New Year’s Day

Face of the day

Today’s Face of the day is a man of courage, a man who stood for freedom of expression, a man who persisted in the face of danger. His body guard was not able to save him or the others at his newspaper. I honour him, and them today and I challenge us all to not let their deaths be in vain. We too must be brave. We too must stand strong against this worldwide threat against the freedoms that we hold so dear.

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Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier Photo: AFP

Stephane Charbonnier, editor of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, was among four cartoonists killed in the Paris massacre which left 12 people dead in total.

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Photo Of The Day

Photo:Anthony Linck And George Rodger. Chelsea Arts New Years Eve Ball, London.

Photo:Anthony Linck And George Rodger.
Chelsea Arts New Years Eve Ball, London.

The Chelsea Arts Ball, 1947

The Most Scandalous Party of New Year’s Eve

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Three days out, the forecasters say NYE will be crap, what do you reckon?

We are three days out from New Year’s Eve.

The weather forecasters are predicting rain and more rain, and a rubbish night.

The chance of perfect summer weather to welcome the arrival of 2015 is looking unlikely throughout most of the country, with the best chance possibly in the east of the lower North Island.

MetService is predicting a run of sunny, warm days with highs in the mid-20 degrees Celsius for Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne, including on December 31. Rain is expected to arrive sometime on the first day of the New Year. The key to a good night may be the timing of the weather’s flip to the bad side.

For Auckland and the traditional party spots of the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel Peninsula MetService is predicting an end to the sun with rain and northerlies to arrive sometime on Wednesday, lasting into Thursday. Hamilton may be a better bet, with no rain predicted in the Waikato centre until the first day of 2015.   Read more »

Some Dickheads Never Learn

As dumb as it is to drive drunk, it’s even dumber to brag about it on social media to 655 people on your friends list.

Jacob Cox-Brown, an 18-year-old from Oregon, learned that lesson on New Year’s Day when police showed up at his door after they were alerted to a Facebook post he wrote about driving drunk, KGW.com reports.

“Drivin drunk… classsic 😉 but to whoever’s vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P,” the status update read, according to the news outlet.

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Astoria Police Department, Oregon

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Whale Week What Was

682zoomWe started our Saturday by paying our respects to Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., the hard-charging US Army general whose forces smashed the Iraqi army in the 1991 Gulf War.  He died aged 78.  At The Standard 2012 Worst Political Blog Mike Smith is told some home truths about long term grass-roots Labour families heading for the Greens.  A quick vid on how to put out a boat fire the Kiwi way is next, followed by a vote for Best Minister.  The winner, at 52%, is Judith Collins.  The Whale Week That Was summarised all the stories this blog covered in the previous seven days.  A quite active Saturday Debate (for the time of year especially) led a post calling for nominations for Best Political Blog.  Those who see WOBH as any sort of threat to them (and those that don’t too), should take heed of this Malcolm Tucker quote: “marshal all the media forces of Darkness to hound them to an assisted suicide”.  A CNN piece showing Teachers in Utah taking a class on gun use shows some common sense around the gun debate.  A reader has taken yesterday’s US Fiscal Cliff graphic and created one for New Zealand – great work.  As Cameron Slater predicted from the outset, the Aussie Hoax DJs will not face charges.  The NZ Herald continues to amuse – this time a car crashed into a poll.  The blog then introduces us to two sexy taxidermists showing you don’t have to look like a front row forward to deal with dead animals.  And you’d think we’re picking on an incompetent NZ Herald, and you would be right.  This time they have Jesse Ryder beating himself at Eden Park in Wellington.  Then a hilarious story about a Queensland woman who fell into the longdrop and was there for two hours before being discovered by her husband.   Turns out that during the Falklands War the French tried to send missiles to Argentinia behind Margaret Thatcher‘s back.  Commerce first eh?  The last post of the day highlights a report of a man holding up a Countdown Supermarket with a hammer.  Our readers get fired up about the idea of hammer banning.

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