The Art of the Australian Insult

The silent sufferers applaud
November 3, 2008, 10:33 pm
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“The silent sufferers of Sydney’s outsourced food culture applaud this ordinary family for standing up to the tyranny of the restaurant kitchen. Purse-lipped and grim in photographs, they evoke the admirable stoicism of American Gothic, defenders of a cherished way of life and the freedom to eat ice-cream without fear.”

Miranda Devine on the case of the poo in the gelato.


A Coogee Bay Special
October 30, 2008, 2:17 am
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“Will the term “Coogee Bay Special” be added to the Aussie vernacular, meaning an item of food or drink that has an unappealing appearance, taste or smell? An example of its use would be “my sister-in-law served me a Coogee Bay Special”, that is, she served me an item of food that I turned my nose up at.”

Angela Jackson Blair Athol, letter to the Sydney Morning Herald.

A pile of poo
October 29, 2008, 2:02 am
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Gelato happens.

Tom Nash St Ives Chase, on the incident of the poo in the gelato at the Coogee Bay Hotel.

“You made my mum eat poo”
October 26, 2008, 10:12 pm
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Speaking of the shits, that’s exactly what was served up to the Whyte family in the Coogee Bay Hotel.  After complaining about the sound levels on the TV in the brasserie, the standard of service and the price of icecream (at $19 for an adult serve, a bit steep even by eastern suburbs standards), the family was served a free bowl of icecream. Jessica Whyte, the mother, explains:

“There were four scoops including vanilla, chocolate and hazelnut. At the bottom, there appeared to be chocolate. Greedily, I went for it ahead of the kids.  Thank heavens I did. The stench, the taste…I spat the food into a napkin and immediately I was sick.”

One of her sons screamed at the staff, “You made my mum eat poo.”

The Whytes sensibly took a sample to be tested. The National Measurement Institute came back with a report stating that “The sample has an offensive odour and physical properties simular to human excreta.”

The hotel’s general manager hit back, saying that the Whytes had demanded up to $1 million from the hotel and that they were treating the incident as “suspicious.”