This photo is one I took some years ago while on holiday in Virginia, USA and shows adverts for a lot of different churches on a main road (amongst other things).
I find it interesting because surely not all Churches can be right…surely not all belief systems can be right…that is not to say that they are all wrong of course but if all of these believe in the same God then you really have to ask fundamental questions about the rationale behind them (and religion in general) and the people who ultimately decided on those systems.
It is a mad world we live in.
It is pretty interesting what sort of things get imported into New Zealand. Sure, there are the usual worldwide brands you’d expect like Colgate toothpaste or Gillette razors, but there are also things that I find quite surprising…
A lot of left hand drive used cars are imported from countries like the UK and Japan. Some of the Japanese cars are not vehicles I have ever seen before and are just plain peculiar…such as the Nissan Cube which looks like it could have been designed using Lego…or the Nissan Tiida which is just plain ugly. Then you have the Toyota FunCargo…a tall-but-small car which looks neither fun nor able to carry much cargo.
When it comes to food, you get an interesting blend of Asian and European imports but whoever identified that there must be a demand for British pickled onion flavour Monster Munch I do not know…especially at a premium price! I like them…but not that much.
All said, it is nice to see familiar things, but it is also nice to try new things…because life would be pretty boring if you just did the same stuff over and over and over again.
It is around a year since I chose to leave my job with the intention of doing voluntary work. On a weekly basis I help care for sick and injured birds and have had the joy of dealing with all manner of species since then, from the very small to the very large, from garden birds to seabirds, from the very common to the very rare.
Many of the species are native birds which are part of a conservation fight against extinction, but non-natives are equally valued which is something I value too.
Anyway, I just wanted to share with you the joy of meeting an orphaned Little Blue Penguin who has been doing well and will be released back to the wild when the season is right. Occasionally I have to take a step back and pinch myself because how many people in this world have even seen a penguin outside a zoo…never mind picked one up, fed it and interacted with it? Amazing experiences!
Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams, even if it is on a part-time basis! Life is short!
Occasionally you come across something in any nation which is impossible to explain as an outsider.
One such example is something I have seen several times now at events in New Zealand – mainly sporting occasions.
When supporters start a Mexican wave, for some reason it seems to be socially acceptable for people to throw rubbish including plastic bottles and other items – both on to a pitch and looping onto other people. I am at a loss to explain this because the Kiwis as a rule are very polite.
There will always be a minority who of course do bizarre acts but this seems quite widespread and I have seen parents either encourage or ignore their children in doing it. Throwing rubbish is not fun, not clever and could potentially hurt someone.
So I ask you this…Why on earth would people do something this moronic?