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Where is my large intestine?

It’s that way, a 17 hour flight to My Large Intestine, Texas, U.S.A . My Large Intestine is a real place with a population of around 143, founded by Philo Bumbaugh. Bumbaugh’s idea was to put the town on the map and make a name for itself. Unfortunately map makers have refused to map it. How about travelling to Boring […]

Baker’s Banter—17 April 2018

Anyone using the roads and/or public transport in our part of the world is aware of the need for some serious investment. The reality is that whilst we have some way to go in terms of modern trains, single seat journeys and more regular services, what we have is significantly better than what used to exist as recently as five […]

Baker’s Banter—20 March 2018

With the advent of technology and how we communicate, we have seen the creation of a whole new language. One such new term is “clickbait”. Wikipedia defines it as “web content whose main goal is to get users to click on a link to go to a certain webpage or video”. I prefer the Urban Dictionary definition “It’s a link […]

Out of the box— 6 March 2018

One of my favourite things to do while driving is to turn on the radio and belt out lyrics at the top of my lung capacity. However, not every single word I sing is factually accurate. In fact, it took me about twenty years before I was told that ‘Hit me with your pet shark’ was not lyrically on the […]

Gone fishing— Smudge says

The Manukau Harbour is still plagued with the dreaded red weed that is so frustrating to deal with. Slack water is the best time to avoid it and if you hunt around you will find places where it’s not such a problem. It covers your line and your baits and once that happens you won’t catch a thing so clear […]

Baker’s Banter— 20 February 2018

It is pleasing to see Mayor Goff come out swinging about those who think it is ok to dump their rubbish on the sides of the roads. Being a mainly rural area with fewer houses, less traffic and obviously less chance of being seen, Franklin is a popular destination for the toe rags who do this. However it is not […]

Out of the box with Tim Gregory—Dropped dreams and aspirations

Today is a very significant day in my life. February 20, 2018 marks three years since I got within a chewed fingernail of telling my boss to shove it where the sun don’t shine and retire to the alps as a recluse alpaca farmer. However, things didn’t quite turn out that way. Rewind 23 years and among my earliest memories […]

Letter— Thoughts on our water

I would like to know if Watercare actually drink our water because if they did they would know that it is undrinkable and destructive. Our house is not even three years old and everything that water passes through is ruined e.g: our young jug, tap ware, shower doors, hot water cylinder and washing machine, some of these need to be […]

Yana’s Yarn— 20 February 2018

It was all go in Pukekohe over the weekend, with the Pukekohe Show and the Rebel Round up on. The rain stayed away for the most part and instead everyone was hit with the glorious summer mugginess and over 90 percent humidity. I was lucky enough to go to the Pukekohe Show on Saturday and had a great time looking […]

Government ‘heat plan’ an overkill?

Opinion by Jess Paton The New Zealand Ministry of Health recently announced that they are starting to plan for hotter summers bought on by global warming. Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter said “climate change means summer temperatures are expected to rise across both the North and South Island, increasing the risk of heat stress and subtropical diseases.” So, the […]


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