WITH MARTY SMITH

THE LAST WORD

The Advertiser - - OPINION -

(1) Laugh­ter is the best medicine: “I’m go­ing fish­ing” re­ally means “I’m go­ing to drink my­self dan­ger­ously stupid and stand by a river with a stick in my hand, while the fish swim by in com­plete safety”. (2) News­pa­per headline: “Real es­tate ex­ec­u­tive sold on city mar­ket.” (3) Word­play: Ego­tists al­ways see I to I. (4) I am not mak­ing this up: Left-handed Aus­tralian ac­tor Nicole Kid­man learned to write right-handed for her role as English au­thor Vir­ginia Woolf in the 2002 film The Hours. “Ra­di­ol­ogy tech­ni­cians ex­pose you for what you are.” – bumper sticker. “Just be­cause no­body com­plains doesn’t mean all para­chutes are per­fect.” – English co­me­dian Benny Hill. 8017 – the num­ber of peo­ple re­ceiv­ing Fam­ily Tax Ben­e­fit A in the South Aus­tralian fed­eral elec­torate of Sturt at the time of the 2001 Cen­sus. A good way to make money last – make it first. To­day is June 15, Global Wind Day and the 166th day of the day. There are 199 days re­main­ing un­til the end of the year. On this day: 1904: More than 1000 peo­ple died when fire erupted aboard a steam­boat in New York City’s East River. 1926: From Ade­laide’s after­noon news­pa­per The News: “Up to May 31 this year the reg­is­tra­tion of mo­tor ve­hi­cles in South Aus­tralia, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures pre­pared by the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles De­part­ment, num­bered 57,857, com­pared with 49,578 on De­cem­ber 31.” 1944: The film Casablanca, di­rected by Michael Cur­tiz and star­ring Humphrey Bog­art, In­grid Bergman and Paul Hen­reid, was re­leased in Aus­tralia. 1960: South Aus­tralia’s first mon­i­tor-con­trolled school cross­ing be­gan on South Tce, city. 1984: AFL player Luke Hodge (Bris­bane Lions No. 2) was born in Co­lac, Vic­to­ria. 1991: The State Theatre Com­pany’s pro­duc­tion of A Del­i­cate Bal­ance, writ­ten by US play­wright Ed­ward Al­bee, di­rected by Sarah Peirse and star­ring Bar­bara West, Fred­er­ick Parslow, Au­dine Leith, Daphne Grey, Edwin Hodge­man and Carmel McGlone, opened in The Play­house at the Ade­laide Festival Cen­tre. 1995: From The Ad­ver­tiser: “Eleventh-hour talks be­tween ETSA (Elec­tric­ity Trust of South Aus­tralia) man­age­ment and unions have tem­po­rar­ily averted the threat of cuts to South Aus­tralia’s power sup­ply. Talks con­tin­ued into last night and are sched­uled to re­sume to­day. Strikes and power cuts are still an op­tion.” 1996: Jazz singer Ella Fitzger­ald who, while stay­ing at the Al­go­nquin Ho­tel in New York City, would of­ten buy Chinese food for the bell­boys late at night, died at her home in Los An­ge­les. 1997: The Aus­tralian Record­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion listed MMMBop, by US teenage pop-rock trio Han­son, as South Aus­tralia’s No. 1 hit sin­gle. 2008: From the Sun­day Ex­press news­pa­per in Lon­don: “A vac­cine that could of­fer a life­time re­lief from hay fever may be avail­able within two years.” 2014: Casey Kasem, the ra­dio disc jockey who pre­sented the orig­i­nal Amer­i­can Top 40 pro­gram, died, aged 82, in the Amer­i­can state of Wash­ing­ton. 2016: The ABC News web­site re­ported: “The price of elec­tric­ity for AGL cus­tomers in South Aus­tralia is set to rise by about $200 a year from next month.”

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