Sir David Attenborough has revealed that he gets hate mail from viewers for not crediting God in his documentaries. The veteran broadcaster said that he has received letters telling him to burn in hell because of his views on evolution. He told Radio Times that he is often asked why he does not credit God when talking about some of the creatures featured on his shows: "They always mean beautiful things like hummingbirds. I always reply by saying that I think of a little child in east Africa with a worm burrowing through his eyeball. The worm cannot live in any other way, except by burrowing through eyeballs. I find that hard to reconcile with the notion of a divine and benevolent creator." He also said he wasn't in favour of creationism being taught alongside evolution in schools. "It's like saying that two and two equals four, but if you wish to believe it, it could also be five," he said. (Source: The Telegraph)
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Another reader fondly remembers that piece of graffiti on the bridge on Ti Rakau Drive in Pakuranga in the early 80s. "That pipe carried that slogan for many, many years unmolested by any further vandalism from other graffiti 'artists', until of course the council painted over it and erected mesh fences at each end of the pipe to prevent people climbing on it. Now the usual mindless scrawling graffiti of the day gets plastered over it regularly, with the council periodically applying a mish-mash of slightly-different-shades-of-green paint to cover it all over."
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Kevin Boyle recalls the pipe Claire refers to and the poem: "Prices rise and profits hop, pay stays low so buying stops. Goods won't sell so workers sacked, don't look now depression's back. Workers unite to protect wages and conditions and fight unemployment." If she had looked on the other side of the pipe, there was written "Wages rise and profits drop, prices up and buying stops. Goods won't sell so workers sacked, don't look now depression's back. Employers unite to keep costs low or else the workers' jobs will go."
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Bill Lomas thinks $49 for ambience is a little much: "I completely understand supermarkets being able to pay cheaper prices for the wine, but seriously a 915 per cent mark up? What happens if the restaurant owner buys the wine at the supermarket for the $6 price tag? He just made $49 for putting it in a fridge and the serving and cleaning of a glass or two."