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Weekend social 16/08/2013

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, August 16th, 2013 - 20 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?

20 comments on “Weekend social 16/08/2013 ”

  1. tracey 1

    Springteen playing mt smart on march 1.

    Pre purchase on 21 august.

    missed him last time. Not making same mistake. Saving begins now.

  2. TheContrarian 2

    Quiet Friday followed by what will be an extremely ruckus Saturday.

  3. lprent 3

    I’ll be getting over the impacts of the household flu.

    Lyn was down with it from last friday until yesterday huddled on the sofa. She had no voice for at least 3 days and watched vast amounts of backlogged video*.

    I (sensibly) crashed in bed on Saturday afternoon through to Monday afternoon catching up on sleep. My voice periodically tries to disappear after I get reinfected and head out in the weather. I think a boring but nice and *warm* session at home this weekend is indicated. With some coding, books and and *no* TV.

    * This included the whole of the 15th season of ER which (yay!) means that I no longer have to listen to the well shot and scripted series – which was essentially a soap. She started the first series at the new year.

    • TheContrarian 3.1

      “I think a boring but nice and *warm* session at home this weekend is indicated.”

      Sometimes that can be awesome though. After a couple heavy weekends there is nothing better than renting 7 or so movies and hunkering down for a couple of days. Don’t answer the phone, don’t shave, drink some scotch and do sweet fuck all.

      • lprent 3.1.1


        Oh yeah I remember – I do that sometimes when the projects are in the odd slow phases.

        It was actually a relief to walk away from work with my backpack of electronics today. Most unusual.

  4. Ennui 4

    Doing a James Bond here in Wgtn, shaken but not stirred…..hope the chickens keep laying.

  5. NickS 5

    Blah, stuffed from ripping into the ivy on the back fence yesterday + demolishing part of the dead peach tree out the back (just the last 1m to chop down). Provided the weather clears up Sunday I’ll be cleaning up the mess and starting off this years chilli seeds.

    Sadly though the chilli plants I overwintered inside turned out to be infested with tomato-potato psyllids so had to rip all the foliage off, trim, douse with flyspray (it works on nymphs and adults, not the eggs), covered them with plastic bags and going to watch them for the next 2 weeks. Hopefully broken the life cycle and gotten rid of them. Though the rocoto and serrano chilli’s seem to have impressive resistance to the effects of disease the pysllids carry.

    Moar info – http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/pests/potato-tomato-psyllid

  6. Normally I say, lets hope for a shake free weekend, since that is out the window, lets hope the warriors, tall blacks and tall ferrns win.

    • Rosie 6.1

      I heard on the RNZ news before that we have a 38% chance of having another magnitude 6+ within the next 7 days. Lets hope we’re on the side of the 62% 🙂

      I feel for the folks in Seddon who’ve had serious damage. I hope everyone is ok in the rest of top of the south and here in Wellington.The structural engineers are going to be busy all weekend in town.

      Thoughts going out to those of you who are affected by quakes. I hope your day today is peaceful and that you managed to get a good sleep last night. Kia Kaha.

  7. mac1 7

    Best of luck with the psyllids, NickS. We plant potatoes early here now to avoid the main infestations. As for tonight, having had one of my beer glasses broken by the 2.30 earthquake ( it was a Kwak glass, one that sits in a wooden holder, and was well and twuly kwakked), I’m off for a Renaissance ale from the best, and local, brewery in New Zealand. Cheers!

  8. ropata 8

    Got myself a new toy, literally : world’s smallest RC helicopter 🙂

    Badminton practice tonight. Might head up to Waitangi tomorrow to see the whanau …

  9. BrucetheMoose 9

    Red Snapper Livornese

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    1/2 small onion, diced

    2 cloves garlic, minced

    5 whole canned tomatoes, drained and chopped

    2 tablespoons capers, chopped

    1/2 cup sliced black olives, drained

    1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

    1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

    1 pound red snapper fillets

    1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


    1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
    2.In a medium skillet, heat olive oil and saute onion until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, and sauté for 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, capers, black olives, red pepper flakes, and parsley. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 10 minutes.
    3.Spread 1/2 cup of the sauce in a 11×7 inch baking dish, and arrange the snapper fillets in a single layer in the dish. Drizzle lemon juice over the fillets, and then pour the remaining sauce over all.
    4.Bake for 15 minutes for 1/2 inch thick fillets, or 30 minutes for 1 inch thick fillets. Baste once with the sauce while baking. Snapper is done when it flakes easily with a fork.

    Makes 4 servings,
    Unless you are Gerry.

    • Rosie 9.1

      Nice recipe Bruce. Nice and simple too. That’d go well on some lovely bread, and I’d use heaps more fresh flat leaf parsley. Mmm.

      • BrucetheMoose 9.1.1

        I swiped it off Jamie Oliver, so credit goes to him. He is like us Kiwis and loves Snapper too.

  10. vto 10

    doin the shakyland shaka

  11. vto 11

    someone played a modern version of this ce soir http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBw25CrUS-o be warned it was recorded in 1975

  12. Jenny 12

    After 60 years of computer science.
    Amazing human ingenuity, skill and patience leads to astounding breakthroughs in machine language translation.

    Until even recently, the error rate has been around 20 – 25 percent.

    ie. One out of every four words translated wrongly.

    Now watch as the audience marvel and break out into surprised spontaneous applause.

  13. Greywarbler 13

    I put this on Openmike but it may not be missed and as I think it is important to have a laugh regularly each day, staying regular is healthy, I add it to the Friday mix.

    Here is a video of proxy voters who are being interrogated in the belief that it will give an indication of future voting preferences. They are all looking a bit uncertain and sheepish though.

  14. NickS 14


    Made some up last night for dinner and daaaaaaamn. Works even if you replace the feta with plain old cheese and any brassica (brussel sprouts in my case) or leafy green will do the job. And don’t forget the caraway!

  15. Greywarbler 15

    Some interesting comments on Chris Laidlaw Radionz after 11am on restaurants and our eating habits. The word pretentious for restaurants came up but that many cafes exceed what would be found in top locations overseas. And the cafes mentioned were in the provinces. And that overseas some restaurants with high quality food being small unpretentious places whose dedicated customers treasure for their food.

    And on looking at the list of restaurants featured in a recent flyer for Wellington festival I saw many giving $50 or over for cost. It gives the impression that there are lots of people on high incomes ready to spend with them. Me, I eat takeaways and am glad to enjoy pizzas from $5 each, Turkish ishkender at $15 or Chinese smorgasbord! with large at $13.50. What a difference from apparent free spending at expensive restaurants.

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