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There’s an on-going controversy as to who actually invented the Post-it note – that little, usually yellow, scrap of paper with the magically temporary stickiness seen in every home and office in the modern world.
Arthur Fry claims that he came up with the idea in 1974 as a way of marking his hymnal which allowed him to find the right passages at speed while performing with his church choir. He worked for a stationery company called 3M in Minnesota who, six years later, launched the iconic piece of office ware on an unsuspecting, but ultimately grateful, world.
It’s a claim disputed by legendary American inventor Alan Amron who claims it was his idea and that he showed it to 3M Executives at a trade fair in 1974. He’d rather like $400 million compensation for having his idea half-inched and American lawyers have been getting fat on the sporadic ensuing litigation for the past three decades or so.
It was in the early/mid-1980s that I first really became aware of these little treasures courtesy of an east London editorial assistant who used a new one for every phone message and housekeeping request in our award-winning newspaper office and affixed them to every available surface. Indeed anyone standing still for more than five seconds in her vicinity was likely to walk away with a Post-it on them.
Examples included: the libel lawyer/Len Silver/ Graham Gooch/ Prime Minister/ Chief Executive/ Chick Woodroffe/ company accountant/ your mum called; don’t forget to sign expenses/ holiday/ pension forms; more loo roll/ fax paper/ papers clips need ordering. And, inevitably, URGENT order more Post-it notes.
It is my heartfelt belief that somewhere in the Jye Etheridge household is a specially commissioned, six-foot, possibly pink – more likely light blue, definitely won’t be maroon, Post-it which reads: DO SOMETHING MEMORABLE TODAY
Because the boy from the other Newcastle does seem to often find himself in the thick of things.
His arrival in the UK for Edinburgh amid much fanfare, a departure from the Monarchs accompanied by one of the crassest examples of verbal diarrhoea ever to make its way into newsprint; his arrival at Berwick, via a spell as a Bear, have all been, to say the least, talking points.
During his time with us he has been named rider of the year twice and been involved in quite a few incidents on-track – always of the racing variety rather than fisticuffs at dawn against elderly flag marshals.
At one point last season he seemed to simultaneously have a target on his leathers which drew the attention of opposition riders and a cloak of invisibility which saw him inevitably named as the guilty party by a succession of referees.
Belle Vue’s decision to replace him as reserve made little sense and probably cost the Aces in the long run while for the Bandits he notched up his first paid maximum.
This year’s followed a familiar pattern – breaking his collarbone when ploughing into the funbags after the end of a race at Glasgow – a move first attempted during the season-opening Bordernapolis – being the, relatively, innocent part in a thrice-rerun Championship Shield heat involving Josh Bates and Ryan Douglas in the Championship Shield and then the only one left upright as the same two Lions and Aaron Summers hurtled into the first bend fence when the sides met again in the league weeks later. He has also turned his hand to becoming a catholic primary school lifeskills motivator and High Street promotions executive.
Jye has been back among the points consistently recently but, obviously, had a flashback to his giant home Post-it as he lined up for the start of heat 15 in what had been a routine, but entertaining win against Eastbourne Eagles last Saturday.
Less than 20 seconds later he had bounced off the back straight fence into the path of team-mate Nicolaj Busk Jacobsen and launched the pair on a terrifying 70-yard slide across the football pitch – the most action that wing has seen in the last decade.
As he came to a halt, face down and flat out on the turf, we feared the worse. Turns out that he was trying to remember Mark Lemon’s mobile phone number so that he could take NBJ’s place in the Belle Vue line-up on Monday night once it became clear that the Main Dane had not fared so well and was once again about to be sidelined by a dislocated shoulder.
Young Etheridge managed two races wins in the Aces’ defeat by Wolverhampton in a meeting which appeared to feature a running feud between that awfully nice Rory Schlein chap and members of the Aces team which boiled over into handbags between our favourite Anglo-Aussie and Stevie Worrall.
Of course Jye and his pit crew, one K Doolan, kept their distance and tutted their displeasure at such unseemly behaviour from a fellow countryman.
A previous – although somewhat less often innocent – Bandits’ legend used to have the slogan “Nowt to do wi me” embroidered on the seat of his leathers. Perhaps it’s time to include the New South Wales version of that saying on the redesigned Etheridge Kevlars.
Mr E and the rest of the Bandits’ boys will be “Doing something memorable” tonight (Wednesday) when they host Scunthorpe in a Cahmpionship match rained off earlier in the season.
He can take one of NBJ’s programmed rides – as can the other five Bandits – as rider-replacement operates for the Dane tonight.
Nico Covatti guests for Nicolaj at Redcar on Friday, when the riding order is also reshuffled, and then it’s back to rider-replacement for the visit of Birmingham on Saturday.
Tapes-up is 7.30pm for Scunthorpe, gates open at 6.30pm, and back to 7pm on Saturday.