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'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Saturday, 15 November 2008

The Population of New Zealand...

...equals that of Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield.  Only.  But think of all those funny-accented people coming down here scousing and eh-oupping all over the place.  

Liverpool dawn image courtesy of wiki.


  1. how many is that? nice pic of Liverpool! never been there but loved the Beatles :-)
    thanks for all your nice comments on mine x

  2. KATHERINE - What do you mean by "equals"? If you are comparing English northerners to sheep then I am most offended. Mind you there is a world of difference betwen those who live west of The Pennines and those who live to the east in God's own county.

    If, by the way, NZ's low population is down to NZ male infertility, then I am sure I can gather some mates together and fly down for a working holiday!

  3. Val - your writing is really worth publishing. I'm not just being nice.
    Population of New Zealand when I was 5: about 3 million. Now: 4.3 million. Big %age increase!

  4. Aye, it's one of the most attractive things about your country. I loved the fact that it was so sparsely populated!! So restful. *Sigh of nostalgia*

  5. YP, love your comments. Naturally I would never compare your lot to New Zealand sheep. There are far fewer sheep in New Zealand than there are people in the UK, for a start.
    And as for your kind offer to increase New Zealand's population, we quite like having some garden and trees around our houses, instead of living in horrible boring brick council flats jam-packed together. Pokes out tongue.

  6. The population increased from 3 to 4.3 million due to the fertility of both the male and the female NZlanders.

    Anectdotal evidence supports the claim that the males and females who undertook this important work took to it with gusto and a good time was had by all. :-)

  7. Anecdotal Alden? I can personally vouch for 1/400,000 of the increase!

  8. It's Anecdotal Katherine until we get the raw data. Please answer these questions for my survey.

    1 - Please score yourself out of 10 for gusto.

    2. - Please score yourself out of 10 on having a good time.

    If you require more data I can come up with more questions :-)

  9. I don't do unsolicited surveys Alden, remember? Cheeky monkey.