Energy altruism doesn’t extend to the Wi-Fi

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Last week Peter Skinner of Beecroft saw a copy of a specialist’s note back to his GP which began “Thank you for referring Mr Skinner, a lovely gentleman, for review of his ongoing treatment”. “I was very chuffed to be described as ‘a lovely gentleman’ until my wife claimed that they write this about everyone and that, even if this was the specialist’s opinion, she had only known me for 15 minutes, hence the flawed diagnosis. Can more experienced referees or indeed professionals shed light on this?”

“My teenage son announced he had put off vacuuming his room last week as he didn’t want to black out Sydney (C8),” writes John Swanton of Coogee. Ah, teenage ingenuity! Obviously, this altruism wouldn’t have extended to any reduction in the use of the Wi-Fi and associated electrical devices though.

“Was it just in our family that Bunnerong was known as Bungeroff during the blackout era of the ’40s (C8)?” asks Viv Mackenzie of Port Hacking. Apparently not, according to Maree D’Arcy of Darling Point, who recalled a catchphrase from the early 1950s: “Bunnerong and bung ’er off”.

Returning to the colder climes of NSW on Saturday, Stephen Kirk of Blackbutt is “considering buying lettuces as presents, as they are only $3.50 in major supermarkets in Broome.” Granny hates to put a dampener on such a benevolent gesture, but the not-so-small matter of interstate quarantine restrictions on fresh fruit and vegetables imported into NSW from WA may mean the only lettuces you exit the airport with are some lettuce-shaped indentations in your luggage.

Graham Russell of Clovelly suggests that “Dick Barker (C8) read John Maynard Keynes’ magnum opus The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money”, although Graham calling it “a great read” is possibly going a bit far.

The only knowledge Adrian Connelly of Springwood has about prices and economics that he can share with Dick Barker (C8) “is that it seems that everything’s up, except duck feathers. They’re down.”

Olaf Holpert of Avalon sends greetings to Peter Pocock, with an update on that old indestructible bougainvillea (C8). “We bought your Avalon property from you, and that weedy bougainvillea was eventually removed by an excavator to make way for a pool and a pretty new lawn with substantial landscaping. That annoying plant went up into the very top of a massive coral tree and it filled up my whole 10 x 5 trailer. Nice flowers, but my arborist was cursing it!”

Column8@smh.com.au

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