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  • Nechtan

    Born today in 1946 Danny Klein bass with the J Geils Band.

    Born today in 1947 Bill Hunt keyboards and horns with early Electric Light Orchestra.

    Today in 1965 The Beach Boys went to number 1 on the Billboard chart with “Help Me, Rhonda”.

    Today in 1970 The Beatles went to number 1 on the UK album chart with “Let It Be” their 12th and final studio album.

    Today in 1977 Jefferson Starship were stopped from giving a free concert at Golden Gate Park when San Francisco authorities passed a resolution banning electronic instruments. The group later wrote “We Built this City” about the ban.

    • Nige.

      Died today (as broken to me by Pete this morning), Nick Menza, Original drummer for megadeth.

    • Gazza

      Cocainnnnnne

  • Carl

    • pisces8284

      Nah, people don’t use half the apps they download anyway

  • Nige.

    Deiselmann answered last nights question with:

    “who sucked”

    Its negativity time.

    Who (celebrity/politician) sucks the most?

    • Isherman

      Well, there was this former White House intern….

    • sandalwood789

      Obama, Hillary Clinton, Merkel and David Cameron. We’re spoiled for choice.

    • Asian_driver

      Graeme Capill would be my pick

    • Carl

      At the moment it would be the Warriors.

    • Richard

      The guy that started a fake Mr T has died post last weekend.

      Crazy Sucka, I’m a hurt you fool.

    • STAG

      Kanye West, Naz, Dunne, Little (at an thing resembling a happy emotions.), The Blue’s, Thomas the Tank Engine, PDB, Penny Bright, The Regulator, Jono and Ben, Dominic Harvey, John Campbell, Russell Norman, Any and all who identiy as Green.

    • Eiselmann

      Celebrity …Ben Affleck the man can not express a rational objective viewpoint without a script

      Politician Corbyn….Its not just that I disagree with everything he believes ,its that I can’t even understand why he thinks the way he does

    • Duchess of Pork

      The current self-styled politician Pope Francis for turning his back on the stigmatised and persecuted Christians of the Middle East.

    • johcar

      Any Kardashian…

    • XCIA

      The outrageously sneaky Alex Salmond who wanted to be the next king of Scotland.

  • George

    There is something very wrong in the Labour camp and I would not consider this comment breaking news. New Zealand is in “crisis” with catastrophic housing affordability, not to mention the cataclysmic state of our economy, our education, our health system, law and order or any other thing that is part of a normal society. It’s a war zone out there. I just thank my lucky stars that in a years time we will have the opportunity to elect Andrew Little’s Labour Government.

    Andrew will build more “affordable” homes. How?. He will negotiate with building suppliers to get a better deal and while he is at it all tradies and labourers will work for 30% less. Easy, why didn’t JK think of that? And cheaper land in Auckland? Andrew told Paul Henry that Phil Goff will make it happen. Isn’t it great that Andrew is endorsing an independent candidate, and we though he would never stray from party loyalty. Middle New Zealand is crying out for leadership, a fair go, they are bleeding fifty dollars a week under this Key Government. Middle New Zealand’s are becoming the new poor.

    The trouble is Andrew, what you didn’t factor in is the intelligences of middle NZs. They resent being treated like fools by a patronising union hack. They don’t live in the country you are inventing. They have identified strong leadership and have elected that leadership.
    When your party can find leadership let us know. In the meantime stop embarrassing yourself, your party but most of all “middle New Zealand’s”.

    • Cadwallader

      Labour seem to be specifically targeting their panic stricken rhetoric towards those who are at the fringes of society, ie those who live in crowded houses, or in cars etc.. This exercise won’t increase their votes for the simple reason the alleged multitudes who live in cars won’t be able to register to vote should they not possess an ongoing address. If your life choices have been so debilitating that your resources are such that you cannot afford decent housing your last interest will be in enrolling to vote. Littles garbage yesterday does not offer any solutions as it is impossible to fix a non-problem. (Or am I being too cold and logical?)

      • Barnacles2

        It was interesting listening to Paula Bennet this evening, she said they put extra staff on and freed up appointments for the expected influx of those living in cars, after John Key told anyone needing assistance to go to WINZ. The result? No increase in demand, and no noticeable increase for assistance of those living in cars. Granted this was only over the past week, and more accurate numbers will be forthcoming, but is this another fizzer by Labour?

    • idbkiwi

      Agree George, and it’s a long time since Labour had a (relatively) sensible leader; 2008, in fact:

      “The government is to review what public land it can free up in Auckland to develop large-scale housing developments involving public-private partnerships…freeing up land will bring the price of housing down”.

      Radio New Zealand. Morning report. Item 6. “Housing Affordability and Social Services” Feb 13 2008.

      https://archive.org/details/radionz-morning-report-2008-02-13
      .

    • Barnacles2

      If the New Zealand of Labour’s view exists, with crisis and crime and low wages, then why are so many kiwis returning from Aus and the U.K., and why are so many others desperate to move here?
      That tide will reverse in an instant if this negative mob ever get near power, and watch the jobs and house prices collapse.

  • Carl

    I try and get to Queens birthday weekend before the long pants get put on. I have not made it, today here in Queenstown the long pants and a thermal,beanie and gloves were needed but the snow was needed for the ski fields. (ps I hate winter).
    Edit add words.

    • pisces8284

      OK I’ll be the one to ask. Why do you live in Queenstown if you hate winter?

      • Carl

        You take the good with the bad Pisces. Summer,scenery and plenty of work can make up for the few months I have to put up with the cold.

        • pisces8284

          Not sure much work would get done with that scenery. Although hate to say, maybe you get used to it?

          • Carl

            You take it for granted but if I’m doubting why you I’m here the drive to jobs looking at the lake and mountains. It soon makes you realize why people want to visit here in there millions each year.

          • Dave

            If I could, i would live there too, perhaps away from Queenstown, but with enough funds, the cold can be largely overcome.

    • STAG

      Move south, I’ve had my thermals on for work since mid April. About par for the course

      • Dave

        Still running round in shorts, a polo top and jandals as safety footwear every day, but it it getting a bit cold for breakie outside without the shirt on now. Wont need anything more right through winter,and the jacket is packed up for another 6 months.

      • Damon Mudgway

        The South is stunning. The main problem I have with it though is there seems to be no people living down there.

        • STAG

          Alltogether far to many in my mind.

  • Ghost

    Well, given the news today its probably time that I just admit this issue, try to heal the harm caused and ask for forgiveness. Its hard to put into words but this effects those closest to me and I can only begin to imagine the intergenerational harm that would result continuing this cycle of abuse. Honesty is one of the most valuable of principles and but continuine to cover this up, pretend it isnt happening in our home, well, I can let this continue, so here today I will admit this happens and try to right previous wrongs.

    I buy my boys Lego. There. I said it.

    http://m.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11643438

    Hopefully your continued support and understanding will see us through untill the next cataloge comes along.

    • Wasapilot

      You are a poltergeist, not a ghost. Pure evil subjecting your children to such an abusive bunch of coloured plastic bricks.

      • Damon Mudgway

        They truly are evil, I have the bloodied imprint of a 4×2 brick on the sole of my right foot to prove it.

    • Nige.

      (pic)

      • Damon Mudgway

        That’s one serious poll. Ranks up there with ‘Do you think the Batchelor should have dumped Fluer?

        I like Stuff too, it’s like the women’s weekly you don’t have to pay for.

    • Duchess of Pork

      As penance you might consider purchasing any/all of the gay, lesbian, bi or transgender toys now on the market. I am reliably informed that Lego has created these products because their customers welcome equality and love.

    • LovetoTeach

      Mr 9 watched that bit of the news with me and he said, “What! Are they trying to ban lego weapons now?” He was not happy

  • STAG

    I was so disgusted with the Panels guests today Dida De’bonie and some sook from ChCh City Council that I had to text Jim and let him know awful these two tired old socialist wind – bags were.

    Both died in the wool Lefties with nary a good word to say about our ruling party, the Stirling work the’ve dome and continue to do.

    Quote “you simply can’t trust anything the National Party says.”

    Jim and Ryan were the only thing keeping me loyal but at this rate I’ll be listening to triple morons on the Edge full time soon.

    • Wasapilot

      Do you know who the Christchurch council leftard was Stag?

      • [MOD] Can we drop monikers like leftard, thanks? When people come to have a look at what WO is about it will appear as if we’re the kind to have foam permanently dripping from our mouths.

        • Gazza

          Roger !!!!! :)

      • STAG

        I honestly can’t remember, she was very proud of herself for running 5k’s recently. I want to say surname something starting with G.

        I’ll look it up.

      • STAG

        Ali Jones, so no G.

    • Sagacious Blonde

      You might even discover the joy of CD’s (or your ipod). Much easier on the blood pressure.

      • STAG

        We have Bad Jelly on almost permanent rotation in HIND’s car.

      • Hill16

        I’ve gone back to CDs for the past few weeks ….. Much more fun hearing what lyrics my 4 year old seems to hear!

      • Sailor Sam

        Ipods after 5 anytime.
        Good driving music as well.

      • Aquarius 61

        I gave up listening to Red Radio about 5 years ago and revisited listening to talking books again when driving (thanks library!). They at least promote themselves accurately as fiction.

    • kiwisnab

      Last week there was Watkins and Williams (I think, two left wing commentators anyway) on the panel, I lasted maybe 5 minutes before listening to music. Definitely listen to music come 5 pm if still in car.

    • niggly

      Yeah I heard that too, both Ali Jones and Dita were in their usual full denial mode that that National are trying to do good things like increase the budgets for education, health, unemployment benefit increase, sorting out CYPS, keeping Labour’s bribes in place eg interest free student loans, Working for Families etc. Really if one were a Leftie, what has really changed? Not much in some respects!

      What’s worse though, which is both sad and scary, is these two are meant to be “intelligent” thinking people but they are so blinded by bigotry and hatred (hate of National / John Key / the Centre-Right etc) and subscribe to such left wing “group think” (clearly they live in a leftie luuvie bubble) that they just cannot relate to the majority of middle NZ’ers and espouse continuous anti-JK/National rhetoric to make themselves feel good. Just silly!

      It’s as if, according to these two, NZ has never had homeless people before and they all popped up when National came to power! Talking about the homeless, some of them are mentally ill and prefer to live rough. Perhaps these two should be criticising their favorite Labour Party for being the instigators of closing down community mental health units where such patients could live 24/7 in their own safe place and not be tossed out into wider society where they are mostly ignored and shunned.

    • Disinfectant

      Lets get one fact cleared up.

      Ali Jones stood for council in the name of Ali Jones, her maiden name

      Her legal name is Alison Allsop. When she was appointed to the board of Christchurch Canterbury Marketing Limited she used her legal name, Alison Una Allsop.

      This has caused uneccessary confusion.

      At that point she should have issued a public statement to clarrify matters, or declined the appointment.

    • Usaywot

      Most nights he has two strident lefties. I’ve given up listening. They don’t even try to have balance and it has become a cosy, smug ” aren’t we just wonderful” lefty session

  • From Mr Morgan himself:

    “During May support for National rose 3% to 45.5%, now ahead of a
    potential Labour/Greens alliance 41.5% (up 1%). If a New Zealand
    Election were held now the latest NZ Roy Morgan Poll shows NZ First 9.5%
    (even though down 3% still NZ First’s second highest level of support in twenty years) would be in a position to determine who would form the next New Zealand Government.”

    “Of the three Parliamentary Opposition parties – Labour’s support was at 29.5% (up 3.5% to their highest support since November 2015), Greens 12% (down 2.5%) and NZ First 9.5% (down 3%). Of the parties outside Parliament the Conservative Party of NZ was 0.5% (down 0.5%), the Mana Party was 0% (unchanged) and support for Independent/ Other was 1% (up 0.5%).”

    • Pluto

      And you just know Winston is planning a final hurrah.
      Maximum notoriety will be the goal, to hell with the fallout.

    • MaryLou

      So… no mention of ACT :(

      • Gazza

        One % down half a %

    • Left Right Out

      Soooo National rose 3% after the panama failed hit

      Any news on preferred PM?

      • Gazza

        Never on Roy Morgan

    • XCIA

      I guess that now the angry one will perceive he is on the right track to become the Messiah to lead us to the promised land in 2017. No doubt we will be bombarded with more of his insufferable nonsense until judgment day.

      • Polls going up are validation, polls going down are rogue.

        • Gazza

          It appears rouge , Littles lot went up

      • Isherman

        Unless he can be 110% sure that Winston would rather prop up a Labour/Green govt, it still means another term in opposition. I can’t understand why some of them are so sure he will. Then again, it is a RM poll and we know who that normally favours.

        • XCIA

          Considering this will probably be Peters last shot at the big time and Mr Angry’s only shot, I can only imagine the baubles of office that will be brought into play.

  • Nige? (pic)

    • Carl

      What about the pie industry?

      • Nige.

        Pieton

        • XCIA

          Or, something like “Our Cab Sav gives our pies wings”…No, I didn’t think so ;-)

          • Nige.

            I’ve just read the article. Why don’t they just push for it to be called “booze central” that’s the angle they’re going for. Heck let’s rename some OTHER towns.

            How about:

            -queenstown – ski city
            -christchurch – earthquake central
            -duneden -unibumsvile

          • Gazza

            Burning couches in Dunedin univille

          • Calm down you boozy red neck hick.

          • Nige.

            Stop it. Or you’ll give my town a bad name.

          • Nige.

            Baderer

          • Worstererst!!

        • Pluto

          Geez Hamilton really missed a trick didn’t it.
          Should have been Baconilton
          Imagine the possibilities

    • Nige.

      I’ve never been fond of the name Blenheim to be honest. It sounds Germanic and I can’t find the link really. Blenheim palace? Can someone please tell me the connection?

      Why not just go back to Beavertown?

      • Canvastown East

        • Nige.

          Or North Seddon

          • Mental Ward?

          • SlightlyStrange

            Ouch, I have family in Ward. Don’t be too mean! :P

          • D.Dave

            Me too. I spent many a great holiday there. Even lived there for a few years.

      • Gazza

        The home of Jorgi….

      • How about Queen Charlotte? Claaaasssssy.

      • phronesis

        Home of Beaver Liquor?

        • Nige.

          I was asking for that.

          Well…not literally.

      • Land of the Long Green Rows

      • XCIA

        They say that originally it was known for a store, accommodation house and drinking shanty. So there you go – Shanty Town!

      • Dave

        Nothing wrong with the truth – Ferry Stop Town. Good comment on Stuff, if it had enough attractions, and was worthy, it could be called Stink town and they would still visit. Its about the attractions, and how it is marketed, not the name.

        Or, follow the example of Whanganui, look what adding a H did for them……. Ah, er, yes i know.

        Blenheim or Bhlenheim

        • Nige.

          There really ought be a bypass

      • Wither Flats

      • Oh, I got it now: Suva South

        • Nige.

          New venuatu

          • Dan

            You can have New Hebrides if you like, we have finished with that. We will keep the Vanautu thank you very much! But to be fair, I think at this time of the year there are more Ni-Vanuatu tending the grapes there than the population of [whatever you want to be called].

            Winenot?

      • Sticktotheknitting

        Pietown.

        • Nige.

          At the risk of explanation…. I did think of Pieton because of the aesthetic similarities to to word picton bellow.

          I think Pieville or Winetown are my favorites

    • Rick H

      No Way – – -people would think they still grow tobacco . .
      http://clovecigarette.org/37-82-large/marlboro-red-clove-cigarette.jpg

      • Gazza

        Motueka ?

  • (pic)

    • RockinBob625

      And yet we will pay $200 to see the Lions, or $1000 for a RWC Final.

      • hookerphil

        And we is?

      • Goldie

        But not to watch it on TV though?

      • Feel free to go see the boxing in person. That’s not a relevant comparison I think.

  • Gazza

    I am a bit grumpy with these people , they were way up high in the mountains , 1500 metres I think , I live in Otago , and this weather was predicted , you can get snow any day of the year up the old man range , yet these people went up , and had kids with them , they were very well prepared but if they hadn’t been , there would have been casualties

  • Left Right Out

    I really hope I don’t offend myself… (pic)

    • intelligentes candida diva

      Love it hehehe I must share too good not to

  • Gazza

    I bet Andrew Little thinks he and his party have turned the corner LOL I note there is a list of polls right back to 1996 , and since the morgans have gone green the polls have never been more erratic , Peters down 3 Labour up 3 Hmm , just another rogue poll

    • Dave

      They and Andrew have turned the corner, but they seem to have missed the sign at the corner, it said Dead End country lane and No Exit.

      Membership dropping
      Annoying existing donors
      Scaring off potential donors
      Sued for defamation
      Mr 7% and Dropping

      Perhaps he needs to hold up two tadpole’s in the house, Snapper might be too big for little Andy. I seriously wonder how much longer he can hold his head up knowing how ridiculed and hopeless he is?

      • Gazza

        The rogue poll will be the worst thing that could have happened for poor old Labour and Mr 7% and dropping , when reality of the big correction next poll will be a sickening blow for Labour a blow that could inflict oblivion LOL , Peters will be sneering cause angry took some of his numbers HA

  • XCIA

    Congratulations to Stephie Key on graduating from the Paris College of Art. Well done John and Bronagh for letting Stephie follow her dream………

    • Gazza

      I wonder if she went in a sushi out fit LOL :)

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      AND for making time to be there for her graduation.

      • Carl

        No matter your job the family should come first.

        • Gazza

          I have heard snide remarks on other threads , and they say Key should resign if he wants to be with family pft

          • Dave

            And that is what distinguishes us and this fine blog from the vile ones. If Andrew Little’s, or even Hone’s children graduated, we would still congratulate them and wish them well. Perhaps not their parents, but the event would be positively acknowledged. On the other hand, most of the “opposition” supporters seem to damn and curse any achievements from a National members children. Shame really.

          • XCIA

            It really is sad that there are so many bitter people out there.

          • Gazza

            Exactly , but the same people say that right leaning people are bitter and hatful LOL , do you think they may be looking in the mirror

          • niggly

            It’s called “self-projection” and it also handily explains the left’s accusations and obsession with the likes of joining (imaginary) dots for corruption and dirty politics eg those are things the dirty elements of the left wing practice, so they “project” (what they secretly do) as that’s what the Right or Govt must always be doing.

          • Huia

            I think there is only about 7%, but they are bitter about anything and everything, you only have to visit the Political parties on facebook and see their miserable comments.
            Always will be disgruntled, no matter how good their lives are.

    • Miss Phit

      Awesome!!! Another Kiwi doing well overseas.

      Now just wait for the anti Key brigade to find an angle to twist the knife.

      • Gazza

        And no student loan !!

        • Wasapilot

          Do you know that to be true Gazza? Some parents make their children work for it, even though they could bankroll their studies and accomodation.

          • Gazza

            Um , I am sure if young Stephi was getting a loan , it would be from her Dad :)

      • Sailor Sam

        Yes, she is wearing red, so she must be one of the missing millions?

        • JEL51

          There’s red and then there’s Red. That has to be the loveliest of reds.
          Luv (jet-lagged) Mum’s expression… …”gawd, does the hair have to match the dress?”
          Where as Dad is thinking….”That’s my girl”…like any Dad would.

          • Dan

            Hair + Dress = Arts Degree. Great to see a typical kiwi family celebrating an achievement. Also great to the the PM not being the PM but a proud dad. Bet he sat with the rest of teh proud mum and dads too.

          • Huia

            Good for her, a young woman who is confident in herself.

    • Gazza

      Yeh , Cherry Blossom :)

    • Damon Mudgway

      Boy, that girls rockin’ it. Your kids being happy: the most important thing a parent should strive for. Seems Stephie has tons of self esteem, which can only mean her parents have done a great job. Parenting is tough, but happy children is one if the rewards. Well done Stephie…the world is your oyster.

  • Just because

  • Rick H

    Number 23, player of whatever team it was – I don’t follow the sport – Kicked a player on opposing team (Adams) in the nuts – two games in a row – I saw the video – there is absolutely no way that wasn’t purposely done.
    Number 23 should be banned from sport for life.

    • Gazza

      I thought they retired the number 23 after Magic Johnson

      • Carl

        You mean Michael Jordan. It is only retired by each team not the whole league.

        • Gazza

          Air Jordan , yes that’s it , I think my over 50ness is kicking in LOL

  • Helen Stuart

    I expect that the S&R people liked the opportunity to get some practice without any tragedy involved.

  • Sally

    A spare moment from all the sightseeing. After travelling
    from Budapest to Germany via Austria I must report there no signs of influx of migrants. I spoke to one German whether he saw any problems and he replied that he said we won’t see any signs as the authorities have spread the migrants to the small towns, they don’t remain in the large cities. Even at the train stations there appears to be no problems.
    In Austria I did notice the beggars on the streets were mainly female Muslims (clothes they were wearing). So I did wonder if these women had been left behind as the masses moved to Germany.
    The one thing that stands out is how easy it is to get into Europe and then travel from country to country. Unlike NZ on arrival where paperwork is filled out and contact details required. All I had to do was present a passport on arrival at Budapest and now free to wonder from country to country and no one has any idea where I am. I could quite easily disappear.
    BTW 28 degrees today in Berlin, thinking of you all shivering in the cold. Little needs to fix those cold damp houses, pronto.

    • JEL51

      Enjoy, winter has arrived in style, at last.

  • Let’s show Lux she’s not the only one…

    …what is the biggest mistake or drama you’ve had in a kitchen?

    • jcpry

      Oh that’s easy. Dumped two table spoons of baking powder into a pot of stew instead of cornflour. Spectacular result – it basically exploded.

      • Nige.

        Left some chops cooking while I fell asleep. They burned to ash under the grill. The smoke settled in black clumps which was very difficult to clean up (for my sister. Ha ha thanks sis).

        Don’t drink and grill kids.

        • jcpry

          And don’t drink and then put eggs on to boil then go to the pub as one of my university flatmates did. Melted the pot, smoked the house out but avoided a fire but every piece of clothing had to be washed.
          The same guy boiled a pot of cabbage while we we on a break and left it on the bench for two weeks came back to the worst smell ever -: worse than the eggs.

        • Gazza

          If you drink and fry you are a blooooooody idiot , as the advert goes :)

          • Nige.

            I don’t need to drink OR fry to do that.

        • KatB

          One of my sisters was boiling her kid’s dummy in a pot of water to sterilise it. We went to another part of the house and completely forgot about it. We walked back into the kitchen to see black smoke and a foul smell. Nothing in the bottom of the pot apart from a white smudge. Took us a little while to remember what we’d boiled to nothing. We were sober too.

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        Almost tempted to give it a go as it sounds quite fantastic. The clean up isn’t quite as inspiring though.

    • Wasapilot

      A much younger me misread a recipe, instead of half a teaspoon of salt, I added half a tablespoon.

      • Moonroof

        It’s hard get out once you put it in… applies to chili too.

        • Wasapilot

          Yum, if only I had overdosed on chilli, my spag bog was like eating seawater ?

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Probably too late once you realise the spag bol is too salty but if you don’t salt whatever you are serving it with that helps neutralise it a little. A big of sour cream or such also can help – esp with overuse of chille.

          • Moonroof

            Grated cheese is a get of jail card, useful!

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Agree with you in that for everything except over salted food as it just adds more. A non salty cheese like mozzarella, cream or similar would work though.
            Cheese comes only second to bacon!

          • Moonroof

            Well observed, I was thinking more of chili and other seasoning fails, fixing salt wrongs be more complicated.

          • Huia

            All I am going to say is….if you like salt then roast your corned beef.
            I was young.
            There was a lovely salt crust all over the “roast” it was voted inedible of course.

        • Dan

          Coffee kills chilli. No kidding. If you chew on a hot chilli and it is burnign holes in the back of your tonsils, chuck a spoon of instant coffee in your mouth with small water and gargle away!

      • Rightsideofthebed

        My sister did a similar thing with a birthday dessert, except she put in a tablespoon of salt instead of sugar in. Needless to say dessert was ice cream after that.

        I recall my mother boiling some bones for soup. She forgot about them as we were up the back of the farm – came home to find the kitchen filled with smoke and the bottom of her best pot a charcoaled mess with only blackened fragments remaining of some beef bones.

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      Not saying everything I cook is great but I can normally ‘fix’ things if it goes awry. That said the few times I have over-salted, now that’s NOT that easy a fix.

      Not actually a drama in the kitchen but did make, what I though a lovely, a chicken dish for a friend who is allergic. The thing is I knew THAT!
      Or a salmon entree for some vegetarian friends. Sometimes (oft-times) the brain just doesn’t engage!!

      • Moonroof

        Or simply not plating a dessert because one doesn’t ever do sweet stuff usually, a couple of odd looks rescued by coffees and a liqueur.

        • Miss McGerkinshaw

          Always have ice cream in the freezer and that and liqueur is definitely a godsend when I’m not in the mood to be ‘flash’!!

          • Disinfectant

            Reminds of the time I put the ice cream in the fridge instead of the freezer.

            We dont drink wine in this house – well just a little bit.

          • Platinum Fox

            Having made ice cream a few times, I would have thought you could refreeze it provided that (assuming you don’t have an ice cream maker) you stirred the ice cream vigorously to break up the ice crystals at various stages as it was freezing. The only difficulty I can think of is that commercial ice cream may have artificial ingredients and injected air that don’t respond well to refreezing.

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Try putting the wine in the freezer to cool quickly and then forgetting about it!

      • Dan

        Potatoes soak up a lot of extra salt if cooked together (ie, soup)

    • JEL51

      Which week? ;)
      Friday afternoon I made a pot of winter soup, all ready by 4:30 so I could be sure to get other chores done before I had my daily 2xglasses of red medicine with WO. So later I went back to reheat same, sat down with the 2nd glass and became engrossed and didn’t notice that the flame was on the high side.
      I took offence when someone here made disparaging remarks as he has burnt the bottom of the porridge pot three times since I last burnt the bum out of one.
      Burnt soup taste like melted plastic so it was tipped out.

      • Gazza

        Surely you would have had a third glass of the red medicine after you heard the Hagamans were going to sue Mr 7% LOL

      • Gazza

        P/S , Oyster Bay Pinot is awesome :)

    • Disinfectant

      Having whipped a couple of sausges out of the frying pan and then forgetting to turn the element off.

      Got a bit smokey and scarred the hell out of me.

    • oldmanNZ

      marinate some steak in oil…well i though it was oil, it was yellow sunlight dish wash liquid.

      after a wash, steak taste okay, a but squeaky clean.

      • Moonroof

        the Bill English approach to kitchen, minimise waste and find a way to make it work if the first attempt didn’t work as intended

    • Barnacles2

      Making some pancakes for breakfast, put the plastic container on the stove, turned the element on for the frypan, wondered why the frypan wasn’t heating up… also wondered why the pancake mix was coming out of the bottom of the container…

      • Isherman

        Nothing too serious as yet, touch wood, but some years ago I had a go at some home made cookies and didn’t notice the oven setting which was still on grill…suffice to say that was the end of that bach.

      • KatB

        My sister had very little bench space in her kitchen, so the crockpot would live on the top of the stove. One day she turned the wrong element on and cooked the plastic outer of the crockpot. Thankfully she noticed before things got too bad. May have been hard to explain why she had the crockpot heating on an element, (when it has it’s own self contained element), to the fire brigade, of which her husband was a member.

        • Nige.

          We have chicken buckets for scraps. We used to use plastic ones. After two lessons about how polypropylene melts we now have two big metal catering size tins.

    • Dan

      As a kid (age 11) it was sometimes my duty to follow the instructions to cook the dinner. One night, roast lamb followed by rice pudding.

      In goes the pyrex dish with COLD milk, rice, sugar, nutmeg… and a few minutes later BOOM! Scorched milk rice and broken glass all over the oven interior.

      Quick call to mum to explain that tonight’s desert will be icecream and peaches and that everyone had to look out for glass shards in the lamb and roast veggies.

      [Disclaimer: Despite not passing the CYPS test these days, I learnt a lot from mum and can cook great meals today as a result – thanks mum!]

    • Greg M

      Doing a big soup in the old pressure cooker. The relief valve thingo on top let go with one hell of a POOSH sound and went right through the gib board ceiling.
      Said soup was then free to redecorate the remainder of the ceiling with diced veg and succulent bits of the bacon hock. The entire kitchen was dripping.

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        It’s why I don’t like pressure cookers and don’t use them. Ya just never know when the ‘attack of the pressure’ cooker is going to happen.

    • Dan

      Another one. This time a ski camp and as always I ended up the “chef.” The stove tops had those solid elements. I could not tell if it was hot or not so I padded the top of one element. The element was in fact very hot and I had a hand shaped blister with nice concentric circles imprinted in it.

      I could not hold a thing for weeks and had to relay instructions on cooking for the rest of the week.

      • So… next time you’ll drop a drops of water on it?

    • Huia

      While camping in the NZ wilds the family catch was several large crayfish, I cooked them one at a time in a large billy over an open fire, but it was getting tedious starting fresh with cold water for each time.
      Had a swim in the river while waiting for the next one to cook so was wearing a brief bikini at that time. I tried to take a short cut and stupidly lowered the next live crayfish into boiling water, it got a shock (as you would expect) and flapped its tail, scooped up several tail lots of boiling water which hit me in the cleavage.
      Lay in the river for ages trying to take the ouch out of it but that didn’t work. I had a very large burn right across the chest linking the boobies up with a huge blister.
      Thank goodness there was a doctor in the campsite who administered to the burns, I spent hours in the cold water of the river.
      So you always blow on a thermonuclear pie, and you do NOT ever lower a crayfish into scalding water when its still alive and kicking.

    • metalnwood

      I cant remember anything too terrible but one thing that has happened about three times is that people will come around so I will hide dirty dishes in the oven, usually including kids lunchboxes etc.

      This seems to be the catalyst for my wife wanting to make biscuits that once in a blue moon. She finds them when looking for that melted plastic smell…

  • Gazza

    Exactly , for some reason the media often seem to get the crown range and the old man range missed up , fact is its a goat pass over a mountain , since 95 , the 4wds would have torn that track up even more , but I have a feeling people may actually think they were travelling on a normal highway , possibly technically they are but , folks its a goat track

  • XCIA

    Wouldn’t you just know it – more faulty advice from the diet brigade. “Thirty years of official health advice urging people to adopt low-fat diets and to lower their cholesterol is having “disastrous health consequences,” a leading obesity charity warned yesterday.” “Eating fat does not make you fat,” argues a new report by the National Obesity Forum (NOF) and the Public Health Collaboration, as they demanded a major overhaul of official dietary guidelines.”
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/22/eat-fat-to-get-thin-30-years-of-flawed-dietary-advice-is-disastr/

    • Nige.

      I had a beautiful t-bone tonight. My daughter and I cut the fat off and put it straight in….OUR MOUTHS…yum yum yum. Live like a caveman.

      • Damon Mudgway

        I’m reading that like you ate it RAW!!!

      • XCIA

        it will be good news for the dairy company’s, cheese makers and purveyors of all things yummy!

    • David

      Here is another article about eating fat about how low fat is wrongThe exoneration of dietary fat

  • Greg

    Kirralie Smith, the brave lady behind http://www.halalchoices.com.au/ and leader of a new political force in Australia, “australian liberty alliance” has posted a new video on her facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/KirralieSmithAustliberty/videos/566792290167811/

    Take time to listen to this because what happens across the ditch, will eventually make it’s way to NZ.

  • Nige.

    I have been installing underfloor insulation. My cousin and I are big on waste. What can we use these (and many more) offcuts of polystyrene for?

    Any ideas?

    • Greg M

      You can sculpt it into all sorts of things really easily. Use the side of a steel ruler to roughly shape, and then sand it. It makes a hell of a mess but could give the kids something to do.
      I used to use it to make moulds for motorbike fairings etc.

    • KatB

      Transformers fancy dress outfit?? I’ve made a few costumes out of our renovations left overs. I can’t sew to save myself but I’m quite handy with a roll of tape and building materials.

    • Chris EM

      From experience, dog kennel insulation.

    • Wild idea… chuck it in the ceiling. May not do a lot, but it will at least assist the insulation a little.

      • After reading Dave’s one…. ermm…. no.

    • Dave

      Nigel, Really…….. Best underfloor is Pink, or a product by the name of Insulpro. Polystyrene is not so good….. please don’t let any of it touch an electrical cable, it can cause the plastic sheath to break down, they have a reaction. NZS4246.

      For using the leftovers, suggest …..
      Smoke out a neighbor you don’t like, or cut up real fine and throw in a dog kennel or similar,

      • Greg M

        Very good idea Dave. Next “earth hour” turn on every light in the house and send up a big black smokescreen over Marlborough.
        That should get right up the usual lefty / greenie types, so it’s a win / win situation all round.

      • Nige.

        Yes it has some insulation guard crap. I’m not doing it at home it’s a job I’m at. Or was helping at.

        She’ll be right mate ??

        • Dave

          All good, the standards are not kind it the styrenes, too hard to get a good fit in older homes where parallel joists are as rear as Angry Andy on 10% popularity.

          • Nige.

            My cuz has made a wicked polystyrene cutter table (uses a 12v hotwire) and every piece is measured and cut to fit perfectly.

            Hes done an incredible job.

    • XCIA

      Make some terracotta warrior’s…….

    • Misfit

      music studio rooms, handy bits for noise reflection/absorption etc

      • Nige.

        I already did that. I used subplayground matting. Works really good.

    • Dumrse

      Make a sign….”City of Marlborough”

      • Nige.

        Bah ha ha. You’re good

  • An elderly couple are attending church services. About halfway through, she writes a note and hands it to her husband.

    It says, “I just let out a silent fart. What do you think I should do?”

    He scribbles back, “Put a new battery in your hearing aid.”

  • intelligentes candida diva

    Nelson duet Broods proving their worth internationally with a busy schedule & coming to NZ I’m excited I love their music
    Latest song Free
    https://youtu.be/LDsxtBVLyss

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