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Shiver me timbers, that's ingenious

The huge mark-up on alcohol at music festivals means revellers will try ingenious ways to sneak in some booze. Some decant liquor into sun cream bottles (cleaned first ) or hollow out unsliced loaves of bread. But three weeks before Electric Zoo 2017, Alex Diamond, from New York, travelled to Randall's Island and buried a water bottle full of vodka. He said he was inspired by pirates and told LadBible: " We used Google maps and marked our spot on GPS so we knew where it would be. " Alex said finding his vodka was easy enough - X marks the spot - but it was difficult to unearth without attracting the attention of security guards or CCTV.

Lightweight bins not a wheelie good idea

"The debut of the new rubbish bins for Half Moon Bay residents was not an unparalleled success," writes Brian Armstrong. "Being a gentleman of leisure (retired) I had been for a walk to Half Moon Bay Marina and returned to see the rubbish truck exiting our street. Shock, horror the bin was lying in the street for the next inattentive motorist to run over. I quickly retrieved it and put it at the back of our house thinking maybe the operator had misplaced it putting it back. However a little later I left home and saw the bins had been blown over in the adjoining street. Along Prince Regent Drive I came across several other wheelie bins not on their wheels. If they cause an accident who is liable? Could they need some ballast in the bottom? Answers on a postcard please. Name and address withheld in case the rubbish truck disgorges its load next week on my drive."


What's in a name?

"No need to create weird surnames from modern occupations," says Pauline Merritt. "There are plenty around already. I wonder how the following names arose. Many years ago I worked with a Tilly Piebust. Then there was the lady doing business with the bank where I worked called Lilo Bedriska. And there are Bastards and Pratts in abundance."

Islands of safety at Westhaven

A reader writes: "The workers who installed the island said the purpose of the island on Beaumont St is to protect cyclists exiting Westhaven Drive. A second island is to be installed soon, on Beaumont St on the other side of the entry to Westhaven Drive. Something to do with the council's plan to turn the area into a pro-cyclists and pedestrian zone."

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