“I confess to having an unhealthy fondness for the plain baked bean in all its guises,” writes Peter Hayes of Port Macquarie. “Curry, chilli, ham or barbecue sauce invite you to enjoy. Recently, however, I was tempted to try the latest offering: baked beans in tomato and vegemite sauce. I ask Column 8 connoisseurs: is this marriage of two Australian icons a stroke of genius or an abomination?”
Michael McFadyen from Kareela notes that the NSW government has put up huge billboards around the construction sites at La Perouse and Kurnell and says they are replacing the quays: ‘The quays are actually in May 1974, so almost 50 years ago Years ago, fell into the water, and that hasn’t existed since. Hardly a replacement.”
“Unfortunately, I missed the deadline to redeem my 2020 Jetstar voucher,” laments Lilian Andrew of Mosman. “Now I’m wondering where I could have gone on $2.12?”
Russell Hill’s mention of the USS Missouri in 1945 (C8) caught the attention of John Hepworth of Haberfield. “Ahoy fourth cousin Russell. There is another family sea connection between Australia and Japan. You and I have a great-great-great-grandfather, Captain Bourn Russell, who “invaded” Japan at the helm of his own ship, the Lady Rowena, in the 1830’s. Bourn explored, fished and traded in the South and West Pacific for several years. Supposedly he had a serious relationship with a Japanese village that didn’t trade with him when he needed materials to repair his ship. He eventually became an MLC in the NSW Parliament.”
“Rightly so Don Bain (C8), the ‘water sting’ had to be avoided at all costs,” confirms Austinmer’s Janice Creenaune. “Netball games in the ’60s, ’70s and beyond had quarter, half, and three-quarter breaks where the orange divisions passed out refreshments. The organization generally consisted of a rotation of players and all the important ones. Aside from juice stains on the position bibs, most quarter breaks after the breaks saw each player picking their teeth and flicking their tongues to clear the orange debris, ignoring game tactics and planned plays.”
Beecroft’s Andrew Mowat “laughed today at an ad for an ‘anti-anxiety dog bed’ that said ‘Try it for yourself for 30 days.’ ‘No risk.’ Might be worth trying. I don’t know about you grandma, but we all have a lot to worry about these days. I’ll let you know how it goes. All the best for a stress-free week.” Shot!
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