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Chris Wilkinson of Turramurra “can interpret a timetable” however says “For the past too many months, the Transport for NSW website has continued to provide a link to its timetables but the only thing I can connect to is its Trip Planner site. Useful – yes. But I want to have access to Transport for NSW timetables so that I can do my own planning. Much more convenient for me. Or do they now no longer allow access to online timetables on the Yes Minister basis that if buses didn’t have to stop for passengers, then they’d be on time.”

Don’t get cross: “Merran Loewanthal (C8) must be mistaken in her identification of her backyard spider. Huntsman spiders don’t spin webs,” says Janessa Endicott of Emu Plains. “They catch their prey by laying in wait and pouncing – hence the name huntsman. Her spider is more likely a golden orb weaver or a St Andrews cross.”

“Friends who live a little way out of town have a most ingenious spider that spins its four-metre span web high above the ground,” writes Roger Epps of Armidale. “To anchor the web, it collects a small pebble from the ground and suspends it from the base with a single strand. Should a bird damage the web, overnight the web is repaired, complete with another pebble.”

Sue Bradley of Eltham (Vic) remembers that “My parents were concerned, when, as a two-year-old, I started talking to a bush of Michaelmas daisies. Eventually, it was discovered that I was talking to a particularly large and ugly black arachnid, which I had named Septimus. It has been a mystery of the family ever since – where did a two-year-old find the name Septimus? It was never established whether Septimus was aptly named or nay and despite his presence in my early life, I am somewhat arachnophobic.”

Jan Carroll (C8) of Potts Point is getting ever nearer to the Never Never: “I knew it! Google is not in the same street as Column 8 [Not even Google Street View? – Granny]. Please give Marjie Williamson my email address, so we can organise collection. So excited! Thanks to Lesley McBurney too. And yeeha to Column 8.”

“Elizabeth and her friend may have been on their second bottle of Tabasco (C8) but I’ll bet they are still on their first bottle of Angostura Bitters,” ventures Seppo Ranki of Glenhaven.

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