TOPICS: Reverend leaves us a sign – photos

TOPICS: Reverend leaves us a sign – photos

DEPARTING: Stewart Perry is heading for a parish in the north.‘‘COME to church, for Christ’s sake,’’ reads the board outside St John’s Anglican church in Cooks Hill.
Wuxi Plastic Surgery

Quick with a joke andalways topical, the board is about to fall under new management. Stewart Perry, the young reverend who stamped his personality on it for seven years, is due north.

‘‘We’re heading to the Gold Coast, so I’m going to have to layer on the SPF-40,’’ Mr Perry told Topics.

‘‘I’m very sad to leave St John’s. It has been awesome. I blame God.’’

The Perrys – Stewart, his wife Leanne and their children Anika, 11, and Caleb, 4 – will take up a posting in the Parish of Robina.

Topics is sorry to see them go, not least because it casts doubt on the sign’s future. We raised our concerns with the departing reverend. He hinted at a plan of succession.

‘‘I’m sure someone will take over the sign,’’ Mr Perry said.

‘‘And I might have to start one up in Robina.’’

So as the reverend disappears up the highway to save the souls (we guess) of Gold Coasters like Bernard Tomic and Schapelle Corby, let us reflect.

Normal service

WE’VE been talking about customer service, and how much one should expect.

Reader Todd reports that some mates, out for a feed in a Newcastle suburb, ducked into a bottle shop.

‘‘There was a bunch of customers in there, but when they got up to the counter they found a sign that said, ‘Having dinner, back in 15 minutes’,’’ reports Todd.

‘‘Apparently the guy working there was eating out the back so they and a bunch of other people walked out empty-handed – they could have easily walked out without paying. Definitely not the type of person you want working for you.’’

Speaking of service, Topics once visited a roast chicken place. The kid behind the counter grunted ‘‘what you havin’?’’. We ordered a burger with beetroot, which prompted our attendant to enquire ‘‘what sauce you want?’’

‘‘What sauce do you have?’’ asked Topics.

‘‘Normal sauce,’’ he replied, scowling.

‘‘Give us that, then.’’

And with that, the kid squeezed the contents of a tube onto our burger. We never found out what ‘‘normal sauce’’ was.

Too matey matey

PETER Stroud-Watts, of Wallsend, writes in response to ‘‘Well, um, look, mate’’ (Topics, October 5).

‘‘What really gets up my nose is pimply faced 17, 18-year-olds at supermarket checkouts asking me ‘What have you been up to today?’ ‘Got any plans for the weekend?’’’ says Peter.

‘‘What is going on here? I’m old enough to be their grandfather! For goodness sake, whoever trains them, give them politer, more relevant questions to ask. A simple, ‘How are you?’ would suffice.’’

Donna Norris, of Glendale, argues that ‘‘mate’’ has its place.

‘‘I’ve been told I know a lot of people, so the word ‘mate’ is handy when you can’t remember the person’s name even though you have known them for 30 or more years.’’

‘‘Very embarrassing. That’s why I like ‘gidday mate’. I don’t like ‘matey’ or ‘buddy’ – they seem condescending.’’

RELIGIOUS SIGN: The board outside St John’s.

RELIGIOUS SIGN: The board outside St John’s.

RELIGIOUS SIGN: The board outside St John’s.

RELIGIOUS SIGN: The board outside St John’s.

RELIGIOUS SIGN: The board outside St John’s.

RELIGIOUS SIGN: The board outside St John’s.