Some of you may have noticed that I read the Sydney Morning Herald Column8. For decades now.

From last week:

"The mystery of the missing statues in Sydney's heritage Lands Department building - of 48 niches only 23 have statues (Column8, Wednesday) - has been solved by Robert Curtis, of Lilyfield, who provided supporting documentary evidence. ''It seems that when we ran out of explorers and NSW was 'settled' there were no more appropriate men - and the statues are all of men - to fill the blanks,'' he writes. "

From today: (and you thought this was really off topic, didn't you!)

"Dave Wallace, of Fresno, California, suggests Jessica Watson, and asks: ''And since I'm from Wagga, is Charles Sturt already there?'' Yes, he is. "

Verum audaces non gerunt indusia alba. - Ipsi dixit MCMLXXII