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Weekend social 22/02/2013

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, February 22nd, 2013 - 36 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?


36 comments on “Weekend social 22/02/2013”

  1. ianmac 1

    I have been out and about delivering Census forms. I get the impression that many who live in poorer homes often have kids playing outside, low security and a friendly disposition of the adults.
    Somehow the more expensive homes seem to have locked screens and doors, seldom a kid in sight, and adults often suspicious at first. Not sure what that all means.

    And there are so many houses with only one person living in them. Those in Council flats seem sad and without hope or excitement in their lives. Every person was at home rather than out and about. Just waiting. Just sad really. I don’t think they had any reason to be interested in Census taking.

    • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 1.1

      What it means is that having children makes you poor. Knew it.

      • Rogue Trooper 1.1.1

        come across any of my “lost” wall posters yet (you know, the Tolkien-esque portrayal of The Rolling Stones sitting beneath trees and drawing on pipes…) and there was this really great print of a Pohutukawa…

      • alwyn 1.1.2

        At $250,000 to raise a child up to the age of 18 are you surprised, Gormless one?
        I knew that it was expensive but I never realised it was that much. I guess I simply never thought about it.
        Wonder if I can charge them now they are adults and earning?

    • Rogue Trooper 1.2

      I collected for the Salvation Army numerous times…could tell / share some socio-economic anecdotes, yet, yesterday, a pleasant man with an excellent sales patter accosted me in the garden to advise me that if I was quick (before offer ends and the business opens retail premises) I could have a “tablet” and a “techy” phone if I signed up for many moons of payments on a HUGE flatscreen tele!
      Anyway, the most appropriate product for my needs (if they were not wants) was a “notebook” and the payments for that in total = approx $1200 (I saw a HUGE advertisement for similar on Noel’s wall for $369!). We got chatting (as U do) and discussed how his (and many employers) “knew” exactly what his activities were due to GPS on his smart(i don’t think so) phone and in his car. Anyway, I gave him a complementary pen, cos he did not have one of those. 🙂

    • Ennui in Requiem 1.3

      The Council flats at the back of the Wellington Zoo just got refurbished and look lovely, as did the ones at the bottom of Brooklyn hill. residents might still sit in those and look sad as well (so long as you don’t chip the paint). It would be nice to think these refurbs have spread a little happiness and smiles.

    • Well I look at the rich kids in my area going to school in “mummies” big car.Most are over weight and dressed to kill. Now the poor kids pass me bye their uniform hang of socks down and they are al laughing being a bit cheeky and having fun. Now one young fellow most mornings greets me wit “Gid Day’

      • Ennui in Requiem 1.4.1

        Thats just the trick: timing, good fortune and placement: if the site is damp keep it that way. Mulch.

    • vto 1.5

      ” Every person was at home rather than out and about” This I notice too. The streets are quiet. Go take a look.

  2. Ennui in Requiem 2

    Been brewing plum and elderberry wine, gathered on the roadside in the ‘Rapa. High excitement and huge patience (good things take a while).

    Winter vege planting this weekend and a chook house clean out.

    • Ennui R .

      How are you going to keep your plants alive .Garden due for planting out but water nonprescription
      will just let them dry up and die , perhaps some rain soon.

  3. TheContrarian 3

    Sorting out plans for an upcoming trip to Europe, mother in law for dinner, Minecraft.

    Simple weekend this weekend.

    • Ennui in Requiem 3.1

      Where you going in Europe?

      • TheContrarian 3.1.1

        London, Germany and the Netherlands.

        It’s a boys trip – a final ‘hurray’ before settling down into a middle class, white guys life…which hopefully doesn’t involve growing an ironic mustache, drinking Pabst Blue and banging on about how crap good bands are while promoting shit garage bands.

    • Lanthanide 3.2

      Cannibal 1: I don’t like my mother in law
      Cannibal 2: So try the potatoes

  4. vto 4

    All sorts of lovely jubbly stuff on this weekend

  5. Hello weekend socialites.

    The clever people who make the guitar software I rely on, made it so a rock band/guitar hero guitar controller can be used to ‘play’ and record in real time.
    So I bought a discontinued Logitech ps3 guitar (google it. Sexy black number) and gave it a go.
    I’m over the shame in using a toy, and no buyers remorse, so far.

    Vote – http://www.theaudience.co.nz/the-al1en/second-choice/

    Lyrics – https://soundcloud.com/theal1en/second-choice

    freebie download – http://www.f3music.com/1285

  6. TheContrarian 6

    Got a quick shout to LPrent here…not sure where else to put this..

    1) I seem to be unable to edit my comments after I have posted them. Problem at my end or The Standard’s end?

    2) Is there a technical support page here? Would be better to have one here people could comment on as opposed to emailing you direct.

    2) I think the below link from nzonscreen would make a great addition to the side bar here. It is a very good documentary about the 4th Labour govt.


    • felixviper 6.1

      Sweet doco, that.

    • lprent 6.2

      Problem at our end somewhere – started wednesday. Not sure what it is right now. I bounced when I started to look at it and I haven’t had the time available to get stubborn and scare the frigging bug into the open.

      I’ll be giving it some time on this weekend. Problem with that re-edit system is that is just so damn fragile. I suspect that there was an issue with either JQuery or ColorBox somewhere…

      However I fixed my last major remaining bug at work today. So if that will give me time to take some real time off to work on the slowly accreting pile of maintenance issues. I think I have several months of holiday available. And Lyn can’t find that many weddings to drag me to. Last one was in 1987 (and ended badly 20 years later). But apparently I have to go to the lab-rat city next weekend..

  7. BLiP 8


    Hurricanes by 12.

  8. TheContrarian 9

    ‘Searching for Sugarman.’

    See it. An mazing film.

  9. TheContrarian 10

    You’ll thank me…

  10. lprent 11

    Django unchained was a hoot last night. A homage to every spaghetti western with the characteristic blood and gore splatter that Tarantino made his trademark (giving up on films apparently – too much effort to get them made). Dialogue and music was like wading through every western in creation. And the story line had that typical cutting disconnection of the genre.

    The German bounty hunter was a particularly finely drawn character, while the villainous and crafty chief slave was plain disgusting.

    Worth watching. And Lyn liked it…

    • Rogue Trooper 11.1

      lookin forward to The Sweeny (it’ll be Z-Cars next); personally, it’s all been down-hill since Pulp Fiction

  11. RedLogix 12

    Just in case no-one was wondering … RL is off tramping. Very off.

  12. ropata 13

    Thoroughly recommend this NZ movie: “Mt. Zion” http://youtu.be/N0gHwasfR7g

    1979 Pukekohe, seems not that long ago 🙂

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