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  • Nechtan

    Born today in 1945 Richard Salwitz harmonica with The J Geils Band.

    Born today in 1947 Peter “Overend” Watts founding member and bassist with Mott The Hoople.

    Born today in 1950 Danny Kirwan songwriter, singer and guitarist with early Fleetwood Mac.

    Born today in 1950 Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkinsn ) singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

    Today in 1966 The Rolling Stones released “Paint It Black” in the UK one of the first Rock records to use a sitar (played by Brian Jones).

    Today in 1989 Bon Jovi had the number 1 single in the US with “ I’ll Be There”.

    Died today in 2012 Donald “Duck” Dunn, bassist with Booker T and the MG’s.

  • Carl

    Have you used all ten or heard them all growing up from your parents? 10 can be changed depending on your gender. (pic)

    • Chris EM

      Mum used to say, “Don’t pull a face like that, the wind might change and you’ll be stuck with it forever.”

      • XCIA

        My mothers favourite was “just wait to your father gets home”.

      • Mikex

        With my mum it used to be when l crossed my eyes, I believed it and used to do it only very quickly.

        • Chris EM

          I remember a friend and I putting it to the test and being quite pleased to find it wasn’t true.

      • Nige.

        turned out to be true. You should see my face

        • Chris EM

          I have a naturally grumpy face, so maybe you’re right.

        • rantykiwi

          Are you my birth brother?

    • Brian Smaller

      I have never used 5 and 8. No 10 a lot though.

      • MaryLou

        Oh, number 5 is my go-to. Ought to send him off to Nige… they could “bond”.

        Edit: Or cause each other brain stem trauma.

        • Nige.

          It’s just Rock sped up.

    • Jude

      For some reason when I was being told off I smiled! It drove Mum wild.

      • MaryLou

        Can’t imagine why…!

        • Jude

          I didn’t even know I was doing it ?
          One time in class my history teacher was being so boring, I rolled my eyes. She stopped mid sentence and announced how horrible that all she saw were the whites of my eyes!
          I think my face just goes and expresses on its own accord!

      • pisces8284

        My son did that too. got him in a lot of trouble at school. He used to pinch himself to try and stop smiling

        • Jude

          I think I was taking myself to a happy place because I was scared, my happy place unfortunately showed on my face?

      • Chris EM

        When ever a girl friend would berate me for something I’d start giggling. Couldn’t help it, and it happened every time. Never made the situation better either.

    • rantykiwi

      “I brought you into this world, and by christ if you do that again I’ll take you out of it” has been heard within my lifetime.

  • Cadwallader

    I have tried to figure out what exactly the President of Brazil is accused of. I have read a few sites but there seems to be a bit of bluster . I’d appreciate someone here advising me succinctly if possible. Thanks.

    • Crowgirl

      Corruption I think – specific allegation seems to be that she shifted money around to make it look like her government was doing better than it was. I tried to find the answer today as well, but they’re not making it easy.

      • Cadwallader

        Imagine what Hager, Little and co would do with that….their energy would be utterly sapped through attempts to tie JK into it.

        • Frank N Further

          Hager et al wouldn’t go near it. Rousseff is a lefty, she is/was a member of the Brazil Workers Party.

          • Cadwallader

            Well it appears she deserves all she gets! I wonder as a Leftie whether she could provide jobs to Goff, Shearer, Cunnliffe, Little etc…? Angry would be the ideal candidate for the seat of Upper Amazon!

      • Crowgirl

        Yes she took loans from public banks and beefed up the budgetary surplus – “creative accounting” they’re calling it. She says it is all lies and this is really a coup.

    • Spiker

      Then there is the far-reaching kickback probe around state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, which has ensnared dozens of corporate and political chieftains and helped set the scene for the discontent that hobbled Rousseff.

      Rousseff, energy minister and chief of staff to her predecessor before taking office in 2011, was chairwoman of Petrobras at the time when much of the graft occurred.

      She has not been accused of corruption, but the scandal at Petrobras encouraged opposition lawmakers to oust her for disguising the size of the government’s budget deficit in the lead-up to her re-election.

  • Crowgirl

    Did I blink and miss Andy’s grovelling apology or will there be defamation proceedings? I can’t find a reference to it and I thought he was supposed to respond by now?

    • MaryLou

      I think its next Friday. He’s been given a week to think about it…

      • Crowgirl

        I thought I’d read somewhere he wasn’t going to take the week… He better think fast.

        • Michelle

          l read on another place he had called a press conference for 5pm but not seen anything

          • Chris EM

            No one turned up.

          • Miss Phit

            Yes unfortunately the venue was double booked. The woman in the phone booth wouldnt get off the phone.

          • Crowgirl

            I thought I read that too

    • nellie

      I thought it was next Friday.

      • Crowgirl

        Oh boo

    • Dave

      I think he is bust consulting David Cunliffe :)

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      I thought it was today too. Why give him such a long time though.

    • Nige.

      the news i heard yesterday said that he had 24 hours. I guess its either been glossed over or they didnt get the facts right. neither would surprise me.

  • Wasapilot

    A reminder for those you playing in the rugby score picking competition to get your picks in smartly.

    • Jude

      Are you backing the Canes despite those standing down for this game?
      I have picked them to win 12 under even though they are playing the Reds

      • Wasapilot

        No. I have picked a draw for every game in the hope of catching you front runners ?

        OK, yep backed the Canes Jude, by 13+, put picks in well Before the dropping of some of our best players. Last time I changed a pick this late, it cost me 8 points, so I am leaving my pick as is.

        • Jude

          I am prepared to not do as well but I picked 12 under . I hope the replacements have a brilliant game ! It is a big opportunity for them ?

      • hookerphil

        No phone coverage, no wifi where we are staying, looks like has missed all the news

        • Jude

          I did wonder where you had got to! 5 of our best players have been stood down cause they were late to training by 18 mins.Cory Jane, Victor Veto, Savea brothers, and Chris Eve.
          Stupid ill discipline but feel sorry for fans wanting to see our team play at home ?

          • Carl

            Not training Jude but home after dinner. They were not even drunk and the next day was a day off. They should have got a fine but still been allowed to play. As you say this hurts the fans and the team, if it was a fine money wise it still hits the players but not everyone.

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            I feel a fine they will brush off, it’s only money after all and they earn a good crust.
            However I would like to think they may feel worse, and hence less likely to disregard the rules again, for hurting their fans. AND less face it the fans are more than likely going to let them know how they feel, especially if the team looses.

          • Jude

            They better not loose?

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Don’t think they will, but sport is a funny old game with all sorts of unexpected twists and turns and thats why we love it.

          • pisces8284

            Especially if you have forked out for a season ticket

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Just read this on the Herald site and explains why they got the ban – they had been warned and I agree, if they didn’t ban them it doesn’t sent a good message.

            “The fact is they did break the rules. Before arriving in Durban it was stressed that players shouldn’t break curfew and if they did, then they would miss a match.

            The five players put Boyd in a difficult situation. If he didn’t punish them it might send a message that it doesn’t matter if you break rules and that could grow from minor infringements to bigger issues.”

          • Jude

            Exactly why I am more than a little annoyed at these players. They knew they would be hurting us.. The punishment may seem excessive but they had prior warning. :(

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Actually from the article it seemed the curfew was as much for their protection as anything.

          • Jude

            That is why I am annoyed they broke the curfew.These are senior players who knew better.

    • hookerphil

      Looking good at Forsyth, crowd building. All go for the Crusaders tonight, take a tip, they will win the final this year.

      • Wasapilot

        Have a great night HP. I have them by 12-, and I agree that they will be in the final, only to be slaughtered by the mighty Canes.

        • Jude

          Ditto

  • Pluto

    Is anyone else sick of the wall to wall coverage by the MSM of the Bachelor ?
    Is it any surprise a reality TV relationship turns to custard when reality bites?
    Our crap media have jumped into the dark hole that was dug by our crap TV.

    • Spiker

      Having removed the MSN from my life, nope no worries here.

    • Usaywot

      It sounds as though the whole thing was just a scripted set up with an actor playing the bachelor and another actor paid to be the bad girl I don’t know if the women realised that though and that’s pretty nasty. Absolute trash.

    • oldmanNZ

      have not been reading the NZH or other womens weekly, newIdea so have no idea

    • Seriously?

      I loved that it took over the news from the Panama stuff – even the media were like forget that trust rubbish, we have real news to cover!

      • Miss Phit

        I think they (and the left) were happy to embrace something topical that didnt make them look stupid or call their credibility into question

        • Seriously?

          And the chose the Bachelor? Yes, well, maybe they can pick again.

    • Michelle

      They have become another magazine with all the latest gossip and no real stories or news

      they have now moved to become a tabloid, with Caitlyn Jenner and goodness knows what other “celebrity” taking up inches,l suppose it is cheap and easy to grab headlines from overseas and put up here

      funny today l got an offer through grab one for a months free sub, deleted that email

    • Nige.

      hey thanks for bringing it here too

  • rangitoto

    Heard Barry Soper on the way home. Even he agreed that Panamania was a fizzer. He said the most interesting thing about it was the revelations about the Elvis impersonator in Tauranga. Sorry Nicky it was a huge flop.

    • Isherman

      I was just glad Chris Lynch was on for the 15 minute drive home…got right stuck into the 350 Aotearoa mob, and the Library’s being used as drop in centres for the ‘homeless’, and yes, I forget who it was but some numpty actually suggested the Libraries take on that role. On the return trip I was treated to Lynch and Coddington giving Watkin a bit of a hard time.

      • Salami Warning

        What is with Tim Watkin completely denying that his mob had built up the Panama papers as the game changer of 2016? With gall like that he could be an MP.

        • Wouldn’t surprise me if he hits politics. His career in media is certainly coming to an end.

          • Lux

            He has always walked around stuck with his own self importance ..

          • XCIA

            He certainly has the mouth for it.

        • Isherman

          Sanctimonious self righteousness is probably a starter, and no matter how fast he talks, it doesn’t disguise it:)

      • Miss Phit

        Where was the “little girl lost” tonight?

        • Isherman

          Unable to advise due to complete lack of care or interest.

  • Nige.

    Pete answered last nights question with:

    “Odd pie flavour”

    What would you love to taste in a pie?

    • Nechtan

      Bacon, lambs fry and mushrooms.

    • hookerphil

      Tonight, Highlanders forward pack

      • before or after a game?

    • Dave

      Oyster pie, ahhhhhhhh

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      Sometime back there was a shop that made a lovely red cabbage, apple and onion with caraway seeds encased in a lovely rye flour pastry. Yes blokes no meat so I suppose you wouldn’t call it a pie but yuuuuum.
      Mushroom (portabello) and blue cheese with pork or beef sounds good.
      Make a mean dark ale stew which could go nicely in a pie. OK not odd but …

    • Decades ago, Ponsonby Pies did a silverbeet and cheese that I liked.

    • Nige.

      When I lived in sydney i asked a bakery there if they would make me a steak and cheese pie. They looked at me sideways. they made it. It was crap.

      their idea of a steak pie is steak mince as opposed to crap mince.

    • XCIA

      A decent smoked fish done with a buttery milk and and well sauteed sliced onion sauce.

      • Lux

        with lashing of mashed potato..

        Edit: ohh and grated cheese..

        • Miss McGerkinshaw

          and some parsley – flat leaf please.

          • Lux

            Ohh yes please…

    • MaryLou

      Steak and cheese. Anything else is superfluous.

      • Steak. Anything else is superfluous.

      • pisces8284

        BLUE cheese…

        • MaryLou

          Haven’t tried it, but…. might be worth a crack!?!

      • jcpry

        I just don’t get this passion for steak and cheese. Steak absolutely by why ruin it with cheese. Blue vein possibly but other than that yuck.

        • MaryLou

          Mmm creamy gooey goodness. It’s the finishing touch!

        • Goldie

          Melty cheese or cheese sauce can make almost anything taste good (or better)!

          • rantykiwi

            I think you mean WORSE.

          • Isherman

            Yes sir it does, and thinking about it, everybody knows how gorgeous Mushroom & Haloumi is grilled on toasted bread, so why not in a pie instead?

          • Goldie

            Haloumi is a cheese that I have only recently discovered (in the last couple of years), and grilled or even barbecued, is quite awesome

    • Isherman

      Crayfish, Cauliflower & Blue Cheese.

      • Nige.

        I’ve come to expect this from you

        • It is also why, after meeting him once, I’ve never gone near him again. Phew!

        • Isherman

          lol, be daring man…I suppose you’re the type that never saw any merit in a peanut butter & banana sandwich either:)

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Peanut butter and HONEY – banana doesn’t cut it!

          • Isherman

            Not really a honey man myself, other than in a cuppa tea instead of sugar….but then, that would only ever happen in the extremely serious and unlikely event I was out of coffee.

          • Hakaru

            Peanut butter and tomatoes. or even lettuce.

          • Nige.

            ha. put two pieces of bread in the toaster together. spread peanut butter on one soft side, banana on the other, ensure heart attack levels of butter on too. Shmeltz them together and repeat until satisfied.

          • Isherman

            Hmmm, yep, that could work.

          • Nige.

            and peas in between.

          • Isherman

            Aaaand that just ruined it.

          • MaryLou

            Peas…. perfect way to ruin a good pie. Peas and carrots and corn. Always such a letdown… which is why Big Ben pies are so good – you’ll never see any of that carry on.

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Mushy peas perhaps – now they’d be good!

          • Nige.

            Booooooo

          • Nige.

            You wait.

        • Dan

          Go on Nige, admit it. It does sound very yummy

          • Nige.

            (it does. I just know some certain people will be watching)

    • Lux

      I want a delicious pepper steak (real steak, no yukky bits) filling with a creamy mashed potato topping, and a decent type of pastry ..

      • rantykiwi

        Your culinary skills may be slightly lacking, but your taste in food is impeccable.

        • Lux

          Thats why its a double wammy for me when I try and cook something delicious .. it’s such a let down. :[email protected]

    • Spiker

      I always wondered what blackbirds baked in a pie actually tasted like. So if your pie man bakes one I’m keen.

    • RockinBob625

      Pigeon. Please?

    • rantykiwi

      Ostrich and vegetable.

      • Dan

        Had one of those in Africa, minus the pastry!

      • Nige.

        Croc and bamboo shoots

        • rantykiwi

          Kangaroo and Kumara. Might be marketable as the original ANZAC pie.

    • Goldie

      Macaroni cheese (with bacon bits)?

      • Dan

        that is some serious carbo loading but saved by the pig.

        • Goldie

          You only live (and die) once ;)

          • MaryLou

            Except I’ve found an uncomfortable caveat to that saying. Gall stones. Turns out you may not BE dead, but you’ll feel like you’r heading there, and might as well be when you figure out what you can’t eat!!! So frustrating.

          • Goldie

            I recall way back my mum had gall stones and yes, not a happy camper! I reckon if I drink enough red wine I’ll be sweet (that’s my theory and I’m sticking to it ;)

          • LovetoTeach

            I feel your pain…or rather I remember your pain. Are you getting them out?

          • MaryLou

            Welll…. yes, but coincidentally my cousin posted a “Natural” way of getting rid of them, on Facebook yesterday. On the public waiting list so could take forever. In the meantime a 6 day plan involving Epsom salts (didn’t know they were edible) and apple juice. Worth trying I figure, just nervous as the last day calls for swallowing 1/2 cup oil and water to “grease” them. And drinking Epsom salts.

          • Nige.

            Have you ever drunk oil before? Oh I can’t wait to hear about how you got on!!!!

          • MaryLou

            I don’t think I’ll be straying far from home that day…

          • Mark

            I’m on the list for this op too, you are not the only person to mention apple juice so I will be interested in how you get on.

          • MaryLou

            OR!!! You could go first?!? I could post the “treatment” online for you….

          • Mark

            Nah I’m good, I mean it took me 12 mths to get the Ultrasound, thought I was going to be able to put on my Headstone, “See I told you I was unwell.”

          • MaryLou

            Yep, took me 2 years of pain on and off to go to a doctor, kept telling myself I’d just “eaten something, no matter how implausible. Had my ultrasound form for 3 weeks now – I’ll get there!!

    • Dan

      Beef and Guinness

    • Asian_driver

      A little Hashish maybe

      • Nige.

        ….for medicinal purposes only.

    • Brent

      Creamed Paua

    • Dumrse

      Salmon and bacon. Just like they make in Fairlie.

    • Guided By Voices

      first off can I say that you can’t beat a Jimmy’s mince & cheese pie, but if the good folk at Jimmy’s Pies should like to put out a mince & smoked cheese pie well then I think I could die happily enough.

  • pisces8284

    Ah ha! Mike Hosking reads WO. He just mentioned the extra word of the day on Seven Sharp Triskaidekaphobia

    • Nige.

      who doesnt?

      • Isherman

        Well duh, Andrew Little, which is why he hasn’t got the foggiest clue about whats going on.

        • Proven by the fact he hasn’t twigged his letters are going to SB, or maybe he thinks she can be turned.

        • Oh he reads it, but the reading comprehension age is for 6 year olds and he’s retarded.

  • Isherman

    I have to say, after getting a bit more insight into the minds and working of him and his ilk, getting back to being mired simply in old lefty loonies was almost refreshing…dare I say even cleansing. I wasn’t one who spent much time down the ‘rabbit hole’ as it were, but its good the boss can finally present some balance and a few facts. It’s certainly given us a more detailed taste of the sort of rubbish you lot have had to deal with in relative silence.

    • Yep. You should see the Colin Craig paper war. I’m paraphrasing, but it’s getting to the point of being challenged on having the wrong number of staples in a document.

      And then today a press release from the HRC to say they are investigating Whaleoil. But they never told us directly.

      There are supposedly honourable and professional people/institutions.

      The tar pit behind the scenes is just ridiculous.

      • Michelle

        a good time to put some funds into the coffers to help with the fight
        Can you put up the bank a/c no so l can put in my contribution to help you all

        l have been surprised at the crap you have all had to put up with and the skulduggery that is practiced against you by the Media and luvvies
        l don’t know how you put up with it but pleased you do for all our sake
        someone has to keep them honest

        Ben is a cunning but sad individual, the Media party will chew him up and spit them out but there will be a few casualties

        • Thanks Michelle.

          The account details are:

          Kiwibank 38-9010-0764240-01

          • Michelle

            Only to happy to help and hope others do as well
            Will put some money in now
            Hope you have a great weekend with your family

          • Thank you.

            For others considering helping out, donations to that account are for Cam’s legal bills only.

            If you want to donate to Whaleoil’s operational cost and upkeep, please use the big red button with DONATE on it elsewhere on every page of the site.

          • Michelle

            Money put through now

      • Quinton Hogg

        OIA them, on a weekly daily basis.

      • XCIA

        “The Human Rights Commission has confirmed it is dealing with a cartoon by BoomSlang published on the Whaleoil website through processes defined by the Human Rights Act.”
        You would think that they would be more concerned with the Human Rights of the beaten and battered children.

        • Jude

          Well said . A disgraceful waste of taxpayer money driven by activists! They miss the whole point of there being there.
          The Human Rights Comission should hang their heads in shame.
          The number of children who have their rights abused seem to go unnoticed.

        • Lux

          It’s the same as prisoners who have committed the most revolting atrocities calling for their human rights in prison and suing the government.
          It should not be allowed.
          Total hypocrisy of the system.

          • XCIA

            Exactly, that’s why in my mind its the last refuge for mongrels.

  • Time For Accountability

    Remember our dear fiend Judge Barber who chaired the Real Estate Agents Disputes Tribunal, who in his own eyes was a judge but was in fact a retired Judge and was really just a chairman.

    https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/appointments-real-estate-agents-disciplinary-tribunal

    I thought there was no way he would survive after what I recorded in submissions on penalties.

    Bridges gave him a dignified exit which is a good move to prevent further disasters.

    There is more to come in this appalling chapter of the Tribunal and also the REAA itself.

    Slowly slowly one step at a time.

    • Dave

      Huh ?? Do tell, or if i may suggest, call the tipline.

    • Quinton Hogg

      Recorded in submissions?
      Can you clarify what you mean.

  • Spiker

    Good news that, I might get finished splitting the firewood. The last few mornings have been quite unproductive.

  • Jude

    Happy Birthday to my daughter Beth 23 today!

    • Michelle

      Happy birthday hope she had a lovely day

      • Jude

        She has a three night celebration planned! Various groups gathering between Palmy and Wellington. She has managed to squeeze us in for a family dinner on Sunday:)
        Lord knows what her decade celebrations will be like!

        • Michelle

          Probably an oversea location with a week long party

        • Wasapilot

          As parents Jude, there are some things we are better off not knowing ?

    • Dave

      Happy birthday Bess (Jude junior) and congratulations to Jude and hubby, another fab kiwi raised very well.

  • Lux

    I love that show … they live amongst us !!!!!!!!!!!

    • Kitschinsync

      I got bored of that type of show a long ways back..neighbours fighting over fences gets old, but that one last night was a ripper.

      • Lux

        I watched it .. and agree.. they both were one of a kind. I love it because sometimes they have on some really special people, like last night.

  • phronesis

    The post on the pedophile who claims to be a christian got me thinking. Obviously the guy is perfectly able to call himself a christian. It’s a free country and all that. In fact people make even more bizarre pronouncements all the time, such as claiming to be of the opposite sex. So this guy could have claimed to be a woman. The interesting thing about that is that the crime of rape doesn’t exist under New Zealand law in the case of two women. There are alternative charges but a defendant could certainly make trouble by announcing that they were in fact a woman before or even after being convicted. Who would have the balls to say they weren’t?

  • Michelle

    Made ginger crunch for the first time in years l had forgotten how nice it is
    l put glace ginger in the icing on top and made sure the base was crunchy
    now have to hide it from myself or l will keep picking

    • Jude

      That was my fav morning tea at boarding school! Must revisit that one?

      • Michelle

        over the years l have made many different recipes but now l always put the glace ginger in the icing

        • Jude

          Can you post that recipe either here or general debate? That in cellophane makes very lovely Christmas gifts .

          • Michelle

            l can put in 3 different ones l use then you can work your way through them :-)

          • Jude

            Thank you! That would be a plan?

          • Michelle

            Takaka oaty ginger crunch

            150g butter
            2 tablespoons golden syrup
            3/4 cup brown sugar
            3/4 cup coconut
            1 1/2 cups rolled oats, not the instant kind
            3/4 cup flour
            1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
            1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
            Pinch of salt

            Melt butter,brown sugar and golden syrup
            Remove from the heat and add the coconut, rolled oats,flour,baking powder,ginger and salt, mix well
            Press into a greased slice tin and bake 180C for 15-20 minutes
            Longer means crunchier
            Ice when cool

            Icing
            75g butter
            3/4 cup icing sugar
            2 tablespoons golden syrup
            3 teaspoons ground ginger

            Heat, melt, beat and pour hot icing over cool base.

          • Michelle

            Last one l made this one tonight and added glace ginger to icing
            l was reading my notes and l liked the icing from Dayel’s pistachio recipe
            l might have to go and revisit Dayel’s recipe again

            Learnt a new tip today when pressing something into a tin
            Put your hand in a plastic bag and use it to press down, it doesn’t stick to the plastic bag
            Or you can use your hand like l do to press it into the tin

            Food Lovers ginger crunch
            Makes 20 squares.
            175g butter, softened
            ¾ cup (170g) granulated sugar
            2 (225g) cups plain flour
            1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
            2 teaspoons ground ginger

            Ginger Icing:
            120g butter
            1 ¼ cup (170g) icing sugar
            ¼ cup golden syrup
            4 teaspoons ground ginger

            Preheat oven to 180°C. Conventional oven (no fan). Grease and line a 20 x 30 cm slice tin with baking paper.
            In the bowl of the food processor, blend butter and sugar until pale and creamy.
            Scrape down side of bowl, blend again.
            Add flour baking powder and ginger a spoonful at a time.
            Tip the crumbly dough into the tin and press down with the back of a spoon.
            Firm it down and rub the spoon over to level out the dough. Bake in centre of oven for 20 to ­25 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, make the ginger icing. In a small saucepan on a medium heat, combine butter, icing sugar, golden syrup and ginger. Stir constantly until butter has melted. Let it come to the boil, then remove from heat, stirring well to dissolve all the icing sugar.
            Do not leave it on the heat un­attended as it will catch and burn. While the slice is hot, pour the icing over. If the icing has cooled, heat it slightly again to allow it to spread. Cut into squares while still warm. Leave to cool in the tin for 2 to ­3 hours or overnight. Keep in airtight container for 2 weeks

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            But if you use your hand it gives you licence to lick the bits that stick off – doesn’t it?

          • Michelle

            Of course and you have to make sure the base tastes good before baking it, that is my excuse

          • rantykiwi

            Can you just post the end product to us all individually – my baking skills seem to emulate Lux.

          • Michelle

            Dayel’s pistachio and ginger crunch

            For the topping use glace ginger in syrup. Don’t do a double take on the amount of powdered ginger used, it is supposed to taste spicy and definitely of ginger

            180g butter
            180g caster sugar
            240g self raising flour
            4 tsp ground ginger
            pinch salt
            70-80g roughly chopped pistachios

            Cream butter and sugar very well.
            Mix in the flour,ginger and salt
            Lightly knead in the pistachios
            Press evenly into lined swiss roll tin and bake for 20 minutes at 180C fan bake or 185C regular bake
            Base should be springy to touch and a light golden brown

            Prepare topping 2-3 minutes before base is cooked and pour and spread on to base immediately it’s taken from the oven
            Then return to the oven for 2 more minutes
            These extra couple of minutes slightly glaze the topping and make the base a little more crunchy
            Cool in tin until almost cool then cut

            Topping
            50g butter
            350g icing sugar
            100g golden syrup
            3 tablespoons ground ginger
            3 tablespoons glace ginger-finely chopped

            Over a low heat, put all the ingredients in a pot except the glace ginger
            Stir until smooth and lump free it takes 2-3 minutes, remove from heat
            Add the glace ginger and stir in just before putting on to base
            Edit to add topping

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Sounds delicious and perhaps even I can make some.
            Well I know what’s going on my shopping list – glace ginger!

    • Wasapilot

      More than happy to help you out with this problem, you could just send it to me Michelle ?

      • Michelle

        sorry l have visitors coming so l am sure it will disappear

        • Wasapilot

          If you need any help in future Michelle, you know where to find me.

          • Michelle

            recipes below ;-)

  • Curly1952

    Half time in the footy and what a great game and outstanding skills in every department. Bring on the second half eh hookerphil?

    • Jude

      I think we are allowed a one word comment . Bigger

    • Isherman

      I only changed my pick to the Crusaders late this arvo…..they’ll be back…maybey….hopefully.

    • Quinton Hogg

      Go the highlanders.
      I should be down there. The cook reopening and this game.
      but still 27 minutes to go. Many a slip twist cup and lip

      • Curly1952

        They are certainly playing well. Great skills by both teams right across the field. Might change now one man down

        • rantykiwi

          Here’s hoping.

        • Quinton Hogg

          Bad call that.
          Gave myself a yellow card as the tv was in danger of having things thrown at it.
          Now I am having a quiet JW black label.

  • JLS

    Have a chuckle at this. I’m sure there would be a ready market emerging for it in Europe, and I can think of occasions here where it would have been fun too!
    https://www.youtube.com/embed/H4_XZE3r3oU?rel=0

  • Lux

    Do you multi task while here?

    I do .. watching TV, doing POTD, making stuff and or painting ..

    • Spiker

      Yep, currently also whatsapping with a mate and trimming toenails.

      • Lux

        How long are they?

        The toenails that is ..

        • Spiker

          Just long enough to be told to trim them before coming to bed..

          • Lux

            Nothing worse than scratching someone or getting them caught in sheets, or someones hair ..

          • rantykiwi

            If they have hair at toenail level that’s long enough for that then they need to do some grooming too.

          • Spiker

            Apparently so.

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Funny thing when living in Europe and was rich enough to have regular pedicures I remember after a few times I said to the lady doing them ‘I thought of you in bed last night’ and could feel her tense up until I added that was because my nails didn’t catch.
            :O

          • Miss Phit

            Hair? Umm….

            No never mind.

    • rantykiwi

      Sure do. I have WO, the rugger, a needy RantyCat, an SSH session to an internet router at work and a phone call to a colleague about said router going on. And a glass of Cab Sav.

    • Greg M

      Yep. WOBH, GST, ACC and a DB.

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      Do jig saw, play solitaire, watch on-demand watch my cats play or sleep – both forever fascinating.

      • Lux

        Do you play spider solitaire online?.. I get cravings to play it, when I haven’t for a while .. it’s quite weird..

        • rantykiwi

          Haven’t played it in ages. And you have probably revived the urge to do so. If I accomplish nothing all weekend I blame you.

          • Lux

            Sorry .. I always want to play it, when I’m really busy ..

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            It’s a form of procrastination

        • Miss McGerkinshaw

          No mostly play Free Cell, now not sure how to put it so it doesn’t get misconstrued, mmmm, well , OK put it this way – I don’t play on-line OK.
          Also other card games (Canasta, Eukre) but not when on WO
          Do jig saw on my ipad – not that you asked.

          • Goldie

            I do like Freecell. It’s the one solitaire that is always solvable (even if you have to back up occasionally and try a different tack)

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Well not 100% for me, but mostly I will admit.

    • Isherman

      Generally yes, usually a mixture of this and hopping across news or doco’s, but I have become a recent Game of Thrones fan, about to watch ep 10 of season 4, and I do find it’s best given undivided attention.

      • Crowgirl

        I put my phone down whenever that’s on – you really have trouble following if you don’t.

        I’ve just spent the last couple of months reading all the books to hold me over until Season 6 arrived. Now it’s here I’m ecstatic ?

        IIRC Season 4, episode 10 is a doozy.

        • Isherman

          Watched it last night, you’re not wrong. Had a funny feeling you might have something to say about it:)

          • Crowgirl

            Always – I am a GoT obsessive, and I’m not ashamed.

    • Miss Phit

      Writing up assisgnments, watching TV, studying,

      I do all thse things badly when done at once, but okay if I actually concentrate on just 2 things at once.

    • Moonroof

      Cooking, a wine, talking on tefalone…dirty Fritatta Friday again – olives, chorizo, feta etc

      • MaryLou

        Tefalone? And 2 wines???

        • Moonroof

          Swapping syllables amuses :) btw fritattation now coasting, grill off, shut oven door to warm the plate.

          • MaryLou

            Fritattation – I’m going to steal that one! And that looks amazing.

          • Moonroof

            Thank you, a man may be alone in the woods, but he still needs to know prep and cook something. I refuse to do takeout, even after the 3rd wine.

          • Lux

            Yummy .. looks delicious as well ..

          • Moonroof

            Plating now, lets find out:)

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Something that looks so delicious surely must taste equally good.

          • Moonroof

            It worked. In fact pleasant and quite edible. Nothing caught fire even.

      • Lux

        Sounds delicious ..

    • XCIA

      I do too, but sometimes I fear that the brain absorption rate on the TV side doesn’t work too well ;-)

    • Nige.

      Yeah man. I chat online, txt, watch TV, have books read to me, help with homework, cook etc

  • Jude

    Good Lord ! Hang on with this Rugby picks we are in for a bumpy ride?

    • Left Right Out

      One very happy Landers fan here

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        Make that two!

        • Gaharis

          Three!!

      • Jude

        Well done to you ! Was wavering but picked crusaders 12 under?

        • Left Right Out

          pressure on your boys now to knock off the reds….. If you win and win well…. that could take the canes to 36pts one behind the Saders chiefs and Highlanders who are all on 37pts and in that order…. pretty tight NZ div

          • Jude

            Pressure !! I picked our boys but I think it will be close.
            No idea where we will end up . The whole thing has gone a bit topsy turvy:)

  • KatB

    I got home this afternoon to find this weary traveller on my doorstep.

    • dumbshit

      My sister, who lives in New Plymouth, and has lived in Taranaki all her life, cannot remember Egmont having no snow in May!

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        Just moved here. Was snow when I fell in love with this area and now all gone. Admit she just doesn’t look quite so magnificent w/o the snow but hopefully soon will have her hat on again.

      • KatB

        I know, the weather is unreal, but I’m not complaining. Yay for global warming/climate change.

        • XCIA

          Global warming isn’t working well for the UK on its way into spring…”Arctic gales will make it feel close to -10C (14F) in exposed regions threatening to topple the record low of -9.4C (15F) set in May 1941.”

          • Goldie

            No, global warming doesn’t exist anymore (except when it gets hot). It’s called “climate change” so that absolutely any remotely unusual “weather event” can be claimed as climate change, caused by us nasty humans /sarc

          • Dave

            For comparison, daytime temperatures here, 30 degrees, but a chilly 20 degrees overnight, and damn it, the pool is down to 26 degrees, will have to stop swimming soon.

          • Goldie

            Oh, you poor hard done by thing you! :)

    • Nige.

      What a beautiful happy looking part of the country. Green green grass and low fences.

    • Chris EM

      That view with Egmont brings back memories…was born in Stratford.

    • Pluto

      Nice to have known you Bruce, enjoy your time in the ‘Naki

  • Disinfectant

    I’m bored. Really, really bored.

    I’ve done just about everything one can do. Just moved to another town and started yet another new business from scratch. And even thats got boring.

    Read tons of books, seen tons of movies, travelled the world and now I’m bored. I think I have read and seen it all.

    I often wonder that maybe we live too long and if you started out in life as I did to really go for it, then this is the price.

    Please don’t think I am depressed and about to jump off a cliff. I am not, and not about to. I’m simply bored and dont know what to do next.

    • STAG

      Run for Office.

      • Disinfectant

        Tried that but not successful.

        Overnight (and most days) I think about having another go. And thats what I am now going to do.

        I want to be the Mayor. Last time I tried I
        I was not well known. Since then I have done a lot of blogging in my real name.
        This has been a deliberate tactic in case I had another go.

        The only decision I have to make now is whether I declare my intentions early or wait.

        • STAG

          Leap in, you can’t do worse then “Time for Tom” down here.

    • Lux

      Start a charity, something that is close to your heart.

    • Left Right Out

      You haven’t done everything…. you haven’t met me yet

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      Think of something that doesn’t excite you, that you don’t really want to do – wonder if that could prove to be a challenge and might just end up being interesting?

    • Lux

      Go and visit some lonely old people who have no visitors ..ever ..

    • Odd Ball

      Climb Mount Taranaki, tramp to the bridge to Nowhere, Skydive over Wanaka, Try sailing catamarans, do volunteer work at the local hospital, etc, etc

    • Patricia

      You might be low in zinc or vitamin B6. If you’re not allergic to gold, try colloidal gold – it supposedly lifts the spirits :)

    • XCIA

      I had an acquaintance who felt very much the same. He took up on some advice to go into the world without his assets and make his way as if he was homeless and unemployed with only $10 in his pocket. From memory, that journey through life lasted about 5 days or so.

      • Lux

        One of my sisters and I did that years ago.. we left home with $10.00 and hitched around NZ aiming for about a day or week, and got home about 2 months later with $20.00 .. it was amazing.
        It would be too dangerous to hitch now, but fun then.. yes it was dangerous .. but .. anyway we made it home ..

      • MaryLou

        What a great idea – I’d love to give that a go! Unfortunately I doubt I’d make it past the next meal time. But still…

        • rantykiwi

          Free dinner chez rantykiwi, and I dare say many other of us here if you want to try.

          • MaryLou

            That’d be perfect – unfortunately I probably need to wait till the kids are self sufficient before I run off into the wilderness!

          • rantykiwi

            If they’re over breast feeding they can always be sent off to boarding kindergarten/school and safely ignored until they return at 18 years old, self sufficient and capable of earning a living and keeping mum in style.

        • Lux

          We were really lucky, everyone who picked us up feed us and took us in.. we walked around most of the coromandel in the nude, only covering up when we heard traffic.
          We got picked up by some hippies living on a commune in the Coromandel and we lived with them for a few weeks.

          The women were not keen on us so we split the scene after a while ..

    • Mrs_R

      Perhaps a new love interest to put a spring back in your step :) Or if you’re not in the market for that perhaps consider doing an activity just for fun and you might meet some new interesting people. Finally if none of the above, then maybe you need to give yourself a new challenge – climb a mountain or run a marathon :)

    • Nige.

      Learn drums. Then move in next door to Pete.

      Seriously though. Learn guitar then learn to shread. You will never get bored trying to play like dimebag.

      • XCIA

        That will only get you in dialogue with the immediate neighbours, if you want to engage the whole street and its surrounds, learn to play the bagpipes.

        • Lux

          I love the bagpipes !

          • XCIA

            The only ones that appreciated my playing were the cows in the fields opposite my mothers house. Mind you, on reflection perhaps all that mooing was their way of telling me to shut up ;-)

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            I love them also but not so sure I would appreciate them next door I will admit.

      • Guided By Voices

        the gentleman might not get bored trying to play like Dimebag, but he sure will go insane; that guy had tone like no other…

    • Lux

      Think about what makes you happy, and what you can do.
      Can you make a difference to someone or other people’s lives for the better?
      Invent something
      Adopt some orphans
      Become the next Bachelor ..

      Lie back and enjoy life.. and realise how lucky you are …

      then think about what you can do…

  • rantykiwi
    • Greg M

      Agree, what a cool cat, some people are simply just a misery guts.

  • Dave

    Oh that’s disappointing, most regulars could do quite well on a Bent Ratsinger quiz.

  • Isherman

    Friday 13th, unlucky for some, including Mustafa Amine Bedreddine.
    For those unaware, he is the highest ranking military commander of Hezbollah, second only to the groups outright leader Hassan Nasrallah, taken out in Syria, most likely an airstrike widely believed to have been carried out by the IAF, though that has not been confirmed officially. He’s a big fish, with a very long and brutal history. Hezbollah are paying a heavy price indeed in support of the Assad regime, how sad for them.

  • HunuaRanger

    Newshub reports that the cost of rentals are so high that families are resorting to living out of cars. The family shown (with faces conveniently pixeled out) in this story are living somewhere in Papakura.
    The family filmed for this story comprised of a couple and three children.
    Seriously? I just did a quick search for rentals in the Auckland area on a popular realestate site, The cheapest unit started at $170 per week and there were many around this price range.
    If they can’t afford rent a unit (or a room somewhere for around that price) but live in a car, how did they have three children? on the roof or bonnet?
    Panama Papers flopping means it’s back to their old tricks, I guess.

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