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  • Carl

    Merry Xmas fellow oilers. (pic)

  • I have a few tonight. Here’s the first:

  • Nechtan

    Probably my favourite CCR songs: Merry Xmas.

  • Wendy

    Bruce says it all…

    • 1951

      …and this again, ‘cos it’s the right time of the day for it & ‘cos it’s one of my favourites.

  • onelaw4all

    A perfect summary of Obama’s very selective “teachable moments”:

  • ex-JAFA

    TV1 pimping the poor tonight. A family of 10 (about to become 11) living in a garage and relying on handouts.

    • Wendy

      I had to mute it. Shameless.

    • Don W

      With benefits and working for families payments there would be decent amount of cash going to that household.

      • Wheninrome

        This “working for Families” gets me, who is actually doing the working? Who is doing the spending?
        I know, I know, but I live in hope that things might change.

        • Gaynor

          I live in hope that we are oneday given an honest answer.

    • Isherman

      You know what I would like to see? A Penn & Teller take on some of these “stories”.

    • Saw this. Male partner working night shift in supermarket 40 Ks away and mum plus 10 kids and eight months pregnant living in garage. Be interesting to work out income as they’d be entitled to significant support on top of wages. Sad situation but one of their own choice.

    • STAG

      Inconsiderate, bludging, ill educated, over developed sense of entitlement, and I am absolutely convinced, religious! Each child is a blessing from God and God will provide…. my tax dollars!!

    • Wendy

      To be fair it was two related family units…six children and four adults.

      • Don W

        But only one house to pay rent for.

        • Wendy

          Of course, and I agree with all the sentiments. But one family of ten has a slightly different connotation to two families.

          • Don W

            These people need to take responsibility for the families that the create . Life today is much better than it was a few decades back when large families was the norm and welfare wasn’t so readily available.

        • mommadog

          Two families means lots of benefit money coming in. Double everything.

    • wooted

      And 8 months pregnant with her next welfare dependant.

  • jude

    Merry Christmas to the Whale oil team,and fellow WhaleOil supporters.!
    It has been a full on year, and thank goodness we have a National led Government.
    Special thanks to those Whale oilers who have given such good advice when needed.
    We have a new router , i purchased the Dlink that Greg M and Wasapilot recommended.
    I really appreciate that:) The girls are also very happy with the speed. You made their day:)
    Happy holidays and I hope you have a very happy day tomorrow.:)

  • Wheninrome

    The spirit of Christmas is alive and well in some parts of the Country, see Herald.

    One occupant of the vehicle would jump out, grab the handbag, run back to the stolen car and drive off, Detective Sergeant Glenn Wilkinson said.

    “Commonly in all the incidents we are investigating, the offenders are young Polynesian or Maori men who are using stolen cars,” he said.

    • caochladh

      Its all part of the “take-away” culture that has pervaded this country……you have it, I take it away.

      • Don W

        It called hunting and gathering.

      • Wheninrome

        Don’t you mean “borrow”.

        • caochladh

          Ever tried to get something back that the Mob have “borrowed” from you?

          • Wheninrome

            My mother always told me to ask nicely.

      • Rocket

        Get it right you insensitive colonialist – it is Te Kawei

        • caochladh

          For the real essence of the translation you need the IRD “motto” Te Tari Taake………so there!

    • 1951

      Just wondering if the same could be said that had a van full of sheep that didn’t actually belong to them.

  • Rex

    Watched that news item on TV1 about the family of TEN from the Islands with another one on the way! She drives her hubby to work but cannot afford to drive him home. Don’t know how he gets home then! This really …….. me off. WE are paying for these ‘peoples’ existence and they are taking advantage of our good nature. If I had my way I would ship them back to wherever they came from. Migrants should be allowed only so many kids. Any more they get NO benefit at all. How are these kids going to end up? More trouble for OUR future.

    • Wheninrome

      Perhaps it is a form of birth control, drive him to work and leave him there, don’t pick him up. Trouble is that ain’t working, she will need to try something else.

      • mommadog

        I was thinking similar thoughts that he is obviously getting home – unless the neighbour is helping out. Cant blame the milkman any more as he has long gone.

    • Iva b ginn

      Lets face it this is parental child abuse of the worst kind, To bring an other child into this situation is abhorrent.

  • Chris EM

    The Russian’s are on to it. (pic)

    • caochladh

      I guess he or she is fortunate something like this didn’t happen…….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkX9S0UBDTA

    • dgrogan

      Ah…so that’s how you deal to the muppets! I may have a recycling bin I can spare. I’ll trundle it down Bowen Street to the beehive in the New Year – and get to work.

    • TonyM

      Hi Chris, can’t reply anymore on other thread re trike. Thanks for the offer, meantime we’ve managed to find a secondhand trike that should work for the next few years at fraction of the price! Thanks & merry Christmas

      • Chris EM

        That’s good news. Merry Christmas.

  • Wendy

    We had a birthday in our house today…my youngest is now a teenager.

    Good grief how time slips through our fingers.

    • Don W

      Next thing you will know you will be a granny and looking to retirement.

      • Wendy

        Ill retire when Im dead…but thanks for the granny thing!

    • mommadog

      happy birthday to your youngest. He shares a birthday with my youngest nephew who is 21 today.

      • Wendy

        Thank you :)

    • I find raising children to both take absolute ages and it seems to be over in a flash. A real experience of the relativity of how we perceive time.

      • LovetoTeach

        The time between #3 being born and turning 3 seemed a lot longer than 3 years (more like 10 years…it was hell!), but now that they are 10, 8 and 6, I can’t believe how quickly each year goes. I got a glimpse of my 10 year old as a teenager today (in a nice way) and I must confess it put a little something in my eye

      • Wendy

        They were the best of times, they were the worst of times…

        • Makes for good war stories. Also, it quickly sorts the parents from the non-parents. Nothing like a good talk about some fecal calamity during a meal.

          • Wendy

            I have fecal calamity stories about unrelated non children. Lol.

  • Isherman

    RIP Trevor Bland.

  • One for my fellow journeymen…

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      brilliant! I hope you don’t mind if I use that…
      nb: I wear all of those hats on any given day, so I’m not sure what that says about me :D

      • I have been in all roles, and the only one I hated was Project Management. Never again.

        • Greg M

          Never been a “Sysop” then Pete?…>>>> runs away…

          • I have, actually. Wore it with pride. But that was in the 80s, when that sort of thing was still cool.

        • EveryWhichWayButLeft

          Yep, get none of the credit on success and all of the blame for failure… The most thankless job in IT.

          My fav. project management cartoon (pic)

  • STAG

    My apologies to Captain Darling, my mother has spent the day on here trying to guess my user name, your disdain for the Fat German had you in pole position.

    Unless you read this mum I’m sure you will remain clueless.

    • Nige.

      Lol….Anyone who has seen YOUR gmail avatar would understand why she would think you are captain Darling!

  • Wendy

    What are your Christmas viewing faves?

    I ALWAYS watch Love Actually, but tonight that might be usurped by Holy Water…an Irish comedy about a grand Viagra heist. Its got hilarious written all over it.

    • Nechtan

      Bernard and the Genie. (Its a bit dated now but it gives me a smile)

    • mommadog

      Im hanging out for Holy Water myself. I haven’t seen it but it looks promising. Followed by Quartet tomorrow night on Prime. I missed Quartet at the movies but friends who went said it was great. Lunch tomorrow is with family but i have my evenings to myself and looking forward to the relaxation and quiet.

    • 40something

      If you like irish movies – it’s an old one but ‘Into the West’ about some kids in a Dublin tenement and a horse is good.

      • Betty Swallocks

        That was a good movie, but if you want something Irish with a bit more of a bite to it, try ‘Butcher Boy’

    • Cowgirl

      ‘A Christmas Story’ from my childhood, and ‘Bad Santa’ for every other decade since. This year I have also managed ‘Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown’. Excellent.

      • Carl

        I love Bad Santa it is so funny.

      • Don W

        Merry Xmas cowgirl , are you having a white Christmas. Keep safe.

        • Cowgirl

          Merry Xmas to you too – snow is forecast for overnight here so fingers crossed!

      • jude

        Merry Christmas to you.I enjoy reading your comments:)

        • Cowgirl

          Thanks Jude – Merry Xmas to you too. We are heading up to Banff tomorrow to have a look at the decorations – hoping for a bit of snow while we are there :)

          • Wendy

            I had Christmas a few years ago at Lake Louise…sooo beautiful.
            Sleigh rides on the lake, real life nativity with escaping animals, the whole nine yards.

          • Cowgirl

            I am soooo having a sleigh ride if I can. Some of my friends are potty about Xmas, and I’m having the Xmas of their dreams.

    • BlitzkriegNZ

      Gremlins

    • HSV325

      Going to get the boy to download some pirated movies for Xmas new year viewing. Anybody seen any decent shoot em up action movies this year?

      • LabTested

        Fargo TV series – not the movie – the TV series. One of those times when you do not want a 14 hour flight to end just now, cos you have to see the end.

        • I’m watching Blacklist and am seriously sleep deprived. (Just one more!)

          • Cowgirl

            We are watching ‘The Following’, are seriously sleep deprived and planning to get up early for a road trip tomorrow. But you know, just one more :)

          • Isherman

            Have you seen this season of Hannibal..its great too. The one that I’m really really grumpy about is The Americans, first season was on free to air, second season went to SOHO, ggrrr, which I don’t have with my Sky package.

          • Cowgirl

            We did watch quite a bit of ‘Hannibal’, but it has been dropped in favour of other things for now. In NZ you’re quite lucky in that lots of the good stuff is free to watch – here you pay for just about everything over and above the usual dreck. We have got Netflix Canada, USA and have had to add an On Demand channel just to be able to get some recent movies and ‘Game of Thrones’. Believe it or not though, there are still movies on it that we have to pay to watch over and above our subscription. Some are old too – it makes no sense. Some recent shows I have enjoyed have been ‘Derek’ and ‘The Fall’. I recommend giving both a crack if you haven’t already.

      • Wendy

        My all time favourite action movie is Mongol: The Rise Of Genghis Khan (2007).
        (Warning, subtitles).

        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0416044/

        • You might enjoy Conn Iggulden’s trilogy on the same subject.

      • Skydog

        I watched the Equalizer with Denzel Washington the other day. Very good movie.

        Have you ever tried http://www.putlocker.is for your movies?

        • [MOD] Please don’t use Whaleoil as a platform to instruct people how to obtain copyrighted content without paying for it. No, I’m not naive, but these sorts of conversations need to be kept away from here.

  • Nechtan

    Just yelled out in my best parade ground voice that if the barking dog (the last 2 hours) didn’t shut up I would shut it up. Seems to have worked. (bloody townies)

    • TonyM

      Hmmm I need you to come down here to yell at my dog. Doesn’t bark, but whines and it seems incurable. (Currently a bloody townie)

  • yossarian

    How many reindeer towing Santa on TVOne’s little filler between what passes as news and the real stuff, the ads? I’m a bit slow but I could see only six, my Mother always taught me there were eight. Cost cutting by TVOne maybe?

    • 40something

      Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner & Blitzen.
      And we include Rudolf of course so that makes 9.

      Checked this out today because our 7 year old thought two of them were named ‘Danzen and Kranzen’ – close but sounded a bit more like Hannukah than Christmas – it got a few laughs around here.

      • Cadwallader

        I can almost see a Sonovamin cartoon here starting with Little Angry as Dasher….

    • Don W

      I think Nectan would have liked to do that to the barking dog that was driving him mad.;)

      • Nechtan

        Merry Christmas Don, and a happy new year.

        • Don W

          You have a safe and merry Christmas and a prosperous new year , washed down with plenty of amber liquid.

          • Nechtan

            And you too my friend. Merry Xmas.

    • BlitzkriegNZ

      Subscribe to these guys on youtube!

  • NO SANTA!!! DON’T DO IT!!!

  • cows4me

    The girls have been cooking all day, the drinks are in the fridge,the crayfish and ham have been prepared, the laws are mowed, the camouflage net is up, the tables chairs and sofas are out on the lawn, the sound system is making sufficient noise. All that is now required is a day like it’s been today and it should be another perfect Christmas. Wishing you all a merry Christmas and hope you have a brilliant day tomorrow.

    • Don W

      Merry xmas Cows. Are the cows all put to bed, Are you on the turps yet.?

      • cows4me

        The cows have never been better Don and the wife has decided we shall have a wine with tea, it’s been a busy day.

    • Cowgirl

      Sounds perfect, enjoy :)

    • jude

      That menu sounds similar to mine! I am roasting a chicken, which is something my Dad used to do.He will be with us in spirit:)

      edit to add Merry Christmas Cows:)

      • cows4me

        I was going to roast a Muscovy duck to but I think there is more than enough food already. Hope your chicken comes out perfect, I’m sure it will.

    • We are having dinner out under the trees as well – if the weather holds. Have backup table inside of course. Have a good one Cows.

      • cows4me

        Thanks Brian, we have big sheds we can hide in if the weather turns bad but I don’t think it will.

        • Carl

          It’s the Naki Cows the weather can do anything.

          • cows4me

            For sure Carl but we are well experienced when it comes to improvising, takes nothing to put a few tables in the work shop, plenty of room without making a mess in the bosses house.

    • Watcher

      See you for a feed mate

  • Nirvana10

    Just picked some beautiful roses from the garden to take to the graves of my Mum and Dad- and my son who died last year. Am a sentimental old bugger these days, but I can’t look at a rose and not come to the conclusion that there must be a God! I just can’t believe that something as beautiful as a rose just somehow happened by chance!!

    • Cadwallader

      Nice thoughts which generally arise at year’s end. A rose is the royalty of lowers as this site has become the primer site of its type in NZ. I note Pete’s comments above about the quality of comments here. It is interesting to know the site and apparently all of the contributors are under surveillance to some degree. I see a tightrope here: On the one hand comments can’t be too scrappy yet the robustness of the debate is what is setting the site apart from the bland man. No easy solutions here on this one. 2015 is unlikely to be as difficult as this year but the advent of Freed is something I am looking forward to. Best wishes to all.

      • Watcher

        All the best Cadwallader, I am looking forward to 2015.
        It is all very groundbreaking and exciting.
        I wish you and yours only the best for Christmas and the coming new year.

    • Watcher

      Nirvana, it ain’t right to outlive your children is it.
      I feel for you, and sincerely wish you peace, and hope and believe that soon you will see them again.

  • Miguel

    Hey, where’s Vince Martin/Beurepairs with the Christmas carol this year? Have I just missed the ads or something?

  • Nechtan

    Merry Xmas fellow Whale Oilers (we can rejoice in that title)

  • Dairy_Flat

    Wishing everyone in this community, and especially Cameron and family, a very happy Christmas and a successful New Year to follow.

    • mommadog

      Perhaps this is more a New Years wish but I hope 2015 brings sunlight to dirty politics along with appropriate penalties for those who partook and great success to Freed. Not to mention I hope to see KDC leave these shores. If those happen it will be a good year.

      • Don W

        Amen to that. Merry X mas mommadog

        • mommadog

          Thanks DonW. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  • pisces8284 .

    Shhhh I think Christmas may turn out OK just quietly

    • 1951

      wow….

    • jude

      Awesome… fingers are crossed for you:)

  • whatever it is, it can stay away from me… (pic)

    http://i.imgur.com/gduZmXb.gif

    • Dairy_Flat

      Whoa! The stuff of nightmares – thanks Pete.

      • I’ve looked into it and I’m told this is a beneficiary in its pupa stage.

        • Don W

          Oh okay, you are probably not wrong.

        • cows4me

          It’s probably in charge of some government department.

          • Does it look like it’s trying to hug someone to you?

          • cows4me

            Hug , looks like it would be more at home sucking the living juices out of you.

          • 1951

            Many of its cousins can be found in Regional Councils :)

          • They specialise in taxation, RMA applications and building consents.

          • cows4me

            Not sure about that, looks to intelligent .

        • Bludgerus Entitleitis

          • Don W

            I’m owed a good living, It is my right.

    • john Doe

      Got lots of these little suckers when on exercise in the Malaysian Jungle in the late 70s. They would accumulate on the skin around the top of the belt line. A bit of table salt would see them release from the skin and shrink. If pulled off they would become very infected and leave a nasty scar.

    • Watcher

      Got one on my toe after driving drunkenly into a ditch during the monsoon in (shall we say SE Asia) didn’t notice the damn thing until it was the size of a nice fat corona.
      I foolishly swiped it off, bled like a stuck pig.
      More to the story that is best told over a beer

  • T Mardell

    I see Philip Smith is at it trying to get his toupee back.

    Is this not an evidencial exhibit as it was part of his disguise when fleeing the country?

    Best of luck, not.

    • Don W

      He is getting way to much publicity , needs to be in a communal cell where he will learn some of life’s lessons.

      • [MOD] We have rules about wishing harm or death to come to people. No matter how much you feel this is justified, our enemies will cherry pick these comments to prove that Whaleoil is infested with haters. That’s why, and that’s also why next time you find yourself on a commenting holiday.

        Everything has a reason, and we aren’t being difficult for the hell of it.

        • Don W

          Fair point

          • Thanks for seeing it that way.

          • Don W

            Merry Xmas Pete.

          • Thank you.

            Just as an aside, I’m aware of a high level meeting of MSM types where the Whaleoil comment section was being discussed as head and shoulders above any other MSM site.

            What we do here is being noticed, and what we do here has value.

          • Don W

            Thank you, for the hard work that you people at Whale are doing it is appreciated.

          • Whaleoil is a community. Cam poors most of the fuel into the engine, but most of us are part of the engine and without those parts, it wouldn’t be going anywhere.

            Face of the Day tomorrow should not be missed. It shows how we reach out and touch real lives.

          • Wendy

          • Sally

            Glad FOD is early at 6.30. Have a very full day so will be able to have a peep before Xmas gets in the way.
            Merry Christmas. Hope you have a great day with your family.

          • SVlover

            And that value comes from the comments!

          • But like a garden, it needs a gardener, it needs tending, and occasionally it needs weeding.

            – With apologies to Chauncey Gardiner

          • Watcher

            Pete, may I sincerely wish you an yours the very best that life can bring. Merry Christmas and many thanks for your tolerance and forgiveness.
            As a “foundation” commenter and follower I feel privileged to be part of the future “MSM”.
            Bring it on in 2015.

          • Dave

            Pete, to you, Cam and all the other mods and assistants, that is worth so much, and reinforces the WOBH moderation policy, whilst it seems tough occasionally just that comment is worth as much recognition as another award, might be worth framing. “WOBH, the site the MSM aspires to”. congratulations to all.

            And a small PS; Merry Christmas to the dwellers at the stranded and ex TDB, please don’t choke on your Christmas meal as you read about this, let’s all have a safe Christmas.

        • Alright

          I think its called being “civilized” Pete. And progress. Its how we all get better.

    • cows4me

      He should try putting a stocking out.

  • caochladh

    ………..

    • sarahmw

      lol I could swear that cat is the neighbors cat!

    • Sooty

      So that’s where they hid the christmas presents!

  • Happy Christmas Cam and team and all fellow oilers. Thanks for keeping the year entertaining and holding the MSM to account.
    Just seeing the evening out and reminded that nature is never to be taken lightly with a 4+ wobble to keep us alert! Oh well, an excuse for another malt!

  • Lots of good memories with this song for me.

    http://youtu.be/gKwP_13qo-I

    • sarahmw

      I will be driving home tomorrow ,can’t wait to see those faces. Merry Christmas to all WOilers it’s been an eye opening year. I’ve learned alot, and discovered real journalism.

  • Another for some fun

    http://youtu.be/Tb-Mce9VpmY

  • Effluent

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all the oilers, mods, CS, thanks a million for making this site such agreat place. Wecan have deep felt differences of opinion without resorttoghe sort of invective that we see on the std & others. Apologies for the typos, iM using the tablet to write this

  • One of the very best Christmas songs

    http://youtu.be/j9jbdgZidu8

    • The only one.

    • Don W

      That is a really sad story on how she died.
      Edit. It brings tears to my eyes every time I hear that song.

    • JoJo

      Love this song, been an all time favorite!
      Merry Christmas to you and your family, wishing you all a truly wonderful day.

  • MAWG

  • Pluto

    Happy Christmas WOBH team and fellow Oilers.
    My wish from Santa – keep bringing on the sunlight in 2015.
    Have a great family day tomorrow.

  • cows4me

    The grandfather of the slain children in Cairns has made a heart felt plea for all to cherish their children over Christmas. Spare me. Way to little, way to late and what he is really missing is they should be cherished all year round.

  • jude

    Great excitement for us, the chick found his way out of the nest box…
    Mr Jingles is beginning to fledge:)

    • Alright

      Yeah! He (or she) is going to have Christmas. Well done.

      • Alright

        MaryLou will (when over leaving her last minute shopping
        until the last 5.5 seconds) be best pleased.

    • Wasapilot

      I always knew he would make it Jude. Well done

      • jude

        I am having the best Xmas!! Merry Christmas to you and Mrs Wasapilot. Another week and my daughter is hoping to have a photo of Mr Jingles in flight

        • Don W

          Merry Xmas Jude.

          • jude

            And to you too Don W!
            This one is shaping up to be one to remember for me:)

          • Don W

            Enjoy.

  • Wendy

    And from me:

    Thank you to all who have made me think, made me laugh, made me read (more), and made me question (more).

    Thank you for your unique insights and generosity with your knowledge and wisdom.

    Be kind to each other.

    Have peace in your heart.

    Stay safe.

    Peace and Love,
    Wendy

    • Don W

      Merry Xmas Wendy.

      • Wendy

        And you Don.

    • TonyM

      Merry Christmas Wendy….

      • Wendy

        Thank you Tony. I hope your boy has great fun with his new trike.

    • Champagneshane

      you’re most welcome…..at the bottom of it all, we are all here for the greater good..
      peace in your heart as well….and do listen to this before you go to sleep tonight…it will seal the love of Christmas
      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JqtBVn1rMCA&list=PLGkRHqA6LnE7nK-7byj1yeuRmtkt1TwOI

      merry Xmas
      Steve

      • Wendy

        Thank you Steve.

        • Champagneshane

          its on another thread but if you get a chance have a look at this..I build a new one every year;

          You can watch it on phone, iPad or computer. I have made it in HD so make sure your Youtube is set to HD…it is so much better and really comes to life, also the soundtrack which this year is really special.

          And you can listen to the RNZ interview here;
          http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/20161595

          Best
          Steve

    • Watcher

      Thanks Wendy, and may I wish you and yours only the best that life can deliver.
      Merry Christmas.

      • Wendy

        I cant imagine better than what I have now.
        Thank you Watcher.

    • Nige.

      That’s it ay. Never stop questioning.

  • Disinfectant

    Bear a thought for people in Christchurch tonight who have had yet another shake up – M4.0.
    Happy Christmas to everyone.

    • Trust me, a 4 is nothing to those in Chch that have gone through the lot.

      • Disinfectant

        Yes, and I am one of them.

      • Betty Swallocks

        Never felt it although Mrs BS did (she was in bed before going to work a night shift) These smaller ones just serve to keep us on our toes and remind us that, however much humanity may think it has any influence over how the planet functions, the planet doesn’t agree and is continuing to do exactly as it chooses.

      • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

        Yep, agreed its bugger all but its the “out of the blue” nature of it that sets your nerves on edge. We put up with over 14000 shakes (yep over 14K of the buggers) and while they are going on you get used to them. After a long period of nothing (or just little ones) you relax and tell the little ones that it is okay. And then we get back to square one with kids.

        We thought we were finished with this shakey business but it would appear it is not finished with us…

    • TonyM

      Just Santa landing heavily.

      Pete is right a 4 is nothing!

      • Although not a resident, I spent a lot of time in and around Chch, and managed to experience two 6+ and a bunch of 5+ (not counting any lower).

        What got me, a good year in, was being in a restaurant, and we had a low 5. NONE of the other diners even reacted, looked around, mentioned it to each other. They were done. And they also knew intimately what they felt like, and they knew they didn’t have to react.

        It was amazing to see, compared to the early few months when people would come out of their homes, and ask you if you felt it too.

        • pisces8284 .

          It actually used to be like that in the Wairarapa, people would just carry on drinking and laugh about it. Not so blase now though

  • pisces8284 .

    My fave

  • DAM

    Went along with the family to a 7:30 mass tonight . Who was across the aisle from us but good old Lying Lenny and the wife and kids. He may as well have been there alone as the rest of the family didn’t look comfortable being seen with him. On the way out he was behind me busily telling someone that the house was on the market, they were downsizing but going to stay south “Its my life and everything was out in the open…” he said. He almost sounded proud of his exploits and every word he utters has a tone of just sticking it up the rest of Auckland..He better be gone next time round….

    • Alright

      DAM he has an ego the size of a planet, his wife has little shame, and we are mugs for not protesting in the streets in order to get rid of him.

      • DAM

        Yep. 1 in a million, (and 1 to many), but the body language was quite telling. They bailed so quickly after I am not even sure they travelled together (though that is a guess only)

        • Alright

          What really guales me is he has the tenacity to corrupt a church. He is probably using his very own family in the same way.

          • DAM

            I almost asked him if he was there for confession :-)

          • Alright

            He would have denied it.

          • Effluent

            “…Sins of thought, word,deed, & omission….”, or should that be emission, in Lens’s case?

          • Isherman

            He’d probably need longer than two minutes for that. (If he was being honest, and how likely is that?)

      • Wendy

        I did. I may also have said rude words.

        • Alright

          Like: “Len, you enjoy travel, so off you go “

        • Cowgirl

          I remember protesting in the street too and I don’t have anything but rude words for that man.

    • Isherman

      Ha!, If the almighty sees fit to forgive lyin Len all his sins, that’s his perogative. As for me, and I’m certain most folks here and in Auckland..not a snowflakes chance in hell.

  • I.M Bach

    Check this out. I mean it, don’t just flick past.

    https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152480384712716

    • Alright

      What does the reporter mean by he was ‘ordered out of Australia three times.”

      Why was he not deported, or put in jail?

      • I.M Bach

        Good question. Funny how kiwis can’t get any benefits in Oz (not that I think just anyone should) but he qualifies for a million bucks over a period of time and plans to damage the very nation that helps him out. I don’t care what religion, race, colour you are…..if that’s your attitude, go home. Now.

        • Alright

          “The rule of Law?” It’s a a fabrication, and joke.

    • Mark

      I’ll bet body parts this is happening in NZ also.

  • Time to say a very merry Xmas and all the best for 2015, especially to WO staff, Cam and SB for giving us this wonderful forum where the truth is revealed and debated. So refreshing as the MSM fails the mainstream community of NZ.

  • Watcher

    Our day tomorrow will be hectic for about 2 hours and then the grandchildren will go to their respective fathers (new age families Huh) we will then have a couple of dear friends visit and chew the fat, drink a few and relax.
    May I take this opportunity to offer thanks to Cam, SB, Pete, Nige, Trav (I know he has moved on) thanks and a very merry Christmas, and the best that life can bring in 2015.
    It is a privilege to be part of the future.
    Thanks all.

    • Alright

      You have done well Watcher.

      Rather than being a watcher you should share your opinions more.

      • Watcher

        Heh, I have commented plenty Alright over the years, sometimes to my own detriment.
        A simple name change was in order.
        All the best my WO friend.

        • Alright

          Good to hear – I’ll watch out for you.. I appreciate you rating me rating a WO friend. I find people here are actually empathetic (even if we disagree about stuff). Debate makes us stronger.

          Merry Christmas Watcher.

          • edee

            Alright – Can no longer post on the original thread so hope you get this note, not too sure if its allowable but here goes anyway. Just wanted to say Many Thanks for posting Stings ‘A Thousand Years’ concert a couple of days ago. Will watch later on tonight, really looking forward to it and what a jolly good way to end the day. Merry Christmas.

          • Alright

            That’s kind edee. You are most welcome. You may wish to also check this out. I stumbled on it last night. The full concert is also available on line. It is just beautiful. Merry Christmas to you.

          • edee

            Enjoyed that … immensely. Thank you.

  • Greg M

    Good evening all. I have just spent an enjoyable hour or so with a few of the local streeties. It was actually quite humbling to see people making a good time out of virtually nothing, and goes to show that people are the most important thing in the world.
    Merry Christmas team, have a safe and enjoyable day.
    G.

    • Don W

      Merry Xmas Greg M

    • Watcher

      All the best Greg, hope to catch up in the new year, I will bring mymate Lofty.

    • jude

      Merry Christmas to you and your family.We are very appreciative of the advise re the router!
      We have super quick internet with all bars on bottom showing white:)
      I did not realise quite how bad it was until I got this super new router:)

    • Isherman

      And a merry Xmas to you and yours Greg.

    • Watcher

      Hooked a blue marlin last week Greg, it dropped the hook 20 metres from the boat..I was gutted, but still a nice Christmas present.
      I arrived back in Godzone a couple of days ago…..still feeling the disappointment.

      • Isherman

        Know that feeling well, still, its nice just to get hooked up and see one, but they do look even nicer in the boot. This one was in March, Manukau bar, next one very soon hopefully.

        • Watcher

          Rub it it in why dont you

      • Greg M

        I’m heading up north for a long weekend soon… there is a stripey there with my name on it…

  • Isherman

    One of those tracks that got played in our house every Xmas when I was a kid. Not strictly a Xmas song, but I think of it every year and now need to get it out of the head, just had wall to wall Xmas songs ALL day so far…

    • Don W

      Great song . Durham Town, New world in the morning, the last farewell.

    • jcpry

      The Ralph McTell original is the best.

  • 1951

    Goodnight all you special people. Hope Santa is kind to you all. Merry Christmas.
    Jude51

    • Don W

      Good night 1951, Merry Xmas.

    • jude

      Good night to you too! I hope Santa visits you :)

  • jude

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! I am turning in now but hope you have a lovely day :)

    • hookerphil

      Merry Christmas Jude

      • jude

        Lovely to see your avatar again:)

  • jcpry

    Merry Christmas to you and your kith and kin. As my mum says – if you can’t be sensible be safe.

    • Watcher

      Cheers and merry Christmas to you and yours.

  • 40something

    Thanks folks for a year of informative debate and entertainment. Have been feeling very grumpy and overworked tonight but off to bed now and after reading all this Christmas cheer it has reminded me that I’ve got to enjoy tomorrow – even though I’m cooking for 17 – bless them.

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