Small Talk 5 March 2009

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  • Veteran rock ‘n’ roller Tom Sharplin, who performed during the Auto Extravaganza last weekend, recalls when he was legless in Queenstown. While skiing with muso friend Kipa Royal, he says he took “a pretty rough tumble” on The Remarkables in the late 80s and his right wooden leg came off. “I had to slide down the mountain on my bum for quite a way to get it because it just took off.” Sharplin, who credits Royal, a regular winter visitor, with turning him on to rock ‘n’ roll, estimates he’s performed about 60 gigs here since the 70s.
  • A quote in Queenstown Lakes District Council’s latest Scuttlebutt skite-sheet is attributed to “harbourmaster Mary Black”. Mary Black is in fact a well-known Irish singer, while Marty Black, last time I looked, was still QLDC’s harbourmaster.
  • Local flatmates Shona Rust and Julie Jolley have both been on crutches lately. Rust tore the
    ligaments of her left foot during an aborted paragliding takeoff and Jolley broke her left ankle during a boot camp fitness session.