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  • Korau

    Word of the day

    psithurism (noun) – The sound of wind in the trees and rustling of leaves.

    Source : http://www.thefreedictionary.com/psithurism

    Pronunciation : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mHFrO7hJFg

    • Garbageman

      The sound the wind makes blowing in one ear and out the other – Russel Norman

      • Cadwallader

        I can’t get passed the Horse Fart clip which was featured here the other day….that was more like a greenie utterance!

    • intelligentes candida diva

      Beautiful word beautiful sound

    • Watcher

      Nice, the word sounds like the sound.

  • George

    Yesterday I had reason to visit the Botany Town Centre resulting in Mrs George giving instruction to purchase some cat food. As Mrs George is the cat’s Chef de Cruisine I was given a written list of appropriate options to ensure the palette of our cat wasn’t offended.
    This triggered memories of the socialist’s claim, which was reported extensively in the msm, “that elderly people were eating cat food because the cost of food for human consumption had risen beyond their reach”. So, with this in mind, I decided to source what would be my choice of cat food if I ever found myself in this predicament. (Yes, I know I have far too much time on my hands).
    The most appealing were in the Fancy Feast range; the cans of Wild Salmon Florentine and the Tuna Surimi with Whitebait in a decadent silky broth. As these morsels were packed in 85G cans and retail for $1.69 I did some rapid calculations discovering that this equated to just under $20.00kl. No wonder these elderly people had no money left over for human food. Tux dog buscuits though, provided a more economical option at $2.50kl, providing you still have your teeth of course.
    Seriously, I saw many wholesome food options available including chicken drumsticks at $8.30kl, shoulder bacon at $7.49kl and many cans of fruit and vegies under $1.00. If people are eating cat food it is by choice and not brought on by fiscal hardship.
    Thank goodness for the socialist and the msm, they provide such large targets for ridicule.

    • Garbageman

      Great yarn George i to have one of those cats that eats what she wants not necessarily what i buy her for instance only 1 type of the fancy feast range will do and a particular type of nuts as well, i do admire the attitude but miss my German Shepards that i could throw anything dead or alive at and it would be devoured

      • Carl

        This seems to sum up your pets.

      • Wendy

        My cat (and my children) will eat what they are given if they are hungry enough

        • Garbageman

          your children wont leave the food to spoil and buggar off to the neighbours to be fed though

          • Wendy

            The cat gets dry food only…vets advice. It never spoils, its always available for snacking, and if she doesn’t feel like it, it is there when she does…happy kitty happy mummy.

          • cows4me

            Our cats go mad on freshly killed rabbit, it’s like Christmas dinner to them.

          • Dumrse

            Ours also did (when we hadpaddocks next door) but always left the heart and head behind, generally under the bed.

          • Je Suis Charlie – Respect!!

            Mum had a large cat that hunted rabbits. Was always finding partially eaten carcases he didnt want. Gave them to the dogs.

            That cat was a big bugger though, 35cms at the shoulders and weighed about 15 kgs. Bigger than a jack russel and was like watching a big cat when he hunted – all muscle. He could put his paws on the kitcken table and look at what was for dinner – must have had lynx or similar in his heritage. Never bothered the chooks though.

          • cows4me

            Sounds like a nice cat, I’ve seen large feral cats in Australia of similar size. You could only tame them when they were kittens and they usually tolerated only one owner.

          • ex-JAFA

            My cat – who’s currently asleep on my keyboard so I’ve had to swap to the notebook to post this – will only eat Purina One Chicken & Turkey biscuits. No other flavour. No other brand. No “gushie fudz” like Jellymeat or Fancy Feast. No human-style food, hot or cold, raw or cooked, chunky or puréed. Just the Chicken & Turkey biscuits. At least I don’t have to wonder what to buy.

      • LesleyNZ

        My cat will only eat Purina biscuits for long haired cats. Tried the samples of other brands to no avail. I have mixed up another brand of biscuit with her usual ones – she managed to eat hers and leave the foreigners. She is really a little madam. She has a cat door but we still open and close our door for her – without thinking. I think she controls us.

        • Garbageman

          lol we must have a cat from the same litter she does exactly that and i kid you not her name is Madam for that very reason

        • Magor

          Try ‘Iams’ for hairball control plus long life health for your kitty this is the best food for cats.

        • Je Suis Charlie – Respect!!

          Dogs have owners while cats have staff

        • ex-JAFA

          Ha ha, very much like my experience – see my reply to Wendy.

      • mommadog

        Miss Beagle dog eats anything she can but the other dog has become very fussy in her old age. Has some renal failure and according to the vet needs to be on a low protein diet to help her kidneys last longer. She has other ideas. After a few weeks of only eating anything beef her current favourite is possyum dog roll. So she can either have a longer miserable life on low protein dog food that she doesn’t like and will barely eat or a shorter but good life eating meat. At almost 16 years I figure she deserves to eat what she wants and the second choice won. She may not make it to her birthday in March but she will die happy with a full tummy.

      • Dumrse

        Our spoilt brat eats biscuits in the morning and wet food in the pm hours. Regardless of which flavour of wet food, all she does is lick up all of the gravy leaving things that look like dead flies behind.

        • ex-JAFA

          Mine licked the gravy off and left the rest, too. So I thought she’d like it if I puréed the whole lot. No, she only wanted the gravy and now it was too hard to separate from the meat.

      • Garbageman

        ..

        • jude

          Police dog final test:)….pic

    • peterwn

      Years ago, nurses in a London childrens hospital were horrified when some immigrant kids asked for their favourite food – catmeat sandwiches.

      • Ilovelife

        Note “cat meat” not “cat food”

    • Chris EM

      Well done, George, may I compliment you on your well researched bit of journalism.
      ‘Tis fortunate,indeed, that when the leftie media decide to pluck a story from the air, they do no research on it, other than maybe a quick visit to Wikipedia.

    • Murray Smith

      Let the cat go catch a bird. While Gareth lies in ambush.

      • LesleyNZ

        That is a naughty thing to say Murray. Only if it is a Mynah!

        • Watcher

          Oh Lesley, I never picked you as a bird racist.
          Mynahs are hardworking Indian immigrants dont ya know ;-)

          • She’s in good company. I was complaining to Cam that this bird was waking me every morning a good hour or more before I wanted to.

            “Shoot it!” He said.

            But when I told him it was a Tui he told me to harden up and leave the bird alone. :)

          • Mike Webber

            Shoot it and eat it, they are very good eating.

          • Watcher

            This man deserves a Tui ;-)

          • Wood pigeons are nicer

          • Huia

            They are, we used to eat them when I was a kid, along with quail, we were allowed to have one each. Dad used to shoot goats and we would often have a roasted stuffed kid which was delicious.

          • Mark

            Nicer than Baby Fur Seals in a Steinlager batter? Surely you jest?

          • Mike Webber

            Only when they are fat, they are a bit dry otherwise. We used to eat quite a few when they were feeding on Kraka and Miro berries, quail too, as there were thousands on the farm.
            My favorite poultry is pheasant.

          • Watcher

            Ha, we have been blessed this year with watching a family of Tui nurture and grow just a few yards from our outdoor area.
            It has been neat to watch the parents teaching the 2 youngsters how to harvest nectar from our flax bushes.
            One of the little ones got it straight away, the other not so much, until mum came and patiently showed, waited, showed again, finally in frustration she hopped down the flower stem to the slow bubby, and furiously flapped her wings against it, almost like giving it a beating.
            She then flew away to a nearby gum tree and kept a caring watchful eye on the retard.
            Eventually it got it, and starting flicking into the flowers, while coming up for air and cheeping at mum to come.
            She at stayed away until she was sure it finally had learnt.
            Cool stuff.

          • LesleyNZ

            Tui’s are very noisy and very clever and I reckon they can understand everything you say about them. They will start mimicking what you are saying to them soon. I have noticed at my place that the Mynah is competing with the Tui for food on the flax bushes. The Mynahs should be shot. Wished Gareth and the Bird people would start a campaign about getting rid of the Mynahs.

          • Aucky

            Not likely Lesley……..third world refugees.

    • 1951

      Go for the Tux George, you can always ‘dunk’ them in your tea when no-one is looking.

    • Hmmm. I don’t buy this “fussy” animals thing. Dogs can never be fussy – they eat poo. Cats – ever seen one starve itself to death? If they are fussy it is because they are not hungry.

    • The only thing I buy for cats are 40gr copper jacketed lead injections with a hint of a plastic ballistic tip, delivered at 4000fps from my trusty .22-250

      • Je Suis Charlie – Respect!!

        Patting from a distance we call that. LOL

    • Tux dog biscuits served with a sprinkle of brown sugar and some milk would be just like Weet-bix surely?

      • George

        Maybe a bit too much ruffage.

  • Garbageman

    Morning all, listening to Mr gotcha Duncan Garner last night and he threw out these wee gems about Kiwis leaving for Aussie over the last 3 years from 38K – 22K – aprox 4K last year, he didnt bother praising the good news very much but tried hard to get Anne Tolley to say migrant workers shouldnt be allowed here when discussing the unemployment stats, the last couple of weeks were a blessing without these idiots in control of what we have to hear

    • Aucky

      Garner, Gower, Dann, Campbell and the 2 x ‘teeth & tits’ news presenter teams should all be binned and replaced by Peter Williams and plenty of good overseas news footage just as we have enjoyed over the holiday period. God, it’s been great.

      • Garbageman

        agreed Miles Davis was a blessing over the break funny talented awesome yarns and had no time for lefty theatrics now the regulars are back its all doom and gloom it will be interesting to see how this new Paul Henry TV-Radio thing pans out

      • 1951

        Peter W is good to listen to but that row of tilting tombstones on the lower jaw are not so pleasant to look at.

        • Cadwallader

          Years ago when Peter Williams was a sports commentator he seemed to relish and thrive on NZ performing poorly. I recall during a tour of the England Cricket Team NZ was about 3 down for about 100. Williams proudly proclaimed that the “NZ team is on the ropes!” The late Peter Roebuck who was in the commentary box too, told him politely that he was an idiot and to calm down. This was a test which we ultimately drew with comparative ease. Since those days I have not really enjoyed Williams, but admit to not watching TV news.

        • mommadog

          I cant help but stare when he is on although I like his news reading. Are they real or badly fitting false teeth?

          • Watcher

            I was going to comment on this re Peter, then I looked in the mirror..just sayin.

        • ex-JAFA

          What looks like a big white scar under his mouth has been putting me off lately. I can’t tell if it’s real or an effect of a studio light above him refracting through his glasses.

      • Cadwallader

        I have listened to Garner this week as an understandable preference to Smallbrain in the afternoons. While Garner is a leftie git he can at least ask a sensible question and unlike Smallbrain his dribbly presence doesn’t gum up my radio. I often speculate which members of the msm visit this blog. I have heard Larry actually quote from here as has Leighton. But I wager those msm less likely to be in agreement with arguments here are just as prone to snoop about. If I was advising Smallbrain, I’d tell her to start each day here, assuming she can read other than from a prompter. She may then derive an appreciation of how simple it is to see through her glibness and leftie bent.

      • Huia

        It has been a relief to have Peter Williams doing the news, we now sit through it and enjoy it. He is a good presenter and not straight out of kindergarten either which puts a bit of credence to what he is saying. Nice not to have the T & T tag teams burbling on and mispronouncing words. Its also been really an improvement not to keep going to Katie Bradford for her unbiased (choke) huffing and puffing political propaganda. Please tv 1 keep Peter Williams on in this spot.

  • Macca

    Can someone please explain to me the medias obsession with droughts or is it just that they can’t come up with a better story? Every bulletin we are told about the drought and then to boot, we get a weather expert (who can’t give us an accurate forecast 3 hours out), telling us it could be our worst drought in 10 years.

    Newsflash! This is New Zealand! It is summer! It is meant to be hot and is dry more oft than not! This is not Aussies Northern Territory or Botswana or Ethiopia etc etc where it rains once every 10 years or so. By April it will be much cooler and by July it will be cold and more than likely wet. It WILL rain again, and often – maybe even next week – yes, in the middle of our Summer! Rather than manufacture stories, why not look for something of interest globally – or does it not suit the medias climate change agenda?

    • Murray Smith

      Point noted, however the drought is real. It’s hurting farmers, livestock and the economy. Perhaps it shouldn’t be in every newscast but it is news worthy.

      • Ilovelife

        But it happens every year. Perhaps farmers should plant more trees. Willows are said to be good stock food in times of drought. In summer we get drought stories and in winter we get tales of woe about lambs, born way too early, dying in the snow. Yep…every year.

        • Reaper

          It would be nice if just once they would have a story from the sheep farmer’s perspective about why it is actually better for the sheep and lambs for them to lamb early, so all the townies could stop bleating about the poor lambs.

      • Cadwallader

        In NZ in my 60+ years there have been many dry summers particularly on the east side of both islands. The dryness doesn’t usually abate until March then it’ll start to rain and forget how to stop! There has been significant rainfall in the west this week with more to come in the next 72 hours.

      • Tom

        Every few years there is a drought and the farmers are hurting. If the farmers had any brains like other business owners that would factor that into their business. I’ve lost track of how many tax dollars are used to prop up famers with bad practices because its dry. No other business has this luxury.

        • Sagacious Blonde

          I’d just like to know where this ‘trough’ is how we get access to it.
          In my living memory, we have never received Government assistance. We certainly pay our share of the tax take though.

          • Kelvin

            From memory, once a drought is declared, this allows farmers to spread their provisional tax payments out. The tax uplift rules are postponed, as it is more than likely that there won’t be a profit in the coming year.
            I think the other rule is the stand own period for the unemployment benefit is changed. Or emergency benefit. Something like that.
            So not really a trough there.

        • Bluemanning

          In business some Scenario management, economic planning facilitates contingency plans that may ease the burden.

        • Murray Smith

          Bull dust from bull excrement. You know not what you utter. Farmers are not propped by the government and haven’t been since the 1980’s. Get your facts in order.

    • Pete

      I noted this obsession as well, then I read about NASA and Noaa new pontifications that its the hottest year EVA

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/65142359/2014-hottest-year-recorded-on-earth–us-climate-analyses

      • Do you love teh claim that it is perhaps hotter than even 5000 years ago…ignoring the temperature when Julius Caesar was teaching the Britons and Gauls a lesson or too in superior firepower….and also the Medieval Warming Period, both eras which had temperatures hotter than today.

        • In fact it was probably Julius Caesar who taught the Frogs to march backwards.

    • Aucky

      I hope that we don’t have another ‘drought of the century’ as we seem to get them every year.

  • intelligentes candida diva

    Good morning I came across this blogger and given the current international stage it is interesting getting an ordinary persons tid bits and her food sounds good.
    In the meantime Im off to have coffee and bacon

    http://www.anissas.com/

    And for those with an interest in reading diversely,”The Faith Club”, here is a link to its authors/contributors

    http://bedouina.typepad.com/doves_eye/2006/12/muslim_christia.html

    • The Accountant

      Had a look at your second link and on reading her last paragraph thought “and the Jews in 1920 had nothing to fear from the German Workers Party”. Appreciate I have just triggered Godwins, but it was too appropriate.

      • intelligentes candida diva

        Are you are commenting on the reviewers comments not the the three women the topic is about ?

        Reality is we live in multi national and diverse societies nowadays and to learn from others how they are making peace with their differences and having full happy lives is a positive step.

        For me I want to enjoy my current surrounds and I have always held a passion for other cultures > drink, dance, music, food, lifestyles and that is what Im revering. In so doing It does not alter my repulsion for knife wielding gun toting destructive murderous heathens running around.
        What is does trigger to me is a wondering if there is not a bit of tunnel vision going on, with many he said she said in reference to the political plane with too little swift actions to damm the wave of progressing Islamification

        • The Accountant

          Yes, sorry. Didn’t get past the reviewer. Would love it if all religions/cultures could live in peace and enjoy challenging discussions which didn’t result in fatalities. There is sadly one religion, that if it is adhered to as prescribed, that makes this an impossible option in the longer term.

  • mommadog

    Good morning to all but especially to those participating in Blubbergeddon. Good luck over the weekend as its an easy time to go back to old habits that we were determined to leave behind a week or so ago. Those who want to keep nice pictures in their mind on a Saturday morning may want to stop reading now. You have been warned. I went for a run (waddle) yesterday for the 4th time this week and it felt better than the first three times but I am now suffering some chafing between the fat thighs that rub together (yes my thighs and chafing are an ugly picture). However it is positive in that I am finally exercising regularly after many years but also a reminder that a lot of weight needs to go from all over my body – so in a weird way it encourages me to continue. They say it takes three weeks to make a habit and my goal is to run (waddle) at least 4 days a week from now until I’m 90 so only two more weeks for the habit to get ingrained. My challenge today is lunch with my mother (she is cooking) and not overeating. Portion control has never been a strong point of mine. As for the weight – we shall see Monday morning as I do my weekly weight in.

    • la la land

      Well done mommadog – I read this as I was eating my boiled eggs with green bean ‘soldiers’ and it made me feel a lot better about the lack of toast and butter on my plate!

      • mommadog

        Green bean soldiers. Now that’s healthy! I might have to try a few like that as my beans in the veg garden have taken off and are doing well. Fresh beans in salads.

        • la la land

          At the moment I am eating beans with everything – I also have a vege garden full of them! I have been trying to eat some form of veges and protein with every meal – and I am finding that I have so much more energy! It is kind of weird at first but I am getting used to it. Rocket leaves and raw tomatoes are now breakfast regulars along with my eggs.

    • Cowgirl

      As they say MD, no pain, no gain. I too am working towards the elusive ‘thigh gap’. Have been to the gym for a workout this morning and have just had a breakfast of porridge and coffee. Probably won’t bother with lunch now as the porridge keeps me going until dinner. I’ve been going to the gym for months now doing cardio and weights, and although I am stronger than when I started, I still look in the mirror in awe of my ‘bat wings’ (how did those get there?). It is going to take time, but these need to be the habits of a lifetime.

      • la la land

        At least all those new muscles will be burning up the calories at a faster rate than you were before…

      • Spiker

        Mrs Spikers breakfast consists of porridge with almonds and fruit, this time of year being blueberries. Dusted with cinimon. Plus coffee of course. I’m not so good, still having milk and brown sugar on my porridge.

        • Cowgirl

          I make the porridge with water and salt, but add a bit of skim milk at the end to thin it out again and make it creamier. I’m also doing the brown sugar thing at the moment, but honey will replace it once the brown sugar has run out (bag was bought before health kick).

        • Mags

          Mmmm. The best! I find I don’t need the milk anymore. Just soak the whole grain oats in hot water for 10 mins, top with blueberries and into the microwave. Sometimes add maple syrup or new Zealand’s lovely apple syrup. But usually go without to cut the sugar levels.

          • Spiker

            We stocked up on blueberries the other day. 9kgs @ $9 a kilo mmmm.

          • la la land

            they are $9 for 2 small punnets around here!!

          • Spiker

            These were pick yer own.

          • la la land

            Nice – we used to have a pick your own place here and every year we would take the kids and do just that. Unfortunately it has closed down

        • Bill Hanna

          So good to see porridge eaters about, Ive been eating porridge with a banana and light yogurt for over a decade, with the occasional dalliance into brown sugar and cream.
          Tried other stuff for breaking, but just can’t seem to get away from the pts, must be the Scot in me.

        • Cadwallader

          I am not a porridge eater (that can wait until after I am sentenced) but I buy rolled oats to toss on my fruit and yoghurt each morning. I add dried fruits e.g. dried cranberries, figs etc plus almonds lots of almonds. I resist coffee until 10am.

      • Je Suis Charlie – Respect!!

        Thigh gaps are overrated. If you drop your phone in the loo its doomed with a thigh gap.

        • justwanttofish

          Ha! Been there done that. Dropped the iphone down the loo, yes while reading Whaleoil backchat in the wee hours so wouldn’t disturb the other half. Bit gruesome but phone survived!

      • Wendy

        The thigh gap is a photoshop lie. It doesn’t exist on anyone except biafrans and photo editors imaginations.

        • la la land

          Haha funnily enough I have a thigh gap… And above that we have a rather large spare tyre over the hips and middle section.., everyone collects fat in different ways – my daughter who is slim has no thigh gap at all

          • Cowgirl

            I have a bit of one too – meets at the top, but then gap all the way down to my knees. Just working on getting it all the way to the top now.

      • WeaselKiss

        In certain Pacific Islands they are called ‘bingo wings’. :)

    • Mags

      I had my first yoga class of the year yesterday. All shapes and sizes and abilities. Trying to get husband to go but understandably he refuses as the participants are mainly women. I had a real sense of well being after the class that stayed all day as it always does with yoga. Maybe it’s the breathing. When I first started I kept forgetting to breath. Sore arms today.

    • ex-JAFA

      I’m not a BG participant, but I’m trying to get a bit of exercise. I went for a 15km walk yesterday and also suffered a bit of a rash downstairs. That’s unusual, as I can normally do that walk no worries. I put it down to bumping into one of my political supporters at about the 13km mark and stopping to natter to him for half an hour, while sweat trickled down my nethers.

      • Reaper

        That is probably more than we needed to know, ex-JAFA.

    • justwanttofish

      You have so inspired me mommadog. Have been thinking about starting to run over the last couple of days. On my feet all day working but the 55’s spread continues to widen. Timing could be a problem; leave for work 6am; home around 6pm at earliest then red wine, whaleoil and dinner takes up the rest of the evening. Probably 4am is the only time but shall give it a go. Off to the mall for runners and those trendy little sports sox in the morning. Please keep us updated with your progress.

      • mommadog

        Good luck. I used to jog and enjoyed it hence me choosing that form of exercise now but that was 10 years ago so it really is starting from no fitness at all now. As for time its finding what suits. I would like to run in the morning but I’m kidding myself if I think I am going to consistently get out of bed in time to exercise before work as I am so not a morning person. It would be setting myself up to fail. I have been fitting it in before dinner this week and find it works for me. The bonus is that I don’t overeat at lunch time knowing I have a run coming up and I don’t have time to watch the TV news at 6pm.

        • justwanttofish

          Well missing the TV news at 6pm is going to be a very strong incentive for you; well timed. I’ll just be missing another hour in my very comfy bed, a couple of chapters of whatever I’m reading and catching up with the last hour of WO backchat from the previous evening … Surely there must be some sort of exercise one can do in bed? And no, not that. He’s not a morning person.

  • Great to see this morning that stuff have moved on from xmas pimping the poor and are now pimping a born again Muslim

    Wonder how many holes will open up in her story.

    Reminded me of the joke that my wife decided to see how tough it was for Muslim women by wearing a burqa, on the first day she was abused, hit and spat on …………. And that was before she even left the house

    • Huia

      What struck me with that story was that it was just that…a story and another look at me scenario. Why has she converted to Muslim? is she married to a Muslim or is this just a chance to be ‘different’, people who aren’t used to seeing someone dressed differently, will stare. It worked for anyway she got her face onto the herald front page by bleating.

    • Mags

      Also wondered if she deliberately applied for an unsuitable job. Didn’t the shop sell adult themed items?

      • Next weeks story will be how she was turned down for a job at a bacon factory

    • dgrogan

      She now has what she wants. That is the centre of attention. I hope she like it.

  • .. and while being disrespectful

    • Haha, instant laugh. In light of recent events in Paris, what should my response be?

    • Wheninrome

      Could have been what’s his name who parted the sea. Now there would be a difficult bath.

  • Pete

    The science is settled.! They won’t give up on this eh.

    2014 hottest year recorded on Earth – US climate analyses
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/65142359/2014-hottest-year-recorded-on-earth–us-climate-analyses

    • Damon Mudgway

      How long have we been recording? All seems a bit silly don’t ya think. How did the dinosaurs record temp. fluctuations. I do seem to recall at onestage in the earths history the temperature became very unfavourable for the dinos. They all died, slate wiped clean, Mother Nature started again. But no, we humans are SO powerful, we can all get together and save the earth. Beyond ludicrous the amount of money being spent on the unavoidable.

      • dumbshit

        yeh but it is our money, that’s the bit that skids my tyres!

    • OT Richter

      I totally believe it as it was really hot in town yesterday.

      • Cadwallader

        If you stand close to your BBQ it is even hotter, damn nearly boils my beer!

    • Honcho

      I like how the article spells out that the ice caps are definitely doomed now … but in the real world (not the fantasy world of the climate chain money go-round) we are seeing the polar ice caps growing again to the most expansive and thick they have been for several summers.

      • Je Suis Charlie – Respect!!

        And the oceans are rising 3cm a decade now. Was 1cm a decade up till 1980s.

        I call BS.

    • Doc45

      By two hundredths of a degree. Well within the margin of error. Note that NASA who does the recording admitted “estimating temperatures” – further evidence that even reading a simple temperature gauge involves fiddling the result to get the outcome sought.

  • GoingRight

    I am annoyed! For three years now in Parnell there are two shops side by side on Parnell road empty! They are owned by a man who lives in Hong Kong and I am told that endless real estate agents and there have been several over this time have brought potential tenants to the owner only for him to reject them. This leaves a gap in the shopping area in what is a lovely suburb. I am appalled that foreigners are allowed to please themselves and if the whole road was owned by likeminded people the place would look dreadful! He refuses to reply to any contact from the business assn and no one can contact his daughter who is studying at Auckland University. In this economy someone could be making a good living out of the space, and we residents would be enjoying more diversity in the area.

    • Cadwallader

      The owner is the owner is the owner = He can do whatever he chooses regarding tenancies of his properties. No need to be appalled by that. You are better off being appalled by the size of the rates burden Len’s lot are imposing on him. It appears the owner must be paying these sums from his private monies, so end of story.

      • GoingRight

        Apparently he has recently sold another property so his rates wouldn’t matter to him!

        • pak

          If owner is a genuine Hong Konger would doubt it. Lived there for 20 plus years and never encountered anywhere else such a concentrated bunch of financially obsessed people – pretty much everyone invested in stock market or property if they could and took keen interest in all their investments!

    • Damon Mudgway

      P labs in the back of them perhaps?

      • GoingRight

        You can see right to the back of the shop so probably not!

    • Aucky

      How would you feel if the absentee owner was Fred Brown from Palmerston North?

      • GoingRight

        I would feel the same, but I have it on good authority he is not Fred brown from Parmie. Just looks so awful having empty shops when it is not necessary

        • Mine it,Drill it,Sell it.

          Without putting a lot of energy in to the thought process I would say it maybe for a number of reasons.One he has them mortgaged to the hilt and to off set the profits from second source.
          Two do they have accomadtion above if so he maybe renting out to friend from Hong Kong for cash payment made off shore so children can go to Auckland Grammar and will take the tax free capital gain when he has finished with them.

          Lastly he can not see them from Hong Kong so is not at all worried about how they appear to you.

          • Mark

            If I knew it was upsetting the community this much,I would have put some effort into showing my community spirit,by painting them Mitre 10 Orange…

        • Mark

          Maybe you could buy them for the good of the community?

        • ex-JAFA

          I have empty bedrooms. Please don’t come and peer through my windows at them and feel awful about how unnecessary that is. They are, after all, MY bedrooms.

    • Wheninrome

      Don’t we believe in freedom in this country, we abhor the fact that some countries do not allow freedom.
      It may not suit your view of what Parnell Road should look like, with empty shops, but it is the owner’s right to let the property if he wishes or not if he wishes.
      State control would be the next thing, maybe grass sections should be producing food, maybe spare bedrooms should be housing others. Don’t condemn because they are foreign unless they do not abide by our laws, and there is no law requiring you to let your property.

    • GoingRight

      Really surprised with response. We are both retired and live simply, so my posting was just a comment, didn’t expect quite the replies I got, so will cease further discussions

  • Mags

    I have just been looking at “The Cochrane Library” website. It is an independent organization that reviews health science. So the scientific reviewers look at lots of clinical trials that are of scientific standard on a particular health subject. They look at what the the mega data indicates.

  • Gaynor

    I hope this doesn’t hurt the WW1 gathering .The man is crazy!

    Nine troubling statements from Turkey’s Erdogan

    1) Foreigners “Like Seeing Our Children Die”

    2) The Muslim World – on its Own – “Can Resolve Every Problem”

    3) America Was Discovered by Muslims

    4) Gender Equality? It’s “Against Nature”

    5) Israel has “Surpassed Hitler in Barbarism”

    6) Birth Control is “Treason”

    7) “We’ll Eradicate Twitter”

    8) And Maybe the Whole Web

    9) Robots Are Out to Get Him

    Full story is here

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/01/16/nine-troubling-statements-from-turkey-erdogan/

    • Honcho

      7, 8, & 9 put the rest of everything this window licker has said in perspective.

    • Cowgirl

      I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that you have to be crackers to get into this religion. Seems like all their leaders are at the very least.

    • bristol

      Erdogan is trying to turn the clock back. Unfortunately, he’s succeeding. Surely, Ataturk would be turning in his grave!

  • Hard1

    Today ISIS brings us gay men thrown off a building and a woman stoned to death.
    Barbarians at the gate, in a very real sense.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/16/in-graphic-videos-and-on-twitter-isis-members-record-and-tout-executions-of-gay-men.html

    • Cowgirl

      I feel sick after seeing that. Cowards all with their faces covered.

      • intelligentes candida diva

        Agreed Cowgirl, it was the covered faces that struck me more than their barbaric deed. We have returned to a dark age

        • Cowgirl

          You would think if they were so proud to be doing allah’s work, and with such impunity, they would own it.

  • Garbageman
    • Garbageman

  • WestieBob

    A headline from stuff or a new product?
    Whale testicle beer outrages conservationists
    MICHAEL WINTER

  • taurangaruru

    Fran O’Sullivan running another hit job on Key & National. Very disappointing Fran, your business articles are usually worth taking the time to read but your forays into Dirty Politics are amateur & display a fair amount of bitterness. Get over it Fran.

    • Aucky

      O’Sullivan has made some distinct changes of tack in recent months. Orders from the top?

    • Melissa

      Read it, didn’t like it.

    • pak

      Another one running in Herald today as well, this time by James Griffin – very snide about the P.M. Am over these people, I really don’t know why I bother even reading anything by these churnalists whose extreme bias is really getting up my nose!

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