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  • Nechtan

    Born today in 1932 singer/songwriter and guitarist Carl Perkins perhaps best known as the writer of “Blue Suede Shoes” later famously cover by Elvis Presley.

    Born today in 1948 Phil Wright drums and vocals with Paper Lace.

    Today in 1974 Terry Jacks went to number 1 on the UK singles chart with “Seasons In The Sun”.

    Today in 1983 David Bowie went to number 1 on the UK singles chart with “Let’s Dance”.

    • willtin

      We can hear who influenced Elvis from that, even without the authorship connection. And Bowie; What an enigmatic man.

  • Carl

  • Nige.

    JEL51 answered last night’s question with:

    “learning to drive”

    How old were you? Who taught you? Did you have any incidents?

    Do you NOT drive?

    • Carl

      15 years old taught by Dad but had been driving tractors on the farm from about 9 years old.

    • ex-JAFA

      A few sporadic lessons from my father from turning 15, and some supervised “real” driving (and some decidedly unsupervised “borrowing” the car when no parents were around), but I didn’t bother getting my licence until I left school just before my 18th.

    • Disinfectant

      As soon as I could get enough weight onto the Fordson clutch by jumping up and then planting my left foot on it to get it down.
      Got my licence a couple of weeks after I turned 15 with my test drive by the local Cop in a Landrover.
      He said “I think you have done this before”. I had, as I got caught for driving on the road when I was 12. Such was the way of things out in the country back then.

    • kereru

      At age 29 when I had enough money to pay for driving lessons. No automatics then and such strict driving tests in the UK that it was a rare thing to pass first time. Glad to say that, despite nearly giving my instructor a heart attack on one occasion, I did manage to pass first time! No incidents since except towing a boat which jack-knifed on gravel and sent me across the road. Thankfully nothing was coming the other way and only my pride was hurt.

    • Lux

      My poor father had to teach us all .. we had an unused army camp nearby and we used to have lessons there, there was plenty of space and no people around. We all got taught around 15/17 age I guess. My older sisters also gave me lessons.. I hate driving.

    • Dan

      I was 21 in my last year at uni. Was taught by an ex rally driver. My first lesson was on the back roads of Palmyra and he made me drive at 100 kph. That flowed through to the test where I was chastised by the officer for speeding on Fergie Drive (56kph), but passed.

      The wannabe rally driver is strong in me yet though.

      • Lux

        One time my sister and I and a friend were travelling to Napier for a hamburger, when the car broke down and the police picked us on the Taupo Napier Highway, after a day or so of being stuck there.

        They dropped us in Taupo and we had no money, and put us onto this guy to give us a lift back to Auckland..

        He was a rally driver .. in a Mini .. we got back to Auckland in about 5 minutes .. it was so scary ..

        • willtin

          That highway has a bad history for hitch hikers, from memory. You sound like the hippy (some of) my siblings accuse me of being

          • Lux

            We were not hitching.. we sat in the car for about two weeks it felt like .. finally a police car stopped and took us back to Taupo. We had a few things to keep us amused.. and bit freaked out by the police picking us up, But they were really cool and helpful.

    • Dave

      Managed to get my license the day after I turned 15, mum was a good teacher as dad didn’t have the patience. I remember the cop asking where did I learn to drive. Ah (pause) my uncles farm! No incidents getting it or whilst learning.

    • Got my bike licence first, and had no need for a car. At some point I got a girlfriend who had a car, so it became of interest to be allowed to drive it. My father had one go at teaching me to drive and then handed it to the professionals for his sanity (we were like oil and water – that he even tried once is a miracle ;) My instructor was an interesting man. His approach was that you didn’t learn to drive with him, but you learned to pass the test. After 4 lessons, he said I would pass the test. Learning to drive happened AFTER you got your licence, he said. Yep. :)

      On the day, I turned up at the MOT and went through the motions. At the end, I was aware that Mr MOT person was fairly agitated. In short, he was annoyed he had to give me my licence. As he explained, I was allowed to stuff up three things, as long as they were cancelled out by doing 3 things rather well. Apparently I did just that. The source of his exasperation was that the 3 things I did badly so disgusted him, that he really, really, REALLY didn’t want me to get my licence yet. But he had to stick to the rules…

      I’ve only ever had one car accident that was my fault. I reversed into a courier van. So perhaps my instructor was right after all ;)

      • Stuarts.burgers

        That learn to pass the test is so true, over the last few years in my old job I had a number of young blokes getting their restricted or moving up to full.
        I told before the test get a few lesson is in with a driving instructor to knock the bad habits out but more importantly learn what the person doing the test is looking for. Most went nah I get it, and you know what most did do some lesson before their resit and flew through as they knew what was needed. They could have saved the resit fee but they knew best.

    • Sally

      Got mine at 17, taught by my dad. Much to my brothers disgust passed first time. The local cop always failed the boys first time up. He worked on the theory the boys needed reigning in and he didn’t like scraping them off the road.

    • Steve (North Shore)

      11 or 12, driving a Bradford van up and down a curved driveway. Only drove into the veg garden once. Before that on a farm steering a tractor mabey 5.
      I hear there is someone in the Green Party that wants to drive and he is over 40

      • Disinfectant

        And it has to be asked – can you teach an old dog a new trick?

    • Nechtan

      In the Army, aged 18, never had the need to drive before (walked or used my push bike). Learnt in Landrovers and RL Bedfords, scared the living daylights out of the majority of my Driving Instructors but got there eventually.

    • hsvmaloo

      On my 15th bday. Learnt on a tractor. Traffic cop got me to drive to his house to feed his dog. Two traffic lights and one left hand turn later we were back at the station. Went back the next day and sat my motorbike licence. It was such a beautirul summers day that the cop got me to ride around just about every beach on the Gisborne coastline. He too was on a bike. I think he likened himself to “Ponch” from chips.

      • Huia

        That wasn’t Pat McGonigal was it?

        • hsvmaloo

          Name rings a bell. 36yrs ago is getting fuzzy but that name rings loud.

    • dumbshit

      Motor bike license, 15, car a year later. Day I turned 18, I had arranged for the local traffic officer to take me for my heavy traffic and wheels tracks and rollers, on site, which was on highway 27 just north of Kaihere, where I was operating a 65 ton crane, driving the piles for a small bridge. Conveniently, an artic truck load of material was scheduled to arrive, so that was used for the heavy traffic part. When I asked the officer what he wanted me to do for the crane part, he said “just move it”, adding that he would have no idea of how to. Certainly less stressful than the current set up!

    • Stuarts.burgers

      Learnt to drive in a VW Beetle with a driving instructor, I had the hill start nailed, revved the dubby to the right engine sound, dropped the clutch and away you went. First time out with the old man in the Mark 1 Cortina and needed to do a hill start gave the accelerator a nudge not the right engine sound, so a slightly bigger nudge and still not the right engine, so floored it and still not the right engine sound. At the point the old man politely enquired ̂ What are doinĝ ( yes I have censored the old maǹs words) I explained I could not get the right engine sound like in the dubby and the old man nearly wet him self laughing.
      I took a while to translate from the VW to the Cortina and then the old man got a MB100 Skoda and I had to start all over again.

    • Huia

      Seems as though I could always drive a tractor, as kids it was part of our job on the farm to feed out taking turns to drive the old Fergie.
      Got my license the week I turned 15, but Dad taught me to drive the old International truck when I was 12yr.
      I then got my heavy transport licence when I was 18 and also got a Motorbike license at the time.
      Still have them they might come in handy one day (I am in my 7th decade) but you never know.

    • Goldie

      I was driving myself around at 14 (even had my own car). I don’t recall ever having any training – I think I learned by ‘osmosis, by the time I actually got behind the wheel I had it sussed and it was all quite natural. I went for my license 10 days after my 15th birthday and got a perfect score on the written test, but the cop then commented “learned to drive in 10 days did you?”, and proceeded to ask the nastiest oral questions he could think of, so I had to try again later!

  • Wasapilot

    Not sure of the validity of this, but could be very true.
    Refresh for picture

    • RightofSingapore

      Its gotta be a hoax “smart government official” is the giveaway here.

    • XCIA

      That’s what you call HI-VIZ!

    • Lux

      Sorry to tell you it is false..

      The displayed photo of crossing guard outfit, however, was not created by a city official in order to avoid a discrimination lawsuit. Rather, the outfit was created by Italian artist Marco Biagini as a piece of performance art entitled “High Visibility Burqa.” The photograph of it was likely taken in May 2015, during the Biennale of Arts in Venice:

      http://www.snopes.com/burqa-crossing-guard-lawsuit/

      http://www.gettyimages.co.nz/detail/news-photo/artist-marco-biaginis-high-visibility-burqa-performance-art-news-photo/499948928

      • Disinfectant

        Oh the “‘tooth fairy” phenomenon.

        • Lux

          That brings back a lovely memory of my mother giving me fairy kisses with her eyelashes when tucking me into bed..

          • Disinfectant

            That is so sweet.

          • willtin

            Is this before your 21st?

          • Lux

            Maybe … a little before then .. :-)

            I wonder if anyone else got fairy kisses?

          • kereru

            No, but I used to give them to our boys! :-)

          • willtin

            I confess, I have given fairy kisses.

          • Jude

            Yes and I gave them to my girls too?

          • MaryLou

            Heh, I did that when mine were small, I still think it’s a really lovely thing! Hopefully they’ll remember it…

      • Wasapilot

        Aw Lux, spoil sport ?

        I was hoping the facts didn’t get in the way of a good story.

        • Lux

          OOops sorry ..

          • Wasapilot

            Wasn’t a believable story, but someone making it up point to thestate of things in some countries.

          • I wanted it to be true too!

    • KatB

      I think it’s an improvement on the black

      • Of course, because of the photo’s bad lighting, it turns out the burqa is actually blue.

    • Des

      It’s been around for a while as a meme: Hi Vislam

  • willtin

    A dog attack in Takanini. A young boy in serious condition in hospital. The dog apparently, a pitbull.
    I think dogs and sharks are amazing animals. I liken a dog attack to that of a shark. You get in their environment and either by accident or chance, a wild animal, with sharp teeth and hugely strong jaws wants to take a bite of you. Either scenario must be absolutely terrifying, let alone potentially fatal, to the victim.
    We can’t stop breeding sharks, but we sure can stop breeding killer dog breeds. I don’t see why anyone should need to be afraid of a dog in our own environment.

    • Dave

      The law needs to change, a $10,000 mandatory fine for any dog attack when the victim needs hospital or medical treatment. And there was no provocation, and the dog is destroyed. Seize their assets if they can’t pay within 7 days.

      • willtin

        And if the attacking dog is registered, it doesn’t mean the ‘owner’ only gets to suffer half the consequences.

    • JEL51

      That story demonstrates the lack of understanding some people have about animals. No child should be left alone with an animal, particularly one notorious breed like a pitball/part pitball, without supervision.
      I want to relate one of my own. I have taken on relieving a Dad for a few hours each weekend from the job of caring for his adult daughter with the mental age of 3 to 4 yrs. Today was my first chance to get to know my charge. I invited her to bring along her favourite animal which was a Schnauzer cross. The dear wee thing was content with sitting in the back seat between stops. We visited four places of interest with the last being the dog park. Both the daughter and her dog were utterly delighted with all the ‘beings’ both canine & human at the park.
      As soon as we were back in the truck and heading for home that dear wee dog jumped into the front seat,on to her lap and cuddled into her chest, remaining like that all the 25 mins back.
      Both tired & satisfied.Quite special.

      • willtin

        Crikey, I thought you were leading up to some horrific scenario but what a relief, an awesome tale.

        • JEL51

          It really was quite special.The first stop was to have lunch while watching kids and horses tackle jumps & dressage. When walking her around I sensed those horses knew exactly what the situation was about. I had a lot to do with horses as a kid so asked if she could say ‘hello’ (she has no verbal skills). I was pleasantly surprised at the patience of the horse to allow her to stroke the nose even though it was a first meeting. That dog too knows the story.

          • Lux

            Friends of ours have a disabled child and take him to New Zealand Riding for the Disabled, and like you say.. the horses know, as well as dogs.. Their child loves it, and gets so much out of it.

            What an amazing job you have taken on, good on you!

            http://www.rda.org.nz/whowehelp.htm

          • JEL51

            She was instantly excited the moment we saw the horses. Her Dad said once we got back that she has also done riding for the disable. She only moved up this way a week ago so lots to find out yet. Quite a joy.

          • Lux

            Have a look at the link I gave you, there is couple of places up North .. one may be close to where your young charge is.

          • EpochNZ

            RDA is such an incredible organisation. My 13yr old Autistic son (non verbal) loves his time with the horses. His whole demeanour changes; he sits up straighter and becomes calmer and less agitated. I’m sure he would go every day if he could.

      • KatB

        That’s a really cool thing for you to do. I always wonder how on earth parents cope with kids like that, that require a lot of time and attention their whole life, especially as the parents get elderly. Having people like you must be an amazing gift to them.

        • JEL51

          Thank, just hoping I can keep it up. She is lovely personality though so shouldn’t be too straining.

  • sandalwood789

    I still find it amazing that despite the mountains of proof that Islam is evil (e.g. the Islamic texts contain more Jew-hatred than “Mein Kampf”), the governments of the West still let Muslims come to live here.
    Not only that, but *companies* roll over and appease Islam by switching to halal food (e.g. McDonald’s with its bacon, now cooked in microwave ovens).

    The world seems to have gone insane.

    • willtin

      ABBA got it right – Money, Money, Money.
      It’s a rich man’s World.
      To a lot of people maybe.
      I’m pleased I can see beyond inanimate objects and appreciate life itself.

  • Disinfectant

    Cooking snarlers (sausages) and they are always curved and become a problem when I turn them to get an even cook on all sides. I don’t like splitting them as they lose a bit of the goodies inside which I like.
    Now when they were encased in real intestines, it was understandable as all intestines curve round in the sheep’s stomach and one side would be different to the other.
    But why, oh why, do they still persist in not making a straight sausage.
    Yep this is a first world problem and I am getting older.

    • Lux

      Do you poke them with fork prior to cooking that can help..

      • Aucky

        A good sanger should never be pierced.

        • Lux

          I’m not known for luscious my cooking skills !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • XCIA

            If WO ever has a day out, I vote you take charge of the BBQ ;-)

          • Lux

            I bags not.. the last one blew up in my face .. Before that I used to love BBQing..

          • XCIA

            With all the professionals here, there is no chance of that happening.

          • Lux

            Food, fire and I do not mix well .. lol

          • Doug

            The Labour Party are experts at cooking on the Barbecue they’ve had so much practice.

          • Vlad

            Is that the sausage that blew up in your face? Is that why you pierce them?

          • Lux

            It was not the poor sausages fault, some idiot threw some liquid on the bbq as I was turning them .. I lost my eyebrows..

          • Wasapilot

            Jeez Lux, you were lucky it wasn’t more serious than that. I have seen people do similar stupid things, with terrible results.

          • Lux

            It was terrible it went BOOOM !!

            I was really lucky, like you say.

          • …on the other hand, have things become different since that specific day? It could finally provide an explanation.

          • Lux

            No things are running as smoothy as ever.. well for me they are.
            My family thinks I live in an alternative world sometimes..

          • Disinfectant

            Join the club.

          • I think you can include your WO family as well :D

          • Disinfectant

            Bloody hell. I hope they grew back.

          • Lux

            Yes they did thank goodness.

          • Wasapilot

            Just like this chap.

            Refresh for pic

          • Lux

            Hahahahahaaaaaaaaa !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Disinfectant

            Natures sunglasses.

          • dumbshit

            Is that Prince Charlie,after a makeover?

          • KGB

            This poor man is not loved.
            Mr KGB is horrified by where hair now sprouts from and sits for regular grooming.
            It began with plucking the occasional rouge grey eyebrow hair. It is now regular ear, nose, & brow sissor control.
            I miss the slow motion plucking opportunities of the past at times ?

          • Huia

            My husband is a wooly bully, hair starts at the top of his head and finishes on his toes, I now tell him its not hair but a pelt.
            He goes outside to trim the beard. our visiting son called out to me to come and look as he thought a cat or dog must have got a rabbit as there was fur everywhere outside.
            I laughed and broke the news to him that it belonged to his father who trimmed a little bit off the beard.
            Looked as though there had been a massacre on the lawn.

          • Lux

            Comb them and the cut them with scissors ..

          • Disinfectant

            Now that’s a very good idea.
            Count me in on the BBQ.

          • As in, getting it off and back on the trailer?

      • Dan

        Having followed comments regarding your skills in this department on this blog for a long time, are you, erm, err….never mind

    • XCIA

      I seem to recall some people boiled them first before frying…..

      • willtin

        Yuk, it boils away all the fats and Fat=Flavour, as well as lubrication.

    • Vlad

      I can only think that Pete is off duty, the suggestions that snarlers should be pierced, letting out essential juices, or even worse BOILED before hitting the BBQ are the most offensive comments I have read on a blog in a long time and should be deleted immediately.

      • Disinfectant

        He’s away at the moment cooking snarler’s.

        • Lux

          And cooking up a delicious feast.. after taking my cooking tips :-)

      • [MOD] We’re currently having an urgent meeting to decide what to do. We haven’t got any meat related moderation rules. Perhaps, by the end of the meeting, we will.

        ;)

        • KatB

          Oh I see where you’re going with this urgent meat meeting. We’re not going to be allowed to talk bacon or pork are we? Halal WO.

          • KGB

            It will be chocolate and sugar next…oh wait?

          • KatB

            They’ve got a fight on their hands if they’re going to take chocolate off me.

          • KGB

            Have you been introduced to “Chef de Can” chocolate Mousse?
            “Mousse meet KatB”
            It is my latest sin ?

          • KatB

            I haven’t heard of that, something else to feed my addiction. I have such a sweet tooth. A few weeks ago my husband came home with some packets of caramel popcorn coated in chocolate. I didn’t think I really go for it but unfortunately I’m hooked. Middle age spread is really setting in and I can’t indulge like I used to.

          • dumbshit

            Need a set of dual wheels on the back of the push bike soon?

          • KatB

            Yes exactly. I’ll have to add an extra 20ks onto my bike rides to burn more fat. Come to think of it, I have broken three spokes this summer. Maybe my bike is trying to tell me something.

        • willtin

          Not even a rule about whale meat?

      • willtin

        Someone should complain.

    • Brian Smaller

      When you put them on, one side heats up and the straight sausage starts to curve anyway.

      • We need a non-piercing rotating sausage spit!

        • ex-JAFA

          Perhaps a vice? (Note: do NOT google images of “sausage in a vice”, because the search results will not be anything like you’re trying to convey.)

    • Vlad

      Now I don’t want to be Mr Perfect here….but … cooking a fine pure pork sausage on a barbeque is a job that requires constant care and attention. You lay them out and let them start, then you take each one and turn them all the same amount. Then if they curl you prop them up against each other so they stand with the uncooked bit down. Do not take your attention off them. Turn them an inch or two at a time, describing what you are doing as you go. You can have a quick sip of beer but don’t turn your back on the sausages. When they are finished and perfect, turn around and prepare to serve them to your guests, who have all left by now and bought KFC.

    • Greg M

      Deep fried snarlers. Heaven on a fork, problem solved.

  • I have not verified this but apparently, according to a news report today, John Key was in the change camp w.r.t. the flag referendum, I had no idea! This is a significant development.

    • Wasapilot

      Apparantley he went to a dinner that was raising funds for the flag change group. Way worse than having dinner with big pharma eh angry little.

      • JEL51

        Winston is apparently very upset with ‘foreign’ peoples trying to influence the outcome of the referendum by donating to the cause. I don’t remember Winston expressing any concern about another foreigner trying to undermine our electoral system, which to me was way more troubling . Did I miss it?

        • KGB

          Did you see the same foreigner is now the go-to expert on house size!
          After living in a mansion he is more than happy with his down-sized apartment.
          It is an article about house size and affordability based on size. The foreigner didn’t buy the mansion and doesnt own the apartment. Why ask his opinion on affordable NZ real estate?
          Is there some arangement for a minimum ‘Dotcom’ so they insert his opinion into any random article ???

          • Santa Fe fan

            Next step a down sized cell hopefully?

          • Stuarts.burgers

            And free Orange onies made to measure as I do not think even Bubba is that big

          • KGB

            Have you seen the size of some of those Fresno gangsters? They will fit?

          • XCIA

            When we used to exercise with the US, I used to look after the MP’s that came along as part of the contingent. Remember, they rotate at Leavenworth. I arranged visits to Mt Eden and Pare Max and without exception, they used to comment that we had scarier people at Mt Eden than they had at Leavenworth.

      • kayaker

        And, what’s worse, apparently it was a secret private dinner with wealthy Asian donors. What to do? We’re doomed!

  • sandalwood789

    When it comes to fighting back against Islam, there’s a non-violent (but IMO effective) way to do it – handing out leaflets outside Islamic schools as the students leave.

    The first leaflet would have to “break the ice”. It could show that Islam *lies* – for example, Islam claims that all of its wars are “defensive wars”. This is easily refuted by mentioning the Battle of Tours in France – what were Muslims doing in an “infidel” country?

    Another leaflet could expose the Koran by debunking the verse in it which says that “there is an impenetrable barrier between fresh and salt water” –
    http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Meeting_of_Fresh_and_Salt_Water_in_the_Quran

    Ok, it’s true that most leaflets wouldn’t be accepted but it only takes two or three acceptances for the truth in the leaflets to spread through a school via word-of-mouth.
    However, most people (myself included) work so this would best be done by people who don’t (or those who work part-time).
    Anyway – the idea seems sound to me.

    • Wasapilot

      Carpet bombing daish a lot more fun though.

      • sandalwood789

        I hear you…….. :)

        However, solutions are needed for what is happening here (as well as overseas). This one seems to have some merit.

        • Terence Hodgson

          Make them small, say, A5 because people don’t like been seen reading handouts: they’ll stuff them in their bag and read them later. Also, if they’re A5, they sit nicely in a few well chosen books at the public library!
          Apologies for mild anarchy!

    • JEL51

      If we didn’t allow Imams into the county to start with would help, and insist that all new immigrant children attend State schools, close down any Muslim schools in the name of integration. Make ‘Integration’ the focus, the new ‘Holy’ thought/virtue. If they refuse the new dogma then be-off, next plane please.

  • Ginny

    Did you know that since a recent IOS upgrade, there is now, in the brightness-display setting, a setting that you can choose a much softer light to read by at night? Choose sunset to sunrise and you get a yellow tinged light. Great for reading in bed or checking your emails or Whaleoil in the middle of the night ?

    • kayaker

      I’m using it, it’s great – aong with the Do Not Disturb setting (except for Favourites),

    • johcar

      There’s an app for that for Android (been around for a while), named the same as one of out must valued contributors here: Lux

  • Brian Smaller

    Where was the traffic today? We drove from Mangamahu to Otorohonga and back home to pick up a Maremma sheep dog we are re-homing (maybe 600km round trip). Saw two cops between Te K and National Park, and about ten cars going our way up, and a couple of dozen on the way back. Lovely drive.

    • After Easter people stop going out. They get a “winter” mentality. To me, it’s the time to finally be out and about so I don’t have to pre-book or share a thing. We have a minor blip shortly with school hols, but after that, NZ is ours again :) W00T!

      • Brian Smaller

        From Taihape to Te K only one vehicle going our way – he passed us about Raurimu and we came up behind him at Te Kuiti as the road was being temporarily closed for road works.

        • I once drove from Nelson to Chch, and from about Wakefield to hitting the coast, I neither got stuck behind anyone, had to overtake anyone or was overtaken by anyone. It was a magic drive.

          • Brian Smaller

            Felt like the Quiet Earth for a while there.

          • pisces8284 .

            When we arrived in Masterton 40 years ago we took a drive to Castlepoint (50 min drive) and passed one car. Couldn’t wait to tell our UK family. Slightly different now. but not too much

          • Mine it,Drill it,Sell it.

            That was me and my mates from Wellington spending the weekends there.Sucking on something at the time and the music was Good.

          • hsvmaloo

            guessing that was the 80’s

          • Nope. Just a few years ago. It was, on the other hand, at night

          • ex-JAFA

            11pm Boxing Day 2014, I didn’t see a single other vehicle between Maramarua and Tauranga.

      • KGB

        No jet skis ?

      • MaryLou

        Yep, business slows now, till people get the idea of “winter”, when it’ll pick up again. They don’t seem to ind the rain, but the first chill of winter keeps them all at home.

    • JEL51

      Cops resting-up between seasons (Christmas & Ski). They be back in full force one the white stuff falls.

  • Nesher

    I submitted a formal complaint to Broadcasting Standards Authority regarding CBS’ “Devastated Gaza a perfect stage for parkour” episode aired on Newshub yesterday. This is not the first piece of Pro-Palestinian propaganda and anti-Israel activism shown on news in NZ. So, this is not my first complaint. I don’t expect any positive outcome from BSA and I realize that my complaint is going to be dismissed. It is well known that Newshub journalism means “making stories” instead of presenting the facts. However I think that BSA has to hear that a great part of NZ society doesn’t want to see this disgusting stuff on the news. I am not a legal expert and from my
    naive perspective I can see that this episode breached the “Balance” requirement (the broadcaster failed to present competing viewpoints about important issues in
    the News/CurrentAffairs/Factual programmes).

    The whole episode was filmed in the ruined residential area somewhere in Gaza. In addition to this, an archive footage of a collapsing apartment building was shown to emphasise the picture of devastation. The Israeli side was referred as the power which “is looking from the watchtower”, imposed the “blockade”, “destroy” and “kill”.
    It wasn’t mentioned anything about the reasons why these buildings were destroyed and why the blockade was imposed. While Israel was referred, no one from Israeli side appeared in the episode. No one had a chance to explain that IDF targeted militants who fired rockets from the residential areas into Israel and the blockade is needed to prevent smuggling of the weapons. The reporter openly sympathized to the rebel-like-trained young Palestinians. The Palestinian side was shown as just Palestinian people. It wasn’t mentioned that the enclave is run by HAMAS (HAMAS militants are officially listed as a terrorist organizations in NZ like in many other Western countries) and that the recent wars in Gaza were targeting HAMAS.

    I afraid that airing pieces which demonize Israel contributes to a negative perception of Israel among some viewers. This is very worrying on the background of the growing number of hate speech incidents against Jewish/Israeli people leaving in New Zealand. This episode is also a silent approval of terror when it is applied against Israeli people. This one is especially worrying on the background of the recent violent attacks against the Israeli/Jews around the world. BTW, the Newshub keeps very quiet about the last ones.

    For those who wants to see the piece the link is here: http://www.newshub.co.nz/world/devastated-gaza-becomes-perfect-stage-for-parkour-2016040820#axzz45GhZxJYQ

  • Tell us about the last time you phoned 111. Why? How did it turn out?

    • Greg M

      A pair of low life trailer trash types were having a loud argument just out the front. When he thumped her I was on the phone, and on my way out the door.
      Three of us jumped on the loser and got him down, the police were there in minutes, awesome.

    • KGB

      Last Sunday. St Johns and I are developing a good working relationship in stuborn old man control.
      But seriously they are wonderful, and I could not cope without their help.

      • JEL51

        From that short paragraph, I can see there will definitely be a need to sit in a hot pool beneath Mt Fuji one day ;)

        • KGB

          It’s my greatest challenge, and I cannot win.
          Got $36 dollars the other day…woo hoo. Airport tax ?

          • JEL51

            Oh dear, it is almost as good to dream about something as it is doing it.

          • KGB

            Take a photo and put it on the fridge…fail proof!

    • Sally

      Over 30 years. 4 year daughter started to have convulsions and we rang for an ambulance. They were really quick and took her to hospital, suspected meningitis but she was cleared and send home after a couple of days.

    • Disinfectant

      Sunday evening two weeks ago.
      SUV at speed came around the corner in the street with tyres squealing, took out two cars then skidded across the road and took out a tree.
      SUV drove off with flat tyres and body work scrapping along the road.
      Half empty can of Speights was left behind at the point where it hit the tree.
      Still waiting for Police to come.

      • That’s sad… general location / city / town?

        • Disinfectant

          Western suburb, Christchurch.

          • KGB

            Perhaps they don’t need a witness? Surely they acted on the call and the driver was found?
            A freindly follow-up call to CC Police?

          • Disinfectant

            A lot of people were involved and we (neighbour’s) all stood out on the street for about hour waiting for the Police to turn up.
            A call on 111 goes through to what appears to be a call centre and not the Police station directly.

      • Sally

        We had a similar accident outside our place a couple of years ago fortunately more damage was done to the offender’s car as they drove away scrapping along the road. They didn’t get far before the police caught up with them.

    • Lux

      I have had quite a lot to do with 111, through calling ambulances and fire brigades..

      The last time I called it was for my mother, she had about half a million things wrong with her and had been released from hospital about a month previously, after falling over and receiving a broken hip. On her release we were offered so much help from the hospital, her doctor, and lots of outside services.
      We had been given a new hospital bed which she loved, we could make her go up so high she could nosey into the neighbours across the road with her binoculars, she was stuck in bed but still wanted to part of everything..

      Anyway she suddenly started to go down hill rapidly one afternoon, her GP Doctor was in the bush tramping, unable to be reached at that stage, and when I looked at my mother’s toenails, I noticed they were turning black.

      We rung an ambulance and had a three person crew arrive, and they told us Mum was dying, her body was breaking down. They stayed with us for about 3 hours taking care of her, and writing up all her notes, so we would not have to put her through a post mortem or have the police arrive when she died.

      They were so kind, and told us to ring back anytime at all we needed if Mum became uncomfortable or in pain. It was a terrible night, but made so much easier by the ambulance team.

      The next day Mums doctor had just got back to her home and received a call that Mum had died, she came straight over, she is a wonderful doctor, and used to make home visits to Mum when ever needed, even when not needed.

      • KGB

        Wow, people who complain about our Heath system need to also talk to people like us.
        In times of need they are a god send.

        • Lux

          I have nothing but admiration for nurses, doctors and ambulance staff, not forgetting district health nurses either..

          All the equipment we were given was new.. we had so much. I’m pleased to say we gave it all back, in excellent order. The bed was an absolute godsend though, and so comfortable.

          • KGB

            Talk of Hospital equipment reminds me of a funny story.
            I had every piece of imaginable aid after ACC spinal surgery. It cluttered our garage for years until I got a call from a woman needing water urgently.
            She had run out of water at night and was caring for her dying Mum. She said she had been waiting for equipment to arrive for 4 weeks, and struggled to bathe her alone without a shower chair etc.
            I said “I’ve got 1, what else do you need?”
            Mr KGB was grateful for the dark night cover as he drove our truck through rural Rodney to deliver the water.
            I tied all my ACC stuff, bench stool, chairs, walker, bed raiser, chair raiser, shower chair, etc to the ladder on the tank.
            It looked hilarious. Mr KGB said he felt like Steptoe & Son ?

          • Lux

            I can understand why you kept it, I was going to, just in case we had another 1.2 earthquake in Auckland.. and we needed an outside loo .. :-)

          • KGB

            That’s right! I forgot the raised toilet seat tied up there on that ladder?

        • Lux

          We also had physio people and other people trying to get us more help, anything we needed.. it was remarkable now thinking back. At the time you do not realise what is available and what help is out there, but once a door opens, it led to another.
          There is amazing help out there, it is not perfect, but it’s 100 percent better than trying to do figure it all out by yourself.

    • JEL51

      Being out-of-town it is best to rush someone into hospital than to wait for ambulance to make its way through the streets from the center, then turn round to head back. Fire is the main concern as by the time engines arrive, again from the center, the flames have usually taken hold. There have been two houses leveled in the last few years.
      As for the other, well we have two current & one retired policemen living up our road and Neville.
      Neville thinks he is, looks, sounds and darn near twice the size…..of John Wayne…. nuff said.

  • Lux

    Has anyone taken notice of the New Special Housing Areas unveiled for Auckland, on Thursday, and the amount of houses or tall buildings they are going to put into quiet streets in Auckland, and ruin the whole vibe of the street.

    I wonder if you could sue them for ruining your street appeal and vibe of the neighbourhood.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11618399

    In lots of places they only using a few sections to put in 60 or more houses, and this is in residential areas, how can this be legal?

    • XCIA

      Where are they proposing that all these extra people park their cars, or are these residences only for bicycle users?

      • Lux

        I have no idea, they are going ruin so many peoples lives and price of their land. Who wants a high rise building in a residential area?

        • XCIA

          Another PDB legacy.

          • Lux

            Exactly .. him and his bunch of shonky cohorts.

      • Lux

        What I don’t understand is, How can you suddenly put 60 or so, or more new homes on 4 sections, into a quiet street, and not affect everyone living there?

        What are these people on?
        The more I look at it , the more crazier it looks?

        • XCIA

          Some years ago, the NSCC started allowing people to build “minor dwellings” on their property’s which turned the road where I live into a one way street.

      • Aucky

        Once quiet residential streets are now reduced to a single lane of traffic because cars are parked on both sides of the road due to infill housing and commuters parked there for the day while they bus or rail into the CBD.

      • FornaK

        It’s ok, they’ll be using Public transport

    • CheesyEarWax

      Yeah, this has the look of desperation from the council. It looks like any developer with a parcel of land, no matter where or what size, can apply for a SHA. Any SHA can pop up anywhere by the looks of it.

    • Mine it,Drill it,Sell it.

      Ask Lenny Boy to ask his Secret Donors to his Secret Trust.

  • XCIA

    With all the emphasis on LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQA, TBLG, it seems we have overlooked an older one, Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA).
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11619592

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