Remuera/Newmarket/Ellerslie Edition

Vol. 244-4  July 26, 2021

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Everybody's Talking

Possum party: Residents of the vacation town of Mallacoota in Victoria, Australia, were relieved when a resident brush-tail possum that locals call Russell Rustle came sauntering back to the area, along with his partner Rosie and baby Rascal. The area had recently endured bushfires, which had claimed a lot of forest and property, and residents were very concerned about the wildlife. While possums are often thought of as pests, Russell Rustle is loved by the whole community. His safe return was cause for celebration among the locals.

Monkey culprit: If a cellphone is stolen, the owner might suspect a human thief. When Zackrydz Rodzi's phone disappeared from his home in Batu Pahat, Malaysia, the thief turned out to be a monkey. As there was no sign of a break-in, Rodzi's family used his brother's phone to call the stolen one, and heard it ringing in the bush near their home. After retrieving it from the mud and cleaning it up, Rodzi found a bunch of selfies of a monkey. There were even videos showing the antics of the little mammal trying to eat the phone.

Black cat haven: Japan is home to many cafs that feature real felines, but only one is filled with black cats. Nekobiyaka is in the city of Himeji. Because black cats are less likely to find owners than cats of other colours, the caf's owner wanted to provide a place for people to interact with them and hopefully take one home as a pet. She keeps about 10 black cats at any one time, differentiating them by the colours of their collars. When a family takes one home, she brings another from a shelter. Visitors pay a small fee to enter, and they can buy refreshments while interacting with the cats.

Canal digger: A man from Kothilawa, a remote village in Bihar, India, has completed an amazing feat. It took Laungi Bhuiyan about three decades to divert run-off rainwater into a pond near the village. He did it by digging a three-kilometre-long canal by himself, using hand tools. Before the canal existed, rainwater ran into a river and never reached the village. Now, people in the village have access to water in the pond, which they can use for crop irrigation and for farm animals to drink. As news of his feat spread on social media, Bhuiyan became known as Canal Man.

Quotable Quotes

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Keep your fears to yourself; share your courage with others. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson


1. What system/scale is used to determine the heat in chilli peppers?

2. Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in England, Ireland, or Scotland?

3. What colour is associated with the emotion of envy?

4. Daddy Warbucks was the rich and philanthropic benefactor in what comic strip?

5. What organ uses 20% of the human body's oxygen and blood?

Your Weekly Horoscope

ariesAries (March 21 - April 20)
This could be an excellent time to investigate a complex problem. You may search for something that has been lost and also learn more about your inner self. Lucky Numbers: 10, 20, 23, 29, 31, 37.
libraLibra (Sept 24 - Oct 23)
This may be an excellent time to be out and about. There could be significant opportunities to make connections and to learn something through a chance meeting. Lucky Numbers: 3, 9, 15, 22, 26, 32.
taurusTaurus (April 21- May 21)
Your personal magnetism may be strong, and you could attract attention. You might beautify your surroundings and pay particular attention to your appearance. Lucky Numbers: 4, 11, 17, 18, 30, 33.
scorpioScorpio (Oct 24- Nov 22)
Doors may open, new opportunities for professional and personal growth may present themselves. Any idea you feel inclined to take could lead to a positive outcome. Lucky Numbers: 3, 13, 16, 20, 21, 24.
geminiGemini (May 22- June 21)
Your honesty and willingness to communicate openly could impress others. This may be a good time to present your ideas to the people who matter the most in your life. Lucky Numbers: 3, 13, 23, 24, 26, 39.
sagittariusSagittarius (Nov23-Dec21)
Partnerships for mutual benefit may be favoured. Once you join with others, especially in team sports, your energy level could soar higher than you ever had expected. Lucky Numbers: 6, 18, 23, 28, 32, 35.
cancerCancer (June 22 - July 23)
This might be a favourable time to bring out any personal concerns you have in your relationships. Agreements and co-operation could now be achieved easily. Lucky Numbers: 5, 6, 9, 21, 31, 32.
capricornCapricorn (Dec 22- Jan 20)
This may be an excellent time to enjoy company at your home. You might be feeling loving and needing to share comfort and affection with close friends and family. Lucky Numbers: 1, 5, 16, 26, 29, 33.
leoLeo (July 24 - Aug 23)
Strong support from close friends and family could give you extra confidence now. This may be a good time to mend fences, to improve some aspects of your home life. Lucky Numbers: 1, 4, 7, 12, 31, 34.
aquariusAquarius (Jan 21- Feb 19)
Self-confidence and ambitions may be high. You might be able to accomplish a great deal of work, especially if it involves some sort of communication with others. Lucky Numbers: 6, 11, 18, 20, 21, 30.
virgoVirgo (Aug 24 - Sept 23)
You may feel relaxed and pleasantly calm. Sharing hospitality, giving something special and personal to a friend, and other loving gestures could be emphasised now. Lucky Numbers: 5, 12, 13, 27, 36, 37.
piscesPisces (Feb 20 - March 20)
You may gain what you want through diplomacy and by enlisting the support of your friends, rather than by being forthright and bold. Decision-making might be favored now. Lucky Numbers: 5, 6, 8, 17, 29, 32.
Lucky numbers for the week: Lucky numbers this week: This week's odds favour Pisces winners with the luckiest number being 5.

Did you know

Dancer first: Madonna, the well-known singer of Material Girl fame, at first wanted to be a dancer, but switched to music after being influenced by then-boyfriend Dan Gilroy, with whom she was in a band called Breakfast Club.

Brilliant mind: Katherine Johnson (1918-2020) had a brilliant mind for mathematics. She worked for NASA and helped to put men on the moon. She was one of the subjects of the 2016 Hollywood movie, Hidden Figures.

Unusual lime: Finger limes may be shaped like jalapeo peppers, but the resemblance ends there. These limes grow on shrubs in subtropical coastal areas of eastern Australia. They hold tiny, caviar-like beads that have an acidic flavor.

Fern fronds: The Georgia State University in Decatur, Georgia USA, is home to Ferns of the World, an unusual garden started by the late botany professor, George Sanko. Today, the garden is lush with many fern varieties from all over the world.

Stony love: The Holestone, which has a small hole through it, sits in a field near the village of Doagh, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. From the Bronze Age, the stone has become known as the lovestone. Engaged couples come to the stone to pledge their love for each other.

On the lighter side

The judge said to her dentist, "Pull my tooth, the whole tooth, and nothing but the tooth".

What did one arithmetic book say to another? "I've got problems".

Doctor: "What happened? You look awful". Patient: "You said to take this medicine for three days, then skip a day. All that skipping wore me out."

Actors: people who work really hard at never being themselves.

What word is always pronounced wrong? Wrong.


1. Scoville scale 2. England 3. Green 4. Little Orphan Annie 5. The brain