Thanks a bundle
Some of the small team at Unreported thought last Saturday presented a perfect opportunity to drive out to Wai Iti cafe at Wai Iti beach for lunch. We can forgive the overpowering incense sticks, the lack of hand-towels in the toilet, the almost-absent wait staff, the unexplained hour-long wait for food, the uncooked chips, the dry panini and the lack of any apology for the painful experience . . . But there is one thing we cannot forgive: because of all these things, we missed the rugby back in New Plymouth. Good one.
Best dressed councillor
And while we are on the subject of good ones we may as well turn to New Plymouth District councillor John "Horse" McLeod and designer shirts. Seems a recent trip up to Auckland to watch his son Hunter strut the catwalk in Fashion Week wasn't all about showing his support. From the number of shirts he's breaking out at council meetings lately it's obvious he spent as much time at the city's fashion boutiques as anywhere else. Should he keep up the apparel variety he may soon find himself vying for "best dressed" with first-time councillor Pauline Lockett, who, some say, is yet to be seen wearing the same outfit twice. You go, girl.
Don't sniff at marriage
And while we are on the subject of girls and stuff they like, we may as well get into a bit of social observation we have made about marriage. While everyone with an axe to grind is getting their 15 minutes by coming out against gay marriage, the country's first dog marriage went by without so much as a sniff in New Plymouth on Saturday. Surely the binding in matrimony of two non-consenting and oblivious animals is something to get more worked up about than two intelligent humans wanting to get hitched. But then I suppose that's just us and our outdated philosophy about treating people as you would expect yourself to be treated. Call us dunderheads if you want.
Flying the wrong flag
Being at Eden Park does strange things to some people. While it appeared aliens invaded the bodies of our best rugby players to orchestrate the loss against Auckland, it wasn't as bad as seeing a former staunch Taranaki Supporters' Club member waving a blue-and-white flag. The mixed- up supporter is the son of an award-winning New Plymouth builder and said he could not resist taking the free flag at the gate.
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