What is it about fish and chip shops ? Pauline Hanson had one, Schappelle (or however we're supposed to spell it) Corby's family has (IIRC) just had to sell theirs and Reggie Bird, arguably the most normal person Big Brother has managed to come up with in its short history, had one. Is having a chippie a prerequisite to feisty females finding fame and fortune in this fair land amongst the fat friers ? (If you think you spotted a bit of alliteration there you did well !) Mind you, if I spent my life knee deep in batter, raw fish and potatoes I'd be spending a lot of time thinking of exciting diversions.
And what about Schappelle's sister, Mercedes isn't it ? For me, the name Mercedes, until quite recently, conjured up visions of style, precision and luxury...
Do we have a term for the female equivalent of the classic Aussie bloke, the Ocker ? Sheila doesn't quite fit the bill does it ? Ockerina perhaps, but no, that's too close to sullying a blameless musical instrument. Ockerette ? Ockra - too reminiscent of a disgustingly sticky vegetable perhaps ? Vegetable maybe, sticky no.
Any suggestions ?