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More than just a drink with jam and bread

Richard Murnane of Hornsby wrote in from Bega on Friday, where he was using his skills as an amateur radio operator to help the local RFS with radio communications on the weekend. “I’m hoping our luck (C8) doesn’t run out. Why does it run anyway? Can’t it just chill out and walk?”

Joy Cooksey of Harrington elucidates for Jenny Archbold. “Breakfast tea (C8) is drunk with toast. Afternoon tea with cake. Another way round is just have coffee and cake.” Don Bain of Port Macquarie is unequivocal. “Speaking as a lifetime devotee of the cup that cheers but does not inebriate, anyone who interchanges Breakfast and Afternoon brews should be sentenced to ‘no-name’ teabags for life.” 

“We could simply have ‘Australian Tea’ (C8) made, of course, from almost 100 per cent imported leaf, then we would need to purchase only one packet,” writes Frank Maundrell of Nundle. “By having Breakfast and Afternoon teas we now need to purchase two packets, immediately doubling turnover for the manufacturer.” Frank adds that he thinks it’s also a bit of an ego boost for the host(ess) who by serving the appropriate tea for the time of day “imagine their guests admiring their ability to discern a difference where there is none”. Best not invite Don Bain over for a cuppa then.

“The birds in Kingston (Tas) have obviously taken to Twitter to see what’s trending in avian-attractive fruit this summer and discovered that Steven Lockwood’s blackcurrants and apricots (C8) are just soooo last season,” is the chirpy response of Adrian Connelly of Springwood.

“Perhaps I have had it wrong all these years, but I always thought that a ‘no-brainer’ (C8) was something so obvious that you didn’t need to use your brain,” offers John Ure of Mount Hutton. “On that basis I’ve been actively searching for no-brainers for years.” Geoffrey Briot of Stanmore agrees that it’s “a decision so obvious it requires no brainpower to devise”, but cautions those using the term to consider the related dictum: “For every complex problem there is a simple solution – that is invariably wrong.”

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