With the Queen’s Wharf Tower facing its end, we thought it was a good time for a new campaign promoting safe sex.
Reader Richard O’Connor kindly sent in this picture of the tower with a raincoat.
“My slogan is: you can't pull down the Queens Wharf Tower, as it is protected.”
Of course the tower’s protection doesn’t look very adequate. We’re surprised a few little towers haven’t popped up around Newcastle.
After plans were announced to raze the tower, Trent Lane chimed in on social media with: “Does this mean Newcastle is about to suffer from erectile dysfunction?”
And Brayden Finch said: “Are they going to erect a new one?”
The answer to that would be no.
Reader Ash Pratten said on Facebook: “Trying to think of a pun. I’m just too tired”.
We can relate, Ash.
Quite a few punters have questioned why the city council didn’t consult the public about the planned demolition.
The council cleared this up, with this tweet: “It’s not an icon. Just because my mum wore Ken Done sunglasses in 1988 doesn’t mean she should be wearing them today. Fortunately, she knows that and doesn’t need to consult”.
But back to the safe-sex issue.
Louth Park’s Dennis Thurlow suggested in the Herald letters page that the city council should cover the tower with a 30-metre plastic sheath and erect a sign that says: “NCC supports safe sex”.
“It’s art and social responsibility in one shot,” he said.
Great idea, that.
And don’t forget what the Grim Reaper said: “If you have sex, have just one safe sex partner, or always use condoms – always”.
That old ‘80s advertisement still sends shivers down our spine.
Topics wrote last week about a wedge-tailed eagle that swooped and took a black cat on a path at Maryland.
We had lots of interest in this story.
People sent us photos and videos of eagles taking foxes, cats, deer, monkeys, lambs and even a baby cheetah cub.
There’s an epic YouTube video of an eagle attacking a mountain goat, as it gallops down a mountain. The goat won that duel.
There’s even a video of an eagle taking a human baby. Thankfully it was a hoax.
It makes us wonder if an eagle has ever tried to snatch a baby. The answer to that, apparently, is yes.
According to a 1910 story in the Milwaukee Sentinel, a two-month old child was stolen from its cradle by an eagle.
The bird took the toddler to its nest at the top of an oak tree. Shooters killed the eagle, but the toddler was found dead.
The New York Times reported in 1912 that an eagle swooped and took a two-year-old girl in Westport. The girl screamed and the eagle dropped her. She wasn’t harmed. Her father shot and killed the eagle.
The Smithsonian Magazine once reported that monkeys have distinct calls for different predators, including cats, snakes and eagles.
And a fossil of a 3-year-old hominid skull was found in an eagle’s nest in South Africa.
The phrase “oh crap, eagle” may well have been one of the first human words.
Hamilton South’s Gil Jamieson also has an eagle story.
“I have a Canon Sure Shot camera. I’ve had it for 32 years. It’s never missed a beat. It’s taken thousands of photos,” Gil said.
His favourite photos are the ones he’s taken with eagles at church lecterns.
These eagle statues were “absolutely beautiful”, he said.
“Even though the churches haven’t got a good reputation, the eagle still has,” Gil said.
“The church is failing and letting people down in a lot of ways, but the eagles have been there at church lecterns forever.”
Gil likes this message in the Bible in Isaiah 40:31: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”.
“This message is for everyone. It gives so much hope,” Gil said.
“I’m not overly religious, but I still like to have a belief. The eagle helps me to retain faith.”
In Christianity, the eagle was thought to be closest to heaven because it flew so high.