The Easter Egg Foil Ball Competition.

johnboy 3 April 2007 57

John Hargreaves has announced the Easter Egg Foil Ball Competition to be held in our schools for a $1,000 prize.

“Territory and Municipal Services is giving a school the opportunity to win $1000 by making the ACT’s (and maybe even the world’s) biggest Easter egg foil ball,” said Mr Hargreaves.

“All schools have to do is encourage students to bring in their Easter egg foil following the Easter break (up until Friday 4 May), and produce a single ball on behalf of the school. The winner will be determined by weight and size.

“The competition is aimed at educating students (and the community) that aluminium foil can be recycled. The foil that Easter eggs, Easter Bilbies and Easter Bunnies are wrapped in is recyclable and can be used to make new things, like soft drink cans, ladders, door frames and even car parts!

Words fail me.

(But for schools eager to trouser the cash we recommend starting with a beach ball and wrapping it in lead plate)

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57 Responses to The Easter Egg Foil Ball Competition.
Al Al 2:30 pm 05 Apr 07

Page 14 – “Today” column.

johnboy johnboy 1:37 pm 05 Apr 07

What page Al?

Thumper Thumper 1:09 pm 05 Apr 07

And therefore we shall treat Mr Hargreaves with the contempt he deserves!

happy easter to all, including the Assembly!

Al Al 1:00 pm 05 Apr 07

This thread got a mention in CT today – yes JB – they actually named RA.
Apparently Hargeaves’ response to the suggestion to make the Grassby statue out of the foil was:
“I will treat that comment with the contempt it deserves.”

seepi seepi 10:40 pm 04 Apr 07

We did painted eggs at govt primary school in Melbourne too.

jemmy jemmy 7:13 pm 04 Apr 07

caf: Is that so? Interesting.

I was brought up here as Catholic, went to a Catholic school, all my friends were Catholic, and I’d never heard of it when we went to the US to live for a year. I thought they were just being the usual whacky merkins with their crazy traditions. Mind you, I was only 6.

Damnit, my progression to all-seeing overlord has been set back a notch.

J Dawg J Dawg 5:55 pm 04 Apr 07

Where I work, Christmas space turned into school stationary space in early January, then when school went back it slowly turned into easter (starting early/mid February)

Maelinar Maelinar 2:05 pm 04 Apr 07

Easter eggs appeared on supermarket shelves on 2nd of January, although surprisingly much more subtly than in 2006. This year has seen them slowly increasing in floorspace as Easter has approached, in 2006 the full Easter floorspace wsa taken up immediately after new years.

I’m talking entire aisles here…

James-T-Kirk James-T-Kirk 1:29 pm 04 Apr 07

Coloured sugar on a stick? Is that fairy floss?

No, it was lolipops – I couldn’t remember what they were called – We had to make sure that they were wrapped so that they wern’t a health risk.

But, damn straight about the sugar… At least we did it early on in the night, so they were off the sugar by the time mum and dad collected them.

They had a ton of fun.

caf caf 12:50 pm 04 Apr 07

jemmy: you might (or might not) be interested to know that I did the painted-chook-egg thing at (government) primary school, here in Canberra.

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 12:30 pm 04 Apr 07

Coloured sugar on a stick? Is that fairy floss? Great plan though, feed the kids full of sugar and food colouring (preferably red) then send them home for the parents to get them to sleep. Pure gold.

Thumper Thumper 12:19 pm 04 Apr 07

John, Chapter III, verse V

“And thou shalt extract the chocolaty flavour from the cocoa tree that begats it, and then shalt turn the substance into a small rabbit and once thou hast turned it into a small rabbit thou shalt sew them like seeds to the children of the Lord.”

And there was much rejoicing…

By dentists…

Danman Danman 12:14 pm 04 Apr 07

Danman, chocolate eggs are a symbol of the christmas season is over, nothing more.

Well if thats your angle – thats fine.
I was more pointing towards the christian symbology of the egg – not that I am relighious about anything more than photography and playing guitar.

Everything is commercialised these days – hell Santa claus got his colors from Coca Cola.

James-T-Kirk James-T-Kirk 12:08 pm 04 Apr 07

“Bit tough on the schools with the sensitivity to not focus on Christian festivities”

Can somebody explain how the chocolate bunny/bilby/ Ferrero Rocher fest is Christian? I’d love to see a bible ref to “Thou shalt deliver bulk quantities of chocolate – Cadbury chall grow large and fat!”

Seems like the schools focusing on the chocolate fest is not religious at all, and is simply yet another mundane holiday.


As an aside, I ran an easter egg hunt last night for a bunch of Cubs (7.5 – 10.5 year olds) – We had Chocolate products, as well as colored sugar on a stick (for those who were unable to ingest dairy products)

Most of the kids simply were not interested in the chocolate… In many cases – they PUT THE EGGS BACK to get at the sugar on a stick..

Hmmm – How much chocolate have these kids consumed?

jemmy jemmy 11:58 am 04 Apr 07

Lot of confusion about easter eggs.

In some European countries a few centuries ago there was a tradition of decorating and painting chook eggs and giving them to friends. Some old-time Christians (esp in the US, I was given one as a child) still do that. As Danman says, an egg is a symbol of new life and a reference to the resurrection. I’ve never seen that tradition practiced here in Australia, but since I am not all-seeing and omnipotent (yet) I stand to be corrected. So I claim giving eggs is not a religious tradition here.

*Chocolate* easter eggs have nothing to do with religion and are a commercial attempt to cash in, just like greeting card manufacturers create fake holidays like Grandparents’ Day etc.

You have been educated. That is all. Dismissed.

(Checks for head up rectum. Nope, still on shoulders.)

Absent Diane Absent Diane 11:36 am 04 Apr 07

anyone who thinks that chocolate eggs have nothing to do with christianity has there head up their rectum. It is one of their ways of assimilating children and brainwashing them. Easter is good is about how zeus died for our sins, here have a chocolate egg and learn about it.

No more to say on the topic, on this forum.

Maelinar Maelinar 11:21 am 04 Apr 07

Danman, chocolate eggs are a symbol of the christmas season is over, nothing more.

I’ve considered moving my ‘official’ recognition of easter, christmas etc back a month, prices are much more realistic post event.

louise louise 10:01 am 04 Apr 07

When did you last see a chicken, or any other life form, hatch out of a chocolate egg?

Danman Danman 9:51 am 04 Apr 07

Chocolate eggs are symbolic of new life – and the fact that Jesus was raised from the dead 3 days after his crucifixion.

Chocolate bilbys and Chocolate bunnies are just commercial manifestations.

jemmy jemmy 8:59 am 04 Apr 07

Chocolate easter eggs have nothing to do with Christianity or religion. How on earth some have managed to turn this into an anti-religion rant is beyond me.

Still, nothing like a bit of righteous indignation in the morning. Some people need to double their dose of Bex.

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