30 April 2007

Japanese Poodles

Straight from the Sydney Morning Herald, a great story, possibly true, of a great scam.

It has got me thinking of what I could come up with. There must be plenty of similar opportunities.

Story follows ...

Thousands of Japanese have been swindled in a scam in which they were sold Australian and British sheep and told they were poodles.

Flocks of sheep were imported to Japan and then sold by a company called Poodles as Pets, marketed as fashionable accessories, available at $1,600 each.

That is a snip compared to a real poodle which retails for twice that much in Japan. The scam was uncovered when Japanese moviestar Maiko Kawamaki went on a talk-show and wondered why her new pet would not bark or eat dog food. She was crestfallen when told it was a sheep.

Then hundreds of other women got in touch with police to say they feared their new "poodle" was also a sheep. One couple said they became suspicious when they took their "dog" to have its claws trimmed and were told it had hooves.

Japanese police believe there could be 2,000 people affected by the scam,which operated in Sapporo and capitalised on the fact that sheep are rare in Japan, so many do not know what they look like.

"We launched an investigation after we were made aware that a company were selling sheep as poodles," Japanese police said, The Sun reported. "Sadly we think there is more than one company operating in this way. "The sheep are believed to have been imported from overseas - Britain, Australia."

Many of the sheep have now been donated to zoos and farms.

29 April 2007

RAFT Quiz Night

I was part of the losing Japanese Poodles team at the RAFT Quiz Night on Friday. As it cost $15 to participate there was a lot of pressure to finish in the top 3 and collect more than $15 worth of prizes.

My contribution for the night was to identify this person

as Benny Goodman, who looks more like this

Obviously a simple mistake that anyone could make. However it did mean we finished up fourth and so my $15 was down the drain.


27 April 2007

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg has been denied a visa to enter Australia because he failed the character test.
I hope the Americans don't retaliate and stop Farnsey leaving Australia.

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26 April 2007

$2 coin

There was almost a major drama at the Whitey household with Whitey Jr accidentally swallowing a $2 coin. I don't normally leave that amount of money sitting around where the kids can get their hands on it, but I slipped up this time.

After three days of Whitey Jr making use of the back lawn instead of the toilet, the metal detector finally hit pay dirt. A few minutes blast with the hose and half a bottle of Dettol and the $2 coin was successfully recovered and taken to the bank this morning.

While the final outcome was okay, hopefully I will keep my money better hidden next time.


23 April 2007

State Library

Good to see the State Library of Tasmania helping to promote high quality, local websites with their listing of personal websites.

I will have to check to see if they have a link to Radar.


22 April 2007

Radar encore

Due to what could be considered overwhelming popular demand, here is another photo of Radar from his recent spread in The Mercury.
I could be wrong, but I think that is Laurel and Hardy sitting on his lap.
They must be an inspiration.


20 April 2007

Lost and Found

Again, no thanks to The Mercury.

The found ads need to be a bit more specific. I rang up about the "large quantity of cash" and the finder wanted me to say how much it was. A bit of a challenge really.

After seven further calls I ran out of impressions and guesses so I wonder what happened to all that wonderful cash.

I did get the rabbit though.



19 April 2007

Radar Jr

What great material from The Mercury. With this high level of journalism why did they ever change from a (sort of) broadsheet to a tabloid?

A whole page on Radar. Certainly one for the framers and pride of place in the Whitey living room.

So here we have Radar with his labradoodle, humbly named Radar Jr. What fun Radar and Radar Jr must have playing games and chasing balls in the backyard.

I am already considering trading in the family beagle for a labradoodle named Whitey Jr.


18 April 2007

Stop Press! Radar!

For anyone with a copy of today's Mercury, there is a wonderful homage to Tim "Radar" Franklin.

A great man. I often feel sad that I chose a life as a public servant instead of getting bitten by a shark and then working at 7HT.


Wooden Boat Festival

Looks like there were a few other people at the Wooden Boat Festival with the same idea as me.
I think their figure of 8,000 includes a lot of double counting. I know that me, the missus and the three kids went there twice a day over three days. That way I could save $300. The more I went (and said we were off to Mures) the more I saved.
What is needed is an honesty box instead. The one at the Salmon Ponds works really well.


13 April 2007

Easter chocolate

Apparently there are differences in Easter egg chocolate.

The missus put in a request that she did not want Cadbury chocolate eggs. I thought that was as good as it gets so I was surprised to hear that she thought that Lindt chocolate was better. I have never come across this at Harris Scarfe.

I was on a search for bargain and so when I went to Chickenfeed they had Lint chocolate - only $2 for a 500 gram egg. Sounded okay to me, a bit cheaper because the Lindt factory made a spelling mistake.

Unfortunately it turned out that this was not the case.

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