Allan Gibson, Barrie Brown, Cameron Brown, Fiona Moulds, Jenny Comben, Jim Rogers, Paul Mullins


When Fiona Moulds of Wangi Wangi was displaying her son, who’s within the Defence Drive, round their new home constructing block, “he queried why it was generally known as a ‘battle axe’ block when a battle axe historically has two heads, versus an ‘axe’ block which has just one head and extra like the form of the block”. Having Googled footage of battle axes, Fiona agrees with him, however wonders if some outdated army varieties know higher.

Cameron Brown of Lindfield has written with some unhappy information. “My father, John Barrie Brown, previously of East Gosford, who was a daily contributor to Column eight (at one level making prime 5), has just lately handed. He had one final message he wished to share together with his fellow contributors: ‘Barrie Brown is now defunct.’ Your column supplied Dad with an ongoing supply of enjoyment via his retirement and I sincerely hope you’ll be able to put his ultimate remark into print.” A scan of our archives discovered that Barrie had simply shy of 100 choices printed in Column eight, going again to 2005. Vale sir.

Based on Jenny Comben of Kingsford, a nursing residence in Orange County (USA), the place a relation of hers lives, has give you a singular means of elevating residents’ spirits throughout the COVID-19 lockdown. “Tons of of residents are given a small cowbell which they ring collectively a number of instances every week. Solely in America!” Granny is de facto hoping that these periods embrace a play-along with Blue Oyster Cult’s Do not Concern the Reaper.

Anyone writing a cheque on a cow (C8) in all probability has a little bit of a disguise, opines Allan Gibson of Cherrybrook. “Nonetheless, as one who did his time as a financial institution ledger-keeper, I all the time stored a watch on the cheques to see if there was one written on a ball after which dishonour it. It could have illustrated that some cheques do bounce,” he says.

Noting that the aforementioned Higher Dingo Creek (C8) is close to Mullumbimby, Jim Rogers of Byron Bay writes that there’s an Higher Duck Creek, out close to Bonalbo, “the place I used to assist pals muster cattle. We had been typically proper up Higher Duck Creek with no paddle looking for them.”