A One Way Ticket To A One Horse Town, But At What Price?
Good evening ladies and gentlemen. I decided to check when my flight on Saturday week, (22nd December) would be leaving Wellington and arriving in Invers. Searched my email by keyword Air New Zealand and once I got through the piles of Air New Zealand Cup emails I arrived at my correct destination, my ticket information for the one way ticket to a one horse town.
Officially a city according to Statistics NZ Invers is the southern most city in the country and Southern Hemisphere population approx 50,000. Famous for the World's Fastest Indian, Tim Shadbolt, Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter, Stadium Southland and the Sting phenomenon and the country's only indoor cycling velodrome. Anyway there is obviously still plenty of demand for the Invercargill life as I discovered that my tickets I paid for in April were actually from Invers to Wellington and cost me about $169 at the time, while at this late stage there are plenty of flights to Invers from Wellington on the 22nd December if you don't mind paying $500. I found a direct flight (new this year) on Friday 21st December for $300 additional dollars. This takes 2 hours, but leaves after work on Friday and arrives in time for a late dinner in Invers at 6:40pm. It is a new service and will surely be enjoyed by Eric Roy and Bill English, rather than the usual stop off in Christchurch.
In other news, I impressed by workmates with my knowledge of lawn bowls during our work Christmas function. It was such a warm day in Wellington yesterday (high 20s) and by the end of the day I was well and truly dehydrated. The beauty of it all was that by knowing plenty about bowls (the late Millie Kahn and the mens pair of Peter Bellis and Rowan Brassey were heroes of mine in the 1980s/1990s) makes up for limit ability on the rinks and greens. I knocked back 2 litres of water and a Panadol afterwards and had a nap. I awoke feeling regenerated. It is funny that something like this is a great leveller. I could tell the CEO of Consumer what to do. Sue was a good sport though and at times may or may not have rolled some winning bowls against my four.