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  • Dave

    Just to get friends into the Christmas spirit. Not much good news, so something to smile at here.

    • Wendy

    • LovetoTeach

      We have a new kitten, just been with us a week now. I thought the tales of destruction of Xmas trees were urban legends….I now know better

    • ex-JAFA

      This is why I can’t have nice things.

      • 40something

        . . . and I can’t have nice things because my three year old who promised faithfully not to touch redecorates and removes decorations every day. He hangs them on the door handles, puts them in the fridge, takes them apart. Has removed the lamp post on the light up christmas village. I’m being patient – another year or two and the good ones can come out again.

        • ex-JAFA

          If my cat could do that, I’d be very, very afraid!

  • Nechtan

    Knocked off early, out on the deck in the sun listening to CCR with a few brews.

  • George

    About 18 months ago my wife and I were holidaying in Bali. Whilst there we befriended this young local couple (Balinese) and their three small children aged 4, 7 and 9. Two days before we were to return to NZ they invited us to their home for an evening meal. They both worked in a shop they didn’t own and clearly showed no signs of prosperity. Their home was a small concrete block building consisting of four rooms. The only non-essential item was a 14″ TV. We shared a beautiful meal and the evening was full of delightful discusions which focused around their children.
    The next day we decided to make up a small photo album with the many gorgeous photos we had taken of their children and gift it to them as a gesture of thanks. As we were departing Bali the next day we also decided that we would give them our left over local currency (about NZ$50). We discretely placed the money in the back of the album and wrapped it as a gift. Having delivered the gift, and leaving before it was opened, we were rather startled, to heard this female voice frantically calling out our names and running down the street towards us. She was the recipient of our small gift, and with her tears flowing, insisting we take the money back. We didn’t of course, but the extraordinary gratitude expressed was emotionally overwhelming for all of us.
    I look at the queue outside the City Mission, and no matter how hard I try, my heart can’t find any compassion.

    • Nechtan

      If I could click that up vote arrow a thousand times I would.

    • Aucky

      The Balinese are something else George. When the rupiah went through the floor back in the 90s two local staff members who worked for our agent in Denpasar could no longer afford imported baby formula for their children. We had the devils own job in getting them to accept funds from NZ to help them with their difficulties. They are a tremendously gracious people.

    • minnie

      Haha hey go put this on the daily blog, under “Nzs new hobby, hating the poor”, seriously, they will love it!!!

      • Dave

        True, and I will hear them spitting and carrying on from over here.

    • Richard

      I’ve been to Bali & traveled through Indo multiple times on surf trips.

      Despite the apparent poverty in Western terms, what stood out for me was the complete lack of child neglect/abuse.

      Blaming “poverty” for beating and killing kiwi kids is a spineless and cowardly excuse.

  • Carl

    Maybe will be soon.(pic)

    • Isherman

      The first order of business will to have his mates take some lessons on how to Photoshop properly.

      • Goathurder

        That’s pronounced “propery”

        And he doesn’t look so “ronery” in this pic does he!

        • Isherman

          Just had to..

          Warning: One naughty word at beginning:

          • Goathurder

            Incorrigible as meself Isherman!

  • Blue Tim
  • Gaynor

    My God, what happened in Cairns ? Terrible terrible news.

    • Nechtan
      • Dave

        8 siblings dead, mum seriously ill in hospital, offender known to police and they stress, no one else is at risk, its not terror related. All were from a Torres Strait islander family. The area is a poorer area of Cairns, and a lot of Aboriginal and Torres straight islander families live there.

        http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/police-on-scene-at-major-incident-in-cairns-suburb-manoora-as-eight-children-stabbed-to-death/story-fnpqrsxl-1227161820536

        • Nechtan

          I’m out tonight over this, I get the impression its the children’s father. I just don’t get it.

          • Dave

            Conflicting reports coming in, media now reporting Police are talking to the childrens mum…. I initially suspected the dad as well, but it is likely to be many dads, i note, mum is 34, oldest son is 20. Suggest a serious look through the pictures, the locals, the unregistered cars, the junk pilled up outside etc.

          • Isherman

            There’s no ‘getting’ actions like these..just unbelievable.

      • Raibert

        No matter what problems the parents had, it is a tragedy that this was inflicted on innocent children.
        Agree – so so sad

    • I.M Bach

      You have to wonder what has gone wrong in someone’s head to do such a terrible thing. (Assuming it was one person.) A moment of madness can often result in a single death but multiple deaths of those so young is just a head shaker. RIP young people, RIP.

  • Wendy

    Happy Friday groovers.

    I’ve had a totally productive day including lots of paper work, housework, getting a kick-ass gift for Number One Son, making lunch for a friend, mowing the lawns and repurposing some old Christmas decorations.

    I’ve earned a bevvy.

    Cheers all.

    • Dave

      Passes a xxxx, asks when are you popping over to do the same here?

      • Wendy

        Do your own lawns!

    • Sagacious Blonde

      Cheers Wendy.
      I helped assemble a trampoline, now off to dance the night away. Will have a wine or 2 as well, (not the driver tonight).

      • Wendy

        Nice. Have serious fun.

  • LinkinHawk

    I wonder why the prominent Auckland businessman got name suppression he is convicted and now sentenced must have a good lawyer, I know of only 1 truly prominent 59 year old Aucklander what a fall from grace.

    • Carl

      I think heard they were lodging an appeal, that might be the reason.

      • Raibert

        When the appeal fails, it is still not likely that name suppression will be lifted if past practise in NZ is followed. It seems we are becoming like the US in that if you have enough money to delay proceedings you can avoid or minimise justice. This is not good enough for the victims, we are so worried about the criminals rights that the victim is if not forgotten, demeaned.
        There must have been others who were aware of the deviant practices of this individual and therefore complicit, why are they not also in the dock? Even though in the evidence it is acknowledged others procured some of the victims.

        • Michael_l_c

          A few weeks ago I think the evidence was that the ‘procurer’ was a young druggie female! Who was also charged.

          • Raibert

            Great! Wonder if she will get name suppression also. I would think that any appeal by the convicted and sentenced criminal would only be based on procedure and an attempt to reduce the sentence. If so, the suppression order should only delay his naming not be permanent.

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      Sounds like his missus went a bit feral on it too…

      Oarsum people to have in our society – not.

    • Michael_l_c

      On the news. He has another hearing next week which is a bit of a surprise. Wouldn’t assume there would be any jury trials xmas week. Maybe he has suppression over another matter but that doesn’t seem to make sense.

  • Isherman

    A bit of old school tempo for a Friday arvo..don’t be afraid to crank it up a bit.

    • Wendy

      My contribution for the afternoon…

      • Wasapilot

        Brilliant Wendy. Are you going to their concert next year?

        • Wendy

          Affirmative.

      • Isherman

        my fav of the Foo’s would be Monkey Wrench

        • EveryWhichWayButLeft

          yeah-nah… close, but I reckon:

          • Wendy

            Damn, that’s the one.

          • Isherman

            Yeah, Ok..might have got me there.

      • Wasapilot
    • Cadwallader

      Personally I think the Roland Gift (FYC.) take on this sizes up well.

      • Isherman

        Meh, was never too fussed on that version myself…bit ‘popish’ for me, I like the raw gritty 70′-80’s punk sound.

  • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

    Larry on 1ZB drive (about 415ish) had a bit to say about Sony and their hacked emails, basically how hypocritical the media were feasting on their mates carcasses. He also spoke about the use of Cam’s emails.

    He put it quite nicely and I doubt any MSM (including the keyboard/mircophone jockeys at 1ZB) could deny their actions were wrong.

    • Pluto

      Kim Jong Un doesn’t seem to have much of a sense of humour does he ?
      Certainly not like his dear old dad who was also a Hollywood star.
      Mind you that scene where he gets his beans doesn’t have the same ring of humour to it as Team America.

    • Isherman

      Have a listen to this segment with Maria Slade from a few minutes later. The pertinent slice is from 05.45 to 07.10

      http://content.radionetwork.co.nz/weekondemand/auckland/51745.mp3

    • GoingRight

      JK also spoke in the same manner to Leighton (I think) this morning and what happens in the future if the MSM continue to have these standards for Cam that it is ok to hack into someone else’s emails and the future chaos and heartache this will cause.

  • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit
  • Gaynor

    Finally it is confirmed Seven Sharp is a kids program…Listen to Jack Tame giving his ‘end of show’ speech ..

  • Bill Hanna

    Been soaking up some of this awesomeness on Blueray, one of the best live acts around at the mo
    http://youtu.be/0SrvFXnoWLg

  • Nige.

    as promised for Greg m and others. The old chap turned 70 yesterday and he would be (secretly) thrilled to know that other people (from other parts of the country and world) appreciated seeing the fruits of his labour. Hes a humble fellow….but a very very talented one. Photos taken at the car museum next to Sir PJs hanger in Omaka, Blenheim.

    • jude

      I think the pride you show for your Dad very endearing.It is lovely that you are sharing this :)

      • Nige.

        my dad is my hero. a real role model.

        • 40something

          Husband has given the two youngest an old mountain bike to dismantle so they can tinker. Bits of stuff and grease everywhere but happy kids.

    • Chris EM

      Did your Dad rebuild that Jag, Nige? It is absolutely gorgeous.

      • Nige.

        He did. He is a vintage car restorer. A panel beater from the old days. The skill he has will die with him unfortunately. The panels (not the bonnet) were beaten from flat pieces of aluminium. He built the chassis from tube steel. My ever suffering mummy upholstered it. And that’s just the second latest one, they’ve been doing it from ever since i can remember. Dads first restoration was a 1911 renult, when he was in his late teens, which he took through the Moles-worth. he made HIS father follow him with a car trailer in case it broke down…which it didnt. Years and many cars later he restored a 1923(?) vauxhall which he sold in an immaculate condition….and then bought back and restored again. My earliest memories are of sitting in the back of that vauxhall in the freezing ciold under and itchy blanket on the back seat with no light and just the sound of 3rd gear whining.

        • Moonroof

          Brilliant story, being passionate and having the skills to make it real, thanks for sharing, really. Respect, much, to your pa.

        • Whafe

          Awesome Nige, thanks for sharing. Absolute stunning rebuild and restoration…
          A true craftsman for sure.. Oozing talent

        • Chris EM

          I have so much respect for people who do things properly like this. It is proper art. Big ups to your dad… and your mum.

          • Nige.

            yeah so do i. if circumstance had have been different i might have had an avatar picture of a car or a steam engine or something. BUt they werent… Sad to think that we are at an end of an era. The men and women with the talent to make these things are now getting very old….and old the very die hard of the next generation are following in their footsteps.

    • Greg M

      Absolutely stunning Nige.

  • Nige.

    Just stay for a [email protected] have a steak and a salad!

    • Moonroof

      How’d you guess? Steak prepped and salad built. Grill action pending.

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