Hot Stuff: The axe-wielding Vaughn Hicks in the NSW Firefighters Calendar for 2017.
Yesterday we brought you the story about the Hunter having the sexiest firefighters in NSW.
This was because we had six firefighters in the NSW Firefighters Calendar for 2017.
The story included a photo of the buff beefcake Breece Whittaker, of Cameron Park.
We also put the story on the Herald’s website and Facebook page and it attracted quite a bit of attention.
There wereplenty of comments,including these:Stephanie Holmes:Might have to set our houses on fire;John Ralph:Doesn’t do a thing for me… lol; Shane Richardson:What a sexist post!!;Paula Turner:I do not agree with objectifying the male body but…wow!
We did notice that many women were understandably drawn to the photos of these strapping young firefighters.
Of course, political correctness being what it is these days, these types of stories and photos can sometimes ruffle feathers.
We noticed a few blokes suggested on Facebook that the story was sexist.
We’re not sure if they were being ironic.
But it did make us think about what the reaction would have been if, for example, female nurses put out a similar calendar.
But we’ll leave that particular hornet’s nest to someone else.
We shouldn’t forget that the Firefighters Calendar is for a good cause.
It raises money for the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Westmead Children’s Hospital Burns Unit, Mates4Mates and the RSPCA.
As Christine Smith said on Facebook: “Supports great causes – children and animals”.
Topics is glad to bring readers something a bit lighter.
One might say that muscular, good-looking firefighters are a welcome distraction from paedophile priests and ICAC scandals, if only for a fleeting moment or two.
So this is why we’ve decided to run another photo of a half-naked Newcastle-based firefighter, who also features in the calendar.
And if any type ofgender likes to have a gander at some eye candy once in a while, who are we to judge?
Sometimes you just have to give the people what they want.
Spoilt ForChoiceWe all face tough choices in life. Croudace Bay’s Eric Roach knows this. He’s facing a real curly one.
Four of his grandsons and son-in-law are playing in soccer grand finals on Saturday.
“Our dilemma is choosing which one to go and see,” Eric said.
What makes matters worseis they are playing at different grounds and similar times across the Hunter.
“They’re scattered all over the place,” he said.
The matches are being played at Broadmeadow, Tilligerry, Thornton and Nelson Bay.
Eric would have had another grandson in a grand final, but his team was knocked out last weekend in a penalty shootout.
Had his team won the match, he would have played one of Eric’s other grandsons in the grand final.
“That would have been difficult, knowing who to barrack for,” he said.
Eric reckons he should be able to catch two of the grand finals.
Topics can solve this one for you quite easily, Eric.
Just pick the ones you love the most and go and watch them play.
Swooping Season It’s magpie-swooping season. But what can be done to avoid being swooped?
Topics loves magpies. They are quite simply a magnificent Aussie bird. But around this time of year they tend to get a bit of a bad name because of swooping.
Terry Phick hadthis to offer on the Newcastle Herald’s Facebook page about how to deal with the problem: “If you get swooped by magpies, carry a little ziplock bag of some kind of meat cut up in small pieces. As you walk through magpie territory throw the meat out on the ground. The magpies will come and get it, after you have walked through. After three or four days of this you will never be swooped again.
Of course, you may have the magpies follow you around hoping for a free feed, but they’ll be singing at you in their beautiful voices.
Up close and personal with a magpie.
Joke of the DayThe shovel was a ground-breaking invention.