Brian and Penny Millett of Yass celebrate a milestone today: “My wife and I are very fortunate to have reached our 65th wedding anniversary and are aware of how rare such longevity in a marriage actually is,” writes Brian. “We’ve received congratulations from many of the great and famous, including Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and also one from Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. The card from Mr Albanese was unique as he had used one of Scott Morrison’s outdated blank wishes cards and pasted into it a personalised one from him. We appreciate the wish and also his frugality in the recycling of ScoMo’s lost wishes.”
“About possums (C8), ours in Cremorne ate everything from parsley to marigolds and, according to the local vet, were responsible for the fleas on the dog,” says Ken Batten of Lake Macquarie. “Nothing would deter them. So we moved.”
Speaking of moving: “I’ve never regretted moving to Brisbane in 2010,” writes Grant Agnew of Coopers Plains (Qld). “One of the many delights of life here is the local possum-control device. It’s reliable, renewable, organic, Australian-made and available without supply chain problems. It makes no noise and is even cheaper than solar power. So that you never have to worry about it, you keep it in the roof. I’ve even given mine a non-discriminatory name: Albertoralberta. He or she is a carpet snake.”
Valerie Bray of East Killara doesn’t know about possums “but I hung a large teddy bear on the fence next to my veggie garden a year ago and it definitely keeps the brush turkeys away”.
“I might have missed some plot while watching Top Gun: Maverick, but I think they were training at Edwards Air Force Base in California,” says Jeff Stanton of Strathfield. “They were given a week to complete the mission including training and transport. They shipped out of San Diego on a carrier. If the carrier travelled at 25 knots for three days, they would be 1800 nautical miles from San Diego. The target was in snow-covered mountains with pine forests. I think they attacked Canada.”
While John Perry of Enmore suggests, “One way to determine if an idea has a chance of passing the pub test (C8) is to throw it in the think tank and see if it floats”, Allan Gibson of Cherrybrook thinks, “The pass mark has been set at a high bar.”
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