Tuesday, 15 September 2015

A Spill of a Different Kind

In light of the politics of the day (or of the 'late last night' as the case may be), I trawled through the newspaper archives for a relevant article.

I came up short, so instead enjoy this humorous 'spill' anecdote from the turn-of-the-previous-century Sydney newspaper The Arrow. I'm sure there's an appropriate metaphor for our sudden change of Prime Minister in here somewhere:

A philosopher was dining at a George-street restaurant.
In stretching out his hand to get the po-tatoes he happened to upset the salt.
"You will observe," he remarked to the waiter who stood just behind him, "that it is unlucky to upset the salt. To avert the ill luck you should take a pinch of the salt you have upset and throw it over your left shoulder."
The philosopher then suited the action to the word, and the salt went into the waiter's eyes.
The waiter is now of the opinion that it is sometimes unlucky to upset the salt.
UNLUCKY TO SPILL SALT. (1898, July 30). The Arrow (Sydney, NSW : 1896 - 1912), p. 3. Retrieved September 15, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article114451005