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  • Nechtan

    Born today in 1910 T- Bone Walker (born Aaron Thibeaux Walker) singer, songwriter and guitarist. He influenced B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Buddy Guy, Freddy King among others.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSOYOFQgVMs

    Born today in 1917 Papa John Creech (born John Henry Creach) singer and violinist. He played a wide variety of styles including blues, jazz, R&B, and rock. He played with Louis Armstrong, T-Bone Walker, Nat King Cole (among others) and with the various lineups of Jefferson Airplane/Starship and Hot Tuna as well as solo.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WILBqWdV3Q4

    Born today in 1945 John Fogerty singer, songwriter and guitarist with Creedence Clearwater Revival and solo.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04KQydlJ-qc

    • Left Right Out

      I would love to see CCR play live

    • willtin

      One composition on the CCR vid was very clever; showing Marines righting/raising an oil well as if it was the Flag on Iwo Jima.

      • Nechtan

        I raised an eyebrow at the jackets and ties in the crowd watching the baseball games in Centerfield. No different with the spectators at rugby games here in NZ at a similar time I would think.

  • Carl

    Show off. (pic)

    • Oh Please

      Pah. I can do that.

      • willtin

        But the dog is probably sober.

        • Oh Please

          Fair call.

  • Nige.

    Johcar answered last night’s question with:

    “Appreciating wine (rather than just drinking it)…”

    What’s your favorite drop?

    Doesn’t have to contain alcohol

    • sheppy

      Birkenhead Brewing Company, Hinemoa.
      By far and away the best craft beer I’ve found so far

      • johcar

        I haven’t tried it, but I hear they do a chocolate stout that is pretty good too…

        • sheppy

          They brewed a stout last week, not sure when it will be ready. They have I think 10 taps in total and a huge fridge, so there’s probably a chocolate stout in there somewhere

    • Nechtan

      Double Brown, I acquired a taste for it as a young soldier.
      Yes its cheap but I like it what more do you need?

      • Nige.

        Is it still the same?

        • Nechtan

          Taste wise yes, can’t get the the 440ml tin cans anymore (which I will admit was the initial attraction back in the day).

        • Carl

          Yep it still tastes like urine.

          • Nechtan

            Never had tasted urine I’m prepared to take your word for it.
            But I’m not going to try it.
            Bear Grylls must be onto a winner then!

      • Alfred12

        Well Nectan, you are the only other bloke I have heard that actually drinks double brown apart from my brother. To think I believed the only reason for continued production of DB was due to his phenomenal intake.. There you go learn something new everyday.

    • Dave

      I will let you know after my sons advises from GAB’s …… see below, he is putting his body on the line to sort this.

    • Brent

      Crabbies Raspberry Ginger beer on ice.

      • Nige.

        You read my mind. I’m having an original now. I’m hooked

        • sheppy

          Crabbies original and whisky with ice cures most illnesses IMHO

    • Lux

      Gin and tonic with lashings of ice and lemons ..

      • pisces8284

        In summer – just the one, the second never seems as good

    • Cuppa Dilmah tea, and in the evening indulged with a smidgeon of our honey.

    • By shear volume over my life: coke.

      When I was drinking – whatever gave me the best %age alcohol per dollar.

    • Moonroof

      Wine, usually red. Any variety is fair game, buying mostly cab sauv, malbec, mourvedre at the mo. Daytime is for espresso, two sugars.

    • Greg M

      I like G & T’s. The ex boss and her Mongolian and Russian extended family drank vodka like we have a coffee, any excuse and all the time. Granny Elena from the town of Murom could see me flat on the floor in about half an hour.

      • It’s partially to do with body mass, and you’re one lean fighting unit, so I’m not surprised.

        • Greg M

          Yeah true, and Granny Elena was most definitely industrial strength. :-)

          • Nechtan

            Could have been on the national hammer throw team?

          • Greg M

            Easily. Wonderful salt of the earth people and I really miss them. I remember the time Aunty Yulia picked up a dirty big log several metres long and brought in inside to cut up for firewood ( It was a bit cold outside ) Then downed half a bottle of Vodka with only one stop for a breath. Very enjoyable visiting them.

    • Richard

      Japanese Green Sencha.

    • pisces8284

      Villa Maria Lighter Savignon Blanc. Can’t cope with full strength wine these days, such a lightweight

      • Moonroof

        There are some pleasant lighter whites around now. Good to see.

    • RockinBob625

      Garage Projects Gunnamatta, first beer brewed with Earl Grey Tea.

      • Dave

        Love it. Honey I’m off to have a fermented Earl Gray with my mates.

    • XCIA

      1/3 John Jamieson, 1/3 Irish Mist and 1/3 Baileys Irish Cream over ice.

      • Hill16

        Dad was a Jameson fan, mam loves the Irish Mist and I am partial to a Baileys, so we could be adopting that as the new family drink!

        • XCIA

          It is very smooth, but it can sneak up on you to the point you may become comatose.

          • Hill16

            Some good ideas for duty free shopping for my trip to Dublin soon!

      • Lux

        Yumm sounds delicious!!

    • Ford

      Sam Smith’s Nut Brown Ale. Just wish I could find it in New Zealand.

    • Spiker

      Beer = Corona w/lime & salt (have lime tree & hate to see all those limes wasted). Spirit = Jack Daniel’s w/ice & Coke Zero in a pint glass.

    • KGB

      Winter – spiced tomatoe juice.
      Summer – sparkling water.
      Painting – bourbon & zero

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      I’m somewhat fickle so don’t have a favourite but am getting some new ideas from you lot and being reminded of old favourites so thanks.

    • Isherman

      A decent Scotch, Steinlager and good coffee…that’s pretty much liquids covered for me.

    • Lux

      During the day, I love a few cups of twinings earl grey tea, with a splodge of full cream milk .. served very very hot, and not over brewed, other than that I live on water .. I love water..

      • Greg M

        Water is not good for you. It rusts metal, rots wood and fish do poos in it. Best avoided, have a Gin instead.

        • Lux

          Ohh and lets not forget the brandy ..

    • Disinfectant

      Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Reisling (all unoaked), Flat White, English Breakfast Tea, Speights, Adnams, Kilkenny and Cider.

    • kiwisnab

      Caol Ila, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Bowmore and and just to prove I am not biased to Islay, something from the islands, Talisker. All lovely drops. Thoroughly recommend everyone of them.

      • InnerCityDweller

        Jeepers, that’s almost exactly what’s in my cupboard… Add to that Suntory from Japan and, best of them all, The Oamaruvian from, well, yes, Oamaru.

    • Uncle Bully

      Morris of Rutherglen Muscat. A nice, smooth nightcap liqueur.

    • JLS

      Quite happy with my home brewed beer. Been making it for 35 years and no intention of stopping. Tastes fine, always plenty cold in the fridge and never run out, and cheap as chips at 20c a stubby. Make it at around 3% as its a great refreshing drink which I can still function on. Good home brewed beer and spirits have minimal hangover if I do lash out too. If it’s bought I prefer speights- summit, gold medal, mid ale, all nice!

      • willtin

        Just started back doing my own brew, courtesy of the hopped malt cans. My last brew book ran into the hundreds, I put down my third, second time around today.

    • Guided By Voices

      big fan of Heaven Hill bourbon, for some reason all the liquor outlets in my town stopped stocking it (despite my fervent purchasing) so I now order it online; it is the only remaining 100% family-owned distillery in Kentucky, and goes down a treat with a splash of Coke.

      EDIT: and plenty of ice it should go without saying…

  • sheppy

    Good Evening, I see from the TVNZ app that $146k has now been pledged to the give a little page so the family of Blessie Gotinko can sue corrections over releasing the monster into the community that killed her.
    I really hope this leads to a law change that prevents those that can’t be rehabilitated from being released to offend again.
    When convicted of a serious crime that makes reoffending likely, the rights of people NOT to be their next victim should be far greater than the rights of the released crim, no matter how long they’ve been locked up for.

  • Dave

    Since Robbo is such a beer connoisseur, he should be over here checking this out. (PIC) The Great Australian Bees Spectacular. Hundreds of Aussies best craft beers.

    • XCIA

      Funny if some wag swapped a few lagers for urine samples. ;-)

      • Dave

        Could actually win :) My son and a few mates are there, i have no doubt copious quantities will be consumed.

    • Roland

      Here’s a couple l had in Singapore last week, could be just the ticket

  • Left Right Out

    I caught a snippet on the radio this afternoon during the news about Robbo perhaps rolling Angry before the next election due to Angry’s poor numbers.

    Now, of course robbo said no….. but you just know, that when the media starts to slowly talk of it, something is a going on……

    • sheppy

      Maybe they fancy Jucinda to lead after they lose the next election rather than Robbo?
      Then again perhaps they’ll start at the beginning again with one of the David’s once Goff has taken his place at the head of the wrecking Auckland crew

    • KGB

      He’s not that bright but I doubt he’s that dim. Unless he was lying to his good friend Lisa this morning ?

  • Lux

    Wyndham and Queen St Auckland 1974.

    “On the 21st of August 1958, Auckland became the first city in New Zealand to employ the ‘Barnes Dance’ style of pedestrian crossings. This system, named for American traffic engineer Henry A. Barnes, stops all vehicle traffic so that pedestrians can cross busy intersections in any direction at the same time.

    The Barnes Dance crossing system has become a feature of pedestrian traffic on Queen St in Auckland and Lambton Quay in Wellington, as well as other busy inner city streets throughout the country.”

    This image shows pedestrians crossing the road in every direction on Queen Street, Auckland, May 1974

    • Greg M

      That looks like my Aunty Josie’s Morrie 1100 there, it would only run if it wasn’t raining.

      • Lux

        My father had a Rolls-Can-Hardly ..

        rolls down hills, can hardly get up hills..

        • Greg M

          Heh! Dad’s old motorbike was a Hardley Driveable.

        • Disinfectant

          Hillman Imp?

          • Lux

            Peugeot ..

          • Disinfectant

            504?

          • Lux

            That rings a bell .. I’ll find a pic ..

          • Lux

            Here is a pic and the same colour ..

          • Disinfectant

            Gee whizz, what a famous car.

            Google uses the exact same ?.

          • Lux

            I wish I had a photo of his car .. he loved it ..

    • Huia

      Those were the days you could actually park in Queen St (if you were lucky).

      • peterwn

        Three pence (2.5c) per half hour.

    • peterwn

      Queen Street traffic signals had an exclusive pedestrian phase prior to ‘Barnes Dance’ but presumably crossing diagonally was regarded as jay walking. So introduction of Barnes Dance consisted of a paint job indicating pedestrians could cross diagonally. Queen Street footpaths had a line painted down the middle to indicate pedestrians should keep left. Council employed Traffic Officers would blow a whistle at delinquent pedestrians. Ministry of Transport took over all traffic and parking enforcement in the 1970’s but since then parking enforcement has reverted to councils.

  • hookerphil

    As the Crusaders are on the cusp of taking a substantial lead at the top of the table – we are off at to a dinner where the tone of the evening will be Fleetwood Mac and not rugby. Once home I will watch, but will not be able to read W/O as I just know all the Blue supporters will be wanting to say well done and that will spoil the pleasure of the victory and the margin of the win.
    See you tomorrow.

    • Cadwallader

      Fleetwood Mac were sullied for me by the Clintons as they used “Don’t Stop Thinkin’ About Tomorrow” as a campaign tune in1991/2. I am thinkin’ about tomorrow so NO Hillary thanks!!!!

  • Lux

    The Zika outbreak has doctors seriously concerned – do you think the Olympics should be postponed?

    • Richard

      Heh…yeah, just like they postponed the last few because of all the STD’s everyone was bringing home.

      • Lux

        They are providing about half a million condoms ..

        like they will be used .. yeah riiiiiiiiiiiiiight!

        • Richard

          I think you may be onto something there…full body Zika sheaths?

    • JEL51

      Tony V was interviewing someone today about same, who said that Dengi Fever was as much of a concern. Guessing if proper precautions taken the risks can be minimized.

      • Lux

        Apparently infected males can infect women just by having sex with them .. so it’s not down to just being infected by the mozzies. Apparently it is like one big sex and alcohol fest from stories I have been told.

        • JEL51

          Gosh, I thought it was all about winning medals. Silly me !!

          • Lux

            Thats where the saying comes from:

            “What happens on Tour .. Stays on Tour..”

          • JEL51

            My DiL arrives back from Brazil tomorrow, so maybe she will have some up to date info.

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Well lets face it a VERY small percentage are even in the ball park for medals so I bet the rest go to have a good time and perhaps score ‘personal bests’ in other sports as well as their designated one?

          • JEL51

            I have always regarded most of those athletes as a self-centered, somewhat dim lot…..I will have a totally different perspective from now on. What we learn from WO ;)

          • Lux

            And they are in the prime of their lives physically and probably mentally.

            Do you remember the winter Olympics last time, when a NZ woman put her name out on a Tinder or a site similar, to meet someone during the games .. the media went into a feeding frenzy ..

            like they were not all doing the same thing.

            Hypocrites the lot of them..

            Edit: The media I mean ..

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            I didn’t mean it to sound as if I was against it as I’m sure I’d party up a storm also but not sure why everyone is so surprised.

            Sometimes I feel people forget they were young once too!! ;-))

            Don’t remember the Tinder thing but can just imagine.

          • Lux

            Ohh I’m not putting them down either.. I would be doing it as well ..

            But the risks are much more dangerous these days.

          • XCIA

            With all the testing regimes that athletes are subject to, you would think that they could throw in a STD/HIV test so they could proceed with some mutual assurity.

        • XCIA

          As if that’s not enough to contend with, Sex roulette parties where one person is secretly HIV positive and nobody is allowed to use condoms are on the rise, warn doctors.
          http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3593381/Sex-roulette-parties-one-person-secretly-HIV-allowed-use-condoms-rise-warn-doctors.html#ixzz49vpocPJ2

          • Lux

            Eww yuk that’s revolting ..

            Edit to add.. it is the same I suppose with having sex with anyone these days..

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Not only revolting but darn silly.

        • Dumrse

          That’s why they are shipping in container loads of condoms.

          Ed: Darn, just like you said below ?

        • Miss Phit

          One prick is like the other i guess.

        • cod

          Was the last time I went

    • willtin

      Isn’t the danger from the Zika virus to an unborn child? What relationship should pregnancy have to an Olympics?

      • Lux

        It is cause to pause, and think about going .. A non-pregnant woman whose partner travelled to Brazil contracted the virus, which is primarily transmitted via mosquito bites and can cause life-threatening birth defects.

  • Vutekno

    So $1,000,000 for a trip by DOC to rid the Antipodes Island of mice and so protect the local bird life and insects. Great project supported by the Morgan Foundation.

    Why didn’t they just send in a few cats!

    • Bartman

      Asked the same question on the Morgan forum – no squeak so far!

      • Spiker

        There’s a Morgan forum? That must be a barrel of laughs.

    • XCIA

      The cats would probably look at the mice as breakfast and the birdies would end up being the main course. Far better to send in a battalion of WHWT’s – the mice would be gone in a week.

      • Vutekno

        Yeah I wondered about that but thought the birds were big enough to handle themselves and what cat would be bothered after an easy feed of little mouslings.

        WHWT, a Battalion! No that’s overkill, they could take out the South Island if led right!

    • Wheninrome

      When you are after a knighthood cats just wouldn’t help the cause.

  • KGB

    My neighbour arrives from Auckland every month and he has become my political barometer.
    He’s the only person I have ever met who admits to voting for Len Brown. When I told him he deserves a medal for honesty because everyone normally lies, whe became firm friends.
    He’s as red as I am blue, and we have hearty debates on Saturday mornings over coffee.
    This morning I picked a fight on the housing crisis and families living in cars. His response stunned me.
    “Did you see that family on TV with 8 kids living in a motel because they contaminated 3 state houses? Why don’t they sterilise these women?”
    First time we’ve agreed on anything. Labour are doomed.

  • Isherman

    Ha! Turns out Captain America’s secret is out…he’s a secret member of Hydra! Even Chris Evans didn’t know…heh.
    http://www.timesofisrael.com/captain-america-is-a-secret-nazi-and-people-are-going-crazy-about-it/

  • Richard

    This is really impressive.

    • KGB

      I wonder how long that took?

      • Disinfectant

        Very quick – no Resource Consent required.

      • Richard

        I reckon it would have to be 60 hours at least.
        I especially like the underfloor heating.

    • Lux

      He should be on Survivor .. I love that show..

      • KGB

        There is 3 series running now. im recording them all for bedtime viewing :)

    • Sticktotheknitting

      Is this the answer to the Auckland housing crisis?

  • Lux

    So now you are Not even allowed to dump your company returns, because they should be given to the homeless.

    This is so annoying.. unless they slash the goods, people could bring the dumped items items back in for a refund.. I really have no idea why the herald keeps going with these stories. The company owns the goods they trash, what has it got to do with anyone else?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11646712

    • Left Right Out

      Just read this and thought the same…..

      I shop I worked for got some of it’s own product in which turned out to be faulty….. I was keen to give it away but was told not to….. 1, they didn’t want to be associated with faulty products and 2, they had done it before and someone brought it back because it was,, faulty…. and they were made to give them a new one

      Surely you can do what you want with goods you own

  • Lux

    A search is underway for a missing 10-year-old boy north of Wellington.

    Nathan Daniel Callaghan is believed to have left his Waikanae home about 4.45pm wearing only his boxer shorts.

    Nathan is autistic and has the mental age of a 2-3-year-old, police said in a statement.

    “He is known to try car doors and climb and he likes to play near water, especially the beach.”

    Police are asking residents within a 200m radius of the intersection of Elizabeth St and Winara Ave to check their properties, including cars, sheds and garages, for signs of Nathan.

    Search and Rescue have been deployed in the hunt for the missing boy as police use “every available resource” to try to find him.

    A police spokeswoman said she could not confirm how many people were involved in the search, but said the number was large and included dog handlers as well as police recruits from Porirua.

    A Winara Ave resident, who only gave her first name, Lucille, said numerous locals were out with torches searching for Nathan.

    Her husband and daughter were among those who had joined in with the search.

    Anyone who has seen Nathan was asked to call Wellington police on (04) 381 2000.

    • Lux

      Here is his photo ..

    • Lux

      Cries of “they’ve found him” are echoing in the streets of Waikanae after a missing 10-year-old autistic boy was found safe.

    • EpochNZ

      As a father of an autistic son who did a runner on us once, i can understand the sheer worry that these events cause for the family. Luckily he’s okay, probably with a few good stories to tell!

      Can I encourage people who are parents of autistic kids (or know people who are) to investigate the “Wanda Track” system:

      http://www.aucklandsar.org.nz/wandatrack/

      Its essentially a radio device worn as either a pendant or a watch and can be used by SAR if the wearer goes missing to track their location. Luckily my boy hasnt provided us with a need to use it since he got his, but its nice to know we can rely on it if needed.

      • Lux

        I have thought of injecting a gps tracking system into members of my family..

        • Disinfectant

          A mobile phone with the right app will do the trick.

          Mind you they have to take the phone and not lose it.

          • Lux

            That’s the thing .. they lose them all the time ..

        • XCIA

          You could try this – Porsche were giving them away to customers a few months ago, so they must be OK. You could hang them around their necks!
          https://www.thetrackr.com/

        • Moonroof

          There was a GCSB van up the road a couple weeks ago, not going to encourage them.

          • Lux

            Praise da Lord and Sweet Baby Jeezus .. mother of Mary .. you as well? ..

            me as well ..

            oops me neighboar ..as well

            It’s not me ..

            this time

          • Moonroof

            In case you didn’t know ;)

          • Lux

            Watch out :-O

          • Moonroof

            Is that a message to Pete?

          • Lux

            It’s at the top of my road ..
            even I’m scared ..

          • Moonroof

            Tell me, if I quietly and discretely drive up that road, will I hear banjos?

          • Lux

            It maybe the last thing you hear …

            Jesus loves you ..

          • Moonroof

            It will be a life lived well, if abbreviated.

          • Brent

            Looks like a scene out of a Famous five episode. You have to go on a adventure, “Who Rah”.

          • Dave

            New dinasour park at Oamaru ??

    • Mags

      I have just driven home through that area and the rain was heavy . Hope they find him quickly.

  • Michelle

    This was in the NZ Farmer a couple of weeks back and thought l would share
    it was written by Pita Alexander an accountant
    it is part of a workshop where they prepared questions for discussion and below was one

    “Beforehand we had suggested that in NZ at the time if there were 100 typical 15 year old girls and boys that statistically this might happen by the time they reached 65 years
    -Probably 28 would be dead
    -Another 30 would be broke
    -Likely 20 of them would still working full time
    -nine would be working part time and need the income
    -another 10 would be retired and living comfortably within their income
    -Finally 3 of them would be relatively well off

    Quite a few farmers were surprised at the suggestion that 28 teenagers would die before they reached 65. However a local nurse who was a farmer’s wife confirmed the statistic, but felt the number was lower than 20 years earlier ”

    l have talked to friends who read the article and the deaths were a surprise but then if you stop and think it is possible and it was thought provoking so thought l would share

    • JEL51

      Interesting. I have less than a month before I too will be of that age. I met up with some classmates about 5yrs ago and was surprised when told that 5 had already left the scene. I intend to keep working until I blow a valve, simply because I want to avoid blowing a valve and other buggars keep making off with my money. ( I will however try to avoid the nephew’s suggestion to climb the next mountain that takes his fancy.)

      • Michelle

        Yes it was interesting when you think of the ones you knew who got killed in car accidents and other accidents, then disease gets a few and heart attacks/strokes and as we get closer to that numbern 65 the more things seem to catch up with more people
        l plan to keep working and travel when l can and quite happy to climb to the top of a few more hills
        family in their 90’s still riding horses and farming and sharp as tacks

    • Lux

      I would be very interested in, how many friends you have had since high school, have committed suicide.
      By that I do not mean just in school, but since that time, people and friends you know.
      I have had, a lot.. I’m trying to think of all of them .. and why no-one talks about them?

      • Michelle

        yes there would be a few sadly, can’t think of numbers but the were some when they were young, teenage problems, and now some who have debillitating diseases are making a choice because euthanasia is not an option for them here
        l think when aunty hel was in charge she stopped talking about suicide ( l could be wrong) in case others followed suit but l think we should be talking about it so others seek help and it is not kept hidden

      • Greg M

        I have lost many friends and family to illness, accident and old age. That is hard enough, but nothing even comes close to the suicide of a family member. In 2008 my only sibling decided to end his life. It is just the most devastating thing for those left behind to deal with. There is just me and old mum now and we have each other’s back, but my brother and what he chose to do is always there in our minds, and we carry on.
        G.

        • Lux

          Lots of love .. ♥

        • Bluemanning

          It effects those who are left behind the most, actually in total.

      • Moonroof

        I still miss a friend and former flattie that couldn’t see a way out. I spent a lot time being angry about it all. No such thing as peace, just being resigned to state of things after anger dissipates.

        • Lux

          I have had several friends kill themselves over the years, all a total surprise.
          The first I hear about suicide was when I worked in theatre at Greenlane Hospital .. they had a suicide book .. it was heartbreaking..

          All hand written, about each case ..

          It was a treasure, a broken treasure..

          but a treasure

          • Moonroof

            There’s nothing right about it, though I want to think that the lost ones from making that choice are a little bit less lost for being remembered and thought of.

      • johcar

        At least two that I know of, out of my friends from High School, have suicided since leaving school.

        One was a very talented musician (was a member of a very well known NZ band in the eighties) who used to cheat off me in my German class in the sixth form…. :)

    • Dave

      What they left out is how many end up with convictions and criminal records. I know two people I went to school with had Lenghty records, one for arson who later killed himself, another for serous fraud. Both of my kids had someone in their school commit or be a party to murder, a lawyers son in my sons home group King hit a guy, he fell backwards and died, now he won’t see the world for another 10 years. A lovely young school friend of my daughters who spent a lot of time at our place, married into the wrong crowd, her new hubby and her killed her ex hubby over a child custody dispute, he fled to Lebanon she was arrested and went away. Both of these youngsters had been to our place, were nice young people and did very very well at school and came from good families. Both first time they had been in any trouble.

    • Kleinholz

      An over-statement about the number who would have died. According to the NZ Cohort Life Tables March 2016 update, 25% of all males born in 1942 would have died by age 69.1. The ‘25% dead’ age would be older again for all 15 year olds (having survived the first years) so saying that 28% of 15 year-old males would die by age 65 is almost certainly not right.

      For females, 25% of all females born in 1941 would be dead by age 74.6. Adding girls into the 15 year old group makes the 28% number even less likely.

      Of all births in 1900, the ‘25% dead’ was reached by age 46.7 (males) and 51.5 (females) so that shows how things improved in recent decades.

  • Lux

    They give theirs to fish and chip shops ..

  • Miss Phit

    Anyone done otago rail trail on horseback? Thinking it might be one of those bucket list things for me. Was going to cycle it but mum wants to do it on a glue bag so i said yes. Maybe just one section though…

    Still thinking maybe doing it on a bike as well…

    • Michelle

      l would prefer riding a horse to riding a bike

    • Jafarma

      Yep did it in 5 days in late Feb 3 yrs ago. Started at Middlemarch end of the trail. Awesome trip, was very hot, sunny, dry wind for the first 4 days then the first wintry blast turned up and rode through sleet on the last day. Chapstick for the lips is a must! I learnt the hard way. Very relaxing as the horse had to watch where it was going rather than you if you were on a bike. Walked and trotted most of it but cantering / galloping wasn’t a goer. Walking through the tunnels was cool. We had a guide to take us through and the owner of the horses would take them home each night, have them all saddled up at the start of each day, and corral and fed them over lunch and set out our lunch. We stayed in various motels/lodges/rent-a-bach places along the way and had dinner in places like the Ranfurly and Omakau pubs. A memorable experience well worth it.

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        Often thought about doing this so you have rekindled my interest.

        • Jafarma

          For me it was a great Daddy Daughter bonding time as well

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    • Lux

      damn ………………..

  • Lux

    Ok last pic for the night ..

    Why do the female royals have such bad dress sense?
    Except for the Queen, it’s like everyone else is just having a laugh at their expense…

    Who styles them?

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