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  • Alf Garnett
    • Nige.

      It’s yet another lefty who’s now seen the light “you were right I was wrong” article.

    • JEL51

      Well said. It seems to have reached a point where the understood terms/labels like Democratic/Left/Right/Far Right/Fascism etc., have been totally hijacked and distorted by those with the agenda to globalize the whole shooting box.

      It really is difficult to follow any argument when the language has been altered.
      It feels like there is only two levels of thought….those who believe the ‘Elite’ should rule over all others/Globalism…..
      ……and….. those who don’t/Nationalism.
      It is freaking scary how the globalists have quietly undermined what was a very stable existence.

  • Carl

    pic….

  • Nige.

    Greg M answered last nights question with:

    “weight in gold”

    What have you invested in that turned out to be a good or bad deal?

    • ex-JAFA

      Women. Wasted a fortune on them over the years.

      • dumbshit

        There is no such thing as a “free one”!

        • Huia

          Just ask Scarlette.
          She could even be still available for the right $$$$

          • dumbshit

            Sadly, bus driver made no down payment, but paying interest now!

          • XCIA

            Even if she was free, I can’ imagine any sane person puting their hand up for that drama.

          • OneTrack

            At least $50.

      • Have spent quite a bit on them over the years also, wouldn’t say it was all wasted though.

      • KatB

        My husband invested wisely.

        • STAG

          I’ve brought a good wife.

          • dumbshit

            I’ve heard the “trade in” market can be expensive!

    • Eiselmann

      Internet domain names , just before the values crashed….ugh!!, cost me a couple of grand ,wasn’t much fun

    • XCIA

      MMP has produced good investment opportunities for Forex when you can determine when os confidence will fall or rise.

    • Wasapilot

      Our children. Worth every cent, minute, tear, worry,…….

      • STAG

        Yes, but if the FAWNS had somehow managed to ingest more gold then dirt along the way that would makes things sooo much better.

    • JohnO

      I put $400K into Pike River Coal. It was a classic case of throwing my money down a black hole when the mine exploded. If only I had sold out 14 months previously I would have had an huge capital gain.
      The money more than came back to me from the Auckland real estate boom which is now slowing down. I am quite content to leave my money in some rental houses for the rent when I retire and as a long term preserver of capital.

      • Nige.

        Well it’s good that you can talk about it. A lot of people would keep that to themselves.

      • STAG

        Good on you, I lost a bit in Pike River too.

    • Bruno 32

      I invested in a good education. The dividends keep flowing in.

    • Jafarma

      A $1 each way bet on a horse at the Arapuni racecourse in the 70’s when I was a poor student. It won and returned me >$100 which I promptly spent in the pub afterwards

    • STAG

      AMP converted a life insurance policy of mine into shares (somehow?!?!?!?) I sold the shares straight away at about $27 a few weeks latter my brothers shares were trading about $3:20.

      • Nige.

        Am or pm?

    • JEL51

      I invested 12 yrs of my life into trees. Will let you know sometime how that has worked out.

      • STAG

        GRAND PA STAG is coming to the end of a 25yr tree cycle, not sure if he’ll reinvest or holiday. Will let you know.

      • Michelle

        I read it has been a good year for avo’s l see them along the roadside for a good price and quite large ones

        • JEL51

          Yep, thanks to those lovely warm Autumn days they are a good size this year. We up North here haven’t got the crop that Kati kati has but I think most growers are happy up this way.
          Prices will probably drop once they reach maturity levels and more come onto market. Our best prices come from what we export to Australia.

          • Michelle

            Hope you get a good return for all your hard work
            l saw a few years back someone moved large avo trees from Maunu to Mangatapere l wonder if they are producing or not yet?
            Mind you the volcanic soils are amazing for growing things
            Can’t grow them here sadly as ground gets too wet and we get harsh frosts

          • JEL51

            Those trees that were moved are great now. It is a nice sight and they lost only a couple. That orchard was raided three times last season but I believe they caught the sods. Do you buy from the roadside near the hall?

          • Michelle

            Sometimes but they sell out fast that’s if you mean the one on the same side of road as hall
            We also get some on the Otaika valley road where the goats are tied up

          • JEL51

            Ok, next time…. travel same road 2ks, blue letterbox on left/191 and come and have a coffee. Hopefully I can have some ready-to-eat ones for you as well.

          • Michelle

            Church by substation just to check we are on same page
            l will let you know when we are heading over
            Hope to do it this week or next
            Can swap for fresh eggs and coffee sounds good

          • JEL51

            Turn right onto substation rd before you reach hall (from your direction). Our drive is left at lowest part of road. Friday I am usually off to town :)

          • Michelle

            Got where you mean now
            l will be in touch but this week is not starting off well with bike packing up and having to heave it onto ute to take to town to get it fixed and then phone call from parents with the flu

          • JEL51

            Ok, just checked bees, can see another 3 showing signs of varoa :(

          • Michelle

            Oh bugger that is no good I have to check out mine this week

    • dumbshit

      POT shares, from when they first listed! Might get a mention, in passing, from grandees!

    • ex-JAFA

      $5 in the pot at the dinner party I attended last night. Paid out $30 when I picked the All Blacks score exactly right.

      • Nige.

        Ok I would like to point out that i got semi pretty almost close to last nights score. I went with 12-52

    • Nic C

      Good: Took a reasonably sized long position in gold the morning of the BREXIT vote… closed out the trade at 2pm for upwards of $20K.

      Bad: Fell for a classic ‘pump and dump’ on some obscure RFID manufacturer on an OTC exchange in the states.

      Bought at $3.85… 1 month later – $0.04.

      My own damn fault.

      • STAG

        My brother has done quite well out of nickel and dine shares over the year’s. A few thousand alcan grow pretty well and if you lose, you’ve lost a few grand.

        • Nic C

          yeah but the key is to do your own research… unlike what I did above, where I listened to some complete stranger!

    • gander

      Bought Mainfreight in its IPO for $ 0.96/share, IIRC.

    • Barnacles2

      In the late 90’s tech boom, tried to buy some red hat shares but missed out by 50 cents when they opened, so chucked the money in some other random company, were going to jump out when they got to $50, they got to $48… The last valuation was 0.002c before they were dumped as trash stocks.

    • Dan

      Stock market about a month before the crash of 1987 (was it 87?) Me and the flatties thought it was a great idea to play the market. Purchased Bob Jones Ind shares – a whopping $200 of them and watched them crash.

      We were lucky. Some voluntary forgetfulness prevents me from remembering exactly how much we lost however.

  • Huia

    That is a new one.
    Thank goodness the bombs in New York aren’t terrorism, they are just intentional, so that’s a relief.
    It could have been much worse if they had been put in place by a lone wolf, alcohol, mentally disturbed, acting alone, disgruntled employee truck driver.
    I feel much better knowing it wasn’t terrorism.

    • KatB

      I think it’s fairly safe to say that thankfully terrorism has largely been wiped out, a thing of the past. Now it’s just these lone wolf acts, not related to anything in particular. Phew.

  • Eiselmann

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37399862

    8 stabbed in Minnesota .guess which religion the mental illness patient followed

    • Duchess of Pork

      The Best of Deceivers

  • Dumrse

    It’s been a hard out day at the National War Memorial celebrating our contribution to the WW1 battles in France. So tuff even a SAS man can’t stay awake.

    • XCIA

      That’s what you call “standing easy!”

    • Nechtan

      Doesn’t show on that close up but good old Ron still seems to have those Omani gongs in the pride of place in front of the NZ medals.
      NZ First (not so much)

  • First one is for my nerd friends. (pic)

    • Wasapilot

      Classic! I loved the DOS days. Back then I could actually fix things.

      • Remember this one?

        “Who the hell is General Failure, and why is he trying to write to my floppy!?”

        • Dan

          On apples – ‘init hello’ got me in huge trouble at school once. The computer prefects were playing a trick on juniors by creating bogus ‘init hello’ progs. I walk in and say, “It’s easy….” and proceeded to delete the junor computer assignments.

          Detention: Re-enter all the code again. The code was very bad, and long, but I had to enter exactly as I saw it.

        • johcar

          And “Keyboard not detected. Press any key to continue.”

    • Dan

      Seems to have issues with Repeat…until (happy =3). Or is that only in BASIC?

  • Nechtan

    Somewhat later than usual but today’s rock history:

    Born today in 1949 Kerry Livgren guitarist for Kansas.

    Born today in 1952 Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin) songwriter and bass with the Ramones.

    Died today in 1970 guitar great Jimi Hendrix .

    Today in 1971 “Who’s Next” went to number 1 on the UK album charts, it would be their only number 1 album in the UK.

    Today in 1976 Boston released “More Than A Feeling” in the US.

    Today in 1981 over ten years after Jim Morrison’s death, The Doors’ “Greatest Hits” album went Platinum.

    Today in 1991 Rob Tyner (Robert W. Derminer) lead singer with MC5 , suffered a fatal heart attack aged 47.

    Today in 1993 Meat Loaf went to number 1 on the UK album chart with “Bat Out Of Hell II”.

    • Wasapilot

      A definite case of better late than never. I really enjoy your history posts Nechtan.

    • Nige.

      You’re forgiven

  • Second one is for C4Me (pic)

    • Bruno 32

      Down here in the Ashburton area cow counting has become a serious issue. One for you,one for me ,one for you ,one for me……………….Any news on the missing cows ?

      • Greg M

        Nope, but the accowntants are doing the numbers as we speak.

        • Bruno 32

          standard values equal herd values for first time ever. Acowntants are doing the numbers and most cowfarmers will start paying tax in 2025

          • David

            Will be paying tax this year If the payout goes up a bit more. Far sooner be paying tax than making a lose.

          • Bruno 32

            I can hear you . I have always farmed for profit,with the capital gains a bit on the side. Increased equity has allowed the business to grow ,but when you borrow to buy the groceries ,you open yourself up for cyclical downturns like we have just had.

          • Stuarts.burgers

            I agree do not mind paying tax as it means we made money.
            My beef is how much the pollies want and how they spend it once they get it.

          • MarcWills

            Might be earlier if the price of sirloin steak in the supermarket this week stays at $29.99/kg. Sheesh, that’s ridiculous. Even rump was $21.99/kg. I’ve changed to pork.

          • Dan

            Vanuatu is great! Rump is about $13. Same for Sirloin and Porterhouse. Meanwhile pork anything is around $18. Every week, my local butcher sells sirloin for about $7. All nicely organic too. As for me – veal stew at $8/kg.

        • Richard

          I’m vealing very uneasy about the whole thing…

          • Bruno 32

            veally good sir.

        • cows4me

          I sent 10 culls to the works about 8 days ago Greg, the check was about $7000, so even if these poor animals went to the works someone has clean up.

          • curry4me

            In Korea, where the cattle farms are comparitively the size of a postage stamp, beef is rather expensive. One cow is worth about $10-12000 NZ.

    • cows4me

      You’ll have to ask my missus Pete she counts the cows every morning and woe betide if any of the girls are missing, but she is a lovely lady and really cares for the animals like her kids, it’s why I love her so. She just about had a fit when they lost 500 down south, I can’t reproduced what she said suffice to say I would be banned.

      • Michelle

        I read on TM that she had other farms down there and “maybe” moved cows around
        Very fishy and feel for the cows

        • David

          Nothing fish about it. The cows have been taken. No one knows were the cows have gone as the police are still trying to fine out were they went

          • Michelle

            Will have to just wait and see what comes out of it all then
            Be nice to find out where they have gone to
            still strange that 500 cows went missing right next door to the farm they were from and no one noticed anything
            Someone must have been moving them and checking them and they would not be in a mob of 500 + but smaller mobs

          • David

            If what I have been told is right. They think they know how it was done

          • Michelle

            will watch with interest

  • Show your age.

    1) The first kind of music media you PURCHASED. Me: 45/33rpm records
    2) The first kind of computer media you PURCHASED. Me: 5.25″ floppy

    • Greg M

      1: Yep, Boney M records. ( the shame )
      2: 5″ reel to reel tape, to connect to a “tape interface” thing.

    • Effluent

      Hah! I had an Amstrad computer which used cassette tapes for storage. I also remeber getting a Christmas present from my Dad, who was a bit of a computer nerd, of a kit set analogue computer which could actually add, subtract, AND multiply and divide, almost as accurately as the slide rule.Of course, it had no storage whatsoever.

    • STAG

      Poison, on casset, Nige would be so proud.

      • Nige.

        I bought vanilla ice. What the hell was I thinking.

        • STAG

          I don’t think we can be friends anymore…

          A1A Detrot avenue, girls were hot, wearing less then bikinis.

          • Nige.

            What the hell does that bottom sentence mean? Doesn’t ring any bells to me … *Whistles *wanders away

          • STAG

            Watch, listen and remember your shame.

            https://youtu.be/rog8ou-ZepE

          • Nige.

            Argh!!!! Your a fan boy! Why are you trying to convince me to go back! Help!

          • Michelle

            Have this on my ipod
            Love the beat

          • Nige.

            I have this on my iPod Nano 6th gen. It has a great beat too.

            https://youtu.be/f3LLX9ThXjI

          • Nechtan

            Thats quite a jump from Vanilla Ice!!

          • Nige.

            Quick learner?

          • LovetoTeach

            You can “date” people and the kinds of music they listen to through their children. I’ll often call/sing out “Stop” – it’s interesting to see what they’ll sing back
            “Collaborate and listen”
            “In the name of love”
            “Right now, thank you very much” (That’s Spice girl classic!)

    • gander

      1) 33 rpm records
      2) Cassette tapes (Commodore PET 2001, 1979)

    • Cadwallader

      The Byrds on a 33LP circa 1967.

    • Jafarma

      Easy Rider soundtrack 33rpm LP 1969 and ditto floppy

    • dumbshit

      A friend loaned us a “BBC” computer, early 1980s. 10 year old son wrote a programme that generated a bicycle. 1987 bought an 8088 to run our business programme.

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      My first purchase was vinyl 33 LP for my brother’s Christmas pressie [cheap @ Deka].
      First one for me was on cassette – David Bowie Let’s Dance circa 1983.

      Computer media… When I bought my Atari 800XL, so Cartridge, Cassette and 5.25″ floopy all together.

    • Michelle

      45/33 played on the radio gram with record player that you plugged in and waited for it to warm up massive piece of furniture that no doubt will still go if plugged in
      You could stack up quite a few LP’s or 45’s to play at once
      First cassette probably Rumours, Fleetwood Mac
      First computer we bought in 1995/96 missed the DOS era

    • Bluemanning

      First 45 Elvis jailhouse rock. First LP gifted to me Danny Kay when I was very little.

      • Chris EM

        Danny Kay, I’d forgotten about him. Used to watch him on tv when I was very little.

        • johnandali

          My favourite movie of all time is The Five Pennies, starring Danny Kay and Louis Armstrong. The movie’s rendition of the Battle Hymn of the Republic is just the best.

        • Bluemanning

          I can’t remember the album name but I do remember stepping on and breaking it Xmas morning. It had the orchestra impersonation on it very clever.

    • D.Dave

      A 45 record at the school fair in 1970, might have been by Howard Morrison Quartet? it was pretty bad, but I was cool at the time.

    • CheesyEarWax

      1. Audio cassette tape.
      2. 5.25″ floppy, 3.5″ floppies were a luxury.

    • Asian_driver

      LP Iggy Pop True values, still have it

    • Barnacles2

      Cassette tape
      5.25 floppy for the Apple II, to load defender onto

    • Chris EM

      45/33rpm records.
      eMac. I was late to join the personal computer thing.

    • 33 LP’s
      Cassette tapes for Amstrad 464

    • hookerphil

      45’s but we had 78’s

    • CheesyEarWax

      3. Internet were dial-up on 9600 baud modem which had transfer rate of a whopping 19.2Kbps.

      • jcpry

        That was fast!

    • Stuarts.burgers

      EP of the Beatles
      Tapes for my Spectrum

      • Dan

        Spectrum! One step up from Sinclaire ZX81
        Well done! My first PC was a Commodore 64.

    • Duchess of Pork

      1. 33 of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. Always a Classical girl me.
      2. The 5.25 floppy’s had the Operating System on so were a part of the total computer package

    • Spiker

      33 vinyl. Can’t remeber the name of the first LP, it was compilation, can remember the cover though. I know it’s still around somewhere. First cassette tape was Diamond Dogs.. Computer disc’s were 5.25 for the Apple IIe.

    • jcpry

      1. Definitely a 33. I think it was Bachmann Turner Overdrive
      2. 5.25 floppy.

    • Dan

      1) JS Bach collection (CD) played by Andrew Murray. Contained Toccata and Fuge in D Minor. A classic!
      2) Verbatim 5.25″ floppy for $10. I remember because of the price.

    • Nessie

      Do 78s count? Glen Miller ‘Pennsylvania 6500′

    • Nermal

      Beatles “Love Me Do” 45, 5.25″Floppy

  • Poppa

    Cassette tapes. I think it was Roberta Flack.
    3.5″ disks. First PC had a 10Mb hard drive.

  • And last but not least, a secret video taken at Jude’s place when the JWs came round

    http://i.imgur.com/XCosXBv.gif

  • Nige.

    I finally stopped at a cemetery I had been passed several times over the decades.

    It was really old. Can anyone guess where?

    Hint: it’s in my part of the world.

    (Great hint nige)

    • hookerphil

      Havelock?

    • Spiker

      Taylor Pass Cemetery?

      • Nige.

        Correct. How did you know that?!?!?😀

        • Spiker

          30 seconds on google ;)

          • Nige.

            Not your great third uncle then?

          • Spiker

            Nope, no rellies in that part of the world. They mostly settled on the Nth Island east coast.

    • Greg M

      Tuamarina? Visited a war memorial (?) up there donkeys years ago.

    • Platinum Fox

      Kaituna cemetery.

  • XCIA

    Talking elections, anyone have any ideas on whom to pick (7) for the WDHB and ECB (4).

  • MaryLou

    Another Lindsay Mitchell gem. Apparently the UN has “something to say” about our new Ministry for Vulnerable Children. They don’t like the name:

    http://lindsaymitchell.blogspot.co.nz/

    • Chris EM

      Pathetic. The UN is absolutely pathetic.

      • GoingRight

        I thought the name was awful as well, surely a more positive title could have been chosen.

        • johnandali

          Yes, there’s nothing united about the United Nations.

      • johnandali

        The UN is well past its use-by date. I would like to see the US withdraw from it and tell them they’re not welcome in New York any more. They can then use the vacant building and start a new organisation which could only be joined by countries which signed a declaration of democratic governance, human rights, freedom of speech and religion etc.

  • XCIA

    Frozen waves, Baikal Lake in Siberia……
    https://www.facebook.com/344878019048985/videos/518521991684586/

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