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“There’s been much debate about bringing pets on trains,” notes Eva Elbourne of Pennant Hills. “I currently have an enthusiastic bandicoot digging holes in my front yard each night. Warnings about nearby powerful owls have had no effect, so I’ve purchased a one-way train ticket for Betty (the bandicoot), to Western Australia. I have recommended a trip to the Pinnacles and some sand tobogganing, I am hoping she will decide to make it a group tour and take the possums from the roof with her. I will otherwise have to turn the front lawn into a golf course.”

Steve Hulbert of West Kempsey writes: “Around the NSW Mid North Coast, and in the Kempsey area in particular, the potkin is a popular choice from the fruit and veg section or from roadside stalls. However, knowledge of potkins appears to be almost unique to this area. So to my question: Do any Column 8 readers who do not have a connection to the NSW Mid North Coast know what a potkin is?”

“We in the IT industry ran out of TLAs (C8) some time ago,” explains Andrew Taubman of Queens Park. “So we were forced to extend our horizons to ETLAs such as SCSI and RISC.“

Don’t patronise arborists (C8) indeed. Marcus Daniel of Bellingen says, “A colleague’s husband who lops trees near power lines took great offence at being described as a tree lopper. He was most insistent he was a specialist in vegetation management.” You mean tree lopper?

“If John Alexander coached Albo how to use spin (C8) then going on the revelations aired on the ABC’s Nemesis, he also must have taught Scomo, Turnbull and Abbott how to disguise a backhander,” reckons Robert Hickey of Green Point. None of them need much coaching, according to Jennifer Briggs of Kilaben Bay: “They look like naturals to me.”

Confusion between St Marys the suburb and the cathedral (C8) reminded Father Brian Lucas of Bundanoon of the occasion when a very official function at the cathedral was delayed because the taxi driver who collected the Vatican ambassador at the airport headed west. “They got as far as Strathfield before the ambassador realised something was wrong.”

“A teacher friend on a Monday morning asked her junior class to write about what they did on the weekend,” says Stewart Martin of Mangerton. “A hand shot up. ‘Miss, how do you spell BMX?’”

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