Trial by straightforward listening

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Lindsay Somerville of Lindfield acquired a jury discover with two telephone numbers to name for data. Think about his shock when instructed the wait time was 482 minutes (eight hours) for the primary quantity and 250 minutes (4 hours) for the second. “Regardless that I’m retired, I felt it was a tad too lengthy to spend listening to muzak, particularly when their web site refused my solutions, and you can not ship emails.”

“Col Begg (C8) shouldn’t get indignant at his antiquated electrical energy meter as a result of yelling at it could be an abuse of energy,” thinks Peter Miniutti of Ashbury.

Allen Dodd of Kirribilli is “retaining my eyes peeled to see how lengthy earlier than I see an indication on a fruit and veg store stating ‘no lettuces (C8) saved on these premises in a single day’. I recall seeing such an indication referring to bananas a couple of years in the past.”

“I do know iceberg lettuces have been all of the information of late, but when Julie Campbell was round within the ’50s, she would possible know of the compulsive viewing of The Cabbage Quiz on the outdated black and white TV,” says Greg Horan of Breakfast Level. “It was a day by day quiz within the afternoons after college, hosted by enigmatic Englishman Desmond Tester. Pre-teen children would compete to reply questions with an academic side. Relying upon their scores, the youngsters have been awarded cabbages. Winners cradled three or 4 cabbages by the tip of the present. We have been envious of those children and their prizes. ‘Low cost’ doesn’t come near describing the present’s funds. However we liked it.”

“I heard a few potential automobile thief who jumped right into a automobile solely to seek out it was a handbook (C8) and didn’t know learn how to drive it,” says Viv Munter of Pennant Hills. “He made his getaway on foot.”

Robert Hosking of Paddington “insisted” his daughters realized to drive a stick: “When one went to review in France, all of the rent vehicles have been handbook (‘Merde! Une automatique!’), so she grew to become the designated driver for the worldwide college students — particularly the People.”

“Talking of SOBs (C8), within the ’60s, if prescribing a placebo for a affected person with uncertain signs, the script would learn ‘Mist ABT’ – in difficult-to-read handwriting, after all,” says John Staton of Kingsgrove. “Mist is Latin for combination and ABT was Any Bloody Factor. That was within the days when mixtures have been made up within the pharmacy. Snake oil retailers nonetheless existed then.”

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