A veterinarian close to the action says that the real problem
with Mummify was not that the horse couldn’t be saved, but rather that it
had TOO much insurance on its head.

About this time last year Telstra warned that
insurance against any risk associated with electromagnetic radiation is
becoming more difficult to obtain because insurers are becoming less
willing to provide cover or charging prohibitive prices. Telstra
acknowledged this insurance problem in the risks section of its 2004
Annual Report, stating: “The establishment of a link between adverse
health effects and electromagnetic energy (EME) could expose us to
liability or negatively affect our operations.” However, this year
Telstra appears to have omitted to tell shareholders, present and
potential about such insurance problems. I wonder why?

Today someone rang selling short discounted subs to The Weekend Australian
which I, being an aged pensioner, happily accepted without question. I
should have continued my pleasant chat with the salesman (a man and, by
accent, not from Mumbai), because I now recall being offered an even
better deal some weeks ago for The Courier-Mail by (wait for
it) someone claiming to be a trainee journalist. Of course that could
have been part of the sales pitch. Is telephone selling part of
training for the meeja these days? I remain anonymous, lest Rupert quash
my subs deal.

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