Darryl Drake, Mary McClure, Sally Brady, Col Mitty, Scott Sigmond, Alison Graham,

Darryl Drake, Mary McClure, Sally Brady, Col Mitty, Scott Sigmond, Alison Graham,

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To help pass the time while stopped at a traffic light waiting to make a turn, Col Mitty of Warrawee often watches to see if “any of the blinkers on other stopped cars are blinking exactly in time with my own. After 50 years of driving I finally had a car (of a different make, by the way) right in front of me flashing it’s blinker in perfect synchronisation with mine for at least 30 seconds. What are the odds?”

“Surely the reason newsreaders are compelled to stand (C8) in full view is to dispel the widespread suspicion that male newsreaders often team their sober suit jackets with ballet tutus or spotted boxer shorts,” reasons Mary McClure of Armidale. Somewhat more than a suspicion really. Granny recalls an article from many years ago where former ABC newsreader Richard Morecroft confirmed that, while always immaculately suited from desk height up, he did occasionally wear shorts while reading the news.

While Alison Graham of Russell Lea wonders “how long it will be before Leigh Sales has her desk (C8) confiscated?” Sally Brady of Nelson Bay believes that Peter Riley neglected to mention the vital, final step when the newsreader finishes the bulletin, as demonstrated by Frontline: “Handing scripts to the floor manager, saying: ‘give these back to Props’.”

After his arrival in Sydney in 1948, Darryl Drake of Epping remembers that he was shown what was said to be the entrance to a public WW2 air raid shelter on the western side of Anzac Parade, about 50 yards south of Dacey Ave. Over the following years the entrance steps leading down under what is now the ES Marks Athletics Field gradually disappeared, but Darryl notes that “there are still some steel posts and an iron cover plate at about the spot that I remember.” Darryl wonders if anyone had actually ever been in it, and if it is still there.

Teaspoons going missing is a recurring problem in the household of Scott Sigmond of Horsley. However, after buying what he thought were six new teaspoons, he noticed that the new ones were “slightly longer overall than the few remaining teaspoons from our original set, and have a larger bowl.” So Scott made the mistake of looking up different types of spoons on the internet. “I now believe I have bought place spoons – I didn’t know such a thing existed – and I am now aware that there are 14 (!!) different types of spoons, including ice-cream spoons and demitasse spoons.”