The Telegraph trying to help Kim with his own body challenges.
Good Evening, welcomeÂ to the daily Whaleoil Backchat.
You donâ€™t have to stay â€śon topicâ€ť in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, links to other news or catch up with friends. If you havenâ€™t tried it before, signing in to a Disqus account is free, quick, and it is easy.
New commenters should familiarise themselves with ourÂ Commenting and Moderation rules. Thank you.
TroubleÂ commentingÂ on Whaleoil?Â Read this first.Â You can receive free help. Do not email via the Contact Page.
Just emailÂ [email protected]Â with your concerns. Â PleaseÂ be polite and as precise as you can be. Â Remember: this is a volunteer service provided by other Whaleoil readers. Â Only contact them with commenting related problems.
And they say that my influence is next to zero after Dirty Politics. Â Pah!
Administrators of a Facebook page titled NZ Drivers against idiot cyclists deny their site is a “hate page” and say they are trying to control comments with death threats against cyclists.
The page has alarmed Dunedin cycling mum Lara Hearn-Rollo who thinks it should be shut down.
I don’t agree, so you must be silenced! Â Â sigh.
After Charlie Hebdo, people still don’t ‘get it’, do they? Â Read more »
It seems the Aussies are still up to their old tricks.
This morning’s Fiji Sun has a story which may give us an insight as to what awaitsÂ NZ and how we will handle what is likely to be the same treatment at Â the Waitangi Day celebrations next week in Suva.
Top Government and Judiciary members conspicuously stayed away from the Australia Day celebrations in Suva last night.
It underscored continuing concerns in Suva over attitudes of Australian diplomats here, including High Commissioner Margaret Twomey, well informed sources said.
Among those not at the high commissionâ€™s function were Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Chief Justice Anthony Gates.
All were invited and all were in town.
It came at the end of a day when Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had warmly praised Fiji in a message published only by the Fiji Sun. But in marked contrast High Commissioner Twomey same time barely mentioned Fiji in a message published by both daily newspapers.
This reemphasised concerns of a chasm in attitude towards Fiji. This is between the warmth of Ms Bishop â€“ potentially Australiaâ€™s next Prime Minister â€“ and hardline bureaucrats and diplomats working in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
These are the people who drove the now widely discredited failed Australian policy of trying to isolate Fiji. Â Read more »
It’s not Monday(!) and I’m on ZB withÂ Larry Williams to doÂ The Huddle withÂ corporate shill Matthew Hooton. Â I’ll be discussing things from the right, and Matthew will discuss it from a perspective he’s being asked to provide by someone, unless he’s off the clock.
Our topics will be:
You can listen online via iHeartRadio and normalÂ methods.
It’s not that people outside of politics aren’t allowed to have an opinion. Â It’s the fact they do so pretending to have come to such views independently, and aren’t really speaking for a political movement.
Prime Minister John Key has defended his Government’s record on supporting the arts, following a stinging attack from acclaimed author Eleanor Catton.
Catton, winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her West Coast-set novel The Luminaries, told reporters in India that she’s struggling with her identity as a New Zealand writer, and is “very angry” with the Government.
“Coming and being an ambassador for my country when I feel that actually my country is not doing as much as they could for the intellectual world in general, but for the literary arts… It’s just a slightly complicated position to be in,” she said.
“At the moment, New Zealand, like Australia and Canada, [are dominated by] these neo-liberal, profit-obsessed, very shallow, very money-hungry politicians who do not care about culture. They care about short-term gains. They would destroy the planet in order to be able to have the life they want.”
“neo-liberal, profit-obsessed, very shallow, very money-hungry politicians who do not care about culture”.
…because that’s how we all speak when we say things off-the-cuff.
Read more »
A former teacher at a south Auckland school has had her registration cancelled after she pulled a child’s hair in order to remove them from under a table.
Mara Leau has been censured by the teachers Disciplinary Tribunal for her “serious misconduct” and had her teacher’s registration cancelled following the incident. Read more »