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  • Nechtan

    Born today in 1942 Ian Dury singer and songwriter with Ian Dury and The Blockheads.

    Born today in 1945 Ian McLagan keyboardist with The Small Faces and The Faces.

    Born today in 1948 Steve Winwood singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (although primarily known as a keyboardist) for The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith and solo.

    Born today in 1950 singer, songwriter and guitarist Billy Squier.

    Born today in 1961 Billy Duffy guitarist/songwriter with The Cult.

    Today in 1972 The Rolling Stones released Exile On Main Street.

    Today in 1973 Led Zeppelin went to number 1 on the US album chart with their fifth album “Houses Of The Holy”.

    • HR

      Love the Cult, ever since I was a boy. I have every album!

      • Isherman

        And Sonic Temple is still right up there with their best.

        • HR

          Agreed. I remember listening to it for the first time on tape on my Sony walkman borrowed from a friend on a school bus going to an athletics competition. I was hooked. Sweet Soul Sister being one of my favourites!

    • nellie

      Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick Ian!

      • patriot

        2 fat ladies…click, click, click! ?

    • patriot

      Thanx, Nechtan. I played the clips and Mr Patriot only missed ‘The Cult’. ?

    • willtin

      Wow. Sheet loads of good music tonight.

  • Dave of the West Bank

    Watch this and weep. http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/79906787/protesters-block-entry-to-dunedin-banks

    Poor old duck having to scramble over a pack of ignorant, arrogant and selfish rabble.

    Absolutely clueless dolts blocking the access to a bank, and the Police allowing it. I’m gobsmacked! Not only that, I’m disgusted. In fact I am staggered that someone didn’t give the stupid idiots a good kick up the gunga.

    The 350 on the sign that one of the numpties is holding means they want atmospheric CO² to be kept below 350 ppm – it’s currently at ~400 ppm – with about 3% of the increase due to humans. If we all went back to the days of my grandfather’s early farming days, using horses only, any change in the rate of increase of atmospheric CO² would hardly be discernible.

    They want the use of all fossil fuels to be stopped.

    Words fail me.

    The fools should be sitting there naked, as just about everything they possess is in one way or another produced via fossil fuels. If they really meant what they so arrogantly insist that we do, they would go and camp on the Otago Peninsular in a southerly gale with none of the advantages of fossil-fuelled accoutrements and see how they get on.

    Pete/mods, I’ve really, really held myself back on this, so I’m hoping that, as I’ve stuck pretty well with the dictionary, that I won’t be biffed into the sin bin.

    I now know how the old sheep farmer felt when he was told by the judges at the sheep dog trials that there would be no swearing, and upon his dog making a complete botch of it, his entreaty of, “Just one word, Judge, just one word?” failed to change their rule.

    • Crowgirl

      They are getting a kicking on social media including their own Facebook page. Most Kiwis won’t tolerate this, so rest assured that although you can’t swear here, others are giving them an earful for you ?

      • MaryLou

        I missed who they actually are? Don’t really want to go back and watch it again…?

        • Crowgirl

          350 Aotearoa if you want to go search them on Facebook. They are coming up as a top trending search as everyone looks for them to get stuck in. Not a lot of support for their cause going on ?

          • Isherman

            Gareth Hughes there cheering them on…what a hero.

          • willtin

            Misspelled Zero

          • Hill16

            He must have got there on his unicorn …. Surely not racking up the Green Party air points on a fossil fuel guzzling plane!

    • sarahmw

      I also watched the video of these disrespectful morons. Shameful! My question? Why were they not arrested for blocking lawful entrance to the bank? I would have been tempted to go home and put on my heels and then clamber over them as they chose not to move.

      • Crowgirl

        A few stiletto heels to hands and feet would sort them out.

      • MaryLou

        Just thinking the same thing. A bunch of young people somehow raised with no respect for older people. And yet, despite their age, they know better than people with 50 years more experience. Not that age necessarily implies wisdom, but that was wrong from woah to go.

        Courtesy.

      • OneTrack

        This does the police no good at all. What is the point of having them if they will permit this?

      • KiwiLliz

        Heh, heh, the stillettos were my first thought too.

    • Hill16

      What a difference between the protesters and the dignity of the older lady. She reckons she stood on one of them and felt a bit bad about it. I would have liked to have put my shoes back on and made them feel my feet a few more times!

      • willtin

        “I stood on one, so felt a bit bad about that”
        Said with a smile perhaps, and a secret grin.

    • Kiwiracer

      Typical leftie protesters, no consideration for the majority going about their business, and protesting at a bank because they are the funders.

    • Nige.

      If them come to Blenheim I will happily stand outside and assist anyone needing to get into the bank past them.

      • Mark

        I’ll do overwatch, you’ll probably never know I’m there,probably.

      • willtin

        I can’t help in Blenheim, but I will help where I am.

        • Nige.

          Fremo?

          • willtin

            No comprendé
            Plus there is no bank in _-_-_-_-_

          • Nige.

            I knew there was a catch.

    • XCIA

      The council are quick off the mark to confiscate signs and other extraneous material off the footpath if someone complains, so why it has to be asked did they not act here?

      • MaryLou

        I don’t know why the Police didn’t act. They knew they could be arrested for it. I also get that the Police prefer to avoid confrontations nowadays where they can be cast as heavy-handed, but that really was endangering those older people. A broken hip can spell the end for some.

        • KatB

          They almost appeared to be manhandling some of the elderly in an effort to get them in the door, Shame they weren’t manhandling the protesters. Definitely looked like a good day to clean windows.

          • kereru

            I was disgusted that the police were not clearing a path into the bank which was conducting its lawful business. They should have been hauling away the loudmouths blocking the door and demanding they move aside or get arrested for obstruction.

            It’s one thing to have the freedom to protest and quite another to inconvenience members of the public from going about their business. Even worse when some were quite elderly and infirm. I’m very disappointed in the pack of disrespectful louts and the ineffectiveness of the police in dealing with the situation. Doesn’t a permit have to be obtained before staging a sit-in? If not, why not? Whose rights are paramount in cases like this?

          • KatB

            I wondered how lawful it was that they were blocking a fire exit? Anyway, the disrespect was appalling and has done their cause no good.

    • Platinum Fox

      Definitely some fleece and acrylic fabric in evidence amongst the attire of the protesters.
      I’d like to see a law like that which was in place in California in the mid-1980s – protesters were required to keep moving while picketing, so one would see a continuous loop of them moving slowly on the sidewalk but they couldn’t form a blockade.

    • Cadwallader

      If there was ever a good time for a “ram raid.”

    • Spiker

      So I ventured into facebookland to have a look. They sure are getting a virtual kicking, great!. Also from reading that I see the protesters were photographing customers entering the bank, intimidation much? Anyway I’m glad to learn that ANZ is investing in fossil fuels, I’ll be sure to ask the counter staff to pass on my support when I’m in there tomorrow.

    • Left Right Out

      These idiots go about their ways thinking they can get their message across by alienating everyday people……

      The part that bothers me the most is they can stop you from enjoying the freedoms we enjoy yet, if one person snaps at them because they have had enough… they would be the bad guy

      eco warriors who don’t have a clue

    • willtin

      IT IS ALL, Lack of Respect; it’s insidious in younger generations. It is rare as an ‘old grey hair’ myself, (but – so young at heart) to walk along a busy street and have a young person, not expect me to take the other path.

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        Or give up a seat in a bus.

    • Old Chook

      Did they not have work to go to? Don’t bank with the ANZ but will keep a spare pair of heels in the car just in case I need to go and check out their term deposit rates.

    • Old Kiwi

      Where are those window washers when you need them. The banks Windows look very dirty to me. I’d be getting my hose and cleaning gear out to fix it.

      • Bryan

        yea i was thinking when it saw that if some farmer had turned up and he happen to have his weed sprayer gear on the back, he could have fired it up and fired spray at them saying oh I though you was a bunch of Ragwort. OR
        ANZ also could have gone out offer them a sweet each and asked their names and address to enter a protester contest and then go back in pull up their accounts and put a stop on them all in protest to their protest.

    • MaryLou

      Peaceful Protest, they say, and anyway – it was only 1 old woman, and anyway the people stood on them and HURT them! It’s the customers who ought to be yelled at!

      Peaceful protest, yet we’re meeting and training people for civil disobedience (pic):

    • twittertit

      People have a right to protest things, but to purposefully act so as to restrict operations of a business? That can’t be legal surely?

  • Carl

    pic…

  • George

    Today, apparently is “International Nurses’ Day”. This bares little significance other than the fact I married a nurse. I also note that the main breaking news today is that the “Batchelor” dumped his Batchelorett which is even less significant. Curiously I found a link of sorts within those two events, that reminded me of “how I met my beloved”. I have been blessed with a stable marriage of forty seven years but what is fascinating is how one small event can determin the rest of your life. Let me explain.

    I was seventeen at the time and doing what most seventeen year olds did back then, I drank and chased girls. It was a Saturday evening and I and two mates had just finished drinking at our rugby club rooms having played that afternoon. Having drank we now decided to chase girls. One of the mates had a convertible something, a big yank tank that had its roof surgically removed, quite impressive really. He claimed he knew a nurse who was due to come off duty at the hospital and suggested we park out side so we could connect with her

    She duely appeard along with two other nurses completely oblivious to the stakeout that awaited them. My friend call her over and it did appear that they knew each other. She, and the other two nurses were not in the mood for socialising as they had just finished a ten hour shift but accepted a ride home to their flat, about five minutes away, where they were duly dropped off and then we went our seperate ways. It was at that moment my destiny was determined. The three nurses got into the car, one in the front, the other two in the back. One entered through the left hand door, the other the right with me and my mate stuck in the middle. The one that entered from the left hand side sat next to me and that is who I married. Had she got in through the right hand door, we would never have spoken.

    My son once likened our marriage to a well baked cake. My beloved was the rising “flower” and I was the egg. And I wouldn’t change a thing.

    • idbkiwi

      Nice story George, and, like you, I had no idea it was International Nurses Day.

      More shame me; my daughter working at the Wellington Intensive Care Unit n’all. Last week her crew made a little video, in between dealing with crushed skulls, broken necks, heart attacks and stabbings. Please do have a look and appreciate this team’s amazing skills, and (before you ask), Yes that is really their team, the doctors, surgeons, and the critical care nurses.

    • Aucky

      Every day should be International Nurses’ Day.

    • jonno1

      Well done George! We too have just celebrated 47 years. Our story is not quite as random as yours but close; she was a new girl at youth group and I literally spotted her across a crowded room (I was on stage playing the fool – that hasn’t changed). Then I heard her laughing, yeah I know, but I still love her laugh. It was an ‘away’ visit so I offered her a ride home in my newish 1963 Holden. Actually, I’ve just realized she must have got there somehow, must ask! Anyway, the rest is history and I couldn’t have made a better choice even if I’d had the faintest idea what I was doing.

    • FornaK

      Don’t worry George, I’ve been called an egg plenty of times over the years too!

  • Huia

    What a glorious sunset tonight. Burnt orange almost luminous, the whole sky was lit up. Magic.
    Watched it with a glass of wine for company. Good start to the evening.

  • Nige.

    Ross answered last nights question with:

    “the best in the country ”

    What is the best New Zealand made product?

    • Nige.

      Burleigh pork pies

      • nellie

        Do they deliver?

        • Nige.

          They actually do now. Rod has a truck.

          • nellie

            To Jaffa-ville?

          • Nige.

            There is talk of frozen courier. Seriously.

          • Dave

            I like that idea, but how do they thaw the courier out :)

          • johcar

            They don’t need to – Auckland is still putting out 20+ degrees in the middle of May. The courier will defrost of his own accord….

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            NOW your talking. Can’t wait!!!
            Although no longer in Jaffa Land so maybe not to the provinces – rats!

          • Odd pie flavour. Expect it will be quite chewy.

      • Huia

        Real men.
        The do it yourself “No 8 wire men” who could turn their hand to anything, good providers and good men who weren’t wrapped in cotton wool, didn’t have facials or use moisturizer.
        Oh, and pavlova.

        • Wheninrome

          Is that a nod to the women of nz

        • willtin

          In the last month, I sold my motorbike, but I bought a chainsaw, and a scrub-cutter with all the extensions. I still feel like a man. Me. that is.

          • Time For Accountability

            Go the whole way get a hydraulic log splitter.
            Google widow maker log splitter you-tube video.

      • Richard

        The All Blacks.
        The Hamilton Jet Unit.
        Britten motorcycle.

        • johcar

          +1 for the Britten

      • FornaK

        Jimmys Pies!

    • Nechtan

      Colin Meads and Richie McCaw.

    • Greg M

      Lion red by a long shot. >>>>> runs away.)

      • James M

        I’ve never down voted anyone on whaleoil. You’ve almost made me do it :)

      • Carl

        They might not be NZ made but the porclain bowl which takes a hammering the next day after drinking Lion Red deserves a big thumbs up.

      • Nige.

        I’ve come to expect this of you

      • Soleman

        Only if there is no Waikato available

    • XCIA

      A product of time and circumstance – the Trekka.

      • Woody

        The only vehicle capable of getting stuck going downhill on a sealed road.

        • XCIA

          Perhaps so, but to this day it is still the only vehicle that was designed and mass produced in New Zealand. It was exported to Australia and other country’s. It may not have been flash, but it was ours,

          • Woody

            Why it came about is an interesting story all on it’s own.

          • johcar

            Do tell…

          • Woody

            The story is here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trekka but there is a bit more to it than that as I understand it. There was an arrangement with Czechoslovakia , meat for Skoda parts and money, the money wasn’t forthcoming so we ended up with more Skoda than the original plan called for. Others probably know more of the detail than I do.

          • Aucky

            The Aussies used to tell Lada jokes about it. A national embarassment.

          • XCIA

            You have to laugh, with their Fords and Holden’s, they were still buying Trekka’s – so who really is the embarrassment ;-)

      • Huia

        My husband had a Trekka many years ago. We loaded it down with punga’s one day as I wanted a punga retaining wall, the load must have been a bit heavy because the front wheels only touched the road every few yards, much to the kids amusement.
        Sold it to a young bloke in a band because his whole drum kit fitted into the back.

    • Goldie

      A better question might be what don’t we do better than anywhere else?But if I had to pick, I’d say NZ wine. Sure, there’s good and bad, but if you pick pretty much any varietal, there is a local vineyard that produces wines that can compete with the best globally

      • Sailor Sam

        Chilian and South African wines are better, cause they don’t give you heartburn,

    • Asian_driver

      Rogue Hop

      • Nige.

        Oh yes. It comes in cans at Pak n save

        • sarahmw

          Cans! No no no bottles only.

          • Asian_driver

            comes in 330 bottles or cans, 500 bottles and 1.25l riggers, take your pick

      • RockinBob625

        But…but…organic! Sure you’re not a greenie here to spy on all us right wing fruitcakes?

      • sheppy

        If you like fine Ales, give Birkenhead Brewing Company’s Hinemoa a try. At 4.5% it has a decent beer taste similar to their 7.6% Kauri without turning the drinker into a blithering idiot too soon.

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      I might be stretching ‘made’*, but otherwise without a shadow of a doubt – New Zealand Lamb.
      And I’ve got a very special soft spot for Canterbury Lamb in particular.

      * omits Bluff Oysters, because that’s stretching it a bit too far.

      • Brian Dingwall

        yup, seven rib rack, cap off, frenched. 4-6 months old lamb, vac packed, chilled, aged in transit, and served in a reasonable restaurant in Europe…or anywhere really. Cooked fast at 170 deg C 25 mins max, herb/mustard crust. Sweet, tender, succulent, pink inside. Just heaven. Most kiwis never get to try it, seldom here is our meat ever aged to the extent of the meat shipped chilled to distant markets……

      • Spiker

        Don’t forget NZ Venison.

      • STAG

        Cold salty snot,

        BTW Bluff Oyster Festival 21st May.

        • Time For Accountability

          Booked

          Hope to down 4 dozen.
          DYC of course no fancy balsamic.

    • Dave

      who hasn’t had a pair or two of these.

      • Spiker

        Where are they made now? Malaysia?

        • Woody

          Yep, Malaysia and they now don’t fit or last as they used to.

          • Dave

            a few bits from Skellerups page….

            Skellerup’s footwear business grew out of Marathon Rubber Footwear Ltd., a publicly listed company formed in Christchurch, New Zealand by George W Skellerup in 1939.

            At its peak, Skellerup footwear was manufacturing 25,000 pairs daily in the late 1980’s, employing close on 700 people and the factory operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is estimated that Skellerup was supplying in the order of 60% of New Zealand’s total footwear requirements.

            Today Skellerup owns and operates its own gumboot manufacturing plant in Jiangsu, China.

            http://www.redband.co.nz/about/school-projects/27-a-brief-history-of-skellerup-footwear

      • FornaK

        There was usually more tread on my red bands than my tyres!!

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      Hokey Pokey Icecream, closely followed by a mintie.

      • MaryLou

        Oooh, now you’ve got me thinking. Goody gum drop ice cream. Two treats in one!

        • Miss McGerkinshaw

          So is Hokey Pokey. Those golden nuggets of crunch nestled amongst the creaminess of good NZ ice cream!

    • Effluent

      My local butcher’s (Ellerslie Meats) sausages .

      The Wild Boar & Venison ones are particularly good, as are the Pork & fennel, and cost no more than supermarket pink sludge sausages.
      Good food, locally made (even if it is by a fellow pom), using NZ ingredients.

      • Aucky

        Cheers. I’ll give him a go tomorrow.

      • Nige.

        I expect everyone to go buy some now

        • Effluent

          I hope not – I have to get there early enough on Saturday mornings when I have a sausage crisis, as my favourites have often sold out if I leave it too late.

      • Moonroof

        +1 re pork and fennel recipe! That man does good work.

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        NOW you tell me when I no longer live in Auckland!
        What with Nige and his pies and now you and sausages I’m beginning to think this site is not good for my mental health!! :)

    • STAG

      My garden feed home paddock lamb!!!

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        Yep. Was lucky enough to get 1/2 home killed lamb from friends and yuuuuuum. Daft me moved now so no longer accessable – back to the store bought.

    • FornaK

      Buck Shelford ;-)

  • Huia

    What a great idea this would be.
    Would like to try that in the wee small hours, but would have to control the urge to keep my finger on the discharge trigger as payback.

    • Spiker

      Sorry, there’s no way I’m upvoting that. ;)

      • Huia

        Do you find it shocking?

    • STAG

      Mrs STAG liked this just a little too much.

    • kayaker

      I definitely need one of these! (signed) Sleep Deprived Partner of A Snorer.

  • Isherman

    Not a peter Dunne fan, but on being pulled up by the media over getting caught going 55kmh downhill in a 50kmh zone twice in a day in 2013, he should have said “Yeah, but you guys in the media are going downhill a hell of lot quicker than that eh?”

    • KGB

      55 km downhill is probably as exciting as his life gets.

      • Isherman

        Hahaha!

      • Seriously?

        Do you know if he drives a convertible? It seems out of character but would explain the hair.

        • H. Upmann

          My guess would be a Saab boat-anchor convertible in yellow

        • KGB

          Haha yep he’s more of a sensible station wagon man.

        • Dave

          Ask A Vance, she seems to know a lot about Mr Dunne

      • johnandali

        In Australia the cops are not allowed to have their radar systems at the bottom of hills. The Aussies say it’s unfair because of speed creep downhill, and I totally agree with them. So why do the Kiwi cops do it? For easy money I expect.

        • Dave

          Not sure I agree with that, for example, they MUST have a sign warning of a radar, but the regulations dont state where, so they normally put the sign 50 M after the radar van, or just in front of the front bumper, so you have no chance of seeing it. the other issue is different regulations in every state.

        • cows4me

          What the police are using in Pennsylvania , a license plate reading vehicle disguised as a google car. This is what tyranny looks like. http://www.infowars.com/police-accused-of-disguising-license-plate-reading-vehicle-as-google-car/

          • Nige.

            I wonder what year they will introduce the self ticket issuing speedo.

          • cows4me

            Any day I would say Nige :-)

          • Nige.

            This won’t surprise you but in North Sydney they have weight pads in the roadside parking spaces. When you park your car there it is known by the “system” and a photo is taken from the “parking meter” if you don’t buy your ticket for that space within a reasonable amount of time. Once that time has expired and you have not moved a txt is sent to a warden who comes to double check and a ticket is issued.

            The day will come where you just have the fine deducted from your bank automatically. People will sign up to the bulk fine deal where you just make weekly installments in return for driving around infringing. Probably.

          • Miss Phit

            Got that in Taupo. Sensors in the road.

          • willtin

            Yes. Adding to all my purchases from businesses in the Town, visiting Taupo today, my parking, unorthodox as it was with a trailer attached, is apparently worth $40 to the local Scoundrels.

          • Beria

            A Palmy company got one of Steve Joyce’s business development grants for them. Normally technology benefits society, not sure about this.

          • Jerseyman

            I would definitely ignore anyone issuing a ticket wearing a speedo.

          • Moonroof

            Just add a little printer like in a EFTPOS machine – the police already have them, as I found out a while ago… demerits now expired btw,

          • XCIA

            In the 70’s when all the local drug dealers were running around in Mustangs, Camaro’s and Shelby Cobra’s etc., the Auckland police drug squad painted up a Gran Torino lookalike of the one used in the Starsky & Hutch series. It was used to great effect by the UC for a sting op.

          • Orange

            No, that picture is actually a google car. The vehicle in question was a white SUV with a single google sticker on one back window.

        • Soleman

          It’s all about road safety – well that’s what they keep telling us.
          In actual fact, it is nothing more than getting quotas.

    • kayaker

      Haha. PD hasn’t found cruise control yet!

  • Gladwin

    Was watching late night news last night and PD Brown was on extolling the benefits of motorway tolls followed by Bridges who said he was now open to suggestions on this matter. A concern for a lot of people I think.

    • MaryLou

      I think I’m going to vote Palino. Not because I think he’s anything awesome, and I don’t even want a rates cut – I’d prefer they started channeling money to where its desperately needed. But it’s akin to voting for National now, we simply must get rid of these spendthrift, good for nothing noddies. And he’s the only one showing any inclination to reign in spiralling costs.

      Except Penny of course, but… ’nuff said.

      • Crowgirl

        Palino is champing at the bit to get stuck in.

    • Huia

      I loath toll roads.
      Tax and Rate payers have the money taken from them to build and maintain the roads now, we should not have to pay a user tax as well.

  • Cadwallader

    It is predicted that there will be mass redundancies ahead in the msm. Wonderful. For those highly trained and skilled persons I have figured out how they can spend the rest of their lives: They could all migrate to Central America and work on the Panama Papers, this time for real!

    • Hill16

      Maybe Labours’s future of work roadshows will help find them some new career paths

      • Cadwallader

        In Panama it may be more of a career “canal.”

    • MaryLou

      I imagine that’ll mean far lower negotiated salary packages for those who are left, too.

    • Huia

      No matter what they did, no matter what they said there is still going to be redundancies ahead of those “worthy” people.
      Has anyone come out yet and said “I’m sorry I’m a reporter”?

      • Dave

        Perhaps KB could, she seems to have been close to DC for a while, his “sorry” might have rubbed off on her.

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      Couldn’t happen to a nicer group of people!

    • cows4me

      RNZ will get a flood of job inquires then.

      • They may have to set up whole new divisions to cope with the influx

    • Left Right Out

      Does this mean we are going to have a refugee problem in NZ now….lol

    • Aucky

      The sad part of it is that there are hundreds of Media Studies and Journalism graduates exiting the pipeline twice a year most with student loan commitments and nowhere to go.

      • Dave

        i suggest they water down the courses, maybe one every 2 years, or they could combine Media studies with history, to be Media History studies.

        • Aucky

          The Unis and Polytechs just want their money.

      • F T Bear

        Perhaps they should have done some research into their chosen profession and the printed press and realized what most other people have seen coming.

        • Aucky

          Most eighteen year olds don’t know what day it is when it comes to career choices. The people who should have seen it coming were the tertiary institutions who took their fees.

          • F T Bear

            Yep couldn’t agree more and we all now who is running most of these institutions and their leanings

      • Poppa

        They could all go and work for the Waitangi Tribunal – there’s plenty of creative writing done there.

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  • KGB

    Cadwallader was right, not a mention of the little leaders litigation worries on the news.
    They just don’t report good news anymore.

    • Isherman

      It’s not good news for the media party, that’s exactly the problem.

    • nellie

      It was on one news. Mr Little will respond by the 5 pm Friday deadline. .. ..

      • KGB

        Did he indicate his position at all? They are already talking about a ‘give to Little’ page.
        How embarrassing would it be to only get a couple of thousand!

        • nellie

          He was typically hmm, what’s a good word, – bombastic (?) about it.

        • Spiker

          I think we need to start a campaign to encourage him to fight it.

          • MaryLou

            You’re an evil genius – sign me up!

          • Spiker

            Here you go, send all encouragement to fight the evil corrupt capitalist in court. [email protected]

          • [MOD] can you edit that please. I know it’s a public address, but that’s just encouraging crap emails to be sent, and I don’t want to encourage vigilantism. Ta.

        • Wheninrome

          That much?

        • sheppy

          They won’t get much, the lefties only ever spend someone else’s money!

    • Bluemanning

      Saw the tv 1 news item regrading the little litigation just before sport about 6.30 pm.

      • niggly

        Oh so when all the news was just about over TVNZ decides to hide it in there? Another biased TVNZ News fail.

  • cows4me

    Was watching Mark Zuckerberg, of facebook fame, addressing an audience of adoring fans. He was claiming facebook is totally neutral when it comes to politics and welcomes discussion from all political points of view. Maybe Mark believes his own propaganda but many of those that post on facebook and work for facebook are more then happy to claim otherwise. Employers that have left facebook claim they were instructed to hide, remove links or trend down conservative points of view. As an example. Facebook postings on the black lives matter movement did not generate any real interest so facebook took upon itself to trend upwards the black lives matter postings, although many facebook users couldn’t give a stuff about black lives matter. So beware, clearly facebook is just another Liberal/Progressive mouthpiece that is far from neutral.

    • Isherman

      This is a story that might have legs actually…watching this space with interest.

    • idbkiwi

      Google is in on the “neutrality” snow-job as well.

      Since the Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren began to be mentioned as a serious contender to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate Google’s search will no longer auto-complete search terms relevant to her past scandals; the most notorious being her claim (and subsequent fraudulently-obtained college scholarship) to be part-Cherokee. While Bing and Duckduckgo searches have no problem finding suggestions of murkiness. Funny that.

      An excellent article on the subject: “Why is Google Censoring The Search Term “Elizabeth Warren Native American” & More?”
      https://www.informationliberation.com/?id=54775

      • cows4me

        They get a bit of power and it goes to their heads.

  • Left Right Out

    Evening all…. not much fun in the LRO house today… have come down with a nasty head cold…. earthquake last night set the kids off and this afternoon the wind has raised havoc around the yard…… anyways, it could be worse… I could be a leftist

    enjoy (pic)

    • Orange

      And yet, here I am.

  • Jude

    I am not sure what Wasapilot is up to . I hope everything is ok down there.
    I have just done my super rugby picks.
    Backing the Canes but very annoyed at ill discipline. Especially senior players.
    I hope our younger players grab this opportunity and play the game of their lives!

    • Poppa

      I’m heading to Welly for the weekend, and the Canes game is on the itinerary. Not happy the big stars will be missing from the team. They need to pick up a Win or I’ll be filthy!

      • Jude

        Coming off a loss and playing at the stadium, they must win.
        Taking those stars out is a big call. Really punishing the supporters along with the players.
        They need the discipline but this punishment is heavy.

    • Wasapilot

      Just got home from work related dinner Jude. I, along with HP put our picks in on Sunday.

      We had a good shake here last night, and I see Masterton was shaken as well this morning, which may have been noticeable in Wellington.

      • Jude

        Thank goodness. Yep done my picks this evening. Am very cross we have a depleted side though?

  • Bluemanning
    • KGB

      Been a busy boy hasn’t he:)

      • He’s no longer involved in any way and is extremely hostile towards Mega. He in fact says your data isn’t safe there.

        Which is hilarious as he said that it was safe and nobody could get to it, not even Mega themselves.

        I knew this to be a lie. Nice to see it out in the open.

        • Isherman

          Snigger…snort…cough…

        • Sally

          KDC wife had shares then but can’t remember if KDC was still a director in August 2014?

          • If he had hidden shares with Mona and it is a ruse, the last thing he would be doing is trying to negatively affect the share value.

          • Blokeinauckland

            KDC ceased as a Director 29 August 2013 – pity. The Kazakhstanis case is the hack was a year later, August 2014.

            Guess someone at Mega was rummaging down the couch and found an old manual – decided to give it a run.

      • JEL51

        That weight loss program isn’t working so well.

    • Gaharis

      It would be interesting to know if the data was uploaded whilst KDC still had an interest in Mega, or whether it was more recent.

    • zotaccore

      Best he not be upsetting those kazakh’s – prisons are know to be a lot more cooler to live in than a comfy US one :) I can’t think of a better place for him to “retire”.

    • crigs

      The lefties are going on & on about the Panama papers bringing our country into disrepute. This person most definitely is doing that yet they don’t even have it on the news. Staggering really!

  • DemocKot

    Looking after your prized possesion Russian Style

  • Salami Warning

    Incredible or inspired? Larry leaves Rachel Smalley at the wheel during a period in which it has been virtually impossible for her and Barry to find decent dirt on John Key and National. I confess to actually being able to tune in and only reached for the off button on two occasions. The street bum interview and the Helen Clark documentary promotion. Winston Peters is overseas, that is refreshing too.

    • Aucky

      Isn’t WFP giving an address at the House of Lords tonight? Something to do with the referendum on the EU.

      My God, he’ll love that. The king of all junkets – I hope the Brits are paying.

      • Salami Warning

        Do MPs get special allowance on duty free smokes?

        • Aucky

          It will be a brave Customs officer who asks WFP to open his bags.

        • XCIA

          i wonder what liberty’s have been taken over the years with the diplomatic pouches.

  • XCIA

    ‘Very apt having a snake and referencing the MSM.

  • Jimmie

    My thought for tonight:

    Several weeks ago the Labour Caucus gave Little permission to ‘go after’ John Key and National.

    We now have the outcome of that ‘brave’ decision.

    Little has been shown up as a Muppet several times over and is facing a defamation suit if he doesn’t do a humiliating public grovel tomorrow.

    Not being too much of a tinfoil hat type but this seems to point to the original decision by their Caucus as akin to ‘giving a man enough rope to hang himself’ without tainting the rest of them.

    Due to Labour’s unfathomable Leader election rules, replacement of uninspiring and insipid leaders cannot be done quickly in the smoke filled rooms, no they have to be done slowly, obtusely, and fully in the Public Glare.

    Show the man to be a fool by his own actions and sooner or later he must be replaced.

    I cannot for the life of me understand how anyone in Labour sees this as a good thing – Cunliffe’s ultimate legacy perhaps?

    • Aucky

      What’s the bet that Little will time his ‘public’ apology too late to hit the 6pm News. The Saturday papers will print it on page 5 and then it’s the weekend.

      • XCIA

        But, if WO print it here, we can all take copies and publish it on on the media we have access to.

      • Nige.

        Strategically the timing could’ve been better. They could’ve made the deadline for Monday thus leaving him sweating for the weekend or opening up the possibility of a weekend story should that be an option.

        I guess it shows he just wants his apology.

  • Disinfectant

    I’m back.

    Haven’t been given a “holiday” for being naughty, just no longer with my desktop having moved town for a few months and travelling light.

    Commenting using my phone has resulted in another “tech era” quick and steep learning curve.

    • Spiker

      • oldmanNZ

        old fave, up your nose with a rubber hose,

    • Nige.

      I have gotten quite used to using my phone. Not so good at proofreading as people will have noticed.

      I almost use my phone exclusively now for the blog. Not to mention email, Printing, invoicing, quoting, taking notes…etc….

  • Isherman

    Well, all things being equal it’s been quite the week so far, and we’re only at Thursday. Who knows what Black Friday could throw up to top it out. With so much having been crammed in I’m wondering if the weekend news quiz is going to be a real toughy. Anyways, hope the crew get a chance for a bit of a breather.

    • Nige.

      Breather? We haven’t had this much oxygen since Mr.x and his two mates released a fairytale brochure.

      • Isherman

        “Fairytale” is much too kind sir, in fact, I’ve always had trouble deciding under which section of my library to file the thing…I’ve left it the medical section, under disorders for the time being…it almost feels wrong in the political section:)

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