"Texted my happily married heterosexual brother to see if he was feeling better from a recent bout of bronchitis," writes John. "Seems he is but a text slip of the g and h has him suffering from a bad case of gay fever rather than hay fever...Should I tell his wife?"
Quote of the week
"I have made myself very rich," Trump says (over and over again). "I would make this country very rich." That's why he should be president. He insists that he's the "most successful man ever to run", never mind the drafters of the constitution or the supreme commander of the allied forces. Bloomberg puts Trump's current net worth at US$2.9 billion ($4.3 billion), Forbes at US$4.1 billion. The National Journal has worked out that if Trump had just put his father's money in a mutual fund that tracked the S&P 500 and spent his career finger-painting, he'd have US$8 billion. (Source: London Review of Books, Deborah Friedell's review of Michael D'Antonio's biography of Donald Trump)
Slow door, signage helps
At the PO Boxes in Te Atatu Peninsula there is a sign (above) asking you to enter your PIN to gain access to the private boxes. The notice requests that you don't force the door open and adds this by way of an explanation... (Hat tip Emily Cranston)
Cats do have feelings
"Sideswipe's story of a radio-controlled plane crashing into a hedge reminded me of a similar event a couple of weeks ago," writes David Cotton. "I was munching on my morning toast when a furry feline bullet belonging to my neighbours shot into the middle of our lawn and launched himself upwards at 45 degrees to try and catch a bird. He missed and crashed face-first into our hedge. Fell back to the ground, shook himself and looked around to make sure no-one was watching. Saw me laughing at him from the kitchen window so he slunk under the hedge where he sat with his back to me, angrily flicking his tail. The sparrows all lived to see another day."
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"Earlier this year various government departments held a forum on creating "A More Inclusive NZ" - in private," writes Ezekiel.
Real Estate:For the same as a modest Grey Lynn bungalow you can get this Castle in Priestdale, Queensland with a ballroom and banquet room and helipad and helicopter hangar!
Good read: New Zealand woman lost $30K trying to get childcare in the 'lucky' (not if you want t be a wring mum) country. This is what getting childcare is like in Australia."You've heard it all before: "Sorry, We are not accepting any more applications. The waitlist is two years long." In my case, I was even asked for a non-refundable $1300 deposit to "hold my place at a centre that could offer me a place in 18 months time".
Video:Bulgarian artist Gery Georgieva does the dance moves to Beyonce's "Single Ladies" while wearing traditional Bulgarian costume, with no music playing, while on a mountain in the Bulgarian Rhodopes Mountain Range.
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