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  • Nechtan

    Born today in 1945 Doug Clifford drummer with Creedance Clearwater Revival.

    Born today in 1951 Nigel Harrison bassist with Blondie.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zBwRDEFMRY

    Today in 1968 Louis Armstrong went to number 1 on the UK singles charts with “What A Wonderful World”. At 66 years of age, it made him the oldest act ever to have a UK number 1.

    Died today in 1970 Otis Spann blues pianist and singer.

    Today in 1971 Crosby Stills Nash & Young went to number 1 on the US album chart with “4 Way Street”.

    Today in 1975 Pete Ham singer, songwriter and guitarist with Badfinger hung himself in his London home.

    Today in 1976 “At The Speed Of Sound” by Wings went to number 1 on the US album chart.

    Today in 1976 Led Zeppelin went to number 1on the UK album chart with “Presence”

  • Carl

    ….

  • GoingRight

    What an appalling programme Q & A put on this morning. Just watched it and the interview by Leftie Corin Dann with John Key was a disgrace. Nothing positive about his recent China trip, only continuous negativity and a snarling expression on his face whilst asking the questions. Just revolting. This was followed a close second in nasty interviews by Jack Tame who is becoming more left wing each time I watch or listen to him. Almost time to switch off both radio and TV. The Nations interview with John Key was slightly better along with the interesting interview on Christian religion in schools. Murray Burton principal of Elim College is an articulate man who was there as part of Churches Education Commission and on the other side was a man from JAFA (just another friendly atheist) who would go well in the Green Party.

    • Gaynor

      Agree 100% How on earth does the PM keep so calm when that leftie is interviewing him. Corin Dann scowled through the whole interview. Horrible silly man who thinks he is far more important than he actually is.
      As for that silly little man boy interviewing Paula Bennett ,,,words fail me !

      • Barnacles2

        He was sitting there constantly consulting his notebook, and Paula was there without any notes, and she knew her stuff, shutting him down on one occasion with “you are wrong”, not the question is wrong, or giving a fluffy answer, straight out “you are wrong”. Tame had no reply and fumbled off to his next scripted question.

    • Wasapilot

      True bravery exhibited watching that GR. I atched in a couple of weeks ago, and my ears have only just stopped bleeding.

    • kereru

      David Hines let himself down by being overly emotive and agitated. I have taught Bible in Schools and none of what he claimed is accurate. No child was ever shamed by not taking part in the lessons. Even if viewers were in accord with his opinions, his body language and stuttering replies did not impress. I think I’d respect him more if he just said he hated Christianity, Jesus Christ and His teachings, and left it at that.

    • johnandali

      And if you watched TV1 news tonight, the first item was a criticism of the Government by the Greens…… It’s obvious that the left-wing journos have control of the news broadcasts, and they certainly take advantage of their gullible bosses – and us.

  • Nige.

    MaryLou answered last night’s question with:

    “Fuel. Soooo good.”

    Have you run out of petrol?

    Got a fuel related story?

    • Nige.

      When I was a young lad in the 90s we used to get around on 50c fuel at a time in the ol Ford escort van.

      • hookerphil

        10 bob in parents car for a night.

      • johnandali

        Back in the 1970’s, I had a 105E Ford Anglia. Took 5 gallons of petrol. A full tank of fuel cost $2. Times have changed……

    • My current fuel gauge stopped working ever since I ripped the bottom of my fuel tank open on a rock, driving at high speed, at night, on a gravel forestry road and I had to have it welded back together.

      How’s that?

      • Nige.

        What kind of car?

        • DemocKot

          In the USA, put in 4 gallons (US) in a early model Z 28 which had run out of petrol, started it, stropped it everywhere and ran out of petrol again in 23 miles…

    • rantykiwi

      Way back when I was an apprentice mechanic, a rather rough lot of Maori boys wandered in one morning asking if we’d tow their old Valiant from just around the corner and get it running “because it just conked out last night”. We duly towed it in and also called the local earthmoving contractor in to have a chat with them – he’d already let us know that some scumbags had broken into his yard and broken the lock off his fuel bowser the previous night. The bowser may have been labelled “Petrol” but it definitely dispensed diesel, hence the conked out Valiant.

    • Odd Ball

      There’s a long steep hill around here, which the car cuts out on, if the low fuel light is on. It’s about a 20 minute walk back to town…

      • Nige.

        Where where where?

        • Odd Ball

          OZ, NSW south coast.

          • Nige.

            I did some work in broulee once

          • johnandali

            Must be south of Batemans Bay. Or are you talking about the steep incline from the M6 down towards Wollongong?

          • Odd Ball

            Just north of Eden, NSW

          • johnandali

            Lovely part of the country. Some good shops down the hill next to the wharves. We have a place in Berry. We also enjoy wandering around Merimbula, and if we have to go to Melbourne, we always drive down the coast road via Batemans Bay and Bega even though it’s a longer trip than going down the Hume. It’s always a wonderful experience.

            If anybody reading this comment is wondering about where to go for their next holiday, pick up a rental car at Mascot and drive to Melbourne. Make the trip last a few days, and you’ll love every minute of it. You don’t need to retain the car in Melbourne, as it has a wonderful and inexpensive tram and train service. It would be a holiday you will never forget. Just the best. You can also do a detour up the Kings Hwy to Canberra from lovely Batemans Bay. So much to see. Lovely part of the country.

          • Odd Ball

            Were you in Merimbula by chance last week?, there was a bloke walking around in an All Black shirt, which is quite unusual for this area. (it’s mostly AFL, followed by NRL)

          • johnandali

            No. We’re spending more time in NZ than Aust at the moment. Planning to be in Berry for a short while in the next few months. As dual Aust/NZ citizens, wouldn’t dream of wearing an All Black shirt in Aust (or in NZ either). It’s interesting as you drive down the coast to see the change in the goal-posts. Towards Sydney – NRL. Towards Melbourne – AFL. Mind you, the Melbourne Storm have changed all the rules.

    • dumbshit

      Anzac weekend, 1969, 50 ft tug, towing a barge from Arid Island back to Auckland. Captain was unfamiliar with the fuel tank system on this tug. He had opened all of the fuel tank valves, thinking the fuel would just level out between forward and aft tanks. Aft tanks were 150mls lower than the forward ones, so engines were merrily sucking air from the forward tanks. We were a few miles from the needles at the top of the Barrier when the donkeys ran out, about 7 pm. Luckily Bill Gibbs, Marauder had radar, and he took us in tow about midnight.

      • rantykiwi

        Billy Gibbs – there’s a name I haven’t heard in a very long time.

        • dumbshit

          Towed us back to Tryphena, down the outside of the Barrier. Good ship Tiri had snuck into harbour over night, as got a bit rough. A real good dude, as I remember him.

  • Wasapilot

    7.30 tonight on one, “The secret life of cats”. A must watch in a know your enemy kind of way.

    • rantykiwi

      QOTD – “Cat owners are up to 30% less likely to have heart problems”. Feline ownerstaffship totally justified on health grounds.

  • If you’re not watching, turn on BRU v CRU now. Great start so far.

    • Nige.

      *Or listen via radiosport

      • *Or multiscreen, like those of us who are at work

        • Nige.

          Doesn’t work for me. I missed out on seeing Moby Dick smash into the boat thanks to multiscreeening today.

          • ..

          • Nige.

            I would love to know what “purge varnish” is

          • Varnish is a cache.

            That didn’t help at all, did it.

    • LOL, the Aussie commentators are so subdued :)

      • Raibert

        Love the Aussie commentators when their team starts well then gets down- troued like this.

    • Carl

      Hooker Phil is going to be a happy man with this performance by the Crusaders.

      • hookerphil

        Here I am, very happy, what a great performance. In Christchurch today, will be at Dawn Service tomorrow with ex soldier son and grandson who will be marching with his great grandfather ‘s British Medals.

  • Monty’smate

    Now I know that this might be just a bit too indelicate a topic for a Sunday evening but is there anyone who is an expert on wcs? Seems to me that the modern eco-toilets simply aren’t up to the task in hand! I had my bathroom rejigged about 4 years ago and the environmentally- friendly loo has always needed several flushes to do its business. Last week I’d had enough and got a plumber in who replaced it with what he said would be a far more efficient (and expensive) model. Well, sad to say, it has not only been an expensive job but it has also been a pointless one. This loo works no better than the last one did. Are others in the same boat as me??? Is there just not enough water in the modern cistern to get the work done?

    • Richard

      Eco-loo? do you mean one with a limited water flush?

    • Wasapilot

      A drainlayer mate of mine came around yesterday to put his water blaster down our drains. He said the main reason for blockages these days is the lesser flow due to smaller cistern capacities, which I think is in legislation these days.

      If the bowl gets a fairly high level when flushed, it may be due to a blockage down stream. If that is the case, maybe get a drainlayer to jet your drains.

    • Nige.

      This is correct. Poos and toilet paper need lubrication otherwise they STOP.

      This is a big issue all over the place. Don’t go with a water saver toilet ever. Someone told me yesterday that people in most council areas are allowed for 3M³ per person per day.

      We ain’t going to run out of water.

      • XCIA

        The simple answer to this drama is to install a good quality toilet bidet seat – your bum will thank you for it! ;-)

      • OT Richter

        I think you’ll find the water usage allowance is closer to 0.3m3 per person per day. For a modern house, the design standard states 0.22m3 (220 litres) per person per day. We are on tank water, and when things get dry we can get by on 100L/p/d without too much effort.

      • Brent

        Think that should read House hold Nige, and that would differ around NZ.
        Most homes would burn around 700lts to a cubic a day and that changes over the year but councils allocate 3 m3
        One that gets me is Councils run adds telling us in drought we can hand water but we must turn home irrigation systems off.
        A hose will run up to 26 lts per min and water up to 100m2 yet irrigation will burn 16 lts per min and water 200 m2.

        • Aquarius 61

          As a single householder with a garden watering system I ignore council water restrictions … they can have my watering system (on a timer automatically) operate twice a day for 5 minutes during the prescribed times during the peak of summer, or have me hand water for 30 minutes. Their call.

    • XCIA

      I’m surprised that a manufacturer hasn’t come out with a double capacity cistern considering the amount of paper, wipes and other material that are clogging the filters at the treatment plants.

    • Usaywot

      It may be that you have a low pressure cylinder

      • Richard

        Is your toilet plumbed into your hot water cylinder?

        • OT Richter

          Not a bad idea. Sometimes a hot flush wouldn’t go amiss.

    • Michelle

      Does the cistern sit on top of the toilet or is it higher up?
      I have always found the ones sitting on top of the toilet never gives a decent flush and one l saw the other day had a really small cistern and not enough water to do a clean flush

    • Raibert

      You would probably find a cheap basic toilet ( Dux brand comes to mind) will flush adequately, most of the modern fancy ones seem to be poorly designed.
      With the current situation in Auckland ( large increase in population / no real change in infrastructure) we will soon not be putting toilet paper into toilets as they do in 3rd world countries.

    • dumbshit

      Bit of a long story, we rented out mother in laws house after she passed away. She had lived there for 17 years with no flushing issues. About 4 tenants, also no problem, then a lady from hell arrived. Tried all sorts of remedies, raised the water level in the cistern to max, to no avail. Old school plumber, said he had similar issues in the past there was some thought that certain medication could be a cause. Luckily a new close coupled loo solved the problem.

  • Who wants to bet how long it will take for a baby to be called Baby McBabyface?
    .
    http://i.imgur.com/4Yc7XgCh.jpg

    • Amazing isn’t it how willing the PC brigade are to sell out their heritage and history and base it on some obscure unknown value unknown 200 years in the past?

      Sniveling sods.

  • LesleyNZ

    I thought Heather DPA came good today – she is spot on talking about the house in Otara where not one person turned up during the open home time last weekend. “The house has potential – there’s space for a wrap-around deck. The land has potential – 1200sq m will subdivide nicely. And the sellers only want around $600,000…….Quite frankly, inner-city kids sound like a bunch of snobs. If an inner-Aucklander around the 30-year-old mark is complaining about Auckland’s housing crisis, give that person a slap. There’s nothing as unattractive as a millennial playing the stereotype of a spoiled generation, feeling entitled to the good life, and unable to bear buying a house in that part of town. That person deserves a housing crisis……..” http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11627701

    • MaryLou

      $600k in Otara till feels like a bit of a stretch for me. Otara is still Otara – at $600k you couldn’t rent it for enough even to cover costs. If you did it up, it wouldn’t be worth what you spent on it – it’s still Otara. Just too much…

      • Greg M

        Yep tend to agree. The house has a lot of potential and a big sub dividable section, but they’re asking too much. If one could pick it up for under $500k it could be worth a look.

        • LesleyNZ

          You would probably get 3 homes on that size section if the house was taken away. My hubby reckons it is a pretty good buy if you are prepared to wait for the area to improve. Problem is these days everyone want everything instantly. Where I live was not that desirable 33 years ago. Now it is.My dad always used to say a “rolling stone gathers no moss” – bit of truth to that. Those young ones who can’t find a house in AKLD should be looking at Otara – they don’t want to use cars and public transport is readily available in Otara.

          • MaryLou

            True, although if it was me I’d probably just go that wee bit further, to Papakura or around there. Just that wee bit safer for a young family I think…

          • LesleyNZ

            I think so. I know some live in the new housing area in Pokeno and travel to South Auckland to work. Couldn’t believe the number of houses being built there when I went past Pokeno on the bus to Hamilton last week. Mind you Hamilton is also buzzing. First time I noticed lots of infill housing/old houses removed and 2 houses being built on the section in the older suburb of Glenview.

          • MaryLou

            Yes, won’t be long before the space between Hamilton and Auckland is completely filled in. We have staff commute daily from Hamilton to Auckland, seems a long way to me, but then probably no worse than trying to get from the Shore to Sth Auckland!

          • pisces8284 .

            They don’t want to buy the best house on the worst street though

          • LesleyNZ

            Yes we were always advised to buy the worst house in the best street – maybe things have changed and there is not much choice these days.

      • XCIA

        I can’t really imagine a nice leisurely stroll around the neighbourhood after tea with the family.

    • metalnwood

      A couple of days earlier there was another article in the herald from her colleague about how hard it was for them to get a house on $110k between them and why shouldn’t they have sky, other things and a year off work for an overseas holiday. ‘Isn’t that sort of thing done anymore’ was her remark.

      Well, it can be done but you choose what you do and if you want to forgo a years salary for a holiday then dont talk about how hard it is to get a mortgage.

      • LesleyNZ

        Agree! And then there is this story today about Ashley Verheul, a 24 year old who owns 2 properties (one a bach at Pauanui ) and is looking for a 3rd property. She sacrificed at the young age of 13 – right through her Uni years and worked all hours and saved money and she was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Great story – so inspiring. Question is – how many of those who want to buy a house are prepared to do what Ashley did and is still doing?
        “24 years old and looking for her third property” “Money was tight when Mrs Verheul’s was growing up. She lived with her mother as her parents split when she young.Her work ethic was evident from an early age when she convinced her mother to move within the zone for Botany Downs Secondary College as her best friend was attending…….When she started studying business management at AUT University she also worked before-school shifts and took on other jobs that fitted into her schedule including data entry for a transport company.With all the work and study, she was too tired to go out.
        “I was so exhausted from working,” Mrs Verheul said.
        “I didn’t want to go out anywhere – which was good for the bank.”
        Now working in air and sea freight operations/customer services, Mrs Verheul still works 11 hour days, is studying and planning to set up her own business.She credits her work ethic to the fact her parents – who had her when they were 19 – never graduated university and were forced to work to support her…” http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11627945

    • KGB

      I confess to listening to her on the way home this morning. She talked about on-line voting and what an opportunity we missed to be pioneers in the practice.
      Her expert guest highlighted all the negatives and explained the failures of many trials. We would not be pioneers because on-line voting was not new, and had proven unsuccessful in most countries. There are a couple of countries that practise on-line voting, but that required all voters to be fingerprinted for identification. He doubted NZ’ers would want to submit to fingerprinted registration for on-line voting, but ‘e-voting’ was volnerable to hacking without that level of security. The exert said wewere at least 3-4 elections away from finding a safe method of on-line elections.
      HDPA backed right down on her ‘missed opportunity’ stance. So a good day for her all round.

    • Quite frankly I’m sick and tired of hearing about Auckland housing full stop.

      There is a solution and until the pc pandering twits in both our media and our government have the guts to say it nothing will change and the situation will only get worse.
      And HDPA once more trying to make a claim that she’s got some roots here is pathetic. She can bang on that drum till the cows come home for all I care.

      The reality is an undesirable rat hole in Otara is just that. Might as well be a cardboard box under Grafton bridge because hypocrite Heather is still not EVER going to move into it.

    • cows4me

      I went to Otara once with my brother inlaw Lesley, stayed for three days. Lovely people, wouldn’t let you pay for a beer, hearts of gold. I can’t understand why people wouldn’t want to live there.

  • LovetoTeach

    David Shearer havinng a bit of a swipe on twitter at my girl crush Judith…not cool Dave. Am left with only one name on the left on my imaginary Xmas card list now….

  • Hey Nige, here’s that T-Shirt you wanted
    .
    http://i.imgur.com/JRe2ucE.png

    • Dave of the West Bank

      That cracked me up, Pete. And I’m still only on my first homebrew tipple.

      • He wanted it because it’s, and I quote him, “slimming”

    • MaryLou

      Poor Nige, you’re so mean to him. I’m sure his nipples are bigger than that…

      :)

      • The sad thing is that I know exactly what size his nipples are, but if I reveal this, all hell will break loose. We have a policy of Mutually Assured Destruction. ;)

      • Incidentally, the reason I am so mean to Nige is because 1) he knows me and where I’m coming from 2), if I do it to anyone else, and they feel like striking back, it’s an imbalance due to the user/mod power imbalance. That’s why I only pick on Nige and sometimes I refresh the Lux running gag on cooking. Anywho, that’s why. /explainingislosing

        • rantykiwi

          And there was I assuming you’d arranged cooking lessons for Lux, thus the silence on her alleged lack of cooking prowess.

          • Lux

            Pete knows me well enough, I do not take offence at anything about my cooking.. and most else.

        • EveryWhichWayButLeft

          don’t mention…

      • Nige.

        Consider me Pete’s relief valve.

        • Nothing good will come of that statement

    • Carl

      I hope it has printed on the back, sponsored by the Burleigh bakery.

    • Michelle

      It looks like a dogs face, can’t think of name of breed

      • Nige?

        • Michelle

          Perfect likeness

          • Greyhound?

          • Michelle

            Hairy McLary

      • Lux

        This looks pretty close .. pic

        • Michelle

          Airedale is the name l was thinking of

  • Lux

    What was the last thing you said to someone?

    • Carl

      It cant be printed here.

    • I love you.

      (boy, that was awkward)

      • Carl

        Were you talking to Nige?

        • We’re not at that stage yet. With us it’s knowing grunts, a sideways glance and comfortable silences.

          • Lux

            Those comfortable silences are the best ..

          • Nige.

            I used to sit for hours with my Nana in silence.

          • Lux

            When we were called by mum into the lounge, because of something we had done wrong.. and dad wanted to talk us.. we knew we in for a long sermon .. both doors to lounge would shut. We all knew, mum would be on one side listening.. and all my sisters on the other ..

            We all had to listen to him.. he was a really kind good man.. but he did rave on ..

            He was a great storyteller.

            The funniest ones were, when he started off by saying, when I was a little girl .. it used to make us laugh..

          • JEL51

            I think CCTV has been invented for the wrong generation.It should have been around in the LUX household for the benefit of all of us here on WO.

    • JEL51

      “Spuds are along way from ready” to the person who was rushing off to town to watch our favourite team beat hell out of the Brumbies, 38 to 14… as I write :).
      Why the need to rush to town……? Some argument he has had with Sky,… yet again…. joys of life round here!!!
      Dinner menu…Spuds in their jackets , scotch fillet & salad. Halo afloat :)

      • Lux

        Yummmm .. the last thing I said to someone was..

        “I’ll cook, steak, onion, lettuce and horseradish sauce sandwiches, char grilled on toasted sour dough bread tomorrow night .. I got laughed outta the room ..

        • JEL51

          They are SO rude. (Don’t tell……Labrador just ate the last of my Scotch Fillet….I didn’t cook it long enough!!!) Favourite team won :)

          • Lux

            It was honesty .. I was laughing as well ..

            I have the ideas.. my cooking has got a lot worse..

          • rantykiwi

            It sounds good enough that I’d have risked your cooking.

          • Lux

            Mumble mumble .. It worked out once .. and i was the only one eating ..

    • cows4me

      Your shout.

      • Lux

        Have you had much beer delivered?

        • cows4me

          No they are all as tight as fishes arseholes but they were shouting well at today’s shoot so I shall not moan.

          • Lux

            Better than a kick up the bottom..

    • rantykiwi

      “You’re welcome”.

    • MaryLou

      “Whaaaaaaat”?

    • Nige.

      Yes dear

      • rantykiwi

        Hand in your man card IMMEDIATELY.

    • Fforde Thinking

      “Hey *partner*, what’s the last thing I said to you before”
      “I don’t know, you haven’t talked to me in a while”
      =

    • Eiselmann

      I was waiting for that car to move and the idiot driver started playing with his phone.

  • Vlad

    Maybe this isn’t a mainstream issue for whale-oilers but I was a student at Otago University away back. Some drinking, some misbehaviour of course. But these days it seems an almost out of control shambles. The University seems to have no ability to manage the student body and the useless Dunedin Council is no better.

    Drunken rampages, sexual assaults, arson, privileged lunacy. I went on a visit a while back and while showing my passengers my old flat the car was hammered with eggs and missiles.

    I know Dunedin relies on the students but my grandchildren have gone elsewhere.

    • Carl

      It,s quite simple Vlad, the PC mob have forced the bars that sold the cheap booze and used to get everyone into them where they could be watched to close. So now it is quite expensive for students to go at drinking. It’s much cheaper now to drink at the flat and not go out so no one is watching them and the trouble is at the student flats.

      • Left Right Out

        Bang on Carl……. closing the gardies, the cook and the likes has created most of these issues

      • Second time around

        33 cents for a litre jug of Speights, mainlined to the Cook through a dry riser from the tanker parked in the street. It was more sophisticated, and getting plastered had less environmental impact back then .

    • Lux

      It is one reason I will never move there.

  • Lux

    If you could be born into history as any famous or interesting person who would it be and why?

    I’m thinking, I maybe… would be .. the the person I’m doing on the POTD tomorrow ..

    • JEL51

      I would like to have the attributes of both Florence Nightingale & Charles Darwin.

      • rantykiwi

        What, you’d like to be dead?

        • Lux

          Everyone dies..

        • JEL51

          Nah! not yet. Question.. (as it appears after ‘3rd’ glass)…”born into history”……….suggests to me that if one would wish that one was of some use to on-going generations, one would like to be as someone like Florence Nightingale or Charles Darwin. If I were to choose a living soul, I think I would like to be as ‘Brave’ as those Kirdish girls who have pick-up the guns to defend their families against the barbaric-ness of ISIS.

    • rantykiwi

      Isambard Kingdom Brunel – because he’s one of the greatest engineers ever to have lived.

      • JEL51

        Who….? ;)

        • Lux

          Isambard Kingdom Brunel © Brunel was one of the most versatile and audacious engineers of the 19th century, responsible for the design of tunnels, bridges, railway lines and ships.

          BBC – History – Isambard Kingdom Brunel

          • JEL51

            (I, who is surrounded by engineers, shall look that up as soon as possible. Impressed Lux;) )

          • rantykiwi

            Not to mention a full prefabricated hospital shipped to the battle front in the Crimean War.

        • rantykiwi

          I guess he’s better known in the UK for the legacy of tunnels under the Thames and various bridges. I’m vaguely surprised at your “Who?” if only because he has such an unusual name that he’s often remembered for that if nothing else.

          • JEL51

            Fair enough. I knew of UK tunnels from the mines etc also under the Thames but don’t remember the name. Maybe I should go back to turning on the the TV. (going back to corner now)

    • XCIA

      Me, but born wealthy about 1910 so I could enjoy the latter part of the twenties and thirties in the nightclubs of Paris and Berlin then head back to Edinburgh in 1939 to join the RAF and fight the war with my father.

      • Lux

        It would have been very interesting times then ..

    • Wasapilot

      Chuck Yeager, first man to fly faster than the speed of sound.

      Galileo – to be in a time when there was still so much to discover, incredible.

    • Greg M

      Any one of the “original 7” astronauts. Not only did they push the boundaries with everything they did, they also designed the hardware and methods for future missions, a lot of what they discovered is still used in space flight today. (pic)

      • Lux

        That looks like a surreal photo, not even real. Those guys must have had nuts made of steel..

        • Greg M

          A wee piece of trivia. This was the only time all seven appeared in pressure suits…but not enough boots. The middle two have silver spray painted work boots on.

        • ex-JAFA

          Catch ‘The Astronaut Wives Club’, currently on TV1 on Saturday nights. It’s a drama series that follows the wives of the Original Seven and seems to be fairly accurate – down to Annie Glenn’s stutter and the keeping-up-appearances marriage of Trudy Cooper.

      • FornaK

        There’s always one guy who wears his clothes too tight!

      • ex-JAFA

        Maybe any of them *except* for Donald ‘Deke’ Slayton. He had to wait until Skylab to get his only shot at spaceflight. But he did have a cool (if somewhat second-best) job managing the Gemini and Apollo astronauts.

    • Eiselmann

      Tempted to say Alexander the Great without the batting for both sides thing… I think he was a remarkable leader and tactical genuis , he didn’t live a long life but he didn’t waste a minute.

      That or Casanova just because…

      • rantykiwi

        Yeah, the batting for the wrong team thing (and the fact he topped himself) was what stopped me saying Alan Turing.

  • Lux

    What is one of your favorites sayings or expressions.. from yourself or someone else..

    Mine is from my mother.. Who used to yell at the TV when she did not agree with the news..

    She would yell……… ” Poop to You” ..

    It was taken very seriously in newsrooms around NZ.

    If Mummy was yelling Poop to you .. what were others saying?

    • rantykiwi

      “Somebody had better be dead” as muttered into the phone by an ex-colleague when woken up in the wee small hours to attend a datacentre crisis. I used it for a while, until it backfired when I said it to my sister when she called me very early one morning to tell me her husband had died in a car crash.

      • I got an official verbal warning in my 20s for doing exactly that. Apparently the colleague had no sense of humour and was “offended” that I was so rude and clearly she wouldn’t have phoned if it wasn’t important, etc, etc,

        • rantykiwi

          A colleague who had been made redundant but not given gardening leave answered our helpdesk phone with “Welcome to IT support, we don’t give a [redacted]”. He got his gardening leave about 20 minutes later.

    • Nige.

      An older work mate. Malc.

      “Remember. The most important thing in life is…to always be stupid”.

      ” you can beat and egg but you can’t beat a beetroot ”

      “If I was clever…and I am…..i would say {…}”

      “If I was a detective..i would say it’s in the {….}”

      “It’s called Ilean” (when looking at something that’s not staming straight)

      “Did you ever know I was struck by lightning 166 times?” (and many other bastardized quotes from Movies)

      He’s a real laught. I wish he wasn’t so retired.

    • LovetoTeach

      Don’t come near me unless you are bleeding or your bum is on fire….

    • Old Chook

      My mother’ had so many sayings but the one I loved most was “the sights you see when you haven’t got a gun” (used extensively when she perceived a fashion folly) followed closely by, “there are more ways of killing a cat than choking it with butter”

    • XCIA

      My friend, a farming native of Waerenga has an old family saying that was well used – “well, that (vulgar slang) urinated on your chips”.

  • Fforde Thinking

    Wow NZ Herald…Wait to rip into his sister, totally up to Prince who he leaves his estate and possessions to.

    • Nige.

      Good. I hope she loves it as much as he clearly loved her.

    • sarahmw

      Well they already know how he died. Headlines ‘ drug overdose’ couple days after he died. Sad pathetic lot who can’t help themselves. They wonder why people are bypassing them.

  • A husband walks into lingerie store to purchase a sheer negligee for his wife. He is shown several possibilities that range from $250 to $500 in price — the sheerer, the higher the price. Naturally, he opts for the sheerest item, pays the $500, and takes it home. He presents it to his wife and asks her to go upstairs, put it on, and model it for him.

    Upstairs the wife thinks (she’s no dummy), ‘I have an idea. It’s so sheer that it might as well be nothing. I won’t put it on, but I’ll do the modelling naked, return it tomorrow, and keep the $500 refund for myself.’

    She appears naked at the top the stairs and strikes a pose.

    The husband says, ‘Good Grief! You’d think for $500, they’d at least iron it!’

    • Lux

      Classic .. I love it !!!!!!!!

  • Lux

    I’ve got a bug and off to bed .. sleep well everyone ..

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