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Running rings around the Allowance​​ Act

“I hear schools are struggling to get maths teachers these days,” notes Antoinette Hirst of Double Bay. ”I couldn’t help thinking how times have changed. Sorting through old papers, I came across my husband’s high school report of some 70 years ago: ‘For Latin.’ I told him, ‘it says lazy’. ‘We had a maths teacher teaching us Latin’, was his response.” Adrian Bell of Davistown says Michael Dunlop (C8) can relax: “Like many so-called national characteristics or traits, a locally designated trait is taken by outsiders to apply to the whole nation. For example, in Ireland the Kerrymen are deemed as ‘a bit thick’. Similarly, in Scotland, it is the Aberdonians who are reputed to be ‘mean’ – ‘mean, mean men from Aberdeen’. Anyone who has stayed or travelled through Scotland will testify to Scottish hospitality, generosity and ability to welcome outsiders – even Sassenachs!” Meanwhile, in Glasgow, a local lady noticed Kevin Hunt of Kenthurst “swearing at a parking meter on discovering it was coin only and insisted on giving me three pounds in coins, and refused my offer of a five-pound note in return. ‘I’m Scottish’ she said. ‘It’s my duty to help a visitor’. That’s PR for you.” Column8@smh.com.au No attachments, please. Include

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