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  • Nechtan

    Born today in 1898 Blind Willie McTell (born William Samuel McTier ) Piedmont blues and ragtime singer, songwriter and guitarist. Unusually at that time he used (almost exclusively) a 12 string guitar. An influence on Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, The Allman Brothers and Jack White (among others).

    Born today in 1948 Bill Ward founding member and drummer with Black Sabbath.

    Today in 1966 Manfred Mann went to mumber 1 on the UK singles chart with “Pretty Flamingo”.

    Died today 1972 blues and gospel singer and guitarist Reverend Gary Davis (and like “Blind Willie” above blind from childhood) of a heart attack aged 76. His unique finger-picking style influenced many other artists.

    Today in 1973 David Bowie went to number 1 on the UK album charts with “Aladdin Sane”

  • Nige.

    Brian smaller answered last night’s question with:

    “…routine….”

    Do you plan your days meticulously or just take whatever is thrown at you as it becomes a priority?

    • Dave

      Planning is meticulous for special occasions, or something different, these days things for work and home are more routine, no detailed plans needed.

    • Left Right Out

      Daily life seems to require me to be flexible no matter what solid plans I put in place

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      Plan and then plan again but more often than not end up taking it as it comes.
      Items on ‘to do’ lists get ticked off eventually but perhaps not as foreseen.

    • Michelle

      When we were milking cows you had to stick to the routine and take the things thrown at you out of left field in your stride but the milking was top priority for hubby while l did the other jobs
      Now take each day as it comes and do the need to be done jobs and the rest will get done later

    • Spiker

      I usually step out the door with a bunch of things in mind to get done during the course of the day. If half of them get done its been a good day. Often the littlest thing can take the whole day in a completely different direction. Mrs Spiker hates my lack of organization as she needs structure. I’m self employed (probably unemployable) & she works in retail 30 plus hours a week. Everyones happy as far as I can tell. :-)

      • Aucky

        Good man Spiker. I’m semi retired and self employed and today nothing got done at all despite my best intentions this morning.

      • jonno1

        I became unemployable about 20 years ago when I decided I would no longer submit to psychometric testing. Switched to self-employment and never looked back, although pretty much retired now. A friend with the same view was head-hunted but also refused. In desperation the HR lady said she was obliged to do the testing, so he relented on the condition she NEVER discussed the results with him or anyone else. It worked and of course he also named his price.

    • Planning? What’s that? :)

    • Greg M

      I always make a list and tick things off, but some days you just can’t win. Started today with 11 items on the list, got 19 things done, and still have 11 things on the list.

    • LovetoTeach

      I plan about 2/3s of my day but have to leave at least a third free for the nonsense that comes up each day!

  • Carl

    I have posted this before but with Duck shooting on Saturday beware of those decoys shooters. (pic)

  • George

    Pharmac’s new vomit inducing drug purchased from NZH Pharmaceuticals:

    “Hilary Barry, At age 46, can go straight into the hall of fame and take her place at the top table of news readers whether she is finished with TV or not. Credit also must go to the outstanding, unflappable Mike McRoberts for being the Clyde to her Bonnie. It really was a dream team”.

    • Dave

      Thing is George, I held them in high regard until yesterday, then they opened their mouths, and acted as idiots. Far better they remained silent and just went home than prove what a petulant foolish lot they really are.

      If Weldon jumped, good on him, their behavior has demonstrated the stuff he has had to contend with and I commend him for sticking it out so long.

      To the board, if he was pushed, the staff have just proven you have been taken for a ride, you must all feel pretty conned. Good luck finding a suit of armour strong enough for the next CEO.

    • Lux

      and next it will be Saint Hilary .. she saved all their jobs ..

      it’s vomit inducing.

      • InnerCityDweller

        She may even take over from Susan Devoy one day

    • hookerphil

      I cannot work out who actually watches her, when Campbell disappeared all the Stuff comments were about never, ever, watching TV3 again.

    • Sagacious Blonde

      Remember, Richard and Judy were the dream team; the clamour was worse.
      Life goes on, news still gets read, the sun still rises, the world still turns…..

  • Dave

    Parody of the song “My Favorite Things” aimed at senior citizens was allegedly sung by Julie Andrews at an AARP benefit on the singer’s 69th birthday in October 2004.

    To commemorate her birthday, actress/vocalist, Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall for the benefit of the AARP. One of the musical numbers she performed was ‘My Favorite Things’ from the legendary movie ‘Sound Of Music’. Here are the lyrics she used:

    Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
    Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
    Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
    These are a few of my favourite things.

    Cadillacs and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses,
    Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
    Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
    These are a few of my favourite things.

    When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,
    When the knees go bad,
    I simply remember my favourite things,
    And then I don’t feel so bad.

    Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
    No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
    Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
    These are a few of my favourite things.

    Back pain, confused brains and no need for sinnin’,
    Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin’,
    And we won’t mention our short shrunken frames,
    When we remember our favourite things.

    When the joints ache, When the hips break,
    When the eyes grow dim,
    Then I remember the great life I’ve had,
    And then I don’t feel so bad.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>> > >>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>

    (Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation from the crowd

    that lasted over four minutes and repeated encores. Please

    share Ms. Andrews’ clever wit and humour with others who would appreciate it.)

  • pisces8284
    • Alan Beresford B’Stard

      Looks like the Mad Butcher was in charge of catering.

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      Have only travelled cattle class it certainly didn’t look anything like that for us at the back. However there was the advantage that not so many people flew so mostly one had a row to oneself and could lie down – better than first class, lol. However the food, even at the read, was better than the modern fare I will admit.

    • XCIA

      I remember my first flight in the 60’s from Belfast to Heathrow on a Vickers Viscount. All I got was one, yes one barley sugar and that was it.

    • Aucky

      Where are the clouds of cigarette smoke?

    • pisces8284

      When we flew to NZ in 1973 with our 18 month old twins, the stewardess offered them lollies. They were so disappointed when she brought them boiled sweets, they were expecting ice blocks. Lost in translation

  • Alan Beresford B’Stard

    Good to see Hekia Parata getting passionate in response to misquotes, misinformation and straight out lies from Chris Hipkins on education. At one point she even tag teamed with David Seymour to beat Hipkins around the head about charter schools. Well worth a watch.
    https://youtu.be/J5QmqzJbpOc

    • Jude

      Chris Hipkins as many in the Opposition are floundering in their portfolio’s. He didn’t listen to the answers and just read the questions out verbatim.
      He could be a news reader , there may be more jobs available that would suit him more !

      • Hill16

        And the scariest thing was the puff piece ‘story’ in Stuff the other day about himself and his partner expecting … And he was adamant that the child wouldn’t be getting any private schooling. Very easy to be idealogical when you’re only dealing in hypotheticals!

      • XCIA

        If he styled his hair in ringlets and wore a velvet suit, people might take him seriously ;-)

    • ex-JAFA

      You’ve got to admire Chippy. He’s not going around playing favourites by visiting some partnership schools and not others, or by learning how partnership schools differ from state schools.

    • kayaker

      What a hopeless case is Hipkins. When will he start wearing long trousers?

    • Aucky

      I specifically opened up WOBH to comment on Hekia’s performance today. She’s like a good red wine and just improved with age to be one of the better speakers in the House. She routinely took Hipkins apart today and is proving to be one of the best Ministers of Education in recent times.

      • Alan Beresford B’Stard

        Couldn’t agree more. She had a ropey start but has really grown into the job. One of Nationals best performers, and right on top of the portfolio.
        Hipkins didn’t stand a chance, I might have felt sorry for him but for his bs questions.

    • wilson

      As moist of these unemployed aren’t 8 year olds. They didn’t learn to read and write under labour.

  • Vlad

    I feel sorry for the men and women who work in mainstream reporting now. I started in the trade many (50?) years ago and felt very proud to be able to give it my best shot about news events as they happened. The old what why when etc.

    Fell upwards into management, not much different in principles really.

    But now, what are these sad struggling young people doing? Cutting and pasting political hit jobs; positioning themselves for a possible save the income role as PR for the Union; pretending that looking after the sources equals being a reporter.

    Reporting has fallen to bits as an honourable career. All is that is left is loudmouths and toadies.

    • Left Right Out

      I guess thats why it’s become one of the least trusted professions

    • MaryLou

      You’re right – as much as anything else. it IS a shame. But unfortunately, like everything else, it is reflective of generational change. These are people MY age. And you see it in a lot of different forms. The entitlement syndrome starts here, and gets worse with the next generation. These people are no different from many others.

    • Nige.

      Just as surely as the internet has caused the msm to fall all over themselves and salivate over the most sorded bits of news, the internet will save us via blogs made by people who take the job of informing people seriously.

  • MaryLou

    Seems appropriate for today, somehow (pic)

  • Sally

    In a couple of days I will be spending 17 hours on a plane, followed 3 hours later with another 6 hours.
    Seriously planning is now in play how to cope.
    Noise cancelling headphones tick
    Kindle loaded with reading material tick
    Ipad tick.
    That will take care of a few hours.
    It is more a mental and body coping mechanism that haven’t been sorted yet.

    • kayaker

      Little blue pills -tick Zzzzzz

      • Goldie

        What… you mean viagara? ;)

        • kayaker

          lol

        • Left Right Out

          Thats one way of passing the time……

    • Michelle

      A few friends have done it recently and one was bored rigid but others were able to sleep and walk around the plane as well
      Not for me but will be interested to see how you get on

    • Dave

      Perhaps …..
      A weeks worth of Crosswords from various newspapers, or a crossword book. And a spare charging cord for the Ipad / kindle.

      Shame they don’t have on board wifi, you could be on WO to pass some of the time :)

      • Sally

        Newspaper. What are those?
        Edit To add I believe Emirates have Wifi on board.

        • Dave

          Maybe time for a live review ! Oh, and newspapers, they are the things left in the corner of Cafes after 10 minutes

          • Sally

            I could pretend I am a travel reporter doing a review on their service, I might get an upgrade.

        • InnerCityDweller

          You should have a power outlet (USB) in-seat

    • pisces8284

      Load ipad with movies rented from itunes and make sure to have a power bank so battery doesn’t go flat. Nuts etc to nibble, And yes, zopiclone little blue pills.

      • STAG

        Love those little blue pills.

        • meltingpot

          Wouldn’t that cause all the stewardess’ to look too good?

        • pisces8284

          The last ones I got were white. They didn’t work – probably placebos

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Mine too, miss the blue, but they seem to be working which I suppose is all that matters.

        • Oh Please

          Make sure you don’t take the WRONG blue pills…

          • Sally

            Starting to think I will give those little blue pills a miss!

      • pisces8284

        Antiseptic wipes – for tray table, toilet, just about anything. Apparently the dirtiest place in a plane is the pocket on the back of the seat in front. Change of clothes in case your bag gets lost (well they tell you to do that but I never have). Enjoy!

        • Sally

          I always breathe a sigh of relief when I see my bag on the carousel. I have had a bag lost once. Fortunately it was a return flight home from Adelaide. I had a connection in Sydney and my bag got left behind. It was delivered to my house the next day.
          It would be a different if it went missing at the start of the holiday.

    • Carl

      Just drink a lot and pass out.

    • hookerphil

      Took us 40 hours to get to Germany and then 41 return at Christmas time, spent a bit of waiting time in Sydney due to using Qantas airports. Just watched movies all the time, as we do not now and surprisingly the time flew for us. Accepted all the meals, asked for extra drinks and generally just had a reasonable time.

      • pisces8284

        I agree, I’ve never found going without alcohol stopped jetlag!

    • Hill16

      Going to Dublin with my 4 year old in a couple of months….a backpack for him with some small toys, books, stickers….and then the cartoons on the flight and he’s usually sweet. Once he’s happy, I can relax…..and maybe have 1 wine …. Until I get to Dublin, and nana can babysit!

    • Wasapilot

      Make sure you put your rugby picks in Sally.

      Enjoy your trip, and try and get some sleep on the flight(s)

      • Sally

        Rugby picks will be done on Monday, from then on hopefully wifi will be available at each destination. Just got to remember the time difference and not leave it too late.

    • InnerCityDweller

      Sounds like direct flight to Dubai, then on to Europe. If that’s the case, you’ll be leaving late, which means a good night’s sleep is ahead.

      Do yourself a favour and grab a free shower while in transit. That’s taking care of the 17 hours and you’ll feel like a new person in the next leg of your journey.

      • Sally

        Shower, good idea.

        • InnerCityDweller

          Free in a number of spots in the transit area, but you need to bring towel (microfibre travel towel is best) and everything else. I’ve always found them clean and available whenever I rock up. Then go for a good walk around the transit area to stretch. Bliss. Enjoy your trip.

        • Old Chook

          I take an old towel and wash cloth in my carry on luggage from home to use in transit and just bin them after the shower.

    • JEL51

      I would wrap a few crackers& cheese with freshly crushed garlic to ward off the airline lurgy (& unwanted attention) too. Wished I had the time to carry your bags for you.

    • jonno1

      Worth getting some of those pressure stockings if you haven’t already done so. And Zopiclone – I find a half-tablet gives about 3 hours zzzz.

    • Discovered premium economy last time I went to Canada, well worth the extra and arrived quite fresh, best part was no damned kids kicking the back of the seat.

  • Jude

    I read , in the latest North and South, that Robyn Toomath stepped down in November from the organisation, Fight The Obesity Epidemic(FOE).
    Robyn Toomath was feeling she had not achieved anything, and had she been funded personally, she wouldn’t have been value for money!
    That must have been a very long 14 years of non achievement.

    Nice publicity for Whaleoil on page 39

  • InnerCityDweller

    I think I might have come up with an idea to resolve at least part of Auckland’s housing crisis.

    Taxpayers are currently paying a great number of people to sit on their backsides doing absolutely sweet nothing. Not only that, but these people (and a whole heap of others) get paid to live in houses that taxpayers also pay for. Double whammy right there.

    So, wouldn’t it be fair and reasonable for taxpayers to have a say in where these people are living/sitting on their backsides, doing nothing?

    Why should those who have absolutely no intention of ever working and/or are unemployable for a variety of reasons, be occupying properties in Auckland, paid for by taxpayers, with absolutely no benefit to said taxpayers?

    Why can’t these people be moved to other areas across the country and Auckland can make better use of the now vacated statehouses, by giving them to those who try but simply can’t make ends meet?

    I for one have no issue helping those who are trying but despise paying people occupying valuable resources by doing nothing at all in return (apart from whinge).

    Too harsh?

    • Oh Please

      I’d prefer they were used as foundations for the dodgy dam. But then I’m a bit of a softy at heart…

    • Sagacious Blonde

      You think we want them in the Provinces? :)

      • InnerCityDweller

        No, but whatever happened to “taking one for the team”?

    • Builder

      Yes, good idea. One house in every 16 in Auckland is a Housing New Zealand property. https://www.beehive.govt.nz/speech/speech-housing-affordability

  • OT Richter

    Story in the Herald this afternoon about feral window washers in Greenlane. The Auckland Council bylaw makes it “an offence to wash windows at intersections in an unsafe and intimidating manner.”

    Why have such a lame and subjective bylaw and not simply ban it outright? I’m a middle-aged bloke, but feel uneasy around these guys because I’m worried that they will take my polite rejection to their offer of a window wash, wash anyway and then demand payment etc. How must the elderly or females feel, especially being approached late at night when thereare few other people around?

    The police appear to wasting an awfull lot of time chasing these guys, and the Council has taken/is taking 71 cases forward to prosecution. This has to be costing the taxpayers and ratepayers a boatload of cash, and diverts resources away from more important work.

    Why is it so hard?

  • OT Richter

    Can anyone recommend a good panelbeater in West Auckland? Looking to get gouging and paint repairs done to a plastic bumper. This is not related to my post about feral window washers….

    • There are several guys that specialise in repairing plastic bits, some will do exchange I believe, try Mr google.

  • Jude

    Whaleoilers will solve this in seconds! refresh for pic
    What is the method to get the answers…

    From Facebook.
    If you do , then what is: ?+ ? = 123 using same logic

    • Woody

      12+11=123

      • Goldie

        Damn, beat me to it

      • Jude

        I did this quickly too but apparently some struggle finding the pattern:)

    • NZ_Stormer

      123

      • Jude

        But we needed the ? +? part lol:)

    • Greg M

      The answer is 42, because,
      42 is 101010 in binary code,
      light refracts through a water surface by 42 degrees to create a rainbow, and,
      light requires 10 to the power of -42 seconds to cross the diameter of a proton.

      So yeah, 42.

      • Jude

        Ha Ha far too clever!

      • Goldie

        You forgot that 42 is the atomic number of molybdenum

        • Oh yeah, how can we forget that? sheesh.

      • Platinum Fox

        42 is (of course) also the answer to the ultimate question.

        • Sailor Sam

          hitchhikers guide to the galaxie?

          • Platinum Fox

            Indeed

    • Effluent

      1st LH digit = difference of the two RH numbers
      2nd &3rd LH digit = sum of RH numbers

      • Jude

        Yep that is correct.
        12+11=123 using that method.

  • Les couilles de chien.

    WO motorcyclists and/or vintage enthusiasts, I have acquired 3 Motobecane Mobylette 1960 mopeds. My question is what on earth am I going to do with them? Restore them, chuck them on Tradme or is there anywhere that buys these sort of things?

  • Curly1952

    Just finished listening the Parliament – Questions for oral answers.
    Two things – Ron Marks always tries to be something he is not like trying to take of his leader by being quite rude and arrogant in the way he answers his questions and that other nit wit West Coaster who tried to table a press report on education. Next he will want to table twitter statements as fact. It is little wonder these idiots continue to lag considerably behind the Government

  • Builder

    There’s a lot of dirt on Clinton. Just a few (25) of the scandals, lies, and criminal activity of Hillary Clinton.

    https://youtu.be/kypl1MYuKDY

    • Isherman

      And yet despite all this, or perhaps as indicated by it, she should not be underestimated. I would almost go so far to say she has a ruthlessness and ability to fight as hard and dirty as any presidential candidate in a long time. Certainly more formidable than her husband could ever hope to be, and probably more than a match for Trump too. Now that Trump is clear to direct all his fire in her direction, she needs Bernie out of the way and if he doesn’t yield shortly, he will be her next political hit job I suspect.

      • Woody

        In my view, the only reason Bill was President was as a placeholder for Hillary but at the finish of his term it was still too soon for the people to accept a female President so that plan had to go on hold. She has always been the brains of the outfit while Bill………. no, I won’t go there Pete.

    • Bluemanning

      If any of this is true, Trump has plenty of ammunition; then let the fireworks begin!

  • jonno1

    All that was left of the Peking Duck (pic) enjoyed at our favourite Chinese restaurant, Hees Garden, this evening. The occasion was our anniversary, but we don’t need much of an excuse to go there (usually for Yum Cha).

    • Moonroof

      Sounds pleasant, you were left with the bill?

      • Jude

        That was very quick ! :)

  • Just a quiet note to our regulars, next week could be interesting as court ordered suppression comes off something. In the mean time, if you are catching snippets around other places, please do not discuss any of it here, as we intend to stick to the rules. Keep late Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning marked as times you don’t want to miss being here.

    People who want to speculate or jump the gun will be permanently banned. If you have to do it, do it somewhere else.

    • Greg M

      Thought that was coming up, have been keeping an eye on the HC daily list. Would very much like to be there or is it just going to be automatic un suppression ?

      • The arguing in court already happened. We’ve been waiting for the judge to release a decision, which happened today.

        • Dave

          Obviously the right decision, I’m happy for the team, hope it all goes well for you all.

  • XCIA

    Ensign wasp looks more like an alien in this close up.

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