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Ageing Buddhist hopes he doesn’t get reincarnated as a pigeon

21 December, 2016  15:45 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact Speaking candidly to The Advocate in the lead-up to the holiday break, local Betootan Buddhist Angyo Genryu wanted to wish the townsfolk a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year - but paused suddenly to reflect on an aspect of his faith that's been bothering him for some time. "You know, I'm...

Ipswich plays host to annual Carols by Meth Pipe Festival

21 December, 2016. 13:23 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact Down from eleven knife crime incidents last year to only seven, the cheery Brisbane satellite town of Ipswich has celebrated their annual Carols by Meth pipe festival overnight. To enormous fanfare, the Ipswich Regional Choir worked their way through a vast lexicon of traditional Christmas Carols as well as a few more...

‘Postnuptial-procreative-missionary-sex-scene’ cut from popular NSW Transport ad for Sydney’s nightlife

20 December, 2016. 13:23 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact As the old saying goes, the best parts of a film are often left on the cutting room floor. The same can be said for the latest advertisement produced by the NSW State Government to highlight the breathtaking activities Sydney has on offer in the post-lockout era. Shunning the old conventions of...

Darren Lehmann currently pulling what’s left of his hair out

19 December, 2016. 14:34 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact Rubbing his hands over his wearing brow, national cricket coach Darren Lehmann is currently pulling any hair he can find. As the Pakistanis edge closer and closer to a historic victory, the 46-year-old is beginning to feel the pinch and pressure that a loss such as this can and will bring to...

CSIRO Establish Link Between High Wheat Prices And Influx Of Jet Skis In New England

CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | CONTACT A recent study by the CSIRO has found that when chickpeas, wheat, barley and canola are doing well, farmers in North-West NSW are complaining a little less about their tortured existence on the land. Speaking from his completely manicured chick pea farm in the black soiled Liverpool Plains, local cocky Chester Windsor-Hillan (55) says that the successful 2016 harvest...

This publican lets his patrons use the disabled toilet after their 11th schooner

17 December, 2016. 14:34 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact Making funny faces to himself in the mirror, Glen Turner took in the spaciousness of the disable toilet and smiled. Breathing deeply as he emptied himself on the wall beside the toilet, the 28-year-old office something had never felt as free. "That's the service and respect I like to give my most...

Salesman At Fourth Christmas Party This Week Showing Signs Of Dehydration And Distress

ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact Waking to the sound of rain pitter-pattering on his tin roof this morning, Sydney buyer's agent Cameron Coorey slowly built up enough saliva to unstick his tongue from the roof of his mouth. Last night he'd been dragged along to his fiance's Christmas Party at a prominent city nightspot, where he had to make small...

Eddie Obeid to be placed in charge of making the pasta sauce while in prison

15 December, 2016. 14:34 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact In prison, dinner is always a big thing. Some inmates need to keep one eye over their shoulder. Each meal could be their last. That's for the average schmuck, not wiseguys like former NSW state politician Eddie Obeid, who was jailed this afternoon for a minimum of three years for misconduct...

Group of mates hit the phones on a quest to find A Midsummer Night’s Bag

15 December, 2016. 11:23 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact In an adventure that could've been penned by the Immortal Bard himself, three latchkey 20-somethings threw caution to the wind earlier this week and set off on a quest to find A Midsummer Night's Bag. After first meeting at their local gastropub in the hot afternoon often enjoyed in December, the trio...

Dubbo principal confirms ‘Safe Schools’ won’t keep kids who suck at sport safe

13 December, 2016. 17:43 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact Shaun MacDougall is often the target of bullies at his West Dubbo high school. Not because he looks different to anybody else. He maintains a decent level of fitness and generally keeps to himself, going about his business without hurting anybody. But still, each day the bullies come for him. The 15-year-old Minore...

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