Sideswipe: July 22: Cheap az!


Garage sale with a difference: Everything's going cheap.

Guitar too precious for baggage hold
Guitarist Ben Eldridge has been flying around New Zealand for the past two weekends as part of Kiwi band Luckless on an album release tour. "Arriving in Auckland on Saturday afternoon, having flown from Wellington, I was dismayed to discover that my guitar had been damaged inside its hard case. Why can't musicians stow their guitar inside the cabin?"

Pattern has a long life
The newsroom of the Calgary Herald received an envelope neatly addressed to the "Calgary Herald Needlecraft Department" - a department, the paper is "sad to confirm, that no longer exists". Inside that envelope: two coins taped to a piece of refill and a request dated July 9, 2014: "Please send pattern No. 1859 to ..." The pattern in question (cut from an 75-year-old paper and included with the written request) was advertised in the Calgary Herald on March 10, 1939. The paper's archivist is checking whether a copy of the pattern is hidden away somewhere. However, a reader found the "Laura Wheeler Needlecraft Pattern 1859" within 10 minutes via Google.

Deafening noise from silent disco
Salzburg in Austria won't renew a licence for a silent disco clubbing event after complaints that it was "too loud and wild". At a silent disco people listen to music on wireless headphones, broadcast via a radio transmitter. Those without the headphones hear no music, giving the effect of a room full of people dancing to nothing. However, the Mayor of Salzburg, Heinz Schaden, said it was still too loud for residents. "Especially at the weekends the young people are staying up until 4am and later. In the summer people want to sleep with their windows open, and the noise - even from a silent disco - is keeping them up." (Source:

Sign spotted in Titirangi. "Can we have this for downtown Auckland as well?" asks Derek.

"Will this tree in Access Rd, Kumeu fall down?" writes a reader. "I think so," he says, answering his own question. "Why doesn't Vector or the Rodney Council cut it down now, instead of waiting for it to fall and break the power lines?"

In stock from ages ago? "Thought you might appreciate this creepy and somewhat incestuous-sounding bookmark spotted in Whitcoulls," writes a reader. 'A girlfriend is a sister you choose'...
(They may want to clarify this is the platonic, go shopping together and do each other's nails kind of girlfriend).

Tweet goodness: 1. White people and weed...
2. Vegetarians please act normal...

Video: The sprightly residents and staff at the Diana Isaac Retirement Village in Christchurch with the help of Seed Films came up with 80-odd years of happy. The residents wanted to show their children and grandchildren just what they're made of. Gorgeous!

Video: New Zealand-based Marty Todd tied a GoPro to his dirt bike and another to an angry ram and this is the result...

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