Friday nightCap

Egypt, the hijab and history

Gamal Abdel Nasser Hussein was the second President of Egypt, serving from 1956 until his death in 1970.


Today’s Trivia


Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

Saudi Arabia (the 13th largest country) has no permanent rivers. (Source)

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Plankton – a thank-you would be nice


The End. No, really. The End. THE. END. FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!


Daily Roundup


The unholy alliance of Dunne, Smalley and A newspaper

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Toupée, or not toupée


Convicted child sex offender Phillip Smith is trying to get his wig back

by Stephen Cook

Prison authorities have confiscated Phillip Smith’s hairpiece after comments on social media yesterday – and apparently the convicted killer and kiddy sex offender is none too pleased.

This isn’t the first time Smith’s hair-raising vanity has got the better of him.

When Smith was recaptured in November last year after fleeing to Brazil while on temporary release from Spring Hill Prison he went on a hunger strike, upset police refused to return his beloved toupee. At the time, his lawyer claimed police were trying to punish his client for his brazen escape out of the country.

Eventually the wig was returned to Smith, but this week it was confiscated again after word leaked out on Facebook yesterday.    Read more »


Drug dealer ‘Elvis’ has left the country

by Stephen Cook

ONE OF the main players in the high-profile SkyCity P ring has been paroled after serving just half of a 12-year prison sentence.

Di Wu, a 32-year-old Chinese national also known as Elvis, was sentenced in June 2010 to 12 years and six months behind bars after being found guilty by a majority verdict on three methamphetamine supply and conspiracy charges.

The Crown had requested a starting point of 25 years imprisonment.

His conviction came after the fourth trial arising from the police’s year-long Operation Manu, which investigated a multimillion-dollar P ring operating from the VIP lounge of SkyCity casino.


‘Elvis’ has left the country

The key figure in the gang, Ri Tong Zhou, 41, was jailed for 15 years after admitting more than 30 methamphetamine-related charges including the supply of more than $3 million worth of P in just two months.    Read more »

Midwives want the same pay as prison officers, why?

…an experience I went through during my first pregnancy. I was around 20 weeks pregnant when, on medical advice, I received the flu jab. I mentioned this to my midwife – who was my lead maternity carer – at a routine appointment.

Her reaction startled me. She asked why I had done such a “silly thing” and said that by having the jab, I had potentially put my baby at risk.

I will never forget what she said next, “I suppose you’re going to be a sheep like everyone else and get your child immunised too.”

I was astonished. Instead of sticking around to argue my stance on vaccinations (I’m pro, by the way) I walked straight out, jumped into the car and rang my GP and the Immunisation Advisory Centre for reassurance. My husband had come along for the appointment – it was our first pregnancy after all – and he went back into reception to request a copy of my medical notes and make it clear that we would not be back.

I was angry and upset. I was halfway through my pregnancy and now I knew I had to find a new midwife.

I recall we had some of us share stories about midwives, birth stories and anti-natal care that was absolutely harrowing.   There are words like “breastapo” that are now common language when talking about that industry.   Read more »