Songwriters do everything by the book

Jeff Apter of Keiraville noted that “an interesting question was asked in Tuesday’s Super Quiz regarding the Gibb brothers, islands in the stream and Ernest Hemingway. The Bee Gees also recorded a song called Who the hour strikes – it seems that they knew their Hemingway. There must be other pop acts with a similar literary fixation – any leads, column 8-ers?

“When my wife Angela was watching the Warner/Labuschagne race, she commented that the bowler Nortje must have said, ‘Did someone say KFC?'” reports Tamworth’s Grant Sproats. Grandma thinks that might have come later, from the spidercam operator who quickly clocked the South African from behind.

“A daily dose of Manojlovic (C8). It goes so well with my morning tea and toast. Publish the other 105 letters!” demands Amanda Jordan from Artarmon.

Cabarita’s Bob Phillips is following Ross Krippner’s (C8) call to switch from Pet Contributors to Real Pets, saying: “A friend’s family taught Pet Galah, Gonzo, various expressions. He manages to use these expressions at the most appropriate moments. An electrician installing an outlet was startled when Gonzo put his head around his crouched form and asked, “What are you doing?” a utterance the family had not heard before. However, his most important contribution to family history came when a relative toasted the host at a family celebration. He paused just long enough to catch his breath for Gonzo to break the welcome silence with a yell of “Wicker!” Riot and stop talking.” Bye Gonzo.

“I’m quite perplexed and impressed by your reaction to Daryl Jordan on Hot Cross Buns (C8),” says Viv Mackenzie of Port Hacking. “Was it ironic, do you have an extensive archive curated by a dedicated librarian, or did you tap into this wondrous (soon-to-be-emasculated) resource squad to pull up the reference?” Most of the above, though more than one librarian is available. Shout out to ’em (and Trove).

Lugarno’s Col Burns wonders if Hyacinth Bucket (C8) writes pub menus: ‘Don’t get me started on pretentious food names George. Try to get a plain hamburger in a city pub. The simplest option on most menus is grass-fed Angus beef on roasted brioche, accompanied by vine-ripened Roma tomatoes, rocquette, baby spinach and caramelized Spanish onions. Tomato sauce? fear not. You’ll have to settle for mustard seed aioli. As for beets, forget it!”

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