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  • rangitoto

    Was just looking at some UK news sites and I came across this insanity:

    “Oxford University Press bans sausages and pigs from children’s books in effort ‘to avoid offence”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2908910/Oxford-University-Press-bans-sausages-pigs-children-s-books-avoid-offending-Jews-Muslims.html

    • Alright

      So the lunatics have truly taken over the nut house.

    • dgrogan

      Oh good grief. Is there no end to this socialist PC insanity?
      When the hell did we decide a minority get to rule. Get a grip people of Europe, please.

    • Steve (North Shore)

      I feel real sorry for Miss Piggy – what is Kermit going to do?

    • OneTrack

      I guess that’s the last we will hear of the story of the wolf and the three little pigs.

    • Sally

      No more Winnie the Pooh and Piglet.

      • Reaper

        That is just wrong. Winnie the Pooh and Piglet are part of our culture.

    • I think when bacon gets banned the people will finally rise up.

    • InnerCityDweller

      Best not publish anything with animals or animal derived foods as this may offend vegetarians. Hell, ban the depiction of eggs and cheese or the vegans might call for your head. What’s next?

      • Alright

        ….call for your head? They don’t allow brains. Its about ideology.

  • Alright

    Does anyone else want the navy’s ship the HMNZS Wellington want the ship to fire something at the Southern Ocean criminals – even a golf ball?

    • steve and monique

      Yup

    • MaryLou

      Cor – slightly bigger than that AR… after all, it’s not tiddly winks!!

      Is it?

      • Alright

        Point taken. But better than wet socks!

        Me? I vote for a full-on ramming!

        • MaryLou

          Absolutely. My soft side says poor sailors who are probably paid a pittance in horrible working conditions though, must be appeased. So: Blow a hole in it, and pick up everyone but the captain. Then a one way ticket home for the crew, after feeding them a good kiwi meal of chops and mashed spud.

    • Maverick them…or use one of these:

      Armament:1 x Remote Controlled MSI DS25 Stabilized Naval Gun with 25 mmM242 Bushmaster cannon
      2 x M2HB QCB .50 calibre Browning machine guns
      Small armsAircraft carried:1 x Kaman SH-2G Super Seaspritehelicopter. Can be armed with a combination of homing torpedoes, depth charges, Maverick Air to Surface missiles, M60 Machine Gun. 1 x A109 light utility helicopter (alternative to Seasprite)

      • Honcho

        The M60 has been replaced with a Mag-58 on the ‘sprite, a couple of years back now. Didn’t look like they had a helo embarked from the tv footage either …. but from the looks of those boats they are rust flakes held together with paint, could probably be just as easily sunk by an officers sig sauer.

      • Alright

        But Cam, we don’t want to kill more Toothfish!

    • Brent

      By the look’s of the rust buckets it would only take a golf ball.

      • Alright

        ….hit with a wedge…

    • Greg M

      The crew should be given the opportunity to abandon ship, before the ships are sunk by gunfire. The problem is that the same ships get renamed with a new flag of convenience, and they carry on doing the same thing. I can recall one ship steaming away with the crew painting over the name and port of registry as they went. And international maritime law makes it almost impossible to nail the bludgers.

      • Alright

        Simple. Fire a golf ball into the hull (below the waterline). It’ll only take about 59 minutes for it to sink.

    • mommadog

      Yes! These tin pot fishing vessels are making our Navy look like weak saps at present. “Can I come aboard” “No” “Oh ok then, carry on fishing”. If you thought about invading the country and saw this as our Navy response, its not something you would worry about.
      I’m not putting down the individuals (crew), only the situation. I’m sure their hands are tied politically to some extent which must be frustrating if you’re on the Navy frigate and want to be allowed to do what you have trained for. At present though they are just spitting in the wind. Where is the Sea Patrol when they are needed? I know it was a TV show but that Aussie Navy boat would have these ships boarded by now and towed or sunk.
      I would however forgive the fishing boat this time if they were really here to pick up KDC and fishing was a cover. Do you think they would take him?

      • Disinfectant

        Equatorial Guinea under which these fishing ships have been flagged has given the New Zealand Government permission to board the ships.
        Go for it.
        Edit: added word.

      • Wallace Westland

        Invade this country? Fiji could invade this country and we couldn’t stop them.

        We have no Airforce, a Navy with ships bought from the orange exporters of Spain that makes even hardened sailors seasick within ten minites of leaving Devonport and the lowest Aussie tenderer and an Army that drives around in 6 wheeled vehicles that can handle any terrain as long as it has a layer of asphalt on it thanks to the back handers provided to H1 and co. (There is no other logical explanation for those pieces of junk)

        Never mind Fiji, Tonga could kick our butts!

      • Odd Ball

        I remember years ago, a fishing trawler was fishing in NZ waters illegally & then tried to do a runner. It was intercepted by a skyhawk before it managed to get to international waters,
        The skyhawk opened fire on it, resulting in one very co-operative captain & crew.

    • waldopepper

      yes, im amazed as well at our lack of action on this. we seem to be lacking what the yanks call “resolve”. put a shot across the bow, and tell them we are coming aboard. full stop. if they run, shoot out the bloody rudder although that will probably have to be done in less choppy seas i would imagine. if they resist, shoot something else and if they attempt to repel boarders, shoot the people doing the repelling. stop the pc nonsense for crisake. if indeed we can do nothing, then lets scrap the navy as its clearly a burden on taxpayers for no gain whatsoever.

      • willtin

        Helen?

    • cows4me

      Put holes in their sorry arses.

  • steve and monique

    See IS have executed two so called Russian spy’s. Is it just me, or is that going to wind up Putin.

    • MaryLou

      Time for us to clear the area? Have we even got there yet?

    • Eiselmann

      Russians can play hard ball with the best of them …anyone involved in executing Russians might want to get started on that bucket list.

      • dgrogan

        I think Putin and his henchmen will be preparing pig skins as we speak.

      • Betty Swallocks

        Russia is in the big-time poos at the moment economically, and I don’t think Putin will be looking far beyond his borders just now. He can’t even afford to finance his terrorists in South-east Ukraine at the moment.

    • Cadwallader

      I hope so. Putin comes to every gun-fight with an impressive armoury.

  • Wallace Westland

    Rachel Smalley on ZB this arvo having a bit of a dig about the cops zero tolerance campaign and the fact that they claim only 14 tickets were issued in the 01 to 04 above the posted limit bracket.
    She rightly points out that this doesn’t apply to speed cameras. (The cops are backsliding now and saying it was a misunderstanding but the cameras were set to the posted limit)
    Good fair enough……but then she throws out this (paraphrasing)
    “A friend got THREE tickets in one day, from a mobile speed camera parked at the bottom of a hill, the first two doing 54km and the 3rd doing 57km” and she’s livid and has a bit of a dig.
    But…tell me this..What sort of an idiot drives down the same hill three times on the same day and see’s the mobile speed camera and exceeds the speed limit not once but TWICE (the first time he hadn’t seen it) and the 2nd time he’s doing 57k which means his speedo was more than likely showing over 60?
    Most of those things are now painted in cop colours and the few that aren’t are easily recognised by every driver in Auckland who has driven for more than two years the instant you drive past it.
    I’d say Smalley surrounds herself with people exactly like herself. Whinging apologists that can’t take responsibility for their own stupidity!

    • Cadwallader

      The Huddle was a waste of time today. This would be the longest extended time I have listened to the stupid airhead. She set off with a giggle about Cam being her “greatest fan” then wobbled about with adolescent murmurings and the occasional “you know” tossed in to season it all. Cam may have been a little too courteous re Little Angry too.

      • Alright

        Like most airheads her go-to default is to giggle like a school girl.

        For gods sake, where is Susan Wood?

        • Cadwallader

          I am not a fan of Susan Wood as she talks so fast and runs her words together, that I find her incomprehensible. I doubt she is as stupid as Smalley though.

          • Alright

            I really like Susan. Like her father was, she is a true journalist and she knows sometthing about how business works.

            Smalley takes a minute to answer 3-plus-2= ?

          • Cadwallader

            What you say about Susan Wood may be true, but there is definitely something amiss in her voice presentations. I cannot abide her and cringe when she replaces Larry Williams in drive time. I won’t insult Susan further by comparing her to the Smallbrain.

          • pisces8284 .

            Wish I could upvote this more than once, does she have a speech impediment do you think? She talks so quickly I can’t understand her. How these people get through journalism school defeats me

          • pak

            Great minds Pisces! Exactly what I was thinking. I find Susan Wood and her presentation style very irritating and difficult to understand what she is on about half the time. Mostly give her a miss.

          • Cadwallader

            I saw her on TV once years ago and she seemed to talk out of narrowed lips at the corner of her mouth. Think Cunnliffe but with more of a slur.
            I am close to giving up ZB. I have not watched TV for a long time and radio was a great alternative. With the advent of more and more smarmy stupid lefties it is becoming less and less appealing to tune into ZB.

          • Isherman

            Well, she’s certainly every bit as self important and opinionated as Smalley, Cow and Heifer.

      • Wallace Westland

        I was home by then thank god (No offence intended to followers of Islam) and I’d turned her off anyway. She irritates me no end.

        And Susan Wood isn’t far behind. I never liked her smarmy sanctimonious holier than thou attitude and to top it off she seems to be swinging to the dark side (left) more and more.

        • Alright

          Well WW, its good to find something we disagree about.

          I like her on TV and on radio. And she is palpably more right than left.

          ….and I have no issue understanding anything she says.

          • Wallace Westland

            Cool. Wouldn’t be much fun coming here if everyone agreed with everything everyone else said eh?
            I understand her fine..I just don’t like her…such is life :-)

        • pak

          You are on fire with your comments this evening WW! Was going to ask you about your ability to annoy complete strangers but feared I might get burnt!

          • Wallace Westland

            It’s a gift…I try not to waste it :-)

        • Greg M

          Agreed. I can’t stand either of them.

        • Michelle

          we live in the radio and cellphone black hole so only get the local radio only get the other stations when we go to town and can’t stand Rachael and that whiney voice

          • Wallace Westland

            Nailed it.

      • 1951

        You may be pleased to know that I expressed my dissatisfaction with the Huddle tonight by way of txt. I felt compelled to inform Ms Smallbrain that out of her & her guest commentator, I respected the guest the most and perhaps she should try lessen her snarky tone. (It had been a long day in the sun harvesting and my usual self control was missing in action. I felt so much better once I pressed ‘Send’)

  • EveryWhichWayButLeft

    I know it’s the new year and news is light, but has a bout of sanity washed across the MSM? Flicking through the news today I saw a number of references to people taking personal responsibility.

    Is it just because it’s summer or do you think that we (or the police and council in these examples) are waking up to the fact that people will make, and are responsible for their own decisions? Maybe they’re actually realising that kiwis don’t like nanny statism (Hulungrad) and voted accordingly in September?

    Long may it last.
    Examples:
    I think you’ve got to be careful you don’t blame the bus company because drivers are responsible for their own actions” Sergeant Max Newman http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/64933488/atomic-shuttles-driver-no-longer-employed

    Some people feel that they know the area well enough that they can manage any safety risks themselves, and they are entitled to do so” Simon Weston, WDC group manager infrastructure and services. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11386178

    • Murray Smith

      Quoted comments, not left opinions I fear.

  • yossarian

    Speed camera vans are painted in “cop colours” up Auckland way? I can’t say I have ever seen that down here in Wgtn, those I see mostly white, blue, red and of course the ubiquitous silver. Surely the Police haven’t given up that easily on their revenue generating activities?

    • ex-JAFA

      Yes, they (well, some) have the blue and yellow battenburgs and are clearly marked “Police revenue collection vehicle” (or similar wording). I think they said it was “fairer” than the poorly-camouflaged vans with which you’re familiar.

  • colin herbertson

    on the dom post website a report about the air force contemplating the C17 as a C130 replacement,this is an absurd idea as the C17 is a huge strategic airlifter of a completely differat class to the herc,but imho 2 C17s as a 757 replacement with a purchase of 4=6 C130j when our current fleet of 50 year old C130h are due would be awsome,

    • Wasapilot

      Wonder if the A400M might fit well, being somewhere in between the two mentioned above. As far as the 757’s go, I thought they were a mistake, one of the 737 variants may have been better.

      • colin herbertson

        the A400 is about 30%bigger than the C130 but that would matter less with the huge capacity of the C17,i would think the herc would be cheaper to buy and operate,and it’s a proven design while the A400 is a new type with likely issues.

    • Yeahright

      I think there is a twin engined aircraft from CASA they are eyeing up…….but I will always have a soft spot for the Herc.

      • colin herbertson

        oh dear i hope not,CASA295 would be an el cheapo step backward,As a remote island nation a good airlift capability is important. While the C17 would be expensive it’d be worthwhile,if we have the opportunity to get a good deal on a couple of the last ones to be built we should go for it.

        • Yeahright

          C17 is just to big for our requirements, but would be awesome. I say stay with the Hercs.

          • colin herbertson

            a C130 can’t get a single army LAV to Australia, a C17 can get 3 of them half way to Africa Whether for military deployments or civil defense we’d have use for them.

          • Yeahright

            I think RNZAF’s criteria is more getting in and our of the dirt strips in the islands, for this C17 too big. I did see one take off from Wellington, it must of been light because boy did it go straight up, most impressive.

  • Sally

    Not only is Little looking for a Director of Media and Communications he is looking for a Director of Research and Policy, and an Executive Assistant. All paid by us.
    Anyone keen?
    Thought not. Lets move on.

    • MaryLou

      No no – think the fun you could have as his Communications Advisor. After all, you just craft stuff to sound like what you think the audience wants to hear. Change a few negatives to positives, make up a few new fashion trends… it’d be great!

      • Sally

        Actually think Pam Corkery should apply for the job.
        She and Andy could get angry together.

        • MaryLou

          I think they’d just combust. Then you’d have four shoes and 2 piles of ash to clean up.

          Huh.

    • peterwn

      Will there be a transparent hiring process?

      • Disinfectant

        If you apply and get passed up, you could take him to the Employment Court for unfair selection!!!!

    • Bluemanning

      With the assistance of the left MSM, to propagandize Little will be a minute minuscule job, just appoint someone like Smalley :-)

  • Isherman

    Putting the blowtorch to Herald has become all too easy of late, and today they have copped a good old whopping, its becoming a bit like shooting fish(ers) in a barrel, but after all that I’m going to have another crack at today’s edition, and Brian Rudmans piece in particular.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=11385989

    First up, the world leaders in Paris and the apparent hypocrisy which on the face of it seems valid. The question is, were the leaders expressing solidarity against attacks on media freedom specifically, or just terrorism more generally. Its quite correct that many of them are no defenders of free speech, but as in the case of Russia, they have certainly been victims of Islamic terrorism.

    Secondly, this little gem, “If these leaders are genuinely concerned about the victims of terrorism, where were they, for example, when Israel started massacring the civilians of neighbouring Gaza last September”. Has he joined the Rachel Smalley view of the world club?, Could he please clarify if he is suggesting that the IDF were specifically just targeting civilians for sport. enough said.

    Lastly his tirade against the AK-47 and the company that manufactures it. Maybe he’s ignorant, but very often the images we see of this weapon actually show what is not a Russian Avtomat Kalashnikov 47 at all, but the Chinese manufactured Type 56 copy of it, also sold all over the world, including to Jihadi’s, but hey, never mind the finer points. Looks like the Chinese are the only winners in this piece.
    Now, back on to happier Backchat content.

    • Watcher

      Hi my name is watcher, and I am proud to be a member of NZ Herald anonymous.

      I have been 24 hours Herald free, and I feel great.

      • Isherman

        Heh, thought I saw through the Watcher avatar, good luck with the programme, we’ll continue to take it for the team and report as required.

        • Watcher

          Heh, you sure did.

      • ex-JAFA

        Oh, THERE you are!

        • Watcher

          I knew I could not hide forever JAFA?
          Must be time for another catchup and a beer.

          • ex-JAFA

            Well, it has been almost a year. I still have no money though :-(

          • Watcher

            mate I am impressed, you don’t find to many people who are broke and still follow the right path.
            You could do a sob story to the Horrid and make a few bucks

          • ex-JAFA

            LOL, I’ve got standards.

      • dgrogan

        Thanks for sharing, W. It gets easier over time, mate. Now and again you’ll lapse, which is normal, but you’ll quickly realise that being Heraldfree is much healthier for you. You’ll save money too. Good luck.

        • Watcher

          Thanks dgrogan, I could not make it through without the support of fellow travellers such as you.
          I woke up in a cold sweat last night, shaking like a leaf, and figured I was suffering withdrawal, then I realised that wifey had turned on the aircon and set it to minus 10. Whew

      • wooted

        Hi, my name is wooted and I haven’t had a Herald for 3 years.

        • Watcher

          Hi Wooted you are my hero.

    • colin herbertson

      another nail in the coffin of the heralds credability,must be ready for burial soon.

      • Isherman

        Just cremate it, why waste good soil space.

        • Watcher

          Fertiliser Isherman, fertiliser.

          • dgrogan

            Potash is a useful fertiliser, no?

    • wooted

      i was impressed by his journalistic skills. A whole article on world terrorism without once mentioning the words “Islam” or “Muslim”

      • Isherman

        Yes, it appears the elephant managed to slip out of the room.

  • Disinfectant

    Todays “Press” carries a story about the Christchurch City Council owned “Red Bus Limited” investing $1.2m in new capital equipment allowing them to cover the whole spectrum of the tourism market from 11 seat Minibuses to the ex-Johnsons Coaches which they have bought.
    This is despite the fact that their audited accounts record a loss of $1.2m over the past two years.
    Presumably this capital came from the rate-payers. Precisely the same rate-payers who are also tour operators. They are being forced to compete against their own capital contribution.
    Next you will see the council running fish & chip shops, plumbing businesses, supermarkets and retail shops.
    When will all this stop. Who’s got the guts in Parliament to step up to the mark and pass some urgently needed legislation to restrict councils’ commercial activities.

  • BW_Lord

    Well done to fairfax/stuff for republishing an entire Charlie Hedbo spread. Maybe not quite time to give up all hope on you yet.
    Even though its through another link, the fact its labeled ‘we stand with Charlie Hedbo’, I think they’ve done their job here.

    • LesleyNZ

      I checked it out and then the English translation. It was quite rude and crude. Charlie Hebdo is certainly not the kind of tabloid I would want to spend money on.

  • Nige.

    to whom it may concern…..

    • BloodyOrphan

      Love that rickosound

  • Grocersgirl

    I cancelled our Herald subscription when it ran out just before Christmas. Not without some sadness as we had been subscribers for 40+ years. Anyway, have just had the phone call, offering me a no strings attached subscription for $7/week. I asked the pleasant young man if he had read the email I sent when I declined to renew my sub. “No ma’am” said he. I told him that we were cancelling because the Herald had deteriorated to a shadow of its former self and was no longer worth the cost of the sub, in our view. “Oh, I quite agree, ma’am” says he, “I don’t blame you at all.’ I was quite taken aback at this and asked him ‘Do you not think the Herald is worth the cost of the sub?’ “Oh I don’t know, I don’t read it,’ he said!

    • willtin

      Just because you buy/bought it, why should he? :-)

    • peterwn

      So even the Herald’s ‘front of house’ staff are feeling disenchanted with Granny.

      • Dave

        Seems its only their repeaters and senior management that are happy, and ZB looks to be heading the same way.

    • Sally

      I have just had a call for another 5 weeks of free delivery. That is twice in 3 months.
      Might as well get it – at least there are the puzzles and some paper to clean the windows with.

      • Grocersgirl

        I thought about that – but we still get the Waikato Times which also has Sudoku, a not very good cryptic and a code cracker. Enough to get the brain revved up before you start the day!

      • LesleyNZ

        They called me too – yesterday. I need some more newspaper for the garden to put under the mulch.

        • cows4me

          I wonder how a paper would go by running straight out articles with no political leanings, just report the story . I would rather a neutral point of view and read comments relating to the story, that’s free speech.

      • Cadwallader

        This type of promotion isn’t unique to the NZ Herald. Our local rag is doing the same sort of thing. I wouldn’t insult fish ‘n’ chips by wrapping them in it.

    • pisces8284 .

      I only read it when staying at a hotel in Auckland, although they are tending not to leave one outside the hotel room door these days. The trees are thanking all you people not getting the Herald anymore – it weighs a ton, not much of it news

  • Michelle

    Listening to Suzie Q full blast, lucky we have no neighbours, love CCR

    • willtin

      ELO

    • JAFA Gazza

      http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5BmEGm-mraE

      My Fav CCR for you Michelle….

      • Nige.

        And heres mine…again.

        cant ever resist when it comes to this song.

        • Michelle

          Proud Mary on radio now

        • Michelle

          Love this as well l have so many CCR on ipod

      • Michelle

        Just heard it on the radio at full volume Love CCR

        Program on Big River radio every Wednesday night the guy gives you the history about the songs and some really good ones you haven’t heard for years and plays the whole song not the 3 minute version l heard the Bob Dylan song that was 8 1/2 minutes long, sadly brain fade means l have forgotten name of song but great to hear it in full

        The show is called Rock Dinosaurs

    • DrFix

      The Blue Velvets -> The Golliwogs -> CCR. Got better all the time.

  • LabTested

    I’ve been on the bike for the last few days here are some random observations:

    #1. State highway 12 through the Waipoua forest is 18km of narrow road with non stop very sharp turns. I got the foot plates on the bike scraping the road (which normally gets me a slap on the back of the helmet). The posted speed limit is 100 – yes there are signs. If it is safe to do 100k in Waipoua why will i be tickets for doing 110 on an Auckland motorway.

    #2. At Ahipara (Ninety Mile Beach) I saw a Toddler (no more than 2) & a 4 yr old running down the road in front of a large 4wd which had Bull bars. The 4Wd was crawling along after them. Now this was not a cul-de-sac, but a main Rd by Ahipara standards. The Toddler turned around, ran back to the Bull Bars. At this point Mum stopped the vehicle , got out, collected the Toddler, then proceeded off again after the 4 year old. I wish I had my phone/camera. This was mum taking the kids for an evening run on the road in traffic.

    #3. Taipa Bay is a beautiful place. along the beach there is a 15m wide strip of grass that beach goers can use for parking or picnicking. A certain transport company seems to have decided this beach reserve is a great place to use for transfer of Trailers. A truck turned up, dropped off its trailer. Then 2 hours latter another came & collected the trailer. Meanwhile People who had rented a batch across the road – & all other beach goers (including overseas tourists) got their holiday view spoiled by what has to be the most arrogant corporate actions I have seen in a long time. -Pics .

    • Dave

      Toll, you have been busted, find a yard, or a quiet back road. Good on you Lab Tested.

    • Tom

      Hope it’s empty, that IS Northland after all

      • ex-JAFA

        It may not have been empty when it was dropped off, but certainly would have been when collected. That *is* Northland, after all!

    • Michelle

      gotta love the place and the Waipoua forest is special l have done the 12km run from Tane Mahuta to the headquarters a few times when they did them but transit put a stop to it so many people wanted to do it
      50kms would be a better speed limit l hope you up through there to Omapere that is the best way to see Omapere

    • mommadog

      Re #2 – When they say kids need more exercise and should not sitting in front of the TV all day I don’t think that was quite what they meant. I have seen a couple of people exercise their dogs this way but kids is a first.

      • Michelle

        Up there is another world, nothing is surprising

  • ozbob68

    I felt bad about slagging off “The Imitation game” last week, so wanted to tell you about “American Sniper”. I saw this last week at a preview and was seriously impressed. Have never read the book it is based on, so can’t vouch for it’s accuracy. Clint Eastwood directs it and manages to weave at least 3 issues faced by servicemen into the story quite cleverly. It’s a movie about how servicemen cope with what they do, without being preachy or a “flag-waver”. Bradley Cooper is extremely good in portraying the emotion going on in his character, and while he is intense, he is not doing the “hey look at me I’m the star” thing that Tom Cruise does so annoyingly. It might get Oscar nods but I don’t think it will win much (Civil rights seems to have it sown up this year).

    If you have an interest in the military or the special forces, or liked “Flag of our fathers”, this is a movie for you.

    • sarahmw

      The guy was amazing and his family are very supportive of the movie. Clint Eastwood shows it as it is. The opening scene ‘re woman and child True! One of the scenarios put to special forces. A second is a long time in a sniper’s world. Read the book very insightful. Sad that he died helping a soldier who had issues.

    • jude

      OK that is two on my list to see:)

      • Garbageman

        Put The Drop on your list as well Jude you wont be disappointed

        • jude

          Will do cheers:)

        • Mags

          That movie stayed with me for a few days. Clever film.

    • Mags

      I loved Bradley Cooper in “silver linings play book” with Jennifer Laurence winning the Oscar a few years back. Actually thought he should have been nominated.

  • Cadwallader

    Does anyone recall the Timaru Herald feature about the poor fat hard done by solo mum in Kelvin Street, Timaru? As it happens I was in Timaru recently and deliberately drove down said street. The pimped-up fat one’s house is easily identifiable from the newspaper photo and its actual appearance. Compared to the neighbouring properties it is a neglected mess. Nothing planted in the garden, little care with the lawns etc…I couldn’t see a bull-terrier though. I bet she won’t ever show her head above the parapets again.

    • HR

      Hey hey hey, easy on the bull terriers! I have a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and I mow my lawns!!

  • WekaLegs

    Our illustrious navy. Aren’t they a military establishment?
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/64927663/navy-unable-to-board-illegal-fishers-boats

  • BloodyOrphan

    Some Sabbath …

  • Dave_1924

    Sky City now doing paid editorial in the Herald making case for the Convention Centre.

    No public funding. Stop whining and build it from your ample resources…..

    http://m.nzherald.co.nz/brand-insight/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503637&objectid=11385169

    • Cowgirl

      Good, they’re getting desperate. Personally I think the government should hold out and see who blinks first. They must think we’re really stupid to not see through this lame PR exercise.

      • Dave_1924

        If Ateed, Sky and the tourism guys think it’s a great idea…which the advertorial implies, they should fund it. Issue bonds, do a rights issue Sky, fund it from cash flow Sky which after a rough look at the numbers Sky can…

        Hate this troughing mentality Sky is displaying not to mention the two faced nature of we will build it for licenses and then about facing to ask for funding as well….

        • Platinum Fox

          ????

          Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Limited (ATEED) is a council-controlled organisation of Auckland Council – it has NO mandate to invest in a casino controlled convention centre.

          • Dave_1924

            Will they shouldn’t be shilling for Sky City then. The whole tenor of the sponsored article is how important it is and how NZ can not not build it. It’s shameless shilling for a corporate that can easily pay for it even when the cost has gone up…. but the cost escalation is all tied up in the changes Sky City wants plus the 5 Star hotel to host it’s high rollers in.

            Thanks for clarifying who Ateed are had no idea

  • jude

    Our youngest daughter was listening to an album called “Music from the Sound” a collection of top songs of the 70’s.
    Now has been downloaded from iTunes store onto husbands iPod:)
    He is very happy:)

    • Isherman

      Every time I hear this I think of the movie The Breakfast Club, must have seen it too often as a youngster.

      • jude

        We still watch the DVD. It is one of our family favs

  • sarahmw

    Just got bought a copy of Charlie Hebdo. $50nz well spent. Just as well I can read French lol

    • Wasapilot

      For the first time in my life, I really wish I paid more attention in the four years of French lessons.

  • BloodyOrphan

    God is Dead? …

    • Dairy_Flat

      Have to admit to being an avid Black Sabbath tragic. Saw them at Vector last year and took the son along to see what awesomeness really is. They still have it in spades.

      • BloodyOrphan

        A grade musos without a doubt

  • jude

    I have discovered I really love tomato juice,spiced. After years of seeing my husband enjoy,and turning my nose up at it, I tried it last month ! and am hooked.
    In a similar vein , my middle daughter found she loves gherkins! They have always been in the fridge, but it took a friend of hers giving her a cheese and gherkin on cracker to change her view:)
    If there are foods out there that you”hate” but have never tried, give it a go:)

    • Dairy_Flat

      Try adding a few drops of Worcester sauce and a couple of drops of Tabasco – my fave non alcoholic beverage.

      • jude

        Yep I use few drops of Tabasco and a bit of cracked pepper! Will try with a drop of Worcester:)

        • Moonroof

          Best way to get pepper and hot sauce fix in morning, modified tomato juice goes great with the toast after an espresso

    • Watcher

      Ah yes I have one Jude.
      Broad beans,always hated em ever since I was about six and my old man made me clear my plate, which took about 3 hours and the beans were dead stone cold….irk..
      Tried em last week raw, dipped in some chillied hummus…still tasted like poohs.

      • JAFA Gazza

        Watcher….really..try this….steam the Broad Beans….then shell tem. put them in the fridge…and after an hour….fry some streaky bacon (no oil) cut into slthers until half cooked….then put the shelled beans in with som finely sliced garlic….salt and ground black pepper to taste and a half cup of white wine (or veggie stok or whatever)…chuck a lid on it for 5 mins…..THE BEST way to eat BB’s……because it has…Bacon! :)

        • Garbageman

          so close was just waiting for the -then throw out the beans part

          • JAFA Gazza

            Ha ha! :) no the insides of the beans are good……sweet and not rubbery at all….try it once….dare ya! :)

          • Watcher

            You are darn right they ain’t rubbery, they are weally weally awful.

          • Garbageman

            Truth is you had me at Bacon

          • JAFA Gazza

            My new “Geek” T SHirst just for you mate!

          • Nige.

            Or wrap each bean in several slices of bacon and shallow whole.

        • pak

          Oh … that sounds delicious! I love broad beans – have some growing in my garden at this very minute and will definitely try this. Thanks.

        • intelligentes candida diva

          It soubds tasty and to be a shorter faster version of Succotash. I have made this Piggy Succotash recipe which has beans in it. It is deelish
          http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/claire-robinson/piggy-succotash-recipe.html

        • JAFA Gazza

          …And for a bit of indulgence…..turn off the heat…let the “stock” evaporate and put two tablespoons of cram in….you could the chuck this into a boiled pasta of your choice ( tagliatelle for me) and Bang! Evening meal! ( I worked as a Sous Chef in a Gastropub in london……that would be 25 Quid … :)

          • pisces8284 .

            Just a random thought, you never see tagliatelle or linguini in supermarkets. Well not Countdown anyway…

          • JAFA Gazza

            Bought both at Pak’n’Save….. :)

          • pisces8284 .

            ‘grabs pyjamas’

          • dgrogan

            OK. Now I get it. He’s a professional.

        • dgrogan

          Wow. Is there no end to the talent of WOBH commenters?

        • jude

          Copied and saved, will try to buck up the courage to try:)

        • Mags

          Only way to get that bitterness out seems to be to peel them. But seems very wasteful when you see the peelings. Good for the compost though.

      • jude

        Ok you have got me there! I have not had broad beans since I was served them up as a kid too! That must have been a unique torture for kids growing up! I will put brussel sprouts up there too:)
        I am a bad mother, I have not given the girls broad beans, the brussel sprouts were edible with a white sauce:)

      • Betty Swallocks

        I’m concerned that you are able to make such a comparison.

    • MaryLou

      Ooh – Bloody Mary’s. On a good deck overlooking the sea.

      Bliss…

    • Michelle

      eggplant l can’t stand the smell and have no desire to taste

      • jude

        I have tried it but it is not one I would eat a lot of.

      • Cowgirl

        It’s bland and starchy so always needs to be salted first because then it picks up other flavours. It’s good in ratatouille, baba ganoush and we have it all the time fried in egg with a soy/vinegar and garlic sauce. It’s yum like that too.

        The most off putting bit for me is the texture when it’s raw, but when salted it goes nice and juicy :)

        • Moonroof

          Salt! Yes, salt! Flavour enhancer throughout the ages. Sea salt or rock salt, not the bitter mineral rubbish found in plastic shakers everywhere.

        • jcpry

          I make baba ganoush when egg plant is at a good price. Have to hide it from the kids when they come home. Same with my hummus.

      • jcpry

        Slice into half a cm thick slices salt, olive oil and Cajun seasoning and the BBQ until done. Sensational.

        • JAFA Gazza

          THAT……works! And it is Seriously good!

        • jude

          I think a whale oil recipe book could be successful!

          • Garbageman

            no no no that wont do at all Jude don’t you know we have a nasty reputation to uphold here, imagine if it got out we were discussing cooking and asstd similar topics- oh the shame

          • jude

            It may raise too much money and we would be helping the team become “rich,capitalist pricks”

          • Betty Swallocks

            We could squabble a lot over whose stewed baby recipe we’d use.

          • dgrogan

            “How to REALLY cook with bacon”.

          • Dave

            First 100 pages, Bacon with …………

          • Grocersgirl

            “How to Cook with Whale Oil” …first, catch your whale…

    • sarahmw

      Cauliflower aaaaaaarrrrrrg just the thought makes me nauseous.

      • jude

        We had it smothered in cheese sauce:)
        I am realising that cheese sauce was used on a lot to get us to eat bland food:)

        • sarahmw

          Lol even smothered in cheese sauce doesn’t do it.

        • Isherman

          Slice it thinly lenghtwise, drizzle with oil, smallest pinch of salt and pop it under the grill till its edges start to go golden, far nicer than boiling or steaming.

      • Moonroof

        Zap in microwave until ‘just’ done with a bit of olive oil and sprinkling of Italian herbs, sea salt, twist of pepper. And grate a bit of parmesan or padano over it once plated. Now edible :)

      • dgrogan

        Try fried cheese (Halloumi, or any soft cheese really) with a cauliflower sauce. Yummmm.

        A bit backwards I know, but it works.

        • JAFA Gazza

          Haloumi is evil. Like beetroot. And Cashew nuts, ;)

          • intelligentes candida diva

            Pan fried in butter haloumi is yummy
            Beetroot is a must in burgers for me. I have been having them in my smoothies and I tried beetroot crisps they were totally gorgeous that Im going to give them a try.
            Cashews I think are over rated. I love pinenuts, macademias and Pistachios

          • pak

            Beetroot crisps are amazing. Just bought myself inexpensive dehydrator and am going to have a go at making them in that.
            Did some dried oranges which were great – went v. crunchy and apples with mixture of spices on worked a treat too. Not overly fond of beetroot juiced but do mix it in with other veg. sometimes. Quite like it grated raw though. How funny we all are with our little preferences!

          • intelligentes candida diva

            I have a dehydrator I do tomatoes every year and store then in jars topped with olive oil.
            I want to try jerky too
            I never thought to do the beet root in the dehydrator I was thinking oven TY

          • pak

            Don’t know how to link but if you google “raw recipe beet chips rawmazing” there is a recipe for making in dehydrator which since you have one, might want to try – she puts cider vinegar/olive oil and Himalayan salt on. Looks tempting from the pic!

          • JAFA Gazza

            oh dear. Beetroot is so so so so so wrong. Its purple. And Haloumi????? Its like Couscous……it tastes like anything you cook it with…… Pfft.

            Not a fan I must say – but y’all enjoy…rubbery cheese…and purple slices ! :)

          • intelligentes candida diva

            Purpke is gooood ☺

          • dgrogan

            Lots of other colours around now, ICD. A bit of GE goes a long way. Might even be a bit of Toad in there as well.

          • Dave

            Roast beetroot is fabulous, just peel, and put in roasting dish with other veges, easy and so tasty, roasting tends to dry it out a bit but still yummy

          • dgrogan

            Roast vegetable salad with baby beets and roasted cashews in chow mien. Evil because you love ’em, right?

          • JAFA Gazza

            You lost me at baby beets. and Cashews. Blllllllllrgh. Evil stuff, – I’ll cook it for others… but it aint neve pasing my lips….. :)

          • Michelle

            squeaky cheese

      • JAFA Gazza

        Steamed cauli – no stalks….with a blue cheese sauce…. OMG!!!

        • Betty Swallocks

          Chuck a few fennel seeds into cauliflower when you’re steaming it, similarly a bit of grated lemon zest in the Brussels sprouts.

      • pisces8284 .

        Cauliflower and blue cheese soup (or broccoli) yum

      • rangitoto

        Cauliflower is much better raw than cooked.

    • intelligentes candida diva

      Celery.
      I can eat it raw but cooked I only use it as part of the French Italian aromatics base.

    • Cowgirl

      I don’t usually hate things without trying them first, but I’m not keen on celery, cooked carrots (don’t mind them raw), parsley, tarragon and I don’t like bitter melon. I also get a bit put off veges that have a dark skin and light inside (something about the contrast bothers me) so I’m weirded out by zucchini for that reason, but will eat it :)

      • pisces8284 .

        Not many foods I don’t like – just celery, raw peppers (so indigestible, why do cafes put them in every salad? – roasted are delicious!) olives and oysters

        • Cowgirl

          Love olives, hate oysters, appear to be allergic to mussels (they make me spew lol), and put raw capsicum in every salad :P

          • pisces8284 .

            Nooooo

        • Alright

          Mrs Alright and I have been a “tight unit” for more than 20 years. The major point of friction? She doesn’t like oysters.

      • dgrogan

        Potatoes too? Surely not.

        • Cowgirl

          No love potatoes – particularly when they are scalloped :)

          • dgrogan

            Potato gratin. Garlic, cream, cheese, salt and pepper and Agria’s. Especially all the crispy bits on top and around the edges!

          • MaryLou

            Oooh – I need to know – can you explain in detail?? Do you just mix it all up?

          • dgrogan

            Boil the peeled spuds gently for a bit – 12 minutes ought to do, although just bang ’em in the microwave for 7 minutes is good. They need to still be a little firm. When cooled a little, slice them lengthways into medallions and layer them to cover the bottom of an oven dish. Salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with finely chopped garlic and some grated Edam and continue to layer up the dish. Splosh over half a small bottle of cream and layer the top with grated cheese. Bake until golden brown and crispy on top. Tuck in.

          • MaryLou

            You’re brilliant. That’s tomorrow sorted then

          • One of my all time favourite dishes. Sometimes I’ll use chicken stock instead of cream, or a blend of both. Fresh thyme is a winner too. My husband is not keen on potatos so this dish is all for me….yum!

          • Grocersgirl

            And if you line the dish with baking paper none of the crispy bits stick to the dish – you can pull the baking paper away from the potato and get to eat every little bit.

          • Cowgirl

            Now you’re talking :)

    • Betty Swallocks

      No particular “won’t eat” foods, but there are one or two folk whose cooking is on my “don’t eat” list. Basically I eat anything that’s moving slower than me.

      • jude

        Love your humor:) I am becoming more adventurous with age.
        Although see below re comments about broad beans!

        • Betty Swallocks

          I wasn’t actually joking Jude (not about the “don’t eat” list anyway)

      • Cadwallader

        I refuse to eat kidneys and liver.

        • Betty Swallocks

          Nothing wrong with either, but I appreciate that some people have preferences. Last time the dullard in-laws came to stay with us, it was their bad luck to arrive during Offal Week at our place. Monday was lamb’s liver flash-fried then braised in onion gravy, Tuesday was kidney risotto, Wednesday was crumbed sweetbreads, and they went home on the Thursday.

          • Cadwallader

            Offal week or awful week?

          • Betty Swallocks

            Awful for the inlaws because they weren’t keen on it, awful for me because I’m not keen on ferals.

          • spanishbride

            I’ll come Wednesdays, yum. Sweetbreads are almost as good as lambs brains.

          • Betty Swallocks

            I’ll invite you down next time I have Offal Week.

        • Michelle

          Liver and bacon with kidney thrown in as l don’t like heart
          Best done fresh from killing sheep for lunch, good for the iron levels, love it
          Throw in onion and make gravy yum but everyone is different

    • jcpry

      Boiled pumpkin, carrots or sweet potato. Cannot stand any of them. Roasted or in soup or raw in the case of carrots it’s a different story.

    • Cadwallader

      If you are having a steak and don’t feel like a red wine tomato juice without ice does the trick. Lovely stuff.

  • sarahmw

    Quote: although in French Stuff has republished the pages in a show of solidarity with Charlie Hebdo and in support of freedom of expression unquote. Well then and waiting waiting Herald.

    • Watcher

      Don’t hold your breath Sarah.
      They are frightened. I guess they are also now secure in the knowledge they no longer belong to the 4th estate, they can hide under the bed knowing they don’t have to peek out at the monster.
      Cowards.

  • Carl

    I’m not good with this stuff but my thoughts go out to the family in Christchurch who lost there baby from what it seems to something that the teenage babysitter who is 5 months pregnant did. Rip little one and your family who must be struggling as there grief showed through what they posted. Kia kaha.

  • Amanda Atkinson

    The cops only wrote 14 tickets in the whole of NZ for between 101 and 104 kph over the holiday period. So …. everyone was throwing their toy and having hissy fits over nothing. Funny how it’s all quite on that topic now. Loving Cameron’s info on Andrew Little. Duncan on Radio Live today basically said he has find another tree to bark up because he is hell bent on hammering the economy, but, what is there to critise? No trickle down is about all the left can come up with. That rubbish ended badly for them because most people (middle New Zealand) don’t believe it, and don’t care. Most new cars sold in annual year for 30 odd years last year? That’s a pretty good sign that middle New Zealand is just fine. Imagine if that lot was in charge.

    • Hard1

      I believe that 14 tickets total did not include speed cameras. Update soon from the police.

  • BloodyOrphan

    The thousand names of God …

  • Nige.

    Never ceases to amaze me the amount of people that leave their cars running while in a drive through. Statisticly I guess 1 in 8 vote green.

  • BloodyOrphan

    Sing the Blues …

  • Alright

    For Jude’s daughter…

    Seeing she likes 70s music ask her about this…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqLTe8h0-jo

    • BloodyOrphan

      Amazing voice that Pharell

    • jude

      You just posted one of her favorite covers of a well loved classic :)

      • Alright

        So its confirmed. She is a classy young woman.

        • jude

          She grew up with long drives to Hastings listening to that music ha ha!!

          • Alright

            Its now referred to as as a good education…

          • Alright

            Ask her what she thinks of this Dr Seuss’ inspired magic…

    • mommadog

      It was fun watching and naming all the singers but I’m stuck on one. Who is the red head at 1.05?

      • Alright

        Mrs Alright will know (but currently asleep). You only missed one!. I only recognised the Lion!

  • pisces8284 .

    Mr P’s credit card was declined yesterday. He tried it 3 times without success. Luckily we had another, but it was somewhat embarrassing. I messaged Kiwibank and got this reply today
    Yesterday there was an issue with transactions made, using chipped cards, through
    Paymark Eftpos terminals. Because Paymark provide Eftpos services to
    businesses across NZ this issue affected customers from all banks.
    I apologise if this caused you any inconvenience, the issue was being worked on yesterday and should now be resolved.
    Anyone else have a problem yesterday? I haven’t read anything about it anywhere, would be tough if you didn’t have another card

    • pak

      I had same problem couple of weeks ago. It is embarrassing and earned me an unwelcome comment from shop assistant. I don’t have another card so could not purchase items. Went elsewhere to get what i wanted and no problem at all so must have been merchant’s machine. Was not well pleased as had plenty of funds in account and not encountered any problems before using chipped card which have had for several years.

    • LabTested

      yes – checking out of the hotel yesterday. 3 different cards declined. All debit cards so knew there were funds in the accounts. Very embarrassing – particularly when you get the ‘yea – right’ look from the receptionist.

      • Aucky

        Had the same experience with a BNZ Visa card at Countdown yesterday. Got it through on the third go but pretty embarassing in front of a queue of thousands.

    • caochladh

      Paymark, who manage electronic transactions, performed some upgrades on Monday evening which resulted in active and valid cards declining. The trouble was, they forgot to tell everyone and as a result a truckload of cards have been replaced as it was thought the magnetic strips or chips were faulty.

      • pisces8284 .

        You couldn’t make it up really could you?

    • Dave

      We have our EftPos on a virtual analogue line over the NBN (national broadband network). It has worked perfectly on copper but not any more, it times out often owing to the extra time it takes to connect. This means missed connections, and numerous attempts to get approval, we have told telstra / NBN to fix it by Friday or remove the NBN. With the technology available it’s ridiculous they have stuffed up so badly, but Telstra in Aussie are the worst service organisation in the world!

  • BloodyOrphan

    In the name of Tragedy …

  • BloodyOrphan

    What it’s like …

  • BloodyOrphan

    Stone in my hand …

  • ex-JAFA

    Tip for trendy people on a tight budget: to make kale, just tear off the outer leaves of an iceberg lettuce and leave in the sun for two days.

    • Chris EM

      Does that make it taste horrible and bitter? Like kale?

      • Mags

        Just had some kale for tea and decided to eat it up all at once at the start then finish with the tasty part of the meal. I feel like a kid again.

        • Chris EM

          I still do that, too. Old habits die hard.

        • intelligentes candida diva

          Kale chips are good
          Ensure kale is dry and place leaves on oven tray dribble some olive oil over then a mixture of your fav spices
          E.g cajun seasoning paprika and salt n pepper
          Cumin seeds, tumeric and a touch of cinammon salt n pepper
          Oregeno and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese
          Bake in mod oven till crispy
          Great for healthy work snack

          • pisces8284 .

            I think only cooking them for a little while is the trick, otherwise they taste burnt

          • pak

            Love these – also like with coconut oil and chilli flakes/Celtic salt. Cumin mixture sounds good.

      • ex-JAFA

        I’m only going off the appearance of the stuff on my lawn. I haven’t tried it yet, but can’t imagine it’d taste any worse. And I’d look trendy as.

      • mommadog

        There are two rules for Kale –
        1. Never use the thick stem in the middle. Pull the leaves off around it.
        2. Kale is bitter in summer because its actually a winter food. It needs a good frost to sweeten it. So in summer freeze it for at least a couple of hours (this applies whether home grown or store bought). Freezing has the same effect as a good frost and will make it taste better. I grow some in my veg garden and always freeze it in plastic bags after washing it and puling the leaf off the middle stem. Then when I want to add it to my smoothies I just break some of the frozen leaves off whatever is in the freezer.

        • pak

          Never heard that before about freezing kale – will definitely be doing in future. Many thanks for tip!

      • Alright

        I bet it does! I prefer tripe!

    • dgrogan

      But yore still left with those revolting Iceberg yellow leaves in the middle; that hang around in the refrigerator crisper draw for a week and then get the biff, right?

      • ex-JAFA

        The yellowish ones aren’t too bad on burgers if you still have some of the crisp white bits.

      • JAFA Gazza

        Slice the lettice in alf. take the yellow bits out…finely slice…..heat a wok VERY high and have a cup of chicken stok handt….slice some mushrooms and a bit of chilli..throw the mushies in until they go golden brown…. stuff the lettuce in …one minute,,,,throe the stock ing….and finish with a tablespoon of cream…. bang. Lettuce and mushroom soup.

        • dgrogan

          Now you tell me. I can’t bear to think of all those yellow lettuce leaves I’ve wasted. Thanks for the tip, Gazza.

        • Alright

          I have just asked Mrs Alright if i can have a pair of her panty hose. She said no.

        • Alright

          Jafa Gazza. Is it you who delights in sticking it up the greens by driving a high-powered BMW (see above post re ex-Jafa)?

          • JAFA Gazza

            Absolutely! 7 series …. :)

    • Alright

      Mrs Alright circumvents the sun bit and puts it straight in the oven. It tastes dreadful!

      • ex-JAFA

        Well, if she’s using the oven, that’s hardly the budget version now, is it?

        • Alright

          Nup. You are correct. This is about some curious health kick. Nothing to do with contemporary economics.

        • Alright

          PS: are you still driving a Beemer to annoy the greens?

          • ex-JAFA

            Crikey! Where did that come from?? Do you know who I am? No, the Beamer fell apart three years ago. VW now.

          • Alright

            Bloody Germans. I may have my JAFA’s mixed up here.

            PS We have a 2014 Golf. And you?

          • ex-JAFA

            2011 Polo. Technically a Czech car, but branded as German.

          • Alright

            Bought a 2011 VW Cross Polo new. Brilliant car.

          • ex-JAFA

            Mines not Cross. It’s actually very happy, with its 7-speed DSG gruntasaurus. Far too many tickets on the SH27 straights :-)

  • Alright

    For “children” of any age..

    Dr Seuss genius..

    • dgrogan

      Wow. That felt pretty good. Nice production.

      • Alright

        Neat, eh. Inspirational actually. Play it to some young kids. They are mesmerized by it.

        • jude

          My daughter enjoyed this too, thank you for posting :)

          • Alright

            You are both lovely.

    • Phill

      I love Dr Seuss
      Inspirational words.
      Thanks heaps for posting this.

      • Alright

        Cheers Phill. Me too. He was incredibly clever. I don’t think he ever grew up (became cynical). And I still love Green Eggs and Ham, My son is called Sam (I am).

    • Mags

      Thanks for that. Loved it.

  • Michelle

    CNN just said they won’t show the cover of this weeks Charlie Hedbo picture on tv, they have caved in as well

    • sarahmw

      That can’t be right I saw it on CNN. That’s how I knew what was on the cover. Couple days ago.

  • jude

    I have loved this backchat. Not just for sharing of the recipes, but the willingness to share preparation tips!
    I am going to have to come back tomorrow and copy and paste some more:)
    Night night from me!!

    • Nige.

      Be sure to bookmark in formative nights like this.

  • Alright

    This site is going pear shaped. If you scroll down its turned into a medium for debate about fruit and veg (and offal!). I mean, why tempt us with food we are too poor to buy?

    • Isherman

      The funny thing is, here you have a nominally ‘right’ leaning blog that can help people out with practical solutions and ideas, even for $3 worth of vegetables, and yet you try and find any evidence of the same thing happening in the comments of the more socialist blogs, who I thought were supposedly all about such community mindedness etc. The irony is not lost on me.

      • Alright

        Totally right Isherman. But when did left wing blogs really give a fig (pun intended) about feeding the “poor”? ….When Hell froze over last time. For the Left its a political game. For me? I’d put money in the pocket of someone who was genuinely in need.

    • spanishbride

      Mmmmmmmmm offal. My Mum used to do amazing things with it. We ate sheep hearts, lambs brains, kidneys, chicken hearts and giblets ( my favourite so chewy best with lemon juice )

      • Alright

        That was back in the day…now you need to take out a third mortgage to buy any part of a lamb.

        • Aucky

          Not necessarily. Lamb legs are regularly specialed for about $13 per kg. We pulled one out of the freezer on Sunday for dinner and I had the last of it in sandwiches today. Six dinners and two lunches for $25 (the veggies came out of the garden) and the neighbours have one happy dog. Top value.

          • Alright

            Will explore. What part of NZ do you live in? And what type of veggies do you grow?

          • Aucky

            In Auckland – lamb legs have been specialed over the last few months at Mad Butcher, Nosh, Countdown and Pak n Save at prices ranging from $11.99 to $13.99 a kg. We’ve had three or four and there’s a couple in the freezer. Mrs Aucky is the gardening guru of the family and grows the usual stuff – spuds, beans, peas,toms, salad stuff and herbs.

            Like you we would not have bought the lamb at regular pricing.

      • Aucky

        Lambs fry and BACON!!

    • Cadwallader

      Little Angry is going to change the world as we know it so soon you’ll have all the $$$ you need to eat like a billionaire!

  • Sooty

    Just got home from work at 3.30am, how am I going to read 303 posts? It would keep me up till day break, so I am going to bed.

    • Alright

      ….it is out of control! Too popular!

  • Hard1

    Several million people are expected tol attend an open air mass on Sunday, when the Pope will attend an open air mass in Manilla.

    “Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, said he expected the Pope to deliver a message on climate change – to which some experts have partly attributed the storm.

    Asked whether the Pope would address issues such as inequality, reproductive rights and divorce, he said: “His ministry is not to invent new teachings but he is quite sensitive – he wants to bridge the teachings of the Church with the new realities that we are facing.””

    I would hope that the Pope can forego the climate change speech and address the poverty that goes with having seemingly unlimited children. It is this issue that most directly involves The Vatican over the years, it’s intransigence over birth control and divorce. One statement from this man could make a huge positive difference. Does he have the courage?.

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