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  • Nechtan

    Today in Rock History:

    Born today in 1941 Signe Anderson founding member and vocals with Jefferson Airplane. Signe left the band soon after their 1st album and was replaced by Grace Slick.

    Born today in 1941 Les Braid keyboards and bassist for The Swinging Blue Jeans.

    Born today in 1942 Lee Dorman songwriter and bassist with Iron Butterfly and Captain Beyond.

    Today in 1966, The Small Faces went to number 1 on the UK singles chart with “All Or Nothing”, their only number 1 hit.

    Today in 1983 Huey Lewis and the News released the album “Sports”.

    Today in 1990 The Steve Miller Band went to number 1 in the UK with “The Joker” 16 years after it’s release, as a result of a jeans commercial. It was number 1 in the US in early 1974 and as such set a record as the longest gap between transatlantic number 1s.

    Died today in 2004 Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) co-founder and guitarist with The Ramones aged 55.

    Died today in 2008 Rick Wright, keyboardist, songwriter and founding member of Pink Floyd of cancer at the age of 65.

    • Big_Al

      Jefferson Airplane. That brings back great memories of Grace Slick and her amazing powerful voice. “White Rabbit” and :Somebody to Love” just to name a few. And memories of “Woodstock”
      Pic of Grace Slick Then and Now

  • johcar

    Looks like a warm one today, Bruce might have to take his jacket off!!

    • Nige.

      That’s almost fainting body double weather!

      • Huia

        I hope Hillary isn’t in the vicinity she would flake out (yet again)with that kind of heat.

      • johcar

        I’m sure I hear the not so distant call of a few pivos later in the day when it’s too hot to be out…

    • johcar

      Bruce looking forward to exploring today. Dressed for the weather!!

      This is the view from our hotel room. Bruce is facing the Charles Bridge (Karlov Most), which is about 100 metres down the street. The Castle is just up the hill. Think we’ll go there first…. After a coffee, of course

      • Duchess of Pork

        Can recommend a walk around the Old Jewish quarter and a visit to the Jewish museum (actually a walking tour of 6 buildings) which has the best preserved complex of historical Jewish monuments in Europe. The Pinkas Synagogue has the names of the 80,000 Jews of Bohemia and Moravia who were murdered by the Nazis inscribed on the walls. It is a beautiful but sobering experience to visit this building.

        • johcar

          Looking forward to wandering around the other side if the river tomorrow, including the Jewish Quarter

  • Carl

    …..

    • peterwn

      I would hope that the donor of the water is similarly trashed if (as seems unlikely) he was collecting for charities or community causes.

    • cows4me

      As long as it wasn’t Havelock North water.

    • ex-JAFA

      If it was a collection for the Invergiggle pool, Sam Bracanov would have plenty of the pool’s usual contents to donate.

  • George

    Have you ever considered how many other people’s photos you may appear in unintentionally? On the beaches in Bali you would think the entire population of the paparazzi assemblage had descended to seek out their victims. Almost everyone carries a phone and selfie stick as part of their physiological extention. I’m sure, as they take their magnificent snap of the Bali sunset with their gorgeous selfs at the end of a selfie stick, there is a shriveled, wizened and time worn sixty eight year old chump in the background scratching himself inappropriately, namely me. Or, as happened last night, the spectical of a the same old plonker attempting to raise himself up from a beanbag, and only doing so by rolling out as if trying to extinguish flames from a burning torso. I’m sure it is all on film. As I wallow in the pool, you’ve got it, I’m on film. As I chomp my way through a steak, the exquisite birthday girl at the next table will have my face framed in the glow of her candels as she blows. There is no end to it. There will be thousands of beautiful people around the world, cropping and deleting their mementos in order to extiguish the old numpty in the background. Serves them right for being young and beautiful.

    • Korau

      Only 68. Young stripling, you.

      I’m 70. Bet there are older than both of us.

      Any takers?

      • MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels

        I’m 27 but old at heart.

        • rantykiwi

          You have a lot to learn young Skywalker.

      • dumbshit

        Does how much your joints ache, count?

      • Aucky

        Yes, me – 72.

        There can’t be anyone here older than me.

        • MaryLou

          I do know that there are at least 2 people here that don’t comment, that leave you in the dust :)

        • Huia

          You have me beat by a year.
          Life is funny, I am startled every time I look in a mirror and see my mother staring back at me.
          Still, at this age its a good start to the day when we wake up.

          • Michelle

            An old busker in town always tells people every day above ground is a good one
            He is a great old guy and not a bad voice

    • MarcWills

      Spoken in the true spirit of a GOM. It’s our job.

    • Platinum Fox

      I don’t concern myself with whether I might appear in a photographer’s shot if I’m stationary – that is not my problem.
      If I’m moving I still make an effort to change course to behind the camera if there is enough space to do so, but in this digital age I’m not too concerned if I can’t. The photographer can easily snap another image with virtually no cost whereas in the days when we all used film there were real costs involved in repeating a shot if unwanted people intruded into the frame.

  • Nige.

    I told you Bruce had my screwdriver.

    Yippie! I found it!

    There’s hope for Ishermans sunglasses.

    • Isherman

      Damn!, didn’t think to check with Brucey, and he’s in Prague now.

      Bruce,
      Don’t lose those sunnies mate, I’d hate for something to happen to that nice jacket you like so much.

      • hookerphil

        Prague, will be stolen by now.

        • Isherman

          That’s what I’m worried about.

        • XCIA

          Its a good place for the unwary to have an organ harvested, so they say.

          • rantykiwi

            So if the Whale organ is harvested, do we arrive here to a blank web page?

        • johcar

          Not yet. When we taxied in from the airport at 11pm last night I was a little surprised but the numbers of police about. I suspect they’re aware of a problem…

    • rantykiwi

      Did you nick his moustache in return?

  • Huia

    Just heard a douchebag on tv, blaming the victim, as in, “WE behaved inappropriately”.
    The sauna poser needs a reality check I think.

    • Greg M

      I see the rat faced half sucked throatie will be testifying for the defence. How he has the gall to show his face in public escapes me.

      • I’ll be sitting there giving him the evils. Perhaps we should arrange a bunch of Whaleoilers to sit in our shirts while he gives evidence

        • Greg M

          Count me in, flick us a text when you’re heading up there.

          • Nige.

            It’s not fair. Im missing out.

    • Sailor Sam

      But by his own testimony, he regarded her as his sister.
      That makes it even worse.

      • Wasapilot

        Yep, fott firmly in the mouth. I was thinking that his party may get over 5%, so thought National should start cosying up to them. I have never been so wrong.

        • Old Kiwi

          I clearly remember a popular person around here warning us all about CC a fair way out before the last election. I was a little bit like you. Boy we were both wrong. ( No names no pack drill no moderation delay 😜 )

          • rantykiwi

            On which note (and I don’t think this breaches the policy on discussing moderation) it’s interesting to see which words trip the mod-bot up. Some are pretty obvious (after the event) but some appear to be so left-field that the mind boggles. I guess it all just proves that computers won’t replace the human brain in the forseeable future.

  • Papillon

    What were the Sensible Sentencing Trust thinking using David Garrett to front for them in the protest for Moko at parliament? As the mother of a decreased infant I was disgusted to see him holding a tiny white casket. Way to sully your message and bring more hurt to the parents of the infant whose name and details Garrett stole to gain a passport.

    • Nige.

      I’m a big fan of Garrett.

      But I have to say THAT is in very very poor taste.

    • Chris Bell

      Agree – do your homework SST otherwise you are hot air with no-one listening – how can they be so damn dumb – it left me feeling sick

  • Nige.

    Pisces8284 answered last nights question with:

    “That’s where your dignity leaks out”

    When have you seen someone just totally lose all dignity and respect?

    • XCIA

      Every day when I used to watch the zoo we call parliament. I gave it away some years ago as it was interfering with my blood pressure.

    • Carl

      There is one in court at the moment who has a political party.

      • Isherman

        “Had” is probably more like it right now I think.

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      Not so much the dignity bit, but one thing that continues to astound me is the amount of colleagues over the years I’ve lost respect for because they’ve lied to me.

      Mostly, it’s little stuff too that is trivial or unimportant. But, once you’ve caught them out there’s no going back. Trust is broken, respect is lost. I’ve seen it from senior management all the way through to junior staff.

      Free advice from Dr. Ewwbl – be honest. Small lies, lying by omission, obfuscation or half-truths are not worth the damage you do in terms of trust and respect lost.

      • Sally

        Agree. Lost all respect for a business colleague when I discovered they were having an affair with one our clients. All respect and trust went out the window.

      • MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels

        Saw comment the other day. Liked it.

        “You make a rightwinger angry by lying to him. You make a leftwinger angry by telling him the truth.”

      • nellie

        I remember having a colleague who would take my honest comments to him (usually about things I was finding challenging) and basically use them to make me look weak to our boss or other more senior work mates. Took me a couple of burns for me to keep my mouth shut around him.

      • dumbshit

        Drummed into our children, that if they tell the truth, we can work towards fixing the situation. Lies just sends you down the wrong path. Explained that, if they tell one lie, how can you ever believe anything else they say.

    • Isherman

      From this clown…all too often.

      • Chris Bell

        He hasn’t lost the plot – he never had a plot in the first place

        • rantykiwi

          He did – it was “polish that table at any cost”.

      • Mags

        He was pretty creepy in the news tonight.

    • JEL51

      Actually yes, more so lately. There is nothing more satisfying than when conversing with the sanctimonious Lefties to listen attentively as they parrot off the usual verbage, then come in from behind and stab them with facts and suggestions for a possible solution. The response is almost almost comedic.

    • Richard

      Witnessed a woman I knew, too drunk, way to early in the evening at another friends wedding.

      She tucked into the buffet before it was announced as open and went straight for the roast pork, tearing off a saucer sized piece of crackling, which she proceeded to go to work on with great gusto, her face and hands grease smeared from the residue.

      The grooms Aunt approached her and politely requested she go and clean herself up and sober up for a while, to which she told her where to go in a foul mouthed tirade.

      I lost all dignity and respect for that Groom’s Aunt that evening…I mean..what the hell was she thinking…you don’t interrupt someone while they are enjoying crackling like that!

    • Karma

      Facebook. I’ve had to hide the person in question. Did unfriend them, but they ‘found’ me again. Suffers from the typical lefty trait of always being right and no self awareness.

    • Office parties.

      And then the next day everyone pretends nothing happened.

  • wilson

    Battle of te reo. One an over weight chardonnay hippie, who thinks she is so much smarter than everyone else, because she can ask a question in may or ree. The other someone who is fluent in Maori.
    content:[email protected]/external/file/4439

    • Sailor Sam

      Ineterstingly I was about to mention this as well.
      Caught a fleeting bit of NZQT and was interested to hear the Material Girl read a prepared question in Te Reo, very stutteringly and poorly.
      Hekia Perata answered in Te Reo without hesitation and very fluently.
      I suspect the Material Girl would have had to get the answer translated back into English to know what it was.

      • wilson

        Don’t think she did understand the answer as Turei said to the speaker that Hekia Perata didn’t answer the question. Her reply was, you asked it in Maori, I answered it in Maori.

        • Wasapilot

          I seriously doubt that turei would understand the answer even if it was given in English. She reached her ceiling in the Mcgullicuudy party I think.

          • STAG

            Maybe if Parata had role-played the answer for her or perhaps interpretive dance?

  • hookerphil

    Felt privileged today to attend a Civic welcome to Natalie Rooney (Silver Medal, Shooting) and Dylan Kennett (Cycling) who come from Waimate and returned for an hour long ceremony after performing at the Rio Olympics. They both spoke really well, very much life time local people. A number of other people spoke, outlining how both were fiercely competitive from a young age with definite goals hey wished to achieve.
    All the school children of the District were in attendance, even if just a few take something from the occasion they will be in a better place.

  • Huia

    At least we don’t live in a neighborhood where we have this kind of problem

    • XCIA

      I have that very picture made into posters in my office. The caption at the bottom reads “This is an Otahuhu community warning notice” ;-)

    • Richard

      Typical..stereotyping the Blackbirds again…

    • Karma

      Blackbird lives matter!

  • Blueburd

    Higher education institutions aren’t preparing our youth for tomorrow, they are deluding them with some kind utopia where everyone only agrees with them and only their views matter and they will all have the best house, car and job .

    I’ll take the 1944 version any day (pic)

    • rantykiwi

      Generation snowflake – I really do fear for the future of humanity.

      • Damon Mudgway

        And real men can’t even be men anymore.

        • Michelle

          That annoys me most that men are now to be considered as lesser then women instead of us all being equal and men are different from women
          These crazy women are damaging boys and young men with their craziness as well as shutting down all men that aren’t emascualted

  • XCIA

    Want a bird that will drive your MIL to drink, then this is for you!
    https://www.facebook.com/rudi.louw.39/videos/10153084735892875/

  • sheppy

    According to One News we are apparently going to get tolls for Auckland Council to waste and no second harbour crossing for 30 years.
    Perhaps those living in their cars are future ready and the rest of us will have to learn to sleep on the harbour bridge.
    Len V2.0 really has this farcical election in the bag!

    • johnandali

      Some time in the next 30 years before the second harbour crossing gets built, there could possibly be some event that will render the bridge temporarily or even permanently impassable. Then what? There will be bedlam on the roads. The fact about our roads is that north of the Harbour Bridge, millions and millions of dollars are generated in petrol tax, but only a fraction of that money is being spent to improve the northern roading system. I reckon the majority of the petrol tax money generated from Hamilton to North Cape is being spent on roading between major tourist areas in the central North Island and in the South Island. An example of this is the extension of the Northern Motorway to south of Puhoi, but it’s a toll road. And the new motorway extension to Warkworth will also be a toll road. This is because the money to build those roads will not be from petrol taxes, but from private investment, but those people living up there will still have to pay their exorbitant road taxes – for nothing. I have only one word to explain the injustices of the roading system and the apparent intention to put tolls on taxpayer-funded motorways in the Auckland region to pay for a stupid rail system that the majority of taxpayers and ratepayers will never travel on. The one word description is : Rort.

  • Geordie

    https://youtu.be/29MzOW8cKLw

    Not sure how to put up this link, but a great example of Turei been owned by Parata. Ask a stilted question in Maori to a Minister who is a fluent speaker, you can expect to be embarrassed!

    • Blueburd

      I still fail to see what the greens bring to parliament

      • Aucky

        Entertainment?

        • Blueburd

          I get more entertainment watching the lawn grow

        • Nige.

          Expensive entertainment

          • rantykiwi

            But they do make even National’s worst look outstanding.

      • Seriously?

        Dope

      • Geordie

        Jesus loves a trier?

      • Disinfectant

        Complete battiness. Otherwise we would have no benchmark to judge the sane against.

      • waldopepper

        bitterness and envy generally.

    • sandalwood789

      Gawd….. talk about “virtue signaling”!

      “Look at me – I can speak Maori! I’m just sooooooo PC!”

      What a pity that Parata didn’t reply in a language that Turei didn’t understand (like maybe Klingon).

      • KatB

        Does she speak it or just read it? It seems to me she only reads it, and does so badly. I gather she didn’t understand Parata’s Maori reply?

    • Second time around

      Turei has never demonstrated in Question TIme that she can speak Maori fluently, nor that she can comprehend the answers given to her by the ministers in any language. It would be less embarassing for all concerned, including natural speakers of Te Reo, if she would stick to English.

    • Vutekno

      Watched it, enjoyed it. This melon must have the self awareness of a dead parrot! It seems clear to me from the expression on the faces of many Government Ministers that they have a very low regard for this woman and her ridiculous questions.

    • STAG

      As soon as Parata started speaking, I wished the camera would have shown the Mellon’s face, I bet it was glazed and confused. Its very clear she doesn’t understand a word of the language she reads.

      And if she did, why didn’t she persist in asking her questions in Maori? because Parata would have wiped the floor with her!

  • Blueburd

    Can’t believe this guy is doing this. No HiVis vest and no cones around his work area.

    A disaster waiting to happen

    • Moonroof

      Electricity is the friend you shake hands with only once.

      • johnandali

        When I was living in Aust, and had to get an electrician in to do some wiring, I admitted to him that I had suffered my first electric shock when I was about four years old. He responded by asking, “Do you think you survived?” I’ve been pondering the question for the past six years. It’s possible that I didn’t survive, and I was relegated to live on an earth that is full of turmoil, hatred and murder. Darn.

    • dumbshit

      Can’t fault his “earth”!

      • rantykiwi

        Is that the brown wire? You know, “dirt is brown, so the brown one must be earth”.

        • dumbshit

          Let us know if you find out?

          • rantykiwi

            I’ve told that to my sparky mate’s apprentice – I’ll find out in the next week or two.

  • Korau

    Colin Powell, four star general and war hero has dumped on Hillary Clinton big time.

    In the latest email bombshell, hackers released Colin Powell’s private emails exposing the four-star general’s true feelings about Hillary Clinton and her philandering husband, former President Bill Clinton.

    When contemplating the thought of a Hillary Clinton presidency, Powell wrote: “I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect. A 70-year person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational, with a husband still (expletive) bimbos at home.”

    What a lousy week poor Hillary has had. Ouch. And she’s expected back on campaign tomorrow.

    More on this story here : http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/adriana_cohen/2016/09/cohen_once_again_hillary_clinton_suffers_death_by_a_thousand

    • MaryLou

      Yes, I saw that. Guess which bit of the email leak the MSM chose to discuss? The one line where he disses Trump.

      • rantykiwi

        And we’re surprised quite how?

        • MaryLou

          Not surprise really, just constantly astonished that they don’t seem to realise that the source material is available EVERYWHERE. There’s no point editing it down like that and being selective, they just look like a pack of wallies.

          • Michelle

            Just seen it on CNN and then they had some older woman “expert” going on about sexism and ageism against HRC and typical leftie not a single good point on Trump
            Nothing to do with HRC poor health just sexism

            Will CNN take responsibility if HRC falls over once in the White House they are pushing so hard for her?
            Not likely

          • MaryLou

            Can hardly be ageism, Trump is older!

          • Michelle

            It is different for women, didn’t you know?

          • Disinfectant

            No, because woman live longer than men.

    • JEL51

      Just to keep the conspiratorial energy fed, I am wondering now if the ‘Faint’ was to throw the hounds off the scent. Everyone has almost forgotten the ‘Deplorable’ incident and if it wasn’t for the General, the ‘Emails’ would have been yesterdays news.
      Oh dear, not working all that well, if that was the intention.

  • Herbert Charles

    This is to that hand wringing leftie Katherine Dolans hit piece saying NZ is crap.

    • JEL51

      Great to see some faces in there we haven’t seen for awhile.

      • Herbert Charles

        Yeah I totally forgot about that guy from the L V Martin & Son mail order catalogue.

  • Darren Allis

    HELP – Tricky situation.

    If a local body candidate (on behalf of him/herself or both candidates), gave wrapped presents to two community board chairs during her speaking time, in front of 50-60 people at a meet the candidates meeting, is it considered “Treating”?

    I mean it’s not like he/she needed an audience for that did he/she?

    ALSO – The following comment was made in a post on social media does this constitute “Interfering with or influencing voters” under the Local Electoral Act? Probably not eh?

    The new voting structure means you vote for one City Councilor [Redacted] and up to two Community Board members (if you really want me to get in I suggest you simply tick just [Redacted] and leave your other vote blank)

    • Damon Mudgway

      Yep, not good. Getting anyone to take it seriously is the trick.

  • sandalwood789

    Arrrr….. it be “Talk like a Pirate Day” on Monday. Arrrrr…….

    • rantykiwi

      I have a board meeting to attend – I probably can’t partake.

      • Seriously?

        All aboard me meeting maties arrr

      • MaryLou

        Oh go on, do it. No one likes board meetings :)

        • Seriously?

          We be havin a motion maties, be there a secondarrrrrrrr?

          • MaryLou

            Aye – and a tuuurrrrd

          • MaryLou

            Sorry.

          • Seriously?

            Don’t be saying that me matie. Me parrot, he be named Sorry and every time someone be saying ess name, ee be biting me ear til I be giving him a crackarrrrr.

          • rantykiwi

            Shouldn’t that be Saaaarrrrrrrrrry?

          • MaryLou

            I don’t know now! I think my Pirate is Scottish!

        • rantykiwi

          If it was our board I wouldn’t care, but it’s the board meeting at an important client. I quite like being not-unemployed.

  • Seriously?

    Craig said in Court today that thought of McGregor as his sister….. ewwww yuuukkkkk!

    • dumbshit

      He doesn’t need a shovel!

    • Isherman

      Allegedly. [snigger]

      • Seriously?

        spelt al leg edly

    • Big_Al

      Eeeeew! That’s incestuous. The guy definately needs help.

    • Chris Bell

      If he does have a sister she needs to take note and hide

      • Seriously?

        With brother like that who’d need a laxative.

    • Cadwallader

      …and how did he regard the guy he shared a sauna with? His brother? His father? The more you regard this guy the creepier he looks. It is a bit like Richard Nixon, the more exposure he received the more devious he looked.

  • RightyTighty LeftyLoosey

    Beware!!

    • BigNose

      In the 70s, after the link between cigarettes and cancer was proven, the cigarette companies published a study that 80% of fatalities in airline crashes had eaten pickles of some description in the previous month. Just goes to show…

      • Dave

        Yes, and cancer only occurs in humans that breath oxygen, scientists discovered if the humans stop breathing the cancer also stops….. Tell that to the cigarette companies

  • Sunnyjim

    I was watching the news tonight about the commemorations in France on the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, in which over 2000 New Zealanders died.

    I was wondering how these brave men would feel today, 100 years later having made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, about France once again being run over by another political totalitarian ideology and this invasion went unopposed without shots being fired.

    Instead of returning these people and fighting back, the cowardly politicians and authorities are kowtowing to these invaders, whose only purpose is to turn France and Europe into another Islamic caliphate, ruled by Sharia law.

    It saddens me that these man seemingly laid down their lives in vain. Lest we forget and may they rest in peace.

  • Chris Bell

    When are the tough decisions going to be made by our lenient justice system and we see the scum that did this horrendous act against this poor defenceless woman in Panmure be put away for years and not weeks – I bet their scum families have had more tax payer money poured into them than I have earned legitimately in 5 lifetimes, and this is what we see for it – this world has got to change otherwise we are lost for all time…

    • Skydog

      Then you read some one broke into a Police station and stole property. This clearly shows some of the public clearly have no regard or fear of justice.

      After CYF’s is transformed into what ever it wants to be the Justice Department should be next. There needs to be a strong overhaul of sentencing for starters followed by an introduction of levels of murder. I feel there is too wider gap between murder and manslaughter. I could rant all night. And by the way, those two who attacked the lady in the car deserve the gallows in my opinion. Get them before they can breed.

      • johnandali

        Did you read the comprehensive report today in the Herald on-line about the poor lady being attacked by the two people of female gender? At least the radio reports gave a brief description of the offenders including their assessed ethnicities (Maori or Pacifica). Not even a mention in the Herald. Talk about PC twaddle. The Herald takes the cake.

  • Isherman
    • Nige.

      What is intent?

      • nellie

        It’s where you go when it’s raining and you’re camping?

      • Seriously?

        Where you live in Auckland if you’re on an average wage.

      • Isherman

        Furniture, renovation equipment and a major facepalm moment for Andrew Little when his overcrowded house in Otara stunt blew up in his face.

  • Wasapilot

    I have about 2 cubic metres of concrete to pour tomorrow. Nige / Richard / others, is six 40kg bags of cement per cube of builders mix about right for my 6 to 1 mix?

    • dumbshit

      Hope you don’t mind my two bobs worth, depends on what you are building.

      • Wasapilot

        Not at all DS, just re doing garden paths that had to be ripped up when our drains were replaced.

        • dumbshit

          Stand to be corrected, but 8 to 1, would be sufficient for that. Of course base prep is very important, without reinforcing.

          • Wasapilot

            The builders mix and cement will be loaded into the mixer using my recently calibrated NZS compliant shovel, with water add via a mains pressure fed supply device, aka a hose. 😀
            As Nige suggested, I will get a couple more bags than I think I will need.

          • Greg M

            Spend a few bucks extra and get some mesh to go in it. If the ground is still moving about a bit it will stop cracking and sagging etc.

          • rantykiwi

            On his 150mm of compacted AP20 it’ll never move. (This from the man who used D12 rod in his mowing strip)

          • Greg M

            You do that too )

          • Nige.

            Why didnt you just use solid galvanised steel?

          • rantykiwi

            Beacuse I had D12, it was free and I was taught to do concrete properly.

          • Nige.

            . ….taught to “place” concrete properly… 😉

          • Wasapilot

            We put mesh in when the driveway was done post EQ. With what is hopefully a well prebared base (150mm of AP20) we should be ok without mesh, I hope.

          • Nige.

            you can get some mesh fibres that you can throw into the mix nowadays to be sure.

            http://www.concreteplus.co.nz/ (i would expect them to have it. We have it in ‘concrete world up here)

          • Greg M

            Yeah allied do a mix called shotcrete with that stuff in. Look what the fleabag Auckland council made us do for our deck. D12’s at 300 centres, layer of mesh over traydec 300…and 35 mpa concrete. complete overkill you could drive a truck over it. (pic) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4b59a4e9cda92ab1c3ca3be1498f2822ac0db489ba44a015a511ebdf75f4ec8d.jpg

          • rantykiwi

            Which council jobsworth owns shares in Fletchers?

          • dumbshit

            I worked on building the start of Fergusson Container Berth. Suggestion then was, “pour the reinforcing, and place the concrete! The “anchor slabs” at each end are very heavy duty. Have some great photos of the construction of it.

          • Wasapilot

            150mm of AP20, and ran a plate compactor over it. Should be ok I hope.

          • rantykiwi

            That’s driveway material… the path will be awesome.

          • Nige.

            i used old bits of cars and left over pieces of crap laying around for reinforcing in my path and i drive my vehicles over them all the time with no issue no cracking.

            (i think he want to use his path as a runway)

          • Nige.

            mate youre an aircraft tech arent you

          • Wasapilot

            Nah, I just knew which buttons to push and when, had no idea what made them work 😀

          • Brent

            Krackmates 3 to 4 meter spacing on paths. Lite wet prep if the day gets to hot.

        • nellie

          From what I’m reading here there’s no such thing as “just re doing garden paths”!

      • Nige.

        He said its a 6/1. If he knows his ratio im sure he knows if thats a suitable strength

    • Nige.

      Sounds about right. Get another couple just to be safe. You can credit back what you dont use normally.

      • Wasapilot

        Thanks Nige. I have even brought a brand spanking new magnesium trowel for the occasion.

        • Nige.

          Oh nice. That’ll be easy on the wrist!

          Just watch it around intense flames!

          • dumbshit

            And “wekas”!

        • rantykiwi

          No expense spared eh?

          • Wasapilot

            I figure someone a useless at me when it comes to concreting needs all the help he can get. Can’t blame the tools then 😀 I need to resist the temptation to try and float it off to soon.

          • rantykiwi

            Grab a new broom to brush it off with too. After you finish you can give it to the missus as an early Xmas pressie and gain some extra brownie points.

          • peterwn

            I had a nightmare years ago. We were preparing for a pour, were nowhere near ready and four concrete trucks were coming down the road.

          • dumbshit

            Had a boss that used to almost go into “orbit”, at first sight of concrete truck! Talk about “high revving tongues”, it was tradjic!

    • Old Kiwi
      • Wasapilot

        Thanks very much mature Kiwi

  • XCIA

    Getting your own back 101.

  • Disinfectant

    Many who comment on this site are aware that the MSM are very biased and tend to make the news to suit their political agenda.

    I have a solution. Why doesn’t every editor come out and say who they support politically and have voted for in the past.

    That way, we can then choose as to whether we engage with them or not. A bit like declaring ones interests when elected to public office.

    • Wasapilot

      They will say something like “I support no political party, and have voted for several parties in the past”. Generally they do not need to state anything, as it is pretty obvious where their support lies.

      • Moonroof

        Variations on a theme of “the truth will be self evident”. Wait a bit and you’ll find out sure enough, poss with the assistance of alt.media

    • Old Kiwi

      Bit like the talkback callers that ring up stating they have always voted National and then give all the reasons they won’t be voting the Nats next election. By the end of their tirade there is generally several comments that confirm to me that they have never voted for the Nats in their entire life. I call them the cellophane callers.

      • johnandali

        But have you noticed that Leighton Smith does not talk NZ politics any more? ZB is owned by the NZ Herald, and you can’t get any further left-wing that the Herald. I will be keen to read Leighton’s memoirs after he retires, in which I feel sure he will tell us about his contract that probably prohibited him from political comment. Meanwhile, other ZB hosts don’t seem to have any qualms about criticising the Nats.

    • pisces8284

      I have friended quite a few of our council candidates on Facebook and it’s actually quite worthwhile. You get to see what type of friends they have and find out quite a bit about them. Amazing how many of them are lefties, they should declare their political leanings in their pamphlets

  • Gazza

    What is it with the ever desperation of the Labour party , they now want to get rid of the law that has a solo mother on a benefit to have some of their dole cut for not giving up the fathers name , in 1990 under Labour this law exists , in the early 2000’s they altered this law to cut further the benefit ,
    Me being a level headed middle NZ voter , I would like to see the solo benefit dropped all together if the mother doesn’t give up the father , it is a privilege not a right to get the benefit , why is it lefties think its about their way of life

  • rantykiwi

    pic…

  • Nige.

    Aaaaand I’m sitting down finally. For the first time today (other than driving).

    Poor me.

    • Nige.

      But what a feeling it is!

      • MaryLou

        Oooooh Nige I think I just reported Brent by accident or did something – his comment is gone. Stupid touch pads – didn’t mean to… can you fix? Sorry

        • Nige.

          You have hidden his comments. You’ll need to go into your account settings by clicking your picture and follow your nose. If you have no luck by yourself contact the help desk

          • MaryLou

            Oh ok ta

          • Nige.

            Just consider yourself lucky you didn’t do it to me. Imagine that.

          • Nige.

            (a dozen people all switch off the ability to see nige’s comments all at once)

    • rantykiwi

      Awww… it’s a hard life being a woodbutcher.

      • Nige.

        I started out with replacing a threshold bar at a flat, then I changed a tap and a different address, then I cut up some kitchen joinery in order to get a dishwasher out (that was indeed butchering) then I replaced some spouting which also involved….some…. butchering…which I’m not proud of. And then there was blah blah blah blah yadda yadda yadda and now I’m watching fox news. Pheew what a day.

        • Brent

          Was the Driving Chasing the new Pie Truck?

          • Nige.

            You’ll be impressed to know I bought a vegetarian roll (don’t tell anyone)

          • hookerphil

            I knew that Pork Belly was no good. Pork Roast tonight, now that was good.

          • Nige.

            Yeah I don’t know why they chose that as their poster pie. The steak and blue is way better. Pepper steak even more so but it’s not always available.

          • rantykiwi

            Hand over your man card. NOW!

          • Nige.

            I was all meated out from the all pies from earlier in the day.

        • Dave

          Your sounding like a “hire a Hubby” Nige

          • Nige.

            It costs over a grand to buy into that franchises AND you have to have a pink vehicle

          • Dave

            Nothing wrong with a pink vehicle Nige, real brave men have been known to drive pink vehicles. Oh, they wear pink shirts as well.

    • Nige.

      Now I know how Hillary feels!

      • hookerphil

        You need a double

        • Nige.

          I am a double twice. Double D and XX(L)

        • Seriously?

          no ice

          • Nige.

            Neat.

  • Greg M

    Te News.
    “Te Awamutu police revealed today that some stuff has been pinched from the police station. Sergeant Herewini said “we are not going to be shackled in our investi…our inv… in our inquiries and we are checking all the bars “.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/84319943/burglars-target-police-station

  • Greg M

    September 15, 1940. Battle of Britain day. We will remember them.
    Pic, Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Rodney Park, GCB, KBE, MC & Bar, DFC https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/775f2f90fcdaee1f3727ee2dd66e9f731b525c63ce7dec27a1238c56d39ec2c6.jpg

    • dumbshit

      Men were men, in those days. Don’t know that I could rise to their bravery, but I surely acknowledge theirs!

    • Frank N Further

      Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few,

      Thanks for the reminder Greg. Its worth remembering that the “few’ were led by a Kiwi.

  • Nige.

    Fox news to Trump: “if you win the precedency will you sever ties with your companies?”

    Trump “Absolutely. I wouldn’t hesitate. What I’m doing is too big to compare with any of that.”

    No bs. No beating around the bush. No diverting the subject.

  • Roland

    Had a very enjoyable 2 days in Auckland, staying in lower Queen Street. My daughter receiving prize for top 2% at Uni. Marvelled at the parking rate of only $6 (per 15 minutes)… Thank you Wilsons. Found the local shopkeepers very obliging but shuddered when I looked at the unreinforced masonry shop fronts (coming from Christchurch), they are a tradgedy waiting to happen if they get a direct hit earthquake wise. Walked back from the Casino early on tuesday morning and wondered about the safety of some of the people that l had seen ‘dossing down’ in doorways along the route and how safe we were as a group, never felt threatened. Some quite clever ‘homeless’ can engage in ‘clever banter’ and I wondered if they dress up for that as work for the day. Others are seriously in need of some help. Just looking at the news tonight, I wonder which one of the ‘homeless’ l saw the other morning is dead today.

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