Monday, January 01, 2007

About that pony...

(read previous post first or you may think I have lost my mind)

(what do you mean you thought that already?)

So it seems that several of you are anticipating the arrival of your ponies. Hmm, I wasn't actually expecting anyone to read to the end of the post. Fortunately Krista has sent me a batch of ponies that she was supposed to be awarding as prizes from her blog awhile aback.

Unfortunately they are currently stuck in NZ immigration going through all sorts of biohazard tests to make sure that they haven't smuggled in any rabies (do ponies get rabies?)...or have any of that supremely evil substance - SOIL - on their hooves. You see New Zealand is largely free of all evil bugs and viruses and so before they let random ponies in the country they have to do thorough tests.

Along these lines, it was headline news on the TV last week when some kids found a snake's skull in the gutter outside their house. A national enquiry commenced. Furore abounded. Scandal whiffed.

Strange. Until you realise that there are no snakes in NZ. Not a single solitary snake. Unlike Australia where there are snakes a-go-go...not to mention just about every other thing that can nibble, sting or smother you to death. Including Russell Crowe.

Anyway, a follow-up story appeared on the national news the next day, where a neighbour of the children who found the snake skull came forward and confessed. Turns out the snake skull was a prize possession that her boyfriend had brought into the country. And that in the heat of an argument she'd thrown it out of the window.

So, phew. NZ can breathe a sigh of relief. We are still a snake free zone.

That should help you sleep better tonight.

(So, I'll pop the ponies back in the post to you once they've finished their quarantine. Expect them any time after 2017. Unless you live in Canada in which case the ever brilliant Canada Post (and for 'brilliant' read 'somnambulant' may get around to delivering them sometime in 2056. )


Anonymous Stu said...

Russell is a Kiwi and therefore not a smothering, death inducing Aussie.......

PS. I also read to the end.... can I get my pony in Feb?

10:49 PM  
Anonymous krista said...

She threw it out the window?! That's actually a pretty comical visual. I would like to get a pony in NZ someday, and Jason and I tried to convince those Harvard peoples that NZ is a developing nation that they should send us to do work this summer for 12 weeks, but they won't believe us, and so we're destined for India or Vietnam or somewhere like that instead.

3:48 AM  
Blogger A.J. said...

No Excuses!!!

3:00 PM  
Blogger Linda Hope said...

Have you watched a particular movie that came out in the summer of 2006. Oscar buzz all around it. Award winning, really. On the Absolutely MUST SEE list...


"Snakes on a Plane"

They exist, and they can crash...even in New Zealand. You better watch out. And i want my pony. (does this sound like a threat? hmmm)

3:56 PM  
Anonymous LA said...

Honour is absolutely gorgeous! I want a cuddle!!!!!

11:37 PM  
Blogger s@bd said...

what? no snakes?

AND it's warm?

I have commenced packing up my entire life. Expect me to arrive soon after convincing Christian ...

2:22 PM  

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