Friday, 25 May 2007

Only in New Zealand!

Possum knocks out entire region's power

7:55AM Friday May 25, 2007

A possum on a Wairarapa powerline knocked out electricity to Masterton, Carterton, Greytown and Featherston last night, police said.

The possum exploded after touching powerlines on Masterton's Ngaumutawa Road, causing electricity to arc metres through the air to blow up a nearby water main.

Police said technicians were rushing to return power to the region, and hoped to have it on by midnight.

A police spokeswoman was unsure how many people were affected, or how widespread the blackout was.


Thursday, 24 May 2007

We're still here!

It's been a while since our last post, but we haven't disappeared off the face of the planet just yet. We've both been fairly busy of late - Helen with her writing work and me with lecturing and such like. We've not been up to anything especially exciting, just the usual day to day stuff. I'm plugging away at an adult ed. qualification in my spare time and Helen is still hammering away at her novel.

Two events of note:

1) Jane (my sister) & Pete are coming for an extended trip early next year - they're doing a 7 week tour of NZ and we're going to hook up for a week or so while they are on North Island. I'm really looking forward to that - it's cool showing people around this place and it'll be great to catch up with the old foggies! :P

2) We got up and running on a web cam. Had a nice chat to Jane & Pete using Skype, which worked really well - even with our temperamental net connection. If anyone else fancies hooking up via Skype, my user name is fnarrfnarr.

I'm off to watch Liverpool loose the Champions League now, with the next door neighbour. He's been avoiding the result all day, so I've got to pretend I don't know either. I lasted about 30 seconds at work before someone blabbed the result! Odd that 12,000 miles away from the UK I work in an office with 2 other Liverpool supporters (in fact we're the only blokes in the office and the only footy fans - all the women prefer rugby!) The replay starts at 10pm tonight, we've got a case of beer to get through and I've got to give a 3 hour lecture on the NZ Curriculum Framework at 9am tomorrow morning. I'm glad I'm not one of my students!!