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  • Nechtan

    Born today in 1941 Reg Presley (Reginald Maurice Ball) songwriter and singer with The Troggs.

    Born today in 1941 Roy Harper singer, songwriter and guitarist. He has worked with and is an acknowledged influence with many artists including Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Pete Townshend, Kate Bush, Pink Floyd, and Ian Anderson.

    Born today in 1949 John Wetton songwriter, singer and bass with King Crimson, Uriah Heep, Roxy Music, and Asia.

    Born today in 1950 Bun E. Carlos (Brad Carlson) drummer with Cheap Trick .

    Born today in 1951 Brad Delp lead singer with Boston.

    Born today in 1952 Pete Farndon founding member and bassist with The Pretenders.

    Today in 1993 UB40 had their 3rd UK number 1 single with “(I Can’t Help), Falling In Love With You”

    • Lance Ralph

      Wild thing, I think I love you,
      But I want to know for sure.
      The Goodies nailed the cover of this song

      • Nechtan

        Ok what other covers are good?
        Here is one I reckon is good, Status Quo covering The Everly Brothers.

        • Carl

          I’ve posted this before but it still blows my mind. Pink singing Janis Joplin.

          • Nechtan

            Yeah that is good.

          • goat

            heres a little tool recover by the students at the

            O’Keefe Music Foundation from the states – lots of quaility covers with good videos as well

            some of it is better that the original artists…

        • willtin

          Spine Shivery Shtuff

    • Cadwallader

      I recently bought the movie “Something Wild” which featured the above together with numerous 1980s top stuff. “Ever Fallen?”by the Buzzcocks included. It was a great film with a young Melanie Griffith and Jeff Daniels starring.

      Instead of looking at great covers I often ponder which artists would make great covers of others’ hits. eg David Bowie doing a cover of Alice Cooper’s “Is it My Body?” or The Wall of Voodoo doing a cover of Stephen Stills’ “Love The One You’re With.”

      Madonna did a cover of “American Pie and it was terrible while some other bimbos did a bad version of Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer.”It’s nice to be an old fart sometimes.

      I have said it before Grand Funk Railroad’s cover of “Gimme Shelter”is a stand-out for me.

  • Carl

    I do this.(pic)

    • dumbshit

      IT savvy son in law, spent quite some time, attempting to reseat the spring in a set they had bought. Was not impressed when I commented that some dude in Taiwan would probably have assembled several hundred in the same time!

      • Dave

        We needed to reduce the tension on a spring used in a part recently. I asked our 28 yr old tradie, carefully explained what we needed, and the objective and off he went 2 minutes later he was back, “but if i need to increase the tension I pack it out with washers, as there are no washers in this, how do i decrease the tension” I suggested he call the wholesalers for a de-tensioned spring. He actually did, but they couldn’t help. After another 5 minutes of his musing, I had to teach him a lesson, It took 2 minutes with a pair of large vice grips, large gas tip, end of spring glowing red hot, and compressed, spring reduced by required 4 mm – problem solved. He had no idea, all taught at tafe and practically no real experience.or ability to think.

        • rantykiwi

          I despair for the future of the engineering trades – we aren’t turning out real tradesmen any more.

          • Dave

            Another one for you. Probably 35 years ago now, we employed a “skilled laborer” do do various work around the place. Over smoko he said he had heard you could lower your car by heating the springs while under tension, the apprentice said yes but you need to be careful and best to do it near the and of the spring. He asked if he could use the tools after work, and we agreed as long as he had someone to help him. The apprentice, (3rd year) had explained how to remove the struts, get the springs out etc, but no Frank just took the gas axe to the spring in place over the strut while the apprentice went to get something else. The rubber cover and seal melted, the hydraulic fluid started seeping, the fire was spectacular, and three engines arrived to extinguish it. He blamed us, as no one had told him the rubber seal might melt. no helping some people. He didn’t show up after a couple of days, no transport!

          • Nechtan

            Did he injure his legs as well???

          • Dave

            I cant recall, too long ago.

  • George

    This morning my beloved suggested we visit the Cleveland Farmers’ Market. I was reluctant as my previous experiences visiting markets was to witness considerably more junk than funk. My reluctance, as always, was irrelevant, so we went. I must say I was rather pleased we did. What impressed me was what appeared to be the seamless convergence of socialism and capitalism. If you have the tendency to gravitate towards free stuff then this is the place to go. Gluten free, dairy free, chemical free, free range but more to the point, free samples. By the time I had completed my rounds I had consumed a substantial meal of several goodness knows whats.

    There was one particular stall that impressed me above the others. It was manned by a patron who was blissfully unaware that selling food that hasn’t been freed of anything had no right being at the same venue. He sold a vast variety of flavoured popcorn. I spoke to him about the irony of his product. He opened his cash tin, and we both had a grin from ear to ear. It was full! I had quite a lengthy conversation with this chap, primarily to accept his hospitality of a continuous supply of free samples, but I was also interested in his story.

    He and his wife spent several years packing shelves, over night, in supermarkets to save the capital to start his popcorn business. He now runs a factory in Panmure manufacturing his popcorn and has a booming business. He works seven days a week and has impressive aspirations. Yes he is an immigrant, and yes, I did purchase some of his product. I was so full I stuggled to consume my coffee which, for an extra 80c, I could have had buffalo milk instead of cows. I was rather reluctant though to buy a decompostable shopping bag to carry my purchases. I enjoyed my visit but I was startled to obseve that NZ whitebait was selling for $100.00 a kilo. Who said capitalism and socialism couldn’t converge? It did today. My only other experience of convenient convergence was the other night when we went to see “Evita”. We were in the very front row. My bum was in economy and my legs in first class.

    • Dave

      Well said George, love your stories.

      Of course there is a huge demand for Popcorn ATM, and for once its not Angry Andy’s fault, its all the fault of the Lab-Green partnership, and them individually prior to them officially living in sin. Bet his sales went up every time Andy declared a Crisis!

    • kiwisnab

      Cookies and cream is my favourite from that hard working chap.

  • Nige.

    Mac50 answered last nights question with:

    “Didn’t really get going ”

    What is the least reliable form of transport?

    • Crowgirl

      The buses and trains in Auckland

    • Jp

      RMSTitanic or Helium airships

    • Lance Ralph

      On my evening walk today I passed 2 electric cars. Just saying. The future is coming. I hope to get an electric car myself (just 1 car for the entire household). Very reliable I am sure.

      • Miss Phit

        I see Orion (chch electrical supplier) have electric cars.

    • Spiker

      It’s been my ute on frosty mornings of late. Hopefully a new set of glowplugs that went in on friday will have fixed that.

    • hookerphil

      My camper van at the moment. Starter randomly doesn’t start – waggle things and hope.

      • rantykiwi

        Toyota?

        • hookerphil

          Ford Trader 1985

          • rantykiwi

            If you end up needing a starter motor I can thoroughly reccommend AE Spares. Not the cheapest, but they get all our work based on quality and service.

        • Disinfectant

          Having owned about 25 Toyotas, you are winding me up.

          • rantykiwi

            No. Toyota starter motors eventually give up due to poorly designed starter solenoid contacts. $12 of parts and 20 minutes sorts them out – over my years as a mechanic I did a lot of them. Never seen one fail in any other manner though.

          • Dave

            Agree, as a tight as young man, i took the solenoid to bits, cleaned it, rebuilt the contacts and put it back together.

    • Richard

      This one from the WO archives.

      • Usaywot

        A marriage made in heaven.

      • Nige.

        Oh yuk

        • Richard

          I’m pretty sure that’s a Toyota Pious?

          • Nechtan

            Look more like a Pretentious.

          • Richard

            Is this the MK111, after the Ninedoor Tanchoz?

          • Miss Phit

            What ever happened to old Nachoes Tandouri?

      • cows4me

        You almost have to feel sorry for them, almost.

      • Aucky

        As my old gran used to say “talk about a quart in a pint pot.”

    • Greg M

      Aunty Muriel’s Vauxhall Viva, complete and utter heap, Uncle Bill used to call it the roadblock. (pic)

      • willtin

        Ahh, good old Karitane Yellow

    • Jetstar

  • johnandali

    We’ve been loyal Telecom/Spark customers for years. We purchase our internet from them and our land-line. We’ve just returned from a holiday at our bach, and whilst we were there, we had a naked broadband added at that address. We returned home today to find that our landline had been disconnected, and we could not access our message bank, but the home internet was still working. To their credit, they re-established our home line very quickly but all the messages on the message bank were gone. We are aware that there were quite a few, but we don’t know how many. One of the messages was an old saved message from my mother-in-law who has since passed away. The keeping of this message had a very sentimental meaning for my wife. I still can’t work out how Spark could get it so wrong. The woman who handled our second broadband connection was told in no uncertain terms that there were no other changes, but they still disconnected our phone line. Not happy Spark. Perhaps the new name should have been Clowns. Or Idiots. And because we don’t know how many messages there were, there will be important things that we would have missed. All because of absolute stupidity and incompetence.

    • Soleman

      All I can say is “Good Luck”. I had been with Telecom/Spark for 48 years. I got sick and tired waiting for an answer when I rang them (both at home and business before I retired) and when I did get an answer, couldn’t understand the person on the other end. Got real anti one day and changed to 2 degrees (I already had my mobile with them) for home phone and broadband. Same products for $30 per month less. Has only been 7 months but more than happy to date. Life is too short to wait for Spark to get its’ act together.

      • rantykiwi

        Spark are price matching the opposition for me.

        • willtin

          Desperate actions by the sound of it.

          • rantykiwi

            The conversation went like this:
            Me – “At work we spend $150k/month with you. When the contract expires I have the decision as to what we do. Ripping me off at home isn’t the greatest show of corporate intelligence.”
            Monkey – “It’s not the same account. We can’t do anything for you”.
            Me – “Can I speak to your supervisor?”
            Monkey – “Ok.”
            Supervisor – “What’s the corporate account number, I’ll have a look.”
            Me – “14blahblahblah.”
            Supervisor – “What price do we have to match?”
            Me – “$99”
            Supervisor – “Done, sorry for the inconvenience.”

      • johnandali

        I read your reply to my better half, and she nodded sagely. Our bach system is contracted for a year. Any more stuff-ups and they’ll be history.

    • willtin

      We are stuck with Spark due to the country area to which we have recently moved. We had organised to have the internet connected the day we moved in. Unfortunately our movers caught the overhanging phone line with their truck and rearranged it slightly – but it didn’t appear broken. And the internet didn’t work. We contacted Spark advised, no internet, they swore we were all good from their end, regardless of the truck incident and they advised notice of a techies visit for 5 days time. Techie arrives, 5 days later, and after a few minutes on the phone gets Spark to actually connect us to the internet correctly. The phone line just needed some slack to be taken up.
      Incompetence, a sign of the times?

      • johnandali

        I don’t like to single out NZ firms for incompetence, but the incident really shocked us. But there’s more. We took our Sky decoder to the bach, as there was already an aerial dish there, but it wouldn’t work. A TV guy charged us $50 to change the settings, but now that we’re back home, our Sky doesn’t work, and we don’t want to have to pay $50 each time we have a few days off. I looked up the problem on the net, and found that Sky have two different types of aerial dishes, and it seems that the one we have at home is of type, and the bach has the other type. If the dishes were the same, the system would work in both locations. I have asked Sky to change the dish at home (it was there when we bought the place), but other than receiving an automated reply, we’ve heard nothing. Will Sky come to the party, or will we cancel our subscription and view free-to-air, saving over $1,000 per year? We like Sky. I hope they’ll change the dish. Will keep you advised.

        • willtin

          It all depends on what you want to watch and when. We were on minimal Sky, since dropped and now on Freeview only, without complaint.

          • johnandali

            I have always been a news-buff, and I spend a lot of time going through all the news channels. As a dual Aust/NZ citizen, the Aust news and comments are also important to me. Also UK TV is marvellous. And as a sports fan, the sports channels are also important to me. Our grand-kids enjoy the children’s programmes. So I hope that Sky will confirm/deny the aerial systems are the problem, and it can be easily sorted. I’ve been a loyal Sky subscriber both here in in Oz for longer than I can remember.

        • Kleinholz

          We have the same issue but there is an answer which is upstairs, written on a bit of paper with the Sky box (and Mrs KH is asleep). If you check in later today, I will post what you need to know – it’s a simple process to do with settings.

          While we are on Sky, apparently young ones with tablets are using their parents’ Sky customer numbers and GoSky (or is it SkyGo?) to see Sky for free because Sky doesn’t know where the SkyGo customer actually is and has no way of knowing that the SkyGo user is not the same as the person paying the bills, even if the tablet viewer is at a different address.

          And another Sky ‘learning’ – when we were switched over to the new smaller Sky box, some numpty suggested that we would lose all our recorded programmes because there was no way we could transfer them over to the new box. Not so fast, I suggested – why can’t we keep the old box and run two boxes until we have seen all the recorded stuff on the old box? Against the rules, Sky said. Why, I asked. So after a couple of long telephone discussions, that’s exactly what we did. It can be done and was. It cost us a little bit extra for the month we had both and was a bit of a challenge but it worked.

          • johnandali

            Many thanks. I have looked for the settings page on screen, but can’t find it. Our old setting was something like 11300 or 13000 and the setting at the bach was definitely 10750. The guy did it all so quickly, I didn’t see exactly what he was doing He also did some very quick changes after that, but I didn’t see what he did. Still haven’t heard from Sky. Will be very pleased to see your reply. Thanks again.

          • Kleinholz

            Sky tuning – all from the Sky remote:
            1. Push setup button.
            2. Key in the numbers 0759; then push select.
            3. Arrow down to LNB on the screen.
            4. Key in a new frequency number – alternatives that have worked for me are 10.740 (it automatically inserts the decimal point), 10.745 and 11.300.
            5 Push green button to save new frequency.
            6. Push SKY button to exit.

            Good luck – it has worked twice for me and for a family member (different Sky box) who also uses the bach.

          • johnandali

            Many thanks. I’ll wait for a couple more days to give Sky a chance to respond to my request. It will be a very good test of their customer services branch. If they have one.

          • johnandali

            All is well. I tried your method, and it simply wouldn’t work. The same result every time. No signal. So I repeated your formula to Sky and they repeated it back to me. By the way, their phone number is 0800 759 759, which is interesting in itself.

            So here’s what they suggested. It was exactly as you had said:

            1. Push setup button
            2. Key in the numbers 0759 and then push select
            3. Arrow down to LNB on the screen
            4. Key in a new frequency number 11300
            5. Push green button to save new frequency
            6. Push SKY button to exit

            And it still wouldn’t work, even after going through the process a few times with one of their technical staff on the phone, and I resigned myself to calling in a technician. After my phone call, I tried it all again to no avail, and then I experimented with moving the aerial lead to the next terminal on our wall. And what do you know? It worked. So next time we go south, we’ll simply key in the 10750 frequency, and on our return home, the 11300. Easy as that. Many, many thanks for your help and suggestion. By the way. I did apologise to Sky. I had even labelled the terminal on the wall as being the aerial one. What a mistake-a to make-a.

          • Kleinholz

            Pleased to have been of help. We have just sorted Spark out as well. We moved to UFB on fibre but that meant the dial-up to our mobiles from the burglar alarm wouldn’t/couldn’t work. Spark had told us we needed to get the burglar alarm people in but they didn’t say we wouldn’t be able to get it working again and that we would have to spend $300 on a new gizmo and $30 a month on monitoring. So we have shifted just the phone back to copper and we have a dial-up burglar alarm that works and we will have a landline during a power cut. But that took a couple of hours on the phone to everyone.

          • johnandali

            Isn’t it funny how two homes can have similar problems. We want to install a back-to-base burglar alarm in our holiday bach. Life certainly doesn’t become any easier the older you get. Thanks for the info.

    • KatB

      That would be really gutting to lose that precious message from your Mother-in-law. I had issues with them a few years ago. The worst of it is, is that there’s no local office to go to sort things out face to face, it’s always a phone call, (usually to a foreign country), and they can keep you at arms length just spouting the company line. I had an ongoing issue that lasted for a few months. Every time I rang it was somebody different and I had to explain the whole situation to every time. It meant hours of wasted time on the phone with them. The other big company is no better to deal with either. Oh to have a local company with local reps, that actually value their customers, I’d pay extra for that.

      • johnandali

        My wife asked the Spark rep where he was from. He said the Philippines. But whether he was in NZ or in his home country, he didn’t say. If Spark are using foreign workers in their home countries, and if such workers are available in NZ, is this on the up-and-up? If Spark went to immigration and asked if they could import their workers, would they be allowed to? If they couldn’t, could this mean that New Zealanders are actually missing out on jobs?

        • KatB

          I understood that I was talking to somebody actually in the Philippines. After many pointless phone calls I started to ask to talk to somebody in NZ each time I rang. One girl I spoke to said Telecom were starting to realise their customers were wanting to talk to people in NZ and it was set up so she could work from home. She made it sound like they may have been going to move to more kiwi based call centre/working from home type people. Don’t know if that’s happened or not.

    • Miss Phit

      Same with Orcon. Upgraded to faster and more Gb per month and they forgot to let us know when to change over modems (needed a new one they sent out) and we lost our phone line and it took a week of speaking to people with really bad american accents who were obviously working off a prepared script. 2 hours of waiting and trying little things before their tech staff got involved (job was elevated above the phone staff).

      Been with these guys since they started up and they were great, very customer focused etc but now they are just like the rest. Take our money and give us nothing in the realms of customer service in return. And just a day after we signed up for a 12 month period sky and vodafone do a deal which we may have gone with instead. We will be watching and looking to jump in 12 months…

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        Also with Orcon and have been with them, and their predecessors, since forever.
        Moved recently from Auckland to Taranaki. Their confirmation with my new address, etc said ‘your phone number is’ and it was my Auckland number. Phoned them to say surely I could not have an 09 number in the Naki. Didn’t really get a definitive response except that it would be done at the time – whatever ‘it’ was. Got here and no new number. Phoned them and they said they’d sort it. Hey, the 09 one worked. Took them a week to give me an 06 number and in the meantime I used the 09 number. They then had the gall to charge me for calls – well try to as I pointed out it was their fault. Got a refund but really.

        Agree they used to be customer focused, and I stuck with them as their technical staff had knowledge of Apple. Luckily I don’t need their assistance as much these days but irks me.

  • Sally

    What do people cook for a quick and easy dinner?

    • Jafarma

      Step 1. Cook much more than needed for one meal.
      Step 2. Reheated leftovers for quick and easy meal the next day or two.

    • Brent

      Bake Bean’s on Cheese Toasties

      • Nige.

        Timeless. Can even feed the dog on that.

        • ex-JAFA

          Wouldn’t that just encourage the aromatics?

    • Wasapilot

      On weekends in winter, a roast. Just throw it in the oven, peel some spuds, parsnips, something green, hey presto.

      Tonight, a leg of lamb.

      • Disinfectant

        Whats your address?

      • Nechtan

        Yum roast parsnip.

        • Isherman

          Only way to have them I say.

      • Mike Webber

        Roast most nights if I can.

      • Bluemanning

        Reheated roast Beef baked vegetables with fresh yorkshire pud tonight. Oh and gravey of course.

    • Carl

      Call the local takeaway and get them to deliver.

      • Wasapilot

        Always a good option, or call first and pick up. My favourite is a 32, a 36 and 9, you come in 15 minute.

        • rantykiwi

          Local takeaway has 68 amd 70 on the menu, but strangely enough no 69.

          • Disinfectant

            Bet they had an 88.

          • willtin

            Yeh but 88 is only a 77 with 11 added.

          • KatB

            That was a good year I must say.

    • hookerphil

      Stir fry chicken and rice. Sunday evening type – mousetraps. Lunches – eggs – any which way.

    • rantykiwi

      Bacon and anything. Eggs, mushrooms, steak, fried rice, baked beans, packet of pasta…. Always good because it’s always bacon.

    • Greg M

      Fry-athlon. Snarlers and chips in the deep fryer, egg and tomato in a pan. All done in 7 minutes.

    • Dave

      We often do a toasted sandwich, cheese, onion, tomato and a handful of fresh herbs from the garden, occasionally a piece of bacon, job gone.

    • I really don’t want to share my quick meals. They would be way too revealing as how I managed to devolve into a creature of lazy convenience.

      • Disinfectant

        Your mum brings them round for you.

        • That would require a plane trip. So, no.

          • D.Dave

            You’re lucky, Pete. I’d need a Ouija board to get a meal from my mum….

          • Disinfectant

            She orders them for you over the phone from Dominos pizza and has them delivered.

          • That’s so not my mum. That would be excessive and wasteful. Hard to get the post-war frugality out of her.

    • Disinfectant

      Tonight, McCanns microwave Lasagne.

      Cost $4.59 from New World.

      The most expensive part of tonights dinner is the Pinot Noir to wash it down.

    • MaryLou

      Eggs on Toast with Salad. The perfect little protein pack.

    • Chris EM

      Grilled cheese on toast, or for utter convenience, bag of potato chips with slices of cheese and salami.

      • Sally

        Cheese on toast wins tonight.

        • Chris EM

          Think I’ll join you.

        • D.Dave

          That’s what we had, washed down with a bit of ciderrrrrr.

    • XCIA

      I always have boxes of Paneton leek & bacon quiches, Waitoa Chicken nuggets and Watties oven fries in the freezer for emergency late night snacking.

      • rantykiwi

        Quiche? Is that even a food?

        • XCIA

          Its traditional food for peasants ;-)

        • D.Dave

          When I was at Lincoln in the early 80’s, before it became all green and PC, they had Quiche in the cafeteria. It wasn’t a seller. I told the lady behind the counter to rename it Bacon and Egg pie, and it was gone in a flash.

    • Nechtan

      Baked beans in a pan, drop some eggs and grated cheese in and serve on toast.

    • Aucky

      Just about to fry a couple of eggs, and put an egg each on top of a piece of Vogels toast and a thick slice of cold ham.

      First experienced the dish for breakfast years ago in Amsterdam. I think the Dutch call them bouncers. Wasn’t Vogels then of course.

      • RightyTighty LeftyLoosey

        Uitsmijter. Hmmm delicious and easy.

    • Wangas Feral

      Broccoli and anchovy pasta. A Jamie Oliver recipe that is delicious and takes about fifteen minutes from go to scarfing it down.

    • Lux

      Bacon and egg toasted or fresh sandwiches
      Fish fingers, spicy baked beans and fried eggs, with bacon.
      Fresh air with a touch of old mouldy toast…

    • Aquarius 61

      I did wonton soup the other night. 15 minutes max (using frozen dumplings from supermarket) , and delicious.

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      Risotto (just onions and peas) or pasta with a simple tomato sauce or just garlic and oil.

  • Nige.

    I bought a pressure cooker. Am I devolving? or are they a timeless kitchen necessity?

    • XCIA

      You should consider a good quality air fryer.

      • Carl

        Thinking of getting one of those. Are they any good, are the chips crispy?

        • XCIA

          Its the sort of thing that when you buy it and know how to make it perform for various foods, you wonder how the hell you ever done without it. I have a Phillips. Chips are great – good colour and crispy. The best thing is the consistency and you don’t have to stuff around with oil. I use Watties golden Heart thick and chunky for convenience.

      • Wasapilot

        Fried air X? Surely it hasn’t come to that for you ?

        • XCIA

          I am so used to being around hot air, it was just a natural progression ;-)

    • Left Right Out

      I’m always under pressure in the kitchen

  • The other night I had a test to see if the Internet had ruined you. Some of you passed, which is great. Here’s another test for you. (pic)
    .

    • Nige.

      My sight must be going. Nothing jumped out at me until . ..

    • Nechtan

      Completely oblivious this time.

      • Isherman

        Could be the lack of a belly button?

        • Nechtan

          Yep, got it. Would never had guessed, must be my saint like nature :-)

    • MaryLou

      Can’t see a thing, except has something been whited out?

      • rantykiwi

        I’m with you… only after reading comments from those who could see it did I understand.

    • Greg M

      This grubby little beast is busted. )

    • Isherman

      Nice pair:)

    • Spiker

      Well thats an eye catching logo.

    • Usaywot

      LOL. That’s clever!…and naughty

    • Left Right Out

      the mermaid boy has great form

    • dumbshit

      Had to detail, in depth, the image I was seeing.
      Dancers, were all that was apparent, to the wife.

      • cows4me

        Where are the dances.

        • dumbshit

          You would have to ask the wife, I could detail the “finer points” of another image, for you!

          • cows4me

            I can see the other image just fine.

    • hookerphil

      Nothing for me.

      • hookerphil

        Turned it on the side and all was revealed.

    • KatB

      Took me a while to get a breast of things.

    • Les couilles de chien.

      couldn’t get far past the tit le.

    • Hailstormers

      Great outlines. I picked it up pretty quick but my better half quicker. Of for a tango or should I say cha cha cha.

    • Lux

      there is no hope for moi… I noticed it straight off..

    • Hill16

      I’m ruined…..

    • MaryLou

      I think I’m alright. That took two hours to figure out even with all the hints

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      No idea, even after reading all the comments?! Not sure if that means the internet has ruined me or if I am safe from ruination?

      • You are so pure. It’s awesome.

        • Miss McGerkinshaw

          Well if you knew my history no so, well in body but perhaps in mind? :-O

          • I think we’ll better leave it there then :)

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            NOW who’s running scared?!

            Anyway do those of use who ‘don’t get it’ be left in the dark?

          • The logo. The two people make a naked female torso

          • Miss McGerkinshaw

            Thank you very much for enlightening me.
            So bleeding obvious once pointed out, but still took a second or two I will admit.

  • Geordie

    Our household loves the NBR and we have been subscribers for several years (we used to get their paper version). On Saturday we found ourselves locked out, initially we thought it was an error, as our yearly sub had rolled over several times without any problems. But alas we still had no access today. A very terse email was dispatched. The response was fantastic, three people responded, apologised and explained that the problem was a change to our credit card. We were given immediate access and invited to ring on Monday and the problem would be sorted personally.

    Fantastic service from a great news outlet, not sure Stuff and the Herald will match them for service (or content) on a Sunday, if they go behind a paywall (not sure that we will bother to subscribe!)

    Great service NBR, and on a Sunday.

  • cows4me

    The mountain safety council is up in arms ( pun intended ) because the police minister has said funding will be cut and a heap of training officers will be laid off. About quarter of the present places where training and licensing can take place will shut. When I originally heard this I thought it was simply penny pinching but I’m now having second thoughts. Many firearm license holders are rural with many living in remote areas so will have to travel greater distances and incur greater costs to sit a license, a license that is vital to many rural people. I believe the real reason behind this decision is a further move by liberal police policy makers to discourage firearm ownership in NZ by making it harder to own a firearm. It’s a drip by drip thing.

  • Nige.

    After a hard night of rugby watching I convinced Bruce to face one of his fears.

    As you can see from the expression on his face he’s not convinced.

    • Chris EM

      That’s mean, Nige. Bruce isn’t a cat whale, he likes dogs.

    • MaryLou

      Is he surrounded by cats? One on each side?? No wonder he looks like that.

    • KatB

      I must say Bruce looks pretty hardcore in his denim vest, you could say Taranaki Hardcore. I think he’s going to need it for his time with those hardy Mainlanders. I think the cats will respect him with his possum fur trim.

      • Nige.

        Yeah he said to say thanks for that. He’s not up to the cold down here without an extra layer.

    • Les couilles de chien.

      now I get it !

    • STAG

      Send the beast south!

      • Nige.

        No just yet. He’s got at least three marlbarians to survive first before he even gets to the coast! He’s going to be one worn out whale.

        For example….. he went AWOL today in pack n save. Then I found him among some of the local brew.

        • Lux

          Could he still wave his flippers?

          • Nige.

            He’s into karaoke now. I need to distract him because I have an early start tomorrow.

            https://youtu.be/zmocLHBfM7w

          • Lux

            Ohh lordy lordy lordy .. What Fantastic Talent you have there !! ..

          • Nige.

            He thinks his voice is like Stan Walkers…

            I guess it could do… if I knew what Stan Walkers voice actually sounded like I might have a clue.

        • KatB

          Bruce had such a wholesome time in the North Island, boating, biking, the great outdoors, two minutes in the South Island and he’s into the beer and tatts. I hope Spanishbride has rehab booked on his return home. That’s one whale that will need to dry out.

          • Nige.

            Good grief. I turned my back for one bloody minute. … (pic)

          • KatB

            Oh I see you’ve discovered he’s a bit partial to a spot of beer diving. I see you’ve removed the vest. I hope you weren’t too surprised by the sight that greeted you. LOL.

          • Nige.

            Um…HE removed the vest. I wasn’t even watching. I was doing paperwork and working out my diary for the week.

            He’s going to fit in once he gets to Dunedin I can tell

          • Lux

            I wonder how many new tricks you will be able to teach him ..

          • Gaynor

            Don’t think he can come to my place with that sort of drinking habit…I don’t like competition.

    • Lux

      I love his new threads ..

    • Greg M

      Cat No 2 looks like it’s about to put the boot in.

  • Ladies of Whaleoil. If you had a poster like this, but for you, what would it say?
    .
    1. Find a man who…
    2. Find a man who…
    3. Find a man who…
    4. Find a man who…
    5. Find a man who…
    6. Find a man who…

    • KatB

      1. Makes me laugh
      2. Has a good work ethic
      3. Is a man
      4. Can listen
      5. Family is important to him
      6. Most of all, it is VERY IMPORTANT that these 5 men DO meet and combine their wages so I can buy shoes, shoes and handbags.

      • Ah, you’re an Imelda Marcos eh?

        • KatB

          I have been called that by my family in that past.

      • Jafarma

        I thought I was doing OK but alas gotta say 6 would have to be a showstopper

        • KatB

          Yeah funny that, number 6 makes perfect sense to me, but men don’t seem to see it that way.

      • Miss McGerkinshaw

        Used to be shoes and handbags (first pay packet, in the days when you got real money in a brown envelope) went on matching shoes and handbag but now it’s bedding (duvet covers and sheets) and towels. Have enough for a family of five and still look.

    • Sally

      is a handyman
      is a IT expert
      is a mechanic
      is a chef
      is rich
      most of all is a gentleman

      • Nechtan

        Oh well 3 out 5.

        • EveryWhichWayButLeft

          Better than me, I get 1 out of 5… And expert might be a bit of a stretch :P

      • Jafarma

        Failed the first 3 so time to move on …

      • D.Dave

        Sorry, Number 5 rules me out.

        • Woody

          Same here.

    • Lux

      smart mouth
      sense of humour
      can cook
      loves women
      a gentleman
      and tough as old boots with a smile on his dial when I need it..
      and strong arms !!!!!!!!

      • Disinfectant

        That list cuts the Gentleman bit out.

        • Lux

          No way ..

    • pisces8284

      Votes centre right
      Enjoys cooking
      Sense of humour
      Impulsive
      Arranges tickets to concerts so I don’t have to do it
      Kind nature

    • JEL51

      Is not blind ( can see what he is looking for right in front of him.)
      Can bend over (knows how to open the dish drawer.)
      Is not deaf (who can hear instantly when spoken to)
      Agile (never overstep the mark/leave my plants alone)
      Has a memory (turns up at mealtime)

      • Lux

        I thought at first glance, I thought you said.. leave my pants alone !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        LOlolol…..

        • JEL51

          You would take it that way ;)).

        • KatB

          you know you’re in trouble when they start leaving your pants alone.

          • Lux

            or wearing them ..

      • Jafarma

        – Can open fridge door and see beer. Check.
        – Can bend over to get into ice box below freezer which is at same level as dishwasher, to get ice for bourbon. Check.
        – I have selective hearing disorder depending on what is said. Half check?
        – I can bend over to pick vege plants from the garden. Re-check no 2 but would fail if they were flowers?
        – Aha! someone who doesn’t want a chef. Count me in!!
        Something tells me though we may not get to the pen pals stage….

        • JEL51

          You never know, have you got a job that will stimulate your mind, occupy your time and take you out of the place..?
          Retirement is not suitable to Obsessive Compulsive personality type so I am ready to trade any day now.

      • Crowgirl

        Knows how to replenish the drinks when he removes some from the fridge.

    • XCIA

      Some time ago I was told by a group of lady account managers who had imbibed liberal quantities of truth serum over lunch that the qualities they sought in their prospective partner were wealth, position and prospects.

  • willtin

    I have a suggestion for a name for the new emerging Labour – The Alien Party; because it seems on any given week they will succeed in alienating: an entire race of people, any potential investors in New Zealand, yet another, neighbouring Democratic Country.
    And Shearer being interviewed on TV calling JK’s Fiji visit, an embarrassment; his body language screamed disingenuous to me. I suspect he might even be embarrassed himself having to repeat on TV what he has been told to say.

    • Isherman

      It would have to refer only to alien life of the unintelligent single cell kind, otherwise it’s just an insult to Aliens.

    • MaryLou

      Yep – I’m not sure he’s really as bad as he’s made to seem sometimes, like towing the party line on the TPPA.

  • ex-JAFA

    For fans of culture, the second series of ‘Westside’ starts on TV3 tonight.

    • Thoroughly enjoyable! Can’t wait till Cheryl comes on the scene.

  • Isherman

    Labour logic.
    Hilary Benn the UK Labour shadow Foreign Secretary will on Monday (UK time) give a major speech setting out his “patriotic case” for Britain remaining in the EU.

    Wait, what?

  • Lux

    Quick poll… How long to do you reckon until JK calls the next election?

    Library polling booth in Vogeltown 1950.

    • Nige.

      My prediction is 26 August next year.

      • Lux

        This year?

        • Nige.

          Next year.

    • Wasapilot

      Electorates are generally unkind to parties calling snap or early elections from memory. I think they will let this term run until having to have the election, November 2017 I think.

      Seems to me that the longer labour and the greens are left to show their brilliance, the better National and hopefully ACT will do.

      • willtin

        I agree. And it would come too close after the Flag Mass Debate Debacle, that many would moan about, even more unnecessary Government expenditure.

    • XCIA

      The strangest place I cast a vote was at a tent in a field in the backside of nowhere.

    • Jafarma

      No rush while AA is still there, so assuming he stays I’d say as late as possible which will be November 17?

    • kayaker

      November 2017. JK won’t run the risk of holding an earlier election – because winter and the lefties/MSM banging on about cold and mouldy houses, people living in cars and garages (but not tents because that didn’t go well for AA), health etc. All of it, any of it, is all JK’s fault.

    • Sticktotheknitting

      November 2017 is my pick unless he is forced into it by Paula playing up.

    • Keanne Lawrence

      That rig would be worth a bundle now like the retro caravan in the corner. Sadly the same can not be said for the value of “our” vote by comparison.

    • Dave

      I hope he is more strategic about it, over here Turnbull called an election 4 weeks ago, another 4 weeks away to the election, but he has gone from a narrow winner to looking like being first loser. Wrong call Malcolm, your timing was out, and he underestimated the sway of Labour and the unions. Bugger.

  • EveryWhichWayButLeft

    I was scanning the local rag earlier and I came across an article that is a real good news piece for Whangarei and one of the local engineering firms WRT Sky City’s new convention centre: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11653366

    The union has said it is “a disgrace” and Labour are all kiwi this, kiwi that and really offer nothing… Do these muptards ever say anything positive?

    This is great for the local economy and great for Culhams – well done.
    Disclaimer: I’m not associated with Culhams, Sky City, Labour or a union in any way.

    • JEL51

      Yes, it is a small company that has always stepped-up when asked to do Big things. I know they have had worrying times when there isn’t the work available. So yeh, good for them.

  • Cadwallader

    I was listening to ZB on Friday night and it struck me that Marcus Lush is a bit of a twit. He seems not to have any rigid ideas in his head and was just following the drift of his talk-back participants. He could never be as irritating as Ms Smalley but in some ways he seems to be nothing more than a male version of her. Years ago before he moved to Invercargill he seemed balanced and informed but now he is seriously diluted.

    • JEL51

      I know what you mean, just no opinion about anything. He is more stimulating than Bruce who is inflicted with a severe dose of KDS, which worsens through the wee small hours.

      • Simo

        Brucie takes about 10 minutes after he hits the airwaves at 12am to swerve into a lefty rant ….closely followed by [click]

    • Uncle Bully

      I think he heralded the demise of Radio Live with his inane rubbish during the morning slot. That station has since taken a real nose dive and is not worth listening to anymore (apart from Henry).

    • Gaynor

      The nights I have meetings after work I get to listen to Marcus Lush while driving home . “A bit of a twit” is very kind compared to what I can call him on my 3/4 hour drive.

    • STAG

      Don’t judge us on him.

    • Frank N Further

      Heard him one evening last week discussing the prices of houses.I wasn’t listening too closely, but the gist of what he said was that it was unfair that to buy a house it took such a large portion of your pay. After all, according to Marcus, young people should be able to go out and have their drinks, holidays, whatever, AND still be able to buy their house. Looking back to when I bought our first house there were a few years of building up the deposit, then after purchase a few more years of living pretty frugally to meet the payments. Marcus came across as just another with a huge amount of entitlementenous.

    • kayaker

      Is this the same night he was talking about clothes pegs? Weird.

  • Nige.

    It is a fabulous denim and possum fur number picked up in the exotic taranaki.

    I believe he is on a commission to model it for this leg of his venture.

    I sincerely hope he maintains his rugged look and doesn’t end up being corrupted upon his visit further south.

  • MaryLou

    Or, they’ve decided to make sure that if he loses, he can’t stage a comeback!

  • Lux

    Who remembers this? Red top, green top, silver top and juice. Don’t forget to put out your empties, and the right tokens. The days of milk home deliveries, long-lost to deregulation – something people have a romantic yearning for as it’s just one of a few milk and milk-related entries in this list.

    • Greg M

      My first paying job in the late 70’s. Auckland north shore, we did Sartors Ave to Hastings Rd and all streets between. $2 for two hours work, and we loved it.

      • Greg M

        Edit to add, the boss had a Bedford truck with “dukes of hazard” airhorns to let people know we were coming, very awesome, )

        • KatB

          I hope he didn’t drive like the Dukes of Hazard, wouldn’t be much milk left to deliver.

          • Dave

            No, that would have been home delivered Milk Shakes!!!

      • jonno1

        Was a milkboy in the mid 60s. Used a trolley like that, in fact probably looked a bit like that lad in Lux’s photo. As I recall the tops were cardboard, not aluminium. Hard work but fun, no idea what the pay was, probably a couple of shillings an hour. One day I dropped a crate, another time several crates fell off the back of the truck. In both cases the milkman simply brought out a broom and tarpaulin, no comment, we just cleaned it up. This was an afternoon delivery in Lower Hutt, very cold in winter.

        • Greg M

          Our trolleys were 3 crates in single file, nice and light on the handle but a bit tippy sideways. Busted a few crates during my tenure but as you say heaps of fun.

          • LabTested

            Our trolleys were 3 crates in a single file, but double stacked, so 6 in all. Going down steep hills you planted the back of the trolley into the road as a brake. 14 yr old boys in charge of heavy projectiles on public roads – not to mention jumping off the back of the moving milk truck with 3 bottles in each hand. Great fun but OSH today would spit the dummy

    • Lux

      Lovely milk bottles

      • KatB

        We get our milk in glass bottles now. We buy our milk from a supplier providing raw milk. Lovely full cream milk. Reminds me of the milk deliveries you’re reminiscing about.

      • Isherman

        There’s one pub in Manukau where they serve the tap beer in them…a proper pint as it were, pretty novel.

    • Nige.

      They take away silver top. Nek minit all these fat kids….

      • KatB

        The way the milk gets separated into it’s components when it gets to the factory then reassembled into what’s wanted, (trim, full cream etc), and the time it lasts for in the fridge nowadays is concerning to me.

        • XCIA

          I usually find it does not keep until the use by date. It has usually turned manky two days prior to that. That’s at work and at home.

          • Lux

            It happens really quickly if people, keep leaving it out of the fridge. One of my sisters kept on doing it, and the milk turns shonky really quickly if left out every day for longer than normal.. periods.
            I have now rewired her brain, to put it back in the fridge, straight away after she makes me an excellent hot cup of tea.. :-)0

      • XCIA

        “Academics and researchers point to evidence that a high-fat, low-carb diet is better for weight loss and improving diabetes.”
        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11579876

    • Miss Phit

      and juice too.

    • Platinum Fox

      Some of us are old enough to remember the earlier milk bottles with thick tops into which a waxed carbon top was pressed. When the bottle shape changed we only had silver (aluminium) top, as the local town milk supplier didn’t offer homogenised until years later. Fruit “juice” (which wouldn’t qualify as such today) when it appeared came from Tauranga IIRC.

    • Mark

      I did that in Dunedin,hard work but great fun,Milkman was Beaumont,a great man who fostered my work ethic.

    • Dave

      That picture looks like it’s in the South Island Lux, garage right on the footpath?.

      • Lux

        I don’t know where it’s taken Dave.. we have a couple of garages in our street with garages of similar ilk .. and I’m in Auckland.

    • Jafarma

      I used to be in a uni flat with 7 other blokes in the early 70’s and we’d put out a crate of milk bottles a day! Can’t remember the cost but it was bugger all

    • Crowgirl

      20c a pint when I was growing up and we always had the blue top homogenised one from memory.

  • Lux

    And the milkshakes .. Once handed to you at every takeaway across the land – there has been a retro revival of this ubiquitous milkshake cup design of the 1970s-1980s.

    • Lux

      I worked in a sandwich place for a while and used to make the yummiest thick shakes around .. people came back all the time for one of mine.

    • Dave

      Yup, or the alloy milkshake cans. When I was 5 or 6, I was allowed a milk shake. These machines were in some ways responsible for the founding of Maccas. Ray Croc, was a travelling milkshake salesman, and received an order for a lot of 6 head machines, and drove across 2 states to see why anyone needed so many machines. He came across 2 brothers who had a few outlets selling milkshakes and fish, and ended up in a business arrangement with them, and from there he took over and McDonalds was founded after changing the menu. The rest is history.

      i can recall Uncle Sams Americana in Pioneer highway (Palmerston North) had 2 machines and a milkshake or Pepsi was essential with that late night steamed burger.

    • Isherman

      I was surprised to see them back. A month or so back the boss was covering in the cafe inside the store where she works so I popped in and got her to do me an iced coffee in one, which they normally only serve in the regular size cups…three double shots…it was heaven I tell ya.

  • Eiselmann

    BBC reporting mass shooting in a Florida NIghtclub

    http://www.bbc.com/news/36510272

  • Isherman

    There are reports of a ‘mass casualty’ shooting at a gay bar in Orlando, Florida. the shooter has been confirmed dead but no other details of casualties have been released at this stage. The local hospital a few miles away, the Orlando Rgional Medical Centre is in lockdown with only essential workers being allowed access.

    • Lux

      Multiple casualties’ confirmed at Florida gay club after gunman who burst in ‘wearing a suicide vest’ and took hostages before shooting up to 20 people is killed.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ushome/index.html

    • Lux

      SUSPECT HAS BEEN KILLED BY AUTHORITIES. Scene is being secured.
      SWAT Team is checking the building for bombs. Multiple trauma patients are being transported out of the club in Fire Trucks, as all available ambulances have been sent out. Emergency triages have been set up all over town, to handle victims.

    • Lux

      And here we were chatting about milk and milkshakes, it makes you realise how lucky we are to live here.

      • Nige.

        Bloody hell. The scrambling to cover up the fact that it was an isis cell is incredible

  • Lux

    The Football Association has condemned the “terrible” conduct of drunken English fans as an “embarrassment”, they are so full of hate.

    • Eiselmann

      UEFA are taking action against the Russian Football Union over the conduct of Russian fans.

      http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36510550

      It would be nice to think this won;t happen again but it will…..next big flashpoint game is later this week…Germany vs Poland..

      • LabTested

        I was at Euro 2012 four years ago. I went to the fan zone many times where they had thousands and thousands of fans in a small place shoulder to shoulder. A great atmosphere without any problems.

        As I remember the only issues were with some of the Russian fans at the stadiums, – plus the price gouging. I know one bar owner who had so many customers he just doubled the price and that did not slow people down, so he doubled it again. He had a great tournament.

        The Russians were great he says, they would always ask – What is the most expensive thing you have? and they would buy that

    • Lux

      Fans of the English and Russian national teams clashed with each other, and later with police, before a match between England and Russia in Marseille, France, on June 11, 2016.

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