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  • Kept this one just for this occasion.

    • Dave

      Reminds of DotCom and Hone, out on a limb, cold and lonely – no one wants anything to do with either of them now. Except, the birds at least look cute!

  • Nige.

    When it comes to writing to some one (eg; police to get off a traffic infringement, council for getting a hurry up with building consent, power company to get some extra time to pay) trying to get your way with something…..,

    do you find the;

    – “im so sorry to have to bother you, i know your time is precious”

    or the

    -“im the customer damn it! and if you want to keep me youll listen up”

    approach to be the best?

    • yossarian

      Neither. The first is as pathetic as “I am sorry for being a man”. Shame on you. The second will get you nowhere because more likely than not there is somebody at the other end, after it has taken you a long time to get through to a human, who will be seriously put out by your tone. Best advice is to be firm but polite, don’t raise your voice but don’t get fobbed off either. If all else fails tell them you’ll write to your local MP, that will have them shaking in their boots. Or maybe not.

      • exactchange

        More likely to get a decent response if you murmur OIA and Ombudsman (or equivalent body).

    • Carl

      Just say you have contacts inside Whale Oil, things might move quite quick if they think Cam could get involved.

    • Greg M

      My default setting is to be as obnoxious as possible, and give the recipient as little time as I can to sort it out.
      Then I get my mum to write a nice apology letter for me. Works every time. :-

      • Nige.

        oh your gooood. Thats gold!

  • George

    New Zealand has been voted the “World’s best Country”. “90, 000 people voted for their favourite destination in what is the widest -ranging travel survey of its kind” the Daily Telegraph reported.
    Take a bow JK. As our Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, you are doing us proud.
    The only people in “the world” who dump on NZ are our socialist political parties and msm. Well, Andrew Little, Russell Norman and all oppinionated journalist be greatful you all live in the world’s best country and cease your childish bagging of all that is positive about our country.

    • Wallace Westland

      It doesn’t count until Auckland is voted the Worlds most liveable city!
      Hmmm Wonder how that’s going? Len…OH LEN…I just got my rates bill…stuff this..I’m moving to Hamilton!

      • Grocersgirl

        Welcome, welcome

  • Sally

    Another win for Cam. Patrick Gower has chosen him as ‘non-politician’ of the year in a 3 way tie.
    Pity about the company – KDC and Hager.

    • STAG

      A slightly backhanded complement.

    • Nechtan

      A shining light among the darkness.

    • HemiMcK

      No questions in the house today, that’s a worry.

      • Sally

        But WO was mentioned. Evidence was shown.
        http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2014/12/house-today-nzqt-37/

        • who’stoblame

          Didn’t the Greens have one of their advertisements appear on the whale oil site prior to the election as well? My understanding the ads are delivered in block. Another wasted question in the house.

          • Sally

            Think we also had Labour, IP Mana, and Maori ads so just silliness on their part.

    • Mark Harrison

      I nominate P. Gower for non-journalist of the year.

      • Carl

        He would have good competition from Rachael Smalley. She would get my vote.

        • Imogen B

          Who?

  • “I wonder if my dog always follows me into the bathroom when I have to go for a poo because I always follow him outside when he does and he just thinks that’s how it works.” — Lyslyssa

    • Alright

      That is very funny….

      • Nige.

        my howls of laughter drew my family in.

        • Alright

          Mrs Alright is out Christmas shopping. But the rest of the neighborhood got the sound of a seriously scratched funny bone.

        • Wasapilot

          Ditto, very high brow indeed.

    • Carl

      Silly first name syndrome strikes again

    • Hard1

      “Published studies have shown that dogs can detect early stage cancer with 88% specificity, and 99% sensitivity.”

      Dog may be just giving Lyslyssa a checkup ?

      • Dave

        a few weeks prior ot my diagnosis wit hTesticular Cancer, our dog wsa a right pain, she kept sticking her nose in my crutch, and in the last few days prior to diagnosis she would whine. Al joking aside, from our perspective, she knew.

  • Nige.

    What the heck is a “Development and Application support Manager”

    Some of the titles people have these days…are just nuts!

    There are none worse than that are there?

    • My first job, I was an “Administration Centre Support Manager”

      • Carl

        What title do you go by here Pete?

        • Nechtan

          God’s right hand????

          Or perhaps Mjölnir ??

        • I was sole charge help desk for a company with about 30 pcs in a midrange IBM environment. So I also cross trained as an S/36 operator (later AS/400).

          The company was a NZ sub of a huge US parent co, and the titles were sort of bestowed by the organisation. It really made no sense.

          • MaryLou

            Yes, but now, are you Chief Cat Herder, or do you have a special-er title?

          • I change titles as it suits me – it helps people pigeon hole you. So, when someone says “what do you do?”, and I can’t be assed talking about WO, I’m a programmer. People rarely ask more detail after that. If they do, I say “e-commerce system on the Internet for private clients”. (Who? Can’t say). Which was true once.

            When I work in my official capacity for Whaleoil, I tend to vary between Researcher and Deputy Editor, depending on how threatening/non-threatening I want to appear :)

          • MaryLou

            Well, in that regard, MOD tends to work well :)

        • Tom

          Horse whisperer

        • Aucky

          God.

      • Nige.

        did that mean you were a boss? or a sub boss…or a co-boss….or the coffee maker with shared responsibilities?

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      Yep, far worse… my official position title is so bad I never actually use it.

      The irony is that is actually know what a ‘Development and Application support Manager’ does. Is that sad or what?

      • Solution Architect?

        • EveryWhichWayButLeft

          That’s one of the titles I use instead… My official title has seven words in it. I even have my business cards printed with only a two word title so they don’t look stupid..

          • I’ve always been an awesome systems analyst a.k.a. problem solver. It’s a job I liked a lot. You learn so much getting into the heads of other organisations. Loved picking up organisational slang, etc. When you live or die by your recommendations and design, it’s cool seat of the pants stuff.

          • EveryWhichWayButLeft

            Systems Analyst is a good catch-all like Business Analyst (I use both of these too). The good thing about SME’s >> small corporates in NZ is you get to wear many hats.

            On a daily basis I switch between solution architect, BA, developer/programmer, DBA, project manger, general dogsbody, etc, etc. I love it :D

            The only bit I’m not so keen on is managing staff, but I’m fortunate to be part of an awesome team that largely manage themselves.

        • JAFA Gazza

          Oh thats a real common one nowaday’s….really common. I get applications from Business Analysts who prefer the title Sol Arch…

          • exactchange

            That could be because there are 2 very different varieties of Business Analyst.

            An IT BA is not, however, a Solutions Architect. IMO.

          • SlightlyStrange

            To me a Solutions Architect is a very senior role, usually heading a team of engineers or similar.
            A BA is a middle management role that just tells everyone whats wrong.

          • EveryWhichWayButLeft

            It depends on the size of the business and whether it’s IS (software) or IT (infrastructure) role. The IT role has engineers and often report to an Enterprise Architect that have overall responsibility. The IS role tends to be assigned to senior BA’s in my experience.

            BA roles vary greatly from completely non-IT (financial and process analysts) right through to systems and technical analysts. In NZ business, I find BA’s tend to traverse the spectrum, particularly between business/process/systems.

            When I wear my BA hat, my job is to gather requirements and document these as deliverable outcomes. Essentially I become a translator between business language and geek speak. It’s a very challenging as well as rewarding role.

            nb: Being called a geek I take as a compliment.

          • rantykiwi

            “This wasn’t designed, it congealed”.

        • SlightlyStrange

          That will be Husbands job title in two promotions time. Its a rather well-paid position too (over twice what he is earning now, and we are comfortably off) in his IT role – definitely not a BA renaming

        • Dave

          Son is System & Structural Architect – no major changes to the system without his approval.

      • JAFA Gazza

        Please tell me it is Big Data Architect! :)

      • rantykiwi

        It reads as “the poor sod who cops it whenever a crappy application lunches itself”. Welcome to my (work) life…. and it covers not just the app, but the underlying database, hardware and network infrastructure.

        On which note my rant du jour is at Dell for the fact a brand new (installed a couple of weeks ago to replace a flaky ancient HP) server dropped its RAID card early this morning leaving 45 people unable to do their job, and making me miss my morning bacon and eggs when I got the callout. I wish I’d never bothered doing the upgrade.

    • JAFA Gazza

      Well…in an ITcontext it means the bloke who is responsible for overseeing new computer applications developments that the company willuse…and the subsequent technical support necessary to keep them functioning…. Not sure what context your query is in tho…

      • exactchange

        You do realise not all IT managers are blokes, don’t you?

        • My first IT boss was not a bloke.

        • JAFA Gazza

          True. Only the good ones….;) *joke* :)

    • JAFA Gazza

      More funny are the names of people that apply fr roles…I had two this week…and I am NOTlying ( will send proof if needed)… Saahd Fakhir and Long Wang.

      • Nige.

        afraid i will need proof.

        • JAFA Gazza

          Will snapshot it tomorrow chap when I get into our workflow system! :)

          • Nige.

            oh no! ok ok i believe you!

            Lets not invade other peoples privacy though.

      • Saggy

        We had a chuckle this morning about new network guy – first name Lan

      • Wahbonnah

        ahhh good to see you got my CV under my alias :-)
        Long Wang, that is, not Saahd Fakhir!!!!!!

    • exactchange

      I once had an account manager who was a Business Unit Manager. Big company too. What were they thinking?

      • Dave

        Fletchers had those, until they started asking for titles to be changed……

    • ElleAsks

      LOL – in my “previous life” this was exactly my job title ….. And yes – I am not a bloke.

      • Nige.

        please…tell me…what does one in that role do?

        • ElleAsks

          Seriously – look after a bunch of developers writing code , as well as the support analysts that provide end user support to all the clients & users using the computer applications. In reality – lots of meetings and drinking coffee with all sorts of clients trying to keep them all happy.

          • Nige.

            So…. Does that involve a hammer or a shovel?

          • ElleAsks

            Not normally – but a baseball bat (think Jerry Maguire) might have been present in my office…

          • ozbob68

            (In other words, communication and people, two things which IT staff traditionally are bad at.)

          • EveryWhichWayButLeft

            Oi!
            IT people are… ummm…. oh, wait! #backs away slowly

          • ozbob68

            PMSL :)

          • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

            Error 404.

  • Dairy_Flat

    Has anyone else noticed the ads on WOBH for Islamic modest bathing dress? Surreal to see it here but bet there are no firearms ads on the standard.

    • Google doesn’t realise that being strongly against something doesn’t mean you want to see ads about it. I suspect that if you run Google ads on a site that advocates against mail order brides, you’ll be flooded with mail order brides ads.

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      Haven’t seen that one… But is it sort of like this? [pic]

    • ozbob68

      Saw on Stuff that Drugs are a big problem in Iran now. (See photo attached) Which begs the question, what does an Islamic “rave” look like? A whole bunch of burkhas bouncing up and down?

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/63954037/methamphetamine-use-soars-in-iran

  • So, what was your worst Secret Santa gift you have ever received, and why was it the worst?

    Mine: I received a very small action figure (4cm tall) with some sort of sword.

    “To put on top of my screen to keep the viruses away”.

    The worst, because she probably grabbed it off one of her kids on the way into work, and made a story around it.

    • Cowgirl

      Got a couple of flowered mugs with matching spoons – not my style, and because I was moving overseas, they were flogged on TradeMe within a couple of months.

    • Unionbreaker

      a ticket to a vegetarian banquet with Russel Norman playing the accordion.

      • Cowgirl

        You win.

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      I don’t know about the worst, but the best one I’ve ever seen (for a colleague, not me) was a rubber chicken [pic]

      • Wahbonnah

        if it’s got a hole in its mouth, you can empty 3 stubbies of beer in them.
        apparently…….

    • RockinBob625

      Two bouncy rubber balls, and a bag of nuts.

      I’d had my vasectomy two weeks earlier. Funny staff……

    • Betty Swallocks

      A woman I used to work with described to me a scenario in an office (all-female) where she’d worked previously; apparently one of her colleagues was given a monogrammed coffee mug with “BITCH” emblazoned across it in big red letters. It engendered a meltdown of Sutton-esque proportions.

    • Disinfectant

      Bloke I once knew sent his good fun girlfriend a Dildo all wrapped nicely in the Christmas spirit.
      Well you probably all guessed what happened next.
      Not knowing what was in it, she innocently put it round the family Christmas tree.
      Come Christmas day she opened it in front of the whole family.

  • Alright

    I have always had respect for the Salvation Army.

    Then today, obviously led by a two-clever-by-half advertising agency, it ran a full page advertisement in the NZ Herald (under the photo of an infant with a tear in its eye) with the catch line: “One in four New Zealand children now lives in DESPERATE need.”

    Now I know that we occupy a generally privileged sphere, but I would like to know how many children you know who “who live in desperate need.”

    Of course the Salvation Army hope (and pray) its ad will get this type of exposure.

    But I thought it was wrong to tell lies.

    • bart jackson

      They could have been referring to the 1 in 4 who has parents who voted labour. That being the case they are in desperate need … of someone to adopt them out of their living hell.

    • Nige.

      Yeah I believe in what I see in my community and if I go to my kids school and look around that would mean that quarter of them are in desperate need. I know, I know the school is likely to be certain decile or whatnot but then I think “OK so I’ll pick four schools and that means one of them the WHOLE school must be living in poverty or desperate need”. No no no…well hang on, I live in Blenheim so therefore I’m privellaged and ALL the schools here are full of the ¾ of the NOT living in poverty so… That means that for the say ten thousand kids in my town that aren’t living in poverty then there is two or three thousand living in poverty in a group somewhere else.

      Well, where? This topic keeps getting drummed into us but I have never seen anything remotely close to it in my community or in my country. Even when they try and jam it down our throats on the news it still doesn’t even remotely come close.

      • Alright

        Precisely.

        Peddling implausible statistics like this actually damages their brand and fundraising.

        One in four NZ children do not “LIVE IN DESPERATE NEED” ( as claimed by the Salvation Army – not by any sane definition of desperate and need.

        Along with the off-hand use of “Child Poverty” this is a construct that is counter productive, like most lies.

    • Dave

      In DESPERATE need of Sky TV, a new Ipad, the latest Nike’s, and the ones from “that suburb” in Hamilton, a desperate need of some more RTD’s and a bit of Weed!

      • Alright

        ….and in desperate need of rationality.

        I simply don’t understand why organisations like the Salvation Army actively seek to take parental responsibility off parents and put it on us and the state. I just don’t get it. At all. And never will…

  • bart jackson

    Did anyone else catch Rawdon (i’m pretending to be a real journo not a left wing bleeding heart whinger) Christie letting slip his true colours on breakfast news this morning? After talking with Andy “the Angry Pixie” this morning Rawdy finished by saying ‘ That was Andrew Little , ‘OUR’ Labour Leader’. I assume you were accidentally nailing your and your dippy sidekicks colours to the mast rawdy not trying to infer he was the leader representing all viewers? if not I’m off to the BSA to complain about false advertising.

    • Nige.

      one by one they expose themselves. Who else do we have…. theres;

      -the weather man and
      -the maori tv guy

      who else in the media has nailed there colours to the mast…

      • Sally

        Katie Bradford

        • Dave

          Katie’s opinion can swing slightly, very left to mildly left, depends on who she is being influenced by at the time.

        • Diddly_Squat

          Maybe someone should introduce Katie to Rachel, they could discus lardo’s & heifers.

      • Wasapilot

        Might be easier to list those who haven’t Nige. Larry Williams, Sean Plunkett and mike Hosking.

        • Nige.

          They haven’t actually come out though have they?(oh i would love it if they did) I know i heard Larry once laugh during an interview with R.N where he said “ha ha ha i would never vote left” or words to that effect, but these little things where people are letting slip….classic one was the K. Bradford quote. “nothing we do is swaying the polls”

      • Imogen B

        Mrs Soper

        • Unionbreaker

          quite right, I was thinking Larry should call Barry media spokesman for Labour tonight. Those two never agree these days.

      • Carl

        Rachal “inaccurate” Smalley.

        • Rachel “fact-free professional journalist” Smalley

      • T. Akston

        Guyon Espiner on Red Radio recently asking Mike Williams and assorted other lefties “what do WE do about David Cunliffe ?…. “

      • Lux

        Gavin Ellis

      • Lux

        David Fisher

        • Dave

          Oh, Mr Fisher has had his glued and screwed to the mast in full sunlight…..

      • Diddly_Squat

        Red, red, red, red, red …. oh, lets not bother with their views.

  • KGB

    Had a very interesting day at Philip Smiths house. Never been there before and wondered how it can be so easy to escape from a prison when it’s so hard to actually get into one. I was at first denied entry because I didn’t know where I was going. If one hasn’t been to a prison before how can one know exactly where you are going? They should know where parole hearings are held, I’m just a dumb-arse farmer.
    Ran into Smiths Lawyer, nice man, very interesting. Due to an ‘incident’ we spent a couple of hours chatting. A guard came out with an ice-pack held to his head while others ran around with towels. We were told parole hearings just before xmas can be rather “excitable”.
    Drove past the mansion simply because I was “in the neighbourhood” and can report that all is quite on the eastern front.

  • Mark Harrison

    Am I the only person in the world that doesn’t care if Greg Bird peed on a police car and doesn’t want to hear about?
    How is this remotely news – sports news or otherwise!

    • I was blissfully unaware until you mentioned it. Now look what you done!

      • Mark Harrison

        Sorry buddy

  • I’ve noticed that when I drag/drop an image into my Disqus comment and save it, the image actually ends up displaying. It’s been “broken” for me for close to a year. Anyone else notice this?

    • metalnwood

      Hmm, not sure but thought I would comment that you should not fall for this for nearly a year. twice, three times – four times tops :)

    • Isherman

      Now that you mention it, it seems to work OK now, I have had some issues with it now and again.

    • Sally

      Yes come to think of it, it happened for me today.

    • Chris EM

      I was able to post an image recently for the first time this year. Wasn’t drag and drop, but Disqus did say I could use drag and drop after I chose the image. Never seen that message before.

  • Punter

    Is Oil a renewable reource? Greenies heads in the sand a waste of time….

    An interesting read

    http://321energy.com/editorials/bainerman/bainerman083105.html

    • Frank N Further

      Interesting – never heard this theory before. Would love to see some serious scientific debate on it.

  • Effluent

    After the story last week about Tony & Cherie’s wonderful Christmas card, when I started reading this story from the independent, I thought that Hillary had found a sense of humour at last ( I suspect Bill always did have one). It kept me laughing as long as the mental image lasted.
    (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/clintons-faces-backlash-over-shameful-christmas-card–why-santa-claus-must-live-on-a-council-estate-9908540.html

    • Carl

      It is sad people don’t have a sense of humour, I would buy that card and be happy to send them out.

      • Effluent

        Glad you liked it. If I could find out where the unwanted stock is for sale, I’d buy the lot and send them out until I ran out.

        While I’m at it, you and the Whale oil readers might enjoy a similar article I found in the UK telegraph a while back about David Parker’s extra curricular activities whilst on Holiday in the UK, or maybe it was Len Brown visiting his relatives

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7902348/Transvestite-had-sex-with-a-dog-at-English-Heritage-castle.html

        • colinrippey

          Please God! ….there are some visions you just can’t un-have!

          • Effluent

            It’s a gem , isn’t it? I like the final paragraph – A spokesman for English Heritage said: “This was a very rare incident”. as if it had happened more than once!! I do feel that this story has not achieved the circulation it deserves, and who knows, it might have been our Len or David P in the dress, since the identity of the protagonist is left undisclosed.

        • Imogen B

          Other agencies were liaised with – I hope that means the dog got victim support and counselling!

        • Wasapilot

          “”A spokesman for English Heritage said: “This was a very rare incident””

          Left wondering how often this happens then

      • caochladh

        A few years ago I was at the Christmas importers sorting out decorations for the office when the owner showed me a wooden angel holding a message that was meant to say “HOPE”. Unfortunately, the message had got lost in translation and was painted as “HORE”. I bought all they had, about 200 (very cheaply) and have had a lot of fun with them ever Christmas since.

  • Pete

    Funny book titles…

    “Get Rich Quickly” by Robin Banks.

  • rantykiwi

    Just to keep the statiscally challenged amongst us baffled, and fill in a few evening minutes for us all, this is what RantyJr dropped in front of me earlier. And yes, I got it wrong.

    http://youtu.be/eivGlBKlK6M

    • jude

      That was very complicated and I would not have thought of that strategy!

  • Iva b ginn

    Just scrolling through facebook and came across a green party add Claiming that they are the only party opposing the anti terrorism bill and they are doing it for freedom and Democracy. My comment was”Absolute hypocrisy” I think I might be unfriended> Oh well so sad too bad.

    • Pluto

      They are doing it for freedom and democracy, just not ours.

      • Iva b ginn

        I couldn’t put the whole comment in as the Mod’s would have banned me , But with comments like that I tend to loose may rag real quick.

  • john Doe

    ….and the least surprising news today..New Zealand is announced as the best country in the world. Telegraph Travel Awards.

  • Wendy

    Speaking of celebrity crushes, who is yours?

    • LovetoTeach

      David Tennant…best Dr Who EVER

      • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

        Yep better than Matt Smith. Martha Jones is my Whovian crush (Or maybe the Docs daughter)

    • Imogen B

      Proud Cumberbitch here

      • LovetoTeach

        He is luffly

    • Lux

      Louis Theroux

      • Wendy

        Ohhh…interesting.

        • Lux

          Why?

          • Wendy

            Interesting bloke. I love his programmes.

          • Lux

            So do I, He is so out there, and really gets involved …

          • Lux

            One of my sisters sent him a message a couple of years ago, and he replied.. we were so impressed!!

    • Pluto

      in chronological order:
      Jaclyn Smith
      Michelle Pfeiffer
      Uma Thurman
      with special mention to Halle Berry

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      No competition: Kate Beckinsale

      • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

        Yep in the underworld guise. Tragic gothic.

    • jcpry

      Well that just has to be Scarlett Johansen.

      • EveryWhichWayButLeft

        If I was 10 years younger, I’d have to agree with you.

        • jcpry

          Age be damned. Crushes know no barriers.

    • Wahbonnah

      This is easy…..
      Helen Clark.

  • Eddie

    Did anyone else hear Russell Norman call National members “idiots” in parliament today – http://bit.ly/12HLBxp

    • Blackcap

      That is classic. Thank you for posting. Having a good lol moment here.

    • This was when he held up that graph, pointed to it and said “the blue line that is vastly increasing upwards (or similar) which brought howls of laughter from the blue team….

      He did rephrase it better second time around, but his whining “it’s carbon” was just like “give me my flag back”

      Or I could watch the video and stop making it up

    • jcpry

      Sanctimonious holier than thou jumped up ass. I cannot stand this apology for a politician.

    • who’stoblame

      ‘the blue line is going up” classic… a true muppet

      • Eddie

        Sometimes Parliament TV looks like Play School!

    • All New Iain

      And he would be right.

      Did anyone hear Chris Finlayson call Metiria Turei a disgusting creature in parliament last week?

      • Eddie

        No. Could you post the video?

  • Intrigued

    Is anyone else having issues with their Spark broadband UFB connection right now? Downdetectors site has people complaining since before 9. Same probs for us too. No response from Spark despite sitting listening to their ridiculous music for 25mins. Hoping it’s not the Russians again!?

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      Not here… What DNS are you using, the Spark supplied one or Google (8.8.8.8)?

      • Intrigued

        Good question! It will be the Spark one I suspect since we’ve had a techie reconfigure everything recently. I’ve completely forgotten how/where to change the settings though! Any advice much appreciated.
        We are in Central Auckland – and reports of outage from Shore through to Botany at least!

        • EveryWhichWayButLeft

          It depends on your OS, but there’s a generic guide here that’s not too hard to follow…
          https://developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/docs/using

          If you can’t work this one out, let me know what your OS and version is and I’ll point you at a more user friendly one.

          • Intrigued

            Thanks for that. I’m not sure on the OS – too many devices in this house! Apple iPads phones 4S, 5S and windows 8 and 7 on pcs. Teenage son has given up in disgust and gone to bed – not a bad result Thankyou Spark! Rest of us might even have an early night too and hope for best when we wake tomorrow! Thank goodness for 3G phone in meantime or I wouldn’t get my WO fix! Cheers and thanks again for your help.

    • yes, mine disagreed for about 30 minutes earlier.

      I had to talk to the other people that live in the house, my wife and child, they’re actually quote nice! who knew.

      • Intrigued

        Lol! That’s beautiful pdubyah. Quite a bit of chat here too that rarely happens this time of night!
        Apparently some poor guy sat on the phone to Spark for 66minutes before being told they have a “small problem!”
        Tried re-setting DNS to Google as per Everywhichwaybutlefts advice below, but that didn’t work. There is no signal at all coming into the router according to Huawei’s error msgs so I think it’s more than a small problem!

  • Wendy

    Ive been very restrained so far, but in a rare display of woe is me can I just say Im sick as a freaking dog.
    :(

    • Nige.

      Man card. Hand it over. Don’t tell you don’t have one because I know you do.

      • Wendy

        Lol, you know me so well!

      • Wendy

        It just occurred to me…I could do my own iv fluids. That would earn it back, right?

        • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

          Physician Heal thyself?

          No probs with needles or setting up lines but not on me.

        • Nige.

          that would surely be some sort of conflict of interest.

          • Wendy

            Nope.
            To clarify for anyone who needs clarification, the above post was meant as levity.

          • Dumrse

            Levity…..? Levity. You are sick as a dog and have room for Levity. I can proclaim its not man flu and unlikely to be a prawn (unless…..it was an Aussie one).
            GWS

        • Betty Swallocks

          Only if you do your own suppositories as well once it all settles down. And no gloves or any of that KY jelly nonsense. And your wristwatch stays on.

          • Wendy

            You’re a nurse aren’t you?!

          • Betty Swallocks

            Retired on health grounds after 43 years, but yes, sort of.

    • Lux

      Whats up? that sucks..

      • Wendy

        Bad prawn. Kinda.

        • Lux

          lol ..Stop eating the badasss prawns !!!

    • Dave

      Best wishes for your recovery from man flu Wendy, just to make sure there is no discrimination, I reccomend….. (see pic)

      And on a serious note, get better soon :)

      • Dave

        Oops, Pic attached now.

  • Lux

    Entries are now being invited for New Zealand’s premier media event, the 2015 Canon Media Awards.

    Full details on the awards, including entry conditions, criteria and guidelines, went up today on http://www.canonmediaawards.co.nz.

    Now in their 41st year, the print and digital awards sponsored by Canon since 2010 will showcase and celebrate the best of New Zealand’s newspaper, magazine and digital journalism. The awards are organised and promoted by the NZ Newspaper Publishers’ Association.

    NPA editorial director Rick Neville said categories would total 63, with the list fine-tuned after feedback from the media industry. He advised entrants to carefully check conditions of entry for each category as some changes have been made.
    Key awards such as Newspaper of the Year, Magazine of the Year and Best Website remain along with a host of writing, photographic and specialist categories.

    A controversial inclusion for the first time in 2014, Best Blog, will stay, open to website and digital essay or opinion writing originated and published in New Zealand. Paid-for blogs are ineligible as are those emanating from a political organisation.

    Best Website, sponsored for the first time by Google, absorbs the previous Best Online News Site. However, judges of this category will place a premium on a site’s own, locally-generated editorial content. Two new digital awards will recognise cross-platform news coverage and cross-platform campaigns.

    The writing awards will give greater recognition to regional and community journalism while a new environmental photography award, sponsored by Seafood New Zealand, comes onto the list. New science and technology awards are sponsored for the first time by the Science Media Centre.

    Opening date for entries is Tuesday December 9 with closing date on Friday February 13. Awards will be presented at a gala dinner at Skycity, Auckland, on Friday May 22. Tickets will go on sale in March. A record 1667 entries were received for the awards presented this year and no less a number is expected for 2015.

    Kind Regards,

    Rick Neville
    Editorial Director
    Newspaper Publishers’ Association

    • Dave

      Paid for Blogs, does that include the Sub-Standard, the Daily Blog, and bat & Tiso? Those are all paid for by Labour or via unions, or even DotCom. My hope as per normal will be for WO

  • Rachael Membery

    I thought I heard him empathising with Prince William and Obama about having to carefully script every little thing they said, otherwise and ‘mistakes’ would headline the news, because he doesn’t do that?

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