A Boeing bows out
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A Boeing bows out

"It was with some nostalgia that I read your article on the last flight of the Boeing 747," writes Kerri Grant of Bathurst. "As a 21-year-old I was on that first flight, as my father, Alan Wharton, was the then director of flight operations for Qantas and, I understood, the host for the flight. He and my mother spent their time in the lounge mixing with the guests while I sat in the basically empty economy section having the time of my life. We were greeted in Perth by what seemed a huge crowd of people, there to see the Jumbo, then travelled on to Singapore, stayed overnight and returned the next day. My brother still calls me the ‘chosen one’. Flying economy is pretty good when you are one of 10 or so passengers."

Let's keep things airborne with another contribution from the precision brigade. "My favourite (or most worrying) lack of pedantry (C8) is to hear a pilot announce, before take-off, that 'we expect to be in the air momentarily'," thinks Nick Dorsch of Woolwich.

"Bought an oximeter to keep a check on my blood oxygen level and pulse as age actually does weary," says Richard Stewart of Pearl Beach. "When the meter completes its measure and my digit is extracted, the meter signals 'finger out'. A sure sign to take note and change any bad health habits."

Luke Wallace of Alexandria "read the headline: 'Economy to recover strongly, but wages and jobs will not' and wondered if this was an example of Schrodinger's economy. I guess Jobson Grothe will have to start looking for work." Lest he end up in a cat state.

“Well, if Margaret Hamon (C8) is going to get snotty, I’ll mention that a brand of natty (Japanese fermented soybeans) is Gorira no hanakuso, ‘gorilla snot’. And while finding the link, I learnt that it’s also a brand of hair gel, and a guitar pick grip-enhancer,” informs Richard Murnane of Hornsby. Joe Goozeff of Leura adds: "When I was growing up in maritime Gosford, I was told that oysters were shark snot. I have never been able to comprehend why people eat them." And apologies to Margaret for calling her Margaret Ramon on Tuesday. We didn’t mean to spoil the broth.

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"Your comparison of politicians to bananas (C8) reminds me of my father’s call on them: 'Pollies are like supermarket tomatoes: Thick-skinned, tasteless, but they travel well'," offers Mike Crowley of Moruya Heads.

Column8@smh.com.au

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