Beef Week BBQ creates a snag

I LOVE putting my hand up to help out. But this time I might have bitten off more than I can chew, literally.

I've volunteered to help cook sausages at The Northern Star barbecue at Beef Week next weekend.

Not so bad, giving up a Saturday afternoon to stand behind a barbecue in an apron turning snag after snag.

There's just one little problem. I'm vegetarian (meat lovers insert your groan here).

I wonder if I should smear some cow blood on my arms so the carnivores don't smell the vegetarian coming a mile off.

Beef Week is such a great event, though, and I'm not a 'lobbying' vegetarian - each man/woman cow/carrot to their own.

I'm sure I can suck it up for half a day...


Death: it's part of the job (May 12)

THE hardest task in my line of work is writing about death.

Contrary to some opinions, journalists are human (with feelings) and it just so happens that part of our job is to write stories about very tragic circumstances.

Admit it ... you'll read a story about a fatal car accident or a drowning, because you want to know about it - the story of the person's life, the tragedy, the family's grief.

Most of us, unfortunately, can relate. We've lost friends in car accidents, family to suicide, loved ones to cancer.

Being there, in the moments shortly after a familly member has died, is a difficult situation to be in - especially if you are seen to be an 'intruder', an outsider.

A lot of journalists struggle to cope with this. We do shut down, put our 'professional' face on, and do our job.

But most of us try to do it with compassion and respect - for the deceased, the family and the emergency services, who face an evern more gruesome task than our own.

I believe it is a necessary job - to record what has happened, show the tragedy for what it is (a tragedy) and hopefully highlight the causes to try and prevent further deaths.


It's time to ask for a divorce (May 10)

WHEN should you ask for a divorce?

When he leaves the toilet seat up too many times, when she spends all your life savings on shoes, or when you don't love each other anymore?

A Chinese man has the best reason of all.

First his wife left him.

Then he was charged with her murder.

He faced the death penalty, but luckily was granted to serve a life sentence in prison.

He served 10 years in jail and was released this week.


His 'murdered' wife turned up back at the village where they lived, alive and well.

Honey, I'm home.

While her husband had been sitting in a jail cell for 10 years, she'd run off and found another husband in another village.

How'd do you get 10 years of your life back?

That's when I'd be asking for a divorce.

Tell me what you think about this... leave a comment below.


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