YESTERDAY was Australia Day, today’s Tim Cahill-ia Day. It doesn’t come around often.
But the Socceroos’ talisman is in town so Newcastle, let’s not toss up the welcome we reserve for kind-of famous guests like Becks and Mark Twain.
It’s Tim Cahill. Time to get out the good china.
Rules for Tim Cahill-ia Day
1. For today only, the M1 Motorway shall be renamed the Cahill Expressway. Any confusion with the other Cahill Expressway is regrettable, but worth it.
2. Tim Cahill wears No.4, so every Newcastle four-year-old gets to have another birthday. Today.
3. All employees named Tim to be given the day off to watch the Socceroos versus UAE semi-final – on full pay. Make that double time. And a half.
4. King Street Macca’s to offer breakfast after 10.30am – for Tim Cahill.
5. A course on Tim Cahill’s World Cup goal against the Netherlands to be offered at the University of Newcastle.
6. Temporary corner flags to be installed at public bus stops so passengers can practise Tim Cahill’s signature flag-boxing celebration.
7. Affluent Newcastle suburb The Hill to be renamed ‘‘The Cahill’’.
8. Any child handing in a school assignment that simply reads ‘‘Tim Cahill’’ will receive partial credit.
9. Beaches to reopen (for Tim Cahill).
10. Free entry to the Argyle nightclub and two free drinks. Offer open to: Tim Cahill.
Happy Tim Cahill-ia Day! Celebrate responsibly.
IMAGINE rowing for 24 minutes, let alone 24 hours.
And what’s more, on this 24-hour row you have to go hard. No slacking off. Ridiculous, right? Not for a group of Newcastle teens who just pulled it off.
The team, from Newcastle Rowing Club, split up the task between them starting Friday morning and, by 8am Saturday, had churned out 300 kilometres. That’s enough to cover a theoretical Bass Straight, passing a theoretical Wild Oats XI on the way. They did it to raise money for the charity BeyondBlue.
‘‘Some people were doing a few shifts, about five or six kilometres per shift,’’ rower Emily Harcombe, 17, of New Lambton, said.
All the rowers were in year 12. Effort, that.
WHEN Owen Sherwood was at Newcastle Uni recently, he recognised the top of his head. In a poster. It was weird.
‘‘He was totally unaware the photo had been taken,’’ Owen’s mum Lynne Sherwood tells us.
You can find the poster outside the Auchmuty Library. Owen has graduated with a BA in English/Drama, and plays in the uni Quidditch team. The Huxley Library was named after his granddad, the former deputy Vice-Chancellor Dr Doulgas Huxley.
‘‘EVERYBODY was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed.’’
Australia’s newest knight, Prince Philip, during Britain’s recession of the 1980s. Just the man for us to celebrate in 2015.
‘‘AUSSIE, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi!’’
Newcastle’s Tegan Martin, after making the final 15 in the Miss Universe pageant, makes us proud. She went on to crack the top 10.
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