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NEWS OF THE DAY

"Coom In, Pussy!" The sensational news about the atomic bomb gave special point to one of Gracie Fields' stories told at a concert in Wellington. A deaf old lady was sitting in her home in a London suburb when a 20001b bomb demolished a block of buildings over the road. She rose from her chair, went towards the door and said: "Coom in, pussy." Woman On Mayor's Lap Amusement was caused in a bus travelling from Devonport to Milford last evening, when a sudden lurch as the bus moved off threw a woman, about to sit opposite him, into the 1 -r> of the Mavor of Takapuna, Mr. J. Guiniven, as the woman rose to make another effort to reach her seat the motion of the bus turning the first corner threw her again into the Mayor's lap. Her third attempt to reach her seat was successful. Boilermakers' Long Hours The statement that for a period of 13 weeks for which he had taken out a return boilmakers had worked an average of 77 hours a week was made by Mr. B. Brigham, manager of the Senior Foundry, when giving evidence before the Industrial Manpower Committee yesterday. During that period, he said 13 Saturday and eight Sundays had been worked. The firm experienced difficulty in getting tradesmen, and as a result it was necessary to work night and day to get ships turned round as quickly as possible. Cargo Handling Plant Experience to date indicated that when one additional 2i-ton and two 5-ton mobile cranes on order were delivered there would be no immediate need to further augment this equipment except in regard to some of the higher capacity trailers which were being designed and built in the board's workshops, stated Mr. D; Holderness, superintendent and engineer to the Auckland Harbour Board, at yesterday's meeting of the board. The proportion of two mobile cranes to one fork hoist had met, and would meet, average requirements for some time, he said. It has not been an uncommon experience for firms to ask for a fork hoist only to find that the work could be better and more cheaply done by a crane. On his recommendation it was decided to take no action in regard to the suggested purchase of more hoists.

Beer A Penny A Bottle The opinion that beer as it was brewed to-day was worth a penny a bottle, as against the 2/ a bottle charged for it over the counter, was expressed by Mr. H. Jefferies, of Invercargill, in evidence at the sitting pf the Royal Commission on Licensing. When questioned by the chairman (Mr. Justice Smith") about his claim, Mr. Jefferies said that he had manufactured 13 per cent "home brew" at lid a bottle. New Life Saving Method Artifical respiration by means of the "Eve Rocker," a recent English invention, was demonstrated before a large gathering at Buckland's Beach. After an address by Dr. W. V. T. McGusty, C.M.G., 0.8. E., a demonstration of the latest method of life-saving was given by the local branch of the St. John's Ambulance Nursing Division. The equipment demonstration was constructed by Mr. A. Morrow for the use of the district. It is believed that Bucklands Beach is the first place in the Dominion to be equipped with the rocker. Harbour Receipts Down A report that cash receipts for July showed a decrease of £2733, compared with the corresponding- month last year, making a total decrease for 10 months of £117,948, was presented to the Auckland Harbour Board meeting yesterday afternoon. The decrease was stated to be partly due to block payments in the 1944 period of accumulated debits, and was also offset in some degree by corresponding reduction in working expenses. Decreases in receipts for the 10 months were shown under all headings with the exception of rents, vehicular tolls and miscellaneous. Homework For Parents The parents of Standard IV. children at an Auckland suburban school must have been sorely tried last night. Their offspring arrived home with a leaflet on Arbor Day and with instructions to copy out and give the meanings of all words they did not know. The task would have been difficult enough for advanced secondary school pupils, and was made more so by the inclusion of technical terms i such as photosynthetic which, of course, were missing from the school dictionary. One parent whose profession involves a wide use of words found the going heavy and pondered on the practical value of such homework which, in the long run, was done, or in most cases, attempted, by the parent.

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NEWS OF THE DAY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945

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NEWS OF THE DAY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945

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