May 6, 2014
Our niece, who’s using our car while she’s home from overseas, had noticed an unusual noise coming from near one of the rear wheels.
She booked the car in for a check-up, took it in on Friday, locked it and gave the key to the receptionist.
A few hours later we got a phone call – a mechanic had unlocked the car, checked something, left the key in it and gone to do something else. When he got back the car had gone.
No-one at the workshop had seen anything untoward but the logical conclusion was it had been stolen so they reported it to the police.
A couple of hours later we got another call.
The car was on the back of a transporter en route to Christchurch.
The transport driver had called in to pick up a light blue Toyota Camry and had been given the key, with the registration number attached.
He’d ignored the information about the model and registration and gone for the colour instead – a light blue Toyota Corolla, found another key on the seat, used it to start the car, loaded it onto the transporter and headed north.
We got a phone call yesterday afternoon to tell us the car had been returned, the source of the noise found and fixed and our niece had picked it up.
She reported when she went to get it, the car had been locked and the key was in the office.
Methinks they’ve reviewed their practice of leaving keys in cars while in the yard even though this time it was an honest mistake and not a theft.
July 31, 2013
Fire fighters in London are blaming Fifty Shades of Grey for an increase in the number of call-outs to release people trapped in handcuffs:
It is emergency calls that firemen are expected to answer, not embarrassing ones.
But thanks to the popularity of the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, they are increasingly being called out to free people handcuffed to beds.
London Fire Brigade said it had turned out to 79 such incidents – and nine instances of men with rings stuck on their penises – and urged people ‘always keep the keys handy’.
Third officer Dave Brown, said: ‘Some of the incidents our firefighters are called out to could be prevented with a little common sense.
‘I don’t know whether it’s the Fifty Shades effect, but the number of incidents involving items like handcuffs seems to have gone up.
‘I’m sure most people will be fifty shades of red by the time our crews arrive to free them.’
There’s smouldering passion and burning with desire but I don’t think needing the fire brigade is the outcome intended when someone says, come on baby light my fire.
June 28, 2013
A Dunedin woman called police after she reached for lip balm in the dark, applied super glue instead and glued her lips together.
It reminds me of an old limerick:
There was a young couple from Delhi/Stuck together belly to belly/ One very dark night/They used araldite/ Instead of petroleum jelly.
June 15, 2013
You can understand someone confusing the New Zealand and Australian flags – but the anthems?
Australia’s men’s hockey team has been forced to watch on awkwardly as officials mistakenly played the New Zealand national anthem instead of Advance Australia Fair prior to a match in Holland.
The Kookaburras were waiting for the Australian anthem prior to their opening Hockey World League match with Belgium when the Maori version of the New Zealand anthem began playing.
Footage of the anthem ceremony shows the bemused response from the Kookaburras as they realise the mistake, some players begin grinning while others shake their head.
Click on the link above for the video.
January 3, 2010
The headline says:
That really would be headline news but the story which follows is somewhat less sensational:
Spain took over the presidency of the European Union on Friday. . . The six-month rotating post passed from Sweden to Spain at the stroke of midnight. . .
We usually refer to the European Union as the EU. In Spain it’s the Union Europeo and they call it the UE, but I don’t know any language where it’s the US.
November 24, 2009
I just phoned the Koru Club and got a recorded message telling me the office was closed for Queens Birthday.
November 24, 2009
The Southland Times has the story and photo of a four wheel drive vehicle which can’t swim.