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  • Carl

    I wonder if they try the “hair of the dog” when they wake up. (pic)

    • peterwn

      Just think what Black Label would do.

      • johcar

        HeyPeter, don’t blame them – they’re young, with unsophisticated tastes…

      • Steve (North Shore)

        Blue, tasted it once. Yeah it is just blue

  • George

    Earlier today there was a post – “Hill Cone on NZ Journalism”
    Having just read this I found it refreshingly honest. Much of her observations, of course, have been exposed on this site through our numerous posts lamenting the appalling standard of msm journalism.
    Apparently, the desire of many of our young teenagers is to seek “fame” and this endevour is often pursued through social media. The msm is mirroring this behaviour but, of course, they have a greater stage to engage in this activity.
    Gone are the days where journalists built their credibility with well researched, factual and informative work. They now focus on promoting their thoughts and opinions in the mistaken belief that “they” are the news. Or putting it another way, how they interpret the news is more important than the story itself. Sadly, the fact we name and shame them with our posts is only adding to their quest for fame, however what is sadder is that they are not young teenagers.

    • jude

      I think they are even loosing respect among the younger generation.
      I heard my daughter comment “oh my gosh” with regard to a headline .only to follow with,” it was nothing”!

    • ozbob68

      I am noticing that Stuff have started to prevent comments on Andrea Vance’s most recent articles. Perhaps a tacit acknowledgement that there might be opinions contrary to hers that wish to be made?

      edit: grammar

  • peterwn

    So Craig Foss has announced a review of rules regarding taxis and Uber. It is important that legislation keeps up with technology, so changes for both taxis and Uber could occur. Some could be unwelcome in some quarters such as Uber drivers needing to have P licences with the prerequisite health and police checks. It could also remind Kiwis why many taxi rules are in place and are there for a purpose.
    Why, taxi drivers might even be allowed to use gay utes as taxis.

  • I.M Bach

    So no kiwi-owned beer on the national carrier? I would have thought that national pride would have won the day but no, a Japanese-owned beverage company gets the nod. http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/65234205/air-nz-reviews-food-suppliers-after-alcohol-changes

    “Once Moa has been phased out, big brewer Lion – owned by Japanese beverage giant Kirin – will be the carrier’s sole beer supplier.”

    I’m still shaking my head.

    • johcar

      That IS disappointing, especially now that Moa have brought out some half-decent beers. Not sure I want to drink ‘plastic’, mass-produced beer when I’m relaxing in Koru, I much prefer crafty/boutique beers…

  • Nige.

    Pete last night answered my question with “Mrs. Pete”

    New question, what do you like best about your spouse?

    I might try and make it a theme to ask a question based on the previous nights answers.

    • Carl

      Not having one.

    • Cadwallader

      The fact that she lives 5365 kms from me, so every time we get together at least one of us is on holiday. It works very very well about 95% of the time. There are obvious disadvantages so we’ll need to get sorted eventually.

    • I.M Bach

      My wife has a heart bigger than Texas, she’s always thinking of other people.

      • Cadwallader

        As long as you don’t mean “thinking” about her former boyfriends!

        • I.M Bach

          Haha, no no, that’s way, way off course. ;)

          • Cadwallader

            The fact you were lamenting no Kiwi beer with Air NZ made me suspect you were needing a diversion of the liquid type.

          • I.M Bach

            Wrong again mate. I never drink during the working week (even though today is my RDO) and I also rarely drink when I’m feeling down or irritable, it just makes matters worse. How does the 5365 deal work then?

            Edit, can’t count

          • Cadwallader

            Works well as we channel our personal interests to cater for our joint desires. Besides, she claims I snore and I say she does….so we require a buffer of 5365kms!

          • I.M Bach

            Akd-Per, am I right?

          • Cadwallader

            Palmy via AKL to Perth.

    • Greg M

      I like her surprising me. It never fails to surprise me to find out how much trouble I’m in. :-)

    • 1951

      ………..thinking…………thinking…….it’s not when he sprays every weed in my garden with Round-up………thinking……….. thinking……..oh yes!! when he hasn’t noticed that for very rose or gardenia he has killed-off with the round-up, I have bought two to replace it……..mmmm, that’s about it ;)

      • Don W

        Lock up the chemicals and you have control of the keys . ;)

      • Mags

        Goodness. I must have married his doppelgänger.

        • 1951

          Oh no! The trouble is he thinks he is helping. Some years back now I was preparing gardens for a wedding. He was pre-occupied with the new laptop in the weeks leading up to it, then out of the blue out came the back-pack. The carnage was horrendous. I had no option but go spend, spend, spend at the nursery. Now when he does it off I go without a hint of guilt.

          • Mags

            Thanks for the advice. Heehee.

    • jonno1

      That she’s always, and I do mean always, there for me, even after 45+ years! I hope her answer would be the same. Also, that we always agree on the important stuff, for example we’ve just bought an apartment for future use should either of us end up on our own (or sooner should she so demand, I mean suggest).

    • Dave

      What is this, Tough Question Tuesday, last night was easy, the animal is amazing. Hmmmmmm

      That she puts up with me despite all my errors and mistakes.

    • Isherman

      Probably her ability to pretend that she’s interested or enthusiastic about my various pursuits, without criticism or questioning.

    • Wallace Westland

      The thing I like best about my spouse is that she isn’t anymore!

      • intelligentes candida diva

        As I read all these I think a wee coffee table book could be made, the answers are delightful….good one Wallace Westland :-)

      • intelligentes candida diva

        I always want to know the reason for the name and avatars commenters use, I’m curious like that.

        • Nige.

          My name is nigel. (You guessed it. Right?) I use the name “motorizer” because it it the name if an album by motorhead and it sounds cool.

          • intelligentes candida diva

            Good one Nige.

            I chose mine because I took Latin, love languages and history and translated means “smart blonde” or not a dumb blonde lol.
            I chose my avatar because with the minds eye n all that and I like it
            Because of the type of work I do I need to have a pseudonym for now

          • And mine because when I had grandkids I refused to be called Grandad, so my son, God Bless him, said, “OK then, we’ll call you Grumps” Grumps to Grampus is not too far …

          • GoingRight

            My husband wanted to be called Gramps but we reminded him it would very soon be changed to Grumps, so we all went with Grandad and he is much loved by his so far four little granddaughters

        • Caprice

          My name is Caprice. I liked the source of the name. Head + hedgehog. Named my laser dinghy caprice. I cannot see why you would use the name for a model of car though?
          Sudden change, making your hair stand on end?..

          • intelligentes candida diva

            Nah Im pretty relaxed unless Im talking about abuse bludgers or the current murderous type following Islam lol

        • My name is Pete. And my avatar is chosen because I’m the monkey to the organ grinder.

          • Wahbonnah

            Dad??

          • Before this goes anywhere, I’m not going to respond to any claim of payment of pocket money, especially in arrears.

        • Reaper

          I spend a lot of time using a scythe. My daughter calls me the Grim Reaper. I chose the avatar to make the name sound less grim.

        • Cowgirl

          The name is a play on my given first name, the pic I’m sure you know why, but it’s also how I feel in the morning (I’m grouchy when I don’t get enough sleep). I was thinking of an avatar update though – hmmm, who shall it be? :P

          • intelligentes candida diva

            When I first came to read WOBH coming up to a year about April, it was like a close knit family to me and I drew a wide bow and thought you were Cows4me daughter lol
            Hmm now what avatar would you have oops I mean WHO I could never guess :-)

          • Cowgirl

            Haha – nope, no relation. Cows was already long established on here before I arrived. I will have to have a think about the avatar.

        • la la land

          La La Land is where I would like to be half the time instead of working so hard and I have always loved Maori weaving and art

        • Eiselmann

          Eiselmann is the surname of the first character I created for my long awaited ,and barely started ,best selling novel. The avatar has no meaning its just a random photo , always planning to change it to something more reflective of who I is.

          • intelligentes candida diva

            A writer :-), I’ve written a few poems and entered The Bridport competition but am out of my league. A poetic laureate has said she would look at my poems. Have you heard of Bridport writing competition?

          • Eiselmann

            Heard of it but never entered it ,kudos to you for doing so. Despite my random ramblings and rants on this site, that are also full of typos and horrible grammar, I do take my writing seriously and enjoy it, just never submitted anything , which annoys one of my closest friends who is a published writer himself and thinks I have more than one story to tell

          • Wahbonnah

            no no, your current picture is fine!!!

        • willtin

          I waz once a wiltin’ member, named after a certain MP who likes his whisky.
          My moniker slightly more politely nowadays.
          Any educated NZ whisky drinker will recognise my avatar.

        • 1951

          When I discovered Whale, Lux seemed to be the only recognizable female. Thinking it may be a boys-only club which I enjoyed, I thought I may just be able to sneak in with-out it being discovered, as well as indicating from where my perspective derives.

          • Betty Swallocks

            When I first found WO about 5 years ago, I dropped by every few days for a look but gradually got drawn into commenting. The name was one that I used years ago on a message board, and the avatar is Bessie Braddock, who was a Labour MP in the UK back in the days when there was a ‘working class’ for them to represent.

        • jude

          Well I am actually Jude to friends and family.
          My avatar was chosen because when I first commented ,someone posted a you tube clip of the Beatles singing Hey Jude!
          That made my day at the time! It showed me someone cared about my grumbles:)
          I joined around about 2.5 years ago.

        • LovetoTeach

          I’m a teacher and I love it…hence the name. I chose the avatar just before our last ERO visit…)

        • WeaselKiss

          I chose my name after an hilarious (to everyone else but me) incident with a stoat trapped in the woodshed.
          The foxy went around one side and scared the thing my way, as it burst past I had to pull back, all I saw was a blur past my face.
          The picture is Hughes 500C, I flew them on tuna spotting for a while.

        • hookerphil

          My name is Phil and I was a hooker, that’s the rugby kind, not the Manchester kind. Avatar, I love bacon

        • Moonroof

          Moonroof – for a long time drove a lot at night, it’s not a sunroof when there’s a big bright spoke in the lunar cycle, and a silly noisy tune from Sky http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky_3_%28album%29 got stuck and wouldn’t go away. Current avatar kind of self explanatory.

    • Cowgirl

      That he’s a complete goof, and he makes me laugh.

    • ex-JAFA

      That she exists only in my imagination, rather than ruining my life.

    • Carl

      With not having one as stated below I’m surprised that no one has answered putting up with their other significant other, Whale Oil.

      • intelligentes candida diva

        I dont have one either Carl, but Judes reminds me of a special person in my life always up for a bit of ‘tude to get a laugh.

        I think if people can weather a few storms they are not going to give up on the one that knows them not only at their best but worst, a special well earned treasure for two, me thinks!

        • pisces8284 .

          Couldn’t be bothered knocking a new one into shape #wink Seriously though, he has supported me through two serious bouts of breast cancer – in sickness and in health, that’s what it’s all about. Plus a sense of humour, black humour if necessary

      • chwaga

        47 years later this year and Mrs chwaga is generous to a fault. She loves gardening and gives the vegetables she has grown away and then goes to the supermarket to buy the same ones for us to consume. How she puts up with me I do not know.

    • Bluemanning

      She puts up with me.

    • Cadwallader

      That I am not married to any of the following Rachael Smalley, Laila Harre, Andrea Vance, Laura McQuillan, Metiria Turei, Jacinda Ardern. The ultimate torture for an Islamo man would be to be married to all of the above at the same time, although Jacinda could be popular over there as bred equestrian racers are highly valued in Arabia.

    • cows4me

      She’s always working, she loves animals and buys me beer when we need it.

    • jude

      He has a lovely sense of humour and is always teasing for a laugh:) Coming up 25 years this Feb, and I have to say I still love him as much today as i did on our wedding day.
      The time has flown so quickly, I just hope the next 25 slow down ,just a little:)

      • pisces8284 .

        Sense of humour is the key

      • Don W

        Its just 35 for us . I wont say what is best as it wouldn’t be seemly.

        • jude

          Congratulations on 35, I love to hear of those couples still together after the passage of years.
          I know people change as they grow older and experience life’s challenges.
          I wouldn’t want to face them with anyone but Al by my side:)

          • Don W

            Our 35th was yesterday.

    • Odd Ball

      A decent set of values.

    • pisces8284 .

      46 years this year. That he goes fishing. A lot. That’s why it’s 46 years :-)

      • intelligentes candida diva

        Gorgeous, congratulations and counting….

      • yossarian

        Mrs Yossarian and I are now 46 years married too, and I don’t fish. I do spend quite a bit of time in and under classic American cars however, maybe that’s my equivalent. Did you know that the symbol for the 46th year is poetry? I hope Mr Pisces is poetical.

        • pisces8284 .

          Not in my wildest imagination. He’s a football loving Pom (Crystal Palace). 42 years in New Zealand and he still sounds like he arrived yesterday. He could probably manage a limerick or two….

    • Genevieve

      He is an absolutely brilliant father to our 10 year old daughter. That makes me happy.

    • She accepts me the way I am, and for reasons that I can only be grateful for, has stuck with me through some pretty harsh times. I don’t deserve her, and I’m very lucky.

      • Don W

        Make sure she knows how you feel about her. It is important.

        • Oh, she knows. Don’t you worry about that.

    • Saggy

      I like the way a new year of (being reasonable) 20 hunting and fishing weekends turns into 8.

    • la la land

      He’s so good with his hands – hehe – actually he IS good with his hands and builds all sorts of stuff like our house and sheds and can fix absolutely everything – and he does – I never have to nag everything is just done – and he is gorgeous too… umm sorry got a bit over excited with that question!!

      • Don W

        “He is so good with his hands” , aren’t you lucky. :)

    • Betty Swallocks

      The fact that she’s still working and I’m retired

    • InnerCityDweller

      The fact that she seems to like me

    • jcpry

      After 32 years she still gives me butterflies like when we first met.

      • YES! This. Onya.

  • sandalwood789

    *Great* to see ACT doing that “NZ the way you want it” competition.
    They needed to get a bit of attention and this will certainly give them some.
    Hopefully they’ll get some good ideas too (and promise to implement them).
    Good luck to them!

    ( For those who want to make a submission, here’s the link – )
    http://www.nzthewayyouwantit.kiwi

    • Carl

      He is a good finisher, hopefully Taylor can find some form, he is struggling with the spinners.

      • Isherman

        Taylors been ‘adjusting’ his technique, not 100% sure its having the desired result myself.

    • Wallace Westland

      As I said earlier I want the super city undone? You reckon that will fly?

      • sandalwood789

        Mmm…. Unlikely, I’d say.

        More chance of getting a “recall the mayor” law passed. That was one of the things I mentioned in my submission.

    • intelligentes candida diva

      ……and it includes the engagement of the general public, no excuses for joe blogs to say they don’t get a say.

  • Isherman

    Hat tip to Luke Ronchi, got us over the line with a fine over at the end. A good knock that really deserved a half century.

  • GoingRight

    So the requirements for the new position in the Labour Party includes getting Little Angry Andy on TV at least twice a week. Well someone has achieved that this morning but I wonder with what result, he is revolting to look at, has little new to say and I have a feeling it will be a turn off rather than help his image. Isn’t it the blink look that is important, if so he failed badly this morning.

    • Isherman

      How long before someone suggests the solid black oversized frames he wears need to go..at least until he’s no longer a contender.

      • Cadwallader

        Lipstick on a pig?

      • intelligentes candida diva

        At least he has rushed in and had an extreme make over like Mike Hosking when he hooked up with the Ms Hawkesby :-)

    • Wallace Westland

      But the point is HE is achieving his gaols. And he has outlined them.
      Regardless of whether we agree or not he is doing something.
      What I want to know is when is someone from National going to be seen doing something back?
      The opportunities for taking the mickey out of a Parliamentarian advertising for a PR person to paid out of the taxpayers purse are endless and where is Key, Joyce, Brownlie, and co?
      Holidaying and saying nothing.
      They are seriously losing creds at the moment.
      Never mind Patagonian pirates pillaging our waters and we lie back and take it like it like a beaten two dollar lady of the night.

      • peterwn

        The renumeration for this position comes out of the Labour leader’s budget, and it is quite valid for him to hire PR staff. It may not be the best use of his budget, but who cares (apart from Labour MP’s) if he is not making optimum use of the budget.

        As long as it is within budget and for a valid purpose (which it is), it is not open to other parties to question the expenditure.

        • Wallace Westland

          I’m aware of that. I didn’t say they could question it. I said they could take the mickey out of it.
          And they can and they should.

          • peterwn

            As long as this does not open a gap for retaliation – remember Jason Ede for example. Anyway, first you ignore them, then you ignore them, then you ignore them, and you still ignore them and win!

          • Wallace Westland

            Rubbish. This Is politics. Sometimes you have to show a bit of mongrel.

    • Terence Hodgson

      The job description actually required some little appearances “in a good light” which must be one of the more artificial jobs ever advertised and pimped.

  • TSD

    Tourist ‘T-boned’ caravan in Mount Bruce crash.

    Never one to let facts get in the way of reporting whatever story you currently want to, Fairfax’s headline was for a story about a KIWI driver who pulled out in front of a tourist. Fortunately the TOURIST managed to slow enough to avoid serious injury before hitting the KIWI who pulled out in front of them.

    I doubt the newsish-story-teller who wrote the article actually wrote the headline of course and the article itself was not too bad. But the editors who are supposedly real reporters and all that dribble clearly thought that total misrepresentation is fine…

  • Alright

    The Black Caps: brilliant today, especially Williamson and Ronchi.

    • ozbob68

      I saw them on the TV at the gym chasing 7 an over and was worried they would up the rate and run out of wickets. Good to see the chase was made successfully.

  • Disinfectant

    Nathan Guy has been touring the South Island and looking at the effect of the very big dry period on the farms.
    But when I drive round, I see heaps of hay sitting around the farms having ben carried over for many years now.
    My view is that this big dry period will be managed well, as there is no overall shortage of stock feed.

    • cows4me

      So do your clean out your vegetable patch and give it all away for free if your neighbours have none, then you have none for winter?

      • Nige.

        Walk us through it. (If you have time) how does a farmer feed through the summer and prepare for winter. The closest thing to farming I have ever done is castrate about a hundred male calves and brand about a dozen female calves while I was staying in Orange NSW.

        • cows4me

          It’s not an easy question to answer as every farm is different and no two farmers are the same, plus you have the elements to deal with. Location, especially in our part of the country can make a big difference. I live relatively close to the sea and so tend to dry out earlier in summer while friends higher up the slopes of the mountain will enjoy higher rainfall and cooler summer temperatures . We usually put summer crops in but this year because of the very low payout have decided to take a risk and flag them. So far this summer has been very kind with some good rainfalls and great grass growth. We have done silage and filled the barns and I have some more silage to do thanks to the very good growth rates. But as the old people use to say, “if you have heaps of supplements coming into winter it generally means you are going to have a long hard winter”. At the present point in time the cows are extremely happy and milk volumes are at record levels which will help as the payout is expected to drop again. The ANZ is predicting a payout of $4.35 which will spell total disaster for some, so things are going to get grim. I could go on but I will only bore you.

          • Nige.

            So how often do you cut during summer?

          • cows4me

            Depends on rainfall. I’ll probably harvest about 30 hectares this summer or about a third of the farm.

          • Don W

            Years ago as a scout our motto was , Be prepared ,and farmers as with any industry have to take into consideration many factors that can have adverse effects on how their operation functions.Good years are often followed by bad years and then by good years.

          • cows4me

            Usually how it works Don, the three previous summers have been particularly hard but this one is long overdue.

          • Don W

            Last year was dry , this year it is still green and it is summer. It hasn’t been stinking hot either and has made it pleasant working out side . It is all the fault of man made global warming.

          • Don W

            It was 1985 at this time of the year and I was fencing in the same part of the world as I am now . I was fit and young yet it was extremely hot , more so than now it seemed.

          • sandalwood789

            Mmm….. silage…… :)
            I have great memories of going into a silage pit made by my brother (he’s long since left farming now). That great sugary smell (like brown sugar). No wonder the cows like it.

      • Disinfectant

        Where did I say that you give it away for free? I didn’t. You sell it if you have a surplus. Rest assured there are heaps of those wrapped bales around. If you don’t believe me, go out and have a look.
        And now that you have annoyed me, I am going on a big drive tomorrow around Canterbury and will take a few photo’s.

        • cows4me

          Trouble is Disinfectant many of these farmers effected by drought will already be under huge financial stress. Those wrapped bales can cost more than $100 each in times of drought and they don’t go far. I’m sure the banks will be under a fair amount of their own stress, how long can you keep adding to the overdrive. Oh and I didn’t mean to annoy you.

      • Murray Smith

        II think Dis, is saying that the south island on the whole, has had the benefit of several very good seasons growth. Most farms are carrying a reasonable amount of saved surpluses. If not, perhaps a degree of short sightedness is to blame.

      • Don W

        It is the socialist that will take your vegetables and give it to your neighbours as they have none Just because they are too lazy to put in their own vegy patch, would rather sit in front of the telly knocking back a few beers , it isn’t their fault you know.

  • Nige.

    pic

  • cows4me

    I see the Melons are squealing National is gutting the RMA, it should have gutted, drawn and quartered years ago. The RMA is the love child of big government and it’s gutting can’t come quick enough. This fascist bit of legislation has held NZ back for to many years.

    • Cadwallader

      The RMA has powers in it which would make Stalin grin even allowing for the fact he’s dead.

    • Wallace Westland

      That fascist bit of legislation was created by Labour but finished off by and passed into law by National, Simon Upton’s gift that just keeps giving.
      Simon Upton, Doug Graham & Rodney Hide should will go down in the history of modern NZ as the three main protagonists of the most ill thought of pieces of legislation that have decimated an economy for decades without being overturned. (I’m picking the Supercity legislation will never be wound back any more than the treaty gravy train will be!)

    • chrisgale

      The only use the Greens have is that they are reliably wrong. If they support something, oppose it. If they oppose it, do it.

  • Richard

    Pretty cool few days away with the family.
    One of the highlights was getting these two up the big hill for the boys first big sunset.
    I made a shoulder sling to carry Master 5 up as he can’t walk, dad was blowing hard but is was well worth it in the end

    • Isherman

      That wouldn’t be up the hill at Matauri Bay with the islands just out of shot by any chance would it

      • Richard

        Mahia Peninsula.

        • Isherman

          As Jude says frame that one, what a great photo.

    • jude

      A beautiful photo worth framing:)

    • intelligentes candida diva

      Wow, perfect 21st gift for each. Reflects too a lot about the parenting

    • 1951

      Wow, thanks for sharing with us. Perfect summer.

    • la la land

      What a beautiful photo to go with a beautiful little story

    • Nige.

      That’s just stunning.

    • A Goldie

      mokotahi..
      One of the few places on the east coast where you can see the sunset over the sea.

      • Richard

        Bang on Goldie, actually screws with the perception a bit that whole sunset angle.

  • Cadwallader

    This is becoming obsessive:
    Tonight Ms Smallbrain’s contribution to her conversation with Larry included this well-researched gem:”The RMA is a big document.” For all the use of the remark she may as well have said “it has words in it.” Perhaps she forgot to look inside? Where do these Herculean intellects come from? I just want to know to allow me to avoid going there.

    • 1951

      Sorry I missed that. So what was Ms Smallbrains opinion, if she had one? Did her grand intellect wish to scrap it or just keep on adding addendum after addendum?

      • Cadwallader

        I think she favours a few “sort of” amendments. Where she got that notion from is anybody’s guess…your bumper-sticker? It is time that Newstalk re-branded her hour in the mornings for what would be an accurate depiction: “Smalley: The Far Side Of Stupid; a pot-pourri of non-ideas and bigotry.”

        • 1951

          In order to prevent a peptic ulcer developing, it is recommended to not switch-on zb until the dawn chorus have completed the last bars. That way life becomes tolerable. Try it.

          • Cadwallader

            Agree, I don’t listen to her in the mornings but get caught out by her needless intrusion in Larry’s programme. Newstalk is doing more and more silly things such as pre-loading this idiot’s morning appearances with dribbly gossip at 5.45pm the evening before.

          • Nige.

            I don’t listen to any of them anymore. I can’t get motivated by a station that would hold her up as an ambassador. I’m back on the rock and the sound… For the time being.

          • Don W

            Do you wait for Leighton.?

          • 1951

            I like Mike and especially enjoy how sports&news invade his space to give him hell first thing. It’s good to have Leighton back too.

          • Don W

            I also am a listener of Leighton and have been a regular emailer to him for some of years, and he has aired several of my emails.

          • 1951

            I do the same. Not all, but most emails from ‘Judy’ are mine. That’s the only good thing about having a common name, no-one know which one it belongs to.

          • Don W

            I always use Don W when emailing Leighton or texting Larry , that is who I am.

  • johcar

    And I discovered another great new word today, applicable perhaps to Sarah Eris Torrent’s new best friend:

    mythomane

    PRONUNCIATION:

    (MITH-uh-mayn)

    MEANING:

    noun: One having a tendency to exaggerate or lie.
    adjective: Having a tendency to exaggerate or lie.

    ETYMOLOGY:

    From Greek mythos (myth) + -mania (excessive enthusiasm or craze).
    Earliest documented use: 1954

    (Words courtesy of my subscription to http://wordsmith.org/words/today.html)

  • intelligentes candida diva

    That Boko Harem needs destroyed in the same way they are destroying

  • luke

    I see there have been demonstrations around the Islamic world, protesting against Charlie Hebdo.
    Churches have been torched along with a christian orphanage. All because the cartoons offend Islam. As moderate Muslims claim that the extremists do not represent true Islam – it would be great if they demonstrated against them for bringing Islam the religion of peace into disrepute.

    • intelligentes candida diva

      Were there children killed?

  • fred flintstone

    Does any one know when 7 SHARP is back on.
    I suffer from constipation.
    3mins of Hosking and things start working again.

    • sarahmw

      Monday according to the man himself Mr Hoskings.

  • pisces8284 .

    Has anyone got Lightbox? Is it worth it?

    • http://www.nbr.co.nz/opinion/spark-offers-lightbox-free-its-600000-broadband-customers-complicating-life-rivals

      I wouldn’t pay for it, which is what Spark have figured out I guess, so now they’re giving it away to their broadband customers.

      It’s all about content, and Lightbox doesn’t have much that motivates people to part with cash. Still, this may change.

      Anyone who can deliver NZ sport unbundled and for a $20 or less monthly fee is going to be king.

      • Eiselmann

        Thanks, torn between keeping freeview as it is and biting the bullet….sky is expensive but it has sport…lightbox has some programmes I want but without sport it doesn’t fill the viewing void…..or do I hang out for Netflix?… I hate bigboy decisions sometimes.

        • ozbob68

          4K TV content is coming soon, which will probably mean electronic delivery over the internet of programs (as the content will go over what a standard blu-ray can accommodate for a movie). Watch for some interesting developments in the next year on content delivery over the internet.

          • Fragmentation will be the problem. It is one of the reasons I still use my, erm, skills to watch what I like, and I can only do that without committing to well over $100 a month in subs for viewing less than 2% of their total content.

            A virtual stadium pass would be good. Get to watch 30 games of your choice for $100 pre-paid. Or a virtual movie ticket, get to watch 20 movies for $100 pre-paid. Etc.

          • ozbob68

            Hmm, the sony network used to do that in UK, heaps of movies online (far more than sky) but 3 quid to watch one. I only did one (“Aliens”), if I liked a movie enough to pay for it, I usually purchased the physical media.

          • Moonroof

            I’ll watch that space, right now, 4K content gets a “yeah right, whenever”. Some of the 4K panels look pretty, but like 1080p full HD panels that are now status quo, how good is the display’s internal scaler, taking whatever its fed, and scaling to a fixed number of pixels in the panel? Some take everything well, some only like content that doesn’t need scaling to display res. I’m not breaking a leg to a acquire a 4K panel yet.

  • Wahbonnah

    Does anyone ever know what happened to the “nek minnit” fulla?

    • I don’t have that kind of attention sp

    • Greg M

      I was watching him on the TV at the dairy, and…nek minnit… he was gone.

  • I.M Bach

    You would think from this headline that the accident was the fault of the tourist but it would appear to not be the case. I’ll leave you good people to re-word the headline.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/65233432/tourist-tboned-caravan-in-mount-bruce-crash

    • sheppy

      Idiotic local farmer pulls out in front of tourists without looking.
      Sadly despite not going 1KMH over the speed limit the poor tourists couldn’t stop and have had their holiday ruined

      • I.M Bach

        That’s a pretty good effort, take a bow.

  • caochladh

    Thought for the day…………

    • spanishbride

      My favourite is, ‘ if you love some thing set it free, if it comes back to you it is yours, if it doesn’t , hunt it down and kill it.’ ;)

  • NZ 2014

    On Holiday and did something last week that most Aucklanders haven’t done, climbed to the summit of Rangitoto island ( 260 odd meters in height ) . View was awesome and well worth the time.

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