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2008-10-06 15:00:09

By HUNT, Tom LIGHT FANTASTIC Fibre-optic cables are strands of glass about the thickness of a human hair that light is sent through, rather than a metal cable that transmits electrical pulses. Central Nelson's fibre- optic cable is made up of 144 strands. While fibre-optic cable capacity is virtually limitless, in good conditions it offers data delivery about 20,000 times faster than the old dial-up service. --- ----------------- Golden Bay looks set to join the information super- highway...

2008-09-26 15:00:30

Geoff Rennison reckons by naming his series of revue nights The Free- Range Organic Carbon-Neutral Revue, he will attract as wide a spectrum of an audience as possible. "But it is likely that the extreme fundamentalist right may not turn up, other than at interval, when tea will be served," he jokes. He says the show follows the general revue format - a series of skits and other items "broken only by the cast forgetting their lines" - but he says there are also two "classier" acts. One...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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