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  • Nechtan

    Today in Rock History:

    Born today in 1948 Danny Seraphine founding member and drummer with Chicago.

    Born today in 1949 Hugh Cornwell singer, songwriter and guitar with The Stranglers

    Today in 1968 The Doors were awarded a Gold record for “Hello, I Love You”, which reached number 15 in the UK and number 1 in the US.

    Today in 1968, Simon and Garfunkel went to number 1 on the UK album chart with “Bookends”.

    Today in 1968 The Beach Boys went to number 1 on the UK singles chart with “Do It Again”, their 2nd and final UK number 1.

    Born today in 1969 Jack Black (Thomas Jacob Black), actor, comedian and musician. Jack is one ½ of the comedy/rock duo Tenacious D along with Kyle Gass.

    Today in 1972, Alice Cooper went to number 1 on the UK singles chart with “School’s Out”

    Today in 1973 Deep Purple received a Gold record for “Smoke On the Water”.

    Today in 1993 Billy Joel went to number 1 on the US album charts with “River of Dreams”

    Died today in 2014 Glenn Cornick, the original bass player for Jethro Tull, of heart failure at the age of 67.

    • Nige.

      Good one for former labour leaders in there.

      • Nechtan

        Just the one?

        • cows4me

          The first song is for old Cunny and The River of Dreams would have to be for the Labour Party.

          • Nechtan

            And “Living In The Past” would have to be for Angry and Matt.

  • Nige.

    Hookerphil answered last nights question with:

    “a very good local Council”

    What is your council like?

    • Nechtan

      Rubbish before the super city, even worse after.
      I was hoping that being rural we would be left out, but no.
      Thanks Rodney.

    • MaryLou

      I assume you’re not wanting to hear from Aucklanders?

      No?

      • XCIA

        Perhaps we should hear from Rodney, he can speak for all of us ;-)

        • Nechtan

          He does seem extremely reluctant to comment on this particular matter.

        • MaryLou

          I can’t help feeling a wee bit sorry for the man. He should have known better, yes, but in many ways his theory should have been correct. With all those councils in many ways duplicating their work, with one central body pulling the wider Auckland region into one system with all the utilities, we should have been able to gain both economies of scale, and a more unified approach to projects that run across the entire city. But… no one counted on Len, no recall possibilities and unmitigated greed and incompetence. Yes, Len did cut staff in many ares at the beginning – then re-engaged them as contractors at a much higher rate.

          The theory was sound. It didn’t factor in people.

          • XCIA

            The thing was none of the councils could talk to each other electronically and just on IT alone there has been a blow out of one billion dollars to sort that little issue!

          • MaryLou

            Yes. But did they really have to go and get a bespoke system? I bet there are heaps of systems round the world that would have done the job, and just loaded them up with local data etc. Should have been data transfer job, not build from scratch. Why do we always do that? Why???

          • XCIA

            Because we have Muppet’s working in management within councils who always get sucked in to hiring “experts” who have no knowledge or expertise of the environment in which they are employed for. Everything is a “text book” case. I have met these idiots and I would not let them walk my dog.

          • ex-JAFA

            That was pretty much the gist of one speaker at yesterday’s IT in gummint address. Hideously expensive systems that promise the earth and deliver little, and lock customers in long-term.

          • Nige.

            No one could’ve know the lengths that brown was going to go to to advance his rainbow coloured socialist slice of New Zealand.

          • rantykiwi

            It also didn’t rationalise all the duplicated and/or little used facilities and services. Places like the Whanagaripo hall which is used for a couple of hours a month should be sold off. Or maybe gifted to the local community – peppercorn rental on the land, up to the community to keep the buildings maintained and legal. Currently the ratepayers spend around $600/month just on the compliance side of things before any maintenance is done. And that is only one on the list of a dozen or so in Northern/Western Auckland that fall into that boat.

      • Nige.

        I did ask myself if this was a good idea…. In the end I decided people do like to get stuff off their chests so go ahead Mearz! Let me have it!

        • MaryLou

          I can’t – I have AC Fatigue Syndrome. Trust me, it’s a thing.

          • Nige.

            They count on it

          • MaryLou

            Yes, but it only refers to the incumbents. I will be very proactive come voting day.

      • Nechtan

        One of the (many) problems with Auckland Council (apart from the Mayor and the largely spineless council) was the merger of the rural regions particular in Rodney and Franklin with the city. These regions where generally farming and agricultural in nature apart from some urbanised areas (especially in Rodney around the Hibiscus Coast ). These regions were not particularly happy under the old systems (well Rodney out my way wasn’t ) and they are less than impressed now.

        • MaryLou

          Yes – they went too far out. Mind you, maybe the decision was made in the knowledge that the urban boundaries would need to be relaxed. Then of course, came Len and his bunch of Merry Noddies, and that was the end of that.

        • jcpry

          We were in Papakura which was pretty average and ideally we wanted to link with Franklin. We were hoping that AC would provide a better service. Probably the only thing that improved was the library. Everything else is as it was. Below average roads, but we notice that the town centre is not as tidy and parks not the same standard.

    • Wasapilot

      Christchurch
      Incumbents main competition in the upcoming election is minto, he will make all bus travel free amongst other stellar policies. dalziel will bolt in.
      The council here spend huge amounts of ratepayers money on social housing, which I object to. They just can not stick to their core respnsibilities such as roads, water, drains, sewerage, parks, footpaths,…

      If any city needs the basics attended to now, it is Christchurch.

    • Eiselmann

      Ruapehu

      Don’t hear much talk about them , good bad or indifferent, the place seems to be ticking along. The ‘what we are doing’ pamphlet that came with the latest rates bill doesn’t ring alarm bells for dodgy spending. And I’ve found the council staff to be very good to deal with.

      Only negative, I think they could do more to promote the area for business/commercial usage…we have fantastic internet down here much better than most parts of Auckland and its so underutilized , even something as simple as a small call center would be a massive economic boom to the area.

    • Greg M

      Southland district council are the biz. For a small extra fee they even mow the section once a month. Really good people.

    • dumbshit

      Were “troughing”, an Olympic event, Tauranga could field an entire team. The fishheads are continually outgrowing their quarters, the tail is wagging the dog, and the latest venture, 20 million in a boat servicing yard, should be left to private enterprise.

    • Les couilles de chien.

      I’ll refer you to this!

    • KGB

      No complaints about Thames/Coromandel. Whangamata is a holiday spot and I have to say they keep it really tidy. The reserves are mowed, the streets are clean, and there’s no rubbish. Water is free. One can see where your rates go.

      • Huia

        Try getting a building permit actioned.
        Try getting a building inspection done.
        It is better with Glenn Leach as the Mayor, rather than the one we had before that.

        • KGB

          I’ve never had to do any of those things here sorry, can only judge what I see.
          The only thing I’m going to miss about Auckland is not being able to vote:)

    • D.Dave

      Waimakariri is pretty good in general. We did a build(large Garage/Shed) and they had a maximum 3 day turn around on inspections. Any compliance certificates were sent by e mail within 24 hours of sign off. Great service…

      • Gaynor

        We are new in Waimakariri so good to hear.

      • Dave

        No council inspections here, its all private certifiers, councils generally rubber stamp once the private certifier signs everything off.

    • Lux

      It sucks .. we have a shonky mayor and council members who think nothing of using the ratepayers money as their private bank accounts.
      I cannot even be bothered saying any more.

      I hope they all lose their jobs, they should be ashamed.

    • Hard1

      Councils are like Limpets. They only clean the rock under themselves.

    • hookerphil

      Waimate DC Not quite sure yet but I feel they may place to much emphasis on inward doing it right and not always exploring the big picture. Need a couple of more years before I would give a definite opinion.

  • cows4me

    Inside the vile Cankles office.

  • EveryWhichWayButLeft

    Evening all, I’m just planning what chillies I’m going to plant in a couple of weeks and I’m looking for inspiration.

    I will be planting cayenne, jalapenos (I’ll turn most of these into chipotle), habanero and this year I’m going to try Carolina Reapers. I’m looking for an option to compliment these in a classic Texas chilli, so something with a little sweetness, maybe a little smokey to go with the chipotle.

    Anyone have any favourites that they can recommend?

    • Hailstormers

      I like pimiento. Not to hot and also mix a few jalapenos with pimies in chilli jam. Yummy. To early to plant for me cause of frosts.

    • Nechtan

      Get hold of some Rocoto chillies, black seeds, more than hot enough, and gardener tolerant (mine are still alive).

      • EveryWhichWayButLeft

        They sound perfect – same heat range as the habanero.
        So, yes I’m definitely interested!

  • Bluemanning

    Morning all from Southampton The White Star hotel the morning after a draw in the first game of the year 1 all with Sunderland. A heavy night for some. Off to the Isle of White for the day with friends should be fun.

  • Wayne Hodge

    Am I the only person who finds the current NZ Post adverts irritating and incomprehensible?

    • Hailstormers

      Can’t stand the adds. What is the link??

      • Les couilles de chien.

        exactly! Just what is the connection between large bottomed girls that gets your post delivered on time?

    • Maisie

      I have been saying that to Mr M for ages but wouldn’t admit it to others until now!

    • MaryLou

      That’s ‘cos you’re not wid it, gee. They’re the latest “thing”!

  • cows4me

    For all the idiots that defend the wearing of the burka.

  • So who lost the Super Rugby in the Whaleoil group? (pic)

  • Sally

    Katie Bradford’s turn tonight doing a PR report for the Labour/Greens. Apparently Taupo is now suffering with homeless.
    In the 6.50min video there is something missing, no homeless people. Not one person sleeping in a car. Empty car parks except for a couple of campervans on the water’s edge which can be expect for a tourist town.
    The media really have to step up the act if they want us to believe we are in a State of Emergency.
    http://tvnz.co.nz/q-and-a-news/down-in-taupo-video-6488946

    • MaryLou

      I read today that Rotorua is too. Yet I don’t think their rents are anything like Aucklands’, so that can’t be it..

    • Dave

      I was asked by a colleague the other day, whats up with the NZ Economy, its flaming amazing, its gone from basket case to amongst the best in the world.

      Only five words can describe it I said, National Government and John Key. We went on to have an interesting discussion considering this guy supports Labor.

  • XCIA

    Remember when virtually every little girl had one of these? This girl was busking at Portobello, Edinburgh today…..
    https://www.facebook.com/EdinburghSpotlight/videos/10154564555839416/

    • JEL51

      I’m not sure I was that good with one but I could keep 3 going at once. Where do we go to buy hoola hoop these days? Perhaps I could get my waistline back like that. Luvd doing the Limbo too but that was way back then.

      • Michelle

        I think you will find them in the $2 type shops they have everything
        Never mastered the hula hoop, mind you l never had one to learn but loved the limbo
        Sadly back will not allow me to do any of that sort of thing these days

        • JEL51

          Getting down is easy…. From memory, it was more about flexibility in the hips,knees & ankles and of course, good music.
          Have you done the Mountain yet?

          • Michelle

            Don’t talk hips, knees and ankles
            l knelt down tonight and ended up going over backwards as l lent back a bit and l was gone
            Doing the mountain later in the year as every time we go to do it the weather packs up
            we went to the beach today and the group went off tramping over farm land, the beach was so nice and no wind, which does not happen very often

          • JEL51

            I took my ‘special’ friend and her two dogs out to Ocean Beach yesterday.It was cold but good head-cleanser.
            Mountain… I received a pamphlet about a trust that has been running for 15 yrs that is dedicated to its protection. I am sure I am not the only one round here that didn’t know it existed. The pamphlet has a map which indicates better where the track begins. I will take it down to the cafe for them to pin-up. Quite an interesting read.
            Hope aches & pains have gone.

      • XCIA

        I recall that dad’s used to make them from garden hose with a bit of dowel to join them together.

        • JEL51

          That would be the Scots way of doin’ it ;)

          • XCIA

            Actually, I didn’t know anyone in Edinburgh who had a garden, let alone a hose…….I was in Ireland when that craze took off ;-)

          • JEL51

            Oh, you did have a chequered background. When did they chase you out to come here?

          • XCIA

            After the hula hoop craze was over!

        • MaryLou

          My brother used to take them, punch holes all the way round, and connect a hose to make a sprinkler. My daughter was not impressed.

      • Sally

        Seen them in toy shops.

  • Gaynor

    tv1 news has had ongoing reports of a police operation north of Auckland ..at regular intervals during the news there have been live crossovers to a reporter ‘on the spot’ who tells us that he knows nothing more…….. The news finishes and we are told that IF anything happens they will update on their website…. What the heck is the cost of that?

    • Your dignity

      • Gaynor

        At my age Pete, dignity went out the window long long ago.

    • Huia

      Come on Gaynor, he did mention they had followed the Helicopter to that point although it hadn’t landed, so that kept us on the edge of our seat. (not)

  • “All Blacks prop Franks cleared of eye gouging allegations”

    • Nechtan

      As it should have been, the referee was at best 4 feet (a metre and a bit for you young folk) from the “alleged” incident and not a peep from his whistle.

      • Huia

        Lucky it was only his eye that copped it.
        The Wannabe’s got fairly well reamed at their other end as well.

    • old school

      Looked a bit suss to me. Kept moving his hand about as if feeling for an eye socket.

    • Curly1952

      Hmmm. Didn’t look good did it. He looked up at the ref very quickly either feeling guilty or the ref yelled at him. But as Hansen said you need to view it from different angles to get the full action in context.

    • Hard1

      “All Blacks prop Franks cleared of eye gouging allegations”
      Sponsored by Specsavers.

  • Nige.

    I’ve just seen the news an hour late. So the headline news made way for “breaking news”.

    In that breaking news they couldn’t tell us what was going on or what it involved or who was involved. They did say however that they followed the police there and that some police had come and some had left. It was basically a camera pointed at a guy saying “please come back because we are sure something is going to happen at some point”.

    • As said by Gaynor below.

      • Nige.

        I hate to admit it but….. I took hers as a draft and tried to hone a newer fresher version.

        Yeah. I am a repeater.

        • You’re going to leave us for the Herald, aren’t ya?

          • Nige.

            So far they’re offering me the same rate as Whaleoil.

          • Nechtan

            5/8ths?

          • Don’t expect me to double it again. Then everyone else will expect it too. The admin alone is crippling.

    • Lux

      “UPDATE: Kaiwaka search warrant ”

      Police have completed the search warrant in Kaiwaka and have cleared the address.

      Joshua Kite who was the focus of the search warrant was not located at the address.

      Police continue to ask anyone who sees Mr Kite to call Police immediately on 111.

      • Nige.

        What a ridiculous situation

  • colin herbertson

    something interesting, here are some conceptual pics of the navys Endeavour replacement, to be built by Hyundai in s Korea will have astrengthened bow for the southern ocean, be around 24000 tons(wow), and cost $500 mil apparently

    • MaryLou

      Wot – NZ is getting new boats? We’re going to spend something on military?

      Edit: About time.

      • colin herbertson

        you’re not wrong,
        this is actually quite impressive, if that tonnage number is accurate i believe it would be easily the largest ship ever operated by the RNZN.
        due for delivery in 2020.

        • MaryLou

          Are they just replacing ships, or will it result in a higher number of ships? Really wish they’d ramp up the per capita spend in all military areas. But this is a start, at least…

          • colin herbertson

            It’s a 1 for 1 replacement (i’d say we’ll only be getting one of these) but this will be considerably larger than its predecessor with far superior capabilities.
            edit; i stand corrected, see greg m’s reply above.

    • oldmanNZ

      where are the big guns

      • Frank N Further

        Its going to be fitted for, but not with, some pretty good defensive armaments. But in a hostile environment ships such as these are part of a larger task force. This will include the NZ FFG’s, and when operating with our allies DDG’s etc. It will be a very capable ship, designed from the drawing board to be a warship rather than a converted civilian tanker like the current HMNZS Endeavour.

        • XCIA

          Surely, there will be a brace of Phalanx CIWS on board?

    • Greg M

      It’s exactly what’s needed and replaces 3 old ships with one purpose built ship. The old HMNZS Manawanui you could just about poke a pencil through the hull plating, it’s that worn out.

  • Sally

    On my travels today I saw a lot of blue signs. It appears lot of local body candidates have gone blue. Mixed with a couple of real estate signs who also use blue it all becomes one blue blur.
    So in the end Goff’s blue signs are a failure, he should have stuck with red.

    • XCIA

      Don’t worry, the scoundrel has latched on to the important issues to guarantee his success – housing, child poverty and homelessness. And he has the support of the Gweens as well as Labour, how can he loose?

  • Curly1952

    I see the Warriors have failed to reach the top eight AGAIN!!
    Must say I am not a great supporter of them and unlikely to ever be.
    At present all we hear before the comp starts is that the Warriors are aiming for the top eight – that’s mediocre/defeatist thinking if I have ever heard it.
    Next season, as a novelty, why don’t they tell everyone that their target is to WIN the minor premiership. That way if they miss top slot they could quite possibly end up in the top eight.
    Aim for the stars and if you miss and hit the clouds you have probably succeeded

    • MaryLou

      I realised it’s been 16 years since I stopped following them. From going to or at least watching every single game. And you know what’s changed?

      NOTHING!!!

    • Nige.

      They have the ref against them in most cases.

      • Curly1952

        I didn’t realise Cheika had any input into the Warriors

      • Hard1

        Or they don’t sweep the room for hidden microphones?

    • old school

      A couple of weeks back when they lost one of the players interviewed post game said …..’we weren’t good on something or other….we have to start working on that’……..start working on it?……a couple of weeks before the end of the season……no wonder they are losers.

    • Poppa

      But this was going to be their year

  • Nige.
    • Hard1

      There is an undercurrent of excitement in the air …The Force is returning..
      https://youtu.be/hHRNSeuvzlM

      • Nige.

        Love that song. The screams are incredibly powerful.

        • When you use love, song and scream in the same sentence, I think you’re already lost.

          • Nige.

            I know. It sounds like I’m describing Mariah Carey or Celine Dion

          • And that’s why I can’t stand them either.

          • nellie

            I thought you were a fan of Kates – poster on the wall etc?

          • It concerns me that you remember this. :) I was clearly speaking of Carey and Dion.

          • Nige.

            Thought you loved kb

  • Huia

    On a lighter note.
    A family member had an Angina attack this weekend and was carted off in an ambulance. He is fine.
    Grandson took the phone message and was distressed as he reported in a voice thick with emotion, ” Uncle # has been taken to hospital in an Ambulance, because he has had a……. ‘Vagina” attack.
    A worrying situation of course, but the laughter that accompanied the announcement was worthy of a Carry on Movie.
    Especially if you knew the victim and his liking for the ladies.

    • “On a lighter note. A family member had an Angina attack”.

      Do me a favour: when I’m feeling down, don’t try to cheer me up.

      • ex-JAFA

        Well I liked it.

        • I think my humour was lost on most

          • Huia

            I think mine is too sometimes Pete.

        • Nige.

          No you just to be attacked in the way the nephew described

      • Huia

        The lighter note was the way he told us, not the actual Angina attack as you well know.

    • Michelle

      hubby is watching carry on program now

  • Lux

    What is your favourite go to quick munch at the moment ?

    Mine is a sesame roll, oiled and chargrilled, then stuffed with your favourite tomato sliced thinly, with crispy lettuce and a slice of cheese, with a lashing of mayo or your fav dressing.

    Quick easy, and delicious..

    • I don’t have a quick much. Only slow ones.

      • Lux

        You were too quick, I knew someone would catch out my spelling mistake.

        • I had a pulled chicken panini today with a nice relish, some avo and lots of red onion. I was actually sad when it was all gone.

          • Lux

            Yumm I love red onion .. sounds delicious.

        • Nige.

          He would never. We don’t allow such pettiness.

          • Lux

            I nearly had another spelling mistake as smelling ..

          • Nige.

            Smelling mistakes are the worst.

            You think you’re bending down to sniff a daisy….

    • Nechtan

      How do you manage not to burn it? :-)

      • Lux

        That’s where my cooking skills come into their own !!

        • “charring”

        • Nechtan

          Its those “skills” that worry me.

          • Lux

            Me too .. I only cook under duress.. or should that say steam?

    • Nige.

      Pie

    • Greg M

      Same here but with ciabatta bread, onion, garlic and cheese shavings all through rather than slices.

    • XCIA

      Its much quicker just to go to the freezer and grab some Paneton leek & bacon quiches.

    • Moonroof

      Dirty evil fritatta of onion, spud, random cold cuts, paprika, shredded hard cheese – a few minutes of knife work and hen fruit meet a skillet, and a grill once set. Call it an egg pie ;)

    • rantykiwi

      Chargrilled… don’t you mean cremated?

  • Korau

    The brother-in-law of one of the jihadists who attacked French
    satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last year faced terrorism charges on
    Saturday for allegedly trying to join Islamic State fighters in Syria,

    Twenty-year-old French student Mourad Hamyd was charged by an
    anti-terrorism judge in Paris with “associating with terrorists” and
    held in custody.

    They just can’t help themselves.
    Good spot froggies!

    Edit : Spelling

  • sarahmw

    We do not have poverty in NZ but they do in Paraguay. But amazing the ingenuity that there is. People live on a rubbish tip but an amazing man makes musical instruments from the trash. They have an orchestra with all the instruments. Unbelievable the music that comes from the instruments. Nzers do not know true poverty. The people in Paraguay were happy even though their living conditions are appalling.
    I am humbled. Metallica even came to them and they played at the concert. So very talented. It was on Sunday tonite.

    • Nige.

      It was bloody good wasn’t it?

      But you’re wrong with the poverty¿ I thought I was looking at Herne bay when the presenter showed us through the lady’s house made out of bits of rubbish¿

      • sarahmw

        Truly amazing what you can make/build when you don’t have much. And a bit classy too

    • Hailstormers

      What a great watch.

  • Silly fads when you were young.

    I remember these (pic)

    • Lux

      I love this look, very cool and comfortable for summer in NZ..
      Edit to add, my mother made us similar suits but it would have been in the 1990’s from memory, we loved wearing them, all the same design but different material .. well the younger ones of us did.

      These wide-legged pants were derived from Navy styled uniforms and became very popular with the young society in the 1960’s. Elvis Presley, Sonny and Cher helped make bell bottoms a fashion statement for the hippies and counter-culture audience. They were typically made of denim until they were produced with corduroy and polyester so they could be worn in any situation. Bellbottoms were still popular in the 1970’s during the disco years and even in the 1990’s when the Gen X crowd was wearing them to be cool too.

      • Nessie

        I wore stuff like that in the 60’s! So did all my friends. All home made too. Big patterns & hippy jewellery! Fringes were popular trimmings/ We all had wigs – they were cheap synthetic and lots of fun. The fad lasted less than a year.

      • Greg M

        Culottes. The ones on the right look like a bag of party mix lollies. )

        • Lux

          I have a funny story about one of my boyfriends, he called my sisters and I bunch of lollies..

          • Greg M

            Wait until after 2200 hrs and then tell us all about it. (pic) :-)

      • JEL51

        That’s exactly the style I tried to describe last week. It was a mammoth task to sew as I had a very light chifon (?) with lining, that slipped about as I fed it through the machine. Luved those bell bottoms back then.

      • Platinum Fox

        As a young chap at 18, I headed off to university in 1972 with a couple of pairs of skinny denim bell-bottoms that my sister had made for me. Those trousers pretty much saw me through 5 years of study with only a few patches added over the years, mostly for effect.

        In the later 70’s I owned two pairs of Crimplene bell-bottoms that I sadly had to dispose of when I grew out of them – I fully expect that those trousers still exist as my impression was that Crimplene was indestructible. I also remember having a brown suit that had flared trousers that was very Carnaby Street at the time.

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        Had both looks in my wardrobe – self made too. Thought I was just too cool. The trou were comfortable thought.

    • Nige.

      Can we somehow just destroy the 80s?

      https://youtu.be/71zcxOu9FYU

      • MaryLou

        No! There was GREAT music…

        • Nige.

          She drives me crazy? Is there a Freudian slip in there?

          • MaryLou

            Its a good song! Step out of your comfort zone Nige. You might even find it to be a bit more… uplifting than your usual fare?

          • Nige.

            Have you not seen the thread where Pete points out that i can put love, song and screaming into the same sentence? Do you think I am comfortable?!?!?

            Try listening to Messhuggah and tell me how comforting it is….

            https://youtu.be/qc98u-eGzlc

          • MaryLou

            Exactly my point, Nige. Why be miserable when you can be happy, and upbeat?? That cover there really says all there is to say.

            She drives me crazy – ooh, ooooh…..!

          • Nige only thinks it is music when it based on a mix of

            – cats being tortured
            – demolition site
            – white noise
            – missing chain saw
            – migraine headache

          • Nige.

            Leave the cats out of it.

          • Lux

            Meowwwwwwwwwwwwww …

          • Nige.

            You can keep your crazy childrens music. Im going to rock out like Homer Simpson til I’m an old man

            https://youtu.be/Ud6e-pFmBEA

          • MaryLou

            Oh that’s just wrong. Homer Simpson had me fooled.

          • MaryLou

            There you go. :) I think I’ve done my bit for the evening.

          • Nige.

            My goodness. You have indeed. Take the rest of the evening off.

          • Hard1

            Viva la Revolution. (Well, he’s a Mod!)
            https://youtu.be/X1fjTgK3XIQ

        • Moonroof

          If we have to return to da 80’s… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVikZ8Oe_XA

          • MaryLou

            YES!!!! YES! Absolutely love it. Thank you!

          • EveryWhichWayButLeft

            Ubiquitous 80s…
            https://youtu.be/ftJZomwDhxQ

          • Moonroof

            Still have a mint 12″ 45 vinyl in stash, an act of violence upon hifi gear, and the neighbours.

          • Greg M

            Ditto. Also have the 12″ spandau ballet communication. and worse.

          • Moonroof

            Some scary things emerge in Te Backchat…

          • Greg M

            Te kōrerorero hoki bro. Chur.

          • Moonroof

            Si mi amigo. Muy bueno!

          • rantykiwi

            What? Like Lux’s cooking?

          • MaryLou

          • rantykiwi
          • Mark

            Still in my playlist!

          • Mark

          • nellie

          • rantykiwi
        • Stuarts.burgers

    • nellie

      How any fractured wrists did they cause? Would be top of the ACC lists nowadays..

    • Lux

      I had a pair that were about 8inches high, I have no idea how I walked in them.

      These high-heeled shoes were more popular in the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s and during the disco period. Originally, one to two inches high, they grew in height and variety even as people were being treated for twisted or broken ankles caused by lack of mobility.

    • Hard1

      Good grief. Food, fashion, cats, games, more food…… get the fan running for when that man gets back….

    • Lux

      People who dress up for Christmas and play Christmas music, unfortunately it still goes on…

    • Chris EM

      I’ve still got mine stored somewhere.

  • Effluent

    I wonder if this comes with a free ‘Jeremy Corbyn’ figure….

  • Hard1

    In today’s HO’S Editorial, we can discover “Yet as Paul Little finds in our feature today, we have as many servants (as Victorian Gentry) in modern life. And just as many of us are servants in a thoroughly modern way, supplying services online.”
    Building on this fantastical premise, which is demonstrably false, Little begins to unwind how everyone on the planet is a servant to someone else. He lists a number of successful people, seemingly happy to tell their story.
    All well and good, a bit of fiction, but what was the point?

    The point was that, hidden away down in the article, is a blatant Labour hit-job, twisted to attack National…
    “Bill Newson is national ­secretary of E Tu, the ­umbrella union representing a wide range of workers.
    “What’s happening is a huge shift from what we call high-value jobs for working people to more ­insecure, low-values jobs where the risk of employment is transferred basically from the employer to the employee,” says Newson.
    Although the official unemployment figure is 130,000, there are another 340,000 people in part-time work and registered as looking for more work to make a living income.
    “In the meantime, they can pick up a few hours providing ­labour for the on-demand economy.
    “You often hear it touted that the modern young workforce is liberated from the yoke of a life spent in one job and will have 15 careers,” says Newson.
    “The brutal reality is they’d love to have the security of a single well-paid job. So they can get things we take for granted like a mortgage or a hire purchase agreement.
    “The freedom to move around is the freedom to take the crumbs that are thrown to them.”

    Poor working people getting shafted, getting the crumbs in this huge shift from high paying jobs, the Union man tells us, and who no doubt instructed Paul Little to write/insert. Utter tosh.
    Even the Editorial on the same page writes “When it comes to services such as hospitality, New Zealanders on the whole are not very good.”

    But then, weirdly, the editorial finishes “The online entrepreneurs in our feature today do not have the secure incomes of employed servants. (Little wrote that these people ARE our servants) They offer their services as and when needed. But they are anticipating needs and delivering satisfaction, and deserve to do well.”
    The article by the upwardly mobile, middle class HDPPA screams envy, but don’t read it, it just adds more confusion about poverty and material goods, which just started yesterday apparently.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11700761
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/paul-little/news/article.cfm?a_id=732&objectid=11701110

  • Hard1

    I would like to nominate this song, to be The Deputy Prime Minister of the Lost and Found Party, furthermore to be introduced, after The Lord’s Prayer, at every sitting of Parliament, when Lady Jacinda ‘The Quiet Wolf” Ardern becomes PM….
    https://youtu.be/cPRdfhkonJI

  • XCIA

    Pity the wretched sole who was engaged to this bunny boiler. “This woman has said her ex-fiance hit her, causing a black eye and other injuries. But now his attorney says this home surveillance video tells a different story.”
    https://www.facebook.com/Fox32Chicago/videos/10153948518883525/

    • Lux

      That’s damn disturbing, right there ..

  • rantykiwi

    CBOTW award here. Rush off in a panic thus digging yourself a financial hole, then after the event demand that the taxpayer cough up. Zero sympathy, but a strong urge to ridicule the muppet.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/83642603

  • rantykiwi

    Well done that cop – the scrotes with speakers on their bikes deserve that and more.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/83647916/

    • Greg M

      Exactly. Don’t swear at the Police, where did the speakers come from and where’s your helmet ?

    • Mark

      Clearly refused to get off the bike as requested,failure to stop,shortest Police chase in history.

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