This sure is a strange photograph to share with you because it is above a toilet in Luke’s Kitchen, Kuaotunu which is in the Coromandel, New Zealand. This restaurant does mighty good pizza so do pay it a visit sometime (and maybe the toilet too)!
As first glance, it’s just distressed paintwork, but look a little closer and you can see that someone seems to have attempted to create a rubbing of the map of New Zealand! Or am I just seeing things that aren’t there? You decide…
And don’t forget to wash your hands! 🙂
I was recently involved in some biocontrol work here in New Zealand, this involves the use of imported biological agents such as insects or fungus to control invasive weed species. These include things such as Gorse or Tradescantia. You might think mankind would’ve stopped importing foreign species given the disasters with mammalian pests but it seems that a more rigorous approach with targeted agents (which naturally control those plants in their native environment) is still utilised today…fingers crossed it doesn’t go wrong…
Anyway, on visiting a Tradescantia infestation (where a type of fungus was being tested) I was blown away by how beautiful it is…a carpet of green leaves weaving its way across the ground…it’s just a shame Tradescantia chokes the growth of anything else much on the forest floor. And, as with so many introduced species in NZ, it really isn’t wanted here.
Seems a strange photo to post, I know, but a new tunnel has been open in Auckland for a while now which finally gives access to the airport from the north without having to drive through residential areas of the city. Hooray!
About time I say! A modern city needs modern infrastructure, and Auckland is constantly playing catch-up with a fast-growing population.
New Zealand is a small country which basically has nothing much to report generally.
This was really captured a while back by an article I saw in the Dominion Post (a Wellington newspaper) giving a round-up of Auckland news…that’s right, the headline from Auckland was that a man was hurt by a glass bottle in a fight.
I suppose I should be grateful that this kind of thing is still newsworthy in NZ and that more serious things don’t occur too often but I do wonder why on earth they bother printing newspapers if this is all they can manage to find…why can’t we save a few trees?
I find it interesting how the very items used to tell you a floor might be wet is a trip hazard in its own right, and they’re so commonplace that you almost don’t notice them…but not the case in an NZ department store recently…check out this humourous banana sign…but not as humourous as the fact it is actually stood on a carpet! Where exactly is the wet floor?
I know, in relation to other posts of mine, that this is a plastic object yet again (!!) but I guess at least it has a use in helping provide safety and is creative for a change…
It’s sometimes amazing what you find out about almost by accident and you wonder why it wasn’t thought about before. I found out that it was possible to remove the need for toothpaste tubes (I’ve a feeling these can’t be recycled) and mouthwash bottles by buying in tablet form! What a great idea…although I dare say it may be an old one.
When you think about it, it must be more sanitary to have a tablet as you aren’t pressing your brush onto the tube each time you use it, you chew the tablet and then brush. With the mouthwash, you chew and then add water. You can easily take on a plane, you can carry a set number with you when travelling.
Is there a drawback? Why on Earth would Lush sell these in plastic bottles? At least they can be recycled (they are made from recycled plastic as it happens) and are smaller than a mouthwash bottle would be but surely a small box would work? They aren’t cheap but just maybe these can be a glimpse into a more sustainable future…
I recently threw out an old sign for a 4 or 6 which you unfurled to wave when watching cricket, if the batsman hit the ball far enough for such a score. This sign was given away freely to everyone who went to the match with the ANZ Bank sponsor logo on it and, as with most things like this, was primarily aimed at children.
As I disposed of the item I noticed the following…there were two plastic handles (which you pulled apart to unfurl sign), there were two plastic straws (around which the sign would roll up), the sign itself was plastic film of some kind. All of these were probably intended to be one use only and then thrown away.
WHAT A WASTE!
Have you ever thought how many things are manufactured in the name of “fun” with the intention that they be wasted? Look at fireworks as a great example…blowing stuff up for fun! It’s absurd.
It’s really interesting to try asking yourself these kinds of questions when you buy things or are offered things because only by saying “no thanks” can we maybe start to change the way humankind thinks.