THE AUSTRALIAN $10 note has on it the portrait of Banjo Paterson, son of a Lanarkshire family, who wrote Waltzing Matilda.
An Ozzie barman tells us a Scottish visitor peered at the note when he got one in his change in Sydney, and declared: "Banjo Paterson? I don't know who he is, but in a Glasgow bar that's an instruction to start a fight."
One singer, one song
WE mentioned Alex Salmond speaking at the Institute of Directors' conference in London, and we should perhaps give a "well done" to whoever was in charge of the music at the event. The SNP leader walked on stage to The Carpenters' song Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, while Moya Green, boss of the Royal Mail, came on stage to Stevie Wonder's Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Poor Nick Clegg of the LibDems walked on to the plaintive Journey ode Don't Stop Believing.
Home from home
KAREN Burke, manager of Marks Hotel in Glasgow, was recently asked if she ever gets the chance to escape from work.
"Not really," she replied, "My husband's called Mark – and he treats the house like a hotel."
Yesterday Rangers revealed their new retro-stlye top for next season, and already some fans have expressed their unhappiness with the colours – they say they didn't want Whyte to have anything to do with it.
A TROON reader tells us his mother was not quite clear on the concept when he drove her past a large wind farm and she remarked: "Look at these things. It must take an awful lot of electricity to keep them going."
In soapy bubble
IAN Barnett tells us a pal hired a car at Glasgow Airport this week which contained a sticker stating that "due to the water restrictions, your vehicle will not be spray washed". As the rain is bouncing off the ground in Glasgow we assume it was a car driven there from a depot down south, rather than some wily Glasgow workers pulling a fast one.
A NEWTON Mearns reader passes on a conversation he heard among some girls heading to school yesterday. "It really cheered me up when I saw a Post It on my bag this morning saying: 'You're Great'," one of the girls was telling her pals.
She then added: "I mean, I know it was me who put it there, but it still made me smile."
Economical with the truth
OUR Westminster contact phones to tell us: "The rising fuel costs have seen a decrease in the number of miles driven by cars on Britain's roads.
"So no doubt we can expect the Chancellor to claim the price rise was actually a road safety initiative."
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