27 September 2023

Vying with the virus

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Another week, another edition of PS News and PS-sssst! published against the odds, proving once again that being a little ‘odd’ has its rewards.

For the record, PS News plans to out-virus COVID by keeping up our good work, persevering with our not-so-good work and learning from our downright hopeless work in time to master the art of social distance in the next round of ‘epi’, ‘pan’ or ‘en’ demics.

To date we’ve only had to sacrifice our Public Service social pages in the APS edition due to their socials being too distant and our flick-tragic movie reviewer Vic Rebikoff who has been forced to direct his reviewingship at upcoming movies on TV since the nation’s film theatres have drawn their curtains.

Apart from those minor hiccups, and the loss of one part-time member of the team, it’s all news and information as usual at PS News, just as we hope it’s all public service as usual for all our cherished readers.

Radio waves at the winners

Turning proudly to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation now, habitually and more economically referred to as the ABC, huge congratulations are in order for its Sydney breakfast radio team of Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck (pictured) who set new audience records in the latest radio ratings, skipping past the city’s superstars Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O to take No. 2 place with 11.8 per cent of listeners in the 5.30am to 9am timeslot.

“We had a season of the worst bushfires in history, we had floods on the back of that, and now we have coronavirus,” achieving announcer Robbie Buck announced.

“When people want to find information they trust, they come to the ABC.”

PS-sssst! could not have put it better ourselves.

The Public Sector excels again!

Cold hard prizes

To Rama Gaind’s regular giveaway now in which five lucky readers have the chance to win copies of the family animated comedy DVD Arctic Justice courtesy of Icon Film Distribution.

To be among Rama’s winners, readers needed only tell her the type of animal ‘Swifty’ is and then scramble out of the PS News Barrel of Booty ahead of the rest.

The successful players who identified Swifty as an Arctic Fox were Nicola P from the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works, Scott P from Services Australia, Paul W from the Victorian Electoral Commission, Pam E from Bundeberg in Queensland and Julie F from Kyabram, Victoria.

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who took part. The DVDs should be on the way to their winners shortly, Coronavirus permitting.

For another chance to join Rama’s Army of lucky winners, simply follow this link to the Book Real Kids, Real Play and follow this link to the other book prize The Gift of Presence.

Good luck!!

Doing the toilet roll


And while we’re reporting on the redoubtable Rama and her grandiose, gratuitous and gratis giveaways, the queen of the critique’s presently preferred promotable publication (with prize) is the family fun guide for keeping young kids occupied in the home when they’d rather be out of it.

According to Rama, the new book Real Kids, Real Play by Alice Zsembery is an ‘essential resource’ for parents at this time of Coronavirus self-isolation as it includes a swag of fun for home-strung youngsters by making use of everyday household items.

And which ‘everyday household item’ is painfully prominent on the Real Kids’ play list?

Why toilet rolls and tubes of course, an item it would seem millions of Australian homes have years’ and years’ supply of!

Rama’s revealing review (with prize!) can be accessed at this PS News link.

Record readers

And finally, just when we thought we’d set a new record for visitors to the PS News Home Page when a surprisingly busy almost-10,000 readers logged on during its first week, 2 weeks ago, the latest statistics reveal that was just a starter!

Last week – a short week at that! – an amazing 21,937 visitors hopped on to our ‘Network Home Page’ to access all the news, information, features and reviews PS News offered in its 100-plus pages for that week,

We thank every one of you!

And just for the record there will be a further 100-plus pages on offer for free this week, next week and (hopefully) the weeks after, depending on which way Mr Coronavirus chooses to jump and how well we are all able to dodge him.

In the meantime, everyone at PS News hopes everyone in the public sector stays safe, well and sufficiently interested in the PS profession to join us in setting even more records together.

The PS News Network News Page can be accessed at psnews.com.au

Till next week……

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