Yippie lived by his writs

ABBIE Hoffman used to boast about the size of his subpoenas. Now the old Yippie (a politically active hippie, for those who don't remember the 60s) has a rival in the claims of litigious largeness. Shai Major, the so-called "slum landlord" accused of running a hostel without approval, has subpoenaed The Northern Star, Byron Shire Council (for a copy of the media release and photos, the full brief of evidence and other material which council maintains is privileged) and most recently, the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The Scout will refrain from commenting on the nuisance and cost of Mr Major's legal efforts, in order to avoid being on the receiving end of one of his far-reaching subpoenas.

NOT usually much of a spiritual sort of chap, The Scout nonetheless experienced a religious ecstasy watching Lucinda Williams perform Blessed on the opening night of Bluesfest. A departure from her usual dirty love and/or love-damaged songs, Blessed is Williams's Chimes of Freedom, a hymn to the downtrodden. The Scout fears his enthusiasm for the country rock goddess may have become positively unseemly if she had performed Essence to the end. But the poor gal's voice gave way on her and she had to let this paen to addictive passion pass. Old trouper that she is, Williams finished the set in stunning form. And, ever her slave, The Scout returned for Saturday night's show, when she did complete Essence, and a whole bunch of other from-the-gut masterpieces.

IS there no limit to the extent of some people's ratbaggery? The Scout understands that the tyres on a score or more of cars in the north of the Shire have been hit by someone wielding a nail gun. And further, that the tools using the tool probably nicked it from tradie's ute that was looted recently. Keep an ear out for a builder's gun being used outside working hours.

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