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  • intelligentes candida diva

    Having a “wee” Woodstock session and ironically some music has come full circle

    Buffalo Springfield – Stop Children What’s That S…: http://youtu.be/bjSpO2B6G4s

    • yossarian

      What a group…..Young, Stills, Crosby….among others. One of the greats.

      • JJ

        Maybe not Crosby

        • yossarian

          1967.

      • intelligentes candida diva

        This is beautiful highlights their voices and harmony is sweet Crosby Stills and Nash – suite @ Woodstock and it was their second time for concert performances

        Crosby, Stills & Nash (Live) – Suite: Judy Blue …: http://youtu.be/-azgwfnZu7c

        • yossarian

          I am a Hendrix fan. I know he sang at Woodstock (a group with gypsies in their name?) but I really go for “All Along the Watchtower” (a Dylan original) and “The Wind Cries Mary”. Unfortunately I don’t know how to link to them off this iPad.

          • George Costanza

            “…..introduced the group as the Jimi Hendrix Experience, but Hendrix clarified: “We decided to change the whole thing around and call it Gypsy Sun and Rainbows. For short, it’s nothin’ but a Band of Gypsys”

          • intelligentes candida diva

            Do you have a share icon on your you tube item if so click on that and copy to clipboard then paste into your comment

    • WeaselKiss

      Woodstock moment?
      This morning I watched Joe singing ‘With a little help….’ at WS.
      Teared up.
      Don’t mind admitting it.

      • intelligentes candida diva

        Not long saw that one rockin body Joe great voice :-)
        This Santana number is one of my top 5 favourites
        Santana – Soul Sacrifice 1969 “Woodstock” Live Vi…: http://youtu.be/AqZceAQSJvc

    • Carl

      Was not even born but I just love her songs.

      • intelligentes candida diva

        Anyone who appreciates music can enjoy Woodstock music, diversity and free spiritedness (maybe bought on by the drugs for some)
        :-)

        • sarahmw

          Have the original soundtrack album. Bliss.

    • Dave

      My Favourite and some history

      From Wiki “Joni Mitchell wrote the song from what she had heard from then-boyfriend, Graham Nash, (Crosby Stills Nash and Young) about the Woodstock Music and Art Festival. She had not been there herself, since she was told by a manager that it would be more advantageous for her to appear on The Dick Cavett Show. She wrote it in a hotel room in New York City, watching televised reports of the festival. “The deprivation of not being able to go provided me with an intense angle on Woodstock,”

      Original by Joni Mitchell http://youtu.be/cRjQCvfcXn0

      My fav covered by Iain Matthews http://youtu.be/h-Ro5OAFaxM

  • rantykiwi

    More quality journalism from the Herald with this wee gem.

    Caravan rolls and crashes on Northland motorway.

    I’m not aware of Northland having any motorways, and certainly not in the vicinity of Kaiwaka. Or have I missed something, and National’s “holiday highway” has miraculously appeared overnight?

    • Dave

      Attrociously written article by an unamed repeater. I note the caravan managed to get on th emotorway unaided, no mention of the tow vehicle or driver. Oh dear…..

  • Carl

    Hopefully sooner rather than later.

  • Nige.

    Its Sunday. Im feeling light hearted after a great weekend.

    I think its time everyone named there cats and how many they have and if possible a photo.

    Mine are named Jumpy and Brooke.

    Ah. That feels better now that i have come out as being a cat owner.

    • rantykiwi

      2 cats, uniquely named and far too well known around my work for me to post photos here – some of my comments would be career limiting if my bosses could attribute them to me.

      • intelligentes candida diva

        Can relate to that and had one white cat. He was regal looked after his mums next litter when she wasnt around.
        He got hit by a speedster one morning before work, it still gives me a feeling of loss thinking about him, he was beautiful

    • MaryLou

      We have Missy. Really, it should have been Madam. Used to have Podgy and Skinny, but now only the one, who was totally uninvited, just turned up and harassed the boys to death!

      • Betty Swallocks

        We have a Missy as well. Her claim to fame is that as a kitten, during the September 2010 earthquake, she ran into the kitchen in panic right through the large pool of Cointreau from the full bottle that broke as it fell out of the drinks cabinet. After she’d licked her paws clean she slept for nearly 72 hours.

        • MaryLou

          Haha! Lucky she hasn’t taken a permanent liking to the stuff!

    • DemocKot

      Our cat here is called Democ or DIm which is smokey in Russian which he is!!!

    • STAG

      Oscar, (Russian blue, almost) shy, sketish possibly damaged.

      Molly, Brindle mad, bad and dangerous to know. Complete *****. Terrifies the kids.

      • sarahmw

        Lol yes our Russians are definitely odd. We are very honored we are allowed to live in their abode.

    • Greg M

      Fat Henry.

      • MaryLou

        I like that one. Call it as you see it!

    • willtin

      We used to have a cat named Buddha – Je suis Mikey

    • jude

      Leo in photo. We also have Snitch and a ginger cat called “pig’ Snitch is the cute little one

    • Iva b ginn

      Our two that have turned up are Bo & Jack both are black as.

    • Reaper

      We have rodent control expert Loki (named after the Norse god of mischief), and the rather unfortunate-looking Mog. Believe it or not, the pic is of her enjoying a tummy rub.

      • Mags

        Your cat looks evil.

        • Reaper

          That’s her ‘cute’ look!

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      I had a stray a couple of years ago that snuck under my house and had five kittens…
      I’d tell you what happened to them, but I’d guarantee to upset someone [unless Gareth Morgan was reading today].

    • Papillon

      My master’s name is Fidget. She is lovely, but a typical cat, in that she is fickle, demanding and a picky eater.

    • 1951

      The-cat-who-thinks-he’s-a-Lab is called Lochie ‘cos his surrogate Mum (the Lab) is Ness. [I have tried to down-load photo but it’s too bigger ask]

      • jude

        That is very clever:) I know of a pet cat and dog called pepsi and cola.

    • DrFix

      Taking the cat to the vet

      • 1951

        Not even Cam is that bad.

        • Oh yes he is.

          • Dave

            I imagine his version would have much longer thread, so no escape is possible!

          • 1951

            Well, we can’t have that. We will just have to keep up with the re-programming until we soften his stone-cold heart.

    • Bluemanning

      Ours came in through the cat door one day we call her Pushy cause she is; below are her details; Mrs Blue wasn’t happy.
      http://www.007james.com/characters/pussy_galore.php

    • sarahmw

      Two Russians Vladimir and Maximilliun, one part British Winston.

    • Ginny

      Hi, i’m Ginny, i have my own avatar and my own cat door to come and go as i please. My folks sometimes go away for a few weeks and leave me in charge. The neighbours are very good and check on me regularly. Life is pretty good at my place

    • Steve (North Shore)

      I found this:

    • Kimy and Dash. Kimy named after Kim in Kath & Kim because she’s a ‘little B’. AKA Princess. No photo but a common as muck tabby and white. She’s beautiful, demanding at times, gracious and gentle. A mum’s girl.
      Dash. A male tabby. My favourite type of cat. He’s rotund and very cuddly. AKA Bruiser/Tiger/Teddy Bear/Doofus. All dependant on whether he’s feeling ferocious or cuddly. We got him from the spca and it wasn’t till we got him home we realised he had half a tail! Which is how we figure he got his name. A dad’s boy.
      Can you tell our cats are spoilt?

    • ex-JAFA

      This is Hillary. Just a standard DMH, but with a lovely personality. She won’t eat unless I’m standing next to her, presumably keeping an eye out for danger.

    • Murray Smith

      Have a jet black fixed male cat named Winston.

    • Isherman

      A Manx called bubbles (pictured) Ginger the domestic shorthair and Sky the Abyssinian

      • Isherman

        See if this one works properly, in the pic above you need to tilt head to left..look for the two eyes, she does a great camo job in tussock grass.

    • ZERO cats. After having had cats for nearly 30 years, I’ve come to discover a number of things. 1) one lived 22 years. It is an indecent amount of time to hang around ;) 2) they do more damage in and around the home than dogs, and 3) turns out I’m allergic to their fur. After decades of assuming it was part of my dust/hayfever issues, being cat free has suddenly revealed that cat fur sets off very itchy eyes.

    • Watcher

      Cats and my good self are mortal enemies!
      There is only one good one Nige…sorry pal.

      • Nige.

        no need to apologize. We are just talking about cats!

    • Dave

      Meet Pookie, a very lean black cat, who is both a hunter, and a very affectionate pet. He can be demanding when hungry, but always rewards with his affection and company. The downside, he attempts to keep the severe overpopulation of small doves under control, we find the remains stashed somewhere in the garden. And he shares his catch of mice and rats with us, even though he prefers to play with them than kill them. Despite fresh water twice daily, he prefers puddles or drinking from the bird bath. This cat is well travelled, he has lived in Auckland, Sydney, Central QLD, here and always travels Cat Class!

    • LovetoTeach

      New kitten, name of Oscar, thinks he’s an agility dog. Loads of fun

    • Murray Smith

      Truth

    • Spiker

      We had a cat. It was grey so we called it mouse.

    • Wendy

      This is Maisie…a blonde in every sense of the word

      • MaryLou

        Ohh – she’s beautiful. Not your street-grade moggie, huh?

        • Wendy

          She is a Burman, but there is nothing feline or graceful about her. She is just a big spazz (like her mother).

          • MaryLou

            Meh, when you’re that cute, who needs graceful?!!

    • wooted

      Two Orienals, Lulu & Snoopy

  • George

    It was reported in Stuff this morning, Labour’s front bencher Carmel Sepuloni claims that she sees no evidence of the 12,000 people, who are no longer on the benefit, being in employment. “You see an increasing number of people out on the street begging so you have to wonder whether or not they are just not complying with Work and Income NZ and again not accessing any finacial support from the state or employment”. So according to her we have 12,000 additional beggars on our streets. Did I hear Little say that “Sepuloni has returned as a more mature force”. Regret that assesment, do we Andrew? The fact she was one of the few Caucus members to vote for Little perhaps indicates her nieveity.

    • taurangaruru

      The 12000 additional beggars are all from “Rufus Painter’s” extended family apparently.

    • caochladh

      It makes me sick that MSM continually publish the unverified rubbish that people like Caramel pull out of their backsides. For gods sake, is it too hard to ask the idiots for the source data.

    • jude

      We have a few more begging on Lambton Quay.
      It really makes me so angry There was one person begging, who didn’t even bother with a sign, just sat with cap in front of him on the footath.Across the road ,there are people who busk. I make a point of giving change to them .
      In fact, I withdrew cash at countdown to give our local busker at the mall:)

      • rantykiwi

        I think I accidentally kicked no-sign-man’s cap when staggering back to the hotel from Courtenay Place the last time I was in Wellywood.

  • PhantomsDoc
    • johcar

      Don’t know about that, but this is definitely the warmest January this year!

    • The Accountant

      Thought map of the day looked a bit scary. Guess you need to acknowledge that one swallow does not make global warming.

      • Nige.

        Just as the socialists look at some of our beliefs (as in the need to discipline our children physically at times amongst others) and shake THEIR heads, so too must we NON socialists. Difference is that they have political correct, must not offend, msm as a tool.

    • JC

      NOAA gives us the full treatment about being the hottest year evah!.. but then come the qualifications..

      The margin of error plus or minus is double the so called increase in temp.

      The chance of being the hottest year is only 48%.

      NOAA’s description of that 48% chance of the hottest year is “more unlikely than likely” to be true.

      And so it goes for ocean temps as well.. a big splash on the front page that isn’t supported by the facts.

      Thats AGW folks.. all front page but not backed up in the detail that few read.

      JC

      • PhantomsDoc

        Sorry Jc, but the chance is only 38% which makes is a lot less likely than 48%.

  • Wallace Westland

    Paul Little’s socialist ramblings in the Herald are usually taken with a grain of salt but todays diatribe was unbelievable.
    A rant about the Waterview connection and that the over pass pylons are visible and a few Pohutakawas are for the chop.
    Seriously? Diddims!
    This idiot sits at home and writes his tripe for a living. The rest of us go to work and/or are required to travel around Auckland daily.
    Each week I drive approx. 700-1000 k’s as a part of my job.
    I can’t wait for Waterview to open and the Causeway widening to be complete.
    Many people that live on the Shore and commute to South Auckland industrial areas will get off the Northern and take the new route.
    Trucks travelling south will by pass the Harbour Bridge and constant snarl up and Gilles Ave.
    It’s going to be awesome and the whinging Little socialist is howling about a couple of trees.
    This is typical of the left. They live in a time warp and want the rest of us to as well.
    I like trees, I just don’t think we’re running out of them!

    • OneTrack

      If Helen hadn’t demanded a tunnel, Waterview Sh20 would already be open by now.

      • Wallace Westland

        That’s dead right and because of her pandering to the snivelling liberals and greenies and the Nimbys the project has cost the NZ taxpayer billions more than it could have.
        Following on from that the gross stupidity of the conceptual designs for a second harbour crossing on the shore.
        A bridge has been ruled out as “unsightly and a blot on the landscape”
        Do the idiots that make these assessments have half a brain?
        I realise because I work in the industry that the public submissions on these projects are mostly from those against and that those against are also the ones sitting at home sucking on the taxpayers tit however have these mental midgets not seen how many tourists flock to…..gee let me think….
        The Sydney Harbour Bridge, ummmmm The Golden Gate Bridge…and god forbid…a hell of a lot of people actually take photos of….tah dah..
        The Auckland Harbour Bridge.
        But noooooooo we have to endure twenty more years to see if we can ever get the funds for a tunnel.

        • rantykiwi

          There are the same idiots who want the new crossing to be beteween the same roads as the existing bridge…. so the congestion either side will remain. A new crossing (yes, agreed it should be a bridge) should leverage the Waterview works and run from the end of Pt Chev across to Kauri Point (already public land) and punch through Glenfield Road to meet up with SH16 somewhere near Rosedale.

          • Wallace Westland

            Completely agree. And instead of the moronic proposal for the Albany Highway which if you don’t know is they are doing the widening but what most of us weren’t aware of is they are going to make it a T2 bus lane.
            Auckland Transport still ramming it’s public transport garbage philosophy driven by Loopy Len down our throats.

          • sheppy

            Oh deepest joy, money spent by the few to benefit the few. The sooner these morons are replaced with people that live the life the rest of us lead the better

  • Ilovelife

    What’s happened to Bloke in Takapuna…has he been banned again?

    • 1951

      Nah, he’s probably out as it’s great weather for the man-kini.

    • intelligentes candida diva

      I was thinking where is nervus and Albanyguy >he did those clever stick cartoons

      • [MOD] I really don’t want to discuss these things front of house. If I confirm or deny, people will want to know more details, and in some cases people have just left, and it is none of your business, and other cases they are blocked, and the exact reason is none of your business.
        Let’s just accept that if they aren’t here, the can’t be or they don’t want to be. That’s about as clear as we can get.

        • Ilovelife

          Fair enough. Didn’t mean to be rude. I guess I was just asking after an old hypothetical friend

  • jude

    Family night at movie about to watch the imitation game! Later

    • InnerCityDweller

      About to sit down for a marathon session of “The Fall” on netflix. InnerCityDwelleresse is addicted

      • Cowgirl

        Oh ‘The Fall’ is fantastic – we were both hooked after 1 episode. Eagerly awaiting season 2 soon…since it seems I have to wait till April for new GoT.

        • intelligentes candida diva

          I mentioned your name last night Cowgirl as the credits rolled past on The Hobbit, I hadnt realised BC was in it. In the same conversation was that we are eagarly awaiting the next season of GOT. We are doing a mini omnibus before new season first and last episodes of each season to date, such good viewing

          • Cowgirl

            Oh yes, he puts his glorious voice to good use in that one.

            We got through GoT (all 4 seasons) in just a couple of weeks – it’s sooo addictive – although we were watching in a family room and some of the scenes were excruciating to watch with my 83 year old mother-in-law in the room lol. I don’t know how I will wait till April – I’m dying to see if my theories about the gorgeous Jon Snow will pan out :)

          • la la land

            I read somewhere he has had a haircut which doesn’t bode well for his future on the show…

          • Cowgirl

            Yes he was contractually obliged not to cut it for the duration of the show I think, but may have had time to grow it again between seasons, or they may do it with a wig ;)

      • Geoff

        Watch The Killing, it’s one of the best series I’ve seen on Netflix.

        • sarahmw

          The final 6 episodes that ties it all up.

        • InnerCityDweller

          Oh yes. We watched series 1 on reg. TV, then the moment we netflixed we marathoned through the other 3 series. Good stuff indeed. Lots of foreign language stuff we enjoy too, like Wallander. I can confirm we’re up to episode 5 of 6 of The Fall. Finale tomorrow night.

      • sarahmw

        Glad to see another Netflix convert. Have just watched season 5 of Hot in Cleveland hillarious, tvland and 2 x Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas specials. Amazon’s Transparent amazing season 1. Given up on nz tv repeat repeat repeat , old shows. The Fall we enjoyed and waiting for 3rd season. Vikings 3rd season Feb.

  • The Accountant

    Must be hard being a moderator. You need to ensure people don’t cross a line of decency without stifling freedom of speech. But that leaves a great deal of grey in what we all want to be a black and white world.

    • sheppy

      I’d say they needed several medals each during the dirty politics saga

  • johcar

    “Pre-schooler drownings on the rise” (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11388252)

    But nowhere in this typically badly written article does it state where these drownings are occurring – and they have used nice vague percentages rather than actual numbers.

    This is a particularly annoying subject for me, because the Auckland City Fun Police recently discovered, using aerial photography, that the pool in my backyard (which has been in the ground for some 30-40 years) didn’t have a pool fence. The backyard was already fenced off from the street and the neighbours – but that wasn’t good enough for the Fun Police! So of course we were forced to spend $4K+ for a fence we don’t need which has destroyed the utility of our back yard.

    Also needless to say (but I will anyway), in the 15 years we have been at this property, we have had our kids safely grow up (no drownings), neighbourhood kids come over for a swim (no drownings), numerous BBQ’s and other parties (no drownings).

    Perhaps if people took responsibility for the supervision of their children – among many other things – we wouldn’t have our personal liberties curtailed…

    • MaryLou

      Yes, and more parents making use of the free learn to swim programmes. We have a public pool just down the road, and there are always 10+ years olds in there with long pants and long sleeve shirts (and their parents) – who clearly have no idea how. If it’s free, there’s really no excuse, just neglect. In NZ it’s nothing short of foolhardy not to make sure your kids can swim well.

      As for pre-schoolers – I know it seems insensitive, and I know they’re fast, but they shouldn’t be anywhere near water without an adult in arms reach and actively supervising.

      • Reaper

        Yesterday there was an article on a grandmother calling for better water education after her 11yo grandson, who had never taken swimming lessons, drowned. “She said she would like to see more children given swimming lessons” etc. Of course, I am sorry for her loss, but there are swimming lessons available, you just have to take the children to them.

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11387636

        • The Accountant

          And, at the risk on insensitivity, parental responsibility to teach your own or ensure they are taught. I didn’t bother waiting for my kids. We live on a bloody island!

        • Wallace Westland

          No no no. She meant she wants you and me to pay for the lessons and take them there.
          It’s our responsibility not…ummm…no…hang on a minute…

        • Dave

          Whatever happened to self responsibility, and 99% of kids learn to swim at school !!

          • I.M Bach

            Unfortunately a lot of school pools have been ripped out; too costly to update and maintain etc, plus the liability. The primary my two attended didn’t have one but my ex and I made the effort and took them to lessons elsewhere. Glad we did.

          • Dave

            I wasn’t aware so many were being removed. Our kids went to school in the Porirua basin, one of the three schools in the cluster had a pool, and all three paid for the upkeep, it worked well. However, then parental responsibility kicked in, our kids could swim prior to school, lessons started at 2 years old, they were swimming very well a while later. My grandson started lessons at one.

          • I.M Bach

            From a 2011 Stuff article; “The closure of almost 300 school swimming pools in the past decade has been linked to New Zealand’s horror youth drowning rate.” Sad but true.

            http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/4651484/Loss-of-school-pools-linked-to-drownings

          • ex-JAFA

            A distant relative of mine was concerned that there were no school pools in her area, so set up her own swim school based at her home. It was very successful, but she had to close when her spine fell off (or something like that), and is now championing a campaign to get a public pool built.

          • I.M Bach

            Her spine fell off? How does that happen?

          • ex-JAFA

            I don’t know what the actual problem was, but it involved back surgery and meant a permanent cessation of some activity. In the absence of knowledge of the facts, I thought my description sufficed.

      • sarahmw

        One of the first things we gave our child was swimming lessons because we lived by the sea.

    • sheppy

      We had a similar issue when we bought our house. We have to have a separate fenced off play area for the children we don’t have and we aren’t allowed a washing line in our garden in case we get distracted from playing with our non existent children. Obviously any visiting children are free to go for a relaxing swim in the unfenced harbour any time they please….

    • Dave

      Appreciate your perspective johcar, but im disagreeing with you there. Its a well accepted fact that in Aussie, fencing pools saves lives, drowing in domestic pools has dropped considerably in every state where Pools have to be fenced. Granted, most property owners and parents are responsible enough but not always so, some children drown at a relatives or friends when they are just visiting, and a lot of drownings happen when a child accesses a pool from the house, just like they could from your home. We operate our business in the pool / leisure industry in Australia, and all pool safety products in our business carry a very small margin so they are affordable. If we come across a gate not working, we cable tie it shut, and if a fence is badly broken, we will not service the property again until it is fixed and in some cases we have given the property owner a deadline for repairs or we would call the council. This is normally when hte pool is totally open to the street. I view the necessity of Pool Fencing, the same as seat belts in cars, I never ever needed one, I was a great driver!

      http://www.ombo.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/5752/IP_CDRT01_Private-Swimming-Pools.pdf

      • johcar

        Yeah, the Fun Police Inspector used the seat belt analogy too, but I couldn’t relate it to pool safety. Pools are static and situations are controllable, unlike traffic.

        For me, it’s the usual scenario: a few idiots spoiling it for the rest.

  • Alright

    A question?

    Some commentators apparently believe that “liberalism” equates to Left Wing and is the opposite to Conservative (or in New Zealand terms Labour and National).

    If you do I suggest you check out the word “Liberal” on Wikipedia. I know its not the grammatical bible, but it (according to my definition) provides a good steer.

    As my posting name suggests I’m a “Right Winger.” Yet I am also more “Libertarian” than I am “Conservative.”

    Labels have a bad habit of not working very well.

    That said, my favourite commentator is Rodney Hide. He has s a daughter called Liberty.

    What do you think?

    I prefer Liberal, Conservative and Radical.

    Have I been derailed somewhere along the way?

    • David Moore

      A 19th century liberal would be considered a wildly extremist right wing nut job by today’s ‘liberal’ left. The left wing hasn’t spent every year of the last century perverting the meaning of much of the English language.

    • Nige.

      Funny you raise this. I several times myself was going to suggest we stop using the terms left and right seeing how it just gives credit TO the left for creating it. I would say that across the board people are either socialist or non socialist. Red or pink or blue.

      Left politicians are socialist politicians and left journalists are socialist journalists. I want to call it what it is.

      • Alright

        You may be right (excuse the pun) Nige.

        But I also like to think I’m a Socialist (hence this discourse) as well. But I detest communists.

        I guess I am starting an argument with myself here because arguing nuance about political nuance could see me admitted to Nutbar HQ!

        • Nige.

          what is a socialist. to you?

          • Alright

            As I noted above labels have a bad habit of not working very well.

            Actually at the end of this argument I’d describe myself as a Capitalist rather than a Right Winger.

            What is a “Socialist?” In the NZ context someone who adheres to an ideology that wants to dig deeper into my pocket than they do already.

            Labels have a bad habit of not working very well.

            Back to basics and the definition of Liberalism:

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberalism

    • stephen2d

      In France, its lefty bastions at least (which includes most of the MSM), “liberal” is a dirty word, which refers to the “extreme “(economically) right wingers.

    • Dave_1924

      Removed

  • shakes head

    Who was the genius that used “cap” as a payment reference when ordering a WO cap?

    *sigh*

    • Ginny

      You might get a few geniuses reply to this one!

        • Ginny

          How will you know which is the real genius?

          • Luckily, only one genius used “cap”, so it matched up.

            Goes to show that no matter your audience, there is always someone who can’t follow simple instructions, even when threatened with us keeping their money and not sending the goods :)

          • ozbob68

          • ozbob68

            oops did I double up there? Sorry

          • Dave_1924

            Flo won’t let him Andy have one….

        • ex-JAFA

          • Awesome. Stolen for my advertising campaign. :P

    • sarahmw

      Lol not me

  • edee

    Decided to boil a couple of eggs tonight to have with salad for dinner. I always put eggs into water with a little vinegar and salt to stop shells from breaking. I’ve done it this way for years without any problems.
    It seems Farmer Brown is dyeing his eggs to make them more appealing in the carton I guess. This is what I ended up with after boiling. Made me wonder what the heck they use to dye their eggs with when after boiling you can rub the dye off and it becomes dirty looking and grainy. Never had this happen before. No more Farmer Brown eggs for me. Anyone else come across this?

    • willtin

      I think it is natural. It will probably relate to the chook feed. You might describe them as far-fetched.

      • edee

        I’d describe them as looking and feeling disgusting, which they are. They got binned.

        • Tom

          They felt a wee bit slimy right?

          • edee

            No, quite dry and grainy feel to them.

          • Tom

            If you’ve got some left, boil a couple with a bit more vinegar, and a couple with none at all

          • edee

            I’m egg-sperimenting as I type. Petes word not mine… blame him. ;o)

          • edee

            2nd boil not as bad a first boil, but eggs still look motley.

          • MaryLou

            So you’ve got a few eggs to eat tonight, huh. Lots of ventilation in your house? :)

      • edee

        Interesting site. Thank you.

    • Tom

      You used a bit more vinegar than usual, it’s dissolving the outermost layer of shell(which is the brownest). In fact, if you leave fresh eggs in a pint of vinegar overnight, you’ll end up with shell-less eggs. It’s quite neat, you can then boil them and there’s no need to shell the eggs afterwards

      • edee

        I’ve got 8 left and was going to throw them out but might give your suggestion a try, sounds fascinating, but wont be eating them.

        • I’m going to do it as well with an aim to eating them, although my previous egg-speriment worked out terribly. (pic)

          • edee

            I’m boiling 2 more without salt and vinegar to see what happens.

            Have you ever tried Pickled Eggs. The are lovely and so easy to make.

          • sheppy

            Pickled eggs and real English hand pull beer – excellent if a little noxious the day after

          • Je Suis Charlie – Respect!!

            Yup I had them (and a bag of crisps) before every night in my local while training in the UK. Got hooked on them but it was a habit I didnt bring home.

          • sheppy

            I don’t think they would work with very cold fizzy beer.
            Morrels was a great brew down in Oxfordshire complimented by a pickled egg

          • Nige.

            leave it to the egg-sperts, pete.

          • MaryLou

            That looks terrible. Have you tried eating them?

          • They were fine to eat. The aim was to use centrifugal force to scramble the egg inside the shell

            one of those “you had to be there” things

            EDIT: There is a gadget for it now: http://www.theloop.ca/how-to-scramble-an-egg-right-inside-the-gosh-darn-shell/

          • MaryLou

            Uhuh…. not even going to ask how you got any kind of centrifuge onto the stove top!

          • edee

            Oh dear!

      • Dumrse

        Many years ago the trick was to soak them until the shells were super soft at which time they would drop through the neck of a milk bottle. Having half filled the bottle with cold water it would break the fall and partially retun the shell to its hardened state thereby achieving the old…..”can you get an egg into a milk bottle” trick.

        • edee

          I’ll remember that one for my next party trick.

      • MaryLou

        Would that explain asian picked eggs, where you can eat them shell and all?

    • 1951

      I’m having a guess, but I would suspect that is calcium you are seeing. The one at top left, more so. Eggs have a natural ‘preservative’ layer that is often buffed-
      off when dirt is removed before packaging. What colour were the yolks? I would say that these eggs are from more healthier chooks, rather than ‘disguised’ to look good.

      • edee

        Yolks had good colour to them. It just seems strange this has never happened before and I’ve boiled a fair few eggs in my time.

        • 1951

          The one on the right looks more like the film is peeling off. Have you ever touch an egg when it has just been laid? Often it is wet to touch which is what helps to preserve/seal it. Perhaps these eggs have an extra thick layer.

    • Steve (North Shore)

      Put you hand in vinegar and see if it goes white.
      Well it will remove all of the black millscale and grease that engineers deal with.
      You hands will go hard a dry, and will need some moisturiser

      • edee

        I will take your word for it. But if anyone else wants hard dry hands please, feel free.

    • Steve (North Shore)

      You got me thinking, so I am going to do poached eggs and then test the shells.
      Steve knows the answer yes?

      • edee

        How are you going to test the shells. Boil them eggless?

        • Steve (North Shore)

          That would be the way to test the shells against the control (yours)

    • mommadog

      Having had chooks in the past and collecting fresh eggs the undyed version looks natural and normal to me. That even all over brown colour isn’t right but Farmer Brown is obviously counting on people not having seen what eggs should look like.

  • pisces8284 .

    Anyone been to Waipatiki Beach in the Hawkes Bay? Magic place

    • Nige.

      tell me about it. tempt me.

      • pisces8284 .

        The only beach in the Hawkes Bay with proper sand from what I could see

        • la la land

          Blackhead beach has sand…

          • pisces8284 .

            will try that next time then

        • patriot

          Ocean Beach and Waimarama Beach have sand too…both lovely beaches.

  • Nige.

    seriously thinking of buying the arctic monkeys album. can i get a review?

    • Cowgirl

      I downloaded this song and the one ‘Why’d ya only call me when you’re high?’ one, but sadly can’t help you with the album review. However if the rest is like these 2 songs, I would consider getting it. You can always go on the iTunes Apple Store and preview each song to see if you like it? That’s what I do when trying to get a feel for an album.

  • Alright

    Get your listening gear around this.

    A brilliant concert and DVD!

  • jude

    I really enjoyed “The Imitation Game” .In fact we all enjoyed it.
    There were trailers for a film Unbroken that is directed by Angelina Jolie.That looked like one I would enjoy also.

    • ozbob68

      There seems to be a theme of WWII there. Its amazing what people can achieve and endure when they are fighting for their very existence.

      • jude

        The tailor looked quite inspirational, but so harsh in the prisoner of war camps. It will be interesting to see how Jolie directs.

    • Bluemanning

      The book Unbroken a great read.

      • jude

        I will have to add to my list. I have had so many recommendations of films and now books, I am going to be busy for some time:)

        • Bluemanning

          If one desires inspiration in a well written book unbroken allows the imagination to deliver; another to add to your list is Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts a really entertaining read about a man on the wrong side of the law who lives in the slums of India among other adventures and loves. A bit of poetic license taken but interesting nevertheless. :-)

    • jude
  • caochladh

    If you are looking for that special gift for someone who has everything, this could fit the bill, so to speak……….http://www.prankplace.com/Turd-Twister-Gag-Gift-2182-0X.aspx

    • MaryLou

      Oh you must be so bored, to have found that!

      Try reading Ivanhoe… No?

      • caochladh

        Ah! MaryLou, I have been buying practical joke drama from these people for some 20 years. I was ordering a bunch of new gags when I fell over that one – hadn’t seen it before.

        • MaryLou

          Well, not quite sure when you’d be intending to use it, but April Fool’s day is coming up!

          • caochladh

            I thought about buying a bunch of them and sending one each to those politicians who keep pulling rubbish reports out of their bottoms.

          • MaryLou

            That’s a better idea than scaring your relatives. You’ll need a few though, all the Greens, Labour, Winston… maybe you can get a bulk discount!

  • Dave

    One of my Fav Politicians has posted an excellent article to Facebook, and it possibly ran in hte SST today, but i dont get that here. No guesses who she could be referring to in the article.

    https://www.facebook.com/sundaystartimes/posts/858290054233441

    • MaryLou

      Oh, well done her. How concise, and… right. We need her back o the front benches, her clarity is missed.

  • jude

    …from Facebook.A late night one.Pic..

    • MaryLou

      Almost cowboy-like!! Oh, the things you could say…

      • jude

        Yes well this did make me chuckle:)

    • Dave

      The Japanese translation for Yes, as learnt by a colleague on a one night stand whilst in Japan on his big OE. Yes = Hai, often prononced as Hi-a…..

      • jude

        Thank you Dave!. That can be my word for today/night:)

        • Dave

          TMI !!!!!!

  • caochladh

    This may help someone on the WO WL programme…………

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