New bar’s bull not for fainthearted

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INTREPID Queenstown traveller Louise Kiely is pictured with Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle. The pair met up in London recently after Boyle had performed before the Pope.

COLOURFUL Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt has been hovering in our backyard all week. He’s been camping at Moke Lake and catching trout with several other Invercargill movers and shakers as part of an annual team-bonding session.

LOCAL real estate agent Richard Stringer was a busy boy at Remarkables School’s recent fundraiser, attended by mountaineer Peter Hillary. He was not only MC but also the auctioneer and part of the entertainment package.

UNKNOWN to many, there’s more than one Spud in The Mall. Grant “Spud” Murphy, of course, has run Chico’s bar/restaurant since the late ’80s. More recently he’s been joined by Paper Plus manager Irene Godsall whose nickname is also Spud.

RUMOUR has it that Red Rock owner Dave Ness suffered a nasty cut to his finger falling off the mechanical bucking bronco at the resort’s new Cowboy bar. Another punter knocked out a front tooth one night.

A SIGN outside Neki Patel’s chiropractic clinic reads: “Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.”

LOCAL MP/Finance Minister Bill English had a chuckle at the expense of former local parliamentarian and ex-mayor Warren Cooper, at the Chamber of Commerce business awards last Friday. Before presenting a lifetime achievement award to John Davies, English said his only concern is Davies “once took advice from Mr Cooper – I have never taken advice from Mr Cooper and I’m not about to start”.

LONG-TIME local Lile Cunningham celebrated her 90th birthday this week.