The Standard would like to wish Mrs Mavis Lawson many happy returns on her 100th birthday yesterday.
We also had a chuckle when we read this from today’s Herald:
When Papatoetoe resident Mavis Lawson turned 100 on Tuesday she got the standard birthday card from the Queen but, rather puzzlingly, she also received a card from Prime Minister John Key congratulating her on her “100th wedding anniversary”.
The card, which had a picture of Mr Key on the front, had a typed message inside wishing her well on her 100th wedding anniversary. Under this was what appeared to be a hand-written note from Mr Key, saying: “I hope you had a happy time celebrating this very special day.”
It went on to say:
It is unclear how the slip-up happened – but the cards do not cross Mr Key’s desk at all. They are automatically generated after a friend or relative applies with the Department of Internal Affairs for a congratulatory message.
Handwritten, signed, but did not cross his desk? Automatically generated? Anniversary-gate anyone?