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By JESS McDOWELL, BVSc
Lipomas are soft, moveable lumps under the
skin. Thankfully, these common lumps are
generally benign (non-dangerous), but to be
sure, they need to be checked by your vet.
A lipoma is usually round, slow-growing
and has a rubbery sort of texture to it. They
are not painful and do not cause hair loss or
infection. Usually, your pet will not be both-
ered by the lump unless it becomes very large
or is located somewhere that it gets in the
way, such as in the armpit area.
Older, overweight female dogs are the most
common group of animals to get these lumps,
and once they have one lipoma, they will
often get another (each new lump should be
checked by your vet).
Your vet may recommend a fine needle
aspirate (FNA) of the lipoma. This is a simple
test that most pets tolerate well.
A needle will be used to suck cells out of the
lump so that the vet or a pathologist at the
lab can have a look at them.
In a lipoma, your vet is looking for
adipocytes (fat cells), as a lipoma is basically
a tumour made up of an overgrowth of
Occasionally, lipomas may be something
more serious if they are growing into the
surrounding tissues or are malignant lipo-
sarcomas, a rare form of lipoma.
Biopsy or other tests may be needed to
diagnose these lipomas.
Your vet will discuss these with you if they
believe your pet may have one of these forms.
Because lipomas are normally benign, they
do not need to be surgically removed. If, how-
ever, a lipoma is making your pet uncomfort-
able because of its size or where it is, surgery
to remove it may be the best option.
If you are worried about a lump, make an
appointment to have it checked at your local
Double trouble as twins
celebrate nine decades
STROKES OF GENIUS: Ninety-year-old twins Ray and Roy Taylor still manage to hit their way
around the golf course.
By MAT KERMEEN
IDENTICAL TWINS Ray and Roy
Taylor, who grew up at Pines Beach,
have recently celebrated 90 years of love,
war and being mistaken for each other.
In an action-packed nine decades,
the two war veterans have never been
far apart, spending most of their
The Taylor brothers are not ready
for mobility scooters and even shunned a
golf cart as they played 36 holes in
96 hours during the weekend of their
When the twins were 18 months old,
their family was the first to set up perma-
nent residence at Pines Beach.
Years later, as the population grew at
the mostly holiday location, the twins
mother drove children from the com-
munity to Kaiapoi School in a Dodge
truck with a canopy on the back.
You would never get away with that
nowadays, Ray joked.
The brothers said Pines Beach was
a shadow of its former self and
fondly remember the summer carnivals
At 16, the pair started work on the
same day in the same job, taking
boilermaker apprenticeships with New
Zealand Railways in Addington.
Everyone had pushbikes in those days
and at knock-off time, there would be
over 2000 men on bikes tearing off up
Moorhouse Ave, Roy said.
The pair took a break from the rail-
ways for several years when World War
II broke out.
A lot had changed when they returned,
Before the war, it was near impossible
to find a bike stand, but when we got
back, it was almost impossible to find a
car park, Ray said.
They have seen countless changes in
society and are resigned to even more
after the earthquakes.
It seems hard to imagine nowadays,
but back then, we threw asbestos around
like candy floss and smoking was encour-
aged in the military.
We just didn t know about the risks
back then, Ray said.
Both men have been members of the
Railway East Smallbore Rifle Club for
more than half a century and were
heavily involved in building the club s
range at 121 Wordsworth St.
The building was recently knocked
down because it did not meet new
earthquake regulations --- a sad day for
They acknowledge Christchurch will
never be like the good old days ,
but think the authorities are on the
right track. They do, however, think the
city could do with better public transport
and more sports club facilities and
The twins are happy though to focus on
enjoying retirement --- and concentrate
on who will win the next game of golf.
Enormous orb could create
sensational city entrance
NORTHERN LIGHTS: Fanfare, a five-storey high, 20m diameter sphere of steel covered with
more than 350 rotating reflective pinwheels, by New Zealand sculptor Neil Dawson, may be
installed near Chaney's Corner on the northern approaches to Christchurch. It was originally
hung from the Sydney Harbour Bridge for New Year's Eve, 2004.
By CHRIS MOORE
A SCULPTURE that once hung from the
Sydney Harbour Bridge could next year
bring an equally spectacular welcome to
people entering Christchurch.
If the Christchurch City Council gives
its blessing to the project, New Zealand
sculptor Neil Dawson s Fanfare will be
placed on the northern approaches to the
city near Chaney s corner.
Next week, the Christchurch City
Council s Community, Recreation and
Culture Committee will consider a pro-
posal to install the five-storey high, 20m
diameter steel sphere after a recommen-
dation by the Public Art Advisory Group.
Fanfare, covered with more than 350
reflective pinwheels, was originally sus-
pended from the Sydney Harbour Bridge
nearly 100m above the water.
During the day, the pinwheels move in
the wind, reflecting the colours of the
sky. At night, the sculpture becomes a
light show, acting as a medium for projec-
tions and reflections.
The $2 million sculpture was originally
commissioned for Sydney s New Year
After it was dismantled, Sydney lord
mayor Clover Moore gave Fanfare to
Christchurch. If approval is given, the
work will be installed early next year.
The proposal has the support of Associ-
ate Minister for Earthquake Recovery,
Amy Adams. Dawson s sculpture The
Chalice is a feature of Cathedral Square.
The Local Heroes Trust and Leighs
Construction have committed funds
and construction services to the
artwork, which would be the biggest in
The cost to commission and install
Fanfare is $848,000.
The council s Public Art Fund has
committed $350,000 as its portion of
the $730,000 confirmed funding to
To meet the shortfall, SCAPE Public
Art will carry out a public fundraising
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