Wry & Dry


Last words...

"President Trump agreed not to terminate NAFTA..."

-  The White House media unit, after phone calls Tsar Trump had with the President of Mexico and the Prime Minister of Canada.

Much to the surprise of administration officials, who were just then drafting a Presidential Executive Order to terminate NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement).   

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 sent.


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. 

NGV, St Kilda Road.

Invitations sent.


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 end of the bell-curve...

A father, 43, and his son, 22, argued on April 9th about who would walk the dog at their home on Chicago's South Side. They apparently thought to settle the issue with a gunfight, and police, who recovered the two weapons, said both men received multiple wounds.

The son was killed, and the father was in critical condition.

(WLS-TV Chicago)

The dog was unharmed.

Would you believe...

Village police in Bangladesh arrested Yasin Byapari, 45, in January on the complaint of his wife.  She had learned that she was not, as he had told her, his second spouse.  But rather the 25th of his 28.

Police found him at the home of Number 27.  The accuser said she had, through sleuthing, tracked down 17 of her "competitors."

(BDNews24 - Dhaka)

Guess the outcome

In June last year, an unarmed, homeless man wandered into David Jessen's Fresno County (California) farmhouse.  The vagrant had helped himself to an ice cream bar and half a tomato.  But he was discovered entering the home by a neighbour.  The neighbour called the police.  

Did the police respond with:

  a.  an excuse that they were too busy;

  b.  an excuse that they were too busy, but they'd get there as soon as they could;

  c.  a squad car, driven by a junior officer; or

  d.  more than 55 cop cars; a SWAT team with backups; a K-9 unit; a fire-truck; two helicopters: standby ambulances; a police robot, and a crisis negotiation team that arrived in a large mobile home.

Close.  But no cigar.  The correct answer is d.

The police response destroyed windows, walls, and wrought-iron doors; and tear gas and a "flash bomb" were employed.


Bonus: David did what any clear thinking American would do: he lawyered-up.  And last week sued the local police for $150,000 damages.

Have a wry and dry weekend