Great Hudsonian Mystery Solved

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Subject: Great Hudsonian Mystery Solved
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 15:49:04 +1000

You are probably all way ahead of me on this, but I have just discovered that all those Hudsons catering vans that plough relentlessly through the narrow roads in the Bot Gardens, causing pedestrians to stand in (if not on) the shrubbery, are not, as I had long surmised, servicing some never-ending banquet for senior staff in the north-western corner, but using the designated route (green line) for delivering supplies to the back of the cafe (violet).  This is a surprising arrangement.  One must assume that the cost of operating this carbon-intensive supply line is added directly to the price of your apricot and raspberry friand.  It is only the small-item deliverers that use the quick-drop-off point in the main car park (red star), and then the quail eggs or whatever must be toted no small distance to the back of the eatery.  The cafe seems to need an interesting range of specialities, including from an outfit called something like ‘Kiwi Gourmet Delicacies’, the exact specifications of which can only be guessed at.  Given that the management of the ANBG is very good at what it does (as well as being unfailingly helpful on all sorts of enquiries) I can only assume that the logistics of servicing the munchery were planned when the number of diners, and their daily provisioning, was predicted to be rather less than is now the case.             



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