If nothing else, COVID-19 is bringing out our creative sides. Belinda Coombs of Ermington asks: “Is anyone else doing this? Unwilling to travel anywhere at present, I’ve found myself travelling by wine region at the local bottle shop. Purchases from the Barossa, Marlborough Sound, Tasmania, Margaret River etc result in fine accompaniments for dinner (or lunch) and add the regions to our bucket list of places to visit when COVID is brought under full control.”

Fellow oenophile John Walter of Atlanta (USA) says: “In order to assist in the trade war, we are only buying Australian wines for Christmas. At the current rate of purchase and consumption, we may need the container from China by new year.”

Switching cargo, Scott Illingworth of Kiama thinks: “In support of the lobster industry’s current difficulties with China, I thought Scott Morrison should introduce LobKeeper and deliver one to each household for Christmas Day.”

Granny goes noticeboard #2. Brian Keast of Minnamurra writes: “At this time of the year, I like to let the many people I got to know in the many scattered towns I lived in over 78 years that I’m still going. As they would all read the Herald, what better way than having this published. So to you, Ed, and all of them, have a much better 2021. Shouldn’t be too hard.” Got that, Ed?

“My two favourite weather witticisms (C8) are: (from BBC Radio 4) ‘The difference between a breeze and a draught is that when you open the window you get a breeze. When someone else opens the window you get a draught’. And: (mine) ‘In the public service the winds of change always come in draft form’,” says Eric Scott of Bondi Junction.



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