The timing could not have been better. Moira Lynch of Ashfield vividly remembers the time a dead possum was stuck up the chimney (C8), causing a stink in the kitchen of her childhood home. “It was December and our dad told my little sister it was Santa stuck up there. Inconsolable grief followed.
First birds (C8), now possums, the clock was ticking on how long it would take before someone introduced the raw prawn, and sure enough, here we are. (What was that shortest measurement of time again? – Granny) To mark the occasion of signing off as 3rd Mate on a ship, Roger Lenehan of Eagle Heights (Qld) wished to convey to the Captain exactly what he thought about him. “To contact the Captain in an emergency at night, a voice tube was fitted from the bridge to the Captain’s night cabin, with the end of the tube located in the general pillow area on the bulkhead by his bunk. I do hope the half dozen raw prawns I stuffed down the tube before heading ashore had the desired effect.”
Before the COVID lockdowns severely restricted our collective ability to move around, the sister of Keith Smith of Bexley “entertained the family by sending us all a collage titled ‘My holiday photos’ that she had made up by using images of different QR code signs located at various premises that she had attended. Quite a good example of the kind of thing one does when bored.”
George Edgar of Wollongong recently received a phone call from his Italian barber “to let me know that when COVID restrictions are lifted he is taking a leaf out of the taxi industry book, and will be charging a flat fee and then a sliding charge depending on the kilos of hair removed. Also, that he also has a couple of Kiwi sheep shearers on standby, so the next haircut will probably be quite physical but fast!”
In a similar vein to that special Australian sunshine, Rod Burke of Green Point remembers that “back in the day when cars were made here, it was often said they were designed and built ‘for Australian conditions’. I always wondered what was so unique about our roads compared to other countries that required special design.”
George Zivkovic of Northmead wonders if there is “any truth to the growing rumour that vehicle registration plates will soon bear the slogan ‘NSW State of Confusion’?”
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