Hutt Valley Edition

Vol. 241-3  April 19, 2021

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Everybody's Talking

Lottery luck: It's not much fun to discover that a car tyre is low on air, necessitating a stop at a petrol station with an air pump. But for a man from Michigan USA it led to winning a whopping $2 million. The fellow was driving his wife's truck when he realised one of the tyres was going soft. He pulled into the nearest petrol station, but didn't have coins for the air pump. That led him to enter the adjoining store to get some change, and he decided to pick up a lottery ticket while he was at it. The winner and his wife will invest their winnings in a new home and maybe they'll even get a new, airtight tyre for the truck.

Bear country: When Sean Atkinson looked at the security camera to see who had broken into his home near Orillia in Ontario (Canada), he was surprised to find that the burglar was not a person, but a bear! The animal seemed to have opened the door like a human, and then it walked in nonchalantly, as though it owned the place. It rummaged around quite a bit, but didn't find much to eat in the empty pizza boxes that were lying around. Getting out of the house was a little bit trickier because the door slammed back in the poor creature's face. However, the bear made it out, with not much damage to Atkinson's home.

Subway splendor: When one thinks of subway stations in big cities, visions of concrete, graffiti and dimly lit underground corridors may come to mind. Not so in Moscow where the metro stations look more like ornately decorated dance halls. Rather than being dirty and unpleasant, these stations are beautiful and opulent. Each station in the city has its own unique design, with some featuring stained glass and chandeliers, while others display plaster mosaics and marble seating. They are unexpected sights to see while waiting to catch the train to a destination.

Lacy cookies: Judit Czinkn Por of Ajka in Hungary probably never expected that her skill at painting porcelain would transfer to cookie decorating. That is just what happened, and today the artist is a well-known pastry chef with her own shop. She is able to turn a gingerbread cookie into a creative edible that appears to be covered in traditional Hungarian lace and delicate flowers. She has expanded her decorating to included cartoon characters and animal figures. As can be imagined, completing a batch of cookies takes Por a long time, so she is unable to keep up with the demand. However, she shares her talent through teaching.

Quotable Quotes

There is only one proof of ability: action. ~ Marie von Ebner- Eschenbach

We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep. ~ William Shakespeare

Trivia

1. Which American filmmaker created Jaws and Jurassic Park?

2. Tonsils are part of the lymphatic system - T/F?

3. A simoleon is a slang term for what?

4. How often does the International Space Station orbit Earth?

5. The Nehru jacket was a product of the 1940s, '50s, or '60s?

Your Weekly Horoscope

ariesAries (March 21 - April 20)
Something that may have been lost or hidden may now come to light. Secrets, mysteries, or long-buried feelings and desires could be revealed. Lucky Numbers: 3, 16, 18, 22, 29, 32.
libraLibra (Sept 24 - Oct 23)
There may be major opportunities to make connections and to learn something through a chance encounter. This might be a good time to be out and about. Lucky Numbers: 3, 17, 27, 33, 37, 40.
taurusTaurus (April 21- May 21)
You may be more impressionable and open, and your intuition may be heightened. The world of imagination or entertainment could hold some attraction for you. Lucky Numbers: 5, 6, 9, 33, 36, 39.
scorpioScorpio (Oct 24- Nov 22)
This may be a good time to make decisions about your financial affairs, with judgment that is sound and reliable. Spending time with old friends could bring you happiness. Lucky Numbers: 5, 7, 10, 17, 22, 37.
geminiGemini (May 22- June 21)
It may be a good time to come to an agreement, negotiate, or exchange your views with others. Ideas flow and you could present your case very well. Lucky Numbers: 4, 12, 15, 23, 33, 38.
sagittariusSagittarius (Nov23-Dec21)
Confidence and inner harmony may prevail. You might move forward with creative projects and express yourself more easily and comfortably now. Lucky Numbers: 1, 2, 3, 11, 22, 33.
cancerCancer (June 22 - July 23)
Conversations and sharing plans may be very productive now. You might better understand what others are telling you and also make yourself clearly understood. Lucky Numbers: 2, 17, 22, 27, 34, 40.
capricornCapricorn (Dec 22- Jan 20)
Thoughts of the past and the choices you've made may be prominent. Making a decision regarding your home or your family life could be favoured at this time. Lucky Numbers: 21, 26, 29, 31, 36, 39.
leoLeo (July 24 - Aug 23)
Times may call for flexibility and your ability to think on your feet while accepting the unexpected. You might come up with fresh insight, which could be useful. Lucky Numbers: 11, 19, 21, 29, 31, 39.
aquariusAquarius (Jan 21- Feb 19)
You may see connections and possibilities that you had overlooked before. Now might be a good time to communicate your enthusiasm and share your plans. Lucky Numbers: 5, 10, 15, 19, 25, 35.
virgoVirgo (Aug 24 - Sept 23)
This may be a favourable time to socialise with people with whom you have professional ties. The positive feelings you generate now could help you with goals for the future. Lucky Numbers: 3, 7, 13, 18, 19, 22.
piscesPisces (Feb 20 - March 20)
You may receive appreciation and a positive response for your generosity. Being with people and giving something of yourself and your talents might be your path. Lucky Numbers: 1, 4, 8, 14, 24, 34.
Lucky numbers for the week: Lucky numbers this week: This week's odds favor Leo winners with the luckiest number being 11.

Did you know

Multilingual: Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) had many talents. As well as starring in famous movies of her day, such as Casablanca and For Whom the Bell Tolls, she could speak five languages.

Yummy soup: People in New Orleans, Louisiana USA, are quite familiar with a traditional soup called yakamein. The tangy beef broth is chock full of spaghetti, beef, green onions and hard-boiled eggs, and topped with Creole seasoning.

Silence is golden: Surprisingly, wind doesn't make a sound. That is, until it comes into contact with objects. So when whistling, rattling, rolling, or squeaking sounds are heard on windy days, it's not really the wind!

Long borders: The longest international border in the world, between the United States and Canada, is 8,890km long. Next longest is the border between Russia and Kazakhstan, which is 6,846km long.

Unique tree: Baobab, also known as the bottle tree, is a genus of tree that has several species. They grow in Madagascar, Africa, and Australia. Their thick trunks store water, and they can live to be hundreds of years old.

On the lighter side

Why did the traffic light turn red? You would, too, if you had to change in the middle of the street.

First pupil: Great news! Teacher said we're going to have a test today, come rain or shine. Second pupil: Why is that good news? First pupil: It's snowing!

0 and 8 are taking a walk in the desert. The 0 turns to the 8 and says, You must be hot with that belt on.

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

What a fine thing experience is! It enables us to recognise a mistake every time we make it.

Answers

1. Steven Spielberg 2. True 3. A dollar 4. Every 90 minutes 5. 1960s