Debbie the Soccer Mum often gets stuck with other people’s guinea pigs come holiday time. Her record as a keeper of these animals is not perfect. There are sad little crosses in a distant corner of the back lawn. It happened again at Easter. She was minding a couple of extra guinea pigs and had taken great care when putting them outdoors in their special run to make sure they had shade etc etc. However, going out to check on them after a while she was shocked to see a python had one of the fluffy mites firmly entwined. Debbie screamed. Teen son, pre-teen daughter arrived. Everyone screamed. Teen son re-emerged with a rake and shovel, the only known time he has handled gardening implements. Deftly he managed to flick the reluctant python away from its prey. Too late however. Another sad little cross in the corner of the yard. In fact, the ground is perpetually fresh and boggy in that patch thanks to the frequent burials. Poor Debbie, she does her best. Cairns’ gun shop wanting to purchase a BB gun to chase off the bush fowl ravishing their garden. After being told they needed a gun licence to purchase a BB gun, they then looked to what used to be known as a slingshot or catapult. As slingshots are illegal in some states, they are now known as Burley Throwers. The couple can now be found ‘throwing burley’ around their garden with gay abandon.