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Friday, July 30, 2010

LATELINE: Stephen Long lays to rest four eyes for two, in a fit of non-economic abandon, frightening the living daylights out of Leigh Sales


Although he strenuously attends to the details of presenting himself as a conservative fellow, Stephen Long has never fooled me. And tonight, on LATELINE, Mr Long's rebellious essence filtered through his veneer of cautious demeanour, when he appeared for his mere 3 minutes of weekly glory, discussing matters economic with anchor Leigh Sales, SANS SPECTACLES!!!

The shock was writ large over Ms Sales' face:

Just how much can a girl take?
To those who only know Mr Long with his glasses on, here is the new naked truth:

A rebel is born…

The old Mr Long, bespectacled then (now laid to rest):

Generous to a fault, Mr Long has donated his now redundant glasses to the ABC's Memorabilia Department

Captioned text within pictures:
001: The perils of live visual current affairs presentation: Leigh Sales gets a frisson when Economics Correspondent Stephen Long exposes himself on LATELINE, 30th July 2010

002: Stephen Long, the ABC's usually modest Economics Correspondent, exposes his naked eyes to Leigh Sales, anchor of LATELINE, on the evening of 30th July 2010, for the first time, explaining her frisson.

003: Nostalgia aside, did the bespectacled Stephen Long, pictured here giving the economic lowdown to Ticky Fullerton on LATELINE on 23rd July 2010, have his mojo patently held back by those skulduggerous glass windows?


Gladys said...

Can't read the text on brown.
But, as a certain Koala would say, 'be that as it may' giving up specs can be a serious issue. Has the guy had laser treatment? Personally, I don't think we should mess with eyes unless really necessary.
Has the guy decided he manage without? Good way to get eye strain.
OR is he wearing contacts?
Many years ago, when soft contacts were incredibly expensive because they needed several fittings, I decided to have a pair. (I had been told eye correction was badly needed and specs were OUT!) I was earning quite well at the time so I saw the cost as a necessity. Unfortunately, I was told, by someone who was honest because we didn't like each other, that I should put my glasses back on as I had taken to squinting. It was true.
On this guy, the glasses look smart and he appears as an intellectual. Without he looks a bit like Clinton and we know what he got up to.

Payton L. Inkletter said...

Gladys: You ask pertinent questions: laser treatment? contacts? doing without?

I suspect he's not doing without, because during his chat with Leigh Sales he appeared to be focussed and at ease (although he was looking about a foot too high above her head, come to think of it).

Now you have given me some material to work on, if the devil makes me do it, with that Bill Clinton reference. I suspect the idea would curl Stephen Long's hair even more, though. He strikes me, from many of his appearances on LATELINE, as a most moral and ethical fellow, and easily embarrassable.

This need not get in my way (it hasn't yet!) of making up some more (I have intimated that he was tickling Ms Sales under the table recently) humorous scuttlebutt to the contrary however… (Followers of Fool's Paradise - Infinity on a Shoestring will automatically suspect that any such innuendo found here is complete fabrication, helping me sleep more soundly at night; hang on, I have numerous sleep problems…)

Payton L. Inkletter said...

This comment appeared at the wrong posting, so I (Payton L. Inkletter)copied it here:

That's obvious said...
I'm Steve's mum - you'd better believe it, Vegimite face. My lad can can do without this publicity - he's clean living and intelligent whether he wears glasses or not. Lay off - or else!

Just as well you cloaked the questions. I might just have sued you for contamination of character!

August 3, 2010 1:08 AM

Payton L. Inkletter said...

Stephen's Mum: Nice to meet you at last, you being the devoted mother who goes to the trouble of accompanying the apple of your eye to the Ultimo
studios every Friday night, and tousling your son Stephen Long's curly hair.

I do sympathise with you regarding the some of the tawdry nasturtiums being cast upon your sweet son with this poll, just because he didn't wear his glasses last Friday night on LATELINE with Leigh Sales, even if I am the one casting them.

'Vegemite Face': I like that, and I can hardly blame you, considering my header picture.

Gladys Hobson — writer said...

To be honest, I think that guy is incredibly handsome. The glasses photograph is a BAD one, he does not look the same guy at all. On the non-glasses photograph there is a gentleness about his looks. Yes, I could trust my daughter with him (if I had one).
He looks like Bill Clinton. Are you sure it is not a photo of Bill taken in his younger days before that woman with a predilection for lollipops came along?
Never heard him speak and never likely too. I should imagine sweet melody accompanies his speech.

Stephen's mum said...

You leave my sweet handsome lad alone, Inkletter — OR I'll sue the pants off your mangy bum. My Steve don't need glasses to speak his mind. I don't neither.
But you'll feel the full force of my anger if this goes on. You have yet to feel the lash of my tongue — painful I can tell you.

Payton L. Inkletter said...

Gladys: Stephen Long does have a pleasant voice: you 'informedly' guess correctly. Yes, a gentleness does pervade his aura, and his performances on air.

It's sounding like you'll have to adopt a marriageable daughter, and make a proposal.

Stephen's Mum: Stephen's dad must have the gentlest and pleasantest of genes, to have so dominated yours…

My Steve's mum said...

Ah come of it, Inkletter. You aint gonna soft soap yours truly. What's goin' on 'ere anyway? My Steve don't gabble like that. You're playing tricks on little boy, you skunk in Koala's clothing.

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