Weekend social 17/07/2015

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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?

13 comments on “Weekend social 17/07/2015”

  1. greywarshark 1

    A bit of Greek dancing to warm you up in winter.

    • Anno1701 1.1

      heres some more contemporary greek dancing 🙂

      • greywarshark 1.1.1

        We’re supposed to be able to relax here. I thought my Tedx link was a bit of the hard stuff. Your Greek dancing should probably have gone to Open Mike. With the Greek issue though you can run but you can’t hide it seems.

  2. Charles 2

    Damn it, Friday already. There should’ve been more warning.

    Here’s a track from GURU, or Keith Elam, to his friends. He had an idea in the early nineties that instead of just sampling the tracks of his favourite artists in his music, he’d ask them to play on the tracks instead.

  3. mac1 3

    Cask Conditioned Stonecutter Scotch ale now available on Friday, July 24 at 5:00pm
    at Galbraith’s Alehouse in Auckland, New Zealand.

    Lucky Aucklanders! Not available on tap in its town of origin 🙁

  4. greywarshark 4

    Yanis Varoufakis on Tedx Talk. 13mins

  5. r0b 5

    So an update on last weekend’s UFB install. I have gone from:
    old ADSL 16Mbps down 0.9 up, to
    new fibre 562 down 43 up.

    • lprent 5.1

      Seriously cool. The limiting factor is the bloody slow servers 🙂

      Mine is a 100/50, runs at 79 down, 48 up. The latter is the most important for me. Has 1000gb cap and zero throttling.

      You must be on that gigatown that dunedin won…

  6. greywarshark 6

    Chris Trotter says that in July 2016 it will be a centenary for Labour.
    One Labour stalwart was Margaret Thorn. Her book Stick out, Keep left, part of the introduction.

    A flame, a socialist, a feminist, a political animal who crocheted decorative edgings on curtains made out of flour bags, Margaret Thorn…[was] a fine looking woman, she wore splendid hats and did not stand up for God save the King when she went to the Capitol Cinema…

    In 1932 when she and Margaret Semple founded the Unemployed Women Workers Association, she was 35. I was five and starting school…in summer I hid my shoes and socks in a …cave on the way to school to go barefoot like the many kids whose fathers were ‘on relief’.

    [When she wrote] beyond her own birth in Manchester in 1897, she evoked the harsh lives of her two grandmothers and the families they kept together…. [in a city area] ‘that festered and stewed’ into ghastly slums over more than a century. Even when her parents moved out to Crab, a village on the outskirts of the city, with open fields around, there were also open sewers.

    They lived within walking distance of the mill and the work-house. Some of Margaret’s classmates had to work half time at the mill (6 a.m. until midday), and in old age the workhouse swallowed up even the hardworking and industrious poor. The class struggle was present all around her….

    The aching poverty of her grandmother Sara Anderson walking round and round the infirmary to distract her from hunger is contrasted with the women adorned by her jewelled creations. …[Margaret] rejected an acquisitive society that valued capital more highly than labour.

    The Anderson family arrived in NZ in 1912. The Manchester and Liverpool they left behind were torn by bitter struggles between strikers and mounted police. Bloody Sunday of 13 August 1911 in Manchester saw demonstrators clubbed and two workers shot dead the next day. [Similar in NZ] – the goldminers strike led by the Red Feds at Waihi in 1912, where shots were fired and a striker clubbed to death.
    Again, in 1913, Massey’s Cossacks…from farming districts rode into Wellington in their thousands….

  7. greywarshark 7

    Thanks for comment. I thought in the leadup to the 2016 I would (try to) put a wee bit from Margaret’s book in Weekend Social. She was such a lovely and inspiring woman working towards the true values of original Labour Party. I thought we should remind ourselves of the past endeavours and beliefs and commitment to others betterment.

    Betterment is a word we don’t hear often now! We also have great capacity to accept betterments available in our own era and allow the right wing theme to dominate that they would have eventuated in time without fighting for them. Bollocks to that! You can be bypassed when the lollies are being thrown out unless you are proactive and assertive, and aggression may be required to meet that of the opposition. An example that has occurred in recent times, lolly scrambles thrown for small children’s enjoyment, being scooped up by husky teenagers.

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