Sideswipe: April 11: Point well made

Pic of death. Photo / Supplied
Pic of death. Photo / Supplied

"In these days of warning signs earnestly telling us of the dangers of things ... I'm deep into warning fatigue," writes Ian. "However, this sign on a fence around earthworks on the top of Mt Hobson in Auckland's Remuera got its point across while managing to be amusing at the same time."


Ministry of Justice comes on strong

"Last week I received an email from the Ministry of Justice saying that I owed $60 in fines," writes Andrew. "I had no idea what this was for, so I immediately requested an explanation. They said I had been snapped doing around 6km/h over the speed limit in December 2015. The notice they sent included the address of a house that I sold in September 2015. I hadn't received the ticket because my mail was only redirected for 90 days. Also included in the email was a summons to appear in court later this month, along with the threat that a warrant would be issued for my arrest should I fail to appear. The $30 speeding ticket itself isn't the problem. What I find unreasonable is that the fine has doubled in order to cover court costs, and that I have been summoned to court for not paying a fine that I knew nothing about.

The moment I found out about it, I responded the same day ... I have not argued the fine, nor refused to pay it. So why the need to be so heavy-handed? Am I expected to notify every single government department whenever I move house?"

Beer labelling puzzle explained

A reader explains the two different dates on the Monteiths glass (since 1858) and the Monteiths bottle (est 1868): "The first photo includes the subtlety "Est. WEST COAST 1868" which coincides with the date Stewart Monteith bought into the Reefton Brewery; The second photo has an earlier date which probably corresponds with Monteith learning his brewing trade in Ireland."


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"Spotted these two mattresses this morning on the corner of Puka Street and Esplanade Road in Mt Eden," writes Jessie Stewart. "Could almost pass for modern art. Thought they looked better than some of the recent art installations from the council."

- NZ Herald

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