“The school motto (C8) of Coonabarabran High is Forever Dare‘” writes Naomi Wright of Waverton. “Not sure what they were thinking when they decided on it but when I went there in the 80s it was used to justify all sorts of behaviour. When one student was asked why he was on the school roof by the deputy head, the reply was: ‘Just living up to the school motto, sir. The boys dared me’. It is still the school motto and hopefully the students of today are using it just as creatively.” Trish Heffernan of Naremburn says: “The motto of my old school, Firbank, was Vinquet Que Se Vinquet, which translated as ‘She conquers who conquers herself’, but we all knew that it meant: ‘Wink at those who wink at you’.”
“Enough of these mottos in Latin with no translations!” says Chris Johnson of Wyong. “I got six out of 100 in my first year of high school Latin. What chance have I got?” In a word? Nemo.
Bradley Wynne of Croydon is the latest to spot a clever number plate (C8): “A white VW Golf variant known as a Rabbit, with the plate IML8.”
“The man on the Clapham omnibus (C8) is a reasonable person, neither idiot nor genius, and is indeed equivalent to the Aussie ‘pub test’. Although having ridden many buses past Clapham Common, I’ve never met him,” writes Kev Taylor of Blacksmiths.
Bill Gibson of Redfern says: “Regarding temperatures in classrooms (C8), many years ago I had a job as a temporary teacher in a country town in the South Island of New Zealand. The school had central heating, but as the junior teacher I was given the room furthest from the furnace so it was around 10am before there was any perceptible change in (the often below zero) temperature. Consequently, I could not ask my pupils to do any written work as this would have involved taking off gloves or removing hands from pockets.”
“I recently noted in the Herald Arts pages that a Sydney pianist named Novak Manojlovic, accompanied by his band Hekka, won the Freedman Jazz Fellowship award, worth $20,000. I did wonder, in passing, if he was in any way related to Column 8’s PPG, aka the Prolifically Published George. I wouldn’t be surprised if the answer came back in the affirmative,” thinks Clive Waterman of North Narrabeen.
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