NEWS OF THE DAY
"In a Sydney department store I note imported canned rabbit offered to di'senminating customers as 'Produce of New Zealand' at 4/74- per 2lb tin, .'bone in,'" wrote a reader to the "Sydney Morning Herald recently. "What satire on economy of shipping space! One may well ask what is the Division of Import Procurement doing to permit such nonessential goods being freighted all the'way from Christchurch?" Humorous Slip When an appellant before the No. 2 Revison Authority at Palmerston North was being questioned regard-, ing his sincerity in saying he believed all men, whether white or yellow, to be equal, he was asked what his attitude would be if his fiancee were to turn him down and marry a Japanese. He replied that the choice rested with her and if she chose that way it did not greatly matter whether she was married to an "Occidental or an accidental." Even the Authority laughed at this inadvertent slip. No Sunday Joint At least one family in Timaru had to make do without the Sunday joint recently, and probably they are still wondering what happened to it. Instructions to residents assisting in the book collection on Saturday afternoon were to leave their parcels of books on the letter box; collectors whisked the parcels into the cars and*they were not opened until being counted at the Post Office which Was the receiving depot. One parcel contained not books' or magazines but some one's week-end meat supply. A "Strange" Fish A Fijian fisherman recently took to [ . the Suva market two boat-loads of fish which he had caught in the '■ ordinary Fijian fish fence .off the i town of Waiqanaki, near the island : of Namuka, states the Star Fiji cOr- : respondent. There were easily 5000 in the catch. This was not extraordinary, but what was remarkable was that all the Fijians at the market declared that they had never seen such fish in Fiji waters before, and they refused to purchase, although there was no other fish for sale. The fish were later identified as pilchards. Even then the natives would only purchase the catch after i the price had been cut in half.
Twin Drives An unusual incident occurred on the Manaia golf links during the playing of a match'between Manaia and Opunake. Off the Monkey Puzzle tee an Opunake playef and a Manaia , player both drove good balls over , the hill. On going up to play their , second shots the players found the balls touching each other. Had it not been for the local placing rule one player would have found it awkward to get his second shot away. Balloon Leaflet Raids An item in a recent rubber exhibition in London provided the answer to a mystery which long puzzled the Germans. On nights when no Allied aircraft had been over Germany the inhabitants of many German towns found leaflets scattered on the ground. These were "delivered" by balloons fitted with fuses burning at the rate of one inch in six minutes The fuse could be adjusted to last up to eight hours and to drop leaflets at intervals. Winter Home For Bell-Birds The songs of tuis and bell-birds have~been heard more frequently in Bledisloe Park and the adjoining grounds of Massey Agricultural College, Palmerston North, this winter. The number of birds taking up their quarters there are steadily increasing each year, due to the planting in the college grounds of more and more nectar-bearing trees and shrubs, mostly Australian varieties whicn flower in winter. Radium In New Zealand A cablegram recently announced the gift by Mr. Arthur Sims, a wealthy New Zealand-born business man living in Sussex, of a large sum to endow a Cambridge scholarship. The message stated that Mr. Sims years ago presented New. Zealand with its first supply of radium. Regarding this latter statement, Mr. W. Stuart Wilson (Wellington) < states: "Nearly 30 years ago we had a hard struggle to raise £1600 for a supply of radium for the Dunedin ' Hospital, for which I acted as honor- I ary secretary. A few years later I 1 initiated a movement in Wellington, ', with Mr. R. A. Wright, the Mayor, i as chairman, when We raised £10,000 (£2OOO for radium and £8000 for a ' i deep-ray therapy outfit). No-mention : at that time was made that any institution in this country possessed a supply of radium. Therefore I feel convinced that our efforts were I before those of the patriotic-minded sympathiser in England."
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NEWS OF THE DAY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 184, 6 August 1945
NEWS OF THE DAY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 184, 6 August 1945
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