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  • Nechtan

    Born today in 1948 Wayne Kramer guitarist and backing vocals for prototype punk band MC5.

    Today in 1976 The Who’s drummer Keith Moon paid nine cab drivers to block off both ends of a New York street so he could throw the contents of his hotel room out of the window.

    Today in 1983 blues singer, songwriter and guitarist Muddy Waters (born McKinley Morganfield) died of a heart attack aged 68. He was a major inspiration for British blues/rock groups in the 1960s. The Rolling Stones even named themselves after a Muddy Waters song.

    Died today in 1999 drummer and co-founder of Nazareth, Darrell Sweet aged 52, after suffering a fatal heart attack before a show in the US.

    • Wasapilot

      To paraphrase the great Joe Walsh, “The most frightening thing I ever experienced was when Keith Moon decided he liked me”

    • Left Right Out

      You sent me on a WHO frenzy….. just watched them play at Glastonbury last year on youtube….. Brilliant! even in their 70’s

  • Carl

    Go Green they say. (pic)

  • Nige.

    Phooey answered last night’s question with:

    “It’s so cheap”

    Have you noticed price drops or rises in anything?

    • kayaker

      Yesterday I bought a good sized pumpkin in Auckland for $1.00!

      • Lux

        How do you cut yours up, the last time a bought a whole one I had to take to it with the ax.

        • Wasapilot

          Mental picture forming of Lux attacking a pumpkin with an axe ?

          Refresh for picture

          • Lux

            LOL .. you are not far off, the whole thing shattered and went everywhere..

        • Brian Smaller

          A large sharp kitchen knife.

          • Lux

            I’m not strong enough, it with was one tough large pumpkin.. it made the most delicious soup though.. one of my few wins with the cooking lark.

        • XCIA

          Remove the “button” in the middle and start from there.

        • kayaker

          I outsourced that bit. Mr K sorted it with a rather large and sharp knife.

        • Sailor Sam

          Put the whole pumpkin in a hot oven for about 15 minutes, knife will go through it like going through hot butter.

          • Spiker

            That right there is the tip of the day for me.

    • Lux

      A couple of years ago I could do a LARGE grocery shop for food, meat and vegs with essentials and it would be around the $400.00 mark .. Now I do the shopping once a week or a fortnight, and spend that same amount, but with no meat except for bacon, and get a lot less goods, no meat or veges as I buy them at Farros.

      • Usaywot

        Well you’ll be spending a heap at Farros, just saying.

        • Lux

          It’s no more expensive than the supermarket (sometimes cheaper), but the meat and veges are ten millions times better.

      • Brian Smaller

        Even when we had two growing kids to feed we never ever spent $400 at the supermarket. I am just not sure how one can spend that much. You are talking about a week right?

        • Lux

          Depends .. a week or fortnight .. 4 people ..

          • Brian Smaller

            A fortnight that would be the most we ever spent on a shop.

        • XCIA

          Its very easy. I spend upwards of $800 a week – New World 350, Fruitword 120, local butcher 400.

          • Usaywot

            WhaaaaaT! For how many?

          • XCIA

            Two adults and three WHWT’s.

          • Gaynor

            Agree…I could never spend that much unless an army had arrived.

          • Brian Smaller

            You are either cooking for a horde or you are pulling my chain.

          • XCIA

            Neither. Two adults and three WHWT’s.

          • Nechtan

            Do the terriers eat nothing but eye fillet? :-)

          • XCIA

            Here is their menu: Two nights per week it is organic rump mince with herbs, parsley, celery, carrots and green beans. Five nights it is organic chicken breasts cooked with herbs with carrots and pak choy. Snacks are carrot sticks and chicken burgers made with organic breast chicken mince, bacon, herbs, parsley and cheese. Breakfast is organic porridge with toast and honey.

          • Nechtan

            They eat better than most people. Its great you love them.

          • XCIA

            My mission is to keep them with with me for as long as possible in good health. they are 8, 14 and 15 and showing no signs of slowing down.

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Ah that reminds me of the time when I used to make organic meals for my cats. Not quite as varied a menu as yours I will admit though.

          • MaryLou

            I’m so confused. Is that the peoples, or the dogs???

          • XCIA

            What’s with the ” dogs”??? These are my best friends!

          • MaryLou

            I’m new to the “Dog Love” scene, in my 6th week with a Lab having always been a cat person. And yes, I can see him being somewhat an integral part of the family. But… toast??? Oatmeal? Wouldn’t they prefer a raw steak?

          • XCIA

            Porridge, honey, toast are all foods they had as puppies – Iv’e just carried it on for breakfast. As long as they like it……..

          • Lux

            My dog used to love raw carrots, and once a week i would cook up a huge pot of steak or chicken mince, throw in tons of vegetables and rice .. he loved it.

          • XCIA

            And, carrots help with their teeth and eyesight!

          • XCIA

            To remove any doubt, herewith an extract from my VISA. This does not include cash purchases or purchases on various monthly accounts. I visit the butcher twice a week on Tuesday and Friday.

      • intelligentes candida diva

        A lot of food, who cooked Lux :-) :-)

        • Lux

          Not me .. I’m not allowed in the kitchen any more ..except to walk on through it..

          • Chris EM

            Oh, I was thinking you were buying heaps to allow for your mistakes.

          • Lux

            Funny .. thats why I don’t cook any more it’s a waste of money.

          • JEL51

            I so luv to see it when a woman has her life sorted. I must learn some tips ;)

      • XCIA

        My New World is now stocking the Paneton range!

        • Lux

          Lucky you .. Farro do delicious bread.. I wish they did home deliveries.. The Westmere Butcher is another one of my favourite, have you tried them, they do home deliveries.

          • XCIA

            I favour the Kapiti Artisan ciabatta that you can keep in the fridge and throw in the oven when you are ready. My local butcher at Torbay is without a doubt one of the best. He will literally do anything for you.

      • cows4me

        We buy a lot of goods by bulk, saves heaps. Nearest shop is 10Ks and that’s about twice the price of town goods.

        • Lux

          When non food stuff is on special I buy in bulk.. I have enough washing powder to last me the rest of my life ..

        • MaryLou

          Unfortunately Bin Inn and stuff that used to be around, just aren’t available in Auckland any more. I tried when the kids were little, but the main supermarkets are rally all there is. And their bulk bins are a “have”.

          • cows4me

            No we buy through Gilmours, they deliver from central North Island

      • Gaynor

        How many people are you feeding?

        • Lux

          4 adults ..

      • Michelle

        we shop Pak n Save as it is cheapest most of the time but have not had to buy meat and grow most of our fruit and veg so save heaps
        When the whole family was home it cost about $600 a month for basics and a few extras
        We only shop once a month and have done for 30+ years but it is a 3hr round trip

      • MaryLou

        Yep, I thought it was just having teenagers in the house, but maybe you’re right.

    • Any tech really. It just amazes me how cheap it is. Volume certainly helps. How I can buy a kick ass computer for less than a 3 seater couch made from some cheap pine, foam and a bit of fabric blows my mind.

      • Spiker

        I agree with your assessment of the price of furniture. Recently Mrs Spiker dragged me around the shops looking for a new lounge suite for the new house (for some reason we have to have all new stuff in it as well). I thought the stuff was outrageously priced for what it was. All I can think is that the bulk of the items means they cost more to ship from China.

    • intelligentes candida diva

      Rises rise rise rise at supermarkets I went to buy an avocado this avo $4.99 for one.

      Good ole fashioned hot chips remain same, good value for $$ although Southern Blue Cod increasing price rises

      • JEL51

        Oh dear, we have none left on the trees and that would be the case for most growers. They will be cheap as chips next season as the trees are holding a bumper crop. Hang in there.

        • Michelle

          sorry to go off track here but been meaning to ask about all those new houses on SH14 by golf course
          That was a nice bit of land there, some big money being spent on landscaping etc

          • JEL51

            Agree, I have been meaning to ask friend who lives up that road but keep forgetting. It was far more interesting as a horse paddock. Each of those houses deserves at least an acre each yet they are so close the occupants will be able to count how many rashers of bacon on each other’s plates in the morning.
            Will report back when I find out more.

          • Michelle

            Yes the horses were much better to look at and the houses are very close l couldn’t stand being that close
            Mind you if they are from Jafa land they will be right at home living cheek by jowl
            last century (70’s) that was all farmland, now mostly small blocks not producing alot, good soil going to waste

          • JEL51

            “Good soil going to waste” was exactly my thought when I first saw it.
            We will have to have a cuppa at ‘The Office’ one day when you are passing through, so we can put these wrongs to right.

          • Michelle

            sounds like a plan we were there last week, they do a good coffee

      • Dave

        Still get Avo’s for 3 for $5.00, but they are on the way up

        • intelligentes candida diva

          I got 3 for$3.99 at a stall in Waimate a couple of weeks back

    • STAG

      Not KFC apprantly

    • Lux

      Rates have increased in Auckland .. I pay by direct credit and I have to increase the amount several times in the last year or so.

    • Les couilles de chien.

      I notice diesels creeping back up steadily.

    • Dave

      Yeah, Diesel is now over a dollar again.

      • hookerphil

        Never been under lately, here.

      • Raibert

        86 cents at Gull, Botany today.

    • Skydog

      Pizza’s at the two main outlets are getting cheaper. Not the best pizza in the world but you can get a pretty good one for 10 dollars or even cheaper.

  • Vlad

    What’s on your big sports event bucket list? I’ve decided I’d love to go to Oklahoma City and watch Steven Adams and the Thunder. Air NZ flies direct to Houston now so it’s not impossible, and also — Route 66 , Texas and great barbecue food. I’ve never been to a basketball game but the NBA looks great on TV.

    • STAG

      Montreal Grand Prix!!!!!!!!

    • Carl

      The Masters. Would just like to walk around the coarse for a look as they are so different than what you see on tv.

    • XCIA

      I’ve seen most things from F1 to camel racing, but if the opportunity availed itself I wouldn’t mind watching a full on game of Buzkashi.

    • Eiselmann

      F.A Cup Final, growing up it was the only game I got to see live on TV , always wanted to go

      • Carl

        I didn’t get to an FA cup but got to see my team Arsenal play Man U at a full Wembley stadium in the Charity Shield in 1999 so was pretty stoked with that.

        • Eiselmann

          The closest I got was seeing Manchester United against Sheffield United in the 3rd round back in 1994 …so hanging out for this years Final , hopefully history repeats.

          • Les couilles de chien.

            got in a kerfuffle with a couple of man u supporters when they played Hereford utd in the FA cup some years ago. Probably didn’t help that I was dressed as hitler with an inflatable crotch at the time. Therein lies another story.

      • nellie

        My Dad used to drag us to a ‘friends’ house in the middle of the night to watch it. Not sure why we had to go somewhere else instead of watch at home. Probably so he had someone to have a drink with – just like at ‘ome.

    • Odd Ball

      I’ve been dropping hints recently, about going to the Moto GP at Phillip island for my 50th..

      • Les couilles de chien.

        i went there some years ago, don’t do what I did and ride naked round the entire outside of the track on a R1. Therein lies a tale.

    • Left Right Out

      Game 7 Stanley Cup final…. don’t care who is playing (but will live in hope that it’s Canucks)

      NHL live is soooo good

      • Barnacles2

        I was in Chicago a few years back when the Blackhawks were playing, and won, the Stanley cup. Unfortunately I didn’t get to a game, but I’d definitely go to a game if I ever gave the chance again.

        • Left Right Out

          Have been to a few NHL games now… but never a playoff game

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      Wimbledon, but in really good seats out of the sun!

    • cows4me

      Talladega or Isles of Man TT

    • Crowgirl

      The Olympics or Wimbledon

    • Dave

      Monaco Grand Prix, Goodwood festival of speed, Isle of Man TT, and Wimbeldon. Oh, and to see the Warriors win a game, but I might run out of years, thats a big ask.

    • Stuarts.burgers

      1000 Lakes Rally ( or as they call it the Grand Prix on Gravel) in Finland
      or a Nascar Race at Bristol, short track racing and huge crowds

    • Aucky

      I’m easy to please. France v All Blacks at the Stade de France.

      • Raibert

        Or Wales at Cardiff Arms park.

        • Aucky

          I’d prefer the Millennium Stadium.

    • Curly1952

      I would love to be sideline, and I mean sideline, for an AB’s test match so you can hear the real grunt, comments, calls etc

  • STAG

    The things you do for love.

    I don’t even like KFC!

    • that’s a hell of a wait there.

      • Cadwallader

        Is it true that KFC gives men breasts? I don’t mean chicken breasts to eat either.

        • KatB

          Well Red Bull gives you wings

        • WeaselKiss

          Probably.
          Somethin’s doin’ it .

      • STAG

        Aaaand I’m free, considerably poorer and probably closer to death.

    • Brian Smaller

      Park in one of those empty spaces and walk in right up to the counter and order your chicken flavoured grease and chips. Save sitting in a queue like that.

    • Carl

      Are you in Invercargill Stag?

      • Dave

        He can’t be in Invercargill, its not raining or snowing!

    • cows4me

      Townies !

    • XCIA

      in a queue like that, there is sure to one that will run out of gas.

    • Carl

      I’ve been thinking Stag. What made you think it was a good idea to go to KFC on the same night of a super rugby game being played there about a 1 1/2 hours before kick off ?

    • Looks like it’s gonna take the “contagious” alright!

    • MaryLou

      Oooh, I do, my fav in fact. I’d probably do that if the alternative was no KFC.

  • intelligentes candida diva

    What is with the ‘self love’ kick msm give themselves?

    ‘superstar’ is one term I heard to describe the person resigning from mediaworks…..yea nah

    I cant say I disliked the woman but in recent times instead of retaining a professional disposition has been too often emotive in her expressions instead of reporting the facts

    • She was clearly just phoning it in, and it’s got to the logical conclusion.

    • R&BAvenger

      Tim Murphy on Hillary Barry on Prime News “I think she’s more popular than the Prime Minister” #yeahright

      • Lux

        Seriously .. Wow he is deluded.. he must have been drinking the Koolaid..

      • Cadwallader

        There’s one way for her to find out! The answer will be deflating for an msm type.

      • Spiker

        I don’t even know who Tim Murphy is, why should his opinion mean anything to me?

    • STAG

      The media personalities truly believe they are God’s chosen and special, it’s one the most unappealing things about them.

    • Greg M

      Why do these people continue to think they are superstars or even celebrities?
      The only one of them that has any professionalism is Peter Williams, the rest of them are nothing more than overhyped and ego driven upstarts.

    • pisces8284

      Some Twit called her a legend. Seriously? She is a teleprompt reader. How does that make you a legend?

      • intelligentes candida diva

        Exactly In my personal life I had to earn the title”legend” & then it is scrutinised regularly lol

        • pisces8284

          Something for me to aspire to then :-)

        • Cadwallader

          “Legend” and “Icon” are plastered around by the msm about all sorts. I recall the annoying Jim Hickey once being described as “The Star of the Weather.” I thought that award ought go to a hurricane or a tornado etc..?

    • Wayne Peter McIndoe

      Many comments about Barrys staus are somewhat over the top, BUT, I do think TV3 are going to lose ratings over this, something fishy going on, the puiblic are not stupid

  • Usaywot

    Ye Gods! Did anyone else see the item on TV1 news about Queenstown? I am so glad I have already been there a few times but I don’t think I’ll be going back. Tourism is all well and good but at what cost?

    • We house-sat about 10 days for friends that have a 4 bedroom home + spa at Hayes Estate. It was lovely. But every time I headed into town I realised I wouldn’t want to be in that mad house all the time.

      • Carl

        I am in that mad house Pete. I start work early and finish at 4.30 to miss the main traffic. You get used to it. If I’m stuck in traffic for 5 mins I just think of Aucklanders and laugh.

    • Cadwallader

      Queenstown is Ok for a visit or two, but Wanaka is more desirable if for no other reason it faces north and doesn’t suffer the interminable hours of shade which Queenstown does. I’d be interested to learn how many tourists stay there for more than two consecutive nights?

      • Dave

        And, I find Hawea even better, still in close proximity to Wanaka for supplies, a beautiful lake, and only around 10% of the people, almost no tourists.

        • Cadwallader

          Lake Hawea has often been regarded as a poor relation to Wanaka but you’re right it is a beautiful lake. Last weekend I visited Lake Ohau another wonderful lake, but again, Lakes Tekapo and Benmore are preferred.
          It is impossible to imagine trying to get a hydro scheme going in NZ these days. The wonderful achievements of the 20th century are indisputable but trying to get a scheme past the Greenies these days just won’t happen.

  • Two photos tonight. First is for Cows4me
    .

    • cows4me

      Wouldn’t get much milk out of that Pete it’s only a baby.

      • Curly1952

        As soon as I saw that I knew that would be your reaction Cows

    • Nige.

      Oh no. Next one….please be for lux, please be for lux…..

  • intelligentes candida diva

    Dear God what has and continues to happen in Aleppo is a travesty to ordinary people particularly children.

    It bothers me too the way news is aired and there is ‘tone’ & subtle hint in the reports of whom are the victims or perpetrators.

    One view that is undeniable there are innocents amid battles and a war who are deprived of choice to live in their city peacefully……

    Aleppo a symbolic city of conquest.

    • Odd Ball

      I’m not sure what you mean, but I presume you are referring to ongoing atrocities?

      • intelligentes candida diva

        Yes the recent attacks & past. The children & innocent civilians

  • Nige.

    So….if tasers were legal for public/citizen use in new Zealand would you carry one?

    • Nechtan

      Yep. Two

      • Nige.

        [Will edit to add to question above]

    • intelligentes candida diva

      Damm straight dude,

    • Lux

      No I’m scared I would use them on people in my neighbourhood that annoy me.. ;-0

    • Greg M

      Nope. Much more fun to give some fool a good old fashioned hiding, possibly followed with a swift boot if required.

      • XCIA

        I’d say yes to that too, but as you age the mind over matter thing sometimes falls a bit short.

      • Nige.

        Yeah but what about us fat poor excuses for men?

      • Nechtan

        25 odd years ago I would have agreed with you, these days I couldn’t kick the skin of a rice pudding and there will be others in the same boat.

    • XCIA

      Yep, one in a shoulder holster and one strapped to the leg.

    • intelligentes candida diva

      Minimum situation = working late and had to walk to my car in the dark & was confronted by several people. I could handle one person but more …….. taser time

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        Yeah but you’d only get one as it is a one shot thing from my understanding. I’d use one in a one-on-one but be less likely to with a group as would just annoy them even more I would fear.

        • Nige.

          You can get hand held multiple use ones.

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Great, didn’t know that. Ah well I’d definitely have a couple of them then!

          • Nige.

            One for each hand!

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Absobloominlutely!!

        • Lux

          Or freak them out, and give you a bit of time to make a run for it ..

    • I don’t feel unsafe. So no.

      If I felt unsafe, then perhaps I would review that.

    • No.

    • JEL51

      No need round here. I would have the dog goad the idiot between the bee hives & the electric fence, then offer them the choice.

    • MaryLou

      Yes. Definitely. Some of the places I used to go, and would like to go again with my kids, have become dumping grounds for bodies and really are a bit too isolated to feel comfortable on my own. Even better, would be one of hose small calibre handbag guns. Semi auto, of course.

    • Spiker

      If I felt the risk was great enough to warrant carrying a taser I’d carry a handgun instead.

    • Eiselmann

      Yes and the realistic mimimum situation would be if someone was on my property without my permission and acting in, or with the obvious intent to act .illegally or to harm me in any way.

      In an ideal world where the taser was legal to carry and use …it would be against gang members on sight.

    • Curly1952

      I wouldn’t carry one because I wouldn’t trust myself as I run into idiots regularly

  • Wendy

    I had the opportunity today to observe John Palino in his natural habitat…at work in his café.

    The food looked great, but that was about it. The buildings and grounds were a mess, the toilets were dirty and poor John looked and sounded so awkward as a customer tried to chat to him about his coffee (which JP blends and roasts himself). Zero charisma.

    Im sorry team (and Mr S)…but JP is never going to be Mayor.

    • Nechtan

      So long as he doesn’t (or has never spit) on veterans he is still a better person than Phil Goff.

    • Stick to archery dear.

      • Wendy

        Lol. Yes dear.
        :)

  • Photo 2. For Nige.
    .

    • Nige.

      It’s hip to be a bogan.

      • Ummm…who the hell is Celine Dion and what does bacon have to do with it?

        Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh…..bogan!

  • Jude

    My whole family had a lovely birthday lunch with Mum. I think as I age, I want my girls to realise that the most precious gift they can give, is their time.

    • KatB

      The grandkids often don’t realise how much joy they bring to the grandparents either. Precious times.

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      I think time is the most precious gift at any age – makes me think of the song ‘Cats cradle’ I think it’s called.

      • Nechtan

        This one?

        • Lux

          I love Cat baby ..

        • Miss McGerkinshaw

          Exactly. It’s just so spot on.

        • NZ_Stormer

          Cat Stevens never covered this song ever. This was a hit for Harry Chapin.
          Somehow there is a myth that Cat Stevens covered this song. Just because YouTube says its Cats Stevens does not make it right.

    • Curly1952

      I tell my kids that they should ring their Nana regularly because she loves hearing from them and the great grandies. I ring her every Friday morning without fail and at 88 going on 89 thats alll she wants – someone recognising her and I know she looks forward to Friday mornings

  • LovetoTeach

    SO disappointing when you have to rethink your costume for Star Wars day because your Jedi outfit looks more like a Hobbit….am having to embrace my dark side instead

    • KatB

      Well at least you have your costume sorted when they have a Lord of the Rings day.

  • intelligentes candida diva

    The Queen just made me smile
    ‘Really, please”
    ‘Yes mam you are classy a little flash & a smidge of fun’
    Check out the video from the link

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/apr/29/queen-and-obamas-feature-in-invictus-games-promo

    • Nechtan

      Just love that understated humour. The “Yanks” just don’t get it.

  • Lux

    New puzzle ..pic

    Can You find the mistake in five seconds or less?

    • KatB

      Two the’s

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        Now I feel REALLY stupid. But that’s why i’m pants at proof reading.

        • JEL51

          (pssst! I didn’t see it either)

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      Not even in a lifetime

    • Nechtan

      The colours don’t match the numbers.

    • Jude

      Yes?

      • Lux

        Your puzzle was much better, it made me feel like a mathematician for a few minutes.

        • Jude

          More than a few minutes for me?
          I was pleased to see that it was a couple of days later to feature on Stuff.
          We do tend to read it here first !

    • Chris EM

      Nope.

    • Gaynor

      yes

    • Left Right Out

      yep yep

    • kayaker

      Yep

    • Spiker

      In as much time as it took to get to the second line. That said, I find picking up other peoples typing mistakes is a lot easier than seeing my own.

    • Dave

      Yes, about 3 seconds to find the mistake

    • FornaK

      No?!

    • Doug

      On the second read

  • Old Kiwi

    What a wonderful inspirational family featured on country calendar Tv1 tonight bee keeping in the far north. Worth a look on +1 at 7.30. if you missed it

  • XCIA

    One News really surprised me tonight. They went the whole program without blagging the PM. Its a long time since that happened.

    • Roland

      Yes, but Andrea Vance slipped in a goody about ‘Global warming’ in the story about the scaffolder transversing some iceland. She said Global warming had melted the ice so they couldnt continue the trek, but the next day it had frozen over again so were able to continue

      • kiwisnab

        So maybe someone is turning global warming on and off?

  • kayaker

    Today, I tried buffalo milk. For a person who doesn’t really like milk, I was pleasantly surprised. Have I been hiding a rock all this time? Anyone else care to comment on this delicacy?

    • Greg M

      It’s delicious. The ex boss had about 500 Mongolian recipes for things you could do with it.

  • Lux

    Was this a spooky Premonition?

    Paralympian Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, South African model Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day 2013. He claims to have mistaken her for an intruder…

    Reeva’s mother, June Steenkamp, told a newscaster that her daughter had a premonition of her own death and made it into a painting at the age of 14. The painting portrays Reeva as an angel standing at the bottom of a ladder leading to heaven.

    Far off in the distance, she drew a man. He has a gun in his hand.The angel looks terrified. Her hands cover her mouth.

    Reeva isn’t here to explain the picture’s true meaning, of course, but her parents are convinced that it depicts her death in a chillingly accurate manner.

    • Richard

      Looks like he has long prosthetic legs from below the knee also.

      • Lux

        That’s even spookier..

  • Apparently the man that runs Mediaworks doesn’t even know how to spell Hilary Barry’s name. (pic)

    • TonyM

      And worse, a spelling mistake is almost a headline on the herald.

      • LesleyNZ

        I am always spelling Hilliary wrong – see – just done it now. I always seem to put an extra i in. I never knew that Hilary Barry had only one l in her name. You learn something new every day.

        • ex-JAFA

          My cat (who’s doing a fair job of blocking my keyboard right now) spells her name with two Ls, but that’s because she was named after Sir Edmund.

  • Dave

    Oh dear. I have long admired Ngai Tahu for their leadership and management of their affairs, and the steady hand from Sir Mark Solomon, but now this. I’m not an expert on Corporate Governance, but do understand when the inmates start to run the asylum things start to go off the rails – fast. When this kind of thing makes the media, you know it’s not going to end well.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/79478978/ngai-tahu-head-sir-mark-solomons-exit-triggered-by-clash-of-cultures

    Ngai Tahu is a large organisation, this is not great.

    http://ngaitahu.iwi.nz/te-runanga-o-ngai-tahu/management/

    • XCIA

      It never ceases to amaze me that one person through their influence is allowed to make a large company small. I have seen that happen so many times.

  • intelligentes candida diva

    TV viewing today Face TV was Islam in NZ, had a male preaching, first time I have seen Islam on FaceTV oh and requested donations at the end I would have thought Halal certification would reap sufficient funds ….makes one wonder where the Halal certification fees go…!!!

    Maori TV has really good movies and mini series

  • Lux

    I remember when one of my sisters locked herself in the toilet by mistake, and no matter what coaxing from Mum and Dad was she unable to unlock it..

    The only other opening was tiny window, and even my tiny, slim mother could not fit through it, no matter how hard she tried.

    They called the fire brigade and they had no luck either.. they told her she had to curl up under the back of the toilet and put the tin lid that was holding the extra toilet rolls over her head.. and they smashed the door in.

    All the neighbours and children were there, it was real live action news.. and was a very exciting day ..
    Dad totally revamped the toilet afterwards.

    • Goldie

      I actually tried to kick / shoulder the door in, but it’s not as easy as they perceive it to be on the TV cop programs! Besides which, I really didn’t want to damage the frame (tiles etc. on the other side)

    • Lux

      Hmm thinking back on it .. we had no hot water for about two years, I wonder if it happened after this, I cannot remember what happened, but Dad had something to do with it..

  • Michelle

    If you undid the handle on the outside you might have found the bolt that runs through is either broken or moved out of the slot
    they are a pain when they won’t open had to put son through window after toilet door locked itself so then took locking piece out so it wouldn’t happen again
    Time wasting though

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