Franklin Edition

Vol. 236-5  November 30, 2020

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Everybody's Talking

Spider-Man hero: An Indonesian man discovered that a Spider-Man costume can attract a lot of positive attention. Rudi Hartono, of Parepare in South Sulawesi, was concerned about all the litter in the streets, so he took it upon himself to go on clean-up missions. However, no one else followed his example until he dressed as Spider-Man. He had purchased the costume to amuse his nephew, but decided to wear it while picking up garbage. People took notice and started joining him in his endeavour. Since then he has become a bit of a superhero in his community.

Ball catcher: Many dogs like to play catch, but one Labrador retriever, named Finley, can't get enough of it. Finley lives in Canandaigua, New York USA, with his human family, the Molloys. He has fine-tuned his catching skills to the point that he can fit six tennis balls in his mouth without help from his human playmates. When he was two years old, he could pick up four balls; eventually he graduated to five, and then to six. Finley looks a bit odd with all those balls in his mouth, but his family is convinced he is proud of his unusual talent.

Birds of a feather: An artist from Bogot in Colombia wanted to learn about nature, so she started by observing and studying various species of birds. This led Diana Beltran Herrera to the art of making beautiful and precise life-size sculptures of birds from basic materials such as paper and wire. She creates a form for the bird and then cuts and glues paper feathers to the form. She paints each creation so that it looks real. Her work includes pelicans, roosters, parrots, sparrows and many more. Over time, Herrera has managed to create sculptures representing over 100 bird species.

Key conundrum: It's not unusual for people to lose their car keys. They might leave them in a restaurant or accidently drop them on the ground. But not many people lose their keys the way Jovino Huerta lost his. Huerta is a political candidate in Hunuco, Peru. While campaigning, he decided to hand out key chains with the phrase, Vamos Peru! Unfortunately, in the excitement of meeting people and shaking their hands, Huerta gave his own keys to someone by mistake. He explained his plight on social media, hoping that they would be returned. No word on that yet.

Quotable Quotes

A faithful friend is a strong defence; And he that hath found him hath found a treasure. ~ Louisa May Alcott

Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow. ~ Aesop

What's Happening

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Pukekohe Community Patrol: Become a Volunteer Patroller. Work alongside NZ Police to help build a safer community. Full training given and all we ask is a minimum of 4 hours per month. Phone Tina 021 158 9812.

Woodturning and Wood Craft Christmas Sale: There will be some fantastic items for sale at the Franklin Woodturners Club, 23a Collingwood Road, Waiuku, from Saturday 28 November to Tuesday 24 December 10am to 7pm.

Free notices for not for profits


1. What type of acid is in a lemon?

2. Which whales are called canaries of the sea?

3. The art of tie-dying became a fashion statement in the 1930s, 1950s, or 1960s?

4. What are Op-Eds that appear primarily in publications?

5. In what major city will you find The Louvre?

Your Weekly Horoscope

ariesAries (March 21 - April 20)
You may be powerfully and emotionally attracted to someone you encounter in a social setting. Your current relationships could intensify. Expect some fireworks! Lucky Numbers: 1, 7, 23, 26, 33, 36.
libraLibra (Sept 24 - Oct 23)
Being realistic in your close relationships is essential. Certain people may not really be worth the effort. Face the truth and make the changes that are required. Lucky Numbers: 11, 22, 29, 31, 38, 40.
taurusTaurus (April 21- May 21)
You may be happiest and in the best humour when doing something very creative. You might require help and cooperation from others to meet your current goals. Lucky Numbers: 4, 16, 21, 27, 32, 39.
scorpioScorpio (Oct 24- Nov 22)
Try not to overextend yourself as you attempt to advance your personal causes. Don't allow negative comments from others to take away your enthusiasm. Lucky Numbers: 5, 8, 9, 19, 21, 27.
geminiGemini (May 22- June 21)
Major changes might be successfully begun now. Getting what you really want and moving toward achieving your goals may be very important to you. Lucky Numbers: 7, 13, 17, 24, 28, 33.
sagittariusSagittarius (Nov23-Dec21)
You may be very serious and not very likely to compromise. This intensity might help you push through obstacles and deepen your understanding of others. Lucky Numbers: 1, 6, 10, 22, 28, 30.
cancerCancer (June 22 - July 23)
You may have an incredible amount of energy and have enthusiasm to spare. You might launch a new enterprise using your creative visualisation for innovative projects. Lucky Numbers: 3, 6, 18, 24, 30, 36.
capricornCapricorn (Dec 22- Jan 20)
Your mind may function much better for learning than for teaching. Share your enthusiasm, but avoid lecturing others, especially about emotional subjects. Lucky Numbers: 12, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25.
leoLeo (July 24 - Aug 23)
Physical thrills and excitement may strongly appeal to you. You might want to do something totally out of the ordinary. This could yield mostly positive surprises. Lucky Numbers: 11, 15, 19, 31, 35, 39.
aquariusAquarius (Jan 21- Feb 19)
Your patience and ability to work hard could be prominent. Your concentration may be excellent, and you might be able to focus on accomplishing your ultimate goals. Lucky Numbers: 6, 10, 11, 17, 19, 36.
virgoVirgo (Aug 24 - Sept 23)
You may need to have a heart- to-heart talk with a friend or advisor on matters of personal relationships. You could gain a better appreciation and rapport as a result. Lucky Numbers: 1, 6, 8, 10, 20, 24.
piscesPisces (Feb 20 - March 20)
Others should not lightly dismiss you. You may likely work with great intensity. Stay on course and you could work your way through any obstacles thrown your way. Lucky Numbers: 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 24.
Lucky numbers for the week: Lucky numbers this week: This week's odds favour Virgo winners with the luckiest number being 6.

Did you know

Preventing sunburn: The rhinoceros is the second largest land animal, next to the elephant. Living in Africa and Asia, these beasts can get sunburn on their thick skin. That's why they like rolling in the mud.

Cuts and scrapes: People often call adhesive bandages Band-Aids. That term is actually a brand name for the first adhesive wound covering, which was invented in 1920 by Earle Dickson of Johnson and Johnson Company.

The Force displayed: Steve Sansweet is known for his collection of Star Wars memorabilia. He has amassed thousands of items, which are on display at the Rancho Obi-Wan museum in Petaluma, California USA.

Animal cross: A beefalo is a cross between a cow and a buffalo (also known as bison). Specifically, a beefalo is 37.5% bison. The meat of this animal is touted to have less cholesterol and fat than conventional beef.

Strong winds: A cyclone is a strong, spiraling storm that can be destructive. Winds rotate around a midpoint of low pressure. North of the Equator, they spiral counterclockwise, and they spiral clockwise if south of the Equator.

On the lighter side

Guest: When I made this reservation, I specifically requested a room facing the ocean. Desk clerk: Well, you didn't specify which ocean.

There are only three kinds of humans: those that count, and those that can't.

Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused.

Consultant: someone who gets $100 an hour to tell you the same thing your assistant told you last week.

I have a baby car. It goes everywhere with a rattle.


1. Citric 2. Beluga whales 3. 1960s 4. Opinion pieces 5. Paris, France