It’s a new day and a new calendar year, and Jack McCann of Wollstonecraft chooses to approach it with hope and optimism. “For some months, I have had carers from an agency come daily to assist my wife. We have had carers from Russia, Ireland, Germany, the Philippines, Nepal and Korea. They have all been kind and attentive. There are good people everywhere. The villains just make more noise and more headlines.”
The 01.01.01 abbreviation (C8) of John Wyndham proved to be very enlightening for June Dibbs of Mona Vale. “So that’s what it is – the beginning of a new century. And for the last 10 years I had thought it was the answering cry to Aussie, Aussie, Aussie. You live and learn.”
However, Paul Keir of Concord believes that the very example used of 01.01.01 (C8) actually destroys John Wyndham’s argument. “If the first 01 stands for the first day and the second 01 stands for the first month how can the third 01 stand for the second year? Answer: it doesn’t. If we are to be consistent, it stands for the first year in the same way the other two 01s stand for the first day and first month.”
“Why do Americans say ‘lucked out’ when they mean get lucky?” asks Dennis Fardy of Newport Beach. “Surely it should be ‘lucked in’.” Thank you, Dennis! Granny might, at last, get an explanation for something that has long perplexed her as well. Over to you, 8th Columnists.
Holidaying on the South Coast and, as a self-proclaimed member of the manners police, Deirdree Wallwork of Beecroft “was heartened to see so many young people pushing their chairs back under the table when they left. I commented to one young man and, with a wry smile, he said, ‘my Mum trained me’.” Proof that even though mums may not ever get to witness the resulting changed behaviour for all the thousands of times they tell their children to do something, it does actually happen.