Found the perfect book for Master Whaleoil

After my Face of the day this morning about the snapper our son caught I was contacted by Michael Rendle the New Zealand author of a new book, ‘How to catch fish and where.’

He has very generously offered to send Master Whaleoil a signed copy.

Master Whaleoil is an avid reader but unlike the rest of the family he does most of his reading online. He is the cuckoo in the nest as he only reads Non- fiction while the rest of us love fiction. As he has a technical mind I know he will love this book as reading for him is all about absorbing new information.

Yesterday he eagerly took pointers from an experienced fisherman who was fishing in the same spot. I can really see the value in a book like this as experience and knowledge passed on can get an amateur experiencing success very fast.

In fact it took a simple change of bait for Master Whaleoil to catch his first snapper, bait given to him by the experienced fisherman.

How to catch fish and where

How to catch fish and where by Mike Rendle

Drawing from more than four decades of fishing experience throughout New Zealand and the Pacific, Mike Rendle has written a book that will be loved by fishermen of all levels and ages but is targeted primarily at those who may be new to the sport.

It is a book packed-full of colour, description, diagrams and detail. If you don’t know your ratchet from your reel seat, have no idea how to rig a softbait, or use a squid for bait, then you are going to love this book!

The style is easy to read, simple to follow and includes lots of tips and hints.


If you would like one you can get a signed copy too if you purchase it here

Mental Health Break

Shower thoughts

A sub-reddit on Reddit, here are a few shamelessly stolen to fill up another post:


Using your old laptop to research buying a new one is like asking your girlfriend if she knows any girls who would want to date you.

We’re the only species that drinks another species’ milk, but we consider it strange to drink our own species’ milk.

If you see a spider and you let it live instead of smashing it, you end up indirectly killing more bugs in the long run.

Wikipedia is a real life ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’.

I wonder what the first guy with the surname of “Dickinson” did to get that name

Mother in law is an anagram for woman Hitler Read more »

Map of the Day


Election day map.  As bland as I could find+

Some people are just never happy

Some people are just never happy, even when they are being rewarded.

Let’s face it, only the congenitally stupid now smoke, after all the years of advertising bans, public health messages, documentaries, increased tobacco taxes and every conceivable strategy short of an outright ban people are either retarded or wilfully choosing to smoke.

The country has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on smoking cessation programmes for no discernible reduction in smoking. Sure the smoking rate is dropping, but that is because the number of smokers is remaining static and the population is increasing.

Witness yet another trougher organisation using taxpayer money to ‘reward’ people for stopping smoking.

The people getting the rewards however are unhappy…its not enough they say…as if the chance of getting all sorts of nasty cancers being drmatically reduced by stopping smoking isn’t enough of a reward by itself, they still want more.

A $13,000 programme enticing expectant Maori and Pasifika mothers with jewellery and gift vouchers to stop smoking has been slammed as insulting and undignified by critics.

But a doctor behind the scheme has defended it, saying two in five Maori women smoke in pregnancy which she described as a “public health emergency”.

The Waikato District Health Board incentive programme is offered to mostly Maori and Pasifika mothers who are less than 28 weeks pregnant.

A total of $13,000 of DHB money has been specifically allocated to the project.   Read more »

Fiji vs NZ – Media blackouts

While I was in Fiji the foreign media, including NZ media were complaining about “censorship of media by the regime”.

It was a constant low grade whine for 3 days….the duration of the media blackout on reporting the election.

The refrain back in NZ by idiots like David Farrar and Barry Soper was the same. “Media need to be free to report”, “this is an outrageous restriction on media freedoms.”..all calls made by various media, and commentators like the idiot from Amnesty International.

Of course they all forgot that we have a media blackout in New Zealand too, it is just that ours is only one day.

Under the Electoral Act, it is an offence to influence a voter in any way on polling day.

This covers who they should or shouldn’t vote for and statements which might influence a person to abstain from voting.

Political parties and the media are included in this, meaning news outlets must not run stories which are likely to influence voters.

Political coverage can start again when voting closes at 7pm.

Read more »

What’s in a phrase: The meaning of ‘By and Large.’

Guest post

In our everyday vernacular, we have a tendency to use phrases and expressions to augment or conversations. Whilst many of these are self evident in their meaning, others have a more obscure origin. We will look at one such example below that is still in regular use, but is not immediately obvious in its origin.

“By and large”

A great many terms are incorrectly assumed to be nautical in origin, simply because they sound like old time sailors parlance. The example given above, is actually grounded in maritime terminology.

To begin with, we need to look at the nautical import of the two terms ‘by’ and ‘large’.

“Large’ is the more straight forward so we will begin there. When the wind is blowing from a compass point behind the direction of a ships travel, it is thus said to be ‘large’, and this has been used by sailors for many centuries. We find it expressed in Richard Hakluyt’s work, The Principall Navigations, Voyages and Discoveries of the English Nation of 1591.   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo by Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News Lake Hillier is a pink-coloured lake on Middle Island in Western Australia. Middle island is the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherché Archipelago, a group of about 105 islands and over 1,200 ‘obstacles to shipping’. The tiny lake only spans about 600 meters wide but its rose pink colour is unmistakable. However, the reason why it’s pink remains a mystery.

Photo by Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News
Lake Hillier is a pink-coloured lake on Middle Island in Western Australia. Middle island is the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherché Archipelago, a group of about 105 islands and over 1,200 ‘obstacles to shipping’. The tiny lake only spans about 600 meters wide but its rose pink colour is unmistakable. However, the reason why it’s pink remains a mystery.

Lake Hillier: Australian Natural Wonder

A Lake whose Pink Hue Defies Scientific Explanation Read more »

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The Whys of Trivial Things

imagesGuest post

Just an idea for some trivia today.  With all the witty comments the WO contributors come up with, I though this may be something we could have fun with.  Tell me I’m mad if you wish – it wont be the first time I’ve been accused of that.

Why is it that we drive on the left hand side of the road and yet, when walking on a path, most people always walk on the right side?   Read more »