Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Readers Write


From Bruce R: 

G’day Otto  
One day Brett missed is 19/11 – International Men’s Day.  
I know this because I am organising a special Rotary breakfast on the 22nd to celebrate the day (ok, it is not the actual day but it is the right sentiment!).  
Link to website is
Thanks, Bruce. 


From Robyn T: 
Hi Otto

Loved the Byte on the Oz flag and also reckon your design is a standout winner, given the flag of the Eureka stockade, my former favourite design, has been co opted a number of (sometimes conflicting) interests. My favourite description of the Oz flag which says it all to me is "the British flag at night" attributed to Seinfeild I believe.

The attached image was taken near Taloumbi where I went to capture in paint some of the aftermath of the recent bushfires which ravaged the area. Must be hell trying to outrun a bushfire if you are a tortose.


Robyn T 

Thanks Robyn. 

Not sure if the design Robyn is referring to from the earlier post is this one . . . 

. . . or this one . . . 


From Sue P: 
HI Otto  
I thought the word googly came from the same derivative as googly-eyed which Wiki tells me comes from German

But either way it seems to be around the 1900s.


How curious!

Kind regards, Sue 

Thanks, Sue 


From Rob T: 
Dear Otto,

The “ O “ as “egg” is also supposed to be the origin (in French - l’oeuf) of “ love “ in tennis. 
Best, Rob
 Thanks, Rob 


From David C B: 
Following on from a couple of cricket trivia items in Friday's Bytes Daily:  
A batsman who gets a duck in both innings is said to have achieved a pair which is short for a pair of spectacles, the origin being obvious.  
And a googly is sometimes called a wrong 'un or a bosie, the latter from the originator's name.

Thanks David,


To finish, some great moments in cricket commentary: 


It’s been very slow and dull day, but it hasn’t been boring. It’s been a good, entertaining day’s cricket. 

- Tony Benneworth from ABC Radio 

“A very small crowd here today. I can count the people on one hand – Can’t be more than 30″ 

– Michael Abrahamson during the India Vs Combined Bowl XI. 

In the back of Hughes’ mind must be the thought that he will dance down the piss and mitch one. 

- Tony Greig, Channel 9 Sydney 

“The team that doesnt win will find itself on the losing side” 

- Neil Johnson. 

“The Port Elizabeth ground is more of a circle than an oval. It is long and square.” 

– Trevor Bailey 

“Yorkshire all out 232, Hutton ill! I’m sorry. Hutton 111.” 

BBC news announcer John Snagge 

“His feet were a long way away from his body!” 

- Ravi Shastri 

Brian Lara has just been hit in the box by a Steve Waugh delivery. David Gower picks up the commentary before the next ball: 

“Brian Lara faces Steve Waugh…one ball left” 

Brian Johnston was a famous cricket commentator and presenter for the BBC. Here are some of his famous gaffes: 

There’s Neil Harvey standing at leg slip with his legs wide apart, waiting for a tickle 

The bowler’s Holding, the batsman’s Willey 

On the first day, Logie decided to chance his arm and it came off. 

Ray Illingworth has just relieved himself at the pavilion end.” 

Welcome to Worcester where you’ve just missed seeing Barry Richards hitting one of Basil D’Oliveira’s balls clean out of the ground. 

Richie Benaud: 

There are a lot of hookers around the world 

That slow motion replay doesn’t show how fast the ball was travelling.”

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