When Fiona Moulds of Wangi Wangi was showing her son, who is in the Defence Force, around their new house building block, “he queried why it was known as a ‘battle axe’ block when a battle axe traditionally has two heads, as opposed to an ‘axe’ block which has only one head and more like the shape of the block”. Having Googled pictures of battle axes, Fiona agrees with him, but wonders if some old military types know better.
Cameron Brown of Lindfield has written with some sad news. “My father, John Barrie Brown, formerly of East Gosford, who was a regular contributor to Column 8 (at one point making top 5), has recently passed. He had one last message he wished to share with his fellow contributors: ‘Barrie Brown is now defunct.’ Your column provided Dad with an ongoing source of enjoyment through his retirement and I sincerely hope you can put his final comment into print.” A scan of our archives found that Barrie had just shy of a hundred offerings published in Column 8, going back to 2005. Vale sir.
According to Jenny Comben of Kingsford, a nursing home in Orange County (USA), where a relation of hers lives, has come up with a unique way of raising residents’ spirits during the COVID-19 lockdown. “Hundreds of residents are given a small cowbell which they ring together several times each week. Only in America!” Granny is really hoping that these sessions include a play-along with Blue Oyster Cult’s Don’t Fear the Reaper.
Anybody writing a cheque on a cow (C8) probably has a bit of a hide, opines Allan Gibson of Cherrybrook. “However, as one who did his time as a bank ledger-keeper, I always kept an eye on the cheques to see if there was one written on a ball and then dishonour it. It would have illustrated that some cheques do bounce,” he says.
Noting that the aforementioned Upper Dingo Creek (C8) is near Mullumbimby, Jim Rogers of Byron Bay writes that there is an Upper Duck Creek, out near Bonalbo, “where I used to help friends muster cattle. We were often right up Upper Duck Creek without a paddle trying to find them.”