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  • Nechtan

    Born today in 1952 Terry Ollis original drummer (69-72) with Hawkwind.

    Today in 1957 Elvis Presley was top of the US singles chart with “All Shook Up”

    Born today in 1958 Stuart Adamson guitarist and vocalist with Big Country.

    Today in 1963 Gerry And The Pacemakers went to number 1 on the UK singles chart with “How Do You Do It?”

    Today in 1970 Peter Green, founding member, guitarist, songwriter and vocals with Fleetwood Mac announced he was leaving the band to follow his religious beliefs.

    Today in 1992 Def Leppard went to number 1 on the UK album chart with “Adrenalize” their 2nd number 1 UK album.

    • willtin

      One of my favourite Hawkwinds.

    • Nige.

      where’s silver machine.

      • Nechtan

        That was done after Terry left the band but here you go:

        • Nige.

          Terry who? I thought we were talking about Lemmy again!!!!

          I’ve gooooot, a silver machine,
          I’ve gooooot, a silver machine,
          I’ve gooooot, a silver machine,
          I’ve gooooot, a silver machine,
          I’ve gooooot, a silver machine,
          I’ve gooooot, a silver machine,
          I’ve gooooot, a silver machine,
          I’ve gooooot, a silver machine,

  • Carl

    I agree. Nothing wrong with what comes out of the tap.(imho) pic

    • SlightlyStrange

      I only buy bottled water when out and about and have run out. Am trying to make it a habit to buy water rather than coke, even when the coke is cheaper.

      • That’s hard eh? It feels so wrong …. :(

        • Nige.

          Yep. I go with coke every time. I’m not listening to the propaganda from the left who tell us that tap water is no good for us. Show me a creek or a waterfall or an elephant dung puddle and I’ll take that over purchasing the most fundamental gift of life in godzown any day.

      • Nermal

        I buy a bottle of water occasionally and then use the bottle with refilled cold water from the fridge until the bottle dies. These bottles are easier to drink from.

    • rantykiwi

      I wasn’t keen on risking the tap water in Turkey for Anzac Day last year so it was bottled water the whole way – 1 Turkish Lira (about 50c) for a bottle out of the fridge in the touristy places, and half that off the beaten track. At that sort of price I was happy to buy it just because it was cold.

      • Carl

        I agree when I’m in places like that. Not in NZ though.

      • SlightlyStrange

        Russia and Thailand are only places I’ve been to where I steadfastly refused to drink tap water. Both places, the bottled water was dirt cheap.

        • That’s why you carry a UV “Steripen”. It’s permanently in my pack, and ever since I’ve started using it, the number of times I’ve had to have worm treatment after tramping is near-zero :)

          http://www.steripen.com/ (I approved this message)

    • hookerphil

      There are certain towns that the water to me is “undrinkable” . Not wanting to slag off N.Z. at the moment I will say – Adelaide. Even the locals brought water, 2000.

      • Michelle

        Tank water here
        stayed at a friends over the weekend and town water was undrinkable l could smell it as soon as l turned the tap on

    • Damon Mudgway

      God I miss George.

  • George

    The latest poll has come as no surprise. Whilst there is little doubt National is the preferred party to govern, it is becoming increasingly obvious that there is no opposition. I can’t recall there ever being a larger gulf between the two major parties. I don’t mean just at the polls, but by the ineffectiveness of those who are charged with presenting us with an alternative choice. Of course there are those amongst us who are welded to our political preference but the vast majority can be persuaded with the right combination of personal and policy. National have a monopoly with both these.

    The left, regardless whether red or green, seem incapable of presenting an alternative administration. There is no leadership, no rational policy and no positivity. When a seventy year old political hack, leading a non party, can bluster his way to be the second most preferred prime minister, it identifys a rather tragic endorsment of how dysfunctional the left have become. It is easy to be smug when “our party” is so dominant, but is it good for democracy? Is it too easy for National? I personally think so. ACT is clearly the party of the right but I fear that with National focusing and dominating the middle ground, the parties, both left and right of centre, are not getting a look in. The left are incapable of forming a government and ACT just don’t have the numbers nor the momentum to stage a serious alternative. New Zealand First is no more than one man’s hobby specialising in the spoiler’s role.

    I believe National could govern for ever unless it self destructs, and I can’t see that happening in the near future. So I ask the question again. Is it too easy for National? I’m not complaining, just pondering. The latest poll has come as no surprise. Whilst there is little doubt National is the preferred party to govern, it is becoming increasingly obvious that there is no opposition. I can’t recall there ever being a larger gulf between the two major parties. I don’t mean just at the polls, but by the ineffectiveness of those who are charged with presenting us with an alternative choice. Of course there are those amongst us who are welded to our political preference but the vast majority can be persuaded with the right combination of personal and policy. National have a monopoly with both these.

    The left, regardless whether red or green, seem incapable of presenting an alternative administration. There is no leadership, no rational policy and no positivity. When a seventy year old political hack, leading a non party, can bluster his way to be the second most preferred prime minister, it identifys a rather tragic endorsment of how dysfunctional the left have become. It is easy to be smug when “our party” is so dominant, but is it good for democracy? Is it too easy for National? I personally think so. ACT is clearly the party of the right but I fear that with National focusing and dominating the middle ground, the parties, both left and right of centre, are not getting a look in. The left are incapable of forming a government and ACT just don’t have the numbers nor the momentum to stage a serious alternative. New Zealand First is no more than one man’s hobby specialising in the spoiler’s role.

    I believe National could govern for ever unless it self destructs, and I can’t see that happening in the near future. So I ask the question again. Is it too easy for National? I’m not complaining, just pondering.

    • willtin

      I suspect that those with the anti-JK syndrome confuse his existence with some weird manipulation by unseen powers, whereas we, their very neighbour and him next door and all their other neighbours, appreciate that overall our Government, recognises how we should move and improve, and has achieved this against all the Odds; including the Reds and Greens.

  • Nige.

    Crowgirl answered last night’s question with:

    “a really tough and thankless job ”

    Do you get thanked for your work?

    Do you care if you do or not?

    • Nige.

      I worked at a place where a bloke said “you don’t get thanked around here”, and ” if you’re expecting a thank-you for that you’ll be waiting a long time” in regard to management. A response to that I heard was from another worker who said “they thank you every fortnight” (in regard to being paid).

      • That’s why I don’t even pay you. Can’t be having no thanking of any kind.

        • Nige.

          Your welcome.

    • Carl

      The boss will chuck me a few hundred $ grocery vouchers for a job well done as well as a bonus at Xmas. none of it is expected and don’t care if I didn’t but it show that he appreciates the work I do.

    • ex-JAFA

      My current employers thank me every day when I bid them farewell. Either they’re thanking me for leaving, or they’re thanking me for simply showing up – the latter makes me a little more uneasy than the former.

      I don’t expect to be verbally thanked just for making an appearance; I gave them my bank account number to express that gratitude more discreetly every week. But it is nice to be thanked for undertaking or completing specific tasks.

    • Left Right Out

      I work for myself…. but it’s my wife who pays me. She told me she gave me a pay rise a few weeks back, then she tells me she uses all my money to pay the bills so I don’t see any of it LOL

    • Rarely. :)

      It’s just the way he is.

      I know when I do good work (or not). I don’t need external validation. That’s come from being self employed for some decades.

      • Carl

        The boss might not say it Pete but I’m sure a lot of others would thank you for what you do here.

        • And a lot don’t ;) But I think the change in direction has been clearly validated as having been “ahead of its time”. I’m proud of Whaleoil setting the new standards. It’s exactly what nobody expected of us, so that makes it even sweeter.

    • Santa Fe fan

      I work on the theory that you know you have “done OK” if you don’t get told off. Generally must be doing OK then.

    • Moonroof

      Not really.
      Good technical service is like air, only noticed when it isn’t there.
      The occasional positive ack is nice, but I’m not bothered much about it.

    • willtin

      In my life, I’ve been a ‘boss’, longer than I’ve been ‘just an employee’, in hazardous and less desirable industries. I think I have always recognised and encouraged those who strived to improve themselves. Yet I would not countenance any employee with a lack of interest in doing their job well.

      • I learned early on to praise those I work for because without that, all they become are people to bring problems to.

        You have no idea how powerful and rewarding it is to be told you are a joy to work with.

        (hang on, perhaps you do! ;)

        People who work FOR someone, consider making the compliments go the other way for a change. They are amazingly powerful.

        • willtin

          I’m pleased to say, I retain friendships with people I worked with, as their ‘boss’.

    • johcar

      I am a contractor/consultant and as such am employed to do a specific job, usually within well-defined parameters.

      Sometimes my boss will give me a thumbs up for a job well done, but it’s really nice to get an acknowledgement from a client – often it’s enough just to be asked back for the next project, which is enough for me to establish that they liked what I did on the last one.

      I don’t expect thanks as a contractor (I am reasonably well compensated for my knowledge, experience and time), but it’s nice to get an acknowledgement from time to time…

    • SlightlyStrange

      I did a small bit of extra work the other week, and got a personal visit at my desk from the 2IC with a not insignificant gift – would have cost well more than the wages bill for the couple of hours I spent.
      I was surprised and well pleased – the joys of a good, private-sector company, who know how to treat staff well.

    • Lux

      Once in awhile it’s cool to be told..

      But I don’t need it, it’s not my reason for working for/with stuff I love doing..

      It has taken me a long time to realise what I love doing and working towards.

      My Family back me, that’s all I need.

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      Am now retired but I enjoyed being told I did a good job. To be totally honest my insecurities/uncertainty that I was ‘doing it right’ meant that in fact pretty much required that validation.

    • Nermal

      When I was a work supervisor I made a point of thanking and praising the staff whenever they did a good job, it cost nothing and I was repaid by seeing their pride at being recognised.

  • George

    The latest poll has come as no surprise. Whilst there is little doubt National is the preferred party to govern, it is becoming increasingly obvious that there is no opposition. I can’t recall there ever being a larger gulf between the two major parties. I don’t mean just at the polls, but by the ineffectiveness of those who are charged with presenting us with an alternative choice. Of course there are those amongst us who are welded to our political preference but the vast majority can be persuaded with the right combination of personal and policy. National have a monopoly with both these.

    The left, regardless whether red or green, seem incapable of presenting an alternative administration. There is no leadership, no rational policy and no positivity. When a seventy year old political hack, leading a non party, can bluster his way to be the second most preferred prime minister, it identifys a rather tragic endorsment of how dysfunctional the left have become. It is easy to be smug when “our party” is so dominant, but is it good for democracy? Is it too easy for National? I personally think so. ACT is clearly the party of the right but I fear that with National focusing and dominating the middle ground, the parties, both left and right of centre, are not getting a look in. The left are incapable of forming a government and ACT just don’t have the numbers nor the momentum to stage a serious alternative. New Zealand First is no more than one man’s hobby specialising in the spoiler’s role.

    I believe National could govern for ever unless it self destructs, and I can’t see that happening in the near future. So I ask the question again. Is it too easy for National? I’m not complaining, just pondering.

    • Pluto

      Their biggest threat comes from within.
      Arrogance flared up for a while last year, now seems to be under control but there’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance. I guess its hard not to feel supremely confident when you look at the rabble on the other side.

    • Disinfectant

      I take the view that young people have no real interest in politics.
      And it begs the question as to why this has come about. I think the answer is quite simple. Don’t like it here (or anywhere else), get on an aeroplane. And I did exactly the same way back in 1981 when I was really cheesed off paying Muldoon’s 61% tax.

    • Left Right Out

      We another party looks to occupy the centre thats when the competition will return…..

      When Labour finally splits the new centre left will pose the greatest threat

      • Jude

        I agree, Labour in the form it has taken, driven by the Unions, will struggle to find traction.
        People are too used to financial freedom and the choices and opportunities that gives.
        Labour only promises to tax and spend and that is a total turn-off for those who enjoy working and being not beholden to welfare systems.

    • wilson

      You’re right, is not good for democracy. But it sure is fun to watch.

    • Cadwallader

      I am not certain whether it is too easy for National. The present gulf between Labour and National is as much to do with leadership as it is to policy. Once JK decides when it is time to step-down (and it’ll be his decision) the choice of a new leader will be crucial. In JK National has a leader who has many and diverse ingredients.
      I believe it would be difficult for any political party to replicate him.
      The Australians can’t get close, the UK has an upper-class toff who may be smart but doesn’t possess the ability to relate to an entire electorate, as for Canada, they have a left-wing boy-wonder and let’s show mercy on the USA in this regard and not go there!
      I am confident the 2017 election is in the bag for National whether Little Angry is the Judas Sheep to lead Labour to a political death or a resurgent Cunnliffe claims to merit another go. Who takes JK’s place? My personal favourite would be Judith Collins but I believe her personality isn’t yet expansive enough to master leadership. There’s a void but as long as Labour continues as they are the solution doesn’t need to be found with undue haste.
      In the Labour camp the entire caucus appears to be too sullen, too glib and too removed from the voters for a leader to be likely to emerge. Perhaps the next long-term Labour leader is yet to be born? Seriously; this may be the case. In the meantime we have the Robertson/Ardern fiasco to look forwards to…yippee, hi ho!

      • Dan

        You are right Cadwallader. When JK steps down the supporters will be in the doldrums, akin to a batsman scoring 200 then realising he has to start again next bat. Or a coach who goes through a season unbeaten, only to start from zero the next. It’s not easy. I am not sure the talent to be PM is below JK at the moment. That may be heresy for some but can anyone think of anyone?

  • Vlad

    We can look forward to getting this entrepreneurial kiwi back in a few months’ time; I wonder whether Labour and Kelvin Davis will be on his side:

    http://www.news.com.au/national/crime/queensland-public-servant-eligible-for-parole-in-december-as-government-weighs-debt-dilemma/news-story/3ce2ea38b2f6b9a2df1a017dfd42ef9b

    Morehu-Barlow was sentenced to 14 years in 2013 and is eligible for parole in December. When he gets out, the “fake prince” — Barlow, born in New Zealand, claimed to be Tahitian royalty — will owe $8.5 million under a court order to recover proceeds of crime.

    • XCIA

      Well, with a bit of luck he will arrive back here and bro Davis will arrange a job for him with one of those wealthy tribal trusts who don’t worry too much about accountability and he will rob it blind and disappear to some island paradise to live his dream.

  • Jude

    Family night at the movies last night.
    I would recommend Hunt For The Wilderpeople.
    I sometimes think New Zealand acting to be cringe worthy but the cast in this are fantastic.
    A very funny movie:)

    • Wasapilot

      Have the birds settled into their new home Jude?

      • Jude

        We are not putting Mr Jingles parents in it just yet.
        I think the open space really was a huge shock to them .
        Some of the littler birds were flying into the netting to start. I think it was so big they thought they were free!!
        They have all had a couple of weeks, the frost cloth is up and I think the birds don’t feel so exposed now.
        The flight area is a joy for them , we will put up more toys and perches as finances allow.

    • sheppy

      Totally agree, and we almost didn’t go after the actions of the attention seeking, drink driving, green hypocrite the other week. It’s a great film, very funny and even has a dyed in the wool green supporter towards the end.

    • Carl

      Do you think it will be a movie Americans or the English would understand the jokes.

      • Jude

        Not the Americans but the English might?

    • Michelle

      watched it the other night it was great and not cringey like some l have seen

    • Huia

      We also went to that movie last night. Enjoyed it very much, laughed and really loved the scenery.
      That Kiwi/Maori humor is something else, theatre was packed.
      Well done to Taika Waititi and his crew.

  • Usaywot

    Can anyone tell me what the worst poll result has been for a Labour leader in opposition? Is Little’s the worst?

    • Asian_driver

      Is Little’s polling tracking the popularity of unions, maybe most Kiwis see them as on in the same

    • Sally

      Goff got down to 6% in 2011

      • Dave

        Please be patient Sally, Andy will be there soon enough, and then on his way to 4…….3……. :)

        Ah, hasn’t today been good!

      • Chris EM

        So, Phill Goff is the worst polling Labour leader in history.
        Just had to say that.

        • willtin

          May I correct you on two points?
          1) So far.
          2) In New Zealand

        • Sally

          …..but he is going to make a fantastic independent mayor. sarc

  • D.Dave

    I have watched the Pit Bull debate with interest. I have had working dogs and pet dogs for over 40 years. The key thing I always looked for was good nature. Most aggressive dogs, Pit bulls and their ilk, respect only one person at best. That is the one who feeds them, as innate behaviour means that person is the leader of the pack. All others in the dog’s life are subordinate to the dog, and therefore should be subservient, and are liable to be attacked..No matter how ‘trained’ these breeds are, they will always be the aggressor , because they have never been bred for good nature, only attack.

  • DemocKot

    Only in Russia… there is some humour in this place
    On the back of this Lada. Top, left to right Assassination,
    next row :Blackmail, exertion.
    next row: design Projects phone etc number etc

    not sure i would hire him as he only has a Lada…..not a AMG Mercedes

    • Dave

      Think of the damage the Russian tank could do to a person when hit at 50 Km/Hour. Never mind the chances of getting it to 50 km/hour, or even getting it going.

    • rantykiwi

      It blends in better than the AMG would.

    • OT Richter

      You should try the number and ask about their design services. Russia country code is +7.

    • Greg M

      Coming from Krasnodar it’s probably true. :-)

      • I always had this romantic idea about running an ad in the paper that just says

        I SOLVE PROBLEMS
        027 555 8920

        And then see what sort of jobs you get.

        I do like solving problems. It may actually be a cool business.

        • Greg M

          “No problems, only solutions
          Ph 0800 BITEME” :-)

          • yeah, I don’t see that as a sustainable business model.

            perhaps as Ph 0900 BITEME it has a future.

          • hookerphil

            This one barked.

        • hookerphil

          They told me to sod off.

          • No money, no service.

  • Jude

    https://dave6006.wordpress.com/2015/12/31/why-we-must-not-let-newspapers-die/

    This was emailed to me, it is an oldie but still makes me smile:)

  • sandalwood789

    Well well – official vindication at last for those fighting Islam! Check this out –
    “UK “Equalities” chief admits he was wrong – Muslims won’t assimilate” –
    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/04/10/geller-uk-equalities-chief-admits-wrong-muslims-wont-assimilate/

    As Pamela Geller says in that article – “The handful of us who have, for years, predicted and warned of the disastrous consequences of large-scale Muslim immigration have been smeared, defamed, and blacklisted — our reputations destroyed. And now once again we have been shown to have been **right all along**. ”

    So, now the question is – what will the UK (and the *rest* of the West) do about it?
    Nothing, I predict.

  • Left Right Out

    There was a story posted earlier to day “The Left have gone full retard, never go full retard”

    It looks like Angry is putting what few eggs he has into one very small basket and is going all in……

    You get the feeling that many on the left have just found god and are now praying for a miricle

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/78778585/nz-pm-john-key-refuses-to-release-tax-records–what-do-we-know-of-his-assets

    • The only thing that irks me is that they’ve had a nod from Hager to say they are onto something.

      The tactical mistake would be to keep it until the election. The electorate will react to Hager like they did last time.

      If they out it now, it won’t take Key down, but it may at least do some damage.

      I don’t believe the electorate will entertain another Hager side-show without it causing another backlash against the left. They messenger will taint the message too much.

      • willtin

        I suspect the likes of Hager, just as Andy is finding, don’t appreciate that 90%+ of Kiwis are not taken in by their propaganda or so-called exposés.

      • XCIA

        If the PM’s tax returns are to be laid on the table, then it is only fair and just that all members of parliament’s tax returns are laid bare for all to see. Lets see how they like that then and will the proletariat be surprised at the wealth some of their leaders have accumulated whilst portraying the sack cloth and ashes mentality.

        • Michelle

          JK should say to the opposition if they all were to open their books he will do the same especially the likes of Winnie and he will only do it if the ALL show theirs interests not just little
          Angry’s books would be so boring

          • XCIA

            He should introduce a bill that allows member’s of parliament tax returns to be made a matter of public record and see what support there is for it. That should sort out the hypocrites..

          • Michelle

            Great idea the screams of outrage from them and MSM would be priceless

        • D.Dave

          I’d quite like to see the terms and conditions of any trusts associated with Nicky Hager. After all it would be only fair, especially if he or any others on the left start slinging mud, and put forward scurrilous innuendo

          • We should also ask to see the paperwork on David Cunliffe’s trust. The one where he hid is donations towards becoming a leader and eventually PM.

        • Poppa

          There are plenty of Labour pollies who seem to be well heeled – in fact I am full of envy. Wasn’t Mr Nash saying recently his assets are in trusts?. Fancy having assets – I’m so envious.

          Shouldn’t there be a law against being wealthy while most kids are living in poverty?

      • Jude

        The public will also get an education about tax avoidance versus evasion and may even learn about different Trust structures.
        An educated public are less likely to be fooled by MSM trying to drive public opinion, using innuendo and speculation.

        • Jude, the voting public are already glazed over. They truly don’t care about this. The more the Media Party and the left go on about it, the more they will polarise those they are hoping to capture.

          This is why I think Labour are onto a loser here. Either they run it now and they turn people off, or they wait until the election and turn people off. This simply isn’t sexy enough.

          And as I said below, nothing is illegal. It’s at best immoral.

          If politicians really think voters care about the intricacies of trusts and tax management where this isn’t even on taxes charged, due or taken in this country, then they are fooling themselves.

          The hope to get enough of a meme going that John Key is somehow a tax cheat and international money laundering scam artist allowing people to harm NZ at tax payers.

          They can try, I guess.

          But trying to turn Key into some sex creep that pull pony tails and make prison rape jokes also didn’t work.

          The voters that count are no longer listening to the Media Party harpies and the “chicken” Littles.

          • IKIDUNOT

            I agree with your statement….what about the chance that Key or other senior National politicians have ‘hidden’ money in some trust overseas to ‘dodge’ paying tax in NZ? Theoretically this could be the angle they might be looking at.

          • If I was at the Cabinet table earlier today, I would have told them that if they had anything of that nature, that they’d have to disclose it before the end of the week. Then, I’d do a presser and “fully disclose” the nature of all those instances at 4p this Friday. Remember, none of it is illegal. Once it’s out, there is nothing to discover. In trying to hide it and being found out, there is a fair risk that this could spin out of control.

  • Greg M

    A wonderful friend has been telling me for years she cannot go back to her family in Guangzhou. She is beautiful, successful, loads of money, has never married…and that’s the problem.
    Chinese society and family put a great deal of pressure on girls to get married, if they are still single at 25 they become sheng nu, a “forgotten one”.
    She found this video on a newspaper website today, so a few of us sat around the desk this arvo and watched it with her. By the end of the video there wasn’t a dry eye in the office. It really moved us. Have a look:

    • willtin

      Without watching it, there was the same or similar on the Herald on-line today.

      • Greg M

        Correct, didn’t want to name the website.

        • willtin

          It still burns

  • rantykiwi

    Hey Jetstar – wake up and get with the programme.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&objectid=11620624

    And well done Etihad – you might well get my custom the next time I venture out of NZ.

  • I just want to say publicly that I turned the car radio from Radio Live to Newstalk ZB after 3pm. Because

    – Willie went on a huge promo for his TVNZ tv show while being paid by Mediaworks to do a radio show. This was just cringeworthy, and it left Ali in a nasty spot.
    – Then they brought someone on to talk about securing your home. This person was with company A. Ali then started going on about how she uses company B. And I mean, she went on about it. Company A had clearly paid good money to be there to get some native advertising out, and Ali was pushing a competitor’s name.

    I listen because I analyse media, but after that I couldn’t stand it any longer.

    Sorry Willie, but that show has descended into nothing worthwhile. So much so, it’s actually a relief to listen to Kerry McIvor and her cocker spaniel.

    • Carl

      I sent them a text about not talking about the poll results. I will give her credit that she read the text on air but left out the part when I said Radio Live has turned so far left it is a joke. With Sainsbury and her they have changed the station into a joke. P.S I dont usually mind Willie.

    • Curly1952

      That’s why I have gone back to Radio Sport & Magic Radio during the day and Larry Williams in the evenings

    • Old Kiwi

      I may have the order wrong Pete, but I think you would have the missed the “We need to bring in more refugees segment”. Ali suggested to their assumed tame refugee expert that the problem was some people in NZ were against more refugees because they were incorrectly informed that they had not integrated into the NZ way of life. Ali goes on “the refugees haven’t caused any problems and what was the experts opinion”.
      “Well – ” said the expert, there was considerable trouble with some Somali refugees and the Iraqi refuges were trouble a couple of years ago. Priceless!

      So I waited for the follow up question to explain further what these problems were.
      Nada Nothing. Abrupt change of subject. Narrative didn’t match the agenda.
      Totally transparent. Mr and Mrs Cellophane I call them.

      I was only tuned in to hear dead rats being eaten following the poll results. Not as Brave as you – changed over to Radio Sport

      • Frank N Further

        I think it was in 2008 that a Somali refugee tried to hijack an aircraft at Blenheim. So far as I can recall this has been the only hijack attempt in NZ. There was also another Air NZ hijack attempt in Nadi following one of the coups there. It is reported that that hijacker now has NZ residency.

    • Nige.

      Next time go to Kent John’s on radiasport. Even better listen to the farming show from 12pm on the same frequency. Very very entertaining.

    • XCIA

      I downloaded some books into the memory, so if there is nothing on the radio worth listening, I switch to a book. Currently listening to Sun Tzu off and on.

      • The account I have with Spark comes with Spotify, and I must admit that a list of commercial free handpicked songs have come in mighty handy.

        On longer trips I’ll have a few podcasts ready too.

  • Depressed, Autistic and Aspie commenters, what is the biggest message that you wish other people would get or understand when dealing with you?

    (Autistic and Aspie commenters may not be scared to answer ;), depressed people, you’re in good company)

    • rantykiwi

      I care.

      • About?

        • rantykiwi

          Things and people outside of my happy little introverted bubble.

          • At least you have a happy bubble to be in. Lucky you! :)

    • sandalwood789

      Hmm….. that’s a tough one….

      I agree with “rantykiwi” – I still care about people even though I have some problems relating to them.

    • Dan

      I hate smarminess and lies. Basically anything that is not the truth about you or what you say.

    • Damon Mudgway

      As a depression sufferer, bought on in my teenage years, then exacerbated by a career in Policing, my advice is to never tell a sufferer to “snap out of it”, “go get some exercise (can help short term)”, “just get on with life” or any similar meaningful nuggets. Depression is much more complex than that. The chemical imbalance going on in a sufferers brain is out of their control. A low period can be a black hole that can consume you, impacting on everyone around you. Careful and considered treatment by a specialist (in my case both a Police psychologist and my fabulous GP) can allow one to learn more about their ailment.

      Wisdom bought on by experience has me surrounding myself with positive people now. Negativity does nothing but suck the wind out of your sails. I have a truly loving and understanding wife. Even while on medication I can still have my down times, but self management means I can lessen the risk of truly dark days.

      And I wholeheartedly recommend getting off the marketing and consumer driven bandwagons. Constantly being told you need the latest this or that to make you complete is a treadmill you can never get off. It’s just stuff, and frankly you’re better than that.

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        As I have staggered in and out of depression all my life, like you I find the “snap out of it”, “go get some exercise (can help short term)”, “just get on with life” or any similar meaningful nuggets more than irritating. Or then people telling me the things I have to be grateful for. In fact mostly their ‘helpful’ advice just makes things worse as I feel I’m totally hopeless / worthless for not being able to do these things.

        Over the years with the aid of lots of therapy I can, once again like you, mostly manage it better but it’s a sneaky wee thing and keeps finding new ways to ‘invade’. However once I am back to ‘me’ this is seen as an opportunity to increase my ability to keep the ‘black dog’ on it’s leash.

        One thing I have found is that being (feeling?) a little hedonistic in my life’s choices helps. Feel I still care for others and am empathetic but don’t put others before myself all the time anymore and allow myself to take care of myself. Some years back heard the when you are feeling selfish look at it as ‘self-care’.

    • Moonroof

      My silence is not about being disinterested, uncaring or lacking in empathy, it’s usually because I’m still processing and don’t know what to say. Or how to say it.

      • Nige.

        ^x10

        • Nige.

          I always tell myself that I need to actually laugh out loud. Quite often I find things very very funny but don’t show it…and then when I tell the person concerned that what they said or did was funny I come across as insincere.

          • You could be German.

          • InnerCityDweller

            Careful here Pete, that’s not fair on… …us…

            We do have a sense of humour you know.

            Although I suspect you will see this reply as confirming that we don’t. OK, explaining… losing… got it ;-)

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      I’m only at the mild end of the spectrum, but my approach is to embrace it, be self aware and in particular find ways of explaining or signalling to others how you tick.

      My fav. line is “I’m just thinking out loud, so I’m probably going to talk nonsense” because I jump around ideas in my head much faster than I can speak. So I can seem a little disconnected (perhaps slightly unhinged) and it’s easier if people know that’s the way I work.

  • Kiwiracer

    On stuff today. . . .Deborah Russell, Massey University Professor and tax expert. . . . .what they didn’t say was. . .former Labour Party candidate!

  • sandalwood789

    A good “dose of their own medicine” video here – “Rich Swedes exposed to multiculturalism” –

    Quote – “When wealthy Swedes who voted for multiculturalism and the acceptance of muslim immigrants are exposed to the muslim call to prayer in their neighborhood, it doesn’t go well.”

    • Huia

      Well, that’s confrontational isn’t it.
      Immediately they go straight to the racism accusations.
      Good to see the Police act on this instead of walking away.

  • Would your 1996 you be happy and proud with your 2016 you? Or not? Why?

    • Nige.

      Yes. I was a good boy trying to be bad…or maybe a bad boy tying to be good….I don’t know the mechanics of it but I was about 18 and there was some good in there tryin to get out. About that time in life I decided that I would start taking all my father’s advice instead of just ignoring it.

      • I like 2016 Nige #bromance

        • Nige.

          I never murdered anyone.

          • That’s one of my bottom lines.

    • Lux

      Yes living the dream .. sort of ..

    • Moonroof

      It’s worked out alright, not quite what I ever thought it would, but on balance not complaining about it. Learnt a lot about what I thought I wanted vs what I got. Living in the Auck wasn’t in the program back then. ~19 years and a (very) modest house later, there are worse ways to be. And I’m a better cook.

      • Lux

        I could cook then .. well sort of and get away with it..

        • Nige.

          By adding heaps of food colouring

          • Lux

            Getting every one .. drunk as skunks .. probably ..

          • Lux

            As spooky as it sounds, I have never used it .. probably everything else you can think of though!

        • Moonroof

          Okayy, 1996 vs 2016 in Lux’s kitchen, do tell!

          • Lux

            Everyone has wised up ..

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      Yes, definitely! 1996 me was still off the rails and possibly headed for an early exit in life or possibly a prison sentence.
      I was starting to get it together though because I had discovered my latent talent for computers… I still had a fair bit of growing up to do!

    • Greg M

      I could tramp farther and faster, drink more turps and various parts hurt less, but I sure as hell wouldn’t go back.

      • Oh man. Do I hear ya….

      • I carry a pack worth of weight as fat before I add a pack and I did a fairly steep circuit up to 500m ASL from sea level and back. DOC time 2.5 hours. My time 4.5 hours. Nobody was there to see it, thank goodness, and the photos from the top look the same either way ;)

        (at those heights, it sounds more impressive to talk about 1450 feet tho’)

        • Greg M

          I weigh the pack now, 20kgs max. Can’t be bothered lugging any more than that around. Can still keep up with DOC times mostly, but some routes like the Ball pass crossing which I’m planning on knocking over again mid May before it closes in for the season, they reckon three days, but if you know the route it’s two longish days with no problems.
          Followed by a long hot soak in the spa at Mt Cook village. :-)

    • Jude

      Yes, happy and proud that the girls have grown to be intelligent, kind adults.
      Would be absolutely gob smacked about the aviary and breeding birds though:)
      That came later in life as my new passion.

    • dumbshit

      Semi retired in 2000, looking back now, no idea how I fitted every thing that needed doing in. 18hr days here and there have taken their toll. The old body is very second hand now, and the body clock is even worse, not helped by random graveyard shifts. 1993 I did the 90 km bike leg for a team in the inaugural Port of Tauranga half iron man event. Didn’t think I’d be this decrepit in 20yrs.

    • Chris M

      hmmm. was mid 20’s then and in the forces. Drank too much – slept too little and could run all day. Now I drink less, sleep more and run much less. plus married, kids, picket fence and wondering what happened to my thirties…

      Proud? possibly – but more likely my younger self would be satisfied that my older self has met (naive) expectations within reasonable timeframe.

    • hookerphil

      Yes, am in a far better space with personal happiness although a little heavier and not quite as fit . Very happily married, met 2005, and the last 10 years have been the best 10 years of my life. Would have been very happy to be in this space at that time.

  • Karma

    Might have already been noted, but Dotcom is more likely to be mentioned in the Panama papers than JK.

    • Lux

      I doubt it.. Hager will have all his girlfriends dirty linen and stockings, well suppressed, it will be part of his deal in the shonky business.

  • Lux

    What is your best worst ring in call, for not going to work..

    Mine was I forgot to wake up.. it was true, I had been on holiday for three weeks, and at the end of it, last day, had gone to visit a friend who had just buried her husband.. and we went down to her local and got a little bit under the weather.

    The next afternoon I woke up and thought something was not right …..

    eeeeeeeeeeek..

    anyway they were cool .. and told me, take another day off..

    • No point lying to myself about how I feel. I have to be near death not to be able to sit in a chair and click a mouse :D

      • Lux

        I’m the same.. I cannot be bothered lying ..

    • Greg M

      At around age 19 or so went on a 3 day bender. Rang the boss to say I was crook and won’t be in, he replied “Well since it is the Christmas holidays and you have 3 weeks off take tomorrow off too”.
      He was a good B from way back.

      • Lux

        I had a friend who turned up to work on her day off, she was so out of it, I had to ring her partner to come and get her.. it sounds bad, but she was so into her job.. it was hilarious…

        It was funny ..

      • Bryan

        I remember when studying at massey in the Human dev course of the case of a young chap who had “taken time off for his Uncle’s funeral ” and he got called in by his boss the next week and asked “do you believe in life after death” well your Uncle is waiting in the foyer to see you

  • HK_EXPAT_IN_NEW_ZEALAND
  • Bryan

    well I see Vernon Small has done a opinion On “How much is John Key worth’ which was nothing really we didn’t know, But what I would like to know? Is Mr Small going to follow up with follow on articles looking into, Mr Little, Mr Peters, Mr Greens leaders, and the other Party leaders so we can get a balanced picture, of how wealthy these leaders are.

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