Reflections from the back seat

You know what they say about back seat drivers don’t you? We always know better than the driver but we rarely get listened to.

Well Whaleoil is Cam’s¬† ‘ car ‘ and quite frankly for many years I longed for him to own a nice practical people mover that didn’t attract attention.

But no, he had a dream and he was determined to first build the car from scratch and then turn the car into a racing car.


We couldn’t afford a ‘ car ‘ and we couldn’t afford fuel and for many many years it ran on the smell of a Whale oily rag. I wasn’t too pleased with it as I wanted a ‘ normal ‘ life like the one we used to have before.

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The most dangerous game

One of my favourite short stories as a teenager was called The Most Dangerous Game

The final few sentences at the end of the book were particularly memorable…

A man, who had been hiding in the curtains of the bed, was standing there.

“Rainsford!” screamed the general. “How in God’s name did you get here?”

“Swam,” said Rainsford. “I found it quicker than walking through the

The general sucked in his breath and smiled. “I congratulate you,” he
said. “You have won the game.”

Rainsford did not smile. “I am still a beast at bay,” he said, in a low,
hoarse voice. “Get ready, General Zaroff.”

The general made one of his deepest bows. “I see,” he said. “Splendid!
One of us is to furnish a repast for the hounds. The other will sleep in
this very excellent bed. On guard, Rainsford.” . . .

He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided.

– Richard Connell (1893-1949)



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Face of the day


Wayne Tempero

Wayne Tempero

You have to be made of sterner stuff than most to be a body guard.
It also takes courage to stand up and be counted when the personal cost is so great.
He knows that this interview could damage his career but he did it anyway.

We’re not anti Semitic at all. We have a Jew with us.

The serial protesters/rent a mob were out in force again on Saturday, proving that they’re in no way at all anti Semitic.

And to quote Joe Carolan’s rant from the July protest, they can’t be anti Semitic because they had a (token) Jew with them. Just like “I’m not racist, I work with a black guy” or “how can I be sexist, I’m married to a woman”.

Because the people [?] led by Whaleoil and repeated by Paul Henry, and Mike Hoskings, and all the rest of the right wing scum in this country, was that we were anti Semitic. Linda where are you, where’s my good friend Linda? There she is, Linda’s a Jew for peace. Give her a cheer!

Rant starts at 1:12

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It all started nine years ago…today

Today is the blog’s birthday…it is nine years old today.

The first post  was a photo of my desk, my phone, some keys and a knife.

Nine years on…this was the start

Things have changed somewhat…back then I was the only reader…and people wondered what I was doing wasting my time on a thing called a blog…what was that anyway?

For nine years I have lived my life in public…sometime too much in public, but that is how it goes.

This was where it has ended up so far.



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Happy Anniversary Baby…22 years

Spanish Bride and me have been married for 22 years….tonight we are going to the Canon Media Awards.

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The Huddle


I was on Larry Williams’ show The Huddle last night with Josie Pagani at 1740.

Our topics were:

  • Ukraine and Russia shaping up for fisticuffs.
  • The Oscars, not sure what we are going to argue about on that one, maybe I‚Äôll ¬†Josie take the lead on that.
  • The¬†¬†Cunliffe situation with funnelling money through a trust to fund his leadership bid campaign ‚Äď a bit of hypocrisy! ¬† Read more »

Whaleoil is mobile again

The Team at Cre8d implemented the new theme for Whaleoil late on Friday.  You may have noticed some small visual changes for the main site, but the objective was to fix the mobile view for Whaleoil.

We pretty much didn’t have much to “fix” – we needed something that worked, at all!

So try it out on your phones, tablets, iPads and phablets – it’s going to zoom along.

This is last month’s breakdown of platforms


It will be interesting if those stats change significantly now that Whaleoil does a better job of delivering mobile content.

Now that the Mobile Theme project is off the list, the next thing we need to focus on is to get the merchandising store up and running!  We have a supplier Рnext to-do is to put up a little e-shop.  Will keep you informed.

Another month gone, how did we do?


With February a short month, we still got our coveted 2 mil. ¬†Always hard with the additional public holidays, so that’s made the Team happy.

Thank you, and goodbye… to Nick. ¬†Nick Bird has been a faithful Whaleoil volunteer for well over a year, and it’s sad to have him leave us. ¬†Thank you for all your help Nick, and all the best with your studies. ¬†Whaleoil volunteers may all be doing a relatively small part every day, but add those together and it allows Cameron and I to spend more time on the meatier stuff. ¬† Read more »


Please refer to me as “Award Winning Extreme Right Wing Hate Speech Blogger” thank you

Last night Pete and I attended the ESET NetGuide Web Awards 2013.

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