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  • jude
    • KGB

      My Mum passed away over 3 years ago. I phone her mobile a couple of times a year just to hear her voice.

      • jude

        That is very sweet :)

    • 1951

      When we came to record a message all those years ago, neither of us could do it without bursting into giggles. Our youngest got so impatient he took over, said “you have reached the *** , leave a message!!”. That recording is still there & he just celebrated his 30th in Dec. Neither of us can replace that boyish voice.

      • Don W

        They grow up so quick . My oldest was 30 in September.

    • pisces8284 .

      I have a cellphone number of a friend who has passed. Reluctant to delete it, if I rang it it would be someone else (unless they put the phone in the coffin……oh don’t go there, that would be too weird if it rang)

      • 1951

        Mm, I can’t delete my sisters ph.no. or web address for the same reason.

        • Gaynor

          I can’t delete my brother’s last text message for the same reasons…. It says “Send more drugs” lol I had left him some of my painkillers .

  • fairymai

    Gower tells it like it is, on 3news tonight “some very big Green boots to fill” ….he wears it like it is, also, big Green leaves on his socks..noticed during interview with Wussel.

  • Isherman

    So now we are at the end of the month, do we get a report on how successful the fundraising merchandise launch has been?

    • Tom

      I don’t fit hats, impatient for the tshirts to arrive ;)

  • cows4me

    Metiria’s just ordered a new coat, sneak preview.

    • Don W

      Is there a jewelled crown to go with it. Nothing but the best for the queen of her castle.

      • cows4me

        Has one of her loyal supporters breaking her grown in for her.

        • InnerCityDweller

          They’ve got dogs on their side too

    • LabTested

      WO did his post this morning with the photo of Metiria smirking, I then subsequently read on a MSM site that she had been visibly upset. Both couldn’t be right, So I went & found some news video – and there is no doubt, she was grinning like a Cheshire cat through the whole press conference.

    • Isherman

      And a pair of these so she doesn’t need to stand on paint tins…

      • Don W

        Equipped with hob nails and steel caps. Jackboots

    • Adios Africa

      “And don’t try to enchant me with your manner of dress,

      Cos a monkey in silk is a monkey no less”.

      1:35https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diwYuQ5zyRI

  • Nige.

    The Grampus answered last nights question with;

    “full cooked breakfast including steak dripping in butter and garlic”

    What is the most exotic food you have tried?

    (side note, i would really REALLY like to try crocodile after seeing them eat Cayman on “the island” on TV the other week)

    • jude

      This will not be exotic to a few hunters on this site. For me it was wild boar.
      While we were in Europe last year. My first time, and it was delicious!!

      • Disinfectant

        Whilst in Belgian it was Horse for breakfast.

        • jude

          I would have passed on that !

      • Tom

        Asterix and Obelix have been pumping it for years!

    • Wasapilot

      On a business trip to Kuala Lumpur, a service provider took me out to dinner. I have no idea what I was eating, most of it tasted ok though. Then they brought out a whole cooked fish, they, with much ceremony, offered me the eyes! Being reluctant to offend I managed to swallow them whole, no bloody way was I going to chomp on those.

    • SlightlyStrange

      Snails. In Paris. They were actually quite good – completely smothered in garlic butter. The thought was odder than the eat :)

      • Wasapilot

        I first had those at the James Cook hotel in Wellington, they were fantastic.

        • SlightlyStrange

          They are one of those foods I would only have because I was in that country. Well worth it. Better than the paella and sangria in Barcelona. But then, I’m not a seafood or red wine person!

    • SlightlyStrange

      Oh, and I also had Kangaroo steak on the tramcar restaurant in Melbourne. Oh man, that was absolutely divine!

    • johcar

      Ostrich – pretty non-exotic these days

    • KGB

      Frogs legs dripping in butter sauce…yummy

    • caochladh

      Tollymore Stew. After completing part of a duke of Edinburgh Award in the Mourne Mountains, on the last night in Tollymore Forrest, everyone had to put their last items of food into a large pot that was boiled up and shared by all. God, I was hungry but I can say without a doubt it was the worst thing I have ever eaten.

    • jcpry

      Baby clams marinated in tequila and fresh lime juice. Probably not the most exotic but definitely a memorable dish. On Aitutaki.

      • cows4me

        The tequila worms are better.

      • 1951

        Beautiful in a chilli sauce too.

    • Richard

      Blind Eel, spectacular, very similar to crayfish tail.
      Just have to deal with the snot.

      • Nige.

        oh. that is odd.

        • Richard

          You don’t eat the snot by the way, head and skin it like a fresh water eel and then cook it using your preferred method.

    • cows4me

      Crocodile is good, tastes like chicken.

      • ex-JAFA

        I found it very fishy, and not in a good way.

        • Nige.

          aw c’mon. dont put me off me dream.

          • ex-JAFA

            No worries, go for it. There are restaurants in Alice which serve an Outback Platter: crocodile, emu, camel and roo. You can wash it all down with a Darwin Stubbie.

          • Dave

            serve them here too, see pic, no not Kate, its Jacks.

      • Bluemanning

        Yes like chicken but with a touch of ‘slither’.

      • JustTinkering

        Alligator is even better.

      • Carl

        It taste like chicken because that is what they had been feeding it before it made it to the dinner table.

      • WeaselKiss

        Agree, it’ a dense white meant but………………………………………………
        ………………………………….it does have a bite to it.
        Ha ha gotcha cows.

    • Eiselmann

      Escargot when I was visiting the town of Aragon ..I think there may have been a double dare involved

    • ex-JAFA

      Camel is a delight! A lot like lamb, but with no fat.

    • Don W

      Possum stew is nice.

    • Papillon

      Had crocodile pizza. A restaurant in Ponsonby (no longer there) used to do it. But it was terrible and tough. Could have been the way it was prepared, but not a great culinary experience.

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      Not entirely exotic, but something you don’t see everyday… We use to target cuttlefish on dusk off the rocks. Fresh cuttlefish eyes/tentacles make the most bestest ever big snapper baits!

      We would then eat the rest [sans bone] pretty much the same way you eat squid and they’re more tender and tasty.

    • 1951

      I have owned up to having toad & dog (unwittingly) on here before but one of the most memorable/enjoyable dishes is Sharks fin soup with crab meat. Last night someone mentioned that Bluff oyster season starts in a couple of weeks. I have not been able to get that off my mind all day.

    • sarahmw

      Bear sausages, and still miss them. Yummy beyond belief.

    • phronesis

      Not particularly exotic but not quite what I expected. I was eating chilli frog in a restaurant in Vietnam, some city up in the highlands on the Ho Chi Minh trail. The restaurant owner spoke some english and came and sat next to me at the table. I said I was enjoying the frog and asked him where it came from. “out of the creek” was his slightly bewildered reply. “um what creek?” I asked. Blank stare. “Behind the restaurant of course”. I don’t know why I had assumed that it was a farmed frog or caught in the wild but I had. I didn’t ask to see the “creek” behind the restaurant.

    • Dave

      Crocodile is great – different, but its all in the mind.

      • JAFA Gazza

        Had a crocodile curry in Kirribilli in Sydney’s North Shore a few years ago. Meh. It was like a cross between fish and chicken. Although to be honest I had it Phal style so they could have put Tofu in there and it would have tasted the same.

    • Greg M

      The boss is of Asian flavour, so often I get things served up that most people would get a pest control guy in to get rid of. Almost without exception it’s all very tasty.

    • Gaynor

      Gooey Duck Husbands business used to sell them for a while

    • DemocKot

      I had the pleasure of trying this…..

      Surströmming
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surstr%C3%B6mmi
      Look on you tube for some americans eating it (warning language)

    • jude
      • pak

        Should have come with a warning…. can’t unsee now or look in the eye the neighbour’s cat who has just walked in!

        • jude

          I do want to visit Vietnam, that has put me off sampling some of the food!
          My niece visited , came back a vegetarian :)

          • pak

            You have to be brave! I lived in Asia for about 25 years and you do learn to avert the eyes around the street markets on occasion or become a vegetarian as your niece did!

      • EveryWhichWayButLeft

        Mmmm, protein.

        *apologies Jude, I couldn’t help myself

    • hookerphil

      Frog legs, snails, horse, reindeer, kangaroo, mountain oysters

    • gander

      Crayfish sashimi.

      Doesn’t sound exotic?

      When they brought it to the table it was still moving.

    • pak

      I have tried crocodile. Pretty rubbery and tasteless so don’t get too excited about the prospect!

    • Wendy

      Ive had crocodile, kangaroo, reindeer (meat and milk), and my old fave…blood pancakes

    • pak

      Up in the Himalayas some years back and had some yak’s milk. It is courteous to show appreciation when offered the local food. In an attempt to be polite was unfortunately too enthusiastic. I was then the sole recipient in our group of a strong black tea laced with what I could only describe as oily rancid tasting yak butter. How I managed to keep it down I will never know!

    • The steak for breakfast was incredibly exotic for a young soldier not that long out from Blighty. But now I find you can’t get much better than blue cod out of the water, into the pan with butter and a bit of lemon. B-e-utiful!

    • InnerCityDweller

      Not exactly exotic, but I do love horse meat and the fact that you can’t get in this country is a real shame.

    • Ulysses Swanson

      once tried to declare some emu jerky coming home from Australia but was told by customs that due to the then-current bird flu situation in Asia I was unable to bring in any avian-related products. I asked if I could scoff the small (but expensive) pack there and then rather than throw it away and after much to-ing and fro-ing I was granted permission to do so – I offered the customs lady some of my emu jerky but she turned her nose up and stated she was a vegetarian, to which I replied of course you are… not bad jerky any road up.

  • Nige.

    What could Cams theme song for his boxing bout be?

    • Nige.

      I dont like the look of that flag, John.

    • chrisgale

      Something that will piss off any PC twits there. I suggest the Tom Robinson Band http://youtu.be/GMy2bmSAIeA

    • Isherman

      I’d suggest G’n’R “get in the ring”, can post though I’m mindful of some strong language in it..your discretion on that.

    • jude

      Rolling stones…Paint it black.
      Great work out song, the black can be symbolic of the bruises….

    • Lux

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      Maybe not Cam’s theme song, but sums up what I’ll be doing – watching vicariously…

    • Richard

      • MaryLou

        Huh. Flicked past the image quickly, and at first glance thought it was Spock!

    • Lux

    • Carl

    • LabTested

      (I am a) Bad M.. F… by Biting Elbows.

      Warning Video has strong language & graphic violence (Sorry Mods) but is actually a brilliant Music Video

    • Carl

      Just cause it would get a laugh

      • Michelle

        Love this song very inspiring

      • 1951

        (pssst! my first Eminem experience) That’s so clever, you are clever to pick that one too. Ta.

        • JAFA Gazza

          Everyone needs an Eminem experience once in a lifetime. Beats Colonic Irrigation by miles IMHO. ;)

          • Carl

            I am not a fan of rap music but I really like Eminem, is that racist?

          • Nige.

            DONT FALL FOR IT!!!! its a trap!

          • Nechtan

            Yeah rap rhymes with a certain word for a reason.

          • JAFA Gazza

            Really dont know Carl….I thought Eminems were those multi coloured sweets that you bought filled with chocolate. Sort of a 2010 Smarties…..but I could be wrong….

          • JAFA Gazza

            Eminem..NOT Enema. jeesh. Dyslexia is a this….

        • JAFA Gazza

          OOOps..Dyslexia kicks in again. Eminem… I read ..well..Enema. :( ;)

          • 1951

            Gotcha. Seriously though, if the artist is any good his sound can work for any age. I’m currently shaking windows in this house with Gin Wigmore’s efforts. She just sends the message good & clear once I have reached the 2nd glass ;)

          • JAFA Gazza

            Very good call…

    • cows4me

      “I need a doctor” by Eminem

    • Lux

    • sarahmw

      We are champions Queen.

    • pisces8284 .

      Has anyone done Rocky?

    • Nechtan

      ” Earl Vince and the Valiants ” aka Fleetwood Mac

    • Lux

      • Don W

        Despite Peter Garret being a greenie it still a cool song.

    • JAFA Gazza

      Nah its gotta be this…
      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kS-zK1S5Dws

      And…everybody….I Get Knocked Down…But I Get Up Again…

      • Nige.

        oh dear…….

        • JAFA Gazza

          stuck in yur head now? *lol* it is in mine…. bugger!!!

    • Hard1

      My way or the highway….

    • Lux

    • edee

    • Nechtan

      Bad Company: “Downhill Ryder”

    • Lux

      Pants on the Ground!!! American Idol Season 9 – General Larry Plattflv

    • Nechtan

      If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)

    • HR

      Some really angry music would be great to walk into the ring to, link below. Go the Mike Tyson route, no socks, black trunks, no robe.

      Go get him!!

    • intelligentes candida diva

      My pick
      Godsmack – I Stand Alone: http://youtu.be/OYjZK_6i37M

    • Ulysses Swanson

      ‘Game Of Pricks’ by Guided By Voices

    • Ulysses Swanson

      how about ‘I’ll Fight’ by WIlco?

  • Sally

    Someone is a bit deluded.

    • chrisgale

      But you are not allowed to insult the divas! They can do things that Turei is now unable to perform!!! (Warning: Heavy metal singing Kate Bush in original key) http://youtu.be/WnG5iLR9g9k

      • cows4me

        I bet he needed a glass of water after that.

        • Don W

          More like a few beers ( quite a few).

      • Cowgirl

        Lol that is awesome – I love that song.

      • Richard

        This guy could do some flawless Darkness covers.

      • edee

        Brilliant. Great tshirt too.

      • KGB

        Awesome. Kate should be worried…

      • intelligentes candida diva

        Love his t shirt :-)

    • cows4me

      Looks like Alastair has made the most of the weather, a bumper crop I would say.

    • Trashley

      I’m sure the parody account that Alastair actually tweeted is also sorry to see @RusselNorman step down!

      • Sally

        ha ha. Alastair can’t even get that right.

        • Trashley

          Even Metiria can’t get it right! (surprise, surprise). Surely if she really respected her “fellow captain” she would have noticed she was retweeting a tweet to the parody.

          • 1951

            Funny that ‘cos there wasn’t a word about climate/environment in his speech.

    • Pluto

      PM I presume stands for Pathological Melon

    • Dave

      He Left Out, in Vanuatu or Syria.

      • 1951

        You are just worried he might head back to Queensland.

        • Aucky

          deleted. Wrong post.

        • Dave

          Very. But I can only hope he moves to Tasmania, more dopey greens there, QLD is not too green yet.

    • That would have been co-PM

    • Effluent

      And Adolf Hitler was a little bit nasty

  • Jimmie

    Any one interested in a little cold war humour. The following link is a guide for A-10 Warthog pilots looking to shoot up T-62 tanks. (Not very pc)

    I can see the term ‘pinko’ is quite an old one!

    https://medium.com/war-is-boring/cold-war-coloring-book-taught-a-10-pilots-to-kill-soviet-tanks-a26385113bf0

    • chrisgale

      The Warthog. A plane we should acquire — the green taliban navy would then avoid us.

      • Disinfectant

        Had a quite a few flying round me one day when I was crop-spraying.
        The tease didn’t last long, before it was all on. I just sensed that they wanted to play.
        Had a heap fun out turning them and diving round the trees.
        If only officialdom knew what happens some time.
        They are awesome aircraft.

        • colin herbertson

          ugly yet beautiful and very functional, sadly soon to be replaced by the duboius F35

          • Disinfectant

            Their common name was ‘tankbuster” as that is what they were designed for with a massive gattling gun type cannon up front.

          • JAFA Gazza

            The F-35 will be an abomination. Trying to be all things but not particularly good at any one task. The UK even ordered the aircraft carrier version….only to have to go back to the drawing board because the arrester hook for carrier landings wouldnt be able to function because of the only place it could be attached…between the undercarriage wheels…I like the idea of combat aircraft having a focal specialisation – if you try to get any one aircraft to be an attack fighter, an interceptor, air to air combat striker and a bomber…you are goingto end up with an SUV with wings. I have a mate in the uK that is working with the MoD on planning to on-board the JSF and I can tell you that apart from the money men, the combat guys – including pilots – dont want a bar of it. And yes – he is a retired Tornado/ Jaguar pilot so knows his preverbial! :)

      • Mark

        I spent some time with a Warthog pilot who flew in Desert Storm,very cool.

    • JAFA Gazza

      One of my three favourite combat aircraft of all time…the other two are the Harrier ( AV-8 as the yanks call them) and the a-6 Intruder. The F14 D get a hat tip too….

      • Nechtan

        F4 Phantom?

        • JAFA Gazza

          The Pig. Yup it was a phenomenal aircraft…bit slow but pilots loved them. Said they flew like a pig but were so smooth and reliable…would take a hammering and still be able to fly home….swing wings on it were a sensation too…predecessor to the F14….ugly but very capable aircraft…

          • Disinfectant

            Most who flew it nicknamed it the “Thud”.

          • JAFA Gazza

            Never flew one….but I would sell my soul to have a crack at one…..

          • Disinfectant

            I think the F4 Phantom’s M2.23 is a bit faster than slow.

          • JAFA Gazza

            All said and done..the F4 is an icon. She is a bird that you can feel comfotable in,,,rely on and get the job done, But was a confused delivery platform……interceptor? bmber? Strike r? beautiful plane ….and ugly too. Aparrenly a joy to fly….hard as nails….and that is why we HAD the F14….. *sigh*

      • EveryWhichWayButLeft

        “of all time…”

        You’d have to include the FW-190D9 or the P-51D in that list surely?
        If they had of got a few more ME262s in the air for longer, I reckon that would be in the list somewhere too. #justsayin

        • JAFA Gazza

          P 51 is stunning to fly…did a few runs in one out of Ardmore – Warbirds – the 262 – yes…I totally believe if the krauts got that into active combat earlier, we would be in a different place…the 109 – yeeeeeeeah..sort of on the fence with that.

          • EveryWhichWayButLeft

            I meant the Focke-Wulf 190, not the Messerschmitt BF109… It was feared by all allied aircrews.

            nb: totally agree on the others (although the A6 would drop out for the P51D). The A10 is a beautifully engineered aircraft – I watched an interesting documentary once where the said it was essentially designed around the cannon.

          • JAFA Gazza

            Yup…but its roll rate was low and couldnt climb….the Spit took it out as did the Hurricane….but that was later in the piece….before the Spit it was an awesome aircraft – but referring to my other posts, this was an aircrast delivery platform designed to do one thing…not many. Our Western approach towards “rationalising” weapons platforms will invariably mean we will end up with flying Lada’s…..gets the job done cheaply…

          • EveryWhichWayButLeft

            Yeah, agree with you comments – esp. the ‘SUV with wings’.
            The F35 sounds like a lemon, so I bet the A-10’s service life will be extended.

          • Disinfectant

            Some have just been brought back into service for a particular reason, which escapes me for the moment.

          • Wasapilot

            The P51D was a game changer in that it could escort the bombers all the way to Germany and back. Chuck Yeager loves the P51D, good enough for me.
            Flew in the first one to come to NZ back in 84 or 85 at Wigram, Briiliant.

          • colin herbertson

            RNZAF was reequippig with P51Ds at wars end,30 served with the territorial air force into the 1950s

          • Wasapilot

            You are quite right Colin, I should have clarified the first privately owned example.

          • Disinfectant

            Again not quite right. See my post above.

          • JAFA Gazza

            Yup – gotta say..its true what they say…”Rolls Royce of the air”. Great bird to fly.

          • Disinfectant

            John McDonald used to fly one round Canterbury in the 60’s.
            Remember all rushing out to have a look one day as it scorched over town whilst in class at school.

          • Wasapilot

            Really, I did not know that. We are always learning.

          • Disinfectant

            I believe it was co-owned by Ron Fechney.

          • Wasapilot

            In 1984 he purchased a North American P-51 Mustang from John Dilley of the USA.[7] Painted in RNZAF colours, it attracted much media attention as the first flying Second World War fighter seen in New Zealand for some years and played a major part in the 1980s and 1990s expansion of the Warbird movement in New Zealand. The purchase of this aircraft caused him to establish the Alpine Fighter Collection.

            This is the one I was referring to, the above from Tim Wallis’s wiki page. I had no idea there were earlier privately owned examples in NZ. WO, a centre of learning.

            Thanks for the information.

          • Mark

            Both you & Wasapilot seem to have some stories I would love to see shared,envious I certainly am!
            We are very lucky here with the sort of stuff we get to see thanks to a few dedicated (& rich) people.

          • JAFA Gazza

            Ah..rich??? No. Just had the opportunity to get some “stick and Rudder” time in a few airplanes….. tried choppers for a bit but aparently they dont like me…or me them. :)

          • Mark

            I once would have liked to have tried choppers,I have a mate who has crashed three LOL. He has great stories,deer recovery,ok & chopper recovery!

        • colin herbertson

          the F86[based on a Messersmitt concept design] and the mig21 were both top notch in their eras, but the all time classsic would have to be the Spitfire.

      • Je Suis Charlie – Respect!!

        I’d put the A10 near the top of my list.

        Looks like it was designed with an ugly stick, slow and noisey, but that cannon – HELL YES!! DU rounds were nasty

        Infantrymen love the old bunker buster but not if you were on the wrong side of the wall or in a tank.

        • JAFA Gazza

          I LOVE aircraft that are designed for a purpose, Thats why I really love the A10 and A6. The Tomcat is just…well…iconic, The JSF will be a fail…IMHO….

          • Wasapilot

            That is why the Herc is the greatest aircraft ever built ;-)

          • JAFA Gazza

            Oh…. C130… I love them Love them. Nosiy horrible to be in as a “passenger…”…but ut can REVERSE!!! Love the C120….Its a true Go To plane…love it,,,,love it

          • Je Suis Charlie – Respect!!

            Fighter/bomber designed by commitee. Doomed to fail.

  • pisces8284 .

    Oh Eketahuna….You need a few more cabins for the visitors lol. Hospitality will be top notch though, go the Hurricanes!!
    They only have two cabins in case you missed it on TV One

    • Tom

      According to a mate, Ekatahuna means ‘I have a female chicken’ in Afrikaans

      • pisces8284 .

        I’ll take your word for it….

        • pisces8284 .

          In Maori it means this ….eke: run aground or land; tāhuna: sandbank – Land on the sandbank

    • Dave

      Spent a few nights in custody in the old Ekatahuna Cells…. Quite a story, actually i spent a lot of time in them. A mates dad was the sole cop there, and the cells were behind the police station / home. When we visited for holidays, we would get to stay out there if no one else required them. A great place to play as a 10 year old. We were not allowed to stay there from Thursday to Sunday, and i remember my mates dad coming home late one night and being evicted as they had a real criminal.

      • pisces8284 .

        Love it Dave! What a great story

      • Don W

        My mate and I were I were in Hokitika, it was Easter 1975 and it was pouring down with rain and and in the evening. There wasn’t any available accommodation so we called into the local police station to see if they could help ,a bunk in a police cell was looking pretty good at that stage but not to be . We ended up sleeping in the car on the forecourt of a service station.

      • Michelle

        Great story wouldn’t be allowed these days

        • Dave

          That would have been 66/67 roughly, very very different now, if fact I’m not sure there is a sole police stationed there now. Some great memories there, my first drive of a car, tractor, first time milking and so much more. Other things can’t be told on here!

          • Don W

            My mate and I picked up two Aussie Hitchhikers as we headed down the west of the south island. He got lucky , I didn’t. He followed this girl to Aussie , he married her had a family and we lost touch but I think they are still together living happily.

      • I.M Bach

        I had a close call near ‘Ekkie’ one afternoon in the 70’s. My worked over MkIII Zephyr was running sweet, I had the hammer down, speedo needle invisible on the rhs of the dash and I went low-level flying past a traffic cop (with a big box radar mounted on the boot of his car, possibly a PA Vauxhall) and he didn’t even put his hand up! Or if he did I didn’t see it. Still haven’t heard anything about it……

        • Dave

          My friend and his family moved from Ekatahuna in approx 1971, then I had holidays on the the shore and a fair few years later discovered shore city, amongst a lot of other things alchol, nightclubbing and all that goes ……….

          • I.M Bach

            Of course, I have no idea what you’re hinting at…bwahahaha.

  • pisces8284 .

    Owen Glenn lost a lot of weight – is he OK? (TVOne)

    • Disinfectant

      Very melancholy to.

      • jcpry

        idk about weight loss but a smart move to put a stick in Watsons wheel.

      • MaryLou

        He seems to have had a rough run here since he’s been back. Don’t know a thing about the man really, but have a bit of sympathy for him with what he’s tried to do back here. The business school and ambassadorship – Helen got him, Poverty study – the lefties got him, Warriors – run in with Eric. Don’t know anything about Watson either, but doubt I’d want to go into business with him, regardless of the potential profits!

        • Mark

          I don’t know much about him either,thou I have read his bio. He seems to set high standards & get a bit bent out of shape when they are not met,I can understand that.
          Frankly I am surprised & pleased by this move & surprised he has not just told “NZ” they can kiss good bye to his rather generous behind. I would be a lot less forgiving with that kind of money,actually I be a real…

    • Pete

      I have some similar pics of him sat round the smoko table with our guys back in 2011, everyone of them said how easy he was to talk to, and what a good guy he was.

  • pisces8284 .

    John Key in Rotorua – can you imagine Angry Andy as relaxed as this?

    • Nige.

      ill bet he doesnt even need a plate. Now thats relaxed.

    • Dave

      More so, the others around him are relaxed, no tension, its just John Key. He is naturally warm and approachable, poor Angry Andy cannot match this no matter what he does.

      • Pete

        Bang on there Dave, he does have a knack of making those around him feel very relaxed. Thats a gift.!

  • Pete

    Well I tell you what fellow Whalers, I am so glad school is back on Monday. I have done my dough,.. played too much football, .. thrown too many darts, spent far too much money on food and drink I didn’t need..which is now inside, and hanging off me.! I don’t earn heaps, nor does the Mrs, but we get by and are doing ok. NZ is great place, and I wouldn’t change my situation for the world…

    Nothing is ever perfect, but most of it is good.:)

    • Odd Ball

      Our kids went back to school last wednesday, it was hard for the last few weeks, keeping them entertained, and not squabbling with each other. They had been looking forward to school & now they have settled into a routine already. It means we can now clean up the house, and get it respectable again…

  • caochladh

    This is for all the BMX riders. The scenery is pretty good too…………..

    • Pete

      One word..and thats NO.!

  • Nechtan

    Crikey! A very busy day, no internet access and no radio, and what happens Red Russel steps down (or was pushed), and Sabin resigns. Now playing catch up on the posts.

    • Don W

      Russ probably couldn’t handle having to deal with that Turei woman.

    • gambler

      Cant remember exactly but around just before xmas Rodney Hide was been asked by a reporter what big political news does he expect in 2015 and thats what he said… russell to resign

    • intelligentes candida diva

      Murphys law Nechtan …damm

    • Don W

      If you don’t mind me asking, what sort of work do you do.?

  • Pluto

    Farmers feel free to send a gold coin donation.
    No rain for weeks, I’m walking Heaphy track Monday and rain forecast for the four days.
    Fill ya boots !

    • intelligentes candida diva

      Good for you, I’m doing Stewart Islands Rakiura Walk in a couple of weeks, only 32ks. Will you have service to share photos? I am interested :-) ENJOY

      • Don W

        How many days does it take to do this walk.?

        • intelligentes candida diva

          3 first day 100m gradient day 2 approx 300 gradient and day 3 approx 100 gradient.

        • Pluto

          4 days 80 k’s

      • Don W

        You take care and if it is hot like now take the necessary things such as electrolytes to add to your water. You can survive without food for a day or two but fluids are vital. Carry a spare of footware in your pack .

        • Don W

          I hope you have real good time.

  • ShugMcGlumfer

    This band is/was from Glasgow/Scotland. Great stuff, reminds me of Glasgow on a Saturday night in the 70’s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSDG_orE2I8 apart from the odd costumes!

    • I.M Bach

      Excellent band, I had their album ‘Next’ on vinyl moons ago, still love this one…

      • Ulysses Swanson

        The Cult recorded a pretty good cover version of this track back in the 1990’s, it didn’t feature on any of their albums but turned up on the odd compilation and EP;

        • I.M Bach

          You’re right; that IS pretty good. Love The Cult and the way their ‘She Sells Sanctuary’ opened the movie ‘Layer Cake’ was brilliant. The Cult; thanks for reminding me.

  • JAFA Gazza

    For Jimmie (below comment on aircraft) and the pilots amongst us…check out this bit of flying…..

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PME5NCQyMwg

  • Odd Ball

    It seems the USA is interfering in another countries upcoming election.
    It used to be done via the CIA apparently, but this time it’s right out in the open, and it’s one of their allies as well.

    http://freebeacon.com/national-security/state-department-funded-group-bankrolling-anti-bibi-campaign/

    • MaryLou

      Well, that’ll help matters, won’t i! Don’t they ever learn???

      • Effluent

        They went ahead with it too – I’m still suffering the obesogenic aftereffects of McDonalds burgerite poisoning…

    • caochladh

      When you consider they drew up a plan to invade Canada and use chemical weapons on Britain, nothing surprises me.

  • Effluent
    • jude

      Thank you for sharing that. I wonder if our own MSM have the nous to acknowledge this New Zealander..

    • Don W

      Lest we forget.

  • JAFA Gazza

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki3CLHJrPSc

    And if anyone wants to watch a self confesed Hillbilly NAIL Toto’s Africa…here you go….its worth it!

    • Moonroof

      Knockout, cheers for that one, sent on!

  • damm good thrashing

    I didn’t hear the train coming …the dam bells were making too much noise.

    • Mark

      But,But,But something must be done!

      Those trains sneak up on you they are worse than Cows,roaming about freely as they do.

  • Igotta Numbum
    • steve and monique

      Seems $50,000 dollars of funding for her book is a long distant memory for her. Pity, now she is a whinger, and it makes me think she deserved nothing.

    • Moonroof

      And. Possible positive, if she keeps slagging off our brilliant little country when overseas, a few less people may feel the need to migrate here. We have enough people, cars, houses et al. Don’t need more this week.

      • MaryLou

        What I can’t understand is her bit about how the Right create a climate of fear, and how quick they are to silence their critics. Really? Is she comparing us to a middle eastern despot perhaps? I don’t see how she could have read anything like that into what JK said, and as for other commentators, well – we’re allowed our opinion just like she is.

        I note she didn’t mention anything about Grant money though.

        • Moonroof

          Well observed, a logical flaw. The MSM is pretty good at that which she accuses the right of. Her little tanty and the response surfaced in lunchroom today, the coworkers are supping from the leftist koolaid… Pointing out the grant money shut it down.

          • MaryLou

            Fame does interesting things to people. Do you remember when Brad and Angelina announced they were heading off to “fix” the Israeli/Palestinian problem? The Israeli’s reply was that they were welcome as tourists, but the implication was who the hell do you think you are??

            Honestly. People.

        • caochladh

          I guess its an easy mistake for her to confuse Aunty H’s modus operandi as SOP. What bothers me is that she will also be confusing the young minds she teaches.

          • MaryLou

            Oh no – she TEACHES??

          • caochladh

            Catton is a lecturer in creative writing at the Manukau Institute of Technology.

          • MaryLou

            Well, I’d say I’ll make sure my kids avoid it, but really her attitude seems pretty pervasive throughout the tertiary education sector. And secondary. Ok. And primary.

            And kindy.

          • caochladh

            It seems that the Left, the Greens and just the ordinary lunatic fringe have invaded our learning institutions.

          • justhinking

            So you home school?

          • MaryLou

            Nope. Too busy being a capitalist and making my own money to feed my kids. I do try to ameliorate the damage though, and make sure the kids have a variety of alternate sources from which to form their own opinions.

    • jude

      I have not purchased her book. Any temptation to , has passed.
      There a lot of good books out there. I am currently reading A Higher Call by Adam Makos. About two world war two pilots. A German and an American. It is based on fact.
      I am not a pilot ,but it is a heroic tale worth reading!
      I admit to skimming through the technical bits:)

      • Ulysses Swanson

        that WW2 book sounds riveting, but if you’re looking to read the best book ever written you’ll be wanting this ‘un by Mark Manning;

      • Sooty

        At 700 pages, you got to be kidding. You could cover the entire 2nd world war, with that.

    • Wasapilot

      At first I pitied her for being such a naive, arrogant, selfish little luvie.

      Now I find myself really disliking the ungrateful hua

      • intelligentes candida diva

        OMG :-) That adjective “hua”. I recall as a tiny tot my dad saying that out in the paddocks, never in front of mum what does it mean?

        • 1951

          It has a great tone to it. I must use it more frequently.

        • Don W

          Matt Watson the fishing guy on TV also uses that word on his show. Must admit have used that word myself.

        • Wasapilot

          I always thought it meant cheeky, naughty, nasty etc to describe a person ICD.

          I heard, and read many defintions yesterday.

    • Lux

      What is her problem?

      Kiwis have been generous to Catton, says Taxpayers’ Union

      2007/2008
      $9,000: Writers Bursary for living expenses while writing The Luminaries

      2008/2009
      $5,000: Arts Grant to appear at the Vancouver International Writers Festival

      2010/2011
      $28,750: Arts Grant – to the University of Canterbury to support the Ursula Bethell Residency 2011 for creative writing.

      She was also given $9,500 in international travel funding to assist her attending writers festivals in Perth, Edinburgh and Canada and Adelaide; a further $7,500 in translation grants was made to overseas publishers to have Catton’s first novel The Rehearsal translated to Spanish, and The Luminariesinto Spanish, Dutch and Portuguese.

      “We say again, if Ms Catton isn’t thankful for the support by the New Zealand Government while she wrote The Luminaries, maybe she should use some of the substantial royalties to pay the money back,” said Mr Williams.

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11394285

      • Pete

        I’ll have to check this out for myself, but if it’s true, Catton will be getting an earful from me.

        • MaryLou

          Good! She’s on Twitter now!

        • I.M Bach

          Make it on behalf of all of us please.

    • pak

      I fear the lady doth protest too much. Her latest tongue-lashing describing New Zealand as having a culture where “fear and hysteria prevail” and advising that she will be discussing that with her international audience shows her to be petulant and arrogant and not a little immature.

      • Sailor Sam

        She is a nobody who wrote one book. at taxpayers expense.
        Now she thinks she is a somebody.
        Bit like Gareth Morgan in drag.

      • Lux

        She is another Kray.yzee green ..

    • metalnwood

      She is wrong, I dont think it is the right that are getting on her back. With statements like she has made I think it’s the full spectrum on NZ’ers that she is rubbing up the wrong way.

      It really irks me that someone would do this kind of thing for political points. I guess it’s an artsy thing to cut off your nose to spite your face.

    • 1951

      Even after all that has been said & written, she still hasn’t got the message. She just continues to attack. Firing off at the Right/media. The thinking of the greens is really quite delusional. I have spoken out as so many here have.
      Eleanor
      ” I am not the media, I am not attached to the government. I am an ordinary caring citizen Eleanor and I find what you have said over the last few days shows an appalling lack of gratitude and a total lack of understanding of how things are done in this country. Time you went and hid under a rock until you grow-up too. You won’t be alone”

    • Sooty

      Remeber Cam’s rule. explaining is losing.

  • intelligentes candida diva

    Phew, finally got to sit down!
    Time for a Corona and home made cajun spice chicken for tea, forget the veges I am all about the meat tonight. I have been healthy eating most of the week so a little indulgence

    • Don W

      Is Corona a cigar.?

      • I.M Bach

        Tricky to light.

      • intelligentes candida diva

        A lager :-)

        ……. but must say entry to the Boston Legal review group required smoking a cigar for a friend who wanted to join and I supported her by trying one too

        • Don W

          They do make a cigar called corona . Is it a good lager.? Toyota made a car , corona It was a good car too.

          • MaryLou

            Was it you last night, singing the praises of Skoda??

          • Don W

            Not guilty. The Skodas I remember were something that came from the communist part of Europe. I think.

          • I.M Bach

            That would be me, my nephew bought one, it’s brilliant.

          • MaryLou

            Oh that’s right. The picture posted is so different from the early versions I’m quite keen now to have a look. Dons’ mention of the Corona set off more memories of how they were!

          • I.M Bach

            Corona (the car) are incredibly reliable (as are Corona the beer). Either will ‘get you there’ but they should not be mixed. One will cause leaks, the other not so much. Tipping one up is recommended, not the other. You can polish one, but polish off several of the other. Rubber is recommended for both.

          • I.M Bach

          • MaryLou

            Hah – very good! Haven’t come across him in years

          • MaryLou

            Deleted – wrong place somehow!

          • intelligentes candida diva

            I like it, I am not a beer drink as such but long warm days its nice not sweet…fresh and good with hit spicy food

          • Don W

            I have been working out in the sun , fencing, and the beer at the end of the day is rather welcome.

          • intelligentes candida diva

            Im like that after mowing the lawns, something satisfying about mowing the lawns, oh FYI Corona isa Mexican lager

          • caochladh

            I recall in the 80’s when USA imported limes reached about $60 kg wholesale, the only people buying them were those selling Corona. That was before the share market collapse, mind you.

          • intelligentes candida diva

            Where I am its expensive to buy limes so usually opt for lemon

          • Mark

            They are $25 a kilo now! Lemons are $8 a kilo & both of you need to just stop,my local liquor store is still open & you are making me thirsty & I’m not famous for my willpower! :)

          • caochladh

            Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today………or tonight!

          • Mark

            I don’t even have a lawn! Oh wait…I get it!

          • I.M Bach

            If you’re on the Coronas it’s the reverse; don’t do today what you can put off until tomorrow. It works every time.

          • Mark

            Six will cure my hayfever,surely better than taking drugs ;)

          • BJ

            Had the pleasure of picking about 8 kg off one enormous old tree at Aitutaki in the Cook Islands 5 weeks ago. They were consumed in abundance on the high seas with papaya, mango, pineapple, marlin, yellowfin, mahimahi, cray, salad dressings and many corona’s – but it’s back to NZ lemons now.

          • I.M Bach

            Not so long ago a buddy of mine (who is the freighting game) was given a stack of Coronas. There’d been some sort of accident and many boxes were damaged, broken glass over everything. All we had to do was rinse the bottles to get the glass fragments off and drink. It’s a hard life sometimes I tell ya.

          • Mark

            Back in the day when Security used to confiscate liquor at concerts it used to just get tipped straight into the car boots of the guards.Ah the good old days.
            I’m sure this no longer happens for various very good reasons.

          • Platinum Fox

            I lived in California for a couple of years in the 1980s. The original purpose of the section of lime was to sanitise the rim of the bottle, before drinking from said bottle. The piece of lime was discarded.

          • I.M Bach

            I think the paving crew who put this lot down started early.

  • I.M Bach

    I have no idea how old this news is (or even if it’s ‘news’) but my head got to shaking again. Halal certified NZ water. Of course, it makes perfect sense.

    • pak

      There was a bit of a conversation here last week I think it was, including a reference to halal certified water, but I think a different brand. We need to be alert – halalification is seeping everywhere!

      • 2rotorbro

        I don’t read the labels anymore to see what’s contained within the product. I read the labels looking for that stupid verification mark and if the product has it I leave it on the shelf.

        • pak

          I do too but has become like some insidious epidemic and those little marks are everywhere so really need to be on look out! (You are up early 2rotorbor!).

    • worksux

      That has to be photo shopped………surely.

      • spanishbride

        Why? They have Halal certified Cadbury Easter eggs! I am NOT joking

  • KGB

    I go something right !!!

    KGB Euan Ross-Taylor 4 months ago

    The Greens are far smarter than Labour, they only show unity. They must know they have to change something in attempt to be relevant. They aren’t smart enough to realise it should be policy, not leadership. They won’t be happy with the election result. I could be totally wrong but I think somethings up. Metiria is way more dangerous than Russell.

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    • jude

      Very clever of you:) Your further insight into what is happening on the Green front will be appreciated.

    • Don W

      This Turei woman needs to be watched. She is not unlike Kim Jong Un .

    • Wasapilot

      You are indeed the oracle KGBTRADAMUS

  • Ulysses Swanson

    if this isn’t the best homegrown song of 2014 I’ll eat my hat;

    • I.M Bach

      Would you like fries with that hat?
      (Actually, it’s not bad, just kidding ;) )

  • caochladh

    There was some drama not so long ago about people using disabled parking places. This is how they signpost in redneck country…………….

    • I.M Bach

      I’d give more than one upvote if I could, that deserves several. I have a niece who has been wheel-chair bound since birth and the number of times my brother has had issues regarding disabled parking spots is incalculable.

    • Ulysses Swanson

      how many disabled parking spots do they have at Special Olympics venues?

  • fairymai

    Joan, Ms Catton’s grandmother is right now on Newstalkzb, talking to Tim B.,about all the funding she has received from the taxpayers of NZ, her hard work and how sad it has been for her father, at the backlash Catton has received, she also has said how nicely Mr Key put it when he rebuked what her granddaughter had said…oh dear the Catton family do like to ‘air’ themselves..

  • Sooty

    Oh, you lot are mean. 300 post at 3am!

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