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    • Nige.

      I’m the only one to uovote that? Weird.

      • Yeah. bloody grumps eh? Which is the whole point I’m making!

  • Nechtan

    Born today in 1947 singer/songwriter Iggy Pop (born James Newell Osterberg, Jr)

    Died today in 1970 Earl Hooker aged 41, blues guitarist. BB King said of him “to me he is the best of modern guitarists. Period. With the slide he was the best. It was nobody else like him, he was just one of a kind”

    Died today in 1978 Sandy Denny, lead singer with Fairport Convention of a brain haemorrhage after falling down the stairs at a friend’s home in London. She was just 31 years old. Sandy was the female voice in the duet on Led Zeppelin’s “The Battle Of Evermore”

    Died today in 2003 pianist, singer and songwriter Nina Simone aged 70 after a long battle with breast cancer.

    • willtin

      Some very cool photography in the Earl Hooker vid. as well as the sounds.

  • Nige.

    Wallace westland answered last nights question with:

    ” live longer ”

    What do you think could be the secret to a longer life?

    • ex-JAFA

      Birthdays. Statistics show that people who have more birthdays live longer.

    • willtin

      Live Life Lovingly.
      Drink and smoke and be Merry.
      Keep Learning in everything you do.

      • Nige.

        “Chose something that you love and then let it kill you slowly”

        • willtin

          She will not be impressed with that comment.

    • Korau

      1. Don’t die.
      2. Have long lived parents.

      • kereru

        As the saying goes, get to 99 and then be very careful.

      • kereru

        1. Can’t do much about that!
        2. Had short lived parents and have already outlived them.

    • XCIA

      A glass of whiskey every day and cease smoking at 100. Well, that’s what a young looking 106 year old says got her that far.

      • KGB

        I have been using a vapour thing for 4 days. I haven’t gone 4 days without lighting a cigarette since I was 13.
        Mr KGB now fishes EVERY tide. He is sitting in the Whangamata Harbour fishing in the rain, in the dark, as I type.
        Day 2. After 39 years I told my fathers wife what I really think of her. ?
        Day 3. Neighbours employee knock on my door 7am to tell me a dog had ripped open my rubbish bag. “Please clean up your rubbish there are disgusting cigarette butts everywhere.” It was delivered with such judgement and disgust.
        I almost pitied her as she left, but I was far too impressed by my lethal verbal destruction that would have survived Petes moderation on his best day.
        Day 4. In the best interest of everyone else…I stayed home alone.
        If there was any hope of making it to 106, I would be best to put everyone else out of their misery and light up.
        Sigh

        • patriot

          Nooo… don’t light up! You can do this and will feel much healthier. Good luck! ☺

        • XCIA

          I gave up one year and one month ago, forsaking a 30/40 a day habit. Not an hour of any day passes without wanting to light up. I hoped to up the exercise rate with all the new energy I was told I would have – not a bar of it, I have less energy now than I had before and since stopping I have contracted more ailments in a year than I have had in the previous ten. Believe me when I say I have not experienced any tangible or recognizable benefit since I stopped, but I intend to keep going because I promised and I never break a promise.

          • Michelle

            Gave up in 1990 and still have days when l would love one
            l could not get out of bed without one to get me going

          • dumbshit

            . Believe me when I say I have not experienced any tangible or recognizable benefit since I stopped, but I intend to keep going because I promised and I never break a promise.
            Believe me, people around you would have noticed! Maybe in time you will be able to smell what a non smoker does, I’m sure you will understand then. Cheers, your pocket will certainly notice it!

          • XCIA

            Not quite. I use Lagerfeld’s Photo which masked any smoking odour. Even my doctor didn’t know I smoked until she gave me the third degree. As to my pocket, well all my cigarettes were purchased duty free by colleagues doing business across the ditch and I figure I spend more on tins of Swiss Navy Strong Mints and other distractions to take the mind off the drama.

        • I gave up 7 yrs ago.
          I’ve gained more than 40kg, am hideously unfit yet I can assure you I’m better off than I have been in 35 years of smoking 75-90 a day.
          I quit because I could no longer breath and wanted to be there for my girls.
          After seven years I still miss a smoke now and then and I doubt that will ever go away.
          For more than a year I used to pat my pants and shirt before I walked out (and sometimes still do) looking for smokes and lighter I no longer used but instinct making sure I had them.

          I can honestly say that despite the fact I’m a candidate for our buddy Cams FB tax I really don’t give a monkey’s. I’m better off, I feel better about myself and I look like a winner in social circles that a few years ago I didn’t.

          KGB I promise the pain that is coming your way is real and those of us that have been through it understand. I also promise that if you do this you will be truly blessed.
          My thoughts are with you.

          This is the only time in life where Quitters rule. But regardless you are still a winner.

          GOOD LUCK!

          • KGB

            It’s 5.30am and your post has stopped my frantic search for a real cig. I did a god job of destroying all secret stashed back-ups, but have searched every draw, glove box, and handbag, just in case:)
            My 44 year addiction is all consuming. My decision to stop is mainly financial, and that scares me. If I was afraid of dying I would be more confident.
            CORD and regular doses of phuemonia have taken toll but ultimately I am chewing through money we don’t have. That is unfair on Mr KGB who has never smoked, and never complained about me smoking.
            I have delivered eulogies for 3 very dear smoking mates. But still never feared it.
            I fear judgement. The looks and attitudes towards smokers is all shaming, wether it’s pity or contempt.
            As a smoker I impacted on no-one. I smoked outside and in MY car. (Never his) I never tossed butts away, you won’t find 1 butt in my garden, flicked out a window, or dropped in the street.
            I hope I don’t stay angry at the world. This must be how the Left feel every day. They should take up smoking !!!
            Thank you (& everyone else) for your kind words. xxx

          • Nige.

            Tell yourself that your a non smoker now. Thats what I kept telling myself over and over. I told myself that smoking is a negative thing and I dont want negativity in my life. I gave up about 10 years ago. You dont know how good it is until youve done it.

            I dont have the cravings others talk about though. Its not painful to me.

        • Gaynor

          Hang in there KGB I gave up 4 years ago.My doctor gave me Champix .I didn’t really want to give up and didn’t think I could…. the best thing was I didn’t have to set a stop date…it just happened which took all the anxiety away. I had such wonderful raunchy dreams while taking Champix I am tempted to tell my doctor I have started smoking again (lol) I believe it took over 2 years before my taste buds returned and food suddenly came alive. Trouble is my type of work changed along with a better appetite…so I am waiting for the doctor to come up with a magic pill for weight loss.
          Edit to add…… I can smell smokers for 5 minutes after they leave my shop …. hard to believe that was me 4 years ago.

        • willtin

          I will be celebrating 9 years, no nicotine, towards the end of this year. Inside I crave for a ciggy, but I have won the mental battle and I won’t slip back. My theory of enablement is that I only have had to give up one cigarette, and that is the next one. Just some benefits are, I am no longer embarrassed about how I might smell to non-smokers and I no longer endanger those around me, nor pollute with my butts. I look at smokers and I feel for them. It is possible to stop.

    • Sally

      From my grandmother who lived till 102.
      Porridge with cream everyday.

      • Dave

        But, but, but cream contains fat, its not on Sally, the Sugar, Fat and diet police will not accept that any longer.

        • willtin

          In fact; fat is becoming more acceptable once again.

    • Isherman

      Someone should put that to Winston – I’ll bet you wouldn’t get a straight answer.

      • willtin

        I’ll bet you would get a single malt.

      • With people like Winston, they could have been dead for years and you just don’t know.

        • Michelle

          pre embalmed
          know a couple of people like that and wonder how they do it
          some must have very efficient livers

    • Vlad

      It’s not a bad question but …. if you spend a lot of time focusing on this you can take a lot of pleasure out of the years you have. Of course, don’t be stupid, but moderation in most but not all things, good genes (the lucky dip) and looking left and right before you cross the road can help.

      But in the world of the internet you can find a new thing to scare you; a new pleasure to avoid every day. You know what to do, enjoy!

    • Disinfectant

      The lottery of Genes and being lucky avoiding accidents.

    • Oh, it is quite clear. People who are carrying too much weight die earlier. I’ve never seen anyone live over 100 that was obese. They are all wiry.

      On top of that, just regular activity and a broad diet of fresh ingredients.

      As a little bit of genetics that you can’t avoid, but that’s about it.

      • Michelle

        My grandfather lived to 97 was overweight and didn’t do any active work for many many years, spent hours sat in his chair reading
        My grandmother worked like a slave, skinny as a rake and died young
        on the other side alot died before their time and were fit and active hard workers

        l am overweight but fit and active some of it genes and some of it are eating habits

        • That’s unusual. Just goes to show, once again, I don’t know what I’m talking about. :)

          • Michelle

            My mum has always done everything right, you know correct weight, good cholesterol, exercise etc etc and has a bypass

            Her siblings are overweight and live life to the fullest and they are all disgustingly healthy and alot of fun to be with

          • Nige.

            Phew. Are you as relieved as me?

          • Shhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    • kereru

      All being well health-wise, it helps to keep active and be involved in the community, whether doing voluntary work, playing sports, belonging to a community group or taking courses and learning something new. Mr K and I are determined to stay in our rambling double-storey house as long as we can keep tending our large sloping garden and managing our steep drive. As none of our family live in Auckland, we enjoy the company of a wide range of people of all ages. Attitude is everything – and a sense of humour helps too!

    • Jude

      Eating healthy, not smoking , exercising and being as stress free as you possibly can be.

    • Lux

      The luck of the draw..

    • Odd Ball

      A lot of people choose to live longer because they fear death, the problem with this approach is that they spend their life ‘not dying’ instead of living life to it’s fullest. They end up choosing quantity over quality.
      To summarise -There are better things to concerned about, like getting that new mountain bike, skydiving, etc.

  • Carl

    Pretty cool photo. (pic)

    • It is. Until I looked at it a little longer, and now it bugs me. But it certainly passes initial glances ;)

      • Carl

        I’m the same but it looks good. You have to think was it right place right time to get it looking exactly like that?

        • Now you pushed me into it. I suspect she took the shot and got the general idea, but then she overcooked it in post-processing, which also means I don’t know if I can trust the shadows to be true shadows, which makes the photo possibly fraudulent.

          • Michelle

            looks a bit suspect as the sheep in the bottom corner are blurry
            that was the first thing l saw was the sheep they were fuzzy instead of woolly

          • Carl

            I don’t think they sheep but plants. Might be wrong.

          • Michelle

            sorry it is plants but the lines across where the plants are just don’t seem right

          • Dan

            toitoi bushes.

          • Dan

            Yes, for Northland to shadow off like that means a pointy hill up the aw a bit from the shadow that is East Cape.

          • SlightlyStrange

            I can see the very edge of a tree in the top right of the photo

          • Dan

            Ah, OK, true. OK a willow or poplar made Northland. Moving on…

      • Gaynor

        The shadow looks like New Zealand ….

        • Dave

          I thought it looked like Whale Oil Sheep Hooked.

  • Carl

    I’m so glad scientists have now proven what I have known for ages. Freddie Mercury’s voice was a one of a kind and natural wonder.
    http://www.inquisitr.com/3011403/scientists-confirm-freddie-mercurys-golden-voice-was-a-natural-wonder/

    • ex-JAFA

      I heard years ago that he refused orthodontic work because he feared how it could change his voice.

    • Dan

      Oh so true. One of a kind and a great one at that. It is hard to have a great rock voice while not screaming. (Sorry Nige, may I call it Rock?)

      • Nige.

        Freddie could do anything and everything. Queen were my catalyst to heavy metal.

        I had Shear heart attack on vinyl and I wore it out.

        • Dave

          Yes, and he tried to

  • Isherman

    Right, I know what I missed all day and Pete’s comment this morning about Z makes sense.
    Z v Wicked Campers as a ‘human rights’ type case.
    Awsome.

    • Sally

      My thoughts on Z

      If a tourist is running very low on petrol, pulls up at Z petrol station and is turned away. The next petrol station is 100km away, but they don’t know that and keep driving. The tourist runs out of petrol in the middle of no-where, decides to abandon vehicle and starts walking. Now if something bad happens to this tourist whose to blame. Wicked campers, they done nothing wrong, they hired out a camper as that is their business. The tourist, they have done nothing wrong, they knew they were running out of petrol and tried to get some. So that leaves the Z petrol station who has been ordered by management not to serve petrol to wicked camper drivers.

      Sure personal responsibility comes into play but in this case Z are impinging on someone’s human rights to safe passage.

      • ex-JAFA

        What if it turned out that Z was a private business, and could therefore decide who to serve?

        • H. Upmann

          Just as I am a private citizen and therefore decide where to buy my fuel.

        • Sally

          I suppose anyone can determine who they want to serve but it will eventually come back and bite them as people look elsewhere. I hope a petrol station owner who knows they are the last pump for 100ks will ignore any directive from higher up and serve everyone.

          I am a Z customer and if they bring this directive in I will be going elsewhere.

        • Isherman

          True. A gas station getting behind a ‘good cause’ is one thing, but a gas station playing the moral authority game is a tricky one, and I would have to wonder what they get from it. Why immerse yourself into that whole argument for no apparent gain in anything?

        • Second time around

          A corner dairy refusing to sell to Maori youth would arguably have reasonable grounds, but it would still be unlawful. Basically the forecourt is an invitation to the general public to trade.

        • Skydog

          Totally agree ex. What would happen if a person wearing a t-shirt with a wicked camper logo walks into a cafe? Should the cafe owner be able to ask that person to leave or remove the logo? For sure they should be able to.

          For the other commentators tonight saying it’s discriminatory or against a persons rights, what a load of rubbish. It’s not the person who is being banned but the vehicle it self. If the driver of the van parked around the corner and walked to a station with a petrol can would they be refused service, I guess not.

    • Dave

      I think Z are on very very thin ice there, if a van pulls in, and does NOT contain anything more then mildly offensive, they are refusing fuel to a tourist, NOT Wicked. The tourist probably has a good case.

      • Isherman

        What about needing to fill for an emergency?

        Added. Even better, what if a WC van had been commandeered by say a police officer….still refuse?

      • dumbshit

        Twenty years ago, we considered withdrawing wholesale supply of the product we had the franchise for, to a certain petrol station, due to on going issues with payment. Head office told us that we couldn’t refuse supply, but we could alter payment terms, to suit us. Apparently they could take a case to the commerce commission.

        • Dave

          I once refused supply to a helicopter service any more fuel as they didn’t pay their account, the nice operator threatened to drop me out of the helicopter in the middle of the ocean. He didn’t like being reminded he hadn’t paid, and we had been calling him for weeks. Strangely they paid a few days later.

      • Mrs_R

        Agree. Z seem to think they can differentiate the refusal of service based on the vehicle driven, and not be held accountable by the human purchasing the fuel. The way I understand it the goods /service contract is between the seller and purchaser of the fuel. The purchaser in this instance is human and can rightly claim discrimination should the seller not agree to provide goods to them. The purchaser could claim that the real truth is they were refused service because of their country of origin, their skin colour, or even their gender. Z would have a hard time proving that wasn’t the case, particularly if it is shown they provided fuel to a person wearing a far more offensive T-Shirt than what was written on the denied Wicked Camper. In fact they could argue that Z is in general discriminating against tourists. The idea of Z discriminating against a purchaser because of the type of vehicle they drive is ludicrous. As ludicrous as saying they will sell to Toyota vehicle drivers, but not Holden. All this while they are still selling fuel to people driving unregistered and unwarranted vehicles, who are actually breaking the law. Unbelievable.

      • Poppa

        Z along with the Plough Cafe are about to see a bunch of their customers spend their money next door.

    • Wasapilot

      Z falling into labours trap, believing social media opnion reflects greater socities belief. Very foolish Z.

    • Second time around

      A lot of things in this world are offensive, unsafe or threatening. Builders with butt crack shorts, bare feet, offensive tee shirts, sunglasses. Wicked Campers in the half light, parked hard up against a pump falls at the lower end of the scale. Z wants to be popular but rather than discriminate against the sort of people who drive camper vans, why don’t they try charging the same prices in Wellington as they do in Levin, or even in Waiouru.

      • IKIDUNOT

        You can add Waipawa to the list……went up and down to Wellie yesterday, cheapest ‘at home’ in Waipawa….:)

    • XCIA

      Z is run by ex BP staffers. Sometimes I wonder if they are drawing two salary’s.

      • Dave

        The CEO was at BP as a super slick manager early 90’s on. BP kept downsizing from around the time he became a senior manager.

        • XCIA

          I have dealt with BP since 1993. That clown and his mate Griff cost BP a lot of business.

          • Dave

            Indeed. They were once referred to as the brylcreme boys. So slick, nothing sticks. I left BP to move overseas in 94

    • Curly1952

      Isn’t Z owned by the NZ Super Fund and currently in a buyout of Caltex?

    • Michelle

      l feel for the tourists as they have booked their holiday probably months ago and come here to find themselves in the middle of a small minded spat and they are the meat in the sandwich not welcome in some camping grounds or towns and now not able to buy petrol from some fuel companies

      Not a good look for this country and how we promote ourselves and some will find the reality very different

    • Stuntman

      To be fair to Z, they haven’t actually said that they have any intention of banning WC, they have just said that it has been suggested to them and asked what people think.
      I highly doubt they will do it.
      If they did, you’d have to feel pretty sorry for the (probably min wage) workers who will have to cop the flak.

    • Does that mean they can refuse service to morons with stick figures on their back windows and moko’s on their chins?

      Cos they offend the hell out of me!

  • Les couilles de chien.

    Gave myself the day off today, harvest 2016 is over for me, hurrah!
    Tomorrow normal service will be resumed – pie day friday – Burleigh 7am.

    • Brent

      They will be doing well their at moment with the two subdivisions in full swing.

      • Les couilles de chien.

        true, hope those roadworks finish soon tho, what a pain in the jacksie!

        • Nige.

          I was heading west on Saturday. There were no roadworks but the lane was all ap60 gravel. I didn’t want to shake up my poor little Nissan wagon so I crossed over to the other side to drive on the sealed side of the road as there was no one coming……at that time. A car came out of a driveway and was heading straight for me, but there was time to get to the end of the gravely bit.

          Never mind the young people getting abusive or even gang members. The car turned out to be being driven by an elderly lady who was absolutely doing her banana at me! Daughter was in the car and said “huh? What’s her problem? Why couldn’t she just have some patients?”

          We had a good discussion about people getting out of shape easily when they could just look at it from the other person’s perspective.

          • God I’d hate you if you drove in Auckland!

            :-)

            (no really..I would)

          • Nige.

            I never picked you for a grandma…. But OK.

          • Lol…if you saw what people do up here…and I know you come up enough to know what the motorways are like..today I saw someone texting and doing 40k/ph while there was almost a 500m of clear space in front of him while the traffic ground along during school holidays..clearly because it was IMPORTANT to him.

            When you say from someone else’s perspective what you really mean is “Mine…and what suits me and the rest of you can go…(you know the rest) cos I’m special and don’t need to obey the rules!”
            This philosophy is becoming rampant on Auckland roads and road rage is becoming more and more prevalent as a result. Not long ago I saw someone deliberately ram another car because he was queue jumping.

          • MaryLou

            Yes. Warning to anyone turning left off Ti Rakau Drive outside Pakuranga Plaza around 5pm onwards – don’t even THINK about driving up the right hand lane just because it’s empty, and plan on cutting in at the top. I. WILL. NOT. LET. YOU. IN.

            EVER. If it took me 20 minutes to get 100 metres because of buggers like you, your smile is not going to charm me into changing my mind.

            There.

          • Dave

            Makes a mental note not to annoy or cut off Marylou when next driving in NZ.

          • MaryLou

            Hehe you’ll have to blame WW – I’m a very placid person, just not between 5 and 6pm, on that stretch of road!!

          • FornaK

            Well I can understand that reaction against queue jumpers.
            That really grinds my gears!

  • cows4me

    For those interested, have taken advice from the WO community and have placed sign outside gate. So far only had one dozen, it didn’t make it to the fridge and a big box of fresh potatoes. It’s actually been a very interesting study in human nature, some of the reactions have been rather humorous. For those that know me, the neighbors, know I’m having them on it’s the strangers that make me laugh. One guy from Northland ended up lost in the middle of the farm, can’t trust GPSs, others sneak past the house then put the foot down. It’s all rather funny. The culvert is coming along nicely. Have tried to post photos but antenna on roof is stuffed, rusted. Have to get new one but ISP wants me to sign up for another two years and there are more choices now. Have been loyal costumer for four years so I’ll have to see what other ISPs are offering.

    • Curly1952

      That’s a good effort Cows. I notice no Waikato Draught as payment yet but that doesn’t surprise me as most would keep quality to themselves.

      • Dan

        Actually, is Cows in Waikato Draught Country or Tui Country, and is the beer determined by the rugby franchise?

      • FornaK

        PML I see the swamp booze, makes you delusional up there too Curly!!!

        • Curly1952

          Nah, just the tastiest brew around and very good for what ails you

    • Lux

      Good on you for following it through.. humans are funny .. enjoy it !!

  • Wasapilot

    A reminder to those participating in the WO footy score picking competition to get your picks in before tomorrow evening.

    Tip of the week, the mighty Hurricanes to thrash the Chiefs by 13+

    • hookerphil

      They may do as i have taken the Chiefs, always a good omen for the other side.

      • Wasapilot

        Don’t tell anyone HP, but I had the chiefs by 12-, just changed to the Canes by 12-

    • MarcWills

      I used to get reminders to pick my scores from the game site, but these seem to have ceased. I missed the first game result a couple of weeks ago because of this. Is anyone else still getting reminders? Feeling left out … :(

      • Carl

        I still get the email on a Thursday and then again on Monday to remind me how bad I went.

        • MarcWills

          Thanks, I seem to have been blackballed by the Herald then … how sad. Those of you who want to know how I managed this, please form an orderly queue.

          I have checked my game preferences, and the box for reminders is ticked.

      • hookerphil

        No I do not now get the reminders and was quite happy not to get results on Monday.

    • Sally

      How many more rounds to go?

      • MarcWills

        There are 17 weeks of playoffs, then Qualifiers, then Semi-finals, and a final. We are up to week 9.

        • Sally

          Ok will have to put a plan into place while I am visiting the land of illegal migrants.

      • hookerphil

        Plenty of time to get another screen shot.

    • Jude

      Maybe a little optimistic, I was going for Canes 12 and under:)

      • Wasapilot

        How are the birds settling int Jude?

        • Jude

          There was a real hullabaloo when the parents joined , Mr Jingles, Snow and Peanut!! They were very happy to reunite although the Dad not so much.
          They have settled in well and I will try to get daughter to send me a pic of the Team together:)
          My daughter has added a couple of Splendids and Bourkes into the aviary too.
          Plenty of space and daughter,is having a great time giving her birds, the Delux Aviary of Karori to live in:)

          • Dan

            You know Jude, not to mix pointy beaks with parrot beaks don’t you? Just advising now to avoid crippled finches, etc

          • Jude

            My daughter is onto it. I had a disaster when my budgies attacked my canary chicks, I learn’t the hard way. It happened once, and the breeding pair were then removed to safety.

          • Dan

            Good to hear Jude. My friend had an aviary and the budgies thought it was a great laugh to break the legs off the finches. Rather sad bunch. Could be a psychopathic budgie issue perhaps. Could though be more a big bird – small bird thing.

          • Jude

            They breed easily but have to be separate from other birds .We have got aviaries to suit all of our birds now so should be all good.

  • Time to be a little bit naughty, yet keep it all above board:

    Without triggering moderation, use a movie title to describe your penis or vah-jay-jay.

    Mine: Broken Arrow

    • Wasapilot

      Lethal weapon

      • MarcWills

        Lethal Weapon 8

        • KatB

          Naked Gun 33 and 1/3

    • MarcWills

      Nightmare on Elm St

    • XCIA

      No Complaints!

    • Anyone who says

      Meet the Fokkers

      is going to get banned.

      Oh wait….

    • hookerphil

      Boy God

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      Every which way but loose… [obviously :P]

    • MarcWills

      As a trans-dysmorphic minus 18 with unicorn issues, I’m gong to say anything starring Dick van Dyke.

    • Wasapilot

      These days, Fast and furious

    • Curly1952

      Desperately Seeking Susan (that also happens to be my wifes name!)

    • Carl

      Die Hard.

    • Les couilles de chien.

      the good, the bad and the ugly.

    • Hailstormers

      The hangover

    • oldmanNZ

      soft

    • Nigel_F

      Gone in 60 seconds.

    • Dan

      The Phantom Menace

      • Wasapilot

        The force awakens, just to keep the star wars theme going

        • Dan

          Unsure about “A new hope” Could sound a little tragic.

    • Les couilles de chien.

      The magnificent seven”

    • KatB

      Everybody loves a bit of James Bond – Octopussy

    • Asian_driver

      Dangerous when wet

    • john Doe

      Lock Stock and 2 Barrels.

    • pisces8284 .

      Blazing Saddles

    • Dumrse

      Gold finger.

    • Nechtan

      Once upon a time.

    • SteveWrathall

      Lost in Space

    • Old Chook

      The Big Chill

    • Spiker

      Apollo 11

      • Love it. But at least you get back alive.

    • Richard

      Free Willy

    • CheesyEarWax

      Dirty Harry.

    • kayaker

      Morgan is my name. Big M, small organ.

    • Moonroof

      The Loin King

    • Nige.

      Sleeping beauty

    • Lux

      Wild at Heart …

    • Effluent

      The Towering Inferno

    • Isherman

      The Big Lebowski.

    • Justme

      Peewee’s big adventure

      • Justme

        Financing for the above movie has been cancelled. Script has been rewritten, and will now be called “Flatliners”.

    • Greg M

      The invisible man.

      • That’s better than The man from UNCLE

    • Isherman

      Its a safe bet no female politicians will jump in to suggest one, which probably just means you can simply allocate “A Fish Called Wanda” as best you see fit:)

    • Nechtan

      Stuart Little.

    • Poppa

      The Thing

    • Asian_driver

      In 1983 there was a film called “Curtains”

    • Mark

      Unstoppable* (*Uncut Version)

      • I’m waiting for someone to admit to a Director’s Cut next.

    • Hard1

      5 minute Media.

    • SAM51

      Gladiator – get it!!

      • KatB

        Is that like Kelvinator?

        • SAM51

          Yep – excellent work!!

          • KatB

            Yeah, you’ve got to watch that Kelvin.

          • rantykiwi

            He slips in by degrees.

          • Lux

            While You Were Sleeping ..

          • KatB

            He can be a bit frosty though. Cold shoulder in all.

      • I am indeed entertained

    • Grizz30

      Shaft

    • Greg M

      Attempt 2: Foot loose.

    • Lux

      Beauty and the Beast ..

      • Nic C

        What?? You have one of each Lux??

        Perhaps just stick with the beginning of that title, rather than using the end as well (excuse the pun!). ;)

    • Richard

      The Elephant Man

    • Nic C

      Magnum Force

  • Jude

    • Wasapilot

      My dear old Mum never got upset about anything, except just that. If any of us, including Dad, walked on her freshly cleaned and still wet floors, all hell would let loose. Thankfully we had no firearms in the house.

  • pisces8284 .

    This teen really shows us that we can do anything we put our minds to. Born with only one foot and no hands, he is able to move an audience to tears with his perfect, heartfelt rendition of River Flows in You by Yiruma

  • SteveWrathall

    Republicanism: Who needs the hassle?

    • Effluent

      A lot cheaper than a president would be, and much less likely to want to interfere, grandstand, or become activist.

      • MaryLou

        Except the one on the Left. Has some strange, potentially expensive and un-diplomatic ideas, that one

        • Sailor Sam

          Agree, the leftie needs to abdicate his responsibilities.

        • Effluent

          He’ll be too busy conversing with his geraniums to be bothered with NZ.

  • Richard

    A question for any Accountants on behalf of Andrew Little….are legal fees tax deductible?

    • XCIA

      Our auditors allow all professional fees including the lawyers.

    • Asian_driver

      You would need to be a business or a trust surley, an employee paying gst wont be able to deduct anything

  • Michelle

    Walked the Escarpment track from Paekakariki to Pukerua bay 10kms with plenty of steep steps but well worth it for the views and glad we did it from that side as the steps from the other end were really steep
    We did it in 2 & 12 hrs including 15 minutes snack stop at the top, it was too cold to stay any longer
    Great to see so many people out with their families out walking the track

  • Nige.

    Geniune question: Are there any accounts in Tauranga who want to pick up an internationally recognized customer?

    This comment will disapear.

    • kayaker

      Do you mean accountants?

      • Nige.

        Yes. Really have to learn to check my own work…..

        • From Panama?

        • kayaker

          I may know someone if this opportunity is still open.

          • Nige.

            Thanks kayaker. Have them contact evolve jewelry. They have just relocated from Blenheim and want a reliable understanding account who will love their company as much as they do. They are a family business and are very good friends of mine.

            Its a bit of a long shot but you just never know….

            http://www.evolve-jewellery.co.nz/contact.aspx

          • kayaker

            OK. will do.

  • Orange

    “The stations or community police centres due to shut their doors in Auckland City have been named as Mission Bay, St Heliers, Panmure, Ellerslie, Ponsonby, Balmoral, Waiheke, Onehunga, Newmarket and Mt Wellington. In Counties-Manukau those affected have been named as Mangere, Beachlands, Howick, Pukekohe, Tuakau and Pokeno.” I’m a bit miffed by this. The Onehunga station has been awesome. They seem to take a real pride in being proactive, getting work complete, following up. More like olden day policing? Had some imported young’ns being crazy in their cars for ages. One little word at the station and the crazy behaviour that had gone on for months stopped the next day, permanently.

    • Lux

      I just got this from the police a few minutes ago ..

      “Police statement re claims of station closures”

      Media statement from Acting Assistant Commissioner District Operations, Bruce Bird

      In response to a number of media queries received today, claims that 16 stations in Auckland will close is incorrect.

      As outlined in a statement issued by Police last week, a new set of infrastructure design features are being introduced to enhance safety at police front counters. The new features are designed to deal with the most likely threats at publicly accessible police premises.

      The safety of Police staff, volunteers and visitors to our premises is of paramount importance and is a real priority for Police.

      While many of our front counters have some of the required infrastructure design features already in place, a number need enhancement and/or redesign and we have a project underway to develop a consistent nationwide plan to achieve this.

      Our review of existing infrastructure has highlighted a number of premises where more immediate practical steps are needed to increase security. There are 105 stations we have identified in this category around New Zealand. For operational reasons, we will not be releasing locations of the 105 stations.

      What is required will vary from station to station, but may include positioning of CCTV to cover the entrance and front counters, and installation of duress alarms at front counters.

      In some of these stations, one of the options may be to limit public access at times when constabulary staff are on the premises.

      This does not mean the stations will permanently close, but the public access at some stations may be, as an interim measure, restricted to those times when a constabulary/authorised officer is available to work at the front counter.

      Some districts have also taken the opportunity of looking at community kiosks which are only manned by volunteers, and some of these will be closed until the completion of a more comprehensive audit as part of the front counter safety project.

      The front counter safety project is absolutely not about cost savings.

      It is about the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors. We note that a Police employee was recently subjected to a very violent attack in the front entrance of Counties Manukau station recently, so the risks to our staff are very real.

      This work is also not in response to the recent legislative changes. Police announced the front counter review project last year, in response to concerns being raised by our own staff.

      We refer media to the full statement issued by Police last week: http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/improvements-police-station-safety

      http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/police-statement-re-claims-station-closures

      • Orange

        Ahh, so this is just Phil Goff leaking and making the floor slippery out of context. And he wants to be mayor…

        • Lux

          It means he is LYING ..

    • Sally

      Judith Collins is a little miff with Goff about this matter. Goff is up to his tricks again

      Phil G has written to me as MP for Roskill but put out his Press release vs Police as Mayoral candidate.

      And her reply pic

      • Isherman

        Look on the bright side…now we get to lay into Goff and the Herald on the same day…probably from GD tomorrow morning on at a guess.

    • rantykiwi

      Yep, Onehunga are awesome and dealt with the antisocial ferals in their cars in my part of the suburb too. With Onehunga, Newmarket and Mt Wellington all closing there’s nowhere handy to either home or work for me to get firearms mail order forms signed either.

      • KatB

        I thought you could just sign those yourself?

        • rantykiwi

          Only if your initials are HDPA.

    • Sailor Sam

      Pokeno, Tuakau are not in Auckland city, so should not concern Phil at all in his capacity as an independent mayoral candidate.
      It would only be a concern to a little party MP.

  • Isherman

    So while Phil ‘leaky’ Goff is dropping off info and feeding stories to the the Herald about community cop shop shop closures and security upgrades, is he acting as an MP or an ‘independent’ Mayoral Candidate?

    • XCIA

      Phil reminds me of the “spray and walk away” advert.

  • Jude

    I can’t remember if this has been shown before.. Refresh for pic

    • 40

    • Goldie

      96

      • Jude

        I got that but there a lot of people on Facebook that are getting Walkace’s 40

        • 96 for sure

          • Jude

            I feel the need to fill in the pattern! But I can see some being equally correct by just adding the pattern as is ?

          • I just figured the 40. Both 40 and 96 are valid answers.

          • Sailor Sam

            96, no doubt about it.
            Do not be swayed by mathematical mumbo jumbo.

          • MaryLou

            We got 96. Took 20 seconds. Has to be right! Isn’t simplest answer usually correct?

          • 40 is actually simpler, but it took me longer to find.

          • MaryLou

            Oh. Yes but never would have found that one if someone hadn’t mentioned it was there…

          • XCIA

            It is 40

        • Goldie

          I can see how you get to both 40 & 96 now

          • Jude

            It took me a moment to get to 40! Pen and paper involved for this quiz for me.

    • Isherman

      = still not enough to save Andy.

    • Lux

      28. wrong

      edit: 32

      • Goldie

        You’re going to have to tell us how you got that (there could well be multiple answers)

        • Knowing Lux, I was scared to ask. Let the responsibility of what ensues lie squarely on your shoulders.

          • Lux

            I know how I got there, but have no idea why or how.. I am right?

          • I think you might have converted fluid ounces to farenheit, because I have no idea how you got to 28.

          • Lux

            28 was before I got my serious mathematicians hat on !!

        • Lux

          well, if I am correct .. I went ..

          the difference between five and 12 is 7

          the difference between 12 and 21 is 9

          then the difference between 8 and 11 is 11

          so it amount to 32

          • KatB

            Yes I see how you got that.

          • Goldie

            The difference between ? and 21 should be 19, making it 40?

          • Lux

            not in my mind ..

            I cannot do maths .. I’m sure I have maths dyslexia.

          • Lux

            If you look at the answers they have all valued by two in each number.. I know how I have done it, but am not explaining it well..

          • KatB

            If you look at the last column of numbers, 5, 12, 21. There’s 7 between 5 and 12, there’s 9 between 12 and 21 so that makes 11 between 21 and…..32. Adding 7 then 9 then 11.

          • Goldie

            But, but… that completely ignores the other numbers?

          • Lux

            so how does 40 and 96 work?

            eek 40 .. 40 40 ……….

          • Goldie

            To get to 40, add the first 2 numbers of the next line to the answer of the previous line.
            To get to 96, multiply the first 2 numbers and then add the first number to get the total.

          • Maisie

            I used your first line to get 40

          • KatB

            Yes it doesn’t require the other numbers to work it out, so maybe not the completely correct answer but another way to look at it.

    • Greg M

      Yep 40.

    • KatB

      40

    • Poppa

      96 works better than 40 imho

      • Jude

        Well it required a bit more math to be sure?

      • I can’t see how you can choose one over the other. Neither are valid ways to do math, but both follow a consistent pattern.

      • Jude

        What do you get for 4 +7=31 if using method to get 96?
        I get 32 not 31?
        Therefore is 40 the correct answer?

        • Poppa

          Disagree. If you want to add 4 + 7 then add it to both methods and 40 doesn’t work either.

        • Goldie

          Yes it should be 32, but where did you get 4+7=31 from?

          • Not from Specsavers

          • Jude

            You’ll keep?

          • Jude

            My error . Rechecking and confusing myself?

          • Jude

            My error I was right first time . I clearly need some more practice with these?

        • Jude

          My error. Ignore we were right first time lol!

    • I guess, for OCD anal types, the answer is 19.

      Just because the first three are bad maths doesn’t mean we don’t know what the correct answer is for the last one.

      Amirite???

      • Goldie

        If you were truly OCD, you couldn’t just ignore the first 3?

        • OK, what label would you find appropriate then?

          • Goldie

            Lazy?

          • Nope.

            Pragmatic.

      • Jude

        Yes but I can’t ignore the patterns so those first sums must be ” correct” somehow

    • Nechtan

      How about 32? In my mind equally as valid as 96 or 40

      • Jude

        Never thought of pattern in the answers so yep that would be valid too.

    • Moonroof

      32.

    • Dave

      40

    • Usaywot

      40

    • Usaywot

      I may be wrong but it seems obvious that you add the sum of each pair of numbers to the previous sum I.e.5 plus 7 plus 9 plus 19 = 40

      • D.Dave

        96. as in 1×4+1=5, 2×5+2=12, 3×6+3=21, 8×11+8=96,

      • Jude

        I tried to find the formula to get the answers line by line. Multiply the first two then add first
        1*4+1=5
        2*5+2=12
        3*6+3=21
        8*11+8=96

    • Tom

      40 Just keep adding!

      • Jude

        I have to make it hard for myself and find how they get the answer line by line?
        I think there is more than one correct answer. A little brain teaser for some of us, I know others did this in seconds!

        • Lux

          Does anyone have the correct answer?

          • Jude

            This showed on my Facebook feed . The comments have people giving their answers and to be honest , I think it seems even between the 96 and 40 .
            I will try and see if Google has a definitive answer, but I quite like the fact ,that mathmatically, we can all be correct?

          • SOCIALIST!!!!

          • Lux

            I thought there would be a concrete answer??

          • Jude

            Some very interesting stuff appears on my Facebook feed lol!

          • Lux

            So is there is no answer?

          • There isn’t, there is, and there are.

            It’s kind of meta.

            Basically put, if you can defend your answer, it’s a valid answer.

          • Lux

            Ohh so I Won ? lol

          • I don’t know how I did it is not quite defending your answer.

          • Lux

            You crack me up laughing .. you know I have no idea .. lol

          • Jude

            There is not a correct answer offered but we are correct here with the answers given. In the comments , they are giving same answers.

          • Lux

            While I understand that.. I’m of the opinion ..
            I like to know concrete facts.

            Hey thank you for the fun ..

          • Jude

            I wish I could be of more help:) I posted you the Facebook link but that did not give me a definitive answer either, sorry.

          • Lux

            My parents were maths freaks .. they would have loved it..

            I’m pleased I could work out some part of it…

          • Jude
      • KiwiLliz

        Yep, that’s how I figure it too.

    • sheppy

      96

    • Nic C

      94?

      • Lux

        Hey.. good to see you back here..how did the house moving go?

        • Nic C

          Wow… as if I needed reminding as to why you’re my favourite Lux! That perception and recall you possess is damn impressive! lol

          We’ve finally moved in… 2 weeks now and still working our way through never ending boxes; awesome though and so good to be back on our ‘best street Auckland’! Within an hour, both my girls were back on their bikes and out on street with ‘the crew’! They haven’t done that in 15 months! Happy days!

          I wouldn’t normally do this, but as the evening’s almost over and this Back-Chat WO thread would’ve thinned out for the night by now (and just because it’s you!), I’ll post a pic of the new place. A far cry from the little 40’s brick cottage that we shared with the tens of millions of bora up until the beginning of last year!

          Chat soon… and I hope your well too, my dear. ;)

          • Lux

            It looks perfect .. I’m so pleased everything has turned out.. enjoy ..

          • Nic C

            xx

    • Gaynor

      40

    • Lux

      At one stage I got 73 .. I have no idea where that came from ..

    • HR

      96

    • Maisie

      40

    • Mikex

      40

  • for my fellow nerds

  • Isherman

    Headline on the Beeb at the moment – “Race to ratify the Paris climate deal starts at the UN”. ‘Race’….snort…

    • MaryLou

      Like lemmings?

  • rantykiwi

    CBOTW, and a bludger to boot.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/79199761/

    • Dave

      No matter how broke they are, claiming all the inheritance is gone is ridiculous, taking each month since as a whole month it means they have chewed through over $9700 a month!! We live on less than half that, and live well. Even if they spent half of it on cars etc, it still leaves over a grand a week to live off, unbelievable.

  • Lux

    Happy Birthday Queen..

    • Goldie

      No matter how you feel about her being the head of state, she has always been one classy lady.

  • Lux

    Mastermind is coming up on TV One, we should have our own Mastermind series here as well sometime…

    • What is your specialist topic?

      • Lux

        Ohh man .. I might have to think about that ………..

        It would be COOKING !!!!!!!!!!

        I know everything about it, but cannot physically do it.

        • Bet you can’t butterfly a chicken without looking it up again.

          /autobiographical

          • Lux

            yes I could .. thats a hard question though ..

          • Lux

            Slice through the middle of the chicken, only on one side..

            Slice the neck off, jimmy the small side wings off, and keep them clean.
            Cut the legs ends off, and snap the joints.. before cutting..

            Press the bird until it is flat .. marinate at least half an hour or a day with sweet juices .. cook and enjoy ..

            One thing tho remember about butterflying a chicken it takes only about 30/60 minutes to cook depending on the size of the beast..

          • Dave

            9.75 out of 10 lux. The butterflying queen of WO.

          • Lux

            Wow Really.. thank you .. that was totally out of my head.

            The funny thing is, when my family cooks they ask me for advice.. and then go ..

            Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat am I asking her for ??

            It is hilariously funny at times ..

          • Dumrse

            Im impressed, can i do the same with a pig. The Labour party has some flying ones but I’ worried about “Jimmy the wings off”.
            Will it work?

      • Lux

        What would yours be?

        • I don’t have one. I’m a jack of all trades and a master of none.

          I know nothing about everything and everything about nothing.

          Otherwise called a BS artist :P

          • Lux

            My father was the same .. he knew everything about everything and could talk bull or the truth for hours .. we loved him for it.

      • Lux

        We should have one over the the long weekend ..

    • Greg M

      Good idea, could be a real laugh.

  • XCIA

    This could have been taken as Carnaby Street fashion in the 60’s, but this photo of a then Princess Elizabeth was taken over 70 years ago by Cecil Beaton.

    • Lux

      she looks exactly like one of her granddaughters ..

    • Greg M

      We could instead have President Bolger, or Clark. This lady has been our head of state for longer than most of our lives, and she has raised four children and kept a family together at the same time. What she has achieved in her lifetime is astonishing and I thank her for it. Happy birthday Ma’am.

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