Mother knows best

Shirley just had this text exchange with her son. He's in Christchurch and she's in Katikati.

Son: Kids n I are going fishing on Sunday.

Mum: Where are you going?

Son: The peer I assume like you said.

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Mum: The pier! Have fun.

Son: Pier? Isn't that a French man?

Mum: No that's Pierre.

Son: Right. Best not get them confused. Love you. Bloody freezing down here.

Mum: You could eat a pear with Pierre, your peer, on the pier. Cool here too. Love you.

Mum: Just remembered. I think there is no fishing on the pier on Sundays. Better check the council website.

Dad - the TV show

If your favourite TV programme had a "dad" bent ... (Season 2)

1. Bury Your Feelings Six Feet Under

2. The Handyman's Tale

3. Buffy the Vinyl Layer

4. The Ex Wife Files

5. TrackSuits

6. True Bloodpressure

7. Creaks and Leeks

8. Grandad Designs

9.Rest Home Improvement

10. Game of Porcelain Thrones

11. Twin Steaks

12. Eating Mediocre Lunch

13. LOST (and never asking for directions)

Maybe it's time for Wendy's Te Atatu to upgrade their Eftpos.
Maybe it's time for Wendy's Te Atatu to upgrade their Eftpos.

Murderous snail

The Powelliphanta snail is a carnivorous mollusk found in moist areas of New Zealand... It may look like it's unfortunate victim, the worm is being swallowed whole, sucked down like a strand of spaghetti, but it's actually slowly being scraped into pieces within the snail's radula.

Instructions for a Happy Life

Advice from a British philosopher and theoretical physicist with a penchant for humour and polite swearing...


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