Three Sues, all in a row

December 30, 2021 — 9.00pm

Sue Bradley of Eltham (Vic) relates a phone number (C8) coincidence from many years ago. Answering a late night phone call, Sue heard an Irish voice ask for Sue Brady. “I said that he had the wrong number, to which he replied, ‘Yes, I know, but you have a similar name, and you’re in the same street, so I thought you might know her’ (Confirming this as legitimate Irish reasoning – Granny). And I did, she was living next door, on both sides of my house! One Sue Brady was Australian, one was Irish, so I went and fetched the Irish Sue Brady. Three houses, with Sue Brady, Sue Bradley, and Sue Brady. The poor postie!”

Here’s another of the singularly absurd observations of George Manojlovic of Mangerton for your entertainment. “The dearth of Rapid Antigen Test Kits (C8) is not a good sign. It means the RATs are abandoning the shops.”

Having had to rescue a four-year-old who was continually hanging by his arms from the highest railing of a swing-set to stretch himself to be as ‘long’ as his older brother, Joy Cooksey of Harrington thinks “there could have been some logic in his method, as he ended up the taller”.

Being an avid reader and contributor to Column 8, Mickey Pragnell of Kiama could instantly see the bright side in the Herald headline ‘One in 10 could get Omicron’. “So, further down the track, ‘NSW decimated by virus’ could tell it like it is for once”.

According to George Zivkovic of Northmead, ancient Babylonians were likely the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, some 4000 years ago. “They made promises to the gods to pay their debts and return any objects they had borrowed. So, instead of making all those boring old resolutions that you never keep anyway, just hand over some shekels, pottery, spears, maces, adzes, bows and arrows, wheels, chariots or sail boats to your neighbours.”

On that note, all that remains is to wish all readers and contributors the happiest of new years. While Granny is not naive enough to tempt fate by suggesting that 2022 couldn’t be worse than 2021 – things can always get worse! – she hopes it is not asking too much to wish for next year to be one with less fear, confusion and woe, and for us to be able to safely spend more time laughing with the ones we care about. Remember laughing?

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