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Twins celebrate 90 years
Many memories to share of the 'good old days'
By MAT KERMEEN
STROKES OF GENIUS: Ninety-year-old twins Ray and Roy Taylor still manage to hit their way around the golf course.
IDENTICAL TWINS Ray and Roy
Taylor celebrated 90 years of love,
war and being mistaken for each
other on Monday.
In an action-packed nine
decades, the two war veterans
have never been far apart, spend-
ing most of their lives together.
The Taylors are not ready for
mobility scooters, and even
shunned a golf cart as they played
36 holes in 96 hours around the
weekend of their birthday cel-
The pair have many memories
of the old Christchurch''.
When the twins were 18
months, their family was the first
to set up permanent residence at
Years later, as the population
grew at the mostly holiday
location, the twin's mother drove
children from the community to
Kaiapoi School in a Dodge truck
with a canopy on the back.
You would never get away with
that nowadays,'' Ray joked.
The brothers said Pines Beach
was a shadow of its former self,
and fondly remember the summer
carnivals and galas.
At 16, the pair started work on
the same day in the same job, tak-
ing boilermaker apprenticeships
with New Zealand Railways in
Everyone had pushbikes in
those days, and at knock-off time,
there would be over 2000 men on
bikes tearing off up Moorhouse
Ave,'' Roy said.
The pair took a break from the
railways for several years when
World War II broke out.
A lot had changed when they
returned, including transport.
Before the war, it was near
impossible to find a bike stand but
when we got back, it was almost
impossible to find a car park,'' Ray
They have seen countless
changes in society and are
resigned to even more after the
It seems hard to imagine now
days, but back then, we threw
asbestos around like candy floss
and smoking was encouraged in
We just didn't know about the
risks back then,'' Ray said.
Both men have been members
of the Railway East Smallbore
Rifle Club for more than half a
century, and were heavily
involved in building the club's
range at 121 Wordsworth St.
The building was recently
knocked down because it did not
meet new earthquake regulations
-- a sad day for the twins.
They acknowledge Christchurch
will never be like the good old
days'', but think the authorities
are on the right track.
They do, however, think the city
could do with better public trans-
port and more sports club facili-
ties and recreation areas.
The twins are happy, though, to
focus on enjoying retirement --
and concentrate on who will win
the next game of golf.
Money for children
A drinks company has donated
almost $17,000 to the
Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.
Hansells Food Group, makers of
Vitafresh, donated 10 cents from
every packet sold of a new flavour
of their drinks range. The money
has been donated to the youth
and education portfolio within the
appeal. The company hopes the
money will be used to improve
education for students suffering
disruption due to the earthquakes.
Teachers fight back
The Post Primary Teacher's
Association (PPTA) is taking legal
action against Novopay, the
system which has consistently
failed to pay teachers correctly
since its launch last year.The
PPTA is seeking compensation for
its members for hurt, humiliation
and financial suffering as a result
of the botched system's ongoing
errors, because of which some
teachers have gone without pay
for weeks. Action from the union
resulted from pressure from its
members. The association was
seeking advice regarding its
Mysterious pills put
children in hospital
Twelve Northcote School children
aged between 7 and 9 were taken
to hospital on Tuesday when it
was discovered they had eaten
pills from an unmarked bottle
found by a student. A teacher
alerted the school when she
overheard students discussing the
pills, and St John was alerted mid-
morning. The children were taken
to Christchurch Hospital for
assessment as a precaution,
although none were in a serious
condition. Some complained of
The school was taking steps to
avoid a repeat incident.
The pills were later identified as a
herbal remedy containing
geranium extract and the children
were all discharged.
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