Streets by any other name

John Perry’s Mount Street v Mount St v Mt Street v Mt St query (C8) has taken us on a path of insight, and in the case of Adela Parkes of Boat Harbour, affinity: “If you think Mount Street is confusing how about High Street Road in outer Melbourne? At least it is a road.” And while Leo Narushevich of Cooma gives us Lwr Mt St, Wentworthville, Alison Brooks of Hope Island (Qld) wonders “how we are supposed to know whether Ct on a street sign is an abbreviation for Circuit, or Crescent, or Court. Or does it really matter?”

“According to a proposed ‘strategic road map’, athletics and swimming are set to be the only compulsory sports at future Commonwealth Games,” notes George Zivkovic of Northmead. “This will allow hosts the ability to propose entirely new sports, ‘relevant to their nation or culture’, to enhance cultural showcasing and community engagement. Get on your marks for farnarkeling 2026?” Yes. Closely followed by underwater hockey.

Although John de Meur of Cremorne Point thinks that the mystery source of the Wi-Fi crockpot (C8) is “Hardly Normal”, Judy Jones of Thornleigh declares: “It’s Russell Hobbs! Do I need to spell it out? Russell Crowe, part owner of the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Jude Hobbs, golfer.”

“What’s the best consolation prize?” asks Wendy Crew of Lane Cove North. “Can you beat that, although President Biden couldn’t think of your name, Prince Charles certainly did, and it was published worldwide?”

Terry Funnell of Parramatta thinks: “Perhaps the following doctrine determines where NSW begins and ends (C8): Cuius est solum, eius est usque ad coelum et ad inferos (whoever’s the soil, it is theirs all the way to Heaven and all the way to Hell).” Meaning the crew of the International Space Station can’t take off their masks when passing overhead.

Remaining in the cosmos, Peter Miniutti of Planet Ashbury wonders if “the Australian-US-built lunar rover will be left or right-hand drive”?

“By his own admission, Sid James (C8) said his face looked like an unmade bed,” says William Galton of Hurstville Grove. Also lining up, Michael Fox of Gerringong recalls, “A journalist once said Don Chipp had a face like a disappointed walnut.”

“With so many people queuing up outside the local barber shop, for a minute there, I thought there was a barbecue,” says Jack Dikian of Mosman.

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