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Today’s Trivia

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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?


The Soviet Union refused to host the 1980 paralympics because none of their citizens had disabilities. (source)


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Why the Americans live in a perpetual state of fear…



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Why does it take so long for these one person wrecking crews to be stopped? The media are no help


Dutch Homes Ltd owes more than $500,000 to unsecured creditors, according to the first liquidators’ report, released on October 16.

Subcontractors, suppliers and customers – from whom he took deposits but never completed the work – are out of pocket.

Those customers include Wayne and Rianne Bonnett, who are angry at Joseph Van Roij.

“We all feel so stupid, so betrayed,” said Rianne Bonnett, whose almost-complete house is in Amberley’s Oakfields subdivision.

“Van Roij was a friend – he came to Wayne’s 50th birthday party. He has been here for dinner and we’ve had dinner with him and his family,” she said.

“He was part of the local football club. It’s because of us that Wayne’s parents invested $40,000 in him to build a house in Pegasus.”

The Bonnetts invested $280,000 into their house and are now paying subcontractors directly to finish the build. They estimate they are about $40,000 out of pocket but are more angry for others affected.

Catharina van der Knaap’s house next door to theirs is all framing and no roof, despite her having paid Dutch Homes Ltd $190,000.

“This is her retirement savings,” Wayne Bonnett said.

“It’s not so bad for us – we have jobs and we can cope. But for Catharina, in her 80s, she can’t get a mortgage and she can’t afford to finish what Van Roij started. She just has to sit and watch her house rot.”

Retired couple Barry and Shirley Tilling [ in photo above ] paid Dutch Homes $56,000 for work that never began.

“We paid $9000 up front for plans, then $40,000 deposit when we signed the contract,” Shirley Tilling said.

“He later asked for another $9000 to pay for the concrete to go in. We thought the $40,000 should have covered it but I was unwell and didn’t have the energy to argue.”

The 74-year-old and her husband, 77, now live in a borrowed caravan on their son’s farm.

With no chance to recoup the loss or earn extra money, they are homeless.

Bit of a Dutch one man wrecking crew, and he’s done it to more than one client, suggesting these aren’t the results of falling on hard times.

Speaking of Dutch one man wrecking crews… remember this?

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Tasman v Taranaki – who will win? [POLL]

Time to get your scores in the comments – closest one will get bragging rights.

It promises to be an awesome game.  It is rare not to at least have Auckland, Christchurch or Wellington represented in the ITM Cup finals.  So the  provinces will be the winner either way.

Answer: a few centimeters

The question:  What is the difference between a Muslim woman wearing a hijab and an Exclusive Breatheren woman wearing a head scarf?

Amy Cronin, misses the point:

“Are you hiding bombs in your skirts?” a stranger yelled from a car window as 12-year-old Radiya Ali walked down a Hamilton street in the mid-2000s. She had arrived to New Zealand as a refugee from Yemen, four years after 9/11 – an innocent among hicks and alarmists who saw young girls wearing the hijab and thought it stood for terrorist.

“Did you steal those curtains you wear?” people hollered at her as they passed. “Why are you wearing sheets on your head?”

Salma Salat came from Kenya 17 years ago, when she was 4.

“I don’t remember it, but my mum found it tough adjusting and raising kids in a time when people were shouting things out from the streets.”

In the days post 9/11, a man approached Salma as she was walking with her sister. She remembers him yelling at them, “terrorists”. She was 7 and didn’t know what it meant.

Radiya and Salma are 21 now, and they are friends. They tell these stories with wide eyes, in the can you believe it way adults recall their traumas from childhood. You won’t find gentler, or stronger, young women. They are innocent in many ways, but they have seen.

Yes, well. ¬†Hamilton. ¬†The culturally sensitive ground zero of the North Island. ¬†And yes, as people, we aren’t too flash at coping with what makes us different.

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Dirty Politics UK style

There is a lot of talk about ‘Dirty Politics’.

As a long term left wing agtator told me last week over a beer…it wasn’t dirty politics…I was just politics.

Right now in the UK a similar story is unfolding, where the media are hunting after Guido Fawkes aka Paul Staines and his links with PM David Cameron.

Guido operates in many respects just like I do…and just like me he kicks his own team in the slats.

The Prime Minister is the last person you would expect to find honouring rogue political blogger Guido Fawkes, who has just brought down one of his ministers.

But David Cameron appeared as guest of honour via a video link at the 10th anniversary celebrations of the controversial website.

Just three weeks ago, Brooks Newmark resigned as Minister for Civil Society, causing the PM immense embarrassment as it was on the eve of the Conservative Party Conference.

This followed the Tory MP being enticed into sending explicit pictures of himself to a male reporter, posing as an attractive young woman, who was working for Guido Fawkes.

Fawkes then hawked the story around Fleet Street before it was eventually published by the Sunday Mirror.

The dubious journalistic methods employed were so contentious that two newspapers refused to publish the story and the Sunday Mirror, which did, is being investigated by the new press watchdog IPSO.

Yet, in his message broadcast at the dinner, the Prime Minister saw fit to condone such behaviour, praising Fawkes (real name Paul Staines) and his website as ‚Äėrequired reading‚Äô.

‚ÄėCongratulations on ten years of Guido Fawkes,‚Äô said Cameron, ‚Äėand what better way to celebrate a decade of rejecting the cosy political establishment than by hosting a cocktail reception and a dinner in the heart of Westminster with half the Cabinet and the lobby invited.

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