TOPICS: Careless car stories

STICKY FIND: This car was seen wrapped in cling wrap on Scenic Drive at Merewether Heights. Picture: Max Mason-HubersNEWCASTLE, a city with hardly any public transport or bike lanes. Its citizens must be competent, considerate drivers, right?
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Well …

Reader Jan wants to know why parking inspectors ‘‘seem to leave the illegal parkers in front of the Crowne Plaza alone’’.

‘‘There are distinct ‘No Parking’ signs but every day you can drive past and it’s full of cars,’’ says Jan.

Another reader would like Novocastrian drivers to start taking pedestrian crossings literally.

Her brother-in-law, from Sydney, was amazed on a recent visit at how drivers ploughed ahead, regardless of whether pedestrians were a nanosecond from stepping out.

East End crossings, especially, can feel like the urban equivalents of crocodile-filled rivers in the Serengeti.

Pedestrians often find themselves joined on the zebra stripes by cars that can’t wait a moment more.

‘‘All seem to have forgotten that you should wait for a pedestrian to get off the crossing, or at least bloody close to it,’’ says our reader.

‘‘Go to the intersection of Sprocket and the Westpac bank and you’ll soon understand.’’

While we’re on the subject of traffic snarls, what’s the speed limit on Darby Street?

Yes, it’s 40km/h in the cafe bit, but how about the south end?

If you get onto Darby from Glebe Road, the last speed-limit sign you’ve seen says it’s 60. Hit Darby from the Bar Beach Avenue intersection and a sign tells you, cryptically, ‘‘End 50 Area’’.

Yet, we routinely find ourselves stuck behind cautious convoys inching along the strip as though it’s 40 the whole way. So what is it?

None of that is as annoying as having your car wrapped in cling wrap, like this one seen earlier this month at Merewether Heights.

Photo comp for Surfest

AIRPORTS have been flat-out this week coping with delayed flights, and people take that stuff out on staff, who are expected to control the weather.

So we like it that Newcastle Airport is doing something nice with its passengers.

The airport is hosting a photo competition to show the Hunter in its best light. If you’re an amateur snapper with a memorable shot of summer, you can upload it via the airport’s Facebook page (facebook杭州夜网m/NTLairport), or by using the hashtag #NTLsurfestcomp on your pics on Instagram and Twitter.

The prize is VIP entry to Surfest at Merewether, where the winner will get to hang with world champions Joel Parkinson and Stephanie Gilmore.

They’ll also get a Surfest T-shirt signed by Mark Richards and a Canon EOS 1100 DSLR camera. The first photo they’ll take, presumably, will be a selfie in the T-shirt with Joel Parkinson and Stephanie Gilmore.

Questions worth answers

TO celebrate the best question from the wild weather coverage (‘‘So how big are four-metre seas?’’), here are some readers’ all-time favourite queries from their own lives.

We’ve withheld names to avoid embarrassment.

TO celebrate the best question from the wild weather coverage (‘‘So how big are four-metre seas?’’), here are some readers’ all-time favourite queries from their own lives.

We’ve withheld names to avoid embarrassment.

TO celebrate the best question from the wild weather coverage (‘‘So how big are four-metre seas?’’), here are some readers’ all-time favourite queries from their own lives.

We’ve withheld names to avoid embarrassment.

‘‘How many undiscovered caves are there?’’ (Asked on tour of Jenolan Caves.)

‘‘This is lovely, honey. Did you make it yourself?’’

‘‘Do you really need that many shoes?’’

‘‘Did you feel the earthquake in the air?’’ (To passengers at Williamtown after the 1989 Newcastle earthquake.)

TO celebrate the best question from the wild weather coverage (‘‘So how big are four-metre seas?’’), here are some readers’ all-time favourite queries from their own lives.

We’ve withheld names to avoid embarrassment.


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