The Flack

The Week Eddie Made a Terrible Gaffe

Posted May 31, 2013 by Mina Durack in Regular Items

What a week! You sent that email accidentally and you tried to retract it but we all know that doesn’t really work. Then you didn’t hear back from the person and well, what does that mean? You had to stress out about it for some time. You certainly didn’t have time to read the paper or watch the TV news. But now you want to go out drinkin’ and talkin’ and you need things to say. What to do? … A solution is at hand.

What to read if you’ve been too busy to read this week.


  • Someone throws another sandwich at Prime Minister Julia GillardSpeaking points: I still don’t know what type of sandwich the first one was let alone this one but apparently this one included salami. Finally, reporters are telling it like it is.
  • Eddie McGuire jokes on air that Adam Goodes should promote King Kong. His co-host Luke Darcy runs a million miles. Then he breaks down on air about it and there’s an investigation. Speaking points: was he being ironic? Or can you not be ironic about racism? Probably not. Also, do you plan to see King Kong – the musical? is he a baritone?
  • A Victorian Parliamentary Inquiryrecommends changing laws so that teens who send sexy images of each aren’t charged under child porn laws. Speaking points: yep, there’s a Parliamentary Inquiry into sexting. That happened.
  • At another Victorian Parliamentary inquiry, Cardinal George Pell appears and says, “I am fully apologetic and absolutely sorry,” about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Speaking points: child sexual abuse is an unbearable unspeakable thing and certainly not something to make light of at drinks.


Entertainment & Gossip


  • Ricky Ponting says Australia got lazySpeaking points: it’s so lovely when former insiders go rogue. Ricky Ponting is the Mark Latham of cricket. Discuss.
  • Canterbury Bulldogs appoint the first female CEO of a rugby league team, Raelene CastleSpeaking points: will they be equal opportunity with the sexual harassment now?
  • Gai Waterhouse gets a $5500 fine from racing stewards for failing to give an accurate report of  horse, More Joyous’, condition before racing in April. Speaking points: apparently she’s considering appealing the fine. Seriously, 5500 wouldn’t even buy one of her handbags.
  • Josh Reynolds rather than John Sutton gets a spot in the Origin team for NSW. Speaking points: this picture shows that neither had rock hard abs so it must have been a tough call.
  • The French Open starts. Speaking points: if you care about tennis, you will already know all about this. If you don’t, just talk about Bernard Tomic’s father again, or Bernie’s fighting spirit

Emergency go to subject

Prediction for next week

  • You will think about making dinner but realise it’s easier to get takeaway.

IT Quote of the week

  • Just email it to me and I’ll print it for you.



About the Author

Mina Durack
Mina Durack

Wilhemina (Mina) Durack was born in Lithgow, NSW to Henry and Shirley who, in the absence of sons, forced her into the family business. She became an apprentice blacksmith at the age of 15 but her true passion was Cheese Rolling at which she longed to turn professional. She trained secretly in the Blue Mountains. Despite her parents entering her in the Lithgow St George's Day International Jousting Tournament, she ran away to Gloucester, England where she entered The Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake, coming twelfth in 1995 and third in 1996. She struggled to break into the cheese rolling speakers’ circuit and eventually resettled in Fitzroy, Melbourne where she lives with her husband Fred, offering a boutique cheese advisory service. She collects vintage swimsuits and is an avid swimmer and online shopper.