Weekend social 21/11/2014

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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?

54 comments on “Weekend social 21/11/2014”

  1. r0b 1

    How is it nearly December already? Wtf?

    • Lanthanide 1.1

      This might help clear up how Time works and “what is clocks” for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvpbW7JRu0Q

      Then again, maybe not.

      • r0b 1.1.1

        OK thanks! It’s all clear to me now. I’ve been winding my watch too hard is all.

      • McFlock 1.1.2

        well, that’s sucked me in to watching the entire series of “Moments of Wonder” 🙂

      • BM 1.1.3

        Philomena Cunk, Christ what a bad name.

        Must have been tough for her growing up.

        • Lanthanide 1.1.3.1

          Good thing she’s a fictional character on a comedy show, eh?

          • BM 1.1.3.1.1

            Oh dear, I should have read the comments section.
            Honestly, I just thought it was just another really bad upper crust English name like Mamaduke Bagelhole, etc.

            • McFlock 1.1.3.1.1.1

              like, the actual skit never rang any bells for you?

              • BM

                Nah, I never actually watched it.

                Saw the name, thought fuck that’s a shocker, called the woman in, she agreed, talked about how bad it would be growing up with a name like that, which lead on to other things, so never actually got around to watching the vid.

                • Macro

                  Well treat yourself to a giggle then, and watch. She asks some very serious questions (like what are these? – and why are there so many of them?) and carries out some really in-depth interviews.

      • Rosie 1.1.4

        Philomena Cunk is legend. I miss her, there’s no new Charlie Brooker shows available.

        Check out her counterpart, Barry Shit Peas, for more brilliance.

    • ianmac 1.2

      My theory is that time passes faster and faster because as you age memory of what you did yesterday or last week or last month fades more and more quickly, and the bits left seem closer and closer to each other. Like 52 cards in a pack but you forget more than half so the few left are closer and closer together.
      Just had one birthday and now dammit here comes another one!

  2. mickysavage 2

    I don’t know what I will do. No election campaign to fight or leadership campaign to follow. Maybe some golf …

    • weka 2.1

      I hear building a glasshouse is quite engaging.

    • lprent 2.2

      Oh shit. We should never let you and Mike Smith get together…

    • BM 2.3

      Get yourself a Harley,

      • mickysavage 2.3.1

        My longevity and the longevity of road users would suffer if I did!

      • Macro 2.3.2

        I’m rebuilding my ’57 R50 BMW – got the steering head bearings ready to go 🙂

        • BM 2.3.2.1

          I just googled that, pretty styley looking bike.

          Be worth a bit when you’re finished.

          • Macro 2.3.2.1.1

            I’ve owned it from 1970 – The bike was originally sold new in Pretoria – ridden up thru Africa then around Europe – down thru Turkey, Afganistan, India (try doing that today!) then across to Perth – Over the Nullabore to Melbourne, and then to NZ. The guy who did that, had then had enough and sold it, and I bought it, and have had it ever since.

            • Murray Rawshark 2.3.2.1.1.1

              I had an R80/7 a few years back. Along with an 850 Commando, it was my favourite out of all my bikes. I’m thinking about getting another Beemer when I come home for good. In the meantime, I’m up to walking 2 km a day!

      • The Al1en 2.3.3

        “Get yourself a Harley,”

        Yes, ’cause the country needs more middle aged men with big motorbikes recapturing their youth in casualty departments throughout the land. lol

        Less mind numbing than golf are video games, with the added bonus you don’t have to walk five hours in all weathers to get a game, there are beginner experience levels even beginners can do and you dress in normal clothes that don’t make you look like Rupert bear.
        Won’t get you a round with a president though, which is either a drawback or bonus, point of view depending.

    • miravox 2.4

      I’m at similar loose end after after completing some studies.

      Meantime, my knitting is coming along….

    • Ad 2.5

      Double the impact of The Standard.
      There you go – keep you out of trouble.

  3. ianmac 3

    Set in motion the Ultra Fast Broadband connection process- over 6 weeks ago. Vodafone stuffed up repeatedly in spite of cable connection at our gate. Not sure that I even want it now but the nice Chorus people are coming on Monday so will do it all.
    Having the first pick of my lettuces for tea tonight. Much more satisfying.

    • tc 3.1

      So you’ve a cable at the gate…do you mean Fibre runs past or a phone line not brought onto the property.

      • ianmac 3.1.1

        The fibre cable has been in a little green box at the gate all year. All they have to do is bring it to the house and connect.
        But the Vodafone communication by phone query is very very awful! Bad lines. Misimformation. Foreign accent.

        • tc 3.1.1.1

          Try and get direct comms with the installer, vodafone are getting worse with their phillipines call centre and broken processes, it will be transfield, downer or visionstream on behalf of chorus depending where you are.

          If you dont hear from the installer its unlikely to be happening as they are flat out and tend to require direct end customer confirmation to not be wasting slots.

    • lprent 3.2

      Just be thankful that you don’t have a body corporate as well.

    • weka 3.3

      I had my first broad beans of the season tonight. From the supermarket, but thank-you North Island for feeding us in colder climes.

      • Jenny Kirk 3.3.1

        Broad beans so early – that’s pretty good, weka. My so-called dwarf beans are looking extraordinarily leggy and not sprouting much in the way of a pod yet. I’m beginning to think they were wrongly labelled.
        But we do have fruitful blue-berry bushes laden – and we’ve managed to put the bird netting up in time before the birds find out about them !

        • Macro 3.3.1.1

          Ours are nearly finished… but that’s Thames for you 🙂 Got a few kilos frozen too. mmm blue berries – Ours are just 1 year old and still to grow – but the raspberries and strawberries are abundant. The black currants too mmm.

      • adam 3.3.2

        Umm I think Weka broad beans, this time of year – a south Island treat.

      • Molly 3.3.3

        Just pulled our broad beans out… need to replace their spot in the garden.

        Enjoy yours, we do look forward to that fresh spring produce.

        • weka 3.3.3.1

          Interesting, I generally think of broad beans as a Christmas thing.

          • joe90 3.3.3.1.1

            Indeed weka, but sadly 32 years of shelling broad beans on Christmas morning has ended with the passing of the family member who grew them.

  4. Tracey 4

    was briefly watching best british bakery yesterday and a bakery from dunbar won the scottish section.

    They run as a cooperative and were born in 2008 following the closing of the last baker in their high street.

    Food for thought

    http://thebakerydunbar.org/about-us/the-story-so-far/#gsc.tab=0

  5. Jenny Kirk 5

    Coming down to Auckland for something different –

    The Outsider Art Fair

    The Nathan Club, 51 Galway St, Auckland

    Fri 21 Nov 2014, 6:00pm–10:00pm
    Sat 22 Nov 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm
    Sun 23 Nov 2014, 10:00am–4:00pm
    Admission: Free

    Website: outsiderartfair

    The Outsider Art Fair in Auckland is a weekend long event in November that showcases the quality and creative diversity of artists that do their work, for whatever reason, outside of the mainstream and explores the term ‘Outsider Art’ in a New Zealand cultural context.

    The Fair is loosely modelled on the concept established by the New York Outsider Art Fair, which has worked for the past 20 years at building awareness around the diverse community of artists with unique experience and practice. It has played a vital role in building a passionate collecting community and continues to grow on a global scale. Europe and the UK have a long history of art collection in this field.

    Located in central Auckland, the Fair will promote the unique qualities of this art genre and stimulate awareness and dialogue through an main exhibition, pop up installations, performance programs, plus panel discussions. All open to the public.

  6. weka 6

    ok, so who broke the replies widget?

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago

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