December 2013

Goodnight Kiwi


1984 Snap Election

TVNZ One News 1983

Classic NZ TV ads

Odd how old ads are suddenly quite watchable because they’re old…   also some great cameos by some classic NZ faces.   The Georgie Pie ad is especially sickening in its sweetness… 🙂

Caution: variable sound levels.

Telethon 1976 highlights


RTR Countdown 1983


New Years Eve nightCap

If things go the way they have gone the last 15 years or so, I’ll be asleep by midnight, and not really caring about an arbitrary calendar event.

Actually, I do remember the last time I was up at midnight.  I was standing on the top floor of an Auckland CBD building, looking out the window over the city as 1999 ticked into 2000.  I had to be there as I was responsible for fixing anything that might “go wrong” as the much feared millennium bug made its presence felt.

I remember withdrawing some cash, and filling the bath with water earlier that day.  Even though logically I felt nothing would go wrong, I didn’t want to be one of the idiots with no water or cash on January 1st.  Of course, I never told anyone.  (Oops).

To be honest, as I looked out of that window as the seconds ticked away to midnight, and for about a minute after, I was looking for power grid failures, or anything else that would be a visual clue to a Millennium bug kicking in.   There was a tightness in my stomach.

One of the odd things about New Years Day, and for weeks and weeks after, is that you meet people that enthusiastically wish you a “Happy New Year”.  Their optimism, smiles and even warmth from total strangers is something rather odd and nicely unique.   Read more »

My last chance to throw some pearls before swines

Today’s Triviauld Lang Syne




Contrary to what I always believed, a few things did go wrong as a result of the ‘Y2K’ bug. (source)


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“It’s funny how hate can make you do real nice things every now and then”