Peter Riley of Penrith may have missed his calling in the PM’s office: “Our PM’s been copping a lot of flak about the timing of his Hawaiian holiday, but if his spinmeisters had been on the ball they could have pointed out that in January 1942, during Britain’s darkest hour, Winston Churchill himself spent five days holidaying at Pompano Beach in Florida. It was supposed to be a secret until the Miami Daily News published a cartoon of the great man lying on the beach with the caption ‘hard work is the thing that will win this war — we must keep at it night and day’.”
Many Australian fans watching the Test cricket are likely of a similar mind to Stephanie Edwards of Roseville: “The Australian victory over New Zealand has alleviated just a little of the pain suffered from multiple Rugby thrashings at the hands of the All Blacks!” But in victory the mind of Richard Stewart of Pearl Beach remains elsewhere: “No matter how much I think, speculate, consider and dwell, I cannot fathom the reason that allocates the numbers on their backs.” Even the collective wisdom of C8 readers is unlikely to solve that one. Perhaps best to just enjoy the win Richard.
Can it really be possible that “no brainers” be so hard to agree on? “With the greatest of respect, Tom Cohen is wrong, a ‘no brainer question’ is normally referred to as a ‘rhetorical question’ particularly by C8 readers,” writes Al Kildare of Frenchs Forest. But regular C8 correspondent from Harrington, Joy Cooksey, is still seeking clarification: “Are ‘no brainer’ questions only uttered by those unable to understand ‘no brainer’ answers or by ‘no brainers’ such as robots?”. Like numbers on the backs of cricketers, we may never know.
Not unexpectedly, there have been bouquets for Auslan translators in the C8 email box and brickbats for Australian sport commentators. Don Bain of Port Macquarie says “an Auslan interpreter might have been handy in unscrambling Channel Seven’s cricket subtitles, which said of a Nathan Lyon victim: ‘He slept with both his feet (and) it would have affected both his sons'”.
Thank you Allan Gibson of Cherrybrook for wishing Granny an early 73rd birthday greeting. While Granny’s natty spectacles are working fine, Maureen Edwards of Caringbah is probably not the only one to have recently received their seniors card and downloaded the app to find that “the next app suggested was the magnifying glass”.
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