Underwriting Hindi noir

“Judith Allison’s (C8) translation story reminded me of the time we organised the screening of a classic 1950s,black and white Hindi movie,Pyaasa,at Avoca Beach Picture Theatre,without subtitles,” writes Manbir Singh Kohli of Pemulwuy. “Many locals attended,and I explained the movie plot before the start,then paused the movie twice and explained what had happened so far. Some diehards stuck around to the end,enjoying the movie’s atmosphere despite not understanding the dialogue. They were rewarded with the copious amount of food we had carried to the movie after-party on the lawns of the theatre.”

“When I was going through my rebellious teenage phase,my mother would speak to me in Norwegian and I would reply in English,” says Randi Svensen of Wyong. “It made for some interesting looks when we were out shopping.”

When prices climb:“I never thought I would see the day when blueberries were in the same luxury price range as caviar and truffles,” laments John Swanton of Clovelly.

Another anonymous musing on the Everglades golf club (C8) indicates there are two sides to every golfing tale:“Maybe the club can’t afford to run the courtesy bus any more as there are no recyclables left for them to collect and get the income?”

You wouldn’t read about it. “Well,thanks to Wednesday’s Superquiz,I have finally been correctly diagnosed,” declares Andrew Raymond of Parramatta. “I am a life long librocubicularist! (A person who reads in bed). I suspect it is a common affliction.”

“Janita Rankin (C8) should also have bought a bottle of Conditioner Gordon for her grandson to go with his Batman Body Wash,” thinks Peter Miniutti of Ashbury.

In a case of outsourcing gone mad,Paul Duncan of Leura says that “according to an online ABC News item,a Norwegian farmer found a sword ‘used by Vikings while working on his property’. I wondered what type of work were these Vikings doing and why did they need swords?”

Back to oxymoronic locations (C8) where both John Lees of Castlecrag and Sarah Hammond of Surf Beach were quick to point out Avenue Road,Mosman.

“Mosquito Bay may be Mossy Point now (C8),but some of the more hard-bitten locals still call it Mozzy Point,” notes Michael Will of Deakin (ACT). One of those locals is Ted Richards from nearby Batemans Bay who was quick to back up this “point”.

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