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  • Nechtan

    Some blues to start your Sat night

    • Betty Swallocks

      Very nice indeed. He does play good slide – this is a bit of a softer arrangement, played by one of Joe Bonamassa’s heroes

      • Nechtan

        Love Rory.

        Taj Mahal, does a very laid back version

        • Betty Swallocks

          I like some of his earlier stuff, like this

          but the jangly electric arrangement on ‘Statesboro Blues’ always turns me off a bit and it annoys me that the Allman Brothers cover is the best known version of this great tune. As Bob Dylan observed “Ain’t no-one who could sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell” and I always try to play it as close to the original 12-string arrangement as I can.

    • I.M Bach

      I’ve got a couple of his albums, a true talent in a sea of today’s musical excrement. Couldn’t attend his concert though, so annoying.

  • Carl

    The camera they have got on a drone flying around at the cricket test is giving some great pictures as it did in the last test.

    • ex-JAFA

      I call it Jerome. Jerome the drone.

  • Korau

    “The Government and the Hawkes Bay Regional Council have got to carry out
    an urgent stocktake on the controversial Ruataniwha irrigation project,
    says Labour’s Water spokesperson Meka Whaitiri.”

    Interesting article where the Labour spokesperson says that all is not well and then goes on to try and lay some blame at the Governments feet.

    Socialists fighting socialists is always good sport.

    Source : http://www.voxy.co.nz/politics/its-time-stocktake-ruataniwha-whaitiri/5/211184

    • Actually some of the blame does lie at National’s feet. It will all come out soon enough…the whispering and snow jobs are spectacular.

  • Eddie Nunns

    I see MSM ie ” Stuff” have finally caught up WOBH in regards with the HarperCollins story.

  • JAFA Gazza

    http://nzh.tw/11381444 ah the Jihadi technologists show their true form….

  • RightofSingapore

    Funny gibberish

    • Dave

      No, its not funny Gibberish, he has encapsulated the verbal skills of a socialist loving professor.

    • I.M Bach

      I like the fact that even with all that high-tech diagnostic equipment (and the diagnostic manual/songbook) there is still the need for a hammer.

      • DrFix

        You would be surprised at how often “percussive maintenance” will get a starter or alternator working again, enough to get you home again. Jarring worn out brushes to make a final bit of contact.

        • I.M Bach

          100% correct. Years ago my mechanically inept brother, looking for advice, rang me to say his car was just clicking when he turned the key. I talked him through the procedure of finding his starter motor and suggested a short, sharp clout with a small hammer. Bingo.

  • Richard

    I see Cunliffe has followed through with his New Years resolution to get his first tattoo,
    in remembrance of his stellar leadership career.

    Apparently the T is silent.

  • Tippex

    As a newbie to commenting on WO (though an avid reader for years), thanks to veteran Oilers for the supportive up-votes in the ‘homeopathy’ thread. A damn fine discussion.

    • The quackery of homeopathy is always good for a few comments. Strangely it is better than cat pictures.

      • After ten years, you still know nothing.

      • Michelle

        Slow news day was it?

        • Lord Evans

          Are you always so cynical, or is today a special occasion?

      • Momo

        Can you get the anti- vaccinators next time please?

      • Lord Evans

        Over 300 comments actually, not bad for a pseudoscience!

  • cows4me

    My wife and myself find the TV (1) news much more enjoyable to watch over the festive season. The presenter isn’t pushing an agenda, there has been no crap items about melting icebergs and drowning polar bears, the poor must now be all wealthy or maybe they don’t wish to be pimped anymore, there are no squealing,dribbling, lefty politicians crying about how unfair life is. No it’s simply news and sport without the rabbit tucker, I wish it could stay this way.

    • 1951

      Good to hear the poor are now wealthy. Can we, who work the land be helped to rise above destitution now?

      • Richard

        Hi, missed your comment last night, happy NY also, all is well here thanks for asking.

        • 1951

          Wow, great. All good for 2015 then :)

          • Richard

            Yep, still a big road ahead, but it’s all good.

      • cows4me

        It’s amazing so many poor are on holiday, haven’t seen any on the Box. It’s such a shame the cows are unaware it’s the festive season and don’t take a few weeks off, I guess I would be poor then.

    • Tippex

      Alas, I despair that TV’s ‘normal’ transmission will resume as soon as possible. Roll on, FREED.

      • cows4me

        I wonder how the establishment will take it, not well I’m picking.

        • Tippex

          Agreed, but the ball will well and truly be in their court.

    • Whafe

      Cows, I said the same thing this evening, I don’t watch the news, but it was on, the TV One newsreader at present didn’t tick me off like the rest… As Tippex rightly mentions, it will end, but we will be FREED shortly…..

      FREED me Seymour

      • cows4me

        It really highlights the rubbish they feed us when they cease their rubbish, news, news my arse, it’s propaganda.

        • Whafe

          Propaganda to the highest level….. Hugely scary, so wish the masses would think outside the square.

          • cows4me

            Would like to think FREED might have the similar impact Fox news has had in the states. Continually shows up how one sided and inept lefty media is, all the crap they put out added together doesn’t even get near the ratings of Fox. The left media are simply state sponsored outlets for their sickly crap.

          • Whafe

            Yep, I truly hope that FREED is a level ahead of Fox and the launch of factual news not propaganda makes the masses sit up and take a full breath and feel they have been duped for years previously……

            FREED me Seymour

          • Tippex

            As a wise man once said, “Be careful when you follow the masses, because often the ‘M’ is silent”.

      • ex-JAFA

        Was I supposed to have read the last line in Edna Krabbapel’s voice?

    • Cadwallader

      I am still not tempted!

  • Dave

    RIP Donna Douglas, AKA Elle May from the Beverly Hillbillies

    One of my all time favourite shows, and as a young male, you always looked great to me.

    • Carl

      Elle May and Daisy Duke were not bad to grow up with.

    • Dave

      If you have a spare 30 minutes, and fancy a trip down nostelgia lane, this is worth a watch.

    • Chris EM

      Ahh, Elle May. I loved her so much.

  • Ahhhh, life is good. Freshly caught paua kindly given by a friend which we’ve thinly sliced for the bbq for dinner, a glass of wine, a sense of satisfaction after spending some time in the garden, and the evening shared with Mr D sitting in the sun. There’s alot to be grateful for. Hope you’re all having an enjoyable xmas/new year period.

    • 1951

      Ever done Paua in cream?

      • No, this is the first time I’ve cooked it. I wanted to keep it simple, I even had to search Youtube on how to prep. If we had a mincer I would have tried fritters too. Paua in cream sounds good, do you have a recipe? (Seeing as Jude is on holiday:))

        • 1951

          I’ll try to keep up to Jude’s standard ;). Place finely sliced (as you have done) into everyday frying pan, cover with bottle of cream, s&p, then simmer around 15 to 20 mins, until cream reduces. Turns almost a greeny colour. It is the richest of flavours, quite indescribable.
          Enjoy.

          • Thank you, that sounds delicious, rich and flavourful. I’ll have to have a word to aforementioned friend for some more paua, and barter with more home made preserves.

          • 1951

            Doing it on BBQ is still ok. We prefer that to mincing into fritters, which often resembles Firestone tyres in batter.

          • jude

            I have not cooked paua before but your recipe sounds delicious!

        • jude

          Let me know how you go! I have not cooked paua but the seafood place in Napier sells fritters which we enjoyed the other night

          • I will. Can’t promise when but I will:)

          • kehua

            Is Duke Street Fish n Chip shop still operating off Stortford Road, best I`ve ever tasted way back in 70`s

          • jude

            Hawkes bay seafood is the one where we got the paua fritters. It is in Napier, Westquay.
            The Stortford fish and chips still going! When we stayed at the Amici hotel we got fish and chips from there. They were very nice. Our girls liked the fact their hotdogs were on a stick! Happy memories

      • Watcher

        Oh God yes..ambrosia.

      • NotGandalf

        yes, with a bit of parsley on rice, magic, slice thinly enough so that chewiness is not a problem, delicious.

    • Richard

      That’s the spirit, simple pleasures.

    • pisces8284 .

      I have tried to like paua but it’s always too tough for me, any way of making it tender? Even when it’s minced it’s like eating bits of gravel

      • Wheninrome

        Farmed paua is not tough at all.

      • Mr D softened them with a club hammer between a dishcloth. I’m sure there’s better ways though.

      • 1951

        See below. We don’t even bash them. Try to slice as fine as possible particularly that black lip.

      • essiep

        Bash them just out of the shell. Pan fry quickly. Should be able to cut them with the side of a fork.

      • Betty Swallocks

        Try this; pickled paua.
        2 cups of paua (minced)
        1 ½ cups vinegar
        ½ cup golden syrup
        ½ tbsp curry powder
        ½ cup flour
        1 dsp mustard
        Boil paua 15-20 minutes in vinegar. Add remaining ingredients. Add 1 cup vinegar and mix together. Boil for 10 minutes. Cool, bottle and seal.

        I was at a Christmas party near Oamaru a few years ago given by a mate of mine who is a dairy farmer, and his herd tester brought along a couple of jars of this. I’d never heard of it before but I ended up in a corner with one of the jars and a spoon for most of the evening.

        • Alright

          Betty, you deserve a medal! .

  • BlitzkriegNZ

    Someone on here, might have been yesterday, suggested ISIS could use Ebola as a way to terrorise enemy populations… Looks like they already thought of that, but they seem to be too sick to get very far to spread it at this stage. Warning, link leads to graphic material if you click further past the article.
    http://www.barenakedislam.com/2015/01/02/are-the-islamic-state-isis-terrorists-making-good-on-their-recent-threat-to-spread-ebola/

    • Whafe

      It is well worth checking the link, along with many other articles, shows some pretty real stuff that needs to be seen

  • Herald on Sunday editor: “PUHLEEEEZE READ MY PAPER TOMORROW”
    .
    IcereamIcecream for EVERYBODY
    .

    • Whafe

      Joe citizen: No, I will not read your crap tabloid Sunday paper……..

      • mommadog

        Wouldn’t the cost, supposing one was to buy it, be more than the cost of an ice cream anyway? Weekend papers are not cheap. Also someone needs to mention to the new weather guy on TV1 that we don’t have iced lollies in NZ as he suggested tonight, We have ice blocks.

        • OneTrack

          Maybe ice “blocks” have been deemed culturally insensitive?

        • ShoreRight

          He’s getting better …or maybe I’m just getting used to him?

    • MAWG

      Iceream?

      Sounds Cold and Painful!

      • Chris EM

        It is, but numbness takes over after a while.

        • Watcher

          Sorry Chris but I must ask…how do you know?

          • Chris EM

            Aw cripes, did I say that out loud? I, ah, I mean I imagine that is what it would be like.

    • Richard

      They might have better luck with a years free subscription….that doubles as a years free toilet paper.

    • Tippex

      Herald on Sunday editor: Please proof-read your paper. Even so, I still wouldn’t consider buying it.

    • Dave

      Hmmmm. Perhaps she should have used this line. For your FREE @heraldonsunday, just go to your local fish and chip shop and order your favourite feed, it’s bound to be wrapped with our paper now circulation has fallen so much.

    • Watcher

      I scream when I read this.

    • D.Dave

      Don’t think I would like to win an “ice ream”, it sounds too painful.

    • kehua

      HeraldSunday promoting obesity haha.

  • kiwihornplayer

    The way they are reporting the ISIS members reaching out to WHO medical centres for help sounds like a big “Trojan Horse” operation by ISIS to spread infection amongst the health volunteers and officials.
    Also: Time to start applying pressure and getting rid of halal certification in New Zealand and start supporting our Aussie couzies where things are starting to warm up. Starting to become quite big on facelook as well. We should not be pandering to the future terrorists amongst us.

    • Tippex

      Ending Halal certification in terms our meat exports may well be a retrograde step. Our meat exports to Europe (who require halal certs) are worth big dollars, otherwise I concur.

      • Aucky

        Absolutely correct Tippex. And not only Europe but Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei & Singapore.

  • D.Dave

    Following my annual, brief, visit to the “Mall” yesterday, Mrs D Dave and I had cause to look for a coffee. It was a stunning event. In the whole cafe (about 20 tables), we, along with one other table were the only ones not on our smartphones/tablets. What a completely sad bunch of individuals. They have forgotten the art of conversation and are more interested in the latest kitty clip on “you tube”. Get a life you poor people, and learn to converse with others before you become social wasterels………..

    • Aucky

      I totally agree Dave. Both our kids were home from overseas for Christmas and we had a family dinner at a local restaurant last night. Like you we were amazed at the number of smartphones on the tables, the texting, tweeting and bugger all conversation. We all have smartphones but all were left at home. Our ‘kids’ are 29 & 34 but both were bailed up on their arrival at home by Mrs Aucky and reminded of the house rules that have been in place since they were teenagers – no phones at the dining table or at family gatherings or social occasions. Smartphones have taken invasion of privacy to a whole new level.

      • Bobb

        Christmas is the time of year when all the Family gather from far and wide and spend the day on their smartphones.

      • kehua

        I have a sign at the door, Check in all guns, knives and phones.

    • Watcher

      We had a couple of neighbours over for drinkies this afternoon.
      Very pleasant to meet them and have a good old fashioned conversation.
      What lovely people they are.
      Today’s Internet communication takes away that face to face enjoyable aspect of conversation.

    • Reaper

      Yes, but … (pic)

      • Tippex

        It’s a fair cop, Reaper.

    • Cowgirl

      It’s the free wifi that lures them there.

      • D.Dave

        Funny that, conversation is free and very portable too…….

  • pisces8284 .

    A wonderful day at Castlepoint yesterday in stunning weather and a good friend took his boat out and caught 4 Groper, 34 Tarakihi and 1 Kingfish. Groper for tea, heaven

    • essiep

      I have been there for the last week Pisces and it has been a great run of weather. Glad you got those fish. We have paua so all good.

      • Mine it,Drill it,Sell it.

        What is it with Castle Point,it has been mentioned on WO several times in the last week and I was just reading comments on What an unique location! and Bingo Castle Point is mentioned.

        In the early seventies a great group of guys and girls spent some great tweekends at Castle Point after travelling over from Wellington always stopped at The Tinui for a couple.Geez I dot think I have been back since approx 1977

        • essiep

          Probably about time you gave it another look then …. You’ll notice a few changes I am sure.

  • caochladh

    The students at the Swedish elementary school Söndrumsskolan got a public message from the school principal saying that all use of the swedish flag is prohibited. – We want to make sure the students do not offend anyone using the flag, principal Hans Åkerman told Nyheter Idag………Which got me to thinking. The Swedish flag has one cross whereas ours has three, which would be triple jeopardy to those who pander to this idiocy. I think this is the best reason yet for not changing the flag.

  • Murray Smith

    I doubt anyone else has noticed but Sunday evening news on the major free to air TV stations, is generally “happy” news. The socialist big brother at work ?

    • Tippex

      It’s been noted further down the thread pertaining to TV1. Indeed, it could be the socialist big brother not-at-work as well.

  • Alright

    Food for thought…

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