Sideswipe

A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: July 3: Take note ladies

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A reader got a chuckle out of this notice posted in a ladies toilet.

Another good reason for the return of moa

David says that when a friend heard about bringing moa back, his first comment was: "Good we may have ride-on moas."

To the manor born

A burglar on the run from prison in the UK has contacted his local newspaper to point out a "mistake" by police in an appeal for information on his whereabouts. Darrell Burbeary, who was sentenced to 30 months for burglary last year, went missing from HMP Hatfield in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, on June 15. After the 43-year-old fugitive absconded, the Star in Sheffield published an appeal by South Yorkshire Police saying officers believed Burbeary could be making his way to the Heeley area of Sheffield, where he was originally from. However, affronted by this inaccuracy, Burbeary wrote to the Star to clarify: "You wrote a statement about me saying my home roots were Heeley. You couldn't be further from the truth. My home roots are the Manor estate of Sheffield."

Burbeary explained he could not supply his current address "for obvious reasons", but invited staff to contact him by phone should they require any further information. He initially included his phone number, but appeared to have had second thoughts, scribbling the digits out for fear of being traced.

Only half the story

"As I own an older Sony TV," says Rex, "sometimes I can only see half the words on the left hand side. For instance, I can only see one team's name when the rugby league is on. Last night on TV3's weather I saw a place called puke Island ... can anybody elaborate please?"

Bus with an identity crisis?

- NZ Herald

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