TOPICS: The field of dreams

WARNING. This could cause Jets fans to mutter into their muesli, go back to bed and spoil Saturday for the whole family.

Dismayed that the club will let Jobe Wheelhouse go, web commenter Owen has compiled a list of Jets that got away.

‘‘Ex-Jets A-League All Star team,’’ says Owen.

‘‘All are currently with other clubs in the A-league [except Jobe Wheelhouse].’’

Here they are:

1. Ante Covic

2. Adam Griffiths

3. Jade North

4. Andrew Durante

5. Nikolai Topor-Stanley

6. Jobe Wheelhouse

7. Mark Bridge

8. Matt Thompson

9. Joel Griffiths

10. Jason Culina

11. Jeremy Brockie

It’s  stacked with central defenders, but it’d give the current outfit a scare.

Council out of sprinkler loop

THIS photo was taken on Monday morning, during two days when Newcastle easily eclipsed its average January rainfall.

As you can see, it’s raining. 

And the sprinklers are on.

There had been 4.4millimetres of rain on Sunday, and Monday would soak up 35.8millimetres. 

‘‘With it still raining, Newcastle City Council decide to water the grass at the foreshore,’’ says Ben Hodges, who took the photo. 

A spokeswoman said most of the council’s sprinklers were linked to sensors that cut them off when it rained.

But the foreshore sprinklers were on a separate loop, and they didn’t shut down with the others in the system.

‘‘Those five sprinklers are on a different watering system to the main system in Foreshore Park,’’ the spokeswoman said.

‘‘They aren’t linked up to the sensors and it is tricky to turn them off.’’

Roll up for latest in polly fashion

WHAT’s with Julia’s glasses? Oh wait. That’s been done.

Well anyway, another snippet of politician style that caught our eye this week was Queensland Premier Campbell Newman’s love of a striped shirt with rolled-up sleeves.

Politicians love rolling up those sleeves in a disaster. It makes them look hands-on.

Kevin Rudd’s variation is rolling up his trousers. It’s hard for him to keep this a secret. Try as he might, whenever he rolls up those slacks and helps out in a flood, the cameras seem to be rolling. 

Edgiest of all is Craig Thomson, who has hinted at dabbling with handcuffs. Will the look catch on this election season? 

At the time of the MP’s arrest, the equation read 226 days until the election, 226 members of Australian Parliament. An arrest a day could make for a short question time.

Have you noticed other pollies’ stylistic quirks?

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