A “cranky” Mike Fogarty of Weston (ACT) has found another problem with the surge in early voting: “My local polling booth failed to host a democracy sausage BBQ. A tradition forgone and doggone. I blame the 4 million pre-poll voters who devoured them all. No sizzle, yet I still burn.” Better go via Bunnings next time. There’s one in Belconnen. Hat’s off to Jenny Archbold of Bellingen for persistence: “Husband wanted a Sou’wester (rain hat for the younger generation). Shops could not supply same so I went to the all-knowing internet for help. One result – ‘No result for Sou’wester. Did you want to see results for Soup instead?’ Well, yes, of course I do, why didn’t I think of that? What could be better for keeping you dry?” Waterzooi? “The high tide in Murwillumbah (C8) would indeed have been influenced by the close alignment of the sun and moon during the eclipse causing a peak in the tide,” says Dave Davies of Drummoyne. “The moon and sun are, of course, the major influences on the tides. However, the astronomical effect would have been the basis of the prediction. So I think the councilman was not correct...