Weekend social 13/10/2017

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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?

17 comments on “Weekend social 13/10/2017”

  1. CoroDale 1

    Your Brain on Music: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nat-music/audio/2018617617/your-brain-on-music RNZ Music’s Yadana Saw explores the neuroscience behind music and memory – including songs from Neil Diamond, OutKast and Patea Maori Club. During our teens and early 20s, a com….

  2. james 2

    Weekend – Cooking for friends (as we do a lot of weekends).

    Home made beef and blue cheese sausages, and some beef short ribs.

    smokey goodness.

    • Ad 2.1

      Home made sausages! The very definition of NZ politics.

      Good on you for having people around and cooking. Makes one human and so alive!

      • james 2.1.1

        In truth – im a really social person, and passionate about cooking for people. We do it often.

        I love cooking with fire – be it BBQ (charcoal or wood fired low and slow – never gas), or in the pizza oven.

        Often cooking for up to 50 – 60 people.

        • Ant

          Grew up cooking on open fires (Africa). We got to appreciate the varied flavours imparted to food by indigenous woods. (Ironwood, Acacia, Camelthorn) In NZ I still retain traditional method of a fire on the ground with grid-iron balanced on a few stones above the coals. Especially good is marinated fish (King, Hapuka) – taking care not to overcook. Pizza works well too on manuka! but requires far less heat. Removed onto a flat board, coals are spread onto the grid and lowered down to sizzle the cheese on top of the pizza at the end.

    • BM 2.2

      Do you find blue cheese goes quite sweet when it’s heated?

      • james 2.2.1

        Yep – I have started using a harder (but stronger) cheese. But even when sweet – goes well with the beef.

        Working on a nice chicken and chilli recipe.

        • BM

          The harder blue sounds like the way to go, the softer ones can be a bit rough taste wise once they’re heated.

  3. Cinny 3

    Replacing the compression tank thingy in the water pump, at least it won’t be as messy to put it on as it was to remove. And thanks to information via a drain laying genius friend from up north, I now know about the basics of water pumps with compression tanks, so I can’t get shafted at the shop, yays 😀

    • ianmac 3.1

      On my tank water pump was an air tank which was kept up to pressure with a bike pump. It pumped out variable pressure which was a pain especially in the shower, so I put an electronic one on instead. Reliable. Constant water pressure.Maintenance free.

      • Cinny 3.1.1

        Ian, thanks for that tip, the old tank is 18 years old, and the bladder had burst inside, yes it is an air tank like you describe. I will have to check out if they have any electronic ones and what the price difference is, never knew you could get an electronic one.

        It’s a beautiful day here in Motueka, looking forward to having running water again by the end of the day 😀

        • ianmac

          The old impeller pump was easily adapted to the electronic one about 14 years ago. I took the pump in and had the new electronic fitted to be sure of the right connections.
          And yes a brilliant cloudless day in Blenheim as well.

          • Cinny

            Ahhhh running water one of the beautiful priviledges of modern living. Went with the standard compression chamber tank this time, most affordable for us at present.

            Feeling a bit pleased with myself, no labour costs required, and the nice fella at the plumbing supply store didn’t treat me like a brainless bimbo, even gave me a free roll of threader tape.

            And it’s another stunning day. Fantastic weather for the last day of the school holidays.

            Enjoy your day Ian

  4. beatie 4

    Three episodes into ”The Man in the High Castle” Its based on a Philip K Dick story involving a scenario whereby Germany and Japan win WW2. Excellent viewing and free on the below website. I haven’t watched TV for years, can’t bear the ads, so it’s good to catch up.


    Also watched ”Taxi Driver” which I hadn’t seen since it first came out. Still a great movie after all this time!

    • ScottGN 4.1

      If you’re a reader then Philip Roth’s ‘The Plot Against America’ is a brilliant alternative history where Lindbergh (the aviation hero and Nazi sympathiser) has beaten Roosevelt at the 1940 election. It’s a novel but in an autobiographic style as it follows the Roth family in New Jersey as America slides into anti-semitism. Next to American Pastoral it’s probably my favourite Roth novel.

  5. I’m going Yowie hunting in a year or two,… Blue mountains , Aussie.

    Australian Yowie Research – Home

    I’ll let you all know how I get on.


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