Gus Silber from Johannesburg was most interested in reading about the lion escapes from Taronga Zoo, as lion escapes are quite common in game parks in South Africa. “The most recent was a lioness who escaped after the electric fence stopped working due to load shedding, a planned power outage familiar to all South Africans. The record for an escape still stands for the lion that made its way out of the Karoo National Park a few years ago, roaming more than 160 miles during a spree that lasted nearly a month. It was eventually shot and recaptured and returned to the park after being held overnight in a small town prison cell.”
Guards continued to release reminders in the silent coach (C8) and reminded Richard Horsley of Alexandria of exam invigilators as they read, saying, “This is your reading time. Don’t pick up your pens, you can’t write anything yet. It is important that you use this time to read the newspaper properly. Don’t miss a page. Read the paper carefully, etc.” until a frustrated student loudly asked to shut up. And fair enough too.”
The stories of lasting trauma from school lunches (C8) keep coming in. Meri Will of Northmead recalls that “as children it was my sister and my job to make our own sandwiches for school, and those of our two younger brothers. One brother always asked for peanut butter on his sandwich, the other always chose Vegemite. Decades later, my sister still can’t stand peanut butter, while I enjoy Vegemite, thickly spread.”
“My mother made all our sandwiches (C8) for the week and put them in the freezer with our initials on them,” writes Claire Ansoul of Maroubra. “A great idea in the summer, but in the winter a frozen Pecks sandwich with fish paste wasn’t so good.”
Chrissie Whitlock of Earlwood thanks Barbara Ryan. “Silkworm Poo Tea (C8) sounds like a great Christmas present for people who are ‘too hard to buy’. Not to mention those who already have everything.”
On a recent bus trip through Italy, Oatley’s John Davidson came out of a gift shop and met an American couple on the same tour standing outside the shop. “The woman asked if I had bought anything and I replied that I had bought a small present for the woman who picked up my mail. The woman’s husband asked, “What did he say?” and she replied, ‘He said he is from Wales’.”
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