Rack ’em up and get cracking

Reflecting on the plague content of the Florentine Diaries (C8), Stewart Copper of Maroubra believes that some residents of Florence may have seen a benefit in punishment. “Imagine the plight of some of the old brick and block layers laid low with back pain after years of hard work. ‘I’m not wearing a mask and I’m not paying 25 florins either so go ahead, stretch me on the rack’. Oh, the relief!”

While attesting to the veracity of High Street Road (C8) in outer Melbourne as one who used to regularly drive along it, Susan Bradley of Eltham (Vic) thinks “it is thoroughly eclipsed by Lane Lane in Broken Hill, of which I was so enamoured upon seeing it that I photographed the sign.”

More street name oddities (C8). In the early days of his marriage Colin Gould of Merimbula lived on “in Mount Street, Mount Saint Thomas or Mt. St. Mt. St. Thomas.” Richard Cuneo of Ryde contributes that there is “a Crescent Avenue in Ryde. Couldn’t make up their mind?” Joy Paterson of Mount Annan reports that her “brother in Canada lives on Mount Street Close. Mt St Cl?“

Speaking of Canada, if you want interesting street names (C8) Richard Jary of Waitara suggests that you head to Porters Lake, Nova Scotia. “It has This Street, That Street, and The Other Street at the southern end of town. Strange addresses indeed.”

Jonty Grinter of Katoomba is excited by the news that the Olympics are opening up to
ethnocentric sports (C8), and exhorts Australians to take up the deliciously messy sport of Dwyle Flunking (sometimes known as Dwile Flonking). “Our main rivals would be the Poms who invented it. It is the ideal recreation for breweries to sponsor and every RSL club should have a team. All you need is a broom handle, a mop head, a solo musician and a gazunder full of stale ale.”

Also on new Olympic sports (C8), Roderick van Gelder of Hunters Hill thinks that “if we put a bit of pressure on the US and UK, maybe we can still get a team together for submarine racing in the 2032 Brisbane Olympics? Guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser along the Gold Coast, with an exciting finish under the Story Bridge.” Given that 42 countries in the world possess submarines, Granny doesn’t think it will only be the French protesting a contest with so few participants.

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