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  • Nechtan

    Born today in 1947 Peter Ham singer, songwriter and guitar with Badfinger.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3TOcw7taBo

    Born today in 1947 Gordon Haskell singer, songwriter and bassist with Les Fleur de Lys, King Crimson and solo.

    Born today in 1948 Kate Pierson multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and vocals with The B-52’s.

    Born today in 1949 Clive Taylor bass with Amen Corner.

    Born today in 1954 Neal Schon guitarist with Journey.

    Born today in 1951 Ace Frehley (born Paul Frehley) founding member and original guitarist with KISS.

  • George

    What is becoming monotonously tiresome is the ongoing chorus about “the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer”, “the haves and the have nots” “unfair wealth distribution”, “tenants in our own country” etc and etc. All socialist bleatings of course, but nevertheless this constant referrence is having the desired effect of implementing this socialist propaganda as the template of our society. Successful people are bad people, they are greedy, they worship money, they avoid tax and worst of all, they buy houses that no one else can afford.

    My old dad’s only demand of me was to “Make something of yourself son as no one will do it for you”. And he was a socialist! These simple words have stuck with me throughout my life. It’s my bed, and only I can make it warm and comfortable. Half of my adult life I struggled. The second half of my adult life I reaped the rewards of that struggle. It appears there is no room now for “struggle” or more to the point, “The Kiwi dream” has to be fast tracked, and to hell with the struggle. Very few of us have had it easy. Our achievements are the result of considerable sacrifice, blood, sweat and tears, setbacks became motivators not deterrents. Yes, we are all cut from different cloth. Our struggles would have varied, but one thing is for sure, we were all stugglers once, and some of us may still be, but its just that some of us didn’t, or won’t give up. Sadly some do give up and others don’t even bother, but I’m buggered if I will subscribe to their envy and criticism simply because I chose not give up.

    Did I make something of myself? How do you measure? But my old dad, loved his daughter-in-law and five grandchildren, and he told me in no uncertain terms that if they ever suffered because I couldn’t be bothered getting off my backside I would have him to answer to. I hope I haven’t disappointed him.

    • Steve (North Shore)

      The winging Socialists need a ‘backbone’ not a ‘wishbone’ George

      • Dave

        Never fear, Labour now controlled by Little Andy is big on Funny Bones, and come election time, will be sure to be handing out KFC wishbone vouchers.

    • cows4me

      If there is no struggle in life George the good things in life have less meaning. Good always out weights the bad but the bad makes us strive for the good.

    • Michelle

      Satisfaction is gaining something from blood, sweat and tears not waving a card over a machine and walking out the door with some new toy
      That is why the young today are so dissatisfied with their lot as they haven’t had to work for it like we had to they don’t save up for something they just go and put it on tick and by the time they have paid it off they are sick of it and onto the next new toy

    • Elmwood

      You forgot one, ” corporate greed”

    • pidge

      I’m one of the under-achievers, to whom “in spite of lack of apparent effort” applies. I did well in school, sort-of came undone during University, though did manage to slog through a B.Sc. in Physics and a B.E. (Hons) in Electrical Engineering, before landing on my feet at my current employer, an IT provider.

      Looking back, I finally understood that by “slogging through”, doing what I was good at with sufficient competency to get by (with the aforementioned “lack of apparent effort”) was why I got my job.

  • Carl

    • Steve (North Shore)

      Is that a flat cake?

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        Will be if I have anything to do with putting it together!

  • Nige.

    Call answered last night’s question with Queen what do you think of royals not just ours but Royals in general

    • With the exception of chazza I think they do a good job.

    • Dave

      Not a lot is achieved by them, but the steady hand is reassuring to many, and no harm is done by them.

      • XCIA

        I think the Prince’s Trust does a lot of good in giving many opportunity they may not have otherwise had, then there is the Duke of Edinburgh’s awards and many more besides.

    • KGB

      I would never accept Charles as King, but I’m not much of a royalist.
      If I was 40 years younger I would think Harry’s a bit of a hottie ?

      • Nige.

        He’s a bloodnut

        • Richard

          Never shake a Fanta.

      • Sailor Sam

        Nor Camilla as his queen.

    • Goldie

      Luckily now it is mostly a ceremonial role, and perhaps recognises and celebrates the relevant country’s history, and as Dave says below, typically harmless. I am not a fan though, of someone automatically becoming the head of state, simply by being in the right family.

    • colin herbertson

      it depends
      If you look at the usual list of stable and affluent countries that we like to compare ourselves to and aspire to be like, most are Constitutional Monarchies, generally they are a unifying and stabilising force,
      Absolute rulers, the house of Saud for instance, not so much,mostly brutal tyrants ruling corrupt, impoverished failed states

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      I’m a fan of the British Royals and enjoy the various traditions and ceremony that goes along with having them. I like that they are still more or less part of our lives (i.e. more visible in doing things) and to me have slightly more relevance than perhaps other royal families.

      Not really sure what other royal families do and how much part of their society they are. Of course, like the British any ‘being part of society, is at a removed distance.

    • KatB

      I like William and Kate. Nice to have a famous couple that aren’t nearly naked in public, or shaking everything they’ve got on stage or releasing a sex tape.

      • Nige.

        Yet

    • XCIA

      Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia was a colourful character.

      • MaryLou

        He was great. My daughter aspires to BE him.

    • rantykiwi

      I’m mildly pro-royals in a general sense. In terms of ours I haven’t got a huge amount of time for Chas, a little more for Will, but would love Harry the larrikin to be king. I think the Queen’s a grand old duck, and Phil The Greek is just awesome with his never-ending string of inappropriate remarks and insults.

      • Nige.

        Well what’s the alternative? Have them murdered by a socialist revolution?

        Any time (well….many times) royals have gone has been to make way for communists.

    • Eiselmann

      I’m very much a Royalist, I like the fact that our head of state is apolitical and a constant.

      I have massive respect for the Queen, while I think Charles and Andrew are prone to touches of loopiness and have embraced the ‘privledge’ a little too much, they both have pulled the hard yards in service to the country, particularly Andrew who served in the Falklands War.

      Obviously the great hope for the continuing strength of the monarchy is William and Harry, . I think William marrying for love and to a commoner and trying to raise his kids as ‘normally’ as possible is great and a sign that the future King’s thinking is not going to be stuck in the ‘norms’ of the past.

      And as for Harry…massive respect for the man.

      One ‘Royal’ who I struggle to admire is the Duke of Edinburgh…he seems incapable of not verbalising his every thought.

      • Raibert

        Yes, and if we become a republic who would replace the monarch as head of state. I know of no politician who has the sense of duty displayed by the queen. With politicians it is all about their wants not the public good.

    • D.Dave

      I enjoy the Royals, if only because they do all sorts of inane stuff someone else would have to do otherwise. Prince Philip is great, as he says what everyone else is thinking. His must be the most boring job in England. Seriously though, if you are not fond of the monarchy, just say to yourself, “President Peters, or Clark, or Goff, or Turei. That is the best reason to keep a constitutional monarchy. Yes, even though they may be a little inbred, they provide an awful lot to the English economy. Who doesn’t go to London without popping round to the Palace for a look.

  • Oarsum

    Frederic Bastiat’s The Petition of the Candlemakers 1845

    We are suffering from the ruinous competition of a foreign rival who apparently works under conditions so far superior to our own for the production of light, that he is flooding the domestic market with it at an incredibly low price … This rival … is none other than the sun … We ask you to be so good as to pass a law requiring the closing of all windows, dormers, skylights, inside and outside shutters, curtains, casements, bull’s-eyes, deadlights and blinds; in short, all openings, holes, chinks, and fissures.

    Adam Smith’s 1776 An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations was basically an argument against mercantilism, where trade is considered a zero sum game. Mercantilism assumes that a +veX gain of sales to one country means the -veX loss of another nation. And so you get systems of protectionism with tariffs, quotas and other special privileges. This gets called rent-seeking or phoney crony capitalism. It is a system that punishes the majority consumer [overall and in the long run] in favour of a minority.

    Comparitive Advantage is another fundamental thing that should be understood and is ignored by mercantilists.

    Trump takes a mercantilist approach that shows his ignorance. He is against free trade. His policies will cause more harm than any good. He is opposed to cheaper goods, even to superior quality [fitness for use] – for the benefit of a few. He is ignoring two centuries’ evidence of the benefits of capitalism. He would fit well with our Labour party. And probably Trump would state he could fully satisfy candle makers.
    {Further explanation of comparative advantage with these 2 videos}

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rUfoU04QJM

    • Dave

      Adam Smiths’ Wealth of Nations, it should be studied for at least 6 months in a students formative years. The basis of Economics 101.

      • pidge

        Economics text books make great bedtime reading. You’ll be asleep in no time!

  • sandalwood789

    This is the last video I’ll post of “Radiation Woman” from Russia.

    This one is very cool – here she is climbing the *huge* “Duga 3” missile warning radar near Chernobyl. The radar was shut down a few years after the Chernobyl disaster.

  • Dave

    Be PROUD kiwis, of the top 50 Tech / innovation companies operating in Australia, Kiwi companies make up 12 of them, and two in the top ten, take a Bow Rod Dury for Xero at no 2, and Vaughan Rowsell for Vend at no.8. A fantastic effort.

    Now for the insight, there are only 2 startups in the top 50 in QLD, the balance in NSW and VIC, yet not one of the top 50 Tech/startup companies in the rest of Aussie, not sure this is due to the dominance of minerals in these states or State Govt policy, but once again, NZ can be proud.

    http://www.techpioneers.com.au/uploads/Tech-Pioneers-Report-2016.pdf

  • cows4me

    You can’t please all the people all the time.

    • FornaK

      Why are they interviewing Harry Dynhoven?

  • rantykiwi

    I’ll bet he was registered. And now he’s been outed it will be very interesting to see what comes out about his treatment of female pupils too.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11629611

    • Michelle

      no doubt he will be back home, just down the street from the victim
      Just knew a wet bus ticket job would come from this, sadly

  • john Doe

    Heard On The radio today

    ” The Police (traffic) will not be issuing roadside infringement notices. They will now be posted to the offender. Reason being to save the offender time waiting on the side of the road for the ticket to be issued. “Yeah right.” We all speed and we we all deserve 10 minutes in the sin bin when we regress.

    • Justme

      I reckon the stopping on the side of the road is part of the punishment. You were speeding, you got caught, now you have to wait, in full view of everyone you passed, who thought you were a muppet.
      The ticket $ is nothing compared to the shame of having to sit and watch everyone laughing at you.

    • KGB

      They can issue a lot more tickets in the time it took to pull you over me thinks.

    • Goldie

      Hah! Reason being that it also ties the police officer up for 10 minutes, during which time he could have booked several others for doing 103k

    • sheppy

      anything but solve real crimes such as for example burglary / home invasion….

    • MarcWills

      Has anyone considered the fact that for many of our serial transgressors, that if they have an address, it is more than likely fake? I can see many arguments in front of the judge claiming ignorance of the fine and late payment fees. Since when is dispatch of a letter accepted as proof of receipt. This is going to waste a lot of court time, which will cancel out the savings made on the roadside.

  • HK_EXPAT_IN_NEW_ZEALAND

    I understand there has been support on Medical Cannabis and Cannabis Legalization, a contact of mine who lives the US in the state of Oregon sent me this weblink which i thought was worth showing: http://www.mcsocal.com/docs/chronic_conditions_treated_with_cannabis.pdf

  • Nige.

    What is a good name for a dog?

    • Dave

      Cat. You will have a unique name, far better than shouting for Rover at the local dog park, and getting 12 dogs running towards you

    • cows4me

      Andy, Grant, David, Trevor, Cath, Sue, Annette, Helen ?

      • cows4me

        It should be noted these names are especially suited to dogs bred for turning.

        • Dave

          And more suited to a builders dog than a real working dog.

          • cows4me

            So true so true :-)

      • rantykiwi

        If he’s a yappy sod then Winston is probably a good fit.

        • cows4me

          Probably right rantykiwi but with a name like Winston it could involve a very expensive upkeep.

          • Aucky

            And a nightly bottle of scotch.

          • Miss Phit

            And its likely to turn on you at any stage, then reinvent itself, but still hate asians.

    • Richard

      Depends…what breed of dog?

      • Nige.

        Labradoodle

        • Richard

          Rochambeau

          • Nige.

            That is the most sensible thing you’ve said all night.

        • Call SPCA to take it away

          • kayaker

            That’s too long.

        • D.Dave

          Fugly

        • Dumrse

          Bitsa.

        • Goldie

          Loopy

      • Nige.

        Jack Russell

        • Richard

          Gov

        • CheesyEarWax

          Snoopy.

        • Goldie

          Dynamo

      • Nige.

        Bassett hound

        • Richard

          Horton

        • InnerCityDweller

          “dog” – see above

        • Goldie

          Big Ears

      • Nige.

        Frence mastiff

        • Richard

          Kora

        • CheesyEarWax

          Bruno.

        • Goldie

          Sir

      • Michelle

        Fox terrier

        • Richard

          Chippy

          • Michelle

            Pippin

        • Hard1

          Hone Heke

        • Goldie

          Nigel

    • A good friend no longer with us used to call mine Tripe Hound. Still makes me smile when I think about it.

      • Dave

        My favorite horses names, Noodlum and Hoof Hearted. Mum was a horse fan, always smile when i hear the names.

        • Chris EM

          I remember a race horse called Noodlum back in the Muldoon days.

          • Dave

            That’s the one. Muldoon backwards.

    • sandalwood789

      Spud.

      I knew a guy who had a dog called “Lump” (named after “Lump, the no-legged dog” in a well-known video a few years ago).

      • Mick Ie

        We had a ‘Spud’. I swear he was reincarnated from a human. Far too intelligent but the best, loyal mate ever.

    • Justme

      Short names work best. Ben, Tyke, Fay, Lass.

    • Make sure you keep pup safe in the car
      .
      http://i.imgur.com/r19TirW.jpg

      • Nige.

        Looks like me after work yesterday

        • Brent

          You slept in the ute with your feet over the back of the seat?

      • Michelle

        Oh how l wish l could sleep like that l am so jealous but isn’t he/she gorgeous

    • Serious advice: Pick a name that, when you yell it loudly in your own neighbourhood, doesn’t make you feel any less of a man.

      This is why kids should never be allowed to name pets, just quietly.

    • rantykiwi

      Odie

    • KatB

      Wouldn’t it have to be Lemmy?

    • twittertit

      My parents once had a Labrador called Taxi. Purely for the amusement of calling his name.

    • hookerphil

      Glen – the name of our farm dog when I was a kid. Wasn’t until years later that I worked out that his name was not “Here Glen”

      • Nige.

        I have a mate in Sydney who thought his neighbours name was “Mr. Kalamitone” (Kal-ah-meh-toe-knee).

        Ted would say “hello Mr Kalamitone.” And the reply would be (With Greek accent) : “No! …just kallah me tony” (just call-a me Tony).

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      Barkley (as in Sir Charles)

    • pisces8284 .

      Deefa (Dog)

    • Bluemanning

      Rex

    • Brent

      Biggles

      • Nige.

        That sounds like a lap-dog dog name.

        Littles would be more apt.

        • Brent

          James Bigglesworth

    • kayaker

      Mr Bojangles

    • D.Dave

      I once had a dog who was sired by a huntaway called “Barkalot’. Other than that, anything short that can be “clipped” viciously when the pressure comes on. Also it has to be capable of use with numerous adjectives, that would get me in to trouble with the MOD if I typed them for you.

    • Greg M

      Ratter.

      • Nige.

        I like the name killer for some reason. Especially if the dog is like a papillon-chuahua

    • kayaker

      I know! You could call it Myroid. Then when you call the dog, it’s “Here Myroid”. I hope that was helpful.

    • Goldie

      Met a Hungarian Vizsla once called Goulash. Thought that was pretty cool

    • Hard1

      Kimeer.

    • Curly1952

      We’ve had Toby, Pablo, Casey & Bailey ( 3 Cocker Spaniels & a Lab)- All seemed to fit their personalities. Dads farm dogs were the usual – Tip, Joe, Sue,etc

    • Most of my dogs had people names, Dick (I didn’t name him I bought him named..great heading dog), Sue ( didn’t name her either, she was a huntaway pup but my 17yr old girlfriend back then never forgave me…I dunno what Susan’s problem was..but chicks…ya know?) Then there was my golden retriever Sam and a Black Lab named Boo. I have no idea why Sam was named Sam but I think it involved bourbon. Boo was named Boo cos he was a sneaky bl…..bast…d!

    • InnerCityDweller

      Inspector Columbo simply called the dog “dog”

    • Isherman

      Kitty.

    • Abjv

      Barkie McBarkface

  • I bet it was still worth it. (pic)
    http://i.imgur.com/6eZ1ATI.jpg

    • rantykiwi

      Hey Cam. You’d better hope that the chimp doesn’t win lotto.

      • Nige.

        The don’t just do it. They throw it. Ever been to Taronga zoo in Sydney? All I can say is thank goodness they put up perspex to protect the public rather that just the bars that used to be there.

    • KatB

      Finally an employee who does give a …Huhmmmmm. It did get her in the poo though.

    • XCIA
      • Nige.

        Crap

      • There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who build sand castles, and those who kick them over.

        • XCIA

          Is that like building a house on quicksand ;-)

        • Richard

          Then there is the third kind, that build sandcastles with sharp spikes inserted inside them.

    • CheesyEarWax

      She must have missed her target.

  • Patmac

    I bet you haven’t George.

  • idbkiwi

    Well, that’s interesting…

    “Twice as many Australians support New Zealand’s Helen Clark to lead the United Nations than Kevin Rudd. And even Labor voters prefer the former Kiwi prime minister to Mr Rudd, a poll has found”.

    http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/just-one-in-five-australians-back-kevin-rudd-for-uns-top-job-new-poll-finds-20160427-gog8bz.html

    • rantykiwi

      Choosing between Helen and Kevin is a bit like choosing between syphilis and herpes – you really don’t want either.

      • MarcWills

        I’d go for syphilis – there is an effective treatment and cure. Herpes is forever, and my syphilis hasn’t affected me at all …at all … at all …sob.

        • FornaK

          Herpes Clarke. Has a ring too it!

    • FornaK

      They’re a sick breed over the ditch!
      They’ll do anything to get one up on us. Especially by tormenting us even further with uncle Helun leading us into social oblivion, by running the UN.
      Just when we thought we’d finally got rid of her

  • CheesyEarWax

    Heard on TV3 news the latest “research” shows that too many dairies around schools are contributing to kids obesities. So researchers wants town planners to control it. OMG, whats next for these academics, fish n chips shops, school cake stalls, girl guide biscuits?

    • idbkiwi

      Ummm, sadly, Cheesy my friend, the answer is yes.

      You see; the school environments are polluted, they are “obesogenic”. The mere thought of a sausage roll within reach is apparently causing the kids to put on weight, imagine the damage the thought of a cream bun could do.

      Don’t get me started on Girl Guide biscuits; they will be a thing of the past within
      years. They will firstly become gender-neutral, but they will eventually be “Non
      Specific or Gender-Unspecified, Non-Age-Related pronoun, Gluten, Sugar,
      Chocolate, Salt, Taste and Anxiety-Free throwback-to-a different-time Guide Biscuits which they will force you to eat while they watch. You will pay them to go away, I promise you.

  • Mr C

    I see NZEI has won case at ERA re payment of school support staff this year over 54 weeks instead of normal 52 weeks – see Stuff 79356674

    • rantykiwi

      And it may yet be appealed. The background to it shows there’s no short payment occurring, just a mathematical catchup in much the same way leap years work.

      • Mr C

        Disagree – there are 52 weeks in the “annualised” year that the affected support staff have signed up to. If this is a “mathematical catch up” then salaried staff (i.e teachers) would also be paid over 27 pay-periods (54 weeks) and thus their pay would reduce same as annualised support staff – but this apparently doesn’t applt to teachers. Go figure :)

        • rantykiwi

          The key is “annualised”. These people are only paid to work during the school term, but choose to annualise their pay and have it spread over the whole year.

          Let’s assume they work 40 weeks of the year, and earn $800 per week – that’s a $32000 income for the year. To help them budget they get this paid fortnightly through the year at $32000/26 = $1230, or $615/week. So far… so good.

          There are 26 fortnights in a year, which only totals 364 days so eventually the first pay day for the year falls on Jan 1st, which means the last one fall on Dec 31st. That’s 27 pay days for the same annualised pay – thus each payment is reduced by 1/26th to cover the extra pay day. They have lost nothing at all – they still receive their $32000 over the year.

          • Miss Phit

            Yeah but logic and the truth dont make for a story

          • Aquarius 61

            Back in the day when I did wages we calculated the fortnightly salary due by multiplying the annual salary by 14 and dividing by 365 i.e. 32,000 * 14 / 365 (or weekly * 7 / 365). So $1227.40 (or $613.70).

            Haven’t seen wages calculated like that in over 30 years – must be too hard for payroll packages (or pay clerks!) to understand.

          • Mr C

            Fair enough – there should then also be an extra pay period for salaried teachers, with their salary spread over 27 fortnights?

  • MaryLou

    What what what?? Apparently on the 10:40 news we’ll be hearing that the Ruataniwha Dam now has enough farmers signed up to make it viable. Darnit, now I have to watch it.

  • Nige.

    Fantastic how all these celebrites are experts on political subjects now.

    Bonus for the USA. Just don’t send any of them down here please

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-v3559534/Trump-says-ll-doing-great-service-country-victory-makes-Rosie-O-Donnell-Whoopie-Goldberg-Lena-Dunham-flee-America.html

    • Yeah. We have enough of our own. Lucy Lawless, Lizzy Marvelly…blah blah..rugby players…blah blah…snort..

  • Nige.

    Socialists are cannibals. Really? Why turn on your own? They really don’t believe in the strength in numbers thing.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3502951/Lena-Dunham-says-Bernie-supporters-criticize-Republicans-backing-Hillary-Clinton.html

    • old school

      It now appears that republicans are cannibals too.

      • Nige.

        Yes but I don’t want to draw attention to that part :)

    • KGB

      America really needs a royal family, it would cure them of asking what celebrities think.

  • XCIA

    All these years, I thought the strange looks were telling me not to look……..

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