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Lucky -- or not: Black cats and Black
Friday, do they go together?
first of three
It's Black Friday today, the first of
three this year.
Friday the 13th also occurs in
April and July.
Watch out for black cats crossing
your path -- especially by moonlight,
as that means death in an epidemic
according to Irish folklore.
But other superstitions say black
cats bring good fortune. Yorkshire
fishermen's wives believed their
men would return safely from sea if
a black cat was kept in the house.
A black cat was also considered a
good wedding present to bring the
bride good luck in part of England.
Another superstition is that a black
cat in the audience on the opening
night of a play brings success to
Black cats were thought to be
witches in disguise in the Middle
Ages, especially ones roaming at
night, which is why many were
slaughtered in Europe at the time.
One superstition probably not
worth trying any day -- let alone
Black Friday -- is that if you find
one white hair on a black cat and
pluck it without getting scratched
you will find great wealth and good
luck in love.
The date may be about pulling
the bed covers up and remaining
there. A more cautious, common
sense approach could prove ben-
eficial, even if just on the roads. Not
texting while driving, and driving to
the conditions may be more strongly
adhered to. And don't brake too
hard or swerve wildly if a black cat
crosses the road. After all, it doesn't
pay to tempt fate.
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Kibble carves: Thomas Kibblewhite of Red Beach in the Hyundai Tour opener at Raglan.
By KERRY GALLAGHER
Longboarder: Kibblewhite celebrates his win.
SURFER Thomas Kibblewhite gave
an ominous indicator of form ahead
of the national championships by
winning the Hyundai Tour opener
The event was one of five and
Kibblewhite, from Red Beach, looks
in a good position to defend his
national title at Piha -- a fixture
that doubles as the second leg of the
This time last year Kibblewhite
won the national title in Dunedin
and showed his class again in the
open men's longboard event at
Manu Bay in Raglan on January 8.
He made a strong start and built
on it to post 16.07 out of a possible
20 points in the final.
Surfers were given 25 minutes,
during which time Kibblewhite
caught four waves in inconsistent
The best two scores were counted
and Kibblewhite used a backhand
vertical attack to post a strong first
score and then a solid backup.
In the final my first wave was
my best. I knew it was a pretty good
way to start the final.
You don't really know your score
until you get out the back and they
call it out. But you sort of know --
you have a gut feeling that you had
a pretty good wave.''
performances improved throughout
the competition and the win has
given him confidence ahead of the
He is flat out at work -- where he
runs his own surfboard repair busi-
ness, Ding King, in Whangaparaoa.
I meet a lot of my customers at the
beach,'' he says.
Fellow Red Beach surfer Phil
Morris also had success in the open
men's division at Raglan, finishing
the final in fourth place.
Brian Young successfully
defended his over 40 longboard title
and fellow Orewa surfer Mark
Hoyle finished second in the over 50
The championships run from
Sunday until January 21 at Piha
and double as the second Hyundai
The third event is at Sandy Bay
from February 3-6, the fourth at Mt
Maunganui on February 18 and 19,
and the tour ends at Port Waikato
on March 2 and 3.
Reasonable small surf conditions
have been enjoyed by surfers, stand-
up paddleboarders and other wave
riders this week on the Hibiscus
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