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Global warming goes from blazes to blazers – The Sydney Morning Herald

Pritam Ghosh of Beverley Park reckons global warming hits different countries in different ways: “While Australia has more bushfires, in England, Lord’s Cricket Ground authorities have had to allow members to remove their jackets.”

“Being a thrifty (and clean) person, I decided during the pandemic to stop buying soap and instead make use of the many individual guest soaps collected over earlier years from hotels,” says Steve Talbot of West Haven. “I’m now down to the last three, which is a sad commentary on the lack of travel opportunities (and the lack of house guests) over recent times. Am I the only C8-er to have washed my hands of supermarket soap? Or at the very least, be the only one to come clean about it?”

Joan Dalgleish (C8) can’t recall the exact steps for making pineapple-skin honey but Jenny Blake of Ballina can: “Peel Pineapple, cover skin with cold water and simmer for 1 hour. Strain. Add 1 cup of sugar to one cup of pineapple juice. Add juice of lemon. Boil lightly until it thickens. Test by placing a teaspoonful in the fridge. Cool and put in jars. Enjoy!”

More on expat passionfruit (C8). Elizabeth Morgan of Manly writes: “When living in Minnesota in the 1980s, passionfruit were few and far between and considered exotic. The upside was, when available, the grocery store did not know that the wrinkled skin indicated they were ripe and would reduce the price.”

“Speaking of chants (C8), aboard my training ship HMS Conway back in the 1950s, the cadets were divided into Divisions – Maintop, Mizzentop, Foretop etc,” recalls Bryan Hayes of Dunmore. “Each Division had their own chant for sporting contests. The Foretop Division had ‘One skin, two skin, three skin, FORETOP!’ Much to the horror of visiting parents, VIPs and staff.”

As a student, Anne Colville of Haberfield marched in some of the anti-Vietnam war demonstrations. “Whenever it looked as though there might be trouble, the demonstrators in our group changed the chant to: ‘More pay for police! More pay for police!’”

Submissions for the election jukebox (C8) continue to arrive, with the most common offering being suggested for both sides of the house. That song is the Beatles’ The Fool on the Hill. We also agree with Rod Burke of Green Point that “Craig Kelly could use the Bee Gees’ I’ve Gotta Get a Message To You”.

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