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  • Nechtan

    Born today in 1946 Kurt Winter songwriter and guitarist with The Guess Who.

    Born today in 1949 David Robinson drummer with The Cars.

    Born today 1952 Leon Wilkeson bassist with Lynryd Skynyrd.

    Today in 1964, The Beatles were at number 1 on the UK singles chart “Can’t Buy Me Love”, their 4th UK number 1.

    Today in 1971, Janis Joplin went to number 1 on the US album charts with the posthumously released “Pearl”.

    Today in 1977 Fleetwood Mac’s album “Rumours” went to number 1 on the US Billboard chart. It would go on to sell over 40 million copies worldwide.

    Died today in 1987 drummer, Buddy Rich aged 69. Buddy was an influence on many of rock’s drummers including John Bonham, Ian Paice, Carl Palmer and Phil Collins.

    Today in 2003 singer Edwin Starr died of a heart attack aged 61.

    • Justme

      Labour! – What are they good for?! Absolutely nothing!

      • Nechtan

        A laugh?

    • Left Right Out

      Freebird would be one song I would love to hear live…… Stairway to heaven is another…… but I just love the the instrumental in free bird

      Hell will throw in Ted Nugents Stranglehold as well…… what other songs would be awesome live?

      • hookerphil

        2 years ago they played it live on the Jan/Feb tour.

      • Nige.

        Guns for hire by acdc

        Also

        Get in the ring by guns n roses

        • Left Right Out

          Did you see ACDC in wellies….. and did they play guns for hire?

          • Nige.

            I did see them e few years ago there. They did play something odd ball, as in not off their usual setlist. Can’t remember. Whoopsie.

  • Carl

    ….

  • Nige.

    Chris EM answered last night’s question with:

    “I look forward to winter ”

    What is your favorite season?

    Do you prefer the heat or the cooler weather?

    • Carl

      Heat. The hotter the better.

    • Nechtan

      These days I prefer somewhere in the middle, not hot or cold.

      • Dave

        You seem to be a friend of Goldilocks :)

        • Nechtan

          That made me spit beer over the keyboard :-)

    • XCIA

      Winter. The colder the better, with beaucoup snow.

    • Dave

      Love them all. (Over here)
      Winter, cooler temps, dry days, Bliss
      Spring, new growth, warmth, things growing, a little rain – Bliss
      Summer, Ah, its hot and wet again, so nice, shirtless days – Bliss
      Autumn, cooler nights, can sleep now, autumn shades, so nice – Bliss.

    • Disinfectant

      Autumn in Christchurch/Canterbury.
      As the ground cools during the longer nights, it takes longer to heat up during the day and this prevents (neuters) the sea breeze from coming in.
      Consequently we get calmer days and although cooler, without the wind it is just heaven.

    • ex-JAFA

      I think I prefer winter, miserable as it can be. At least when it’s cold you can put on more clothing to warm up. In summer, the police often get involved if you try the opposite remedy to beat the heat.

    • Chris EM

      I prefer the temps in spring and autumn, a bit like Goldilo…I mean Nechtan.
      Spring is best though, because of the new growth.

    • kayaker

      I don’t look forward to winter. My favourite season is summer, followed closely by Autumn.

    • Jude

      I love Spring the most. The blossoms , daffodil and the promise of summer to come?

    • Left Right Out

      Fishing season is my fav season…….

      • Isherman

        Yep, and the beauty of fishing season is that it lasts exactly 365 days every year!

        • Left Right Out

          Not my high country flyfishing… but I can live with that

          • Isherman

            Oh I see, ‘that’ sort of fishing…heh. I suppose it’s still technically fishing:)

          • Left Right Out

            It’s real fishing Ish….lol not like that catching the do in the sea….lol

    • Lux

      Cooler for sure .. I hate the heat, the sooner I leave Auckland the better.

    • MaryLou

      Spring and Autumn. Love the change of season…

      • Michelle

        Yes l love both of them as well, one is birth and the other is the dying back
        l love the changes and colours as well as the cooler air at this time of year

  • Dave

    One for the ladies, or reinforcement for the guys, don’t let your wife or partner pick your glasses for you!

  • kiwisnab

    Took part in survey today _

    Who did I vote for last time – 2 blue ticks
    Who will I vote for next time – 2 blue ticks
    Do I agree the economy is going well – yes
    Do I agree with a sugar tax – no
    Do I agree with the UBI – no
    Do I agree we need to increase immigrants – no
    Do I agree we need medical cannabis – yes

    Survey done by Consumerlink.

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      I would have answered everything the same, except…

      “Who will I vote for next time”. I’m thinking this may yet be one tick yellow when the time comes, so in the meantime I’d like to help them out in the polls.

      • Disinfectant

        That has been my view as well.
        But I could not vote for Act after Rodney Hide was elected as its leader. Last time it was two ticks blue.
        If Stephen Franks had been voted in as leader, I am sure Act would be holding National to account today.

      • Skydog

        I won’t be voting Act for one simple reason, they want to increase the refugee quota. Act wishing to increase the quota, will see them fail to get 5%. Silly, silly, silly.

        • Isherman

          To be fair, the Nats will in all likelihood raise the quota as well, but it will be a small ‘organic’ increase…I would doubt they will go for doubling it.

        • Gaynor

          Agree .nor would I vote for them.

        • MaryLou

          I was thinking that too, but even if they did form some coalition with National, doesn’t mean they get all they want. To push forward with other policies, I don’t know that ACT would consider the refugee quota to be a “bottom line”.

          • Isherman

            What are Act going to do..refuse confidence and supply for a Nat led government over an increase? Don’t think so. As you say, they would be in no position to make it a bottom line, and its hardly the most pressing issue of the election.

  • XCIA

    Could this be part of the missing link that was caught off Cabo San Lucas. I’d bet if they do some gene mapping here, they will probably come across the same gene that makes Labour people what they are.
    http://www.petethomasoutdoors.com/2016/03/mysterious-alien-like-shark-caught-off-cabo-san-lucas-.html

  • niggly

    I’d like to introduce to a New Zealander who is fermenting mistrust and dissent between NZ’s muslim community and the Government.

    Her name is Metiria Turei and she is the Green Party co-leader.

    According to her interview with TV3’s The Nation “John Key lied” to the NZ public when he factually stated that New Zealand women were traveling overseas to be Jihadi brides.

    Metiria Turei also has an enabler, long time Muslim advocate/activist Anjum Raham, who once seemed to be Labour aligned but now is in Turei’s pockets, as they both whip up hysteria within the Main Stream Media and thus filters through to the Muslim community in order to “get John Key and National”.

    One day some law abiding Kiwi/NZ Muslims will believe Metiria Turei’s “lies” and do something bad against fellow Kiwi/NZer’s and the Govt, because the couldn’t distinguish Metiria Turei “Key Derangement Syndrome” from reality.

    http://www.newshub.co.nz/politics/greens-slam-pm-for-lying-about-jihadi-brides-2016040211#axzz44dxarlhy

    • Nechtan

      I’ve said this before but I why oh why does the western left wing want to embrace/promote Islam?
      Its beliefs are so far removed from those of the liberal left, it makes no sense.

      • Disinfectant

        Because they know that they will vote for them.
        They don’t care about the chaos which might prevail.

        • OneTrack

          And even after the chaos in Europe, the lefties here still want to double down. Do they hate women and western civilisation that much? Rhetorical question.

        • Nige.

          Socialist believe in revolution through violence.

    • Second time around

      After Metiria’s concern in Parliament that Key had vacillated on NZ Nookoola free policy. Key reminded her from the summit in Washington that the material used in nuclear medicine (and for examining aircraft wings and so) could be dangerous in the wrong hands. I could not care less about jihadi brides or whether they do or could exist, but I am concerned that some of the attitudes that have made Pakistan a dangerous failed state might be represented in people living in NZ.

    • willtin

      I watched about 30 seconds before feeling like screaming at the TV. Sanctimonious came to mind. Vile, vomit and vacant were my next thoughts.
      Hey! I just realised I’m sounding JUST LIKE JK haters. I wouldn’t normally lower myself to THAT LEVEL! But in this case I will.

    • OneTrack

      Is the hard-left still going on about that? Give it up guys. Find something useful to hold the government to account for. All you are showing is a little bit of what your totalitarian government might look like, with people being disappeared for saying politically incorrect speech.

      • Carl

        Not just the hard left but the media has to have some blame as well. Sorry the media is hard left also.

    • Catriona

      I was at a dinner meeting where this woman was a guest speaker along with another covered head woman. Anjum Raham imo is a very dangerous individual, so much so that several of us got up and walked out. Her bullshite was incredible – AND that was a long time before we had ISIS let me tell you. The fact that they’ve both jumped into bed with each other is plain scary so she’ll be influencing the Green Party on all sorts of muslim claptrap let me tell you. Metiria has to be cut loose from the Greens.

      • niggly

        Well all I know is the MSM having been wheeling her out even since when Labour were in Govt to criticise whatever the Govt of the day was doing in terms of national security etc.

        And yes some of her thinking was “incredible” as you describe it.

        Mind you let co-leader Metiria remain the noose around the Green Party’s neck by ensuring the Green Party will never gain wider acceptance (and credibility)!

    • cows4me

      Good on you niggly. Metriia is a crap stirrer and always will be. She’s a nasty piece of work. There is no logic in her arguments the polls reflect this. She is an individual that has built her life on hate and the belief society will be better if she ruled. She doesn’t rule because she is mad as maggot and always will be. Her biggest talent is pissing more people off than she will ever please.

    • Bryan

      she is only doing this because she knows key is out of the country and not available to respond straight away but it will keep and key will have his say one day in the house and it will be funny.

  • willtin

    I have seen that the Police, God Bless them, are very proud of their success in their annual harvest of the dreaded plant, cannabis sativa, this season. I also have read in various media, that regular purchasers of this ‘despicable’ drug are feeling the squeeze and are finding their normal reliable friend, who knows someone, who knows someone, might also be ‘dry’.
    Having some insight into ‘the scene’; Yes, I inhale; I have to wonder about how the people who feel that they rely on a calming smoke, will react to this shortage of supply.
    What do they look to, to replace a herbal buzz? It might not be such a problem for an old stoner, who might have an extra whisky to make him as mellow.
    I can imagine it becoming a very big problem for younger people, upstanding citizens, might be drawn toward a synthetic solution – and that’s where the problem lies.
    Using Cannabis doesn’t inherently lead to the use of stronger drugs, but the prohibition and illegality and destruction of crops of Cannabis, will.

    • Disinfectant

      I remember way back in the 70’s the Police along with the Air force using an Iroquois helicopter, which would patrol up and down the Opihi River in south Canterbury searching for, and destroying cannabis.
      What a complete and utter waste of taxpayer resources, other than giving the air force a bit of a mission.

      • willtin

        Thanks, I forgot to mention the sheer waste of money. Bet your boots; We will never hear a favourable comment from our dear Police (which Force includes close family) when they probably have competitions as to who gets to fly all over our beautiful country, for weeks on end, looking for a particular herb plant.

      • Spiker

        I remember mum had an Iroquois hovering over one of her maize paddocks lifting bundles of weed out one year, she was so ashamed, wondering what the neighbours must be thinking. I thought it hilarious.

      • Cadwallader

        In the summers of the 1960s-1970s the Opihi River was a classic, if not the perfect, Canterbury braided river. I spent many summers hanging around that river from Pleasant Point down to the Milford Huts at Orakipaoa. There was always clusters of plants along the banks. it was not routinely booby-trapped but teenagers were wary enough to leave well alone. The river is said to be too polluted to swim in but the Christmas Day before last I tried it at Milford and almost felt young again, plus I am alive to tell the story.

    • cows4me

      I can’t say they aren’t doing God’s work but I’m pretty sure they missed a few plants.

  • Chris EM

    Not a particularly exciting day for Bruce today. A rainy morning, and I was busy trying to get two coats of paint on the loo walls so I could put the toilet back in. He watched a couple of Monarchs emerge from their chrysalises. The caterpillars don’t have seem to have much respect for those working on their transformation. Two were on the ground after the branches they were attached to were chewed through. Good ol’ painters tape.
    (Pics)

  • Wasapilot

    Judt seen a promo piece for Q&A on one at 9am tomorrow. shaw and little on being a coalition government. If you need a laugh it may be worth watching, however I wouldn’t expect anything other than patsy questions from the trained and skilled of q&a to these two fools.

    • kayaker

      As if it’s even a thing this Labour/Green’s coalition. Desperation on the part of Q&A. As you say,, it should be good for a laugh. I might even break my Q&A ignore to watch it!

    • Carl

      I have been Q & A free for 18 months. My health is so much better for not being angry at 9.45am on a Sunday morning and can enjoy my bacon and eggs without choking on them watching that tripe.

      • kayaker

        Hi, my name’s Kayaker and I’m into my second year of being Q&A-free.

        • Disinfectant

          Never watched it.
          Where doess that leave me?

          • OneTrack

            Well adjusted and smarter than the rest of us.

          • willtin

            Probably a lot calmer than many.

          • WeaselKiss

            Beautifully ‘disinfected’ shall we say. I can smell the Dettol from here lol.
            I mean what is the point of even wasting the time watching that, they are so slanted and one-sided.
            Oh for a show where we could guarantee they makers were impartial.

          • Woody

            I have never watched it either, seeing the occasional promo (including the one for tomorrow) has been enough to keep me Q&A free.

          • kayaker

            In a very privileged position.

      • Wasapilot

        I hav not watched it since the 2014 election.
        Tell you what Carl, I will take one for the team, watch it and report on the highlight(s) in tomorrows General Debate. If I don’t report back, there were no highlights ?

        • Carl

          Good on you Wasa. Would not expect anything less from a Canes supporter.

      • cows4me

        Why can’t they have farmers asking some question, I would just love to call the aholes out.

    • XCIA

      Watching those two idiots and the “patsy” questions they will be undoubtatly asked, would only make me want to throw stuff at the TV.

      • Wasapilot

        Maybe get a sheet of perspex, polycarbonate or similar to place over the screen in the lead up to the next election X. Unless of coarse you want an excuse to buy a new TV.

        • MarcWills

          I find the wire fireguard serves a useful purpose – beer cans bounce off, even when partly full.

          • Spiker

            That reminds me of the scene in the Blues Brothers where they have chicken wire around the stage.

          • WeaselKiss

            Or be like Charlie Watts and drum behind a big plexiglass shield.

        • XCIA

          I recall when TV first reared its ugly head and Elon Bond started a company called Group Rentals. Some farmers seemed to get annoyed that their wives had hired such a contrivance, so they shot them and sent them back.

    • Kiwiracer

      I think this is the sort of stuff we are going to have to put up with till the election next year

      • Wasapilot

        This is only the warm up, the msm went feral in the 2014 election. Expect them to go full nucleAr in 2017.

    • OneTrack

      Will they be asked the only question worth being asked at all – How much are you both willing to give Winston so that he will join you in the coalition of envy?

    • Michelle

      Why is it not Materia and little would be more interesting
      never watched it and not going to start now

      • Salami Warning

        Materia has been on the MSM all day today banging on about John Key and his lying by omission over some non event. I guess they want to have another one from that lot take centre stage for Sunday. All about balance for MSM.

        • Bryan

          the whole concept of lying by not saying something defies logic but that has never been materia’s strong point, and after the drunken crap the other night i would think most in this country will take what she says with a grain of salt and tell her to take the muck out of her own eye. Came across an interesting bible verse today EX 22:28 “Do not blaspheme God or curse the ruler of your people” it was the second half that caught my attention that would shut down the entire hate J K mob in one blow and when you read the context it is actually God speaking that instruction and says do not do it.

      • niggly

        Best to deploy “attack dog” Turei using small chunky sound-bites on the news.

        That way it minimises her hypocrisy to everyday NZers who would be aghast the more they see and hear her!

        Then pop up Shaw as a contrast to be portayed as the “more normal one”!

  • Jude

    Mr Jingles,Snow,Peanut and others have moved into their new outdoor aviary.
    They get to fly in the flight part of aviary tomorrow!
    Some of the birds from my aviary go there tomorrow and yes, Mr Jingles may be joined by his mum and Dad?
    There is so much space for the birds to fly. Daughter is so excited to have the aviary finally built and ready for her birds to enjoy .

    • Lux

      Wow very impressive, I love the rainbow ropes.

      • Jude

        They are twisty ones that give them something to ” swing” on?

    • Spiker

      Do those birds perch like that when they’ve over done the hemp seed? ;-)

      • Jude

        iPhone photos twist and turn all over the show!

    • sarahmw

      Wow 5 star accommodation. Mr Jingles should have no problem pulling a bird for romance.

      • Jude

        He has Snow and they let Peanut tag along ?
        Peanut is friends with the other birds too! He may in a year get his own mate. We will see

        • sarahmw

          That is soooo cute Jude. I’m so pleased they have a wonderful new home.???

    • cows4me

      I love birds, well done Jude. Sadly I have to go goose+duck hunting in the morning then I’m on the plucking team

      • Jude

        Hunting for food is ok in my opinion. I do not like some trophy hunting in game parks, unless it is part of a cull.
        The birds are just beautiful to watch and listen to.

        • hookerphil

          Does hunting in the meat section at the supermarket count?

          • Jude

            That is how I hunt too ?

          • XCIA

            You should do your hunting at a good local independent butcher ;-)

        • cows4me

          Yes my biggest issue is with people that hunt and don’t use what they kill. I’ve shot thousands of animals over my lifetime and I’ll admit to feeling guilty as I get older. I’m not sure why. I think when you get older you start to question your own mortality, oh I don’t know but I actually love animals .

          • hookerphil

            Very searching for a Saturday Night.

          • cows4me

            I’m not trying to search anything phil. I have friends that hunt but they do it as a hobby or sport which is all good . Farmers usually hunt because there is someone else that wishes to eat their livelihood. I think as you get older and you have shot the arse out of a lot of things you weaken.

          • MaryLou

            Yes, has to be a purpose I think. Whether that be food or pest eradication doesn’t matter, but I do have a problem with “Sport”.

          • XCIA

            How now brown cow!

          • cows4me

            You are obviously a scholar of superior intellect.

          • XCIA

            Part of an elocution phrase at primary school in their tawdry attempt to lighten some broad Scots accents and I’ve always had a soft spot for our heighland coos.

          • cows4me

            In other words you are unteachable.

          • XCIA

            Sad to say, I’m just an old dog in that department, not unlike my three unruly WHWT’s.

          • cows4me

            Always meant to ask, did you really for the CIA ?

          • XCIA

            No, although I did work with them on occasion. When son organised the Call of Duty Jeep for me with all the extra toys, it looked for all the world like a CIA left over, so I got the plate for it.

          • cows4me

            Oh well I would guess you are one of the tens of thousands that have worked for the CIA. I once had a security clearance in Aussie, God knows why, was building missiles. I wouldn’t want to push the button on one of those skyrockets. You have to question the logic of letting a ill educated Kiwi working on something that might go bang.

          • Tom

            Shouldnt that be whoo Noo brun coo!

  • Richard

  • Lux

    Do you lose your keys or credit/money cards often, or not, driving yourself crazy with frustration?

    • MaryLou

      Yes, lost my entire wallet again Monday or Tuesday. I’m good at that, so have just spent the week lazily looking for it, each day increasing a wee bit in frustration. In the past it’s always turned up, but this time it’s looking like a defeat. So – new cards, licence etc… darnit

    • STAG

      Mrs STAG refuses to put the keys on the hook, constant frustration trying to leave the house. Don’t get me started on her wallet kr phone!

  • Lux

    Along the same vein if you could insert a TrackR into your partner.. child/ren would you?

  • Michelle

    l was under the impression we live in a democracy and are free to associate with who ever we like, along with freedom of speech
    So why is it the Media Party and opposition seem to think they have the power to tell the elected Prime Minister of this country who he can talk/text and associate with?

    • Huia

      Is he still permitted to text Bronagh or is that now coming under scrutiny by the rabid left idiot parties.
      This is just too stupid for words. Surely private phone calls and texts are just that.
      Every politician will have someone in the media they drop their little pearls of wisdom and breaches too.

      • Michelle

        The Media party and opposition seem to think they can dictate even though they are not in power
        All the more reason to make damn sure they don’t get their hands anywhere near the reins
        the only thing that would come out of it the housing crisis would disappear over night as so many would exit the country

  • Salami Warning

    Apparently some legislation went through regarding zero hours contracts. Hopefully the ability of employees and employers to negotiate as required hours contracts has not been completely outlawed.

  • Huia

    Well, that’s April Fools day over with again.
    Didn’t get caught myself but loved this photo below and can only imagine the consequences for the victim.
    No laxatives were needed during the first test “run” of this prank.

    • XCIA

      I still get a kick out of the old glad wrap over the bowl trick.

      • MaryLou

        Marmite thinly spread on a black seat?

        • Lux

          Never heard of that one before .. I like it !!

          • MaryLou

            You learn the darndest things at boarding school. Do you remember when white Levis were a must-have? With marmite all over the tops of your legs and bumb, v difficult to make the 100m dash back to the dorm without being spotted!

        • XCIA

          I haven’t come across a black seat for years. It would be worth carrying a sachet around just for the crack of it. ;-)

        • cows4me

          Honey is better as long as it’s clear.

    • Lux

      My fav working trick was putting tap outside workmates darkrooms, after they had been locked in for a while, you get totally freaked out when tripping on some cellotape, hitting your ankles or head, or maybe both, while exiting the door ..

      The secret was using the right tape.. it had to break and not actually trip you up, just give you a terrible fright.

  • Spiker

    So now it’s handguns being bought with fake documents. As night follows day the crims are now following Heather’s example. A fake firearms licence along with incorrect form used to buy 2 handguns, magazines & ammo. Sellers severely dropped the ball with this.

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