“OK, I’m 65, so it might be the mob I hang out with,” admits N. Andrew McPherson of Kalaru. “Having not seen most of them for isolated months, some/most of us are now larger. I’ve dug deep in search of a name for this, and a few combos came to mind: Kiloscovid, Virusflab, Covidspread, Jobkeepergut. I’m calling mine Isokilos for now. Any other ideas from Granny’s readership?”
We were dreading this. A number of readers have been in touch to correct Richard Murnane (C8) regarding his gorilla snot research. It’s Natto, not Natty. While Michael Sparks of Braddon (ACT) regards it as “one of a few Japanese delicacies I tried but did not like when I lived there in the ’80s”, Dick Barker of Epping says it’s “definitely an acquired taste”. But he does go on to ask “Does anyone know if gorilla snot is available in Sydney?”
“Kerri Grant’s 747 flight (C8) reminds me of Boxing Day, 1978. Sydney to Singapore via Brisbane. The captain had special permission to fly at 2000 feet past Sydney Heads to see the Sydney to Hobart race fleet exiting the harbour,” says John Hickey of Coolangatta. “The 14 passengers I counted in economy class had no trouble finding a window seat for a spectacular view.”
On approach from the opposite direction, John Hobbs of Greystanes writes: “Not everyone remembers the 747 fondly. My father always claimed air travel went downhill when they introduced economy class. Before the 747, there was the two-class 707 which carried the same number of first and business class passengers only. With the three class 747, the sleeping compartments, private lounges and in-flight casinos didn’t last long. Suddenly you shared the plane with 300 extra people, who blocked the departure gates and immigration queues by sheer force of their numbers. To fill all the seats, the airlines had to start the downward spiral of discounting, with a consequent decline in service, standards and reputations. The 747 killed off any idea of the ‘Jet Set’ and the romance of travel.”
“Speaking of clothes with varying degrees of Australian origin (C8), I have some cotton slacks bearing the insignia ‘BIA – Born in Australia’. However, no details of parentage or jeaneology are given,” reports Meri Will of Northmead.