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6 February 2017

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32 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  February 6, 2017

    I hope this message finds all well
    And doesn’t find you badly
    Waitangi Day is here again
    I send Best Wishes madly
    🌿 😳 🇳🇿

    • unitedtribes2

       /  February 6, 2017

      Im Goodly

      • Gezza

         /  February 6, 2017

        😀

        I’m godly. Ask anyone.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  February 6, 2017

          I asked God. He denied it. Said you did a Polish Exit.

          • Gezza

             /  February 6, 2017

            He’s wrong. I announced my departure. That’s a Czech Exit.

            Do I have to even check & verify HIS comms, for heaven’s sake ! 😡

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  February 6, 2017

              DT didn’t coin bigly, Erich Geiringer did in the 80s-but it was obvious that he didn’t think it was a real word.

              I subjected the dog to a B-A-T-H this morning, which he bore with dogly resignation once he was in the water. He lay against the door, shivering, teeth chattering, paw waving feebly at the prospect of this ghastly torture.

              Alan & Lurchy, do your dogs carry on like this at the knowledge that they will soon be subjected to this horrible cruelty ?

              Mine has his own bath, is washed with warm water and baby shampoo 2-in-1 *(good for his hair and skin and doesn’t sting the eyes), rinsed and towelled dry. What a heartless way to treat an animal.

              * Silk brand, very cheap from Pak & Save, a fraction of the cost of dog shampoo

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  February 6, 2017

              Gemma, the collie/kelpie baths herself in the sea when she gets hot from ball chasing. Apart from that she gets her legs hosed off when she has got into the mangrove mud but otherwise keeps herself clean and is rarely bathed as she is quite short-haired. She absolutely hates having her nails clipped and we have given up trying to do it, even the vet, as you risk serious injury from her struggles.

              Tinkerbell, the little Sheltie is very long-haired and does get bathed with pained resignation. She never goes into the water intentionally like Gemma. However she absolutely adores being towelled dry so I think she looks forward to that part and puts up with the bath.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  February 6, 2017

              Mother’s angel doggie (!?) doesn’t mind it too much once he’s in the water and knows that he has to stay there until he’s clean. He quite likes being dried and wrapped in a towel-as he’s so small, I can’t understand how he not only soaks the towel, he still has enough water left to shake all over me,

              The Indian dog who used to hide under the bed never seemed to work out that they’d KNOW that he was under there. A Chinese woman to whom I was talking said that hers was found hiding in the neighbours’ garage. I don’t know what the Chinese word for bath is, but the dog did. Or was it the 6th sense that tells them that the b-word is imminent ?

              Ditto the nail thing, though the vet CAN do it. The one time he was groomed (and came home shamingly neat and unrecognisable) the groomer said that he screamed at having his nails done. How embarrassing. Her advice was to stand him on something high enough for him to be unable to jump down and the vet’s table is probably that- this also works with haircuts. He is stood on the washingmachine, and makes far less fuss than he does anywhere else.

  2. lurcher1948

     /  February 6, 2017

    Sean Spicer talking to the media

  3. lurcher1948

     /  February 6, 2017

    For you trumps

  4. Conspiratoor

     /  February 6, 2017

    Head still throbbing after being dragged off to something called a ‘winery tour’ concert at the local stadium

    Her Pinot Gris seized at entrance. My hip flask undiscovered
    An hour wait for 4 x $8 thimbles of something masquerading as chardonnay, for her
    Blessed relief arrives in the form of a power cut for the next hour
    An earnest young called Lennie bashes away unplugged in the audience until someone rustles up a generator and power is restored
    A lovely young lady oddly named after a ballpoint pen mumbles her way through a set
    Then someone called Brook who I am informed is Bernie Fraser’s daughter wails through the next 90 minutes and 2 encores until she announces she has to pee, and that brings the whole shambles to a timely end

    Thank god for the kimble paperwhite. But note to self, next time bring ear plugs

    • lurcher1948

       /  February 6, 2017

      So you had a DAMN go time Con fremember you are still above ground…BIG CUDDLES

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  February 6, 2017

      Yes, big power outage again the whole of Northland last evening when apparently a bush fire near Whangarei took out the main lines. High time Top Energy boosted Nga Wha fast and reconfigured to maintain supply when the southern grid connection fails.

      The Bay was packed for Waitangi Day and no power except for generators. But even the few retailers with generators had to operate cash only because internet and mobile phones were all dead so no EFTPOS. I was down in Russell and the visitors were all wandering around looking dazed as civilisation had its plug pulled.

      Our Aussie guests at the cabins on solar power were laughing as we went out there to borrow the generator but by the time we got home from feeding the horses and exercising the dogs the power had come back on this time.

      • Conspiratoor

         /  February 6, 2017

        Yes Al, we have become desensitized to power cuts but when cell towers go down and take mobile internet out, modern civilisation has no answer. Vodafone and Spark will need to learn lessons from this

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  February 6, 2017

          At one time we had power cuts with maddening frequency, but it’s nothing like so bad now (touches wood)

          I have a solar torch/radio and various other torches and lights-neurosis set in when we seemed to be forever losing the power. One of those little touch lights on a tin or jam jar makes an excellent reading light. .

          The old fondue set took on a new life as tea & coffee maker; it took a while to boil the water, but it was better than nothing.

          One day the water went off and so had the phonelines, as I found when I tried to ring the council. I sat down at the computer to find that the power was off, too. The hat trick, never repeated-thank goodness.

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  February 6, 2017

    Even tennis seems to be getting more violent. Forget McEnroe’s verbal histrionics, now they just attack the umpire:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tennis/2017/02/05/great-britain-win-davis-cup-tie-dramatic-circumstances-canadasdenis/

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  February 6, 2017

      Nobody likes a bad loser. Geeze, Louise, it’s a blimmin GAME. Get over it.

      • PDB

         /  February 6, 2017

        Pot calling kettle black there Kitty re: ‘the popular vote’?

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  February 6, 2017

          There is a little bit less at stake in a tennis game, forsooth, although some tennis (sports) players seem to have grossly exaggerated ideas of their own importance. There are many more serious things going on in the world than a TENNIS MATCH. Get over it, bad loser.

          • PDB

             /  February 6, 2017

            As I’ve mentioned before tennis is like the ‘popular vote’ – you can win more ‘points’ and lose the match, you can win more ‘games’ and lose the match because the rules of the game dictate that the winner is the one that wins the most ‘sets’………

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  February 6, 2017

              I didn’t know that. We had a choice of sports at school, so that it was possible to spend PE lying in the grass, reading and talking, as it would be assumed by each lot that we were at the other one. As long as too many people didn’t do this and make it obvious, of course…

  6. Kitty Catkin

     /  February 6, 2017

    40o in Sydney-no, thank you. I have been in that here, in Christchurch, and that maddening warm wind was blowing, It was mid 30s again here.

    • Gezza

       /  February 6, 2017

      Might be feeling some extra heat blown in from Canberra’s Turnbull, still hot under the collar after a recent very pleasant international phone call?

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 6, 2017

        Might it be the hot air blown across the ocean by the other party in the phone call ? No wonder we have global warming, it would stop if he was struck with aphasia-we’d all be singing ‘The ice age is coming, the sun disappears, I live by the riv-er.’

        Blimey, it’s still HOTTTTTT !!!! The dog is cuddled next to me. It’s like having a furry hotwater bottle beside me. Thank goodness he’s not a St Bernard.

  7. Gezza

     /  February 6, 2017

    During a break in our 2nd guitar & vocals jam session on the weekend, the LF (who also reads music & plays the flute) informed me she has just recently bought herself 3 recorders – an alto, a tenor, & a bass. The alto and the bass don’t do much for me, but the tenor recorder sounds awesome & by request will accompany her on the next visit.

    • patupaiarehe

       /  February 6, 2017

      Funny huh G? I remember the recorder lessons at primary school, and the cacaphony of bad noise that went with it. I also remember hearing the local ice cream van playing ‘Greensleeves’.

      • Gezza

         /  February 6, 2017

        The kids at school. Me too. And the beaming, proud parents when their chidren gave a little performance at end of year. It’s such an iconic piece of music, it’ll still be around & be being played by accomplished musicians centuries from now. HOW any clever or beautiful musical melody is played, by a competent performer, is what counts, as you obviously already know, patu.

        • Gezza

           /  February 6, 2017

          PS: I’ve still got my school alto recorder, upstairs in my musical kit bag, amongst the power boards, 20 metre leads, mini-connectors, adaptors, guitar tool kit, and click sticks. The only musical things I’ve given away or sold are a harmonica, one accoustic guitar, and two earlier less sophisticated keyboards.

  8. Zedd

     /  February 6, 2017

    I just saw a news item on AlJz. Mr & Mrs T hosting a ‘Gala Ball’… I kept expecting to hear that song : “Come on BARBIE lets go party” 😀