Joe Veness of Ingleburn says: "With all the geometric directions given lately regarding the correct ironing side for a handkerchief (C8), I am awaiting one of these experts to inform me as to which side to use when wiping my nose." Our instigator, Ralph Davis of Wahroonga, is even pondering a switch to tissues: "While I can now confidently identify the reverse side of a hanky, Jock Brodie's response left me feeling a tad obtuse. In reply, I would posit that as the edges of a hanky are made of a flexible material, they can never be perfectly straight; ergo, hankies can never be truly rhomboid (or square, for that matter). But I still want to know why the manufacturer is so insistent that I must iron it on the reverse side!" Hopefully he'll return to the fold.
Catherine Hurst of Terrigal writes: "Thanks to Harry Bell (C8) for the reminder of an old ditty sung to the tune of Toreador Song from Carmen: "Toreador, don’t spit on the floor. Use the cuspidor. That’s what it’s for."
Hot on the heels of Bill Wilkinson (C8) comes another springtime indicator, ie, a blowfly spotting, this time from Warren Mitchell of Mosman: "Buzzing, shiny, green. Welcome to spring." Well, it stands to reason.
We think the mighty Alex Byrne of Glebe can explain the naming of the Morfin Memorial Steps (C8): "I believe that they are named for the Mexican architect and engineer, Luis Ramiro Barragan Morfín, who died in 1988. He was a pioneer of minimalist architecture but ironically employed the bright colours of Mexico which are absent from the McKell Building."
Challenge accepted, Mr Manojlovic (C8), says Richard Cunningham of Hong Kong. "While it may be a bit far to pop out for dinner from Mangerton, there are plenty of restaurants in Hong Kong that charge $HKD500 ($90), or more, to drink a bottle of your own wine." Closer to home, John Cregan of Mona Vale recalls Tetsuya's charging $23 a bottle and that was 23 years ago.
Talk of motionless trains (C8) has reminded David Atherfold of Avalon Beach of a more royal throne: “In the 1960s, I worked at the Railway Printing Office. Most jobs, called STNs, (special train notices), usually concerned information regarding track work and speed restrictions. One directive, however, was the soundproofing of the WC for the royals. Perhaps flatulence was an issue with that family.”
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