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  • Carl

    pic.

  • Over at the TS the article starts “This National government actively closes its eyes to the truths that it doesn’t want to hear”
    I stopped reading because tears of laughter and covered my ears in case I saw any more.

    • Jono

      That sounds like what the Fifth Labour Government did

    • Nige.

      quote from ghost busters; “LISTEN! …..Can you smell it?”

  • George

    Well Patrick Gower had a little paddy on Duncan Garner’s show today when he challenged Cam to name the person who stole his personal correspondence. Of course, it was his attempt to discredit Cam with, a less than suttle hint, that Cam was bluffing. When Cam reminded him that he also knew who this person was Paddy tried to cover his butt by suggesting all he knew was what Cam had told him. What a weasel. He was out of his league and quickly reverted to suggesting Little could be our next Prime Minister after his sterling performance since becoming Labour leader. How deranged is he?

  • STAG

    I don’t “tweet ” I can’t get past my belief that it’s express purpose is to encourage the spread of inanity.

    • Nige.

      oh oh oh! i have to retweet that!

    • Cowgirl

      It’s navel-gazing at a semi-professional level.

  • Nige.

    Im not one for modern pop, but this one has really taken me aback! it almost sounds like theres an actual band in there! WITH GUITARS AND STUFF!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emOKaGi8u5U

    • Sunshine

      It’s quite catchy and I love the video.

  • JC

    I just want to tell you all of my deep sorrow that the US tortured members of the Religion of Peace and along with being freed immediately I think they should receive compensation.

    If the US won’t do this I recommend we here salvage US honour and offer the tortured fair compensation.. I suggest one cent per head.

    JC

  • Jono

    Phil Twyford sounded like a right prat in the House today insinuating that the sale of some state houses was just a quick money making exercise and the National Govt showing its true colours and all the rest of the fibs Labour try and tell. But he got owned by Bill English, who in defence of the policy was very reasonable and plausible. Many of these houses are from the 1950s and aren’t suitable for today’s conditions, often with inadequate space and run down. What’s more, the Govt will reinvest this money into better housing. The Govt again made the Opposition look silly today.

  • Isherman

    Annie Lennox version of a Billie Holiday classic from her new album “Nostalgia’. I think she does it real justice.

    • mommadog

      I think she has an amazing voice. I remember seeing the Eurythmics in Auckland back in the day. I can remember the concert and what she wore but cant remember the date for the life of me. I’m thinking late 80s – early 90’s. I have all my old concert tickets in a photo album somewhere so must look one day.

      • EveryWhichWayButLeft

        Revenge Tour, January 31 1987… I was there too.

    • jude

      I love that unique voice!

      • Isherman

        She captures the tortured emotion of the song better than any other cover version I’ve heard..it’s a brave song to take on and she does it with ease, and without sounding tacky.

        • Wasapilot

          She is pure class IMHO

      • kehua

        She has walked in Billie`s footprints.

  • Wasapilot

    A caller to Sean Plunkett this morning said
    “You won’t make the poor richer by making the rich poorer”
    Got to agree with that.

    • Curious

      Churchill gave the sentiment first

      • Wasapilot

        Didn’t know that Curious. WO is truely a place of higher learning.

    • Alright

      ….it only stacks up if you believe in zero sum games…

    • JC

      Well of course the most important thing these days is inequality and if you make the rich poorer you do indeed reduce inequality and everyone is thus much better off.

      JC

    • Caprice

      One of my favourite cartoons many years ago, pictured Robin Hood stealing from the moderately well off, to give to the relatively under privileged.

  • cows4me

    This is one of my favorite clips , total stupidity and no political correctness. I’m not to flash on posting links so i hope it works.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0n88tZQc4Q

    • Cowgirl

      You’re not politically correct? I’d never have guessed :p

  • Not Clinically Insane

    As far as attempts to cover ones backside and rewrite history SSC boss Iain Rennie’s go at it is so far beyond poor its comical

  • jude

    This horrible weather is playing havoc with the birds. We are working hard to save the chick.
    Heat pad and I have bought food ready for some assisted feeding if need be.
    This is like being a first time parent all over but with a different species.

    To calm myself while bird watching I pulled out a recipe for Wasapilot.
    Yummy shortbread and ginger.
    Recipe attached:)

    • Wasapilot

      We are coming to Wellington this weekend, hopefully we can bring some warmth for the chick.

      I have forwarded the recipe to Mrs Wasapilot, sounds very nice to moi.

      • jude

        We desperately need some sun and warmth, cheers!

    • Caprice

      I am sure wasapilot is as tough as old boots. I would recommend using the slow cooker

      • Wasapilot

        I am a big softy. Mrs Wasapilot on the other hand ….

  • Nige.

    I had a friend who had neighbours who were using HIS name and HIS address to make purchases via mail, on credit. The delivery man would leave the packages at his step during the day while at work and the neighbors would grab the parcels that they had ordered in his name. Astonishing that the company let this go on for over a year and had allowed a sizable debt accumulate.

    Have you had bad BAD neighbours? Or do you have any ideas how to deal with ones that are openly antagonistic?

    • caochladh

      Get C4M to arrange a truck & trailer load of silage for their driveway. That should keep them busy for 10 minutes or so.

      • cows4me

        A couple of well placed after births would keep them away.

    • Greg M

      Years ago I had a neighbour who had 1300 friends who all had cars with 8 doors who used to visit them 24/7. I got hold of a demolition company who were more than happy to deposit a large truck load of bricks and rubble at the top of “my” driveway. That slowed them down for a while.

    • Mikey

      We are in a group of 4 properties very close to each other. One out of the four neighbour’s expects to be able to sleep any time of the day or night though his bedrooms are very close to 2 of the places garages. If anyone has any visitors at any time, or goes out at night and makes the “Slightest” whisper of a sound even during the day, he will either wake them up at exactly 1 a.m. 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. or some times every hour on the hour using what must be some sort of clunking device. As we are all so close it does not need to be loud to wake you every hour. The police tell us he/they are quiet living. Cant prove anything. Nightmare from Hell..

  • Chris EM

    Two school boys ganging up on the other boy because he is a higher achiever. Consequently made to look stupid by other boy.

    • Pretty average stuff from Gower and Garner to be fair. Maybe they’d been pre-loading for the Press Gallery booze-up tonight

  • Cowgirl

    Made the mistake of visiting The Standard today and came to a realisation as to why I don’t read there more often. Is it just me, or is every article TL;DR? It’s not just the content either, it’s the sheer length of the dribble all the time. Is it to fill the all-enveloping silence that would otherwise permeate left blogs? Or do they just think every thought they have is worthy of sharing?

    • caochladh

      You will go blind reading that drivel!

      • Cowgirl

        I’m surprised they don’t go blind writing it.

        • caochladh

          Depending what other activity they may be engaged in whilst writing their drivel, it may happen sooner than later.

          • Cowgirl

            Ahem, yes it’s filled with self-appreciation.

          • Dave

            No, I htink they write more out of Frustration and Anger. Frustration as deep down they know thay really are a minority, and that they cant win, and anger t otry and match Angry Andy.

        • kehua

          Most of them would have been blind by age 15.

    • and you almost descried twitter too :p

      • Cowgirl

        Almost but the only thing Twitter has going for it is that it isn’t TL;DR. I have shared my take on Twitterers further down this thread lol.

  • Nechtan

    Nice work on Gower Cameron. Incidentally I do wonder if Garner/radiolive have the rights to use Led Zep’s Kashmir? (seeing how the left made such a fuss over National’s campaign ad)
    What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

    • Nechtan

      Seeing how I mentioned Kashmir, good as reason as any to play it.

  • Hard1

    “El Lemon dos”. There must be a shortage of ferries world wide, because Kiwirail is determined to make the Stena Alegra work on Cook Strait for the next 5 years, on time, reliably, just as the weary travelling public would expect.

    This will be achieved by adding stabilizers. painting it and changing it’s name. Any punters willing to back Peters on this one ? I think he’s right. Lemon No. 2 !

  • Caprice

    That “roadkill” tee shirt woman keeps looking at me. I fear she may have a machete concealed somewhere just out of frame

  • Nechtan
  • Sally

    Hands up who hasn’t shopping for Xmas yet?
    I refuse to venture to the shops until I know exactly what I am buying. My plan is to is spend the least time possible shopping. So it is all in the planning and research.
    The downside of this plan is quite often by the time I get to the shops the particular item I have in mind is sold out.
    This year I will try not to leave it until 2 days before Xmas.
    Each year is getting easier because of online shopping.

    • jude

      Have done the Christmas stockings, and made lemon infused olive oli as gifts.
      Going Christmas shopping in weekend just for little treats :)
      The tree is up . I love the pine smell it is so Christmas!

      • Sally

        You sound just like my daughter, super organised. She gets very frustrating how low key her mother is about Xmas.

        • Wallace Westland

          It’s Xmas? When? :)

        • jude

          I know the gift making thing, I love to think about all year:)
          I think in my former life I must have been a chief! I am a wanna be chief in this one! :)

    • Wasapilot

      We made a list last weekend, even worked out which shop we were going to to get each item.

      All over in 2 hours, no vigourouse discussions between me and Mrs Wasapilot, no change of gifts, worked like a charm.

      A new record for us, and I still can’t believe how smooth it went.

      • Sally

        That’s my kind of shopping. Straight in and out – no fluffing around.

    • caochladh

      I like to match the gift to the person, so when I see something I think fits the bill during the year, I order it and put it aside until the event. Most years I have everything done and dustedby the time Christmas comes around.

    • kayaker

      I’ve done most of it online. Christmas has crept up so quickly this year, caught me by surprise so it did.

  • There are some useful judges after all….

    Ross James Goode has been sentenced to home detention and will have to pay $53 a week for five years for three years of tagging.
    10 December 2014
    A prolific tagger whose
    sustained three-year campaign inflicted what a judge called “third-rate
    artwork” on Aucklanders has avoided jail.

    Ross James Goode, 25,
    was sentenced in Auckland District Court on Wednesday to eight months’
    home detention, ordered to do 150 hours of community work and to repay
    the estimated $14,000 his tagging cost to clean up.

    Goode had
    earlier been found guilty of seven charges of intentional damage in
    relation to about 450 tags between 2010 and 2013, most using the tag
    GOSYS or similar.

    Judge Grant Fraser told Goode after he had been found guilty in October that prison was a possibility.

    Goode had told media outside court after his October hearing that he wasn’t worried about the possibility of prison.

    But
    his lawyer John Kovacevic told Judge Fraser on Wednesday that contrary
    to those reports he was not indifferent to his sentencing situation.

    Judge Fraser said he was glad those points were clarified, otherwise he would not be getting a home detention sentence.

    Police
    wanted Goode jailed for three years, but Judge Fraser said Goode had
    made good progress since obtaining steady work with a print company,
    breaking away from bad influences and cutting back his alcohol intake.

    Judge
    Fraser said it was important Goode compensated Auckland ratepayers with
    reparations, saying “we’ve got a train system to pay for” and ordered
    that he pay $53 a week for five years to pay back the estimated $14,000
    worth of damage.

    He said Aucklanders had the right to enjoy their landscape “unhindered by the visual offence of third-rate artwork”.

    NZN

    • Cowgirl

      Haha John Kovacevic is a blast from my past. This sort of case sounds right up his alley. He always seemed to represent the dregs.

  • pisces8284 .

    In Sydney and weather is pretty awful, rain every day with amazing thunderstorms. I do like Sydney though and could live here if it wasn’t for their TV and their politics. Same rubbish different country

    • Nige.

      Oh the politics is fantastic. Although I’m not even close to up to date with it these days.

  • Alright

    For Isherman…

    …..she actually looks quite a lot like Mrs Alright. The downside is Mrs Alright can’t sing to save herself!

    • Bluemanning

      Yes the name procol harum is out of favour now :-) For me that song evokes long ago and far away, but good times

      • Alright

        Ok. Get your watching and listening gear around this. Stunning…..

        • Bluemanning

          We Danes like orchestral

          • Alright

            Well, you do it very well!

  • Dave

    Acorn, Tree…….. Jamil Hopoate, son of the “fingerer” league player, John Hopoate has been jailed for at least one year over the drunken, brutal and unprovoked attack of a man outside a Sydney pub.

    Some families just dont get it.

    Full story here….. http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/promising-nrl-talent-jamil-hopoate-jailed-over-drunken-assault/story-fniabjcr-1227151261645

    Kudos for the judge, I find the courts far less tolerent of these violent crimes in Aussie than they are in NZ.

    • Wallace Westland

      If that’s how the idiot was dressed when he walked into court it’s a wonder he wasn’t locked away for 20 years for lack of dress sense. Halfwit looks like an extra from The Sopranos.

    • kehua

      Am I right that he took a year off League to fulfill a Mormom Mission a couple of years ago???

      • Skydog

        William Hopoate is the league player who left. Must be brothers.

  • We got this today. It doesn’t ring true in the sense that I think the conclusion is faulty, but I’d hate to take it too lightly, so can you please let me know if this is something you have experienced? Ta.

    • Yeahright

      Never had a email from you guys!
      Sounds fishy to me!

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      I don’t subscribe to the email, so I can’t be sure, but if it’s via Disqus and he’s at work (which it sounds like), there could be some embedded content that is being blocked by their proxy server or mail sweeper. This can cause the email not to load completely and it will eventually time out.

      My marginally-informed hunch is that it’s not a virus.

      • rantykiwi

        Sounds pretty much right to me – I had to gently massage our proxy to get WO to work properly for the 5000 or so people (most of whom are more likely to be TS material) who sit behind it. Before it got the treatment Disqus was even more broken than usual.

        • EveryWhichWayButLeft

          Given the users behind it being more likely to visit TS, I’m guessing there was just a tiny bit of self interest in tweaking the proxy to get WO to work :D

          Am I right or am I right?

          • rantykiwi

            No self interest whatsoever. When you own the keys to the core firewall the proxy is somewhat irrelevant – my IP address NATs straight out to anywhere I want to go. But I felt that if I made WO work properly people might spend more time reading it.

        • Isherman

          Sounds like a pretty tough work enviroment, lol

    • jude

      Never had a problem with any email correspondence.

  • Canucktoo

    I’ve had no problems & the scenario he describes could be caused by any number of issues if his system has been compromised. Malware could be sitting on his system for some time before becoming ‘active’

  • Nige.

    Something different

    • Nige.

      inspired by the chuck berry theme on Todays trivia:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nak4FrMKNP8

      • Nechtan

        • Nige.

          ah ha! ill raise you a Christmas song!

          • Nige.

            Warning,. There is some of the foul language in there….

          • Nechtan

  • Isherman

    Anyone else hear this today on Larry’s show this arvo?..check out from 09.44.(4.00-4.15 slot) I’m sorry, but there’s only one term for what this is..I’ll let you work it out. Unbelievable.

    http://content.radionetwork.co.nz/weekondemand/auckland/41600.mp3

    • Nige.

      i did not hear that. you are referring to maori not being pursued by councils to pay their share of rates?

      Nothings shocking anymore. Not surprising in the least. Especially in the far north.

      • Isherman

        Yes, that’s the one. Absolutely zero justification. Our race relations commissioner should have something to say about this..why am I not going to hold my breath.

      • who’stoblame

        Its mainly multiple owned maori land where theres hundreds and if not thousands of owners. The cost of admin far outweights the rates that would be collected. I used to work for the MAffairs way back. BUT I know where your coming from.

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      It’s a huge problem in the far north district and has been for a long time (it’s not a new issue). FNDC is one of the poorest councils in NZ, but they can even collect all their rates. The other ratepayers end up subsidising the free loaders.

      They could at least stop all council services on roads that only service properties that aren’t paying their rates, but it’s a lose-lose situation for the council.

      • Isherman

        I was somewhat aware of the rates collection issue, though not the inability to pursue to the same extent applied to every single other rate payer in the country. But hey, why even worry about Rates when the Waitangi Tribunal has now decided that sovereignty was never ceded in the first place, they could argue the council has no place in even expecting payment. Its fully ridiculous.

    • I_See_Crazy_People

      Same happens in Gizzy. Utterly huge rates because only the whites pay them.

  • Nige.

    Does anyone have any friends with bands that have videos they can post?

    • Dan May on Guitar

    • Or with the one and the only Wayne Anderson !!

  • ozbob68

    So, the teachers union has eventually said “yes” to the governments initiative for education mentoring, albeit with a localised model. I look forward to seeing if the NZEI genuinely try to engage with this strategy or whether they try and drown it in red tape and committees (Troughers gotta trough!).

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/64024196/Compromise-reached-on-359m-education-programme

  • caochladh

    Just received this….does anyone have a better offer from the mongrels?

    We’d love to have you back as a subscriber to The New Zealand Herald, so we’ve come up with our bestoffer yet! Get 7 days of the Herald delivered for only $7 per week, PLUS we’ll give you a SIX MONTH subscription to New Idea magazine, worth $109.20 absolutely FREE. That’s a retail value of $22.40, delivered to you every week for just $7, saving you over 65%.

    • kayaker

      The No Idea sub would be enough to put me off, but I’m put off by the NZH anyway.

    • Isherman

      If they swapped the No Idea for NZ Fishing World I’d consider it, and I’d simply give the Herald away to the first poor sod I saw after arriving at work. Weekend editions I could give to the local chippie. Other than that, no deal.

  • Ended up watching “Chocolat” on the gogglebox as MrsP was feeling a bit glum, and this, I thought, was one of her favourite movies. It’s nearly finished and she tells me it’s not. not sure where i learnt from that.

    • Isherman

      Oh well, next time its chick flick time,maybey try something with Penelope Cruz in it, she makes a pretty average flick bearable slightly better than Juliette Binoche.

    • Wahbonnah

      you should’ve learnt that women are always right, and men are always wrong!!!!

    • who’stoblame

      Your’ve learnt that you have a bad memory!

    • Alright

      Its a good movie. Remain unmoved. She’ll tell you its her favorite movie again in a few days!

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