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  • Korau

    Word of the day.

    scacchic (adj) – Of or relating to chess

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

    Etymology : From Italian scacchi (“chess”)

  • Hard1

    Great wisdom from Kerre McIvor this morning ;

    “I can’t imagine how ghastly it must be to have to knock on someone’s door to tell them their husband, brother, daughter or mother will never come home again.
    But the difference between crashing at 98km/h and crashing at 118km/h could be the difference between life and death.
    A couple of days ago, I received a speeding ticket in the mail. I’d been snapped doing 108km/h in the passing lane on the Bombays.”
    “Like other drivers, I stuck to the speed limit and found it easy to stay just under 100km/h.”

    • david

      If you are travelling between 98 km/h and 118 km/h and you crash, whether you are dead or not will depend more on what you hit than what speed you were doing. At almost any speed hitting a truck coming the other way is likely to be fatal. I am not sure what she is trying to say – she says she was happy driving under 100km/h and the implication was so should we be. But in fact she wasn’t driving under 100 km/h. She sensibly accelerated to pass someone. But then she was happy to pay the fine so that’s ok. We should be happy paying our fines too. Its all in a good cause. Sigh.

    • Old Man, Torbay.

      When overtaking, it is not the time to be looking at the instrument panel. Kerre would have been concentrating on passing as quickly and safely as possible.
      The cop ticketing drivers in the passing lane is one of the reasons police lost trust over the Xmas holiday period.

      • Bazz Stewart

        Umm she was on the motorway, there isn’t a passing lane! She broke the law and got a ticket…Good job!

        • Old Man, Torbay.

          It’s actually the Waikato Expressway. Uphill sections of the Bombays has 3 lanes merging to 2 on the top.

        • Mags

          What is annoying is that on a long trip where for 99% of the time a driver has been driving lawfully, they get pinged for going over the limit in situations which they feel like they have been set up to fail.
          Your tone reminds me of a cop I know who said to me once, don’t break the law and you won’t get the ticket. If that is how traffic police want to play this game then I think the public will get more and more annoyed.
          I wonder what sped we actually have to travel at to ensure we never go over the limit?

    • Yeahright

      I travelled a couple of hundred kms yesterday, The thing that was most dangerous was people doing less than 100km in the “passing lane” with nothing in the left. A couple of times I passed on the left side!! What’s more dangerous, Making drivers pass on the left, frustrated? Or going 110km?..??
      I have no problem getting a ticket by just going over 100km, I am breaking the law! But please start ticketing slow or inconsiderate drivers as well!

      • Albert Lane

        Coming south towards Wellsford the other day, we were stuck in a huge queue of vehicles doing between 40 and 60 in the 100 zone. In the distance ahead I could see a dark vehicle at the head of the queue. I didn’t think it would be possible, but everybody in front of us put their foot to the floor when we got to a decent passing lane, and so did I, and we cruised past the dark vehicle, as did some of the hordes behind us before the end of the passing lane. The dark vehicle was a vintage car. If you happen to have been the driver of that car, I recall the startled look on your face as I gave you a very long blast of my horn as we overtook, and you might even recall my passenger glaring at you. You had so many chances to pull over and let the people behind pass you, but you didn’t. And your attitude represents a good part of NZ drivers (actually a bad part of NZ drivers). Grrrrr…….

  • Cadwallader

    What motivated the “poor little rich kids” whine on Stuff this morning. I read it expecting it to wind-up referring to JK’s children. It represents the worst of the NZ msm, it is written not to inform but to foster envy. Ahhh; the politics of envy, the elixir of life for the lefties.

    • Murray Smith

      Just read the whine. I fully agree that it’s a socialist gripe, that serves no purpose as a news item.
      Of course there will always be rich people. Great stuff.

      However it may just give somebody something to aspire to. Who knows, maybe even somebody like a young John Key.

      • Cadwallader

        I doubt that this garbage is designed to motivate. This is a cornerstone of leftie hatred. If one of Little Angry’s children was in the described in-crowd that wouldn’t have been mentioned, rather it would have been a case of “kids just want to have fun!” I bought one of my sons an Audi it cost all of $600. I must be a rich prick fostering envy in the have-nots? How sad never mind!

        • Murray Smith

          True, it’s not supposed to motivate. However if I had the dosh, I’d help my family enjoy the good life. Otherwise what’s the point of money >

    • Salacious Crumb

      The must be an outbreak of verbal diarrhea at the Fairfax offices. What absolute trash.

    • Garbageman

      “Ahhh; the politics of envy, the elixir of life for the lefties” that my friend sums it all up so well we could just copy and paste that statement day after day

      • Cadwallader

        We dodged a bullet avoiding Labour’s Capital Gains Tax because that tax represented animated envy on a huge scale.

        • Garbageman

          you now officially have my endorsement as sound bite king of the day Garner would be proud

    • Papillon

      What utter trash. Would love to see a similar article from the other side of the coin. But I bet we won’t see the reporter attending gang parties and reporting on the lives and conversations of the socialists preferred ilk.

      • Cadwallader

        Someone somewhere is guilty of hauling these “journalists” out of a swamp of illiteracy and lies.

    • Soleman

      Had to check the header – thought I was reading a woman’s gossip magazine

    • Damon Mudgway

      Banging on like it’s a new thing. Since civilisation started there has been the so called ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’. When will lefties realise that having more ‘stuff’ does not always equate to being better, happier or more content. Money does give you the opportunity to play with more toys though.

    • Not Clinically Insane

      Pure unfiltered trash is what it is…

    • Cowgirl

      Funnily enough this just showed up on my Facebook newsfeed, with all the people mentioned in the article rubbishing it and the reporter. Seems the reporter didn’t get all her facts straight (what a surprise), and has gone out of her way to google the dollar values of some of the items mentioned just to up the envy factor.

  • George

    How the NZ Herald treats a positive story relating to Government Policy: In the “In Brief” section, “13,000 fewer people on Welfare”.
    10 single column lines.
    Had the result been reversed it would have been front page news showing us how the National Government, lead by John Key was destroying the country with damming commentary by every socialist in the country. John Campbell would have been called back from his holiday to do an in depth analysis of the plight of this great country under this leadership etc.
    But no. Any story that provides evidence that National, under JK is establishing a country that is reducing dependency is virtually ignored. You see, employed people generally vote National, and we can’t have that now, can we?

    • Aucky

      The Herald seems to be bent on self-destruction with its selective dissemination of information. In an age where the international media is so readily available they persist in the stupid belief that they and their radio sidekick are the sole source of news in NZ. This morning I have scanned the English edition of der Spiegel along with the Miami Herald and will shortly watch the BBC News (a bit left I know but superb reporting). The Herald is nothing more than a source of local news and they are falling well short in providing that.

  • Dumrse

    Bacon eggs and golf. Enjoy your morning peeps.

    • intelligentes candida diva

      Mmm that is bacon, grilled tomatoes toast and coffee for me this fabulous morning. Life is grand on mornings when its no work and sun is shining :-)

    • Fasting. Glasses of water with supplements. Low cal dinner. Scales going down. Enjoy your day #BG2 ;)

      • Cadwallader

        There’s a well known word which begins with a “W” to describe your sort.

        • does in end with “anchor”?

          • Cadwallader

            No it ends with eighty! LOL.

      • kehua

        Try Greek yoghurt and fresh stewed rhubarb for breakfast, does it all for you. I eat like a horse, 1.8 tall and 92 kg and fighting fit.

    • Eiselmann

      Just standard bowl of cereal and a cup of coffee for me….hmmmm bacon

  • Carl

    Pic

  • Cadwallader

    On many days I read the “Daily Proverb” and recognize some wisdom in it. I wonder whether a counter-balance each day would be to publish an excerpt from the Qu’ran. This practice would be no less educative than the proverbs, except on a different tangent. Just a thought.

  • Hard1

    What do the Left in NZ and the Right in the US have in common? Surely there is a problem with the veracity of the message when polar opposites have the same platform.

    Mitt Romney is now a populist.
    The Republican, who twice ran for US president without success, suggested poverty and income inequality would be a focus of his likely 2106 campaign. “Under President Obama, the rich have gotten richer, income inequality has gotten worse and there are more people in poverty than ever before,” Romney said.

    • Damon Mudgway

      No president will be able to sort the inequality issue in the US. The Senate controls the economy, not the Whitehouse, and that old boys club ain’t about to turn their backs on their sponsors.

      • Hard1

        “No president will be able to sort the inequality issue in the US”
        This is correct.
        Inequality is the normal, default human condition. It not an issue, and therefore can’t be sorted. There is nothing to be sorted. Humans come at all levels of intelligence. Giving low intelligence people more money instead of skills achieves nothing. Money given is always frivolously wasted. Money earned through skill is far more precious.

        Promoting inequality as an issue ignores effort and ability, increases division between ethnic groups, stirs up resentment and incites action against anyone with more material possessions. People are led to protest inequality with the promise of materialist gain for themselves.

        Promoting some type of negative inference to inequality is destructive to society. It is the antithesis of self-improvement, frugality and clever control of spending.

        Living in poverty is a set of circumstances that is largely self inflicted.

        Living in inequality is simply a state of mind, otherwise known as envy.

        • SP

          You win the Internet today!

        • jude

          Absolutely brilliant post!
          This is why the Blog will continue to attract more views and commenters:)

  • Rem

    Hoping to nail a gluten free pizza in my mobile oven today. I have one recipe but could sure use help from any WOs who have experience in such things. I have heard that most gluten free bases end up being like large thin biscuits.

    • Disinfectant

      Might be a reason why it is called “glu” – ten.

    • Garbageman

      No experience sorry as im not sure what a gluten is, but thats a wicked wee unit you have there, do you use it for cash sales or is it just a friends and family kind of thing

      • Rem

        Cheers, built to share with friends and family. Worked out to be quite a good way to get invited to a party too. Next mission is my dentist’s wedding. Might get a discount on my next root canal :-)

        • intelligentes candida diva

          Im interested to hear how your gluten free pizza turns out?

          • Rem

            The results were very good. See my reply to Wendy above.

    • See post above for Cowgirl – supposed to be for you.

    • intelligentes candida diva

      I actually ate a piece of gluten free pizza and not gluten Fri night, it was good, the toppings were the same. I didnt cook them but as soon as you prepare them get it in oven

    • Wendy

      Have you looked at gluten free flours in the supermarket?

      • kehua

        Rice flour no??

        • Wendy

          There are a few different non wheat flours available. They are made from various combinations of different grains.

      • Rem

        Thanks Wendy, we tried the Orgran pizza and pastry mix and that worked very well. We also made up a dough because one dude is going grain free as well. Ground almonds, coconut flour, egg, salt and olive oil. With my oven you cook directly on the refractory slabs and this nutty idea actually worked.

  • kayaker

    Remember the article about the wee boy who was ‘dumped’ at the Manukau WINZ office early January, and how the media went straight for the poverty angle? Well, here’s the real story http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/65155611/toddler-dumped-after-big-row

    • Cowgirl

      Interesting, so not poverty or neglect, but rather a domestic, and WINZ are not the bad guys who caused so much grief that a father had to abandon a child, but rather a safe place full of people who will care for the child. Very interesting.

      • Sally

        Reading between the lines I don’t think he was even the father. Ex-partner of the mother doing her a favour.

        • Mags

          He had been in a relationship with the mother for 1 year but says he wants to still have contact with the child because he’s a great kid. There are other kids as well. Sounds like he might have done the responsible thing.

        • MaryLou

          Yes, sounds like (although rough), might actually have been the right thing to do. Sounds like leaving her kids places was a habit, and with other kids as well, maybe a good thing that CYF’s is now involved.

      • No assistance for your re gluten free base sorry, however I’ve seen recipes for a cauliflour pizza base which looks good and I’ll try over summer. Google cauliflour pizza base nz will give plenty of options. Seems like every second man and his dog these days is vegan/gluten free or something so if you nail that recipe I’m sure you’ll have happy punters.
        Edit: sorry CG this post is for Rem.

        • Cowgirl

          That sounds yum!

      • la la land

        I was very surprised to find myself agreeing with the actions of this man. I bet this was a wake up call for the mother and that was his intention.

  • Garbageman

    Preparing Angus beef steak, venison back steak, tomatoes, bacon and eggs for brunch feel free to hate me i wont mind

    • Cadwallader

      Where’s the bacon infidel?

      • Cadwallader

        Sorry I’ve seen it now…just checking.

        • Garbageman

          lol i feel a bit bad now reading the posts below re. dieting but rest assured when i have steak juices dripping down my chin i will be thinking of you all

          • Aucky

            Pete, it’s time to remove this man for hatemail.

          • Cadwallader

            Do the moderators behead?

          • Only on days that end with y.

          • Cadwallader

            Well, that CHOPS it back a bit! LOL.

          • la la land

            Well I’m dieting and I had fresh fish and eggs… so no worries – a good bit of protein for brekky never hurt anyone – its the 3 pieces of toast eaten with it that will kill you!

          • Garbageman

            Fresh fish, caught yourself ? my jealousy factor just slipped up a notch

          • la la land

            I bought it at our local fishing club fundraiser … Caught that day

    • Bunter

      Only had French toast, bacon,banana, maple syrup and cream

      • Garbageman

        yum thats what i should be having, a few to many southern comforts last night and my mind is saying meat lots of meat

      • intelligentes candida diva

        I had a friend for breakfast yesterday morning, French toast made with brioche bread, with maple syrup and bacon on the side and coffee. Simple classy and damm delicious

        • Saggy

          Sounds a bit like Hannibal Lecter but he would have chosen fava beans and chianti as a side.

          • intelligentes candida diva

            What the?????….. hmmm nah not even!!!!!
            My friend is grieving and I was nurturing her
            Chianti though that would work

    • Mark

      Well done that man,does put my Bacon,Ham & Chicken scrambled eggs to shame

    • Betty Swallocks

      It’s such a nice day in Christchurch that I can hear the prawns in the freezer calling “Help! Help! We’re so cold! Please marinate us in some olive oil and garlic and throw us on the barbecue!” There’s also a bottle of Maori Point Rose begging to be put in the fridge.

      • Garbageman

        from Invervegas i can be there by tea time

        • Betty Swallocks

          Sounds like a plan. Can you bring some bits & pieces up with you, please? 6 blue cod fillets, a bucket of muttonbirds and as much fresh paua as you can shove in your vehicle. See you about 7:30, any preferences as far as beer goes?

          • coltheman

            Don’t forget the oysters.

          • Betty Swallocks

            Season doesn’t start until March. If he turns up with frozen ones he’ll be heading straight back to Invercargill with no dinner at all. Frozen oysters are just wrong.

      • intelligentes candida diva

        Sounds deeelisshh :-)

        • Betty Swallocks

          It is, and very easy to do. If you buy raw prawn cutlets from Countdown, it’s also quite cheap; Countdown have them on special at 22.00 a Kg and if you time it right you can get them in the afternoons once the store marks them down. Because they have been frozen previously they have a very short shelf life, so they tend to get marked down in price by 3 or 4PM.

  • Cadwallader

    Here’s more rubbish at Stuff: “Desperate Death Wish” is the header for a report that 82% of surveyed NZ’ers agree to the idea of a change in the law regarding assisted death. This according to the moronic reporter is a “desperate Death Wish?”

    • Not Clinically Insane

      More perhaps the moronic subeditor….

  • Cadwallader

    Yet again! Stuff: “Billionaires Bay” with a whine from a local that since the “billionaires” have moved in it is now too expensive for the long time residents. What garbage! “Envy,envy, clogs them dumb……”

  • Rejected this for an end of day video, but.. damn…

    Armenian Girl Sings 5th Element Opera – song Plava Laguna

    • intelligentes candida diva

      Amazing Im captivated

    • Betty Swallocks

      Lovely coloratura in the 2nd half

  • viking
    • conwaycaptain

      WOW serve this at the Green Party Conference

  • viking

    I am looking forward to peer-to-peer policing.

    Imagine the feedback we would give cops who toss us out of our ride home and ping us for travelling 1km over the speed limit.

    And who wouldn’t give feedback on their couldn’t-care-less response to our complaints of burglary?

    The police shouldn’t stomp on Uber. They should learn from it.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11388041

    Good stuff again from Rodney.

    • TayheiNotts

      The taxi industry objecting to Uber is just like the farriers objecting to motor cars, 100 years ago.

  • SP

    Anyone else having trouble with Google, gmail, YouTube site this morning? I’ve been having intermittent problems with all Google sites but no other sites seem to be effected…

    • Huia

      Not too bad today, but yesterday had a lot of trouble loading Whaleoil. Nearly went into withdrawal.

      • SP

        There was an outage at a Howick Chorus exchange yesterday, I assume it affected all ISPs.

        • kayaker

          Beats me why they’re called Chorus. They’re anything but in tune with customers’ needs, latest technology…

  • Alright
  • Alfred12

    Just been to the Papamoa food market, went to buy a smoothie, got cash out when I noticed the following sign “10% goes to the Hagar fund”! Sorry love says I no way am I supporting him. Sale lost $7 stayed in my pocket.

    • Astuteas

      So which food market is the Papamoa Food Market that you are referring to? Wouldn’t want 1 cent of my money going to Hager either!

  • Alfred12

    Every Sunday 9am to 2pm. Great to support local small business apart from the Hagar supporters of course. Also held every Thursday night from about 4pm. It’s at papamoa domain.

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