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A Brisbane-based accountant arrived home in Betoota Heights this morning after an arduous two-day journey.

The first thing he did after putting his bags down was to put his feet up.

Everything was going great. The cricket was on, Dad was sitting shirtless out the back reading The Australian. Mum had just put some party pies in the oven.

For Mark Douglas, this is heaven.

The 28-year-old had missed all these small things in life he took for granted – but there’s one thing about home that he didn’t even know he missed.

Between the overs, when the viewer is spared Kevin Pietersen’s commentary for 60 seconds, a small smorgasbord of local businesses air their television commercials.

“Man, these are so bad they’re actually good,” he said, watching an ad for the North Betoota RSL Resort.

“It’s got all the hallmarks of a great country ad. A walking bass line, a celebrity endorsement, Comic Sans, Microsoft Movie Maker transitions,”

“They’re not going to win any Cannes Lions. Maybe a Cairns Lion but the person who’s responsible for this 20-second car crash shouldn’t get their hopes up.”

Just when he thought things couldn’t get any better, he opened the fridge and saw an unopened bottle of Fanta staring back at him.

“Score,” he said softly to himself.

Another over passed and in walked Mum with the party pies.

More to come.


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