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Weekend social 20/03/2015

Written By: - Date published: 2:25 pm, March 20th, 2015 - 18 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?

18 comments on “Weekend social 20/03/2015 ”

  1. Philip Ferguson 1

    This is ‘non-political’ in the sense that it’s not controversial and not about any sort of party politics, it’s just a tale of – believe it or not – an actual workplace.

    It’s an interesting read, because it’s in six parts – so the weekend, at least for people who aren’t working jobs during that time – is one of the few times people could get to read it.

    It’s odd to think there are places like this in NZ, but there are.

    It’s all a bit Victorian/Dickensian, except no child labour is involved and the work-week isn’t 70 hours. But the style of management and the whole running of the place is like another time, another place.

    Last Machinist at Achilles Industries: https://rdln.wordpress.com/2011/06/12/last-machinist-at-achilles-industries/
    (This is chapter one, follow through the chapters to chapter six)


  2. Philip Ferguson 2

    I keep plugging this guy – the wonderful Seth Lakeman. I wonder if anyone has gone and watched some of his vids. The stuff at the Minack in Cornwall is fantastic. Great music, stunning setting. I saw him one evening on a beach in Cornwall, on the outskirts of Newquay – excellent little gig. Him playing the tragic ‘Setting of the Sun’ as the sun set on the Celtic Sea behind us was a great moment.

    Anyway, I’d be keen to read any others’ comments on him.

  3. tc 3

    If a possum consumes 1080 how long before it karks it ? Rapid or slow ?

    Given they can roam quite a distance from their home each night I’m wondering how plausible it is one makes it way into a residential setting from areas where 1080 may be laid.

    • weka 3.1

      It depends on how much the possum eats relative to its body weight, but generally it’s hours up to a day. It’s a pretty shitty way to die (compared to something like cynade which takes seconds). So yes, possums can move in that time, although I guess less so over time as they get sicker.

      Authorities using 1080 in NZ have fairly wide buffers of no drop areas between the drop and places where there are a lot of people. I’d be surprised if 1080-ed possums made it to a town very often for instance (although the anti-lobby has its stories). But farm houses, sure. Farmers would be prewarned.

      • b waghorn 3.1.1

        Its a big problem for pig hunters the dogs can travel a long way in a short time.

  4. Ennui 4

    Gonna take my magnificent mutt for a long trot. Up hill down dale. That complete repose with the dynamic duo..Ms Ennui and cab sav.

  5. just saying 5

    To those in the know – which Terry Pratchett book should I read first?

    • Murray Rawshark 5.1

      The Colour of Magic. It’s the first and I’ve never come across a bad one.

      • just saying 5.1.1

        Will pick it up at the library tomorrow.

        • Murray Rawshark

          I think they’re worth reading in sequence because they are self referential, although once you’ve read a few it doesn’t matter so much.

  6. adam 6

    Love this track – and a great clip as well.

    Janelle Monáe – Q.U.E.E.N. feat. Erykah Badu

    How odd that soul music is now alternative.

  7. Kiwiri - Raided of the Last Shark 7

    Can someone give an update of how their vege garden or fruit trees are doing? It is always nice to get a sense of the changing seasons from what people are doing in their gardens.

    • jenny kirk 7.1

      The blue-berrys have finished, the figs are ripening and pickable off the tree, the tamarillo are just starting to show a bit of colour, and the feijoas are slow, Kiwiri. This is in the mid-part of Northland.

      • Kiwiri - Raided of the Last Shark 7.1.1

        Mmm … nice, Jenny Kirk. Sounds lovely and hoping I will have a place as well as time and discipline to organise a vege/fruit garden some day soon.

    • ianmac 7.2

      I have a very small back yard, about 6X 6 m. 2 apple trees apples ripe. Every tomato plant died. Only 1 gooseberry on bush.
      Pumpkins have taken over the whole area. And I fear to walk through the mass of leaves and fruit. What will I do with a dozen pumpkins?

  8. adam 8

    Don’t know about you but great choice for the role of Tulip. This many just end up good TV.


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