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Who’s not a good boy? Skype can tell you

All this correspondence about haircuts (C8) reminded Paul Stone of Little Bay of the story about “the man who invented a universal hair cutting machine. His friend pointed out that everyone had a different shaped head. The answer was, ‘Only the first time!’”

Liz Hardy of Ballina is an old hand at Skype calls (C8) from when her daughter and family were living in South Africa. “On a regular Skype call, 18-month-old Anneke was showing me breakfast toast when their golden retriever flashed over and took the toast from her tiny hand. Crying ensued and my daughter, attending to another child, came quickly, wondering what the problem was. From a distance of 9500 km I could tell her ‘the dog took her toast’.”

Reading that we have the best Australian sunshine (C8) in the world, Philip Aspden of Miranda hopes “that we are not exporting our lesser quality sunshine. Export our best, go for top dollar.” Meanwhile, George Manojlovic of Mangerton was reminded of an ad for a resort on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, which boasted that it was “the perfect location to enjoy a cool drink and watch the sun set over the sea.”

As a Novocastrian about to enter her second week of lockdown, Toni Mulholland of Stockton seeks advice about a decent timeframe for abandoning her list of cleaning and odd jobs. “Is two weeks in too early to forsake all good intentions? Last week our house was a hive of activity but now those jigsaws sitting in unopened boxes are beckoning quite loudly. Can I get puzzling with a clear conscience yet, or would that be considered poor lockdown etiquette?” While being impressed that you lasted a whole week before losing motivation, Granny suspects that the collective wisdom from lockdown veterans would be that you will have plenty of time to take up home projects again as the lockdown continues on, and on, and on….

Extended lockdown? “Every time I hear someone say that something is, or is not, a silver bullet, I get images of going on werewolf hunts with the Lone Ranger,” writes Graeme Finn of Summer Hill.

Good news is hard to find these days, so Bob Phillips of Cabarita offers the following. “Kayakers have recently observed dolphins, stingrays and sharks in the Parramatta River. This week a seal has been seen cavorting in the area between Breakfast Point and Cabarita. The benefits of improved water quality are becoming apparent.”

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