Meet pin-up model Kitty Summers. She has an interesting item on her bucket list.
"I’ve always wanted to shave my head. I decided this year was the year," the Cardiff resident said.
"I’ve always loved playing with my hair because it’s so thick and grows so fast. It’s been every colour under the sun."
She bleached it once for her year 12 formal.
"It was dark brown and it went highlighter-orange – that in-between colour that you're not meant to really get," she said.
"That was the first time I threatened to shave it off. I was gonna be bald for my year 12 formal. Mum talked me out of it."
Ever since then, whenever her hair isn't quite how she'd like it, the impulse returns to shave the lot off.
"It’s a default reaction," she said.
"Generally there’s someone standing beside me saying, ‘you probably shouldn’t’."
This time, there's no going back.
She's already raised almost $700 for the World's Greatest Shave. The big day falls on Friday.
"My husband is super-supportive. My boss at work said it’s totally fine. So yeah, let’s do it."
Mind you, she did add: "I’m pleased it’s leading into winter so, if I hate it, I’ll wear beanies and hats."
Carrying Coals to Newcastle
Did you catch last week's story about the proposal for a couple of "ultra super-critical" coal-fired power plants in the Hunter Economic Zone near Kurri Kurri?
Opinion on the idea seemed fairly split in the Hunter.
Nevertheless, a critically endangered bird may well have a bigger say than people on such plans getting off the ground.
"The regent honeyeaters are the only thing that stands between the ongoing sustainability of the planet," a colleague quipped.
Our discerning colleague tends to think the power-plant plans are a tad fantastic. Fantastic as in imaginative or fanciful, not so much extraordinarily good or attractive.
"Why don't we just reopen Zaara Street power station at the top of town instead? We could mine Fort Scratchley – it’s full of coal. So is Nobbys. Newcastle could be self-sustainable," he jested.
Paul Sullivan, the chief executive of BirdLife Australia, wasn't so jocular.
“This ludicrous proposal to build two coal-fired power stations on top of one of the most important patches of the critically endangered regent honeyeater’s breeding habitat is a sure-fire way to guarantee their path toward extinction," he said.
This from Valentine's Neville Morris on Friday: "A racehorse named Pel (only one l) ran unplaced at Newcastle today".
"It’s sire is I Am Invincible. Like its namesake, he wasn’t and ran unplaced!"