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2008-07-03 15:00:10

By HINE, Will in Queenstown UEENSTOWN'S biggest party of the year has come with a hangover, with 18 people arrested for drink-driving during the opening days of Winterfestival. Sergeant Bruce Martin, of the Rural Drink Drive Squad, said his team tested 2605 drivers at checkpoints on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and nabbed 16 people who were over the limit. He described the haul as "very disappointing" and said police would expect fewer than 10 offenders in an enforcement...

2008-06-16 15:00:33

By HEATHER, Ben in Queenstown UEENSTOWN Airport Corporation's information day failed to impress Frankton residents concerned about noisy night flights. The airport laid out plans for their expanded noise boundary and new midnight flight curfew, at the Queenstown Events Centre yesterday. However, people who attended said they were unimpressed. Marian Sim lives in McBride St, which will be swallowed by the proposed expanded noise boundaries. She expected a public meeting, not...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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