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  • Nechtan

    Born today in 1945 John Barbata drummer with The Turtles and Jefferson Starship.

    Born today in 1946 Ronnie “Plonk” Lane bassist and songwriter for The Small Faces and The Faces.

    Born today in 1954 Jeff Porcaro songwriter and drummer with Toto.

    Today in 1966 The Troggs used a spare 45 minutes of studio time to record “Wild Thing” in just two takes.

    Died today in 1992 Nigel Preston drummer and founding member of The Cult of a heroin overdose.

    Died today in 2004, Paul Atkinson founding member and guitarist with The Zombies aged 58 due to liver and kidney disease.

    Died this morning (our time) Andy “Thunderclap” Newman piano with ThunderClap Newman.

    • patriot

      Thnx, Nechtan. Hubby only missed 1 again. (The Cult). He’s fairly knowledgable about music and does well @Trivial Pursuit nights on the music rounds…lol.

      • Nechtan

        The Cult were probably outside his time scale (they are barely in mine)

        • Isherman

          Thx for including though..one can never hear too much Cult, one of my all time fav’s.

          • Barnacles2

            I saw The Cult live in Oakland in ’92, the opening act was some guy Kravitz, pretty good show :). Ian A still had his long hair and was flicking it around.

          • Isherman

            He really should have kept the hair..it worked so well with cowboy hat and flares.

    • willtin

      Has anyone else noticed how close together the members of the Turtles were born? Has it not been 3 in the last weeks dates?

      • Nechtan

        Yes 3 birthdays and a number 1.

        • willtin

          I wouldn’t mind betting they are still carrying on.

  • Nige.

    Gaynor answered last night’s question with:

    “he was well covered”

    Do you have a favorite item of clothing?

    • Wasapilot

      I brought a pair of Timberlands boat shoes in Aussie around 1988. I wore them sailing, out and about, eventually they became my gardening shoes, holes and all. I loved those shoes, which are sadly no longer with us, Mrs Wasapilot threw them out 2 years ago, 26 years after I purchased them, much to my disgust. They cost me around $400 back then, a fotrune, but $/year of use, they were a bargain.

      RIP boat shoes.

      • Dave

        Like you, my Tan RM Williams boots, worn for 15 years now, due for a new sole and good as new again. Comfy as, good with jeans or work trousers.

        • Stuarts.burgers

          Yep you should only need to buy one pair of R M Williams boots in any colour, look after them and spend a wee bit on maintenance and they will last a lifetime.

    • Nechtan

      Don’t know about favourite, but I am wearing my Groundcrew T shirts every weekend when out.

    • hookerphil

      Almost everything I own and like Wasapilot always know where and when they come from. TeeShirts, ah I say, that’s from 1974 – 1979 and so forth. I have actually started to become a little ruthless and sometimes down grade things to outside where they will in time become useful such as rags, perhaps.
      When we were travelling around Europe we had a couple of ceremonial discards of undies that had finally met there well past use by date by being cast into the Rhine and the Seine.
      Shoes, once no longer wearable get put onto a local “shoe fence” , have not yet taken any off in exchange, I suspect my wife would not be surprised if I did.

    • Left Right Out

      T shirts…… love em

    • Asian_driver

      about 35 years ago I had a friend make me a jacket from an airforce blanket, grey with a red stripe, it was great warm, we did a hundred or so skydives together. I still have it , its not quite as high fashon as it used to be, I used to have some pretty good jumping shoes too but they didnt last so well, I think I found them on the road or something, money was for wasting on important stuff back then , not so much on clothes

      • Damn right. I used to ski in overalls and a swandri. When it got hot I’d strip down to my shorts and singlet, drop the lot by the chair lift (like who was going to pinch it?) and go again!

        Way better things to spend my coin on than yupiie ski jackets and leggin’s.

    • Around 1990 a group of us were watching TV and some fashion idiot add comes on and says “What will we be wearing in the year 2020 (close enough)”

      I couldn’t help myself and relied to the TV…to my mates hilarity and their girlfriends disgust…”Probably what I was wearing in the 1970’s….T-shirts and jeans”

      Sure enough….

    • Spiker

      I dunno about favourite but I always got to wear a cap when I outside. & for the last year it’s been my WO cap, which is getting pretty faded.

    • Chris EM

      Icebreaker thick merino zip up jersey. From when they were made in NZ. The cuffs are worn, and there are some holes here and there, but it is still so cozy warm and comfortable. I look forward to winter so I can wear it.

    • Michelle

      rugby shorts and any old t shirt

    • Carl

      My trusty singlet. (pic)

      • STAG

        Nigel D will be so proud!

    • STAG

      1994 high school ski team t-shirt, it’s almost no longer fit for public display but it’ll never die!

    • Isherman

      I have a lucky cap which I’m pretty inseparable from, and I use an IDF fatigue shirt as a beer drinking/ sun shirt…the vented arm pits definately help too.

    • Lux

      I have some running pants that have seen much better days, but now they are worn out, with holes in and a singlet to match .. They are so comfortable, and suit any occasion around my home..
      My other fav is a silk Dior dress I got from a second hand shop, in a 30’s 40’s style and a one off.. it is like new, and simply beautiful .. I have only worn it a handful of times, every time was special.

    • Greg M

      Sperry topsiders boat shoes, with socks or without, jeans, shorts, dress trousers, doesn’t matter goes with everything and super comfy.

    • Sunshine

      Jeans, one cannot have too many pairs.

    • InnerCityDweller

      shorts. long pants only if and when we’re going somewhere fancy

  • Carl

    I’m sorry but it’s Friday. (pic)

  • Nige.

    I’m no detective…. but if there have been 10 fires at piggeries recently and one of them had been burned down twice EVEN after the cause was ruled as electrical despite the wiring being upgraded …and there’s a guy absolutely frothing at the mouth for p¡g farms to be shut down…..

    See where I’m going? Are there dots to be joined here? Anyone? Hello!!!! Police?!? Are fires loopholes now?

    • XCIA

      Down wind perhaps?

    • Michelle

      if that is the case l hope they catch them the pigs would have been terrified and died a horrible death
      if they are in a clean well run place they will be happy not that some people would understand that

    • Richard

      I was thinking along the same lines initially…maybe some Vegan crusade…or Mike King coked off his brain, but they both advocate for pig rights, so I can’t see them wanting to cause Porcine harm.

      No, I think this is NZ’s first documented act of Islamic terrorism.

      • kereru

        I admit that did cross my mind. How can all these fires be caused by rats (I mean of the rodent kind).

    • willtin

      Are you suggesting there are a few porkies in the wind?

  • Jude

    … First Sunday in April, it is that time again!

    • Pluto

      Ahhh … extra hour in bed !

      • Carl

        Another long weekend for everyone.

    • KatB

      Thanks Jude. Finally, it’ll be light again when I drag myself out of bed in the mornings.

    • Dave

      One of the advantages to living in QLD, no daylight saving, no altering of clocks.

      • jcpry

        Only because Joh said that daylight savings would fade the curtains.

    • hookerphil

      Thank goodness.

    • Spiker

      Not for me, I’m staying in my own time zone for as long as possible. I got chores to do in the evening & it’s much nicer with a bit of daylight.

  • Wasapilot

    A reminder to those of you playing the WO super rugby competition to get your picks in if you have not done so already.

    • Curly1952

      The way I’ve been going the random button is starting to look appealing

      • Wasapilot

        I thought you did pretty well last week Curly, 47 points.

        • Curly1952

          Trouble is Wasa my mates and son that I am also up against don’t hold back even if you are slightly behind as you could imagine. At least the Whale Oil community don’t rub it in when you are behind

          • Wasapilot

            A lot of luck involved in the early rounds especially Curly.

          • Curly1952

            That’s what I tell my mates that the random pick button is working for them

    • Jude

      Did picks last night , Go the Highlanders:)

      • hookerphil

        Gee Jude – and the Crusaders – hope you took them.

        • Jude

          Yes I did.
          I have picked the Blues too, I think they will be more desperate for a win than Sunwolves.
          That may be wishful thinking but I really hope they play well.

          • hookerphil

            That’s interesting logic because according to my draw the Blues are playing the Jaguares.

          • Jude

            Yep got my teams muddled lol!
            I think I need a glass of wine.:)

          • Wasapilot

            Based on your past weeks stella performances Jude, your logic seems to work better than most, including HP and moi.

          • Jude

            I made up for the disaster picks from the draw before that lol:)

          • Isherman

            Just quietly, the Chiefs are going to do the Brumbies too. It’s normally a tough ask over there, but I’m giving the mooloo’s the benefit of a strong enough attack to get past them on this occasion.

          • Wasapilot

            I picked the brumbies, they are at home, but have just got back from SA. Should be close I think. This round is a bit trickier to guess than last weeks by the look of things. Here we go again.

            Edit – deleted last sentence, I thougjt I was replying to Jude. What’s in that beer tonight.

          • Jude

            Sadly no.
            They grew up eating spinach,kale and broccoli, so I hope they do manage to survive.
            I hope to have a special pic for backchat tomorrow though.Mr Jingles,Snow and Peanut will shift into a HUGE outdoor aviary, finally completed at daughters house!
            She is beyond excited about this:)

    • Pluto

      I know it looks like i don’t do my picks but really i do !

    • Barnacles2

      Thanks for the reminder, too late for me and tonight’s game but got the rest in

      • Wasapilot

        I’ll try and post a reminder on Thursday evning backchats from now on.

        • Barnacles2

          Totally my fault, I’d been meaning to put the picks in but kept forgetting.

          • Wasapilot

            The way the force / highlanders game is going, if you were going to back the highlanders like I did, you may not miss out.

            C’mon the Highlanders.

          • hookerphil

            C’mon indeed.

          • Jude

            Go Highlanders 22-17 ! Still too much time to go to relax.

          • Wasapilot

            I picked the highladers by 13+, it looks like a war zone out there. If the force are true to form, tney should wilt in tne last 20 minutes.

          • Jude

            As did we! This might be another tough week for me! I just hope I am on the right side of the ledger for the winning teams?

    • Dan

      not happy. When, what where?

      • Wasapilot

        The horrid website hosted one Dan. There is a group named Whaleoil that Hooker Phil setup.

      • hookerphil

        If you have been picking apply to join and …………

  • niggly

    I was reading a MSM article about ACT supporting Labour, Greens and UF to raise the refugee intake. We seem to be living in strange political times, because:

    * Up until recently ACT would be the Right’s “attack dog”, advocating for things that National would be perceived as too timid to do so! (ACT have gone to the Left of National on this issue)!

    * Up until recently, Labour was Centre-Left, with the Greens being the Left’s “attack dog”, advocating for things that Labour would be perceived as too timid to do so! Nowadays Labour are indistinguishable from the Greens on many issues (Labour have gone Hard-Left & are trying out Green the Greens)!

    * Meanwhile the MSM don’t appear to have reported the Maori Party position on increasing the refugee quota (and there is nothing on the MP website news advocating for quota increases), so maybe the MP, aware that many of their supporters are saying put Maori and Kiwis first, are not wishing to rock the boat about this issue!

    * I’m not sure what NZF’s position is, normally they would be against this sort of “immigration” but they seem to be strangely quiet – perhaps Winston doesn’t have a formal position but will take potshots at Parties on both sides of the debate depending on what mood he is in on the day, and oh, to “keep ’em all guessing” all the way to the election!

    Meanwhile National, stay firm on this issue please!

  • Lux

    Don’t let Len Baby see this .. Pic

    You could soon see cars driving over the arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, if a new proposal from a leading expert goes ahead.

    In a bid to minimise growing traffic problems, the expert has proposed opening a four-lane highway on top of the bridge’s arch.

    “Sydney is a booming metropolis and it’s integral that we keep pace with the high rate of growth and development,” he said in a statement.

    “It’s essential that we explore every available option to improve the public’s ability to move across the city.”

    “The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge has long been a major part of the city’s transport network and this new scheme will go a long way to easing traffic congestion in the CBD.”

    • Carl

      When did you see the article Lux? It is the 1st of April.

      • Lux

        Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ….

  • Chris EM

    Bruce with pics.
    After spending the Easter break locked in a box in a courier depot, Bruce was relieved to be outta there. He was so excited to be in the world renowned tourist mecca and adventure city of Hamilton. Travelling through several time zones between Spiker’s place in Whakatane and Hamilton left him pretty dazed, however, and he was happy to chill with his new dog friends.
    The next morning he joined us on a walk down by the mighty Waikato as it meandered it’s way through the city voted by the IHYO as probably the best city in the universe. Bruce stuck a fin in the water, but decided against a swim. Although he did remark that the water tasted better than what he got out of the tap at home. He was disappointed there weren’t any like him in there, so I’ve promised to take him somewhere I know his replies will be.

    • Spiker

      Did I mention he has quite an appetite? I wouldn’t leave him unsupervised around that sleeping dog if I were you. He’s already got that gleam in his eye..

      • Chris EM

        Yeah, I saw what he did to your fawn, so I’ve been keeping an eye on him. I gave him a beef bone to chew with the dogs tonite. Hopefully that will keep his appetite in check.

  • Richard

    Sainso’s topic today was problems with internet service.

    He has been having trouble for 6 MONTHS, and is at the end of his tether.

    The advice he had for one caller with a similar 3 MONTH problem was to email the top brass and cc him in on the email….?,,,yeah, cause being Mark Sainsbury has really helped you get your issue sorted right out has’nt it Sainso.

    • Carl

      I have given up on him. He is unbearable to listen to. I don’t know if you listen to Radio Live all the time but I have noticed that not many people who lean to the political right and were regular callers, call in anymore.

      • Richard

        I tend to jump around the stations a bit, but he is hard work alright.

        • Old Kiwi

          Richard are you finding there is getting less and less to jump to? I end up on Coast to stop me yelling at the radio when I’m driving.

          • Richard

            It’s pretty dire alright, who will rescue the airwaves?

          • Raibert

            Try Majic on 702 am, more music less yapping.

      • Disinfectant

        Bring back Sean Plunkett, I say.

        • johnandali

          Does anybody know why he left? Was he pushed?

  • Spiker

    So Oxfam is in town doing a 100/50k run/walk fundraiser. If I had an Israeli flag I’d go in & welcome the participants across the finish line with it.

    • Isherman

      And offer them a Sodastream.

    • Sally

      You could go along and welcome Robertson, Ardern, Hipkins and Curran as they cross the finish line. Don’t forget your WO cap.

      • Spiker

        I wonder if I could con any of them into signing my copy of Dodgy Unions? Actually I may have better things to do than be anywhere near that lot.

        • Isherman

          Being bored witless would be more appealing…and no less constructive.

          • Spiker

            True. Pistol club is having a clay bird shoot tomorrow & keen for that but weather is not looking flash for it. I may just lock myself in my cave & build something.

  • Old Kiwi

    Interesting lunchtime today. Office staff usually jointly do the multi-choice daily quiz around one of the screens at lunch. I get asked the odd question on topics they think I have some knowledge about when they get stuck. Today’s question was who is labour’s finance spokesman?
    I said the guy in charge of the “future of work”. Blank stares all round
    I said the guy offering the UBI… More blank stares.
    I said the Cardigan wearing guy from gliding on. A couple vaguely knew who I meant.
    So after telling them the correct answer, and talking about the UBI I said I was thinking of giving them all a $200 per week pay rise for doing no more work – but couldn’t guarantee how long we would be able to stay in business if we did that. They all thought it was total madness.

    The point of all this is that we here may think that the labour and greens continue to make total ass’s of themselves with their ludicrous policy announcements.

    The truth is they are not being taken any notice of whatsoever by many people.

    Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing?

    • It’s a bad thing. The reason I say this is you only know that something is bad for you if you know it.
      If it’s good for you and you don’t know it yet continue doing it then it’s irrelevant, yet if it’s bad for you and you don’t know it and continue doing it then it’s very relevant to your future.

      And mine!
      Tell them to wake up!

      • Old Kiwi

        Don’t worry they were told they needed to read more. Average length of time with us is over eighteen years. Think I understand their political affiliation so no problem there.

        The worry is the “missing million” in the thousands of lunchrooms around the country that aren’t listening to the looney left also. National somehow needs to engage at least some of them with easy to understand retoric.

    • Michelle

      Most likely bad as they will go along and vote either Labour or Green not knowing a thing about what they are offering just because that is how they have always voted

  • papagaya

    Here’s a topic, which is deeply un-PC, but I’d welcome some thoughts on it. Lately I’ve noticed what seems to be a trend in cases where violent, obsessed exes have attacked the women they’re estranged from. Many of the news stories feature posts from the women’s social media accounts and a thread emerges, just as it has in yesterday’s case in Sydney, where the Filipino guy stabbed his ex-wife and killed her date. In that case, the woman was posting stuff about her “secret admirer,” and also threatened “war” against an unnamed enemy. In other recent cases the female victims, prior to being attacked, had posted endless seductive selfies on their pages. And while there’s nothing wrong with that, I’d ask this question: is it wise to do so when you have a jealous ex who may be watching your every move? Once upon a time you broke up with someone and might not see them or know what they’ve been up to for months. Now, that information is there 24/7 and seriously, I think it just makes a lot of the guys crazy, and ramps up the potential for mayhem. I’m not victim blaming here but it seems like many women in these situations have taken leave of their commonsense. You have an angry, jealous, possibly unstable ex, and you don’t lock down your page or at the very least desist from posting sexual pix of yourself or boasting about your love life? I personally think social media has just added fuel to the fire in these situations.

    • Lux

      Common sense and social media, do not mix well together I have found.

    • Michelle

      sad this is happening but also think the MSM are siding with the killer as they seem to do these days pointing out the victim is at fault, male or female
      If either side took a step back after a break up and blocked each other then this would not be happening, you would hope, but we live in crazy times these days

      Mind you in our town l remember people breaking up and being seen all over town with new partner or dating multiple others in full view of ex but l don’t remember anyone getting stabbed or beaten up then

      • papagaya

        Correct, but I think that now, the man’s ability to endlessly pore over the woman’s social media posts can feed a fury or obsession in a way that didn’t happen before.

    • SlightlyStrange

      Given the best advice I have seen anywhere about leaving a jealous / abusive / dangerous partner start with blocking them EVERYWHERE and potentially changing your contact details (a right pain in the you-know, but worth it for many people), yeah – whats with that?

  • Lux

    Tiger Moth Aircraft crash, Ardmore Teachers’ College, Auckland 12th February 1965. Pic ..

    • phronesis
    • MarcWills

      What happened to the pilot? And also,notice the EJ or EH Holden Police car. It looks ‘clownish’ by today’s standards.

      • Lux

        It was thought the pilot suffered no major injuries.

    • Lux

      ZK-AQA was a Hatfield built Tiger, assembled in New Zealand in 1940 as NZ863. It was sold to a Mr. J. Reid in 1947. In 1950 it went to the Nelson Aero Club, and is shown in their service in the grainy old image above. After several owners it wound up with the Auckland Gliding Club in 1961. ZK-AQA crashed at Ardmore on 25 January 1965.

      The aircraft suffered an engine failure shortly after takeoff while towing a glider and crashed into the roof of Ardmore Teacher’s College. Although badly damaged it was stored as a possible rebuild, and its remains are possibly still around today (at Dairy Flat?).

      • Greg M

        My uncle, Alex Horn flew her during his early RNZAF flight training. He wrote a book about his escapades during WW2 including his time in the tigers and is well worth the read, most libraries have it. {pic)

    • Lux

      Ohh and by the way … that had nothing to do my cooking ..

      well that night ..

  • sandalwood789

    Tesla has unveiled its latest car – the “Model 3” –
    http://www.gizmag.com/tesla-model-3-revealed/42581/

    A very nice-looking car (well, it will be when it arrives as it won’t go into production for at least a year and a half apparently). Anyway, both the price and range seem reasonable too.

    Thank goodness that at least Tesla knows how to make good-looking electric cars – not ugly three-wheeled monstrosities.

    • Moonroof

      And they are not being Pious about it. The cars are properly electric, and hint at being a bit interesting to drive. Interesting interim until hydrogen fuel cell vehicles get viable.

      • MaryLou

        Been thinking about that. Really don’t think hydrogen is the answer, it’s just another process added to storage. Why do it?

        • Moonroof

          It’s a long long timeframe for hydrogen, small steps, the market will determine if it ultimately works. Hope it does, then there will be lots of petrol left for such as this:

    • rangitoto

      They have 115,000 pre-ordered as at the time of the unveil. Seems crazy that so many would do that without even seeing a picture of the car or the specs.

      • ex-JAFA

        You’ve never met anyone who uses Apple products, have you? :-)

  • Lux

    Ok this is going to take a bit of serious thought from myself, but what is your worse or best meal, or dinner party tale you can tell ..

    I’ll have to mentally run through my CV…

    • And the corpses….

      • Lux

        They give me the thumbs up !!

        • Greg M

          Well they went toes up anyway….

          • Lux

            You guys will keep !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Greg M

            What a chef would serve is ” crepe suzette”, Lux does “flaming flapjacks”. Whoa, there goes the house “a little burnt down”, hehehe !

          • Lux

            Live a little dangerously .. eeeeeeeeek …

          • Greg M

            Hehe! The stove and fireworks aren’t your strong points. :-)

          • Lux

            The more I think back, I’m amazed I made it through cooking a meal and still alive ..

        • XCIA

          I thought it was the toes that curled up ;-)

    • Moonroof

      OK, it’s been 30 minutes and some silence bar Pete. Too much time and tide to itemise any specific occasion, but I’ll say the best ones as host are when the menu is all simple classics, tried and true. Grilled rare steaks, reduced shrooms, pasta side with greek salad. Starter is wine and cheese matching and olives, get through main event, bitter chocolate and liquer, or back to cheeses et al. There’s been the odd fufu, just don’t overcomplicate things, practice tricky stuff away from guests/victims :)

      • Lux

        I was cooking up a treat .. still thinking ..

        • Moonroof

          Still thinking? The seasons are turning, beef bourguignon with roasted agrias and steamed greens on side. Or meat loaf (not the muso).

    • Lux

      Ok it has to be my Individual Beef Wellingtons I cooked for about 15 or so people at a dinner party one night. It took me two days to prepare the feast, and one minute to destroy everyones taste buds..
      It was one of the funniest nights of my life..

      I served everyone,and they all said my mother should taste the special dish first.. and with one mouthful she spat it out and said YUK ..
      It has to be said my heart sank a little as others around the table tried their food and their faces told the story .. I knew I was taking a risk ..

      I had kept everyone waiting for a long time and so everyone got drunk .. and the next morning there was knickers decorating my letterbox..

      It was a hilarious, glorious, night..

      I tried feeding the food to my dog the next day, even he turned his nose up at it ..

      • Moonroof

        Beef Little? Had some ideas, but the audience differed :)

  • Hard1

    I think I have found the missing planning detail for Auckland’s much touted City Rail Link. 100 days ago, “Christchurch’s new, long-awaited bus lounge has opened with little fanfare.
    The Riccarton Rd bus lounge, on the corner of Riccarton Rd and Division St, features seating for about 50 people, one outdoor and two indoor screens with real-time information on bus arrivals and departures, three toilets, and standing room for about 200 people.
    Council infrastructure, transport and environment committee chairman Phil Clearwater said the lounge was a “key milestone” in trying to cut traffic congestion and making roads safer for pedestrians.
    “Riccarton Road is our busiest bus route and we are pleased that passengers now have a safe, attractive bus lounge to wait while making their connections.”

    Today; Large groups of teenagers are intimidating people, causing fights and hurting businesses at Christchurch’s new Riccarton Rd bus lounge.
    The city council has beefed up security at the depot, but shop owners say this has only moved the problem into the street.
    One Division St business owner fears getting his sign from the street. Another says he has “zero revenue” after 3pm, when the teens – gathering in groups of 30 to 60 – arrive.
    The new bus lounge facilities attracted them to the area, he said. Since the council employed security guards for the building, they had spilled on to the street.

    He and other business owners said they warned the council of such problems at various meeting, but their pleas were ignored.

    “It’s a major detraction for customers now to come into the street in the afternoon.

    “Everyone’s talking about intimidation, even I’m intimidated to walk down the end of the street to get my sign. As I walk past the shop, the smell of dope [marijuana] would almost knock you over.”

    Another business owner, who did not want to be named because of fear of retribution, said the teenagers had urinated in his car park, blocked cars from entering and ripped out trees.

    “We’ve looked at our revenue . . . and literally every afternoon we are dead now.”

    Police arrested three teenagers for fighting on January 13 and a young woman assaulted another girl on Wednesday. On Thursday, a group blocked a car from entering Division St before shaking it from side-to-side.

    “The way [the youths] are interacting between themselves and their behavior can be intimidating to other people,” he said.

    “Some of them are picked up by their parents and dumped in that area at 8.30am in the morning and are told to find [their] way home at night. Where’s the parental responsibility as far as that goes?”

    As of Friday, there was one security guard on duty from noon to 9pm (closing time) and a second guard from 4pm to 9pm. There were eight internal and external video security cameras, she said. (Whoopty doo)

    Well, we all know what’s going to happen when secluded areas are open to the public in otherwise busy areas. Auckland will be no different. Aotea and Karangahape underground stations will become no-go areas for woman, and most everyone else. Such an age of denial that planners live in. We co-exist with ferals and do little to shut them down. I predict K-road station will become a drug and violence infested wasteland.

  • Wasapilot

    Just had a look through all the oilers picks for tonights Highlanders / Force game. We all picked Highlanders by 13+, so 5 points each. Amazing we all picked the same.

    • Jude

      Just one more point and max points!

      • Wasapilot

        Would not have made any difference to our position on the leader board either way I guess Jude. Tne force were a lot better this weekthan last weeks effort.

        Edit – only 7.4% picked the highlander to win bt the margin they did.

    • hookerphil

      Just think about the 6.00 start tomorrow morning.

      • Wasapilot

        If I am awake I will watch it, but not going to set the alarm. Having said that I am normally wide awake by 5.30am

      • Jude

        I will look for result in general debate? 6am is way too early for me!

    • Curly1952

      Does that mean we are as good or as bad as each other.
      Be well up by 6 tomorrow especially after having a nice Thai meal tonight

      • Wasapilot

        Glass half full, all as good as each other.

  • Dave

    Its Duck season in approx 5 weeks, so why not, a lesson from the Duck Shooting master, Billy T James.

  • Adz

    Hey guys and gals I reckon this week was Mr Trump’s worst week so far about abortion. He only thought about only the surface features instead of the structural features on the abortion issues.

    • Nige.

      Probably

      • dumbshit

        Are you watching the crusaders, hope they can keep the tempo up!

    • Crowgirl

      I was confused about this since he has always been pro-choice, until I read that he said it in response to the idea that abortion was banned in the US ie against the law. So what he’s essentially saying is that if abortion was against the law, women should get some sort of punishment for seeking one – which seems sort of par for the course if you were breaking the law. The way the media was reporting it, it made it sound like women getting abortions should be punished full-stop, which would be weird.

      As it is, I think he’s sort of got the same principles as me on this issue – pro-choice but anti-abortion (prevention is better than cure).

  • Lux

    Dannevirke first police car. 9/5/1970.

    • Dave

      And probably the most modern thing there today, a forgotten town, not much has changed.

    • Frank N Further

      1965/66 HD Holden. Although not over powered, either of the 2 engine options, 149 or 179 cu in. provided more power than either the brakes or suspension could comfortably handle.

    • XCIA

      I guess they were running around on bicycles before this? Mind you they are still running around on bicycles today.

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