Sideswipe

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US au­thor hopes to coin it

Amer­i­can au­thor John Green’s book The Fault in Our Stars sold more than 18 mil­lion copies. His next book in­cludes a tu­atara and on Twit­ter he asked if any­one could get him 2000 old 5 cent pieces be­cause there was a tu­atara on them. West­lake Girls High li­brar­ian, Me­gan David­son wants to help him out. “I can’t imag­ine how tu­atara will fit into the plot, or how he even knew about tu­ataras since he lives in In­di­ana!” she en­thuses. “The book is be­ing re­leased Oc­to­ber 10. John Green is a HUGE star in the young adult book world and I am hop­ing he will come to the Auck­land Writer’s Fes­ti­val since his book in­cludes a tu­atara. Clearly he should come see a tu­atara in per­son. Through his book po­ten­tially tens of mil­lions of peo­ple will learn what a tu­atara is!” So Me­gan reck­ons we should help him out and is ask­ing Sideswipe read­ers to send their old 5c pieces to her at West­lake Girls High School, 2 Wairau Rd. Auck­land 0627. And she will take them to Amer­ica with her on Septem­ber 29.

Gutt(er)ed to lose hos­pi­tal stash

“I was a stu­dent nurse at Waikato Hos­pi­tal in the mid 60s,” writes a reader. “The in­tro­duc­tion of an­tibi­otics in the 50s meant that there was only one tu­ber­cu­lo­sis ward left. It had been built when the stan­dard treat­ment for TB in­volved a lot of fresh air and this old ve­randa style ward had been en­closed with glass to make rooms. It be­came ap­par­ent that sud­denly some of the pa­tients had ac­cess to al­co­hol, but even a good search of lock­ers etc did not re­veal the stash. But dur­ing a heavy rain­storm, the gut­ters around the ward were over­flow­ing, so a re­quest was made for the main­te­nance crew to come and clear what­ever was cre­at­ing the flood. Bingo! The stash was found, very cun­ningly a row of beer bot­tles were lined up in the gut­ters! Be­cause of the style of the con­ver­sion from open ve­ran­das to en­closed rooms, any­one over 6ft tall would have eas­ily been able to place and re­trieve the bot­tles.”

Re­spon­si­ble dog owner on pee pa­trol

To the woman in the white 4WD who hurled abuse at me, in Tu­rama Rd, Royal Oak: “My dog was uri­nat­ing, not defe­cat­ing! I know she was, be­cause I was watch­ing. Fe­male dogs squat to pee. Please do not yell your ig­no­rance to this re­spon­si­ble dog owner. How very rude of you.”

Tim­ing is ev­ery­thing. Spot­ted in Ti­ti­rangi by Zoe.

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