Mental Health Break

Anti-sugar wowsers attack Paddle pop advertisement in Australia

Anti-sugar wowsers have gone after a children’s internet advertisement for a Paddle pop.It seems nothing is sacred anymore. Kids must be protected from the things that make childhood memories. I still buy from Mr Whippy when he comes down our street. Summer and ice creams go together like salt and pepper.

Long hot Aussie summers and paddle pops!-Pinterest

Long hot Aussie summers and paddle pops!-Pinterest

Paddle Pop has pulled a 15-second internet advertisement after a complaint about it was upheld.

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Map of the Day

Collins withdraws and Bully Bill gets to be PM

Bill English’s bullying of MPs has worked, he has the numbers to become leader of the National party. As a result Judith Collins has quit the race.

He has threatened MPs still waiting on selections that they would be rinsed if they didn’t declare, he’s promised other jobs, and now the retribution will start.

After months in the plotting, the plan didn’t go as smoothly as Key and English hoped but he has got there in the end.

A great many bridges have been burnt with John key’s petulant quitting and there exist now deep divisions inside National.   Read more »

What a …


To the owner of JUA92:  be glad the guy that the guy trying to park got only as far as taking a photo instead of keying your Porche.

Quote of the Year: pick your favourite

The NZ Herald has picked the contenders

•”All I can say is that I gave it everything I had. I left nothing in the tank.”
– Prime Minister John Key announcing his sudden resignation.

• “I do name a lot of my animals as an insurance policy, because if you name a chicken Meryl Streep, in all fairness you can’t eat Meryl Streep.”
– Sam Neill explaining his animals’ names on The Graham Norton Show.

• “In the beginning I really admired Colin. It was only as time went on that I realised he was a douche bag.”
– Rachel MacGregor testifying at Colin Craig’s defamation trial.

• “You can tell that she’s a negotiator. I’ve never won an argument with her in my life.”
– Dylan Kelly describing his mother, the late union leader Helen Kelly. Read more »

Hosking on Key’s departure

Mike runs a quick summary so far

On Monday Key quits – cue shock and awe and retrospectives and platitudes.

On Tuesday came the speculation, rumours and the sense that Bill English is your man.

But then Johnathan Coleman comes to the party to make sure it’s a contest and by the end of the day Judith Collins is in as well.

Amy Adams rules herself out of leadership, but she’s still a possibility for deputy.

Wednesday is deputies day – Simon Bridges backs English and wants to be his second in charge. Then in comes Paula Bennett, she wants to be the same as Bridges.

This is trouble. This is where the factions form and the resentment builds when one of them loses.

We still haven’t heard anything from Coleman, who’s his deputy? Who wants to stand with him?

What about Bridges and Bennett – do they want to be deputy if Collins or Coleman win?

And speaking of Collins, who’s her deputy?

And now, what won’t happen.   Read more »

Mediaworks and Campbell Live finally forced to apologise after 5 years

In a damning Broadcasting Standards Authority decision Mediaworks has been forced to apologise for the conduct of Campbell Live in running a biased story.

TV3 has apologised on air for a story on the now-cancelled Campbell Live show, which showed footage of a woman they secretly filmed.

Margaret Harkema, a former director of the Valley Animal Research Centre, which carried out experiments on beagles, featured in five episodes of the TV3 current affairs programme in late 2011.

Five episodes? Sounds like a campaign of vilification.

Before last night’s Story – the current affairs show that replaced Campbell Live – aired, a message was displayed onscreen with a voiceover.

The message said that the Broadcasting Standards Authority found the programmes were inaccurate, unfair, based on “a pre-determined, narrow view of Ms Harkema and her practices”, were wrongfully edited to portray Harkema as dishonest and left out important information that was inconsistent with Campbell Live’s allegations.   Read more »

Twitter chuckle of the moment

There’s too much going on right now to call it a winner for the day, but this one is at least a contender.



Photo of the Day

Princess Margaret and John Bindon. During this lunch, the now famous photograph of Bindon and Margaret together was taken. A T-shirt worn by the gangster was emblazoned with the words “Enjoy Cocaine”.

Princess Margaret and John Bindon. During this lunch, the now famous photograph of Bindon and Margaret together was taken. A T-shirt worn by the gangster was emblazoned with the words “Enjoy Cocaine”.

The Princess and the Gangster

She was a princess, at one time second in line to the throne. He was one of London’s most notorious criminals. Together, they created one of the biggest hidden scandals in royal history.

John Bindon (Biffo, The Guv’nor, Big John) enjoyed fighting, he was an English actor and bodyguard who had close links with the London underworld.He grew up in Fulham – and then a rather more rugged borough than it is now – and from an early age showed a propensity for aggro. As is the case with most of these gangsters’ stories, he came from a poor background, but was, under the circumstances, “very well brought up” by a loving mother.

This did not, however, stop him from stealing a bicycle as soon as he was old enough, and soon he was running a gang of urchins. One thing led to another and his misdemeanors became more serious. He beat up a coal deliveryman when he was 13 years old and soon his reputation as a hard man was assured. A life of crime awaited him, the highlight of which was his involvement in the robbery of a “cursed” emerald from a jeweller in Hatton Garden.

In the nineteen seventies and eighties, the world was rocked by a series of scandals which involved a violent criminal, movie stars, gangsters, the aristocracy, London gangland and even members of the British Royal family. The common thread that ran through these seemingly unrelated sections of society was the man, John Bindon.

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