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  • Korau

    Word of the day

    agelast (noun) (plural agelasts) – A person who never laughs.

    Usage. The agelast leader of the Labour Party.

    Source : http://www.yourdictionary.com/agelast

    • GoingRight

      A good description for Martyn/Martin aka Wrongly Wrongson maybe?

      • Cowgirl

        The irony being that he is an endless source of laughter for everyone else.

        • Wheninrome

          A little source of humour maybe.

    • Imogen B

      Thank you Korau.
      I enjoy your contributions.
      Happy New Year!

      • Korau

        Thanks Imogen. And a happy new year to you, and all the blog readers and writers.

  • George

    Happy New Year to all of you and thank you for your company and motivation.
    Let us make 2015 a even more miserable year than 2014 for the Socialists. It will happen by defalt if the economy continues along its “rock star” path. There’s one thing the Socialists can’t stand is when success is generated through private initiative. 2015 is the year the msm will be held accountable, hackers will be hunted down and Whaleoil will be the main go-to site for truth and mature comment. This is our year Dot Com, and for you, your worst nightmare is about to unfold.

  • Cowgirl

    Curwen Ares Rolinson is all over Facebook today boasting about attacking Max Key in his latest vocabulary exercise/opinion piece. I don’t recall ever the kids of a politician being attacked in the way the Key kids have. Is this now the new norm until the left get into power again? Surely they have realised by now that the Key kids are not their father, and that no one cares what they get up to/say?

    • OneTrack

      “Is this now the new norm until the left get into power again? ”

      Yes, it is. You don’t expect them to campaign on “policies” do you? Lefty 101, tackle the man, not the ball, and if that fails, move on to attacking associates and family. Anything for the cause, Comrade.

      • Cowgirl

        The logic actually seems to be that Max Key’s attitude is a reflection of his dad’s ‘cavalier’ attitude in sending troops to fight in foreign wars. The left have officially run out of ideas.

    • peterwn

      A commercial radio announcer said that Rob Muldoon’s son had been busted for drugs when there was no foundation for this. This riled Rob sufficiently that he got his pet defamation lawyer on the job. It was settled out of court for a five figure sum and the announcer was sacked.

      So Rolinson might be next to cop this sort of treatment.

      • mommadog

        Definitely a Rob Muldoon way of handling things. I don’t see Key doing it though – getting a defamation lawyer that is. His style is more to ignore and hope it goes away as in, its petty and not worth worrying about. I wish he would got he defamation route though as silence just encourages the bullies.

    • sarahmw

      jealousy and envy are dangerous attributes to have as they color your take on things and lead you down a slippery slope. Don’t the left ever learn. Attacking children verbally is admitting you are a loser and not a very nice one. Oh and who is C A Rolinson anyway?

      • Cowgirl

        He’s a NZ First activist – say no more.

      • ex-JAFA

        He’s a racist oxygen thief, more interested in trolling (in real life, as well as online) than in reasoned thought.

    • 1951

      The Left work with moving the goal posts to suit the weather. Their sanctimonious attitude of caring more than you, only last as long as it benefits them. They will always sink below the set & accepted set of standards. Sad for politician kids to be pulled into an argument that isn’t theirs.

      • Aucky

        Interesting isn’t it that Goff’s, Shearer’s, Cunliffe’s and now Little’s families have all been off limits and that is exactly the way it should be. Seems to be that it doesn’t quite work that way for lefty commenters.

        • 1951

          It’s below the belt stuff.

    • Gaynor

      Max Key posted a photo and later that day said he had had a fun day…. Idiots like Curwen joined the 2 together and made something of it.

      • Cowgirl

        I looked at the posting and wondered if he wasn’t in fact being sarcastic ie the crosses made for a not fun, sobering day. Either way, it doesn’t matter – he’s just a kid on Facebook.

  • OneTrack

    Happy New Year to all.

    And the Herald is off again, focussing on the weird stuff that nobody cares about and failing to apply journalist basics, like proof-reading while they are at it.

    An article written, supposedly, by a “business” writer.

    “The mouldy burger test: McDondald’s cheeseburger unchanged after 15 days”

    • peterwn

      Sue (I don’t have a Snapper card) Kedgley did a similar experiment years ago.

      • And no one cared then either.

    • sarahmw

      I thought she was a police reporter, but she may wear many hats.

    • taurangaruru

      I think the aim of these articles is purely a filler & should in no way distract the reader from the really important content – the advertisements.

  • la la land

    Anyone else have an ‘interesting’ night – I experienced a drunken fight right outside our house and had to stop someone from breaking into our car… Happy New Year!?
    Oh and I wake up to the news there was a riot and cars overturned etc in my sons campground in Gisborne… Silence from son. Nice one.

    • 1951

      Yup, I got back alive ;)

    • taurangaruru

      Silence is a good thing re your son – if you had a phone call looking for money to post bail then you would have reasons to grumble.

  • Teletubby

    So apparently it isn’t speeding that is causing road deaths anymore, it is the economy. I also note that “most of the long haul trucks are not necessary with sea and rail freight being more efficient” Hmmm, I wonder if this guy is a greenie?

    It always annoys hell out of me to see them quoting that trucks cause 17% of all road deaths but only make up 2.5% of the national fleet. Two points:- are the trucks the cause of the accidents or are they merely involved and secondly wouldn’t it be far more accurate to quote the figure of accidents caused per million kms, this would be a far more accurate reflection.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/news/64564416/improved-economy-cops-some-higher-road-toll-blame

    • Michael_l_c

      Also quote the number of fatal crashes not the number of deaths. The number killed is coincidental to the number of crashes. A bus load off a bridge into a river many killed, one crash.

    • Skydog

      The government may well see an opportunity to add a 5 cent per litre levy for road carnage fees if we are all doing so well.

    • Wallace Westland

      I posted this the other day, hope no one minds me re posting it as it is in keeping with your comment.

      “The continued use of manipulated statistics is a given. The police
      and the touchy feely people that are determined to rule over every
      aspect of our lives and safety will not be swayed by common sense.
      They have mean manipulating data for years and the MSM then happily reports it as fact.
      For instance a few years ago the NZ Herald reported (going off memory here so stats aren’t accurate but they will be in the ball park) that trucks
      were involved in 17% of road fatalities. Now that seemed a bit odd to me
      (having some background in trucks) so I did some research.
      Turns out what they didn’t say was of those 17% of fatalities less than 2% had the blame attributed to the truck driver.

      However the statistic makes a staggering headline and of course appeals to all those who believe trucks should only be allowed on the roads:
      At night
      At 50kmp unless they are behind it in which case it should pull over and stop
      In the left hand lane
      On any road they aren’t living on”

    • ShoreRight

      I’d like to see the consumers all going down to the railway station or the wharf to buy/ collect their goods – totally agree – sick of trucks being blamed for causing accidents . Do these writers seriously think truck drivers and logistic companies set out daily to cause road accidents and kill people …..mostly people just trying to make a living ?

  • Aucky

    So who overrode the police request to deny a BYO liquor licence for the New Year ‘festival’ fracas in Gisborne? Exactly which petty official knew better than the cops and who was it who had to deal with the outcome at the coalface?

    No doubt Mr/Ms Numpty will retain their job and their anonymity. Time for some WOBH sunshine I think.

    • Dave

      And full profiles and pictures of every offender, every person organising or inciting the violence/disorder/riot placed online and sent to their employers. Oh, they might lose their jobs, careers etc? Tough, their actions have consequences, perhaps they should have thought of that first. I would also really like to see the bill for the police and all damage divided equally amongst each convicted offender, then watch them cough the names of others involved.

  • Korau

    I see that oil has dropped again overnight, falling through the US$54 level http://home.nzcity.co.nz/finance/sharemarket/company.aspx?symbol=WESTEX&i=history

    Will the NZ oil companies react by dropping their petrol prices, or will they stubbornly protect their enhanced margins? Will pigs fly?

    When I last checked in Lower Hutt (yesterday) average price was $1.91.9 per litre for 91 octane. I believe we are being shafted here.

    What’s the price elsewhere?

    • Isherman

      Average around here in Papatoetoe -East Tamaki area is $1.74.9 of late. If our dollar makes any firther gains as it has been in the last few days, no reason it couldn’t fall a little further, but whether it actually will is another question.

      • Skydog

        Wow, that’s a great price! Does that include any voucher discounts? Also what company is selling at that rate?

        • Isherman

          That’s the non voucher pump price, with Z, Mobil, and Caltex all doing it. Although, those are all on East Tamaki road, and if you go a wee but further the prices are a few cents more. I’m lucky I drive past the three best price ones every day, but they can be a bit busy at peak times.

          edit: Gull east Tamaki also.

          • NotGandalf

            Best price I have seen so far 1:76 at Z Ti Rakau dr just heading into Botany (sorry dont know the area well) Gull also very good in a lot of places we frequently fill up in Levin when road tripping.

          • Isherman

            See my above update to Skydog, 1.72.9 at Z, Mobil, Gull and Caltex East Tamaki rd.

        • Isherman

          UPDATE: I’ve just dropped SWMBO at work, and the previously mentioned sites are all at $1.72.9 this morning. That will help if they hold, as we come into game fishing season where the boat takes 400ltrs of 91. Might even be time to think about that project V8..

    • Skydog

      Yesterday Christchurch BP’s were $189.9 per litre (91). Others hadn’t yet dropped their prices.

    • david

      Here in Pakistan its 78 rupees/litre . That’s about $1.00/litre to you and me.

    • BlitzkriegNZ

      As low as $1.67ish in rotorua.

    • Disinfectant

      Diesel dropped 2 cents/litre yesterday in Christchurch.

    • Rosco

      Read an article yesterday from the AA on the 16th Dec – cost to land 91 – $0.65 – 33% of cost, tax $0.945 – 48% – so therefore the least that petrol could cost at the pump on that day was $1.59 without transport costs and retail margin included. My Nephew in Wets Australia was lamenting that 91 was $1.20 ish over there – in other words we are being ripped off by more tax! Maybe its time for Cam to focus on the Tax on fuel and the lack of maintenance/upgrade to our roading networks – but plenty of Govt money for Len’s train set!

      • taurangaruru

        AU$1.05 with the discount in WA yesterday AU$1.09 without. Just goes to show how much is tax in NZ & why any moves to add “another few cents” of tax for someone’s pet project (Len Brown) should be resisted.

    • Sagacious Blonde

      $1.81.9 at Mobil in Morrinsville plus 4 cents off with New World voucher. $1.82.9 at Caltex and BP plus 6 cents off with AA card. Was $1.84.9 plus 4 cents offwith voucher at Hall Street Mobil in Hamilton yesterday.

    • Alfred12

      $1.77.9 Z Hewletts Rd Mt Maunganui, $1.75.9 Gull same Rd less applicable vouchers. I have a Z card that gets me an additional 5c off also.

    • sin-ic

      We all enjoy the result of oil prices dropping. Has anyone considered why the huge price drop at the wells?
      The Saudis & OPEC decided not to reduce their output, despite the drop in demand principally from China. Meanwhile ISIL captured most of the Iraqui (Iranian) oilfields which ISIL still sold to finance their unholy war against civilisation.
      For once in the existence of OPEC, they appreciated the result of their actions would be to starve ISIL of their income, which is now below the cost of production.
      Just don’t think OPEC is doing the West any favours. They are doing what suits themselves. They dislike ISIL as much as the West.

  • Ilovelife

    Good grief! What has happened to the Herald? Another positive editorial about the economy! This is not the paper we love to hate.

    • Dave

      Never fear Ilovelife, the horrid herald editors, subs, and “senior journo’s” are all away on holiday reading of Marixst risings, Labour Party policy and communist theories. The normal transmission of anything anti national will resume in just over a week.

  • Murray Smith

    With a dodgy internet connection, I’ve only recently found this blog and all the like minded souls who visit it. May 2015 be a fantastic year for all of you and may the truth prevail. Let’s keep the lefty media in its place.
    .

    • Steve (North Shore)

      Tell your friends, especially the leftie ones. Amazing the number of people who find this blog through the slack MSM mentioning it

      • Murray Smith

        Oh, I shall.. Nothing better than a lively debate. Mind you I was a champion third speaker, for the negative, of course.

  • Skydog

    I see the Police are saying speed may have been a factor with regard to the car crashing off the bridge on the West Coast. Someone would have some explaining if speed wasn’t a factor, like was the car pushed off.

    Lets not focus too much on factors, lets investigate causes and then act accordingly.

    • Isherman

      Speed?, I would have thought the car deviating from the perfectly straight line of the bridge and going through the railings would have more to do with ending up in the drink. Apparently it had been seen speeding earlier on, but even so, speed alone does not explain veering off a straight piece of tar seal does it.

      • I.M Bach

        Stupid is as stupid does. While that road isn’t a super highway there’s not a lot wrong with it. We’ve travelled along SH6 numerous times, in both directions in varying conditions, and sure some areas could be better but if you drive to the conditions (road and weather) you’ll get there safely more often than not. I can’t wait to get back down there actually, rain or no rain the ‘coast’ is a beautiful part of the world with interesting people and tasty food.

    • Hard1

      “Manurewa man died from medical event – police” screams the Herald 4 days ago.
      They sure do play it safe in this PC world, don’t they.

    • Geoff

      Will this be recorded in the road death stats or drownings?

    • Disinfectant

      When you consider that all the safety messages are aimed at resident New Zealand citizens, it is only logical that those visiting New Zealand on holiday will never have received those messages.
      There have been a lot of crashes involving foreign drivers over the past few weeks.
      Just yesterday whilst travelling back from Akaroa to Christchurch I witnessed two drivers pulling away from the kerb onto the wrong side of the road. Both corrected themselves quickly.
      I firmly believe that tiredness combined with jetlag is a big factor in people making mistakes.
      About a week before Christmas a car smashed into the end of the bridge at Little River (Akaroa/Christchurch Highway). Foreign driver went to sleep after picking up the rental car on arrival.
      We need to introduce a stand-down period of 24 hours for those arriving on long haul flights before they can drive on New Zealand roads.

      • Michelle

        l think all our roads need white arrows painted on the roads so tourists can see when they are on the wrong side of the road we have seen a few on our roads but need to be alot more like about every 2kms apart and every intersection

  • All_on_Red

    There’s a battle going on between NYPD and City Hall (de Blasio). The Police are not pursuing certain offences.
    “Citations for traffic violations fell by 94 percent, from 10,069 to 587, during that time frame.
    Summonses for low-level offenses like public drinking and urination also plunged 94 percent — from 4,831 to 300.
    Even parking violations are way down, dropping by 92 percent, from 14,699 to 1,241.”

    The thing is, all these offences create revenue for the City so the Police are deliberately squeezing the Cities income. The real scandal though, isn’t that NYC is being denied law enforcement , it’s that much of that “law enforcement” is really just a system designed to squeeze money out of the citizenry!
    Cough, 101kph- get a fine.

  • Glenn

    I’m determined to have a PC-free year in 2015, any suggestions on how I can achieve this?

    • Murray Smith

      Be yourself and don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in. Normal people will respect that.

      • Imogen B

        … and the rest can jump up and down as much as they like.
        Since their greatest pleasure is to find a reason to be outraged, you’ll be doing them a favour as well!

    • Bluemanning

      Lock yourself away in a cabin in complete isolation with a library of good books, fishing gear for recreation, sufficient food and grog.

    • Chris EM

      Buy an iMac, Glenn.

      • Glenn

        Have one, plus iPad Air.

        • Chris EM

          Snap!

    • Effluent

      Move to rural Texas. Redneck paradise.

    • oldmanNZ

      I been doing it all the time.
      Talk/write in a accent so you are like a foreigner, unaware of the PC -custom of this country.

  • david

    More on the speeding debate: I see NZ Transport agency has just published a report on the public acceptability of speed limit reductions http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/research/reports/563/index.html
    It heavily relies on Swedish data (which I have come across before) that basically says that crashes at more than 70 km/h are likely to cause fatalities. The Swedish safety experts therefore believe that the speed limit on all undivided carriageways (ie most NZ roads) should be 70 km/h. You have been warned, its coming to a road near you.

    • John

      If the life it saves is your family member would that make a difference?
      The old saying of the faster you go the bigger the mess is quite true, so as much as it would annoy me, I would support a lower limit – it it can be shown to save lives.

      • Mikex

        I consider all horseless carriages should be proceeded by a person waving a red flag, all knives should be blunt, all water courses bounded by unscallable fences, all hot things cooled, all really cold things warmed………

        • Wheninrome

          AND, don’t perpetuate the problem by having children. No people, no problems.

        • John

          I work in the health field, I see the results.
          Yes people need to be responcible for themselves, but too many believe that eveyone else is the problem not them.

    • Dave

      I get so very annoyed about the issues of speed causing crashes and accidents. I have driven all over NZ many times and normally fast, either early morning or evening/night. My take is to get from A to B as quickly as possible without speeding too much which means maintaining a constant speed by cornering fast. There are very few bad roads or corners, just drive to the conditions, always have “an out” or plan B.

      The real issue is poor driving skills, lack of attention and distraction.

  • Macca

    I just flicked through Bruce Edwards column in the Herald on line – why would anyone be stupid enough to buy one? It was as predicted.

    When are the Herald actually going to tell us the truth? Edwards should have the following title after his name :-

    Political lecturer/activist. Staunch one eyed supporter of anything left including the failed ideologies of both socialism and communism.

    For this twit to write any article purported to be politically neutral is just a joke!

    • Ratchette

      Dead right.
      Edwards is as you say. a ‘one eyed political activist’. He writes a load of left wing prolix. I measured one of his items herald on-line. It was 1500mm long and contained over 30 links to other online lefty items. Dose he really think in his wildest dreams I will read his rubbish.
      The herald should get rid.

    • Dave

      Worse though, Dr BE is responsible for the brainwashing of young impressionable minds at Uni of Otago, something his seniors turn a very blind eye too. I recently pointed a relative to his leanings and rants as a reason for them to discourage their daughter from attending Otago. They concurred, niece is off to Vic! The issue I have with the likes of Dr BE is he has become so ensconced in his lefty/commie universe he has become completely blind to anything else, a very very dangerous situation.

      • Ratchette

        Very dangerous. A friend studying for a degree at Auckland needed a pass in a subject to progress. The lecturer set the questions and marked the answers. It would not surprise me if B Edwards operates similarly. Brainwashing, pure & simple.

        • Imogen B

          Pandering to the lecturer is far from new.

      • intelligentes candida diva

        Im considering further study and having completed study through both Otago and Massey, Massey wins by a country mile. Thry have abilty to teach at a higher level. I have frequently thought Otago is mediocre and its as if they allow people through to keep the funding pool full. That said their quality reputation remains held tightly because of The school of medicine.
        Massey however are fine oiled machine up there with international quality.
        Just my opinion based on experience

        • Dave

          Admiration for doing more study ICD, and enjoy Massey. I would have few concerns with more experienced or mature students suffering the displeasure of having Dr BE as a lecturer, as their minds are well formed and have enough worldly experience. I loved going back to uni a few years ago, was a fantastic time! Good luck with your studies!

          • intelligentes candida diva

            Thanks still toying….
            I think BE might be concerned with mature students Dave, people who might actually challenge his thinking :-)

        • I.M Bach

          My ex attended Massey at the Albany campus, passed with merit and turned the qualification into a real (and lucrative) job. While there she was always making positive comments about the place.

  • intelligentes candida diva

    Whahoo its 2015 Happy new year peeps:-)

    I dont do “resolutions” because it feels stifling confining and if not kept holds a tone of failure. I do mini philosophies for me

    I anticipate a great year:
    “Look after myself first in order to contribute appropriately to others”
    This will be achieved by having order with frugal budgeting & clear plans both personally & professionally:
    My goals to achieve my philosophy:
    Meet “BS” head on and call it for what it is.
    Get more socially active… do a regular activity I used to play hockey was goalie.
    Laugh lots.
    Have time out just for me…silence really is golden when hammered constantly with lifes noisy demands.
    Endeavour to do a short stay away across the ditch to family
    Clear one debt
    What are you wanting for 2015 ?

    • Isherman

      I’m a bit the same with resolutions. In my case, the closest thing I have to a new years resolution is the same every year anyway..to add another Marlin to my tally (though bigger than the previous is always nice).

      • intelligentes candida diva

        Good one that is a great goal, I have never seen a Marlin, but do appreciate getting out to sea fishing….albacore tuna,a pretty fish.

    • 1951

      Like that, meet BS head-on. For me as a follow-on from article on WO some months ago, I am not going to say ‘sorry’ as much. Look forward to joining in on WO to challenge what’s wrong, what can be changed, where improvements can be made and just enjoy the Sunlight that Cam & the Team brings.

  • Toothbrush76

    The Dominion couldn’t start the year without another crack at Cameron.
    Every year they run “Best of Tom Scott” and guess what – the cartoon of JK and WO being able to finish each other’s sentences.
    Somehow they don’t seem to realise that this is the cheapest advertising WO can get.
    All the best for 2015, I’m sure it will be a good one.

  • conwaycaptain

    We had a discussion on here the other day about Passenger Vessels and the problems if they have a fire etc.
    The Norman Atlantic in the Adriatic at the moment has 98 passengers missing. Now the report in the Daily Telegraph does say that they don’t know whether they missed the ship, have been rescued and not checked off, of are actually missing.
    However this ship is a minnow compared to the cruise vessels and look at the problems they have had and the ship is not far from land. It happened in bad weather and there are reports that a passenger was trapped in one of the evacuation tubes to the life rafts.
    Magnify this by 10 x in one of these floating blocks of flats, 15 decks high and you can see why I hope that we never have a disaster but I think that we will.
    The other one is that these ships now cruise into place that are poorly surveyed such as the Antarctic and if there is a problem there how will it be handled.

    • Sailor Sam

      Yes, as a retired master mariner, the last place I would want ot be is a cruise ship.
      Interstingly, in July last year travelled from Bari (Italy) to Dubrovnik on a Croatian ferry. Ancient and decrepit, was fascinated to see a few lifejacket storage boxes stating ” For overweight passengers only”.
      Also travelled on the “Pride of Canterbury” the P&O ferry from Dover to Calais.
      Not impressed with that ship either. No safety messages, no explanation of where life jackets were located etc, just like on the Croatian ferry.

      • conwaycaptain

        Totally agree

        The thought of 4K passengers and 2K crew employed from the cheapest places possible leaves me shuddering in fear.

        You have 4k people in a foreign environment, many are old and on medication, young and are on drugs and something happens in the middle of the night and you have to depend on these people to get out in a crowded space on to a deck then into lifeboats and evacuate. Then they have to be rescued!!!!!

        The Mikhail Lermontov was lucky as they had ships with well trained crews in the vicinity and close to land and in sheltered waters.

        Look at the Wahine, Lakonia (63), the Greek cruise ship off S Africa about 15 years ago etc etc.

      • conwaycaptain

        What people don’t realise is that they are not cruising on a P&O or a Cunard or Holland America Line vessel any more. They are cruising on a brand owned by Mickey Arensen and Carnival Cruises.

        The officers are British or Dutch but the rest are from a whole polyglot of nations and v few speak decent English and cannot communicate with you.

        Some P&I Clubs (Protection and Indemnity Clubs, the shipowners 3rd party insurers, they are a Mutual Insurer) refuse to take Passenger vessels on to their books as they say they are an open ended cheque book if anything goes wrong.

  • Isherman

    Interesting, maybey some good news early in 2015?..

    • 1951

      Oh dear, poor Kim.
      “Hey Boy Oh!! You want to play games with our lives. You want to mess with our election process. You lack respect for the people around you and the people of this country. You lack any sense of maturity. You lack the courage to face your accusers. And you think you have been wronged…?? Take a good look with-in Kim Schmitz or what ever name you are going by this week.”
      That’s your New Year advice.

      • Isherman

        Here’s my idea of fair terms, we will make sure the handcuffs are not tight enough to affect circulation..other than that…

    • Cadwallader

      Can I humbly suggest that the fair terms include the departure from NZ of Laila, Hone and the bulk of the msm with KDC?

      • Isherman

        Sure, but if we had too much of a perfect world with the departure of all the above, WOBH might struggle to have anything to poke a stick at, and we might get bored.

  • oldmanNZ

    So was our weather prediction for NYE on the money?

    had a bit of drizzle, Auckland city was hot and humid, full of people, no major trouble, they even closed off part of queen street….

    Many gather to watch the fireworks……which was provided by Sky City. (no one complained about that, much like how sky city was going to provide a convention center)

    What did our wonderful Auckland city council provide? parking tickets?

  • Sally

    I have just decided why I like the WO Blog over all the others.

    Yes it is a serious blog and Cam is quick to expand on why he might disagree what is written in MSM, plus exposing what is going behind the scenes in the political landscape. But there is something here that no other blogs do, it also shows a sense of humour. We are allowed to be amused and laugh at the some of the posts and most of us get that we don’t have to outraged all the time.

    The are other bloggers out there who are outraged all the time and show no sense of humour. So long live WOBH.

  • Cadwallader

    Sally, I agree! This blog is (almost) the only truly humorous political blog in NZ. A few others have splurges of laughter ie Not PC and Crusader Rabbit but at WO even the headlines are frequently hilarious! The wit of some of my fellow commenters is amazing and to think NZ media seems incapable of finding good comedic writers on a routine basis. (What happened to Raybon?)

  • Isherman

    So having had a fairly quiet one last night, I have a beautiful day in Auckland, a clear head, and the day to myself while better half is at work. Sitting on the deck admiring my new Bonsai, cold beer in hand while browsing my favourite blog, and contemplating things such as, what will this year bring in the political arena, what colour game lures might I want to get for this season, should I change vehicle, and what do I want to read next?, I love first world problems.

    • Alright

      I hate first world problems. It typically takes me 35 minutes to select the colour of soxs to wear with blue jeans. And a shirt? By the time I put it on its lunchtime.

  • Alright

    Regarding the comments below re humour: if I’m hanging out for a smile or to laugh out loud I come here.

    I can laugh WITH my Whale Oil buddies – and AT the idiots at the other end of the human spectrum.

    This is not to forget (most) of the music posts which can be quite inspirational. That said, while my musical tastes are beyond reproach, there is too much heavy metal on this site and I think the moderators should impose a quota related to music genre. You can go blind listening to too much heavy metal.

  • Cadwallader

    Agree except for the heavy metal mention. Let’s be honest, if you had to dream up theme music for Cameron it would hardly be a gentle melody! I see him as more ACDC than Celine Deon or Julie Andrews.

  • Alright

    Cadwallader, l suspect Cam (and/or SB) rates both the females mentioned (albeit secretly).

    But how about this rather than ACDC….

    • Cowgirl

      This is awesome – I can’t imagine anyone better than Bowie on this song.

      • Alright

        Agreed. He is perfect. As is Gilmour.

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