Originally published in The Sydney Morning Herald on December 1, 1987
THE MARANGE LINES, YOU, YOU, THE CRAZY LINES, THERE’S ANOTHER
Australia’s big summer, which starts today, is ice-cream by the million, runs by the hectare and skin cancer by the money.
Fashionistas will be hitting the beaches with one million swimwear to be sold from Australia’s biggest manufacturer, Speedo, over the next three months.
About 4,000 of these beachgoers were pulled from the Sydney surf by lifeguards.
Those staying inside will buy 3,000 bottles of gas from Harvey Norman Discount stores. The owner, Gerry Harvey, said the stores will not be selling single boiler heating for next winter.
Those who stay inside will have access to 55,000 successful ideas this summer, a figure based on national birth statistics. This year’s fall combined will result in 43,000 summer births.
Ice cream makers Peter’s and Paul’s sell 50 million Icy Poles, Crazy Critters, Drumsticks and Choc Wedges nationwide. Consumers expect up to 20,000 bush flies per hectare to enter Sydney this summer, according to the CSIRO.
The Eastside Surf Center in Coogee will sell 250 boards, 800 shorts, 1,000 wax blocks and 100 pairs of sunglasses.
Train crews lose 20 beach towels, 62 sunglasses, six pairs of swim trunks, 20 keys, one surfboard and a pair of false teeth, officials say. property of the SRA.