/ 23 May 2024

The state of North Queensland, an expensive feather, and glamour on the dogwalk…


Robbie Katter – the Queensland state MP/federal MP Bob Katter’s son – is launching a new bid to make North Queensland its own state. He’s long maintained his constituents don’t have much in common with those living in the south of the state – he says his people have 3 big issues: “crime, coal, crocs.”

Knock us over with a feather – a single piece of a huia bird’s plumage has sold at auction for nearly $43,000, making it the world’s most expensive. Hailing from Kiwiland, it’s not particularly fancy, but they were prestigious, and that saw the bird become extinct early last century.  

But if a glamorous animal is what you came for, behold the Pet Gala… And while they’re definitely “not mimicking the Met Gala”, the pretty pooches are sent down the dogwalk for the benefit of New York’s American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog. Must be ruff looking that good… 

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