27 September 2023

Pedant power

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It’s been a good week for the pedants amongst us this week with a flurry of clever plays on words crossing the PS News newsdesk in otherwise wise and worthy official documents.

First among the offerings emerged from the recidivist Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources announcing that an intergovernmental agreement on the management of South Australia’s Lake Eyre was to be reviewed.

In its inimical way, the Department attracted media attention to its announcement by heading it: “Review a breath of fresh Eyre”. KaBoom!

Not far behind, the national Department of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development was declaring that a program for boosting the efficiency of the nation’s freight routes was on the edge of delivering real benefits to the community.

Known as the ‘Roads of Strategic Importance’, the program rejoices in the acronym ROSI, prompting the Department to head its announcement: “Future is ‘Rosi’ for Australia’s key road corridors”. KaBoom Again!

And last but just as good, Sydney’s Sutherland Shire joined in the fun by inviting motorcyclists to join it for a breakfast chat about responsible riding. Its invitation went out as: “Let’s ‘Torque’ about Road Safety”.

Another KaBoom bites the dust and suddenly, it’s well worth turning up for work again!

Last words

Staying with wordliness over and above the call of duty, a fourth mention in the Crown of Clever awards this week is made to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for its report on penalties imposed on a telemarketer trying to sell ready-made meals over the telephone outside approved calling hours.

ACMA qualified for the high honour by headlining its report: “Easymeals penalised for overcooked telemarketing”.

Congratulations to all involved!

Giveaways with love!

Another week, another PS News giveaway and this week the irrepressible Rama Gaind has arranged for the complete DVD version of the 1960s classic movie To Sir With Love and its 1990s follow-up To Sir With Love II, each starring Sidney Poitier to be the centre of retention attention.

To win a copy of this rare collector’s set, two lucky readers needed only identify the year the first of the two films was released – 1967 – and then escape from the PS News Barrel of Booty before the rest.

On this occasion, the correct entrants who passed all the tests were Nigel P from the Federal Department of Social Services and Monica F from the Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs.

Congratulations to Nigel and Monica, and thanks to all who entered. The DVD sets will be on their way very soon.

For another chance to join the hundreds of reigning PS News winners, simply follow this link to this week’s competition and give it your best shot.

Someone has to win and it may as well be you!

Good luck.

Rama’s big deal

Staying with the irrepressible Rama now, this week’s giveaway gives the category of ‘gigantic’ a whole new meaning with not one, not two ,but 58 DVDs up for grabs.

“For the first time” the irrepressible Rama pressed, “I have boxed collections for two titles, instead of doing multiple giveaways of one film.

“So I thought I’d give them away to two lucky readers.”

True to her word, Rama is giving away for free, at no charge and without cost, a DVD collection of the first 96 episodes of the much-loved Aussie TV show Blue Heelers starring John Wood and Lisa McCune and at the same time in another competition, a collection of all 125 episodes of the equally popular Aussie TV series All Saints starring Georgie Parker, from its first three seasons. All discs are courtesy of Via Vision Entertainment.

“They are awesome prizes for our readers,” Rama opined to which PS-sssst! opined back in the affirmative.

While soaking in the spotlight Rama also took the opportunity to make the pointy point that readers should be aware that while the PS News team does its best to ensure giveaway prizes are received by their winners in perfect condition, once they leave our hands they depend on the skillability of the delivery service (usually our good friends at Australia Post) so there’s not much we can do if they’re lost or damaged in transit.

“This is especially worth recognising on this occasion when there are a lot of discs being posted in the one go,” Rama said.

So, with the gigantic category opened, fantastic prizes identified and responsibility for delivery damage, loss etc disclaimed, PS-sssst! suggests that everyone who reads PS News also try their lucky hand at Rama’s Giveaway. All you need to take part is at this PS News link.

Thank you, Rama! Good luck all!

Till next week….

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