"I saw this road sign in Mt Roskill. I hope old Ernie brings it back!" says Derek.
Child's view of Western Springs pohutukawa trees
Sandra writes: "While waiting for the Western Springs lights to turn green, Hunter, 6, asked about the signs on the pohutukawa trees - 'Save us' and 'Leave these trees'. After talking about how beautiful they were and that they were 100 years old and how it would be so sad to see them go, I said I was on the 'keep the trees' team. He replied that he would be on the 'remove the trees team' as he was going to be a lumberjack when he grew up and some trees just had to go. Later he added: 'I don't think those signs are going to work.' Even 6-year-olds have an opinion."
Please pay Le Parking
"A couple of years ago, we stayed at a hotel in Collioure, on the French Mediterranean coast," writes a reader. "The hotel didn't provide parking, so I parked my car in a municipal car park nearby and we walked everywhere. Two days later, I noticed the pay-and-display machine in the corner. Fearing a clamping, or at least a heavy fine, I found the attached notice on the windscreen."Your vehicle is on paid parking, and you did not pay the amount of the fee. We believe this is an oversight and that it will be enough for this simple warning that you remedy that situation." Of course I paid the whole fee, happily, and came away with very warm feelings towards the French. Wilson's could learn from this. PS My car was not a rental, but an ordinary French-registered car. "
Mrs Clooney and TV prison inmate on hot baby name list for 2015
Baby name predictions for 2015, according to sfgate.com:
1. Amal - because she married George Clooney
2. Hazel and Gus - John Green's book The Fault in Our Stars had a teen cult following and its lovable main characters, Hazel and Gus, touched both young and old when the novel was made into a movie last year.
3. Cheryl - Looking to raise a tough, independent gal? Name your baby after Cheryl Strayed, the author of the wildly popular autobiographical book Wild that was turned into a 2014 movie starring Reese Witherspoon.
4. Piper - Piper Chapman, the brassy blonde prison inmate starring in Orange Is the New Black has won the hearts of Netflix viewers.
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