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   Dec 12

Should Newcastle secede from NSW and anoint a king?

Reign Supreme: The King of Milson’s Passage on the Hawkesbury River. On a small piece of land in the backwaters of the Hawkesbury River, a self-proclaimed monarch has seceded from NSW.
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This caught our attention because, for years, the Herald’s letters pages often included calls for Newcastle to secede from NSW.

This was usually related to simmering anger that we weren’t getting our fair share from Sydney. The call went like this: We should create our own state and keep the coal royalties for ourselves.

Geez, if that happened we’d all be strutting around like the oil sheikhs in Saudi Arabia, driving Ferraris and dressed in bling.

Come to think of it, why don’t we create our own monarchy?We’re sure there’d be plenty of people lining up to be queen or king.

This is what hasbeen done at Milson’s Passage on the Hawkesbury. So the story goes.

Take a trip on the Riverboat Postman, also known as theHawkesbury Mail Boat, and you’ll come across the “Republic of Milson’s Passage”.

On the wharf waving regally at his subjects, the king sits on his throne and holds court. He also calls himself the mayor. So he’s mayor and king. Funnily enough, that does make some sense. Some mayors really do swan about like they’reroyalty.

The Blame Game A cartoonish Malcolm Turnbull draws his arrow, looking for someone to blame.

Kurri Kurri’s Col Maybury has clearly been watching Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s recent attacks on Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

Col sent us this joke.

The new freshman prime minister asked his newly defeated rival for advice in handling the battles of leadership.

The outgoing PM gave his successor three letters and some advice.

“Open number one when things get bad.Open number two when they are horrific. Open number three when all seems lost,” he said.

For a while, the new prime minister was doing OK. No major scandals, panics or catastrophes.

But then, things started to go pear-shaped. Fear set in. He opened the first letter.

“Blame the opposition,” it said.

So he did.

But soon, things became worse – much worse.

He opened the second letter.

“Blame the opposition,” it said, again.

Before long, things became so bad that the prime minister could not see a way out.

With his hands shaking, he opened the last letter.

“Write three letters,” it said.

Good Intentions Going BadIsn’t it annoying when you try to do something good for your health and it backfires.

For example, a dentist told us a story about a woman who started drinking lemon tea for its health benefits. It eroded her teeth, costing a fortune in fillings.

We were told a story ofanother person who took so many vitamins, they were sick for a week.

But how about this story from researchers of gyms.

A study of the air quality in gyms found high levels of indoor air pollutants.

The information was released a couple of years back, but has been doing the rounds on social media.

Researchers from the University of Lisbon in Portugal and the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands placed air-quality monitors in the weight room of 11 gyms, as well as exercise and yoga studios.

They found high levels of airborne dust, formaldehyde and carbon dioxide, which can lead to respiratory problems.

These levels exceeded national pollution limits.

“We consider that the gymnasiums meet the criteria for poor indoor quality,” the study’s lead author said.

A further concern was that people were more susceptible to air pollutants when they exercise because they breathe deeper and place more pressure on their cardio and respiratory systems.

But this doesn’t mean people should stop going to the gym, the study said.

Geez. Pollution is everywhere. Even in gyms.

Is nowhere safe from the toxicity of our cities?

If anyone has ever tried to do something healthy that backfired, share your story at [email protected]苏州夜网.au.

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