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The painful relativity of an impact

“Maybe Lowes workwear for children (C8) is so the kids can engage in ‘industrial play’, formerly known as jobs around the house,” suggests Jenny Stephenson of Wollongong. “Just don’t ask how much they get paid, that is a whole other conundrum.” While we no longer send kids “down pit” or up chimneys, Peter Harrison of O’Connell notes that there are “still hard-working farm kids to look after. They’re up early helping mum and dad feed cattle and sheep and checking water supplies.”

Don Bain of Port Macquarie offers a plea composed on behalf of the much-maligned stink bugs (C8). “We are little stink bugs, hear us shout/Please don’t burn our bottoms/Please don’t smash our snouts/We didn’t start the fires/And we didn’t cause the drought/We’re just little stink bugs/Please don’t wipe us out!”

Given that “fans of foul smelling shrimp paste, jack-fruit, truffles and ripe-cheeses abound”, Gregory Abbott of Macleay Island is sure that “the world’s culinary smarties can come up with a gourmet recipe a la stink bug (C8). A soup, a souffle, or steamed insect spare ribs?” John Wilko of Batemans Bay is of similar mind. “Being so plentiful, surely our creative chefs could find a way to serve stink bugs as an entree prior to a main course of cockroaches and mealy worms.” And on that note, we’ll let stink bugs go and get back to work stinking up backyards around the country.

David Swain’s comment about being unable to visualise negative impact (C8) drew many responses. Don Smith of Ashfield and Ingo Weinberger of Campsie all nominated a negative impact as being when the hammer hits your thumb instead of the nail. Graham Galbraith of Moss Vale believes it is “when you swing the hammer at a nail and miss”.

Taking a different view, Ian Catt of Surry Hills thinks that “having a negative impact (C8) on the nail involves the other side of the hammer”. Andrew Smith of Birmingham Gardens offers, “If David Swain used a claw hammer to impact his nail in, then used the claw to pull it back out, that would be negative impact.”

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