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Synchronised sisters were doing it for themselves

Gail Hewison of Birchgrove backs Colleen Northam’s assertion that colour-coding of outfits (C8) happens with sisters too. From 1982 to 2011, Gail and her sisters Jane Waddy and Libby Silva owned and ran The Feminist Bookshop at Lilyfield. “We lived separately and all had wide-ranging and colourful wardrobes, but more often than not two, and frequently all three of us, would turn up wearing exactly the same colour selection. It was so predictable and frequent that on days when we did not want to look like triplets, for example attending a conference together to sell books, we would check what each other would be wearing.” Gail adds that although they still see each other frequently, since retirement they have lost the co-ordinating syndrome.

It may not be eBay-generated spam (C8), but what really bewilders Adrian Connelly of Springwood when “ordering online are the surveys you get asking you to rate the merchandise before it’s even arrived”.

During his time backpacking in the ’90s, Dugald McLennan of Epping worked in a hostel in Edinburgh, where he frequently assisted the maintenance man. “One morning, whilst fixing a door jamb, I was introduced to the ‘Glasgow Screwdriver’ when he pulled out a hammer and proceeded to knock in a few screws.”

Keeping it Caledonian, Mike Parton of Tamworth reports: “In regard to who sits where at tables square, round or rectangular (C8), the Scots have, or had, a saying: Where McGregor sits is the head of the table’.”

Harry Bell of Bowral provides round table dining etiquette (C8). “When dining at a round table, nobody is ‘below the salt’. Or should that be everybody?”

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