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  • Alright
    • jude

      They are hilarious! I enjoyed them:)

  • Wendy

    Am I the only one who thinks there is more to this than meets the eye?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=11379277

    • Alright

      No. Your not.

    • caochladh

      I wish the FBI could shut that Twitter abomination down for aiding and abetting criminal activity.

    • Yeahright

      I see Dotcom has been giving mega free passes to the lizard squad on Twitter so he can keep playing.
      I say how convenient, look Dotcom my hero, more like he set the whole thing up!!

  • Wendy

    What sort of low lives steal life saving gear from charities?

    It would be nice to help these folks out.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/front-page-top-stories/news/article.cfm?c_id=698&objectid=11379173

    • Alright

      People who have no moral compass steal. Its as simple as that.

    • Don W

      The low life that do this need a long spell behind bars living on bread and water.

  • dgrogan

    Giacomo on pace in the S2H. Go kiwis.

  • cows4me

    Pimping the poor story of the day TV1. Lady in south Auckland going around feeding kids in “poverty”. Asks a teenager, “are you hungry ? “. May I nominate this question as the most stupid of the decade?

    • Don W

      After seeing the hoards at the city mission feasting like Kings, there didn’t seem to be many starving souls there.

      • cows4me

        Yes Don, some of these kids looked like they had wintered very well to.

        • Don W

          I wonder what will happen when the City Mission doesn’t have enough cash and can’t provide enough meals for the masses, will the ones at the end of the cue, that face missing out on the free nosh will then great angry and create a riot.

          • cows4me

            Could do but all that exercise will only make them more hungry.

          • Dave

            Never, they are too lazy, they would ask for a rain check for the following week, and complain to all the Herald reporters waiting for the hard luck story.

          • Don W

            I think these people would soon change their demeanour when they don’t get what they want. Friendly one minute nasty the next.

          • mommadog

            Quite possibly on the day but I agree with Dave. More likely they will just complain to the nearest reporter who will then report how sad it is we are not looking after these people but said socialist reporter wont put their hand into their pocket and buy someone a feed with their own money. Then those who missed out will move on to find the next sucker that will give them something for free.

          • Dave

            Well said Mommadog – better still, instead of the repeater putting their short arms in those increadibly deep pockets, why don’t they invite a few, say 20 or so back to their own place and cater for them for the day, show some real hospitality and at the same time talk to them about their plight.

          • Don W

            Maybe , but I can see them being put out and throwing a trantrum by not getting what they think they deserve or are entitled to. I have seen this attitude by people that are used to getting what they want when they want it.

      • ex-JAFA

        Report from family who helped out there:

        One relative was in charge of two tables. Her job was to ensure they were set up prior to opening, seat “guests”, and deliver presents. The tables were groaning under the weight of lollies, chocolates, etc. before the doors were opened. Shortly after, people at one table complained it was empty of treats on arrival. Bollocks, she told them, you’ve scoffed or stashed the lot and are just being greedy. Many people had large bags with them, which they stuffed with anything and everything they could get their paws on.

        People would wolf down the food and promptly leave with their gifts; no interest whatsoever in the carols or entertainments or companionship. One family apparently helped themselves to THREE Christmas trees – they took the actual trees! – from the venue. Others were only prevented by security from taking the plastic chairs on which they’d been seated for their meal.

    • Dave

      We have 4 teenagers at our place ATM, they eat three hearty meals a day, and constant graving in between. Two of them have completely taken over the task of emptying the beer bottles that magically appear in the fridge. The only things they seem to miss out on are cleaning the house, loading the dish washer, pool cleaning duties, or mowing the lawns. (even with the best gadgets to assist with the last two)

      • cows4me

        Same here, I’m sure they have worms. Threatened to run some pour on down their backs the other day.

        • Don W

          Oxfendazole down their throats will fix them, that gets rid of the tape worm.;)

          • cows4me

            I would say you would probably need a broad spectrum drench, I’m sure some have more than just tape worms.

          • Dave

            Your sounding like a Vet Don?

      • Don W

        You need to put a lock on the beer fridge.

        • Dave

          Asked either of them to come out as an assistant and WORK the other day, neither bothered, too much fun swimming, eating and general relaxing by the pool, not to mention high speed internet for all their games and toys. Funnily, the internet stopped working later that night and for most of the next day, and someone took all the beer away. Boy, did that get a fast reaction. My next sentence, no assistance, no play! Knew they would never find the modem or the beer, i placed both under the laundry basket, another place the male youth cannot navigate!

          • Don W

            Good on you Dave

          • albungy

            Glad you put these controls in place – no assistance no play. But maybe they should have know that before they got to teenage years. Never too late though. They will appreciate the tough love in time.

      • Wendy

        And I bet you love every minute of it.

      • Steve (North Shore)

        Dave, turn the electricity off; then watch them beg.
        It will take two days for them to realise, and the frame of mind will change. No? double down, 4 days, 8 days, wow 5 years with no power (Internet)

        • Dave

          See below steve, I add…… It did get an immediate backdown!

    • Disinfectant

      The one on Christmas eve (again TV1) went to an Auckland property where there were three families with one living in a garage with 6 kids.
      Now the husband did have a job but had to drive 40 km’s across town to get to work.
      These people were waiting for a State house and hoped to be in one in the new year.
      But now comes the bit which changed my thoughts on the family’s situation.
      She was hoping to be in it before the new baby arrives.
      I wonder whether those going into social housing should be required not to have more than 2 kids, and that such a policy be drummed into everyone at School.

      • Gaynor

        Best way to get a state house is to be homeless and living in someone’s garage……getting on tv probably puts you at the top of the list.

      • albungy

        I am pleased he was working but with working for families credits there should be enough for them to rent in Pukekohe rather than make the 40 km trip and have them sleeping in the car. Doesn’t make a lot of sense to be travelling – rent out that way would be cheaper than in Auckland. A state house is not going to change the situation of travel. I know it is not PC to say that they need to live within their means and that may having to choose not to have more children until they can afford it. I am not responsible for their choice to have more but am expected to subsidize their life choices.

  • Caprice

    With the Oilers being one big happy family, I can’t help thinking that sooner or later their may be a marriage made in heaven when two people meet and find they have so much in common… then discover they are both avid whale fans.
    I would like to put the brains trust here to use and find the best Married name for two oilers who choose wedded bliss.
    Feel free to ignore known genders. Deconstruct joined together names (like wheninrome). Or hyphenate surnames ( I am sure Mr KeepRight and ms No left turn would be better hyphenated)
    I would like to see CheesyEarWax or Cows4me marry another oiler, but I am not sure who, or what gender..

    • Dave

      Um, er, That is best coming from an official, but WO matchmaker, no, cant see it!

      • Nige.

        Oh…..we could be ‘Dave nige’….no? Doesn’t really have a ring to it does it. Yeah I think your right. Best left alone.

    • cows4me

      I already have a boss and wouldn’t wish to upset her, then again is CheesyEarWax partial to milking cows?

      • Don W

        Count your self lucky as you get to sleep with the boss.

        • cows4me

          She’s only the boss till something goes wrong.

          • Don W

            Yeah right.

      • Caprice

        Very sorry Cows, but for your name to end up as something funny, you may have to be the bride.. ‘Cows 4 Aucky’? ‘Cows 4 Rome’? I am sure there is the perfect combination out there for you, and many others..

        • Aucky

          Yeah well Mrs Aucky might not be too pleased about me swapping her for a herd of cows and heading off to the Naki. Hows about you get the ball rolling Caprice while we all make up our minds?

        • Dumrse

          Some would certainly say “Dumrse Cows”.

  • Drhill

    If you wanted proof that DotCom still has links to the hacking community, take a close look at this:
    http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/12/kim-dotcom-may-have-just-saved-holiday-gaming/

    Infamous hacking group Lizard Squad has claimed credit for bringing
    down Xbox Live and PSN today with DDOS attacks, but Kim Dotcom may have
    just got them to cease and desist. I say “may” because there aren’t many
    details yet, other than a few tweets.

    Up until now, the Lizard Squad had been demanding 10,000 retweets to allow normal online gaming to be resumed. That is, until Dotcom joined the conversation.

    Said conversation looks almost a little too planned and perfect, but
    all that’s known so far is Dotcom can be seen talking to Lizard Squad
    and asking it to stop its attacks if offered 3,000 Lifetime accounts on
    Dotcom’s encrypted upload service, Mega.

  • jude

    For those who have lost a loved one. I think and remember my Dad often.
    I have extended family who have recently lost a parent.
    I am thinking of them at this time.
    Our parents age and we have to face the fact that they will pass, but it is still heartbreaking when it happens.

    • Gaynor

      Lost my brother this year but still have my nearly 90 year old mum … Poor Mum misses my brother so much as he was living with her when he got sick
      Edited to add …. As long as my Mum is still alive I am still young…lol .

      • jude

        That is so sad Gaynor. I can’t imagine the pain of losing a child, no matter what age.
        I hope that you and your Mum have a safe and happy New Year.

  • jagjones

    Ok, I do have a 2015 wish and a hope. Cam and the team have been plugging away at the whole Dirty Hager/Nicky Politics thing for awhile claiming that the perpetrators will “get theirs” in due course. And I understand that there is a legal process to be waited on and then there is Freed… But my biggest fear is that the evidence you have and may be still colating is just very… well weak or not strong or not so damning in a kdc big reveal kind of way. Now I’m not trying to call anyone out or demand that you release anything but my dearly departed dad used to tell me to live by the 11th commandment… “Thou shalt not kid thyself out” In other words under promise over deliver, and at the moment all I read is a lot of promises and I truly hope that those who are behind all this have their day in court. But I am also a little worried and yes impatient that all the claims this great site has made will fall flat and or be easily explained away by MSM…or ignored

  • Lord Evans

    So ‘The Interview’ has opened to selected packed houses and poor reviews in the States. According to one patron when asked by an interviewer why she wanted to see the movie – “Because I refuse to give in to any act of terrorism. Even a security breach is just something we shouldn’t be caving in to.” It appears that the MSM is happy for hacking to be equated with terrorism particularly if it’s associated with threats to prevent ‘free spech’ and embarrass individuals or corporations. For some strange reason, the criminal theft and release of of data by Rawshark is exempt from any comparison in the MSM to the Sony hacking. This is yet another example of MSM’s double standards with lashings of hypocrisy, laced with sickening pious smugness. With such a major disconnect between what we are served by MSM and reality I can’t wait to be FREED!

    • jude

      I can not understand how the MSM here are so thick they can’t see the hypocrisy of it all.A court case with a criminal conviction is in order and wqould act as a deterrent for future so called “journalists” choosing to use material,knowing it is hacked or stolen,to profit from.
      In the public interest is utter rubbish.
      National won an election despite a concerted effort by the left wing to portray themselves as being, above the Dirt.
      New Zealanders are not idiots and could see the left were donkey deep in the dirt.
      A non conviction would irritate more people and that would take care of the election 2017.

      • Don W

        Another example of left wing media bias.

      • Lord Evans

        I wish it was just a case of the MSM being a bit “thick”, but it’s a deliberate bias. I agree that a conviction against the publishing of stolen private data for profit would act as some deterrent, I’m just not convinced that this will happen without an upgrade in the current laws. Anyway, Jude, by the time 2017 rolls around the media landscape will look somewhat different with a significant new player causing many of the old dinosaurs to have rather less influence than they might anticipate :-)

        • jude

          I agree, our laws need upgrading urgently.Is hacking even an offense?
          Apparently it is ok if it is in the public interest. Who measures that?
          I think that hacking and publishing the stole emails for profit, irritated so many people! What surprises me ,the left seemed genuinely surprised by the public backlash.
          Yet the left wing and MSM, continue on as if nothing happened.
          A change of Leader for Labour has not solved things.
          A collaboration between all political parties to catch and prosecute the hacker ,would be an interesting scenario.

          • Lord Evans

            Hacking is definitely a crime under The Crimes Act 1961 Section 250: “Everyone is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 7 years who intentionally, and without authorization, a. Damages, deletes, modifies, or otherwise interferes with or impairs any data or software in any computer system. ”
            The problem is what happens if that data finds it’s way onto social / news media. Is it illegal to publish it? This is where it gets a bit murky and despite the MSM arguing it was in the public interest, a judge might see things differently. Cam’s privacy has been treated with utter disdain so hopefully anyone who published his information will be subject to police scrutiny and prosecution.

          • jude

            There was clear intent to derail a democratic process. The left wing even came up with a slogan. We all know who visited Kim Dot Com, are those email,phone records mysteriously disappeared?

  • jude

    Am very excited to go up to Hawkes Bay and catch up with family.
    My girls are looking after the place while we are away.
    I expect big changes will be noticeable re Mr Jingles…pic
    Mum feeding her fledgling…

    • Wasapilot

      Jeeez, Mr Jingles has grown very very quickly Jude. Well done, and enjoy your holiday.

      • jude

        Thank you. He was putting on weight daily but lost a few ozs now he is finding his way out of nest box.This is normal as he is getting ready to fly.
        He is still a bit nervous out of his nest though.
        We saw him peek at seed on the bottom of the cage, so I am more confident he will survive.:)

    • Dumrse

      I got a dollar that says she’s feeding her boy.

      • jude

        Daughter has been researching the genetics etc. We have decided Mr Jingles will remain Mr Jingles even if he is a she:)
        The colouring at the moment looks very like his Mum , but the first molt may show darker grey like his Dad.
        We have to just wait and see:)

    • 1951

      What a difference a week makes in a bird’s life too.

    • patriot

      I love your updates on ‘Mr Jingles’. I hope you have a nice holiday here in Hawkes Bay…the weather has been just perfect lately. :-)

      • jude

        We so look forward to coming up there every year.! We alternate Christmas days with family in Wellington and the Bay.
        It has worked well for us:)
        Holidays up there are anticipated all year ,by me:)

  • The Fitbit says I am a bit short on the walking stakes…better go for an evening stroll with the Spanish Bride

    • Don W

      Time to go bush on a hunt that will up the walking miles.

      • Chris EM

        With a new truck? Nah, he’ll drive every where he can, won’t want to get out of it.

        • Don W

          Unless it rains then he will have to get out and walk.

          • Dave

            You obviously drive a toyota or similar, the Isuzu is tougher than a bit of wet weather!

          • Don W

            I do drive a hilux and as a hill country fencer of 35 years with a good set of chains on there aint many places I can’t get to. I started with L rovers , Have had one or two guy get out rather trust there luck with me.

          • Dave

            You can never beat a good landy, but most are getting a bit soft now, the defender and original Landrover are getting a bit thin on the ground.

          • Don W

            My first landrover was a 1952 I re powered with a 1964 2.25 engine which I rebuilt as I was working in a engine machine shop about 1976 . It was a relatively easy fit and made the landy go rather well. In 1979 I had a 1970 88in and I got talked into entering a local 4wd event by the local 4wd club. I won the event after a run off with a suzuki jimny. I was working as a mechanic in a Toyota franchise and I never got any smart remarks from the toyota guys after that.

    • essiep

      Your post earlier caused a mini domestic in our house as bro-in-law had bought my sister a different brand.

    • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

      Tie it to one of the kids or the dog (if you have a dog).

  • Dumrse

    Mrs D made Pavlova and Trifle and, as usual, they were absolutely 100%. The strawberries were bright red and sliced down the long side looked a treat however, they have no taste whatsoever. As we know, there is more to life than good looks and in your endeavours to make them big and red you have lost the flavour. Find the flavour or look to grow something else cause you are on your way down the drain.
    Anybody else think they (like other things) have lost their flavour ?

    • essiep

      We are really lucky down here in Masterton to have the experts at The Little Red Barn. They have worked at big outfits in UK. Not necessarily a recommendation but in this case well deserved. I was a bit worried this year as the strawberries were huge but – just as delicious as ever. Well done to them!

    • 1951

      It is like a rose with out a scent…….why? The season before last I bought 3 different types and yes the larger ones was tasteless. I think it is probably part breeding, part sunshine hours & fertilizer. Sorry I don’t remember the names.

    • Lance Ralph

      To my mind strawberries have little taste until some weeks after Xmas, and only then if they are home grown.
      What is worse is what has happened to grapes. Taste, texture and character all sacrificed on the altar of shelf life and ‘transportability’.

    • Try a light sprinkling of pepper…
      Not a prank…. It works and you can’t taste the pepper.

      • Mags

        Or a splash of balsamic vinegar.

        • jude

          I have Ruth Pretty :Cooks at Home. My Xmas gift from Mum.
          Roasted Balsamic Strawberries.
          I have not ever heard of or tasted.
          Bake the strawberries at 180 c and drizzle with oil. Roast for 15-20 mins, until strawberries begin to soften and brown.
          Remove strawberries and pour balsamic vinegar on tray you roasted strawberries. Scrape up residue juice and vinegar. Drizzle over strawberries .
          When cool ,drizzle over balsamic syrup.serve at room temp.
          Balsamic syrup can be bought at specialty food stores. Like Moore Wilson.It is very thick and syrupy.

          • Dave

            Made desert for the family tonight Jude, It’s a bit of a mixture, a litre of vanila ice cream, 2 desert spoons of Rosewater, 100 grams of crushed meringue’s and approx 300 grams of rasberries, mix, place in moulds (paper cups) refreeze and serve with a splinkling of icing sugar (if needed) and fresh rasberries and strawberries. Yummo

          • albungy

            You used to be able to buy balsamic syrup (glaze) at Countdown Select brand but no longer available. Real shame as it was great.

    • 40something

      Strawberries need lots of sunshine to bring up the sugar levels. Not a lot of sun leading up to Christmas this year, hence ripe but not sweet.

      • Dumrse

        My own strawberries tasted delishemo and full of flavour in comparison but then we do live in the Bay.

    • Nige.

      Cheese, tomato sauce……

    • Aucky

      Labour politicians have lost a lot of flavour too.

    • Cowgirl

      The eggs in Canada aren’t a patch on what I used to have in NZ – bright yellow and largely tasteless, especially in restaurants.

    • dgrogan

      Common problem. Not enough warm weather to sweeten them up. Suggest you half them and in a bowl, sprinkle them liberally with icing sugar and mix them gently around and couple of time, to get them well coated – then leave overnight at room temperature. They’ll then taste much better in the morning.

  • Saggy

    Happy Xmas All. I’m not a social person but enjoyed having family round for Christmas lunch/dinner. Lovely day. I’m now going bush for a couple of days to get my nature fix before going back to work. (With my 270). We are blessed to live in such a wonderful country.

    • Alright

      Hi Saggy. What bits are? All mine are!

  • Betty Swallocks

    What an absolute stunner of a day in Christchurch!! The first Test match back here since goodness knows when. Today was a sellout with about 8000 there. Sri Lanka put the Black Caps in to bat on what was thought to be a slightly green wicket but I think I would have happily played snooker on it. For once, nobody moaned about the Easterly – it would have been even hotter without it; McCullum was on fire, Neesham almost so, and the Sri Lankan bowlers rather innocuous. Swallocks Jnr generously slipped a 5-day pass into my Christmas stocking otherwise I would have just listened to the radio.

    • NotGandalf

      Am very jealous of you. Having a great time in Coromandel with family but we have no Sky TV so had to rely on updates …enjoy the test and I will hopefully get to the Basin for a day of the second test.

      • Betty Swallocks

        Well that goes both ways. Sat up there on the bank I never caught a single snapper.

        • NotGandalf

          Just a few wee Kahawai so far but sticking to the waterways at the moment. Might take the surfcaster out this evening though to Buffalo Beach ;-)

    • Alright

      Christchurch deserved today.

      But 195 OUT! Not over it yet…

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