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  • Carl

    Since it’s been topical today. (pic)

    • Huia

      Its part of the Klinger collection.
      I loved that series, good one liners and funny humor.

      • Chris EM

        The best American comedy.

  • Cadwallader

    A mild May day meant a long al-fresco lunch. The topic moved erratically to whether Prince Harry is the most popular ging-ah on earth? Someone insisted that “popularity” and “ging-ah-ism” in the one sentence is an oxymoron. The scuttlebutt inevitably turned to how much he resembles Mr Hewitt.

    • Carl

      pic

      • Cadwallader

        Hmmmmh!!!

      • Brian Smaller

        He takes after the Spencer side of the family.

        • JEL51

          He must have been so relieved not to have inherited the ears along with that brow. Definitely Charles’s hairline.

          • Aucky

            Sorry lads but the ‘ginger effect’ is evident right the way back through the Spencer bloodline and most evident in todays generation in Viscount Althorp, Harry’s cousin on the maternal side.

        • colin herbertson

          i think, to prevent inbreeding, there’s an unwritten rule that once she’s borne a heir the princess is supposed to find someone else suitable to father the spare,
          while we’re at it ever noticed how different his uncle Andy is from the others?

        • Nechtan

          I always thought he looked a bit like a young Prince Philip

          • Catriona

            He has the same nose as Prince Charles imo.

          • kereru

            And close together eyes.

      • willtin

        I have found his Father. Prince Harry appears to have ‘attached’ ear lobes as opposed the ‘free’ lobes of Charlie and Hewett AND Diana!. Extensive research had lead me to believe Harry’s real Father is;
        via https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earlobe

      • Sticktotheknitting

        I’m sure the royals have done a paternity test. I had 3 sons 2 were the spitting image of their pa, one was my double. I went through hell with their family. It’s very cruel and especially hard on the odd man out. I think Prince Harry looks a lot like Diana.

    • JEL51

      Well, so pleased you found a subject less contentious than the one I was in with a retired ‘Expert’ (from the medical field) at morning coffee. He took umbrage when I suggested that some in that field may have overstepped the mark when they ‘DEMANDED’ extra taxes to cure the ills of the Nation. After all who was ‘I’ to make such a call? Tut,tut,tut. (He didn’t like my attitude :( !!! )

      • Michelle

        l mean what is the world coming to when some woman trying to tell some tell some “respected” Dr about such matters
        who do you think you are? No doubt that was his thoughts
        l take it said Dr was an older person?

        • JEL51

          A very well known one up this way too. He has trouble with me touching the nerve-endings when ever we meet. Trouble is, now with my new-found confidence, thanks to all here on WO, I no longer wither away into a corner when there is a point to be made. The Experts can’t handle the insubordination. The joy must show on my face & must be salt into the wounds.

          • Michelle

            Good on you
            it is nice to have the facts when others are repeating lies from the Media party and you can tell them the real facts
            People like your friend they get up my nose because they think they are right and there is no other way of doing things, they don’t like us mere mortals saying something different
            Think that is also the trouble with our judges they think they are above us all and know better when they don’t know a thing

  • Huia

    Is this going to happen with all the gender confusion around who uses what toilet?

    • Cadwallader

      Isn’t there some sort of a device which allows women to urinate at a latrine? A “she-pee?”

      • Huia

        Shewee I think it is.

        • Cadwallader

          Do you own one?

          • Huia

            No.
            When I sort out which gender toilet I will use on the day, I may just need one for the urinal.

        • Keyser Soze

          Refresh for image! Missus swears by it on the boat!

  • George

    Expat Kiwi Danielle McLaughlin, a Manhattan lawyer and American TV political commentator had this to say under “The US-Panama-NZ connection” headline in SSTimes today. “HUNDREDS of New Zealanders and DOZENS of Americans, some (but not all) with chequered histories, were named and shamed.

    What? more NZs were named and shamed than Americans. Bloody Elvis, I wish he hadn’t been found alive in NZ. He brought our total to one! Who are the hundreds more Danielle? I’ve been told there is an Elvis lurking around every corner in the US and they are all as authentic as your claim. It appears misinformation has gone global. Danielle appears to be an extremely bright woman. She holds a degree in Engineering from the University of Auckland, and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. She has written a book “The Federalist Society”: How Conservatives took the Law Back from the Liberals. Ahh! That explains everything!

    • Cadwallader

      Hager must have her telephone number?

  • Nige.

    Miss McGerkinshaw answered last nights question with:

    “It’s one of my pet peeves”

    What is one of your pet peeves?

    • wanarunna

      people who can’t indicate properly at roundabouts

      • EpochNZ

        People who cant use roundabouts full stop.

        • Carl

          People who can’t indicate.

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Or indicate and then don’t do what the indicator says, i.e. drive straight and not turn left or right. Hence I don’t trust indicators and wait till I can see them actually turning before driving in front.

      • Eiselmann

        People who don’t indicate until the last possible moment , especially when they can clearly see me waiting for them to drive past before I turn.

      • Huia

        People ho use roundabouts as a stop sign.

    • Goldie

      Having your internet connection go down late Thursday night (not to mention TV, which is on the same cable), and the relevant telco not being able to get someone round to sort it until Monday afternoon (my current situation)!

      • Nige.

        Break out the candles and prepare the toilet water!

        • Goldie

          Yeah, yeah – perhaps a first world problem, and I can still get to the internet (obiviously) via mobile, but I have a server hosting a couple of web sites and email (not easy to jury rig that). But the thing is that these days the internet connection is nearly as important as water or power, and the telcos should treat it as such?

          • willtin

            With the money we pay for the services, there should be better support. If it takes so long to get a technician to visit to solve a problem, then the problem is that ‘they’ don’t have enough technicians. Could it be that is because all the money is being spent on executive salary and bonus increases?

          • johnandali

            A few months ago, half of our AM radio band became so noisy, you can only hear ZB in some areas of the house and outside even when the mains power is turned off. Even the car radio turns to crackling noise in the garage. I emailed our power provider, and they said to get an electrician to check it out. The electrician can’t find what’s causing it. So does anybody know how we can trace the source of the interference?

          • rantykiwi

            Stop being cheap on the server front and spring the $100 or so a year for some hosted web and mail services. You’ll save that on your power bill not running the server at home.

          • Goldie

            Buying and maintaining you own server is not the cheap option. I have it mainly because I support a number of clients with a similar setup, so I can try things out before I roll them out to my clients. The cloud services are getting pretty good now, but I think having a local server for certain facilities is still quite beneficial.

      • willtin

        That’s freaky. We moved Thursday before last; moving truck took the phone line down, but the movers semi-secured it. Meant to be online that night -definitely according to the Telco – but no connection. Techo arrives on Monday, fixes drooping phone line and determines that the problem is with the Telco stuffing up. We could have been on line the whole time. Never mind, we heard more bird song than we might have, over that time.

        • Goldie

          We had a VERY windy night here in Welly on Thursday (which is most unusual ;), so I’m convinced something has come loose at the power pole or the connection to the house.

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      Parents who expect me to be their baby sitters in cafes.

      • Greg M

        People who allow their little treasures to wander into business class looking at me like I’m their friend when I have paid serious dollars to avoid inane piffle like this. Go away and leave me alone.

        • Miss McGerkinshaw

          Don’t get to sit in business class but it equally annoys me in cattle class that I’m supposed to think playing peek-a-boo is something I signed up for, or even worse them kicking the back of my seat ‘How cute’ NOT!

    • Curly1952

      People who say somethink instead of something

    • Eiselmann

      People who enable those who use bad childhood experinces as an excuse for offending….

    • XCIA

      Idiots who cause accidents on motorways resulting in major inconvenience. Apart from the wet bus ticket, these fools should have their licence cancelled (that’s if they have one) and they should be required to sit a new test, oral, written and practical before they can drive again on a probationary period.

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        Which for me includes truck drivers who don’t seem to know how high their loads are and crash into bridges.

        • Michelle

          Probably a truck steerer not a driver

        • XCIA

          One of my son’s friends lost his head standing up on the top floor of an open Double Decker bus going under that same bridge.

          • Michelle

            Oh that is so sad, l remember that accident

        • johnandali

          You’d think that in these modern times, low bridges that were built in the good old days would have been replaced by now.

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Not sure I’m for my taxes being spent on that. Perhaps truckies could learn to measure or find alternate routes?
            OK replace bridges as and when they might need it but ad hoc – no. Plus not sure I would bridges on the motorway as being built in the ‘good old days’ quite – or is that showing my own age?

          • johnandali

            In the good old days, a large truck was a 5 tonner. Now they’re small trucks. Very small trucks.

    • Carl

      This is petty but people who say “My bad” and “Just sayin”. There are more but these two really annoy me.

      • To me it’s just a phrase. I also use Mea Culpa. It’s just language – it doesn’t man anything…. does it? Or am I now some kind of reprobate?

        • Carl

          My bad is the one I hate the most as it is just lazy. Say I’m sorry it is a lot more polite. Told you I’m petty with these.

          • Oh, I wouldn’t use it in a serious situation. And it’s not my go-to phrase. I have so many things to be sorry about, I really need an arsenal of expressions :)

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Actually you are correct- I’ve got into the habit of saying my bad but it IS lazy and also sorry IS more polite. Thanks for pulling me up on that – albeit unintentionally.

      • Michelle

        People who think that it is everybody else in the wrong not them and get most upset when pointed out that they have done something wrong

      • Cadwallader

        I can’t abide “first world problem” if those who say it are in the first world then that’s where the effin’ problem is! I realise it is meant to be a cute put down of everyday life but if it is pondered literally it is utterly meaningless.

        • Goldie

          Oops, I just said it in a post below…

      • johnandali

        I hate it when non-Maori radio and TV announcers pronounce Maori place-names. Talk about PC. After all, where is Toe Poe?

    • Michelle

      not being able to trust some people, you say something to them that is private and they don’t keep it private but expect you to keep their secrets

    • Greg M

      See the “grumpy old men” series, they cover most of the bases for me. Pet peeve having to dodge people on the footpath not looking where they’re going because they are glued to their poxy phone. Grrr.

      • Just lead with an elbow

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        Or dodge the mobility scooters who seem to think they own the footpath. Even worse is having them creep up behind you – certainly gets the heart pumping though.

        • willtin

          They were prolific in the town I just left – I called them silent death’ the way they crept up from behind. That could become a real problem if electric vehicles ever become the main means of popular transport. The easy answer is, every vehicle wears a cow bell.

          • Mags

            a woman that I know who is blind with a guide dog got a terrible scare with an electric car. Her guide dog didnt her it either.

          • Platinum Fox

            I think the next form of silent death will be the electric cycles that appear to be gaining in popularity. It’s hard enough to hear a pedalling cyclist approaching from behind one on a shared footpath/cycleway, but these guys make absolutely no noise.

          • johnandali

            In Melbourne they have a lot of cycle tracks that are shared with pedestrians. When cyclists are overtaking pedestrians from behind, they use their bike bells. Do any bikes in NZ still have bells?

          • Platinum Fox

            Some, but maybe not many. I doubt that the local traffic cop visits schools and inspects bikes to see that they each have a bell, working brakes, a chain guard and mudguards any more.

          • johnandali

            Yes, I remember those times well. But they were traffic cops – Ministry of Transport. Then one day they were all combined into the Police. I have a very sneaky suspicion that John Banks was the Minister at the time. A huge mistake. The cops resented doing traffic duties. The traffic cops had to be retrained. The situation now needs to be reversed so that we have dedicated traffic cops again. The problem is that the cops want to be the good guys, and show the ferals they stop on the roads that they are their mates. Probably avoids trouble, and the cops also want people to be on their side during criminal investigations, so they appear matey instead of nasty when they stop traffic on the roads. That’s purely my opinion.

          • Goldie

            I’m sure I heard somewhere that some model of car had, as part of the internal sound system, a system where you could select sounds that would replicate cars such as a Ferrari or V8 muscle car. Perhaps they could replicate it outside the car as well? And maybe even mobility scooters… Ooooh, I might have to start a new business!!!

      • Platinum Fox

        I would add those who make sudden movements across the footpath when my 100+ kg is moving at over 5 km/hr on a consistent course along said footpath that they would have noticed had they bothered to look up or around. I’ve had a few lately who have wandered randomly into my path after I have changed course based on my observation of their heading.

    • D.Dave

      Dare I raise it?….. Yes, the endless cycle peleton’s on our local roads in the weekend. Why can’t they find a nice gravel road to disrupt the traffic on. Also, people who are, apparently, trained radio presenters who butcher the English language.They talk about ” the amount of people, or less people’,; have they weighed them, or removed part of their bodies?. They should be sacked on the spot for being incompetent,

      • Nige.

        …and say ‘pre’former not ‘per’former.

        • Michelle

          Prostrate instead of prostate

          • Nige.

            El nee no

        • pidge

          “Cerviiiical” got on my nerve back in the day.

        • Cadwallader

          “Prescription” rather than the correct “perscription.”

          • MaryLou

            What? What???

          • Jude

            Prescription:)

          • MaryLou

            Phew.

          • Cadwallader

            The Americans are right with this one! A doctor prescribes medicine, but you obtain it through his reference to a chemist. “Per” is the Latin for through. It is definitely a perscription which you hand to the chemist.

          • MaryLou

            Grudgingly granted :) Tell me then, when we talk about recipes, why do (or did) Americans call them “receipts”? Have seen that in a few US books.

          • Cadwallader

            No idea. I don’t talk about recipes, as I still live in the wilds. I was not born in captivity.
            Another peeve which is unrelated is pronouncing “project” as though it has a “d” in it. ie Prodject. Also pronouncing primarily as though it has the letter “a” in it about 4 times …”primaaaarily.” The bimbos in the media do this all the time.

          • Usaywot

            Newcular for nuclear

          • johnandali

            Including President George W Bush. You’d think that his staff might have mentioned it to him. But no.

    • Left Right Out

      Labour and greens petitions

    • JEL51

      I am the only one in this house:-
      a) that knows where the recycling bin is for empties
      b) that knows how to find the bottom drawer in the dishwasher
      c) that when the Tui eyeballs you through the kitchen window, it means he has run out of honey syrup and not actually worshiping your holiness!!

      • Michelle

        love it about the tui, they have attitude

        • JEL51

          NZ’s crow.

          • Michelle

            Magpies are my pet hates they hassle the hawks, non stop
            The tui also chases the other birds round here

          • JEL51

            I think our Mrs Tui has run-off with the boyfriend. There has been some very unpleasant exchanges in the Silk tree.

          • Michelle

            Yes they are entertaining l love watching the wood pigeons swooping up and down with another woody

          • willtin

            I watched two tuis fly today, like they were co-joined. I didn’t see any Kiwis flying today, so my favourite NZ native bird for today has to be the medium sized bird which sat in a tree nearby and sang like a learner Tui

          • JEL51

            I watched this Tui take-out a couple of bees/wasps that were threatening this morning. As soon as they circled his head a couple of times he went for them. A new skill which has taken a couple of season to hone.

      • Jude

        Yes but B for me is dishes collecting in the sink because everyone afraid the dishdrawer is clean and they have to put away!

        • JEL51

          Some here even have great difficulty finding where the ON switch is ;)

        • Michelle

          My lovely hubby cleans it out every morning while making my cup of tea and toast while l am still asleep

        • There’s a dishwasher?….. Really?…I thought the elves….No??? Seriously?

          • MaryLou

            Gosh I miss those elves…

      • MaryLou

        All of this is true, the other part of which – how hard is it to get an empty toilet roll into a bin directly in front of the toilet, and less than 2 metres away?

        Impossible, I’m told.

        • Jude

          For some reason mine prefer to collect either around the bowl or on the handle of the loo brush!

          • MaryLou

            Haha yes, once the loo brush is full (which only takes 1, they begin to spread. What gets me, is that they know what they’re doing, they make a half hearted attempt to get them round the back of the toilet, never directly in front. The knowledge that it is not accidental makes it infinitely worse!

          • Old Chook

            When mine were young I fined them all $1 for every time I picked up an empty toilet roll from the floor. Only had to do it once.

          • MaryLou

            Yeah, but it’s not like anyone’ll ever admit to anything! How d’you know who to fine? Just $1 each??

          • Greg M

            Fine everyone $1. The offender will be snitched on real fast. :-)

          • Old Chook

            Yep – Dollar off everyone’s pocket money for the week. Worked a treat. As pocket money was of right and age related, the youngest was the worst off percentage wise.

      • Moonroof

        You have a dishwasher? Must be living poverty here, no dishwasher, or Sky ;) Magpies are scaring off the tui, not impressed.

        • Usaywot

          Well you know what you have to do don’t you? Off to the Herald, express your outrage get a photo taken holding a tea towel. Grizzle and complain, it’d be sure to be front page news.

        • rantykiwi

          Magpies are easily fixed……… BANG.

          • Moonroof

            Would like to. Urban area = complaints + police interest

          • rantykiwi

            Cage style possum trap baited with shiny things that glisten in the sun?

          • Old Chook

            A guy in Te Puke sells very good magpie traps. Once in the trap -Bang – Even the Old Rooster couldn’t miss! Have sent off 100’s of these rats of the sky.

    • jaundiced

      People who sit in the fast lane when they’re not passing, oblivious to the build up behind them.

      • johnandali

        Again, I reckon that they’re probably tourists from countries that drive on the right. And they stick to that right-hand lane even when the left lane is empty. And of course never a traffic cop in sight.

    • willtin

      “Buddy” and the hairs on the back of my neck rise. Both of them.

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        “Guys” as in “Hi guys” when I’m clearly a woman.

    • Salami Warning

      That I seem to be the only person at my work able to change out the continuous towel thing.

      • Nige.

        If you can do that then you can do anything

        • Salami Warning

          My first job as an apprentice motor mechanic at Mornington Motors (1980) was to master this device. Have never lost the knowledge.

    • Old Chook

      Could OF and Should OF really grinds my gears.

      • johnandali

        What about “ME and my mates”. And “There IS lots of people here today”. Or am I just old-fashioned?

        • kereru

          I realise it’s probably acceptable in the UK but notice how often they use the term ‘sat’ instead of sitting – eg ‘He was sat on the ground…’ Grrrr

          • johnandali

            The London Daily Mail often includes the sat word. It’s one of those regional things in the UK. Very strange to us, but common there, apparently. I’m afraid that I couldn’t say “me and my mates”. It just runs against the grain. Mind you, I’m no youngster, and the language isn’t static – it constantly changes, and I should learn to accept this.

    • Arrogant t**ts that think they can drive down the right hand lane on Wairau Road and cut in at the last minute to get onto Tristram Ave in the mornings.
      Good luck if I’m the car whose lunch ya trying to cut!

      Oh….and those that let queue jumpers cut their lunch…the gutless wimps!

      • Moonroof

        I don’t drive there, but if someone is asleep at the wheel, distracted by phone/coffee/hairbrush then that gap is fair game :)

        • Lol…yup…those people fall into category B.

          • Moonroof

            Same category as them what don’t get on with it when lights change to green. “are you waiting for a special ‘very you’ shade of green?” Grumble, expletive…

          • kereru

            Ah yes, that too. And those timid ones who, when turning left into a driveway, come to a complete standstill while gingerly negotiating a negligible ‘bump’, which means you (and all the drivers behind you) have to stop as well. I sometimes wonder if they’re carrying a consignment of fragile glassware or a crate of eggs.

          • johnandali

            In the UK, when you stop for a red light, the next colour you get is amber, which gives you time to get ready to drive off as soon as it changes to green. On average in NZ, it takes about three seconds for the first car to move when the lights turn green. By showing an amber light after the red, it would cut that down to a second, which would result in a significant benefit to others waiting in the queue. So why don’t we try it here? Or would it be too dangerous, with the red-light runners being so prevalent?

          • Moonroof

            Good idea, however I think the question is answered by the problem with red light runners

          • johnandali

            When I was a youngster, you’d get a green at the same time that the red showed in the other direction, but I’m curious about such things, and I reckon there is now a gap between the red light going on in the other direction, and the green showing in your direction. Up to 3 seconds, I reckon. And I think that is what they have done over the years to ensure that the red-light runners have enough time to get across the intersections without causing mayhem.

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Mind you if in central Auckland it can pay to wait to make sure there is no-one running the red from the other direction.

          • kereru

            Very true – always hesitate to make sure if I’m first off the block.

    • kereru

      Catchphrases such as ‘At the end of the day’. What about the start of the day, or the middle of the day I yell to myself!

      Politicians who start every sentence with ‘Look…’ Once you hear it you can’t stop hearing it. Same thing with the current California-valley-girl word, ‘like’. “I was, like, WOW!” for example.

      Agree about the non-indicating drivers as well as those who indicate after they’ve begun their turn. It’s surprising how many modern cars don’t seem to have indicators at all. Also drivers speeding towards roundabouts from 50 metres away who seem to think they don’t have to be actually on the roundabout before they have the right of way. Drivers going just under 50kph in a 60kph zone, using their brakes when approaching every corner, no matter how gentle, and slowing down when approaching a green light. .

      • johnandali

        There are a lot of drivers on our stretch of main highway who hit the brakes at every single corner, even though they’re driving well below the limit. I have a theory. They’re tourists.

    • gander

      A footpath wide enough for four, blocked by four slow walkers, generally in need of a Weight Watchers programme, and invariably nary a Y chromosome among the lot of them.

      • kereru

        And seemingly totally unaware of anyone behind them who might need to get past. After a frustrating few minutes, I either say “Excuse me please, I’m in a hurry”, or walk out around them in the road.

    • rantykiwi

      Helpdesk staff who don’t speak decent English. Not just in 3rd party call centres, we have a bucketload of them at work. They see the ranty part of me with monotonous regularity.

      • Greg M

        Oh that brings back some memories. A while back the guy at IRD I was dealing with over a long running matter was a Chinese guy with a speech impediment called Ambrose. Have a think about that one. )

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        Reminds me of a place I worked with many outlying offices so IT help was mostly phone. Guess what? They hired someone that no-one could hardly understand on the phone. Slightly better when face to face but really. Duh and double duh

    • Huia

      Listening to women croaking their way through an interview or just hearing that croaking drives me nuts.
      What ever happened to talking clearly.

      • kereru

        Some voices are just too annoying to tolerate for long. Either nasal or rasping, like a knife on a plate or fingernails on a blackboard (if such things still exist!). Some American women’s voices are so overwrought, high-pitched and harsh they’re unbearable.

    • Florrie Bunda

      People who say Teef instead of Teeth. There’s a lot of them out there.

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      People chewing gum – especially women and especially women who are done up to the nines and then chewing away (OK sexist I know but I don’t care).

      Thinking of chewing, people who eat with their mouths open.

  • Cadwallader

    I think he was a native of Christchurch?

    • SirHoraceGentleman

      He was. Went to Xavier College.

      • Cadwallader

        Before that I think he went to Spreydon School with an old girlfriend of mine.

        • SirHoraceGentleman

          He played at Woodstock with the Keef Hartley Band. He can be seen in the movie watching Richie Havens from the side of the stage.

  • Salami Warning

    Auckland’s housing issue solved. Build houses over roads supported on 5 metre posts.

    • Michelle

      then a truck will run into said posts and houses will rain down on the highway instead of diggers on back of trucks

    • twittertit

      6.1m exact to be compliant with the NZ Bridge Manual and Austroads ;P

  • Dave

    Thank goodness these five wannabe terrorists are as smart as 2 very short planks. They couldn’t leave the country as their passports had been cancelled and they were on a terrorist watch list. The geniuses decided to Drive from Melbourne to Cooktown (far Nth Qld) and then via a small boat to Indonesia, they failed dismally. They set out on the 3000 km inland journey to Bendigo where they collected the 7 metre runabout and tried to tow it with their small and overloaded 4WD. They broke down twice, and for a lot of the journey could only manage 30 to 40 km/hour. The Aust Federal Police tailed them all the way.

    Finally they were stopped and arrested. Little did they realise, the boat would not have made it to Indonesia, in fact it would be lucky to have cleared PNG. None of them had ever owned or driven a boat previously.

    http://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/crime/police-foil-bizarre-tinnie-terror-plan/news-story/6f3d0b35f0eae1f3ac5c6c5710173675

    • F T Bear

      Should have just let them go

      • Michelle

        would have saved a lot of money if they had helped them to set off and taken their vehicle with them

    • D.Dave

      They should have helped them get afloat, and given them extra fuel. Darwinism would have set in, and they would never have been seen again. Now they have the cost of their up keep in Jail.

      • Dave

        a similar thought crossed my mind….. perhaps.

        First, as they depart place a slow release burly trail device underneath.

        Last resort, slip a GPS tracker in the boat and a few KG of cocaine, and advise the Indonesian authorities as they get close

        • Huia

          The Police could have taken the bungs out and minded them until the terrorists returned to shore or not.

    • cows4me

      “Aust Federal police tailed them all the way”, I bit it was the most fun they had since the last staff Christmas party.

      • Carl

        I see Coastal beat the mighty Inglewood. We are having a bad season.

        • cows4me

          Like a cat playing with a mouse Carl.

          • Carl

            The mighty maroons will be back Cows.

          • cows4me

            Yes Carl, whatever you say Carl.

    • Aucky

      What were they planning to do for fuel? Not too many marinas that I can recall between Cooktown and Cape Yorke.

      • Dave

        They had not thought about that, they simply planned to float on the waves like the refugees. The boat would be lucky to get 250 km, let alone a 100 km. I also wonder how they planned to navigate, Google maps on their mobile phone won’t work too well a few km out of Cooktown

        • kereru

          Anyone wanting to join a terrorist group would (a) not be the brightest bulb in the box and (b) should be allowed to get on with it, never to return. They’re adults, why do they need to be brought back?

          • Dave

            To stop them coming back to recruit more, or to start their own local terrorist group, not that their survival would be that likely given their form to date.

  • Odd Ball

    Regarding the issue of loading discus, I’m using Google Chrome as it runs better than windows 10.
    It still runs slow compared to yesterday before some ads were switched off, but I have found that if I load a post with no comments first, it goes much better after that.

    • Michelle

      Mine is running well today

    • Moonroof

      Firefox is parked in the naughty corner for now, using Opera, works well enough so far (~2 weeks).

    • Greg M

      There is still a script running in circles somewhere, possibly in the social media buttons. Same thing on Mac or PC. Disqus loads, crashes, the buttons reload followed by Disqus. If you hit the stop loading thing halfway through nothing disappears so it must be a buggy script. Way out of my depth.

  • DemocKot

    Kebabs anyone….( I think this southern Russia)

    • Greg M

      Must be Ukraine. You get a lot of that down there :-)

  • DemocKot

    Picnic anyone…

  • KatB

    Who knew this little guy was such a keen cyclist. He took the lead early and kept up a good pace for the whole ride, enjoying the scenery as he went. Of course always single file and always very courteous.

  • XCIA

    This would be the ticket for those empty nesters who need something substantial to mother
    https://www.facebook.com/milos.micovic.sr/videos/968270843291864/

    • kereru

      Remarkably good manners for a pig – but maybe not!

  • XCIA

    When we outsource the prison service to Siberia, this could be the weekly SATS flight.

    • johnandali

      I was hoping we’d outsource the prison system to Singapore. And the Police. And the judges.

  • Greg M

    There are some things our Russian friends do very well. This astonishing example of engineering is a good example.
    I can hear the pilot now, ” 100 knots… V1….rotate… we have smirnoff.

  • Jude

    • XCIA

      “May you be in heaven half an hour before the Devil knows you’re dead!

  • JEL51

    Ta Kereru, will read. These are my bees from hive nearest house who enjoy every treat that Tui receives, be it honey syrup, sugar syrup or juice from my stewed Golden Delicious. They only really come `en mass at this time when winter temps are threatening.

    • kereru

      Goodness, they have a selection of delectable sweet drinks – lucky birds and bees! All we get are wasps and ants.

      The tuis are endlessly entertaining. A house next door has been undergoing renovation and a juvenile tui has picked up the sound of a circular saw being switched off. We never tire of watching them and each has its own personality. They’re gorgeous when the sun catches their feathers. There’s a flame tree near the house and in the winter we’ve counted about 8 tuis at one time enjoying the nectar.

  • Moonroof

    With all the strange stuff going on in world, time out to appreciate some works of engineering.

  • Dumrse

    The Ruskies owe the NZDF money for fuel in Ohakea many years ago.An Antonov shifting Texile sheep to Australia.

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