Southland netball champs

October 4, 2008

Southland scored an upset 56-45 win against Auckland Waitakere in the National netball championship.

It’s been a long time between drinks – they last won the final 49 years ago.

Record price paid for N.O. farm

October 4, 2008

A 105.6 hectare farm on the Lower Waitaki Plains has sold for $5,210,000.

That’s a little under $50,000 a hectare which PGG Wrightson real estate agent Dave Finlay says is a record for land in North Otago.

The property is spray irrigated from the Lower Waitaki irrigation scheme and had been a cropping farm. It was bought by a diary farmer who plans to use it for dairy support.

Melamine-tainted milk in Russia

October 4, 2008

Milk powder containing melamine has been found in the Siberian city  of Tomsk.

“The potentially dangerous melamine was found in a Russian-made product,” the source at the local consumer rights regulator told RIA Novosti.

Earlier in the week Russia banned the import of all Chinese made food containing milk.

Milk-tea recalled in Australia

October 4, 2008

Kirin milk-tea made is the fourth Chinese-made product to be recalled in Australia after it was found to contain melamine.

The recall of the blended drink follows the withdrawal from sale of the milk-based sweet White Rabbit, Cadbury chocolate eclairs made in China and Lotte Koala Biscuits.

Which MP . . .

October 4, 2008

 . . . would be most likely to help an old lady across the road?

That’s the question in today’s Herald character poll and so far  John Key leads with 32% of the 4495 votes cast.

Saturday’s smiles

October 4, 2008

Some of these are punfully bad . . .

A backward poet writes inverse.

 A man’s home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.

 Dijon vu – the same mustard as before.

 Practice safe eating – always use condiments.

 Shotgun wedding: A case of wife or death.

 A man needs a mistress just to break the monogamy.

 A hangover is the wrath of grapes.

 Sea captains don’t like crew cuts.

 Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?


Condoms should be used on every conceivable occasion.

 Reading while sunbathing makes you well red.

 When two egotists meet, it’s an I for an I.

 A bicycle can’t stand on its own because it is two tired.

 A will is defined as a dead giveaway.

 Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

 In a democracy your vote counts. In feudalism your Count votes.

 She had a boyfriend with a wooden leg, but broke it off.

 A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.

 If you don’t pay your exorcist, you get repossessed.

 With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

 Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft, and I’ll show you A flat minor.

 When a clock is hungry, it goes back four seconds.

 The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered.

 A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

 You feel stuck with your debt if you can’t budge it.

 Local Area Network in Australia: the LAN down under.

 He often broke into song because he couldn’t find the key.

 Every calendar’s days are numbered.

 A lot of money is tainted – It taint yours and it taint mine.

A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.

 He had a photographic memory that was never developed.

 The short fortune teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

 Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.

 Once you’ve seen one shopping center, you’ve seen a mall.

 Those who jump off a Paris bridge are in Seine.

 When an actress saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she’d dye.

 Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead-to-know basis.

 Santa’s helpers are subordinate clauses.

 Acupuncture is a jab well done.

 Marathon runners with bad footwear suffer the agony of de feet.

 The poor guy fell into a glass grinding machine and made a spectacle of himself.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society

October 4, 2008

If you read only one book this year let it be The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society  by Mary Ann Shaffer.

Set in 1946, the correspondence between Juliet Ashton, her publisher and friends tells a heartwarming story of the Guernsey Islanders during World War II and its aftermath.

It is a beautifully written tale of life under occupation which made me sad, made me think, and made me smile.

I normally read quickly, but I savoured this because I was enjoying it so much I didn’t want it to end, and sadly it will be Mary Ann’s only book. Shortly after she submitted the manuscript to a publisher she became ill, she died before it was published and her niece, Annie Burrows did the editing for her.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society  by Mary Ann Shaffer, published by Allen & Unwin, 2008.


TGLPPS reminded me of Appointment with Venice  by Jerrard Tickell published by Hodder & Stoughton, 1951 which became one of my favourites after I found it on my parents’ bookshelf many years ago. My daughter and a niece also enjoyed it so it hasn’t dated.  If you like one, I’m sure you’ll like the other.

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