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A far from soporific My City of Sydney

Looking on the bright side of COVID-19 self isolation, Allan Gibson of Cherrybrook saw an opportunity. “I decided to burn my past obsession of phillumeny by culling my matchbox collection. One less box in the garage!” Imagine what could have happened if the boredom of isolation hadn’t allowed for a controlled-burn situation. No boxes and one less garage, perhaps?

James Moore of Kogarah has noticed “public figures often promise a fulsome report, apparently not realising that the primary meaning of the word is excessive“. Noting Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was only 272 words, James would prefer they opted for succinctness.

Adding to the town name song (C8) list, Sue Rose of Portland nominates Old Wallerawang by Rex Dallas as her home town song. Being a Guildford girl, Helen Lyons-Riley of Springwood offers Train trip to Guildford by John Dengate, recommending a Google search for the lyrics.

While Tommy Leonetti’s soporific My City of Sydney, used so successfully as a sleep aid in the old Channel 7 sign-off, was disparaged by Coral Button (C8), Mark Berg of Caringbah South, Richard Cunieu of Ryde and Steve Castieu of Bexley all recommend the far superior version of the same song by the Sydney indie-punk band XL Capris. Mark and Richard both also wondered why no-one had mentioned Outline’s The Cicada That Ate Five Dock, which Granny herself admits to being surprised about. Perhaps that line in the song about the Army Reserve dropping a giant bomb that “blew up Five Dock and most of Drummoyne” did more damage than expected?

Apparently it’s all a matter of perspective. Cathy Harnack of Toormina says “My City of Sydney (C8) is riveting compared to Adelaide You’re a Lady“.

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