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Salon 6

11 February, 2013

In the year of the snake, I’m opting for David Asple. (Any other names we can tweak for the occassion, aside from Tiger Snake Woods?) And now for some random items:

  1. If you wish to grab some glory, then be the first to crack DA’s News Clue on Radio Natonal’s Sunday Extra. Jonathan Green is the quizmaster, and will be giving listeners a clue around 7.40 each Sunday morning, with the same clue posted online afterwards.

  2. Still with radio, your blogmeister will be teaming up with cartoonist Oslo Davis and music maven Elizabeth McCarthy to host RRR’s Breakfasters next week, from 6-9, Monday till Friday. As designated newsreader, I’ll be hoping we don’t hear from any Icelandic volcanoes.

  3. New poll just posted too. (See the right margin.) Check out Macquarie’s words of 2012, and vote for four favourite of the new kidz on the block.

  4. A word question lobbed on the Twitter feed last night, from Tweeter and father Mark Reid: Is there a word for fear of devices getting a flat battery? My children are sufferers. Any suggestions?

And if your batteries are still primed for pouncing on some quality clues, then here’s the spot to discuss the dazzling (and the confounding) of the British setters.

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