Sideswipe: Under my umberlla

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Educational alphabet building bricks? No. An early-childhood learning toy, made in China. It was swiftly pulled from British supermarket shelves after basic spelling mistakes were revealed. Next to a picture of a brolly was the word "Umberlla" and a boat was accompanied by the word "Yatch".

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Nicola says forget the SubCard: "As anyone silly enough to sign up for the latest loyalty club from Farmers will find, they have to spend (and repay) about $312 ($3750 a year) a month on their credit card to break even. The account fee is $30 a year, and 3750 points will get you $30 of vouchers. Even if you spend $7500 a year on your card, is it really worth the hassle of statements and fees for $30 worth of vouchers? That's a 0.4 per cent return, against a 24 per cent interest rate for purchases."

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British comedian Jonathan Ross is the most influential twitterer in the world, beating US President Barack Obama and the New York Times, according to the "Twitter index", which measured influence instead of popularity alone. Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton was second, British comedian Stephen Fry was third and Ashton Kutcher fourth. Wife Demi Moore wasn't far behind him, filling the number 6 spot and the only woman in the top 20. Barack Obama was at 17, behind UK - and onetime New Zealand - television presenter Kiwi Philip Schofield at 14.


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Robyn Larsen was appointed to sell the 50 company squares on the Poleconomy board. "I still have a copy of the game and it is interesting to note how many of the companies no longer exist. The board game was produced by Tanner Couch in New Zealand and was first sold in Australia. The inventor was Bruce Hatherly, a New Zealander from Christchurch who was living in Sydney at that time. He later moved to New York. I recall that the game was also launched in South Africa, success unknown. The NZ Stock Exchange was involved with the launch in Auckland around 1982. Bruce Hatherly also designed other board games, again success unknown.

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Nice try with the Golden Bay litter picture, says Christopher. "But no prize for a cheap shot ... What you're looking at is one rubbish collection point on the day of the weekly collection. In some rural spots residents put the rubbish out at the end of the road to facilitate pickup. Guess you failed to spot the blue recycling bin in there, the neatly tied council rubbish bags and separated cardboard/paper."

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See today's Herald cartoon

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- NZ Herald

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