Wry & Dry


Last words...

"The (Australian) share-market reversed early losses...with morning news of a US Republican Party draft bill to repeal and replace Obamacare sparking a 50-point rally..."

- the Australian Financial Review, Wed-8-Mar.

Run that past W&D again!  The entire Australian stock market rallied because of the possibility of the repeal of health care legislation in another country.  

W&D wonders what other doozies are in the standby 'reasons-to-give-for-a-rally-when-you-cannot-get-an-answer-from-your-market-contacts' box.  

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

Van 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 'Wheat Field with Cypress' - 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

Alvin Neal, 56, is merely the most recent bank robber to begin the robbery sequence, at a Wells Fargo branch in San Diego, after identifying himself to a teller.

He swiped his ATM card through a machine at the counter.  The teller handed him all she had: $565.  He fled, but was soon caught.  

(Los Angeles Times)

He was sentenced to three years and 10 months.  Bonus: he also had to pay back the $565.

Orange light district

The city of Fremont (pop. 214,000, just north of San Jose, California) reported earning an additional $190,000 more each month last year by shortening the time the orange light was on in traffic lights by two-thirds of a second, at just two intersections.

Tickets issued went up 445% at one and 883% at the other.

(KPIX-TV San Franscisco)

Guns don't kill people...

Hunter Richardson, 19, Orange, Massachusetts, December - testing an iced-over lake with the butt end of his muzzle-loader.

Suspected convenience store robber, Cleveland, Ohio, July - the old waistband-for-a-holster mishap, shot to the groin.

James Short, 72, New Carlisle, Ohio, September - reached for his ringing phone in his dentist's waiting room but instead yanked out his gun.

Andrew Abellanosa, 30, Anchorage, Alaska - shot himself in the leg in a bar, twice in the same sequence.

A 50-year-old man, Oshawa, Ontario, February - making a Valentine's necklace out of a bullet by pulling it apart with vice grips.


Have a wry and dry weekend