Expect the unexpected 
That All Black try was quite incredible. I had to watch the replay about three times until I worked out what had happened. I suppose it's partly because we've got an old format TV and we lose the sides of the shot. The ball went to the end of the lineout. The French dash for the end of the lineout. The camera goes to the end of the lineout. Except somehow the ball is now in the middle, and heading for the try line. Not bad.

It's all gone quiet now. Still a lot of cars with All Blacks flags flying though!

Bronwyn's operation is tomorrow. Rachael's really worried, and hasn't been sleeping well all week. Rachael and Sarah will be staying with the grandparents for a couple of days to make it a bit easier. Meanwhile, Martin and Bina's van has died, probably the head gasket, and possibly a new engine. So yesterday I cleaned and sanitized Bronwyn's car for them to use.

Strange. Most of the mess was on Rachael's side!

Pity they had to miss the fireworks because of the van - they were really impressive. We went with Bronwyn's parents and her sister's family and set up camp. Afterwards there were clouds of smoke everywhere. Obviously they'd planned this - there was a laser playing through the smoke!

Bina made a curry yesterday. It was very nice, and quite definitely authentic, but rather hot. Normally I end up finishing Bronwyn's curry when she can't take any more. Last night I didn't!

The kettle blew its element. Fortunately I still had the element I'd rescued from the old one, so I swapped them over. At least we still have gas - it's sitting in a bottle outside the kitchen. A lot of businesses had to close down when the main gas pipeline blew last week. It's quite amazing how many places rely on gas!

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