Parade | It’s been a dry run recently, but it will soon end

IT’S a different world when you’ve given up the loudmouth soup.

That’s what one of Parade’s mates has reported after he spent the first weeks of 2018 abstaining from beer in all its seductive, frothy forms.

Parade’s mate – normally a regular and enthusiastic amber liquid drinker – says he has had more money in his wallet and a clearer head on a Sunday morning since he gave beer the flick, but has also found it hard to shake the Pavlovian response of heading to the fridge as soon as he walks through the door after a long day at work.

His beer ban is close to expiring now – he only ever wanted to get through January, but kept going into February while he had the momentum – and he says he has mixed feelings about the end of the arrangement.

On the one hand, he says he’ll miss the virtuous feeling of heading to bed early on a Friday night sober as a judge and already making a mental list of things to do the next morning.

On the other hand, he’s noticed his ice-cream consumption rise alarmingly since beer was taken out of his life.

He’s worried that if he doesn’t start drinking again soon, he might develop a full-blown cookies and cream addiction – talk about jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Compare the pair? There’s no need

BEEN thinking about how the growing Bathurst 12 Hour compares to the more established Bathurst 1000?

Driver David Russell, who has competed in the Bathurst 1000 and drove in the 12 Hour last Sunday (which is a lot more than Parade has ever done), says the two are very separate events and should be treated as such.

“They are totally different; this race wasn’t around when we were all kids," he told one of Parade's colleagues on the weekend.

"The Bathurst 1000 is an Australian icon that everyone, even if you’re not into motor sport, you know that there’s a car race on in October.

“I don’t think it’s fair to say one is going to be bigger than the other because they are so different. I just love driving both cars; it doesn’t matter."

And Parade reckons you can't argue with that.