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marketing, hot-wiring cars and make-up kits

I’ve just spent three days up the Goldie talking to a couple of marketing professionals in the Star Casino. I parked the 2003 Subaru Impreza SV on subterranean level 15 and saw their 2017 Audi R 8 Coupes on the forecourt apron on the way through.

Rick and Stevo. Ace operators.

Perfect teeth. When they smile you know it’s all good.

Because you know you’re getting the right advice when you pay top-dollar for it, this is a reflexive instinct, like buying on the down and selling on the up. Winners have money in their pockets, losers just their hands.

‘How many copies have you sold?’ asked Rick, seated in the restaurant now, looking at soft shelled crab and Thai greens, three grades  of soy, crushed cashew nuts.

‘Not enough,’ sez I, ‘nobody outside the Sacred Circle can follow it.’

We ate, and a couple of Kate Moss look-alikes slinked past the table on their way to the baccarat rooms downstairs and I’m think temptation always bites twice, three times if you’re lucky because now Ricko is telling me how to sell more books.

‘Give something away.’

This from a man who claims nightclub tips on his tax returns, a winner, like I said.

‘So, what have you got?’

‘I’ve got this.’

‘A poster?’


Rick shrugs, looks at Stevo. Nothing there.

‘Whaddya got to do to win one?’

‘Answer a question.’


I worked for a yacht builder for ten years, check LinkedIn, he built Sydney to Hobart boats, ones that always won, John McConaghy, Macca. Top bloke. He had a password for his computer, DIFINO, and one day I asked him the question.

‘What does it mean?’

‘Passwords,’ he said, ‘a bloke never remembers what they are, so every time I log on to a site and it asks me what my password is I tell it I’m fucked if I know.’

Get it?


Then you’ll never work for a boat-builder, plus you’re not so good at codes.


Here’s the question you need to answer to win a poster, a poster signed by retired detective John Bungate who has read the book three times and is still buying me beers.

Who fluffed the code on the back of the Rubaiyat?


Now, seriously, we need to look at SM’s tools again.

Dude’s hot-wiring equipment usage for instance, a theory that’s hard to beat down. But what if SM was double-handed and used the same kit for make-up?

Changing his appearance. That’s where this is going.

Scissors for cutting his own hair.

The glass dish with handful of soot plus a little added water = paste = hair dye. applied to his hair with a  brush. The one that shook out a little black powder in the lab that mystified old Doc Cowan.


15 Comments Post a comment
  1. Ellen #

    SM does seem to be a tad vain as though he dressed to impress.

    September 30, 2017
  2. Misca #

    Where did thedude go? I have a couple of interesting links that might/might not connect to another fellow who took a trip to Port Noarlunga. I haven’t had a chance to work it out but thought to share in case I forgot…

    Note the date. George Haywood can be found in other articles on Trove. Cars seem to have been his business.

    October 1, 2017
  3. Thedude747 #

    Here I am Misca. Thanks for the links!!

    October 1, 2017
  4. Clive #

    Interesting book I’m reading called “Grey Wolf”, as I mentioned to Gordon, on Page 114 is a remark about “unknown Black substance” found in some broken barrels near Berlin in 1945.

    October 2, 2017
  5. Could someone help out the people who have taken over at Toad Hall? Please tell them that the fingerprints are of reasonable to good quality and it’s not the problem. The real problem is that the form has no name of the person on it and it is not signed. The prints are pasted in a book and the writing is on the book, not the form. The fingerprints may not belong to SM.

    October 3, 2017
    • Toad hall has a cuckoo in its nest …

      October 3, 2017
      • Taking fingerprints and then not certifying them is not the kind of mistake Jimmy D. would have made. If you can find more such ‘errors’ by him but outside the SM case then you may have something.

        October 4, 2017
  6. ellen #

    Speaking of cuckoos and false appearances, what if Prosper used his auto sales as a front? I am thinking of the French Connection when heroin was shaped into car bumpers and smuggled past NY customs. Things like secret rocket engines and technology could be passed through under the hood of a car.

    October 4, 2017
  7. Misca #

    There are so many “false appearances” in this case, it’s astounding. So many people who aren’t who they say they are…So many incredible possibly related/unrelated stories one could really write a book! Unfortunately, that’s not my gift. “Cuckoos and false appearances” is bang on Ellen. There are many here.

    October 4, 2017
  8. On the money Misca, hard to know how many ‘real’ people are still involved and how many are just alter egos.

    October 4, 2017
    • .. as if the super egos aren’t enough.

      But I do worry about Milongal: the fellow is responsible for a lot of hard work but rarely gets an objective response on Cipher. Perhaps he took the warning off by a super ego seriously the last time he was invited over. It’s as if he doesn’t dare comment here.

      Sanders, on the other hand, splashes his Kerouacian thought-stream all over any handy wall, and in front of everyone.

      He had you jumping at shadows, Misca, and that was something that doesn’t sit kindly with me.

      October 4, 2017
  9. Milongal …. !!

    You’re The Goose. I knew it, and you misspelt bilious.

    October 5, 2017
  10. Clive #

    Perhaps Miongal was taking a gander?

    October 5, 2017
  11. Clive #

    Milongal not, Miongal

    October 5, 2017
  12. One more pun and I put out a contract .. !

    October 9, 2017

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