Ignorance is bliss, as the saying goes … but perhaps not on Twitter.
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A 21-year-old Englishwoman was the butt of jokes on the social networking site after she tweeted on Sunday: “Is Wimbledon always held in London?”

Georgia Ford’s question, during the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Club, was retweeted more than 7000 times, with many ridiculing her.

21 year old from Sunderland tweets something silly,it gets 5k retweets and counting.Bit of a lesson there about thinking before you tweet…— Neal Mann (@fieldproducer) July 8, 2012

“@Georgia_Ford: Is wimbledon always held in London?” Where do these people come from? What planet?— charlotte Marie (@CharMarie_22) July 8, 2012

“@Georgia_Ford: Is wimbledon always held in London?” My faith in humanity is depleting rapidly.— King George VII (@GeorgePenny16) July 8, 2012

You can always rely on mackems to amuse you with their total stupidity!!! Lol RT @Georgia_Ford Is wimbledon always held in London?— Blef (@blefuscu74) July 8, 2012

Not the sharpest tool in the toolbox I see!! RT “@Georgia_Ford: Is wimbledon always held in London?”— Beant (@Beant1) July 8, 2012

But the storm of criticism also reflected the dark side of the internet. The virtual mob continued to harangue Ms Ford despite her attempts to explain herself in further tweets and she eventually deleted her account.

Others hit back at the critics for their harsh remarks, saying it was a small matter that had been overblown.

@fieldproducer …and now she’s deleted her account. Another dark episode in Twitter’s mob history.— Martin Hewitt (@handlewithcare) July 8, 2012

Anyone who abused @Georgia_Ford for a simple mistake need to have a long hard look at themselves. Sort yourselves out for goodness sake.— Michael Graham (@Capt_Fishpaste) July 8, 2012

@fieldproducer Or maybe ppl should stop being dicks? Honest mistake, not everyone cares abt tennis. Doesn’t warrant this level of ridicule.— Milana Knezevic (@milanaknez) July 8, 2012

I feel bad @Georgia_Ford quit Twitter over her ‘Is Wimbledon always held in London?’ question. We all say daft things. Let’s get her back.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 9, 2012

A fan club even sprang up in her defence with the hashtag #BringBackGeorgia, retweeting commenters who came out in support of her.


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“I arrived in Australia with $1400 so I needed to do something” … Ingo Reisch.For Ingo Reisch, the venture has been varied but the rules have been the same: think big, work hard and never discard what you learn.
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Today Reisch is a successful car dealer, preparing to open on July 26 what will be the third-largest BMW dealership in the world, having invested $15 million in refurbishing his business in Doncaster, in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, at the depths of the global financial crisis.

His achievements in growing his dealership and making a profit every month – combined with developing another $15 million showroom in Bundoora, in the city’s north – have been so admired that the German car builder is using his as a case study for its other dealerships across the world.

It’s a remarkable achievement for a man who arrived in Australia almost 30 years ago from Germany with little to his name, little English, slightly daunted at starting afresh in a new country and without even thinking of a career in cars.

In 1983 Reisch arrived in Melbourne as a beekeeper. There were a shortage of them in Australia at the time and the young man from Bieber, near Frankfurt, packed his bags for the Dandenongs to collect honey. At the time he specialised in working with Carnica bees, but soon branched out and took a job in hospitality. From there he met a man who offered him a selling accessories for vintage Jaguar cars, and then, aided by a family connection in his homeland, began working for BMW.

Working his way up the management ladder, in 2000 he bought the Doncaster dealership when the previous owners withdrew.

It was a serendipitous path to some extent, but Reisch recalls now that he always had a drive to succeed.

“I arrived in Australia with $1400 so I needed to do something,” he says.

“I’m not saying I did it tough, I enjoyed that I walked everywhere or took the bus or tram or train, but I worked hard, two shifts at a time for the guys at Chaucer’s (Reception Centre) – they worked me, they really worked me … but I worked with the right people and had some fantastic bosses who were really driven and motivated and I like picking up their negatives and positives.

“That’s what I say to all my staff: the beauty is working with lots of people you can cherry pick what is good for you because everyone needs a different tool in their tool box. There’s always room for an open mind and improvements.”

Reisch certainly kept an open mind during the global financial crisis. At a time when the car industry downsized, cut jobs and posted losses, he struck a deal with his staff – there would be no retrenchments, but there would also be no promotions until the lull in activity ended – in return, he got profits every month.

Now, with the sales climate much stronger, Reisch is expanding and incorporating the aspects of his varied career into his dealership.

He plans to have food stalls incorporated into the dealership, will have beehives on the roof, a pizza oven for clients to use and has even had a wine cellar built below one of the showroom floors. It’s an offbeat environment for a car showroom, but Reisch is determined to maintain a commitment to customer service.

“We’re going to have problems, we’re going to have stuff-ups but when that happens we are going to stand by and hope the customer will go away. We’re going to fix this,” he says.

Reisch says he was never daunted by the large financial commitments he has made in recent years, as his focus is you can’t be half-interested.

“It’s all about drive,” he says.

“You can hang around and stuff around and everyone will make mistakes. That happens in life. But you just need to get on with it. My theme is if there is a problem how do I turn it around and turn it into a positive.”

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Of all the surprises that inhabit the Museum of Old and New Art, perhaps the most unexpected and fascinating is turning out to be the owner himself.
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Once David Walsh was a recluse with a penchant for outraging provincial thinkers.

He would turn up at the launch of his annual Hobart arts festival and stand in the crowd with a drink like an anonymous punter, while others did the publicity.

Invited to share his thoughts at the opening of his fabulous MONA last year, he said: “No. I’m not. That’s it.” And that was as close as anyone came to opening speeches.

As applause grows for his $174 million museum, Walsh is becoming more comfortable in the limelight.

Occasionally he lets us know what is zapping around in that extraordinary brain.

The mathematician turned gambler recently illuminated his own creative growth. He explained that as a child he used to play truant from Mass in order to visit the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

It was there that he began to think about objects and their meaning, travelling along a path that now has him concluding: “What we see as beauty is mostly the phenomenon of order, extracted from complexity, chaos or caprice.”

With MONA’s new show, Walsh appears to have pulled off another coup. Enough for the art critic of the Sydney Morning Herald, John McDonald, to observe of one room: “It’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen in a museum.”

But anyone who has read Grimms’ Fairy Tales knows that in life, there has to be a reckoning. More often than not, things like a free MONA for every Tasmanian can’t stay that good forever.

And there Walsh is, like Rumpelstiltskin. How long will he keep on spinning us gold out of straw before someone learns his secret?

Now that he is engaged in the Federal Court with the Australian Taxation Office, has this time come?

The ATO says that Walsh, and others in a secretive punters’ club, have been running a $2.4 billion global gambling business, and it wants the taxes due. At last count, Walsh faced a $37.7 million tax bill, plus interest, for 2004-6, which he is disputing.

Last week, when more details of the tax dispute became public, he was being asked whether this meant MONA will soon be over.

Do you need to hop on a cheap flight to Hobart quickly?

Probably not. Walsh is looking to settle with the ATO. He argues that gambling winnings aren’t taxable, and that until now the ATO has always told him so. He rates the closure of MONA as a “small” chance.

Instead, what is emerging is an essentially Australian narrative. We still love a cheeky finger raised at authority or at people who put on airs. We are still mad gamblers.

Walsh’s corner is crowded with people who would bet on him.

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Slain woman Allison Baden-Clay.Police are waiting on further forensic test results from an interstate laboratory in order to determine the cause of death of alleged murder victim Allison Baden-Clay, Queensland Health says.
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Concerns of delays in forensic testing and analysis were raised in Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday, where lawyers prosecuting Mrs Baden-Clay’s husband, Gerard Baden-Clay, sought to arrange the handing over of a “voluminous” brief of evidence to the accused murderer’s defence team.

Mr Baden-Clay, 41, was charged last month with his wife’s murder.

It is alleged the real estate agent killed his 43-year-old wife and the mother of their three daughters in their Brookfield home “on or about” April 19, before dumping her body about 14 kilometres away in the vicinity of Kholo Creek.

The court heard police were still waiting on the results from the post-mortem examination, as well as computer and phone analysis.

But senior director of forensic and scientific services at Brisbane’s John Tonge Centre, Greg Shaw, said Queensland Health was not responsible for the delay.

“All forensic tests by Queensland’s Forensic and Scientific Services in relation to this case were completed by the end of May,” he said in a statement.

“We understand additional tests have been requested which are currently being performed by an interstate laboratory.”

Prosecutor Danny Boyle also revealed it could take up to five months for a forensic accountant to analyse Mr Baden-Clay’s financial records.

Mr Boyle told the court yesterday the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions was ready to hand over 330 witness statements already contained in the brief of evidence, but said it could take until mid-November for a forensic accountant with Queensland police to provide her report on Mr Baden-Clay’s financial affairs.

It is alleged the accused murderer stood to gain $960,000 from his wife’s life insurance and superannuation policies, with which he intended to settle about $1 million in personal and business debts.

Mr Boyle said police were also in the process of obtaining a further 50 to 100 witness statements.

Magistrate Chris Callaghan said he was “flabbergasted” to hear of the lengthy delay.

“I can’t believe for any minute that it would take five months for an investigative accountant to look into the affairs of one defendant,” he said.

“The defence can’t be asked to make any decisions without the full brief.”

Mr Callaghan ordered that the brief of evidence, excluding the statement from the forensic accountant, be handed to Mr Baden-Clay’s legal team by August 20.

He ordered that Mr Baden-Clay face court again on September 3.

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A Gold Coast bar and restaurant has been fined $75,000 after two staff members were hospitalised with chemical burns to their eyes, face and body.
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The two workers at Surfers Paradise Fiddlers Green Irish Bar and Restaurant were severely burned in February last year, after they poured commercial grade caustic soda into a drain, without adhering to standard safety procedures.

A 20-year-old apprentice chef suffered burns to her face, thighs, left arm and eyes.

She required treatment in the intensive care unit of the Gold Coast Hospital, before she was transferred to the specialist burns unit of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

The head chef suffered burns to his face, arms, left leg and left eye.

He spent six days in hospital and later required a skin graft to his knee.

The restaurant’s operator, Garris New Pty Ltd, pleaded guilty in Southport Industrial Magistrates Court yesterday to breaching the Workplace Health and Safety Act.

Prosecutors told the court the contents of the drain “erupted like a volcano”, sending material flying past the workers and hitting the ceiling of the kitchen.

Both workers felt instant pain as the alkaline substance came into contact with their skin, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland said.

The court heard the company failed to prepare and implement a safe system of work in the use of chemicals at the restaurant.

Industrial Magistrate Brian Kilmartin fined Garris New Pty Ltd $75,000 and ordered it pay investigation, professional and court costs totalling $3757.

He noted the restaurant operator had acted on notices issued by WHSQ and implemented training and other safety measures for chemical use.

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