Monday, May 01, 2006


This outstanding document was issued by the Government's Energy Safe Service.

By Ana Samways

Now this is where things get silly: A page from the NZ Electrical Code of Practice for Homeowner/Occupiers Electrical Wiring Work in Domestic Installations (above), spotted by a canny reader, who says, "I really didn't think electricity made any sort of cultural distinction, but apparently even the laws of physics are governed by the Treaty now ... "

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A reader writes: "Our daughter Kya, who is approaching 5 years old, was being shown around her prospective school in preparation for enrolment. She was unable to meet with the principal, which seemed to affect her more than anticipated until she mentioned wishing she had met the "Prince of the pool".

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Mark Bradman responds to's list of worst songs ever. "Dated as these songs may now seem, and speaking as a person who is old enough to remember their release, you really had to have been there at the time. I wonder what people will be saying about the songs that are currently top of our charts (Beep by The Pussycat Dolls and T-Pain's I'm In Luv Wit A Stripper ) in 30 years' time?"

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Petrus van der Schaaf from Auckland says tuna browser James Marris is overlooking the fact that Swedish rounding applies to the grand total and not to individual items. He therefore "has missed a golden opportunity to save significantly more than 1 per cent on his tuna purchases. If he buys three cans, he will be charged $2.97 which rounds down to $2.95 - a saving of 1.66 per cent and a 66 per cent improvement on what he gets when he buys one. Go James!"

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Nurses have put posters of Brad Pitt and George Clooney on the ceiling of a hospital examination room to help women relax during gynaecological check-ups. Staff at Britain's Leigh Infirmary hope the heart-throbs will help patients' minds wander while procedures are carried out. They can also daydream about David Beckham and actor Jesse Metcalfe, the gardener in Desperate Housewives. (Source:


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