Closing comment – courting on rooftops & seeking top bird


This week’s c-word has been courting.

The courting started on, er, hump day, of course, when we chaperoned Melbourne’s media darlings on a blind date with #YourFootscray ambassadors on the Footscray Market roof.

Was the serenade at sunset a success? If you measure success by the level of impassioned conversation, then yes. As guests noshed on the Ethiopian banquet and crispy cannoli, the ambassadors expressed their love for Footscray for all to hear.

the c word caught the train home, warmed by the inner glow that comes from connecting complementary strangers – and of letting people in on a secret you know they’ll always love you for.

The #YourFootscray ambassadors, the crazy cads that they are, were just warming up. They’ll be spruiking their wares again when they provide winners of an online ‘win-a-date’ competition with opportunities to fall in love with their favourite suburb.

Think a cannoli-making lesson with Tony; an Ethiopian coffee ceremony with Abdul and Rozenn; a Vietnamese brew with Kevin at his café; tacos and craft beer with The Reverence Hoteliers; and a lesson in spotting the freshest catch with fishmongers, Paul & John. Did your heart just skip a beat, or did you have a little too much caffeine to get you through Friday afternoon?

Whichever the case, the competition is easy to enter: first, voters select a date (cannoli, tacos, fresh fish, Ethiopian coffee or Vietnamese coffee), then they visit, or and explain in 20 words OR LESS why they want to win. To be eligible, entries must be lodged by 11:59pm on Wednesday, 9 October, 2013.

Move over Casanova because we’re also concocting a rendez-vous of the three-way speed date kind for another client. Watch this space for a full update.

Our final Spring Fling for this week has been to announce that Australians are returning to the polls again next month, this time to vote for the most popular bird in the land.

The poll – BirdLife Australia’s way of encouraging us to ‘Meet the Neighbours’ (think: chick next door) during peak mating season – will run alongside events in cities and towns across the country.

The winning bird will get its own cover on the December edition of “Australian Birdlife” magazine, while one lucky human voter will win a holiday at the beautiful O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in the Brisbane Hinterlands. Vote for your favourite Australian bird at and look out for more plucky stories during National Bird Week 2013 which runs from 19 to 25 October.

Have a great weekend everyone.


Jack & the c word crew

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