The Edge

Mediaworks, The Edge staff & competition winners piss off an entire plane of people

Travel at the best of times is frustrating. I have done more than enough of it to choose not to travel unless I absolutely have to.

What with people thinking that traveling with a baby moments after its birth, taking rug rats screaming all the way through airports to sit behind you and kick your seat incessantly, and the interminable waiting, queuing and security checks, travel actually sucks.

It is a brutal necessity to get somewhere nice.

The arm rest stealer…ok I’m one of those, but dare anyone to take it off me. The prick who climbs out of his seat by hauling on your seat back. The weak bladdered sook who sits by the window and has to climb over everyone to get out 5 times on a 3 hour flight…yes travel sucks.

But occasionally you wind up surround by complete cocks.

What’s more they were all be-decked in t-shirts emblazoned with The Edge radio station, wearing id cards of some sort as well. Something about a red card. Some were staff…I know because they were loudly telling everyone they were, where they worked, what they did and what goats their bosses were.

Anyway they were acting like cocks before they got on the plane, running and cavorting down access-ways, one fool, a staff member was even in bare-feet after some other fool broke his jandals…kicking them around the airport like soccer balls.

They were the last to board and I had the misfortune to have 3 of them immediately behind me.

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Jack White teaches Jimmy Page and The Edge how to play…

World record attempt for largest gathering of pervs?

Actually it is for the world’s record largest group of skinny dippers…but hey go for the double record:

An attempt at breaking a world-record for skinny dipping is touted to take place at Mount Maunganui.

The idea has come from The Edge radio station after voting from listeners last week.

Marketing manager Emily Hancox said the event would hopefully be held on December 1 as a bit of fun.

The current world record involved 413 people taking part.

Ms Hancox said she hoped there would be more if the Mount Maunganui event went ahead.

Where’s the problem?

NZ Herald

It seems like the Auditor-General won’t be spending too long on the SkyCity convention centre bid process. Especially as it seems none of the other bidders have got a single thing to complain about.

Bids for the convention centre were also made by Auckland-based iwi Ngati Whatua and ASB Showgrounds, a consortium led by infrastructure company Infratil and The Edge.

Ngati Whatua chief executive Tiwana Tibble said SkyCity had been given an unfair funding advantage because of the Government’s promise of an extended gambling licence.

But he did not begrudge SkyCity its advantage: “I lobbied to the PM, I went and saw him a couple of times. It’s a $350 million contract, that’s what people do.

“They don’t just stick a tender in the envelope and hope for the best.”

Mr Tibble confirmed that Ngati Whatua would bid if the process was reopened, but he felt that calling for tenders again was “a waste of taxpayers’ money”.

Spokesman for The Edge Paul Brewer said the company felt the tender process had been robust at the time.

The Edge would not bid for a convention centre again, because its role had changed since being absorbed into a council-controlled organisation.

ASB Showgrounds chief executive Mark Frankham said that while SkyCity’s proposal to pay for the convention centre gave it an advantage over competitors, he had no concerns about the tender process.

“We’ve been involved in a lot of tenders. This one was done with the utmost efficiency.”

Jetstar PWND by Air NZ

Air NZ has slipped in a shank and really skewered Jetstar with this press release.

Air NZ Steps in as Jetstar Customers Continue to Suffer

In response to Jetstar customers asking for help, Air New Zealand is offering domestic Jetstar passengers who are denied check-in or significantly disrupted, a $50 fare so they can get to where they need to go.

The offer applies on domestic jet routes from tomorrow until the end of the school holidays on Sunday 19 July.

The offer comes as Jetstar continues to struggle with on-time performance, with just 2 of 18 flights yesterday operating on time to Air New Zealand’s standards (within 10 minutes).

“Our check-in staff have watched Jetstar customers get increasingly frustrated these past few days, especially those prevented from checking-in,” says Air New Zealand General Manager Domestic Airline John Whittaker.

“Also, bearing in mind the busy school holiday period approaching, we’ve today decided to introduce a $50 space available one-way fare to help Jetstar customers if they are denied check-in or delayed more than two hours to get them on the next Air New Zealand flight with available seats.”

Details of the offer:

$50 space available one-way fare provides customers with a seat on the next Air New Zealand domestic flight with available seats to their destination (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown)

Applies to Jetstar customers who are denied check-in as a result of the 30 minute deadline or are delayed more than two hours

Applies to Jetstar customers who have purchased tickets before 23 June

Offer available from 24 June – 19 July inclusive

Fares can only be purchased at Air New Zealand airport check-in counters on the day of travel

I wonder perhaps if Jetstar wants to give up yet?

No!, ok bring it on.



Ninety nine problems but the bitch ain't one

The Empire Strikes Barack

This is perhaps the best Youtube video I have seen, my thanks to Scrubone for posting it.

Who'd fly the State Airline?

Let me tell you a little story about a person I know and his weekend sojourn to Melbourne.

He was attending along with his wife the wedding of a long time family friends son in Melbourne. Out of the habit of a lifetime he booked with Air New Zealand.

Everything was going swimmingly until they were all sitting on the plane awaiting departure. They waited and waited and finally they were told that the 313 passengers on board were being delayed by difficulty in loading a cat and a dog in the hold. They were delayed for over 30 minutes because of a fricken cat and a dog. I mean how hard can it be to shove a couple of crates in the hold, or for the benefit of the passengers leave the stupid things behind, but oh no, Air New Zealand had to delay a flight for a cat and a dog.

Inflight things didn't get much better. It turns out that several staff members were flying to Melbourne.

How do we know they were staff?, well they were being feted by the other staff, nay, crawling and fawning all over them would be a better description. They were plyed with champagne in the face of all the other passengers who were served nothing of the sort. When questioned about the free flowing champagne they were politley informed that they were staff travelling. From the time the plane arrived till the time he got his bags from the rotunda was 50 minutes, but at least he had been warned by the champagne drinking staff members that this was the norm because Qantas ground staff slow things down and make life difficult for Air New Zealand.

The return leg wasn't much better. Upon checking in at Melbourne my friend was told that his pre-allocatted and confirmed seats were no longer available and he would now be travelling in the rear with the gear. Understandably he was not to happy about this and asked for a supervisor. Eventually the supervisor moved them further forward but still nowhere near the pre-allocatted and confirmed seats. When presseed the Air New Zealand supervisor retorted "What are you complaining about, you paid for two seats and you've got two seats", to which my friend replied, "Oh I suppose you need those seats for staff huh?"

Arrival in New Zealand wasn't much better than in Melbourne. With four plane loads arriving Customs and immigration saw fit to have a total of 4 people on to process all the passengers. It seems Qantas may have infiltrated New Zealand government departments as well.

So I ask you why would you travel with the state airline. I don't think my friend will, he has a choice, luckily, between between Emirates, Qantas and Pacific Blue.Air New Zealand will very much be at the bottom of his list.