TALK OF THE NORTH
Townsville secret agent revealed
THERE is a spy among us and his name is Denyer, Tony Denyer. The well-known Townsville long distance runner and ocean swimmer’s secret was outed at his 60th birthday party on Saturday.
Long-held speculation that our man was a secret agent a few decades ago in Iraq were confirmed by his wife Sharon and indeed by the man himself after a sherry or two at Saturday night’s soiree. Tony was over there as as agricultural scientist helping the Iraqis grow wheat. He was working with the Kurds in northern Iraq and regularly had to report to the embassy in downtown Baghdad with any news on troop movements, talk of revolt, sightings of weapons of mass destruction, all that sort of thing.
His code name was Golden Plover and he wore a white linen suit and a sweat stained cream coloured panama hat. He had a Walther PPK pistol ( James Bond’s weapon of choice) tucked away in a shoulder holster under his left armpit. Well, the code name, the clothing and the pistol are all pure speculation on my part, but it sounds kinda cool. He’s too modest for his own good, is our Tony. And, no, he didn’t have a fountain pen that fired a .22 bullet or shoes that doubled as phones with a direct link to Canberra. When it came to gadgets, it was all tractors, ploughs and fertiliser spreaders. RECRUITING: Townsville ocean swimmers are looking for
Ahoy . . . are you a TOSSA?
THE Townsville Ocean Surf Swimming Association’s Mr Denyer and his pal Phillip Beard are on the hunt for new members. The reason they are on a membership drive is mostly due to the fact that they are the only TOSSAs in town. Not everyone wants to be a TOSSA. The number one reason they don’t is that these blokes love nothing better than a brisk early morning swim from Magnetic Island to the mainland without the protection of shark cages. It’s an open breakfast invitation to the resident Noahs. So far our two boys have stayed off the menu. And blokes looking for love in their life might like to note that beach babes just can’t resist a TOSSA. If you don’t believe it, check out the poster.
Super moons say a wet Easter
WEATHER watchers know that we are in a cycle of super moons. These are the flood moons. Floods this year have coincided with super moons on February 2 and March 19 as they did in 1955 and 1974. The next super moon is April 18. It could mean a wet Easter.
His cue in the rack
HEARD a term I’d never come across before over the weekend. A bloke was talking about a local identity who was something of a playboy in his younger days. His days as a Lothario are well and truly over and now he much prefers a good novel or a nap under a shady tree to pursuing fair damsels over hill and dale. ‘‘ What’s happened to him then?’’ Asked one member of the group, alarmed that their old mate might be in decline. ‘‘ Oh, nothing much wrong with him. He’s just got his cue in the rack,’’ the bloke telling the story replied.
IF you are thinking of putting a whirlybird cooling device up on your roof, the word is, don’t. They are a weak link in a cyclone. Once they come off, your roof is open to the elements. The word out there in Yasi land is ‘‘ spend the money on extra insulation’’.
A SURE sign that the North’s tourism economy is flatlining are the deals currently available at Airlie Beach. Airlie has always been an expensive place to stay even when we were being told that the tourism industry was in t e r m i n a l d e c l i n e . While the industry chiefs cri ed doom and gloom and bargains abounded at C a i r n s a n d P o r t Douglas, Airlie was always pricey. You could go on to the Wotif accommodation site and would be hard pressed to find a deal at Airlie. That was then. The current pinch must be hurting as there are now some good deals to be had. Even the islands are offering some corkers. Curious, I phoned the luxurious Waters Edge apartments high up up on Airlie’s ‘‘ Lego Land’’ to see what they had on offer. There are some big discounts.
Nightly discounts apply, but for three nights you get 30 per cent off which brings the cost down from $ 210 a night to $ 147. That’s f or t he unit, not per person.