Hayden Gavin to star in the Budgy Smuggler Ordinary Rig Gala

Newcastle should be proud. Very proud.

We have not one but two blokes who made it to the top 10 of an esteemed budgie smuggler contest.

As Topics reported yesterday, Merewether’s Will Mowbray qualified for the top 10, wearing his Newcastle Knights budgie smugglers on a yacht in Sydney Harbour.

Firefighter Hayden Gavin, of Hamilton South, is also in the top 10.

The pair will compete at the Budgy Smuggler Ordinary Rig Gala on January 3 at Ivy nightclub’s pool bar in Sydney for the coveted crown of “Australia’s Most Ordinary Rig”.

Hayden, 27, qualified with a stunning image of himself in blue- and yellow-striped budgie smugglers, while wearing aviator sunnies with a flower behind his ear and clutching a beer in front of a pool in Bali. 

Asked how he felt while wearing his budgie smugglers, he said: “Fantastic”.

As reported yesterday, finalists must create some wings in the style of Victoria’s Secret fashion models.

The lads wear the wings while strutting their stuff on a catwalk, poolside, at the Ivy.

“I’ve been watching a couple of videos from last year to get a bit of inspiration. One of the guys made his wings out of flattened VB cans. Another guy got some chicken wing cut-outs,” Hayden said.

The event is “basically a big party”.

“The other nine all seem like hilarious blokes. It should be a lot of fun,” he said.

In his event profile, Hayden listed his hobbies as sandwiches, lawn grooming, crosswords, burgers, watersports, canapès, rugby union, fatherhood and open buffets. 

His first crush was “Ann Maree from Agro's Cartoon Connection”.

Asked about his hidden talent, he said: “I can eat a whole KFC family burger box in one sitting”. 

His life motto is “less is more”.

And what advice can he give to people who aspire to reach his lofty heights?

“Always get seconds at the buffet and never be afraid to get sweaty,” he said.

Good luck, Hayden. Newcastle will be with you every step of the way, except for those backing Will.

Christmas Lingo

The tree was bedecked with tinsel.

A Christmas tree "bedecked with tinsel".

A Christmas tree "bedecked with tinsel".

Bedecked? Where the heck did that word come from? 

Newcastle wordsmith Neil Keene was debating the word with a colleague.

“I think it’s a good word, especially around this time of year,” he said, adding that his colleague wasn’t a fan.

“There are a bunch of words we hardly ever use that get dusted off along with the ornaments and tree each festive season – bedecked, merry, sleigh, roast turkey.”

That’s true, Neil. Christmas does have its very own vocabulary and menu. When else do we eat cranberry sauce and pudding?

And how about these words: sugarplums, greetings, eggnog, jolly, mistletoe, Rudolph, togetherness, bells on bobtails, winter wonderland, manger, gingerbread and carols.