Newsreaders need to name (town) names

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"The recent bushfires have revealed a crying need for newsreaders to do their homework on the correct pronunciation of the names of towns and suburbs to avoid making fools of themselves on TV and radio," writes Denis Moyo of Maroubra. "They could start with Moonbi and Llandilo." Just don't get us started on Bulli!

"My dog and I were recently watching the Grade cricket at Alan Border Oval when a Mosman batsman hit a huge six," reports Iain Moray of Mosman. "Amazingly, at my advanced age, I saw it at the last moment and, to avoid certain death, rolled off the bench to the ground. The dog escaped and I missed the catch. Who then came to my aid? Nobody! As in ‘Nobody’s Perfect’. ‘Nobody’ was John Eales' apposite nickname in international rugby. It was indeed the great man, whose son plays for Mosman, assisting me. A close shave in a small world."

Just as we reach a full-stop, Ron Montague of Enfield tells us that "Buddy Holly also used a typewriter (C8) in his 1957 recording of Everyday. Just sayin'".

Readers will recall that this whole typewriter discussion originated from the use of the machines in film and TV. Brendan Lawler of Sherwood notes another disparity: "Is it my imagination, or do suitcases carried in films always seem suspiciously light, even empty?"

We thought John Christie’s car park (C8) offering was a bit of an afterthought but it turns out it’s quite the reverse. Terry Wooldridge of Mona Vale says: "I always reverse into a space, especially at shopping centres. It’s easier to park when you can clearly see all the other cars trying to pinch your spot and you don’t have to make eye contact with those you beat to it." Richard Miller of Bywong isn’t so sure: "I too have pondered this new tail-in parking phenomenon and have concluded that it's not the result of improved reversing skills or the desire to avoid bingles, but simply drivers showing off their flash reversing cameras or self-parking cars. Methinks they wouldn’t do so well in my old Land Rover in a half-lit car park."

"Received my water rates, including a leaflet with THAT camel exhorting me to have a four-minute shower. At 75, I'm 147 centimetres and 33 kilograms and no matter how hard I try, I can't extend my shower to four minutes. Any suggestions?" asks Rae Morris of Marrickville.

Column8@smh.com.au

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