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  • You used to get arrested for indecent exposure for things like that
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    • Richard

      As he’s aged, the orders have gone from, “at ease soldier” to “ATTEEEENTION”.

  • Nechtan

    Born today in 1923 Albert King (born Albert King Nelson) blues guitarist and singer. A major influence on many later blues/rock guitarists.

    Born today in 1945 Stu Cook bassist with Creedance Clearwater Revival.

    Today in 1987 U2 went to number1 on the US album chart with their fifth studio album “Joshua Tree”

    Today in 1992 Brian McLeod, guitarist and backing vocalist for Chilliwack, died of cancer at the age of 39.

    • willtin

      Albert was the King, B.B… sides the other one.

  • Carl

    Bringing home dinner. (pic)

  • Mark

    Tara Brown,not “Getting it” since forever.

    The inability to comprehend in staggering.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11628174

    “But for Tara Brown, there appeared to be no question about whether the team should have pursued the story.

    Asked
    when she realised that the situation was dire, she said: “I thought
    when we presented ourselves [in court] and were being questioned, I
    really thought: ‘We’re journalists, we’re doing our jobs’- they will see
    reason, they’ll understand that, you know, that we are here just to do a
    story on a very, very desperate mother. And I just thought that reason
    would prevail, and it didn’t.”

    • dumbshit

      Whoosh! That last sentence obviously went right over her head. The true test of stupidity, will be if (when) they try it again!

    • willtin

      The term mercenary comes to mind. I’m trying hard to distinguish any difference, in this case.
      Mercenaries know what they are in for , should they get caught out.

      • Mark

        If it had been left to just the Mercenaries,Mum would have her kids back.
        Oh & the Mercs would not be getting the shaft,which to be fair has been an occupational hazard since forever.

    • Isherman

      Yeah, Tara and her Channel 9 bosses “did a job” alright, but it had precious little to do with journalism.

    • cows4me

      Liberals !.

      • I just pictured you as Father Jack.
        .

        • cows4me

          Father Jack was way ahead of this liberal noddy Pete.

        • cows4me

          I see your mates at disgusting have been chipping away at your upvotes Pete.

        • cows4me

          He’s to good looking Pete.

    • Michelle

      Well in their world they think they were doing their job and they still got inches in the press even if it was for all the wrong reasons

      The media party seem to think they are in a different to the rest of us and above the law and we should believe them, total noddies

  • Nige.

    Hookerphil answered last night’s question with:

    “parents car”

    What was the family car?

    • ex-JAFA

      Mum had a pink HQ Belmont, and dad had a purple-with-white-vinyl-roof Hemi Valiant.

      • Spiker

        In the early 70s we had a 2 door Valiant.. It was white with a green vinyl roof. Pretty sharp it was, l’m sure mum has some photo’s somewhere. I must dig them out.

        • JLS

          Yep, those Valiants. After a big disappointment with an under braked, geared, and tyred HD Holden after his great old Austin A90 workhorse, my dad got a far superior gold 245 VG sedan, then a ‘deep chartreuse’ VH 265 Ranger sedan which we had throughout my formative years, then a ‘walnut’ (I think) 318 VH Regal coupe once we were on our way. Great memories.

    • My dad had a penchant for froggy cars. He never could make himself by jap ones.

      So Citroen or Peugeot.

      One exception: Lada – when things were financially dicey for a bit.

      • I reminded as an adult, occasionally, that when I was picked up from kindy by mum, and I sat in the back of the Bambino with my friend, I said “My mum can’t really drive, but don’t worry, she’s never killed anyone”.

        Still living that one down.

        • willtin

          500cc of dangerous fun and they call it a Bambino?

          • Yes, you actually put kids in it to increase the crumple zone in case you were hit from behind or the passenger side.

        • XCIA

          Friend left to go back to UK and bequeathed me his Bambino. At the time I had this over sized English Sheepdog that I had rescued from the pound. The dog used to sit in the front seat with his head protruding over the top and his paws resting on the roof. We used to drive to Mission Bay and dog/car combo was a real chick magnet. Trouble was, the dog wouldn’t sit in the back and with the front seats right back there was no room for anyone else. Lot of fun though.

      • willtin

        Bro! Dad imported one of, if not the first DS21 Citroen Wagon into NZ. Via the Army. His current car is a Citroen DS3 (unfortunately, sigh! )

      • ex-JAFA

        So they were both fans of cars with multiple reverse gears and no forward ones?

        • Odd Ball

          Heh, back when I was an apprentice, some local Taranaki lads put a Toyota motor in a Simca, and then found the motor spun the other way, which meant they had 4 reverse gears & one forward..

          • Mine it,Drill it,Sell it.

            When 15 or so we built a beach buggy and dropped in a second four speed gear box behind the first one.This gave 16 forward gears and 4 reverse which was eye popping when you hit top gear in reverse.In reverse reverse she would go forward at half walking speed on idle and climb walls.Oh they where great days.

      • Moonroof

        Nearly bought a go-fast Renault last year. Prob worked out better that I didn’t. Admire but don’t want to maintain a Citroen DS. Now drive a Mazda after 12 years of sometimes angry and difficult German.

    • Isherman

      Vauxhall Victor, 3.3 straight six which Dad bored out to 3.8. Fantastic car, though it was almost overpowered in the end and we kept two sandbags in the boot otherwise it would have been pretty easy to lose the back end of it, especially in the wet….and roundabouts in the wet as I remember.

      • XCIA

        The Auckland City Council traffic department had a fleet of white 3.3 Victor’s as mufti cars. They were quick off the mark.

        • willtin

          Vauxhall is probably bordering on my knowledge of those who chase you. I do recall they also used the Leyland P76. I don’t recall ever getting stopped by one of those.

        • dumbshit

          Travelling down the southern motorway about 1968, a Humber 80 passed at a great speed. A little Hillman Imp followed a moment later. Much surprise on my face but even more on the dude in the Humber, when I passed them pulled over, and six foot plus traffic cop got out of the Hillman Imp.

          • XCIA

            I never knew the mongrels had Imp’s, mind you in 1968 there wasn’t much of a motorway for them to overheat on ;-)

          • dumbshit

            It was down to where the chicken processing factory is. Apparently the Imp motor was quite advanced for its day, adjustment of the tapperts is by shims, quite time consuming, I believe.

          • XCIA

            I had an Imp. The fuel line came away as I was going up Queenstown Road and gravity fed the fuel all over the engine which caught fire. I didn’t notice until the engine died. By then the fire had taken hold, so I pulled the hand brake on, evacuated, stood back and watched it burn.

          • jonno1

            A mate of mine had a Hillman Imp at uni, it went like stink, could easily hit 80mph. We used to pop down to Wellington via the West Taupo Rd, unsealed in those days, just AP40 (or maybe bigger). It basically just followed the ruts.

      • Chris EM

        One of my teachers had one of those, he kept it mint. I always liked it.

        • Isherman

          ‘Gerty’ was the nickname for ours. A few weeks back at the Brit & Euro car show in Pakuranga an owner had a tidy all original one on display. Nice looking car, especially when they had the false canvas top, and they could go like stink too.

    • Carl

      Always a type of Toyota.

      • Isherman

        Cant go wrong.

    • pisces8284 .

      Never had one in England until I met my future hubby. Went everywhere by bus. 159 actually. Got married and came to NZ and brought our Vauxhall Velox with us. Sold for parts later

    • Curly1952

      a Vauxhall in 1950’s & 60’s then Holdens

    • Greg M

      A big grunty Falcoooon station wagon.

    • Wasapilot

      The first one I can remember was a Morris Oxford. It had the indicators that swung out from the door pillar, light blue colour. I can still recall the smell of the leather. After that is was Holdens.

      • Soleman

        Well done Wasa – I got my license 4 days after turning 15 in a 1952 Morris Oxford (pale green). A couple of years later the old man bought a 1957 FE Holden.

    • XCIA

      The most memorable was a Volkswagen Kübelwagen.

      • Duchess of Pork

        I remember going on Volkswagen Club country drives and outings to beaches and rivers over summer. Great way to meet families outside our local rural community.

    • Jafarma

      Parents had two Zephyrs followed by a Chrysler Valiant. I took over the Valiant after owning a Vauxhall Viva and a Mk III Cortina.

    • dumbshit

      A model k Bedford truck, pre 1950 I think, until he got caught DIC, and did a week as a guest of Her Majesty, and a ten year disqualification. He never got his license back again.

    • Spiker

      Mid 60’s Falcon station wagon. I think there was an Anglia before that but I was too young to remember it.

    • Richard

      1970’s Holden Prem V8 253, in green like this.

      The old man dropped out the trimatic and whacked in a 5 speed manual

      The best part was the electric windows, we thought we were pretty flash with those.

      • Greg M

        The 253 was the best of the lot at the time, way better than the 308.

        • Richard

          The best part was , the old man’s not even a mechanic, he just grabbed the manuals and got stuck into it, not bad for an electronics technician.

        • Dave

          The 253 was an old stoker, really reliable, but the 308 was underdeveloped, could be worked to purr and produce twice the power. Mate worked for the local GM dealer, dropped a warm motor into a premier, what a car.

      • Goldie

        Same, or very similar. Don’t recall any power windows though?

        • Richard

          Yep, def factory power windows.

      • Mine it,Drill it,Sell it.

        You need to get with the play.They are not electric windows they were referred to as Fast Glass.

    • Vlad

      Ford Prefect. Used to go on Xmas holidays with the tent on the top and my brother and I sitting on top of the rest of the camping gear in the back seat. Much excitement when we hit 50mph on a long straight.

      • Usaywot

        Same…olive green as they mostly were. A long trip to Wellington was no fun!

    • Nechtan

      The first one I can remember was a black Dodge, running boards down the side, huge bonnet. It wouldn’t start for my mother down by the Westport tiphead, caused no end of drama. Not long after we got a Vauxhall Velox.

    • colin herbertson

      we had a Triumph Herald and a Hillman Avenger, after the oil shock in ’73 ,like a lot of families, we changed to one car and dropped the Herald, changed to a Ford Cortina in ’76, dad refused to own a “jap” car but when he died in 1980 one of the first things mum did was trade in the Ford for a Mitsi Lancer.

    • Aucky

      A secondhand 1956 Standard VI bought in Takapuna. My father had to get his license at the ripe old age of 40. He had flown Lancasters during WW2 but working class people in the UK didn’t own cars. That car was his pride and joy

    • Tom

      1946 Hudson Sports sedan.The one with th dickie seat in the boot.

    • Chris EM

      Ford Zepher then Falcons.

    • When Mum met my stepfather in the 70s he had a Mitsi Galant 16L. Happy times, zipping around in that with us three kids, mum and him and a tape of The Eagles One of these Nights blasting.

    • cows4me

      We didn’t give a rats arse if dad said “on the car” we had to move or walk.

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      Mum didn’t drive so only when my elder brother got his licence did we have a car – complete with chauffeur, lol. Not sure if he thought it as funny.
      Anyway it was a Morris Minor, light green from memory.

    • KGB

      Holden Belmount ??? (grey Police car)
      We had no problem walking or biking to school :)

    • Jude

      It was white and had four doors. i was yelled at for opening door before car was parked ,
      I was outside home, so go figure.

    • KatB

      A Vauxhall Velox, then a Holden Commodore. I can remember as a small kid, we used to have a “car seat” that hooked over the back of the front bench seat in the Vauxhall. That was my seat. It wasn’t secured to anything. I think my older siblings used to fight over who got to sit/lie on the shelf by the back windscreen. Society was very safety conscious in the 60s and 70s.

    • Odd Ball

      A PB Vauxhall, at a time when they just weren’t cool. (having mum drive us to school was embarrassing)

    • Clutch Cargo

      My dad was a shearer in the on the up 60’s. He brought 3 new Volkswagon Beetles in succession and I inherited the last one in 1977. As kids, he would take us all over the country on adventures and there’s not a lot of Marlborough I haven’t set foot on. I was small enough to sleep in the luggage box in the back. The 2nd one had the blinkers that came out of the door pillar, our job was to thump the pillar to make them work. Very reliable and cheap to run. He went with a brand new Vauxhall Viva in 75…..NZ assembled either on Friday arvo or first thing Monday morning…what a piece of crap. Inccidently, my wife still has her one owner 1969 1500 Dub up on blocks in the garage awaiting some TLC.

    • Dan

      First one I remember was a black Mk 1 Zephyr
      then a white Hilman Imp (which blew up near Matamata)
      then a sky blue Triumph Herald – a great car that one
      But then… an olivy kakky green Austin Princess – (sigh)

    • Moonroof

      There was a mk1 Zeph, and after a bit an Austin A30 to keep it company. I miss (for Dad) the HJ Kingswood that came later, he finally got what he always wanted, only for some [etc etc] to nick it. I only got to drive it after getting licence and own car. Mum later drove a 120Y coupe for 18 years and sold it just before old Datsuns became stylish and desirable (fishoiled to hell, no rust, with good chrome).

    • Barnacles2

      Mum and dad had a powder blue Austin Healy before the kids came along. Then dad had a 3.5l v8 rover, British racing green, and mum got a mini 1100 olive green, had those cars for years before getting boring mazdas :)

    • rantykiwi

      A Series IIa Landrover for the first decade of my life.

    • Sailor Sam

      Fiat 600 Multipla
      We managed to fit 2 adults (mum and dad) and 5 kids into it, complete with luggage for a 2 week holiday in Whakatane from Auckland.
      And the kids were my 18 year old sister, her boyfriend, self at 15 and 2 younger teenage brothers. No seatbelts in the 1960s!

  • Carl

    Great work by Hayden Paddon on winning the rally of Argentina, amazing stuff.

  • Curly1952

    Thoroughly enjoyed the Anzac theme today and a big thanks to IBDKIWI for the link to Archway. I found service records for my to grandads.
    We will never forget them!!

  • sandalwood789

    Hi all –

    Given that tomorrow is the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster (26th April 1986) I thought I’d post this link to a cool YouTube user called “bionerd23”.
    She has done (I think) several trips to Chernobyl and seems to have a real “thing” for radioactivity ( I have no idea why ). Her channel is really interesting!

    Anyway, here she is, digging for radioactive bits and pieces near Chernobyl –

    • Isherman

      Wow, 30 years already.

      • sandalwood789

        Yes, it seems like only yesterday that it happened.

        Anyway, this woman is a real “hard case”. In her videos, she goes around with her radiation detector and the more it goes crazy, the more she digs!

        • My kind of woman.

    • Curly1952

      Lux did a great POTD story on it yesterday

  • Chris EM

    My dear, lovely friend of the last fifteen years has left me. In the last week old age began to take it’s toll. Her usually active tail only occasionally wagged and her body struggled to do what she asked it to. So I let her go.
    It’s amazing how empty a home can feel when a beautiful soul leaves.
    (pic)

    • Oh man….

      They carve out such a large place in your life, don’t they? Good memories tho’. Hang tough.

    • Michelle

      They wiggle their way into your heart and it is so sad when they are no longer there but the memories are forever
      My background pic on computer is our special one who left us 2 years ago but still feels like yesterday
      They are so special, I feel for you at this sad time

    • KGB

      Sorry Chris. It’s just not fair their lives are so much shorter than ours.

    • Pluto

      Thanks for sharing Chris EM. I had my own goodbye earlier this year, again was a 15 year old lab. Hardest thing to do.
      Yours got to meet Bruce, mine a bit late. All the best.

    • intelligentes candida diva

      Aww feeling for you but happy to know this dog had a good life with you 《》

    • Aucky

      Sorry to read that Chris. They ask so little of us and give so much in return. I’m sure that she had a wonderful life.

      • Michelle

        They give unconditional love and are so faithful which makes it all that much harder when they go

        • One of my favourite jokes….

          Who is your true, true friend?

          Lock your wife, your best friend and your dog in the boot of the car on a hot day.

          Open it up after 20 minutes.

          Now who is happy to see you?

          • Michelle

            They love you no matter what you look like or what mood you are in and they are always happy to see you
            that smile on their face and wagging tail takes some beating always made me smile
            even on the grottiest day she would be there with me and would come home filthy and go and jump in bath ready for me to clean her before she would hoon round the house after l had dried her
            God l miss that

          • Chris EM

            Can’t stop chuckling about this, I keep seeing those three faces. : )

    • Left Right Out

      It’s amazing how much pets become part of our lives and how big the hole they leave. Said good bye a few weeks back now…. I feel for you mate

  • Papillon

    Typical misreporting from One News. Wendy Petrie claimed the 60 minutes crew had apologized for their actions in the Lebanon incident. What rubbish, there was no apology all they did was admit there had been mistakes made. That is not an apology.

    • sarahmw

      Silly arrogant Tara Brown thinking what she did was ok. Lady you lost that woman her children with your stupid arrogance. Listening to her go on about being a journalist and how dare the Lebanon judicial system go against her and how she thought they would listen to her and understand. Lady it’s Lebanon they don’t give tuppence about out what you think. Luckily no one was seriously hurt or killed. I guess she thought she was going to be ‘famous’ and wanted by the likes of CNN etc. She was stupid on all levels. I see they threw the rescue people to the wolves. Shameful, wouldn’t trust them full stop. Glad to see the social media are in to them.

      • Mine it,Drill it,Sell it.

        I think you have got the wrong end of the stick.The mother found and picked the rescue people and also spoke with a Australian based company who are in this line of work.

        The cost was higher and also came with the rider that no film crew could record the event.The mother Sally could not afford so went to Chanel Nine and they agreed to pick up the tab.She then went back to the Aussie company and asked if she had done the right thing and was advised it was very risky.

        Tara Brown did not loose her children.That was done by first her husband who did not return her children to Australia as was agreed to them going to Lebanon and secondly by the unprofessional efforts of the so called rescue team and the fact the father had access to mothers e-mail account in the iPad the children had to communicate with mother.

        Larry Williams interviewed the owner of the Australian team last week and he sounded very intelligent an honest.When questioned how you move children out of other countries he just replied we have our ways including out of NZ. NO TV CREWS NO MONEY

        • sarahmw

          The person Larry spoke to was the owner of a more experienced company and he was saying no tv crews,no filming. The tv channel paid the money, there is a paper trail. Tara Brown and her arrogance and self importance contributed to the mother losing her children. You don’t go to a country like Lebanon and play the ‘i am’ card, you will lose. Foolish and dangerous.

          • Mine it,Drill it,Sell it.

            You have blinkers on as I said above “Sally could not afford so went to Chanel Nine and they agreed to pick up the tab”.

            She was a low paid Emirates Trolley Dolly with no money and the husband had moved on.As for your comment about being famous is way of the mark as she is already well know for reporting and would easily out rate CNN which is a failure and on life support.

            As for the paper trail will channel nine needed that for the Australian Tax Department as they paid the money that part everyone knows.

            Anyway life is so short and you have a problem with Tara Brown so please explain how you would have returned Sally her children back to Australia.

          • sarahmw

            Stand by my comment. The channel denied any money involved until it was shown they had. Just a badly judged exercise and don’t have a problem with the reporter just the arrogance really, seems to be the norm in the media. Sadly the mother’s case is oh too common, not just mother’s but fathers too.

          • Mine it,Drill it,Sell it.

            This is all very easy to explain. When playing poker or doing a business deal you NEVER show your hand until all bets are in and this is how Chanel 9 played it, probably with a nod and a wink from the judge.
            Now for the second part of the deal which you leave out is the father lying saying he received no payment. Why did he do this ? because he did not want every crook in Lebanon taxing him for their share and he wants to stay alive.

          • johnandali

            If the Lebanese government refuses to accept an Australian court ruling on custody of children, then the Aussies should tell all the Lebanese/Australians who live in Lebanon but collect the Aussie Age Pension, that because Lebanon will not uphold decisions made by Australian courts in respect of Australian people, they will no longer support the Lebs while they live in Lebanon. The resultant outcry may even result in the rotten father having to return the kids to his ex in Australia.

          • Mine it,Drill it,Sell it.

            Good to see some common sense in this debate and as you would know that they started arriving in Australia at the end of the second world war.
            What we do know is Chanel nine paid the father to drop charges what we don’t know is the pressure that went on from Australia Government and will never know as the idiot rescue team owner is a Australian so he needs to helped out as well which is were your comment about Age Pension comes in to play.

          • johnandali

            It’s common-knowledge in Australia that a large number of Aussie Lebanese now live in Lebanon. If the Lebanese authorities do not respect our laws, then tell the Aussie Lebs that they’re on their own – and the reasons why. Then you’ll soon see something done.

  • LabTested

    I’m not sure I approve of this. In a restaurant on the weekend i ordered lard and they put vegetables on top of it. Lard should just be ..well lard with bacon bits in it.

    btw they also serve lard at the airport lounge here (pics)

  • LabTested

    I spent the weekend with a motorbike group. It was a tad cold. Damn that global warming (pic)

    • Richard

      Brrrr, heated hand grips?

      • G: You know how long it takes for a full tank of petrol to warm up?

        A: Too long

    • dumbshit

      Well at least it may freeze dry the “piles”, did they have spiked wheels, the road would be like an ice skating rink.

    • Alfred12

      Ain’t “spring” wonderful?

  • RobT

    Feel happy/ relieved that some twit with an axe to grind and feeling he is joined to ISIS or similar……didn’t try it on somewhere in NZ today.
    The Aussies had a would be terrorist taped and quashed an ANZAC attack. Well done them!

  • cows4me

    ANZAC day another big day on the coast, more medals than you could poke a stick this year. The local war birds had their usual fly over, will try to post video when daughter downloads her phone. Plenty of service people, the old guys and ladies are fantastic people. Got caught up with with several that insisted the only way to drink rum was straight, I’m clad I didn’t go to war they would have killed me. I love some of the stories coming out of what they saw during the war. These weren’t stories of grief and lost but stories of humor, hard case idiots and share madness. I realise ANZAC day is about remembrance but many chose to remember it by the fun they had, I guess that’s how they make it all rational.

    • KatB

      Our son played his pipes with the pipe band at the Opunake Dawn Parade this morning, then he was over to Eltham to play there and then finished up playing at the Stratford Parade. A very busy morning for the band. Come lunchtime we had a tired boy.

      • cows4me

        Had a few come up from Opunake, they were looking a bit worn. I think many start off at the local fire station.

    • Mine it,Drill it,Sell it.

      Yes you are correct in your comments earlier last week that your up votes disappear.I up voted you approx one hour ago and just checked back and I do not show up now.Food for thought.

  • Nesher

    Newshub aired another misleading episode today about House Flipping. They used a few flipping examples in Auckland as an argument for urgent need of the Capital Gain Tax (yes, again). As “responsible journalists” they are very concerned about “the reach not being taxed enough”. However being “responsible journalists” didn’t stop them from misleading the public and saying nothing about the new taxation rules for this sort of property transactions. So the House Flipping is already considered as “dealing” and it is already taxable (if you purchased a property on or after 1 October 2015 and sell it within two years). See pages 6 and 23 of IR361 guide
    http://www.ird.govt.nz/resources/1/8/183605804358bfcf96fa964e9c145ab7/ir361.pdf

    • Richard

      I caught the sport news, where the story intro was “Lydia Ko nearly gets a hole in one”, I kept watching, to see the footage of a tee shot on a par three land at least 3 feet from the hole. You just couldn’t make this stuff up…..

      • Carl

        I could not believe that either. What an absolute joke they are.

        • I caught the end of sport on simulcast in the car as I was off “cooking”, and they were going on about ice hockey. Who the hell in NZ cares about Canadian ice hockey?

          Just padding things out for the hell of it.

          • Left Right Out

            Come on Pete…. some of us a passionate Hockey Fans here…. Go the Canucks!!!!

            Mind you, I fail to really see why it would make the news here

          • My point exactly.

          • Serious question: I’ve tried to enjoy watching it, but I never know where the damn puck is. Perhaps I’m the idiot for trying to follow the actual game and I should just be watching the human roller derby?

          • XCIA

            I watched the Red Army v USA at Moscow in 1980. Its quite brutal live and close up.

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Never seen it live but brutal enough just on screen for this lass!

          • Wendy

            My 14 year old is being developed for national selection.
            He is a machine and one tough Mommas boy.

          • XCIA

            Fantastic opportunities and monetary rewards await!

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            You’ve gotta watch a few games till you can see it. When I lived in Sweden the first few times trying to watch it I had NO idea where the puck was and thought my boyfriend was mad. I mean how can you enjoy a game when you can’t see where the ‘ball’ is but eventually I got to see the darn thing and really enjoyed watching.

          • Miss Phit

            Theres a puck? I thought it was a blood fest. Roller derby but with sticks as well

          • Crowgirl

            You get the hang of it and I’ve got a real appreciation for the skill level required to play it. The puck handling can be superb and some of the passing and goal set-ups are quite incredible. And all on skates whilst getting the snot bashed out of you. I don’t know all the rules yet, but it beats the heck out of North American football and the godawful basketball.

          • Left Right Out

            I know what your saying Pete…. unless you know and understand the game already it is very hard to figure out where the puck is. After years of watching and playing myself I can now read the game (mostly) and have an idea of where the puck should be. Live the NHL is unreal, big hits and fast…. oddly I found sitting up high was better for watching than rinkside… i could see the game unfold easier…….

          • Crowgirl

            The Canucks? There are no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs this year. A National Day of Mourning has been declared instead lol

          • Left Right Out

            I’m just reciting the Canuck mantra for the past 40 years….. go the canucks… next season the cup will be ours….lol

          • Crowgirl

            Not if the Oilers get there first lol

          • Left Right Out

            Hey crow,,,,,, you guys could be first in the draft again…. you guys are the best at that….lol

          • Crowgirl

            Yeah a team full of stars, but no journeymen players. Hubby reckons they need solid defence players, not more star players. They should trade the 1st draft pick if they get it.

          • Left Right Out

            what is it now… 4 first picks?? they have a great young core now they need some older guys to balance the team… the problem will be will the likes of Hall Eberle, yakupov and co be happy being told what to do by an older guy with grit when they have been leading the side…. Pat Maroon was a great pick up….. some more experience on D with Ference and Klefbom and the side will look great

          • Crowgirl

            Something like that. We’ve got some great guys – Maroon is a great find – but they just can’t string it together consistently.

          • Crowgirl

            Was it the Stanley Cup playoffs? Seems a strange choice for TVNZ – I suspect you’re right about the padding bit.

    • R&BAvenger

      My missus saw this article and saw it as the government being a bit slow to move on the issue, as a similar problem in Singapore had been dealt with by introducing rules somewhat more draconian than these.
      Of course no reference was made to the new IRD rules on the news item, making it completely misleading. I have since sent the document above to my other half, to help set things straight.
      I don’t know why Olly Newland was banging on about a capital gains tax then, as a ‘property expert’ shouldn’t he be aware of these new regs?

  • [MOD] Hi there reader of Backchat.

    This place may look like you don’t belong, because everyone is friendly and they obviously know each other well, and it seems almost rude to intrude on a group of good friends.

    But you’d be wrong.

    Please feel free to pop in and join the fun. Doesn’t matter if you want to be serious, or just kick the ball around, it’s all on here after 6pm every night.

    Go on. It won’t hurt, and the people here are mostly no longer monitored by the GCSB.

    It’s fine!

    • Greg M

      Chief, lower the cone of silence, Pete is on to us… Pic.

      • XCIA

        Too late! Auntie H purchased that when the show wound up. ;-)

    • Nechtan

      Mostly no longer?

    • Isherman

      Yeah, it seems the GCSB were a bit slow to the fact we are all bots…

    • Mark

      Who on earth are you?
      Speak for yourself,I’ll be quite disappointed if I’m not still being monitored.

  • jedmo

    From Stuff,13 years with minimum non-parole of 8 years, for raping your 5 year old daughter, that sentence seems a little light to me.

    • XCIA

      I guess it would depend on who your roomy is.

    • Wasapilot

      A psycho like that should get preventive fetention IIMHO. Scum like that will never change, no matter what some namby pamby shrink or parole board might say. If he put in general population he may get a suprise, even crims have children and might feel somewhat agrived by this scumbags actions.

  • Bluemanning

    Just watching the 2014 Edinburgh Tattoo, nz on now.maori tv

    • MaryLou

      Brilliant – I’m beginning to wonder what the point is, of TVNZ. Things (events) of “national significance” seem to get covered better on Maori TV than they do on our state broadcaster. Was watching (because I wasn’t very close) the coverage of the Auckland Dawn Service on the big screen at the Museum this morning, and have been complaining for a long time about the minimal history of this, Christmas, Easter etc on TVNZ. Maori TV is now my go-to place for all this type of stuff.

  • colin herbertson

    interesting watch on 60 minutes tonight,will have the segment on the suppressed report on Saudi complicity in 9 11 attack, i’ve read that besides the treachery of these so called allies there may be info about involvment of people with links to both the Clintons an the Bush family.

    • MaryLou

      Yes, the next question appears to be whether the US government will release enough to allow the families to be able to take legal action against either the Saudi individuals or the Saudi government, or whether diplomacy will get in the way. I think it’s not hard to guess. The Saudi’s have already intimated that to do so would be to violate diplomatic protection, so the Americans should expect a quid pro quo if they go down that path…

  • Richard

    One more week off and then Labour is back in the trenches to carry on the war of attrition.

    5 times an officer has been cut down, only to be replaced by a lesser rank, so that now a mere private is in charge.

    Peeping on his whistle, Little continues to send ill thought out policy over the top, only to continually be cut to ribbons by a well drilled and fearsome foe.

    In the spirit of olden day warfare, I think National should offer one day of ceasefire, where they can cross the floor to help Labour bury their dead.

  • A squirrel is relaxing in his tree when it suddenly starts to shake violently. He looks outside and sees an elephant climbing the tree.

    The squirrel says “hey elephant, what are you doing?”

    The elephant replies “I’m climbing this tree to eat some pears!”

    “You dummy,” sayeth the squirrel, “this is a pine tree… there’s no pears up here.”

    The elephant says “I know, I brought my own!”

    • Pluto

      Just asking, are the other Mods allowed to moderate you Pete ?

      • Practically, yes.

        But who knows what would happen in real life?

    • Woody

      My wife gives you minus 10 for that one Pete, who am I to disagree.

  • Wendy

    Im irked. Well…I was irked last Wednesday night when I was at work, and Im still surprised at the stupidity of said irksome event.

    Any of you who tried to drive city bound on the North Western motorway last Wednesday night will have noticed it was closed.

    With the huge motorway extensions that are being built at the moment, there are often closures, but these closures have only ever been for one or two sections at a time, and well after midnight for only a few hours.

    Last Wednesday the entire motorway was closed city bound from Lincoln Rd to the city from around 9.30 or 10.00pm till the following morning, and at no point could I see any work men or work vehicles on any of the motorway. There was no apparent work going on.

    Now while this is inconvenient for most drivers, imagine how it affected emergency services, or, more importantly, our patients. It came as a surprise (and a hell of a nightmare) for our comms people, so I can only guess emergency services were not consulted with.

    Its a damned long way from Lincoln rd to the city when you have to take the back roads and when time is critical to survival.

    And for what?

    • JEL51

      If journalists, trained & skilled bothered to do the job as it should be done, you would have read about intention for full closure prior and then a follow-up report as to why there appeared to be no-one on the job site. Guess it’s social media fault then.

    • rantykiwi

      No idea for what, but NZTA had it listed on their website 5 days in advance so it shouldn’t have been a surprise – Scoop had republished it too.

      http://www.nzta.govt.nz/media-releases/auckland-overnight-motorway-closures-17-april-23-april/

      More of the same this week as well.

      http://www.nzta.govt.nz/media-releases/auckland-overnight-motorway-closures-24-april-30-april/

      • Wendy

        Should that not be communicated directly with emergency services comms? There are significant safety implications.

        And why all night with no work?

        • rantykiwi

          I’m surprised it wasn’t directly communicated, but also surprised that the various emergency services don’t keep an eye on the NZTA and council info pages as a matter of course.

          As for no work all night, I can think of a few scenarios where no work would appear to be happening – accurate mapping and surveying for example.

      • Greg M

        Yeah but.. the emergency services shouldn’t have to read about it on a website, they should have been notified.

        • rantykiwi

          I agree. But I also feel emergency services should be cheking as well – “expect the unexexpected” is a pretty good emergency services motto.

          Discalimer: I used to work for one of the emergency services and am no longer very surprised by anything.

    • twittertit

      Don’t worry. STMS would have communicated with emergency services.

      Waterview would’ve had beam lifts over the motorway, and Causeway would had lane re-arrangements. Prob why it looked like nothing was happening.

  • Go Rog:

    AC/DC with Axl Rose is nothing more than “karaoke”, according to the Who’s Roger Daltrey.

    The legendary Australian rockers recently announced the Guns N’ Roses frontman will take up the mic on their next tour, replacing long-time singer Brian Johnson, who’s retired for health reasons.

    “Go and see karaoke with Axl Rose? Give me a break,” Daltrey told the London Free Press. “I really feel badly for Brian. It must be heartbreaking for him after all the service he’s given that band over the years.”

  • XCIA

    This photo was taken at Corstorphine, Edinburgh (c1914) where the sun rarely shines, so can anyone say why this child would have a sun hat on? The haze in the background is not a heat haze.

    • MaryLou

      Instead of carrying a brollie?

    • KatB

      A visiting Mexican child?

    • Spiker

      Acid rain?

    • GoingRight

      School uniform? All little girls used to wear hats, some even in my day, I recall as a 16 year old in early 1967 arriving in Florence to study with my hat and gloves on! I would imagine in 1914 would be even more so. Others may have more ideas.

    • Aucky

      It’s a boy in a sailors outfit. He seems to be holding a rifle in his right hand. I recollect that sailors wore wide brimmed straw hats in the Victorian/Edwardian era. There’s some sort of badge on the hat brim.

      • XCIA

        That makes sense, a young fellow dressing up as a sailor.

  • GoingRight

    Hubby watching the Warriors game. Think I shall go to bed and the game has only been on for 17 minutes!

    • Mine it,Drill it,Sell it.

      Yes I have the game on live.

      Good to see the Warriors are playing to their normal game plan so wont confuse each other.

    • XCIA

      I had this message on the cell phone from One News: WATCH: Pathetic and fragile Warriors produce ANZAC horror show.

  • rantykiwi

    I saw an article on several news sites today about some woman who had taken to Facebook in a huff about someone making comments about “the big kid” when her 10 years old son was playing rugby league. Apparently it got 130,000 likes and positive comments and support from the likes of Liam Messam.

    I decided to have a look at what the furore was about, and I’m sorry to say the PC brigade have taken over the world. The kid is obese and Mum shoud be charged with child abuse for letting him get in such a state. (pic)

    • LovetoTeach

      OR she should be applauded for getting him into a sport which will help with his weight.
      No-one should be making personal comments about what kids look like in that setting. That’s not being PC – it’s just being a decent human being

      • rantykiwi

        The comment she took offence to described him as “big” not “fat” or “obese” or “porky” and was not made to the kid. That sounds a pretty reasonable sort of comment to me.

        • LovetoTeach

          “talked about him being a big boy and not an asset to the team” There’s stuff you think and there’s stuff you say out loud and decent human beings don’t say that stuff out loud about kids

          • MaryLou

            Agreed LTT, but there is something in what Ranty is saying. Not that the kid should be shamed, but bar any medical issues, there is only 1 reason the child is that size. And whoever has parental responsibility needs to own it. Really. I have a family member who, by early teens got to the point where it was having bad effects on their heart. THEIR HEART!!! Not to mention breathing, joints, diabetes etc. This excess weight thing is not about something looking a wee bit unsightly, or keeping up with other kids, it’s really, really serious. Really – it needs to be said sometimes, preferably earlier rather than later.

          • LovetoTeach

            Sure- I just don’t believe it’s the job of some stranger at a league match to say it.

          • rantykiwi

            So who do you suggest should say it? Because it doesn’t look like anyone else has to date.

          • LovetoTeach

            You don’t know that. You don’t know anything about the kid or what has been done/is being done and neither did the thoughtless person making those remarks. She’s got him in a team, training a couple of times a week – perhaps she should keep him indoors until he’s an acceptable size for everyone?!

          • rantykiwi

            Maybe if his teachers at school had addressed it over the previous 5 years it wouldn’t have come down to some stranger at a league match to say it.

          • rantykiwi

            You let a kid that size out playing a contact sport with his peers and they start getting injured due to his sheer mass. Nothing funny about that at all – hiding that “in case the kid’s feelings get hurt” doesn’t stop the other kids being physically hurt.

  • XCIA

    They say that if polling statistics are accurate, Labour may lose as many as 170 council seats in the UK on May 5, throwing more doubt onto Corbyn’s competence as party leader. I wish we could get a result like that, especially in Auckland.

    • Effluent

      Corbyn may be an absolute no-hoper politically, and in many other ways, but when I read that his hobby is drainspotting
      (http://www.theguardian.com/books/gallery/2010/jun/09/drainspotting-remo-camerota), and that he went on a motorcycling holiday in East Germany in the 70’s, with his then-current inamorata, Diane Abbot as his pillion, I couldn’t help thinking he would be a more entertaining dinner party guest than any of NZ’s labour politicians, who are generally a pretty colourless bunch. He seems to belong to that breed of socialists who are generally irritating numpty intellectuals in their public lives, but likable eccentrics in their personal lives.

      • XCIA

        I don’t think I could lunch amicably with an IRA sympathizer.

        • Effluent

          I stand corrected, I’d forgotten about that. Pity.

  • Hakaru

    Something for an Auckland mayoral candidate to take on board. Actually any candidate around the country. Makes sense.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-22/food-street-feeding-off-the-kerbside-creates-close-community/7343456

    • XCIA

      If only you could deter the feral’s from harvesting everything to sell at the local flea markets, it would be brilliant……..

  • Mark156

    I hear Paul Barbers gone

  • The QI Elves @qikipedia

    32 pigeons won medals for valour in the Second World War – as well as 18 dogs, 3 horses and a cat

    • KGB

      What did the cat do?

      • rantykiwi

        Simon, HMS Amethyst’s ship’s cat, posthumously awarded for “gallantry under fire” and for the disposal of many rats despite injury during the Yangtze Incident in 1949

        • Isherman

          On board the same vessel was also a dog which Simon had to contend with. Picture is of the crew with both dog and cat.

        • Greg M

          The cat deserved a medal simply for being named Simon. Who the hell calls a cat Simon ?

      • Mark

        Killed Nazi Stool pigeons?

    • rantykiwi
  • Greg
    • XCIA

      That sort of nonsense could easily happen here with Devoy’s hand on the tiller.

    • KatB

      St George killed a dragon after it was terrorising a village. Quite ironic really, sounds like there’s something else terrorising Bristol now, PCism. Bring back St George.

  • Greg M

    And in the late news, very pleased to see Prince Harry, a serving officer attending an ANZAC service at Hyde park corner this morning, UK time. Good on you Sir. (pic)

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