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TOP TEAM: Tom Horncastle, left,
and Rowan McComish are off to
the world champs for lego robots.
AFTER SOME stiff compe-
tition at home and in Auck-
land, two Christchurch boys
have prevailed and will fly to
St Louis, Missouri for the
First Lego League robot com-
The competition is run
worldwide and encourages
young engineers to build
working robots, competing
against each other in a series
Rowan McComish and Tom
Horncastle formed a two-man
team and began working on
their robot, 7 And Counting,
three months ago.
Tom won the New Zealand
title three years ago and this
will be his second trip to the
United States. Both want to
The boys have four months
to raise the $20,000 needed
for the trip.
King sets dinner
ablaze with laughs
ON FORM: Comedian Mike King
was the life of the party at the
Kaiapoi Volunteer Fire Brigade
Christmas dinner on Saturday
minute at the
teer Fire Brigade
ner, which pac-
ked out the
town s Three
With the brig-
ade s fire truck
parked outside in
case of a call-out,
crews from Kaia-
Pines Beach and
ered with guests
from the local community, including councillors,
MP Clayton Cosgrove and Waimakariri Mayor
David Ayers to enjoy a three-course meal and a
The star of the night was comedian Mike King,
who took to the stage after dinner to deliver a
show in two halves, one nice and one naughty .
His stand-up content ranged from tales of his
youth in West Auckland to anecdotes drawn from
his experiences with alcohol and depression, with
other less mentionable bits in between.
Though he was well received by his audience,
applause was also reserved for the four volunteers
from Woodend and Kaiapoi, who had been sticking
to drinking water, and whose pagers inevitably
went off halfway through the evening.
Off went the fire engine, with lights flashing, to
an accident involving a car in a ditch -- but the
crew were back in time for dessert.
Florist's access cut
By ABBIE NAPIER
CUT OFF: Kim Lyttle outside her flower shop on Carlton Mill Rd.
KIM LYTTLE S floristry shop is not
damaged, red stickered or red zoned but
it may as well be.
Carlton Flowers has been stuck behind
serious roadworks for the past five
months and will be until at least Febru-
The isolation has meant a 75 per cent
drop in walk-in business. The SCIRT
works team is installing an underground
pump station and piping along Carlton
Unfortunately, the crew has had to dig
deeper than first anticipated and prog-
ress is slow.
The works and traffic diversion extend
about 100m either side of the shop s front
door and to passing motorists it looks
We re a shop where people pull up,
grab what they want and go, Mrs Lyttle
said. A lot of our customers don t know
all the side streets and parking has
become a problem.
Navigating the detours and narrow
lanes running behind the shop isn t easy.
Even then, most customers, distracted
by the roadworks, have passed the shop
before they realise it is still open behind
the fencing, diggers, drills and workmen.
It is very difficult trading through it,
However, Mrs Lyttle is not one to be
brought down by months of incon-
venience and frustration.
We ve had a lot of loyal followers
which has been fantastic. You have to
keep thinking positive. At least we
haven t been completely out of action like
some businesses in Christchurch.
Mrs Lyttle felt sorry for the workers
doing a difficult job in a tight space next
to two lanes of passing traffic.
Some of these guys are from down
South, and yes, they are getting paid to
be here, but it s still not easy for them to
be away from their families for so long.
They ve gone out of their way to be
polite and helpful, they re very conscious
of the impact on us.
Downer Construction said the job may
extend beyond its February schedule.
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