Mental Health Break

Another Malaysia Airlines jet turns around mid-flight

Oh crap.  Imagine being on board at the time!

Another Malaysia Airlines plane has made a midair turn-back from its scheduled flight, causing a tense few hours for the 166 people on board.

The Boeing 737-88 plane that was scheduled to fly from Kula Lumpur to Bangalore landed safely at Kuala Lumpur after more than three hours in flight.

During the emergency, Malaysia Airlines did not provide updates to the media on what was happening to the plane.

But an hour after the plane landed at 1.56am Monday the company issued a statement saying the emergency was caused by one of the tyres on the right hand landing burst during take-off.

“As safety is of utmost priority to Malaysia Airlines, the aircraft was required to turn back to Kuala Lumpur International Airport,” the company said.

You’d have to be particularly dense to book Malaysia Airlines if you have alternatives available, wouldn’t you?   Read more »

Shearer. David Shearer… now where have I heard that name before?

They stuck new batteries in David Shearer so he could come out and be “outraged” about power prices.

Power prices are soaring “out of control” on the eve of winter, with some companies hiking prices up a “staggering” 9 per cent in one month, Labour says.

The price increases were “totally unreasonable” for Kiwi families, energy spokesman David Shearer said.

Energy Minister Simon Bridges earlier predicted power prices to rise about 2.4 per cent over the six months from February to August 2014, but Shearer claimed many regions had exceeded this in just one month.

“In Christchurch, some power company prices have jumped over six per cent in just a month. Other companies have hiked their prices up a staggering 9 per cent in a month,” Shearer said.

“It is simply not fair for Kiwis to face those sorts of bills.”

Shearer based his assertions on data from the PowerSwitch website, which tracks national power prices.

The latest PowerSwitch figures show significant price rises from March to April across the country.

Christchurch appears to have been hit the hardest, with two companies, Nova and Powershop, recording price increases of more than 9 per cent for the month.

Cherry picking.  I don’t blame him, but he also didn’t quote the prices that stayed the same, or went down.  We have an issue of “average” increases versus a cherry picked increase of one particular supplier.  A supplier which, had held the prices low a long as possible but had to catch up.   Read more »

Blogging might be a little slow…

…I need to get this yearling into the freezer.  That’s after I climb out of this damn steep gully.  Had to leave the big ones – no way would I have been able to get one back to the top of the ridge!


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Map of the Day

No One Lives here - Canada


No one lives here, Canada. Green indicates no recorded population.

“South Sea Poms” and “carping Kiwis”? Remember to thank Helen Clark

I have zero sympathy for Kiwis that go to Oz and then harp on about being second class citizens.  By all means lobby for change, but stop the whinging!

You knew the deal going in.

New Zealanders living across the Tasman have been labelled “South Sea Poms” and “carping Kiwis” after a survey showed they are Australia’s unhappiest migrants.

Kiwis were the migrants most likely to be dissatisfied with their financial situation, were often discriminated against, didn’t feel safe and were extremely unlikely to view Australians as nice people, a study by Melbourne’s Monash University found.

About 40 per cent of Kiwi migrants described themselves as “dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied” with their financial situation. Forty-six per cent said they were poor, struggling or just getting by.

Kiwis were also the group least likely to see Australians as “caring, friendly, hospitable people”, only 1 per cent suggesting this was one of things they liked about their new country.

Kiwis were among the most suspicious of others, and just over a quarter said they had been discriminated against – more than twice the level among Brits.

The findings prompted Queens-land’s Sunday Mail newspaper yesterday to coin the phrase “carping Kiwis”, suggesting they had overtaken “whingeing Poms” as Australia’s hardest-to-please people.

Well, if you think about it, they weren’t happy here, so they left for Australia.  And once the hard realities of life appeared to exist in Australia as much as they do elsewhere, they just step back into their victim mentality.   Read more »

You thought 3D printed guns were a problem? How about this…

Event management, schools and AA meetings will have a whole different challenge in the near future

As if alcohol wasn’t already easy enough to come by, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has reportedly approved a new product called Palcohol, an alcoholic powder that comes in flavors including Cosmopolitan and Kamikaze.

Curiously, Palcohol’s current website is light on details but the urge to ‘drink responsibly’ does not appear to be among the company’s top priorities.

‘Maybe you’re a college football fan. So many stadiums don’t even serve alcohol. What’s that about; watching football without drinking?! That’s almost criminal. Bring Palcohol in and enjoy the game.’


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Lydia Ko not happy with the tax payer troughing debate

Earlier this week it was revealed that Lydia Ko wanted even more of your hard earned taxes to further her professional career.

Joseph Romanos opines:

Sport New Zealand high performance chief Alex Baumann wrote to newspapers over the weekend, justifying a potential payout to Ko.

“We support athletes and teams from targeted sports who can win on the world’s toughest sporting stages,” he said.

“Lydia Ko meets our criteria and we’ll continue to work with New Zealand Golf to increase her chances of winning a medal in Rio.”

Baumann went on to explain that the application was lodged before Ko turned pro. But she turned pro last October, and the application hasn’t been withdrawn, so such an excuse is nonsense.

Ko knows she doesn’t need any financial support. That’s why she’s embarrassed. She declined nearly $1 million in prizemoney before she turned pro. It was obvious then money was never going to be a problem, and it hasn’t been since.

I guess the question is: why is Sport New Zealand so keen to give its (our) money away to someone who so obviously doesn’t need it?   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Assistants use burning incense and cigarettes to drive bees away from the face of She Ping. He used queen bees to successfully attract thousands of bees. Photo: Reuters and Agence France-Presse.

Assistants use burning incense and cigarettes to drive bees away from the face of She Ping. He used queen bees to successfully attract thousands of bees.
Photo: Reuters and Agence France-Presse.

Beekeeper Poses for Bizarre Fashion Feat

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Hey, why not another parking classic?

Been a while:

Ritchies car seen at Countdown 9.00am 0n Saturday the 19th in the disabled car park and was not displaying a disabled parking permit


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