Joyce Grenfell’s remarks (C8) on a convincing Australian accent (don’t open the mouth too much and lean on something) hold a special place for Anna Logan of Homebush West: “Somehow my mother still allowed the marriage to go ahead in Toronto, Canada, when my fiancé arrived from Sydney, only to immediately lean on her enormous laundry sink and bring it crashing to the ground!”
Continuing through the ruby gates, Robert Hosking of Paddington says that “Joyce Grenfell (C8) wasn’t talking about those poor excuses for ferries, the Freshwater Class. Rather the magnificent beasts that plied the harbour in majesty, the South Steyne, Bellubra, North Head (ex Barrenjoey), and Dee Why among others [Always liked the Baragoola – Granny]. In the days before the Freshwaters, it cost me 70 cents on the hydrofoils running every 15 minutes, and rolling safely home on the real ferries, tinny in hand, on the foredeck of those beautiful old ladies.”
“Stephanie Edwards (C8) may be one of the small number of Roseville residents who actually live in (on?) the lower north shore. Australia Post in their wisdom put part of the Roseville 2069 postcode within the City of Willoughby which is definitely in the lower north shore. The pros and cons of whether to live in the upper or lower north shore is for others to decide,” says a “confused” Chris Patten of Roseville.
“Great suggestion from Chiara Maqueda (C8) regarding the use of Aboriginal place names by C8-ers, inspired by Chips Mackinolty,” writes Rosemary Seam of Kempsey. “Hence, I’m sending greetings from the Macleay Valley, home of the mighty Dunghutti nation.”
“Is this the same Chips whose sister I had the pleasure of working with some 40 years ago?” wonders Mike Honey of Wentworth Falls. “If so, and my recollection is accurate, their mother was affectionately known as ‘Fish’. No prizes then for guessing what name his sister was given when christened. That’s right, Ann. How else to round off a lovely family commune of Fish Ann Chips?”