes a "harmonious socialist society."

(Washington Post) 

Oh dear.

Episode almost ended in a tie

In November, in a remote area of Oregon's Maury Mountains, a 69-year-old man killed an elk and dragged the carcass behind his off-road vehicle up a hill.

According to the Crook County Sheriff's office, the vehicle suddenly flipped over backward, and the man landed on, and was impaled by, the elk's antlers.

(The Oregonian)

No comment.

Have a wry and dry weekend