At least he wasn’t wearing budgie smugglers

David Cameron has been stung by jellyfish, but the most interesting revelation is he felt the need to clarify he wasn’t wearing budgie smugglers.

David Cameron suffered a painful sting from a jellyfish as he enjoyed a dip in the sea during his family holiday.

The Prime Minister’s painful encounter came as he went for a swim off the popular Arrieta beach in Lanzarote.

Other tourists described how he came running from the water rubbing his arm and shouting: “Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!”

One local said Mr Cameron got his children out of the waves after someone shouted a warning, but then he immediately went back in.

A source close to the Prime Minister said: “It was pretty minor sting and did not require treatment.”

Mr Cameron, a keen swimmer and patron of the Chipping Norton lido outdoor pool in his Oxfordshire constituency, has been staying with his wife Samantha and children at a ÂŁ200-a-night spa resort. They are due back this weekend.

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The Warehouse chief executive Mark Powell is an idiot

via Stuff

via Stuff

I’m sorry, but this is just absurd:

Executive salaries are a contentious subject but The Warehouse Group boss Mark Powell wasn’t afraid to speak candidly about his pay packet with business journalists in Auckland last week.

During a discussion about the company’s “career retailer wage” programme, one reporter asked Powell — who received $1.7 million in base and performance pay in the firm’s last financial year — if shop floor staff ever asked about his salary when he visited stores.

“I would have no problem if they asked me,” Powell said. “It’s embarrassing how much I earn but it is what it is.” Read more »

Babies having babies, but grandad is so proud

via Daily Mail

via Daily Mail

Not sure if you caught up with the story yesterday about a 12 year old girl and a 13 year old boy becoming parents and taking out the dubious honour of the UK’s youngest mum and dad award, but here is another thing to set your mind spinning

The father of a girl dubbed ‘Britain’s Youngest Mum’ has apparently broken his silence and told a radio station he is proud of the 12-year-old schoolgirl.

A man claiming to be the father of the girl who gave birth last week, after having conceived while still in Primary School, phoned into the Nick Ferrari show on LBC, to say he was proud of his daughter. Read more »

Mental Health Break

Beware of the bunker mentality

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On Thursday evening the latest Roy Morgan poll came out. Normally I don’t comment on Roy Morgan polls, for a start they aren’t a member of the Market Research Association of NZ and their poll is all over the place showing massive swings for no apparent reason.

The only reasons that I comment on Roy Morgan polls is because it is the darling of the left-wing commentators who clutch at straws these days and because they tell us that they poll mobile phones, which is yet another bugbear of the left who think the indigent classes are left out from land line polling. There is not evidence at all to suggest this is the case, yet they persist with the urban myth. That, therefore, is why I comment on Roy Morgan…because the very things that the left uses to discount results of other polls that don’t suit their narrative don’t exist in Roy Morgan polls.

So, looking at left-wing commentary since the latest Roy Morgan it has been a struggle to see anything. save for the erudite musings of Chris Trotter, other than int he comments sections of the more popular left-wing blogs or on news sites.

The one thing that is apparent though is the bunker mentality of some.

Normally the left-wing blogs will crow about the Roy Morgan, now there is nothing but silence. Greg Presland even went out of his way to write a post that declared last week a win for David Cunliffe, despite his “cluster truck” policy being panned universally all week, their manufacturing policy launch slipping by un-noticed due to releasing it late on the day before a long extended holiday weekend and continued vocal criticism of their inept and wonky social media campaign that continues to deliver cock-ups and mis-steps. No mention of the poll still despite three days having elapsed…but plenty of time to write a post as to why Chris Trotter and Kiwi in America are wrong, dead wrong, and labour really is on the up and up.

Even Lynn Prentice felt so compelled to fill the void of political commentary that he wrote a lengthy post about how the servers operate The Standard, proving once again that he is the world’s greatest sysop. For a site with so little traffic they seem to have engineered themselves something Telecom would be proud of to run their enterprise.

The bunker mentality has set in, and it is bunker mentality that really takes its toll in politics. People hunker down, they ignore observable facts and details and continue to issue stirring announcements about great victories when the reality is they are pressed on all sides.

Comments dismissing polls and commenters with spurious reasoning shows this:

Pete it was one poll taken during the royal visit, Labour and the Greens went down and the right track wrong track rating went up by a similar amount to National’s increase. Wait for the next few polls and then have the discussion. Or do you think that we should cancel the election now and just let Key get on with it.

And do you always agree with Chris or just when he backs up your world views?

and;

Presuming it is valid, and RM does bounce around, it seems that the Royal Tour has had the desired effect …

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Map of the Day

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Loch Ness monster found

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This is a fascinating image.  Could it simply be the wake of a boat?  But where is the boat?

The hunters Peter Thain from Northumberland and Andy Dixon County Durham, were amazed by their find.

Mr Dixon said yesterday: ‘It was purely by accident that I came across the image. I was trawling through satellite transmissions of different parts of the country and I thought I would try Loch Ness.

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Goff feels the love as Epsom threatened to implode

Claire Trevett brings us this hilarious expose of Phil Goff’s feelings being hurt

Snobbery and a false rumour that a boundary change would take some homes out of the Auckland Grammar zone and affect property values are believed to be factors in the strong opposition by voters in the well-heeled Epsom electorate to being moved into the more working class Labour electorate of Mt Roskill.

Mr Goff said there had been “a degree of moral panic” that it would affect the Grammar zone and property prices, “both of which are nonsense”.

He suspected there was a degree of snobbery about the proposed change. “If people felt being associated with Mt Roskill was going to affect their social class, that’s tough. People are proud to live in Mt Roskill and if the people of Epsom felt that was somehow beneath them, that’s a real pity.”

Phil, there was a genuine panic at the thought of being taken from a safe blue seat and being lumped in with a safe red seat.   This isn’t snobbery, it is just plain realism they don’t like your sort up in Epsom.

He was not taking the opposition of the Epsom residents personally. “The fact they vote nine to one for National and have opted out of coming into Mt Roskill probably isn’t a huge disappointment for me. Not being arrogant, but I would like to think that perhaps I could not simply match John Banks, Richard Worth and Rodney Hide, but I could perhaps do a better job.”

Ooooooooooooooh.. BURN!   Read more »

Would you eat the soup?

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David Fisher is having to pull Easter Duty as part of his own rehabilitation, and is digging deep into the foibles of … catering.

Female inmates will be cooking food and serving staff at New Zealand’s busiest court in a plan being worked on by justice and prison bosses.

The prisoners, from Auckland Women’s Prison, would be paid 20c to 60c an hour to work in the Auckland District Court canteen. Read more »

Photo Of The Day

 

CREDIT: Frans Lanting/National Geographic

CREDIT: Frans Lanting/National Geographic

Wilson Harbor, Falkland Islands, 1989

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