More diamonds and money than sense

YOU just can't help some people.

Take the story of the woman that lost her diamond necklace from Tiffany's, worth more than $20,000, at the Bangalow Billycart Derby on the weekend.

What was she doing wearing an ultra-expensive item of jewellery to a billycart derby in the first place? Surely you'd have more sense.

And then to offer $2000 for the return of said precious item. $2000 compared to $20,000 - don't know if I'd give the darn thing back?

We had one reader call up to see if the necklace had been found, because she didn't want to drive all the way to Bangalow to search for it if the reward has already been snapped up. Talk about a lack of commitment.

I don't feel sorry for the woman. Nobody cared when I lost my fluro pink BMX when I was a kid - even though I offered a $20 reward.

Surely, if she can afford to buy a $20,000+ necklace in the first place, she's not strapped for cash.

Should we feel sorry for rich people? What do you think...


Beef Week BBQ creates a snag (May 14)

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.

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