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Now blokes, when your girlfriend hints that she wants a ring, this Ring Beer Bottle Opener is probably not what she had in mind.

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Worst business jargon phrases, according to a British survey. (Use them as much as you can today!)

1. Thinking outside of the box.
2. Touch base.
3. At the end of the day.
4. Going forward.
5. All of it.
6. Blue sky thinking.
7. Out of the box.
8. Credit crunch.
9. Heads up.
10. Singing from the same hymn sheet.
11. Pro-active.
12. Downsizing.
13. Ducks in a row.
14. Brainstorming.
15. Thought shower.
16. 360-degree thinking.
17. Flag it up.
18. Pushing the envelope.
19. At this moment in time.
20. In the loop.

(Source: Telegraph.co.uk)

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Jan Ashton is unimpressed with Smith & Caughey's, "who tried to charge me $10 per child (I have two grandchildren aged 16 months and 6 months old) to walk through the grotto to see Santa and get their photos taken. Or I can pay $5 per child to walk through the grotto with them, but they will not see Santa. I can remember dressing my two daughters up when they were little and going to Farmers at Christmas time to get their photo taken and it was free. Where is Smith & Caughey's Christmas spirit? Is this now the way of the world?"

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A reader writes: "I was amused to see that Manukau City Council has designated an area near Auckland Airport (Colin Dale Park) as a motorsport facility. That sounds great, but the noise limit for that area is set at 55 decibels - the council have said they are sure plenty of motorsports would comply with that level ... Given that 55dB is about the level of normal conversation, they might be thinking of electric milk-cart racing, perhaps?"

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Update: The camera that Rose Whitley went out of her way to find the owners of has been safely returned - at last. The family are over the moon to have the camera back as it included pictures of their baby's birth. Many thanks to Rose.

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