A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: May 13: Trade Me typos

An axe fits tidily in this child's shopping trolley.
An axe fits tidily in this child's shopping trolley.

21 spelling catastrophes from Trade Me

1. "rockwheeler" (rottweiler)

2. "random tupawea lids"

3. "savage targe" (sabotage)

4. Difficult "making Ian's meat"

5. Near new "deek freeze"

6. "Casting nistersions"

7. "For all intensive purposes"

8. "Chicken Gordon blue"

9. "Setting a president"

10. "Arm defenders squad"

11. A beautiful "sequence dress"

12. A new "exsauce pipe"

13. For a fancy "swaray"

14. A "colder sac" at the end of the street

15. "Poly Eurothane"

16. "No pre Madonnas"

17. High "casserole levels"

18. Job-wanted ad for "lighthouse work". (I wanted to call and ask about lighting the candles in my lighthouse.)

19. The car was a "wipe off" (because it gets wiped off the books?)

20. "Shanderlaire lights"

21. "Baby Ironstein" products

Borrowers get the third degree

Mortgage applicants in Britain are being asked intrusive questions including whether they play golf or eat steak. The Daily Mail says they are quizzed over the price of their haircuts, their plans for more children and how much they spend on their pets. A broker said: "The most common reason to knock people back is childcare costs. It's particularly bad if people have more than one child, or they are under school age." Lasting up to three hours, the questions are supposed to prevent a return to the reckless lending behind the financial meltdown of 2008.You learn something new every day ...

Most Aucklanders will have heard of Shadbolt Park, the big reserve in Green Bay, and probably assumed it's named after the West's famous former mayor Tim Shadbolt (now Invercargill's civic leader) or his cousin Maurice Shadbolt, the author. In fact, its full name is Sister Rene Shadbolt Park, in honour of a former Auckland Hospital staffer who led a contingent of nurses to help in the Spanish Civil War. She died in 1977.

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