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  • Carl

    Well said. (pic)

    • Nige.

      When a funny man says something serious….. It says something about the topic.

      • Wallace Westland

        Exactly, taking the mickey out of Islam should be considered no more offensive than taking the mickey out of Scientology and for exactly the same reasons.
        They are both clearly ludicrous and neither has returned as promised to prove otherwise.

        • Wheninrome

          Or taking the mickey out of ourselves. The ability to laugh at oneself is I think, a sign of maturity.

    • Murray Smith

      “Here, here ! ” or should that be “Hear hear !!” ?

      • Carl

        That’s what I was going to put but didn’t know which one. Maybe Hare,Hare.

        • Murray Smith

          Sounds a bit like a town on the South Island’s west coast

  • Nige.

    What was the highlight of your day? Go on. Brag about it to a bunch of strangers if you want.

    • Wallace Westland

      I survived it?

    • ex-JAFA

      Did my first bit of exercise for the year. Just a 10km walk, but it’s a start. Feet recovering from serious sole burns last week!

    • Isherman

      Seeing my workmates faces who started back today while I was walking past them on my way out..at midday.

      • kayaker

        You mean, you left – as in left your job?

        • Isherman

          lol, no , just an early finish.

          • kayaker

            Haha, you had me there. I’ve been tempted many times after the Christmas/NY break.

    • kayaker

      First week/work day back from three-week holiday. Bounced out of bed at 5.30am and did a 15km bike ride. Disclosure: it was an easy run, nothing too hard.

    • LabTested

      Taipa Bay + Appletons rum after another great day on the bike (pic)

      • Isherman

        Whats the price of 91 at the Z up there at the moment out of interest? Its usually cheaper than others in the region. When we fish out of Karikari we normally pull the boat up empty and fill up there.

        • LabTested

          $30 fills up the Harley where ever I am! :) however I did pay $2.07 at Rawene yesterday. Apart from that I don’t take much notice when on the bike.

          • Isherman

            Fair enough too, unfortunately the boat takes 400 ltrs, its hard not to notice, lol.

          • Greg M

            You can fill up my boat if you like… it takes 50 tonnes.

          • Isherman

            Jeesh, that’s a good ol diesel tank, how many times a year would you fill it on average?

          • Greg M

            The old girl is still out on charter. It’s good for 30 days towing, or about 3000 nm. It runs MGO fuel which is a heap cheaper than diesel, about $1200 / tonne last time I paid for it.

          • Isherman

            Nice, that should just about get you to Suva and back on a fill, plans to use it as a pleasure craft later on down the track?

          • Greg M

            That was the long term plan, but realistically it costs a bomb even to berth and maintain the old girl, so when she stops paying her way I may need to have a rethink.

          • Isherman

            You berthed at St Mary’s bay or Westhaven I take it?

          • Greg M

            Was at Bayswater until a year or so ago. Really good marina.

          • Carl

            Kdc might want to hire it for a getaway.

          • Alright

            My heart bleeds for you Isherman. Why don’t you get a paddle board?!.

            PS…and stop killing all those fish. I have been in touch with Wussel. He is not best pleased. Indeed he is hiring a helicopter to watch over you.

          • Isherman

            Cant carry enough salt ice, and nothing to secure the flying gaff to….

        • pisces8284 .

          It was $1.62 at Gull in Rotorua

    • All_on_Red

      Boogie Boarding with my 9yo at Anchor Bay at Tawharanui Reserve. Gorgeous place.

    • pisces8284 .

      Boogie boarding with our three grandchildren in Papamoa in amazing weather, giving their mum a week’s break and just enjoying their company. This country is amazing – stopped at Lake Taupo for a swim on the way up, fish and chips on the beach, just perfect.

    • johcar

      Getting 43 stableford points at South Head today

    • cows4me

      Feeling old. Went on a 560k ride on the Harley yesterday, sore butt and tied legs, should be right by tomorrow.

      • Nige.

        Whoah. That’s fast.

    • RightofSingapore

      Getting home without incident

    • Hard1

      Slow run around Cornwall Park with the good wife. The upside is the tame animals and birds, a rare downside today was an Epsom couple who thought letting their dog chase rabbits amongst the cows was a good idea.

    • Intrigued

      An amazing summer’s day on Whangamata beach – watching the surfers catching some stunning waves (I have always loved that bit when the wave first curls into that deep teal blue tube) and feeling wonder and joy at watching my little children squeal with delight in the knee deep waves before me… And yet for me this summer the paradise we live in is also tinged with a sadness and sense of foreboding for the future as I ruminate and periodically anguish with utter incredulity at how we are letting our world be corrupted by such evil as that which has played out in Paris, Nigeria and so many other places in the world in the name of Islam. The beauty that I see before me here on the coast as I sip a cold glass of bubbly with my dearest on our anniversary today is something I wish I could bottle forever and with it an enormous sense of gratitude for where I am right here, right now…!

    • Betty Swallocks

      Highlight of the day at Maison Swallocks was the Plat Du Jour;
      Maharashtrian style pan-fried terakihi fillets
      Aubergine and potato masala
      Steamed Basmati rice
      Cucumber and mint raita
      Chapatis

      All made from scratch, only aubergines and fish were bought (spices and chapati flour are always on hand in the cupboard.)
      Spuds from stepdaughter’s place, tomatoes and cucumber from my neighbour.

      • Nige.

        You win. Hands down.

      • dgrogan

        Wow.

    • caochladh

      Leaving the office to go home.

    • Cowgirl

      The ‘Storage Wars’ omnibus on telly.

    • JAFA Gazza

      Hearing this joke….

      Guy walks into an Adult Store on K Rd….asks “I want a “Blow-up doll”.
      The server says: “Fine, Male or Female?”
      “Female!!” says the customer.
      “Black or White?” asks the server.
      “White please!” says the punter.
      “Muslim or Christian?” asks the server…
      “What the hell does religion have to do with it?” asks the punter.
      “Oh its just that the Muslim ones blow themselves up!”

    • Curly1952

      Filling the car with Super 96 and watching the $$$’s going slower than normal and the litres going faster – $1.769 per litre!!

    • Moonroof

      Surviving it. Went back to work last Thursday, eased in by deleting lots emails and such. Flat out today, didn’t feel like cooking properly when I got home

      but scratch built a pasta bake, got that in oven. Made a Greek salad, now time for a wine and some WOBH. Cheers to another Monday dealt to.

    • Pluto

      Me and my better half 15k’s each way through the slop this morning to get my cray pots.
      Rewarded with some nice bugs, damn crayfish for dinner again !

      • Dave

        Sounds like your living in poverty still Pluto.

        A few weeks back, we had 2 kiwis in the shop here, one told a joke about poverty and set the scene in Northland. “Oh nana, please not again, we have had crayfish every night for over a month now”.

    • Cadwallader

      Inspired by blubbageddon I went to town to buy a set of bathroom scales. I first went to a pharmacy but was told to go to a sports shop. Went to the sports shop but was told they’re all digital now so go to an electronic store. Went to Noel Leeming and was told they no longer sell them, same thing at Harvey Norman and Dick Smiths (I had lost many pounds by this stage!) then finally struck success at Briscoes. I spent 2 hours reading the “Weightwatchers” approved guff-sheet so, here we go! (This is not intended to be an advertisement other than my own self-promotion.)

      • Nige.

        ha. I bought my motha in law a set of weight watchers ones from Harvey Norman in November. they were marked down to $88…. and i am alive to tell the tale.

      • Greg M

        I wrote “Wide Load” in felt tip pen on the bosses scales a while back. When I came to she was starting to see the funny side of it…

      • Huia

        At least they didn’t try and send you to the truck scales outlet, that would be the pits. I’m frightened to get on mine at the moment as they might just scream.

    • jonno1

      Put my trailer on Trade Me at 7pm, sold it via Buy Now 45 minutes later. Now paid for and gone. I didn’t expect that! And more brownie points with SWMBO. Yay!

      • Nige.

        BOOM! Ya hardly get a win like that now do ya! Well done.

        • jonno1

          Of course it all gets sucked up by the BMW maintenance fund, but hey, it’s only money. I have another disassembled trailer in the back of the shed – tempting to put it together again.

    • Mark

      Picking up my new to me Glock 19.

    • HSV325

      Out cruising in my 73 HQ Statesman all windows down nice V8 burble. Done about 1500 miles in her the last 3 weeks. Good old school ride

      • Nige.

        oh man. i had a white one with a 253. Worked. It was…*sobs…..beautiful. i miss it.

    • 1951

      I have just (9:35) delivered to my dear neighbor an I.O.U. to put a smile on his face. Oh yes, it was a really good-sized swarm of buzzzzzes.

  • Rodger T

    Jesus and Mo ,scroll thru for well reasoned humour ,tho` if you are determined to be offended no doubt you will find something.

    http://www.jesusandmo.net/

  • Papillon

    Witnessed a horrific display of bullying today. Was visiting Devonport and enjoying a lazy day being a tourist in my own city when there was sudden yelling in Victoria Ave from a loud booming voice screaming in a foreign language. Turned round to witness a Muslim man yelling at his head scarf covered wife coming out of a shop, he grabbed her parcel and threw it in the bin. Then roughly grabbed her arm and pulled her up the street with her cowering at his side as he continued his loud yelling without any regard for the people observing this horrific scene. Had I not been with my two preschoolers and an elderly aunt I would have challenged him, but I suspect that would only have caused more trouble for his wife. As a female in my country it was sickening to see. While I was enjoying my freedom wearing shorts and a tank top on this hot day, his wife was covered head to toe ( I note he wasn’t) and having to suffer his wrath. Very sad.

    • Alright

      …Worse than sad. And worse than sickening. I recall seeing a woman at Melbourne Airport wearing a burkka. She had a black eye. God alone knows what other bruises were covered up.

      • Bunter

        Why do you think they are made to be covered from head to toe. Maybe

      • caochladh

        In some sections of the community in Scotland a “black eye” was worn like a badge of honour by some women, because it showed your man really loved you because he took the trouble to give you a serve. It was also reported that women gave each other black eyes so they wouldn’t be held up to ridicule by those whose husbands really loved them.

        • Alright

          I have (courtesy of your post) discussed this with Mrs Alright..

          She says if I give her “a serve” she’ll create her own badge of honour. Something to do with an an ice pick and my heart.

    • Steve (North Shore)

      What was in the parcel? Did anyone retrieve it and find out why the Muslim man dumped it? I would have

      • Alright

        It was probably a copy of the bible, or some crayons for their lovely children.

        • intelligentes candida diva

          A NZ designer dress :-)

      • mommadog

        The content probably didn’t matter as much as the fact she may have purchased something without his permission. Its all about power and control. Cant have a female thinking for themselves. You’ve got me curious now though.

      • Papillon

        No idea what was in the parcel and not certain any witnesses retrieved it. It was in a retail bag from the shop, so like mommadog, I assumed it was something bought without his approval.

        • Dave

          Probably something nice, feminine perhaps and he of course disapproved.

    • Odd Ball

      I’ve never understood why people put up with crap like that.

      • intelligentes candida diva

        Its called ‘fear’ as the powerful weapon of any perpetrator and becomes like Stockholm Syndrome, those involved dont see the abuse for what it is as an outsider does until they are away from the oppression

      • bristol

        Because from the day she was born she would have had it drummed into her that women are inferior to men.
        “Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them. Then if they obey you, take no further action against them. Surely Allah is high, supreme.” (Qur’an, 4:34)

    • Nige.

      Correct response should have been every male in the area surround the man and strongly indicate that he should pull his head in before everyone else rips it off. Its going to take a community attitude to battle this “sharia” type crap.

      • Carl

        I agree but that would not of helped the poor women when she got home, it would only make it worse for her.

        • Nige.

          Who cares. I’m more worried about my community.

          Heartless? Maybe. But she can run away from him. Our civilized society is equipped with tools like womens refuge for women to get away from bad husbands.

          This is what I want to see on the TV news: A community fighting back. Not in a violent way. Just a way that shows that we aren’t going to sit by and take it.

          Don’t back down to bullies. Its the only way to win.

      • Agree. Bale him up whilst calling the Police. Domestic violence in action, imagine what goes on behind closed doors.

        • Dave

          Especially when 10 to 20 witnesses say he assulted her officer. So many witnesses, and then the nearby shops CCTV, possibly council CCTV as well.

  • exactchange

    I keep wondering about the two pics of Hayat Boumeddiene which are all over the media – the teeny tiny bikini and the burqa. What does she think about her largely naked bod there for all to see. For ever …

    • Chris EM

      I hope it bothers her, but I feel she probably only joined this cult for the murder side of it. I do wonder if some Syrian Imam may take exception to it though…

      • edee

        If she is now in Syria which is being suggested, cant help but think she must be constantly looking over her shoulder because of the pics. Many females in that hell hole have lost their lives for less.

  • Isherman

    Time for a fix of an old fav band methinks

      • Isherman

        Heh, think I must have been about 12 last time I heard that….

        • The suggestion was OLD fave bands. I was into Supertramp growing up.

          • Isherman

            Fair cop I suppose.

    • Greg M

      Good times indeed…

      • Isherman

        I quite liked Under the milky way at the time too..miss the 80’s actually.

    • Wasapilot

      Being a teenager in the 70’s was amazing

    • Cadwallader

      Why is the vocalist dressed like an Imam?

      • Isherman

        I dont get that sense, but if more Imams were more like Ian Astbury it would be the religion of awsome…

    • Wasapilot

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TjPhzgxe3L0

      One of the funniest songs ever written. And what is that shrub sticking out of his bottom all about!

  • intelligentes candida diva

    I saw an image today and I queried if it was a 1st communion. I searched for a link and found that no it was not a 1st communion, here are further images & the story within attached link.
    The males dont look happy.
    To me it begs the question who are the religious rituals for, I say Mohammed not Allah?
    I believe Mohammed manipulated any positive spiritual encounter he may have had to meet his own lust and greed resulting in any goodness lost but to his advantage he had a reasonable intellectual intelligence. His manipulative tactics can be seen in todays clerics worldwide *just my opinion*
    http://www.snopes.com/photos/politics/masswedding.asp

  • jude

    The brain is clever with its own auto correct ability.
    The iPhone auto correct is another story!

    • Greg M

      It does my head in. I have got myself in the poo on more than one occasion by not proof reading the iphones auto correct.

      • jude

        I have sent my Mum texts with a bit of gibberish included courtesy of auto correct:) My fault for not bothering to put on my glasses and checking, before sending!

        • Wasapilot

          I have auto correction turned off on mine Jude. Like you, I often sent texts that were complete jibberish

          • Moonroof

            Can’t stand auto-correct on anything, Outlook, phone et al. Predictive text is even worse. If anything I’ll mangle grammar or spelling deliberately to make a point.

    • Wasapilot

      Mr Jingles still doing well Jude?

      • jude

        He most certainly is! He is still being fed a bit by his mum but he also feeds independently too!
        He is very active flying around the Avery too

  • Isherman

    Not really into the Hollywood award season gism myself, but, have you ever seen the same movie at the cinema more than twice, and what was it? I think Return of the Jedi is the only one that fits the bill for me, and that was two viewings.

    • Greg M

      “The stuntman”, Peter O’Toole, Steve Railsback and Barbara Hershey back around 1982 ? Great film.

    • jude

      I saw Grease at least twice:)

      • Isherman

        I think once was too much for me, lol.

    • dgrogan

      Avatar 3D.

    • Moonroof

      Bladerunner (am I disqualified if different cuts – original theatre release, and 1st director’s cut). Same goes for the Empire Strikes back.

      • Isherman

        ESB would one of the films I’ve seen most often, and mostly VHS/DVD format, only seen it once a the big screen, but would easily do so again. Best of the whole franchise thus far IMO.

    • hbboy

      American Graffiti – at least 4 or 5 times

    • Cadwallader

      “A Clockwork Orange” three times in the cinema and more recently after finally having it released on DVD about a dozen times again.

      • intelligentes candida diva

        I saw that as an underager along with Carrie, I felt so grown up with older siblings who snuck me in

        • Sagacious Blonde

          We snuck into a midnight screening at Whangamata. The only one asked for proof of age was our 5ft nothing friend who actually was 20.

      • Isherman

        I wanted to see it for years, thought it would never hit DVD. I saw it once at the Capital in dominion road.

    • Sagacious Blonde

      2001: A Space Odyssey, about 20 years apart – took my daughter second time

      • Wasapilot

        I’ve seen the movie several times, first was when it was first released. The ending confused me then, and still does.

        • ex-JAFA

          I saw it as not much more than a toddler, then again 25 years later. I decided I probably understood it better the first time.

    • Bluemanning

      In the late 60s early 70s I was a fan of Dustin Hoffman in the Graduate and Midnight Cowboy saw both more than twice.

    • jcpry

      Shawshank Redemption. I must have seen this half a dozen times.

      • Isherman

        Damn good film too.

        • I.M Bach

          It sure is; we need some more like it instead of the endless stream of mindless drivel Hollywood punches out in nauseating volume.

      • jude

        I have watched the dvd many times too.A favorite of mine:)

        • ex-JAFA

          Same for “The Green Mile”. Frank Darabont (director of both) described himself as a perhaps the most niche director ever: he only makes films of Stephen King novels set in US prisons during the depression.

    • Cowgirl

      King Kong I saw twice, and Pulp Fiction as I recall. Those are the only 2 I can think of at the cinema.

    • I.M Bach

      Some of you will groan but….I saw Easy Rider several times at the movies, wore out a VHS and still watch if periodically on DVD. The first time I saw it was in 1970, I was thirteen and it was an R16, sooo naughty…. I still like Laszlo’s camera work, the portrayal of bent cops, redneck bigots and the mentality of just hitting the highway. It’s the road trip as much anything.

    • ex-JAFA

      “A New Hope” (but back when it was still called “Star Wars”) – I saw that 10 times in the first week it came out. And probably 200 times since.

      I probably also saw “Battlestar Galactica” more than twice in cinemas. The proper one with Lorne Greene and Dirk Benedict, not the dire we-have-no-ideas-so-let’s-just-remake-what-sold-before rehash.

      • Isherman

        10 Times at the cinema!!..we’ll call that a comfortable win for you sir.

  • sarahmw

    Valley of the Dolls. Watch it at least once year. Don’t know what it is but I just love it. Could be the haunting soundtrack . Also Breakfast at Tiffanys. Maybe it says something about me lol

    • intelligentes candida diva

      I bought the book and dvd of Breakfast at Tiffanys, in the middle of reading book. I went to Tiffanys 2013 certainly many beautiful bedazzling stones but the service was poor.

      • sarahmw

        I guess they think the store sells itself. Wide range of jewellery and prices.

        • intelligentes candida diva

          Floors; one floor just engagement rings one floor watches etc

      • Cowgirl

        Read the story some years back – love Capote.

    • Cadwallader

      Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard?

      • sarahmw

        Yes and Cat. Moon River the song.

  • caochladh

    Trainspotting and Hacks are two that I have watched more than once.

  • jude

    A riddle: I am often held, but rarely touched. If you have wit, you’ll use me well.
    What am I?

    • intelligentes candida diva

      Fart

      • jude

        You made me laugh. No, not quite

        • intelligentes candida diva

          I got it now Jude now it but wont say

      • Dave

        Well, technically, its the same, a four letter word, and best describes labour. Hot air, and of little use to anyone else.

      • Alright

        As a school boy(s) we used to look up the definition in the “Oxford.” It described the word “Fart” as “a slight explosion between the buttocks”

        I guess that explains where the expression “botty burp” came from!

        PS I have lived with Mrs Alright for 21 years. I have only heard her botty burp three times. Me? Three times an hour.

    • Mark

      Tongue

      • jude

        Virtual chocolate fish for you:)

  • jude

    Last one: 1 is 3, 2 is 3, 3 is 5, what is 4?

    • Mark

      5.

      • jude

        no

        • Mark

          That’s good getting two riddles right in my life would go to my head!

          • jude

            I will give you a clue.
            Write the numbers out:)

        • sarahmw

          Is it 6

    • intelligentes candida diva

      2.

      • jude

        no.

      • jude

        A clue ,write the numbers out:)

    • Mark

      87 Spiker may get this answer LOL

    • Isherman

      4.

      • jude

        Well done:)

        • intelligentes candida diva

          Tell me how I need detail I dont get it pleeeaaassee :-)

          • jude

            Sweetie count the letters in the number ie four has four letters, Three has five letters etc

          • Disinfectant

            1 to 3 is 2 numbers forward. 2 to 3 is 1 number forward. 3 to 5 is 2 numbers forward again. So the next number forward of 1 from 3 is 4.

        • intelligentes candida diva

          Got it :-)

        • Mark

          Whew,that’s good,I’m busy trying to watch the world end (The Core, on TV) & drink beer,ain’t no one got time for this thinking stuff!

      • Disinfectant

        Agree.

    • Mark

      6.

      • jude

        It is four. Count the letters in the numbers:)

        • Alright

          I knew that!!!

    • Alright

      I think the answer is “the meaning of life.”

      PS: I dug out my School C maths result. 34.

  • Alright

    ….another ode to religious folly….

    • intelligentes candida diva

      That image earlier in the day not a 1st communion link below

      • Alright

        So what is the photo posted about?

        • intelligentes candida diva

          It was of a mass muslim wedding with child brides in Gaza, I was sceptical and queried if it might be a 1st communion, I have attached the link further below FYI and anyone elses

          • Alright

            You must be kidding. Please. Please!

          • intelligentes candida diva

            I know, I know, I know. Unbelievable, why has msm never broadcast, written or sought to share any of this particularly due to the media attention
            By the the by if it is incorrect Snopes needs challenged but it looks real too many photos
            Again though I think now looking at the males they do not look happy so while it may have occurred I do wonder if it is not the propaganda promotion of Hamas to encourage into reality Mohammed’s lusts to a new generation in order to validate the greedy appetites of power over all. Its the males they do not look happy

          • Alright

            My deep belief is the photo/description is a fraud. – not yours, but the posters. It simply defies imagination.

          • MaryLou

            Reading through it, it says they are not the brides, and it is an example of rumour proved false?

            Edit: the girls are a form of flower girl (ceremony being different), and brides are not in these photos. Ages of brides are 16 (youngest), usually more like 18

            Double edit: Comment from reporter who took the photos: “It never struck me for a moment that the little girls might later be described in the bloggersphere as the brides! How naive I am.”

          • Mark

            Children,who by definition are unable to provide informed consent,why should I give this medieval barbarism an inch & where are real feminists like me when I need them!

          • Alright

            This completely does my head in. If you are accurate ICD this explains why 10 year old girls are being used as human bombs.

            I frankly can’t believe the scenario. If you are right why isn’t the photo on the front page of every major newspaper in the world?

          • intelligentes candida diva

            I know you have written by thoughts when I came across it …

          • intelligentes candida diva

            I’m here, tell me what you need, educate females in Gaza to stand up to Hamas ethos ok? Give me the artillery, foot soldiers and support of Israels Dome and off I go :-)

          • Mark

            You don’t get to go alone,I want one or two of those AK74’s in the “gunmans” video & I’m good to go.

            “Education is the most effective form of rebellion.”


            Thorin
            I have this in Latin on a t-shirt,which almost fits me.
            We may need some of those Kurdish “chicks” on sympathetic periods,but I reckon we can do this.

          • intelligentes candida diva

            Yes no disrespect but I would feel safe with those Kurdish females.

            Edit add on. I love the Latin language

          • Mark

            Me too,no real man has anything to fear from having armed women in his life.

          • intelligentes candida diva

            Oh of course nor, it would be a dangerous liaison if that was either party’s thinking, I have held a gun license and a gun isnt the power its the mind.

          • Mark

            Indeed,I can be disarmed,but I am never unarmed.

          • intelligentes candida diva

            Lol good one, work tomorrow good night then :-)

          • Mark

            Yeah me too,I should be up by 0900… Goodnight.

          • Dave

            A gun is no more than a metal object, it could be a club, or a firearm capable of killing many, the difference is the intent of the person with it. Similar to cars, they are not dangerous at all on the side of the road or at home in ones garage.

          • pak

            Followed the link and it states that these girls are just part of a marriage ceremony and are sisters/nieces of the brides and grooms and that actual brides are mostly 18 or older, with one being 16? It says the claim that these girls are child brides is false and goes on to explain that it some sort of tradition that young girls attend weddings dressed this way and act as sort of brides maids. Maybe I missed something but doesn’t seem to me according to this article anyway that these photos show child brides??

          • intelligentes candida diva

            Thank you I read this
            “Hamas sponsored a mass wedding for four hundred and fifty couples. Most of the grooms were in their mid to late twenties; most of brides were under ten.”

            Further into the article I do see it explains these images were not part of the above situation rather a different event therefore if I am responsible for misleading anyone I apologise

            “Multiple calls to Palestinians who participated in the wedding affirmed the little girls are not themselves the brides”

          • pak

            Snopes article starts by indicating with a red button that claims of mass child brides are “False”. It then goes on to say “most of brides under ten” as you quote, but further explains where they think the misinformation emanated from, and as someone else has commented, the Sky News reporter who included the photos in his story is now mortified that they were spread over the internet as proof of child brides and has led to claims of mass child weddings. My reading is, according to Snopes, there never was a mass wedding for 450 couples with child brides. That does not mean to say their view is correct, but they do support their argument in detail. On other hand, no doubt child marriages do occur, and thank you for bringing this whole subject up as v. thought provoking.

    • Mark

      Coming to NZ was the best & bravest thing my Mum & Dad ever did for me. No desire to return permanently.

      • Alright

        ….their salute to their love for you.

  • Nige.

    inspired by Judes riddles: “Brothers and Sisters, I have none….This mans father is my fathers son”? and please provide in depth reason for your answer…(i cant actually remember the answer myself anymore.)

    • Alright

      Nige. See my reply to Jude below.

    • intelligentes candida diva

      Step grand nephew
      I cannot provide in depth reason because having a wine after Fri and today off work to celebrate birthday

      • Wallace Westland

        Whoo hooo Happy Birthday and many more to come :)

        • intelligentes candida diva

          Yes it has been happy thank you

      • Dave

        A very happy and belated birthday young lady! Hope you had a nice day with family, friends and loved ones! Enjoy the wine.

    • HunuaRanger

      It’s you. You are your fathers son and this man’s father is a reference to yourself.

    • jude

      It is the son of the speaker. When the riddle says “this man’s father”, they are referring to the speaker. Therefore “is my fathers son”, they are saying that the father of the person in question is his own fathers son. I had to get help from my daughter with this!

    • ozbob68

  • Mags

    I Don’t like a latest advert against speeding. The woman is driving along and a young woman runs out in front of her car and gets hit. The car driver gets the blame with the message that speed affects others. Doesn’t make sense to me.

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