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Weekend Social 14/03/14

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  1. Rosie 1

    There are still tickets left for tomorrow nights final show of “Once We Built A Tower” by Dean Parker, on at Bat’s Theatre. A play about the birth of the welfare state, modelled on the worker’s health scheme at the Waitaki dam

    http://bats.co.nz/shows/once-we-built-a-tower/

    Onya, Bacchanals!

  2. Antonina 2

    This weekend – Western Quilters annual show at Kelston Community Centre.

  3. captain hook 3

    raise your glass to the stay at home voter
    his empty eyes gaze at strange beauty shows
    a parade of gray suited grafters
    lung cancer or polio
    ‘salt of the earth’
    jagger/richards

  4. karol 4

    Where is the storm I was promised? I stored up the water, charged the batteries, made sure I had my emergency kit ready – all prepared and so far nothing but a bit of breeze and some drizzle.

    However, the NZ Herald reports there’s been big gusts and power outages in parts of Auckland, while other areas are calm – so far, all’s calm on the western front. Hope it stays that way.

    Hope the people without power get it back soon, and the cyclone ends with a whimper.

    • JK 4.1

      We’ve been without power most of the day up here in the north – Tutukaka, Hukerunui, Whananaki,
      Whakapara. Very boring – stormy, windy, wet and NO power. Fortunately my preparations included gathering in all the green tomatoes left on the vines, and the figs – so with a gas hob this has been jam and relish making day – and with nothing to take my eye off the hob (TV, The Standard, etc) I”ve managed to make a few jars of each WITHOUT burning anything ! First time ever. Power finally back on, just in time before TV News …..

  5. Rosie 5

    Sounds like a fizzer! At least you were prepared :-)

    • karol 5.1

      Well, I think it is the north shore and east coast of NZ that have been hit. West Auckland is just a bit dismal, but unremarkable.

      I imagine when I do get caught in an emergency, I’ll be less prepared. Sods law.

      • Rosie 5.1.1

        Yes,saw the news earlier and saw how Northland was hit, guess there will be a clean up tomorrow…………..( Good on JK for being able to use the day in an advantageous way in a culinary sense).

        Just hoping that Canterbury won’t be hit in the same way, as they are still recovering from last week’s floods. They need the “fizzer” aspect most of all.

        NZ got off lightly compared to Vanuatu. R.I P to their losses.

  6. Rosie 6

    Moment of weirdness has just struck in the northern burbs of Wellington. Whilst sitting in the garden a car pulled up and the passenger took a photo of the front of our house. From the angle they were at they would have got the letterbox, garage door and entrance including the steps to the front door and part of the verandah. Then they drove off……………

    What was that all about?

    • karol 6.1

      Sometimes I want to take a photo of the houses I have lived in.

      Or maybe it’s the SIS…?

      • Rosie 6.1.1

        Lol! Only ever been one other owner of the house, (which is just 3 years old) who I have met, who was a completely different ethnicity to the person taking the photo………Curious.

        Maybe they saw me earlier, down the road, removing the latest “HEY PETER!” placard I had up on a fence at the local park, they followed me and are sending photo’s to Peter Dunne of where I live…………just kidding……..

    • Anne 6.2

      I gather the passenger didn’t get out of the car to take the photos. Is there anything unusual or different about the front of your house Rosie? Could you be seen in the garden?

      I had a similar experience (plus others) in the 1990s but in my case, the passenger was writing down the reg no. of my car. I was on a DPB benefit looking after my elderly mother. Pretty certain I was a victim of a malicious dobbing in during the “Dob a beneficiary a day” scandal and I know the identity of the person who would have been responsible. After a polite but very strong letter to the local WINZ boss the surveillance stopped. The boss never responded to my letter of complaint, but the sudden disappearance of the car days after the letter was sent left me in no doubt it was WINZ.

      • Rosie 6.2.1

        Anne, your experience sounds highly suspicious and it really does sound like you were a victim of WINZ. How awful. Some things don’t change perhaps – beneficiaries continue to be treated with suspicion.

        And no, there is nothing out of the ordinary about the house, and the photographer didn’t see me looking at them through the slats of the fence near to where I was sitting.

        Furtive goings on in suburbia. Hopefully and most likely it was just a randomly odd thing. Either way, I’m glad my phone number isn’t in the book. It got left out by accident this year.

        • JK 6.2.1.1

          Do you have an “odd” out-of-the-way letterbox ? At one time, the community newspaper I worked for took pics and ran a story about all the quirky letterboxes around the place.

          • Rosie 6.2.1.1.1

            Completely bog standard letterbox JK. It’s painted red though. Maybe they think a commie lives inside………..

        • Anne 6.2.1.2

          Doubt it was random Rosie but don’t be too concerned. There’s some seriously stupid people out there and you just never know. That Red Letterbox…. very suspicious. :)

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