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Book review of the day

Book reviews are suggested by readers and commenters.

Please send your own book reviews to [email protected]

Today’s review comes from Exactchange

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Whaleoil bookclub book reviews

Robert Spencer

With the holidays’ coming up Oilers are going to be doing a lot of reading (hopefully under a tree at the beach or tucked up in bed with a cuppa).

A commenter recently asked what had happened to our Whaleoil bookclub book reviews.

We haven’t done them for a long time because we have been looking for an easier way for commenters to enter the data. We found a plugin for Whaleoil recipes and we are waiting for a new plugin that will allow us to do the same thing with book reviews.

It hasn’t happened yet so we have decided to go back to doing it the old way until we can change to a more efficient time-saving model.

Please send your book reviews to books at whaleoil.co.nz

Please:

1. Put your preferred username in the subject line

2. Write the tile of the book on the first line

3. Write the name of the author on the second line

4. Write in your own words a description of the book and why you recommend it

5. If you really want to help you can provide a link to it on Amazon. This is not mandatory because I can look it up but it would save me time if you include the link.

Thank you sincerely for your contribution.

We all look forward to your recommendations for a good read.

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Book review of the day

Book reviews are suggested by readers and commenters.

Please send your own book reviews to [email protected]

Today’s review comes from Wally Betts.

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Whaleoil bookclub book reviews

Robert Spencer

With the holidays’ coming up Oilers are going to be doing a lot of reading (hopefully under a tree at the beach or tucked up in bed with a cuppa).

A commenter recently asked what had happened to our Whaleoil bookclub book reviews.

We haven’t done them for a long time because we have been looking for an easier way for commenters to enter the data. We found a plugin for Whaleoil recipes and we are waiting for a new plugin that will allow us to do the same thing with book reviews.

It hasn’t happened yet so we have decided to go back to doing it the old way until we can change to a more efficient time-saving model.

Please send your book reviews to books at whaleoil.co.nz

Please:

1. Put your preferred username in the subject line

2. Write the tile of the book on the first line

3. Write the name of the author on the second line

4. Write in your own words a description of the book and why you recommend it

5. If you really want to help you can provide a link to it on Amazon. This is not mandatory because I can look it up but it would save me time if you include the link.

Thank you sincerely for your contribution.

We all look forward to your recommendations for a good read.

Helper and problem solver for Cam Slater’s Whaleoil.
Hands-on in the real world. Headlong in the online world.

A friend in need is a friend indeed

Proverb

Some say that conservativism is based on Christian values and it may well be. I think it’s based on what we call common sense. “Turn the other cheek” may contradict “an eye for an eye” but they are verses/proverbs that need to be taken in context. None more so than this week when I realised the true meaning of “a friend in need is a friend indeed”.  (Just by the by a sookbook friend said something along the same lines to do with the nature of the world today in which so many get pleasure or satisfaction from sharing in (the form of videos and quotes and other media) the misery and embarrassment of others.)

My point is this:

I know someone who wronged me badly a few years ago but he is down on his luck and has since become a father. Now he is living day to day and has very little aspirations towards bettering himself. He sees his life as only ever being what he is today. Tomorrow may as well be next century. I won’t try and influence his opinion about that obvious lack of foresight, because I don’t believe you can. I truly believe one of our first “whaleoil wisdoms” where is that  “you cannot change anyone’s mind. You can only show them the information” That is the crux of all argumentation.

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Bathurst day debate

This is your place to chat about the great race that is known as Bathurst.

Join other commenters as they discuss the age-old question: Ford or Holden?

Actually there are several questions these days. Feel free to jump in and ask them yourself!

We will have to enjoy the internal combustion engine while we can. It may not be long before Bathurst becomes a murky pond of virtue signalling goop powered by nothing but hydrogenated electricity and self-important smug.

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Audio: The presumption of innocence

Leighton Smith

Listen to the audio here.

It starts at 2:00

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Audio: Our PM is a celebrity not a statesman

Leighton Smith

Listen to the Leighton Smith interview with Michael Bassett on celebrity culture, gender quotas, Jacinda Ardern and fairy gold.

It starts at 2:20

Listen here.

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Memories of cows4me

Well, it has been 8 months since we lost one of our most valued commenters.

cows4me brought a raw and honest conversation (really starting to hate that word) to the comments section of this website for the many years during which he was an active participant.

To honour him….. well I guess it goes without saying has been difficult to choose the right time and way to do so and with the recent introduction of commenter of the week I believe we have found the best place to do it.

Next Sunday the tireless Christie will undertake the very humbling task of compiling a cows4me COTW (commenter of the week) special in which we at Whaleoil will honour him to coincide with the very farmer orientated daylight saving change.

I would like to ask YOU commenters who have memories to share stories, links to comments or just state how reading his comments affected you so that we may be able to use them as part of our tribute for our favourite Taranaki farmer.

Please don’t use this post as a place to say “miss you cows”. Please save that for next Sunday if you don’t mind.

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Rugby post – The All Blacks host the South Africans in Wellington

Welcome to tonight’s debate post for the rugby where you can predict the score and guess who’s going to score in what corner off who’s forward tackle, or boot, (or pass) as well as cyber bully the ref when he gets it wrong or has his eyes closed.

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