Sideswipe: Feb 21: Can't quite see


"This car was parked at Albany Mega Centre on Thursday," writes a reader. "Just headed off to Specsavers!"

We have reservations about your taxi reservation

No such thing as a booking. "Pre-empting the high demand for taxis last Saturday night in Auckland, I prebooked a Co-op taxi van online two days prior to drop a group of five at the Eminem concert," writes a reader. "I even phoned to confirm my booking the day before ('Well if you've got a booking number then that usually means it's booked,' they said). Come the scheduled time of arrival on Saturday night, no van had arrived. I gave it 10 minutes then phoned them querying the whereabouts of my taxi. Their response ... just because you've booked a taxi doesn't mean we will have one available! Silly me! A van did eventually arrive, after a lengthy discussion, to get us to the concert in the nick of time!"

Holy guacamole, Batman!

Best Facebook updates: "I just had the Best. Idea. Ever. Ladies - if you are pregnant, and know your baby is a boy ... consider naming your child Gotham.

That way, when your baby starts crying in the middle of the night, all you have to do is turn to your husband and whisper, 'Gotham needs you.' And it won't matter if it's the first time or the 50th time he's hearing it, he will get up and take care of business. And you can roll over and get your well-deserved sleep. There you go, ladies."

Lace knicker flicker makes brief protest

Kazakhstan authorities have detained several women protesting in Almaty against a ban on synthetic lace underwear. One of the seven women was waving what she said was the last pair of lace knickers she had left. Production, import and sale of lace underwear will stop in July in Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus. Officials say lace does not absorb enough moisture. (Source:

Guess you just gotta go where the lowest prices are ...

We're very sad about our pool filter packing it in.

Satirising Colin Craig's walk: Well, you can tell by the way he uses his walk, he's a woman's man. No time to talk....(spotted by the vastly superior spotters of web humour at Reddit/NZ)...

Picture this #1: Jean-Paul Sartre said "hell is other people". It is not. Hell is this patio...

Picture this #2: Found a phone. Texted a moron...

Picture this#3: Faces of Olympic figure skating (it ain't pretty)...

Social media: A typo or has Judith Collins joins Gareth Morgan's mission to eradicate cats?

Video: Watch David Attenborough's special commentary for an Olympic curling match...

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