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Everett’s Everest a speech too far

“Those 272 words (C8) took Lincoln less than three minutes to read,” notes David Gordon of Cranebrook. “Lincoln was preceded by Edward Everett, whose 13,600-word speech took two hours. Lincoln is remembered, but Everett has been forgotten. If only our pollies would remember that long-windedness is not appreciated!”

Not a great deal of feedback regarding a “myopic” (C8) on the life of Alan Jones but Don Bain of Port Macquarie did have a thought: “The man himself might fancy reworking My Brilliant Career.”

Michael McFadyen of Kareela has a solution to John Walter’s dilemma of only being allowed to walk on wet sand (C8): “On the beaches in Rio de Janeiro, the franchisees in each area have soaker hoses running from the promenade to almost the water. This soaks the sand making it easy to walk without burning your feet. These get their water from the reserves under the beach which are pumped up and also used to provide showers to wash off the salt. Perhaps this set-up needs to be implemented in California.” Alastair Wilson of Balmain adds: “The rule about walking only on wet sand in California can be easily adhered to by arriving at the beach by boat.”

Right now, however, it’s not really a factor, as Joy Cooksey of Harrington reports: “Here, the rain and pounding surf is determined to create beaches where ‘getting over the dry sand’ is no problem because dry sand no longer exists.”

Still on the current big wet, Nino Pol of Randwick says: “This weather reminds me of a particularly rainy period in the 1970s during which the billboard on the Odeon cinema at Randwick suffered a slightly embarrassing malfunction. The paper signs on the billboard heralding successive blockbusters Love Story and Dirty Harry, became waterlogged. Half had peeled away to reveal Dirty Story.”

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