Similar to the cataract reactions (C8), Anne Keys of Boggabri remembers leaving the local GP surgery with her “80-year-old father who had just had his ears syringed. When a large truck passed by he jumped about two feet in the air as he had not heard traffic noise for several years.”
Based on the reports that are coming in, Richard Murnane of Hornsby suggests that before Ted Richards, or anyone else, goes ahead and has that cataract operation (C8), “consider locating some water lilies and painting a few pictures of them – it worked for Claude Monet.”
“Is it just me, or is it because I was brought up to be polite?” wonders Richard Caladine of Thirroul. “A while back I installed some smart lights. Now, after asking the phone to turn the lights off or on I find myself, involuntarily, saying ‘thank you’.”
After a recent dinner conversation went downhill rapidly while discussing whether “the name of a familiar piece of playground equipment was a slippery dip or a slide”, Amanda Donlan of Cammeray decided the best solution was to apply to the Column 8 brains trust for their adjudication on the matter. So, away you go then.
What interest is there in the naming of one particular miniseries (C8)? Quite a lot, it seems. Looking to the classics for inspiration, Andrew Taubman of Queens Park came up with The Dismal and Nobodyline. For Don Bain of Port Macquarie, Yes Prime Minister, Minister, Minister, Minister, Minister, Minister was the right choice, and meanwhile, Caz Willis of Bowral came up with both a name and the tagline. All Power, No Responsibility: a True Story. Hands-off democracy, and how it got burnt.
Warren Mitchell of Mosman would like to report on the biological calendar companion of the koel (C8). “First blowfly of the season spotted and swatted a couple of days ago.”
It is the understanding of Graham Russell of Clovelly that “summer lasts for three months from December to February. But the Royal Botanic Garden maintains that Sydney faces another ‘long’ wet summer. How much longer, and how can this be?” Perhaps we need to adapt to our ever-changing world and drop the myth of four well-behaved seasons that turn up exactly when they are gazetted each year? Instead, think of splitting the year, as those in the northernmost parts of Australia currently do, into wet and dry seasons.
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