February 2010

scroggin

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scroggin is a great word

the bollard gang

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time to move out of the way.  this could get nasty

red lolly green lolly

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Comments are still broken, so here’s a manual update:

Carolyn says “Shame the green one wasn’t yellow”

Dave Funkypancake says “good point.  i shall make it my business to find one”

don’t forget your suitcase

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there’s something excellent about how new zealanders do their signs.  they add much more detail than you’d get in a typical british slapshod sign.

take this chap for example.- he’s got trousers, separate feet and hand a rather broken arm with a suitcase hanging from it.

the extra detail don’t always make for a better picture, but they are great to look at

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wild chickens

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we live a bit out of town from the main part of Auckland – we’re not rural by any means, but we’re close to it.  you can get all the way from my office to our home without leaving any urban streets containing houses for example. 

but within a few short minutes drive you can be out in the sticks (or the ‘wops’ as they refer to it).  and one of the great thing about that is you see a lot of wild chickens wandering about.

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this was a particularly large one in an ice cream shop carpark.

beach blender

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not quite the same level of human remains as on the streets of london, but new zealand has its own junk to share

recycling

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i liked the hidden pressure of the ‘can’t be bothered’ sign

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hokey pokey

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great serving suggestion.  pile your ice cream on top of a load of baked beans

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it’s a real kiwi favourite

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apparently

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beware of sudden noises

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sorry if you are inconvenienced by our sudden noises.

the text in black would made an excellent slogan on a kid’s t-shirt

strange beach tumbleweed thing

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these things often turn up on our local beach.  no idea what they are, but when the wind catches them they cartfwheel along the beach like giant running spiders. great design

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ycles only

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nice how they stopped the double yellas to fit the words.  i think i took this photo along with the one below during our last full day in the UK when we went out for a walk with our fanatic friends tony and tanya.

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great friends.  great days.  great road markings.  great country.

UPDATE:  My great friend Andy from back in the UK wanted to leave a comment, but they are broken so he sent it by text message instead ! 

He wanted to say “bin and gone” which is inspired and much better than my title !  Thanks Andy