Richard Harri writes: "With all the talk about the proposed new flag, I thought it may be appropriate to try to solve the age-old issue of the similarities between the NZ flag and Australian flags. Here's my new proposed Australian flag." Whaddya think? Will it fly?

Hey, who scratched Grandma?

A British company turns the cremated remains of deceased loved ones into playable vinyl. And Vinyly (geddit? "And finally") explains on their homepage: "When the album that is life finally reaches the end, wouldn't it be nice to keep that record spinning for eternity? We offer you the chance to press your ashes in a vinyl recording your loved ones will cherish for generations. Record a personal message, your last will and testament, your own soundtrack or simply press your ashes to hear your pops and crackles for the minimal approach." The basic package, that comes with up to 30 discs, with 24 minutes of total play time, for £3000 ($6400).

Dairy I explanation


"Here's my spin on the term 'dairy' for a convenience store/milk bar," writes a reader. "In the bad old days shopping hours were highly regulated. Only Monday to Friday to 6pm with one late night to 9pm. Weekend trading was not allowed except in Taupo, Browns Bay and New Brighton for some strange reason. However, in pre-refrigerator days dairy products would not keep fresh in the home so convenience (corner) stores could apply for a weekend 'dairy' for sales of milk, cream and more importantly for small boys, ice cream only, which was heavily policed. At weekends you couldn't even buy a cup of tea in Queen St but you could buy as much beer as you wanted."

Dairy II explanation

A dairy is called a dairy because that's exactly what it used to be, writes Heather. "When I was a child my mother had a sturdy basket and within the basket was a milk jug; we went to the dairy in the main street and the milk jug was filled via a large ladle from a large milk urn under the counter. Mother then put her circular gauze cover rimmed with beads over it and maybe we visited the butcher and the baker and then went home. The milk was put in a "safe" which hung from an old Acmena tree (monkey apple tree) in the front yard. Interesting days huh? No fridges, (maybe for the rich) so food was purchased each day from the relevant supplier."

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