Wry & Dry


Last words...

"We expect a rising number of mortgage arrears in 2017."

-  Frank Mirenzi, Senior Banking Analyst, Moody's Investor Services.

W&D wonders how much this cove gets paid for such insights.  

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 of the bell curve

Catholic priest Juan Carlos Martinez, 40, apologised shortly after realizing, as he said, he had gone "too far" in celebrating March's Carnival in a town in the Galicia area of Spain.  

He had dressed up as Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner, reclining on a red satin sheet on a parade float carrying men dressed as classic Playboy 'Bunnies.'

(The Local - Barcelona)

Bonus: Despite apparent public support for Father Martinez, his Archbishop asked him to attend a "spiritual retreat" to reflect on his behavior.

Speaking too soon

On the morning of March 20th in Winter Park, Florida, Charles Howard, standing outside his home being interviewed live by a TV reporter, denied he had committed a crime in a widely-reported series of voicemail messages to U.S. Congress members, containing threats to "wrap a rope around your neck and hang you from a lamp post."

He boasted that "proof" of his having done nothing wrong was that if he had, he would have already been arrested.

Three minutes later FBI agents drove up and arrested him. Live, on TV.

(WFTV - Orlando)

The passing parade

In the some states of the US, alcohol breath tests are illegal, and so police have to undertake 'sobriety tests' to see if the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).  As used to happen in Australia.  These tests sometimes cause amusement...

(1) A 23-year-old Albuquerque woman performed cartwheels instead of a standard "field sobriety test" at a DUI stop in February, but she did poorly and was charged, anyway.

(2) On the other hand, student Blayk Puckett, stopped by University of Central Arkansas police, helped shield himself from a DUI by juggling for the officer. 

(Albuquerque Journal; KTHV-TV - Little Rock)

Have a wry and dry weekend