Long haul from airport
Rob and Jackie Gorton were glad to arrive home after a trip to Brisbane, but were dismayed at the lack of transport at Auckland Airport. "Our flight from Brisbane arrived at 2.20am Sunday. Taxis would not take us on the five-minute trip to the Ibis Hotel as it was 'too short a trip and they would lose their place in the queue'. Then after paying $12.50 with our credit card in the vending machine for the airport hotel shuttle bus and standing in the rain for some time we were informed by the Park & Ride driver that the hotel shuttle bus driver was on a break for two hours. There was no sign anywhere to inform of this. The Park & Ride driver was going right past our hotel but said he was not allowed to take passengers other than those picking up their vehicles. Setting out to walk with our three heavy bags we found there was no clearly defined pedestrian path out to the road and when we did finally clear the carpark it was to a section of road with no footpath. Luckily a passing taxi who had not been queuing at the rank picked us up very wet and extremely disappointed at Auckland's front door."
Dora's big adventure
When ears deceive. Jo from Rotorua writes: "I, too, was half-listening to the TV, to my daughter's episode of Dora the Explorer, when I was astounded to hear that Dora and Boots were off to find the 'Big Gay Rainbow'. Maybe a little too PC for a 3-year-old? I was pleasantly surprised to find they were actually off to find the 'Bridge, Gate and Rainbow'."
Heartfelt voting in Egypt
Ballot papers marked with a heart or "I love you" will count as valid votes in Egypt's presidential election, local media say. The Higher Election Commission said the rules had been relaxed so such comments written in the margins will no longer invalidate the ballot paper which correctly picks a preference with a cross or a tick. The move is likely to be seen as a nod to some Egyptians' devotion to one of the candidates. A Twitter user jokes that things might now go further: "For adults only: election officials now will find flowers, hearts, cards with red-lipped kisses, personal greetings and emoticons."
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