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  • George

    In the NZ Herald today: “A journalist who is being held hostage by Isis has been forced to speak positively about life in Iraq.”
    I wonder what is required here in NZ to have journalists speak positively about life in New Zealand?

    • Nechtan

      A labour government would needed, after all it was all sunshine, fluffy bunnies and happiness under the last one. (allegedly)

      • Momo

        No poverty

    • Teletubby

      Easy Question ~a left wing government.

      • OneTrack

        Since National is already a left-wing government, they want a hard-left wing government.

    • rantykiwi

      Maybe the Herald can dispatch David Fisher to investigate the ISIS situation further – he might come back with a new appreciation of just how good we have it in NZ.

      • Rick H

        You mean, he might come back 14 inches shorter.

        • Dave

          Hmmm, that would mean he could look the Socialist Twins in the eye, Little Angry Andy and short lying Len Brown.

  • Carl

    It will be interesting to see tomorrow if the Screaming Skull Minto will be at the tennis in Auckland as there is a player from Israel playing. If he or any of his rent a mob are I hope that no media outlet gives them any oxygen by reporting on it. Well I can only dream about that last bit.

  • mommadog

    I had a lovely relaxing ride and light lunch with a glass of wine on the Waikato River Explorer today with my sister. We try to do something together during the summer break . I thought the prices reasonable and as its not a big boat you don’t feel crowded. If anyone has to spend time in Hamilton and not sure what to do it is worth considering a ride up the Waikato River and back. The boat leaves from the jetty at the Hamilton gardens.

    • Grocersgirl

      It’s also very lovely to stroll round the Hamilton Gardens themselves.

    • sheppy

      We did that last year after a walk around Hamilton Gardens which was full of Asian tourists chatting excitedly to each other, it’s a great trip, and a lot quieter than the gardens were on that day

    • The2Game

      Wow, thanks for that, momma.

      Would you believe that in all the time I have lived on this planet I have been around the world, oh, 5 or 6 times but have never once set foot in Hamilton?

      I was on an overnight train once that briefly stopped there but I stayed aboard, heh heh…

      Will rectify that (sad) omission in my CV later this month and will even do the River Explorer excursion you cite!

      Am a BIT concerned that the lunch might feature just ‘a’ glass of wine, mind!

  • Nige.

    My daughter got a ukulele for Christmas. I was shocked that she could play it. I had no idea that the school was giving her class free lessons. Ain’t that awesome? AND she can read and write too! So they’re even doing the obligatory stuff as well.

    • Ten Guitars will be on the way soon

      • Nige.

        Anything has to be better than “let it go” over and over and over

        • Tom

          YES

        • We all suffer these things as parents. Although this is what is the song is here today

    • caochladh

      Just wait until they start up the school pipe band.

    • Steve (North Shore)

      G C E A my dog has fleas

  • Saggy

    The Police sure took a pounding on the Herald’s article “Is the ‘zero tolerance’ speed campaign working?”
    185 comments at time of writing and general consensus is they have got this very wrong, it’s had the opposite effect, they’re revenue gathering and even a few calling for accountability and heads to roll. A common middle finger is to cops sitting beside
    passing lanes. The Police are attributed with increasing driver frustration and reckless behavior.
    All round a solid brick bat.

    • rantykiwi

      And a second stiff middle finger to them for not realising that last year’s road toll was just an anomolous low rather than anything for them to brag about. It well and truly broke the long term trend and any statistician would totally ignore it.

    • Cadwallader

      ZB’s Facebook page records a similar sentiment. Bad PR for traffic police on this. It is a pity AA no longer advocates for motorists.

    • mommadog

      Came up on ZB talkback thismorning. Kerry started off firmly on the sde of the police and got put in her place several times. She backed off a little.

  • rantykiwi

    So a 7 and an 11 year old get into trouble in the tide and one of them dies. Yes, the family have my sympathy for their loss, but this wasn’t an accident, it was negligence. Time to lay charges against the parents for failing to provide the necessities of life or whatever applicable charge is.

  • Tippex

    Something to chew on. (pic)

    • Carl

      What I see here is you cant make fake bacon or they would have tried.

    • rantykiwi

      Russel Norman and his mates are welcome to eat it.

      • The2Game

        Wuss has MATES?

    • Grocersgirl

      OK… Yogurt the egg white; half a canned peach on top = one poached egg. Apple chips? It is seriously weird that someone thought it was a good idea to assemble this still life.

      • Steve (North Shore)

        Humour comes in many forms. I like, but ok.
        Might phone my boring Sister, see if she laughs

    • Steve (North Shore)

      That’s no yoke

  • pisces8284 .

    Swimming pool was 30 degrees today (rudimentary solar heating). I just love this weather, long may it last

    • Dave

      Wow. That’s impressive in NZ, our pool here is just above that without Solar heating, but the average in NZ without solar is still around 25 or under. Hope the water is crystal clear and you enjoy it for many months!

      • pisces8284 .

        Just plastic pipes on the roof and water that circulates in the pool, simple but effective as our concrete pool would be about 23 without it. Plus if we had a chilly day it would take days to recover

  • Saggy

    Is anyone else having major fly issues this summer? We have a Robocan which normally keeps them at bay but this year it seems to be having no effect. Mrs Saggy who monitors domestic hygiene assures me we’re no worse than usual.

    • pisces8284 .

      I did, and was driving me insane, then got the house sprayed. Best $160 I ever spent

    • Greg M

      I have fleas. Well not me, but the carpet. Had to get the steam cleaning people in.

      • caochladh

        I worked for a government department in the 70/80’s that had 8 floors of flea infested carpet. Most of us wore Billy Peach flea collars around our ankles until the issue was resolved.

        • Wendy

          Some nurses still do.

      • jcpry

        Get a candle, plate and cooking oil. Light the candle in the middle of the oil filled plate at night and leave burning till morning.
        The fleas are attracted by the light and land in the oil.
        It does actually work.

        • Dave

          But ensure smoke alarm works, and someone stays up to call the Fire Brigade when it catches on fire.

    • Nige.

      Well we have had several cold snaps here in the south leading up to this (normal) hot weather so they seem to have been killed off a bit. Its been great!

      • Betty Swallocks

        Living near paddocks full of those big black and white short-haired sheep, we get overrun with flies at this time of year. The best present I had for Christmas was a couple of those tennis racket-shaped electronic fly swatter thingies. I leave the screen door open deliberately to lure the blowflies in so I can practice my backhand.

        • Cadwallader

          I bet they’d work on lefties too! Please send a full report.

          • Betty Swallocks

            I’m thinking about adapting Moonroof’s suggestion and seeing what I can do with a 12-volt bike battery and some spare wire. Pity I can’t get up to the tennis with it – you never know who you might meet.

        • Moonroof

          If you’re game, those electric rackets go even better if you fudge a 9 volt battery into them where the 2 AAs go. More power and zap.Zzzst…

          • Betty Swallocks

            I’m onto it. Thanks!

          • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

            We converted one to a stun gun with a couple of nines. Hurt like a bastard (replaced the screen with two prongs) and didnt last long – too much juice I guess, but was fun for a while.

    • Cadwallader

      Yes, I live in Palmy and the flies are trying to escape. They’re the only pets I have too!

      • Dave

        Yes,I’m don’t blame the flies, even most humans escape Palmy, I did many many years ago Cadwallader :).

    • 1951

      If you have stock close by, there will be flies. Another attractant are ammonia based cleaners like Handy Andy, best to stick to lemon based cleaners from my experience. Our problem at the moment is Huhu Bugs flying in opened windows after dark….creepy!

    • caochladh
    • Steve (North Shore)

      Some flies need to be sent to anger management coz they are not happy with the first and only warning

    • Whafe

      Robocan type control products are shocking, they help encourage resistance to the ai being applied through the devices etc….
      It will only get worse….
      I hate flies

  • My kingdom for a bit of breeze.
    sticky Auckland

    • Tom

      Thought you lived in Nelson?

      • Obviously not.

    • Cowgirl

      Auckland, where you towel yourself off after a shower but are never really dry. Remember it well.

  • Saggy

    Apparently wages went up 7% in NZ last year on average and 3% in Aus. That might take the wind out of a few sails.

    • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

      Mine went up 2.9% so i might be having a chat with the boss.

      • Moonroof

        You made 2.9%? Nice work. 2% after 4 years of nothing (in fact deflation in real terms).

        • mommadog

          likewise moonroof. I certainly havent seen it. My raises have been far less than cost of living. Minimal at best. The last was something like 1.5%.

          • The2Game

            Hmmm, someone not a million miles away from this keyboard secured a double-digit pay rise … but I will not reveal any more details let it be a decision of any future Labour Government’s ‘Expert Panel’ to retrospectively tax every last cent of the increase in question…

          • hbboy

            Future Labour Government?

        • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

          I actually got less than the union negotiated – gutted that a mediocre crowd got more than me. I argued it too but got told sorry, there isnt any money left after the union deal. I got the impression that maybe there was a little pressure from the “masses” to give the union a boost above all of the independants. Ce La vie. Next round I wont be taking less than the mediocre.

          • Sooty

            Tell the boss to pay you union rates, or you will jion union and get that rate any way.

    • Nige.

      And fuel has gone down in price. Great times.

    • Tom

      Mine jumped 17.5% after I voiced my opinion to the boss about what I thought. To his credit he took it all on board.

  • Karma

    So the MSM continues their appalling reporting standards. Sigh.

    In an article on Stuff regarding the deaths of an elderly couple in Dunedin it gives the names of the couple residing at the address, according to the electoral role. Given the couple have lived at the address for forty years the names are probably correct, however further down in the same article it says: “The couple…have not yet been named. And then further down again: “Police have not yet released the names of the couple…”.

  • jude

    I love catching up with family at the end of the year.
    I also love coming home at the end of a much appreciated break.
    Two pics, day one and five weeks on ….Mr Jingles :)

    • MaryLou

      Impressive Jude! One definitely aint like the other! Did you have doubts?

      • jude

        The morning the Dad didn’t sit on the chick ,and we had to revive on heat pad and feed! It was touch and go the first few weeks .
        I was horrified to see the mother “feed” Mr Jingles today though.
        I thought she was trying to eat him!
        I guess because Mr Jingles is so big,she must stop feeding him soon. He feeds himself.
        I think maybe when his tail feathers are fully through he will be an adult in her eyes:)

        • MaryLou

          Do Dads always sit on the babies? What does Mum do then?

          • jude

            They alternate that role. The Mum sits on overnight and the Dad takes over at day break to allow Mum a break:)
            She feeds and eats heaps first thing ,after a bit, she will go back in the nesting box.
            I think that day the Dad just got tired of the whole exercise.!
            They had done that routine for weeks ,keeping the eggs warm.
            If the eggs get cold they chick can die in the shell.

          • patriot

            Isn’t nature wonderful?

          • Watcher

            Over the last two weeks we have watched our local family of Tuis, fledge and be taught how to feed on our flax plants without mum or dads help.
            We have seen 1 strong and quick on the uptake chick, and one not so smart get beaten by an adult until it learnt how to shove it tongue down flax flowers….
            Really really great to watch.
            Can any resident birdie watchers tell me how long it takes a juvenile tui to develop the parsons collar.

          • Platinum Fox

            According to the Bird Rescue site “[Tui] fledglings develop the throat tuft within a month, but it is a further 6 weeks before they start to develop metallic tinges.”
            I saw an adult Tui feeding on flax nectar yesterday morning on a vacant site in Parnell. Sadly apartments to be built on that site are currently being marketed, which will no doubt mean that the flax bushes will be a casualty.
            If Red Len wasn’t so fixated on his train set we could perhaps spend a small amount on planting a few native plants in underused public areas such as Fraser Park (beside Parnell Rise) in order to encourage native birds in the city.

        • Alright

          I have to share this…

          Mrs Alright and I were staying at a fantastic place in Singapore where Peacocks roam wild. I saw one male get amorous and told Mrs Alright to keep the camera on him. Sure enough the male did “the business.”

          Mrs Alright threw the camera on the ground and shouted “it is killing her.”

          I had to explain stuff.

    • Wasapilot

      Mrs Wasapilot has gone all clucky over the photos Jude. She said “you could build an aviary this weekend”, I am still considering my responce.

      • Wendy

        It needs considering?

      • jude

        Well my bird loving daughter is going to be working in Fielding and flatting in Palmy next year!
        I will be the one looking after these birds, but I must admit , I have become rather attached to them:)

        • Dave

          Good luck to her Jude, my step son is off flatting in P slime in a few a weeks, those w ere the days, young and care free!

        • Nyla

          my grandaughter samantha works in the coffee box on the weekends, up on the hill before turning off to linton, tell your daughter to say hi if she calls in there. awesome coffee and smoothies and goodies

  • Cadwallader

    I just heard that smarty pants Tim Roxborogh on ZB pontificating why octogenarians should surrender up their homes to families as families need larger homes. Excuse me:The 80 year old OWNS that house it is theirs and not on the emotional auction schedule to be handed out to the “needy.” This idea, which I refuse to dignify as a philosophy, is pure Stalinism. I despair for the future of ZB.

    • Cadwallader

      Further; he really is a diluted version of Sqawkery. An out and out dribbling socialist who doesn’t possess an ounce of balance when dealing to other people’s property. Socialism is simply along word for filth!

      • 1951

        Oh dear, I have slipped up tonight then. If I wasn’t on the phone for so long I would have heard him and then be forced to txt him to remind him about the facts of life. He doesn’t like me.

        • Cadwallader

          For that reason alone you have a fan here!

    • Alright

      Roxborough is a good mate of Pam Corkery. They share political views. He started out spinning records and graduated to having an opinion which isn’t worth the paper it might be written on.

      • Cadwallader

        He is also a habitual name dropper too.

        • Alright

          Roxborough has a big voice and a small brain.

          And here’s a bet: Pam will back alongside him early in 2015. .

        • Pete

          No one can be a bigger name dropper than Willy Jackson, the guy can’t help but mention everybody he’s met or is “mates” with. He must have been lonely as a lad is all I can think.!

      • Bert Piepoint

        “Good mate of Pam Corkery” looks like she would have the poor lad for brekky!!

        • Alright

          Have worked with her. She would try and eat anyone for breakfast.

    • Pete

      True progressive ideals..shared by Harre by the way, thats why these maggots should never get anywhere near the govt benches..

    • johnnymanukau.

      The trouble with Tim R he is so in love with his mirror and his own prattle and is absolutely sickening to listen to now and is the best reason to find another radio station. He is pure yuck.

  • Wendy

    My musical offering for a laid back summer evening…Gerry Rafferty

    • Platinum Fox

      Best played loud in my opinion Wendy. Thankfully my study is well away from the next door neighbour’s place.

    • ex-JAFA

      The famous sax solo was supposed to be a guitar solo. But the guitarist never showed up to the studio, so they borrowed a sax player from the adjoining studio. And a musical legend was made.

  • Cadwallader

    Back on 24th July there was a post regarding the absurd development levies charged by local authorities. These levies are over and above reserve fund contributions and looking back on that debate they seem to have been confused. If the government does anything decent this year it needs to smash both the RMA and the Local Government Act 2002. I hope the government has the will to do so.

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