Putting the record straight – Bob Jones

Twice in successive weeks recently, I slammed the New Zealand media’s ludicrous behaviour in two New Zealand Herald satirical columns, over their infantile excesses following the ponytail incident. How ironic then that a few weeks later I should be the subject of their obsession with trivia. Here’s what happened.

I shot up to Auckland for a vice-chancellor’s university function, in my honour. As I’ve done countless times, I gave my ticket to the always helpful Koru Club ladies who set about re-organising me into the big leg room emergency seat and, if possible, and as indeed in that case, with no-one besides me. On the flight I was greeted by one of Air New Zealand’s most charming chief stewards, a Chinese chap, took my seat, donned my air phones to avoid the unbelievably childish safety claptrap, and had a pleasant 50 minutes’ read.

The following day at Auckland saw a repetition, marked by one of the X-ray machine officers shaking hands with me, saying he hadn’t seen me for a while. Such is the usual friendly conduct I and doubtless other regular Auckland-Wellington are accustomed to. Once again, I took my seat, donned my earphones and settled into my book, of which more shortly. There was a tap on my shoulder. I looked up to see a young hostess frowning at me and, assuming it was the usual seat forward silliness, pushed the side button and returned to reading. She tapped again. I took off the headphones.

“You’re in the emergency seat.”


“Do you know you’re in the emergency seat?”


“Do you want to change seats?”

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Did Nash win Napier because of McVicar?

ll the luvvies on the left don’t want a rugby playing, beer drinking, woman rooting Labour MP to look like he has ever done anything good. So following Chris Trotters endorsement of Nashy for the next Labour leader they are aggressively running the silly line that vote splits gave Nash Napier.
Don’t believe it. Nashy won Napier because as Chris Trotter says
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Fifth Time Lucky? After trying, and failing, four times to make an emotional connection with the electorate, perhaps Labour should look for a leader who got himself re-elected to Parliament the old-fashioned way – by raising heaps of cash and then persuading “mainstream” New Zealanders to vote for him. Napier MP, Stuart Nash (above) addresses a provincial business audience.”

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The (2nd) Great Whaleoil Census – Part 11: Your life of crime


Good morning.  About two years ago we ran a “census” to get an idea of what our audience was all about.  We’re going to do that again, but this time it will be one question per day, each morning.  I will attempt to collate the previous questions as we go along, so that anyone who misses one can find a reasonably easy way to have a vote or to review the results.

Although we have a huge list of questions to work through, feel free to suggests ones that are close to your heart in the comments.

Part 11:  – Your life of crime

As we negotiate the long weekend, some of these questions will be a little snooze inducing.  I don’t want to do the important ones while a lot of readers are away.

For the purpose of this question, consider home detention the same as jail time.  EXCLUDE taking illegal drugs.

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Today in History


On this day, in 1962, Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel. Read more »

Face of the day


James Shaw, from Wellington, has been named the Green Party’s new co-leader. Ross Giblin/FAIRFAX NZ

The Green Party has a new co-leader – former business consultant James Shaw.

Shaw will step into the role alongside co-leader Metiria Turei, following a vote at the party’s annual general meeting in Auckland on Saturday.

Earlier Turei said she felt like “The Bachelorette” as she waited for the outcome.

The Bachelorette Green Party Style -Appalling photoshop job by Spanishbride

The Bachelorette Green Party Style
-Appalling photoshop job by Spanishbride

“It’s been a while since I’ve had four men chasing after me. Who will get the rose?”

…Shaw paid tribute to Norman…He then embraced female co-leader Metiria Turei.

Turei described all four candidates as “political adonises”.
– Stuff

Word of the day

The word for today is…

schism (noun) – 1. A separation or division into factions.
2. (a) A formal breach of union within a religious body, especially a Christian church.
(b) The offense of attempting to produce such a breach.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : late 14th century, scisme, “dissention within the church,” from Old French scisme, cisme “a cleft, split” (12th century), from Church Latin schisma, from Greek skhisma (genitive skhismatos) “division, cleft,” in New Testament applied metaphorically to divisions in the Church (I Cor. xii.25), from stem of skhizein “to split”.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 30

16the grave, the barren womb, the thirsty desert, the blazing fire.

Saturday nightCap

This is the next level of “fan fiction”.  A 30 minute movie created by amateurs that takes Predator into the Dark Ages.  Remarkably well done.

Today’s Trivia


Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

Real wasabi is difficult to grow and even more difficult to properly package. So what you eat at Sushi N More is actually horseradish powder, mustard, and green food colouring. (source)   Read more »