Wry & Dry


Last words...

"Those moves [increasing interest rates on certain investment loans] have nothing to do with property prices.   They are to do primarily with staying within regulatory benchmarks.'

Ian Narev, CBA Chief Executive Officer, quoted in the AFR.

...and fooling nobody, except possibly the journalist who wrote the article.   W&D ventures that the reason that CBA raised its interest rates was to protect its profits.

PS.  CBA's profit result: much ado about very little.  Even a $1 increase on a previous record profit is... a record profit.  But, honestly, lads, Earnings Per Share increasing by 0.25%.  Join the dots.

First Samuel client events calendar



Charity Event

Eat Street

This is Melbourne's most amazing 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

A so-far-unidentified suspect pointing a gun attempted a robbery at a laundromat in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, in February.

The official reason for not identifying him was that, though detained, he had not yet been booked; less likely, perhaps, police might have been trying to spare him embarrassment in that the laundromat's overnight clerk, a woman named Naou Mor Khantha, had simply taken his gun away from him and shot him three times. He was hospitalised in serious condition.

(Delaware County Daily Times)

Robbing a ...laundromat? 

Unclear on the concept

Late last year, Oxford University professor Joshua Silver accused Britain's Home Secretary of a "hate" crime merely because the Secretary had made a speech urging that unemployed Britons be given preference for jobs over people recruited from overseas.

Silver denounced this "discrimination" against "foreigners" and made a formal complaint to West Midlands police, which, after evaluation, absolved Secretary Amber Rudd.


Bonus: But the police acknowledged that, under the law, they were required to record the Secretary's unemployment speech as a "non-crime hate incident."

And good to see that the West Midlands police don't have to worry about street crime, drug-trafficking, etc and can focus on these important issues.


A 37-year-old Saanich, British Columbia, man nearly bled to death before being heroically rescued following his parking-rage blunder.

Angered that another driver had parked too close to his own car, he grabbed a knife and stabbed a tyre on the other vehicle with such force that he wound up slashing the main artery in his leg.

(Global News BC)


Have a wry and dry weekend