Your dose of gos­sip from the road

Big Rigs - - COLUMN - I SPY ON THE ROAD ispy@bi­

Naked en­ter­tain­ment

A GROUP of truck­ies were hav­ing an en­forced fa­tigue break at a road­house on a quiet Septem­ber Satur­day morn­ing and de­cided to pa­tro­n­ise a nearby cafe.

They couldn’t have pre­dicted what they would see while sit­ting at a ta­ble near a win­dow from which they had a great view on what was un­fold­ing out­side.

A man who looked to be aged in his early thir­ties was danc­ing on the edge of the busy road near the foot­path.

With not a stitch of cloth­ing on and wear­ing a pair of cow­boy boots.

Hu­man na­ture en­sured his an­tics at­tracted the at­ten­tion of most in the packed cafe and pass­ing traf­fic.

One of the wait­resses phoned the po­lice and after about 10 min­utes three cop cars ar­rived and two am­bu­lance vans.

It took the long arm of the law a few min­utes to catch the would-be-th­es­pian as he took off.

But when they did he was hand­cuffed and taken away pre­sum­ably to the watch house.

The lads reckon they would have paid a cover price for en­try to the cafe for the bizarre en­ter­tain­ment.

Me­dia puz­zle

SOME driv­ers our cor­re­spon­dents come across re­luc­tantly de­cline to have their pic­ture in Big Rigs.

They nom­i­nate com­pany pol­icy which won’t al­low them to talk to any me­dia.

It is in­cluded in a clause on the work agree­ment con­tract they sign.

Spy is mes­merised about this be­cause the ma­jor­ity of driv­ers we interview say nice things about their em­ployer.

How­ever Spy had never heard this fol­low­ing ex­cuse be­fore when he yarned to two driv­ers from a cer­tain or­gan­i­sa­tion at a road­house.

“We would like to have our pic taken but if we do ap­pear in Big Rigs we face a fine,” one said.

That re­ally got old Spy cu­ri­ous as I pon­dered how they could be fined for this.

“If our photo ap­pears in a lo­cal pa­per we get fined one car­ton of beer and in a na­tional pub­li­ca­tion it is two car­tons. Our col­leagues get free beer on us,” he added.

Booze ban

OC­TO­BER is the month when many men and women in­clud­ing truck driv­ers and road trans­port in­dus­try work­ers get be­hind a na­tional fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive to re­duce drug and al­co­hol re­lated harm among young peo­ple.

It is called Oc­sober and dur­ing the 31 days, par­tic­i­pants don’t drink al­co­hol. They get spon­sor­ship and all money raised goes to help Life Ed­u­ca­tion.

The cam­paign’s mas­cot is named Healthy Harold and the aim is ed­u­cate 720,000 Aussie kids to make safer, health­ier choices for the fu­ture.

Con­fu­sion over name

MORE than 40 peo­ple gathered in the con­fer­ence room at a Queens­land ho­tel for the 50th birth­day party of the wife of a well known trans­port in­dus­try gent.

In­cluded in their num­ber were some truck­ies and they had a bar at­ten­dant named Fiona serv­ing up drinks.

Any­way one of the lads there was named Peter and Fiona was stand­ing be­hind him with­out his knowl­edge.

“Peter why don’t you book a room up­stairs for the night and have a ro­man­tic evening with Fiona?” one par­ty­goer said.

Bar at­ten­dant Fiona al­most swal­lowed her Adam’s Ap­ple as she is a hap­pily mar­ried lady.

But then some­body came to the res­cue soon after the awk­ward mo­ment.


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