Peng Ee of Castle Cove found it “interesting to note that there were a significant number of left-handers in the swearing-in ceremony” for new government ministers. Now
Granny’s curiosity is piqued. Do left-handers make up 10 per cent of the new government, reflecting their 10 per cent share of the Australian population? Or are they punching above their weight?
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Synchronising with the Jubilee celebrations is this sterling example of the Queen’s English (C8) from Ruth Ratner of Northbridge. “When Princess Margaret’s dachshund mated with the Queen’s corgi, a palace spokesman announced that if anyone needed to get a herd of cattle out of a rabbit warren they had just the dog.”
AGL has had problems with stirrers well before Mike Cannon-Brookes, according to David Swain of Glenhaven. “My great-great-grandfather, George Walker, was the company’s first clerk in the 1840s. In the minutes of the company’s monthly meeting of October 9, 1844 ‘the Secretary complained that during the last two years he had been repeatedly treated by the Clerk (Mr. George Walker) with great personal disrespect, which had of late become so frequent as to impede the duties of the Office.’ George was told to apologise.”
Wrong movie, Col Burns. Merona Martin of Meroo Meadow claims Driving Miss Daisy, not Rain Man, is closer to the mark, as she was in the passenger seat while she “counted potholes (C8), mostly out of sheer exasperation at their size and number. It was easy to do because we can’t drive faster than 3-4 km per hour on most of the road.”
More Australian accents in the USA (C8). Robyn Cummins of Turramurra recalls a family visit to a bookshop in Philadelphia. “Our then nine-year-old was greeted with a friendly, ‘Well hi there, you’re from out of town.’ His response, ‘We’re from out of hemisphere!’ left the owner quite confused.”
As an exchange student in Chicago in 1971, N. Andrew McPherson of Kalaru and a friend were picked up by police late one night for being out after the 10pm curfew on minors. “Upon hearing my accent (C8), one of the police asked where I was from? When I replied Australia, his mate exclaimed ‘That’s one of those Communist South American countries, isn’t it?’ Before I could reply, he then said words to the effect, ‘Your English is good, how long have you been here?’” Sometimes there are just no words ... different hemisphere, different planet.