27 September 2023

Crocodile to smile at

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Kicking off this week with a reminder that two families of PS News readers in each edition around the nation (that’s 9!) are eligible to win free family tickets to Sony Pictures’ new comedy musical Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile when it opens in cinemas on Boxing Day.

To win, all you need to do is visit Rama’s review of Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile and then answer her super easy question which asks: ‘Who brings Lyle, the singing crocodile, to vocal life?’

If your answer is correct, you could be among 18 winning families of four to receive free tickets to see the film with the best wishes of PS News and Sony Pictures for free.

Rama’s review of Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile is at this PS News link.

Post humours

To Australia Post now where children across the country have been encouraged to pick up paper, get hold of some stamps and post their letters to Santa in time for 25 December.

Reporting that more than 118,000 letters were received last year, the Post Office said it needs families to post their letters this year before 2 December.

A spokesperson for Australia Post said the Santa Mail program brought excitement to all and was a fantastic way to get children writing and practising their literacy skills.

Who would argue with that?

Very few of us.

A few more might groan at the Post Office’s attempt at humour for the kids writing their letters:

“Santa loves receiving letters from all the kids around Australia but just remember, Santa is from the North Pole and doesn’t know all our quirky lingo,” Australia Post advised the kids.

“So if you want a new pair of bathers or thongs, try asking for a swimsuit and some flip flops!”

While PS-sssst! admires the creative attempt to advise and entertain the children, it’s difficult not to think the ‘quirky lingo’ is most likely in the swimsuits and flip flops.

At least the flip and flop are in the right place!

In plural we (don’t) trust

An interesting new development in the world of abbreviations looks to have raised its head in the ACT this year with local students offered the pleasure of spending their summer holidays learning an apprenticeship as a way of building their careers.

Announcing the plan, the ACT Government said it was “encouraging more Canberra students to consider Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbAs) to complement their studies”.

A wise policy PS-sssst! is sure, but pluralising the abbreviation ASbA to ‘ASbAs’ just because the last word being abbreviated ends in an ‘s’ is taking pluralism too far.

Perhaps it’s the Government’s media team that could do with some holiday learning.

Magnetic money

To Rama Gaind and her weekly giveaway now in which two lucky readers have the chance to score copies of a new guide that helps us make, manage and multiply our money, i.e. Money Magnet by Steve McKnight.

To join Rama’s world of winners and find out how to control our cash, all we had to do was tell her where the royalties from the book – all 100% cent of them – are to go to, the answer of which is to support environmental revegetation endeavours in north-east Victoria where 300,000 trees have been planted to establish a new permanent native forest.

The first correct answers to squeeze out of the PS News Barrel of Booty belonged to Pauline C from the Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, and Suzanna A from the Department of Home Affairs and Australian Border Force.

Congratulations to Pauline and Suzanna and thanks to everyone who took part. The copies of Money Magnet will be on their way shortly.

And that, loyal readers, is the last of Rama’s book or DVD giveaway for 2022, with her free Christmas family tickets to the film Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile her final offering for the year of fun and fruition before the holidays arrive.

Access to the family film fun of festive freedom can be followed at this PS News link PS News link.

‘Till next week….

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