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Energy altruism doesn’t extend to the Wi-Fi



Last week Peter Skinner of Beecroft noticed a duplicate of a specialist’s word again to his GP which started “Thank you for referring Mr Skinner, a lovely gentleman, for review of his ongoing treatment”. “I was very chuffed to be described as ‘a lovely gentleman’ until my wife claimed that they write this about everyone and that, even if this was the specialist’s opinion, she had only known me for 15 minutes, hence the flawed diagnosis. Can more experienced referees or indeed professionals shed light on this?”

“My teenage son announced he had put off vacuuming his room last week as he didn’t want to black out Sydney (C8),” writes John Swanton of Coogee. Ah, teenage ingenuity! Obviously, this altruism wouldn’t have prolonged to any discount in using the Wi-Fi and related electrical units although.

“Was it just in our family that Bunnerong was known as Bungeroff during the blackout era of the ’40s (C8)?” asks Viv Mackenzie of Port Hacking. Apparently not, in line with Maree D’Arcy of Darling Point, who recalled a catchphrase from the early Nineteen Fifties: “Bunnerong and bung ’er off”.

Returning to the colder climes of NSW on Saturday, Stephen Kirk of Blackbutt is “considering buying lettuces as presents, as they are only $3.50 in major supermarkets in Broome.” Granny hates to place a dampener on such a benevolent gesture, however the not-so-small matter of interstate quarantine restrictions on recent fruit and greens imported into NSW from WA might imply the one lettuces you exit the airport with are some lettuce-shaped indentations in your baggage.

Graham Russell of Clovelly means that “Dick Barker (C8) read John Maynard Keynes’ magnum opus The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money”, though Graham calling it “a great read” is presumably going a bit far.

The solely information Adrian Connelly of Springwood has about costs and economics that he can share with Dick Barker (C8) “is that it seems that everything’s up, except duck feathers. They’re down.”

Olaf Holpert of Avalon sends greetings to Peter Pocock, with an replace on that previous indestructible bougainvillea (C8). “We bought your Avalon property from you, and that weedy bougainvillea was eventually removed by an excavator to make way for a pool and a pretty new lawn with substantial landscaping. That annoying plant went up into the very top of a massive coral tree and it filled up my whole 10 x 5 trailer. Nice flowers, but my arborist was cursing it!”

Column8@smh.com.au

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