Christchurch South Edition

Vol. 239-4  February 22, 2021

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Everybody's Talking

Unusual success: A young teen from a poor family in Lucban, a town in Quezon Province, Philippines, had an unusual opportunity for success on the modelling scene. Rita Badjao Girl Goviola's large family received very little income from her father's job, so she had to beg for alms on the street. One day, photographer Topher Quinto Burgos took photos of her and posted them online. That was the beginning of Goviola's rise to success. Her natural beauty was noticed by several celebrities who took her under their wing. Eventually, Goviola started modelling and acting, and she was able to afford to build a new home for her family.

Roadside bonfire: Toilet paper was in high demand and short supply during the COVID-19 pandemic. So when a transport truck carrying a large load of the stuff crashed on a highway in the USA state of Texas, it would have been understandable if bystanders had helped themselves to a few of the rolls. Unfortunately, the toilet paper reported to be the type used in businesses caught fire. Instead of cleaning up the spilled load, onlookers ended up watching a bonfire of the important commodity. Thankfully, no one was hurt in the incident.

Food art: The Japanese art called kyaraben involves arranging food into interesting and fun designs. One creative kyaraben-maker, known as Etoni Mama, lives in Tokyo and has three children. She became famous on social media for her version of the art. While any kind of food can be used in kyaraben, Etoni's choice is fried eggs. She makes cartoon characters with runny egg yolks as the head and body, and then she adds harder, cooked pieces of yolk to serve as arms, legs and feet. She dresses up characters with other food items, snipped and shaped to make clothing. Her children love it!

Fixing fences: Art Gladu has fixed a few fences during his time living in a house at a busy intersection in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada). The reason? Vehicles somehow miss the corner and end up in his front yard. It happened in the mid-2000s when a truck backed onto the property before driving off. In 2015, another car careened into the yard, hitting his pine tree. More recently, in the wee hours, Gladu woke to a loud noise, only to find that yet another vehicle had punched through his chain link fence before coming a stop on his tree. He's hoping the city will have a guardrail installed.

Quotable Quotes

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

The fruit that can fall without shaking, Indeed is too mellow for me. ~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

What's Happening

My Walking Group A friendly group of singles aged 45+ who have fun & friendship by walking and biking. 03 323 6232

Volunteers required by the Down by the Liffey Gallery, Lincoln for monthly 3 hour shifts. Contact 3252832 for further details.

Make a change for the better. Try Seido Karate for 1 month free! Our club welcomes people of any age or ability and children from the age of 5!

Tecorians a friendly club for people looking to gain confidence, stimulation or simply enjoy talking to interesting people. Meetings 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 7.30pm. Phone or text 021 395 587

Greater Hornby Residents Association. Meetings are held in the last Sunday of every month in the Hornby Rugby Clubrooms, Denton Park at 2pm. All welcome.

Free Curtain Bank, CEA provides free, recycled curtains (sewn to fit) for any household in need. Call 0800 GET WARM, or visit

Prebbleton Craft Group Craft Day, Every second Thursday 7-9pm, Prebbleton Cottage, Cnr Blakes & Springs Road, join us to create a variety of craft projects. 0212156164

Free notices for not for profits


1. In which part of the human body will you find the anvil, hammer, and stirrup bones?

2. What is the second highest mountain in the seven continents?

3. What famous canal can be found in Egypt?

4. Cats the Musical is based on a collection of poems by which poet?

5. What is the currency of India?

Your Weekly Horoscope

ariesAries (March 21 - April 20)
Express yourself in writing rather than speaking. Something important may click. Reading your own thoughts enables you to understand yourself better. Lucky numbers: 7, 26, 29, 33, 36, 40.
libraLibra (Sept 24 - Oct 23)
Creative new projects may be in your immediate future. Choose your teammates carefully, as someone may try to take the credit for your hard work and ideas. Lucky numbers: 5, 15, 24, 29, 32, 37.
taurusTaurus (April 21- May 21)
You may want to open your mind to new areas of communication. It might be time to convert your style by using some new technologies to impart your message. Lucky numbers: 2, 4, 11, 18, 22, 35.
scorpioScorpio (Oct 24- Nov 22)
Now may be a time to laugh hard and play even harder, which might be very infectious. Recent events could show that you need to keep that child alive in yourself. Lucky numbers: 2, 6, 19, 22, 29, 33.
geminiGemini (May 22- June 21)
Your plans may include assistance from those close to you. Insights into your dreams and the dreams of others could be a good guideline for potential endeavours. Lucky numbers: 5, 13, 25, 33, 35, 38.
sagittariusSagittarius (Nov23-Dec21)
Your tight-knit circle of friends and family may hold your word in high honour. You should be able to recognise the power that you really possess within yourself. Lucky numbers: 7, 11, 24, 28, 35, 38.
cancerCancer (June 22 - July 23)
You may have to make some extra time to check out health issues, within your busy schedule. Rest and relaxation might be just what the doctor orders right now. Lucky numbers: 4, 16, 25, 27, 34, 40.
capricornCapricorn (Dec 22- Jan 20)
Your strong spiritual feelings may help you positively reflect on your life. If others seem negative, you might encourage them to count all their blessings, too. Lucky numbers: 4, 7, 18, 19, 24, 37.
leoLeo (July 24 - Aug 23)
Many influences may inspire you to reach past the immediate and find new ways to express yourself. Planning travel might influence something spiritual in you. Lucky numbers: 1, 3, 12, 23, 28, 40.
aquariusAquarius (Jan 21- Feb 19)
You may feel that you need to fight for what you believe in. Your message should be very clear, decisive, and convincing. Try not stir up more controversy than necessary. Lucky numbers: 5, 12, 16, 19, 23, 25.
virgoVirgo (Aug 24 - Sept 23)
You may need to feel that you are in control of certain aspects of your life. Strive hard to take the reins and make decisions. Your confidence should flourish as a result. Lucky numbers: 8, 13, 25, 27, 32, 37.
piscesPisces (Feb 20 - March 20)
Your honest heart and sense of humour may attract new friends. Play hard and work hard to help learn valuable lessons about yourself. Keep your spirit real. Lucky numbers: 5, 8, 13, 16, 27, 35.
Lucky numbers for the week: Lucky numbers this week: This week's odds favour Cancer winners with the luckiest number being 4.

Did you know

Seed of Australia: Wattleseed is an Australian plant that has been used in food for 40,000 years. Pods contain small, protein-rich seeds that can be ground into powder. Used in desserts and drinks, it tastes similar to coffee, chocolate, and hazelnut.

Cheesy potatoes: In France, a favourite potato dish is called aligot. It is made by mashing potatoes and adding quite a bit of mild cheese, along with garlic, butter, and cream. The result is a fondue-like comfort food.

Jelly's time: Jelly's Last Jam is a Broadway musical that first appeared in 1992. The music was written by Creole jazz composer Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, known as Jelly Roll Morton (1890-1941). The musical tells his story of being an early jazz musician.

Plant place: The Berlin Botanical Garden started in 1679 as an expansion of the royal kitchen and flower garden. Today, it is one of the largest botanical gardens in the world and has about 20,000 species of plants.

Green treat: People in South Australia like to eat frogs as long as they are made out of sugar! Called frog cakes, these regional treats look like frogs, but are made of sponge cake, jam, and buttercream, topped with green fondant icing.

On the lighter side

Dan called the tinnitus hotline, but it just kept ringing.

Why is a moon rock tastier than an Earth rock? It's a little meteor.

Remember that you're positively unique. Just like everyone else.

Middle age: When you pick your cereal for the fibre, not for the toy.

Reporter: How many people work for the government? Researcher: About half.


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