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Sort of gone off Herald Bombs because I could fill a blog every day on the clangers they come out with.  But I thought the above was particularly noteworthy.   Either they got it wrong, or I’m starting to get quite attracted to George Clooney myself.

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Is 3G or WiFi now a minimum requirement for your holiday spot?

It seems that an increasing number of us are unwilling to disconnect from the Internet for our holidays

iwis might be hanging up their business suits for the holiday, but iPads and laptops are must-pack items for many holidaymakers.

Bach owners say a growing number of travellers are choosing where they will stay based on mobile and broadband connectivity.

A spokesman for rental website Holiday Houses, which has more than 10,000 properties on its books, said 79 per cent of owners mentioned broadband or mobile coverage in their listings.

“[That] is a good indication that it is an important and fairly standard expectation at most places.”

The average nightly rate for houses that specified coverage and broadband as amenities was 2.5 per cent higher than properties that didn’t, he said.

Rich Carey, marketing manager for holiday home rental company Bachcare, which offers properties from Northland to Queenstown, said demand for homes with WiFi had surged.

“As technology plays a greater role in daily lives, guest needs have changed accordingly, particularly with international guests, who wish to remain connected to friends and family back home,” he said.

A customer survey found half indicated the availability of WiFi in a holiday home played some part in their decision to rent a particular property. That is also borne out by network statistics.

It may come as no surprise that due to the demands of Whaleoil, I do try to have some degree of connectivity for part of the day, even when I’m off hunting.   Read more »

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Freedom of speech dead in Netherlands as police prosecute Geert Wilders

The Islamists are winning in shutting down opponents, using the laws of their new countries against those who speak out against them.

Geert Wilders is now being prosecuted for speaking his mind.

Months after a fiery victory speech, Dutch police have announced they will be prosecuting democratically-elected house of representatives member Geert Wilders for asking his voters whether they wanted to see fewer Moroccans or not in the Northern European country.

This is not the first time Wilders has been in trouble for making comments considered unspeakable by the Dutch government, having narrowly avoided prosecution in 2011 after calling for a ban on the Koran. Now a full nine months after he made a speech during the March local elections, in which his Freedom party performed well, the authorities have decided to prosecute him again on exactly the same charges.

After Wilder’s comments in March there were protests against his comments by the Moroccan community and its allies, and the Dutch police received over 6,400 complaints. He will be charged with “insulting a specific group based on race and inciting discrimination and hatred”.

Standing on a stage in the Dutch capital, Wilders called to his supporters: “Do you want more or fewer Moroccans in this city and in the Netherlands?”. As they responded: “Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!” he replied “We’ll take care of that”, reports theIndependent. Despite clearly ruffling some feathers, Wilders is unrepentant saying he was only representing “what millions of people think”.

Of what he perceives as a waste of police and court time being used to persecute him, Wilders says: “It is a travesty that I have to defend myself in court for this. The Public Prosecutor would do better to devote his time to prosecuting jihadis instead of me”.    Read more »

Want to live where Lusty Lyin’ Len lives?

I don’t, but some might.

He’s selling his home with 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms for something smaller.  No kidding.  He’s rattling around in there.

Embattled Auckland Mayor Len Brown is selling his family home. The exclusive Tiffany Close property on the outskirts of Manukau City has been listed for sale with Pakuranga & Howick Realty. The popular residential auction process is being bypassed and the property is on the market at a set asking price of $1.75million.

There is already a conditional offer on the sprawling 19-year-old chalet-style home, which Brown owns with wife Shan Inglis.

The two have rarely been seen together since news emerged last year of Brown’s two-year affair with former Ethnic People Advisory’s Panel member Bevan Chuang.

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Not so fast Santa

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Seems the Police aren’t letting Santa off with a bit of speeding.

Santa Claus has admitted being in a bit too much of a rush after being caught speeding on his way to an old folks’ home.

“I’ve been a bit naughty – I ended up in too much of a hurry to deliver everything,” said the rogue Santa who talked on condition of anonymity. He had a lot to fit in before Christmas Day, he said. Read more »

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“Doing a Sutton”

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A city chief executive is being accused of kissing female staff at a company Christmas party – and joking he was acting “a bit like Roger Sutton”.

The apparently amorous boss kissed some women on their cheeks and others on their foreheads, says an Auckland employment lawyer acting for the man’s company.

He had given one senior manager a kiss on the lips, which had led to a complaint of sexual harassment.

The incident is one of at least three Christmas party-related complaints under investigation, and employment lawyers and advocates told the Herald on Sunday business would increase in the New Year.

Sutton, the former Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority boss, fell from grace after a senior manager accused him of repeated acts of sexual harassment. At the organisation’s Christmas party last year he allegedly suggested every Friday be “visible G-string Friday”. Sutton resigned and State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie said the behaviour was “serious misconduct”. Read more »

Mental Health Break

Close encounter of the Orca kind

These sorts of clips are mandatory here at Whaleoil

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Solar array.  Daggett, California

 


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