- Proper Marmite. But I can get people to bring supplies out when they visit.
- The News Quiz. But I can get that on the BBC podcast regime.
- Eccentrics. Somewhat rare here, but there are a few delightful examples.
- The Times cryptic crossword puzzle. But they publish that in The Australian, which is the nearest Australia gets to a decent newspaper.
A small indulgence I sometimes allow myself is to do the Sudoku puzzles. Like the crossword, this is essentially a waste of time, but strangely soothing in times of trouble. They print two in The Australian, an easy one and an advanced one. I usually do them at the same time. Now, here is the bizarre thing: I almost always finish the advanced one before the easy one.
This might mean I have a weird brain. More likely, I reckon, is that someone – bored out of his her or her mind at some sub-editor’s desk – gets some pleasure out of swopping them around, just for the sheer amusement of a quiet joke. In other words, one of the eccentrics who are so precious here.