With the demise of the classroom chalkboard, George Manojlovic of Mangerton is wondering “what strategies teachers might use to reduce their classes to skin-crawling, squealing masses now that they can no longer scrape their fingernails down them. I believe the sound of chewing can drive some people insane so perhaps they could consume their lunch during a boring English lesson.”

George Zivkovic of Northmead is not going to be drawn into the debate over Roseville (C8) but he notes that living “a few blocks north of Boundary Road in Northmead, which is “referred to as being in Sydney’s western or north-western suburbs, depending on the nature of criminal intent or positive virtue attributed to media reports”.

When the parents of Megan Heaney of Kincumber lived in Canberra “they sold their house and moved to Downer. Dad liked to joke they lived in Upper Downer”. Not the only one apparently, as Roger Epps of Armidale wrote in, almost simultaneously, to say that his “Canberra-based son-in-law claimed he lived in ‘Upper Downer'”.

A charming post story (C8) from Graham Cook of Greenacre. “In 1943, aged four years, I received through the mail an unpackaged and unhulled coconut on which my address was written in ink and had postage stamps attached. My father was at the time in Papua as a member of the AIF. I still have the coconut but unfortunately the address has faded.”

A theme emerges. Michael Egan of Killarney Heights writes that when his cousin, Ron Lavercombe, was holidaying in South America in the 1960s, he “sent a ‘letter’ to his parents in Tweed Heads. Nothing unusual there, except that this ‘letter’ was written and addressed on a coconut, and was duly delivered by Australia Post (C8)”.

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