One of the shining symbols of our lifestyle is the meat pie and tomato sauce.
But it's more than just an Aussie icon. The combination of soft pastry, tender slurpy meat and rich gravy in a good pie is one of life's little pleasures.
So it's little wonder federal workplace Minister Bill Shorten chucked a willy when told by a convenience store owner she was out of hot pies but would be happy to microwave one for him, adding it could be soft like Julia Gillard.
But not everyone likes a soft pie and Mr Shorten made his displeasure known, saying all he wanted was a hot pie and not a political debate about the PM before letting go a famous expletive and storming out of the store.
He later apologised to the owner.
Surely our passion for meat pies is not to be taken lightly.
They've reclaimed their rightful position as our favourite tucker with Australians munching their way through 500 million pies a year.
The number-crunchers tell us that men down an average 3.9 pies a month in winter, more than twice as many as women, who eat 1.6.
The biggest addicts are people between 18 and 24 who eat 4.4 pies a month.
Personal tastes vary and in Orange we're lucky to have a huge range of locally-made pies from people like Whiteys, Roberts and both Vietnamese bread shops.
While plain beef is still the most popular, pie connoisseurs, for example, can choose from Whiteys' mouth-watering line-up of steak and vegetable, steak and kidney, Mexican, spaghetti bolognese, bacon and cheese, curry, potato, shepherds, steak and onion, mushroom, chicken and pepper.
That's enough to bring tears of joy to a dedicated pie eater.
Ideally, you should be able to hold a pie in one hand and a beer in the other without spilling the filling down your arm or the front of your shirt or blouse.
But above all, it must have a good meat/gravy ratio, the right pastry thickness, sumptuous taste, perfect aroma and leave tingling sensations in the mouth.
As for microwave pies?
We're with you Mr Shorten.
Sic ’em Rex
Rex has been in the news lately with a Sydney cardiologist saying he was fed up with the service running late and flights being cancelled but didn't count on the reply he got from the company when he complained.
He was asked how long he made his patients wait and how often did he misdiagnose.
But the good doctor's outburst stirred people at Griffith and mayor Mike Neville said he provided a much-needed heart service to the town and had been treated shabbily.
He said the biggest issue generally was the cost of fares and quite often regional centres were held over a barrel purely and simply because there was only one provider.
Mayor Neville said the airline needed to improve the way it handled complaints from the regional communities it serviced and reckoned the council had been briefed by another airline about opening a proposed route between Griffith and Melbourne and other centres down the track including Sydney to Orange, Broken Hill and Dubbo.
We wish 'em luck.
A Molong farmer won the jackpot lottery and put on a slap-up barbecue for family and friends to celebrate.
After they'd all left he sat down with his wife, who asked what he reckoned they should do with all the money.
He thought for a while: "I reckon we might just keep farming until it's all gone."
Those persistent door-to-door energy company salesmen are in Orange again trying to sign you up on the spot saying you're being overcharged and can save money if you switch suppliers. To them, of course.
If you're already one of their customers they then try to convince you to turn over your gas supply as well, saying you won't notice any change other than your bill will come from them.
They really are a pain in the neck.
It just goes to show what these big energy companies will do to get your hard-earned dollar for a grossly over-priced commodity.
Wasn't Tom Slingsby's gold medal win a breath of fresh air.
It was a great result for Australia and for sailing, which never gets any big media coverage like some of our under-performing male swimmers and their pre-games posturing.
Slingby's popular win came after years of perseverance and hard work that had gone pretty well unnoticed and there weren't any “I'm the greatest” comments afterwards.
He demonstrated the true Olympic spirit and is a bloke we can all be proud of.