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  • Nechtan

    Born today in 1941 Jan Berry (William Jan Berry) of Jan and Dean.

    Born today in 1943 Richard Manuel vocals, piano and occasional drums with The Band.

    Died today in 2014 Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith guitarist and songwriter he wrote “Feuding Banjos (Duelling Banjos)” and his 1949 instrumental “Guitar Boogie” was one of the first hits to use the electric guitar and as such had a major influence on the development of rockabilly and rock.

    Died today 2015 Robert Burns Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd’s original drummer, as a result of car accident aged 64. He played on the band’s first two albums, but left the band due to the demands of touring.

  • Carl


  • Hard1

    You have to laugh at this one. Talk about bite the hand that feeds you…..

    “China’s decision to participate in the UN’s sanctions regime, it said, is a sign that its much larger neighbor is “worried that its dominant status in Northeast Asia will be challenged.”

    To be clear, while things aren’t going terribly well in China right now, Beijing’s military superiority over North Korea is not seriously questioned by anyone.

    Not that that is stopping the North Korean government, which, the document noted, benefits from “the superior leadership of our revered supreme commander Marshal Kim Jong Un.”

    The document demands that, “all Party members and workers … firmly stand up against China’s hostile schemes,” and says, “not once has China been sincere towards us when our revolutionary efforts ran into challenges and struggles.”

    Beijing might justly gripe about that accusation, but it will definitely not be happy with another statement reportedly coming from the party that “All Party members and workers must join in soundly crushing China’s pressuring schemes with the force of a nuclear storm for its betrayal of socialism.”

    • Nechtan

      Good grief if it wasn’t for China’s intervention back in the 1950s there would be no North Korea. Can’t imagine the Chinese government being thrilled at North Korea’s stance.

    • willtin

      North Korea. The country, whose Super-Human Leader bends History at will. Dad had his own versions –

      “* The first time he picked up a golf club, in 1994, Kim reportedly shot a 38-under par round on North Korea’s only golf course, including 11 holes-in-one. He then decided to retire from the sport for ever.

      * Kim has the ability to alter the weather simply through the power of thought.

      * The fledgling leader was a genius as an infant, with official North Korean biographies stating that he had learned to walk at just 3 weeks and was talking at 8 weeks.

      * As a junior high school pupil in Pyongyang, he corrected and chastised his teachers for their incorrect interpretations of history.”

      From The Guardian.

  • Wasapilot

    As promised on last nights Backchat, I took one for the team and watched Q&A this morning. The questions were not as Patsy as I thought they would be to little, he did not answer most of them, and the interviewer tried politely to get him to. Angry little was saying that a nightmare triad of labour/greens/NZF was a genuine realistic coalition government in waiting. It would be interesting to hear winstones take on that.

    They also interviewed the melon co leader james shaw. He came across more prime-ministerial than little, but a normal slogan rich melon babble never the less.

    My ears are still bleeding from listening to this, someone else’s turn next week.

    • Woody

      For those of us smart enough to have missed Q&A they force fed us with the lowlights as news on TV One tonight.

    • D.Dave

      Careful Wasa, fluid coming from the ears could be a sign of brain injury. You really did take one for the team. Legend….

      • Wasapilot

        I recorded it and watched it this afternoon. I was not brave enough to watch it live, as I had things to do today, and did not want to risk being left emotionally paralysed for the entire day.

    • Michelle

      l was reading over on TM this morning and one deluded person was talking about “watching the next PM in waiting on Q & A” and how he was so good

      do we have aliens walking among us as some seem to be from another planet

      • willtin

        The Planet of The Missing Millions and Their Millions of Green Friends.

        • Michelle

          yes l looked because it was the headline on Opinions & Politics
          That place is almost as bad as other lefty blogs so not a place l visit as they are totally delusional
          l go to look at recipes and farming and don’t look at other places l have heard that Parenting is on another planet as well but never brave enough to visit

          • willtin

            Good Parenting grounds you on Planet Earth.

  • George

    In the NZH Wendyl Nissen advises us that “Mars bar is out of this world”. She adds. “Recently my husband has been making an annoyingly moreish slice which involves melting down Mars bars, adding rice bubbles and other things, then icing it with melted chocolate. As I was consuming so much of it, I felt it best to investigate what actually goes into a Mars bar and to see whether I was in fact poisoning my staff. I was pleasantly surprised”.

    Apparently each small Mars bar contains seven teaspoons of sugar, the same amount as Ocean Spray Cranberry fruit juice however she had this to say in a previous review about the fruit juice.

    “I just can’t imagine spooning just over seven teaspoons of sugar into a 250ml glass, adding water and then drinking it, so why would you drink this equivalent? Sugar is increasingly being held accountable for rising obesity and diabetes rates in Western countries like ours. Yet producers of sugary drinks claim that the nutritional value and the fact that some of the sugar comes from fruit makes it okay.It’s not. It is believed too much energy from sugars raises insulin levels in the body too high, which causes the energy to be stored in fat cells”.

    So there you have it! If Wendyl enjoys a product with too much sugar, then its ok! Very selective reviewing I say. The inconsistencies in these reviews would result in commercial advantage for one and disadvantage to the other. It is irresponsible reviewing and she should be held accountable.

    • XCIA

      But, auntie Wendyl is one of NZ’s foremost female bossy boots with a relentless mouth, so you had better sit up and pay attention ;-)

    • Abjv

      Was one of these an infomercial by chance?

  • Nige.

    Lux answered last nights question with:

    “the sooner I leave Auckland the better”

    Do you want to get out of where ever you are?

    • hookerphil

      No, only been here a year and still in Canterbury.

    • Andy111A

      Yes as soon as my chemo treatment is finished I want to move the family out of Auckland to Kerikeri

      • Wasapilot

        Hope all goes well for you Andy.

      • Michelle

        Hope all goes well for you and Kerikeri is a beautiful place

      • Left Right Out

        Good luck Andy….. Kerikeri is one of the few places I would live in the North Island… stunning

      • willtin

        All strength to you Andy. Kerikeri is nice country.

    • Usaywot

      No. Love Auckland. Have no wish to leave.

    • Santa Fe fan

      Retirement in a few years- still not sure whether to stay or flee? Trouble is where to flee to?

    • Eiselmann

      I grew up wanting to get out of my part of South Auckland…dispite the fun games like.’.guess how many drunks and druggies you’ll see walking to school’ and ‘how fast can you run by that gang house’ and the ever popular ‘don’t walk down that street…ever’, it just wasn’t as much fun as it sounds.

    • Curly1952

      No, and being very selfish I hope no one else comes here so we don’t get crowded

    • Spiker

      Moved around in earlier years but settled back within a few k’s of where I was born. Building a new house now and intend staying for the duration.

    • Michelle

      Happy where we are not planning on leaving anytime soon it is heaven here with everything we need with fruit trees, gardens and meat, close enough to town and well off the roads and can’t see the neighbours

    • Jafarma

      Already got my retirement place at the Mount ready to leave Auckland as soon as the brain has had enough of working. Even though I walk to work in Auckland the traffic just drives me nuts. Mounties might grumble at traffic at the Bayfair roundabout but Auckland has 100s of intersections like that.

    • I’ve been contemplating moving for sometime. Somewhere warm, or with plenty of hunting nearby.

      Fiji, Israel and Hawkes Bay or Rotorua are on the list.

    • Oh Please

      Yep, had enough of Auckland, the world’s most unliveable city. Auckland Transport and Auckland Council have spoilt the place for me.
      Might go to Syria, I hear it is practically empty now.

      • Miss Phit

        Syria is pretty messy though.

        Looks like a bomb’s hit it.

        • Oh Please

          Plenty of nice little do-ups there.

    • Yes. So much so, I currently am. (back t omorrow, sadly)

      I hope to get out of Auckland to the South Island, or one of the nicer regions in the North. Less people, higher good bastard ratio, basically.

  • Cadwallader

    There is no other time of the week like a Sunday night. Yes, I accept that is an obvious statement, but it is the time that the prospects of the week tend to telescope out in the mind’s eye. Given last week was a short one we still endured the drunken silliness of Turei, the idiocy of Moroney and more grumblings from the Labour Party. My pick for this week will be a further economic bumper sticker from Grant Robertson which when boiled down will be nothing other than a fresh take on tax and spend. This will be surrounded by more spy paranoia from the Greens. Ron Mark is overdue to have another brain-fart as we get closer to Anzac Day. The stupidity of the aforementioned is sadly predictable but will be breathlessly played out by the likes of Smalley. The rest of us will get on with life.

    • willtin

      I admire your perception. I would add; Trevor Mallard finding a leaking tap, on a house in Porirua.

  • Second time around

    TV1 has the Greens’ Shaw promising to transform Kiwibank by injecting a paltry $100,000,000 extra capital into it, while Andy gave an extended interview where he felt a need to strong arm Australian owned banks but refused repeatedly to answer whether it was policy or if he had discussed it with anyone. He still seems to believe that banks borrow wholesale from the Reserve Bank so should pass any decrease in OCR on to the borrowers immediately.

    • willtin

      I don’t think the value of four referenda (sorry JK) is going to move KiwiBank into the realms of international banks. I would have maybe been more impressed if he had suggested a figure of $1 Billion. And then backed it up with the evidence.

  • Nige.

    great to see the media party in the form of one news make a fool out of Andrew Little, finally exposing the man for a tool. An inept mouth piece for the largest socialist party in New Zealand he stuttered and spat his way through a simple question that he clearly was caught off guard for. I mean how easy is it to answer “…is this a policy the labour party has been sitting on for some time?” within a few seconds?

    Time for a few random impertinent questions i hope.

    • XCIA

      What’s the bet he went away from that thinking he done well and McCarten was waiting in the wings to congratulate him.

    • Carl

      Who is going to ask these questions Nige? The Media party? HAHAHAHAHAHA. You are funny.

      • Wasapilot

        They tried gently on Q&A this morning.

        • Carl

          I didn’t see it but you say gently. That to me is the problem, a good interviewer would have kept going at him till he cracked or answered the questions.

          • Wasapilot

            If you are feeling paricularly masochistic, here you go.

          • Carl

            Good try Wasa but no. I have been Q&A clean for 18 months and plan to stay that way.

          • Wasapilot

            Thought I may have got ya with that Carl. You passed the test ?

    • Sally

      Little’s claim that they are in talks with Greens and NZ First on a joint campaign policy is another ‘speaking without thinking’ moment.
      Didn’t take Winston very long to blow him off.
      Little is really a political walking disaster. Thought Cunliffe was bad but Little has reached a new low.


    Is anyone watching Sunday, John Lord the Te Awamutu farmer who moved to Colorado to start a Cannabis business is on TV

    • willtin

      I watched it with great interest.


        After watching it, it presented a good case for medical and recreational cannabis in NZ

        • willtin

          I agree, but it will never happen while Synpathetic Dunne continues to receive practically zero votes but still worms his way into our Government.

  • STAG

    That Russian video! It’s wet your pants funny!

    • Wasapilot

      Thought you may have been on the cider with meturia, until I saw the post. A must see. I was picturing him pulling the tree way back, then letting go, catapulting the cat out of the tree.

  • Wasapilot


    Tops off a woeful week for my footy picks.

    • hookerphil

      Same and same.

    • Sally

      Great full points. This was my gamble game of the week.

      • Wasapilot

        Blues to thrash the chiefs next weekend Sally?

    • Isherman

      8 points….

      runs away

      Still, only one wrong win-loss this round result for a measly 31 pts. Margins make the difference.

    • Jude

      Yep another Red Cross for me too?

  • Curly1952

    Just arrived back from the local. A big day which looks like it will carry on well into the night – It is closing down so we will have no TAB/Bar at the Mount. The owner is retiring after 35 years in the trade and the site is going to be redeveloped.
    Had my final beer and bet about 7 and walked out the door. Takes me about 7 minutes to walk home and by the time I got home to my dearly beloved my horse had won and paid $33. I backed it on fixed odds at more than that!!
    Thanks Morrie, you have run a great place for s locals – we are going to miss you!!

    • Jafarma

      Perhaps it’ll end up in Rosie O’Gradys Irish pub, but it just wouldn’t be the same since it’s no longer the infamous Anchor Inn

      • Curly1952

        Correct. Not the same as it was. May be the Fishing Club or Latitude 37 or home to the fridge

        • Jafarma

          It’s MOSC for me these days. The only decent place around to have an afternoon / evening drink as the sun goes down

          • Curly1952

            MOSC? – Is that the club on Totara Street?

          • Jafarma

            It’s on Salisbury Wharf.
            Edit: Mount Ocean Sports Club

          • Curly1952

            Yep, that”s what I call the Fishing Club,

      • jcpry

        As a kid I remember the Anchor Inn as being on the outskirts of The Mount. Mind you Bay Park Raceway was in the country.

        • Curly1952

          As a kid when we came to visit my Nana & Pop, who lived in Tauranga at the time, I used to wonder why we didn’t go to the Mount beach every day. It wasn’t until I got older that I realised you had two options – 1 the ferry or 2 travel out through Greerton and around the old Welcome Bay Road – a huge trip. How things have changed

  • Mine it,Drill it,Sell it.

    I thought I would go to the Sydney Morning Herald to see how the Worries went on the ladder after the second win of the season and came a cross this.It is all on again in Sydney with the Muslims http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/violent-brawl-at-halal-festival-in-ascot-vale-20160403-gnx74z.html

  • XCIA

    I remember as a child growing up in Edinburgh in the 50’s, there was an orange drink called “Kia Ora” being sold in cinema’s an on railway station platforms. Can anyone remember it being sold here?

    • willtin

      She and me, being of similar vintage, Kiwis, don’t recall the Brand. But then we are really, really old, aren’t we?

      • XCIA

        I thought with a name like Kia Ora it would be a NZ company, but of course at the time that didn’t enter my head.

        • willtin

          As a youngster, I used to be so proud of our ‘New Zealand’ Boot Polish company. I now know anyone can own the word ‘Kiwi’.

  • Hard1

    This is a late one, but does any reader here know the cost per barrel of pumping NZ oil, which is then exported.
    I find this of interest due to this information, where a further oil price drop is signaled….” Russia’s oil output set a post-Soviet high in March as the success of a proposed crude production freeze between OPEC members and other major producers appeared to be in doubt.

    Russian production of crude and a light oil called condensate climbed 2.1 percent in March from a year earlier to 10.912 million barrels a day, according to the Energy Ministry’s CDU-TEK unit. That narrowly beat the previous high of 10.910 million barrels in January.

    With most of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries members, Russia and some others outside the group scheduled to meet in Doha this month to discuss an accord on capping output, Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman signaled in an interview with Bloomberg that if any country raises output, the kingdom will also boost sales.
    Prices on Friday sank more than 4 percent after the comments. Iran previously said it plans to boost production after the lifting of sanctions following a deal to curb its nuclear program.”