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  • Nechtan

    Some blues for a Saturday evening

  • jude

    • MaryLou

      Groan… yes. Is that the point when one must bow to the label of “middle age”?

      • caochladh

        The “middle ages” are a luxury when you are in the “Jurassic period”.

        • MaryLou

          Thank you – you’ve just redeemed my Saturday arvo. Deserves a celebratory drink!

      • jude

        Yep, and having to wear glasses to see the screen in my case :)
        God knows why I have multiple pictures. My disqus said picture did not load!! If some clever moderator can fix would they mind doing so?. I look like a complete Muppet as it stands:)

        • MaryLou

          (Feeling smug) I don’t need glasses to read the screen. Found a clever wee button that enlarges the text!

        • Platinum Fox

          I don’t think of Disqus as god.
          I’d assumed that you were simply allowing for those of us who are used to needing three or four clicks (or rolls on the mouse) to get down as far as our birth year.

          • jude

            Ha ,Ha, bless you! :)

        • Hollyfield

          I thought it was deliberate – the text saying “having to scroll down”, and I scrolled down to see all 4.

          • jude

            Well I hope others think like that:) I feel very silly at the moment. I posted another pic just to check I am not loosing my marbles:)

        • dgrogan

          I’d not have owned up to that one Jude. I thought you’d done it on purpose, to make the point!!! It worked for me :)

      • Huia

        It worries me when I look in the mirror in the morning and think “I know your face but Im dammed if I can remember your name”!

        • MaryLou

          The best answer – don’t look. I’ve mastered the art of getting everything done without much more than a glance!

        • 1951

          Why do you think that God gave us failing eyesight as we age? I do however find it totally unfair that by the time we can afford to buy a decent sized mirror, we no longer want to look in it.

          • MaryLou

            Likewise cars. Maybe (only maybe) I’ll be able to afford my dream cars 10 years after kids leave home, but I’d have looked one hell of a lot better in it at 20!

          • Catherine Kennedy

            Ha! I recently acquired some new glasses. Up till then I thought I was weathering quite well but now I know I was under a false illusion. God that sux.

          • 1951

            Yup, I thought my eyebrow enhancement was very professional until one day I had my reading glasses on…………..my god I resembled Michelle that good friend of Cam’s . Horrendous !!

        • Saggy

          Yes used to get a bit of that but without the mirror. Quite glad those days are over. Ish.

    • dgrogan

      I know that feeling well, but I’ve checked and there are quite a few below 1951, so I don’t feel so bad.

      • 1951

        hey, us 51ers are as young as we feel!!

  • Chris Chitens

    Yeah so I am in Melbourne airport for 5 hours en route from Shanghai to NZ. So excited to get home for Xmas and NY. I am a bit china’d out right now. But I tell you what. What sadistic son of a un-married women decided to eliminate smokers areas at the intl tranfer terminal. PC sons of maidens! Absolute torture.

    • MaryLou

      Funny no replies to this comment, yet lots of upvotes! So – no smokers to go along with nobody voted MMP? Or for Len?

      • dgrogan

        Ha ha. Saw it and thought, “Oh…for goodness sake” and moved on. And I voted to keep FPP. Can’t blame me for Brown either as I handed in my JAFA card 11 years ago. If I recall correctly, Hubbard was in charge back then – or was it Dame Cath? So long ago.

    • 1951

      Sydney- women’s loo was where we used to head. There must be a balcony some where. A few years ago now, I nearly started a riot when I approached (diminutive) Malay cabin crew and demanded to be let us out for a cigarette because their airline had failed to inform us they intended to touchdown at Zurich. I became quite vociferous, I turned and there was 5 guys behind me also desperate for a puff. Eventually we were let off on the tarmac just to keep the calm. [ Pakeha wahine colonial powers over bumi putra works a treat) None smoker for 6 years now, nice to rid that “oh God I have to have a ciggy” feeling.

  • colin herbertson

    the lima climate change gabfest has just wound up with ‘tough decisions deferred’.but they did at least decide what exotic location the next 30 jumbo jet loads of methane farting hypocrates will junket off to

    • Isherman

      Well they’re in luck because as oil prices continue to fall, air travel becomes cheaper..and the business case for the ‘Green’ technologies is made less attractive as a result. Pretty soon the Greens will be demanding Opec curtail production and all sorts of other things to push the oil price back up, another ‘era of cheap oil’ could be a near death knell for some of the alternative energy projects being pushed by the greenies.

    • Wendy

      I watched a programme on tv last night about sustainable tourism, Travel Wild. It was made and presented by “environmentalist” and film maker Lin (something) and was about the Antarctic. Lin told us very excitedly about how luxurious the vessel was that they travelled in for 6000km to get there.
      As I sat there watching I wondered if I was the only one who could see something wrong with that picture.

  • Wendy

    Son: Len Brown is sitting in front of me.
    Me: Tell him your mum thinks he’s a di…Richard.

    • Isherman

      Pity Son didn’t need a whopping big sneeze, it would one time I would tell him not to cover it.

      • Wendy

        I can neither confirm or deny whether that suggestion has been passed on by text message.

        • Isherman

          Thatta girl…

  • jude

    testing..

    • dgrogan

      Yes. I see what you did there. It worked!

    • Carl

      It is a wonderful creature which to me is a god of the animal kingdom

  • Wendy

    Im feeling very virtuous. I have spent the last couple of weeks slaving over hot knitting needles…making a beautiful cashmere shawl for the mother of a friend who has been feeling a bit down.
    Awwww….

    • Isherman

      Nice avatar change, have you become all official like, or passed finals or something?

      • Wendy

        Almost.

        • 1951

          Noticed that too. Good on you girl. Nice to see new avatar but like the other one as well.

    • Huia

      Ive been doing the same, a baby shawl for our latest grandchild but Ive had to have a break because of RSI. Did you see the smoke coming off my needles?

      • Wendy

        I wondered what the burning smell was!
        Mine wasn’t as lacy as I wanted but I only had two weeks so I kept is simple. I love making pretty things.

  • Isherman

    Sometimes ya get a song in your head that you havent heard for years (and years), and you dont know why…this is one of those.

    • ex-JAFA

      This is the only non-Tubular track I have of Oldfield’s. Must get more.

    • Greg M

      A real genius. I believe he was only about 18 when he wrote tubular bells ?

      • Isherman

        Would be pretty close, Bells was released 1973 and he had only just turned twenty, but I believe it had mostly been written between 71 and 73.

    • spanishbride

      I loved the music video when I was a teen because I was totally into Historical romances and it really appealed along with the melody.

      • Isherman

        I always found the song catchy as a youngster, the imagery of the owl appeals to me..big fan of Owls.

    • MaryLou

      Oh – love that song, and haven’t heard it for a good 10 years or so. Thanks for posting!

  • Cadwallader

    I have two incongruous questions:
    1 What is the easiest way to cancel a SKY subscription? I am doing it on behalf of my ill elderly mother and don’t have a Power of Attorney. The SKY idiots won’t take my word that she no longer lives in her home.

    2 Which is the best way to fly to Budapaest Hungary from AKL with the least number of stopovers etc?

    • Greg M

      1:Take the sky box. remote and connecting cables back to them with the account details.
      2: Air NZ , LAX-LHR-BUD and pay the extra for premium economy.

    • LabTested

      2. Emirates. Flight Akl-Dubai will touch down in OZ for an hour. Change planes in Dubai. Direct flight to BUD.

      Ps Avoid Heathrow at all costs as it is a nightmare to change terminals

      • Greg M

        True, I forgot about LHR….

      • TonyM

        Just be aware that those ozzies are expert grade bag loosers. If you happen to arrive anywhere near a tea break or shift change and have a quick transfer no chance of seeing your bag at the other end. Unions …. what a great idea (sarc)

    • Wendy

      Or Singapore/Frankfurt/Budapest

    • 1951

      Darn! Now we all want to know why Budapest when you can have Whananaki, Ruakaka or Matakana?

      • Cadwallader

        A summertime wedding next July. I am told Hungarians are generally big boozers and the bun-fight will be huge. Apparently there was a time when you could fly AKL to Seoul then Korean Air would fly you to Hungary. The Emirates option via Dubai seems to be the best courrently.

        I am not sure whether SKY have a local office in Palmy North. Humanity doesn’t have a local office in Palmy North.

        • Cadwallader

          PS Audi make a V10 Limousine in Hungary.

          • dgrogan

            That’s with two VW 5 cylinder engines bolted together, right? I think there was a Passat rocket ship version called a W10, I seem to recall.

          • Isherman

            This is a ‘proper’ Hungarian car…the Balaton.

          • Cadwallader

            More or less. I lease a VW CC Coupe with a 3.6 motor churning 220 KW* hence I am keen to visit the Audi factory in Hungary and hope to have a crack in their production model. The specialty is apparently their limo.
            * The definition of impossibility will be driving it across the Canterbury Plains this Boxing Day at 101kmh.

          • Dave

            We have had a few VW’s Cadwallader, love them. Current drive is the Passat R-line diesel, but we are about to upgrade to the Tiguan. Need a higher vehicle for the roads here, and the Audi SQ5 is a little pricey for us. My dream is to visit one of the Audi production facilities, test drive etc, sigh, might have to keep working for a few more years!

          • Cadwallader

            I have had a few Audis but the price difference of circa $35000 between them and VWs is hard to reconcile. Mind you a very similar difference rests between the VW and Skoda. A Skoda Superb has an R Line 3.6 motor and is $15000 less than a VW CC possessing the same power train. It is odd that VW continue all three marques in a tight market like NZ.

        • 1951

          That’s all ok then. It is just not healthy going from Winter to Winter, much better having two Summers in a row. Now just remember where home is, don’t be like Lab tested.

          • Cadwallader

            I am a 1952’er so unlike 1951’ers senescence hasn’t yet got a grip!!!

          • 1951

            Now there is no need to use dirty words, we are just concerned of your welfare.

          • dgrogan

            I had to look that one up. I guess he’s right!!

          • LabTested

            Melbourne ATM. 32 degrees which is uncomfortably hot. Slowly heading home :)

          • 1951

            Good to hear. You can’t have the Good Life all the time. Humid & rain here.

          • Dave

            Townsville today, got to 37 degrees and 87% humidity. It’s still 28 at 10.00 pm, but we love it. Wife’s kids arrived from Aoteroa late last night in a thunderstorm, and spent the day in the pool, far too hot for them!

        • TonyM

          Just remember Dubai these days is a crappy crowded airport where you have to que for ages just to visit the toilet so try not to spend long there

        • LabTested

          After the wedding – there is a direct train from Bud – Prague. You can fly out of Prague or Vienna or most major European cities with Emirates.

          Sometimes on the return flight to NZ there is a 10 hour wait in Dubai. If so, Emirates will give you a free hotel (4 *) but you have to request it at the time of booking

      • dgrogan

        Could it be the goulash? And it’s Aquarius by the way….yours?

        • 1951

          I’m betwixt&between, Gemini/Cancer – longest night to party;)

    • HogsWorth

      Return her hardware supplied to her including the power cords and video cables, make sure you get a receipt, tell them to cancel everything and record the name of the person behind the counter for reference.

      • Cadwallader

        Thanks the IQ of those I have spoken with to date appears to be on a par with Ms Smalley et al.

    • DemocKot

      Yep take the cables and box in and say she has gone to rest home care worked for me a few years ago

    • jude

      #1 reminds me of Judi Dench in the Marigold Hotel :( Why do these things need to be so complicated?

      • Dave

        Watched that over here a few months ago, really enjoyed it, “yes to complicated”.

    • dgrogan

      G’day, C. Maybe Auckland/Vancouver/Frankfurt/Budapest via Air New Zealand and the Star Alliance. Or maybe you could fly over Asia – but I’ve not checked that out in view of ‘hostilities’ (aka MalaysiaAirlines’ fate) in the region.

      • Cadwallader

        Our host here managed a flight from Korea to Israel in August which in hindsight holds less hazards than Queen Street presently does for him.

    • D.Dave

      Just don’t pay the account. Write to them saying why, and point out that they are patently a bunch of idiots….

      • peterwn

        Just send them a letter signed by your mum. By the way what happened to the Sky box?

    • elton_fred

      On question 2 – Emirates via Sydney or Melbourne and Dubai seems to be about the shortest at just under 29 hours elapsed time. Only about 2 hours between the flights in Dubai. May get it fractionally quicker by Qantas & Qatar Airways via Melbourne and Doha but not much in it.

    • Dave

      Question two, first step, book a flight, second step, get on the plane! On a serious note, agree with elton_fred, no one does it better than Emirates. Last trip we investigated on webjet for comparisons then booked direct!

  • Nechtan

    Clapton and Page in the 60s.

  • Alright

    For Mary Lou and any other Annie Lennox lovers.

    Its long…but it will educate you. Believe me….

    • jude

      I am looking forward to watching this tomorrow:)

      • Alright

        You’ll love it Jude.

        She (and the history) are amazing!

    • Isherman

      What, are there actually people that don’t like Lennox?,…philistines surely.

      • Wendy

        Yeah, me.

        • Isherman

          Oh well, in light of your desire to serve others as a paramedic I will un-apply the label philistine in your case….

        • Sunshine

          Me too.

          • Dave

            So, that’s two ppl in the world that do not like Annie Lennox! Each to their own. :).

    • MaryLou

      Thank you AR – halfway through and it’s fascinating. Should be compulsory watching for any journalist before they pontificate about how badly we treat people nowadays!

      • Alright

        ML you neatly summed up what I thought when watching it – especially the second half. The expression “you don’t know how lucky you are” comes quickly to mind.

        Here’s an interesting perspective on Lennox – she was on television for an hour and the closest she got to swearing was to say “goodness.” She is a class act. And her Scottish accent is to die for.

        Here’s another interesting perspective MaryLou: you personify the intelligence of those (generally) who frequent this site. I really didn’t expect anyone to watch an hour long documentary on one person’s birthright.

        You are lovely.

        • MaryLou

          Thanks AR – with a wee bit of Scottish heritage myself it always intrigues me that living in some seriously difficult terrain over there (and incredibly depressing weather) the Scots have a real terrier-like tenacity with a sense of humour that gets them through some remarkable situations!

    • Stuarts.burgers

      Thanks for putting that up I really enjoyed it. I like the program and missed it first time around

    • jude

      Wow, What a fascinating story. I really enjoyed watching this. Thank you for sharing :)

  • niggly

    At about 10.15am today I flicked on TV3’s The Nation to see if their end of year programme was showing anything interesting on but I switched it off after 30 seconds.

    They were showing Phil Goff smugly laughing about something. I had the sound down so wasn’t paying too much attention to what he was saying but visually it was quite interesting – Goff seemed to be without a care in the world and seemed as if he was enjoying himself there. And for a few seconds I was content just to see him enjoy his moment (sound mostly down) until perhaps someone more interesting was interviewed next, then I would flick up the sound to hear etc.

    Then it struck me how disgusting this fairly innocuous scene actually was and what a disgusting and offensive person Phil Goff is and how he has absolutely no shame. Here he is, the serial leaker, the leaker of much privileged and confidential information over the years including his recent efforts of selectively leaking favorable parts of an embargoed SIS report by talking about it to some MSM jounos which allowed the MSM to push a particular angle in his favor that Monday night/Tuesday morning (prior to the report being released officially). And of course Goff’s spin meant the Govt (and Cam) got a convenient whipping free of charge by the MSM. Goff leaked and played the MSM and like a carefully staged PR event it was priceless – money couldn’t buy such a favorable publicity campaign.

    Now isn’t the very same thing the Left and Nicky’s Hager’s “Dirty Politics” criticised, when applied to the Right, which supposedly was the selective controlling and dissemination of privileged information by political operatives and the MSM/blogs?

    So how come people like say Jason Eade and Cam are criticised, pilloried, and in Eade’s case has to resign,then both be made a public enemy number 1 and both be treated like society outcasts by the MSM (and Left), for using public information to push a political viewpoint into the MSM/blogosphere? Whereas someone like Goff uses the similar tactics but with confidential information and not only gets away with it (in the MSM), but is invited to celebrate with them? Whereas people like Jason Eade and Cameron are made to feel like criminals and to be shunned from society? Why the double-standards? Which is the Real Dirty Politics in play here?

    • Cadwallader

      This man Goff is the next Mayor of Auckland as championed by Rachael Smalley.

      • MaryLou

        I think us Aucklanders will be very, very careful next time we get to choose a mayor. It’s become painfully clear, the cost of choosing the wrong person

        • peterwn

          The first step is getting a decent candidate to stand. Seems plenty of left wingers will give it a go, but few if any right wingers.

          • MaryLou

            :) Perhaps because they can make a living by other means?

          • Alright

            Michael Barnett has put his hand up.

            Remember he was the highest polling ARC candidate at the last election before it was disbanded.

            Would have stood last time had he not become ill.

            Know him personally. Talks about the need for the ACC to be “fit for purpose.” He is. Len Brown isn’t.

  • Isherman

    Some of the street chalk art around now is just amazing..like this example.

    • MaryLou

      Amazing. There was something on TV last night about it, can’t remember what channel. Just so ephemeral – I guess it’s short life is part of the appeal

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