Mike Fogarty of Weston (ACT) nominates Callala Bay for the prize for zoological chivalry in 2020. “Stopped by ongoing road works, cars had banked up. Drivers patiently waited for an adult duck to safely escort its 12 ducklings in serial order across the road to the other side. Good one, Donald?”
A rare bouquet for Australia Post from Anne Cook of Ermington. Anne received a phone call from Rob at St Leonards mail sorting centre, who said he had a letter addressed to her husband, who uses a different surname to her, a name, which Anne states “some people almost go blind and incoherent trying to read and pronounce, addressed to where we lived over four years ago but without the unit number. Another long-time staff member recalled the name but not the unit number, so Rob looked up the directory and found one in Sydney. He even read out, letter by letter, the place it was sent from in Austria, one of the lands of very long words. To cut a long story short, Rob has re-addressed it. There isn’t a Cartier watch for Rob, but three cheers for a job well done”.
Darrall Cutting of Forestville recalls that he once visited a German friend of his, who “introduced me to a group of his friends as Herr Cutting, without a trace of amusement”. Some may see only German humourlessness. However, if your last name had been Schneiden …
“Back in the days of two-way radio across the Northern Territory, there were regular radio ‘schedules’ (C8) linking, at fixed times, school teachers, health workers and the like,” writes Chips Mackinolty of Mparntwe (NT). “But they were referred to as ‘skeds’. Sheds would have been confusing, notwithstanding radio equipment was often housed in sheds.”
“I don’t know if this will help or stir the pot but schedule (C8) was originally scedule, pronounced sedule,” writes Jonty Grinter of Katoomba.