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  • Nige.

    Been noticing a lot of new commenters and a few returning ones, particularly today and yesterday.

    Welcome along!

    Dont be afraid to get in there if you have never commented before.

    where else can you get an audience of this size?

  • dgrogan

    Sons of Anarchy: Mr Mayhem came to visit Jacks this week. Great series. Sorry it’s finished.

    • Nige.

      yeah. a bit of a funny last episode. i do hope that the ‘prequil” thing/series happens.

  • caochladh

    Verity Johnston writes in Granny that the people lining up outside the Auckland City Mission are “hero’s”. I wonder if she would be of the same opinion if she had the fortitude to live with some of them for a few weeks.

    • Wendy

      Id say that that the “heroes” are the people who have significantly less, work significantly harder and wouldn’t be seen dead in that queue.

    • Platinum Fox

      As usual on a weekend, there are no comments visible on the article on The Horrid site as moderation is pretty much a 9-5/M-F activity for The Horrid. Does it even realise that the internet is on 24/7?

      Does the City Mission even screen its “clients” (it means beneficiaries)?

    • Nirvana10

      My first response upon reading this article was that it was all about Verity! She has no real empathy with the folk needing help, is incapable of differentiating between those in genuine need and those who are bludgers- and is just trying to offload her own guilt trip onto her readers. It is self-indulgent twaddle.

      • minnie

        Read the one by Chloe in the The Daily Blog!! Raving how she is one of them, talks about a couple of poors sods, then rubs their nose in it by saying she has acquired a position, more more than a liveable wage and wont be contributing as much!!!
        I read somewhere that the rich were the fat ones – so does that mean the rich were lining up for the handouts!! The more I read the more confused Im getting. Oh and apparently working hard is a waste of time and not worth anything today!!! Whaaaat

    • Just a thought …

      What I can’t get my head around is that if all of these people are so desperate for food at Xmas, that they have to go to the City Mission for a food parcel, then how do they afford to eat for the rest of the year………..
      edit – Punc

  • Alright

    Sorry to put a damper on the lead up to a Christian festival, but a question….

    Is the Nazi-loving woman in this short video the most despicable human being you can imagine?

    • 1951

      Blinded by doctrine.

      • Alright

        …she is (like between 15 and 25 percent of Muslims) a dangerous radical.

        • Huia

          And yet so many people would not see the danger in her thinking, they would support her in their ignorance.

          • Alright

            As the saying goes, there are none as blind as those who cannot see.

            What makes my blood run cold is that her and her ilk are coming to a place near me – and us – soon. Hold on, they are already here.

    • Chris EM

      I think her sheer arrogance fuels her hate.

  • pisces8284 .

    All these Sky channels and nothing worth watching. Oh well, WO and FB it is then

    • MaryLou

      There’s that, but I’ve also discovered if you clean out Twitter and be very selective who you follow, can be a bit like comedy central. Turns out Tau Henare actually has quite a wicked sense of humour!

      • pisces8284 .

        Yes I follow him too. Got into a bit of trouble doing that….

    • Wendy

      You’ve missed a gem in For The Love Of Cars on 3.

      • TonyM

        Ok good waiting to watch on plus 1

        • Wendy

          Sadly it is the last in the series but still great.
          This is episode one…

          • TonyM

            Wow that’s a serious amount of cash that guy is carrying!

          • Chris EM

            It’s good, aye? Although I wish they’d show more of the rebuild part. That escort brought back memories.

        • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

          I enjoyed the escort rebuild, but fell in love with the rover. I’m loath to admit it but there was something about the purity of a vehicle being nothing special but promised much more and delivered.

          • Wendy

            That was my fave too.

          • Stuarts.burgers

            I liked the Mex but it is not a proper one, Hannu’s was a bit different than what was sold in the show room.
            His had an 1850 motor to take in to account the poor petrol quality in South America ( The Avengers with a Brazilian were the same). Now if they had done one like that

            I think the Stag was my favorite as they showed how good it could be. The Stag I think summed up the British Motor industry in the 70’s what could have been and what did happen.

            Still great TV and Thanks TV3 for playing it in Prime Time and not being on Nat Geo or Discovery at 10pm on a Tuesday.

      • Stuarts.burgers

        Wendy are you sure that you are not a bloke
        What with reading and making thoughtful comments on Whale Oil, being amped about attending the Foo Fighters, enjoying some of the best made bloke TV in a long time you keeping going up in my estimates. 8-^)

        • Wendy

          Lol…Ive got a buddy who says Ive got the biggest cojones of anyone he knows.

  • Day Day

    I’ve got to say that the NZ Labour party is a relic. From bygone years.

  • jude

    …from facebook (pic)

    • Platinum Fox

      Unfriendly kerbs, though not as vertical as some of ours!
      The second duckling in the line has quite a stride.

      • dgrogan

        Looks like Mum is getting a bit cranky. :)

    • Jafarma

      These late four should be hoping they don’t end up like the first one under her tail

  • john Doe

    Don’t you just love the street xmas party.

    A very loud greeny was holding court and proclaiming that at least the children, (that were mown down in cold blood), by the cowardly “taliban” in Pakistan earlier in the week would be going to a better place. I told the dick that it would have been nice for the children to, at the very least, have the opportunity to grow up and make that decision for themselves. He went quiet and left shortly after. Idiot.

  • ozbob68

    Since Parliament broke up, I have laughed a lot less and not shouted at the TV as much. I saw Andrea Vance and Renee Graham on Lambton Quay today, and so wished I had purchased a Whale Oil Polo and was wearing it.

    • jude

      I dislike the Vance woman with such intensity. I think I would have pulled a face at her. A few more years, I would have the balls to actually tell her to her face what I think

      • Alright

        You don’t need “balls” Jude. Buy her a cricket bat for Christmas.

        • jude

          I need thicker skin! I up vote my Whale Oil friends on other sites but do not bother commenting myself .

          • minnie

            Wouldnt bother, they love to slap but cant stand being slapped back!!

      • 1951

        There is nothing so powerful than a good snear at the right time. There are some who I love to be a snob to, she would be one.

  • kloyd0306

    Glee from TV News that petrol has dropped to $1.90 per litre.

    Current per barrel oil is $US 60 (or less) and the last time oil was selling at that level was July 2009, when the per litre price of gas was $1.60.

    We are being ripped off but your highly efficient news media are too lazy to do any research.

    • TonyM

      I’ve said on here we a 30 cents short but somehow it seems the cost of refining and pumping petrol has gone up (fixed costs). That’s according a few people that responded earlier in the week. Hard to believe that the pimping bit has got more expensive when the stations are effectively understaffed self service corner stores.

      • Spiker

        Also how much extra tax has been added since then?

        • caochladh

          Tax on fuel and MV Registration is reducing on 1 July 2015. Only purchase sufficient MVR to get you to July 2015.

      • Skydog

        Minimum wage for all the attendants have also gone up. Someone has to pay for those extra wages no doubt.

    • I.M Bach

      Last Wednesday (across the Tazzy) I paid $1.17.9 for 91. NZ is indeed getting ripped off and successive governments do nothing about it. The higher the price, the higher the tax take.

  • It’s like a ghost town in here tonight. Must admit, I’ve only just peeked in myself. Guess we’re all busy doing other stuff.

    • Spiker

    • Nige.

      Got some pretty tough competition. Herbie followed by back to the future on free to air.

      • Pete

        ..and poor old Nick on Coronations Street…such a lovely lad, he deserves better than Leanne!

    • Skydog

      Its a very warm calm evening in Christchurch. If I didn’t have the family, I would be out and about. Seems a few local BBQ sessions going on over the back fences. God we live in a great country.

      • Betty Swallocks

        Yes we do when the easterly isn’t blowing hard enough to rip the flesh from your bones. Home-made chicken satays on a very low flame on the grill, garlic prawns in olive oil & butter on the wok on the other side of the BBQ. Ciabatta from Vic’s Bakery, Mt Brown riesling, etc, etc. Paper plates and plastic glasses then there’s no washing up to bother about. Bukka White playing loud just to annoy the neighbours …

    • Greg M

      I’m lurking in the background waiting to post something controversial when no one is looking. :-)

      • Wahbonnah

        I know, Pete never rests!!!

    • Platinum Fox

      My hair may be platinum, but I’m a fox not a ghost!

  • All_on_Red

    “Teachers from a Queensland, Australia high school were at the end of their rope regarding “concerned parents.” The parents were calling in, demanding to know why their children weren’t getting good grades, and even asking to get those grades changed. What the parents weren’t acknowledging every time they called was that a lot of their children had missed a bunch of school, or just weren’t turning in their homework. Teachers had had enough. “So they recorded this answer phone message.
    Video/message in the link.
    http://buzz.hotmomsclub.com/concerned-parents-call-school-are-shocked-by-answering-machine-message/

    • dgrogan

      I bet there was lots of outrage. And, as usual, none of the parents will have taken any responsibility for their child’s grade failure, truancy, or lack of homework etc. Can’t say I blame the teachers for their reaction, frankly.

      • Jafarma

        Great clip, but one can’t help but wonder in NZ though whether the message should be going he other way i.e. the parents putting it to their teachers why their kids aren’t doing so well as those in charter schools

  • Alright

    Ok, a confession: I hate Christmas.You spend weeks preparing for it and months recovering from it.

    Even the “holiday” bit is BS.

    It just puts me under pressure…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCP2-Bfhy04

    • jude

      I wish I could wave a wand for you. I am a planner and have got the family involved.
      I will roast a chicken, ham. Salads very easy ones . I just have my Mum and twin. Extended family can be a pain.See them before if you have to.
      I always remember my inlaws telling me that it was ok to have a Christmas on your own. Every now and then , tell family that.

      • Alright

        The (grim) reality Jude is that probably half the population feels like this!

        Here’s a (fictional) construct…

        You get shut in with people you dislike (or hate) for hours, opening presents that you’d be embarrassed to buy someone, then you have to eat a whole lot of food in the middle of the day when you are on diet, then people aspire to getting you drunk. Fights break out. The Police arrive. Your brother-in-law is carted off (in handcuffs). Meanwhile your Mother is curled up in the corner, crying. Your Dad says he is going to rescue your brother-in-law from klink. DIC’d on the way. Everyone goes to sleep at 3.30 pm.

        • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

          Can I come to your Xmas day party? Sounds like more fun than what I am facing. Being surrounded by the inlaws….

          • Alright

            We would invite you but in reality we are just leaving town so we can be alone!

            Actually, to Martinborough…

          • Wendy

            I only stay in town so the boys can see their father otherwise Id be gone too.

          • Alright

            …doing your duty. There’s no higher calling Jude.

          • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

            LOL we did that one year – did a cruise so we could get away from the lot of them. Cost a fortune but it was worth it.

        • jude

          Ok. I have never had an Christmas like that so I can not even imagine.

          • Alright

            We live in Parnell, but wouldn’t think this scenario is unusual in Southern suburbs.

          • jcpry

            As someone from the southern suburbs I wish you the holiday you imagine. Clearly the stresses of maintaining a Parnell existence are too much for you and it has robbed you of your humanity and manners.

          • Alright

            You are probably right. Len Brown has taken a big toll.

          • jcpry

            I doubt it has anything to do with Len Brown. Face it more people live in the rest of Auckland than the south so a bucket load of you either didn’t vote or voted for him.
            I get a bit sick and tired of the sanctimonious bleating about berms and rate and somehow this being the fault of a few southern areas.
            Considering that Auckland central voted in an alliance candidate in the past I’d suspect that quite a few more voted for Len than in my area which has always been staunch blue.

          • Alright

            Well they are very silly.

            Rest assured they won’t be repeating their folly.

  • Mags

    In palmy north we will be having an election for a new mayor because Jono Naylor went in on the list for National at the election. I notice on line that an eligible voter includes a non resident ratepayer enrolled on the ratepayer roll. This got me thinking.
    Does anyone know the rules around voting in local body elections? Can I get a vote in auckland when Len’s position is up for grabs because I own property there but don’t live there?

    • Platinum Fox

      Probably.

      Clause 24 (1) of the Local Electoral Act states:

      “Ratepayer electors

      “(1) Every parliamentary elector is qualified as a ratepayer elector of a region, a district, a local board area, or a community if the address for which the person is registered as a parliamentary elector is outside the region, district, local board area, or community, and—

      “(a) that person is identified in the appropriate valuation roll as the sole ratepayer in respect of a rating unit within the region, district, local board area, or community; or

      “(b) that person is nominated to be enrolled as a ratepayer elector in respect of a rating unit within the region, district, local board area, or community, owned by 1 or more ratepayers, none of whom is qualified as a residential elector within the region, district, local board area, or community.”

      If you’re a joint owner, clauses 15 through 20 of the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 set out the requirements (see on legislation.govt.nz).

      • Mags

        Thanks. With so many rental properties in auckland maybe there are missing voters here too. Haha.

  • Rem

    I didn’t see this coming. Long story short. On ACC during recovery period post ankle surgery. Used one sick day per week to top up ACC compensation in order to keep income steady. IRD spotted that income was coming from 2 sources so put my top up from work on secondary tax rate. No problem there but when I returned to work my full time my work pay was taxed at secondary. The lesson here is that IRD can change your tax code but it is up to you to correct it. I will have to wait until April to get the difference back.

    • jude

      Query that. You are not working two jobs! That is a bungle and query it on ACC side might get better or faster action than IRD

      • Mags

        You sure it was IRD and not your employer as it’s them that makes the paye deduction and pays it to IRD on your behalf.

        • jude

          It does not sound right . acc then employer. I would not just let that one slide.

    • Greg M

      They do that. They automatically apply the higher tax code to the higher source of income. It’s bordering on being miserable and dishonest with the taxpayer I reckon.

      • Mags

        Then IRD haven’t been consistent as on return to work the higher income was the “work”. I thought IRD sent out a letter to alert you that you may not be on right tax rate.

        • Rem

          Yes Mags they did, I just dug out the letter from IRD. They wrote to my employer and asked them to change my code so I guess I am to blame for this but maybe in the back of my mind expected that my employer would change it for me on return to work. What made it a bit stink was that my return to work coincided with our 3 week compulsory shut down. The pay-runs for the entire period were processed on the last day so no chance of seeing the mistake until too late. A few hundred dollars less at Christmas but a nice windfall in may.

  • Pete

    I’m not so sure the west needs to be so uptight and scared about this Sony hack thing, I believe its nothing more than a big have by the studio, that has been so successful it has got ever so slightly out of hand..and laughable. After all, NK didn’t make much of a noise about Team America, or countless other movies with parodies of their country or leaders, and lets remember another thing, the poor sods who live there still think it’s 1954, and Bill Haley and the Comets are still the top of the hit parade.!..So they would never even get to know the movie exists!

    Most of the people who don’t live in gulags or government built tenement blocks are so busy cheering and happy clapping the dear loser, they don’t even know what Hollywood or the googlenet is…….So don’t be surprised when Sony offer the movie to download on line for $9.99 on xmas day ( the original release date) by the way!

  • Wasapilot

    10pm and it is still 23 degrees here in Christchurch!

    • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

      Same in Rolleston

    • 1951

      Don’t complain. We got 250mls between Sunday&Wednesday this week. It dried out long enough to get the mowing done and now we are back to showers again. Its going to be one of those wet summers up here again, I think.

      • Wasapilot

        We had the sprinklers going all day, no rain forecast for the next 10 days. Come on down 1951, apart from road works everywhere, pot holes that would swallow a SUV, it’s not a bad place

        • 1951

          I’m very tempted. I grew up down there so still have lots of family & friends pestering me to do just that.

  • Alright

    For the lovely Jude.

    Your mum and her twin sister may enjoy this song. Jon Anderson and Vangalsis conspire to produce this lovely song…

    • jude

      The imagery is beautiful . Thank you for that.

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