I have received a media release from my mate and fellow Bowral old boy, Tim The Yowie Man, regarding his effort to break the drought.
TYM will be conducting a ceremony in Goulburn next week (which may be on Channel Seven’s Sunrise program) involving a mysterious South American rain stick. Speculation about the rain stick being produced often yields rain, which may explain tomorrow and Sunday’s forecast showers across the region.
The media release is reproduced below:
Yowie Man Set to Break the Drought
Goulburn, June 7, 2005
In a desperate bid to make it rain, Tim the Yowie Man, Canberra’s purveyor of all things mysterious and spooky, is about to conduct a special ceremony in drought-ravaged NSW town of Goulburnâ€¦ involving a South American rain stick endowed with magical powers.
The rain stick, gifted to the crack cryptonaturalist by a Peruvian farmer in 1990, has a history of triggering major rain events
â€œI was instructed to use the stick only sparingly or its powers may fade – as a result, Iâ€™ve only given the stick a good shake on three occasions in the last fifteen years,â€ explains the TTYM.
â€œThe first shake resulted in the Nyngan floods of 1990, the second shake saved the production of Babe: Pig in the City in the NSW Southern Highlands (by resulting in soaking rains that transformed unappealing brown grass into rolling green hills), and the last shake triggered drenching rains on the Gold Coast Hinterland in 2001.â€
â€œI canâ€™t explain how or why it works, or even if itâ€™s just pure coincidence, but with Goulburnâ€™s water supply at less than 8%, the situation is desperate, so Iâ€™ve got nothing to lose!â€ announced a hopeful Yowie Man earlier today
So when will the shaking take place? Tim the Yowie Man will be shaking his rain stick next Tuesday (June 14) afternoon, in a private ceremony atop a hill overlooking Goulburn.
â€œSometimes just the prospect of me shaking my stick brings on rain,â€ says an upbeat Tim the Yowie Man currently psyching himself up for the big day.