Thursday, July 25, 2019

I read the news today, oh boy . . .



An Australian icon has passed away: Margaret Fulton who died on July 24 2019 aged 94. 

According to Wikipedia: 

Margaret Isobel Fulton, OAM (6 October 1924 – 24 July 2019 was a Scottish-born Australian food and cooking 'guru', writer, journalist, author, and commentator. She was the first of this genre of writers in Australia. Her early recipes encouraged Australian housewives to alter the Australian staple of "meat and three vegetables" and to be creative with food. She 'discovered' international cuisine from exotic places such as Spain, Italy, India and China and as Cookery Editor, "brought these into Australian homes through her articles in the Woman's Day magazine". Fulton realised that chefs who did television shows tended to lose their audience. Accordingly, she remained a writer who regularly appeared only as a 'guest' on various television programs. 


While on the subject of deaths, American actor David Hedison passed away on July 18, 2019 aged 92. Fans may recall him as the actor who portrayed CIA agent Felix Leiter in the James Bond flicks Live and Let Die (1973) and Licence to Kill (1989). I have always associated his name with the Irwin Allen TV series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964-1968), in which he played Captain Lee Crane. 

Hedison in Voyage to See What’s on the Bottom, I mean to the Bottom of the Sea. 



SBS News, 22 July 2019 

Still dealing with death, two people have been murdered in British Columbia. The bodies of Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend, Chynna Noelle Deese, were found dead last Monday on the Alaska Highway, 20km south of Liard Hot Springs in British Columbia. What brought additional attention was that the Canadian police, while streaming a press conference about the double homicide, forgot to turn off a cat filter used to add cat ears, nose and whiskers. The result: 

Last month, Shaukat Yousafazi, a regional minister in northwest Pakistan, started a press conference without realizing that he too also had the cat filter turned on. Yousafazi went viral after he proceeded to talk about regional issues with cat ears and whiskers for the entirety of his press conference. 


More crime . . . 

From:, July 23 2019 

“A 26-year-old driver is facing a lengthy jail term after crashing his van - filled with more than $200 million of the drug ice - into police cars parked out the front of a Sydney cop shop. NSW police say it is one of the "easiest" drugs busts ever made, and it would be fair to say the accused had a "very, very bad day". Just before 10.30am on Monday, the Toyota HiAce allegedly hit the parked police cars on Ethel Street in front of Eastwood Police Station. One of the police vehicles sustained significant damage, but no one was injured in the incident that was captured on CCTV. 

Officers inside the station say they heard a loud crash but, by the time they went to investigate, the driver had gone. About an hour later, a senior police officer spotted the van travelling south toward Ryde Bridge on Church St and stopped the vehicle. The driver's suspicious behaviour prompted the officer to search the vehicle, Detective Inspector Glen Baker told reporters on Tuesday. Inside the van was 13 boxes, each containing 21, one kilo bags of methylamphetamine. In total, police seized 273kg of ice, which has an estimated street value of more than $200 million.” 

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By the way, the driver was charged with drug offences, as well as negligent driving and fail to provide particulars. 


Biscuits . . . 

ABC News, July 24 2019 
"Arnott's biscuits, those staples of Australian cupboards, lunchboxes and tea trollies, have been passed on again — but not back into Australian hands. Campbell's soup company had owned Arnott's outright since 1997 and will sell it for $3.1b, according to media reports.

Arnott's can trace its heritage back 172 years to the arrival of a Scottish baker William Arnott who set up shop in the Maitland area before relocating to Hunter Street in Newcastle. By 1874 Mr Arnott had opened his first factory, marketing his robust Ships Biscuits to long haul sea voyages. The development of the Milk Arrowroot biscuit in 1882 saw Arnott's crack the Sydney market and the company become a national brand.

KKR has form, and a degree of notoriety, in the biscuit game, having organised a debt-fuelled buyout of Nabisco in 1988 for $44 billion, which was the largest leveraged buyout at the time. KKR's highest-profile Australian deal was the 2006 partnership with Kerry Stokes to take over the Seven Network, a venture it would sell out of seven years later at a loss.” 

Actor Rutger Hauer has passed away, aged 75.  

Hauer (1944 – 2019) was a Dutch actor, writer, and environmentalist. He acted in both Dutch and English-language TV series and films.  His career began in 1969 with the title role in the Dutch television series Floris. His film credits include Flesh+Blood, Blind Fury, Blade Runner, The Hitcher, Escape from Sobibor (for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor), Nighthawks, Wedlock, Sin City, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Ladyhawke, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Osterman Weekend, The Blood of Heroes, Batman Begins, Hobo with a Shotgun, and The Rite.

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die."

- Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty, Blade Runner.


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