Open Forum – Friday

23 June 2017

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28 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  June 23, 2017

    She’s cut up rough overnight in North Welly. Grey, wet & wild out there.
    One of those days you see discarded, expired, brollies in the wastebins on the way to work.

    • Missy

       /  June 23, 2017

      It has cooled down a little in London, but to be honest we are still hanging out for the thunderstorms to break this heatwave, and especially the humidity. Rain has been threatening all day – and is forecast – but didn’t eventuate, so still sticky and humid here (if not as hot).

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  June 23, 2017

        Humid-ughhhh….I remember once when it was humid and sticky hot in Wellington and had that thundery feel. It went on for a very long time (or seemed to) and I was walking home when it suddenly broke. Nothing has ever felt so good. The children next door and I, an adult, ran around & danced in it, getting soaked to the skin. Heaven.

        • patupaiarehe

           /  June 23, 2017

          I remember something similar, on the central plateau, many years back Kitty. It was a stinking hot summer day, then the sky turned a strange dark colour. Not ten minutes later, it began to hail, & the temperature dropped about ten degrees in a couple of minutes.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  June 25, 2017

            No hail this time, but I will never forget the wonderful feeling of being soaked in the cool rain.

  2. Missy

     /  June 23, 2017

    Right all, am off to sort sh*t for tomorrow and (try) to get some shuteye.

    Have a good Friday, and I will see you on the other side….

  3. lurcher1948

     /  June 23, 2017

    Scary…Paula Bennet wearing pancake makeup with purple lipstick first thing in the morning but then I’m not great looking first thing

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  June 23, 2017

      Lighting can affect the way people look by distorting colours. Fluorescent light-horrors, It makes everyone look terrible. It was probably not pancake makeup at all in reality.

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 23, 2017

    Does anyone know the actual legality of recordings? Eg, it is cited as being illegal to intercept private communications you are not party to. But as an employer you are party to your employees communications on your behalf and of course commercial calls are frequently announced as being recorded. Does announcing it to the parties make a difference – or just attempt to assert it is not a private communication?

    Reading the Privacy Commission’s statement makes me think it not at all unreasonable for English to say there was no assumption that the recording may have been illegal in the beginning:
    https://www.privacy.org.nz/the-privacy-act-and-codes/privacy-principles/manner-of-collection-of-personal-information-principle-four/

    • lurcher1948

       /  June 23, 2017

      Alan, English is a liar get over it and HE ISNT A NEW JOHN KEY, hell he’s an old conservative catholic with no new ideas to progress NZ ie Alan hes a boring old fart

    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 23, 2017

      English has clumsily asserted that already – He said no-one thought there had been a crime until a complaint was laid with police.
      The status of the recording is as yet not determined with regards the legality.
      He also made the valid point that they couldn’t stand Todd Barclay down, or otherwise fire him – he is selected by the electorate and voted in by the public.
      The electorate committee was fully informed at the time of the last selection and Todd won strong backing to be re-selected.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  June 23, 2017

        I can well beiieve that he couldn’t remember details of a conversation that happened 18 months ago-think of what a busy life he leads.

        Good point about the sacking. If this could happen, it could lead to real abuses of power in the wrong hands.

        The whole thing is shit-stirring.

  5. Conspiratoor

     /  June 23, 2017

    Oh how I love election year. My good friend James has written to me with a plea for more funds. It seems the ed hillary I flicked him a month ago hasn’t done the trick. By my calcs if every yournz regular pitches in approx $2,273.67 James will have his fighting fund and lurch will die a happy man. So come on folks, James can do some new things. Give till it hurts!

    “Dear c,

    Guess what? The flag’s gone up!

    Here’s the upshot: as of today, 23 June, the campaign gets bigger and faster (and a lot more expensive).
    From today till the election we’re allowed to do things we couldn’t do yesterday. And we’re not allowed to do some things we could before.
    The good news is that in the last few days we’ve raised a whopping $18,621 that will provide a great boost to our election campaign. But, today is the day. Can you help us raise another $21,379 before midnight tonight to put us in a great starting position? We’ve done it before, with your help we can do it again.”

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  June 23, 2017

      Dear James

      Yeah, right.

      😀 😀 😀

      Con Spiratoor

  6. Kitty Catkin

     /  June 23, 2017

    + H R= E repeated the old ‘it costs $300+ to keep a baby for a week’. How on earth can this be ? Its medical bills are paid for by the taxpayer . It doesn’t eat much. There’s no need to buy everything new and parents I have known have handed things down among family and friends. It doesn’t cost that to keep ME for a week.

    • patupaiarehe

       /  June 23, 2017

      If one takes lost wages into account, Kitty, that figure is a conservative estimate…

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  June 25, 2017

        Yes, but this was presented as costs-i.e. outgoings, if you see what I mean.

        Tough cheese if people lose money on having babies, they can’t have it both ways. The rest of us pay for enough of other people’s babies as it is.

        What if someone’s on the DPB ?

  7. patupaiarehe

     /  June 23, 2017

    • Gezza

       /  June 24, 2017

      Great arrangement, really works. Dude can sing & she can violin.

  8. patupaiarehe

     /  June 23, 2017

    Great to see you still about G. Lend your ear to this one…

    • Gezza

       /  June 24, 2017

      Perfect, guitar & vocals. Studied & analysed that song as poetry in 3rd Form. Young teacher was great at getting us interested in a boring subject.

  9. patupaiarehe

     /  June 23, 2017

    Headphones are a must, to really appreciate this one…

  10. patupaiarehe

     /  June 24, 2017

    • Gezza

       /  June 24, 2017

      Very nice. Masse has an incredible vocal range & is a great rhythm guitarist. They’re both good players & singers.

  11. patupaiarehe

     /  June 24, 2017

    Lucky last, & I’m off. Bloody kids 😀