web analytics

Weekend social 15/04/2011

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, April 15th, 2011 - 25 comments
Categories: weekend social - Tags:

Christmas truce 1914

Weekend 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?

25 comments on “Weekend social 15/04/2011 ”

  1. Big Bruv 1

    Many thanks to the person who gave me the advice about how to get rid of Oxalis, chopping the heads of the little sods seems to have been a success.

    • chris73 1.1

      Oxalis sounds like an STD which would make the rest of your comment extremely amusing

    • Lanthanide 1.2

      Hmm, I had a huge amount of oxalis to get out a few years back. I spent 8+ hours digging the buggers out. Doing a quick google on it, the advice I’ve found recommends using specialist herbicides. So I wouldn’t be surprised if your stuff grows back.

      • Descendant Of Smith 1.2.1

        We got rid of it in one garden over about five years – digging the soil up, sifting for bulbs, putting the soil back – eventually it was all gone.
        I was ever surprised some places in the world grow it as a pot plant.

    • ak 1.3

      Yep, that’ll do the trick bruv. Last you’ll see of em  


    • Armchair Critic 1.4

      I saw some stuff in Mitre10 today that promises to kill oxalis, and oxalis only, BB, and sad though it may be, I thought of you.
      Here’s a link for it:
      Did you get your winter veggies in?  Mine have sprouted, the onions and leeks much less enthusiastically than the carrots and radishes.
      The tomatoes suddenly got blight and were removed yesterday – anyone have any suggestions?  I have copper sulphate if, in the future, that would be any good.

  2. Descendant Of Smith 2

    Since many of the posters here are male I thought I’d ask a question that is annoying me – though it might provoke some obtuse comments.
    Razor blades
    Apart from being expensive little sods either I’ve grown Superman whiskers or the quality has turned to crap. One blade used to last me a week – for the last couple of years this has got down to one blade every two days.
    It it just me or has the quality deteriorated significantly over this time?
    Just a quiet question to ponder over the weekend.

    • lprent 2.1

      I have a generic solution – don’t bother to shave too often.

      • Descendant Of Smith 2.1.1

        I grew a beard once but never got used to the fact that my hair was black and my beard multi-coloured.

        • Herodotus

          I am told !! that this is the 1st area to go grey, and tat is in the late 20s if you have the wrong genes. Tis better to go grey than bald, at least grey you have options !!!
          You could always go the electric alternative, but please do not then try shaving in the shower, we dont want to lose a contributor 

          • lprent

            Thats ok, I am both greyish and have had thinning hair at the crown for a while. That latter down’t worry me particularly as there is enough hair there to prevent sunburn, it is good for summer heat radiation (my brain runs hot), and I can’t see it anyway 😈

        • lprent

          I don’t have  that problem any more – it is all tending towards grey anyway.

          But I found that oscillation between clean shaven and a good stubble was the best idea – in other words shave before the beard got too long and harder to shave off. In my case shaving once a week was usually sufficient. Then the act of shaving became art rather than the usual tedious daily chore. It was also remarkable enough an event to be remarked upon (because the event was rather erratic on timing). 

          This it brought more variation to a dull world and I used fewer razor blades.

        • Vicky32

          I grew a beard once but never got used to the fact that my hair was black and my beard multi-coloured.

          Reputedly, my grandfather’s was ginger, to his great embarassment! 🙂

    • Wiseacre 2.2

      After your shave, dip the blade in cheap olive oil – helps keep the blade from oxidising so quickly.

  3. big bruv 4

    A question for music fans.

    What significant music event happened on the 9th of February 1964.?

    • Descendant Of Smith 4.1

      Funnily enough I was watching their appearance on DVD only last week – assuming it’s the most obvious one.

  4. big bruv 5

    Ah Smith….you show your age 🙂

    I wonder if any of our younger contributors know the significance of that date.

    • Mac1 5.1

      At that age I was more Rolling Stones and the Kinks before discovering the blues. big bruv, you’re well “of a certain age” yourself to be just discovering gardening. 🙂  I hope the oxalis battle continues, as Armchair Critic advised, with the continual chopping of the leaves. Lovely soft rain and light here at the moment, listening to the Battlefield Band with a wee glass of red.

      • big bruv 5.1.1


        In 64 I doubt that the world had heard of the stones or the Kinks to be honest.
        And..in my defence, I was 6 months old in feb 64, so while I am getting on a bit I am not yet ‘old’.
        Having said that, about once a month I find myself searching on youtube for old 60’s music clips, there is definitely something special about that time and the music that generation produced.

        As for the garden…yeah, well it is always something I have wanted to do, just never got around to it before this year.
        I have my winter crops in the soil, they are just showing signs of sprouting so all looks good so far.

        • Mac1
          Big Bruv, The Stones started in 1962 and had hits and their first LP out in 1964, and the Kinks formed in 1964. The Stones had a gig with Ed Sullivan in that year as well. The Stones had their hit “Not Fade Away” and the Kinks “You Really Got Me” in 1964 which I remember clearly.

          Yes, there is something special about the music of that time. I can even recall listening to “House of the Rising Sun” on a crystal radio set late on a Friday night. We had a group while at school in 1966 doing the Stones, Hendrix, and then into the blues at Uni. I have just received a photo of our group from that time from our old guitarist, playing “Early in the Morning,” outside the Stud Ass at a lunchtime concert at Canterbury in 1968. That brought back some very strong memories.



  5. joe90 6

    The shitty weather meant no work on the ranch today so it’s been sport on the box, www goodness, the Stones and Mink DeVille.

    You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Live 1969)

    There are 2 theories as to the identity of “Mr. Jimmy,” who appears in the third verse. It could be a reference to Jimmy Miller, who was The Stones’ producer at the time, but it might also refer to Jimmy Hutmaker, a local character that wandered the business district in Excelsior, Minnesota, a trendy artist community outside Minneapolis near Lake Minnetonka. Hutmaker, who is known as “Mr. Jimmy,” had some disabilities but seemed mentally sharp most days, although he would talk to himself a lot. He walked miles every day and was cared for by the local shop owners until his death on October 3, 2007. More:

    Venus of Avenue D

    An Altruistic Nation.

    Unearthing Matriarchy

    edit: mods, can you fix the The Venus of Avenue D link that’s embedded itself , ta.

  6. KJT 7

    Lyttelton. Another biggish shake. Power is out and the port closed.

  7. RedLogix 8

    For me, I dragged my aged arse up East Holdsworth in the pouring rain. The tops were miserable but for once I felt calm and comfortable.
    I’ve been fine tuning the gear this last year, in this climate the critical thing is multiple layers of breathable wind-resistent clothing. You are never going to stay dry, but you can be warm if the wind isn’t getting you.
    It’s a temporary release I know. But for a few hours I am my own man again, responsible for myself, my decisions and my life. One wrong mistake in those conditions and you are suddenly in a world of problems; it teaches humility, focus and restores a sense of what is important.
    Virtually everything about who I am as a person I learnt in the hills and mountains of this country, and too often these days they are the only place I feel at home. Much of the rest of New Zealand I really don’t recognise anymore.

    • r0b 8.1

      Hell yes.

      Haven’t been out since January. Time for a Winter wander…

      Oh – and layers? It always starts with merino. Bloody magic that stuff. The gear in general these days is so good. When I think of the massive heavy canvas external frame pack, bush shirt and oilskin that I started my tramping with – shudder! Mind you, I’d go back to them in a second if I could have the young body that went with them.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Celebrating the Entry Into Force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
    [Opening comments, welcome and thank you to Auckland University etc] It is a great pleasure to be here this afternoon to celebrate such an historic occasion - the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This is a moment many feared would never come, but ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Supporting disabled people to stay connected
    The Government is providing $3 million in one-off seed funding to help disabled people around New Zealand stay connected and access support in their communities, Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni announced today. The funding will allow disability service providers to develop digital and community-based solutions over the next two ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Voluntary saliva testing offered to quarantine workers from Monday
    Border workers in quarantine facilities will be offered voluntary daily COVID-19 saliva tests in addition to their regular weekly testing, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. This additional option will be rolled out at the Jet Park Quarantine facility in Auckland starting on Monday 25 January, and then to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Next steps in firearms buy-back
    The next steps in the Government’s ambitious firearms reform programme to include a three-month buy-back have been announced by Police Minister Poto Williams today.  “The last buy-back and amnesty was unprecedented for New Zealand and was successful in collecting 60,297 firearms, modifying a further 5,630 firearms, and collecting 299,837 prohibited ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • New Public Housing Plan announced
    The Government has released its Public Housing Plan 2021-2024 which outlines the intention of where 8,000 additional public and transitional housing places announced in Budget 2020, will go. “The Government is committed to continuing its public house build programme at pace and scale. The extra 8,000 homes – 6000 public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister congratulates President Joe Biden on his inauguration
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated President Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America. “I look forward to building a close relationship with President Biden and working with him on issues that matter to both our countries,” Jacinda Ardern said. “New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature funding will create training and employment opportunities
    A major investment to tackle wilding pines in Mt Richmond will create jobs and help protect the area’s unique ecosystems, Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor says. The Mt Richmond Forest Park has unique ecosystems developed on mineral-rich geology, including taonga plant species found nowhere else in the country. “These special plant ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Pre-departure testing extended to all passengers to New Zealand
    To further protect New Zealand from COVID-19, the Government is extending pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The change will come into force for all flights arriving in New Zealand after 11:59pm (NZT) on Monday ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Bay Cadets learn skills to protect environment
    Bay Conservation Cadets launched with first intake Supported with $3.5 million grant Part of $1.245b Jobs for Nature programme to accelerate recover from Covid Cadets will learn skills to protect and enhance environment Environment Minister David Parker today welcomed the first intake of cadets at the launch of the Bay ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Cook Islanders to resume travel to New Zealand
    The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Mark Brown have announced passengers from the Cook Islands can resume quarantine-free travel into New Zealand from 21 January, enabling access to essential services such as health. “Following confirmation of the Cook Islands’ COVID ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supporting communities and landowners to grow employment opportunities
    Jobs for Nature funding is being made available to conservation groups and landowners to employ staff and contractors in a move aimed at boosting local biodiversity-focused projects, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan has announced. It is estimated some 400-plus jobs will be created with employment opportunities in ecology, restoration, trapping, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Border exception for some returning international tertiary students
    The Government has approved an exception class for 1000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began. The exception will allow students to return to New Zealand in stages from April 2021. “Our top priority continues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tiwai deal gives time for managed transition
    Today’s deal between Meridian and Rio Tinto for the Tiwai smelter to remain open another four years provides time for a managed transition for Southland. “The deal provides welcome certainty to the Southland community by protecting jobs and incomes as the region plans for the future. The Government is committed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New member for APEC Business Advisory Council
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has appointed Anna Curzon to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). The leader of each APEC economy appoints three private sector representatives to ABAC. ABAC provides advice to leaders annually on business priorities. “ABAC helps ensure that APEC’s work programme is informed by business community perspectives ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt’s careful economic management recognised
    The Government’s prudent fiscal management and strong policy programme in the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic have been acknowledged by the credit rating agency Fitch. Fitch has today affirmed New Zealand’s local currency rating at AA+ with a stable outlook and foreign currency rating at AA with a positive ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Additional actions to keep COVID-19 out of NZ
    The Government is putting in place a suite of additional actions to protect New Zealand from COVID-19, including new emerging variants, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Given the high rates of infection in many countries and evidence of the global spread of more transmissible variants, it’s clear that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 19 projects will clean up and protect waterways
    $36 million of Government funding alongside councils and others for 19 projects Investment will clean up and protect waterways and create local jobs Boots on the ground expected in Q2 of 2021 Funding part of the Jobs for Nature policy package A package of 19 projects will help clean up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand Government acknowledges 175th anniversary of Battle of Ruapekapeka
    The commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Ruapekapeka represents an opportunity for all New Zealanders to reflect on the role these conflicts have had in creating our modern nation, says Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Kiri Allan. “The Battle at Te Ruapekapeka Pā, which took ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Better care for babies with tongue-tie
    Babies born with tongue-tie will be assessed and treated consistently under new guidelines released by the Ministry of Health, Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. Around 5% to 10% of babies are born with a tongue-tie, or ankyloglossia, in New Zealand each year. At least half can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Prisoner disorder event at Waikeria Prison over
    The prisoner disorder event at Waikeria Prison is over, with all remaining prisoners now safely and securely detained, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says. The majority of those involved in the event are members of the Mongols and Comancheros. Five of the men are deportees from Australia, with three subject to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Pre-departure COVID-19 test for travellers from the UK and the US from 15 January
    Travellers from the United Kingdom or the United States bound for New Zealand will be required to get a negative test result for COVID-19 before departing, and work is underway to extend the requirement to other long haul flights to New Zealand, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today. “The new PCR test requirement, foreshadowed last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago