First up: A busy Waikato road was thrust into chaos when a truck load of calves tipped over, blocking the road on Friday morning. The baby cows, all 160 of them, appeared to be unharmed as a vet came to check them out. Incidentally, the driver was fine as well.
Then: UK superstar Adele’s new album, 25, has obliterated sales records in New Zealand, selling 18,766 copies. This is a new record for the first week of sales, beating Susan Boyle’s 2009 offering. ’25’ has outsold the next 53 albums combined.
Plus: All Blacks Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens has named a squad of 14 players for the first two tournaments of the 2015/16 Sevens World Series in Dubai and Cape Town. Sonny Bill Williams, Liam Messam, Akira Ioane and Ardie Savea have not been included. The team departs for Dubai on Sunday.
And: A Christchurch man has been arrested after a fire in the early hours of Friday morning razed a business in the city. The 31-year-old will appear in court on Friday, and this is thought to be his second arson incident this week.
Also: With the roads of Kawerau covered in heavy fog on Friday morning, a 19-year-old lorry driver collided with a logging truck and was fatally injured. The tragedy was compounded as rescue workers could not reach him, as a swarm of bees, being carried in hives on the lorry, had been disturbed, covering the scene.
And finally: A Christchurch woman has been left fuming, and with a broken tooth, after claiming she bit into a screw inside a Snickers bar. Saralee Pullan says she bit into the chocolate three months ago, cracking her tooth on a screw inside it, but has had no help from the company. They say she cannot prove the screw was in the chocolate, as their products go through a metal detector. A screwy Snickers is no laughing matter…