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  • pisces8284 .

    Liking the price of petrol at the moment, we travelled 1200km on 2 tanks of gas. love my Honda Jazz/Jizz/older persons car…….

    • Bobb

      I can get 1600k’s from 2 tanks of gas in my M5 so there. :)

      • Yeah but pisces will have paid about $120 all up.

        • Bobb

          Trust you to split straws. ;)

        • pisces8284 .

          Dead right Pete, and that was premium

      • rantykiwi

        Lend me your M5 and I’ll bet I can manage about 400km from 2 tanks, and you’ll probably want some tyres afterwards too. After all, why own an M5 if you’re going to drive it like a nana?

        • Bobb

          Demerit points RK, demerit points. However I don’t drive it like a Nana. i only get about 15000k’s out of the rear tyres because i like the push in the back but i can still get 10.2ltr/1000k’s driving briskly. Great car!

          Edit. removed double up words

      • Dave

        Other half has got 1248 km on one tank of gas with spare capacity, she achieved 4.7 l /100 km in the VW diesel. As she was on a inland road she wouldn’t go any further without filling up.

    • Sunshine

      Snap, I have a Jazz too. Now that the petrol price has dropped, I keep overestimating how much petrol I need to fill her up with. Lucky person behind me gets freebie petrol.

      • pisces8284 .

        Maybe just press fill :-) Love your name by the way!

  • chrisgale

    Back in Dunedin, and the temperature has dropped from the thirty odd it was over the weekend to about sixteen. Joys of a southern summer.

    • Carl

      Yes woke up to snow on top of the hills in Queenstown, but there has been some good rain.

    • Please send some of that up here. My mood always suffers when it gets too hot.

      • Watcher

        Please no Pete, I love summer, it is always to short.
        Suck it up and suffer mate, it will too soon be gone.
        I stopped on my way home and had a wee flyfish in a favourite stream of mine…..I can’t do that in winter.
        Tomorrow I stop at a mates farm and pop a couple of bunnies for the next nights dinner.

        Ah summer.

        • pisces8284 .

          Mr P would love that, a keen fly fisherman. But yes, summer is way too short. Ten months of winter and two of summer is about what it is

          • Watcher

            Exactly, let’s not wish it away.

      • Dave

        Hot…… It’s 7.57 pm here and after a storm it’s down to 26 degrees and about 90% humidity. We love it here, but cooler summer nights would be great.

  • Bobb

    Wow!!! We Kiwi taxpayers should be soooo proud! We sent a warship to look for illegal poachers in the southern ocean and rather than just finding one, they found three! Suck that up you Aussies! LOL

    • Cadwallader

      But oughtn’t we have blown them out of the water?

      • Bobb

        Don’t be silly C. If we do that how can we show them the error of their ways? We live in a benign strategic environment doncha know. Just ask the left.

        • Nige.

          Send them to room 101eh?

      • caochladh

        But, if that happened and all the fuel and other contaminants on the three vessels polluted the pristine environment, Wussel and his mad mates would have the ammunition to beat us all over the head for years to come. Then we would have to pay for the clean up.

        • Imogen B

          But .. But .. If Wussel and Gweenpeace don’t know the co-ordinates of the poachers, how would they know if our Navy moved the ratbags a little closer to Davy Jones’ locker?
          I wouldn’t tell a soul.

      • Steve (North Shore)

        The naughty boys just need rehabilitating, we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings

        • Cadwallader

          But we could’ve pirated the catch.

  • Cadwallader

    Good to hear Larry Williams is on back today. Not so good to hear him speaking with Smalley. She was espousing how a CGT will curb house price rises which patently hasn’t worked in other countries. She may as well carry Labour’s “policies” around with her as she certainly has no original thoughts.

    • Bluemanning

      Smalley has a ‘friend’ in UK that bought a house despite CGT! Talk about demographic journalistic research…..

      • Cadwallader

        Yes, it seems that perhaps her only friend left the country to avoid listening to her! If her dribbling represents research all contributors to this blog deserve a Nobel.(Not the Peace Prize either, Obama and Al Bore got that one so it is now forever tainted.)

        • Bluemanning

          Smalley is the continual winner of the Drivel of the year award.

    • yossarian

      A CGT as badly thought out as Cunliffe promoted in the election – or was it deliberately designed that way? – just might do the trick. No discount for inflation, no “promise” of a fixed limit….etc etc, if it can’t or won’t distinguish between genuine capital growth and inflation-driven “growth” the policy is both inherently unfair and incapable of distinguishing between speculation and long term investment. And how that will benefit the Labour demographic beats me.

      • Cadwallader

        Not to forget it was a death duty in disguise also.

  • Watcher

    Hi my name is watcher and I have been herald free for 5 days now.
    No withdrawal symptoms at all.

    • Aucky

      No bad Emmerson hallucinations to scare the bejasus out of you?

      • Watcher

        I was scheduled to have a cataract removal later this month……Its a miracle!!!!! since I have stopped reading the herald, the scales have been removed from my eyes.
        Hallelujah I can see again, good Lordy I can see again.

    • 1951

      Do you find that your eyes are finally focusing straight ahead?

      • pisces8284 .

        No, they are probably squinting slightly to the right

        • 1951

          Well that’s better than totally crossed-over :)

  • Wallace Westland

    For crying out loud….the talkback on Larry Williams show needs to stop! Whose stupid idea was that?
    The incoherent non researched ramblings of sit at home by the phones in the early afternoons of geriatrics and dole bludgers needs to be saved for Bruce Russell’s show.
    Seriously ruining my drive home.

    • Cadwallader

      I find Larry runs it well and readily hangs up on weirdos. Bruce Russell is nothing more than a namby pamby irritant.

      • Wallace Westland

        The whole thing annoys the pus out of me. I liked the original format that discussed with actual experts the issues of the day, the world of finance and politics not the opinions of some deadhead that has nothing better to do in the late afternoon than ring up a radio station.

        • Cadwallader

          Well I wish he’d hang up on Smalley.

        • pisces8284 .

          Who does that anyway? #shudder

    • 1951

      At least we are getting back to near normal. Soon there will be articles from the army of inept political reporters & political editors for their worthy contributions towards Daily Roundup. That will provide us with an evenings full of amusement. Can’t wait.

  • Cadwallader

    There is much glee about the reduced costs of petrol at the moment which is marvelous. I admire the oil companies for their ability to distribute what is an intrinsically dangerous product efficiently and safely. In the past decade or so petrol stations have evolved into very clean and pleasant places to shop. I usually go to Z as a first preference but this weekend I went to a BP. In addition to buying petrol I bought a newspaper (why?) confectionary, water and a coffee. All products were well presented. The station was clean, bright and friendly. These petrol stations are a great advance from the old corner dairies which were often scruffy and dour.
    I know the Greenies will never write what I just did but I think it is timely to give credit where it is due.

    • Nige.

      And some of them still provide service!

      • Cadwallader

        Yes the staff were pleasant and chatty.

      • pisces8284 .

        Z certainly does

    • pisces8284 .

      Gull seemed to be the cheapest on our travels

    • Aucky

      I’m right with you on BP service stations and I get a regular six cents discount. Very spacious, good service, the coffee’s not bad and the aircon at this time of year very welcome. Good slick retailing.

      • Cadwallader

        I assume Gull, Mobil and Caltex have decent shops too. I was not intending to favour one company ahead of another. I most frequently visit a Z as it is handily located for me.

        • Imogen B

          Ymost Mobil’s are like stepping into a time warp. Outside of the main centres they look like they closed down years ago and present like working museum exhibits.

  • Nige.

    My favorite thing about the house I live in is my little garden out front that resembles a vineyard row.

    What is your favorite thing about your house or near where you live?

    • pisces8284 .

      Our pool…

    • Mythrandir

      A new cafe opened almost right outside my front door. Handy if you love coffee.

    • caochladh

      The aircon……

    • Watcher

      Our lovely view of the Kaimais, and the bird life at our back door.
      Oh and our great outdoor area where mum and me spend a fair bit of time eating and quaffing wine…… Ah summer.

    • Ilovelife

      My courtyard where I can sit and have a cool glass of wine while listening to my water feature tinkling and tuis laying down the law. Magic.

      • Cadwallader

        Sounds great but I find a water feature prompts too many visits to the loo (at my age!)

        • Ilovelife

          LOL!

          • Cadwallader

            I blame it on my jeans being too tight.

        • Aucky

          You wouldn’t last long at our place then Cads! The water lilies are spectacular this year.

    • pisces8284 .

      Wings over the Wairarapa has been amazing this weekend, plenty of planes overhead

    • sheppy

      The double glazing that keeps us warm in winter and allows us to shut off the screaming brats over the back fence.

      • Bluemanning

        Does it really work that well acoustically Sheppy?

        • sheppy

          Certainly does, brick and tile, 9mm sound stop glass, large spacer then 9mm low-e glass. Also special attention paid to remove any gaps that can let sound in. A lot of work but very worth it. With fibre cement weatherboard you need cavity insulation and 2 or more layers of sound stop GIB with staggered joins. Not quite as good as the bricks but near enough.

          • Bluemanning

            Thanks we were considering replacing the glass but thought it futile due to the light weight wall construction.

          • sheppy

            Take a look at GIB Noise Control Systems, that together with the glass and some insulation in the cavity goes a long way. However you need to have building paper there and depending on the local authority a building consent to make sure you don’t make a mess of it. Nobody has managed to successfully explain to me how anyone with a clipboard can tell if the cavity has insulation in it or not….

          • Dave

            Ask owner for a cuppa, Lift photo up, push hook needle in wall, twist, pull out. If it comes out with insulation the wall is insulated. Lower picture and act normal, thank owner for cuppa and advise them it definitely has insulation, the insulation detector metre says so. Ah, with a thermal imaging camera you can easily tell. The best solution is double brick, but a wall with R4 Pink batts and sound gib as Sheepy says can work wonders. A word of caution, don’t let the network or electricians near the insulation, a lot do unthinkable things to it.

    • ex-JAFA

      That I could buy it unencumbered.

      • Cadwallader

        Agree! There’s no better mortgage than the one you paid-off last week.

    • wooted

      5 minutes drive to the CBD.

    • Cowgirl

      The furnace keeping me warm, and the fact we are no longer confined to the one room.

    • Chris EM

      My gully full of trees and birds, and the fact the bank no longer owns any of it.

      • Cadwallader

        A piece of advice. No matter how much you love your gully do not register a QE2 Covenant on it. They are impossible to remove and you require the administrator’s consent to undertake any dealings with your title. Keep the gully’s existence to yourself otherwise the Greenies may wish to set-up an eco-camp in it so they can talk to your trees.

        • Chris EM

          Thanks for the advice, Cad, it has been in the back of my mind from time to time, but I’ll give that thought the heave- ho.
          If the greenies turn up, we could have a WO BBQ here, and those with guns and silencers could let some gunpowder off!

        • cows4me

          Well said sir, don’t let this crowd anywhere near YOUR property.

          • Cadwallader

            They’re a species all on their own:Bureaucrat Greens! Full of lofty ideas with little regard for the realities of the covenant. Their pleasure is to persuade people to tie-up areas of productive lands into tracts of wasted space which will inevitably achieve nothing. Once the Covenant is on the title you cannot sell, sub-divide, mortgage, gift the land within the title without the consent of a clerk in their offices. The clerk will reveal zero understanding of urgency and reality.

    • jude

      The space inside,we are not living on top of one another. Recently the addition of the outdoor aviary, and the young Mr Jingles:)
      He was hiding and having dinner from his mum ,so picture not the best.
      edit :spelling

      • Chris EM

        Have you told Mr Jingles he’s world famous on New Zealand’s most popular hate blog?

        • jude

          He would be thrilled I am sure.

        • Dave

          I have a little chuckle to myself every night I’m here on the hate blog and here we are, all swapping stories and conversing like we are all old mates! But the pinko’s probably hate that, so there it is, the blog they love to hate because we all get on even when we disagree.

      • Huia

        He’s looking good and his feathers are coming in nicely.

    • Murray Smith

      Splendid isolation , country air, beautiful scenery and a wonderful family.
      Sorry, couldn’t narrow the field to one.

    • la la land

      It took me ages to choose my absolute favourite – but I would have to say the old elm tree that dwarfs our house – it gives us shade in summer and I love looking out my top story office window into the canopy – we think it was planted around 1860 when our house was built

    • Wendy

      My white roses and my fruit.

      • Cadwallader

        What summers are made for! Raspberries with French Vanilla Ice Cream.

        • Wendy

          I prefer them au naturel.

          • Cadwallader

            I get that; pick one eat one in the sun.

          • Dave

            With yoghurt and grains

      • Watcher

        If I knew how to post photos on here Wendy I would send you a shot of a couple of white standard roses we have here, which we are unsure of the name of.
        Possibly Egmont Avalanche????
        pure white with a pinkie center

        • Nige.

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      • Dave

        Yummo. Love fresh raspberries and red currants Wendy, the two things we don’t see much of here!

      • ex-JAFA

        My neighbour came over with a generous handful of raspberries last night. I’ve never had them straight out of the ground (or wherever they come from) before. Delicious!

    • 1951

      I have to say all of it (which he hasn’t hit with Round-up), but at the moment the Ginko all dressed in her finest full length gown reaching out and almost touching fingers with the Silk tree with her delicate pom-poms of pink fluff. The whole area reverberates in birdsong as soon as Moorpork signs-off. I don’t have much to my name but I love what I have developed here. Wishing my new Grandson born in the wee small hours in Melbourne, will get to play here before I sign-off too.

      • pisces8284 .

        Congratulations! Hope you get to see him regularly

        • 1951

          Thanks P, I’m hoping they won’t be away all that long.

    • Privacy and bush outlook.

      • Mick Ie

        As above, listening to the birds and watching the bunnies playing near their parents.

    • Mrs Pete.

    • Moonroof

      Relative quietude, and no landlord. And the area’s not bad either, some nice walks nearby, and only one road in and out.

    • friardo

      Bought this a few hectares a few years ago with a little lake and outlook over a stream and trees, then built a house that looks over the lake with all it’s wildlife.
      The lake is probably the favourite thing followed by the house itself.

    • I.M Bach

      We like the foreshore here, we live two blocks to the right. Everything within walking distance. Mandurah WA.

      • Cadwallader

        Too hot and too many flies. I like the Dome cafe there for a winter’s breakfast.

        • I.M Bach

          The flies can be a nusiance but when it really gets hot their numbers actually dwindle, it’s beginning of the heat that gets them going. Outdoors I often wear a net. Quite a few good eateries here. Air con’ rocks.

          • Cadwallader

            You’re OK until the wind blow from the desert. The westerly off the Ocean is great after about 11am I recall.

    • Dave

      Our outdoor living area looks over the pool, gardens and the bird bath and the feeding table, the local bird life is amazing and at night the Bushstone Curlew can be heard as it searches for food and takes its young for a walk.

      http://youtu.be/RZWHUU41gsk

  • caochladh

    They reckon that these are some of the most awkward family photo’s ever taken…..
    http://www.superstarlifestyle.com/29-most-awkward-family-photos-ever-taken/

    • 1951

      That should have come with a warning ;)

      • Murray Smith

        That’s going to make me look.

      • Murray Smith

        Yup, it sure shoulda !

    • ex-JAFA

      Oh dear, the naked suits!

      • Cowgirl

        Oh dear what the daughter has grabbed a handful of!

        • Cadwallader

          She’s being trained for her Islamo wedding night.

          • Cowgirl

            Ewwww

      • Cadwallader

        Which one is Muhammad?

      • Watcher

        Oh that was another time when my family………..oops

      • caochladh

        I can just imagine the Green idiot prancing around in one of those……..

        • rantykiwi

          The whole Green caucus even.

    • Doc45

      My kids suddenly look a heap better.

    • Jimmie

      My favourite of that lot was the white couple holding a black baby and wife with a black eye – picture tells a thousand words with that one.

    • Nige.

      You…. Oh man. That’s stuff can’t be unseen.

      But I particularly liked the straight family with the axl rose lookalike.

      Was worth the awkwardness just for that one.

      • caochladh

        Can you just imagine having a “family” evening looking through the photo albums with photo’s like that……….

  • Jimmie

    I was at a family wedding over the weekend and my older brother shared a story when he visited an elderly Uncle in Florida.

    The old fella thought he had been burgled and asked my brother to lay a complaint with the local cops.

    When he did this, their prevention advice was for my brother to pop into Walmart and buy him a pump action shotgun in case the burglars came back.

    Brother wondered along and got one for Uncle for $250 – the old guy would probably break his arm if he ever tried to fire it!

    Shows a difference in culture between here and the US. (I can’t argue with the advise to be honest)

  • jude

    …. pic

    • LabTested

      I noticed on my shampoo bottle that there are very prominent instructions on how to use the product. – Wet hair, apply shampoo, lather, rinse. I think if you need such instructions you should not be using shampoo unsupervised

      • I.M Bach

        We must be saved from ourselves. Apparently.

      • david

        there is a story – no doubt apocryphal – that someone at Colgate Palmolive came up with the idea of adding to the bottom of the shampoo instructions “repeat and rinse” which had an immediate positive impact on sales.

    • Cowgirl

      I remember having a toy as a child that had a sticker reading “Caution: Made in Taiwan”.

    • HunuaRanger

      I worry for the survival of the human race.

      • Cadwallader

        Imagine the instructions for a do-it-yourself enema!

    • I.M Bach

      You’d love this site ;)

      http://www.dumbwarnings.com/

      • jude

        There are some funny ones there! I enjoyed the one that says” please do not try to stop saw with your hands”! The ad for chainsaws:)

  • waldopepper

    i see today in the news that a cycleway across the harbour bridge will cost 33 million. is anyone else staggered at that cost. its only a jolly tube that hangs under the man structure. how the hell can it cost 33 million.

    • MrHippo

      Hmmm. If only the reporter did a bit more fact checking. If they had read the council reports then they would have seen the report done by a global accountancy firm identifying an additional 27-50 million in revenue guarantees required from Auckland ratepayers.

      • Bluemanning

        An additional $50 million won’t pay the growing interest owed by ACC let alone the cycle/pedestrian-way.

    • DrFix

      Maybe they need to build it over the top of the bridge …. Antarctica is melting and the sea level is rising /sarc

    • Bluemanning

      Requires a convenience situated half way. Plumbers, additional cost.

    • Huia

      ARe they going to put in another hidden bathroom and love nest for the Mayor?

  • Wendy

    I had a bad job on the weekend which reminded me of this…

  • Nesher

    I guess New Zealand government has joined this anti-Israel campaign for better look in eyes of local Muslim community and Left-wing media: http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/579460/20150117/new-zealand-israel-palestine-united-nations.htm#.VLyk_00cTCM

  • LabTested

    Just back from a long weekend in the Coromandel. There was a Poker Run on Saturday open to all motor bikes. Whitianga – Coromandel Town – Tapu – Kopu – Coroglen. It is done as a (sort of) group ride. They had 180+ Hands of Poker, so over 100 bikes took part. It cost us $20 for 2 people & afterwards there was a free band with free pig/lamb on a spit.

    The organisers have been doing this for around 13 years & people came from all over the NI.They hold it on the same weekend every year. The best $20 I have spent in a long time (pic)

    • Tom

      Who organises it?

      • LabTested

        From what I can gather it was started by one guy. He died recently & his family/friends have taken over running it. There is no club or formal group behind it. – This is the first year i have done it.

        • Huia

          Dave started it and passed away this year, so everyone wants to see it continue as its a great ride and a great day out for everyone.
          But, please remember the straights around Kuaotunu are 70km as there are a lot of kids in that area, not the 100km that saw the bikes being wound up to last weekend because it is the first straight after the K2NA hill. Often have farm animals out around that area too, keep waiting to hear the crash when the bikes come through. Have seen two of them come off there in the last couple of years.

    • 1951

      Is your house haunted?

    • NotGandalf

      Top tavern that. Good for a family lunch or a couple of quiets surrounded by old farm equipment. Coroglen market on sunday mornings is magic too!

      • ex-JAFA

        Bestest garden bar, too! High canopy to let the breeze through while soaking up fluids in the heat.

    • I.M Bach

      It’s not the Valley Locals run is it? Jock was the main man when we did a couple. Been a while though and I see the tavern has fresh makeup. Great riding through that neck of the woods.

      • LabTested

        I don’t think it’s the Valley Locals. A few had ‘peninsula riders’ badges. I think it is a Whitianga area thing.

        • I.M Bach

          Righto, cheers.

  • Disinfectant

    This is a true story concerning a Local Authority in New Zealand and I would welcome what other Whale Oilers might have to contribute from a legal perspective.
    A company was granted a “Planning Consent” with conditions (which incidentally they asked for), in order to get it over the line. But it wasn’t what they really wanted for competition reasons. So they appealed one of the conditions. Now no consent becomes effective until all appeals are disposed of. Now what happened next is absolutely true. The appeal sat on the record for 22 years unheard. In the meantime the company builds what they applied for.
    Other companies come along to do something similar and the company with the appealed consent objects to every application. These end up in the Environment Court under appeal.
    After all this, it was discovered that the objecting company had no consent at all. Not only that, but what they built was incorporated into the District Plan as an established facility.
    The council was asked to prosecute the company concerned, but they won’t. Probably because the council is complicit.
    The rate-payers and the other Resource Consent applicants have paid a heavy price for all this.
    Where does this go from here? Can someone please help?
    P.S. I have no problem in disclosing the Local Authority or the company concerned, but I would like your views first.

    • Jimmie

      Hmm sounds like you need some very good legal advice and a fairly chunky legal expense account.

      Possibly some kind of private prosecution maybe?

      • Disinfectant

        Yes, the private prosecution option is the favoured option at the moment.

    • Cadwallader

      The Council’s insurers will have gagged them as there is likely a potential liability to greet them too. Having said that the Limitation Act may preclude this?

    • Dave

      The road is the road, it’s static and does no harm. Whilst I would prefer it to be dual lanes start to finish and a few sharp corners straightened it’s far better than it was 30 years ago. The issue is when we drive on it, and don’t drive to our ability or the conditions. I actually love the road, especially late at night or very early morning when there is no traffic and nothing to hold you up, the trucks largely see you coming and flick their indicator to let you past, and you can have a enjoyable drive.

    • Dave

      I would be looking for any obvious links to the then council officers, electedted officials etc. Surely they knew it was being built wit hout full consent, if no consent, they could never insure it etc, and that would leave any financiers exposed. however, all very difficult to prove and take action against so far down the track. Perhaps a first step is asking for every council record on that consent, objections and every bit of date the council have on recors. Might put th ewind up their sails a bit.

  • yossarian

    The Rimutaka hill road from Upper Hutt to just south of Featherston is (was, 2012) rated the 3rd most dangerous piece of road in the country. I travel it frequently. I try to keep to the speed limit, and to take the many slow corners at a safe and considerate speed. In the last 10 times over the hill (ie over and back) I have seen a cop car twice, one parked at the turn off to the Te Marua speedway while the cop chatted to another driver and had his back to most of the traffic (South bound at that time of day) and the other this last Sunday when the cop was obviously dealing with the aftermath of somebody, somehow, hitting a power pole set well back from the road. Meantime I am frequently tailgated on both sides the hill, passed in the passing lanes by drivers who then sit right in front of me for the rest of the journey, on every trip have traffic coming straight at me with both wheels over the double yellow, observe drivers overtaking others while over the double yellow, see trucks and other slow movers move into the stopping bays but keep going and pull out again into the line of traffic……the list goes on including flat out dangerous passing and more than a few 80kph drivers on the flat each side if the hill. As I said the cops are never around. And this is the 3rd most dangerous piece of road we have? And don’t get me started on the lunatic run from Upper Hutt to Silverstream turn off where the rise changes from one to two lanes in each direction and back again, multiple traffic lights, multiple speed limit changes……..I have never, not even once, seen a cop there. My experience in this part of our world tells me that the traffic cops are not doing their job and seem to have no clear strategy to apprehend what is simply very poor driving.

    • pisces8284 .

      I mentioned how I refused to pull over for tailgating on here (over the Rimutakas) and was given a sharp reminder of the road code. I don’t mind the hill really, there are plenty of places to pull over for people who need to pass. I know the road like the back of my hand now and it has become safer over the past few years. I have to say I do see a few cops cars while driving over it.

    • la la land

      I agree – this road is shocking and I have *555’d several drivers along this route. I have also seen a couple of accidents and often felt unsafe due to the reckless driving and tailgating of other cars. Its a death trap.

    • caochladh

      That damn road was also part of the MC training course back in the 70’s. Gale force winds, torrential rain, Honda 650 4’s weighed down by a ton of equipment etc – It was wonderful just to make it back to Trentham.

      • I.M Bach

        Traffic cops on heavily laden 650’s were easily outrun on a well tuned Bonnie……or so I’ve heard.

        • caochladh

          You could virtually outrun them on a good pair of sandals…They were a lethal beast and after causing the deaths of several TO’s, they were given to the military. I guess we were expendable!

      • Cadwallader

        I have heard it said that people jog the old railway line across the top! Stuff that!

    • Dave

      The road is static and does no harm. The issue is when we drive on it, and don’t drive to our ability or the conditions. I actually love the road, especially late at night or very early morning when there is no traffic and nothing to hold you up, the trucks largely see you coming and flick their indicator to let you past, and you can have a enjoyable drive.

      Whilst I would prefer it to be dual lanes start to finish and a few sharp corners straightened it’s far better than it was 30 years ago.

  • Macca

    Interesting that One News had a story about Britain stepping up security over anti Semitic acts taking place where as they weren’t even interested in it when it happened here in their own country pre – election with a large number of John Keys election hoardings being defaced with anti Jewish hatred. I suppose it’s OK to turn the other cheek as long as it’s John Key on the receiving end. No one does hate quite like the left!

  • johcar

    Discovered a new word tonight which I think covers most MSM journalists:

    ultracrepidarian

    PRONUNCIATION:
    (uhl-truh-krep-i-DAYR-ee-uhn)

    MEANING:
    adjective: Giving opinions beyond one’s area of expertise.
    noun: One who gives opinions beyond one’s area of expertise.

    ETYMOLOGY:
    From Latin ultra (beyond) + crepidarius (shoemaker), from crepida (sandal). Earliest documented use: 1819.

    NOTES:
    The story goes that in ancient Greece there was a renowned painter named Apelles who used to display his paintings and hide behind them to listen to the comments. Once a cobbler pointed out that the sole of the shoe was not painted correctly. Apelles fixed it and encouraged by this the cobbler began offering comments about other parts of the painting. At this point the painter cut him off with “Ne sutor ultra crepidam” meaning “Shoemaker, not above the sandal” or one should stick to one’s area of expertise.

    • jude

      That is a very apt description of our MSM. In fact, I am loath to call them journalists,I think many have been found out to be little more than typists:)

      • Cowgirl

        They interview themselves to find out what the news is and what we all should think about it. I’m sick of ‘news’ that is nothing more than gussied up opinion. They aren’t fooling anyone.

        • Hard1

          In the same manner that McDonald’s worked out the best taste for most customers, I figure that the MSM are not interested in presenting the news as such. They are using the public as bait in what is increasingly an exercise in manipulation to see what draws the average reader’s attention the most.
          Balanced reporting is now of no importance or consequence.
          All they want is your attention. With that in mind, our expectations need to change as well. Calling them out is what they want. Ignoring them, not so much.

        • Hans

          Your wrong LOL, they fool the fools

      • caochladh

        I’m with you Jude. I don’t think any of them would be able to hold down a job in a proper newspaper. As for Vance, you’d be better off employing her keyboard.

    • pak

      Or the less erudite “presstitutes”.

    • ultracrepidarian. See: blogger

  • Sooty

    Barry Soper was on the radio. How come he’s in Bali, when John Key is in Europe? Soper’s missing out on a jolly and the Labour party are missing out on free party broadcasts

    • Dave

      New GF, she needs to ensure the perfect tan to match her perfect skin tone, and of course someone has to tag along to carry her handbag.

      • sarahmw

        New GF? Is he not married to the duplessis woman? She who has parliamentary job now.

  • MaryLou

    Chad has suggested the idea of a coalition to figh Boko Haram. What’s the chance of surrounding country’s banding together properly to fight ISIS?:

    http://cubiclane.com/2015/01/18/chad-wants-coalition-boko-haram-15100

  • Murray Smith
  • Gaynor

    This feels familar

  • Hans

    This morning i wrote some comments on a Dominion Post
    article regarding Benjamin Netanyahu. The DP felt he should not have been
    invited because of all the Palestinian death in the recent Gaza war. Anyway i had my say, no bad language etc but i did make it clear that they were one eyed and blame Israel for every thing. My comments were deleted just because i disagree with them – how pathetic.
    Will stick with my Whale in future, this is a great site because i get to disagree as much as i like if i wanted to. That’s free speech

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/65137062/Editorial-Terrorism-a-criminal-act-not-war

  • Hard1

    Amazing. Talk about putting Islam in the headlights..
    “Charlie Hebdo printing 7 million copies of first post-massacre issue”

    • Nige.

      um…lonewolf gunmen you mean. nothing to do with religion

  • caochladh

    Well, here’s one in the eye for Smalley and her “lardo” diatribe – “Fat supplies found in a woman’s thighs and buttocks are needed to develop babies’ brains, scientists have claimed.”
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11388580

    • Bobb

      She must have had a skinny Mother.

  • ozbob68

    Only in America, hang on, actually in Cornwall in England. Parents fail to send child to birthday party, end up with 16 pounds invoice. now being taken to small claims court.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-30876360

    The lesson here? Never snub the parties of children who’s parents are Economists.

  • johcar

    I suspect the mods may delete this, but I giggled at it (possibly too many Cointreau Blacks):

    A NZ Muslim was reported to have been caught having sex with a sheep.

    He said it was islamb and he could do what he liked with it.

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