SUP270320KIWIMURAL.JPG This Napier kiwi is zapping coronavirus with laser beam eyes.


Finding humour in the dark can be hard work.

But it's there.

Set yourself a small goal - start with a smile. Walk before you run.

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Each morning, I smile at our deputy editor Mark Story's photograph that he shares with the Hawke's Bay Today editorial team.

He seems to be revisiting his wardrobe from days gone by: Old university rugby jerseys, a tie.

The tie still fits. Not sure about the rugby jersey.

We are all working from home.

Each morning, we get up, and walk a few metres to work in our kitchens, lounges, spare bedrooms, garages, basements and if we are lucky enough, a home office.

The traffic is pretty light most mornings, although there was an accident at my place on Tuesday.

A size 11 foot collided with a 3kg weight.

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A toe sustained some frontal damage.

Restorative justice is under way between myself and the person registered to the 3kg weight.

She argues her right to turn our lounge into a gym during the lockdown. Fair point, I have turned the kitchen into an office - I may have to join her gym.

My "office" is a kitchen table that is an unsafe social distance from a fridge loaded with chocolate.

It seems I am working in a lunchroom next to a free snack machine.

The chocolate ratio was bolstered by a large box of Cadbury Favourites. They were supposed to go to a Wellington family billeting our son on a cricket trip.

His cricket team got to Levin, where they turned around.

Someone in Wellington had tested positive for Covid-19 - they were told to go home.

My first thought when my son messaged us was "what the hell are you doing in Levin?"

I briefly wondered if someone had let him drive the van.

Anyway, the Cadbury Favourites did not find their way to a Wellington family. Just as well - the box had been tampered with.

Someone had squeezed at least two chocolates out of the gap in the bottom of the box. Maybe more - the Turkish Delights were elusive.

Especially when there aren't any in the box, as it transpired.

The thought of someone feigning appreciation while accepting a tampered box of Favourites made me smile. The chocolates are making me fat.

The dinosaur stopped by police in Napier this week brought a smile to my face.

There is something gloriously ironic about a dinosaur roaming the streets of Napier while humans shelter from a virus that threatens our species.
He was told to go home. He was probably testing the boundaries of what constitutes a "neighbourhood".

In my neighbourhood, a kiwi has emerged as a superhero.

Just down from the Botanical Gardens, someone has chalked a mural on a wall of a kiwi with a laser beam coming out of its eyes, zapping an alien-like coronavirus.

It is an awesome mural. It gives me hope. And it made me smile.

Stay home. Stay in your neighbourhood. Stay positive. And find reasons to smile.

Covid19.govt.nz: The Government's official Covid-19 advisory website