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Sideswipe: Nov 23: Sweetness on tap

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Sandra Hurley from Waihi Beach saw the yellow smart car towing the caravan in Sideswipe earlier this week and sent in a picture of her own canary combo. Photo / Supplied
Sandra Hurley from Waihi Beach saw the yellow smart car towing the caravan in Sideswipe earlier this week and sent in a picture of her own canary combo. Photo / Supplied

Talon is a small town in Pecos County, Texas. When town officials realised that drinking-water consumption by residents was well below the national average, they decided to take action and three months ago began adding sugar to their water supply to make drinking it more desirable. According to Hester Griggs, the Commissioner of Utilities for Talon, they are adding roughly "four tablespoons of sugar for every 8fl oz cup of water". A 12fl oz can of Coca-Cola Classic contains just over 3 tablespoons of sugar. (Source: This is That)

Eventual aim is to make tracks for the airport

"Because Britomart is a cul-de-sac where trains have to back out the way they came," writes Robbie, "it's set to reach maximum peak-time capacity (21 trains per hour) in the next few years. The City Rail Link is not about choo-choos going round the CBD in circles. It's the first key step in expanding the network so Tony (and all Aucklanders) can have rail to the airport and eventually the Shore. An airport line is pretty much useless until Britomart becomes a through station."

Heroic exercise in sweaty honour and respect

In response to Josephine Dougal's complaint about "training on consecrated ground" in front of the museum, Jason Sawyer from CrossFit Newmarket writes: "I cannot speak for other outdoor strength and conditioning programmes, but on occasions we've used the concrete area to train our members in honour of fallen soldiers, with what we call 'Hero' workouts. Before we begin we remind ourselves that the pain and suffering we are about to endure is incomparable to that of the men and women who died serving to protect our freedom, and the families left behind. On Anzac Day we had a remembrance workout to honour a soldier killed in Iraq, and looking down on us, I'm pretty sure he would feel pride and a wee bit of humour in seeing a bunch of normal citizens in pain, doing burpees, sprinting and carrying each other. This is the nobility and community of CrossFit."

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