Everyone Has to Change…

… says James Cameron.

I loved Titanic and Avatar, just like I loved Love Actually and The Remains of the Day, both starring Emma Thompson. These days, though, I am sick of these people, clever though they are, telling everyone else how they should live. At least James Cameron lives the vegan life he says everyone else must adopt, whereas Emma Thompson flies first class (or even by private jet) while telling everyone else they must stop flying to save the world. Remember, as always, it is okay if they do it… we mere mortals just have to do as we are told.

Now that James Cameron has adopted New Zealand as his home, temporarily at least, he has taken to the media to tell everyone how they should be living while striking at the industries that are the very backbone of our economy.

Nothing ever changes with these wealthy zealots, does it?

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It has to be Judith

By John

Christie has picked up on Matthew Hooton’s list of non-entities as possible leaders of the National party. No, they’re not you’ll be screaming at me. To us here no, but to 95% of the public the names Hooton put forward wouldn’t register. Maybe Paula might due to her having been a minister with a certain flamboyance and Mark through his weekly ZB breakfast slot. The fact is if any of them were registering with the public in a positive way their names would be appearing in the opinion polls.

Let’s cut to the chase here. Agonising over MPs who have not caught the public’s attention is a pointless exercise. In politics these days a leader needs a mix of charisma and ability. Look at Scott Morrison in Australia, ‘ScoMo’, he has something of the John Key persona about him, good to have a drink with down at the pub. Look at Trump, the Donald, a true love-hate character but one that can enthuse people and take them with him. Look at the man most likely to be the next PM in the UK, Boris Johnson, bumbling Boris, but if the polls are correct, he could lead the Conservatives out of chaos to a landslide election win.

I put it to you that if we were voters in any of those countries we would be agonising over those three names. Trump wasn’t supposed to win, neither was Morrison and until now nobody thought Johnson could either.

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Word of the Day

The word for today is…

footle (noun) – Nonsense; foolishness.

(verb) – 1. To waste time; trifle.
2. To talk nonsense.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Footle will be more familiar to speakers of British English than it is to speakers of American English. Its likely source is the seldom-used footer, meaning “to waste time.” That word is etymologically connected with fouter (also spelled foutra), a word referring to something of little value or someone worthless or bungling. But the link between footle and footer is speculative. What we can say with confidence is that footle is a verb of 19th century origin that—along with the derivative adjective footling (as in “a footling amateur”)—is still apt when discussing foolish or trifling people or things.

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Proverbs 18

10 The name of the Lord is a strong fortress;
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