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  • Nechtan

    Born today in 1950 Peter Frampton singer, songwriter and guitarist with The Herd, Humble Pie and solo. His 1976 live album “Frampton Comes Alive!” is still one of the biggest selling live albums ever.

    Born today in 1951 Paul Carrack songwriter, keyboards and singer with Ace, Mike and The Mechanics as well as solo.

    Today in 1965 The Beatles went to number 11 on the UK singles chart with “Ticket To Ride”.

    Today in 1972 Deep Purple had their second UK number 1 album with “Machine Head”

    Died today (our time) Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson) multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer.

  • Carl

    Since it is one tonight beware. (pic)

  • Dave

    Now this is good, bake with fresh mint…….

  • Jude

    I hope the police catch the horrid criminal that killed Gazza, a Police dog in Wellington, today.
    Gazza is deemed to be a Serving officer so the punishment must be the equivalent of having shot and killed a Police Officer.
    The dog handler and his family will be grieving the loss of a family member.
    RIP Gazza

    • Dave

      The “person of interest” is 29 years old, and has a long criminal history, as well as escaping from Custody. He has also been violent in the past. I cannot stand violence in any form, and this poor excuse for a human slaughtered an innocent police dog. Personally, i support the Death penalty for individuals like him who kill, or seriously injure any human or animal in our police force, paramedics or similar front line staff. Oh, and it should be slow and very painful.

      • Jude

        I hope they catch him quickly but it irks me that our justice system is geared to pander to his rights, when those of his victims go largely ignored.
        It makes me sick that their are creeps out there that will no doubt claim some deprived childhood as some sort of excuse, for the behaviour.
        Rant over, but cruelty to animals makes my blood boil and as far as I am concerned he better be locked up for a very long time!

        • Dave

          The latest news on the situation annoys me so much. “Residents and relatives are still waiting nervously at the cordon. Some are in phone contact with those locked in their houses in Kokiri Crescent”

          Relatives, frankly I don’t give a damn, look what the ones at the police shooting a few months ago, entitled Maori, “oh he was a good boy”…… Same here no doubt. The relatives have had 29 rotten years to sort their son, & whanau member out, and achieved diddly squat, he is a hardened violent criminal. The scum does not need them, they should be separated from the public and held a few KM away, and all processed for criminal activity, outstanding warrants etc.

          • edenman

            I’ve just heard they have delivered a hot meal to where he is holed up. Unbelievable.

          • Aucky

            Chock full of Imovane I hope.

      • Chris EM

        A slow painful death for scum like that is probably the best deterrent for others thinking of going down a similar path.

      • rantykiwi

        Let’s send HDPA in with her rifle to winkle him out.

    • Ghost

      I dont hope they catch him, I am hoping the “find” him……

      • Jude

        Nice distinction , and yes I agree. Sadly, I do not think likely?

      • [MOD] that’s as much as I’ll allow. I’ve already deleted other comments that broke the rules. I understand the motivation, but the last thing I want is for us to look like a baying mob.

        Also, OMSA complaints, remember?

  • Nechtan

    My thoughts go out to the policeman injured along with the police dog killed today and the families.

  • George

    How to milk a story dry: Twenty headline stories in “Stuff” today. Yes it’s news, and yes he was a talented musician, but really?

    Prince dead: Superstar ‘overdosed’ and given ‘save shot’ six days before death.
    Prince’s death a reminder influenza can be deadly.
    Prince dead: Is the celebrity death curse of 2016 really a thing?
    Prince dead: a personal tribute from Fat Freddy’s Drop.
    Prince dead: Kiwi celebrities express their sorrow over the superstar.
    Prince dead: Prince at the movies.
    Prince dead: Prince and David Bowie showed there’s no one right way to be a man.
    Prince dead: Obama calls Prince, who performed a secret White House show, a ‘creative icon’.
    Prince dead: Why can’t I find Prince on Spotify?
    Prince dead: iTunes reaps the rewards.
    Prince dead: The women who worked with the Purple One.
    Prince dead: Is 2016 the year the music died.
    Prince dead: The best of Prince – music videos.
    Prince dead: He wasn’t alone in dying young.
    Prince dies: Recap of live tributes for Pop star Prince, dead at age 57.
    Photos: Prince’s life in pictures.
    Prince dead: Prince’s perfect passport photo shows why we love him.
    Prince dead: Video emerges of Prince’s last performance of Purple Rain.
    Things you need to know about the late and great Prince.
    Prince dead: A look back at the pop star’s iconic style over the years.

    • Nige.

      Good grief. This is a new low.

    • Richard

      • Nige.

        Good grief. This is a new low.

    • Yep. I got to endure Mike Hosking reading out the tweats of the superstar twits until I could take my eyes off the road long enough to find off.

      If I wanted to be twitter informed I’d have stayed on the brain dead site.

    • cows4me

      I heard the news when I turned the radio on this morning “prince is dead”, rolled over to annoy the wife I said “one of the royals has kicked the bucket luv”, talk about thick.

    • Isherman

      They haven’t finished yet..new one just appeared – Princes death reminder of Flu risk.

      • Richard

        Zika loophole?

      • Dan

        Maybe Prince dying of the flu is like Marley dying from a foot injury while playing soccer?

  • Nige.

    Wilton answered last night’s question with:

    “Learning in everything”

    What was the last thing you remember learning?

    What did you learn today?

    • Carl

      As George has posted I learned that Prince has died.

      • Nige.

        20x

    • Jude

      Outside of school and formal learning institutes, I have picked up a lot from reading and interacting on this blog.
      Here, I learned how to post clips from you tube , how to post pictures and upload an avatar.
      News wise I am learning daily about Islam, and how low and untruthful the MSM can be.
      It has been an education as always but one I am grateful the team provides to all Whale oil supporters.

      • Nige.

        I wonder how the donations are going….

        • Jude

          The donate button is a little low I agree.
          For those who do not donate monthly, and who find themselves regularly visiting here, the donate button on the left of your screen is where YOU CLICK ON, to make a donation! :)
          Any donation is most appreciated, and helps the team keep the blog surviving in this hostile climate.

          Like that Nige??

          • Nige.

            How do you put it so well?

            Thanks Jude!

    • Chris EM

      I learned that it matters not how certain you are that you are trimming the correct edge of a drawer front, you may still be wrong. ):o(

      • dumbshit

        Don’t say “boo hoo” say ” yah hoo”, glue!
        I found out that a hardwood ring does not stay stuck to the one on top for very long. Just long enough to drop off and slide down my shin, as I was loading the log splitter deck. Not much bark left now, on my shin!

        • Chris EM

          Ah, the de-barked shin, a most horrendous injury. Shins are so vulnerable. If I didn’t have one of those rubber boots on my tow bar, I’d be in a wheel chair by now.

          • Michelle

            OUCH tow bars and shins, eye watering pain
            the other one is a small log catching on the chainsaw and hitting me in shin, thought it was broken, thank goodness for my Quatro gumboots having a thick rubber leg part any other boot and it would have possibly broken it, bruise was impressive took weeks to come right

        • Disinfectant

          But I bet you barked louder than a dog.

          • dumbshit

            Still barking, not much sympathy from cook, at least when she comes to bed tonight, I’ll be rolling out the other side to go to work. The last thing I need is a kick in the shin!

    • Greg M

      Found out what lipids are in relation to cholesterol tests. Turns out I won’t be paying FB tax anytime soon.

      • rantykiwi

        Facebook tax? How does that relate?

        • Fringe Benefit tax

          • Michelle

            Fat B…….. tax

          • Oh bugger.

            I’ll see myself out.

        • Disinfectant

          What he was saying is that he has been buying too many fatty takeaways on the company account and will now have to stop doing it to get his bad cholesterol levels down.
          And if you pay for something for personal use, IRD will insist that you pay F.B.. Pete below has given a description of what F. B. means.

          • rantykiwi

            I knew he meant Fat B#^$rd tax…. but having spent my working day battling the powers that be in their attempt to introduce “Facebook at Work” deliberately read it as I responded.

          • Disinfectant

            Did you win or lose?
            And what was your argument?
            I am genuinely interested as it is going to be something that I need to consider.

          • rantykiwi

            Impasse. If our pilot is anyting to go by the lost productivity is going to be massive. And who manages membership – culls employees who leave, approves external email addresses for employees (without a corporate email account) who join, and generally moderates the comments (to prove the point one of my colleagues has posted into a closed group that I am a [REDACTED]). Add the US$1/month per active user and we’re up for $500k PA – sounds like a really expensive load of time-wasting bollocks to me.

    • Steve (North Shore)

      The last was today, all day, learning more about how the full moon affects people. Long day and not much work done due to lunatics.
      What did I learn today? See above

    • Spiker

      Today I learn’t this trick with gmail from Rupert who posted it in the personal email from Labour topic earlier today. I’ve put it to practical use already so thank you very much Rupert. :-)

      • rantykiwi

        Old news, I wish I had bothered to share it here long ago.

        • Spiker

          Me to

        • Miss McGerkinshaw

          New to me so looking forward to trialling it.

    • In the process of thinking “my phone has a finger print reader, surely I can use that to secure things on my PC”, set of a few hours of research on biometric security and my conclusion that it’s still very piecemeal and non-standard.

      In the process managed to introduce two factor login on my PC, but I’m still short the process where sending my print from the phone unlocks the PC or inserts a password in a critical PC application.

      You asked. Remember that.

      • Nige.

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

        • I scare people.

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            No not scared you just talk in a foreign language!

    • Doc45

      I learned that there are few things as sweet, guileless and uncomplicated as a 19 year old grand-daughter in love. She has been here explaining why her boyfriend is just such an “awesome guy, Poppa”. Oh to be 19 again.

      • Noooooo 19….”does she like me ? Is my hair ok? ahhh…it’s my breath..nah its ok…used Listerine…she likes me….should I ask her to the movies…omg…what if she doesn’t like me? She’ll tell everyone….nah…she likes me…she’s kinda in though…are the movies a bit lame…should I take her to a bar? God…we’re underage…I’ll take her to the empire…they’ll serve me…christ..its full of old drunks…she’ll think I’m a leech…She thinks im a thug…omg she thinks I’m a wimp…does she like me?…God I wish I was fifty and knew what the hell was going on!”

      • Nige.

        If only we could bottle it.

        • rantykiwi

          19, or being in love?

    • Disinfectant

      That the upvote, downvote symbols on this blog have been changed.

    • Last thing I remember learning was about resistors, a few days ago. Today I learnt that my affections for the cat are strained when I’m lying in bed with a cold and she brings a live mouse into the bedroom, only to lose it under the drawers. That moving said drawers and catching the mouse is the last thing I want to be doing.

      • You ungrateful sod. Your cat knew you were ill and came to feed you.

        • Peace is restored. She’s snuggled up on the blanket next to me right now, purring her heart out.

          • rantykiwi

            There is nothing like a snuggled purring feline when you’re feeling unwell.

      • Nige.

        That’s just the mouse youve seen. There are more you haven’t.

        Don’t lift a thing.

        • How very right you are. One night after climbing in bed my nose started going haywire. After crawling around sniffing madly I found a recently dead mouse behind another set of drawers. That night I learnt, well remembered at least, that having a father who was in the Merchant Navy taught me how to turn the air blue.

      • Miss Phit

        Kirchoffs law? Resistors in series?

    • Old Kiwi

      Away in Motorhome for a few days with the new bikes firmly secured on the back. What did we learn tonight after being drawn by this fabulous aroma on an evening stroll around Opua. Nige may go on about his pies but the little general store next to the Opua ferry wharf makes the best pizza we have ever tasted. Yummy if you’re ever in the area.

      • rantykiwi

        Upvote for the Opua pizza.

    • Moonroof

      Poorly translated service bulletins are terrible when trying to work what (and how many) revised parts to order for a revised procedure. A bit deja vu really, should have left it until next week.

    • rantykiwi

      Most recent worthwhile lesson – how great SWMBO is, just after she moved out a few weeks ago.

      Today – my boss is still a moron.

    • Odd Ball

      A preload of 12, makes the mountain bike handle well on the local tracks around here.

    • XCIA

      That I hate (and I mean Hate) the sound that people make eating crunchy apples whilst looking over my shoulder at a computer screen.

    • Curly1952

      I’m getting to the stage I forget more than I learn these days

  • XCIA

    This is how rare seeing the sun is in Scotland.

    • dumbshit

      My Edinburgh resident son, reckons the sun only shines there to indicate that it is not currently raining!

      • XCIA

        I grew up in Edinburgh and I do not have any photo’s of myself or other family members that were taken in what you would call a summers day.

        • Sally

          I saw the sun there in 1977.

          • dumbshit

            Could ya check your pockets!

          • XCIA

            That would have been before you opened your front door and noticed four feet of snow had fallen during the night ;-)

          • rantykiwi

            I think I did in 1986, but it may have been whisky induced hallunications.

        • Global warming, clearly.

        • johnandali

          We’ve spent a few summers in Bonnie Scotland, and on many days the daytime temperature in the Highlands actually reaches 14 degrees.

  • Jonathon Stone

    Lying in hospital yesterday after knee surgery and reading Calvin and Hobbes for some light entertainment. It seems that Bill Watterson had a premonition about boycotts being used to attempt to silence points of view you didn’t like (way back in 1989)

    • If it wasn’t for the practical support we get from our loyal readers, WO may have taken a lot more damage from boycotts than it has.

      • XCIA

        From what I have noticed, its more than likely down to the fact that WO readers can think for themselves.

  • Just a warning. Don’t say it came out of the blue.
    .

    • Spiker

      Hoping that item earlier in the week you said would be in the quiz won’t be. Because I never got around to looking at it & now can’t remember what it was..

  • Vlad

    Tell me I am out of date or a snob or whatever, but I have never heard “music” by “Prince” and I find strange that quite a lot of other discussions about various other recent pop artists give them some importance.

    But I think the idea that he or they will be remembered forever as great musicians is simply absurd.

    J S Bach, Beethoven, Scarlatti a hundred others will live forever. I am sure this bloke was fun, or whatever the measurement is, but a great musician? Don’t be silly.

    • Spiker

      The great thing about music is that there is a taste or style for everyone.

      • Jude

        He was a very talented musician and song writer.
        The guitar playing in particular is , is legendary and appreciated by his peers in the music industry.

      • Vlad

        That’s true Spiker, but here’s a big question: is every choice equal in excellence? Say I like Tiny Tim playing Tip Toe Through the Tulips on the ukelele and you like Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor is there no difference? Is it all equal?

        • Spiker

          Definitely the talent that produced them are not all equal. Some are way more complex than others. At the end they are all just entertainment though, some more entertaining than others. Funny thing with your two examples, I can hear the tune of TTTTT in my mind, but Bach’s ditty not at all.

          My uncle has a music machine collection from the days of when they had banjo orchestras to play accompanying music to silent movies. He’s put well over a million dollars into it over the years. He has no children & no one to leave it to. If just one of his nephews or nieces would show any interest in it it would be theirs. If it was a million dollar collection of Prince memorabilia I don’t think he would have a problem..

        • Nige.

          I don’t begrudge those who listen to rap music or all the other crap that I perceive as talentless.

          Beauty is in the ear if the beholder.

        • Crowgirl

          I don’t understand why it has to be a contest. Like what you like, and leave others to enjoy what they like. Don’t rubbish people’s musical taste and talents just because you don’t “get” it.

          I can appreciate classical music too (and no doubt Prince was a fan) but there are other genres out there too. That’s what’s so great about music – each generation informs and influences the one after. Do I want to listen to just one kind of music my whole life to the exclusion of anything else? Nope!

          Live a little – you never know, you might just like something else (or is that what you’re afraid of?)

    • Crowgirl

      He was a master of several musical instruments and a composer – that sounds like a great musician to me.

      • Carl

        It was mentioned that he could play 23 different instruments and was brilliant at all of them.

        • Crowgirl

          Yep he was something pretty special – a prodigy really. 2016 has not been kind to music lovers.

        • Nige.

          He only needed to play one. The guitar to show me that the likes of little Richard and buddy guy had someone to continue their legacey.

    • Really? Do you live in a cave? Are you 300 years old?
      I’m not actually a huge fan of the “person” Prince…in fact I thought he was a whack job but his music was brilliant.
      A genuine multi talented composer, musician,singer and dancer. One of the true greats and a one in a lifetime genius.

      It is not unreasonable that like Elvis (have you heard of him?) his music could be just as enduring and is likely to live for generations.

      Even my own stepfather, an inhabitant of the intellectual hemisphere of musical snobs has heard of Prince.

      • Vlad

        Yeah I get it, I have heard his name but lowbrow popular muso’s come and go every 10 years or so, like vaudeville in the 19th century but great, influential and aesthetically brilliant composers transform the world of music in their lifetime and forever after. “Prince”, haha give me a break!

        • At the risk of getting run over by the mob, I’m in your corner. Never understood his appeal, and his music never managed to make me sit up and take notice. Not a single Prince song in my playlist.

          • rantykiwi

            Nor in my playlist.

          • hookerphil

            Nor in my 9500 songs I have.

          • Asian_driver

            So it was you that got all the songs, I have none , zero, but i think Prince is one of the great musicians of our time , he has been on the radar for more than 30 years , you must have some pretty out there music

          • Greg M

            Have been meaning to ask, did you get your mac running again after the ? thing ?

          • hookerphil

            Am operating sort of via a USB port and a MyPassport. Looks like the main hard drive is finished and a new laptop required. Looks like the big drop didn’t do it much good even though it wasn’t immediate. Insurance claim process has been initiated.

        • I rest my case.

          • Vlad

            While you are resting Wallace check this out: a great musician, a girl, in a revealing dress.

          • Your girl in her revealing dress is playing somebody else’s music.
            In theory this makes her about as relevant to Prince as Michael Bolton is too Beethoven.

            I fail to see your point?

          • Nige.

            “Girl in a revealing dress”… ” lady in a red Corvette “?

            I think he’s being cryptic.

          • Nic C

            Yip… nuff said really

        • pisces8284 .

          “Tell me I am out of date or a snob or whatever”
          Yep

      • Nic C

        Totally agree Wallace. Why is it that those people who are lovers of classical music and the great composers of that age, refuse to believe or acknowledge that musical ‘geniuses’ can exist in the subsequent generations to the Mozarts, Beethovens, Brahms and such like?? It’s really rather arrogant and close-minded… and I say this as someone who studied classical piano in my youth.
        Every generation has their musical geniuses, as does every genre (except Country and Western of course… there’s absolutely no excuse for Country and Western music!).
        Prince, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Joel Strummer, Kurt Cobain, Billy Corgan, Michael Jackson, Mile Davis, Ray Charles, Dr.Dre, Trent Reznor, Lou Reed, Bob Marley, Brain Wilson, Dave Grohl, Ian Curtis,… among but a few, from a vast list of true ‘geniuses’. For anyone to say otherwise, or obstinately maintain that ‘only one of the great classical composers could be deemed a ‘genius” is just laughable and uninformed.

    • Monty’smate

      You are absolutely correct. Vlad. Every time one of the pop culture fratenity passes we hear that he or she was an ‘icon’ and that the music world will be a lesser place for their loss. This is simply twaddle, and a prime example of how popular culture, aided and abetted by the mindless and often tasteless MSM, cons the populace. One can admire the man’s talent to entertain without losing all sense of proportion and calling him a ‘once in a lifetime genius’. That he most definitely was not. An entertainer yes: a great musician, no.

    • Isherman

      I know what you’re getting at, and that’s fine, but couldn’t it be said that the composers were simply the pop kings of their day?
      In terms of his musical ability, to compose, write and play a number of instruments at a very high standard, he was, for the genre’s he dealt with, pretty good.

      • Vlad

        Fair perspective, I’ll buy that but he is of no more consequence than a dozen others and just as ephemeral.

      • Moonroof

        Agree, a good example was Nicollo Paganini, violinist, a showman and composer, some thought he was possessed!

        • Isherman

          Funny you should say Paganini, one I do admire, also a bit of a Chopin fan myself, but then my music tastes are pretty damned eclectic to be fair.
          Love Paganini to classical guitar.

    • Richard

      The pop & R&B was only one part of his amazing musicality.
      A very talented multi-instrumentalist.
      He was a composer also and a prolific song writer.
      He has literally thousands of unreleased recordings, which cover the full spectrum of musical styles, including classical pieces.

    • Nige.

      First things right this morning was…Prince….hmmm. Is that a loss?

      One listen and I was reminded of his talent, presence, whatever.

      I didn’t even cry when Lemmy died. Today I shed a tear for old princey.

      Sure a few songs were catchy but there’s something else there. Maybe it’s a generation thing. He just oozed of 80s. Perhaps you had to be there so to speak.

      Some people you just know they are great.

      There’s music then there’s muuuusic.

      • Nige.

        I have just read though his catalog. He wrote for so many people. The big one being “nothing compares to you” for Sinaed O’Conor

  • RobT

    So how is it that this latest Porirua scum was even considered for electronic monitoring?
    Reading though his repertoire, once again suggests gross oversight somewhere.
    This constant problem suggests an urgent and searching review!

    • Nige.

      Two big unpleasant serco island prisons. One called North, one called South.

  • Sally

    I loved the weather at this time of the year. For some reason Auckland has been blessed with superb weather lately. Warm sunny days and cooler evenings.
    Hope those in cold mouldy homes are taking advantage of the good weather and opening windows during the day.

    • Gotta love climate change Sally :-)

    • Disinfectant

      Same in Christchurch.
      A persistent high to the east of the country is responsible.
      With the fronts coming up from the Southwest, the high pressure forces the energy along the front to pass to the southeast, missing most of the South Island.

      • Skydog

        And with no wind in Christchurch, the weather has been stunning.

        • Disinfectant

          That’s why autumn is so wonderful in Christchurch.
          As the land cools during the night, and less energy from the sun as it dips lower in the horizon, it doesn’t have the same chance to heat up the land and cause the pressure differential to bring in the sea-breeze.
          And it is absolute heaven.

    • Curly1952

      And the Mount. Stunning days and mild nights

    • Dave

      We live the cooler mornings here, can sit outside without sweating :)

  • Pluto

    I’m proudly propping up the rest of you in the WO Super rugby group – damn you lot are heavy.
    I’ll be back though, ive fired my adviser Matt McCarten.

    • Sally

      Just don’t go and employ Martin/Martyn or you will doubly wrong.

  • Some people think that working in IT is kinda cool. Until you realise that you work in environments that would never pass health and safety checks.

    The chair is usually the broken one. If there is one.
    .

    • Richard

      Gets quite sweaty in those server rooms too right?

      • Nige.

        And untangling those cords is not good for mental health.

        • XCIA

          its putting them all back in the right place that can fry my head.

        • Nic C

          Or your sperm count!

    • XCIA

      You need to find a sponsor that will put you into one of these…….

    • CheesyEarWax

      Thats quite a tidy comms room from what I usually see.

      • Jafarma

        Yeah there are no wires all over the floor

  • Isherman

    It’s fair to say Labour have been having a torrid old time lately getting people to “hear their message”, so, in the way that only this Labour party could do, they have figured out how to make it even harder again.
    I received two pieces of err… ‘literature’ from them today, and one is actually sealed with perforated edges that have to be torn off to allow the ill fated reader inside!!!
    Talk about a crowd that love to do everything the hard way.

    • Abjv

      They are supposed to be broke. who is paying for all this? did it have a parliamentary crest on it?

      • Moonroof

        Maybe just selective. Nothing in letterbox tonight in electorate of the Twyford. Given changing demographics, and some silliness around certain sounding names…

      • Isherman

        The one from the local MP Jenny Salesa has the parliamentary crest, the other one which is Angrys Future of Work guff has not.

    • Nige.

      You poor people should move to a national stronghold. We don’t get any of that crap.

      • Isherman

        I wouldn’t give them the satisfaction of thinking they scared me away…I’d go for the Steak & Blu Cheese pies.

        • Nige.

          Everyone here is on the blue cheese band wagon now since the Burleigh store introduced them.

          No one does them as good though.

      • Moonroof

        It almost is. Team blue have won party vote 2011 and 2014 here, and after Phil(thy) Twyford playing silly games, Alf Ngaro has a good shot at a deserved electorate win in 2017.

  • Salami Warning

    Someone mentioned that there were no work opportunities in Dunedin. I took the time to steer this person in the direction of some parts of our local economy that are going nuts then the truth came out.

  • Cadwallader

    The other night I was drinking with a mate who observed that Little Angry always reminds him of Charlie Chaplin. I tend to agree down to his odd gait and ill-fitting suits. If this idea was extended it would be interesting to imagine well known actors playing the various participants in Labour’s caucus. My picks would include Jim Carrey being Jacinda and Barry Humphreys being Annette King.

    • Isherman

      I wish he was more like Charlie Chaplain…ie, silent.

      • Dave

        Far better for the polls as well, every time he opens his angry gob he falls a point or two in the polls

    • Greg M

      Marlon Brando as Plug head Cosgrove, and Ron Howard as Chippy Hipkins.

    • Isherman

      If you will allow well known personality as opposed to actor, how about Caitlyn Jenner as David Cunliffe?

      • Cadwallader

        I seem to recall Cunnliffe being likened to either Beavis or Butthead back in 2014?

      • XCIA

        Where is Cunliffe these days, he seems to be very quiet….keeping his powder dry perhaps or pulling the strings of the dissenters behind the scenes?

        • Isherman

          Don’t know. All Cunliffe did was take the party to its worst defeat in a hundred years, but even he was way more popular than the current clown, so maybey he should be offering pointers. snigger.

        • RockinBob625

          Was interesting that the list of assets thingy, had him with nothing. Mrs Cunliffes lawyer must be good.

          • XCIA

            I guess it helps when you know all of the skeletons in the cupboard and where the bodies are buried.

    • Moonroof

      Tim Brooke-Taylor for Andy. Jimmy Carr for Grant Robertson.

    • Spiker

      I’d say Alec Baldwin could play Andy being the angry lefty he is.

    • CheesyEarWax

      John Goodman for Grant Robertson.

    • Nige.

      Little looks like a clown. Seriously. He has a big chin and cheeks and a pointy top lip. His height makes him look disprortinate and gives the impression he has big clown feet.

    • kayaker

      Such an insult to Charlie Chaplin.

    • Brian Dingwall

      When he asks questions in the house, you cant help noticing he buttons up his suit jacket each time he rises; then I have little side bets with myself as to how many seconds it’ll take before he starts pointing the fatal finger……its never a big number

  • CheesyEarWax

    Evening.

    A couple had been married for 25 years and also celebrated their 60th birthdays. During the celebration a fairy appeared and said that because they had been such a loving couple all those years, she would give them one wish each. The wife wanted to travel around the world. The fairy waved her wand and boom! She had the tickets in her hand.
    Next, it was the husband’s turn. He paused for a moment, then said shyly, “Well, I’d like to have a woman 30 years younger than me.”

    The fairy picked up her wand and boom! He was 90.

    • Jude

      I didn’t need pen and paper for you to get that up vote ! ?

  • Isherman

    All the ‘music’ news today has been bad, but here’s some that all kinds of good. Iron Maiden, Rugby themed Ed shirt, and tickets on sale….get in.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/music/79240508/iron-maiden-hevey-metal-masters-release-an-all-blacks-tribute-tee

  • A maths puzzle has been breaking brains on the internet.

    It was posted recently by Randall Jones on Facebook and people in the comments section can’t seem to decide what the right answer is, due to its open ended nature.

    The confusion initially arises from the fact that the additions you are presented with are incorrect.

    The obvious solution to the puzzle is then to look as to why, and solve what ‘8+11=’.

    Clearly something is missing, and there are two simple solutions to this quandry, which is based in pattern.

    Method One:

    The first is that an addition sign features at the end of each line and it runs on, essentially meaning this:

    1+4=5

    5+2+5=12

    12+3+6=21

    These all hold true, meaning that by this method…

    21+8+11=?

    ?=40

    Method Two:

    The second assumes that some multiplication has been missed out, and that the second number is multiplied by the first prior to the addition.

    So…

    1+(4×1)=5

    2+(5×2)=12

    3+(6*3)=21

    Again, this all holds true, meaning that in this method…

    8+(11*8)=?

    3+88=?

    ?=96

    One of these is more likely to be correct than the other, based on what you noticed about the original photo.

    The pattern goes that there is a difference of three between the numbers you are adding, and they increase in value by one every time.

    Except when the series jumps from 3+6 to 8=11.

    It’s probably safe to assume that we’ve missed a few steps in between, in which case, method one is incorrect.

    It would read as:

    1+4=5

    5+2+5=12

    12+3+6=21

    21+4+7=32

    32+5+8=45

    45+6+9=60

    60+7+10=77

    77+8+11=?

    ?=96

    So there you have it. We have slyly returned to Method Two.

    • Greg M

      Occams Razor. The answer is 40. :-)

      • Isherman

        They can laugh at us, I concur, and Occams Razor holds the edge in this case IMO. 40.

        • XCIA

          Sweeney Todd’s razor reportedly held a good edge too ;-)

      • 96. And if Occam’s got a problem with that, he can come and see me.

    • Jude

      96 Woohoo?!

    • Jude

      Thank you for this analysis, it was beyond me.

      • I just copied/pasted it. Credit only comes to me for that part.

    • Jude

      Can you put this on general debate ?

    • Dan

      I did it earlier and got 40

  • “Study says that death from influenza virus in older people may be due to the body’s own immune cells attacking the lungs and not due to the virus itself. New strategies may need to be formulated to target the body’s immune cells that are damaging the lungs instead of blocking virus replication.”

    http://scidq.com/yale-study-suggests-that-death-from-influenza-virus-in-older-people-may-be-due-to-bodys-immune-response-and-not-due-to-the-virus-itself/

  • Isherman

    Well well, Susan devoy speaks…and Andrew Little addresses the anti semitic posts made on his FB page.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11627167

  • Greg M

    Our head of state shared a portrait to celebrate her birthday, with her great grandchildren. It almost looks like an oil painting, it’s just superb. The little tot proudly holding granny’s bag is a real real prizewinner. ) Pic:

    • kayaker

      It’s a beautiful scene. I love how Mia Tindall was given the job of holding her GG’s purse – and she’s taking her responsibility very seriously. A real scene stealer.

  • XCIA

    What happened to the Canes – did we all crash and burn on that one?

    • Isherman

      Every single sorry one of us in the WO Dream team group.

      • XCIA

        Well, you can look at the positive in this……….great minds think alike ;-)

        • Isherman

          And that game doesn’t change the points arrangement so far…luckily:)

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