Mr Minns goes to Canberra



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“Did any other Column 8-ers spot our venerable premier’s cameo on Total Control delivering papers to Damian (the Dutton avatar) in parliament?” asks Marcus Daniel of Bellingen. “Had to do a double take (thank heavens for recorded content). Does this augur federal ambitions for our man in Macquarie Street?” Rob Phillips of North Epping noticed, too, but we don’t think it’s a federal thing, more a Hollywood thing. A quick geek at the Internet Movie Database has a Christopher Minns appearing in Workin’ Moms and The Hardy Boys.

Sorry, Steve Hulbert (C8), we got a good yield of responses on the potkin query, but only one of them was on the money. That was our friend Peter Miniutti of Ashbury, who accurately described them as “the hybrid love child of a potato and a pumpkin”. Unfortunately, there are even Mid North Coasters who are oblivious. Alison Stewart of Waitara, says that “even my Kempsey-born husband does not know what a potkin is. Maybe because he left when he was 16, 64 years ago.”

Thelma Frost of Mudgee thought a potkin, was “a family member who drinks too much” while Andrew Cohen of Glebe thought it was more likely a relative who dabbles in certain substances.

“I think I might have met Pluto (C8) on my way home from school back in 1959 or 60,” writes Jeff Stanton of Strathfield. “I joined a Hornsby-bound train at Strathfield about 4pm to find the front vestibule occupied by a dog who seemed to know what he was doing. I got off a few stops later, but I estimate that he had enough time to get to Hornsby, change to the north shore line and get to Gordon by 5.30. He was enjoying the ride in the open doorway. (No automatic doors in those days).”

Mary Watson of Balgowlah Heights knows where Eva Elbourne (C8) is coming from: “We have a small nine-hole putt-putt golf course on our front lawn. The bandicoots have been assisting the greenkeeper by adding extra holes, several bunkers and some hazards. The fees have gone up.” There is an upside to all this. One of the reasons bandicoots like a dig in your yard is to snack on spiders, specifically the trap-door and funnel web.

“I, too, regard myself as a specialist in vegetation management (C8),” claims Meri Will of Baulkham Hills. “But I generally call it weeding.”

Column8@smh.com.au

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