A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: November 7: Innocence is just lovely

Innocence is just lovely. (Via
Innocence is just lovely. (Via

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Labour pains at the Proms

After watching the news and hearing that the Labour Party's conference wanted to spark up the republic debate again, my wife and I headed off to the Last Night of the Proms at the Wigram air force museum in Christchurch," writes Jeff. "Many were dressed up in attire that featured the Union Jack and many more were carrying Union Jack flags. By chance the Labour Party conference was sharing the facilities. How must the Labour delegates have felt having to share with the monarchy-supporting masses, awaiting entry into a concert dedicated to the UK? I wondered if strains of God Save the Queen drifted through to the debate?"

That's got to smart

Brad King, programme director at The Rock, scrubbed up well for the Melbourne Cup, or so he thought ...

8.01am: Wife: "You look nice today, Brad."

Brad: "Oh, thanks bubs, off to the races today. I'm hosting The Rock corporate table at Ellerslie this afternoon."

8.30am: Work colleagues: "Why are you so dressed up - job interview?"

Brad: "Yeah, good one, dicks ... Off to host The Rock table at the races at Ellerslie."

9.30am Cafe down the road: "Why are you so dressed up today, Brad?"

Brad: "Ha, off to host The Rock table at Ellerslie races.

12.30pm: Ellerslie Security: "Sorry sir, you're too under-dressed, we can't let you in ...

Magical monikers

A reader writes: "My surname is Wood and I was a woodwork teacher along with my brother, and father a builder. Wednesday's Herald had Miss Deadman as an embalmer, and a leaky homes story featured a man named Mr Rainey. How good is that?"

Spotted in Ponsonby.
Spotted in Ponsonby.

Final twist in Lemon tale

Lemon the runaway dog has been located after a tedious mail drop, writes Bronnie. "She has remorse, evidenced by skulking around the back garden. Either that or she liked the brief spell at the new abode ... Horrors, she went home with a stranger from the park! We have reminded her that the grass is not always greener."

Good read: A Facebook friend shared this: "Charlotte Church explains how we ended up with a culture that spawned The Roastbusters, and young girls/women prepared to defend them," he says.

Picture this: A reader spotted this safety product declaring its own uselessness on its packaging...

Trade Me goodness: Full white body suit...

Video: What Does the Farmer Say? (Parody of 'What Does The Fox Say')

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