Site Columns By Amy
April 11, 2001 - 7:24 PM

Hello World!

You may not have known it, but there was a successful coup in Australia today, to the cheers of the nation. Dick Smith and a host of Aussie icons including Dawn Fraiser stormed Parliament House in the early hours of the morning and took over after a brief battle with two over-weight security guards. In the ensuing confusion, it’s believed that the Opposition leader, one Kim Beazely, finally ate our PM, one little Johnny Howard. This comes on the same day as starting revelations of just what exactly the Liberals got up to during one of their recent social functions (I gather it involved a lot of leather).

Well, ok – it’s all false (unfortunately) and all courtesy of Prosh.

Prosh, you see, is a once-yearly newspaper put out by the University of WA to raise money for various charities. Prosh day usually sees hundreds of UWA students take to the streets and shops of Perth, all in various costumes (I was sold my by three girls wrapped in newspaper) to sell the paper for a gold coin donation. Typically there are a few pranks pulled on this day (last year’s was pretty spectacular, if I recall correctly – a huge fake UFO was dumped into the Swan River) though I didn’t hear of any this year. At any rate, the paper contains the usual university satirical look at politics and life – presented with a, how should I put this – toilet humour spin. Nonetheless, some of the articles are quite funny, if almost entirely fictional. And, at any rate, it was well worth my $2.

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