I have no idea why but a chap came up to me last week in Auckland and asked to borrow my umbrella. He said he had to have photos taken of him using alternative forms of transport.

Okay. I know that North Islanders consider themselves a bit different from South Islanders – but really? An umbrella is an alternative form of transport? Guess it is if you’re Mary Poppins.

And so he jumped up on a seat down near the wharf area and posed for the cameras, including mine.