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Face of the day

Shanelle Curtis, partner Tangi Roi and  son Xarien. Photo / Peter Meecham

Shanelle Curtis, partner Tangi Roi and son Xarien. Photo / Peter Meecham

Todays face of the day Shanelle Curtis and her partner Tangi Roi have a great story to tell their son Xarien about his speedy arrival into this world thanks to Constable Errol Diprose.

Giving birth on the side of a motorway during rush hour with a policeman playing midwife is not how Shanelle Curtis expected to welcome her first child.

But that’s how it happened – in the back of her sister’s van with traffic speeding past and motorists on the Southern Motorway peering in.

Ms Curtis, 19, went into labour five days before her due date. When her contractions became closer together, she left her Otahuhu home with her mother and her sister, Julie Moleu, and drove towards Auckland City Hospital, where her midwife was waiting.

Her partner, Tangi Roi, was working in Warkworth and he also headed for the hospital, expecting to meet the women there.

But the baby had other ideas.

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

persiflage (noun) – 1. Light good-natured talk; banter.
2. Frivolity or mockery in discussing a subject.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1757, from French persiflage, from persifler “to banter” (18th century), from Latin per- “through” + French siffler “to whistle, hiss,” from collateral form of Latin sibilare “to hiss,” possibly of imitative origin. Said to have been introduced in English by Chesterfield.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 3

18Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.

Monday nightCap

Ever want honey this badly? I would go without


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?

Giant mirrors are fixed over the mountains in Rjukan town, Norway, to bring the sunlight back to the Rjukan town. (Source)

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