Stuff's top 10 stories: week ending August 5

21:49, Aug 05 2012
tanker crash
Traffic backed up in the southbound lane of State Highway 2.
tanker crash
Commuters were left stranded at Petone rail station.
Sh2 traffic
Cyclists join the traffic jam on State Highway 2.
Sh2 traffic
The first train arrives at Waterloo.
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A commuter takes a photo of traffic backed up on SH2.
East by West ferry
Queues at the East by West ferry.
The tanker involved in a crash on SH2 this morning.
SH2 traffic
Traffic backed up on SH2, eastbound, near the Dowse on-ramp.
The car that hit a power pole in the northbound lane of SH2.
The car that hit a power pole in the northbound lane of SH2.
The tanker, southbound on SH2.
The tanker, southbound on SH2.

1. Try this for thighs: Kiwi's photo shows muscle

New Zealand cyclist Greg Henderson has revealed the terrible truth about his sport - it can give you enormous thighs.

2. Crashes disrupt Wellington road, rail, ferries

Two crashes on State Highway 2 cut the Hutt Valley off from Wellington last week.

3. Olympic 'snow angel' outed by parents

Nick MacAvoy woke up to discover that his scantily-clad, snow angel antics on a London rooftop during the Olympics has made headline news on the other side of the world.

4. Kiwi double scullers claim Olympic gold medal

With their trademark withering finishing burst the magnificent double scull of Invercargill's Nathan Cohen and Picton's Joseph Sullivan claimed New Zealand's first gold medal of the Olympic Games.

5. 'I don't like Pippa's face'

Karl Lagerfeld says he doesn't like Pippa Middleton's face. We shouldn't be surprised - this, after all, from the man who called serial sex scandaliser Dominique Strauss-Kahn "charming".

6. New Zealand races up alternative medal tables

New Zealand's gold medal rowers have pushed the country to the top of the population-based Olympic medal ranking table, and Australia's not too happy about it.

7. Get the flu jab, pleads widower

After watching his fit and healthy wife die within days of getting a tickle in her throat, Mark McIlroy is urging people to get vaccinated against the flu.

8. Radio building taken down in seconds

A short series of ear-shattering explosions was all it took to demolish Radio Network House in Christchurch.

9. NZ three-day eventers win bronze

Veterans Andrew Nicholson and Mark Todd are bitterly disappointed they fell short of an individual medal but believe the future of New Zealand three-day eventing is bright after the Kiwis claimed Olympic team bronze at Greenwich Park.

10. Two New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Prime Minister John Key says the deaths of two NZ soldiers in Afghanistan will not change plans to withdraw the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) late next year. 


Pippa Middleton
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Pippa Middleton has come in for scrutiny by fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld.
Greg Henderson
THE THIGHS ARE THE LIMIT: Mountain biker Robert Forstemann owns the giant thighs on the right, while the less extreme legs are those of Andre Greipel.