“What’s with Australian TV chefs, such as Curtis Stone and others, telling us they have ‘fond memories’ of turkey being a huge part of their family Christmas?” asks Kerrie Wehbe of Blacktown. “Really? Does anyone who’s not trying to promote turkey sales have memories like this? Surely it’s largely been an American thing that has only relatively recently been popularised here. Or was I deprived as a child?”

Britannia rules the second wave! “It makes me proud as an Englishman that our strain of coronavirus is more powerful than that from other countries,” says Roger McGuinness of Mosman.

“With respect, Charles Davies-Scourfield (C8), you have it the wrong way round. One of the late Margaret Thatcher’s nicknames was Daggers, as in three stops on from Barking,” says Deb Brown of Double Bay, as in two stops on from Darlo. Rob Watson of Tyagarah adds: “Maggie, I expect, wasn’t too upset as it qualified her for the peerage she later received.”

First we had Columnache (C8), then Columnfreude, and now Don Bain of Port Macquarie brings us Columnoia: “The growing conviction that submissions of inferior quality to one’s own are being favoured by Granny, for no rhyme or reason. While the condition currently has me in its grip, I’m told inclusion of this item in a forthcoming Column could work wonders towards a recovery.”

The passing of former Nationals leader Doug Anthony triggered a fond memory for Jim Rogers of Byron Bay: “As a young fella I had the privilege of standing next to him to do our business behind a waste-high hessian fence in the outdoor urinal at the 1973 Aquarius Festival at Nimbin. What did we talk about? The weather of course!” Granny notes that the Echonetdaily described him as “decked out in the full tropical rig of a light blue safari suit, short trousers and long white socks.”

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