Burning problems from the backyard

“Joan Brown’s Memoir of Steam Trains in herald letters, reminds me of another ubiquitous favorite from yesteryear,” says Nola Tucker of Kiama. “The Backyard Incinerator. Remember how eagerly one burned the week’s trash and how a fine plume of smoke hung over the neighborhood or covered the laundry on outside lines? Those were the days!” This reminds Grandma of the habit of burning leaves in the gutter, which apparently happened every Wednesday in her forest edge.

Your order is ready, Graham Russell (C8). “Hamburgers get their name from the German port city of Hamburg, where slices of meat were first eaten between two pieces of bread,” explains Anne Cook of Ermington. “It has been suggested that German sailors introduced them to New York. A bit like our Pav.” Ashbury’s Peter Miniutti, who doesn’t mince his words, adds: “I can’t remember the name of the guy who invented the hamburger, but I’m pretty sure his did daughter’s name was Patty.”

Tony Ayers of Woy Woy says: “A lot has been written about politicians and others not wearing ties lately. However, I note that Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy has never been seen in anything but a t-shirt!” Maybe so, but living in a city under siege has more credibility than some of the Hi-Vis who are at the hustings here you can see.

“The word quarrel isn’t very common these days,” says Maroubra’s Stewart Copper. “But I’ve seen the epitome of one outside of our home. Two rainbow lorikeets, both vertical but one upside down, quarrel while tossing over who has the right to a section of new growth. The speech was unrepeatable, riddled with more than the occasional croak. It was definitely a fight.”

Mention of the rhio tart (C8) got David Skillicorn of Kingston, Canada, searching: “The only result Google returned for it was column 8, pretty good for an hour after the column was published. Grandma must have an inside lead. But what is it? A strange pun I don’t see?”

Ian Nicholls of Baulkham Hills explains: “If you’re from Hawkesbury, the rhino’s Australian homeland, you know only city dwellers called them Grammas. Rhio cakes from my farm life were made with pureed rhio, a squeeze of lemon, sugar and sultanas. There was pudding on top with a sprinkling of nutmeg.”


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