A Greensborough man swallowed a fly yesterday but salvaged the otherwise uncomfortable situation by quipping to friends, “Lucky I’m not a vegetarian”, before falling into a fit of self-congratulatory laughter. Rick Hamilton was at a BBQ with friends during yesterday’s sweltering conditions when he inadvertently swallowed the fly while chatting to some mates in the backyard.

While Hamilton coughed and spluttered immediately after ingesting the fly, his mates gathered around him in a mixture of genuine concern and passing amusement. Once he’d composed himself, Hamilton gave a sly grin to his companions and uttered the common line.

Speaking exclusively to The Watsonia Bugle this morning, Hamilton confirmed the incident and said, “Yeah mate, the boys bloody loved it. I know it gets thrown around a bit but it’s still got currency I reckon. Bloody classic.”