Trouble is, if you don’t drown at our beaches, lakes, rivers or waterways, you could be poisoned. The Auckland Council is reported to be putting final touches to a beach forecast model to let people find out online the level of harmful bacteria.
Getting into the air can be fraught, too, because aircraft sometimes come back to earth in unforeseen circumstances.
Britain has overtaken France to become the world’s fifth largest economy, new analysis shows.
A shake-up of the national accounts this summer, which showed the UK’s downturn during the Great Recession was shorter and shallower than previously thought, helped Britain overtake the Gallic economy by a whisker this year.
The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) said Britain’s acceleration was also boosted by the inclusion of sex and drugs to UK growth.
Alf has become thoroughly bemused about editorial policy at The Daily Mail, a publication with which he has always felt politically comfortable.
Sadly, they have become astonishingly PC by the looks of it and have taken umbrage at remarks made by Rush Limbaugh, an American entertainer, radio talk show host, writer, conservative political commentator and loud mouth.
There have been many times when umbrage should have been taken at the utterances of this fellow.
We could – and probably should – also wonder about the quality of the genes bequeathed him by parents who gave him the preposterous name of Rush Hudson Limbaugh III.
But the Daily Mail has become antsy on this occasion because he has admitted to being ‘racist’ following comments he made about actor Idris Elba.
Alf is a generous soul and is willing to give some advice – for free – to the Invercargill couple who say their six young kids will go without on Christmas Day.
The couple are Shelly Edwards and Leo Hewett, who say their six children aged 3-10 will get no presents and have a diet of chicken and bread on Christmas Day because the Salvation Army failed to help them in their time of need.
There has been growing concern that consumers are unwittingly buying meat that was the result of religious ritual slaughter after it emerged that diners had been unknowingly served halal chicken in Pizza Express and other restaurants.
Why should someone who is about to tuck into a juicy T-bone steak give a monkey’s fuck about how the beast was slaughtered?
The nature of any prayers that were uttered will have no effect on the tenderness or flavour of the beef.
Nor will it be affected by the beast facing towards or away from Mecca.
There’s been news in the media of another prominent businessman coming before the courts.
Because of his name being suppressed – at least for now – we can’t be sure if it’s the same prominent businessman who has appeared on previous occasions and had his name suppressed, or a different prominent businessman.
This one has been jailed for 15 years for sexual violation and plying girls with methamphetamine for sex.
Judge Russell Collins also imposed a minimum term of eight years before he is considered for parole because of his high-risk of re-offending.
In other words, the villain of the piece is a prize ratbag.
Alas, we are not allowed to know who he is in the meantime.