A WATERSPOUT funnelled across the horizon on Wednesday, pounding surf-exposed rocks on Bar Beach – and Topics wanted to stay in bed.
But one reader wanted to remind us the sea has dealt out more severe punishment, and we’re not even going to mention the Pasha Bulker.
‘‘That’s nothing,’’ says our reader, ‘‘compared to the Sygna storm that hit Bar Beach back in 1974.’’
Photos from the Newcastle Morning Herald of the time show a beach stripped bare, its rocky bones exposed.
The same happened in 1949.
‘‘You have to remember, the reef located in that area of Bar Beach puts power into a wave during heavy storm swells.’’
‘Other’ sweeps poll
AND the winner of the online poll for the Hunter’s greatest singer is ...‘‘Other’’.
Other polled more than 29 per cent of the vote, which suggests an eclectic Hunter music scene.
Reader suggestions for who should have appeared in the poll include Bob Corbett, Sue Cruickshank, Doug Parkinson, and a guy called Zackari Watt, from the band Mousemoon, whose fans kept leaving web comments.
There was also support for 2013 APRA award-winning country singer Morgan Evans, Bob Corbett’s Roo Grass Band member Sue Carson, and Tamworth favourite Tara Naysmith.
Easily the most popular individual was Silverchair’s Daniel Johns, with 25.5 per cent of votes. No surprise there, but the rest? It was pretty open.
Catherine Britt, with 9.4 per cent, edged out Screaming Jets frontman and perennial Novocastrian favourite Dave Gleeson for third place. Gleeson polled 8.7 per cent of the vote.
Next was a virtual dead heat. Just a handful of votes separated soul divas Mojo Juju and Kira Puru into fourth and fifth. They polled about 6 per cent each.
John Pittman, also know as the Darby Street bongo man, was unlucky to miss the top five. He came sixth, with 4.7 per cent.
So the Hunter’s five greatest singers, as voted by you, are:
1. Daniel Johns, 2. Catherine Britt, 3. Dave Gleeson, 4. Mojo Juju, 5. Kira Puru.
Jets passion simmers
IN the confetti-strewn wake of the Western Sydney roadshow, Topics asked what kind of sporting crowd Newcastle wants to be.
Are we entitled to have Wanderer envy?
We heard back from reader Ross Greig, a proud Novocastrian and our favourite Jets fan. He says vast reserves of passion and pride bubble beneath this town.
‘‘We were doing all this 30 years ago when KB United were drawing crowds of 18,000,’’ says Ross, who stresses that the Wanderers deserve enormous credit in their debut season.
How quickly we forget, he says, that 20,000 Jets fans streamed into Sydney for the 2007-08 grand final.
And while at least 6000 Wanderers fans invaded Newcastle last Friday to watch their team dismantle the hosts, the true test of their loyalty will be when the wins dry up.
‘‘It’s pretty bloody hard to cheer when you’re 3-nil down,’’ says Ross.
‘‘[Wanderers fans] got their Easter eggs on Good Friday, and we got empty wrappers.’’
Goodbye, meat pie
SPEAKING of our collective identity, are we becoming sausage-roll people?
A BIS Shrapnel report has found that while pies still dominate the convenience store and petrol station scene, sausage rolls have eaten into their popularity.
They are better to eat while you’re driving.
And while Coles’ and Woolworths’ two-for-one liquor offers on their dockets have incurred the wrath of regulators, what about the junk food promotions at servo counters?
You know, the ‘‘would you like three chocolate bars for $5?’’ ones.
It’s not booze they’re flogging, but doctors and dentists must be tearing their hair out.