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  • Carl

    I know I’ve been here. (pic)

    • cows4me

      When we were teenagers Carl one of my friends mother use to make his dad sleep in the kids tree house if he had being to the pub or at bowls. In the end I think she regrated her stand of ruling the roost. My friend had the flashiest tree house in the district.

  • Sally

    Brown’s trainset could be delayed 3 years, pushed make the start to 2018. We might have a new mayor by then.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/63878529/auckland-city-rail-link-may-start-later

    • Dave

      Never fear, Brown will have been hosted throughout the world by the various suppliers, supped and tried their “hospitality” and “Entertainment for a few minutes”. He will have signed future contracts for all parts of the trainset prior to the election, just to ensure he is remembered………….. for the debt, and incomplete train system.

      • Unionbreaker

        Now that would be a Brown stain

      • sheppy

        I wonder if he faces any penalties for the delay?

  • Nechtan

    A bit of John Fogerty on a Friday evening.

  • ozbob68

    Saw this today briefly on stuff, it got swallowed by other events. Apparently reviewing performance and expecting results is racist, and despite these agencies being funded to specifically target Maori health, its everyone’s responsibility when it goes wrong. Gordon Bennett!

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/63855908/Maori-health-providers-review-by-DHB-racist

    • Nechtan

      Taking public money, they should be accountable to the public.
      (who do they think they are? The Auckland council?)

    • exactchange

      Umm, the folk in the photo don’t look like great role models for Maori health.

    • Dave

      From that article……. “A planned review of Maori health providers has been called racist and sparked calls for autonomy”. Good be autonomous, now go resign, set your own group up, and fund it yourself.

      Seriously the funds these groups chomp through in a year is unbelievable, and i am yet to see one bit of good they do, or anything they actually achieve. As exactchange has said, not one of them could be described as in the healthy weight range, and before people call me out of my weight, I’m not moaning about it or claiming a couple of hundy a year to run a Maori health group for unhealthy Maoris.

    • dgrogan

      More importantly, who is Gordon Bennett?

      http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/gordon-bennett.html

      • ozbob68

        Wasn’t he the Prime Minister of the UK after Tony Blair?

  • HemiMcK

    Check this out. 12531 Troughers including 18 we are paying for.

    http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2014/cop20/eng/misc01p01.pdf

    • Nechtan

      Twentieth session!! Thats some serious nuclear grade troughing.

      • 1951

        I can understand the need for Tim Groser to be there but 17-18 other NZ’rs…? Yup, nuclear grade.

    • sheppy

      So that’s why the “we’re all doomed due to climate change mob” have started appearing in the news again. Must be time to get the trough refilled – I knew there’d be a barely hidden reason for it

  • Dave

    Its friday night, time for some humour. Is this a coincidence, or what.

    Aussies labour leader is known as Shorty Shorten……
    Nz’s Labour leader is known as Angry Andy Little ……

    It seems both countries have a little problem with short opposition.

    and, a photobomb of the labour leaders mullet.

    • Great mullet/photobomb.
      The following two links show a waiter at the Lourve Cafe who has a mullet that should be on permanent display there. I’m afraid to say when I was standing in line at the cafe to go in I saw him and got a fit of giggles.
      Clearly other people have been suitably impressed.
      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlw_7Ije-mc.
      http://www.michaelknapp.com/2008/02/11/more-sketches-from-paris/.

    • Disinfectant

      I am trying to think of any Dictator who was tall and commanding.
      Certainly not Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Putin, Napolean, Idi Amin, That Nit Wit Kim in North Korea and so it goes on.

  • Nige.

    There was a nurse at a hospital, so i am told who was really lovely… her name was Sue Death. Yes. Nurse Death.

    There was a dentist I heard of named Dr. Payne…..

    Serious. Got any others?

    • Carl

      I know of a father who called his sons Russell and Dean Sprout.

      • Sooty

        Met a kiwi in Murrin Murrin WA. Wayne Kerr.

        • Dave

          I was in the oil industry in the early 90’s. One of the service companies in Auckland had an Technician of the same name, and he did a great job of living up to the name!

    • Isherman

      Not as bad as the muppet parents who have called twin children ‘Benson and Hedges’, and ‘Fish and Chips’, both examples from NZ.

      • Wheninrome

        Up here in the North many years ago – a teacher I knew told me the same story.

      • Sunshine

        I went to school with twins that were named Chip and Dale.

    • Time For Accountability

      The dental person Dr Payne experienced his own Payne when he had to stand in the dock in Wangarei and pleaded guilty to fraud.

    • Steve (North Shore)

      Farmer called M T Paddock

      • DemocKot

        I went to a wedding many years ago in the South Island where the brides new name after the marriage was Cecily Mayroot, it was not nice for her in the pub for many years apparently….

      • Nige.

        thats classic! really? is that true? im going to have to look that one up in the phonebook!

        • Steve (North Shore)

          Try North Shore Cosmopolitan Club circa 1995. Malcom, and I did not believe it

    • ozbob68

      I heard of a hairdresser with the surname of Barnett.

    • Mrs Pete went to school with…

      Crystal Claire Hayes

    • Carl

      Did go to school with a guy called Diccon Round.

    • Greg M

      My old neighbour Wayne King…

      • Wasapilot

        I knew a traffic engineer with that name in Wellington Greg. Same person?

        His parents must have been very naive, or particularly cruel.

    • rantykiwi

      The local MOT cop when I was a teenager was a prize arse by the name of Sargent, rank of sargeant at the time too. Known to all and sundry as Hitler because of his extremely sucky attitude.

    • Alright

      I knew one who had the car number plate 2THDR.

      Then there are any number of chiropodists called Dr Foot.

      And to top it all off I had a plumber called Reg Christmas. His wife’s christian name was Mary. I kid you not.

      • conwaycaptain

        Jim Frew the AKl Port Doctor had a number plate DICDOC

      • Dave

        My son has a picture of a very nice Golf VR32 with the number plate BACKDR. It belongs to a Chiropractor, but he first spotted it in the city almost outside a Gaybar, turns out the Chiropractor has his practice in the same area.

    • newbarnkiwi

      Went to high school with a girl named Philippa Barrel, those of us who caught it would giggle at roll call.
      My husband at school in the UK had a mate called Nicholas Hawes… incredibly tragic, don’t understand how his parents made that mistake… apparently the school was cooperative when he decided to call himself John and the teacher always used it roll call… sadly it wasn’t officially noted and sick-leave staff would always refer to him as Nicholas.
      And one last one… my niece used to date an Aussie called Tony Heal!!! He was gorgeous tho, and looked just like a young Mel Gibson!

      • Dave

        True. My daughter inlaws dad IS Tony Heal, and yes, he is a handsome man!

    • AlanB

      The head of Fishing at the old Ministry of Ag and Fish was Dr Fish. (not sure of precise department name!).

    • Pete

      When I was a kid many moons ago, and far far away, the local doctor was called Dr Butcher…an unusual name for sure, but very apt because he was also the coroner. !

      That is 100% true as well

    • Lord Evans

      Len’s lawyers

      • Nige.

        there were some laywers called ‘Sue, Grabbit & Runn” Advertised on Sydney radio.

    • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

      We had an Senior officer R. Sole. We were not aloud to page him using his initial and name – was funny but did result in some extra work when we did it.

      • Wahbonnah

        lmao so how often did the boys page him?

    • Dairy_Flat

      Bob Pipe, plumber in Whangamata. Think the name for this is nominative determinism – or something.

  • Bart67

    Interesting read on Stuff tonight.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/better-business/63875177/Backlash-over-KFC-roster-cuts

    Apparently the decision to enforce the new rosters has come out of head office. Shifts have been cut, rosters reduced, less staff per shift, more waiting times. Employees have had hours cut just before Christmas. Customers are having to wait up to 20 minutes to fill simple orders.

    Why is this?

    Because if the CEO gets the share price up to $4.00 a share, he gets a $1,000,000 bonus, while all his employees have to give up employable hours, and work even harder when they DO get hours.

    When this story hits the media, there will be no way Restaurant Brands will get anywhere NEAR $4.00 an hour!!

    This is the sort of thing Andrew Little and his ilk need to be working on, not wh may or may not have John Key’s phone number!

    • James Growley

      This will be an exercise in how to make a large business small. KFC is about FAST food, convenience and good service. Nobody on their way home will wait 20 minutes to get served and I can see the competitors making a meal out of that. Rather than increase the share price I can see this idiot fiddle while it goes through the floor. Its already lost 2 cents today.

  • Dave

    One of the hazards of life in Aussie, a week ago a thunderstorm ravaged the greater Brisbane area, over 5000 cars have been written off already as too damaged to be fixed, and the damage total is well over $1 billion. Then a massive dust storm blows right over Bedourie today (a few hundred Km Nth West of the intersection of the NT, SA and QLD border, and near the Simpson Desert)

    • dgrogan

      Seriously scary weather, Dave. I remember being in the Pilbarra and sitting out cyclone Joan, which buried Port Headland back ’75.

      • Dave

        Its an amazing contrast, on the east coast of QLD, over a billion dollars of damage to a really bad storm, the worst being water damage, yet to the west of the state, 1200 km inland (approx) its increadably dry and dust storms are the major issue. Now, if we could even out the weather across the state……….

        We have just got ready for Cyclone season here, removed all rubbish, put things away, have ropes ready to lash things down etc. (Example, we have ropes looped around the pillars of the Carport ready to tie the wheelie bins down Yet, I still reckon we have amazing weather

    • Nige.

      i was at a job, on nightshift in Paramatta somewhere and in the morning dust had blown all over everything. Red. And i think there was a bit if moisture in the air too which made it extra special for people with brand new cars.

      That was in about 2005. incredible that it had traveled all the way from the desert and over the blue mountains and 50kms at least further to make it to the coast.

      • Bluemanning

        I remember in 2005 I was living in Neutral Bay North Sydney the red dust invaded the underground car park, turned the sky pink, coated the garden ’twas surreal.

        • Disinfectant

          Yep, and I was living in the U.K. when it rained red dust from the Sahara Desert.
          From memory it would have been around 1993.

          • newbarnkiwi

            Yeah I remember that, was on my OE. Thanks for the reminder, I’ll tell my kids about it!

    • Disinfectant

      And only 250 years ago there was no one around to leave a written record of these events which have been happening for millions of years.

      • OT Richter

        Tell that to the Aboriginals who were recording events with rock painting over 40,000 years ago.

        • Dave

          Hmmmm another race / culture without a written language, i wonder how long before the aussie government sinks millions into it to preserve it.

  • kiwibattler

    Ian McLagan died the other day. Small Faces/ Faces keyboardist leaving just drummer Kenney Jones the last of the classic Small Faces line-up still alive. If you had to create a perfect 1960’s pop song you’d be hard pressed to go beyond this one……https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14ViwvgtvbA

    • Bluemanning

      Thanks for the memory :-)

    • Wheninrome

      Pre Rod Stewart wasn’t he in the Faces way back in time, Ronnie Wood as well.

      • kiwibattler

        Yeah – the faces were formed when Small Faces lead singer Steve Marriot left to join Peter Frampton in forming the band Humble Pie – the rest of the Small Faces joined Rod the sod & Ronnie Wood of the Jeff Beck Group to create the new band. The Small Faces were somewhat cursed: Their manager Don Arden (Sharon Osbourne’s dad) ripped them off so they made no money from their music, Marriot died after falling asleep in bed with a ciggy, bassist Ronnie got MS in the 1970’s and a later guitarist Jimmy McCulloch (formerly of ‘Wings’) died of a heroin overdose aged 26.

        • Dave

          WOW, you know your stuff KB, you mention Peter frampton, I still have some of his stuff, like Small Faces it never fades.

          http://youtu.be/gIRqMTg1GVc

          • nervus

            As long as you keep it out of the sun.

          • kiwibattler

            I’ve got a hand-signed Frampton Comes Alive album somewhere…….have a pic of him signing it too (I’m a bit of a classic rock connoisseur). Would still love to see Frampton – he still has a strong voice. Sad to see these rock pioneers passing on now….

  • Nechtan

    I await the usual wailing from the PC brigade over this individual facing the death penalty.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/63880972/Kiwi-on-Bali-meth-charge

  • Wendy

    Happy Friday good people of Paradise.

    May your weekend be filled with peace, love and bacon (or kale if you are a veggo).

    • kiwibattler

      You too Wendy – I used to love Fridays/weekends once work was finished for the week – however being self-employed for the past 15 years I’ve lost that feeling……half the time I lose track of what day it is.

      • Wendy

        I don’t do office hours either but I still love Fridays.

        • Alright

          Mrs Alright puts kale in a blender with a whole lot of other stuff and makes a concoction that doesn’t even pretend to be like anything else I’ve tasted before (and its not good!).

      • jonno1

        Me too KB, although it has the advantage of being able to send off an email in the evening without expecting a reply. Unfortunately one of my recent clients turned out to be a late-leaver, so would ring back even at 9 or 10pm. Good on him though – salaried but old school.
        But as it’s Friday (I think)… the wine du jour is Taylors Clare Valley Shiraz. Very smooth.

        • Caprice

          I am with you on the Shiraz, not so sure on the work hours though..

          • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

            That reminds me I have some peter Layman Shiraz tucked away – should be mighty fine about now.

            Thanks

      • cows4me

        I wish angry Andy would come and talk to the cows, they have no respect for weekends.

    • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

      Pino time!!

      • jonno1

        Gris or Noir?

        • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

          Gris I think. Fish for dinner. I find Noir is a bit heavier and suits a more robust companion.

          Hell who am I kidding, if it fits in a glass it will do me.

        • James Growley

          I don’t think it matters if you trust this warning sign………….

          • Bill Hanna

            Don’t drink and park, accidents cause people.

      • Wendy

        I am, sadly, wineless.

        • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

          I’ll have one for you.

      • Moonroof

        Cab-merlot tonight, 14.5% baddie – not driving anything except hifi, electric blues from Hubert Sumlin tonight.

    • James Growley

      Talking bacon…….

  • Catriona

    Why is that motorists driving along SH 27 in the Maungatawhiri area, drop back to 70 kph and even less in a 90 kph zone? And then to make matters worse, when they get to Maungatawhiri (Rex Fox Tavern area) the speed limit drops back to 70 kph for a reasonable stretch and then we have drivers dropping back to 50 kph?
    I saw something interesting the other day when I was driving that stretch of road. We were in the 90 kph zone and an opportunity came for the motorist in front of me to pass a slow driver only to sit in front of the slow driver and do exactly the same speed. Can you believe that. Oh and then this woman driver comes to a 30 kph area and flies through that going 25 kph over the limit.
    Where are cops? They would have a field day dishing out tickets left, right and centre to the ignorant drivers imo.

    • Chris EM

      They’re too busy looking out for motorists doing 1 kph over on a straight bit of road.

    • Nebman

      *555 – I use it regularly for the dangerous ones. I do 1500k’s a week over all sorts of roads around the country and just seen too many accidents over the years to bother entertaining the idiots that make my life scary!

      Pet hate are the ones that do 90 in 100 and then drop to 80 in the 50 zone as they fly through small town New Zealand like they own the joint.

      • Dave

        We have just installed dash cams on the company vans, lower insurance and sssists the team to drive more considerately. (Blackvue 660). A few weeks in one of the team tells us of a idiot overtaking then turning right in front of oncoming traffic…… Bang. Got the whole thing on camera, passed it on to the innocent party and the police.

  • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

    I think Megan Trainers new song “lips are moving” would be great as a theme song for parliament.

  • Dumrse

    This made me smile….

    • sylvia v smith

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  • So, are you the sort of person that adds the milk to the tea or coffee first, or last… and WHY?

    • Chris EM

      Milk in coffee last, so the sugar dissolves properly.

      • Nyla

        no sugar but milk in first so mug isnt so hot

        • Chris EM

          Did you make that pav? Looks delicious.

          • Nyla

            yep in slow cooker …

          • Chris EM

            Slow cooker, not heard of that before

      • Nige.

        i gave up sugar in august LAST year. made NO difference to my weight, fat size, energy or nothing. But it did make me feel i had accomplished something though… so haven’t started using it again.

        • Chris EM

          You’re good, I regularly give up sugar.

          • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

            Still use sugar – my parents didn’t raise a quitter.

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      why ruin a good cup of coffee by adding milk?

    • sheppy

      I used to milk, sugar and instant coffee in first as it seemed to taste better however since I’ve got a filter machine it’s coffee then milk with no sugar as it allows me to alter the colour of the finished product

    • kiwibattler

      Neither? Doesn’t it just come from a café??

    • rantykiwi

      Last – otherwise the water isn’t hot enough to make the teabag do its thing. And from that habit means the same applies to all the other hot drinks as well.

      But…. making a G&T the ice goes in last – otherwise the alochol of the gin when poured in makes the ice melt immediately.

    • Punter

      Milk in first for tea leaf pot of tea. Milk in last for tea bag tea
      only so the tea bag infuses. Definitely can taste the difference
      between a tea bag and tea leaf tea and between milk in first or last for
      both.

      In saying that I am so anal about my pot of tea that I
      even warm the teapot before I put in the water. Also never reboil the
      water – there is a distinct difference in taste when you do this.
      Something to do with Oxygen content.

      And by the way this is serious stuff I love my tea…..

      • Wendy

        Oh my…perfect.

      • rantykiwi

        Ditto on warming the teapot, and I also warm the mug first if it’s a crappy teabag brew too.

        • Punter

          I even have some china for when I feel like really capping off my tea experience.

          • rantykiwi

            There’s a nice wee cafe in Taihape (near the corner of Tui St and the SH1) which does a decent pot of proper tea, served with an eclectic collection of non-matching fine china.

      • My English grandmother did the same with her tea, she never used bags.

    • ozbob68

      Milk last, as the “scorching” of the coffee releases the taste (I got barracked by the receptionist at my first job for adding the milk last to her coffee – apparently its not the done thing in her household)

      • Wahbonnah

        ummm isn’t the receptionist supposed to make the boss THEIR coffee??

        • ozbob68

          I was the newbie tech, so got the kitchen duties.

    • Nige.

      as far as i am concerned it is a total total myth that adding the milk last avoids burning the tea. I cant tell the difference. Though… i did do a blind test on my wife…and she picked it right….

      • i did do a blind test on my wife

        I think you need to be careful how you express yourself.

    • are we talking good coffee like Nescafe? or rubbish stuff?

      • Punter

        Are you George Clooney?

    • Punter

      Speaking of tea and coffee Pete what about selling Whale Oil Mugs?

      • kayaker

        Beach umbrellas would be a good idea too.

        • dumbshit

          how about flags “wussel” mightbuy one for spare!

        • 1951

          …and I would like a pennant for the car aerial.

          • Huia

            Does anyone remember those little round plastic drink bottles we used to empty, then thread onto the whip aerial on the Zodiac a lot of years ago.

      • Cadwallader

        Agree, there could be a WO Tourist type shop where the array of WO products could be endless.
        Pens
        Calendars
        Mugs
        Key rings
        Shot-guns and ammo
        Harpoons
        WO Amex Accounts

    • kayaker

      Tea: I used to add it first. Then an expert told me that you should add it last, so I do now. Coffee: espresso – so N/A.

    • James Growley

      If you are using leaf, milk first – stops leaves floating to the top. Tea bags, milk last otherwise the tea doesn’t fuse properly.

    • Sally

      Very easy to please.. Herbal tea and expresso coffee. Milk doesn’t get out of the fridge.

    • chris

      Easy black coffee don’t want to dilute my caffeine

    • colinrippey

      I like to show my wealth by demonstrating my (expensive) superior cups: they can stand the heat of boiling water, without the moderating effect of milk already in the cup. Hence “milk in last”. Mind you, I haven’t got out much since the 17th century.

    • Moonroof

      Espresso, long, 2 sugars after cup preheated with hot water from kettle, then extraction from machine.

      • Dave

        At home. double shot espresso – dash of cream
        At work. double shot espresso – frothed milk
        Espresso first, milk or cream after
        Never ruin a good coffee with sugar.

        • Moonroof

          We have conflicting views about milk and sugar, can’t put milk anywhere near coffee… each to their own, all that ultimately matters is a pleasant caffenation in the cup of beholder.

    • Nebman

      Milk to coffee first and tea last. There’s no science behind it other than it just seems to be better that way.

    • LovetoTeach

      First, if it’s instant, so that it doesn’t burn the coffee

    • Sunshine

      Milk in cup first for tea when using real tea a a teapot. ,Milk in afterwards for coffee. Why, probably a touch of OCD about my beverages. It seems no one can make my tea or coffee correctly but myself.

  • Wendy

    Me: Damn…Im wearing the same thing I was wearing last time I saw you.
    Him: I wouldn’t know…I didn’t notice.

    Lol…you blokes are so funny.

    • Carl

      We are simple creatures Wendy.

      • Mrs Brown had it right: keep his stomach full and his testicles empty.

        • Dave

          True, but the other Mrs Brown, meant for Len to do both at home, not everywhere else :)

          • Carl

            The comment of the day.(IMHO)

    • Dave

      You look the same to me everyday Wendy.

      • Wendy

        Har har…foiled.

        • Dave

          But after dark, you Morph
          into an entirely different creature, if only you had your youth and skill still!

    • jonno1

      You think that’s bad? SWMBO goes ahead to venue while I park the car. Do you think I can find her? No idea what clothing or even colour she was wearing.

      • Wendy

        Let me introduce you to Carl at comment one…

      • jcpry

        I’m lucky my dearest has a mop of curls and stands out in any crowd. Still would have no idea what she is wearing though.

    • ozbob68

      I once asked a woman at work if she was wearing the same outfit as yesterday, and got told off for making inferences about her personal life.

    • Isherman

      You should have had him on, saying “oh, same clothes as last time I see”, he’d probably take it as gospel, lol.

  • Wheninrome

    Love the “stealing from charity shop video in Hamilton today” . These sort of people are so used to taking without asking they don’t realise that Charity shops help the needy, you just have to ask. Still it was probably the hardest work she had done for some time.

  • A Kiwi man has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle 1.7kg of methamphetamine into Bali…. Smuggle drugs in to Bali, what could possibly go wrong?

    • Isherman

      Doesn’t read to well huh…

      • Alright

        I guess he had made the decision that he was smarter than everyone else. Now he’s going to be permanently brain dead.

        • Alright

          PS Mrs Alright has just told me off about my comment above.

          Says he has had a tragic life and I should be more compassionate. Given her empathy and compassion experienced by me over 20 years I’ll defer to her.

          PPS She is not a bleeding heart liberal…..

          • Aucky

            How many tragic lives would 1.7kg of meth cause?

          • Moonroof

            Plenty. Dealers need to get public shaming in a cage, followed by a chair electric.

          • Alright

            Lots. But Mrs Alright’s point is he is not in his right mind. Which is palpable if you think about it. Vulnerable and set up? Who knows.

          • Aucky

            She’s absolutely right. Theres international coverage on this story already and he evidently had been to see a woman in Hong Kong so he could well have been set up.

    • Aucky

      When being caught in possession with 5 grams qualifies you for a bullet then attempting to smuggle 1.7 kgs is decidedly risky. He could plead insanity.

      • Skydog

        1.7kgs is $1.7million NZD worth. Explaining will be losing for sure.

    • Skydog

      With that much on him, I think he will be executed.

      • Aucky

        That should provide the greens with plenty of oxygen at QT. The PC brigade will have a field day. It will be all John Key’s fault if he gets the chop.

        • Nebman

          What annoys the fundament out of me is that MSM will play out the trials and tribulations of the bloke, his life story, the bad breaks he’s had and not a single one of them will focus on the harm done by the drugs he’s trafficking.

          Muppet. And eventually a dead one – depending of course on the state of trade between us and them at the time of course…

        • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

          Yes, unless John Key is dragged into this, it is not newsworthy….

      • Nige.

        From memory the Indonesians dont differentiate between drugs. 1kg meth = 1kg cannabis so it may not be a firing squad on the beach.

        readers in Indonesia? Is that right?

      • Cadwallader

        If he isn’t executed he’ll be in gaol for a long stretch, not a huge difference to living in Wanganui where he comes from. I actually believe that executing drug mules is not the ideal solution to trafficking. Those who ought pay the penalty are the financiers of the drug industry, those who sell it to users and of course the users. If there’s no market for the product there’s no need to supply.

    • Skydog

      If he’s a meth head, it’s only one sleep until Christmas.

    • Aucky

      No BS in Indonesia about name suppression. Call in the media for a full on photo shoot and a press conference. Straight into Kerebokan with a full on show trial coming up.

    • NotGandalf

      No sympathy, and I really do not care for people smuggling drugs into any country, when you break the laws of that country you are subject to that country’s justice system. The consequences are fair. I remember watching the Cohen’s story play out on TV 25 years ago and thinking to myself that I would feel sorry for them if they hadn’t created the whole mess for themselves. People really cannot say they didn’t know the risks of smuggling into Bali, if his story plays out into another ‘woe is me I am trapped in a foreign land’ scenario then the MSM will be feeding the public a convoluted sob story that I will again be avoiding.

      • Wendy

        The consequences are fair if they do it knowingly. It looks like he may have had no idea and has been used as a mule.

        • NotGandalf

          Sorry Wendy I have trouble buying that, its Bali, anyone who has been without 50 yards of a newspaper in the last 20 years would know that it is high risk and downright stupid to try smuggling into that port. Whether they know it or not, they are going into a country that deals harshly with drug mules and smugglers, the ‘fair’ that I refer to is the fact that when you go to another country, you submit to the rules and laws of that country (even if you dont agree with them).

          • Wendy

            I mean I think he had no idea that drugs had been put into the bag he was given by the woman he had just met.

          • NotGandalf

            Fair point, but I would like to think I would recognise Bali as a ‘red flag’ destination and would be very careful about packing my bag. It is a high profile location is it not? While I could accept that he may have been duped by a false romance I doubt whether the Bali justice system will give two hoots.

  • Alright

    Who else thinks Bryce Edwards should come out and stand for Labour?

    And isn’t the title “Political Scientist” an oxymoron?

    Thirdly: I don’t get why we pay to employ him at Otago University to spend so much time providing us with his perspective on life, the universe and (his) reality.

    • Dave

      So, do you want him to…..

      a) Come out
      b) Stand for labour
      c) Both
      d) Only one of the above

      • Alright

        That is is very funny!

        Dave, to be honest with you I just wish he’d get another hairdresser.

      • 1951

        Dave, our sky is on-fire here as the sunsets, particularly beautiful tonight. Guessing that’s all the dust particles have arrived on this side of the Tasman.

      • Isherman

        Probably a, if it means we don’t hear him so much, or at all.

    • Bluemanning

      I always feel starved of oxygen when I hear Edwards; so delete the ‘oxy’ please.

      • Alright

        Done.

        ….except he thinks he is a very smart oxy-deleted.

    • la la land

      Bryce is greens or mana not labour

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      He is as communist as one can be…..

  • Nige.

    did anyone think of any other docos to add to the list?

    I watched ishermans one “the accent of money” lastnight. was great.

  • Isherman

    Any punters here going to see the Diamond next year then?

    • Wendy

      I wish.

      Neil Diamond is the voice of my childhood. I associate him with my father and happy days and all that was right with the world to a six year old child…before life was never the same again.

      • Isherman

        Yeah, I have a ‘Neil Diamond Dad’ too, I’m gutted that I never had a chance to see the Big O, Roy Orbison,..classic cool in spades.

        • Wendy

          Have you seen The Wedding Singer?
          Fab.

          • Isherman

            Yep, not too long ago, it was better than I thought it would be, not my usual type of flick.

          • Isherman

            lol, I figured that, wasn’t going to be petulant and correct you..no need for that on a Friday evening.

          • Wendy

            I horrified myself!

    • Wendy

      Fave ND song?
      Shiloh

      • Dave

        Just for you Wendy :) Enjoy……

        http://youtu.be/98mxTslGjbs

        • Wendy

          Nice. Thanks.

      • kiwibattler

        Probably Cracklin’ Rosie……

      • patriot

        ‘Solitary Man’ is my absolute fav song! Have seen Neil Diamond twice. Wont bother this time tho.

    • Canucktoo

      Did u see him on graham Noton recently? – seriously cringeworthy – voice is passe

      • Isherman

        No I didn’t, interestingly I had heard his voice had been holding up OK-ish of late. Neil Young’s is shot though, I can confirm that much.

    • jonno1

      My favourite… Mind you, a bit biased as my daughter-in-law was one of the backing singers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=861IaMpK3YU

    • intelligentes candida diva

      Didnt know he was coming but you definitely picked a gem with Soolaimon I love this song

  • JC

    Now here’s something I didn’t know..

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11369619

    There are 5000 unregistered teachers in NZ and registration costs about $8,500 every 6 years. Can this be true?

    JC

    • Orange

      It says part time teacher. I suspect they mean relief teacher. It may be the case (I don’t know any specifics) that unless you’re under a steady appraisal programme then you are pinged with having to pay for an extra refresher course. It doesn’t seem like a very good idea to me as we need relief teachers and it’s a particular good job for parents of young families.

  • Pluto

    Had the ultimate Daddy Daughter experience yesterday. Took her out fishing, 15lb snapper for her the result.
    18 year olds problems evaporated and replaced with smiles.
    Take ya kid fishing !

    • Isherman

      Fantastic result!, some folks fish for years before they get something that decent, well done. (I find that anything over about 10lb is better smoked, the eating quality drops a wee bit)
      edit sp.

      • Pluto

        Fishing out of Raglan, it’s been tough getting out there but when it’s good to go it’s great.

        • Isherman

          I’ll be heading out over the bar at Manukau before too long…blue water here I come. Game season is imminent!

  • Aucky

    A nicely timed announcement at 6.46pm to miss all of the network news that commencement of construction of Len’s Loop will be delayed until 2018/19. This decision was made after discussions with Audit NZ.

    • Alright

      Oh dear. If Audit NZ is on the case it hints of serious stuff, like cooking the public books.

      Anyone feel a credit rating downgrade coming on?

      • Platinum Fox

        I suspect it’s not a cooking problem, but rather a gentle warning from Audit NZ that AC under Red Len’s leadership was intending to overreach its financial capacity which would inevitably lead to a rating downgrade. Not only would a rating downgrade increase AC’s interest expense from the current level of $1m/day, it would also impact the borrowing costs of local authorities throughout the country who have borrowed through the LGFA as they all benefit from Auckland’s superior credit rating.

        • Alright

          A gentle warning PF? He and the council have been kicked hard in body parts we can’t discuss.

          Hadn’t realised that the Auckland Councils debt/credit rating would impact other councils. Makes sense now you have pointed it out.

          Illustrates why other councils around NZ need to take a close interest in Akl’s mismanagement.

          What an utter shambles.

          • Platinum Fox

            I believe that the Auditor General can only comment on the financial prudence of councils’ long term plans and cannot comment on espoused policies, so a relatively gentle warning as the AG cannot veto specific expenditure items.

            The 30 local authorities that use LGFA each provide a cross guarantee of each other’s borrowings proportional to their share of the aggregate rating income of those 30 local authorities. A rating downgrade for the largest local authority would therefore have an effect.

          • Alright

            Does this mean other councils will be giving the ACC a kicking behind the scenes?

          • Platinum Fox

            I suspect that it depends how savvy they are and how well they understand the structure and implications of the LGFA. They possibly realise that AC’s rating underpins LGFA’s rating and they should know that AC’s rating will decline if it overextends itself financially (as does any borrower’s credit rating). Whether they would express an opinion is another matter and, based on past behaviour, Red Len would probably take no notice if they did.
            By contrast, the AG is required to approve the financial forecasts in the 10 year plan so has real power if unfunded commitments are proposed.

          • Alright

            Thanks PF, always interested in your obviously credible and learned insights/perspectives.

            BTW, were you/are you involved in govt or local govt?

          • Platinum Fox

            Not directly, though I dealt with both in my previous life. These days I’m semi-retired with time on my hands and enough knowledge of where to look for information and the skills to analyse it to enable me to be a nuisance (or an annoying critic). Plus a long memory.
            I find the AC documents particularly hard work – lots of meaningless waffle generated by both AC (e.g. the Downtown Framework) and submitters who are obviously required to provide such bumpf to the council (e.g. the application for resource consent for SkyPath which tallies up to about 134MB of files). I’m not looking forward to AC’s 10 year plan coming out once the AG signs it off, but I’ll probably read parts of it.

          • Alright

            We all benefit via people like you.

    • James Growley

      Had Audit NZ conducted a thorough audit of Brown’s fiefdom, the Serious Fraud Office would be all over him by now.

  • jcpry

    Surprised? http://i.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/63878529/Auckland-City-Rail-Link-may-start-later
    I’m thinking a special rate should be struck for those who want it. They can carry a card to get a subsidy. I’ll pay full price quite happily.

    • Wendy

      “…Despite the setback, Brown said he would retain his track record of success in convincing the Government to get on board…”

      In the same way you’d convince someone of getting on board the Titanic.

      • Alright

        ….or another train wreck at Christmas time in NZ in 1953 at Tangiwai.

        Bitter irony.

      • Aucky

        The tide’s going out on Len Brown. Halleluja!!

  • Wendy

    Speaking of clever number plates, my all time favourite is

    TLYRGF

    And on the plate surround it says “I said thanks”.

    (Think about it…!)

    It must live near me, I see it quite often.

    • Huia

      Saw one on a black jeep ages ago the plate was BAA BAA.

    • Wahbonnah

      nah, I don’t get it :-/
      must have switched off for the weekend already!!!

      • Wendy

        Text talk:
        Tell your girlfriend
        (I said thanks)

        • Wahbonnah

          lmao ahhh thats awesome.
          I wouldn’t have guessed that.

    • patriot

      I get it…v good.

    • InnerCityDweller

      There used to be a car floating around Vic Park in Auckland with plate BLODNE. Brilliant that one

  • Jim460

    And I see that the Teachers’ Council is in the news again. Checking their annual reports shows that the percentage of teachers in NZ state schools who are unregistered has increased from 7% in 2012 to 9.6% in 2014. Looks like the Teachers’ Council agrees that registration isn’t essential.

  • Orange

    Korotangi Te Hokinga Mai Douglas Paki (son of a maori king) got a conviction for drink driving after all. Kinda embarrassing for Judge Cunningham highlighted as making 4 errors of law.

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