The Teenager of the Night emerges from Slumberland

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Mark Morgan of St Ives says there is "a sign that online research, a phone call to RMS, questioning of friends and unpublished emails to Column 8 have not uncovered an explanation of. I must know what this sign means! It has the standard yellow background, a black upper-case 'D’ in a black square box with rounded corners and a black arrow pointing in a particular direction. I have mostly seen them at the junction of two or three main roads, with the arrow pointing down one branch. Surely a C8-er will know — you are my only hope.” Readers may recall Ted Richards asking the same thing a couple of years ago. Except for someone’s joke that it meant “Don’t” (it was near Canberra), we struck out.

"A while back, the Herald archives reflected that a flight from Singapore to Perth had taken five days, with accommodation along the way. Still time, then, for a nippy postie to have pipped Richard Tainsh’s seven-day birthday card between Sydney and Melbourne!" declares Don Bain of Port Macquarie.

Continuing with the "Domestic Engineer" theme (C8), David Gordon of Cranebrook says: "A handyman friend styled himself 'General Factotum' — and this was recorded in his passport. Worked wonders for him in South America. The soldiers snapped to attention and saluted."

“Paul Duncan (C8) may be interested to know Katmandu is (as always) having a 'SALE',” reminds Jenny Stephenson of Wollongong.

Jill Chambers of Port Macquarie remembers those radio days: "As honeymooners in 1957, we left our Halvorsen houseboat at Church Point briefly and travelled into the city to take part in a Jack Davey quiz program (C8). We won a year's supply of sausages, a full set of saucepans and two dozen pairs of nylons among other treasures. Great fun!” Kevin Harris of Beecroft asks: “Can I have second prize for appearing numerous times on both Teen Time and Rumpus Room with Keith Walsh and Howard Craven? I was even 'Teenager of the Night' not once but twice on the latter show.”

“Rosemary O'Brien's race caller (C8) should spare a thought for the caller at Mackay a few years ago who was faced with all seven horses in a race with the first name ‘Craiglea,’" says George Zivkovic of Northmead. “For the record, the finishing order was Craiglea Royale, Craiglea Matilda, Craiglea Gal, Craiglea Edge, Craiglea Tina, Craiglea Smokie and Craiglea Rawie.” Hey, studs!

Column8@smh.com.au

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