A lot of people complain of a sore head the day after a stint at the pub but this particular visitor had more reason than most.
In 1905 the drinkers at the Commercial Hotel in Leongatha were surprised when a Kookaburra (called a Laughing Jackass in this report) smashed through one of the windows in its efforts to escape a pursuing hawk.
Not only did it smash a window on the way in, but after several vain attempts to get out through the large mirror above the bar it exited in the same manner, through another closed window.
I doubt that the hotel proprietor, Mr. Rowan, was laughing like a kookaburra after this incident when he had to replace the two windows….
As you know, the Man and I have been doing a fair bit of work in the garden at the moment. Reading this article from the Herald-Sun website today makes me glad that we aren’t getting any garden supplies delivered from these guys in Perth.
Today a house in Hazelmere, a suburb East of Perth, received a delivery of sand that came from a building site in Perth’s south. Mixed in with this delivery is what appears to be a 14 inch bomb left over from the Second World War.
I say appeared because at the time of writing the street is cordoned off and I expect that people are giving the sand pile quite a wide berth!
After all, if it is an old bomb it has recently been picked up by a mechanical loader and dumped into the back of a truck, driven across town, then spilled out onto the ground. Any one of these indignities could have detonated a live bomb so I think we can assume that it is safe.
Doesn’t mean I would want to be standing poking it with a stick though…