Christmas Eve

Photo Of The Day

Photo by Harold Sells Jr., courtesy of Juliane Koepke

Photo by Harold Sells Jr., courtesy of Juliane Koepke

The Girl Who Fell From The Sky

Juliane Koepcke on January 4, 1972, on the plane to Pucallpa just after she was found in the jungle.

When she was 17, Juliane dropped 10,000 feet into the Amazon rain forest. She describes how she survived—alone.

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So much for poverty, busiest Boxing day sales ever

Looks like the poor state of the economy is a figment of the opposition’s imagination.

Lydia Anderson at the Herald reports:

Yesterday’s manic Boxing Day sales were the busiest ever, according to new Paymark figures.

Paymark, which processes around three quarters of New Zealand’s electronic transactions, saw a 12 per cent increase in spending on Boxing Day – an additional $14.4 million in retailers’ pockets compared to the same day last year.

In total, Kiwis spent $134.4m yesterday.    Read more »

Whale Week What Was

QC7kkThe blog started Saturday by having a look at a number of Christchurch people taking pictures up women’s skirts at malls.  And wouldn’t you know it?  A teacher was arrested as well.  Iain Lees-Galloway shows he is a slimy git by opening a Burger King and then refusing to take a bite, preferring to preach sensible food choices.  Cam then called for nominations for Worst Political Journalist, and Barry Soper and John Campbell appeared hot favourites.   Next we had a vote on Best Political Journalist, which Larry Williams took out with a massive 47% of the vote.  Graham McCready withdrew litigation against John Banks because it made no sense to anyone – as in – they couldn’t understand what it said.  Whale then claims a win on his Hekia Parata predictions and wonders why Key has let this train wreck happen.  We raise our eyebrows about Nelson looking for a scooter riding bottom pincher and then watch a video of what happens to a pig at the bottom of the sea over 7 days.  Next a post where Greens are fighting Greens over the Google solar plant.  On the one side: solar energy.  On the other? Turtles.   Charles Krauthammer explains why gun control alone isn’t the solution to mass shootings.   A MENSA spokesperson calls people with low IQs carrots and the BBC feels they have to apologise.  There is a property for sale next to Kim Dotcom‘s place.  Cam suggests the GCSB or the US should have bought it to set up spying operations.   WOBH is calling for The Whale Army to send in their holiday snaps, in a new feature called Snapped!  Cam takes a brief look at who will enter parliament if Tim Groser leaves for the WTO.  To close the day, a WhaleTech post looks at a the cull-de-sac that’s the QII roll-up keyboard. Read more »

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A Christmas Eve Song

One of my favourites…

Post links to your own or requests for songs for tomorrow.

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‘Twas the night before Christmas

When I was a kid my brother and sister and me would all sit doen on Christmas Eve and Mum would get the book off the shelf and read this to us all.

This is for Mum. Love you.