Petra sent in a pic of the latest English summer footwear for ladies:


Shane sent around this rather amusing Tui ad. Ahh, go Kiwiana!


I got an email, sent from my Niece Tyla (yeah, right) to my Auntie fay:

Hi Aunty Fay.

I play lots of games with Grandma and mummy and this is my favourite one.  I go and hide and call out to them "Find me, find me" and they go around asking "where's Tyla, is she in here?" and I sing out "No, Iím not" and they spend ages looking for me, even walking right past where I'm hiding.  I keep calling out to them "Can't find me" even when they are right beside me, but I hide soooooo good, they can't find me. For some reason they laugh and giggle a lot, which makes me giggle too.

I will have to play with you Aunty Fay when I see you next. You may be a better finder than them.

Love from Tyla


MORE from Petra, this time an email titled "Reasons NOT to let Dad dress the Kids" with these pics attached:


Petra sent in "Knowing the World"

The Norwegian diplomat Charung Gollar was asked to present the UN with a graphic showing the main problems in the world in 2004.

He presented a set of 8 pictures entitled "The power of stars" and was applauded for the simplicity of his idea.

In spite of having no pretension at all, his work was presented to participate to the Nobel Price of Politic Marketing.

Attached are the 8 pictures presented. Read the legends...

Check it out here


If you haven't read YourSay from 03/07/07 below about Stu's gas check on his new flat (even though he told them he had no gas appliances) read it now.

Here's the resulting report he received from the inspector:

This situation is so English it's ridiculous. I bet you he'll have another inspection in 12 months...


Kent sent this article around, about a tornado that hit New Plymouth and Auckland (New Zealand).

I almost felt bad about cracking up reading the article, but with quotes like the following (which are just so New Zealand, it's ridiculous), you'll have to forgive me:

"My wife packed herself and ran for it."

"It hit us, our front window was blown out and a display stand of gumboots was sucked out the window."

For those of you who just went "huh?!", packing yourself basically means craaping your pants and gumboots are "Wellingtons" or "wellies"

Oh, New Zealanders, don't ever change.


Stu and Mel moved in to a new flat a few weeks ago, and he just sent me the following email thread which he calls "classic Britishness":

Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2007 13:55
From: personA@xxx
CC: personB@xxx
To: stuart@xxx

Hi Mr Stuart,
It's personA from xxx, I am mailing you regarding the Gas Safety Check to be done at our property ASAP on behalf your landlord so please if u can ring us on xxx to booke [sic] an appointment.

From: Stuart
To: personA@xxx
CC: personB@xxx
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2007 9:08 AM

Hi personA
We don't have gas in our flat.

From: personB@xxx
To: stuart@xxx; personA@xxx
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2007 11:03:16

Hi Stuart,
The landlord pays for the gas checks on all properties the tenants does not pay a penny only if there is an abortive call out charge from xxx. Gas checks are done on all flats whether they have gas or not.