Canterbury North Edition

Vol. 238-3  January 18, 2021

021 125 2557

Everybody's Talking

Plant lover: Joe Bagley lives in his own personalised jungle. His home is a one-bedroom coach house in Loughborough, Leicestershire, England, and it is filled to the rafters with all kinds of potted plants from cacti to ivy and from tropicals to succulents. All told, he estimates that 1,400 plants live in his abode. His love of plants started as a boy of 13 when his grandmother gave him a spider plant cutting. Since then, collecting and caring for plants has become his passion. Even his work involves plants he works in a garden centre.

Close proximity: Those who live near busy highways may not be thrilled with traffic noise, but that's nothing compared to a situation in Cairo, Egypt. Designed to carry fast-moving vehicles, Teraet Al-Zomor Bridge is under construction just 50cm from four high-rise apartment buildings. Apparently the bridge is an important addition to the infrastructure and the construction has a permit. The apartment dwellers will have to relocate as the buildings will be torn down. For now, though, the view from some of the suites is definitely blocked, but hopefully the compensation to the renters will be worth it!

Big loaves: The country of Vietnam holds many tourist attractions, but one unlikely item has people talking - giant loaves of bread. Baker Pham Thi Bac of An Giang province in the Mekong Delta, started making the big loaves in 2018, just for fun. At about one metre long and weighing approximately three kilograms, the loaves taste great and are glazed with butter and seeds. Local people heard about the bread first and started asking for it. Then tourists joined in, wanting to take home a loaf or two as souvenirs - if they could figure out a way to carry them!

House for raffle: Katherine Jablonowska and Ryan Mclean wanted to do something different, so they took on a unique project. They bought a 19th-century cottage on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales and renovated it. But their goal was not to live there. Instead, they plan to raffle it off for 5 per ticket, with the lucky winner becoming the new owner. Originally a working barn, the home is now a beautiful, peaceful abode, with all the bells and whistles of modern life. When selling tickets, the pair is requesting a 1 donation, which they will match and donate to The Children's Society.

Quotable Quotes

Dance to the tune that is played. ~ Spanish proverb

A little alarm now and then keeps life from stagnation. ~ Fanny Burney

What's Happening

Hinemoa-Kaiapoi Hockey Club 125th Anniversary. Waitangi Weekend 2021 Come and join New Zealand’s oldest hockey club in celebrating their 125th Anniversary. Register at or phone Ann Harper on 327 6048

Free 5km timed run, Pegasus 8am every Saturday,Register at

Dementia Canterbury needs YOU! We need more volunteers to help support those living with dementia in our community. Please contact or on 03 379 2590 for more information.

Citizens Advice Bureau North Canterbury looks forward to helping clients in 2020. We might not always find the answer to problems but we will give it a good try. Please contact us on 0800 367 222

Widowed men and women - from around 50-mid 70s. We offer monthly meetings with support and friendship with regular activities such as dinners, movies, walks etc. New members welcome. Ph Claire 3543976 or Carol 9814125.

Ladies social evening, meets 3rd Thursday of the month at Rangiora RSA at 7pm. Phone Liz on 0211037757 for more details.

Rangiora Community Chior We practice each Wednesday in term time at 7.20-9pm at 176 King St, Methodist Church in Rangiora. We welcome new members, no auditions required. Follow us on facebook or

Free notices for not for profits


1. What does the term ipso facto mean?

2. Mexican American performer Carlos Santana is known for playing what instrument?

3. What does a bibliophile collect or have a love for?

4. Author Agatha Christie is best known for writing what type of novels?

5. A brouhaha is a German joke or a ruckus?

Your Weekly Horoscope

ariesAries (March 21 - April 20)
Upcoming social and family gatherings may mean your schedule is full of fun activities. Your creative mind may be busy making plans. Use this time to recharge. Lucky Numbers: 2, 9, 14, 21, 34, 40.
libraLibra (Sept 24 - Oct 23)
You may need to allow yourself to temporarily break out of your usual routine. Experiment with new techniques. This might help things run more smoothly. Lucky Numbers: 3, 7, 15, 19, 23, 35.
taurusTaurus (April 21- May 21)
Feelings of tenderness and love, especially for family members, may be very strong right now. You might feel very high spirits in hosting a party at home. Cheers! Lucky Numbers: 6, 12, 17, 31, 37, 40.
scorpioScorpio (Oct 24- Nov 22)
You may feel that your life has put a great deal of mental strain on you right now. You might need something fresh and original to keep your mind interested. Lucky Numbers: 2, 8, 14, 22, 24, 32.
geminiGemini (May 22- June 21)
Take full advantage of any avenues of communication available to spread your message. This may be an excellent time for you to do some research or studying. Lucky Numbers: 5, 8, 9, 16, 22, 37.
sagittariusSagittarius (Nov23-Dec21)
You may need to pay closer attention to your priorities. You might have to focus harder in order to get a clearer picture of exactly what's happening around you. Lucky Numbers: 5, 6, 16, 25, 31, 37.
cancerCancer (June 22 - July 23)
You may need to ask pertinent questions about your status. If you don't hold back, you might be in the driver's seat. Plan a getaway and take full advantage of some time off. Lucky Numbers: 18, 20, 22, 23, 31, 40.
capricornCapricorn (Dec 22- Jan 20)
You may need to find a new perspective on your relationships and your lifestyle. Do not try to make important decisions until you feel more comfortable. Lucky Numbers: 6, 7, 14, 16, 31, 36.
leoLeo (July 24 - Aug 23)
Many may try to lead, but you might have the secret to success. You usually love a happy ending, and this story could prove to be a real winner. Enjoy the success. Lucky Numbers: 10, 12, 20, 28, 34, 38.
aquariusAquarius (Jan 21- Feb 19)
Your ability to communicate effectively may be noticed by your superiors. Enjoy the good times. Plans for family or social gatherings might keep you on your toes. Lucky Numbers: 11, 21, 29, 30, 32, 35.
virgoVirgo (Aug 24 - Sept 23)
Don't be overly eager to launch your work goals until you have established a healthy family foundation. You may need to balance your career and your personal affairs. Lucky Numbers: 17, 19, 27, 29, 37, 39.
piscesPisces (Feb 20 - March 20)
Your interactions with others may be feisty and spirited. Share your knowledge and you might inspire others to take action. Group efforts or joint projects are favoured. Lucky Numbers: 7, 13, 17, 22, 37, 40.
Lucky numbers for the week: Lucky numbers this week: This week's odds favor Leo winners with the luckiest number being 10.

Did you know

It's snowing! Accurately measuring the amount of rainfall is easier than measuring the amount of snowfall. One reason is that snow can stick to the side of the gauge, blocking falling snow from getting into the measuring container.

No arch: In people with flat feet, the whole soles of their feet touch the floor when they are standing because their feet don't have arches. In some people, this condition causes problems, such as foot pain, but others don't have any symptoms.

Zucchini facts: People think of zucchini as a vegetable, but it is actually a fruit. Zucchini have beta-carotene and alpha-carotene, and the skin may be eaten along with the flesh because it is rich in antioxidants.

Funny lady: Maya Rudolph is an alumnus of the famous American skit comedy show, Saturday Night Live. She performed on the show from 2000 to 2007 and became known for her impersonations.

Old tree: A living natural wonder of the world grows in the Abarkuh in Yazd Provice, Iran. This Mediterranean cypress tree, known as Sarv-e Abarkuh, is thought to be between 4,000 and 5,000 years old.

On the lighter side

How are a green apple and a red apple alike? They're both red, except for the green one.

Why are movie stars so cool? They have a lot of fans.

She: I have a doctor's appointment today, but I really don't want to go. He: Just call in sick then.

How do you get down from an elephant? You don't. You get down from a goose.

What disappears the second you start talking about it? Silence.


1. By the fact itself 2. Guitar 3. Books 4. Mystery 5. A ruckus