Weekend social 11/05/2012

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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?

39 comments on “Weekend social 11/05/2012”

  1. tc 1

    Late but need to dig holes for new trees so the rain and slow release pellets can start working before they get planted in a month or so before the ground is too cold.

  2. Trusty Shellback 2

    Gonna help a mate out with a job hanging round stabilising a cliff face in Nelson…

  3. r0b 3

    This is now officially my favourite ever version of Bohemian Rhapsody…

  4. joe90 4

    Listen to The Delian Mix, explore the wonders created by Delia Derbyshire and a flying visit to the bay.

  5. NickS 5

    I can haz the old SJS back?

    Applied for 5 different jobs now, only heard back from one of them and annoyingly the urgent jobs seem to be not that urgent judging from the lack of contact. So much for working this weekend…

    • Rosie 5.1

      Don’t live in Wellington by any chance NickS? If so you can haz job (but just not this weekend, later) Sorry:-(

      • NickS 5.1.1

        Sadly no :/

        Thanks though!

        • Rosie

          Cheers Nick. I’ll be in touch with SJS Wgtn. All the best for a landing some good well paying work:-)

          • NickS


          • NickS

            Got one 😀

            btw, it seems SJS has had a down-size in the number of people on the phones, so doing it all via the internet is best, you just need an account. Otherwise you might not see any movement on the listing until SJS tells you :/

  6. rosy 7

    Going to go visit where this dude lived for 3 years – Carnuntum and where he wrote part of his Meditations

    Live a good life. If there are Gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are Gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no Gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.

    Marcus Aurelius

    • r0b 7.1

      Thanks for that. I’m going to read more of Marcus Aurelius.

      Have a great weekend all…

      • Herodotus 7.1.1

        Interesting read – first contact for me with stoicism writing, and on a superficial level gives some added insight to The Gladiator and with Commodus.
        Also on character “Whenever you meet someone, ask yourself first this immediate question””What beliefs does this person hold about the good and bad in life? Because if her believes this or that about pleasure and pain and their constituents, about fame and obscurity, death and life, then I shall not find it surprising or strange if he acts in this or that way, and I shall remember that he has no choice but to act as he does.”

      • rosy 7.2.1

        Awesome DtB – you should see how much they cost in the Carnuntum gift shop – and they’re in German 😉

        The site is pretty good – they’ve rebuilt a typical villa, the paths and a nobleman’s house using original techniques, materials and decoration. Rich Romans lived very well. The whole area provides examples of archaeological techniques as well (some not that successful). Quite a different experience to (the few) other Roman ruins I’ve seen in Europe.

    • Colonial Viper 7.3

      Thanks rosy.

  7. Draco T Bastard 8

    [Thanks – the original parent comment moved to Open Mike. — r0b]

    ^^ Wrong column, Needs moving to Open Mike.

  8. dan1 9

    I covered the strawberries to keep the birds out; I covered my new seed beds to keep the cats out; but this weekend I must cover everything to keep the pukekos out. pukekos are not pests, and I enjoy all the ads that train very talented pukekos to all sorts of things, but they are arrogant birds that don’t care how I feel!
    My faith in the world generally has been restored in the least expected fashion.

    • DH 9.1

      I hate/love it when people post those youtube clips, a good few hours just disappeared.

      I like this scene better….

      These are a bit stage managed because they do a voice audition beforehand so the judges do know what to expect but the obvious affection between the two can’t be an act & nor can their support for each other.

      It was plain after the first round that the guy had the winning of it but he gave the stage to his partner in the second despite the fact it was high risk & could have ended in failure. What a wonderfully selfless thing to do, a 16 & 17yr old showing adults how to behave.

    • felix 9.2

      dan1, that is possibly the happiest dog I have ever seen.

  9. deuto 10

    On Thursday, Prism commented on a segment on Nine to Noon re animals and sex. I responded to the effect that I had listened to it while in my parrot room where my pair of sun conures were openingly indulging at the time in front of me and the other two parrots (a maroon-bellied conure and a bare-eyed corella).

    Prism asked about sun conures, but thought it was more appropriate to provide details here rather than on open Mike. So for anyone interested, here is a link to the Wikipedia entry on sun conures which are small to medium sized parrots (about twice the size of budgies) from South America. They are magnificent looking with their bright colours, delightful little rascals who are very active and destructive if they don’t have lots of attention and toys etc to play with, and are EXTREMELY loud (just as well my elderly neighbour is deaf although she does not admit it!)

    (Must learn how to shorten/rename links)

    My pair (both about 7 years old but from different former homes) have now been together for 8 months and have decided to get on with mating just as winter is coming on with two eggs laid in the last week – there goes the heating bill!

    And if you are really interested, here is a short video of a pair of conures mating!


  10. felix 11

    In honour of Adam Yauch:

  11. Dr Terry 12

    Spend the weekend basking in the beloved image of the glorious Prince John, as painted (perpetually) by Fran O’Sullivan.

  12. deuto 13

    Chinese Broccoli – not the common old one in the Caption Competition.

    Last weekend some of us had a discussion about this.

    Talk about coincidence. Yesterday while chatting with one of the owners of my local NW supermarket while she was restocking the Yates seed display, she pulled out of her box packets of Yates Chinese Broccoli (Kailaan). Packet states that it is easy and quick to grow (8 – 10 weeks), has a slightly bitter taste with crisp texture, and used in soups and stirfries. High in calcium, iron and Vitamins A and C. So will plant some in the next week and see whether this is the mustard-tasting one.

  13. ianmac 14

    The huge oak tree across the road loves a steady nor-west breeze, and hurls an amarda of leaves that flutter bye like butterflies in their thousands. Even the sparrows have trouble dodging them, and the leaves sound like rain on the roof.
    Hope the wind blows harder and shuffles the leaves further down the road.

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