Some articles are timeless and can be enjoyed even years after they were first published. With Brian’s blessing, we revisit, ‘Lunatic labelling takes grandiose to new levels.’
Society’s headlong plunge into PC lunacy continues. The signs are all there. Literally. On the side of the road.
A few years ago, astute Sun readers pointed out the ridiculous “Pavement Rehabilitation” which we think means “road works”. Now the whole country is sliding down the slippery slopes of lunatic labelling.
We don’t have rubbish dumps any more. Not even refuse sites. We instead have a proliferation of fancy named places such as ‘transfer stations’.
Where in the name ‘transfer station’ does it suggest that’s where we dispose of our rubbish? It sounds more like somewhere you drop grandma off after a weekend visit.
Even Tauranga.co.nz even feels the need to explain – to assure residents they’re not taking their rubbish to a bus station.
“What is a Transfer Station?” the website asks.
• a place to take your rubbish and recycling
• more commonly known as a “Tip” or “Rubbish Dump”
• activity provided – rubbish disposal, recycling, greenwaste disposal
I rest my case. Thanks Tauranga.co.nz
Rotorua has gone a step further in flashing up their garbage: ‘Sanitary Landfill’.
Sorry, but even Rotovegans can’t escape the fact that rubbish is rubbish. This is a rubbish dump. There is nothing sanitary about that.
And just up the road they’ve come up with a highly impressive new label for the place young bad-asses go: ‘Youth Justice Facility’.
Now we could be wrong here, but isn’t this just a trumped up PC name for Junior Jail?
Te Maioha o Parekarangi, for the record, is a junior jail for just 30 naughty persons, costing $47million to build, $7.3million a year to operate and reportedly 100 staff to run.
It’s a shame we don’t have those sort of resources for the law abiding, tax paying all their life, pensioners.
And that prisoner-to-staff ratio makes a mockery of our teacher-pupil ratio. Should we not be putting more effort and teacher resources into young children, rather than waiting until they are placed in these preciously-named facilities to shower them with support?
Add your examples of grandiose language in the comments.
But moving on. There’s an excellent two page spread again in this edition, outlining NZTA’s progress on the Eastern Link Project. Clear and concise, and brilliantly laid out. The pages – and the roads.
This is in stark contrast to the kindergarten comic-style rubbish that the TCC patronises readers with in a lesser paper.
Hmm… a far smaller circulation, surveys show it’s poorly read and those who do bother to read it complain to me that its cartoon, simpleton style is demeaning and childish.
Way to go, Tauranga!
One day they’ll wake to the fact that the Sun is the recognised forum for the community. And hey, if it matters (and it should), is also locally owned – as opposed to foreign owned. You’d think it would be a no-brainer. You tell them.
Thanks everyone for the huge response to last week’s column. Here at RR headquarters we have been deluged with suggestions for Tauranga’s proposed new vision statement.
Several people have put forward suggestions, but on the proviso that they don’t want to be eligible for any of the prizes, which as you may recall, involved swanky lunches, travel and the scintillating company of some of Tauranga’s most illustrious leaders. And Max Mason.
Some of the entries resembled more of a promotional shopping slogan than a vision statement but hey, we are not picky! Any suggestion is a good suggestion right?
Here are a couple of our favourites.
Anonymous RR reader A:
1. Our bus station is air-conditioned.
2. Tauranga is trying. REALLY TRYING.
3. Bayfair for variety under cover.
Iain Crisp: Tauranga. We’ve got the Mount.
Tony Wakefield: Aaron Gilmore doesn’t live here.
Ty Taarse: (we suspect this is not his real name)
1. TIT (This is Tauranga)
2. Tauranga WTF! (Where There’s Fun, of course)
3. Tauranga – a Priority of One
4. Tauranga – don’t you know who we are?
6. I still haven’t found what I’m looking for (apologies to U2)
7. Tauranga – Priority None
Peter Bullick says a couple of 5 worders came to mind:
1. Spend a day, you’ll stay
2. One look and you’re hooked
1. Bus leaving for Rotorua now!
2. Just a suburb of Auckland.
3. Tell the Mayor, Hayden’s back!
4. Please turn out the light.
5. Don’t pay rates, just visiting!
Doreen Waite: Guaranteed Sun once a week.
The winners: All of you. Give Max a call to book.
Roger Rabbit do you know who I am?
I have a bloody good mind to have your editor fire you! I’m a good mate of his and we communicate regularly you know.
Your one line side swipe at poor old Aaron Gilmore rests uneasily with me while your paper swamps us with spreads and columns on Brendon Horan as he worms his way back into public affection.
Poor old Aaron was, after all, doing a public service by exposing himself as yet another ******** – pulling $140,000pa courtesy of the long suffering tax payer. The very least you could have done is publish a wine list showing Aaron’s favourite, that way he would possibly have sniffed another sure source of income as the winemaker’s billboard celebrity and resigned.
I look forward to a better balanced column from you Roger, and don’t forget I know your boss.
Kevin Molloy, Omokoroa.
This week we sadly farewell Cliff Breeds, a great man, my father-in-law, former Tauranga Chief Postmaster, golf legend and astute RR reader. There’ll be a whiskey or two in salute to you, Cliff.
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