Ballina's Big Prawn a raw point with townsfolk
THE Big Prawn is an icon of the NSW North Coast, but Ballina's fibreglass landmark is causing a big stink.
Owner Santo Pennisi wants to tear it down, but locals have vowed to raise it from the dead.
A Facebook petition to save the giant prawn has already attracted more than 500 followers.
One fan suggests: "Just give it a lick of new paint and it will look great again."
A local developer has also weighed into the debate, vowing to build a new prawn if the original can't be saved.
Mr Pennisi has asked Ballina council for permission to topple the 19-year-old prawn.
Mayor Phillip Silver said it's hard to say if the structure was "an icon or an eyesore".
Rumours are circulating that the prawn could be replaced with a huge pelican.
Developer Chris Condon, who built a 6m-high beer can atop a Cobar hotel in 1990, is a fan of giant things.
"I love it," he said. "You can't buy publicity like this for your town."
Mr Condon said it was unfortunate that the prawn has ended up in such disrepair.
"It could have met a better fate," he said.
Northern Territory man claims his cat can swear
A MAN claims his pet cat is a bit too brainy for his own good and can speak English - a total of seven different words so far, including the F-word.
Robert 'RJ' Duncan, of Palmerston, in the Northern Territory says his budgie Picininny can also speak.
But when the Northern Territory News first visited the ex-boxer, 34, and his wife Sandra, 32, at their home, the house-bound moggie grumpily declined to comment.
Instead he scratched Mr Duncan a few times before bolting to his bedroom and barricading himself in his cupboard.
But during a second visit, Mischief was much friendlier. And more talkative. All gathered heard him speak to Sandra, calling her "mum''.
Mr Duncan said the two-year-old cat - which he and his wife adopted from his feral mother in Katherine - was most vocal at night.
"He starts mouthing off when he wants his food - when we start cooking,'' he said.
"He can say seven words all up: mum, no, now, what, f--k, pr--k and why.
"He can't say 'dad' yet, which is a bit of a pr--k. That's how he got the word 'pr--k' I reckon, because I say it a lot.''
Mr Duncan - sitting at their wooden table rolling a roll-your-own - said Mischief's first word was 'mum', which he started saying about the age of six months.
Human babies are a little slower than the skittish kitty. They can usually manage to produce a slurred 'mama' or 'dada' about 10 months of age.
Mr Duncan said Mischief wasn't apeing the words - he knew what he was saying.
"He calls out to (Sandra) and everything - he'll sit at the back window, while she's in the garden, calling out 'mum'."
"In the evening time, if you don't drop whatever you're doing and pay attention to him, he calls you 'f--king pr--k'.
"If he really cracks the sh-ts, he'll piss in his drinking water just to let you know he's really sh--ty."
The potty mouthed puss doesn't take non-attention kindly.
Mischief spent his time during the Duncan's wedding swearing at the guests in the backyard from his bedroom window.
Mr Duncan said the guests were pre-warned, so "they pretty much ignored him".
The Duncans' budgie is less adventurous with its words.
It just says "s--t".
Mr Duncan will now be trying to film his moggie to prove Mischief can really talk.
"He's a character ... he's one of these cats that's a bit too brainy for his own good."
^ best news story ever.
Now y'all are just making stuff up.
Like that thing is real.
It's clearly a shaved chihuahua in bunny ears.
Poor little fella.
^Coupla years ago I did fundraising for Bilby Day :D
Did you know they sell chocolate Easter bilbies here to Australianise the Easter bunny? S'truth!
Father Bob Maguire expected to keep his job
FATHER Bob Maguire is expected to keep his beloved job after overwhelming support from Victorians for the knockabout priest.
The deadlock between Father Maguire and Melbourne's Catholic archdiocese over a request for his retirement is close to being resolved, sources said.
The Herald Sun believes the archdiocese, which invited Father Maguire's resignation on his recent 75th birthday, will allow him to stay parish priest in South Melbourne.
Talks were held yesterday between Father Maguire and his advisers and representatives of Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart.
Father Maguire would not confirm details of the meeting, but said discussions were continuing. He said he was confident of a result that would please both parties.
The Herald Sun believes an agreement could be revealed this week.
Canon law states that a priest must offer to retire on his 75th birthday. The archbishop can accept or defer the retirement.
But in a letter to the archbishop last week, a defiant Father Maguire, a champion of the poor and homeless and long-standing parish priest at Saints Peter and Paul Church, politely declined to retire.
Father Maguire said he was concerned that his parishioners and the disadvantaged he helped around South Melbourne were fretting about his fate.
"We are holding discussions to try to resolve the matter and we are close to agreement," he said.
"I don't want people to worry about me."
He said he hoped for a swift decision on his future to put his supporters "out of their misery". Archbishop Hart has previously revealed his concerns about poor financial management of the parish.
SUHT UP about yers bloody horsies
^^ must've got lazy manfred in the sweep. :D
^I was on C'est la Guerre. But hey, c'est la guerre.
My friend's son is a croupier in the VIP room. Warney was at Matt's table....and Matt had to ask him to turn his phone off.
Man opens bag of Cheese Rings, finds one
A DARWIN man has opened a bag of chips and found only one inside.
The Northern Territory News reports Phil Jackson, 54, of Wanguri, brought the Cheese Rings to work with him on Monday.
When he opened the bag he was stunned to find it contained only one solitary ring - barely a mouthful.
"I was devastated," he said. "I put it down to the GFC - money's tight, times are hard."
The innocent snack attack victim had bought them in a large variety pack from a Coles supermarket.
Coles spokesman Jim Cooper said he would get a replacement pack.
"We certainly aren't in the business of giving people a single cheese ring in the packet," Mr Cooper said.
Mr Jackson was philosophical, saying the day before he had gone to KFC to get a five-piece wing pack, only to find six pieces inside.
"What you lose on the hurdy-gurdy you pick up on the roundabout," he said.
^that could be an article from the Ankh-Morpork Times
one ring to rule them all!
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