Putting a lid on agricultural arguments
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Putting a lid on agricultural arguments

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"Terry Funnell (C8) has suggested that the difference between a farm and a station 'depends on the width of the brim of the owner’s hat'," writes Brian Roach of Whitebridge. "When I was a young teacher sent to the Queensland border, I discovered another form of scale: The larger the hat, the smaller the property." Bill Hardy of Caddens adds: "My wife’s sister and brother-in-law lived in the abandoned Brewongle railway station. I would tell people they lived on a station outside Bathurst. When asked ‘How many acres?’, I would respond ‘One’."

The very optimistic Michael Maguire of Emu Plains has seen "confirmation" that the pandemic is over: "The local hardware has resumed the Saturday morning sausage sizzle!"

Whether it's over or not, those COVID baby names (C8) are still appropriate. Adrian Connelly of Springwood thinks: "Distance or Isolate for a girl (both have a nice ethereal quality to them), and Handwash for a boy. Although I must say that Hoarder has a good unisex feel to it." And while Janice Creenaune of Austinmer thinks COVID and Corona work well for twins, Don Bain of Port Macquarie simply says: "Lockie for a boy, if down to me."

"I present a contemporary contagion conundrum: If a contact tracer is found to be infected with the coronavirus whilst doing their tracing job via the 5G network, do the people they have contacted via said network also have to go into quarantine? I am sure the QAnon folk have a ready answer but thought I would just put it out there for consideration by the sagacious C8 audience.
Yours so very seriously (not), Russ Couch of Woonona."

"Here's a first," reckons Ralph Davis of Wahroonga: "A Persian rug shop in Chatswood is advertising a grand opening sale. Must be a typographical error."

Allan Gibson of Cherrybrook reveals that "for years we’ve ordered babycinos for our grandchildren but now their tastes have changed. Glancing at the kids' menu on Saturday when they ordered a more substantial beverage, I saw that the humble babycino has matured and is now the toddlercino."

"Harry Bell (C8) describing stations and the graziers who run them reminded me of a school principal who said that his rural public school’s funding had been affected negatively by a survey of parents who described their occupation as graziers rather than farmers," says Phil Armour of Yass. That's just being cocky.

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