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  • Nechtan

    Born today in 1894 Bessie Smith blues singer. Bessie was a successful blues singer of the 1920-30s, and an influence on other female singers that followed including Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Janis Joplin.

    Born today in 1944 Dave Edmunds singer, guitarist and record producer.

    Today in 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd’s live album “One More For The Road” was certified gold.

    Today in 2001 US Punk pioneer Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Ross Hyman) singer of the Ramones died of lymphatic cancer aged 49.

    Died today in 2013 Dave McArtney songwriter, guitar and vocals with Hello Sailor.

    • Wayne Hodge

      She was the greatest. Possibly Ma Rainey came close, but Bessie was superb. Her recordings are amongst the best blues ever. Many singers, not just women, have paid tribute to her influence.

      She was a superb user of kitchen imagery. Just listen to the lyrics of some of her songs and you will immediately understand my meaning.

      • jonno1

        My wife reckons a hard man is good to find. I don’t actually know what she means.

        • Better to live in ignorance and bliss I reckon

    • Left Right Out

      How good is Freebird….love it

    • ex-JAFA

      Even if you’d put in some Springsteen or Wings, I would still have upvoted. Freebird is incredible (I got to hear it live in Auckland a couple of summers ago), and my late friend Dave McArtney was a wonderful and talented musician.

  • Carl

    Sorry but it’s Friday. (pic)

    • Nermal

      A bit slow today. Took me a moment to get it.

  • I think someone can’t say No to the Korea Fried Chicken:

    • Nige.

      my goodness. He looks like his father already.

    • XCIA

      Looks like he has eaten his aide-de-camps lunch as well.;-)

      • Dave

        Almost correct, it was probably the aide-de-camp he ate for lunch :)

        • Risky…. ;). [MOD]

    • Nechtan

      Makes me wonder are the flunkies clapping because the “dear leader” got up out the chair unassisted?

      • Spiker

        Poor sods, it’s clap or die for them.

        • Old Dig

          Socialist utopia

          • ex-JAFA

            Must be. You never hear of any dissent.

      • dumbshit

        If you don’t clap, you’ll end up in the “clapper”!

    • Carl

      He looks terrible for 33.

      • ex-JAFA

        Has he reproduced yet? If he meets an early demise, it might be a chance for marginally less insane communists – perhaps even some with families in the South – to take the reins.

        • cows4me

          They can’t find a test tube big enough.

  • Nige.

    Dave answered last nights question with

    “Flat bottom, curves on top”

    What would you change about your body?

    • Pluto

      My feet.
      Get some that don’t wanna walk to the fridge.

    • Curly1952

      My mates would say its too late to do anything. At least my mother loves me just the way I am but that’s a mothers job

    • Sally

      Us ladies do not like talking about our bodies because nothing is perfect. But if I had to choose my feet – they are a never ending source of pain.

    • Huia

      Nothing about what my young body was, but Id like to trade the old one I have now for the young one I used to have, if you can follow that.

    • Spiker

      It’s age, getting too many miles on the clock.

      • Curly1952

        The alternatives not too good Spiker

        • Spiker

          True that..

          • dumbshit

            Long time staring at the lid!

          • ex-JAFA

            Crikey, could you imagine being buried alive? I’m donating my carcass to science, so at least some third-year medical student might notice something amiss if I climb out of the fridge before they get stuck in.

          • cows4me

            Have many mad mates, we’ve told one we plan to bury him upside down in case he wakes up.

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      Just take away the aches and pains that seem to come with age. I am content to let the rest of the ageing process take its course but I’d like to be as pain free as in my youth.

      • Michelle

        Oh yes please this poor body has had too many injuries and some coming back to cripple me way too young
        Mainly feet and lower back

        • Miss McGerkinshaw

          Back, hip, shoulder, knee, ankle and then add the arthritis in the hands – the only non-sport related injury come back to haunt old age.

          • Michelle

            Oh the hands are so painful especially on a frosty morning and a chip on elbow after gate smacked it a couple of years ago and hit by car so dodgy hip years ago Feet are by far the worst though

    • KGB

      Nothing, I am what I am.
      I just wish I had the same confidence or acceptance when I was young. I was a fine looking woman when I look back at photos now, but at the time I only saw the imperfections.
      I am sure that is a very common realisation.

    • Dave

      Eyes. I would replace the glasses with Laser surgery, well hopefully.

      Ps: If suffering aches and pains in an older body just like mine, I stumbled on a cheap and amazing ointment. Try a stock and station or rural supplies for a product called RapidGel. cheap, and it works well. The grey nomads over here buy lots of it.

      Edit to Add. RapidGel is an animal remedy product, its to relieve muscular discomfort – works extremely well.

      • XCIA

        I often use the dog’s ointments too. Colloidal Silver (.999 pure silver) for cuts, insect bites, rashes etc.

      • Spiker

        Menthol 20mg/g Camphor 6.25mg/g Isopropyl Alcohol 350mg/g

        I’m thinking the aroma alone would scare the pains away.

        • Dave

          That’s the one, its magic, even great when applied to itches, and yes the aroma is satisfying, so relaxing.

      • Nige.

        another oiler put me onto “magnesium cream” goodhealth brand. Its great

      • HR

        I used to have some stuff called “Goana Cream” heat rub. It was incredible, but I cannot find it anywhere now.

    • Duchess of Pork

      Having worn glasses since age 5 I would love 20/20 vision. Contacts not suitable and saw the laser eye surgery process so don’t want to go there although I’m sure others have found it satisfactory. So Specsavers it’ll be, love their ads.

      • Asian_driver

        If you can afford it Laser is great, it doesnt stop you needing reading glasses when you hit 50, but then you could get trifocal implants , Im just back onto reading glasses , I dont really like them but no amount of me moaning about them will fix my eyesight

        the only weird thing about laser was the burning smell, wasnt quite ready for that

        What would i change now ? New lungs would be great

        • JustTinkering

          Blended vision with left eye for distance and right for close up. Undertaken with cataract surgery, the best 1,400 I have spent. Glasses only for very close work.

      • Dan

        my sister did the laser thing and it was the best thing ever. I did Specsavers. service was exceptional but the range was naff as their 2 for 1 deal was limited to the cheapies. Be prepared to pay more than the ads and the outcome is good.

        • Mrs did ok as she got a set of prescription sunnies as well.

        • Duchess of Pork

          I usually travel to Europe every couple of years and some time back found a great place in Lucerne with 24 hr turnaround. However due to current events my travel interests are centred closer to home for the forseeable future. So Specsavers it is this year. Will heed your advice, thank you.

    • Isherman

      Nothing at this stage of my proceedings, its held up relatively well so far despite it’s fair share of knocks, hoping for another 10-20 years before anything seriously needs an overhaul. Main thing is to keep using it, and feed it well, fresh whole foods with not too much overly processed stuff….that means a few veges among all the red meat folks.

    • Disinfectant

      Now who sung that song; “Oh Lord its hard to be humble, when you are perfect in every way”.
      My answer to that is that I wouldn’t change anything. Very satisfied.
      Edit: spelling.

      • jonno1

        Ah, my theme song – well, maybe not any more… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCsNunGnqE0

      • Mike Webber

        The only problem I have is being constantly surrounded by people desperately trying to drag me down to their level.

    • Crowgirl

      Wish I was taller so that I had an actual torso and did not just blend into a round thing on legs.

      • dumbshit

        Quite handy when you can keep your head down, all the flack goes over the top.

      • ex-JAFA

        I don’t believe you. You “sound” like quite a looker on WO.

    • Left Right Out

      All the broken bits that stop me from doing sport….lol

    • Mark

      I’ve changed it & weigh less,being taller or having a fat wallet to stand on would be good thou.
      Oh & a wardrobe of backup parts now I’m getting on a bit.

    • Nothing. It is what it is. And if it isn’t that, it will be something else. You know?

      • cows4me

        They can do wonders with plastic surgery these days Pete.

        • Reading others’ responses, they took me to places I hadn’t considered, so let me have another go

          – 20/20 vision
          – perfect hearing

          But appearance wise, meh.

    • cows4me

      A few less aches and pains would be nice.

    • Eiselmann

      Everything but the eyes…the rest could be smaller , bigger, wider and slimmer

    • rantykiwi

      I’d quite like my rapidly disappearing hair back.

      • ex-JAFA

        Can’t you just comb your ear, nose and back hair forward? That’s what I do.

        • Mark

          So what,you get mistaken for Pete a lot?

          • Not likely. Not unless he carries a huge hammer everywhere.

          • Mark

            That is a “Virtual” Hammer. :p

      • You can have some of mine. I have too much of it an it keeps growing back.

        • Sally

          But you are a Haplorhini, meant to have a hairy back.
          ed: and front

    • edenman

      Body is starting to show signs of age. Had a change of heart 20 yrs ago. hopefully see a few more birthdays

    • Nechtan

      Maybe if they could remove the swearing gland along with whatever is responsible for my occasional uninhibited outbursts.

  • Wayne Hodge

    Today for lunch I made myself a bacon sandwich. Unfortunately I lacked ‘brahn sauce’, so used ketchup, not the same. However, it got me to thinking where in NZ do you go for a decent bacon sarnie. Not a poncified thing with avocado and/or fries, lettuce and all sorts of other foliage. I mean a proper bacon sarnie or buttie.

    Years ago there was a cafe in Tirau and Pokeno Bacon, but where now? Especially in Wellington?

    • MaryLou

      Don’t diss the avo, it’s the perfect source of creamy goodness that sets off the crispness of the bacon to a fine degree. In fact, it’s the only thing that can enhance bacon rather than the opposite!

      • Nechtan

        Surely the bacon enhances the avo?

        • Wayne Hodge

          Avocado has it’s place, but not in a bacon sarnie

          • rantykiwi

            Yep – it belongs in someone else’s kitchen.

        • Old Dig

          Bacon enhances EVERYTHING.

          • Even Bacon. I’ve doubled the amount of bacon in my sarnies lately, and I have yet to figure out why that’s a bad thing.

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        Lucky you, crispy bacon.
        I’d agree with regard to the creaminess of the avo to contrast the bacon but honestly I can’t remember when I last had a bought, emphasis on bought, bacon sarnie where the bacon was crisp.

        • MaryLou

          Must be hand-built.

      • Wayne Hodge

        Sorry cannot agree, avo in a bacon sandwich is sacrilege

        • You’re looking at it the wrong way.

          Imagine you have an avo. How can you make it even better?

          That’s right, ADD bacon!

          Oh, I happen to have to slices of bread to keep the fat off my fingers.

          Perfect.

          See? That way it works great.

    • Mark

      I have not been there for a year or so,keep that in mind. In Fort St the Right Track Sports Bar used to do a good one.

    • rantykiwi

      My kitchen works fairly well as a source of bacon butties. And RantyJr is pretty good at constructing them – just a pity he’s moved out with his beloved.

    • Sailor Sam

      On the road in outback NSW, presently at the back of Bourke.
      Best food we have been having is bacon and egg butties for breakfast, coupled with milkshakes in proper milkshake metal containers.
      This keeps us going till teatime.

  • Steve

    Flicking through utube today I came across this whicj was a bit of fresh air coming from an Inman talking about the refugee, or as he puts it the migrant problem in Europe

  • cows4me

    I really hope they hurry up and decide if She Beast has made the grade because boy am I over this wall to wall She Beast. The media must think that out here in peasantville we live on the every utterance and action of the Marxist one. From dawn to dusk, oh the glorious one is such a shining light and does the country proud. This woman has used this country and it’s people simply to further her climb to power. If those that think her and her politics are now God’s gift to humanity then they are very troubled individuals. She’s a nasty piece of Marxist work that surely doesn’t deserve the trappings of high office and privilege . How anyone can think that she getting the top job can be bonus for humanity is beyond me .

    • MaryLou

      Errr… you’d be meaning Helen?

      • Nige.

        “she whos name shall not be mentioned”.

        You just broke a mirror somewhere.

        • Macbeth!

          • Nechtan

            If Macbeth becomes “The Scottish Play” then does Helen become “The former member for Mount Albert” ?

          • Dan

            Hot potato, orchestra stalls, puck will make amends.

          • You forgot

            OWWWW!

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      For the first time in ages tuned into Mike this morning only to have her voice grate on my eardrums. Had forgotten how irritating, to me anyway, that voice is. Needless to say went back to silence in a hurry.
      That said and not that I defend her in anyway, but surely most if not all politicians to further their own ambitions rather than purely for the good of the country?

      • cows4me

        I’ve no real problem with her furthering her own ambitions but she is Fabian Marxist and if you study what these people really believe and what their wishes are for this world then she should struggle to get a job cleaning the UN cafe.

    • DemocKot

      She will not get it, lack of french language (francophone zone countries vote lost, the french are funny like that) and her other “qualities” will not endear her to “conservative” type countries and New Zealand is too small a country as well.

    • Usaywot

      I saw her on the news and I cringed. Her accent is so bad that I doubt many would understand her, she hadn’t taken the time to even do her hair, her make up was poorly applied and she was slouching over the desk. Now before someone has a go at me for mentioning her appearance, it is in context. When you are applying for a job, especially one like this, you should look well groomed and professional….she didn’t.

      • cows4me

        I think her appearance probably has a lot to do with how she sees the world. She never seem to fussed, I guess that is fair enough but I think a lot of times she was saying get stuffed to the world.

      • Disinfectant

        Breaking out into speaking Maori was not good when you consider that no one else in the world would have much idea what she was saying.

        • Dave

          So, breaking out in Maori made little difference then :)

          • LovetoTeach

            I cringed…if you can’t say it properly, don’t use it

      • Sally

        I just wish she spent some money on straightening her teeth. Now I don’t have perfect teeth but if I was earning what she does and in the public eye all the time I would splash out.

      • rantykiwi

        “her make up was poorly applied”

        Photoshop doesn’t work in real life. In her case no amount of make up will ever pass muster.

    • Isherman

      I reckon its all going to end in tears myself.

      • Nige.

        END in tears? We are already in tears because of her!

    • Nige.

      So proud of my daughter. She just saw her on tv “oh my…is that a witch?”

    • Effluent

      God help Africa if she gets the job.

      They’ll have to put up with her and Catweazle, aka Peter Davies, breezing in on a regular basis, no doubt accompanied on special occasions by Gwyneth Paltrow, Bill Gates, Angelina Jolie, and other lesser assorted lefty fruitcakes, for a spot of high intensity pontificating and virtue signalling.

    • Old Dig

      It seems that another She beast (Merkel) is also eyeing up the job. She wasn’t happy with just destroying Europe, she now wants the World.

  • Curly1952

    “The revelation in the Panama Papers that New Zealand is being used as a tax haven is hugely damaging to our international credibility.” – (Andys comment not mine)
    I have a look at the Reuters Headlines Blog to see what the world is saying about us and the Panama Papers – you guessed it – not a thing!! Either the world or Andy is wrong – I wonder which one!!

    Edit to clarify who’s comment

    • ex-JAFA

      Probably “Shonkey” manipulating the world media to suppress it. ‘Cos you know how right wing the media is and how influential Mr Key is.

  • Spiker

    One of those rare events happened to me today. I actually hit a Myna that was too slow to get off the road. I started to slow down to go back & take a pic to go along with the last one I hit before I told my self don’t be stupid I got better things to do. I’m sure it’s the second one I’ve ever hit on the road.

    • Tom

      I hit a myna too once. Yorkshire myna’s strike and I was driving an army landrover.

      • Spiker

        I dare say it ended as badly as the one I got this arvo..

    • rantykiwi

      I normally hit them with my 7mm08 – they hang around the wrong (for them) end of the private range I use. Even a near miss is enough to make them fall apart.

    • OT Richter

      I once hit a pukeko in my Mk IV Cortina at 100 kph. Left a big dent in the chrome bumper. I felt sorry for the pukeko until I noticed the damage to my pride and joy.

  • hookerphil

    Seven Sharp is featuring lycra tonight, more publicity for the Plough, have spent a little time in there over the years.

  • Isherman

    I caught a short piece of the Huddle on ZB this arvo, and something Tim Watkin said I simply have to share, he said “Journalists are not above the law”. Now what could we say about that then eh? I might have to check back a little bit to when he was talking about HDPA and her “loophole”.

    • Mags

      maybe the reserve bank leak of the interest rate change. it is embargoed but not sure illegal.

      • Ross

        Given the fact they’d be signing a contract to not release it, and then do? Yer I’d say that’s fraudulent

      • Greg M

        If a currency trader had got the information 1 hour before all others he could have made a serious amount of money, at the expense of the whole country and our financial system. It was as bad as it gets, and it could have had massive implications.

        • Dan

          yes, sort of like inside trading but publically released insider information. It would be worth looking back to see if there was a significant NZD change prior to the announcement.

  • hookerphil

    Rugby Pickers, you have half an hour, remember anchor them with the Crusaders.

  • Papillon

    Ha ha, had a bit of a giggle when Simon Dallow on One News proclaimed “we’re all lefties”. OK….he was talking about the fact the news team wear their poppies on the left, but it have me a laugh.

    • dumbshit

      Many a true word, spoken in jest!

      • ex-JAFA

        I grew up next door to the Dallows. I’d be surprised if Simon’s really a lefty. His dad wouldn’t put up with it if he was.

        • Disinfectant

          Probably toes the company line.

          • Yep. One of the reasons SonovaMin likes to draw for us is because in his paid career he was always forced to come at things from an angle he didn’t agree with.

          • Michelle

            Love his cartoons he hits the nail on the head every time

  • (pic) Good job if you can get it I guess…
    .

    • Richard

      Wowzers..imagine if she was a bloke?

      • I know, right!

    • Carl

      So that’s what the health industry pays to listen to her. I wonder what they pay to promote their products like I don’t know Keytruda?

      • Whatever they paid Little, if any, he didn’t invest it in anything. Like shares.

        • XCIA

          Maybe he’s been listening to uncle Vladimir and decided to accumulate gold bars underneath his bed.

    • Effluent

      I am surprised that Pfizer aren’t on that list.

      As the manufacturers of Preparation H, the USA’s best selling haemorrhoid treatment, you’d think they’d show some gratitude to America’s leading pain in the backside….

  • Richard

    Soooo, WO Medico’s or any other poor unfortunates..what can you tell me about softball sized stomach tumors?

    • cows4me

      As a guess I probably would say they aren’t desirable.

    • Curly1952

      Hell Richard, that’s a show stopper. Hope all goes well and that’s about the limit of my knowledge

      • Richard

        Cheers, not me by the way, but the old man.
        Retired in December at 65, got the news today, this guy deserved a long retirement, worked liked a demon.

        • Sally

          It is amazing what surgery does these days. While waiting for surgery tell him to try in fit in a bit of walking and work on his breathing skills. It all helps recovery.

        • Isherman

          Then just make sure he gets the advice AND treatment he deserves, dont worry about cost, distance or stubborn ol man syndrome. And whatever you do, don’t let him talk to quacks or alternative types, that cost my mates old man his life at about the same age.

          • Richard

            Heh, “stubborn old an syndrome”, I reckon he new something was up, the old lady had to call him 10 minutes before his appointment, he was still down at the fishing club.

        • Tom

          My Dad the same at 80, lived till he was 96 after getting a kidney removed Half his liver and a few feet of plumbing chopped. Walked a mile to the rugby club for a pint most days till a week before he spun in!

    • You’ll need stomach sized softball bat?

      • Richard

        Alternatively a lacrosse stick?

    • Disinfectant

      Hang in for another year if possible as most tumours are on the brink of being dissolved by way of drugs.

  • The QI Elves @qikipedia

    When eating the Sardinian sheep’s cheese, Casu marsu, you are advised to shade your eyes to protect against the jumping maggots.

    • Isherman

      And probably keep them closed when you follow it up with the other Sardinian special… Blood Soup.

      • What the hell happened to Sardinians to have such dreadful food?

        • Disinfectant

          Run out of Sardines.

          • Isherman

            Or, given the French are into snails and frogs, it might have involved a bet….that they lost?

        • Isherman

          I know, don’t they know there are perfectly acceptable fish in the med? Stunning location though.

          • MaryLou

            Have you seen the size of the fish left in the Med?? I’m sure there are bigger one’s somewhere, but seriously. Like the shellfish in Britain. Have to chuckle watching Jamie Oliver etc… (pics)

          • Isherman

            When your alternative is maggot cheese and blood soup, would you really care how big the fish or shellfish were?

            Not sure if its true, but I had heard that if the maggots are dead, then the cheese has become toxic.

        • Dan

          i am guessing seiges

  • Big_Al

    Stuff.Co.NZ at it again. Headline this arvo reads “Grandmother’s Neck Cut by Knife etc” where they go on to describe it as a “Box Cutter” as shown in the pic.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/78957987/grandmothers-neck-cut-by-knife-thrown-from-lower-hutt-hardware-storeyard
    Sounds like a serious and life threatening situation, does’nt it. However, read the story carefully and you will see by the pic that it is a “Strap Slicer” which has No External Blade so could’nt possibly cut your throat. Read on to see that the “Victim” who was on her way home from a WINZ meeting was now Traumatised and seeking some form of apology, my guess is that Money would fix it. Stuff has really been scraping the bottom of the barrel lately for stories and what they come up with is often so conflicting that it’s just laughable.

    • Left Right Out

      Headline….. Granny’s Neck Cut at Bunnings

      But it was out side of bunnings, it was not a knife and she was not a little old “granny”… she was 44 yes yes, still could be a Grandmother but hell 44 is hardly Granny status

      • Greg M

        A grandmother at 44 and a winz client. How unusual.

        • Miss McGerkinshaw

          What else I got to do if I’s don’t work, eh?

  • Curly1952

    Good night all Footie time!!

    • MULTI SCREENING!!! You…

    • What are we watching? I’ll dial it up on dem Interwebs

      • Left Right Out

        saders about to kick off

        • I’m tired just watching. What pace.

  • Old Dig

    This guy hit the nail on the head (again).

  • wilson

    James Cameron has just announced 4 more avatar movies. To be filmed here. Cue the left outrage. Tax exempt. Un unionists work. John keys rich mate. Evil film industry. American corporates taking over nz. Blah blah blah

    • LovetoTeach

      Did you see/hear Hilary’s reaction to that? The more time she spends with Paul Henry the more I like her

    • colin herbertson

      it’s ok, James Cameron is one of them,given the liberal guilt fest that avatar was I think the lefties would all be looking to four more helpings,

      • wilson

        Nope. had a look in fb. The blah blah blah has started.

        • colin herbertson

          kneejerkers,
          but come to think of it he’s not totaly “one of them”, he’s got a solid work ethic and is successful, they must hate that about him.
          i may not be his greatest fan but as long as he’s here his success is also ours, good luck to him.

    • Disinfectant

      And only this week it was disclosed that films earned N.Z. $3.4bn in the last year.

    • CheesyEarWax

      Like him or not I can’t believe we have one of the great Hollywood directors living in our backyard. These Avatar movies will cost near $1b to make and he’s going to do most of it in NZ with Weta Digital. Between him and Peter Jackson they are bring in bucket loads of $$ into NZ, but Andy won’t like them because no doubt they will have a few foreign trusts set up somewhere.

    • Hard1

      Sorry but it’s media hype again. If we are lucky, a mid to late 2018 release date for the first sequel, work done here and in the US. NZ needs at least 4 more major productions during that period to keep staff already here employed.

  • You just had a power cut.

    After sorting yourself out, how do you spend your time waiting for the power to come back on?

    • Michelle

      Put head lamp on and read a book or do things that don’t require power

      • MaryLou

        By headlamp, do you mean one of those ones you strap to your head like a miner, for reading? I SO want one of those, been meaning to find one for years!

        • hookerphil

          I have one AND one that is in a cap. Keep them in the campervan – ours is an older one – hence also the generator as mentioned earlier.

          • MaryLou

            Where do you get them from? Not the cap, wouldn’t be comfy in bed, but with elastic, or some other soft strap?

          • Platinum Fox

            Any outdoor shop.

          • Any supermarket. The Energizer one i son the rack.

          • hookerphil

            Cap B.I.L. – Light – wife, wants to be able to see me I think.

          • Spiker

            The cap ones are handy, have a couple of them on the cap rack. Good at this time of year when it gets dark early & there’s still stuff to do outside.

        • Michelle

          Yes one of those leaves your hands free and great for going outside at night to do things

    • Isherman

      Small rectangular objects called books normally.

    • XCIA

      Now, I would start up the generator. We used to have power cuts on a frequent basis, so I bought a generator and got the electrician to wire it all up. Best thing I ever did, we have not had a power cut since it was installed about four years ago. Prior to that, I just watched movies on the laptop with the help of four PowerAll’s.

    • Moonroof

      A book, and a coffee courtesy gas cooker.

    • Nechtan

      Generally I go to bed if its after say 2000 as it usually takes a few hours for it to come back on.

    • MaryLou

      Running round the garage getting the necessaries to be able to boil water for coffee. Priorities, Pete.

      • venator

        You have wifi. Who needs water and food. Eat a pear.

        • MaryLou

          Coffee, Venator, coffee. That which makes life worth Living.

          Nothing else com-pears.

          LOL

    • KatB

      After realising that all the other things I’ve thought I’ll do while the powers out, requires power too, then maybe it’s some random made up game with the kids by torchlight.

    • Sally

      Read my kindle, boil water on gas element for a cuppa, can even cook and eat dinner under candlelight.

    • Left Right Out

      This is where my Coffee Car comes in handy…. as long as I have fuel (and soon, Sun) I will always have power and coffee…. I guess thats why my wife makes me take the car camping

    • Summary so far: Power cuts generally induce reading and/or coffee drinking.

      • XCIA

        Not like the good old day’s then, when you might expect an increase in population ;-)

      • Moonroof

        Don’t worry, there’s a wine stashed for the evening hours when over books and caffeination. I know some don’t. In a family/group, pick a book, and take turns reading aloud, preferably something like a Goons Show script, or some awful play you had to learn at high school.

      • Crowgirl

        I would say reading if you’ve got plenty of candles.

        • Miss McGerkinshaw

          Or a kindle if the cut isn’t too long?

          • Crowgirl

            I quite forgot about that option – I read the paged variety lol

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            I was a great ‘real’ book person. Loved the smell and feel and all about them. Got a Kindle as was going to travel so didn’t want to carry books – mmm, long story short can’t remember the last time I read a ‘real’ book. They are great and with synching to phone, etc I always have a book nearby, so to speak.

    • Cadwallader

      I do the opposite to what I do during “Earth Hour.”

    • hookerphil

      Starting he generator

      • David

        Same here. Carry on as if nothing has happened

      • Miss Phit

        Sine wave gen set in garage. charges laptop/phone and keeps my fibre doohickee going. If I get desperate I can hot spot to my phone if fibre is out.

    • Dan

      sleep off the party I had, celebrating when the power was on (I live in the 3rd world)!

    • Spiker

      Make a list of all the things that need replacing in the emergency bug out bag.

      • I only have one upvote to give…

    • Greg M

      Standby generator. Lots of power, uses fossil fuel, emits lots of noise and noxious particulates which helps with global warming…so all good here. )

      • HR

        I have a couple of vehicles just like that…..

    • OT Richter

      I turn on the generator.

    • kayaker

      Make sure your wifi is working.

      • Chris

        How can your Wifi be working while the power is still out?

        • kayaker

          IDK. Magic. It’s wifi after all.

    • Oh Please

      We had rolling power cuts annually back in Blighty in the 70s. I used to set up my table football on the dinner table and have 4 candles as lighting pylons. Great times :)

    • Woody

      Depends on the time but at any time we can adjourn to the motorhome which can function almost indefinitely off grid with all the conveniences we have in our house. All built by myself.

    • Old Dig

      Get the shotgun and hide in a corner.

  • MaryLou

    Well. Today my daughter who was a couple of weeks ago wanting to attend the Young Nats ball, informed me that she wants to volunteer for Greenpeace and vote for President Putin.

    How to spoil a perfectly good week.

    • Sounds to me like a wind-up :)

      • MaryLou

        I don’t think so, but I TOLD her she’d grow out of it one day…

    • Moonroof

      Could be worse. A vote for Phil the Goff or Vic the Crone. Greenpeace? How does one vote for a corporate, oh wait a minute, Steven Joyce is still well up National party list…

    • Ross

      Maybe suggest Forest and Bird instead? They’re a bit less politically motivated.

      • Spiker

        Not by much. My cousin invested many years with them but the Green politics drove her out in the end.

        • Ross

          Good to know!

      • MaryLou

        I suggested WWF. Can’t recall them doing too much dumb stuff, they’re into climate change, but aren’t they all…

        • Spiker

          Wrestlers are always doing dumb stuff, jumping off the ropes & stuff, crazy..

          • MaryLou

            Haha yes, spent a while puzzling over that this afternoon!

        • Greg M

          Good on her, but there is so much that needs to be done in our own backyard first. Things like this:

          http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2016/04/public-notice/

          Funny thing is, I have never seen a green party person on a single one of these I’ve been to. Pretty much all of the people that go are environmentalists and back country people who want to preserve and where possible restore what we have here.
          Recommended as a good day out where you meet lots of like minded folk of all ages.

          • MaryLou

            Yeah, I was reading that, and trying to figure out how we can get a group together. Businesses are in Manukau so really think we should, but small, and 1 is a 7 day a week job. Maybe skive off myself and take the kids along.

      • ex-JAFA

        F&B hosted a candidate debate in 2014. Simon Bridges knew he’d be wasting his time on that audience, so didn’t even bother going. The rest of us did, though, and as we should’ve predicted, only the Labour, Green and some stark-raving mad nutter independent were allowed to talk without interruption… and I think the nutter was only given that courtesy because everyone was highly amused by the complete nonsense she prattled on about.

    • dumbshit

      Possibly a taste of more to come, ses he, talking from experience! Rabib lefty inlaw, makes for a very changed sibling!

    • Isherman

      Put the board up.

      • MaryLou

        Can’t. She’s only 14 and stuck doing unpaid volunteer work.

        • Isherman

          Oh well, hope next week is better then, and anyway she’s 14, so she’ll probably change her mind by Sunday.

        • Nige.

          At least she’s THINKING.

          • MaryLou

            Well, yes. I suppose…:}

    • XCIA

      With all the gold Vladimir is buying up, he would be a pretty good catch ;-)

      • MaryLou

        This gold buying worries me. One of the precursors to Hitler was calling in loans and generally becoming liquid. Not that I necessarily think he’s up to something, but… isn’t he always up to something?

        • XCIA

          I think he is gambling on a world wide currency melt down. India have been doing it for years too.

    • DemocKot

      Yes President Putin is a great friend of Greenpeace…..Tell her to look on google how he locked them up a few years back for protesting in the Arctic .I remember the look of horror on a couple of Greenpeace acquaintances faces when I translated the prison ‘menu’ from the local Russian prison authorities . It was not a three course dinner!,,,,

    • Old Dig

      Cloudy lefty thinking is quite normal at 14, now if she still thinks like that at 24 that is when you worry.

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      Is their a new boyfriend in the picture?
      Know how easily I was ‘led’ by wanting to be cool at that age.

      • MaryLou

        Oh. Oh. That didn’t help… anyway she knows she’s not allowed one till she’s 40 :)

  • nellie

    Fish and chips for dinner. From a local hard working new New Zealand family. I love hard working, do the best for their family in their new country, immigrants….

    • Left Right Out

      We only ever buy from our local…. a mother and son from china….. great fish and chips long hours hard working

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    • Chris

      This comment is not fair to a number of parents.
      My grand daughter who is nearly 5 has to have teeth removed and others capped. Yet her parents have NEVER fed her sweet or fizzy drinks or given her lollies or stuff with high sugar content. When she was born Milly had very bad reflux, and with this there is a great deal of acid regurgitated from the stomach. This has caused her teeth to become very porous and consequently prone to cavities. My Daughter in law was devastated when they found this out as she felt she had been a bad Mum even though she would be one of the best around.

      So Kate Hopkins, please get your facts right before making stupid comments like this.

  • Well, that was a watchable game of ruggers. The jags are looking like they’ll be fine in a few years. Lots of energy.

  • XCIA

    I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to march up and down in no mans totally exposed playing the pipes.

    • MaryLou

      Only a Scotsman…

    • Greg M

      The Gordon and Black watch regiments ( blue and red hackle on the Tam O’Shanter respectively ) took heavy losses but have heard the other regiments pipers got out with fairly light casualties. Incredibly brave men, and we will remember them.

      • XCIA

        My grandfather was with the HLI, but he didn’t play the pipes, that was left for me. The only war I have seen with them was with the neighbours in Ireland.

        • Greg M

          I have ancestors on mums side who served with the Royal Scots Greys cavalry regiment. Absolutely fascinating to hear and read the history of their escapades, and how they got through in one piece while so many weren’t so lucky. One amusing thing is that the regiments officers’ reputed fondness for champagne in times past once led to the regiment being nicknamed the “Bubbly Jocks”. Top quality men.

          • XCIA

            Didn’t they use their sabers to open the champagne…

    • Ross

      Have a read about Mad Jack Churchill if you get a chance…

  • MaryLou

    Yep, funny ‘dat. Merkel considering running for UN top job. Surprise surprise. Had to be a method in THAT particular madness.

    • OneTrack

      Maybe she is a bit worried about holding on to her current job? On the plus side, she will know the best places to set up the UNHCR bases throughout Germanistan.

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