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November 22, 2007

What's this road sign?

I've noticed a few of these along State Highway 2 on my way home:

[grapes road sign]

Not the 2 shield, the thing under it that looks like a bunch of grapes (Yes, I stopped and took a picture. Because I could).

I couldn't find anything about it on the LTSA's page concerning signs. On the back was a sticker indicating it had been manufactured by Approach Signs Ltd, as did the 2 shield. I couldn't find anything about it in their catalogue, but brown appears to be the colour for touristy signs.

Current best theory is that it's a reference to the Wairarapa vineyards as there aren't any vineyards in either Upper or Lower Hutt. I would have thought that the Wairarapa would be a bit far for informational signs like that though...

Second best theory is it means "1,000 point Pacman bonus ahead".

Edit: Aha! It looks like it's The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail!

Posted at 8:09 PM | Comments (5)

September 30, 2007

Melling Bridge photos

It was a criminally nice day on Friday, after weeks of dreary weather. I therefore walked to the middle of Melling Bridge and took some pictures of the Hutt River.

[Looking North]
[Looking South]

In the one looking south (on the bottom) you can see Wellington on the hills in the distance. I also tried using my camera's stitch feature to do 180° views, but this met with limited success. Here's the stitched together view from the north side of the bridge anyway:

[Wraparound looking North]

Posted at 1:20 PM | Comments (0)

September 10, 2007

Ninja Builders

These chaps, last week, started setting up scaffolding down the side of our driveway at work, telling us that they would try to do as much work as possible on that side of the building, so that they could get the scaffolding down in a week or so. See if you can spot them:
[Scaffolding with no builders on it]

Evidently I was wrong - they're not cowboy builders; They're ninja stealth builders! Seriously, I haven't seen that scaffolding used once since it was put up.

Posted at 6:22 PM | Comments (0)

August 23, 2007

RIP Chair


*plays taps*

Posted at 8:25 PM | Comments (0)

August 19, 2007

Cowboy Builders

Recently, a bunch of workers moved in to work on the building next door to where I work. Between the two buildings is a driveway and our parking places. The building wasn't in the best of shape so I had been thinking it was about time it had some work done on it.

However there were signs all wasn't well. At one point a builder was throwing bits of wood off the second floor onto a trailer parked in the driveway mere feet from our cars. Words were had and they stopped. Next thing, the builder was at it again, though this time another of the builders was standing between the trailer and cars, presumably to stop anything hitting them. None of the builders, I should add, were wearing hardhats or visibility clothing.

After more checking by my boss, it turned out that they didn't actually have the building consents required by the council. Cue the Man from the Council with a Cease and Desist order.

Not that it actually stopped them working. They just did it when no one was looking.

I suspect they weren't too happy about the whole thing. Last Tuesday they decided to repaint their cargo container which they were using for a site office. This involved using an industrial-strength grinder on it. Since my car was parked about ten feet away from it, I came out after work and found it covered in a layer of paint and/or metal sandings. I've been parking elsewhere since...

More news as it (hopefully doesn't) come to hand.

Posted at 9:00 PM | Comments (1)

June 5, 2007

The Street Value of Feijoas

I was walking back to work from a shop this afternoon when a random passerby asked "Are you into feijoas?" and opened his bag to show off a plastic bag full of them. At that point I was starting to wonder if I'd stepped into a bizarre Twilight Zone where fejoas were illegal street drugs and was going to ask if they were pure. Instead I opted to say "Uh, no thanks" and walk on before he started pushing oranges or something. Surreal!

Posted at 8:21 PM | Comments (0)

May 5, 2007

It's not canon!


Cannon Point walkway has a sign at the bottom of it which is misspelled - leading to one of the few times you can say "It's not canon!" and normal people won't look at you funny.

...I'll get my coat. :)

Posted at 8:57 PM | Comments (0)

April 28, 2007

Wellington Armageddon 2007 pictures

Yeah, only a week late...

Photos and commentary in the extended portion of this post (to save bandwidth!)

Continue reading "Wellington Armageddon 2007 pictures"

Posted at 11:11 AM | Comments (0)

May 23, 2006


The liquor store down the road from work recently renamed itself from "The Mill" to "". Looks like whoever put up the sign on the side of their building may have been sampling their wares beforehand:

[picture of liquor store]

I hadn't noticed before, but they put the "u" up backwards...

Posted at 9:04 PM | Comments (0)

April 20, 2006

In Your Neighbourhood: COMMUNISTS!

I had to take my real camera today, because:

OK, I get they're happy about winning a people's choice award, but I dunno really if using the ol' hammer and sickle along with hordes of identical red-and-black clad "workers" is all that appropriate. What's next? The Burger Führer?

Posted at 8:59 PM | Comments (0)

April 19, 2006

Silly driver

... the footpath is for people, not cars.

[Parking on the footpath]

There was about 6 inches of clearance each side. What a thoughtful and considerate parking job. You'd expect better from the AA really...

Posted at 11:29 PM | Comments (0)

March 7, 2006

Upper Hutt's roading policy sucks

The River Road runs parallel to the Hutt River and bypasses Upper Hutt; I use it to drive to work every day. About 1/3 of the way up the River Road it crosses the river which requires a bridge (oddly enough). On either side of the bridge there are two fairly sharp bends which require traffic to slow to about 75kph and, as you might expect, there's been more than one accident there.

A couple of months back the city councilTransit NZ resealed one of the corners, and put a couple of "slippery when wet" signs up. So the resealing has acutally made the road surface more dangerous than it was before? WTF? Shouldn't they be trying to improve the road? Where is the logic?!

Posted at 7:39 PM | Comments (2)

January 16, 2006

New Phone

I bought a new phone from Bond and Bond on the weekend. It has a camera, WAP, polyphonic ring tones, etc, etc, and so what better way to celebrate than by posting some blurry phonecam pictures of construction?!

Harvey Normans
Lower Hutt Mitre 10 MegaHarvey Normans, by Melling Bridge. They just started recently.

Pak N Save
Pak n Save, which I photographed before, and which is opening the middle of next week.

Not hugely great picturewise, but OK for taking random photos of silly things.

Posted at 5:49 PM | Comments (1)

January 10, 2006

"New" Satay Chicken

I noticed my local Subway (Maybe I should make a category... tetrap.local.subway) has signs up proclaiming "New Satay Chicken". New? But they've had satay chicken as long as I've been going there! Asking about it illicited an odd look and "The satay chicken is new" so perhaps they've just changed the recipe?

Slightly more alarming is the "For a limited time" phrase. Does that mean satay chicken will disappear from the menu once the limited time is up? Oh noes!

Posted at 7:02 PM | Comments (0)

November 24, 2005

New Warehouse

The Lower Hutt Warehouse reopened in its location in the Westfield Queensgate mall today... I foolishly tried to shop there and only just escaped with my life!

Metaphorically speaking, of course. The place was packed! Sadly they didn't have the item I was after (A Megadeth CD my brother wants for Christmas).

Posted at 6:50 PM | Comments (0)

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