Keen complainers on social media were quick to notice the demise of the famed Bitch and Moan Warkworth page this month. Former moderator Jason Hall tells us the page was banned by Facebook because of posts about Covid-19 that Facebook viewed as misinformation. Hall had warned recidivist posters, but they continued to take their liberties and the one local page on Facebook where complainers were free to post (almost) anything is now gone. But, as is often the case, a lurker in waiting was quick to take advantage of the chaos. They set up a new Bitch and Moan page within 12 hours, complete with the iconic road sign that once read “don’t annoy the locals”, but now reads “stay home”. The group already has 400 members. The original had more than 4500. All we can say is “good luck”.
A family that jabs together, stays together
As any parent of teenagers will tell you, lockdown isn’t always easy when cooped-up offspring are struggling, missing their freedom and their friends. However, sometimes it throws an unexpected bonus that would rarely, if ever, have happened in Level 1. Before Covid, for example, the chances of our bubble of four, complete with 14 and 18-year-old young men, embarking happily on a long family drive in the same car would be, at best, remote. However, this week we did just that and even enjoyed the experience of all being together and going somewhere different in lockdown – ah, the unexpected benefits of a multi-jab appointment at the Wellsford vaccination clinic!
The queue to the checkouts at one of our local supermarkets snakes through the bakery section. This might explain why when one shopper got to the checkout she found she had two packets of donuts, a pumpkin seed loaf of bread, four cheese rolls and four chocolate filled croissants in her trolley that weren’t on her shopping list.
No more of that legs nonsense, please
An evening walk down to Sandspit Wharf to escape the house was enlivened for one resident by brightly painted rocks spread randomly on footpaths and atop fence posts – a nice gesture to cheer the soul during lockdown. The resident’s smile broadened yet further when one of the rocks repeated Covid-19 response Minister Chris Hipkins’ legendary advice to “spread your legs”. The next day the resident returned with a camera to make a record of the rock. Alas, heavy rain had washed the paint away. We can only think a higher power was not amused.