It’s that time of year again already, so brace yourselves and say goodbye to whatever morning serenity you may have been enjoying. You know what’s coming, don’t you? The dreaded first koel of the season has been heard, with two reports coming in, from Peter Miniutti of Ashbury and Rob Willis of Castle Hill, with Miniutti just squeezing in to claim the honour, such as it is, for being the first to alert Column 8.
Nick Walker of Suffolk Park is beginning to become suspicious of all these palindromic Finnish words (C8). “Could they be the Finnish version of drop bears and hoop snakes?”
“It’s been more years than I care to remember since I learnt Welsh (C8) in school,” writes Jane Stranger of Erskineville. “Miraculously, I remember the delightfully spitty ‘llad dafad ddal’. The translation is a phrase I still use often: kill a blind sheep.”
Len Martin of Nimbin would like to remind everyone that, contrary to indoctrination, you don’t have to be married to enjoy a long-term relationship. “Octogenarians Len and Kay met in Nimbin on August 21, 1957, and fell in love at first sight. They remain in that state, having ‘lived in sin’ for 65 years, begetting one son and three daughters. They are currently in the ‘sickness and in health’ phase, and believe ‘love conquers all’.” Aw, who’s been cutting onions around here? Granny sends her best wishes for a favourable resolution to the health issues, and for many more years of unwedded bliss.
After the publication of the item from Joy Paterson of Mount Annan about her seven-year-old granddaughter wanting to be a cow so she could see what is inside people after she is eaten (C8), Joy reports her sister then informed her that “her seven-year-old granddaughter told them she had a bucket list to complete before she was 56. Asked what was the first thing on her list, the reply was ‘To be born’. This deep thinking must run in the family!”
For David Gordon of Cranebrook, the thought of seeing what people’s innards look like (C8) would be more of “an interesting in-look on life”.
“My poor late mother’s reaction to her cataract operation (C8) was equally ‘glass half full’,” writes Janice Creenaune of Austinmer. “She could suddenly see all the dust in the house that she had not previously observed.”
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