Christchurch West Edition

Vol. 247-3  October 18, 2021

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Everybody's Talking

Hungry owls: No one wants to use chemical pesticides to protect crops, and apple farmers in Japan don't have to. That's because a natural predator is available to help keep their orchards free of field voles. That predator is the Ural owl (Strix uralensis). These birds build nests in the hollows of trees near the orchards, and farmers even supply manmade structures to attract them. The night hunters do swift work of nabbing voles, which can do considerable damage to apple trees and cut into the profits of the farm.

Inked all over: Some people get a tattoo (or two) somewhere on their bodies, but Kerstin Tristan decided to get her whole body tattooed. The grandmother from Leipzig, Germany, started on her tattoo odyssey in 2015 when she got her first one. Now, her arms, legs, torso, hands, and feet are almost completely covered. The tattoos range from flowers to butterflies to women's faces to leopard spots to strings of pearls. Tristan has spent, so far, about NZ50,000 on her body art, and she doesn't regret it. She intends to keep filling the blank spots with more tattoos.

Mural mandate: A mural on the side of a building in Warsaw, Poland, helps clear the air of pollutants. Located near a busy metro station, the mural is made of special photocatalytic paint that lures pollutants from the air. The pollutants are then changed into harmless particles, which are washed away when it rains. The mural features flowers with smiling faces, with the foliage wrapped around tall buildings. The project was part of the City Forests campaign. Several other cities around the world are part of the movement, including Bogot, Columbia; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Melbourne, Australia.

Cat lady: A woman who lives in Muscat, Oman, is a true animal lover. In fact, she loves animals so much that her home has become a shelter for homeless cats and dogs. Maryam al-Balushi didn't always appreciate animals. Her affection for felines began in 2008 when her son brought home a Persian cat, which she grew to adore. She started taking pity on strays, and today she has nearly 500 cats and about a dozen dogs. It costs almost $8,000 per month for food and vet care, which at first she paid herself, but now donors help her with the bills. She hopes everyone will understand that animals need to be treated with compassion.

Quotable Quotes

We heed no instincts but our own. ~ Jean de La Fontaine

Tell him to live by yes and no yes to everything good, no to everything bad. ~ William James

What's Happening

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Widowed men and women - from around 50-mid 70s. We offer monthly meetings with support and friendship with regular activities such as dinners, movies, walks etc. New members welcome. Ph Claire 3543976 or Carol 9814125.

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Free notices for not for profits


1. Which country produces the most tea in the world China, India, or Sri Lanka?

2. One fathom is equal to 1.8 metres, 2.4 metres or 3.6 metres?

3. What is a chanterelle?

4. The Caladrius, the Phoenix, and the Roc are types of what?

5. What creates a phenomenon called a fogbow or white rainbow?

Your Weekly Horoscope

ariesAries (March 21 - April 20)
Your concentration could be very strong. You might become so engrossed in your work that you may not be able to do anything else until you find the information that you seek. Lucky Numbers: 2, 7, 12, 18, 22, 34.
libraLibra (Sept 24 - Oct 23)
Trivial battles may be obstacles. You might need to stop pushing yourself so hard. Your need to be nurtured could help you understand the importance of family. Lucky Numbers: 5, 15, 19, 23, 24, 31.
taurusTaurus (April 21- May 21)
You may want to pursue the one person you desire. This could be exciting, as romance might run high. Games or contests may provide you with an extra burst of energy. Lucky Numbers: 9, 11, 18, 20, 25, 38.
scorpioScorpio (Oct 24- Nov 22)
Some intense rivalry or personal conflict may take you by surprise. You might feel that you must stand up for your rights in the face of this opposition. Be patient. Lucky Numbers: 8, 18, 28, 36, 38, 39.
geminiGemini (May 22- June 21)
Your ability to keep yourself on track may enable you to reach out to new resources for solutions. Your past experiences could help you see past facades to find answers. Lucky Numbers: 5, 7, 9, 10, 16, 40.
sagittariusSagittarius (Nov23-Dec21)
Interesting connections may unlock new doors. You might want to edit a proposal or in some way adjust your way of communicating in order to come to a mutual agreement. Lucky Numbers: 17, 20, 24, 25, 27, 30.
cancerCancer (June 22 - July 23)
A new or renewed personal relationship may prove to be romantic and pleasing to you. You might want to look your best and behave in a friendly way. Lucky Numbers: 9, 12, 15, 26, 31, 32.
capricornCapricorn (Dec 22- Jan 20)
You may need to talk about past experiences to understand the truth. Old resentments that you might have tried to conceal could resurface and cause you distress. Lucky Numbers: 5, 6, 13, 21, 26, 32.
leoLeo (July 24 - Aug 23)
You may attract what you need by allowing others to approach you. You might be more inclined to go along with situations than to forcefully try to make things happen. Lucky Numbers: 5, 6, 16, 21, 26, 36.
aquariusAquarius (Jan 21- Feb 19)
Your ability to converse may attract the interest of people who matter. Don’t allow pressure to push your goals out of focus. Think hard and fast, remembering all the facts. Lucky Numbers: 1, 3, 5, 15, 16, 17.
virgoVirgo (Aug 24 - Sept 23)
This may be a positive time, especially if you are involved in learning. Your appreciation for the warmth and assurance of a mentor could provide you with much pride. Lucky Numbers: 1, 5, 11, 13, 15, 21.
piscesPisces (Feb 20 - March 20)
You may feel an urgency to eliminate negative influences. You might need to show your reliability and your willingness to perform your duties and obligations. Lucky Numbers: 16, 19, 23, 26, 33, 40.
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

Famous relative: The famous F. Scott Fitzgerald was named after his distant relative, who may be even more famous. Francis Scott Key wrote the words to The Star-Spangled Banner, America's national anthem.

Landlocked: The Lao People's Democratic Republic, known as Laos, is landlocked and shares borders with China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma (Myanmar). The capital of Laos is Vientiane, and the country's official language is Lao.

Cold lovers: Yakutian horses live in Yakutia (Sakha) Republic, in the Siberian region of Russia, where temperatures in the winter can dip to -70C. These small horses are heavy for their size because they have a layer of fat, as well as a thick mane, to keep them warm.

Unique design: For a unique, personalised cooking and eating space, people may choose to have a bespoke kitchen. That means that the area is custom designed for the owner's exact preferences.

Runny nose: Having a runny nose is a common consequence of eating spicy foods. That's because the chilli peppers in spicy dishes contain the chemical capsaicin, which is a natural decongestant.

On the lighter side

Why did the chicken cross the playground? To get to the other slide.

A three-year-old had received a severe sunburn that reached the peeling stage. His mother heard him saying to himself as he was washing up for dinner, Only three years old, and wearing out already.

Three men were in a boat. It capsized, but only two got their hair wet. Why? One was bald.

Dentist: You need a crown. Patient: Finally, someone who understands me!

Did you hear about the umbrella salesman who saved his money for a sunny day?


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