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  • Nechtan

    Born today in 1930 blues singer, songwriter and harmonic player Little Walter (born Marion Walter Jacobs). One of the first harmonica players to amplify his harmonica, giving it a distorted echoing sound.

    Today in 1965 Herman’s Hermits went to number 1 in the US singles chart with “Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter”.

    Today in 1976 Led Zeppelin went to number 1 on the US album chart with “Presence”

    Today in 1988 “Dark Side of the Moon” dropped off the US album chart after a run of 725 weeks. (just shy of 14 years)

  • Carl

    I hope he passed. (pic)

    • Dan

      I remember sitting an exam once and noticed the person next to me was copying my answers. So I wrote many answers wrong on purpose. He scribbled away. Then I went back and changed them.

      I passed, he failed miserably

      Bwahahahaha!

  • hookerphil

    Week 10

    Big movement and Hurricane Jude with 44 sweeps into 1st equal along side Isherman who slid backwards with a 31, both on 402. Stuckonarock jumped from 5th to 3rd with the weeks highest score of 47 and 389. Sally goes back to 4th on 388, her 28 was the lowest of the week, only equaled by myself. Moolooamaze slips to a clear 5th on 387.

    Can almost hear the sounds of self flagellation from the Hurricane house, 12 and under when they won by plenty, certainly shows that basically the NZ teams are at a different level and to think that the three other conferences are guaranteed a finals spot grates me.

    • Wasapilot

      Some of you may know Silas the self flagellating monk from the Da Vinci code movie. He was a Canes supporter first where it all began HP ?

      • Jude

        Not you too?
        Back the Canes?

        • Wasapilot

          Yep, thought the lions would be too good on home soil.

          Now back to my penitence as soon as I can find my whip.

    • Jude

      Ha ha! I have screen shot and printed out my friend?
      Next week will be a real challenge fo the Canes!
      I am happy that my Mum’s neighbour flew her Hurricanes flag yesterday and was rewarded with the win.

      • hookerphil

        Remember Sally took a screen shot when she hit the top and……..

        • Jude

          I am backing them all the way but the picks are getting a bit random.
          Please can you not back the Canes next week too ? You are working like a charm?

    • Sally

      Top one week last the next. Oh well that’s life.

  • Nige.

    Lux answered last night’s question with:

    ” I’m not allowed in the kitchen”

    What room or chor/house work is someone banned from in your house?

    Why?

    • None and nobody. Who the hell would ban anyone doing anything? That makes no sense :)

    • Wasapilot

      I have tried to get SWMBO to bar me from cleaning. I have tried-
      a) Doing a hopeless job
      b) Used health and safety excuses like no recorded training on vacuum cleaner use

      All to no aveil.

      Any tips greatly appreciated.

      • KatB

        Maybe hire a stunning young thing to do the cleaning for you. The other half may decide they’d rather take over than have her in the house. That, or you may just get a black eye.

    • Lux

      My cooking disasters have been of great pleasure, awfulness and even thought-provoking, for my family and friends when I get something right, but now after so many calamities, I’m cool with throwing in the towel, and being cast aside like a used dishcloth for a new set.

      I only get to cook for myself now when no-one else is around…

      Which unfortunately for myself, happens.

      Hey I even have a cookbook put together by my sisters call “You Too Cannot Cook” containing all my horrifying funny recipes.

      • Carl

        Lux, can I just say that your telling of your cooking mishaps is not just bought your family pleasure but a lot of us here on WO have had a lot of laughs as well.

        • Lux

          Now did I tell you the time I made a inedible lasagne, not fit or suitable for eating and big enough to feed an army…. :-)

          • KatB

            I think the bigger you make the recipe, the more chance of it going wrong. Then you’re right, you’ve got enough to feed an army but gutted because it’s hardly edible.

          • Lux

            It was for a Dinner Party I was having .. not much dinner.. lots of party..

          • KatB

            All was not lost then. Eating can be overrated.

          • Lux

            Exactly.. everyone would know what they were in for .. or not :-)..

    • Steve (North Shore)

      Kitchen – banned from the kitchen unless I wash up.
      BBQ same, I clean.
      Where is the ‘man card form?’
      Oh I eat well :)

    • Nechtan

      Nothing, if I don’t do it, it doesn’t get done.
      Although the washing of the line that has taken over the couch suggests I have banned myself from folding it and putting away.

      • Michelle

        l found the best way to avoid that is to fold as l take it off the line then l don’t have the big pile by my chair that can take over the house

        • Nechtan

          Tried that, just get piles of folded washing on the couch (which then get tipped up when I look for a particular item). I should give myself a good dressing down and/or put myself on CB to sort me out.

          Edit: one habit that I can’t break is I still roll my socks into “smiley faces” (the ex military folks will understand)

          • KatB

            I’ve just asked my husband about the smiley face socks. He has just demonstrated that to me. Very good.

    • JEL51

      No bans in this house but an immediate withdrawal followed by high-pitched wail is expected on delivery of any type of rodent, dead or alive.

    • Moonroof

      Can’t logically happen when you’re on your own, instead some chores simply get put off until irritation factor hits 11/10. Guests that kindly insist on helping with the tidying/washing up are kept away from the good wine glasses and knives for their safety and my sanity. Btw takeaway free zone, I cook every night, even if simple peasant food :)

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        Can’t say I’m completely takeway free zone but rarely. Luckily I enjoy my own cooking and if not in the mood a salad or cheese and crackers is my fallback.

  • Cremster

    On the Chorus fibre map it says our house is currently capable of 4mbps (I actually get 4.5) and we should have fibre by May 2017.

    Five of us, two teenagers, literally dozens of devices…

    I live less than 7km from central Auckland (from Britomart). Can anyone else in Auckland boast a lower speed?

    • twittertit

      I don’t know what speed I get, but I live on Mt Eden road, not far off Balmoral road and we only get ADSL. Not even VDSL let alone fibre.

      And fibre won’t be installed until 2018!

  • Greg M

    Todays silly question. How come the majority of “homeless” people, or otherwise known by the media party and other assorted lefty types as “our most vulnerable” seem to be absent from the CBD over the weekends and / or when there is no cruise ships in port?
    Could it be that indeed they are not homeless, and are simply scroungers and bludgers coming in to take advantage of the complete lack of policing of such activities?

  • willtin

    I have been busy packing for a move; so am I out of date, or has Angry Andy been sent to the ends of the Earth, while in NZ at the moment, JK entertains the Leaders of two Internationally very significant Countries?

  • Dave

    Quite apt, but look at the date……

    • Greg M

      In my case add ” you don’t know that you love her till you let her go, and you let her go”.

  • Hard1

    I don’t know how many readers here like antiques or auctions, but how would you feel if our best stuff bypassed NZ altogether and went straight to Aussie auctions?. All but Taonga are destined for the land of better prices this year, by the container load. We get their written off cars and they get our best antiques and works of art. I suppose it is all about the free market, but something feels a bit off here.

    • XCIA

      Their definition of written off new and nearly new vehicles is quite different than ours due to insurance company rules. There are a lot of people making a lot of money off it over here. As to the antiques, I don’t think you can blame anyone trying to get the best price for their goods, much like commodities such as fruit, meat lamb and fish. We never see the best quality of those either.

    • Sailor Sam

      Seems to me that there is the typical kiwi chip(log of wood) on someone’s shoulder.

  • Aichdee

    Apologies if this one has already been posted (pic)

  • colin herbertson

    Well the Warriors redeemed themselves somewhat with a solid win over st George, Shaun Johnson back on form kicking 5/5. they need to keep improving though.

    Also Melbourne handed out another hiding 38-0 to the Gold Coast, their score for last two games 92-0 . gotta hand it to them, considering your average Victorian hardly knows what Rugby is, league or union, and isn’t interested, they’ve been consistent strong performers.

    • RunningRabbit

      The Warriors were actually good to watch as well, I think Fads a good coach but this ‘old boys club’ has got to stop. Once your done your done, union is the same, good players don’t necessarily make good coaches. They should have to do their time and learn the craft as it requires more intelligence than just playing.

    • Nermal

      That’s the Warriors for you. They build you up just to let you down. Been there, done that.

    • XCIA

      Perhaps Judith’s attendance helped them along? “Today, I’m supporting the Vodafone Warriors to beat the Dragons. They very kindly gave me my very first signed Warriors’ Jersey. Thanks guys. Adversity is just an opportunity to show character….”

    • RockinBob625

      Only points differential keeping them out of the top 8.

      As for this weeks debacle, Hurrell needs to be traded away. He’s a menace to himself and social media everywhere. I get the feeling a couple of the six, may have been hard done by. Went along with the others to keep them out of trouble, kind of thing. But part of the problem is that these things are employment issues, being played out in a very public forum. Cant say I would want my bosses bollocking made public.

  • RunningRabbit

    Here is a very scary but close to home article that won’t make mainstream media. People need to realise that politics has no place in Education. Hong Kong are rated 4th in the world for their education system. That is the problem. We shouldn’t need to rate our education systems.

    The contract below is from a mate who teaches in Hong Kong. Read it to see what they are making students sign. This could be your child signing one of these in the not to distant future.

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/1923465/students-breaking-point-hong-kong-announces

    • Lux

      There is huge pressure in asian families for the children to pass exams and do well, it does not surprise me. There are all sorts of rules and customs, that are put on them.

  • As a child of parents that smoked, and even owned and ran a tobacconist, I have grown up with a deep dislike, close to hatred, of cigarette smoke. I can smell it 100s of meters away, and smokers think I’m making it up.

    Anyway, the following cartoon fuels my self righteousness about it all ;)
    .

    • Richard

      I smoked for 13 years, of which the last two I chain smoked a 50grm every 2-3 days. For the most part I loved it…until the last year when I began to hate it.

      I gave up cold turkey and must have rewired my brain to such a degree that when ever I smell it I feel physically ill.

    • KatB

      Now that smoking is pretty much banned in public places, the smell does stand out a mile. What you once didn’t bat an eyelid at, now really is quite obvious when somebody around you is or just was smoking.

    • Goldie

      Both my parents also smoked, and I grew up in an area where the primary industry was tobacco (at one stage both my parents worked on a tobacco farm). Also, most of my friends started smoking from about 13, so it’s probably understandable that I also started. I smoked for 35 years, but always managed to keep it to about a dozen a day. I stopped about 2 years ago, but only by taking up vaping (eCigarettes).It is usually the ex smokers who are the most righteous about smoking!

    • GoingRight

      Smoked 9 years, gave it up cold turkey on our wedding day 40 years ago! Now I am one of those ghastly ex-smokers who can’t bear the smell of it and usually vocalise the fact! No one smokes in our family now as of three months ago I am delighted to say.

    • Old Chook

      Father smoked a pipe, three siblings all smoked cigarettes, (older brother used to hide under my bed at night and puff away) flatmate smoked, best friends smoked, spent years sitting outside with the smokers at work – smokers tended to be more of my type of people. And to top it off, all three of my off-spring smoked (bribed them all to give up) but can honestly say that I have never smoked a ciggie in my life.

      • Richard

        Hanging out with that lot, I reckon you were on at least a 5 a day habit by osmosis.

      • hsvmaloo

        You don’t know what you missed. 1 minute to start smoking 35 years to stop. 4yrs 3mths 10days, but, hey whose counting. Lost count of the many fails. Some people my friend just get addicted and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. Funny thing though I was brought up in a very smokefree environment. Your decision to never try a ciggie as you call it was one of the best you have ever made.

    • Dumrse

      Smoked for 30 years. Stopped cold turkey 18.5 years ago. Never looked back.

    • Jude

      A 39 year habit kicked.Gave up 2006 after smoking since 1977. Worst teenage decision I made , to be in with what was considered to be the ” in crowd” and smoking behind the Church.

    • Mags

      I remember the days of dad Smoking in the car. I would open the window a fraction in the back and there would be the complaint that it was cold or there was thumping. So I would have to close the window. Usually threw up at some stage (once on dad). I detest smoking and understand when you say you can detect from 100s of metres. Husband never really stood a chance of continuing his ‘odd’ cigar. He is now smoke free for 3 years.
      We were reviewing insurances recently as we wondered why his life policy was so expensive. The insurer had never adjusted the premium on that policy as they had done on the others and we had not noticed. The insurer admitted their mistake and refunded the $$$ for 3 years.
      Yay. Smoke free is paying for an overseas holiday. It is a huge difference to the premium.

    • kiwisnab

      I smoked a pack a day for ten years. Went cold turkey twenty years ago – condition of marriage. I started when working as a labourer on building sites in London. At the time is was acceptable for labourers to stop for a “fag break” when required, I use to stop with them, the foreman would tell me to carry on working. So I started smoking.

      I hate cigarette smoke now and will make a point of walking a wide circle round smokers

    • Moonroof

      Still do. Stopped it in the daytime ~16 years ago. Haven’t smogged in car since 1996, never inside house. Still can’t quite stop though. Off to porch at the end of the day.

    • Lux

      Both my parents smoked.. and then they would both give up and go without for a couple of years .. and then they would start again.. They always had lots of windows open in the home, and it never put me off .. picking up Dads butts and taking a taking a toke every so often when he was not looking.

      We had it rammed into us as teenagers never to smoke .. blahh blahh blahh .. the first overnight stay I had with my best friend at high school, and we were doing the supermarket shopping, she said to me at the checkout.. “what do you smoke” .. I had no idea .. I just pointed to a packet ..

      Back at home my older sisters were always pushing it .. we used to smoke in our bedrooms after school and get up fast, on the bed.. to get a bit high .. it was a real rush..

      Dad was working at home by then in his workshop.. and would coming charging down and ask what we were smoking .. it was incense Dad ..

      He was no fool ..

    • dumbshit

      50years and counting, since I gave up supplying other people. Not sure how much more abhorred I can become, but it’s not easing off yet. How smokers fail to register the stench of an ash tray, makes me wonder if they have any sense of smell!

      • Lux

        A few years ago, in a busy newsroom I went up to my boss to talk about something.. (he hated smoking and I never smoked at work, I only had one after a few drinks) anyway he yelled at me… you have been smoking .. I had not..

        In actual fact the woman who had been smoking was sitting behind him, and she never said a word.. she let me take his abuse and telling off.. you know who are..

        I knew who it was and never said a word ever.. dunno why now ..

        I would never be able to do that..

        I gave up smoking after that debacle. and only used to smoke chocolate cigars with my partner afterwards.. even though I dislike chocolate, they really do mix well with a cigar.. if you feel that way inclined… anyway that’s my story about smoking. I never smoke these days..

        • dumbshit

          What riles me the most, is people smoking around children, in cars especially. They have no say, but I can imagine their eyes burning like mine do.

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        Now as an ex smoker my biggest wonder is how non-smokers went out with me.
        I couldn’t think of anything worse than being around a smoker yet alone kissing them.
        Still I suppose back in the day when smokers outnumbered the non variety it was more difficult to avoid us lepers!!

  • Carl

    Are people looking forward to Mastermind tonight? I will have a look for the first couple of weeks.

    • Nige.

      If it has class I will be hooked. If it comes across as chucked together I will give it a miss.

      They can just slap a “mastermind” title on it and expect it to be appealing.

      • Richard

        I think the man with no top teeth will give it a touch of professionalism.

        • Nige.

          I Seriously doubt it. But here’s hoping.

          • Nige.

            What ever happened to “new” TV personalities?

          • Lux

            Peter is a Pro all rounder.. and no celebrity hound like so many others.

          • Nige.

            O actually heard him on radiasport the other day and he was spit in when he was talking about how useless Facebook and Twitter are. I don’t doubt that Facebook has been a great tool for people but there has always been alternatives.

          • Lux

            Sorry I don’t understand what you’re saying?

          • Nige.

            Blinking heck. I didn’t proof read. I’ll edit a couple of vowels. Sorry

          • Lux

            I very much doubt he would ever read stuff about himself.. Peter is the ultimate presenter.. and not going to be swayed by the nasties out there. He does what he does well, and he has it down pat, thats why he has lasted so long, and no big swollen head going on there, thinking this programme is going to go under because I’m leaving..

      • hookerphil

        Have now watched it – overall very long questions which leads to an unequal number asked of each contestant. Lacks the humour of say The Chase and perhaps lacks any excitement. I suppose the difficulty of the questions asked often depends on whether you know the answer.

    • Lux

      I am looking forward to it ..

      Have read this of piece from the newspaper on Saturday .. and take in how he describes Peter, as he is getting dressed..

      Peter Williams: Unobtrusively yours
      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11630150

  • Richard

    This young fool in Auckland who is going around grabbing bums and such, why is the media insistent on using the term “sex pest”?, is it because of his age (12-16)? do you have to be over 18 to be given the correct title of sex offender?

    • RunningRabbit

      Don’t forget ‘looks like a choir boy’.

  • GoingRight

    We are in Tasmania for a family funeral held on Friday. Today had planned to visit with family but too cold and wet so spent a much needed day quietly in the hotel reading. “Western Values Defended: A Primer by Olivia Pierson as mentioned here on Whaleoil recently. My, what a book! I can highly recommend it. So articulately written and has a fast track history penned throughout for those of us who are a little rusty. I will try and get a hard copy for hubby who enjoyed and agreed with all the parts I read out to him, as he doesn’t read through a kindle. I am also going to get some extra copies and share amongst the family. It is compulsory reading IMHO. Really enjoyed it.

  • Bluemanning

    Spending our wedding anniversary at the Duke of Marlborough in a room overlooking the hell hole of the Pacific. NZ flag in full glory flying outside our window earlier:-). What a treat, just heading down to dinner probably have fish of the night, hapuka. Great to be retired.

    • Aucky

      If you are in Russell for a few days try The Gables Restaurant. Outstanding.

      • Bluemanning

        Had a look, they advertise they are the first NZ restaurant. Only here one night, definitely next time.

        • Greg M

          Duke of Marlborough has liquor license number one issued in New Zealand, number two was the Arthurs point pub just out of Queenstown. Todays trivia, mark 2.

    • Lux

      Yummm enjoy your time there!

      • Bluemanning

        T’was fantastic thank you.

  • Left Right Out

    Thanks to all those who passed on their thoughts about Audi’s the other day,,, very much appreciated

    Seems Yesterday when my wife turned up to run an eye over the car got a little spooked by the fact someone had taken it out for a test drive and another person had just arrived to look at it also…… so she bought it……lol

    Well why not, she has bought all our cars and our current home while I was walking around USC in LA…….

    Interesting conversation when I got home yesterday….. oh, I went to look at the car….. someone was out for a test drive, so I bought it…. that stopped them……lol I gotta Love her… right

  • Richard

    A couple of weeks back, I mentioned that the old man was found to have a softball sized tumor in his stomach.

    After the biopsy, it turns out it is malignant, inoperable, with cancer having spread to his liver. Caught up with him today, he hasn’t even started any chemo yet and there is a drastic weight loss, quite a shock, I didn’t realise that this thing could just eat the size off a man in that short of a time.

    He just retired at 65 in December…poor bugger, what a blow.

    • LovetoTeach

      That sux. Life can be blimmin unfair

    • Nige.

      Bugger. That is such a blow. I have bumped into several people recently who are retired and are grateful to whoever that they made it that far. Thoughts are with you mate.

      • Richard

        Cheers Nige, I’m pretty philosophical about it, he’s had a good run, lot’s of people don’t make it to that age.

        • hookerphil

          Richard, as you get older you will realize that when you get into the 60’s that is not actually that old and you look forward to a goodly number of years. Spend as much time with him as you can, i know I would appreciate that and you may treasure that time in the future.

    • Greg M

      Oh mate. Stay close, stick together, and if you need a hand the whale army is usually not too far away. G.

    • Lux

      That is terrible news, life can take horrible turns at times. Hang in there.

    • Left Right Out

      I hope he remains as painless as possible and you get some great time with him Richard

    • Mags

      Very sorry to hear that. Tumultuous times ahead for you all I am afraid (been there done that with my mum and dad 30 years ago). It’s amazing where the strength to cope comes from.

    • Curly1952

      That’s bad news Richard. Hope you can spend some quality time with him as time goes on. Thoughts are with you

    • Effluent

      Sorry to read your news. I saw my Dad go a couple of months ago, and am very glad and grateful that I got to spend time with him in the last few weks of his life, before i had to return to NZ. Let him know how much you love him, while you can.

    • Lux

      Try and make some special memories for all your family.. and take photos .. you have no idea how they mean afterwards.

    • Aucky

      Get your local hospice people involved Richard. They are truly magnificent and the support that they provide will extend to the whole family and not just your dad.

      • Time For Accountability

        We might all be jumping the gun a little but the sooner contact is made the better.
        Well said in a short few words. Those reasons are why our service club along with help from Probus and a handful of businesses hope to crack $500k in fundraising giving for our local hospice this year.
        As Aucky says – it is also about the family care as well.
        Many folk believe the Hospice is a place to pass away under managed care. That is a small part at the end. The larger part is before hand, adjusting meds, time out for the relatives and dignity especially when it comes to personal needs such as showering etc. Sometimes a stay beforehand might be all that is needed for the family to take a deep breath.
        It is hard to describe until experienced but a Hospice has the most special people who are calm and second to none when knowing how to create a calm, pleasant and may I say happy environment. From the doctors, staff, volunteers, cleaners etc.
        I often quote my mothers last words. The boss came into the room because he knew me and asked mother how are the looking after you May? She replied “Couldn’t get better care in heaven and they were the last words she spoke before slipping into a coma. We wrote them down and put them on the wall behind the bed. The staff were chuffed.
        While fundraising, a large number of people will tell of their Hospice story. All speak in the same high care level and happy place.
        There is also other organisations such as the cancer society which flick in for the family when needed. Who are equally as good and again assisted by volunteers.
        I end by saying there we are aware of two inoperable cases recently where treatment has all but destroyed the cancer. Fingers crossed.

        • Aucky

          Well said TFA. We all think well of the hospice movement but are largely unaware of the wonderful holistic care that they wrap around the whole family.

  • Left Right Out

    Today turned out to be an absolute stunner in Christchurch…. so I went into the garage to clean up. I came across an old Tea Chest full of pics and memorabilia from my grandmother…. I spent the afternoon going through it all, well not quite all…… and found some great pics of me and the family as newborns, toddlers and then kids

    Have been scanning them all this evening to keep them safe…… but it has been one of the best days ever

  • stephen2d

    An amazing free event today in Christchurch showcasing all first responders with proceeds going to Westpac Rescue crowd (gold coin donation).

    Helicopters, bomb disposal robot, fire engines, airport fire crew, St John, SAR and best of all police and AOS demo with two helicopters in action, loads of stun grenades, dogs and an armed “suspect” getting “arrested”, chewed by the dogs and taken away by the helicopter. I was more excited than the kids!

    • Wendy

      I was just reading this piece written by a paramedic in the UK…outstanding…

      “…I’m a paramedic, but nobody taught me how to sit an 86 year old gentleman down and tell him his wife of 65 years has died in her sleep. Nobody taught me how to watch as the desire for life leaves his eyes the moment I break the earth shattering news that would change his life forever.

      Nobody taught me how to accept a torrent of abuse from a complete stranger, just because they have been drinking all day and want a lift home.

      Nobody taught me how to talk to someone so depressed that they have just slit their own throat, panicked and rung for help. Nobody taught me how to respond when they turned to me and said “I can’t even get suicide right”.

      Nobody taught me how to to say the words “I’m sorry, there’s nothing else we can do, your daughter is dead”. Nobody taught me how to listen to the harrowing, shattering scream of a parent whose child has just died.

      Nobody taught me how to talk a complete stranger down off a bridge, how to find a reason for them to live, how to assure them that they would get the help that they needed and everything would be ok.

      Nobody taught me how to bite my tongue when I went 2 hours over my finish time for someone who’d been ‘generally unwell’ for 24 hours and their GP had told them to ring 999.

      Nobody taught me how to accept that I would miss out on things other people take for granted; birthdays, christmas day, meals at normal times of the day, sleep.

      Nobody taught me how to hold hands with a dying person as they take their last breath, how to hold back the tears because it’s not my grief.

      Nobody taught be how to keep a straight face whilst a young man explains exactly what happened to the end of his hoover.

      Nobody taught me how to act when a patient pulls a knife on me.

      Nobody taught me how to work on a friend who’s choked and gone in to a cardiac arrest whilst we were having lunch.

      Being a paramedic is so much more than swooping in and saving lives; it’s about dealing with the most unique, challenging experiences and just going home at the end of the shift, being asked ‘how was your day’ and replying ‘fine thanks’.
      Being a paramedic is about delivering a baby, diagnosing a death, making a patient a cup of tea, and it just being normalised.
      It’s about constantly giving a bit of yourself to every patient, because although it’s our 13th patient of the day and we can’t remember their name it’s their first ambulance, their loved one, their experience.
      It’s about walking out the door at 5am to go to a twenty year old with abdo pain when its minus 5 and you haven’t slept for 22 hours.
      Most of all though, it’s about that feeling; yeah 99% of it is hard, and wasteful and abusive of the great NHS, but that 1%, that’s why I do this.

      It’s about the bits that nobody taught me how…

      It’s about handing a new born baby to a father who just stands and stares at their new life with tears of joy.

      It’s about providing pain relief and reassurance to a 90 year old lady who’s fallen and hurt her hip, and despite all the pain she turns and says “Thank you, how are you?”.

      It’s about a hug that you give someone on christmas day because they haven’t spoken to anyone for days, they have no relatives or companions but you’ve brightened up their day.

      It’s about climbing in the car next to someone and saying ‘Don’t worry, you’re going to be fine, we’ll have you out of here in just a moment’

      It’s about hearing the dreaded words “my baby, she’s not breathing, please help” and then working on the baby until she cries out happily.

      It’s about everything that we do that the media don’t publicise, it’s about knowing fact that we couldn’t attend to the dying man because we were dealing with a drunk, or we were having a break because we were 9 hours into a shift and on protected break.”

  • Comes a time

    Any oilers out there know much about the kennel clubs and/or show dogs?
    We have moved to a smaller place and was looking on a site for a dog that could fit in nicely. Found one that would be perfect but at $4000 a pup(comes with papers) but is only to be a pet meaning no showing/no breeding. Although i probably wouldn’t show or breed from it, it would be good to have the option. What’s the point of spending that amount on a pup when you are being told what you can or can’t do?

    • Greg M

      First port of call would be the SPCA. They have some wonderful animals including unwanted pedigrees looking for families. Well worth a visit.

      • I would like to put in a word for the bitzers. Some absolutely awesome dogs there, and you are more likely to avoid the genetic health problems that have been bred into the brand name ones.

        • Kev

          I absolutely agree. Our dog is a “staffy cross” from the SPCA. Best dog we’ve ever had. Our vet complains she never makes any money from us (her own 2 dogs are from the SPCA, “South Auckland Specials” she calls them). When she sees a pedigree dog come through the door she starts mentally shopping for a new car.

          • Goldie

            Our first dog was from the SPCA and was described as a Ridgeback / Labrador cross. There was definitely Ridgeback, but couldn’t see much Labrador when she grew up (most likely Staffy or Bull Terrier of some sort). She was a great dog, but I now wonder how honest the SPCA are sometimes.

          • Comes a time

            first was from dog watch and out of the dogs i’ve had was the most loyal labxcollie

          • Goldie

            Sounds like a good mix!

      • Goldie

        Our first dog was from the SPCA, and was a wonderful dog, but it can be a bit of a lottery. Decided to go for a specific breed second time around (perhaps easier to pick specific qualities / temperament etc), and also a wonderful dog.

        • Greg M

          Yeah we went to the SPCA looking for a cloth eared Labrador type dog but somehow ended up with Fat Henry (pic)
          Life is but a lottery, you play the cards you are dealt. :-)

          • Goldie

            Let me guess – Shih Tzu / husky cross?

          • Lux

            I had a cat she was so beautiful my niece named her Darling .. funny days

          • Greg M

            If there was an award for bludging, this guy would win olympic gold. The vet has given a special diet for him, and his “Aunty Mingyao” from upstairs is under strict instruction to not give him any more fish, noodles ,eggs or cheese. It’s like having a big blobby heat pump on the bed, you cannot move when he is parked.

          • Lux

            It Sounds like Cat Heaven !!

          • Lux

            They all have their special personalities ..

          • XCIA

            You should play poker – you can get a new hand ;-)

    • Goldie

      $4000 for a pup sounds a bit excessive, and then are they saying you can’t show or breed? Doesn’t sound right to me?

    • Lux

      I brought a dog years ago .. he was so lovely .. but being a pure breed, he had quite a few problems and was very expensive.. I would go for something different next time.

    • XCIA

      Check out a Labradoodle like Richard Hammond’s. Robust and a lot of fun.

      • Lux

        I had a schnauzer ..

    • Chris EM

      I’ve heard of this before. It’s basically the breeders protecting themselves from you having a pup which turns out to be exceptional and taking all the prizes at the competitions.

      • Comes a time

        Thank you, I didn’t understand why

  • Old Dig
    • Wasapilot

      Brilliant, worth watching.

      He slams the scientists and academics with their snout in the research funding trough.

    • andrewo

      He’s never going to get laid with that pullover

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