Bugs are wigging out

IT’S not just the calendar that has been letting us know that December is here again – we have the local bugs to thank as well.

The Western Advocate reported last year on an invasion of earwigs following a spate of wet, warm weather that created ideal breeding conditions.

So given the weather we’ve seen across the region in recent months, it’s probably no surprise that history’s repeating itself.

Parade has been seeing earwigs everywhere again – inside and out.

They seem particularly fond of any sink in the house and have a habit of falling from the roof into the shower, but they’re not the only bugs around the house at the moment.

Parade was also very pleased this week to find the first Christmas beetle of the year bumbling its way across the tiles.

That’s an image that always puts a smile on Parade’s dial and is another real sign the festive season is upon us.

Music selection for all tastes

MACQUARIE Male Singers will present an eclectic show at The Carrington on Sunday afternoon.

The singers’ fifth “farago” (entertainment made up of many styles) will cover a range of musical genres from Broadway to folk and even World War 1 numbers.

The first half of the show will be dedicated to songs arranged by musical director Roland Auguszczak with solo contributions from Kathy Powell, Ian Gordon, Paul Prendergast and Tom Hodson, with accompaniment by Marianne Hearne, Henry Bialowas and Richard Bialowas.

Following the interval there will be a nostalgic trip down memory lane when a highlight will be a tribute to Australia’s past and present servicemen and women 100 years on from World War 1.

Doors open at 1.30pm with the concert to start at 2pm with refreshments available throughout the afternoon.

There will be a lucky door prize and raffle to top off what should be some wonderful pre-Christmas fun.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for pensioners and residents at health care facilities, and $5 for students aged 18 and under.