Armstrong laments Key gets away with another one

One particular word had been noticeably absent from [John Key’s critics] carefully crafted public statements.

That word is the ”R” word – resignation.

With the story still unfolding with unpredictable twists and turns, it is far too early to call for Mr Key to fall on his sword.

Saying that he should do so could be counterproductive in only succeeding in generating sympathy for Mr Key.

Better to wait until it is possible to assess on whose side – Mr Key’s or Ms Bailey’s – majority public opinion lies.

It has taken a while, but Labour, the Greens and New Zealand First have finally worked out that turning the public against Mr Key will not be achieved by making shrill demands that he depart Premier House once and for all every time he has a lapse in judgement.

Those parties have learned from bitter experience that calls for Mr Key to go perversely tend to have the opposite effect in consolidating support behind him. Read more »


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Today in History


On this day, in 1986, a test to see if possible new emergency procedures designed to protect a nuclear power plant reactor core was carried out the number 4 reactor of the Chernobyl Power Plant.

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Faces of the day


Konrad Berking (left) and Barrie Olsen were at the E-Loong Internet Cafe in New Lynn when they heard a woman screaming. Photo / Jason Oxenham

Good on you boys!

A group of men who saw a young woman being strangled and punched in her car say they were so angry they had no qualms about chasing the attacker – a man they caught and restrained until police arrived.

The eight Auckland men are now being hailed as heroes after interrupting the attack on the young waitress as she stopped in her car at a set of lights on Great North Rd, New Lynn on Wednesday night.

The men were playing League of Legends together at nearby E-Loong Internet Cafe about 9.30pm when they heard the victim screaming, “Get away,” and frantically tooting her car horn.

“We ran out the front and saw a black car with a guy getting into the driver’s side and a girl half in the gear box and half in the passenger seat,” said 25-year-old Konrad Berking.

“There was struggling going on – we could see him strangling the girl and she was trying to kick him and push him out.
He had her by the throat and was pushing her around.”

As Mr Berking approached the car, he said the man opened the door and said something in broken English before running down the street and into the driveway of McDonald’s and the library, near the corner of Memorial Drive.

“He just sprinted, it all seemed to happen in two seconds.”

Mr Berking tended to the woman – who was very upset and had obvious facial and neck bruising – while his friend Barrie Olsen, 36, followed the man.

“My main concern was her safety, she got out and her face was a bit bloody and there was strangulation marks … it was quite surreal,” said Mr Berking.

Not wanting to chase the alleged attacker away, Mr Olsen said he stayed some distance behind him but followed him down the driveway.

As he turned the corner, he saw the man take off the blue overalls he was wearing and throw them into a rubbish bin, at which time Mr Olsen phoned the police.

The alleged attacker then tried to mix in with a group of teens who were standing near the library steps, Mr Olsen said.

“My other friends came around the corner and I called them over, this all happened in about two or three minutes, then we all just completely surrounded him pretty much.

“He realised he was outnumbered and took off and ran away, and we all ran after him.”

…”He tried to do a loop-de-loop around a van and ran back across the road towards the library where I was still on the phone. He ran straight towards me so I managed to kick his legs out from under him and he fell over and the rest of the boys piled on top of him.

“He was a big boy, but we have some big boys here, too.”

Police arrived soon after and the alleged offender was arrested and charged with assault with intent to rob.

…Waitakere Police Area Commander Inspector Scott Webb praised the men for stepping in and not only helping the victim, but helping apprehend a suspect.

“The way they managed to co-ordinate themselves, call police, assist the victim and detain the offender was very impressive and we’ll be looking at a way to formally recognise their efforts.”

-Additional reporting Rob Kidd of NZME. News Service

– NZ Herald

Word of the day

The word for today is…

catastrophe (noun) – 1. A great, often sudden calamity.
2. A complete failure; a fiasco.
3. The concluding action of a drama, especially a classical tragedy, following the climax and containing a resolution of the plot.
4. A sudden violent change in the earth’s surface; a cataclysm.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1530s, “reversal of what is expected” (especially a fatal turning point in a drama), from Latin catastropha, from Greek katastrophe “an overturning; a sudden end,” from katastrephein “to overturn, turn down, trample on; to come to an end,” from kata “down” + strephein “turn”. Extension to “sudden disaster” is first recorded 1748.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 25

15Patience can persuade a prince, and soft speech can break bones.

Saturday nightCap

Zenosyne (the other word of the day)


Today’s Trivia





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