Sydney friendlier than Auckland?

A newspaper reports that apparently Sydney is more friendly than Auckland.

Queenstown and Auckland have made the list of the top 10 friendliest cities for 2015.

The southern city ranked number three and Auckland number nine in the annual Condé Nast Traveler magazine Reader Choice Awards survey.

“For the third year running, we’ve asked our readers to rate a city’s “friendliness” in the Readers’ Choice Awards survey, especially with respect to where you felt welcome, or not,” the magazine’s editors wrote.

“or the third year running, we’ve asked our readers to rate a city’s “friendliness” in the Readers’ Choice Awards survey. We found out which cities greet visitors with open arms… which international cities were warm – or had a chill in the air.”

Queenstown came in behind Sydney and Dublin, with readers raving about abundant adventure activities, bars and glaciers.

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Mental Health Break

Is it about sex baby?


A reader sent in the following about Islam. He has an interesting theory that the problem with Islam is S.E.X. What do you think? Does he have a point?

You have posted regularly on Muslim issues facing the world.  I already had a good understanding of  the negative effects of Islam but I have been enlightened by your and SB`s work in some areas I had not previously considered.
I have come to the conclusion that the problems with Mohammedanism  can be pretty much summed up in one word.  That word is `Sex`.

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Fairfax help Labour with a clumsy hit on EQC

Fairfax reports:

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has spent $68 million on travel-related costs since the September 2010 earthquake in Canterbury.

Documents released under the Official Information Act reveal EQC spent a total of $38m on accommodation and food for staff travelling in and out of Christchurch since September 2010, almost $20m on vehicles, $8.2m on airfares and $880,400 on taxis and parking costs.

Almost half of the money ($29m) was spent in 2010/11, when EQC had to increase staff numbers from 22 before the September 2010 quake, to more than 1000 in February 2011.

The following year, travel costs kept running high at $23.4m but went down to a total of $15.6m for the past three years.

Labour EQC spokesman Clayton Cosgrove said EQC should have asked more staff to relocate to Christchurch or hired local people instead of having “an army of bureaucrats with their clipboards parachuted in from Wellington”.    Read more »

Choosing to leave Islam is no picnic

I prefer to get my facts from the horses mouth so to speak which I why I follow an Ex-Muslim group twitter page and blogs and facebook pages of people who have left Islam.

Below is a snapshot of what it was like for one woman who made the very difficult decision to become an ex-Muslim.

-exmuslimgirl    August 31 2015

So some people will ask, much like my family, how/why I choose to be without them. Truth is, I didn’t. I wanted them to accept me for who I am – the exact same person I have always been. I also sometimes think, why dont I get in touch? Why have I made the decision to stop responding to them? That is why I am writing this. As a reminder of what our relationship turned into, and how it made me feel. The following are things they have said or texted me. I haven’t detailed who said what, but it is all from my immediate family.

If you are ever planning on coming out, this is pretty standard stuff a lot of ex-moose do get told unfortunately. Nothing can prepare you for it. I imagine part of it is out of anger, and some of it is to make you feel bad enough to go back.

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Panuku? Really?

Auckland Council brass don’t need to do much to underline why they are dead set useless. Just name their newly formed and merged agency that will deal with property developers and attempt to do deals for surplus Council land.

A Maori word has been added to the name of a development agency for the Super City at the eleventh hour.

Development Auckland, a council-controlled organisation starting business today, has been renamed Panuku Development Auckland.

Panuku means to “move on” or “move forward” and conveys the concept of dynamism and building towards excellence, said a press release.

“It has been likened to the motion of a waka that requires skill to navigate and teamwork to propel,” the release said.

Howick councillor Dick Quax said he had no idea what panuku meant and neither would the vast majority of Aucklanders.

“There has been no input from councillors and council – the sole shareholder of the new development company.

“Other council-controlled organisations (CCOs) describe in plain language what the core function is – Watercare, Auckland Transport, Waterfront Auckland, Auckland Council Property Limited (ACPL).

“The majority of Auckland people will have no clue what this CCO’s functions are from its name,” said Mr Quax.

Panuku Development Auckland is a merger of Waterfront Auckland and ACPL.

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Photo Of The Day

Baychimo leaving Vancouver for the Arctic in July 1931. Note her distinctive, rear-mounted funnel - gaily decorated as ever on those occasions.

Baychimo leaving Vancouver for the Arctic in July 1931. Note her distinctive, rear-mounted funnel – gaily decorated as ever on those occasions.

Ghost Ship of the Arctic

The SS Baychimo

The Baychimo was a Hudson’s Bay Company supply ship that plied the waters of the Western Canadian Arctic. The business of the Hudson’s Bay Company was to hunt the animals of the Arctic, the sea lions, polar bears, etc., for their furs and oils. The sailors who hunted them had to be really tough and courageous to withstand the very severe weather conditions. The voyages were always dangerous and could only be done during the short Arctic summer.

Baychimo was built in Sweden for the Baltic trade in 1914, she was 229 feet in length and powered by triple-expansion three-cylinder engines. The Hudson’s Bay Company purchased her in 1921, renamed her Baychimo, and refitted her in Europe. She sailed for Montreal that same year and was put into immediate service, going north to Pond Inlet to establish the Bay’s farthest northern post.

By 1925 she had been reassigned to serve the Western Arctic. A sailor who travelled aboard her described her unflatteringly in these terms: “She was a strange and disappointing craft. I looked desperately for some redeeming feature… She bore no resemblance to the traditional barque-rigged steam whalers. She hardly differed from a hundred other coasting tramps. She was iron and steam, all bulk, not designed to fly with canvas… She was no beauty.” Captain Cornwell who commanded her was apparently no beauty either: “Short, tubby, red, somewhat like John Bull in a bowler hat.”

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Winston proving he isn’t an Asian basher by bashing Euros

Winston Peters has had a lash at all foreign land owners, not just ones with chinky sounding names like Labour’s attacks.

European interests extending their dairy holdings in New Zealand are among the latest land sale approvals for foreign buyers, says New Zealand First.

“As the Prime Minister pulls percentages out of nowhere to claim there is little foreign ownership, the sales are ticked off month by month,” says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Last year the PM said it was 2% foreign ownership, now he’s saying 5%. He’ll say anything to neutralise those who know sales are climbing rapidly. More than a million hectares have been lost of New Zealand ownership under this National government.    Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin