Washington Post poetry competition

  These are entries to a Washington Post competition asking for a two-line rhyme with the most romantic first line, and the least romantic in the  second line:   1. My darling, my lover, my beautiful wife: Marrying you has screwed up my life. 2. I see your face when I am dreaming. That’s why I wake up screaming. 3. Kind, intelligent, …

Shoota BallingerWashington Post poetry competition

Adorable Wife

  After being married for 48 years, a wife asked her husband to describe her. He looked at her for a while, then said, “you’re an alphabet wife… A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K.” She asks, “what the hell does that mean?” He said, “Adorable, Beautiful, Cute, Delightful, Elegant, Fabulous, Gorgeous, and Hot”. She smiled happily and …

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The Last Post

  We have all heard the haunting song, ‘The Last Post.’ It’s the song that gives us the lump in our throats and usually tears in our eyes. But, do you know the story behind the song? If not, I think you will be interested to find out about its humble beginnings Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the …

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Lead in your Pencil

  How important is that lead in your pencil.

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Grant’s Corner-to-Corner kicks off

Tonight was the first night for the Grant’s Corner-to-Corner competition for club members. Sixteen keen members were there ready to go at 5 pm. Alice arrived very soon after and Shoota (of course) and Debbie hurried in. Well, not too late. The big race at Addington was temporarily forgotten. Terror to Love would have to take his chances without our …

Ken HaywardGrant’s Corner-to-Corner kicks off

Youth Bowls

Our club has had considerable success in promoting Youth Bowls within the local community dating back to small beginnings in the late 1980’s. With the establishment of the Youth Bowls Academy in 1999 more regular links with the two local colleges were established. Enthusiastic Physical Education staff, especially Sheona Hogg and Brian Paquin from Horowhenua College and Jim Buchanan from …

Ken HaywardYouth Bowls


  SPCA Quiz Results 9 Hazel Jimmy 8 Glenda Kevin 7 Dianna Larry 7 Alice Rex 7 June Ron 7 Creaven Jeanette 7 Peter Jenny 7 Jim Pam 6 Noeline Michael 6 Omeka Lana 6 Susan Ian 6 Trevor Brenda 5 Ralda Shoota 5 Jo Dawn 5 Arne Hildi 5 Les Mary 5 Lorraine Mike 5 Neville Bella 5 Keith …

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Some Thoughts

  A sign in a Chinese Pet Store: “Buy one dog, get one flea.” Money can’t buy happiness but it sure makes misery easier to live with. If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the “terminal”? I am a nobody; nobody is perfect, and therefore I am perfect. Every day I beat my own previous record …

Shoota BallingerSome Thoughts