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Sideswipe: February 5: Do you know this dancer?

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Jim would like to contact the young man in this photo, to give him a copy.
Jim would like to contact the young man in this photo, to give him a copy.

Jim would like to contact the young man in this photo, a breakdancer, to give him a copy. "He has an incredibly unique style in that he does his whole routine with one leg tucked into his T-shirt. I took this photo last year in Aotea Square. Since then I have had very good success with it, including inclusion in the National Salon (run by the North Shore Photographic Society). No doubt fellow breakdancers will know where he hangs out."

Security questions over questions of security

Debbie writes: "In this age of identity theft and general dishonesty, you would think companies would take information security seriously. Often when I phone a company they ask me to answer 'security questions'. As I work during normal business hours, I try to explain to them that, as I am in a large open-plan office, if I give direct answers the questions are no longer security questions as a heap of people would have heard the answers. I have tried answering indirectly, for example, by asking them to choose a number between 0 and 10 and then saying my year of birth is 19-something-something minus or plus the number they said, but so far only one has played along, everyone else has either refused to deal with me, or even hung up.

I assume they can't do simple maths. I am wondering how other people handle this situation. Do they just trust everyone around them, or do they take a day off work to make these kinds of calls?"

Miniskirts sign of pornographic mind

If a bill passed by the Ugandan parliament in December becomes law, women wearing miniskirts in public will face arrest. The government-backed anti-pornography legislation has a broad definition of pornography which includes anything that depicts sexual parts of a person such as "breasts, thighs, buttocks and genitalia". Uganda's ethics and integrity minister says: "A miniskirt that explains a lot of what that person has in one's mind, that person should be arrested. What we want to condemn is the provocativeness, that they want to draw somebody to desire them. We are saying that we are blaming and condemning any of these girls who dress so indecently ..." (source: The Guardian.co.uk)

Hatchback designed to appeal to air-heads

"My beautiful wife Tanja, our two kids Emily and Ben and I had just left a magnificent six days at Granny and Grandad's bach at Matapouri when we saw this classic," writes Mark. "A blonde lady leaving Tutukaka driving with her car hatch up. About 500m up the road she must have noticed her door warning alert showing, so she and her passengers opened and closed all the doors while still driving. We think she assumed the alert was malfunctioning as she continued to drive on to Ngunguru with the hatch open! She was last seen heading towards Auckland ... with hatch still open."

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