“A new rule for our Scrabble games (nearly every day). Bonus points if the word is COVID-related. You’d be amazed by what comes up for debate!” says Gilda Cohen-Shapira of Rose Bay.
Phil O’Brien of Yass is also hunting a word: “Could the collective wit and wisdom of C8 provide me with a word to describe the feeling that goes with thinking that on the basis of a close result against the All Blacks in one game, we will surely beat them the next time?”
“Recent news of the theft of $US600 million in cryptocurrency left me wondering if the thieves made their getaway in a 3D-printed van?” writes John Swanton of Coogee.
Carolyn Neumann of Vaucluse has “received an optimistic email from a travel insurance company suggesting we shouldn’t ‘stop dreaming about where to next’, followed by the headline ‘Brisbane Olympics 2032 Here We Come’. Flushed with optimism, I am planning ahead.”
“My best and beloved tells me I shouldn’t worry about not getting a haircut (C8),” says Robert Hosking of Paddington. “She says I’ll soon have enough hair for a very elegant comb-over.”
This is a bit bleak. “A recent legal notice in the Herald regarding the winding up of an estate of someone who died in 1977 seemed reminiscent of Jarndyce and Jarndyce,” thinks Paul Duncan of Leura. “Charles Dickens would be proud.”
“Years ago, I cleverly solved a bad smell problem over Skype (C8),” says Mary Watson of Balgowlah Heights. “I questioned my son as to why he had a window open behind him. He was in an old English boarding school, and it was the middle of winter. After a few turns around the room, I spied an ancient fireplace. Before I could warn him, he stuck his mobile up inside the chimney. Mummy solves problem from 17,000 km.”
“So, I can go to the open liquor store and scramble my brain, but I can’t go to the closed library to strengthen my mind,” points out Elizabeth Bliss of Bonnells Bay.
This might explain why Peter Miniutti of Ashbury reckons: “Graeme Finn (C8) may think of the Lone Ranger when he hears the term silver bullet, but for me, it conjures up slabs of Reschs Pilsener.”
“A listener remarked on our local ABC radio this morning that the hardest part about a seven-day lockdown is the first two weeks,” notes Col Shephard of Yamba.