WITH MARTY SMITH

THE LAST WORD

The Advertiser - - OPINION -

(1) Laugh­ter is the best medicine: A mother mouse and a baby mouse are walk­ing along when, all of a sud­den, a cat at­tacks them. The mother mouse goes “WOOF!” and the cat runs away. The mother mouse says to her baby, “That just shows how im­por­tant it is for you to learn a for­eign lan­guage.” (2) AFL com­men­ta­tor: “He gets boot to ball.” (3) An­cient words: “It does not mat­ter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” - Chi­nese philoso­pher Con­fu­cius. (4) In the Twit­ter­sphere: “I look for­ward to the day the word ‘troll’ van­ishes from the lan­guage.” - Aus­tralian ac­tor Rhys Mul­doon. (5) I am not mak­ing this up: US ac­tor-pro­ducer-di­rec­tor An­gelina Jolie has Cam­bo­dian cit­i­zen­ship. “This car is a sta­tus sym­bol. It sym­bol­ises me be­ing poor.” - bumper sticker. “A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.” - US co­me­dian-ac­tor Bob Hope. 7786 — the num­ber of new Aus­tralian cit­i­zens from New Zealand in 1993-94. The se­cret of patience is find­ing some­thing else to do in the mean­time. To­day is Septem­ber 18, Re­spect for the Aged Day in Ja­pan and the 261st day of the year. There are 104 days re­main­ing un­til the end of the year. On this day: 1905: Ac­tor Greta Garbo, who had six safes in in her car, was born in Stock­holm, Swe­den. 1936: Ade­laide’s first Flower Day was held as part of South Australia’s cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions. 1940: Freck­les, a “pig with a per­son­al­ity”, was among acts in the Crazy Show which opened at the Ma­jes­tic Theatre in King Wil­liam St, city. 1944: A news­pa­per in Los An­ge­les used the word “smog” for the first time. 1949: ABC ra­dio sta­tion 5AN in Ade­laide broad­cast the 11am cen­te­nary ser­vice, con­ducted by the Rev C.W.E. Swan, at St Matthew’s Church, Kensing­ton. 1952: From Ade­laide’s af­ter­noon news­pa­per The News: “To­mor­row The News will pub­lish the first of its chil­dren’s cross­words ... Any child who has not reached 14 years of age on Oc­to­ber 1, 1952, is el­i­gi­ble to com­pete for prizes.” 1954: From the front page of The Ad­ver­tiser: “Ne­go­ti­a­tions are in progress for the pur­chase by Cox Brothers (Australia) Ltd of the Rex Theatre which ad­joins the firm’s premises in Run­dle St, it was learnt yes­ter­day. The Rex Theatre ... is owned by a pri­vate com­pany and is held un­der lease by Hoyts The­atres Ltd.” 1963: Ade­laide singers Johnny Mac, Bobby James, Pam Marks and Jill Free­man were among the artists who took part in a con­cert at the Kad­ina Town Hall. 1965: The com­edy se­ries Get Smart, star­ring Amer­i­can ac­tors Don Adams, Bar­bara Fel­don and Ed­ward Platt, pre­miered on US tele­vi­sion. 1973: Swedish dra­matic so­prano Bir­git Nils­son per­formed at the Fes­ti­val Theatre in Ade­laide. 1986: Ra­dio sta­tion SAFM listed Venus, by Bri­tish pop-rock girl group Bana­narama, as Ade­laide’s No 1 hit sin­gle. 2015: Aus­tralian co­me­dian Andy Lee tweeted: “I haven’t put a num­ber in my Twit­ter name just in case I get signed to an NBA bas­ket­ball team and they give me a dif­fer­ent num­ber.” 2016: Host­ing the 68th Emmy Awards in Los An­ge­les, Jimmy Kim­mel asked, “If it wasn’t for tele­vi­sion, would Don­ald Trump be run­ning for pres­i­dent?”

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