Keating is still going postal

Stephen Doyle of Downer (ACT) says that “while it’s not an official place name (C8),our pancake-flat suburb is affectionately known as Upper Downer by many locals. A few years ago,some scallywags decided that the suburb should be called Keating,due to political leanings[it’s actually named after Sir John Downer but play on - Granny],and had the address on their mail altered accordingly. Australia Post obliged by effectively translating the alternative address,as needed.”

“Is Eastgardens the first suburb in Sydney to be named after a shopping centre?” asks Geoff Carey of Pagewood. “So enticing is the name that the Bunnings located in Hillsdale calls itself Bunnings Eastgardens.”

“With all respect to Mr McGrath,Mosquito Bay (C8) still exists,” claims Peter Collocott of Lilli Pilli. “It lies between Malua Bay and Lilli Pilli on the Batemans Coast. Mossy Point is a bit further south. There is a boat ramp and a coffee shop where my son learnt his barista skills.”

Dave Williams of Port Macquarie knows of “a boy whose Uncle Ben dressed as Batman (C8) and entered the boy’s birthday party by slithering across their roof and coming down to join the party,later leaving by the same route. When he returned,in normal attire,his nephew,Jacob,said to him,‘Gee,Uncle Ben,you should have been here earlier,you just missed Batman’.”

“At least George Thornton (C8) got his name on a plaque on the Hyde Park obelisk,” says Simon Bartlett of Coogee. “Poor Prince Harry is relegated to merely ‘A Grandson of Queen Elizabeth II’ on the plaque commemorating his official opening of the additions to the Sydney Cenotaph. Is there some quaint royal protocol at play?”

It’s all Greek to her:“Like most things,subtitles in movies (C8) can have disadvantages as well as advantages,” writes Jennifer Whaite of Oatley. “Living in Greece in the ’60s,we’d sometimes go to an English language movie. These would naturally have Greek subtitles,so the movie operators would turn the sound down and the audience,happily reading the subtitles,would chatter cheerfully and loudly throughout the whole movie. Didn’t really make for a great night out.”

“I was amused to see that my item in C8 on Thursday was immediately followed by an item from former longtime colleague Russ Couch,” says Michael McFadyen of Kareela. “Still can’t get away from the bloke after 44 years!”

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