OPINION: Parade takes a lighter look at life in Bathurst and surrounds

PARADE is feeling a little envious of the judges who will be presiding over the first Bathurst Pig Wars Challenge cook-off on Saturday.

Home cooks will be serving up two delicious courses for the title of Best Oz Pig Chef in the Central West.

Sure, it's a tough job deciding which dish is best, but when the method involves eating, it's a pretty sweet gig.

Better than the food is the fact that the cook-off supports the Black Dog Ride and money raised will go to Lifeline Central West.

Anyone who wants to watch or participate in the cook-off can attend from 8.30am to 2pm at the showground.

There is nothing like a little friendly food-based competition.

A special mate, a special message

PARADE doesn’t know whether he’s efficient or premature, but he is proud to say that he has now sent out all his Christmas cards to friends for this year.

Parade’s theory with the cards is that when the mood strikes, you should just go ahead and get the job done, even if that means you are sealing up the envelopes and applying the stamps as early as mid-November.

There’s an art to deciding what message should go inside each card, Parade reckons, and it’s all to do with knowing your audience.

To some people, Parade’s message is very straightforward: a little about the events of the year, and a general message about a safe and happy 2017.

To others, Parade is a little more irreverent. Parade has a mate, a World War Two buff, who always appreciates some sort of reference to Winston Churchill being worked into the card (and bonus points for a reference to World War Two aircraft).

And then there is the third category.

Parade has a mate who never sends a return card (perhaps he’s trying to say something, though he did invite Parade to his wedding), so he got a special message this year.

“I know you won’t reply, but I’m still going to send you this card because I’m a stubborn bugger,” Parade’s message began.

It’s not very Christmasy, but it will do the job.

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