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  • Nechtan

    Born today in 1945 John Wolters drummer with Dr. Hook .

    Born today in 1956 Jimmy Barnes (born James Dixon Swan) singer/songwriter with Cold Chisel and solo.

    Today in 1973 Pink Floyd’s album “ Dark Side Of The Moon” went to number 1 in the US. It would go on to sell 50 million copies worldwide.

    Today in 1979 Blondie went to number 1 on the US Hot 100 with “Heart Of Glass”.

    Today in 1981 Steve Currie bass player with T.Rex was killed in a car crash. He was 33.

    • willtin

      A significant day on a very musical front then.

  • Carl

    pic…

    • willtin

      That’s cool – but put them in airline seats, or similar and who’s the better off?

  • MaryLou

    Well, the PM has been “outed”, no more need to hold your breath. I just love James Shaws’ framing of his “indiscretion”:

    “”Ordinary people, those who care about child poverty or about the environment and want the Government to change its policies, do not get this kind of access or this kind of immediate response to their concerns,” Shaw said.”

    Once again, a big palaver over nothing. I preferred WO’s version this morning.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11630367

    • Iva b ginn

      Yep just seen it on the news, word for word. Iv’e still got tears rolling down my cheeks, And they wonder why they can’t get any traction. Lol

      • MaryLou

        Oh, did facial expressions help? Did Shaw look extremely plaintive, or is he channeling “Angry”?

        • Iva b ginn

          His eye’s said it all.

          • MaryLou

            LOL, apparently so did the interviewers’ – will anyone take this seriously?!? (pic)

          • Iva b ginn

            HaHa, sigh!! dose anyone take the watermelons seriously anymore????

        • XCIA

          He always has that constipated look, probably from over indulging in the authorised Green mung bean RTE lunches.

          • willtin

            I thought he was looking rather gaunt. It could be because of, in his mind the pathetic wages he is paid, for trying to destroy the best Government we have had for many years, or he might just be trying to beat Grunt Robertson in the slimming the mostest, to be the next PM, stakes.
            Or an illness, none of us would want?

    • OT Richter

      What an absolute nothing story. What winds me up is the dark and sinister photo of Key the Herald chose to run with the story.

      I also note the earlier article about MPs expenses that showed an unflattering pic of Little now shows a better photo. No doubt changed due to a complaint from Fraser House.

    • herewego

      Love the fact that JK calls out the discussion was in relation to concern over an incorrect Herald article – little search finds the offending article published on 27 Nov 2014 (sorry, policy is not to link). And directed to Minister.

      So everything looks above board and rings true – email sent Dec 2.

  • Nige.

    Goldie answered last nights question with:

    “by being in the right family.”

    Were you born into the right family?

    • Nechtan

      I was loved and cared for, and my parents wanted the best for me.
      So yes I was.

      • Wasapilot

        Yep, what Nechtan said. My siblings and I were given all opportunities that were available to learn, experience, and grow.

        Can’t ask for more than that.

        • Isherman

          Problem is these days some people think you not only can…but should…ie entitlement syndrome.

    • KatB

      Absolutely. I’ve got the most loving, talented, hardworking, common sense parents anybody could have. Great siblings too. Every day I’m thankful for the family I have.

    • sandalwood789

      Definitely not.
      I’m one of the few right-wingers in a family of lefties.

    • Isherman

      Well I’m not a Kardashian, a Hager or a Minto, so yeah, no complaints at all.

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

        • Lux

          and vege, no salt, no taste, no veg gruel at that ..

          • Isherman

            I would end up being one of those very public ‘divorce my family’ cases I think.

        • willtin

          The main meal on the menu
          would always be ‘Others’ Misfortune’

    • Goldie

      Certainly can’t complain. Dad was a practical man (ex farmer), mum quite intelligent (but happy to be the ‘homemaker’). I’d like to think I inherited both those qualities. Unfortunately dad died when I was in my teens, but have lots of fond memories growing up. I was given free reign to explore/try/do pretty much whatever I wanted, not because they didn’t care, but because they had instilled good values, and trusted us to make good decisions.

    • cows4me

      Not thank God they didn’t vote left.

    • Left Right Out

      Certainly can’t complain as they shaped me to who I am today….. they could have made some better decisions… you know like shares in Apple etc but I’m happy being who I am

    • Odd Ball

      No, I drew the short straw.
      Mum had depression for as long as I can remember, & Dad was basically a nice guy, but was never going to amount to anything.
      Apparently my parents stayed together for my sake. That meant they never spoke to each other unless they really had to. It was like living with 2 flatmates that didn’t get along.
      It’s easy to point all this out now that I’m approaching the other side of 50, but when you are young, it doesn’t give you a very good impression of how relationships normally work, in particular because Dad stayed at work all the time, and Mum always hung around with low energy people.

    • JEL51

      I was number 7 so even though I felt as one of the family ,I bet there were times when my parents wished I wasn’t tagged onto the end.

    • pisces8284 .

      I don’t remember much about my mother, she worked a lot so I had more to do with my father. I don’t think they got on terribly well. Then my mother got Alzheimers when I was 16. I looked after her for a few years until she went into a home and she died a few years later. After I was married we came to NZ and my father died after we arrived. So long story short, I don’t remember too much about them and I feel that I have grown our family without too much in the way of learned behaviour

    • Jafarma

      Nope. But fortunately I was adopted out at birth. Once I found out about 30+ years on who my blood parents were and what they did with their lives, vs what my adopting parents did for me and my life, being adopted out was he best thing that ever happened to me

      • Gaynor

        I always wished I had real parents somewhere who would come and claim me anyday…sadly I was stuck with my birth parents .

        • willtin

          Difficult to know what to say.

          • Gaynor

            Sad thing is I am still dealing with my mother …

          • willtin

            Well take some strength from your friends here on WO!

    • Lux

      I have been extremely lucky, we did not have tons of money, but there was a lot of love and, and we were all open to do what we wished.
      Both my parents were extremely intelligent, but put their careers aside to raise a large happy family.
      It’s now when I look back at my cousins and friends who had everything money can buy, all except a lovely family.. it makes me realise my sisters and I hit the jackpot with my parents.

    • dumbshit

      Tail end Charlie of 12 children. A mixture of farmers, skilled machine operators and labourers. Many “degrees” among 26 grandchildren, one double, that I know of. The oldman could have kept a distillery in business by himself, so pretty much had to carve a niche in life for yourself. Being the youngest, memories of what my mother endured are just the tip of the iceberg. Much respect and love!

    • Eiselmann

      LOL…….I was my fathers only child and he was an only child, my paternal grandparents lived in England and they didn’t see or speak to their son from the time he joined the RAF, just after the war til the time they died in the early seventies….thats the normal side of the family.

      On my mothers side its a disaster, she had 7 or 8 kids(that I have been told exist) to at least three different fathers, I’ve met 4 of my siblings , but spoke to only two of them once (34 years ago) , one I spoke to 3 times in 34 years and the other no more than a handful of times in 43 years. After that you have my mothers ,brother and sisters…thats when it gets truly messy…suffice it to say its just easier to say I have no family when people ask.

  • Seriously?

    The latest Trusts “revelation”? How stupid. If the PM wanted to tell a minister how to handle an issue I’m sure he would do so. Plainly he told his lawyer there were no plans for change and that he should talk to the responsible minister. So what. His lawyer seems to have tried some name dropping. So what.

    • Iva b ginn

      I see commi Dan was beside himself trying to join the dot’s, another laugh a minute on tv tonight

      • Keyser Soze

        ‘Commie Dan’ Hehehe, you win the Internet today!

    • Second time around

      Shaw seems remarkably naive. People have always talked to politicians to promote interests like electric vehicles, organic farming, medicines like Keytruda and taxes on sugar, but promoting commerce and business is also part of the picture. Of course there is no point anyone ever lobbying the Greens because they will never be in a position to exert any influence.

  • George

    The just released Reserve Bank’s “New residential mortgage lending by borrower type” statistics provides some interesting information. Lending to investors for the first three months of this year showed an increase of 18% over the corresponding period last year. However money lent to first home buyers increased by 28% during the same period.

    We are led to believe that first home buyers are being increasingly forced out of the market by investors and it is getting worse by the month, so why then are first home buyers showing a considerable greater growth in accessing mortgage capital than investors?

    • MaryLou

      Statistics – the enemy of the Left.

      • sandalwood789

        Facts, logic and reasoning are as well.

    • Michelle

      Two of our children have bought their first homes last month but they didn’t try and buy in the popular areas, they went for good houses in areas that will grow in time so paid less but got more bang for their bucks

  • Vlad

    The most striking aside in today’s big Matt Nippert “reveal” about the Panama Papers is the statement that the info, for whatever it was worth, was the result of an open and complete reply to a Green Party Official Information request.

    In report after report in the Herald the source and motivation is seen to be a labour, green or other scramble for dirt to throw.

    The Herald’s investigative reporters appear to be nothing more than typists and touts for unexamined smears generated by those who have them on a leash. What value do these toadies add? What context do they include?

    • MaryLou

      Incredible innit? As you say, an open and complete reply to an OIA. Hardly leaked or shrouded in mystery.

  • XCIA

    What is it with Trump and his finger all the time? You would think if anyone would stay away from mullah idiosyncrasies, it would be him.

    • Nige.

      Hey he’s free to use his finger any way he chooses. Don’t let them dictate how you should or shouldn’t use your finger

      • XCIA

        Well, my mother told me it was rude to point which was reinforced by the teachers at my school and you received a much stronger message upon transgressions. It was only when I became part of the GM that I relented to use the whole palm to indicate. Later, I used a telescopic aerial as a pointer.

        • Nige.

          As long as you don’t use a laser pointer when drawing people’s attention to airplanes.

  • Lux

    When Anthony Miller robbed an Ephrata, Pennsylvania, bank, tellers noticed something a little odd about him. He displayed a gun, but didn’t threaten anybody—and he didn’t seem very nervous. He kept asking them if they’d called the police yet, and after they’d given him the money he still loitered about for several minutes.

    Similarly, when the police arrived, he didn’t seem surprised and didn’t put up a fight. He went along quietly, and in fact told them that he had wanted to be caught. He would gladly go to jail if it meant that he could get away from his wife.When brought before a judge, Miller explained that she was very controlling, threatened suicide if he were to leave, and was often abusive—and the poor guy figured that jail was his only way out.

    Despite using an unloaded BB gun for the bank robbery, he was sentenced to three to six years in prison. But there was a silver lining: his wife filed for divorce.

    Miller’s attorney told the local paper that he had met the wife when she had come to pick up the car after Miller’s arrest.

    After about twenty minutes in her presence, said the attorney, “I was ready for jail, too.”

    • Mine it,Drill it,Sell it.

      No mention of her cooking skills in court ?

  • Left Right Out

    Got my eye on a 07 Audi A3 diesel tiptronic wagon…… reviews seem to be quite good but they are from 07……. anyone have any thoughts on Audi A3. The LRO clan need an upgrade

    cheers in advance

    • Goldie

      Having only ever had Fords or Japanese imports, a couple of years ago I decided to go out on a limb and get an older (03) A3 1.8T. I love it! and now I’m sold on German design and engineering. Have no experience with diesels though.

    • OT Richter

      How many kms? At that age I wouldn’t touch it – if the transmission gives you grief (and they do) it will be very expensive to repair. I owned a 10 year old Audi and it became very expensive to keep on the road. Lovely car, but was glad to see it go.

      Currently have a 2010 A4 2.0T and it has been a pain also.

    • Left Right Out

      Is a 2L
      130k on the clock but didn’t think that was a lot for a diesel
      has a DSG gearbox…. am still researching what that means

      I have a VW Caddy as a work vehicle and it is amazing…. thought this Audi looked good but still want to make sure it fit for our purpose

      • OT Richter

        Does it have a service history? Do a wiki search on the DSG, it’s a pretty trick piece of engineering – but then temper your excitement with a search for ‘DSG problems’ and have a look through the Audi & VW forums. I appreciate that people with problems are more vocal, but there appears to be major issues with the older DSGs.

        After 135K our 2010 DSG didn’t like reverse and a $$$ service fixed that, but it has now developed a clutch shudder that is covered by our mechanical warranty.

        If the car drives well, and is the right price I recommend a 3 yr mechanical warranty from someone like Autosure. One of the reasons we decided to by another Audi was because it came with a warranty, which we have used once for an engine noise, and as per above will again need for the DSG.

        p.s the Top Gear cock-o-meter gave Audi a high score, but understandably not as high as BMW.

    • Dave

      We are up to our fifth VW diesel, the same 2.0 L diesel as the Audi, (and mostly the same gearbox 6 speed?). Unbelievably strong vehicle, almost unstoppable, the issues are to watch the Air Con compressor, unlike most other models they don’t have a clutch, and run at all times. 80,000 km max I’m informed. The DSG boxes are great if maintained, but horrifically expensive if repairs are needed. We have had no issues, and one was a 2.0 L Transporter with 180,000 hard KM on the clock, but it was a manual.

      PS: 2.0 L Passat managed 5.1 to 5.3 L per 100 km on a cruisy trip!

    • MaryLou

      I’m with OT Richter. If you do, get that extended warranty. Really. And regardless of who’s selling, dealer or not, get an inspection done first. For $150ish it’s worth it.

    • Asian_driver

      I have an Audi 2004 TT 1.8 50,000k, I let the battery go flat, that will be $1800 for a new airbag controller ouch

    • hsvmaloo

      Having been in the trade for some years I’m totally with OT Richter on this one. Having tried to persuade close friends not to purchase Euro, particularly 5yr plus Euro, was quite pleased to say ‘told you so”. Stick to the boring trusted.

      • Moonroof

        Quite. After a long time German one, it got beyond being a viable daily driver. Back to Made in Japan, NZ new. Doesn’t leak vital fluids, doesn’t fail WoF due to weird sensor warnings (or because inspector doesn’t like the brand). Just quiety and competently goes about being a car.

    • Greg M

      A girl in an apartment upstairs has a ’12 A4 wagon 4.2 V8 and 6 spd manual gearbox. She loves it… when it’s not at the dealers getting intermittent electronic faults sorted. If you don’t mind high maintenance costs they are a nice car to drive.

      • Moonroof

        The 4.2 V8 was one of the nicest small(er) 8s anyone ever produced, but I’ll keep away from owning one for now. btw good taste re manual, disappointing more don’t. Was a 4 month search for replacement car of choice last year since I still wanted 3 pedals.

        • Greg M

          Yeah my little Suzuki swift work wagon is a manual it’s like driving a go kart, heaps of fun. When daughter stays she calls it “the racing car” for some reason. :-)

  • cows4me

    Something controversial, scientists for the first time have photographic an explosion of light when sperm enters an egg and fertilization occurs. They claim this reaction is a chemical one involving zinc, seems to me there’s always an excuse . I would be more inclined to claim a supernatural excuse. Of course the pro abortionists claim an unborn baby is simply a collection of cells, I say fiddlesticks.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/04/26/bright-flash-of-light-marks-incredible-moment-life-begins-when-s/

  • Isherman

    Andrew Little goes on safari to Iraq to visit NZ troops at Camp Taji, a deployment he opposed then and now…but goes anyway. He doesn’t think any good will come out of our guys training the Iraqi army, but our guys are doing a top job. He thinks its inconcievable that we havent yet been asked to stay beyond the two years for the training mission, but no such request has yet been lodged to extend the operation. Can this clown be consistent in anything?
    JK says he was invited because it was important that the troops knew they had widespread support in Parliament….from a guy that doesn’t support the deployment…wait, what?

    • john Doe

      Being an ex serviceman and a middle east vet. I find Littles hipocracy abhorrent and a little creepy.

      • Isherman

        Talk about mixed messages! Then again, he is Mr 7%, so I suspect the bulk of them couldn’t care less about what he thinks of their efforts. I would accept that on Gerry’s return a full briefing is given to him, that’s only right, but I’d be buggered if I would be inviting him to come with me. After that, he’s off to see some refugees in Jordan.

        • XCIA

          Yes, you have to give that one to Gerry for taking one for the team.

        • sandalwood789

          “…he’s off to see some refugees in Jordan.”

          Wait for the sob-story about a “refugee” Mum with 17 children who is looking for somewhere to go.

      • Isherman

        MFO?

        • john Doe

          Yep MFO 83/84

          • Isherman

            Right, not long after sovereignty of the Sinai was handed back to Egypt. That would have been around the time ol Sitivini Rabuka was in command of FIJIBATT if I recall correctly.

          • john Doe

            Crikey can’t recall if Rambuka was the Gaffer of FIJIBATT at that time. The MFO was a big part of Fijis GDP in the day. Their troops were paid peanuts and the Government reaped the rewards.

          • Isherman

            I think it was the last role he had before he pulled the coup in 87 or thereabouts. Prior to that (circa 80-81) he was an Ops planning manager for UNIFIL.

    • Left Right Out

      Maybe he’s trying to sort out a free trade deal with the taliban

    • OneTrack

      Holiday stopover on the way back?

  • john Doe

    Parliaments latest expense disclosures for the last 3 months have been released. Let’s see who has the biggest snout.
    Labour MP’S average spend was $15444, NZF MP’S at $14652 followed by the Greens at14509. Next the Maori Party MP’S at $12234. And who would have picked it. NATIONAL MP’S averaged a respectable $8505 for the quarter. Andrew Little has the biggest individual snout with a spend of $36009 for the quarter.

    On reflection no surprises really.
    Source NZH Political Repeater I Davidson

  • pisces8284 .

    Does anybody have much luck with Trade Me? I can list something, have 10 watchers and no bids. I think oh they are waiting to be offered the goods cheaper, but when I do I still get no response. Frustrating

    • XCIA

      Its a bit like selling anything really. You need to frame the words and pictures to jump off the page, and grab their attention to the point that they convince themselves they really need what you are selling.

    • Wasapilot

      When I see something similar or the same on trademe that I have to sell too, I add it to my watchlist to see what it goes for. I suspect a lot of people do this, hence a number of watchers, none of whom are intending to bid.

    • Spiker

      Just sold our cottage in 2 days.. We are happy.

      • hsvmaloo

        Not to foreign investors I hope. Especially ones with chinky sounding names. NZ investors without chinky sounding names good, apparantly.

        • Spiker

          Nah definitely locals, not that I have a problem with chinky names, their money is as good as anyone’s. It was only the cottage for removal, wish I had 10 of them to sell there was so much interest.

    • Spiker

      You could point us to one of your ads & we could critique it for you.

      • pisces8284 .

        1076040399

        • Lux

          I have never heard of it before .. Maybe if you add a few links to what is about and what you can cook with it ..

          A couple of weeks ago we bought a KitchenAid, it is known here and there is a lot of attachments .. I think you need to add that information to your ad.. good luck.

          • pisces8284 .

            People will have heard of Thermomix though and I have added info about that. I seem to get up to ten watchers really quickly and then nothing. I’ll see if I can add some links like you say

          • pisces8284 .

            Thanks for your comments anyway. I’ll let you know if it sells

          • Wasapilot

            You will probably see that there has been a jump in Watchers, due to all of now adding the auction to our watch lists ?

            Hope it sells for you.

          • Dave

            Selling is about the highlights, throw away 5 other appliances. Make the best …….. ever. Anyone can become an expert in minutes……. Etc etc

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Likewise never heard of it. To my mind your add didn’t really tell me what it did, I was unclear if it was like a food processor or a bench-top oven/cooker. I had to look it up to find out that I can chop AND cook with it.
            Price, although it does sound good, probably is a bit of a turn off. Would have to feel REALLY sure I would use it to spend that much.

          • pisces8284 .

            The blurb is cut and pasted from their website

          • Lux

            But what does it cook? and how?

            Why did you buy it?

          • pisces8284 .

            Friends had a Thermomix (another thermal cooker) which is good for cooking food really quickly, but is very expensive. Over 1k. This Australian version does the same thing but is much cheaper.

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Why do you not use it might be useful?
            Size helps me decide on things, i.e. as to how much space is it going to take up on my bench/in my kitchen.

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Got that impression as had to go down the list a bit to get any actual information that was useful to me.

          • Spiker

            Yep I had to google it as well to see what it was. Mind you ff I was looking & clicked on the auction I probably would have known what I was shopping for.

          • pisces8284 .

            Correct

          • Lux

            I’m still unable to understand what it does ?

            Why would anyone buy anything that you have no idea what it does?

          • hookerphil

            But does it burn?

          • Spiker

            As much as your comment? ;-)

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Here is a link where it explains it a bit more.
            http://www.cookingforbusymums.com/review-week-2-target-bellini-super-cook-kitchen-machine/

            Almost sounds like it does everything but the shopping but … well still not 100% clear on how it all works.

            Then again it might just be the perfect assistant to your cooking expertise? *cough, cough*

          • Lux

            Thanks for the link… Nothing, Absolutely Nothing will help me improve my cooking, not even a magic whiz like this !!!!!!! :-)

    • Nige.

      My rule of thumb with buying and selling is not ” how much do I want for it”, it is “what is someone ABLE to pay” not only for it but for a stress free transaction.

      The next consideration is how much does it cost me to keep it.

      Then “is this just rubbish that someone could pick up for free somewhere?”

      I sell based on half the price of what the item is worth brand new them minus 10% or so. Anything more than that is usually unrealistic for 2nd hand goods. Specialty items are different of course.

      • Spiker

        I always try & give a cost for shipping as well, or just advertise free shipping. Being out in the sticks often adds a bit to the price if its to be shipped.

    • Moonroof

      Selling on Trademe, some things i have found useful: Pick your sell category carefully – have had a few good buys that way, wrong category dosn’t get views. Set a fixed closing time, Monday through Thursday evenings 7-9PM. Take just a few good pics with a camera, not a phone, 1 meg res uploads nicely and looks OK on closer view. Concise accurate desription. No hidden reserve, people don’t know what you really want – set start bid = reserve. If you don’t know what it’s worth and want it gone, $1 reserve, that can surprise, letting the market decide. “Gallery” option with a good main pic helps too. And good luck!

    • old school

      It’s sometimes about presentation, more and better pics. Just keep relisting, I do and it sells eventually.

    • willtin

      Just bought a home, sold a home, sold a motorbike, bought a trailer, bought a chainsaw, all in the last month, all via Trademe.

  • ..

  • Having trouble trying to figure out what is going on with Auckland’s housing “bubble”. We are continually being told that overseas buyers are pushing up the prices and restrictions must be placed on them, now the same people are rubbishing the Reserve Bank for not increasing interest rates to slow down the housing market, I was not aware overseas buyers were borrowing money in New Zealand to fund their house purchases.

    • CheesyEarWax

      Capital flows is border-less and NZ interest rates is still higher than most OECD economies, so our ROI for residential and commercial properties is still higher than most countries. Our economy performance and a stable government gives investors confidence, relative to other countries, to put their money in NZ. Thats 2cents my summation.

  • ..

  • XCIA

    Colgate has admitted to entering understandings which limited the supply, and controlled the price, of laundry detergents, and was pinged a $18 million penalty. The thing is if they did it across the ditch why didn’t they do it here, or is our Commerce Commission out to lunch again.
    http://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/colgate-ordered-to-pay-18-million-penalty-in-laundry-detergent-cartel-proceedings

    • They did do it here. Almost overnight the shelves changed. We have the same products as Australia. They got dobbed in because it was a collusion amongst manufacturers.

      Our Commerce Commission is a toothless wonder.

      • XCIA

        What gets me is that because they have an in-house lawyer sit in on committees that make decisions, you can never get to the working papers behind the process because they claim legal privilege. Even the Ombudsman considers it a rort, but there is/was nothing that could be done.

      • willtin

        In my experience they act like toothless pitbulls.

    • Jude

      Posted to daughters facebook.
      An attempt to “decorate” Mr Jingles will be made:)
      I will let you know how that goes!

  • Windows 10?

    DON’T DO IT!
    .

    • MaryLou

      I’m told I’ll have no choice soon. Just bought a new laptop which came with Windows 7 (True!!!) installed, and got Geeks on Wheels to come and make me connected to an extra screen and to the printer, because yes I am that inept.

      Anyhooo – he tells me that sometime soon Windows 10 is likely to upgrade for me whether I like it or not, at which point it may decide it doesn’t want to play nicely with the Printer, because – and I have heard this elsewhere – Windows 10 doesn’t play with a lot of stuff nicely.

      Lucky I have them on speed dial…

      • jonno1

        I’ve been happy enough with Windows 10 until recently when my network died (it previously worked fine). I can now no longer communicate between PC and laptop (both Windows 10) or print from the laptop as the printers are attached to the PC. But here’s the thing, I use an old XP Pro PC as a backup, and both the PC & laptop can communicate with it over the same network, but not with each other. So the network is not at fault. The files I use regularly are held in the cloud and accessible from any computer or phone etc so not a major problem, but it sure makes no sense.
        According to Google search this is a common, but recent, problem with Windows 10 interconnectivity, presumably due to an automatic update. You’d think that Microsoft would have fixed the problem by now…

      • Greg M

        Remove the mongrel update thing, it’s an .exe that runs on startup.
        Go to windows update = installed updates, and look for KB3035583 and uninstall it. Then check for updates, when it shows up right click on it and “hide update”. Problem solved.

        • MaryLou

          Thanks Greg – I’ll find someone to do that for me tomorrow!! :)

        • Aucky

          Thanks Greg.

    • Isherman

      The continued schedule download prompts are getting a bit annoying…8.1 is absolutely fine and I have no plans to ‘upgrade’ at all at this point.

      • Keyser Soze

        Google will help you stop the upgrade reminders…

        • Isherman

          Cool, cheers.

    • Pluto

      Good question Pete.
      I get the reminders to “update” to 10 but i’m told don’t it.
      What say you ?

      • Been out of the game too long to have a worthwhile opinion. My general rule is: if it’s working and doing what you need, leave it alone.

        This household’s windows computers are all on 7.

    • pisces8284 .

      I bought a new laptop with it on and it’s great. It only seems to be a problem if you download it

      • jcpry

        Downloaded, updated and running perfectly on our laptops. Never a single problem.

        • pisces8284 .

          Problem for some I should have said

    • Lux

      What happened?

    • Keyser Soze

      I’m a bit of a geek so have been an early adopter of 10… I love it. Faster than win 7 and simpler than 8 which was pants.

  • Keyser Soze

    Having a few problems getting to WO tonight… 15 mins ago it was all Cloudflare from a few days ago… Seems right now though.

    Ed to add: maybe Kimmy is getting bored in his plush waterfront apartment?

    • It’s owner complained to me about CF 522 errors but it was working fine for me. Seems to be a partial network outage.

    • Isherman

      Same..sorted itself in about 5 minutes.

      • You on fibre? I’m on vdsl, and that may mean different routings….

        • Keyser Soze

          Fibre here.

          • Do you live north of the harbour bridge?

          • Keyser Soze

            Howick

        • Isherman

          Nope, VDSL…for now. Fibre coming soon with a bit of luck.

          • There goes that theory then.

        • CheesyEarWax

          Shouldn’t be any differences with routes on fibre or VDSL, They mostly go through the same infrastructure once they hit the ISP.

  • I can see your house from here.

    A live, 24/7 feed from the International Space Station.

    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/17074538

    • It should be going over us in about a couple of hours, but as it is on the dark side, I don’t know if it will show much

      • Lux

        My mother asked me to sign up for it.. and one time we raced out in the early morning and watched them pass over our home ..and watched until they left Auckland.. they were very clear in the sky. It was such a thrill for Mum .. we were waving like mad people, laughing ..

    • Goldie

      That’s cool! You can keep track of where the ISS is here: http://iss.astroviewer.net/

  • Jude

    I try to de clutter but there are some things I keep for when the girls go flatting. Unfortunately it all comes back when they move back home.
    Had two trips to dump and one to Salvation Army, getting there! Refresh for pic

  • Sally

    During my travels I have discovered a time wasting app Jigsaw HD. The free version has a daily puzzle to do. What I like is it makes your own photos into jigsaws. I find now when I am taking photos I am thinking will this make a good puzzle so my photo taking skills have greatly improved.
    Also just been catching up on all WO news. So pleased to read about Freed.

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      I love jigsaws and discovered this app some time ago. Trialled others but this is the best in my opinion. MUCH time spent doing them as I am quite obsessive about these things. Also a good way to put aside my ‘to do’ list for another ?? time hence my unpacking from my move moving even more slowly than normal.

  • Wasapilot

    A reminder for those of you playing the WO footy picking game, to get your picks in before tomorrow night.

    Isherman, you can be nice to the rest of us and not enter this weekend. We would still not catch you, well, most of us anyway.

    • I once played a whole season by simply using the TAB odds on the Friday morning. It got me in the top 5%, just quietly….

      • Wasapilot

        Maybe I should do that. I put my picks in on Sunday, then maybe change the odd one during the week. One of my late changes last week cost me 8 points. That will teach me for blindly supporting the mighty Hurricanes.

        • Jude

          They should have won though!
          It is so hard to pick what rogue results are going to happen.

          • Wasapilot

            I see rennie is going full retard (never go full retard) over accusations around faking the injury which forced granny scrums. He she just ignore kt. The mighty Hurricanes have themselves to blame for not winning, all those missed shots at goal.

          • Jude

            The kicking is a real worry.
            Agree about the scrums, I think some in the MSM are just trying to create a story or controversy over nothing.

          • Wasapilot

            Surely not Jude. MSM trying to make a story out of nothing, I can not believe they would stoop so low ?

          • hookerphil

            I thought that decision by Rennie was appalling, what next? Depowered scrums because the right hand lock cannot play on the left side. Felt it cost the Hurricanes the win.
            Who can remember the Canterbury Shield challenge when John Buchan was sent off and the Canterbury team turned the game into non contested scrums. Certainly stopped the powerful Auckland scrum and kept the game a lot closer than it would have been.

          • Wasapilot

            Can’t remember that game, but I do remember watching from the Millard stand at Athletic Park when John Ashworth ran 50 yards to biff Alan Hewson, in the game that Canterbury took the shield off the mighty Wellington side.

          • hookerphil

            Yes, that made a difference didn’t it. No videos in those days. Stu Wilson said they had been celebrating so much when he took his boots out of his gear bag the following week after winning the shield they were still wet from that game and had been celebrating the whole week.
            Actually Wellington lost the Shield so often so quickly after winning not sure if it was that particular loss.

          • Wasapilot

            The game where Ashworth biffed Hewson, was the same one that Wayne Smith scored in the Southeast corner. The defence basically guided him to the corner, similar to the try Campese scored against us at the 91 world cup. I was screaming my lungs out from the top of the Millard for someone to tackle him, noone listened to me ?

          • hookerphil

            Just a bit of a late tackle really. Great try though, glided through and then just too fast.
            Well I am a Cantabrian.

          • hookerphil

            More details

            1990: Auckland 33 Canterbury 30 The infamous no-scrums game. After John Buchan had been sent off in the first five minutes, Canterbury sent on Phil Cropper, a former hooker who had played on the side of the scrum for the previous two or three years. It was decided that free kicks would replace scrums. Canterbury scored two tries to one, but Fox (29 points) kept Auckland in front.

          • Wasapilot

            Ah ha, that explains why I can not recall the game. We were living in Aussie then.

          • Isherman

            If Woodward had of taken the absolute peach of a pass from Barrett, we wouldn’t even be having the conversation.

          • Jude

            That too was a horror to watch.
            I am hoping for better this weekend.

          • hookerphil

            No easy points for you this week Jude, Crusaders not playing.

          • Jude

            Well I hope I do better than last weekend. Not my worst but a shocker never the less.!

            Edit: Burt agrees with you re Rennie. He was disappointed with that decision.

      • hookerphil

        I really thought it was strange last week that the Hurricanes (v Chiefs) and Brumbies (v Crusaders) were both TAB clear favourites. I think that the heart picks a lot of the Super Picks which, like love, can be a long way from reality.

        • Isherman

          There’s a about three games this round that could be a bit tricky…I’ve even been forced to have a rethink on the Chiefs game, and the Lions-Canes game could go either way too.

    • XCIA

      Well, at least we could keep up by copying ;-)

    • Isherman

      Currently ranked 283 out of 79,758 but I’m probably about due for a bum round and it could all go south pretty dramatically with a couple of wrong picks and some missed margins…but on the upside everyone still has time to make some ground yet. No need to panic.

  • XCIA

    Remember some weeks ago when we were discussing the merits or otherwise of submitting to the Flu jab………I was sent this to day.

    • Dumrse

      I had mine Friday and I’m now sure to say, that’s my last.

      • XCIA

        Well, I guess (looking at the ingredients) you may be better preserved now. ;-)

    • Isherman

      Hey, could be worse…if it was Mercury Fulminate…wouldn’t want to shake that around too much:)

      Usually any allergic reaction to Thimerosal is pretty mild…but the idea that anything treated with formaldehyde gets squirtes inside you is a little unnerving.

    • Platinum Fox

      The vaccines funded in NZ for 2016 are INFLUVAC® and FLUARIX®, respectively made by Mylan and GSK , neither of which contain any preservative so I’m wondering what relevance the picture has to NZ.

    • Spiker

      My reaction to photos like that is to google it. This link is at the top. http://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/scary-flu-vaccine-ingredients/

  • Spiker

    Here’s a photo I took the other day. Check these little fellas out.

    • MaryLou

      Yep, that’s enough to put you off. Christchurch, perchance???

      • Spiker

        Whakatane, been a good year for them. I filled a shopping bag with nests a couple of weeks ago.

        • JEL51

          Heaps up North here as well.Found our sixth German wasp nest yesterday,Hopefully our last for the season.

    • Dan

      Those little fellas hurt like mad when they sting you. Red hot needle doesnt describe how bad it teally is. But they also will attack as a pack.

      • Spiker

        I find generally they are pretty docile unless provoked, compared to German wasps anyway. Called in to see my aunty this afternoon & she had just been stung on the hand when she picked up a walnut of all things. She was busy spraying the sting site with some homeopathic remedy. I wished her well with that.

        • Isherman

          She’ll be asking if she can borrow the oxy-acetylene set soon enough.

  • “The man whose body was found near a Canterbury lake earlier this week had been brutally assaulted and his body set alight, police say.”

    gulp

    • Isherman

      They need to catch this young fella in Onehunga sooner rather than later too, he’s been quite prolific and its a real worry that the groping will escalate.

  • “Game of Thrones actor receives death threats for killing Jon Snow”

    and they vote

    • Crowgirl

      Poor Olly lol

  • Isherman

    If you could be the one to solve ONE great mystery, either modern or from antiquity, what would it be, and would you share it with the world or choose to become the keeper of the secret?

    • MaryLou

      Atlantis, and yes I’d share… after a while!

      Or maybe Bigfoot, and then I wouldn’t share.

    • willtin

      The Treasure (or not) of Oak Island.

      http://www.activemind.com/Mysterious/topics/oakisland/story.html

      and the World deserves to know the answer.

      • Isherman

        Yep, that’s an interesting one. Mine would be either the truth of the Voynich Manuscript, or the Shugborough Inscription…I’d probably sit on it for a very long time before I imparted it, or would do so via an equally cryptic clue….just because, who doesn’t love a mystery with infuriatingly difficult clues.

      • MaryLou

        Yes! One of my favourite mysteries. Not just the money pit, but where the trees came from. And I can’t find it right now, but there are some very not-American structures close by on the mainland, too…

    • hookerphil

      David Bain

      • hookerphil

        And I would share his guilt with Joe Karam.

    • Moonroof

      Modern and antiquity. Winston Peters. Findings to be open source.

      • Isherman

        That would possibly be disappointing, it might well turn out to be just a hoax by a charlatan:)

        • Moonroof

          The truth would be self evident, either way. I have no expectations, and therefore avoid disappointment.

    • XCIA

      Put everyone out of their misery by finding out what really happened on 22 November 1963 at Dallas.

      • Isherman

        Yep, though depending on exactly who might have been involved…I’d do it carefully, and in such a way as nobody found out who spilled the beans.

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