Joan Dalgleish, Bill Gibson, Maurice Collins,

Joan Dalgleish, Bill Gibson, Maurice Collins,

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Warren Menteith of Nyatnyatan (Bali) owns up to also being one of the 2 per cent with green eyes (C8), adding for good measure that he is also left handed. “I don’t know if I’m extra special or should hide!” If you were living in a different time and place – say Inquisition-era Spain or Salem, Massachusetts in the 1690s – and you were also a woman: hiding would probably be a very, very good idea.

There may be only a small percentage of the population with green eyes (C8) but according to Joan Dalgleish of Ballina, “in romance novels they are far more prolific, possibly 50 per cent. The rest are blue, except for the recent appearance of caramel eyes.” Joan suspects that one writer may have been ‘having a lend’ of readers. “In a moment of passion the hero’s caramel eyes ‘melted’. Rather off-putting for the heroine, I would have thought.”

“Black eyes and red eyes (C8) are always remarkable,” observes Maurice Collins of Wollongbar.

Brett James of Baulkham Hills agrees with George Wardell about cyclists being much safer in bright colours (C8), but also believes this applies to car colours as well. “When my helpful Dad taught me to drive a car, about half a century ago, he told me that I should always buy a colourful car as other drivers can see you more easily from a longer distance. Since then, I’ve always only bought a red car or a white car, and fortunately they have always been very safe.”

Stuart Esler of Killara confirms that Australian slang has indeed reached the four corners of the Earth. “While in a pub in central Finland a few years ago, the waitress took our order for beers, and when I asked if we could have some water too, she replied, “‘No worries!’ (C8). It turned out she had been backpacking in Australia for a year.”