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Nico ([personal profile] vilakins) wrote2017-04-06 06:30 pm

Drunk in charge of a picnic table

The floods after Cyclone Debbie are appalling, a 1-in-500-years event leaving the entire town of Edgecumbe under water and a lot of the work done on the Kaikoura roads munted by landslides. The weather in this country NEEDS TO GO HOME.

But this made me laugh: a guy caught trying to drive his motorised picnic table up a hill in Dunedin (about an hour south of here). His lawyer said that "he has ceased associating with the type of people involved in operating motorised picnic tables while under the influence of alcohol", but the last line is a killer.
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[personal profile] mab_browne 2017-04-06 07:29 am (UTC)(link)
''It's quite the work of art,'' Sgt George said, handing pictures of the vehicle to Judge Dominic Flatley.

''Indeed,'' the judge said, after perusing the images.

This bit made me giggle. Nice to see something amusing, given that yes, poor old BOP. What a disaster. I take it that your neck of the woods survived well enough? We were very damp, a bit of surface flooding but nothing more than mild inconvenience.
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[personal profile] lost_spook 2017-04-06 07:44 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, dear, I'm sorry about the Cyclone, that sounds awful - but that newspaper report is priceless!!
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[personal profile] executrix 2017-04-06 04:13 pm (UTC)(link)
An inadvertent Mapp and Lucia crossover.
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[personal profile] pebblerocker 2017-04-07 09:05 am (UTC)(link)

Judges probably welcome the occasional oddball to lighten a day's work!
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[personal profile] emeraldem 2017-04-07 11:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Ha ha, that's a lovely story! I mean the drunk picnic-table driver bit, not the floods, obviously. I do hope you yourselves are all right?
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[personal profile] emeraldem 2017-04-08 11:44 am (UTC)(link)
Oh good! Hmm, though, if you get done with it anytime soon, could you send it over our way? It's been nothing but rain, rain, and rain recently.

[identity profile] 2017-04-06 08:45 am (UTC)(link)
Cyclone Debbie really did cut a swathe of misery in both countries... such an unthreatening name for such a terrifying force f nature.

And that story was brilliant!

[identity profile] 2017-04-06 09:53 am (UTC)(link)
Yes, I saw the footage of the Queensland flooding.

[identity profile] 2017-04-06 12:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Good to hear from you, I have read the news on BBC . Now I know you are relatively safe.:-)
The story is funny - but for me, the expression "he was breathalysed" was funny even more! Is this a common one?

[identity profile] 2017-04-06 09:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Absolutely! It's how they check your breath for alcohol by asking you to talk at a device. It's certainly used in the UK too; I don't know about the US.

It comes from combining 'breath' and 'analyse'.
Edited 2017-04-06 21:56 (UTC)

[identity profile] 2017-04-07 06:45 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you. So I guessed the origin of this word right. So not only a verb but also a noun! English is full of excitement!