Not so terri-Bull

A reader has some­thing ‘punny’ to share and, be­lieve us, it’s not a load of bull.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TRAVEL - Story and pho­tos by TAN LING SUAN

WHEN in­volved with pack­age tours, meet­ing sched­ules and given limited time at cer­tain places, we could miss out on some in­ter­est­ing stops dur­ing the trip.

On a re­cent leisurely visit to my sis­ter in Palmer­ston North, New Zea­land, I came upon an “amus­ing” lit­tle town. We were driv­ing to a week­end mar­ket not too far away, and had to pass through a place called Bulls.

I had made notes of some un­usual lit­tle places in NZ and this was one of them – un­usual for its pun­ning signs. So I re­quested that we made a stop here to look around.

We knew we had reached the town when we caught sight of the wel­com­ing sign: “Herd of Bulls? A Town Like No Ud­der”.

Named af­ter James Bull who founded the town and owned the first gen­eral store there, it is a thriv­ing farm­ing com­mu­nity with a pop­u­la­tion of just 1,755. We heard that some mar­ket­ing had played around with its name, like “New Zea­land gets its milk from Bulls”. I did not try the milk here, so I can­not say whether it is com­mend-a-bull or for­get-a-bull.

As we drove through its streets, we went past Const-ab­ull (Po­lice Sta­tion), For­givea-bull (Angli­can Church) and Cure-a-bull (Med­i­cal Cen­tre). The in­for­ma­tion cen­tre is suit­ably named In­form-a-bull.

There is a gift shop, De­sire-ab­ull, and a cold store, Freeze-ab­ull. You can start guess­ing how toi­lets are named, where to park. and the way to a cafe and deli.

The town is sup­posed to have over a hun­dred such signs. Stop­ping to study the sig­nage at a cer­tain junc­tion made me won­der whether the stu­dents here use such unique terms in their lessons. Some­one men­tioned that its sis­ter city might be Cowes, a sea­port town in Eng­land. I have yet to get that ver­i­fied – though it is quite be­lieve-a-bull, isn’t it?

By the way, the town also has its own web­site: www.un­for getab­ull.co.nz which should be a-bull to fill you in on its his­tory and com­mu­nity. Be sense-a-bull enough not to blame any­one for any un­reli-a-bull in­for­ma­tion found there. We should know by now it could be ud­derly un­pre­dict-a-bull at such a place as Bulls!

Bull-ieve it or not: there is ac­tu­ally a town called bulls in New Zea­land.

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