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WILL SIR RICHARD BRANSON GET SUPERYACHT ENVY?

We hope Sir Richard Branson doesn’t get a complex about the size of his super-catamaran, because another visiting super yacht has sailed into Newcastle Harbour which makes Branson’s boat look like a toy. The two masted sailing yacht, Squall, believed to be owned by a Scottish barron is undergoing work at Newcastle’s superyacht maintenance facility. At 52 metres long, the luxury craft boasts a main-mast that’s taller than an olympic swimming pool is long. The charter fee of $180,000 a week can be split between ten guests.

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‘KEVIN RUDD’ VISITS NEWCASTLE

Newcastle had a surprise visit from the Prime Minister today. At least he looked a bit like Kevin Rudd. Comedian Phil Scott was warming up for the Wharf Review at the Civic Theatre tonight. The show, titled Pennies from Kevin, lampoons a range of well known characters. “Wayne Swan, Peter Garrett, KD Wong and Malcolm, ahh his name escapes me.”

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