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Weekend social 10/02/2012

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, February 10th, 2012 - 37 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?

37 comments on “Weekend social 10/02/2012 ”

  1. Lanthanide 1

    Starting to wonder if we’re actually going to get a summer here in CHCH. More shit weather ahead for the next week.

    • lprent 1.1

      Too much damn summer here in the city of February humidity. Make it go AWAY!!

      • lprent 1.1.1

        On the other hand I live in ponsonby/grey lynn. Time for a walk to get a chilling beer and something worth eating… That pizza place with real italian pizzas.. Ummmm

        Sounds like a party down the road…

        • Anne 1.1.1.2

          Aren’t you supposed to be watching your weight? Pizza not good!

          • lprent 1.1.1.2.1

            Yep, but it is once a month occurrence and a small pizza.

            The weight has finally stabilized post smoking and after starting the meds a year ago. But grain and starch foods are a pain. I start giving weight immediately when I have them for more than a day. Now I have to figure out how to drop the weight whilst still being able to program….

            • phillip ure.. 1.1.1.2.1.1

              go vegan..

              ..all the reasons/nutritional-info/recipies etc..

              ..are here..

              ..you will be amazed at how much better you will feel in yrslf when you are no longer stuffing dead-animals..and their bye-products..down yr cake-hole..

              ..eh..?

              http://whoar.co.nz/?s=vegan

              [email look alike deleted].

              • why do you think vegans ‘glow’…?

                [email look alike deleted].

              • lprent

                You’re way behind. Rocky has been extolling the virtues of vegan diets for years.

                When I’ve been on vegetarian and vegan diets, I actually put on weight. Given my current responses to carbohydrates in almost any form, I suspect that I’d put it on faster on most of the foods that are staples of a vegan diet.

                • well..the thing is..that along with my ‘glowing’ 13 yr old vegan dog..

                  ..i also know vegans who were amongst the first..

                  ..people who are now 40 yrs+ into that diet..

                  ..and those ones are now quite old..in their seventies..

                  ..and y’know..i look at them..still ‘glowing’ after all these years..

                  ..and i hafta say..they are examples/role-models i look to..

                  ..like my 13 yr old ‘glowing’ dog…they are irrefutable visual evidence..

                  ..especially when compared to their age-contemporaries..

                  .(and don’t let the lentil-barrier deter you…i steer pretty well clear of lentils..myself..)

                  ..and if you put on weight on a vegan diet..you could have been eating what is known as the junkfood-vegan diet…

                  ..(btw..those 70+ ‘still glowing after all these years’ vegans i know are not overweight..eh..?.)

                  ..you do know there are 19 different vegan-‘tribes’..eh..?..each with their own diet..

                  http://whoar.co.nz/2011/the-19-tribes-of-vegan-ed-and-you-thoughtassumed-becoming-vegan-would-simplify-the-life-hah/

                  ..and i hafta say…dishes of baked lentil-sludge as a diet didn’t ever really appeal to me..

                  ..and if you want/need inspiration/plans you can do a ‘gourmet vegan’ hunt in the whoar searchengine..

                  ..and recipies for gourmet vegan food..from many different nations will pop up for you..

                  ..(there are over 1400 entries/links in that vegan category/cache…i have been doing this for a while now..

                  ..it is for when there is a mass dropping-of-the-penny..it will be an easily accessible resource..

                  .in the meantime..you are welcome to make use of it..)

                  ..and tell rocky i am here to help share the load/make the case…..

                  ..and why haven’t you been listening to him..?

                  ..i have similar problems of mass-deafness when i try to point out to carnivorous greens the animal-rights/health/environmental-footprint of their dead-animal-diets..

                  ..and that in fact a carnivorous is both a walking oxymoron..and an exercise in screaming hypocrisy..

                  ..’i drive a prius!’..he said through his mouth full of animal-flesh..

                  ..i have actually likened the carnivorous-green to the ‘good/kind-slave-owner’ from the struggles to free human-slaves in the west..

                  ..when this freeing the slave-animals battle is won…

                  ..history will view them in the same light..i feel..

                  ..how will they not..?

                  [email look alike deleted].

    • ianmac 1.2

      We saw the sun for a few hours yesterday here in sunny Marlborough. After about 10 cloudy days and no rain for weeks.

      • marty mars 1.2.1

        across the other side I have been taking tourists out Farewell Spit all week – hot and sunny with an unusual east wind – but the 5m full moon tides made the beach pretty soggy

    • vto 1.3

      Yes well you lot and I are all living in the wrong part of the country. Best weather is in the place with the worst reputation. A wholly undeserved reputation.

      • lprent 1.3.1

        Yeah I found the weather in Invercargill to be exceptional over xmas. Not a drop of rain (until we popped up to Dunedin), not too hot, no humidity, and just outright pleasant

        I couldn’t understand the widespread whinging from the sunny north about tents, rain, sloshing, and being blown away….

    • NickS 1.4

      Yeah, my chillis have hammered by this crap weather, and the pea’s got hit with blight really early too :/

      • r0b 1.4.1

        Hey Nick, that one you gave me seems to be doing really well!  Cheers for that…

        • NickS 1.4.1.1

          Good to hear it’s going well! Got a good lead of fruit yet? Because even the two mistreated ones (wet roots = bad) + abused by the freezing southerlies, are loaded and I’ve got one fruit ripening up.

  2. BoreD 2

    Bloody Wellington weather, through which a miracle occured….I got a red tomato….zuchinnis doing OK as well and runner beans showing signs of actually doing something.

    Oh to be in Auckland with the heat.

    Anybody catching fish?

    • jim green 2.1

      Caught a couple of Perch in the lagoon just below the Manawatu gorge on monday. A mate and I have been fishing the gorge for over a year now and we have never come accross them before.

      Only wish I could catch something in the Pohangina so I could get a feed.

      [mods: im having issues registering, after the initial registration page I just get the ad banner and the standard logo and nothing else (if the conformation email is not automatic disregard this), have tried both firefox and explorer.]

      • Bored 2.1.1

        Jim, I am very familiar with the Manawatu system and area, seeing perch at Ashhurst is a bit of a turn up. Did you spin them out?

        Pohangina always been hit and miss, if you want a feed theres better water but pretty much all of it is challenging. I get my best fishing at Makuri, or go up the road to the tributaries of the Rangitikei, or Hautapu, but its all spot the fish and nymph territory. Big fish mainly which makes up for lack of numbers. Makuri might be closest but its very hard, fish very twitchy. Toki used to be good but the dairying has stuffed it over.

        Good luck, always on to share tricks.

        • jim green 2.1.1.1

          We got three perch between the two of us on spinners, we are fishing from kayaks most of the time so fly fishing is out of the question unfortunately. We have had great success simply trolling with a handline as we go down the river and when it gets to a flat bits we get out the rods.

          I personally find spin-fishing slightly tedious but when you add kayaking into the equation its great fun, non-stop action trying just to go down the river and you fish a new spot every 20 secconds or so.

          Cheers for the info Ive noted down the rivers and will put them down for a trip in the near future. Transporting the kayaks is usually the main determinant of where we go but we can get to vast areas of the Manawatu and Pohangina that never see a single soul. That lagoon is a favourite of ours and when the mayflies (or whatever they are) come out we have seen it teeming with fish and eels.

    • Had a ton of runner beans . frozen a few bags for winter (correction the wife froze them.Started to have a few tomatoes but they are cetainly late.
      usually `at this time of the year we have made enough frozen soup to keep us through the winter,
      Saw The Girl with the Tattoo ,quite good but a bit drawn out. Sunday the Met Opera with Faust it should be magic.
      Dinner today wild Boar from the Wakato bush . Smells good. Just started to read The Power of One . so far excellent !

  3. Te Reo Putake 3

    I might spend the weekend wondering how long it would take to save up for a trip to Granada so I could walk down Calle Joe Strummer. This is the song that inspired the call to name a street after him.
     
    But sadly, mowing, painting and various forms of cleaning will be occupying my time. Though I will be listening to internet radio, mostly via TuneIn. I moved the wireless router to the back of the house and now the far corners of the estate can seamlessly pick up good stuff like Don Letts, The Joint and the lad himself as I concentrate on turning grass into lawn.

  4. Jilly Bee 4

    Looking forward to our third Sunday with access to a beautiful grandson who was wrenched from his mother, our daughter 4 years ago by CYFs on the recommendation of a ‘servant’ of the ‘system’. The last two Sundays have been absolutely tremendously wonderful!!!!

  5. vto 5

    It’s nearly 4.20 !

  6. Hateatea 6

    I have just come in from seeing the first athlete in the Coast to Coast One Day event go by. Rather him than me!!

  7. Tom Barker 7

    “I might spend the weekend wondering how long it would take to save up for a trip to Granada so I could walk down Calle Joe Strummer. This is the song that inspired the call to name a street after him.”

    You’re aware, I hope, that several New Zealanders fought and died in this very conflict. There will be a TVNZ programme about one of them, a young Aucklander who studied maths at Cambridge, broadcast on Anzac Day. I don’t yet have details of title and screening time but I’ll post them here as soon as I do.

    Venceremos

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