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  • Nechtan

    Born today in 1942 Klaus Voorman bass with Manfred Mann (66-69) then session and solo work.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zqFDRA1HY8

    Not much else happened today, so some CCR, and Skynyrd (its Friday after all)

    • Left Right Out

      Oh freebird….. oh how I have missed you

  • Carl

    Ahh Friday. (pic)

  • Nige.

    Cam Slater answered last nights question with:

    “Can you imagine dinner at the Hager’s…god it would be thin gruel lest someone enjoy themselves.”

    What do you imagine would be eaten at whoevers house?

    • Nige.

      I imagine that at Cams house they eat venison for every meal.

      • Nechtan

        Raw?

      • hookerphil

        Speaking of that – venison steaks tonight – 2 minutes each side apparently.

      • Phooey

        We have venison a lot. It’s so cheap.

    • Spag bol tonight

      • Nechtan

        Can you get that at the drive through? :-)

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        That was me last night and the night before. Made lots so could enjoy the leftovers and actually managed to have some, leftovers I mean!!

    • hookerphil

      Pete – when Home Alone- McDonalds
      Nigel – Anytime – Burleigh Pies.

      • Dan

        I have got to get my hands on one of these Burleigh Pies. Every time I see that term on here I salivate madly. GOSH I WANT ONE NOW. Blenheim – correct?

        • Pork Belly. Ignore the others.

        • hookerphil

          Blenheim yes, at the Burleigh on Batty’s Road. They do have a FaceBook page.

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            But why don’t they do mail order for us deprived types???

    • Carl

      If you had dinner at any Green party mp”s place I think it would taste like something Jude would feed her birds. (No offence Jude It’s what birds eat but not humans).

      • Jude

        My birds eat like Kings!? Fresh spinach and brocoli daily. The junk food is millet .
        You are forgiven Carll ?
        The birds eat like vegetarians .

        • STAG

          we try and eat fish once a week at least, Veggie once a week and red meat rarely, lots of chicken and as much crayfish as the pot will provide.

      • Lux

        A couple of years ago we had a couple and their children, some so called greenies living next door to us, they were/are total slobs. The whole house had to be totally redone inside and out after they left because of the pigsty and rubbish they left it in… I watch their face book pages and they are part of the hate John Key club, and the comments they allow on their page is mind numbing.

        I am more Green than they would even know about.

        • Nechtan

          I suspect that we Whale Oilers are more green than the greens!

    • Nechtan

      Surely the Green co-leaders would have to have organic vegetables harvested by hand that were delivered to market by horse/donkey and cart along with free range, ethically raised and humanely slaughtered beef/lamb? All prepared by a living wage paid cook in an environmentally friendly oven and served with hand made wooden plates and cutlery.

      • XCIA

        Do you think their vegetables are grown in fertilizer from their self composting toilets?

    • Union Jack

      Have to be sausages done Asian style at Len Browns place.

      • dumbshit

        And do it yourself, as well! Same at the Ponsonby do-up.

    • Nige.

      Martin Martyn would eat humble pie most evenings.

      • dumbshit

        Breakfast and lunch as well, otherwise he might develop a taste for “fact”!

    • Genevieve

      Andrew Little would eat hot tongue and cold shoulder followed by sour grapes for dessert.

    • Isherman

      Wrongly Wrongsons place – bumper helpings of Tripe.

    • STAG

      David Cunlife: Dinner for one.

      • willtin

        Waiter! Table for umm, ummm …ummm. Do you do takeaways?

        • Wendy

          Fish and chips from the chip shop where they know him so well.

    • willtin

      At Ours
      Dahl Links!
      Labourless Lentils
      No Peace Greens
      An Acting Sauce
      A National Dish
      Served so Succulently
      In Our Times

  • So I read two article today.

    The first covered by WhaleOil the other day and was going on about how correcting people’s grammar is racist. http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2016/04/are-you-a-grammar-snob/
    And the other? going on about how not pronouncing Te Reo words correctly is lazy and correct pronunciation was a basic level of respect.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/79419515/mispronunciation-of-taranaki-te-reo-maori-words-not-good-enough

    Anyone else seeing the irony in this?

    • hookerphil

      Yeah Bro

  • On This Day:
    In (29 April) 1943, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was arrested by the German SS. Two years later (9 April 1945) at 39 years of age, he was executed at Flossenbürg concentration camp for having had a minor role in a plot to assassinate Hitler/being involved in the German Resistance against Hitler. Two weeks after his execution, the concentration camp he was in was liberated by the Allied Forces.

    Bonhoeffer as ordained as a minister in 1931, with a very promising career in the academic and ecclesiastic world. However in 1933, two days after Hitler was installed as Chancellor, Bonhoeffer began to publicly speak out against the Nazi regime and Hitler. He was one of the first to demand that the church resist Hitler’s persecution of the Jews saying that the church must not simply “bandage the victims under the wheel, but jam the spoke in the wheel itself.”

    http://www.dbonhoeffer.org/
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietrich_Bonhoeffer
    http://www.amazon.com/Dietrich-Bonhoeffer/e/B001H6WDKQ/?tag=theol00-20

    • Dan

      So he wasn’t a Catholic then. THe Vatican signed a concordat with Hitler. Basically dont hurt us and we wont speak out against the Reich.

  • XCIA

    With mothers day coming up, here is the perfect gift AND you can reap the benefit of home made preserves for years to come.

    • Nechtan

      If you are still alive!

    • willtin

      But did she ever buy him a Brew Kit for his birthday?

      • XCIA

        Hell no! It was her job to make the pitchers of Martini’s.

        • Lux

          My father used to make the best ones ..

      • gander

        SWMBO has bought me a still for my birthday. I’ve bought her a pressure cooker, which she uses now and then for bottling (relevance to XCIA’s post above).

        Both gifts are well loved.

        Some women actually enjoy stereotypically female domestic pursuits.

        Lucky for me.

        • willtin

          We are about to buy a pressure cooker, once again.
          I’m tempted to buy a still. Had a quote for $700 from a shop. There are a couple of distilling sites worth looking at first. It is a science and it is best done properly.

        • Miss McGerkinshaw

          I enjoy doing stuff like that (sometimes) but would not appreciate the equipment as a present, unless I had specifically suggested it.

          • willtin

            What is better as a gift to add to your life? A diamond or a non stick frying pan?

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Don’t like diamonds so would go for a REALLY GOOD cast iron frypan thanks.

          • willtin

            A skillet, so to speak!
            I’m about to move to a new home with my first (at home) gas stove. I can’t wait.

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Thought the skillet was the one with ridges and I have one of those, although not top quality but it does the job.
            I want a flat one as apparently the cast iron makes the best rosti – as per my brothers advice.
            Enjoy your ‘cooking with gas’

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      He’d be wearing it if it was me

    • Platinum Fox

      And a fine preserving system they were. I have fond memories of the top cupboards in Mum’s kitchen being full of Fowlers jars filled with such delights as pears preserved with the addition of a few passionfruit.
      When we sold off my parents’ household goods I kept a couple of the tall straight sided Fowlers jars which have only seen service as vases for tall flowers like gladioli and orchids in the last 30 years.

  • Lux

    Bye bye Gazza ..

    Farewell to our friend and colleague, Wellington Police Dog Gazza.

    His job was to obey, serve and protect. This he bravely did.

    • willtin

      Did you hear that your dog’s heart will beat in sync when you are close?

      • Lux

        Now I’m really crying ..

        • willtin

          Apparently an Aussie study, I heard about today

      • Miss Phit

        Id believe that. Given the way my heart broke when she passed away.

    • SlightlyStrange

      Can I just say, I am DISGUSTED with 3 news tonight that transgender Jenner using Trumps toilet made the news, but the memorial service for this brave officer did not.
      THIS was news, Newshub.

      • Lux

        Are you serious?

        Wow who would have thought …

    • RockinBob625

      I am in two minds for this pic. I love it, and it made me weepy.

      But, if we believe (and I do) that this is a dear family member and respected member of the force, should we be happy with these pictures in death displayed on a website. Would we wish to see the same ‘open casket’ pictures of a his handler?

      • Wendy

        I really didn’t like it.
        Cute if he was alive, but dead? Nah.

        • Lux

          So what do you suggest?

          • Wendy

            A coffin…like all other officers.

          • Wendy

            Is a regular service with a regular coffin being shoved under the radar?

            Does everyone who wants or has a regular service with a regular coffin consider they are being shoved under the radar?

            Do other police officers want to be laid out on a table?

          • Lux

            You are the one wanting to shove them in coffins..

  • Curly1952

    Waiting for the Labour spokesman for sport, Trevor Mallard, to declare a crisis at the Warriors as that is about the only thing left that will save them

    • Wheninrome

      He is getting ready for duck shooting, so they might be out of luck.

      • dumbshit

        He’ll need to keep his head down!

      • willtin

        Surely there is no camouflage enough to disguise an old lycra wearer, political pensioner, backseat rider, bludger for the rest of his life.

    • Dave

      Here you are, just for you.

      • Curly1952

        This from Mike King – “I left my Warriors season tickets on the dashboard of my car while I ran into the shops today, when I got back someone had smashed my window and left 4 more!”

      • Wasapilot

        Plenty of spare seats then

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        It’s a bit big isn’t it?

      • Wendy

        Ive been asked to work at their next game…I may be the only one there.

        • Lux

          Do you work on Demand?

          • Wendy

            In addition to my regular gig.

    • RockinBob625

      The good thing with Monday nights game, was that I could go to be early and not worry that I missed a massive comeback.

      #Warriors for life, or at least to round 12 whichever is first.

  • Woody

    Prince death still big news, well according to the couple of bints on 7 sharp. Here is the real news, he lived, he died and the rest of it is none of our business.

  • Lux

    If you open your fridge right now.. is there anything you can throw together for a decent meal .. even if you have already eaten dinner..

    • Isherman

      CLT – Chicken, lettuce & tomato sandwich, with whole egg mayo….and a beer.

    • Jude

      I will get people groaning , but if you have fresh vege and soya sauce plus udon noodles, you have a stir fry meal in minutes.
      You can defrost a chicken breast and throw that in too!
      Garlic butter, chilli flakes and defrost prawns . Again stir fry and serve on a bed of spinach with tomato and Japanese Mayo

      • Lux

        Not me.. it sounds delicious ..

    • Carl

      Bacon and beer. That’s all you need.

    • SlightlyStrange

      bacon, parmesan, sundried tomatoes, carrots and beans. Add some pasta and it would be sweet. Yum!

    • sandalwood789

      Pasta and tuna with a sprinkle of parmesan. Mmmmmm…… :)

    • Dave

      Lets see, dice left over boiled spuds and carrots. Prep small frypan with butter, fry bacon remove and cut into 20 mm strips. Throw ingredients into pan, add fresh capsicum, onion and herbs. Add 4 eggs. Cook until eggs are creamy, serve with a glass of the Pinot Gris.

    • Enough in there for a nice toasted sammy.

      Pick your fillings
      – cheese
      – ham
      – onion
      – pineapple
      – bacon
      – egg

      But I tell you what never hurts going down?

      Grilled cheese with a liberal sprinkling of paprika powder. A great go-to staple for the colder days.

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        Onion in the fridge? :O

        • Lux

          Not just the fridge .. but I meant that as the main ingredients..

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            I tend to be a very literal person so ‘in the fridge’ to me is ‘in the fridge’. Oh well I’ll know for next time, or perhaps not?

          • Lux

            I’m a bit loose.. and as most/some people have added a few ingredients from the pantry ..

          • Union Jack

            I’m not sure that’s the best phrase to use but I get your drift anyhow.

          • Lux

            OOpps .. ohh well ..

          • Nechtan

            Well that means the leg of lamb is fair game then! Throw in the spuds, kumara, and pumpkin in the pantry and we have a reasonable roast.

        • It’s half a red onion. Where would you put it?

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Ok half an onion, yes I agree it goes in the fridge. Mia culpa- I will retire.

          • Dave

            Send it to Angry Andy, it seems to be a perfect match :)

      • Lux

        I have never thought of the smoked paprika side of things … Hmmm might have to give it a whirl..

        • Carl

          Smoked Lux not burnt.

          • Lux

            That made me choke with laughter !!!!!!!!

    • Nechtan

      Just had a look; bacon, cheese, eggs that is an omelet at least. Add the bread perhaps toasted sandwiches.

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      Cabbage, carrots, bacon (!!!), cooked chicken, sour cream, mayo and other flavourings for a great salad or if I’m allowed to go to the pantry, use the ingredients to make a fried rice dish or pasta sauce.

    • Jude

      On food if not on your topic. I discovered this sauce refresh for pic, stir fry lamb and add sauce, put in slow cooker! It is Devine. I use Silver fern Farm lamb .

      • Lux

        Silver fern meat is delicious, we use it all the time .. thanks for the heads up with the sauce, I love their tomato ketchup.. so yummy.

        • Jude

          They have released a range and my goodness they are tasty. Very good for a quick meal although the Moroccan lamb is two hours in slow cooker. Thankfully read the back before I begun?

          • Lux

            I actually made a slow cooked meal a couple of years ago with Silver ferns lamb, and used this recipe, and it was amazing ..
            Instead of lamb shanks I used .. a few Lamb Leg Roasts. it was a hit!

            http://chelseawinter.co.nz/lamb-shanks/

      • Raibert

        All Silver Ferns beef and lamb is Halal, not sure I’m comfortable with this.

        • Miss McGerkinshaw

          It’s getting to the stage it is difficult to avoid buying Halal products and I must admit have pretty much given up trying to avoid it. They also hide the label, or disguise it so hard to tell at times. Well for me anyway.

        • Jude

          I did not know that. It seems to be a trend .
          I am choosing to ignore the trend at this stage. I do not empower them by making Halal a matter of priority. I support NZ and if it tastes good I will buy.
          Empowering the label Halal by allowing that to influence your decision in my opinion gives them more power than they actually have .

        • Dan

          replace lamb with pork. That is safe

      • Wendy

        There are a range of those Whitlocks sauces and they are all seriously good. My fave is the Beef Bourguignon…its better than home made.

        • Jude

          I have not tried that one yet but will do.:)

    • MaryLou

      Well, there’s cheese and bacon. Always plenty of salad stuff. That’ll do it!

    • LesleyNZ

      Bacon, egg, cream, Feta Cheese, Filo pastry and frozen spinach (freezer) for a quiche (spray olive oil in between the layers of filo pastry) and it can be scrunched up a bit. Mesclun salad cucumber carrot for the salad. Or just a fry up of bacon, egg and tomato and toast and maybe with some sliced avocado.

    • Dumrse

      There’s a fresh box of Speights…..let me think. A Speights smoothie for starters…

    • Mark

      Pork chops I took out of the freezer last Saturday,trying to decide if they are safe to have for breakfast?
      Box of Roses chocolates & Cadbury Orange Coco chocolate,so I’m good.
      Oh & Hite beer LOL and a couple of bottles of bubbly, & a Sharaz I don’t actually have a drinking problem,honest.

      • Jude

        The sniff test really does work! Believe me, had things in fridge taken out , then change of mind.
        If in doubt throw it out!

        • Mark

          They smelt ok this morning LOL

      • Lux

        were they still frozen when you put them in the fridge, or did you defrost them in another way?

        • Mark

          Still frozen.

          • Lux

            Then as long as they smell fine.. you are probably good to go .. let us know how it goes..

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Go on take a chance. You’d be amazed at what the stomach can cope with!

          • Mark

            It is the twelve hour shift I have after breakfast that worries me!

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            You having them for breakfast? If you eat them now if there are any, ahem, complications you should be fine in the am.
            She speaks from experience, lol.

          • Mark

            Yeah that thought crossed my mind!

      • Lux

        Have a read here, for a rough guide, remembering your food was frozen so would take a few days to unfreeze in this weather..

        http://www.foodsafety.gov/blog/meatinrefrig.html

      • willtin

        What sort of flowers do you like?

        • Mark

          I like you,but its not you its me.

    • KatB

      Chocolate always in my fridge and always a decent meal.

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        Seems to evaporate in mine ;-(

        • KatB

          Yes it does in mine too. I have to replenish it daily almost. Think it’s the Taranaki air or possibly climate change that does it, certainly nothing to do with my expanding waistline.

      • Lux

        I have never liked chocolate .. just thinking about it makes me feel a bit ill .. now about my pork cravings ..

        • KatB

          Oh I wished I didn’t like it. I have a rather addictive love of it. If only the government could regulate it so I didn’t HAVE to eat so much of it.

        • Miss McGerkinshaw

          Damn and blast I LOVE both in fact there is very little in the ‘normal’ food line that I don’t like – oysters being the main glaring example of something that will never again pass my lips.

          • Lux

            Oysters turn me off as well .. I have a hankering to cook mussels.. but you know how that’s gonna turn out ..

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Hey chargrilled mussels – could be a new fad?

          • Jude

            Mine turn out like rubber. I can eat oysters if cooked. Slimy and raw are worse than swallowing a pill ?

          • Lux

            No way for me .. I love the look of them .. but would never be able to eat them.

          • dumbshit

            If you ever visit Tauranga, visit the perimeter fence of the mussel factory in Glen Lyon Place. A very conscientious niece lasted to morning smoko, albeit with several pit stops notched up, but retired defeated at 10am! Shelling cooked mussels. Don’t think that even pure green steak, could match that odour.

    • Dan

      Not unless you can eat glass, plastic and a light bulb.

      • Lux

        Try eating paper, or some grass, it passes through your bowels a little bit easier.. :-)

        • KatB

          Is that advice from personal experience?? When I was pregnant I had cravings for sand/sandy dirt. My family would tease me if we were at the beach, wondering if I would be able to contain myself.

          • Lux

            Growing up.. I used to tell my sisters lots of made up stories, one of them was they should rub sand into their skin with oil, while sunbathing ..

            I walked outside one day, and could not believe my eyes when two of them had it all over their legs while sunbathing.. man it was funny..

          • KatB

            I guess they had lovely exfoliated skin. You were ahead of your time with beauty advice.

          • dumbshit

            Should that read “woman that was funny”!

          • Dan

            No, its all that is in my fridge! All shelves and the fridge light. I am thinking of writing to the media about this and forming a givealittle page.

            Actually I lie, there is some milk and a packet of papaya seeds.

        • Dan

          When younger me and my friends would eat moths and (dare I say it) flies.

          • Lux

            I have a confession to make .. when I was in school, my best friend and I would eat mud. yes mud from around the school taps.. I have no idea why …

            That year at school/parent teacher meetings etc.. My favourite teacher said to my parents…
            “Sometimes I look at her and wonder, and other times I cannot bear to watch”

            My father said.. What… My Lux .. and spelt my surname.. are you talking about MY Lux.. he was horrified , but chuckled and mum smiled.. the teacher said, she is extraordinary.

            I was not bad.. just extraordinary.
            He was one of the best teachers I had.. there was another couple I had when I got to high school, and I ended up working with one. That was really cool ..

          • Dan

            Mud is interesting, nut nowhere near as good as jellymeat.

          • KatB

            My obstetrician told me about a pregnant women he looked after who craved and ate those toilet duck thingys you put in your toilet cistern.

          • dumbshit

            You just have to mind, that you don’t stop to do something, when crossing the road, after consuming it.

          • LesleyNZ

            Mud! That is very unusual. You have built up a good immunity. My mother-in-law who was a little girl in the depression days (and said she had clothes made out of flour sacks) used to make sparrow pie with her cousin.I am not sure if I believe her. She said it was true. She lived in the country.

          • Lux

            It’s true .. I have read stories about the sacks .. I will build a story for you to read.. give me a week or so ..

    • Uhuh. A big fluffy cheesy omelete. Or cheesy scrambled eggs. With a side of coleslaw and tahine lemon dressing.

    • hookerphil

      I have tulip bulbs in ours.

    • Gaynor

      I have aged rump steak, bacon, pork sausages , eggs , lots of vegetables all from today’s Ohoka Farmer’s Market. Also beer and wine and milk and lots of cheese. I could survive for at least a week without opening the freezer. Maybe the Christchurch quakes have made me squirrel like .

    • Moonroof

      Eggs, capsicums, salad onions, cheese(s), salami, fritatta!

  • Jude

    Re – watching the Enigma Code on Netflix. Highly recommend this movie to those who have not seen it ,

    • Spoiler: They break it in the end.

    • Dan

      Top movie. But I could not decide whether the main theme was the code breaking or the sexual side. Maybe both?

  • sandalwood789

    Good article here – a left-winger finally realises the truth about Islam –
    http://www.citizenwarrior.com/2016/04/enlisting-left-flank.html

    If only John Key would do the same.

  • MIKE King: I left my Warriors season tickets on the dashboard of my car while I ran into the shops today, when I got back someone had smashed my window and left 4 more!

    • Carl

      Catch up Pete, check comments.

      • Isherman

        It’s funny enough for a second go though:)

        • Carl

          It’s a shame I saw the same joke on Face book 4 days ago from a mate about his AFL team

      • Oh bugger. Sorry to whomever got there before me. I’ll go back to doing my quiz for tomorrow.

        • Curly1952

          That’s ok Pete. Imitation is the best form of flattery. And if the chiefs don’t get their act together we will be able to change the word warriors to the chiefs!!!

          • Isherman

            Now now, settle down mate.

            Just quietly I’m glad I changed my pick and pulled the margin to 1-12 though…been chopping and changing my mind all day.

          • Curly1952

            I pick early in the week and try and forget so I can enjoy the game better

        • hookerphil

          Q8 Who has managed to win 3 of there last 17 games. ?
          1. All Blacks
          2 Labour Parliamentary Rugby Team
          3. Warriors.

        • Dan

          Oops from me too. Wheninrome the original poster who I see also got more upvotes but no comments. What does this tell us?

    • LesleyNZ

      So funny we had a laugh here.

    • Mark

      The best zinger is still the one about the Fan who wants the Warriors to lower his coffin into the grave when he passes,so they can let him down one more time.

    • Dan

      That’s your best one all week Pete! …Sorry, … Mike!

  • LovetoTeach

    Totally random q for the evening- does anybody know the rules for using old tyres in school playgrounds? I have this vague memory of reading somewhere that we couldn’t because they leach noxious gases….then i wonder if that was just something someone told me.

    Anybody know? Have searched a whole variety of things but can’t find a definitive answer…so I’ve come to the experts ;)

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      From memory, the issue is more with the steel in them being a safety risk for children, So they’re not allowed in our cotton wool, nambsy pambsy, PC rubbish schools.

    • PhantomsDoc

      The gasses they leech won’t be half as bad as those generated by the union based teachers in the classrooms…

      Having said that, any decomposition of the tyres in that open environment won’t be half as bad as the fumes generated by either the emissions of the vehicle taking a child to school, or, the fumes generated by modern materials (plastics) in a car in a hot day (you know, that “new car” smell).

    • FornaK

      They’ll only be a problem if the kids set them on fire.
      You’re not in Wanganui by any chance???

      • LovetoTeach

        coromandel

  • PhantomsDoc

    OK, I know a lot of the site is Auckland based, but, here in Chch the bunch of mouth breathing, window licking muppets that are our council have made the central city a 30km/h zone; this includes sections of the 2 lane one-way systems.

    What I want to know is how do I create an Official Information Request that can tell me what professional advice they received in the formulation of this policy, what benefits they have had quantified by the implementation of this policy and what their expected goals are of this policy.

    Because, as a user of those roads, it makes me want to avoid the central city even more than before. If I feel this way I’m sure that many more people feel this way and this policy will be driving people out of the central city. Before the EQ the central city was dying due to poor management, this seems to be killing the CBD just as it’s in the throws of being rebuilt.

  • “This was a personal decision made by Hilary. We are disappointed to lose her but also acknowledge that, after 23 years, it’s very reasonable she might wish to make a change.

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      Que?

      • Isherman

        Hillary Barry chucks in the towel.

        • Miss McGerkinshaw

          Thought Pete meant her but was but hopeful it was perhaps the Clinton version of Hillary.

      • Not everything I thought I had copied had pasted

    • Jude

      A jump before push?

    • LovetoTeach

      I love her…will miss seeing her on Paul Henry. Not that i really get to watch it coz am off to school, but i love catching up with their nonsense on facebook.

      • Nige.

        You really haven’t been paying attention have you.

        • LovetoTeach

          ??

        • XCIA

          I used to be kept in detention writing lines “I must pay attention”.

          • Lux

            I used to write that as well ..

    • Lux

      Nooooooooooooo.. is reportedly to be in talks with TVNZ.

    • Lux

      I wish Throng was still going.. so we could see the stats for each day.

    • Moonroof

      Oddly, or not, same age, and perhaps equally not sanguine about future in same employ. A job/role/career, has a beginning, a middle, and a “this just doesn’t inspire me at all”. Hilary got to pt3 perhaps.

  • Isherman

    BBC headline: UN to respond to NK missile tests.

    Ooh, a UN response… I bet they are just shaking in their boots terrified.

  • Kleinholz

    Just for light entertainment, I enrolled some time ago on the UMR Sayit on-line poll. They send me an email with a link to the survey. Today’s was the third or fourth one I have tried to complete. It asked me for my sex, age-range and place of residence. As soon as I chose ‘Auckland’, it closes out with a ‘thank you for participating’ message.

    Is it that they don’t want to hear from male, older Aucklanders? I hope UMR’s chosen audience gives them the answers they were looking for/being paid to find.

  • XCIA

    So, what passes for a Commerce Commission comes out with a decision that most in the oil industry knew about some 2 months ago. They say that Z was a price follower, not a price setter. God, spare me, the only reason that the others are still here and spending money is that since Greenstone (now Z Energy) acquired the downstream assets of Shell, they have gradually by stealth increased the margins and the others have taken advantage of the gift by not rocking the boat in a national price competition. However that has not stopped some competitive pricing at the pump where in Auckland you can see a disparity of up to 35cpl.

    • Second time around

      It was a strange decision, based on the notion that because Caltex didn’t seem to want to compete with Z it made no difference if Z bought it up. If Caltex had been sold to another company, such as Gull they could well have decided to compete, for the benefit of society and ordinary working people. What annoys me is that these economist types think they are dealing with an exact science, and have the arrogance to believe they can predict human behaviour with certitude.

      • XCIA

        Caltex’s volume lay mainly in the commercial side and they had a comprehensive truck stop network. Z would never match the commercial discounting structure that Caltex had, so the next few months will be interesting to see if new contracts are negotiated at the Z commercial pricing structure.

  • Lux

    I have just had a Spooky experience ..

    This person who I have had the love machine going on for.. for years .. suddenly popped up on facebook .. and we spoke .. it was bizarre..

    • Lux

      To Add.. it was lust from afar .. we never did anythting.. man it was surreal..

    • Moonroof

      Facebook is the Matrix. What you perceive to be real is just that, a perception :)

      • Lux

        We had a love affair.. it was real.. he named his daughter after me .. that’s when I knew it was terrible and he was married..

        he was not mine.

        • XCIA

          I used to lunch with a special bunch of ladies several of whom liked being the “other woman” because they could have a lot of fun without any commitment on their part. if the dynamic changed, they were on to the next one!

          • Lux

            When I heard he named his daughter after me, I realised how terrible it was and … I had got involved with him .. it was not sex, or seedy, it’s hard to understand .. but we we really had this thing..

            anyway.. I have never seen him again.

        • Moonroof

          OK, so now your post heads off to a “wow, for real?” moment. Time wounds all heels [pardon me]. I’ve run out of even remotely
          intelligent or witty commentary now.

          • Lux

            So it’s ok for men to have an affair, but not women?

            I was being honest, we never, ever, even had sex, but we fell in love.

          • Moonroof

            Never hinted that, people do whatever they do, gender irrelevant.

  • Lux

    Missing have you seen these women?

    The search and rescue operation for two women missing in the central North Island will resume at dawn on Saturday.

    Reported sightings of the American woman Carolyn Lloyd, 44, and daughter Rachel Lloyd, 22 have focused search and rescue teams efforts on the Kapakapanui Track, in the Tararua Forest Park.

    The vehicle the pair were travelling in was found at the head of a walking track on the Kapiti Coast, police confirmed on Friday night.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/79466382/missing-women-sought-by-police-in-central-north-island

    • Moonroof

      Aw heck, not good.

    • Usaywot

      They’ve been found safe and well.

  • Wendy

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      Oh dear SO me.
      Learned the saying some years ago that although “While there are many ways to skin a cat (Cam will love that part!) there is no right way to do so”. TRY, try being the operative word, and remember that and keep my mouth shut but my brain doesn’t stop commenting on someone doing it all wrong!

  • Wendy

    Speaking of Tamati Coffey (socialist, fascist, all round hater of the “haves” and defender of the “have nots”), it is pretty funny that he calls his bar in Rotorua “Ponsonby Road”.

    We all know that Ponsonby Road (in Auckland) is the home of the wealthy and the wannabees, of expensive restaurants and fashionable bars, of nice cars, celebrities and successful people…of the “haves” that are so diametrically opposed to his professed political ideology.

    If he had one brain cell it would be lonely.

  • XCIA

    Looks like this little old lady signed up for a tandem jump, then at the last minute changed her mind, but was pushed out of the para door and slipped out of the harness……..cowboys??

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      Well that was one thing on my bucket list, now removed!
      Poor thing she fought like a wild thing NOT to do it. Wasn’t like they could have misunderstood her change of mind.

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