He gob­bled up tur­key catch

Bird in the hand worth two for a book

The Chronicle - - Whispers / News -

TWO Toowoomba friends trav­elled to Bris­bane this week for a meet and greet with their favourite au­thor Matthew Reilly.

The pop­u­lar au­thor was do­ing a book sign­ing and talk at Bul­limba State School.

“Early in the piece, a small bush tur­key flew into the hall and a few peo­ple tried to catch it,” our in­for­mant told Whis­pers.

“It evaded cap­ture and hid for a while be­fore reap­pear­ing and im­me­di­ately tak­ing flight straight as an ar­row down the length of the hall.

“A bloke about two rows in front of us shot his arms up and snatched it right out of the air.

“The guy had softer/bet­ter hands than half the Aus­tralian cricket team – he then tucked it un­der his arm and walked out to re­lease it onto the school oval free of harm.”

For his ef­forts, the tur­key whis­perer was given a free book and first spot in the auto- graph line, leav­ing him the envy of the hall full of fans.

“The two of us were al­ready geek­ing out about meet­ing Matthew and that just made the night great,” our oper­a­tive said.


THE age of a Toowoomba TV news crew’s equip­ment was laid bare ear­lier this week af­ter their cam­era stopped work­ing near an MRI ma­chine.

The crew were at­tend­ing the un­veil­ing of a new piece of tech­nol­ogy at the Toowoomba Hospi­tal med­i­cal imag­ing unit when it was dis­cov­ered their cam­era did not like the elec­tro­mag­netic field cre­ated by the ma­chine.

While the crew were able to cap­ture the press con­fer­ence, every time they walked across the line into the MRI room the cam­era shut down.

It be­gan to work nor­mally again once the cam­era­man and equip­ment left that room. The crew were left hav­ing to ask com­peti­tors to share footage with them.


YOUNG Toowoomba journo was very an­noyed with the sound of a he­li­copter hov­er­ing about his house on Thurs­day evening.

To find out what was go­ing on he called Po­lice Me­dia and was told a stolen car had crashed and po­lice were search­ing for sus­pects.

Ever ea­ger, the journo wanted to go and grab some pho­tos of the scene and so loaded with adrenalin and a cam­era he rushed out the door.

It was only when he was about to get into the car and drive to the scene that he re­alised he had just fin­ished his se­cond glass of wine for the night and that it prob­a­bly wasn’t best idea to drive to a scene where there would be a lot of po­lice.

He turned around and went back in­side.

In the end, miss­ing the scoop would be far eas­ier to ex­plain to the boss the next day than a drink-driv­ing charge and an ap­pear­ance in court.


USU­ALLY, our courts have a strin­gent peck­ing or­der when it comes to cases be­ing placed be­fore the bench. Se­nior­ity is ev­ery­thing in court and bar­ris­ters and solic­i­tors po­litely bow to the se­nior­ity of an­other when it comes to who is next on the list.

How­ever, it was prob­a­bly more to do with the sum­mer tem­per­a­ture out­side ear­lier this week than the po­lite­ness among the lo­cal le­gal fra­ter­nity when a court de­po­si­tions clerk asked who would be first up to the bar ta­ble when the mag­is­trate en­tered the room.

Un­usu­ally, solic­i­tors sat back (en­joy­ing the cool air­con­di­tioned court room) and waved younger, less ex­pe­ri­enced lawyers on.

It be­came all too ob­vi­ous when a very se­nior mem­ber of Toowoomba le­gal fra­ter­nity de­clined his right­ful po­si­tion at the head of the list and waved a younger col­league on.

“I don’t want to go back to the of­fice,” he said hon­estly.

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