Not buying it dad
My daughter before she turned 5 asked me how come Santa's reindeer can fly if they don't have wings. I said "Maybe because they have magic, that's why they can fly." She said, "Daddy, you don't have to make things up if you don't know. I'll go ask Mommy." (Via Quora)
Poor students have never had enough money
One of the first things that students learn when they go off to pursue further education is that it's expensive not living under your parents' roof. It was the same way back when college was invented. This letter is from the 1220s:
"B, to his venerable master A. Greeting. This is to inform you that I am studying at Oxford with the greatest diligence, but the matter of money stands greatly in the way of my promotion, as it is now two months since I spent the last of what you sent me. The city is expensive and makes many demands; I have to rent lodgings, buy necessaries, and provide for many other things which I cannot now specify. Wherefore I respectfully beg your paternity that by the promptings of divine pity you may assist me, so that I may be able to complete what I have well begun. For you must know that without Ceres and Bacchus, Apollo grows cold."
Free car park lane for workers at Britomart
Work has been going on at the pedestrian area next to Britomart Place since June to extend the Beach Rd cycleway, writes Warwick Jones. "First they removed the handy free left turn into Beach Rd for motorists. This created gridlock as all traffic had to wait at very short-phased traffic lights. Then from time to time they blocked one of the two remaining lanes as their snail-paced work progresses. That's bad enough, and creates even more gridlock in this little street. But yesterday was the final straw for me. It seems the contractors can park their private cars all day in the left-hand lane, behind orange cones, right next to where they work. It has become their private car park while the other drivers back up in the one remaining lane and suffer frustration at the short-phased traffic lights."
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Local: Camouflage didn't help this trailer from being nicked. This very large furniture removal trailer (above), painted in camouflage colours, was stolen from Portage Rd New Lynn on Monday. There are no plates on trailer and tail and brake lights not working. (Trailer was originally used for transporting an aerial photography blimp). Any intel, contact Warren at the New Lynn cop shop on 09 8262454.
Local: Hello Sailor's frontman Graham Brazier was a New Zealand rock and roll legend but still his family has to crowd fund for his funeral.
Good read: "Oh, I was such a great parent before I had kids. I knew exactly how to parent. I was supermarket tutter (I would never give my child a kinder surprise just because they asked for it), I was a smirker on planes (I would never put a child on a plane late at night - I mean you're just asking for trouble), I was a eye roller over my latte (my child would be well behaved in cafes!)" Read more at Emily Writes.
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