Manukau Edition

Vol. 238-4  January 25, 2021

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Everybody's Talking

Unusual art: Artist Reijo Kela of Finland must have been a bit bored when he decided to make some friends literally. He came up with an art installation consisting of over 1,000 people made of wooden frames and dressed in colourful clothing. All the figures, which have heads of peat and hair of straw, face the same direction. Called The Silent People, the installation is situated in a field near a highway in the Finnish municipality of Suomussalmi. Drivers who are accustomed to the sight may not look twice, but those who don't know about it experience quite a shock when they first view the army of scarecrows.

Unshorn sheep: A sheep named Prickles has become a celebrity in Tasmania (Australia). The ovine got separated from Alice Gray's family farm in 2013 during intense bush fires. A lamb at the time, the family worried that she wouldn't survive in the wilderness. However, they were buoyed by a few sightings of her over the years, and finally they managed to catch her, put her in a truck, and get her back to the farm. Prickles had not had her wool shorn for so long that she looked like a big ball of fluff. The family sponsored a contest for people to guess how much the wool weighed, and they donated the proceeds to a COVID-19 relief fund.

Pancake perfection: The small city of Ames in Iowa USA is home to The Grove Caf. This little restaurant, which was founded back in 1948, serves such good food that it has been voted one of the 20 best breakfast restaurants in the country. Pancakes are the menu item that gets diners' attention. They are enormous and barely fit on a plate. At an inch thick (25.4mm) and with perfect fluffiness, these pancakes can be ordered as a short stack of two for diners who are really hungry. Toppings include butter, blueberry and raspberry jam, and whipped cream.

Picturesque burglary: If you are going to rob someone, try not to take a picture of yourself on the victim's phone. That's what Ashley Keast did after breaking into a home with the intent of stealing. Keast, of Rotherham in South Yorks (England), stole a SIM card and put it into a different phone before posting a selfie. He didn't realise that the photo was seen by the victim's co-workers, who called the cops. It didn't take long to find the thief, who was caught with the victim's 4,000 Rolex watch. Keast ended up in jail for his bad deed.

Quotable Quotes

Anticipation was the soul of enjoyment. ~ Elizabeth Gaskell

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. ~ William Shakespeare


1. Glaucoma is a medical condition that affects the ears or the eyes?

2. A taradiddle is a petty falsehood or a type of riddle?

3. What actress played the role of Elaine in the Seinfeld sitcoms?

4. George de Mestral invented Velcro, a combination of what?

5. What is a worthless medicinal product often called?

Your Weekly Horoscope

ariesAries (March 21 - April 20)
Your energy level may be high. Your ability to concentrate in your field of expertise might bring you much success, and the world of imagination could seem very attractive. Lucky Numbers: 1, 6, 7, 24, 36, 40.
libraLibra (Sept 24 - Oct 23)
You may be more conscious of the price you might need to pay to realise your ultimate dreams. Don't be discouraged from turning your ideas into reality. You can do it. Lucky Numbers: 4, 9, 14, 16, 29, 32.
taurusTaurus (April 21- May 21)
This may be a busy time for you, with many family celebrations to attend. You might enjoy being with friends and family, sharing pleasures and fun together. Enjoy! Lucky Numbers: 1, 2, 10, 13, 16, 31.
scorpioScorpio (Oct 24- Nov 22)
You may attend an artistic event that exposes you to new styles that differ from your own. These new contacts may provide you with some exciting ideas. Lucky Numbers: 5, 8, 19, 25, 37, 40.
geminiGemini (May 22- June 21)
If you are a writer, this may be a magical time for inspiration of a very high order. Your natural sense of spiritual purpose and direction might be greatly enhanced. Lucky Numbers: 17, 20, 23, 26, 29, 32.
sagittariusSagittarius (Nov23-Dec21)
Now may be a good time to have someone special to share good times. You might need to try to create a more equal sharing of love and nurturing in your relationship. Lucky Numbers: 9, 16, 25, 26, 35, 36.
cancerCancer (June 22 - July 23)
Your imagination and intuition may be heightened, which could benefit any creative or artistic endeavor. Your thoughts might tend to be very dreamy or fantastic. Lucky Numbers: 2, 10, 15, 17, 19, 36.
capricornCapricorn (Dec 22- Jan 20)
Communications may come from unexpected places. You might crave more stimulation. Your strong sense of adventure could greatly influence your imagination. Lucky Numbers: 3, 13, 16, 22, 25, 37.
leoLeo (July 24 - Aug 23)
Be aware of your own energy level and be sure to save some energy for the near future. Time may mend wounds, but your emotional scars may need more healing. Lucky Numbers: 4, 5, 8, 13, 26, 38.
aquariusAquarius (Jan 21- Feb 19)
This may be a productive time to learn more about love and about what your true values may be. Remain calm and look more objectively at your relationships. Lucky Numbers: 1, 4, 11, 17, 30, 34.
virgoVirgo (Aug 24 - Sept 23)
You may choose to begin some sort of self-improvement effort. Once your life is put into a better perspective, you might feel more confident that your goals are attainable. Lucky Numbers: 7, 13, 17, 23, 27, 37.
piscesPisces (Feb 20 - March 20)
A conflict of interest may arise due to a lack of respect others might be showing you. Your leadership qualities might help them appreciate your professional approach. Lucky Numbers: 10, 11, 19, 30, 31, 39.
Lucky numbers for the week: Lucky numbers this week: This week's odds favour Cancer winners with the luckiest number being 2.

Did you know

Rare bird: The blue-throated macaw is a brightly coloured bird that lives in northern Bolivia. It grows to be 60-90cm from head to tail, and some live to be 50 years old. They are on the endangered list.

Buggy place: The city of Montral in Qubec (Canada), has a very unusual museum called the Insectarium of Montral. This museum displays thousands of insect specimens for those who are fascinated by such creatures.

Savoury breakfast: A favourite breakfast sold by street vendors in China is jianbing. This made-to-order, crpe-like food is filled with green onion, cilantro, and vegetables, and topped with hoisin sauce and spices.

I love you: In Paris, an art installation called Mur des Je T'Aime (I Love You The Wall) was built from lava tiles by Frdric Baron and Claire Kito. On the tiles, the artists have written I Love You in 311 ways, using about 250 languages.

Born singer: Sia is a pop singer from Adelaide, Australia. After limited early success in Australia, she moved to England, where she pursued a solo career. One of her early albums, Healing is Difficult, was released in 2001. She now lives in the United States.

On the lighter side

Falling in love is awfully simple. Falling out of love is simply awful.

What stays in the corner all the time but travels around the world? A stamp.

Why didn't the dinosaur cross the road? Because there weren't even any roads during the Jurassic Period!

What do lawyers wear to court? Lawsuits.

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


1. Eyes 2. Petty falsehood 3. Julia Louis-Dreyfus 4. Velvet and crochet 5. Snake oil