Wry & Dry


Last words...

"Ronald Reagan was talking about taxes once and said 'Read my lips'...Read my lips - no."

-  Russian President Putin, on being asked if he meddled in the US elections.

Close.  But no cigar. W&D notes that that it was George H. W. Bush, not Ronald Reagan, who said "Read my lips - no new taxes" at the 1988 Republican Convention.  

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

A police officer in Harrington, Delaware, checking on the driver of an illegally-parked driver at Liberty Plaza Shopping Center in March, had his suspicions aroused when she gave him a name: 'Katherine Watson.'

The suspicion was aroused by the employee name-tag on her chest, which read 'Keyonna Waters'.

(WMDT-TV - Salisbury, Maryland)

To the minor charge of parking in a fire lane was added criminal impersonation (she knew a Katherine Watson) as well as driving on a suspended licence.

Can't possibly be true

An Australian state administrative tribunal (VCAT) approved a $90,000 settlement after a cold-calling telemarketer sold a Queensland cattle -farming couple 2,000 printer ink cartridges (for their one printer) by repeated pitches.

(Melbourne Age)

That's enough ink to last 1,700 years.

Government in action

An office in the New York City government, suspicious of a $5,000 payment to two men in the 2008 City Council election of Staten Island's Debi Rose, opened an investigation.  The cost was $300 an hour for their "special prosecutor."

The investigation has now cost the city $520,000, with his final bill still to come.  

(New York Times)

Despite scant evidence and multiple opportunities to back off, the prosecutor relentlessly conducted months-long grand jury proceedings, fought several court appeals, had one 23-count indictment almost immediately crushed by judges, and enticed state and federal investigators to (fruitlessly) take on the Staten Island case. In March, the city's Office of Court Administration finally shrugged and closed the case.  

Have a wry and dry weekend