Sideswipe: April 26: Cow dung bridge no more

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The sign in the photo has appeared overnight. Photo / Supplied
The sign in the photo has appeared overnight. Photo / Supplied

A reader writes: "For many years the dairy farmer whose milking shed lies across the bridge has, several times a day, driven a large herd of cows across the bridge over to milking and back again. That of course has resulted in many deposits on the road by the animals. In the last few weeks an underpass has been put in and the road in the foreground was finally sealed yesterday. The sign in the photo has appeared overnight."

Spotted near the Ellerslie shops. Photo / Supplied
Spotted near the Ellerslie shops. Photo / Supplied

Still waiting for that rose

"I brought my 80-year-old wheelchair-bound Mum to the champagne and oyster event at Novotel Ellerslie last week," writes Sarah. "I was off getting our oysters while she sat under a tree. I came back to find her having a great chat with Jordan 'The Bachelor' Mauger. He'd kept her company, noticing her on her own. It wasn't until after she realised who she was talking to. Mum loves The Bachelor and with her macular degeneration she has trouble seeing any detail.

Thanks for caring! P.S. Mum's still waiting for her rose."

Quirks of car colours

Q: Why are cars painted such boring colours?

A: "A few months ago I looked up a model online: it came in a boring blue, a dull red, black, white, and three shades of grey ... asphalt, concrete and overcast-sky. And some people wonder why I continue to drive my 2003 electric-blue PT Cruiser ... heck, it's because I can find it in a parking lot!"

A: "It's a monochromatic world. Some of it is fashion, but a great deal of it is concern over resale value. It's become so common as to become a joke, my friends talk about repainting a room as "Real Estate Agent White."

A: "Car makers pick a very small and boring colour palette. Boring is less risk that they will be stuck with millions of units unsold."

A reader encountered this three step hand wash set-up while visiting a construction site and wondered what it was all about. Some strange OSH regulations, maybe? Photo / Supplied
A reader encountered this three step hand wash set-up while visiting a construction site and wondered what it was all about. Some strange OSH regulations, maybe? Photo / Supplied
"Spotted this morning at Waikumete dawn service," writes Jessie Stewart.
"Made mum and I chuckle."
"Spotted this morning at Waikumete dawn service," writes Jessie Stewart. "Made mum and I chuckle."



"Spotted this morning at Waikumete dawn service," writes Jessie Stewart.
"Made mum and I chuckle."

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