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  • Nechtan

    Born today in 1943 Jack Bruce singer, songwriter and bassist most famously with Cream.

    Born today in 1947 Al Ciner guitarist with The American Breed.

    Born today in 1952 David Byrne guitar and lead vocals with Talking Heads.

    Born today in 1962 Ian Astbury lead vocals with The Cult.

    Died today in 1976 Keith Relf lead singer and harmonica with The Yardbirds aged 33. Keith was electrocuted in his home while tuning a guitar which was not properly grounded.

    Died today in 2015 Blues singer, songwriter and guitarist B.B. King (Born Riley B King) in his sleep aged 89.

    • Left Right Out

      Love Talking Heads

  • Carl

    I don’t know what made me think of Nige when I saw this. (pic)

    • Looks like me when I was slimmer

      • Carl

        I was going to write that this makes me think of the WO mods but then chose Nige because of the pies.

  • ex-JAFA

    If you were in Newmarket today and saw the Member for Epsom out and about in his Lotus (copy!), that was me in the passenger seat. (Pic)

    • ex-JAFA

      Hmm… trying the pic upload again:

      • Vlad

        Not bad, looks like a Chevron version. Personally I’d rate a Leitch copy. But still, it’s not a gay ute!

        • ex-JAFA

          I would’ve rated one more suited to my generous proportions. I only barely managed to wedge myself into it, and needed a shoehorn to get out. There are zero creature comforts of any kind – the thin blue pad and a pool noodle on the roll bar were the flashest accessories… and very much needed when Mr Seymour let rip.

  • Nige.

    MaryLou answered last night’s question with:

    “Peas…. perfect way”

    What do you think is an essential part of any or every mealtime?

    • Gourmet

      Family around the table

      • There’s me going, nothing essential to every meal, looked at everyone else’s ideas, and then you hit the nail on the head.

        Dinner time is when my family gets together. It’s the only time of day when that happens.

        • Michelle

          Yep all sitting round the table chatting about our day best time with no interference from phones or tv

          • ex-JAFA

            I’m ashamed to say that the lunch I attended today was marred by virtually everyone spending a lot of time on their phones. And the average age was 40+, so youth wasn’t an excuse. Mind you, most of us were pollies and related trades who had to check email, text, instant messaging, etc. constantly.

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            I’m not sure there is any excuse. Business, politics, etc ‘survived’ without being in constant contact before.
            It’s one of my pet peeves – if you can’t take time out to concentrate on whatever don’t bother turning up – rant over

          • Nige.

            I often wonder what bussines had been like before the (home) telephone.

            I remember reading about how Richard Seddon would travel via horse and cart up the South island to Picton and then cross the cook straight to go to Parliament in Wellington.

            Life and technology progresses.

            Can’t wait till everyone’s wearing Google glass and no one can actually tell if you are looking at them or whatever is being beamed onto their retina.

            I guess it will come full circle and people will have to “fight” to get peoples full undivided attention again just like people have always had to, to stand out.

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Not sure we ever give each other full undivided attention as we are (I am) often thinking about what I think of what you are say, formulating my response (if not actually interrupting) or, if not really interested, planning the next meal or what I am going to do tomorrow.

            Remember in a group situation where we had to wait until the person actually said they were finished with what they had to say, i.e. if they stopped to think or take breath no-one was able to butt in. Good in that it let the shyer people have a ‘full’ say but was also good practice in actually listening. And yes often they would talk well past that nugget I wanted to add so it lost relevance but I learned to really listen and not interrupt and that I didn’t have to comment on everything nor, unfortunately, that I’m always right(er).
            Unfortunately not so good at it now having worked with 5 ‘real blokes’ if I didn’t butt in I wouldn’t have got a say in anything, lol.

          • Nige.

            Any moment can be productive. There’s a time to put your phone down to be respectful when the time comes, but at other times there is nothing wrong with bettering yourself or your business by replying to an email or setting an alarm for your next appointment or asking someone for advice or talking to someone at the other end of the country (or the world for that matter) catching up on news….. Whatever!

            If people are sooooo bloody sick of people being interested in their (amazing) technology that can be held in their palm then they can damn well start entertaining me in person.

            Expecting people to give up their phones is like choosing to use a shovel instead of an excavator to me.

            (Rant continues bellow)

            I feel very very sorry, genuinely for those of us who are later in life who adore this technology and will only experience it for their last years instead of their whole lives as they might have otherwise desired.

          • ex-JAFA

            A certain MP whose photo may appear in another post of mine tonight is almost always looking at his phone when conversing with me. The first time or two, I thought he was being rude. Then I realised that he’s so good at multitasking that he can (and must, such are the demands on his time and attention) do both simultaneously. But when he and his pressec or whichever advisor may be also present are both doing it, I sometimes wonder if they’re messaging each other about “get this dork out of my face”.

          • Nige.

            I used to be able to listen to the radio, watch TV and talk to someone all at once. No longer though.

            But just getting back on subject, I’m sure if any of those guys thought you were a dork you would get yoinked out of there. Hopefully.

            You ain’t know dork. You are there because you deserve to be. Run with it. Go for it.

          • ex-JAFA

            Some of what I typed was an in-joke for party people who read WO and know who I am.

          • Nige.

            Dork.

          • ex-JAFA

            LOL. That wasn’t the in-joke, you meanie.

          • Nige.

            You’re awesome. Thanks for being a good sport

          • ex-JAFA

            One needs a thick skin if one’s ambition is to be the first and last Minister for Shutting Down Superfluous Ministries & Departments. And I think I might make a good party whip, too.

          • willtin

            Nah mate, we feel sorry for you lot. You never got to experience real life, standing in a cow pat sort of thing; getting the daily half pint of milk at school with the greatest amount of cream; I could go on

          • Nige.

            Done it. I prefer my cow pats to be virtual.

          • I even thrown my share of them.

          • willtin

            The virtual World doesn’t frighten me, rather it enlightens me, especially with the excruciating pleasure, of its endless possibilities. It is the reliance on the electricity which is worrying to me.

          • Nige.

            That’s the thing though. The virtual world? It’s still the world. It’s real. I’m talking to you yet I’m physically sitting next to my brother in law watching xfactor talking about curved TVs. Each can coexist so long as it is balanced and people in one “world” don’t get jealous of the “other”.

          • willtin

            Are you sure it’s not Britain’s Got Talent? Which is on in front of me. You are right in a way, we coexist but while we cannot touch physically, in theory we could do one or another a lot of harm (or good) using the capabilities of the interweb.

          • Nige.

            Exactly. I gave more attention to my online friend (you) than the show that was physically in front if me

          • Nige.

            Off you go then. Go stand in a cow Pat.

          • Worst ones are the ones that look bone dry and still have the nice gooey inner.

          • Nige.

            They are the worst because the crust contains the stench so you don’t know they are there.

          • Dave

            You make it sound like a Lindt Chocolate Pete…… chocolate exterior, gooey creamy inside.

          • Nermal

            I read a good way to stop this at a restaurant is to put all the phones in a pile in the middle of the table. The first one to use a phone picks up the tab.

          • ex-JAFA

            Wouldn’t work with the group I was lunching with today! We’re all far too generous to be scared off, and with an MP, party president, other party execs and a presssec at the table, simply impossible!

          • Nermal

            I was once having a meal with a friend. He kept interrupting our conversation to answer his phone. So I waited until he put it down and phoned him myself. He got the message and switched his off.

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            That’s the trick – actually talking to one another.

          • willtin

            A dying art/activity, for sure.

    • Carl

      Tomato sauce.

      • Nige.

        Mustard

        • Dave

          Worcester sauce

      • Time For Accountability

        Tuimato

    • InnerCityDweller

      garlic amongst others

    • Nechtan

      The desire to produce an edible meal?

      • ex-JAFA

        That’s never stopped Lux!

        • Nechtan

          Its the intent that counts I think?

          • Lux

            I never intend for it to go wrong.. I love good food.. but maybe 85% of the time it does flip out..

            Anyway for my meal tonight I have just got shown two clean plates and been given an applause.. it’s the first time I have cooked for weeks.

            Desperate times call for desperate cooks .. ;-)) and I cooked..

          • Nechtan

            I doubt anyone who cooks a meal intends it to go wrong.

        • Miss McGerkinshaw

          The desire is there it’s just the ability that seems to be lacking!

          • ex-JAFA

            True. I apologise for suggesting that Lux never *intends* to provide edible food.

      • Michelle

        Lovely home cooked meal, especially if you have harvested your own vegies and meat for the meal

        • Spiker

          You got it. Very satisfying when everthing on the plate is home grown.

    • Greg M

      The salt and pepper grinders.

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      Onions

      • STAG

        Agreed, there a staple or their variants, I am partail to Leaks

        • Miss McGerkinshaw

          Agree leeks are vastly underrated.

          • Mikex

            Specially when you really have to go….

        • Dave

          So is Hager :)

          • willtin

            But surely his leeks were gratuitous,

      • MaryLou

        When hubby and I first met, we found we had an affinity for crackling. I don’t like pork though, but we found that you can buy just the skin! It never crunched up quite right, but we had a delicious time trying.

        Edit for clarity: Crackling is not pork – is different.

        Edit again – sorry, was meant for ex-jafa – nothing wrong with onions though!

        • ex-JAFA

          Some roast takeaway places sell crackling separately. One near where I used to sell good size strips for 50c each. That’s all I ever bought from ’em!

          • STAG

            I SMASHED the crackling out of the park the other night, bubbled it up under the grill, timed to perfection! it was almost 2 inches thick!

            We ate it all and then started on the meat. What a meal!

        • Usaywot

          rub a lot of oil into it, then salt, then sit under the grill or in a hot oven…drools.

        • Michelle

          Hubby does amazing crackling we had some last night for dinner then had some of the meat

        • Carl

          When we had crackling growing up Dad couldn’t eat it because of his of his false teeth so I always got it but not until I had eaten my veges. Bribery from the parents works every time.

    • ex-JAFA

      Meat. Preferably of the ex-pig variety.

      • EveryWhichWayButLeft

        My thoughts exactly, but any variety is fine with me.

        We didn’t spend thousands of years fighting our way to the top of the foodchain to live on vegetables!

    • MaryLou

      Oh, now you’re editing my words. You’re implying peas assist a meal, wherein reality what I said was more like “the perfect way to ruin a good….”.

      Cheese, on the other hand!

      • Nige.

        See how words can be taken out of context? ;)

    • Chris EM

      Hunger. Tastes even better when you’re hungry.

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        Actually for some years I did that – didn’t follow a timed schedule and just ate when I was hungry NOT when I had appetite or felt like … oh something but didn’t know what. There is a difference and it is amazing how little one eats if one waits till one is actually hungry.

      • Nechtan

        Yes. One of the best feeds I ever had was a “simple” burger and chips after a very long walk and even longer “day”.

    • STAG

      Red wine.

    • Dave

      The company one keeps, the conversation, the delight from another. Good food and wine helps :)

    • Steve (North Shore)

      Garlic – steak included

    • Left Right Out

      My 7yo tells me bacon is a food group and should be eaten with every meal

      • ex-JAFA

        You have a very bright child.

      • Michelle

        The amount of pigs we did a year to feed the kids and bacon they consumed along with the hams we had cured to keep them fed
        Now l cure my own bacon but kids have flown the coop

        • ex-JAFA

          It’s odd that the pigs that are cured actually live shorter lives than those who aren’t.

          • Michelle

            the bacon ones disappeared quicker

    • Sagacious Blonde

      Butter for anything fried.

    • Brent

      Conversation, I enjoy eating with my now grown up children and I still love cooking for them. Sundays I cook a large B&E pie and it brings them home for and Hour or Two.

    • XCIA

      A well made cup of tea.

      • Lux

        I love a delicious cup of tea .. one of my sisters makes me excellent ones..

        The secret is to let it brew for the right amount of time, for the different types of tea, and serving it piping hot, not stewed.

    • Disinfectant

      Potatoes.

      Chipped, boiled, baked, smashed, crisped, fried and creamed.

    • Dan

      I made the mistake of reading the replies before dinner. But for me….salt

  • Vlad

    It is interesting and a bit depressing to watch the journalist/commentators from the Herald and Fairfax strapping on the knee pads and scrambling to comment on what a fine thing it would be for the two organisations to merge, given that they have spent most of their lives bleating and squawking about the importance of media diversity.

    • Timebandit

      “scrambling”? for a JOB perhaps??

      • Nige.

        Well there’s a difference between a job and work I guess.

  • STAG

    Given up on Firefox, plugins are doing my nut in, have moved over to Chrome,

    we’ll see how this works out.

    • Wasapilot

      Never had any problems with Safari Stag

      • STAG

        I’ve down voted you out of spite.

        • Nige.

          it’s true. So have i I’m afraid.

    • I’ve had to ditch FF as well :( It was doing WEIRD things, including DELETING POSTS!!! I’ve been on Chrome for a while, it is such a memory hog in comparison. Why can’t I have Chrome that is as efficient as FF?

      • Michelle

        nearly every time l have come here the last few days l have had shockwave playing up and slowing the whole thing down and it is a pain when there was so much happening here and the page froze or was on a go slow
        Edit using chrome

      • Misfit

        If adblock is enabled on Firefox it spits the dummy on the web page, you cant access comments etc and page looks weird, if I disable it no probs. I find it stuffs up lots of web pages not just WO

    • STAG

      I got an email from Amazon today telling me my email and password was contained in a recovered data file and I should change my password.

      just in case I didn’t follow the email link but went though google to amazon and then as I am lazy had to start changing all my passwords. What a pain, still feel better. I’ll never remember them all. Yahoo changes every-time I want to check my emails.

    • Usaywot

      I keep getting freezes on WO in Firefox and then a message saying a long running script is running. What’s that all about? It’s driving me bananas

      • STAG

        One of the reasons I swapped browsers.

        • Ditto. The page never stopped loading somehow.

          • ex-JAFA

            I often get that in Safari on my iPhone. Not the same issue with Safari on my MBA or iMac. Yes, I’m a member of the Church of Jobs and live in the Walled Garden – at home, anyway.

          • I really hope we’re onto it now. But I can’t progress it until I get my helped to start ignoring his family and the fact he’s supposed to be having the weekend off ;)

          • Nebman

            I’ll put my hand up and admit to the same although not at the Acolyte stage… In the end it was simple functionality. While Apple Inc may be a bunch of control freaks, at least that control means the apps work without having to disable 4 others, change settings, hold my face the wrong way into the wind while squinting with one eye!

          • Dan

            I thought it was taboola blocking addons. ( Why do we have to have Taboola everywhere!)

          • We JUST turned them off for 48 hours and see what happens. “We” (that’s you) may have to clear your browser caches and restart your browser, then please let me know if things are ‘fixed’, ‘same’ or ‘different’

      • Thanks to (name escapes me!!!), we may finally be onto the reason for those. Give me tonight to work with someone who has to eat and put the kids to bed first, and then we can go back to FF and see if that problem has been knocked on the head tomorrow.

        • MaryLou

          But I’m on Chrome with the same thing….

          • In non-tech English: give me 24 hours.

  • Jude

    Go Hurricanes!!

    • hookerphil

      Listening on the radio, deep
      In the depths of Dunedin. No, not in hiding as you may well think. Commentators are very funny but seems the actual game is a bit boring.

      • Jude

        Not there for this one , I am going to the Canes Highlanders game!
        That is the one and only game I might have to consider not backing my team.
        I will think on it.

        • Nechtan

          At this stage Jude you would have to back the Highlanders :-)

          • Jude

            oh seriously? Am hoping the boys on the bench feel upset enough for the cost to our team , they play a blinder!

          • Nechtan

            :-)

          • Jude

            You will keep?

        • hookerphil

          They were just saying about the poor skills etc and asked one what would this game be remembered for “finishing ” he said. Good 5 points though. 4 NZ teams now within 1 point. Very close. Hurricanes to play both Highlanders and Crusaders, tough finish.

          • Jude

            Yeah tough for the Canes .one team at a time!
            I will be at stadium to support Canes facing Highlanders.
            Canes have a bye next weekend which I think they need .

  • Dave

    Appropriate given the discussion on mealtimes tonight.

    • Mags

      Just to show you that non meat eaters don’t take ourselves too seriously.

  • Just a bit of education. (pic)

    • Nechtan

      Yeah Nay.
      Snakes or Sneks just hit them all with the sharp end of your e-tool.

      • willtin

        Or call on

    • Greg M

      The top snek looks normal, the bottom snek looks stoned.

      • I like the idea of having to turn it upside down to see it is a nasty snek :)

        • ex-JAFA

          One suspects that one would find out before one got the snek all the way around.

      • Dan

        Or maybe the bottom snek is an iel

  • elton_fred

    Man the media are hard up for news. Big headline “world’s oldest person dies”. Like it’s an unexpected surprise, plus now there’s no world’s oldest person left. Made me laugh.

    • ex-JAFA

      Have they never heard, “The King is dead! Long live the King!”? (Or insert ‘Queen’ as appropriate.)

      • Kiwiracer

        But The King is in Tauranga laundering money and evading tax. . . . .lol

        • Wheninrome

          I thought he had left the building

          • After he put the building in a Trust

          • Wheninrome

            Wise man

          • Disinfectant

            Seen speeding away.

        • ex-JAFA

          He hasn’t been here for ages! And according to what a Northland-based polly told me today, he ain’t been seen up there neither no how.

          • Carl

            You probably cant say but is there any word of Act getting a cup of tea deal in Ohariu or National standing a strong candidate against Dunne.

          • ex-JAFA

            The party doesn’t seek “cup of tea” deals; Epsom was won fair and square – although it may have helped that the electorate’s most famous resident backed our candidate over his own party’s. It’s way too early (and entirely inappropriate for me) to talk about candidate appointments in other electorates – especially in such a public forum as this.

          • Carl

            Fair call but someone had to ask.

          • Wheninrome

            So those pesky little taniwha can stay under those old bridges undisturbed. That will save the country some money. Still nothing a bottle of scotch can’t fix, not sure about a cup of tea though

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      Well there isn’t. S/he’s dead!

    • Nige.

      Well they can always rely on that story to be good old dependable.

    • Dave

      Just wait for tomorrows news, “worlds youngest person born”

      • You win the Internet today :)

        • Dave

          And to think they studied for four years to come up with the headline. Oh well, even after the Ferald merger, the unis and colleges will still churn out Journalists and Media Studies Graduates who have mastered the art of stupid headlines, interviewing keyboards and taken the vow of socialism.

    • KatB

      Well I think that might be a slightly better effort than another headline I saw about video footage from a 1995 Mike Tyson boxing match showing a time traveller sitting in the audience with a smart phone.

    • Dan

      And ate bacon, eggs, grits every day. Says a lot – namely bacon kills you!

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        No it’s the eggs that are bad for you. Or was that last week’s ‘scare’?

  • XCIA

    This may interest anyone with family who fought at Battle of the Somme. “The 1st July 2016 marks the 100th Anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. This day saw the heaviest loss of life in a single day in British Military history. These hand crafted solid brass lapel pins have been designed as a tribute to the 19,240 lives that were lost on 1st July 1916. Each lapel pin has been made by hand in the jewelry quarters of London and Birmingham and is made from British shell fuses fired during the Battle of the Somme and collected from the historic front line.”
    http://www.poppyshop.org.uk/somme-100-poppy-lapel-pin.html

  • Made me think of Lux….

    (pic)

    • XCIA

      Did you have a particular WO contributor in mind when you posted this? ;-)

    • Lux

      Actually I have just cooked an amazing meal, of bacon and eggs and fish fingers .. I served the sumptuous meal .. and burnt my fingers cleaning out the non stick frypan .. Ohh well, the food was edible, for a change.. :-)

      • ex-JAFA

        If you can serve cuisine like that, not only can you cook for me anytime you like, but I apologise retrospectively and in advance for every comment anyone’s ever made or will make about your infamous mishaps.

        • Lux

          Thank you, and there is a .. but, please don’t apologize, its just a bit fun ..

          I never take stuff to heart ..
          you are welcome to make fun of my cooking mishaps anytime at all .. it’s an open joke in my family, and on here..

          I will never be offended by anything anyone says. :-)

  • Jude

    Signed up and received the card last week? A worth while cause refresh

    • XCIA

      Snap! Mine arrived yesterday. ;-)

      • Nermal

        No new card but renewed for another year.

    • Santa Fe fan

      Just signed up for ours- thanks for alerting me to this wonderful cause.

    • Lux

      It was one of my mothers favourite, as well as feeding the children in schools and giving them a pair of shoes and a raincoat. I have carried it on in her name.

      • Jude

        That is a lovely thing to do Lux. My first year as a paid up supporter but long may it continue ?

    • Dan

      My Granddad was a supporter and I am convinced they lost money on him.

      This is a great, no nonsense thing to support.

    • Wasapilot

      Weird, ours arrived today too Jude. As you say, a very very good cause.

      • Jude

        It took a long time to arrive. They may have been overwhelmed with Whaleoil supporters?

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      Been a supporter for years as they do wonderful work.
      As there are so many worthy causes decided some time back to choose four charities and give each a good chunk. St Johns was one as is Surf Life Saving (just a hint, lol)

  • Gourmet

    As food seems to be a topic this evening, and as you probably can tell a passion of mine. What is the most memorable experience in a food. Place/variety or maybe/price/ etc?

    • Greg M

      Tuna fillet with chunky mandarin salad. Blue ice cafe at Franz Josef, absolutely fantastic Phillipino owners / chef.

      • Fish and citrus. Although we share so much in common, when it comes to eating, we couldn’t be further apart.

        • Greg M

          Just have a little taste Pete, you might like it :-) “pic”.

          • Actually, you might be right. I do a mean lemon and snapper ;)

          • Brent

            Sliced lemon on sheet of tin foil green bone fillet on top of lemons with lemon pepper wrap up foil hot dry pan lemon side down 1 min turn 1 min and eat

          • Other than BBQ and sliced red capsicum and a light touch of soy sauce…. the same.

    • XCIA

      The French Cafe. It always produces a memorable experience.

    • jcpry

      Baby clams marinated in tequila and fresh lime juice. An entree at The Aitutaki Lagoon Resort. Just unbelievable.

      • Blockhead

        Seems un-PC today, but 30 years ago, at the local restuarant on Aitutaki, we had the most delectable dish of lightly curried turtle, shared among four of us.

    • Carl

      Pork knuckles served at the Munich beer fest.

      • Gourmet

        Pork knuckles can be a superior meal, I have enjoyed many in my life.

    • Odd Ball

      It used to be the fried oysters at the Horse & Trap (Mt Eden), back in the 1990’s, these days, its a seafood curry from the local Thai restaurant.

    • KGB

      I was taken to an old Convent in Sydney many years ago. It was a beautiful old building and we waited about 3 months for our booking.
      My one and only experience of silver service. Everything about it was special down to the crystal glassware and linen napkins.
      I ordered Consume & Beef Wellington. Both dishes were perfect.

      • Gourmet

        Another great restaurant in Sydney is tetsuya. Amazing food and usually you need to book 3 months plus also, which i did.

        http://tetsuyas.com/

    • Jude

      St Remy 2014 beef carpaccio and later in Italy the sword fish version.
      I know very basic but sometimes the best are actually quite simple and it is all in the presentation and dressing !

      • Gourmet

        beef carpaccio for myself is a amazing entree which i have enjoyed preparing many times over the years( manly last century).

        But it reminds of the mr bean episode of beef tartare episode.

        • Jude

          That is one dish that I cannot ever see myself eating ?

          • Gourmet

            it is a amazing dish with the correct quality ingredients and prepared correctly also. Very cleansing as a appetizer.

          • Jude

            I would have to be in a situation where I could taste a small teaspoon . The look of it would trigger a gag reflex ?

          • ElleAsks

            Best steak tartare I have ever had is at The Grill in Auckland – made at the table with gorgeous ingredients

    • Nebman

      I had raw tuna that had been “cooked” in lime juice mixed with fresh tomato, onion, coconut milk and various other things. Perfect with fresh cooked beans, garlic bread and your favourite chilled drink.

      • ex-JAFA

        I haven’t had tuna that way, but many’s the time on the family boat when schnapper (that’s the correct spelling, people!) served that way over a beer or gin at sunset after having been caught at dawn is the most delectable horse’s doofer ever. While still aboard, in a sheltered bay with the merest ripples lapping at the hull and some schnitzel or pork about to go on the stove for mains.

    • Ford

      Ribs. Texas Roadhouse. Dallas, Georgia. (Complete with waitresses line dancing by the tables!

    • Left Right Out

      Some of the best meals I’ve ever had were in China….. the food is not the junk Chinese we get served up here…. unbelievable flavors

      • Dan

        Definitely! And not a bowl of lychees and icecream in sight.

    • Brent

      Pressure Cooked the meat off 4 shanks tonight in Onions a bottle of Crabbies ginger beer can of roast garlic onion tomato’s topped out with 12 seasoned dumplings. I Will be cooking with ginger beer again.

      • Gourmet

        If you have a cooked lamb shank left over, leave it in the fridge for 48 hours and taste the difference.

        • Brent

          Will try next week.. Normally do my Shanks in a red wine.

        • ex-JAFA

          That sounds as implausible a concept as the fabled “leftover bacon”.

    • JEL51

      Some Dad’s are slow learners when it comes to communicating with their sons and the one in this house is particularly slow. One would think by son number 2 he would have been able to work out the moment you say “When are you goin’ to get a hair cut?” the opposite was a dead cert.
      So when no.2 left on his OE he was wearing almost waste length dreads, much to his father’s disgust.
      It was a real delight when we arrived in London a couple of years later to find we barely recognized the handsome short-haired professional lad that came to greet us. Dad was so impressed he was heard to say when slapping him on the back “I’ll shout dinner where ever, when ever while we’re here for getting that damned hair cut”
      Well it was after they returned from a day in Paris to Beauvais where we were based, did they kids decide it was time to eat real French cuisine.They finally found a restaurant which served up the most divine meal we had in all the time we had while we were traveling.
      It wasn’t until we arrived back home here back in NZ when he opened the visa account did he realize just how divine that meal was. At $1012.00, he sucked in and said that was the most expensive bloody haircut he had ever seen.

      • Lux

        Wonderful story .. I love it!!

        • JEL51

          $1012 is under discussion, checked with the account holder just now as it was some years ago. It may have been $1008.00 but it was definitely over the k. Funny the only taste I remember were that of tiny almond shaped seafood/shrimps thingees that I haven’t seen again since.

          • Lux

            A boyfriend I had was away and wanted to treat myself and my sisters to dinner, so arranged for a friend of mine to take 4 of us to dinner .. money was no object ..

            We went to Antoine’s … it was amazing .. a couple of my sisters fell in love with the delicious waiters serving us .. we have lots of photos of a memorable night..
            The food and service was amazing, and the wonderful thing is .. they do not close until you leave..
            I recommend it, for anyone wanting a memorable night.. I have no idea of the bill.

    • Lux

      I have had many wonderful meals .. most of them at home ..
      I’m very lucky to come from a family that really can cook ..

      My two most favourite are:

      Fresh Tarakihi cooked in coconut oil, with an amazing avocado salad .. and homemade tarter sauce and fresh lemon juice..

      Wiener schnitzel, with potatoes stuffed with bacon cheese and butter and mushroom sauce

      Ohh and not forgetting the homemade tacos … they were sublime ..

      • Dave

        Happy to dine with you anytime Lux.

        • Lux

          Thanks Dave.. my eldest sister in Aussie is a chef.. she thinks my cooking disasters are hilarious..

          • Dave

            is she living in Central QLD ?

    • Asian_driver

      Black pudding, or as we used to get as kids Blutwost, with 1cm squares of fat in it, hard to get the real thing these days, even harder to smuggle it into my hose as my wife thinks it is evil

  • Tim Watkins and Lisa Owen have shelved, perhaps binned, the Ben Rachinger piece they wanted to run on The Nation this weekend. Instead, they had this. (pic)
    .

    • KGB

      I thought it interesting that is wasn’t run.
      Sat on my couch with a perfectly timed breakfast and felt quite let down.

    • sheppy

      It probably doesn’t fit their narrative anymore now that both sides of the story are out and not everything can be reported on!
      I’ve only seen the show once, and the sheer one sided nature of it with those being attacked not given time to even present half an answer means I won’t waste time on it again

      • I heard a rumour that they ambushed a minister a while ago, and the word has gone out that there is now no expectation for any minister to appear on the program. (Nick Smith clearly thinks it’s a positive for him)

    • XCIA

      The Watkin idiot was on Larry’s program yesterday with his selective memory claiming that no one promised anything with the release of the Panama Papers, so I guess that was really the preamble to this.

      • Nige.

        Easy to say that once no one turned up nothing.

        A decent person in his position would have said that at the start of the debacle.

        • Lux

          Maybe their shonky workings should be put under the spotlight for a change.

      • Aucky

        A double act with Smalley. Must have been classic!

        • XCIA

          Smalley was MIA. The stand in gave Watkin a hard time……..

      • Bombastic

        Who would buy a Playboy with knowledge the centrefold was missing? Jeez, and we thought Helen Clark was the queen of retrospective validation!

        • RockinBob625

          From now on, the centrefold is missing. No more nudes, you can genuinely say you bought it for the articles.

    • Lux

      They have shafted themselves by telling so many mistruths.. I will never watch their rubbish or believe anything they say again. They manufacture the news to their narrative.
      I hope the plug gets pulled on the show.

      • Interesting you should say that.

        As I understand it, Mediaworks told them that the previous season would be their last. But then Watkin got money from NZOnAir and they lived for another year.

        I very much doubt NZOnAir will put money into that crowd for 2017. I think their true methods are now clear and public, and the whole Mediaworks debacle is there for all to see.

        • Dave

          They singed their own downfall Pete, more fool them, and (as I smile) WO is still going Last laugh rights!

          • Cue Elton John: “I’m still standing…”

          • Lux

        • Bombastic

          I have it on good authority that you might just be absolutely spot on. But I’ve only been into the bowels of 3 Flower St Mt Eden twice, so what would I know.

  • NERD NOTICE: (and also normal please, please read)

    Whaleoil has disabled the Toombla ads. Please 1) clear your browser cache (if you know how, of course), and restart your browser.

    Let me know if you feel the experience is better in any way.

    —————-

    Firefox users that have gone to Chrome, clear the browser cache, restart, and let me know if things are behaving again. (of course, if it works, that still doesn’t solve your problems on other sites that run those ads).

    • Dan

      Yes yes yes! Mobile Chrome. No Toomla ads and faster loading!

    • Disinfectant

      Just came back onto the WO site and a message came up saying disabled.

      I poked the phone a few times and hey presto
      WO comes on again.

    • Lux

      I’m on chrome .. I cleared my browser, and could not get back on for minute .. but it’s all good now.. and a lot faster loading the pages.

    • Huia

      Don’t know how to do the browser cache thing, but, have just been able to get on and stay on the site for the first time today.
      So looks as if all is good this end.
      Thank God as I was showing signs of withdrawal.

    • Bombastic

      A much more pleasant experience. Thank you very much. They were murder on mobile.

      • I’m in the horrible position of needing ads to fund my work and at the same time being intensely upset at some of them. Trust me when I say I’m very happy if those problems are now in the past…

        • Lux

          Do what you need to do .. we will survive !!

        • Bombastic

          I thought that was the balance. You’re welcome to my new found left over data, if that’s any consolation. Actually, I’ll make a donation instead.

  • Patmac

    The power house in Hanmer springs serves the most amazing porridge with whisky

    • Lux

      Cool .. Is that for breakfast?

      • XCIA

        My mother started breakfast with half a grapefruit marinated in Drambuie.

        • Lux

          Yummm .. I like the sound of that ..

    • Gaynor

      Awesome, I am in Hanmer this weekend and going out for breakfast in the morning…

  • Jude

    Bonus point to the Canes?

    • nellie

      Yep

      • Jude

        Well that game against the Highlandets is going to be scary . Head says Highlandets but heart still with Canes. Will pick on Thursday?

        • nellie

          I reckon even if they drop the ball half the number of times they did tonight they’ll still be in big trouble against the Southerners.

          • Jude

            The games against both Crusaders and Highlanders are going to be a challenge for us.
            This competition has shown me how far ahead New Zealand teams are in the sport of Rugby Union.
            Are we doing enough to promote the sport elsewhere or will we stifle it by always winning?

          • Wasapilot

            Hard to help South Africa, when their rugby union is self flagellating over black player quotas not being high enough. Another example of racism.

          • nellie

            NZ streets ahead – apart from the kicking.

          • Mags

            Doesn’t seem to worry the Australian netballers wanting to close down the Anz championships. They aren’t worried about developing the sport at all. It’s all about them staying in the winning position.

          • Jude

            I hope we are not like that! Have to confess ,we are not a netball family.All of my girls played football or back then , soccer.

    • Wasapilot

      And by 13+ too Jude, never any doubt ?

      • Jude

        Ha ha ! I was tempted but the discipline thing made me waver?

        • Wasapilot

          HP had the Canes by 13+, but like me he puts his picks in on the Sunday. I was tempted to change to 12- due to the stupid suspensions, glad I didn’t now.

          • Curly1952

            I did change to understand, damn it!!

  • Bombastic

    Andrea Vance has a bunker for sale. One lady owner, very low mileage.

    • Greg M

      Will need the septic tank truck around to empty it out before use.

      • Dave

        Plus a 1000 L cube of heavy duty sanitiser and a very large water blaster but I wonder what secrets the walls could tell….

        • Lux

          It makes you wonder how they lie straight in bed .. they make lawyers look honest..

          and that’s saying something..

          • Bombastic

            Just as well I’m used to it ;) *sits in the corner with no friends*

          • Lux

            My ex boyfriend is a lawyer he is lovely .. :-)

          • Usaywot

            Good save, Lux!

          • Lux

            It’s hard not brush to everyone with the same rubbish.. I apologise ..

          • Bombastic

            I have a skin the thickness of a much sunned in Malaga, Essex pensioner ;)

          • Lux

            It was a throw away comment about lawyers, and meant for journalists these days..
            Why have journalists become so angry and wild and telling lies?

          • Bombastic

            I’m the most impossible person to offend ;)

            But like you, I’m damned angry about the Panama Papers nonsense the media has “bunkered” down over and delivered nothing but privacy breaches, innuendo and wishful thinking. I’d happliy kick Andrea “it ticks all the boxes” Vance down the length of Lambton Quay.

          • Lux

            Nothing offends me, either.. :-)

            I really want to know who is behind Hager and his shonky cohorts .. it will come out, eventually.

          • Bombastic

            I think it’s nothing more sinister than a family trust and his publishers (and they are a bit left). Other than that I think it’s just his damaged mind. Have you seen how he dresses for goodness sake?

          • Lux

            I know about his family trust .. I’m not talking about that ..

            Who funds all his other stuff?

            I think there should be an FBI investigation into him and where he gets his money from.. and his funders.

            All his information has been stolen, and then published.. isn’t it about time we took him to task and looked under his covers?

          • Bombastic

            Why not. It’s good enough for him. So, shall we wait until someone kicks his front door in, takes everything he owns and delivers it to our “bunker” for a wee looks-see. Then we publish it all as we see fit.

            That all sounds pretty vulgar doesn’t it?

            But that is exactly what Nicky Hager did to Cameron Slater.

          • Lux

            That’s what I mean .. who is next on his hit list ..

            Why and how can he get away with stealing people’s private information?

          • Bombastic

            I predict the left’s next hit will be on Paula Bennett, they hate her.

          • Lux

            I wonder if anyone is going to look at Tim’s past history ..

          • KGB

            I’m pretty sure you’ll find we, the taxpayer, fund most of his ‘projects.’

          • Dave

            Nah dont do it, you wouldn’t be able to get your shoes clean for months.

  • XCIA

    Uncanny resemblance………One was on the bus, the other will probably be under it.

  • Lux

    So .. A quick game ..

    Who and Where do you think Hager is going to inflict his kingdom of doom on next ?

    and when .. is his next hit?

    • Bombastic

      Easy. John Key and (actually he’s running out of where’s) so I’ll say Eritrean Papers. And I’ll go so far as to say, the only blank rounds will hit the Greens and Greenpeace. Again.

    • XCIA

      My prediction is that Karma will visit him before he gets to blag again.

      • Lux

        As much as would love to believe in karma, I do not ..

        Too many bad people survive to kill and torture people, without ever being caught.

  • Lux

    Another Question..

    Who is funding Hager?

    Are the NZ taxpayers funding his lies and innuendos and rubbish books and lifestyle?

    Who is funding all the journalists looking into the panama papers?

    I wonder how much/if, the state broadcasters had to pay any money for them.. Someone should request an OIA (Official Information Act) for that info.

  • Dave

    100% on the money, its high time the other investigative Jouno’s, the real ones started turning the screws up on Little Nicky, he can’t have anything over a few of the independents!!

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