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Not content with almost single-handedly putting Mangerton on the map, George Manojlovic is now spruiking another of the Illawarra’s glories. “Dapto is about to become Australia’s most famous suburb! A comic animation called Koala Man, written and directed by Wollongong talent Michael Cusack, set in Dapto, is about to hit TV screens across America. One of the main characters, a Daptonian of course, is voiced by Hugh Jackman, no less. Will Bong Bong Road become the new Champs Elysees, awash with camera-wielding Yanks?” Perhaps they’ll even have the, ahem, good fortune to run into those other animated Dapto legends, Damo and Darren, at the station?

In response to Caz Willis’ talking loudly to the blind item (C8), Jonty Grinter of Katoomba finds that “when I wear my hearing aids (C8) people tend to shout at me. How do I politely explain that it is when I am not wearing them they need to talk a little louder?”

Naming your product Nullarbor Moon (C8) certainly inspires imagination, if nothing else. Maurice Collins of Wollongbar considers “Nullarbor Moon handwash a shining example of plain Aussie marketing” and David Gordon of Cranebrook surmises that “clearly no trees were used to make this product”.

Having seen a real Nullarbor moon (C8), which has a luminescent effect on all it shines upon, Joy Paterson of Mount Annan suggests that “perhaps that name is fitting with the possibility of showing shining clean hands devoid of Covid”. Or, as Suzanne Saunders of Koonorigan submits, “maybe Nullarbor Moon has the capacity to wash 100,000 camel bums?”

According to Michael Fletcher of Ulsan (South Korea), “if Geoff Gilligan would like a trip down the Lampson Tube (C8) memory lane he need only visit Costco stores in Korea to see the system still in use.”

The discussion of delivering dockets, change etc. in a cylinder via a chute (C8) reminded Gerry Foley of South Turramurra of the voice pipes used for communication on old ships, and of when he was taken aboard the dredge in Newcastle Harbour that his grandfather worked on in the late 1940s, and showed how the system worked. “If he was working in the engine room and wanted to communicate with the bosun on the bridge he’d blow into the voice pipe, causing the pipe to whistle on the bridge. The bosun would then respond and they could have their conversation via the pipe.”

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