Unreasonable family arguments are no doubt something that happened all around the world over christmas, but in 1947 Mr and Mrs Kirtley took a petty fight over their differing levels of christmas spirit to a whole new level.
I am impressed with her story of how her husband managed to get shot though. To say she was shooting her gun out of the window to emphasize her christmas spirit and that he stepped in the way of the bullet shows quite an imagination. I am glad they are not my neighbours!
I expect that the likelihood of being shot by a stressed out family member rises quite considerably during the festive season.
I always say that no matter how much we think an item of current news is strange or unusual, if you look back you will often find a very similar article from years gone past.
In 1939 there was a shooting near Barkly Square after the arrival of an armed man, after which one of the victims staggered off for help.
Yesterday x-mas shoppers were treated to the surprising sight of heavily armed police patrolling Barkly Square after some gunmen arrived in a car and shot a man in the adjacent street. He then staggered from where he was shot into Barkly Square carpark for help.
My main reason for wanting to do this post today though is that when I was listening to the radio this morning I was delighted to hear callers say that locally the name Barkly Square has been spoonerized into Sparkly Bear, or, more accurately Sqarkly Bear. I do prefer the far more amusing Sparkly Bear though. Who wouldn’t want to go shopping at such an amusingly nicknamed place?!