Accents of the British Isles… excellent job

Join the navy. It will be awesome. Promise.


Face of the day

Peter Fulton scored his second test century in the same match yesterday, scoring 136 and 110. Fulton became only the fourth New Zealander to hit two centuries in the same test after Glenn Turner, Geoff Howarth and Andrew Jones.


Sports Talk: NRL/Cricket

The third cricket test (or was that the first?) between the ¬†Black Caps and England at Eden Park in what will be the final chance to produce the first and only result in what has been a dead series dominated by neither England nor the Black Caps, but the weather. ¬†The Black Caps will have a hard grind to pull a decent result to snatch a win from the worlds second best test team at a ground they haven’t won a match at for 404 days. They will take some comfort in¬†Kevin Pietersen being ruled out due to a knee injury, but still leaves a potent batting lineup that could prove difficult to remove for New Zealands reasonably inexperienced bowling attack.

404 days since a win, that can’t be a good omen



Sportsfreak:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Read more »

Sports Talk: Cricket, NRL

Cricket: The second Test between the Blacks Caps and England starts at the Basin Reserve today, and hopefully this time it won’t be the Barmy Army providing the only entertainment after an inconclusive result in Dunedin last week. An unchanged side will take the field:

New Zealand: Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Dean Brownlie, Brendon McCullum (captain), BJ Watling, Tim Southee, Bruce Martin, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.

England are also likely to name an unchanged side. Captain Brendon McCallum said if they win the toss they would likely to bowl first in order to gain an advantage in the first day. Read more »

Ginger bashing goes back to Greek Mythology

After readers expressed their discomfort with making fun of gingers, it required some more research:



1. Red hair is seen on the heads of only four percent of people. Most of these exist in the U.K., the Republic of Ireland, and Australia.

2. There is a belief that redheads are prone to industrial deafness. This actually could be true as the melanocytes are found in the middle ear.

3. A 2002 study found that redhead are harder to sedate than any other people requiring twenty percent more anesthesia. Inadequate doses cause people to wake up during surgery and have increased recall of procedures.

4. In the late 16th century, the fat of a redheaded man was an essential ingredient for poison.

5. The Egyptians regarded the color as so unlucky that they had a ceremony in which they burned red-headed maidens alive to wipe out the tint.

6.¬†An Irish judge in 2001 fined a man for disorderly conduct stating ‚ÄúI am a firm believer that hair coloring has an effect on temper and your coloring suggests you have a temper.‚ÄĚ

7. Redheads have always been thought untrustworthy. Judas is most always depicted as a redhead displaying the prejudice against red hair.

8. Adolph Hitler reportedly banned the marriages of two redheads as he feared their children would be ‚Äúdeviant offspring‚ÄĚ. ¬† Read more »

Poor Little Britain

Imagine a 40 per cent marginal tax rate

In the hope of raising £3.3billion by 2018, Mr Osborne announced he would limit the size of the increase in the personal tax thresholds.

Currently, everyone can earn £8,105 without paying a penny of tax. For the next £34,370 they earn they pay income tax of 20 per cent.

This means that once they have a salary of £42,475, they would pay 40 per cent income tax for every additional pound they earn.

Quite why you would stay in England paying for bludging ferals to breed in their Council houses to get hit with a 40 per cent marginal rate at around NZ$80k I do not and never will, understand.


England’s Code of Conduct Needed For Shearer

Faced with ill-discipline and in-fighting among players the¬†England FA has come out with a list of Do’s and Dont’s for their players. ¬†It is not a bad guide for politicians to follow so I have re-written it for say….ergh….ughm……the Labour Party and David Shearer.

Add your own in comments if you so wish.

The don’ts and the dos


* Use drugs without doctor’s permission telling the Leader

* Disclose confidential information about any aspect of playing for England our caucus meetings or strategy

* Wear red and pink together, ever  unofficial sportswear from personal endorsements

* Consume alcohol in public without the express permission of the manager Leader

* Use drugs or banned substances

* Use room service or adult channels

* Bet on i-predict or buy and sell on TradeMe any football matches

* Criticise people on Twitter or Facebook, especially while in the House


* Respect Parliament, your colleagues and the Speaker opponents, officials and supporters

* Respect culture and traditions of host nations Unions and our members

* Acknowledge the supporters at the end of the game and when on the coach travelling to training and games our members at conferences and meetings

* Respect drug-testing officers

* Respect hotel staff at Skycity

* Be on time for team caucus meetings.

* Use a sensible amount of time playing video, updating twitter, Facebook or computer games such as Angry Birds.


Comment of the Day

From Leo Molly owner of a bar and apparently also of some footage of English captain Mike Tindall and a blonde.

“Our position is that if it’s not a crime, then we won’t release the footage. Rooting [having sex] isn’t a crime in New Zealand – I’m not sure about England, but it’s not in New Zealand.’

Dirty Deeds done Dirt Cheap by a Dirty Doctor for DML

There is a reason I am opposed to suppression orders. It is because they protect the wrong people. It seems if you are rich or powerful or part of “the establishment” you can get your mates to have all manner of things swept under the carpet of suppression orders. I think it is the duty of bloggers and the media if they have the guts (and the don’t) to oppose suppression orders, if necessary by civil disobedience, until the government and other organisation see sense and male suppression order a very short and temporary measure unless there are extremely good extenuating circumstances.

Enough of the prelude and now onto the story. As you are all aware there is a very nasty battle over the provision of pathology services in the Auckland Region. This blog is not to re-litigate what the courts and the DHBs have already decided but to reveal that one of the main protangonists supporting Diagnostic Medlab in their campaign of dirt and mudslinging is in fact a dirty doctor doing dirty deeds for DML and he probably isn’t doing them dirt cheap either.

Why do I call him a Dirty Doctor? Well check the details on the Medical Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal decision website.

The Doctor here has name suppression. He is Dr Ian Rapson. I am revealing his name because other good doctors don’t deserve to be smeared (if you will forgive the expression in this case) by association with the likes of him. I read the application for permanent name suppression and am aghast that the Tribunal, despite actually arguing favourably for releasing his details in the application suppressed his name. Looks definitely like protecting an establishment figure to me, exactly what was argued as one of the the reasons for the passing of the¬† Medical Practitioners Act 1995 that those who promoted the legislation wanted the present disciplinary process to be transparent and accountable.

He has also with his business partner Dr Carmel Built led the charge against Labtests. In news item after news item they have put themselves out there as the poster doctors for Diagnostic Medlab. Just today they are in the news again, this time for actually getting it wrong, but in the news bagging Labtests once again nonetheless.

  • http://topnews.net.nz/content/2906-labtests-fails-diagnose-cancer-patient
  • http://tvnz.co.nz/health-news/doctors-demand-review-labtests-3110885
  • http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10608736

It appears Rapson has a history of his own that needs to be uncovered to prove that indeed, no one is perfect in the medical profession. God knows a perusal of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal findings shows that there would appear to be a systemic problem in the medical industry with ethics and professional boundaries.

While criticising Labtests for their apparent mismanagement and lack of professional standards, Dr Rapson is not only somewhat of a dirty rooter, he has a history of not using gloves when performing cervical smears and conducting these smears without a chaperone.  Dirty.  He also brags to other Doctors about his sexual conquests with patients.

All and all the evidence projects that he is a very dirty, sleazy man that female patients and practitioners would do well to stay away from.

“In February 1987 Dr C joined the Doctor‚Äôs practice.¬† In 1995 the Doctor and his wife separated for the first time.¬† In 1997 the Doctor had a relationship with Ms [M], a sister of a patient of Dr C, and subsequently also a patient of Dr C.¬† During 1998 the Doctor had a relationship with an employee of the practice (Ms F).¬† In late 1998 the Doctor reconciled with his wife. He rented a property to his patient Ms S.¬† In May 1999 Dr C decided to leave the practice”.

“The Doctor acknowledged having had extra marital affairs, a sexual relationship with Ms F when she was employed at the practice and having had a sexual relationship with Dr M”

“When considering the second particular the Tribunal accepted that prior to 2000 the Doctor did not use gloves when conducting cervical smears”.

Dr Rapson got off, for want of a better phrase, yet it remains that he clearly has no boundaries.  The problem that professional bodies have is the perception that they go light on their mates in the establishment, and it is clear that in the vociferous defense of DML Rapson is very much part of the establishment. Something that his dirty financial ties to DML and renting rooms in Three Kings points to:

“However, the Tribunal had significant concerns about the Doctor‚Äôs ability to maintain appropriate boundaries. The Tribunal strongly urged the Doctor to always use a chaperone when carrying out any internal or intimate examinations of female patients”.

If you need any further evidence of Dr Ian Rapson’s lack of professional ethic look no further than the NZ Bodybuilders Chat site where he is recommended as a Doctor to go to for body builders. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out why considering that body builders need to get access to HGH and other prescription drugs in order to maintain their lifestyle and physique. As Wikipedia says;

In its role as an anabolic agent, HGH has been used by competitors in sports since the 1970s, and it has been banned by the IOC and NCAA. Traditional urine analysis could not detect doping with HGH, so the ban was unenforceable until the early 2000s, when blood tests that could distinguish between natural and artificial HGH were developed. Blood tests conducted by WADA at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece primarily targeted HGH.

Luckily Bodybuilding isn’t an Olympic sport, but ask any professional athlete and if they are honest they will tell you that they are all cheating and they need to have a cheating doctor in order to be able to do it. Doctors with a lack of professional ethics and boundaries are perfect for body builders and athletes seeking performance enhancing drugs.

The problem with suppression orders like this one is that they malign good and great doctors with the sleaze and dirty dealing of scumbags like Dr Ian Rapson. The fact that DML are using him as a poster boy for them when he should be the poster boy for struck off Doctors says as much aabout the inappropriateness of suppression orders, the ethics of DML and the ethics of Dr Ian Rapson.

Let us hear no more from the Doctors of the Three Kings Medical Centre, their evidence is tainted by their lack of professional boundaries and ethics. Labtests are the victim of a clever PR campaign that involves Dirty Deeds done Dirt Cheap by a Dirty Doctor.