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A physical book. What were they thinking?

A Whaleoil reader shares his Christmas story

I got given a book for Christmas. As I was un-wrapping it & realised it was a book I was quite horrified. It was a big thick book about some dead black guy. ‘What the hell am I going to do with this?’ was my immediate reaction.

It’s not that I don’t read. In fact I am an avid reader often reading both a fiction & non-fiction book at the same time. I often read first thing in the morning & for short periods during the day. I read more now than I did 5 years ago, because now I have a Kindle. The Kindle lets me flick between books & magazines. The Kindle has changed my reading behaviour.

One of the times of year I read the most is over Christmas / New Year when normally I am camping at the beach without the distraction of the internet. During these camping holidays I would take a half hour stroll to the local store to buy the Herald. That was the only time in the year I bought the paper. 10 years ago I would buy the Herald every Saturday & Sunday & read it over brunch at the café. 20 years ago I would read it cover to cover at my desk each morning before starting work. Now I never buy it at all.

The internet came along, so I stopped buying physical newspapers and started visiting the Herald website. Then I discovered other websites & realised that I had the whole world at my keyboard. Then something significant happened.   Read more »


Cooking turkey like a boss [VIDEO]

Cooking turkey is a fine art…and you should use the finest of utensils to cook them. Personally I can’t stand turkey, awful bloody birds.

But if you must cook a turkey then get it down with some class. 


This is the moment a Christmas turkey was roasted on the world’s most expensive cooker – a £300,000 Lamborghini.

Car blogger Tim Burton, from London, bought a fresh turkey and put the festive bird on the end of a pitchfork.

He then bravely stood behind the 700bhp Lamborghini Aventador and got the owner of the supercar to rev as hard as he could.  Read more »

At least they weren’t singing Snoopy’s Christmas…

How to entertain the kids for just a dollar each

Anthony Watts explains on his blog:

My lovely wife is out doing last minute Christmas shopping and I’m home with the kids. While it would certainly be easy to just let them play video games all day, I like to challenge them to look beyond their surroundings and think. To do that, requires a fun puzzle, and I’ve been doing this one for a couple of years and they love it. In fact they love it so much that they requested I do it again this morning.

I’ve dubbed it “Moneyhunt”, which is a variation on a treasure hunt, and it is simple and easy for me, but for them, not so much… and that’s the attraction that gets them off the computer games and using skills of observation. I thought it worth sharing, so here’s how I do it.

What I do is take a selection of loose change, typically $1 exactly for each child, and hide it around the house in places that they’d never think to look. I also make good use of camouflage as shown in the picture below:  Read more »


Cunliffe’s Christmas Message?

David-Cunliffe-fishingFound by the Reader from Runanga while enjoying the Christmas smorgasbord at the Union Hotel.

It could be David Cunliffe’s real Christmas message…then again it might not be.

“It’s traditional at Christmas for great leaders like the Queen to make a speech, so I thought it would be appropriate for me to address the nation.

Christmas is a time for family. I think especially about hardworking middle-income New Zealand families who have spent the year doing it tough under John Key and his crony capitalist mates, only letting them have 3.6% growth this year.

I think also about some of my family, as I look to them for inspiration. I think of my great-great-great-uncle-in-law twice removed, Moses Cunliffe. He, like me, was destined for leadership from the start, even if those around him didn’t realise it. But also like me, he was eventually chosen by a higher power to lead his people out of the wilderness. I think it’s important that New Zealand families shouldn’t have to miss out on this sort of experience, which is why a Labour-led government would extend passport renewals to forty years. It’s these sorts of policy ideas, focusing on the really important issues, you can expect more of from a Labour party on a war footing.  Read more »

The most offensive Christmas song ever


Photo Of The Day

Dancer of the Casino de Paris 1915

Dancer of the Casino de Paris 1915

Merry Christmas Everyone !


Good, I hope it is bland tasting too

Don’t get locked up today or over the holiday period…it won’t be fun.

The Herald reports:

Offenders who get locked up for Christmas can forget about a special meal from the cops on the big day.

Anyone detained by police gets a basic meal three times a day, every day of the year with the same meals rolled out on Christmas Day as on any other day.

While meals differ from station to station, the quality is much the same.  Read more »

Mrs Brown’s Christmas card