Smokies: Take a closer look

Monday May 26, 2014 Published in Smoke Signals
A Smoke Signaller points out that citrus fruit from New Zealand is not the same as that from Australia. A Smoke Signaller points out that citrus fruit from New Zealand is not the same as that from Australia. PHOTO wikipedia.org

The food outlet selling “NZ Mandarins” on special this week should have had a closer look at the labels on the fruit.

There’s a big difference

The food outlet selling “NZ Mandarins” on special this week should have had a closer look at the labels on the fruit – there’s a big difference between New Zealand citrus, and that from Australia – so much so that one Smokie would not have bought them had he known. He’ll certainly be taking his glasses along next time and checking out the labels.

Texting on the move

An observer hopes the man he saw texting or punching in a number while riding his motorbike along the Arorangi straight made it home safely – and without creating problems for someone else further down the road. It’s bad enough to be answering calls on the move, but his eyes definitely weren’t on the road.

Lots of noise but not a lot of applause

One Arorangi resident said it was interesting to hear the impassioned CIP speeches being delivered with some volume from the Aroa Nui hall on Saturday night – he likened it to the outpourings from the mosque loudspeakers he heard every Friday in Dubai – but there didn’t seem to be lots of applause. The only unamplified sound he heard coming from the hall was the closing prayer…

Keep it clean!

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