Remuera/Newmarket/Ellerslie Edition

Vol. 246-4  September 27, 2021

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Everybody's Talking

Climb for salt: A mountain goat that lives in the European Alps is called the Alpine Ibex. These amazing animals can climb exceptionally steep inclines because their special hooves allow them to grip. They even climb up to the top of very high and extremely steep dams. For example, they've been seen climbing dams in Italy, including the Cingino Dam in the Piedmont region and the Barbellino Dam in Lombardy. The reason these goats are driven to scamper up these structures is because the cement at the top contains salt, which is important to their diet.

Tall forest: In downtown Milan, Italy, two apartment buildings tower over the neighborhood. Called Bosco Verticale, they are a rare site. One stands 80 metres high and the other stands 112 metres high. Both are completely covered in vegetation, including 800 trees, 15,000 perennials, and 5,000 shrubs. This vertical forest was designed with a purpose to regulate temperature and humidity in the buildings, while attracting birds and butterflies. Residents feel like they live in a rural area, instead of in the middle of a big city. The vegetation is carefully pruned each year, and watering is done automatically.

Wrinkled fender: Driving a new car off the lot is exciting. Most people scrimp and save if they plan to buy a brand new vehicle from a dealership. That was probably the case for a man in India as he drove his car out of the lot, looking forward to showing it off. Unfortunately, he seemed to know more about accelerators than about breaks because he drove the white, four-door Kia Carnival right into a wall. The lack of driving finesse caused the airbags to deploy and the front end to buckle. The only good thing about the situation is that no one was hurt.

Big gator: Those who enjoy the sport of golf in the state of Florida (U.S.), know that spotting alligators on the fairways is not unusual. The reptiles are common in that state, and everyone knows to stay clear of them if they pop up from a pond to lie in the sun. However, onlookers were quite startled when an outrageously large specimen appeared on the Valencia Golf and Country Club in Naples. It looked like it belonged in a movie about prehistoric creatures! Footage of the beast was taken by Tyler Stolting, a golf pro at the club.

Quotable Quotes

One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. ~ Jane Austen

Important principles may and must be inflexible. ~ Abraham Lincoln


1. What man-made lake was created by the Hoover Dam (U.S.)?

2. Which comic-actor named Jim starred in The Truman Show?

3. The loonie is what country's $1 coin?

4. What was the New Zealand Word of the Year for 2020?

5. Moths are repelled by what type of wood?

Your Weekly Horoscope

ariesAries (March 21 - April 20)
Your mind could be very active and sharp. Some differences of opinions or viewpoints may arise. You may need to speak your mind softly to avoid personal conflict. Lucky Numbers: 5, 15, 22, 23, 24, 30.
libraLibra (Sept 24 - Oct 23)
This positive time for your career could definitely create some big life changes. You may change jobs or receive training in another field to help you reach your goals. Lucky Numbers: 3, 5, 15, 17, 18, 28.
taurusTaurus (April 21- May 21)
You may feel highly ambitious and enthusiastic about new plans. It might be a very productive time if you can keep your expectations within reasonable bounds. Lucky Numbers: 5, 7, 16, 20, 26, 39.
scorpioScorpio (Oct 24- Nov 22)
You may feel quite carefree, but you shouldn't expect others to work on your problems without any effort on your part. Your emotional well-being could dominate. Lucky Numbers: 8, 14, 18, 26, 29, 34.
geminiGemini (May 22- June 21)
You may want to be a peace- maker, as harmony seems more important than ever. Loving relationships, attracting people who are good for you, could likely happen. Lucky Numbers: 1, 5, 16, 17, 25, 37.
sagittariusSagittarius (Nov23-Dec21)
Ego conflicts, especially with those who have a bearing on the fate of your career, may arise. Control your emotions and demonstrate your teamwork capabilities. Lucky Numbers: 2, 9, 14, 15, 22, 35.
cancerCancer (June 22 - July 23)
Strong support from close friends and family could give you the confidence you need. You may want to mend fences and try to improve your domestic situation. Lucky Numbers: 2, 6, 8, 12, 16, 20.
capricornCapricorn (Dec 22- Jan 20)
You may need to stand up for the honour of your colleagues. You might have been a little selfish in the limelight, but now you could help others receive some praise. Lucky Numbers: 3, 9, 13, 31, 35, 40.
leoLeo (July 24 - Aug 23)
You may experience a positive flow of warmth and friendliness between yourself and others. This could stimulate and energize your creative and artistic efforts. Lucky Numbers: 12, 26, 29, 34, 38, 39.
aquariusAquarius (Jan 21- Feb 19)
Your need for excitement, adventure and fun could strongly prevail. Exciting outdoor activities may appeal to you and you could enjoy any sort of physical activity. Lucky Numbers: 6, 13, 15, 25, 34, 37.
virgoVirgo (Aug 24 - Sept 23)
Social activities could reign very high. There may be a harmonious tone to your interactions. Sharing good times with friends could be right in tune with your mood. Lucky Numbers: 2, 5, 23, 29, 30, 35.
piscesPisces (Feb 20 - March 20)
You may be in harmony with the people in your immediate environment. There may be a sense of ease and flow, which could provide you with more energy and fun. Lucky Numbers: 4, 10, 19, 21, 26, 31.
Lucky numbers for the week: Lucky numbers this week: This week's odds favour Pisces winners with the luckiest number being 4.

Did you know

Dog bites: Dogs may be man's best friend, but research in the United States indicates that about 4.5 million dog bites occur there every year. Luckily, most don't require medical attention.

Unique dcor: Boebel Bratwurst Bed and Breakfast, in Rittersbach, Germany, is said to be the world's first sausage hotel. The wallpaper is festooned with sausages, cushions are in the shape of bratwurst, and sausages hang from hooks on the walls.

Largest lollipop: See's Candies Lollypop Factory in Burlingame, California, claims to have created the world's largest lollipop, a chocolate-flavoured monster that weighed 3,175 kg. The record was set in 2012.

Getting clean: Many dermatologists say showers are better than baths because relaxing in a bathtub for a long period of time can dry out the skin. Unless they're too long, showers also use less water so they are better for the planet, too.

Wind speeds: The Fujita Scale of Tornado Intensity has six levels. The mildest is the gale tornado, with wind speeds of 64 to 116 kph. The most dangerous is the incredible tornado, with wind speeds of 420 to 512 kph.

On the lighter side

I went to a concert by the Bermuda Symphony Orchestra. They played the coconuts beautifully, but the triangle kept disappearing.

When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.

My only regret was that I had but one life to give for my country. If I'd had two, I would have felt much safer.

My car radio only gets talk shows, no music. It needs a tune-up.

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.


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