One of New Zealand’s most secretive military organisations has opened its high-security doors for a 93-year-old woman.
Tonight, it was a meeting of war heroes when New Zealand’s Victoria Cross winner Willie Apiata kissed 93-year-old Pippa Doyle, one of the great if unknown secret agents of World War II.
Apiata was in the audience as Pippa â€“ otherwise known as Phyllis Latour Doyle â€“ received France’s highest decoration: the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur, the Legion of Honour (knight class).
It is happening in European Countries all over the world. Some countries are already at crisis point.
I want us to stop the clock but we first need to be aware of the bigger picture.Â Every little incident here in New Zealand is leading us down a path.
Do we want in 5 years time to be where the below countries are right now?
Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red
How 888,246 red ceramic poppies captivated Britain and brought WWI to life. Read more »
November Effigies; Street Life in London
First they came for our dogs and I said nothing because I didn’t have a dog.
Then they came for our cats and I said nothing because I didn’t like cats.
Then they came for our education system and I said nothing because I didn’t have children.
Then they imposed Sharia Law and I said nothing because I was a woman and my place was under a Burqa.
The Milk Must GetÂ Through!!
Thousands of terror suspects in the UK are being monitored by the security services, it has been claimed.
Far more militants than previously thought are under surveillance, according to the Mayor of London.
Boris Johnson said the threat from Islamist extremists may be greater than officials have admitted.
It had been believed that the main danger came from some 500 jihadis who have travelled to Syria and Iraq from Britain to join Islamic State or Al-Qaeda. About half of these have since returned to the UK.
But Mr Johnson told the Daily Telegraph the danger was much more widespread than the relatively small numbers of extremists who have gone abroad to fight.
â€˜In London weâ€™re very, very vigilant and very, very concerned,â€™ he said. â€˜Every day â€“ as you saw recently, we had to raise the threat level â€“ every day the security services are involved in thousands of operations.
Luckily New Zealand doesn’t quite have the same proportion of Muslim immigration to underpin such a threat, but just because the numbers are lower doesn’t mean we don’t have our own issues. Â Read more »
This was advertised in The Observer today in London.
Obviously Kim Dotcom can’t get an audience in NZ anymore.
Len Brown is pushing through a ratepayer subsidised cycleway across the harbour bridge. There is no way his proposal will ever pay for itself and he is pandering to about 5 cyclists on the North Shore.
But whatever happens there don’t let him see this proposal from London, for a cycleway on the Thames.
The odds were tough, but we did it: London has just come up with what must be the silliest cycling infrastructure idea in the world. Put together by a motley group called the River Cycleway Consortium, London is fielding a new proposal for a new central cycle path that will stretch eight miles and cost Â£600 million ($965 million) to construct. Quite a lot for a pair of bike lanes, isnâ€™t it? Ah, but these are not ordinary paths. These babies would float. On the River Thames.
The answer to Londonâ€™s cycling problems, the consortium argues, is a bobbing pontoon strung along the Southern side of Londonâ€™s river. This aquatic cycleway would stretch from Battersea, just west of Central London, to the newish business district to its east at Canary Wharf, protected by what appear to be waist-high walls. Given the construction cost of over $65,000 per yard of path, using the cycleway wouldnâ€™t be free. Cyclists would need to pay a Â£1.50 ($2.40) toll before entering.
And then perhaps the best sledge of all time:
The proposal isnâ€™t just wrong. Itâ€™s a whole club sandwich of wrongness, made up of many delectable layers of stupid.