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Spag Bol loses out to Brown Sugar

You can’t always get what they want. Martin Field of Noosa Heads (Qld) writes: “My daughter was trying to entertain our five-year-old grandson during a break in home schooling. She found Peter Combe’s popular children’s song Spaghetti Bolognaise on Spotify and played it. He interrupted with ‘Thanks Mum, but I much prefer the Rolling Stones’.”

“Imagine the joy,” says John Meyers of Turramurra. “Our front-door buzzer went five minutes ago. There was a council ranger with five books from the Ku-ring-gai Library for us to read. What an incredible humanitarian reaching-out by our council team. Please recognise this wonderful contribution to COVID-19 lockdown.”

YouTube and other platforms were always going to be a factor with Most Boring Lockdown Activity (C8) qualification: “I found myself watching a clip of a musk duck supposedly saying ‘you bloody fool’, displaying a greater sense of irony than I’d ever attributed to a musk duck,” reports Bruce Hulbert of Lilyfield.

“Quentin Crisp (C8) obviously didn’t live in a house like mine,” reckons Thelma Frost of Mudgee. “Unattended used pots and dishes are ant-laden within minutes, helping to make it difficult to bring down the Joneses.” Mike Fogarty of Weston (ACT) “remembers an epiphany from this charming incorrigible. He enjoyed random if brief romance with strangers to be found during the blackouts in bomb shelters and the underground stations beneath London during the Blitz. So, he was totally unprepared when peace broke out in 1945.”

“Further to Terry Collister’s memories (C8), I remember a Good Living recipe from Bayswater Brasserie for lamb shanks with lentils,” says John Hill of Culburra Beach. “It made a wonderful meal but, in those days, the expensive part was the Puy lentils, not the lamb shanks.” John adds that he’s “Hoping this gets in, so I can thumb my nose at my old mate Unkle Cyril from Corrimal.”

“Are you certain, Allen Helmrich (C8), that your brother didn’t say Stop Home Syndrome?” asks Robyn Cashman of Fernhill.

Marco Giavitto (C8) generated a heap of feedback regarding positives from COVID-19 restrictions, but most of it was cosmetic. Yvonne Kuvener of Wentworth Falls, Margaret Hamilton of Blackheath and Robyn Lewis of Raglan have all reported making great savings on lipstick with Robyn adding “who wears lipstick to the supermarket anyway?”

“Another great positive of everyone wearing face masks is those with bad halitosis can only offend themselves,” offers John Swanton of Coogee.

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