THE LAST WORD

The Advertiser - - OPINION - WITH MARTY SMITH

MOUTHING OFF

(1) Laugh­ter is the best medicine: Wife: “Where do you want to go on hol­i­day this year?” Hus­band: “Some­where I’ve never been be­fore.” Wife: “How about the kitchen?” (2) From the web­site LeFunny.net: “There is never enough time to do all the noth­ing you want.” (3) Prac­ti­cal wis­dom: Never swear at a par­rot. (4) In the Twit­ter­sphere: “My cat freaks out when­ever he hears KP. Hides un­der the couch.” - Aus­tralian ac­tor, writer and pro­ducer Adam Zwar about Big Bash League player and com­men­ta­tor Kevin Pi­etersen. (5) I am not mak­ing this up: In the 1870s, postal work­ers in Liege, Bel­gium, un­suc­cess­fully trained 37 cats to de­liver the mail.

IN­SIGHT

“When you feel like quit­ting ... think about why you started.” - bumper sticker.

QUOTE, UNQUOTE

“The chief cause of prob­lems is so­lu­tions.” - US jour­nal­ist Eric Se­vareid.

KEEP­ING COUNT

7887 - the num­ber of the last ticket sold in the Cars ‘n’ Cash Lot­tery con­ducted by Bedford In­dus­tries in South Aus­tralia in 2001.

JUST A THOUGHT

A smart per­son is some­one who knows when and how to play dumb.

RE­MEM­BER WHEN

To­day is Jan­uary 15, Al­pha­bet Day in North Korea and the 15th day of the year. There are 350 days re­main­ing un­til the end of the year. On this day: 1915: Sculp­tor John Dowie, who died in 2008, was born in Ade­laide. 1946: The morn­ing ses­sion at the Rex, a cin­ema in Run­dle St, city, was free to chil­dren from or­phan­ages, hos­pi­tals and Le­gacy. 1950: The South Aus­tralian Sym­phony Or­ches­tra, con­ducted by Henry Krips, per­formed its first free open-air mati­nee con­cert in the Ade­laide Botanic Gar­den. 1952: Points to bear in mind when buy­ing stock­ings were broad­cast in the Women’s Ses­sion on ABC ra­dio sta­tion 5CL in Ade­laide. 1961: Ra­dio sta­tion 5AD listed Are You Lone­some Tonight?, by Elvis Pres­ley, as Ade­laide’s No 1 hit sin­gle. 1967: The Green Bay Pack­ers de­feated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in Su­per Bowl I at the Los An­ge­les Me­mo­rial Coli­seum. 1974: The sit­u­a­tion com­edy se­ries Happy Days pre­miered on US tele­vi­sion. 1980: Vis­it­ing Eng­lish cricket com­men­ta­tor Henry Blofeld had lunch at Neddy’s, a restau­rant in Hutt St, city. 2002: From The Ad­ver­tiser: “US Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush (right) suf­fered bruises af­ter he choked on a pret­zel and fainted while watch­ing an Amer­i­can foot­ball game on tele­vi­sion.” 2003: Cal­i­for­nia Suite, by US play­wright Neil Si­mon and di­rected by Peter Go­ers and Ge­off Crowhurst, opened in The Stu­dio at the Holden Street The­atres, Hind­marsh. 2010: Ac­coun­tant, coun­cil­lor and Li­ons com­mu­nity worker Peter Holt died in Ade­laide. 2015: Aus­tralian ra­dio and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity John Black­man tweeted: “We have an open mar­riage - her mouth, my wal­let!” 2017: From the front page of the Sun­day Mail: “At least six Euro­pean coun­tries and the Euro­pean Union have se­cretly asked Aus­tralia for ad­vice on how to stop the flood of asy­lum-seek­ers cross­ing the Mediter­ranean by boat.”

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