Thousands of little towns around the world anonymously function for the benefit of their citizens, day in and day out. Nothing special ever happens to attract outside attention. Selfless acts of courage and sacrifice go by, unnoticed by the rest of the world.
Occasionally however, something will happen to propel your town into the international media spotlight, and fill your heart with local and national pride. A moment in time and history when your town demonstrates to the rest of the world its special achievement.
This is not one of them.
Cairns' recent claim to fame occurred after a series of break and enter crimes on a sex shop. The offender broke into the shop on 3 separate occasions, stole blow-up dolls, had a deep and meaningful relationship with those called "Jungle Jane" before discarding them in the street.
Police advised that the offender gained rear entry (their words, not mine) to the premises from a laneway, and that they were looking for a "tall skinny Caucasian" to help them with their enquiries.
I accordingly had to keep a low profile for a week or so until a more appropriate suspect was arrested.
The whole sordid little affair is now over.
Now, as a proud citizen, what can I do to truly enhance the reputation of my little town?
I am thinking perhaps the world needs another Bhagwan.
Ghofwan Rajneesh…..I am feeling positively guruish already.