Manukau Courier : January 10th 2014
www.manukaucourier.co.nz NEWS MANUKAU COURIER, JANUARY 10, 2014 Douglas Mawson did what? As you grow much older faster, there’s a tendency to feel that more sensible habits of the past have dropped out of sight. Well it’s good to see that simply isn’t true in one long-remembered factor in my life. In newsrooms I had contact with for more than 60 years this wasn’t simply New Year, it was ‘‘The Silly Season’’, the days between one set of holidays and after. The weeks when advertising sellers headed for places of quiet and beauty – sometimes leaving vast spaces of empty pages behind them to be filled. It was also a time when promoter Gordon Dryden would infiltrate with a handful of typed sheets of paper covered in short sentences and hundreds of words on the fine qualities of this or that, on the progressive past and exciting potential of certain captains of industry. And with photos, of course. He knew from experience in those days that items got better display, bigger headlines and illustrations simply because space had to be filled, giving him more clippings to unfurl to company clients later. I’ve remembered those processes in recent days and marvelled at the new topics on display. These have been days when John Key and son Max played golf with ‘‘call me Barack’’. The White House won’t say who won or lost. It’d get big play either way, in New Zealand at any rate. Then there was the replay of Australia’s Douglas Mawson in Antarctica 100 years ago. Even brash television producers wouldn’t risk having the modern expedition ship trapped deliberately in the pack ice. That’d win space and television prime news time the hard way. But there was great history to recall. Did you realise that, like Captain Scott and his ponies, Mawson ate his dogs? His party lost a sledge, a man, six dogs, most of the party’s rations, their tent and essential supplies into a massive crevasse 480km east of their main base. Mawson and Xavier Mertz turned back immediately, forced to eat their remaining sledge dogs, unwittingly causing a quick deterioration in their physical condition. The liver of one dog contains enough vitamin A to produce the condition called Hypervitaminosis A. You didn’t know that did you? Mertz became very ill and inco- herent. Trying to nurse him back to health, Mawson fed him most of the dog livers, which he considered more nourishing than the tough muscle tissue. New Year resolution: Don’t eat your dog. And if you’re tempted, go easy on the liver. OK? After Mertz died, Mawson con- tinued alone. Cutting his sledge in half with a penknife, he dragged it with geological specimens but minimal food 160km to Cape Denison base, including another crevasse moment – saved only by his sledge wedging itself into the ice above him. When Mawson made it back on February 8, 1913, the words of his first rescuer were: ‘‘My God, which one are you?’’ Not at all like ‘‘Dr Livingstone, I presume’’. Other ‘‘silly season’’ topics: Dogs 7 Silly season: Prime Minister John Key and American President BarackObamaenjoy a game of golf while on holiday in Hawaii. recognise their owners by their eyes, ‘‘Annie Oyster’’ runs a seafood stall at Coromandel, a woman called ‘‘Jihad Jane’’ faces life in jail in the United States and Obama is hot on high fives. Now, the big one: Chicago Bears have signed quarterback Jay Cutler A new mooring is needed Ahoy me hearties – a pirate playhouse is seeking a new home. Make-A-Wish New Zealand needs to find a buyer for Black Pearl, a robust and colourful playhouse now in Pukekohe. The charity grants the wishes of children who have lifethreatening medical conditions to bring them hope, strength and joy at a challenging time in their lives. Early in 2013, the Charity Pirates, a group of people who raise money to bring joy to needy children, created an amazing pirate playhouse. Unfortunately, the boy it was planned for became too sick to use it. Make-A-Wish and the Charity Pirates now want to see it go to a new home – and there’s some urgency because it’s now sitting in a Pukekohe driveway. All the proceeds from the sale will go to Make-A-Wish to help make more wishes come true. ‘‘This is a one-of-a-kind play- house,’’ fundraising and marketing manager Annabel Lush says. ‘‘The Charity Pirates have done an awesome job with Black Pearl. It would be perfect for a large family, perhaps a primary school, playcentre or just for a child who loves pirates.’’ She’s hoping someone in the South Auckland area will make an offer. They can inspect the playhouse and will need to arrange to move it as well as ensuring they have the right foundations for its new home. 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He set a franchise record for total net yards (6109) and 445 points franchise leader in passing yards (14,913), passing yards per game (222.6), attempts (2090) and completions (1258). In 67 regular season starts with the franchise, Cutler has directed the Bears to a 39-28 (.582) record. Figure all that out. ❚ To contact Pat Booth email email@example.com or write care of this newspaper. All replies are open for publication unless marked Not For Publication.
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