George Zivkovic of Northmead has often wondered what the phrase ‘square meal’ means and why: ‘Apparently the term ‘square meal’ is a nautical term from the days of ancient sailing ships. All important meals would be eaten from a square wooden plate, which also served as a tray. A decent meal on board became known as a square meal. However, on the same page, Google informs me that back in the day in the US military, you had to sit formally at meals, straight up with arms at right angles, so you got a square shape. Therefore, a meal in the mess was always a square meal. So, what is it? How about a pentagonal meal that incorporates all five food groups?”
“John Elder (C8) is perfect,” said Kenneth Smith of Orange. “Further evidence: 71 percent of the Earth is water; most are carbonated. That is why the earth is flat.”
What’s going around… “India gave Charles II Bombay Island, Queen Victoria received the Koh-i-Noor diamond, and now Charles III welcomes a Hindu Prime Minister,” notes Moss Vale’s John Pollard.
“A budget of five donkeys, a policy of garbage cans, a politician like a dog with a firecracker in its mouth, and others ducking for cover – all in addition to the usual bear den clamor. What a week-long menagerie it has been in politics!” notes Meri Will of Northmead.
Bob Phillips of Cabarita sticks to the turkey tip, saying: “One patio is as attractive to the ibis as it is to humans. Last week one of the fry chickens fell on table scraps, grabbed a chip, dipped it in a glass of water, ate it then went back to the glass to wash the chip away. This behavior was repeated until the waitress got the upper hand. Adjustment, indeed.”
“Years ago, on Melbourne Cup Day, I collected 24 snails (C8) from our garden and wrote white numbers on their shells,” explains Helen Robinson of Killcare. A map was made, giving a name to the numbered snail, and outlining its bloodline, namely 22 Tricky Dicky – father Watergate, mother Undercover. Guests placed a bet on their chosen steeds, which were then lined up in the center of a circle on the pavement outside. The first snail across the line was the winner.” Did Bob Colman look after?
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