They’ve got the blues in Oceania, according to Peter Riley of Penrith: “ABC News on Friday night reported that the officer in charge of ADF personnel deployed to the Solomon Islands is Major-General Jake Ellwood. On a mission from God? Or just putting the band back together?”
“Current focus on our cricket captaincy had me reflecting on surely the most talented all-round cricketer never to have taken the helm, Keith ‘Nugget’ Miller,” asserts Don Bain of Port Macquarie. “Also a wartime bomber pilot, Miller famously decried the ‘pressures’ of the Test arena, declaring: ‘Having a Messerschmitt up your (sorry Granny) arse is pressure. Playing cricket is not!’”
The number of tales regarding hotel pilfering (C8) makes Granny wonder how they stay in business. Marietta Hopkins of Woolooware says: “A recent trip to the Hunter Valley showed us that it’s reached new levels. Someone had stolen the batteries out of the remote for the ceiling fan. We were astounded (the young lady who took us to the room was not).” Stephanie Edwards of Roseville adds: “A hotel I stayed at in Winchester, England had a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign and one saying ‘Dog In Room’. Of course, I ‘liberated’ the latter to bring home as I thought no one would believe me.”
“You know you’re staying in a hotel at the lower end of the budget scale when the towels have ‘Stolen From the _______ Hotel’ embroidered down the middle in red. A recollection (no pun intended) from a ’70s stay in rural WA. And no, I didn’t take the towel,” promises Marcus Daniel of Bellingen.
“As one who drove through Blighty (C8) recently, it’s definitely a case of blink and you miss it. Though they have a very good footy team,” reports Lindsay Somerville of Lindfield.
As a year 5 student many moons ago “and for reasons best known to others”, Ian Dear of Huntleys Cove decided to learn the Greek alphabet. “I stopped when I got to xi. Thanks to COVID I have now proceeded one step further with omicron. I now only have nine letters to go. Every cloud has a silver lining.”
“SV (C8) has nought to do with the sewer, as I found to my embarrassment when reporting a leak to Sydney Water,” writes Robert Hodge of Arncliffe. “The sign indicates a sluice valve, used to isolate sections of the water pipe for repairs.”
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