Weekend social 07/06/2013

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, June 7th, 2013 - 9 comments
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Christmas truce 1914Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever.

No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

9 comments on “Weekend social 07/06/2013”

  1. Ennui 1

    I was considering doing some plumbing in Ohariu……

  2. Anne 2

    No, someone’s gone down a drain.

  3. r0b 3

    I won’t move comments 1 and 2, but please take future political stuff to Open mike. Cheers.

  4. happynz 4

    I just got back from a glorious week at Lake Toba, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The journey from Medan was a bit of a slog – 5 hours over crappy roads in a clapped out overcrowded bus – but that’s travel in the developing world. The week at Lake Toba made up for the lousy bus trip. What a spectacular lake! Much like Lake Taupo, Toba is the result of an extraordinary volcanic explosion. The readings I did revealed that the event, approximately 70,000 years ago, nearly put paid to human existence with some scholars of the opinion that the numbers of humans that survived may have been only around 5,000.

    One places that I visited was the Stone Chairs in the village of Ambarita. Village chiefs would gather to decide the fate of captured enemies. If the verdict went against the accused, they would first be tortured, then killed and chopped up and their flesh mixed with the meat and blood of a sacrificed buffalo and served to the chiefs. Well, the tourists do come to see the stone chairs in which the chiefs sat and the poor bastards to be eaten were strapped as well as the stone table in which the captives were chopped up. What struck me was how similar the statues around the compound resembled the carvings seen throughout the Pacific Islands. Some of the carvings would blend in quite naturally at a marae or not look out of place on a hillside in Easter Island.

    • ianmac 4.1

      happynz. That is the way to go on local transport. Good on yer mate. We try to use local busses wherever we are in the World. When I used the very good busses in the Emirates I was the lone European. The rest were low paid labourers and the front seats were reserved for women. It seems to me that the tourist dollars should go to local busses and to the eating places where the locals eat. The well heeled tourists don’t see much from fancy cars and 5 star hotels.

  5. tc 5

    Enjoying the milder weather before we cop front after front of the nasty southerlies that so far have stayed away mostly.

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