TOPICS: Our Tim well suited for fine fashion sense

ELEGANT: Newcastle MP Tim Owen can cut a dashing figure. NEWCASTLE is a great looking place.
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The harbour, that lovely David Cohen building, even the lights from Kooragang look eerily beautiful at night.

But there’s one thing that really sets us apart from the rest of the state when it comes to appearance. It’s our local state member.

Yes, Topics is just going to come out and say it, we think Tim Owen is a darn snappy dresser.

Perhaps the best in all the Parliament.

Red suede shoes, bright blue trousers, floral shirts and bold ties, there’s seemingly nothing our man in Macquarie Street can’t pull off.

But is it the man who makes the suit, or the other way around? We asked the man with the pants to fill us in on his fashion secrets.

Topics: You’re obviously a snappy dresser, Tim, but do you think some of your parliamentary colleagues need to lift their game?

Tim Owen: They often rib me about getting ‘dressed in the dark’, but I tell them it’s called style. I guess each to their own, but yeah, I do think a few of them could lift.

T: You’re a fan of bright colours, blue trousers and the like, do you think any man can pull that kind of thing off?

TO: It’s about being confident but I also think it’s nice to be a little bit different. I like it if it looks good on me, not that I’m saying it looks good on me, I don’t know if it does or doesn’t, I’m not saying that.

T: No need to backtrack.

TO: But I do like bright colours, I think it makes you feel good, the standard life of a politician can be a bit boring too sometimes, so it’s nice to break out of that.

T: You were obviously in the military for a long time, do you think having to wear fatigues constantly made you long for brighter pastures?

TO: When you spend your life in a boring uniform it probably does make you, at times, want to seize the chance to stand out.

T: Do you have a favourite item of clothing? The red suede shoes perhaps? We love them.

TO: Not really. I have a pair of orange trousers.

T: Any tips for up and coming Newcastle politicians/fashionistas?

TO: Just wear something that you feel good in. Don’t let convention limit you.

HUNTER Water have been preparing tours of ‘‘The Res’’, the city’s first subterranean drinking water reservoir, since it announced it would publicly open it from 2015.

And they’ve found out some interesting facts in their research.

Among them, a few sea morals.

According to Jeremy Bath from Hunter Water, once upon a time an alternative to fresh water bathing was sea-bathing.

Newcastle had traditional ocean bathing places for men and women and doctors recommended regular sea-bathing and the application of sand ‘‘accompanied by a violent friction’’ was a good alternative to a domestic bath.

However, sea-bathing was illegal between 6am and 8pm and offenders (whether fully clothed or not) could be prosecuted and fined up to £1 for moral depravity.

STILL with The Res, and we reported earlier this month that entries to get a tour were going gangbusters, with an expectation of 10,000 by Christmas.

Well, they may have to adjust that estimate up again, because after less than a month open Hunter Water already has more than 5000 applications.

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