Open Forum – Saturday

1 July 2017

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77 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  July 1, 2017

    to address the housing crisis…in Vancouver…15% foreign buyers tax,no foreigners to buy existing stock,and 1% tax p.an on the value of empty houses….seems to be ..working.All too hard for the NZ Govt.

  2. lurcher1948

     /  July 1, 2017

    remember the days before cows and irrigation ruined our holiday spots…
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/kiwi-traveller/94270076/classic-kiwi-holiday-spots-that-no-longer-exist-coes-ford

  3. Gezza

     /  July 1, 2017

    @ Kitty. I posted an item specially for you in yesterday’s Open Forum, with a bird picture & everything, & you didn’t even bother to turn up. Very disappointed. Not hurt, just … disappointed. I don’t do that sort of thing for just anybody, you know.

    • Gezza

       /  July 1, 2017

      Kitty? I know you were here I saw your posts. 🙁
      Missy & I are just friends, Kitty. 😳

      • Gezza

         /  July 1, 2017

        Well, if it’s not that, was it criticising your poetry? It’s not very nice getting the freeze out. Can we at least talk about this? I am missing your nature vignettes.

        • patupaiarehe

           /  July 1, 2017

          And here I was, G, thinking that you were a wise man. Your attempts to attract our feline friends’ attention, reek of desperation. And whilst men such as ourselves, might be flattered by a desperate woman, paying us attention, unfortunately it doesn’t work in reverse…
          ‘Treat her mean, & keep her keen…’ is a rather crude way of putting it. But once again, that same philosophy can be reversed, & used to a woman’s advantage…

          • Gezza

             /  July 1, 2017

            Nonsense. Wonderful creatures – nearly all of them. God’s best invention ever. When they suddenly go incommunicado on you they can be a bit puzzling. Brains & communication systems don’t always work in exactly the same way as ours for everything. Always pays to check if there’s been some kind of misunderstanding, imo. They often need reminding that their girlfriends know exactly what the problem is, if there is one, but unfortunately, you know, bloke – you have to tell us. Luv her like a sister sometimes. Not unduly concerned, just seeking to establish if I might have innocently caused some unintentional injury. Reminded of a saying I saw once – if there are two ways of interpreting something I said, and one of them hurt you – I meant the other one.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  July 1, 2017

              LOL. You should just ignore her. I reckon it will be under two days, before she replies to one of your comments, & tries to act like she is being nasty…

            • Gezza

               /  July 1, 2017

              Best not to speculate. I may even be being presumptuous. May be nothing. Just unusual for Kitty to not acknowledge such a post as thst on the swallows & share enqually delightful tale in similar vein as she is an equivalently keen observer – and an even better reporter – of nature than I. Done the cautious check. Can do no more. Will just carry on being moi & bringing light & delight to my good friend Blazer.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  July 1, 2017

            • Gezza

               /  July 1, 2017

              Sorry some typos there. Thread keeps crashing. Too many videos for iPad. Shan’t continue posting here. Ta ta for now on here.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  July 2, 2017

              You worry too much, G. Take things the wrong way, because you care a lot. A few hours ago, you related to me, how unimpressed you were by my ‘Polish exit’. I didn’t intend to offend anyone, by going to bed at 3am this morning. But I did, and have at least pretended to be sorry… Should I stop pretending, & be honest, or should I pretend to be sorry, so I don’t upset anyone…

            • Gezza

               /  July 2, 2017

              Worry? Me? No, not at all. You should of course just carry on being you. Sometimes there might be feigned indignation on my part for a bit of humour, generally indicated by such as a winking icon or the knowledge someone knows me well enough to work out when I’m doind that.

              I just don’t like unintentionally upsetting someone who hasn’t said or done anything to thoroughly deserve it. And if I haven’t, or I have, but they don’t want to say so, then either way, I forget it & move on. Life’s too short to spend time railing about, or worrying over, things you can’t do anything about.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  July 2, 2017

              Too right, e hoa. Sir Wilkinson implied earlier today, that I enjoyed upsetting people. And rather than be offended by his opinion, I chuckled to myself, about a very sooty kettle, who had just a few minutes earlier, remarked upon the inability of someone else, to offer an intelligent argument, due to being ‘Loony’, or something like that… 😀

            • Gezza

               /  July 2, 2017

              Anyway, whatever, Czech Exit. Sack time here buddy. Ka kite ano e hoa.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  July 2, 2017

              Yup, haere ra, e hoa

            • Gezza

               /  July 2, 2017

              Oh, sorry patu. I didn’t see you pop that last message in until I posted. Yes, Sir Alan. Likeable chap in some ways. I am of course awaiting the report from the psychiatric evaluation for which I referred him earlier today with some interest, as you can probably imagine. I realise now, of course, that I could probably have simply got a more comprehensive & succinct immediate evaluation from his Mrs.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  July 2, 2017

              Or you could have just done one yourself. Your earlier ‘evaluation’ of Blazer, was pretty accurate, IMHO anyway… 😀

            • Gezza

               /  July 2, 2017

              Good friends are hard to come by, Patu. When the chips are really down it can sometimes be quite surprising to find out how many good friends you had were actually really only acquaintances. To be honest, I’m not entirely certain that even Blazer really likes me as much as he pretends to. Nitey-nite mate.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  July 2, 2017

              Yup, Ka kite, e hoa. Your friend Blazer, reminds me a lot of a girlfriend I had, a few years before I met my now wife. She liked to act dominant in public, and enjoyed having an opposing opinion to everyone else, just because she could. But behind closed doors, she was entirely different. She would keep ‘winding’, until she knew I was almost pissed off with her, then tear off her clothes, and say, “You look like you are about ready…”
              Perhaps you & Blazer, should ‘get a room’…. 😀
              Haere Ra G… 😛

            • Gezza

               /  July 2, 2017

              😖 Christ Almighty! For God’s sake man! Get a grip! Are you flippin LGBTAQIWXYZ (or whatever flamin letter they’re up to now) ??

              I can’t speak for Blazer, obviously, but let me assure you I’m no flamin skank! I can’t possibly conceive of anything more unpleasant than what you just suggested!

              I can’t even find a bloody stamp that comes anywhere near appropriate for that one – unless maybe there’s a “sentence to imprisonment – hard labour” one somewhere in another satchel.

              Best I can do at short notice. I’ll keep looking.

            • Gezza

               /  July 2, 2017

              😉

          • Blazer

             /  July 2, 2017

            very good advice there Patu.Don’t stop he needs more where women are concerned….alot…more.

            • Gezza

               /  July 2, 2017

              Yaw trubble is yaw emotionally anaemic.

  4. lurcher1948

     /  July 1, 2017

    Who would want to visit the USA, doctors shooting doctors, road rage victims shot dead foreign student dead, shot by scared police for holding a pen.If you want to risk your life look whiter than white and check every light on your vehicle and pray a lot.

  5. lurcher1948

     /  July 1, 2017

    CHINA looks far safer than the USA,in all ways

    • PDB

       /  July 1, 2017

      Unless you live there of course…….

      • Corky

         /  July 1, 2017

        And piss the wrong people off. I bet political detainees would give anything to be caught in a LA road rage incident, then be doing 20 years hard labour for hiding money from the government

        • lurcher1948

           /  July 1, 2017

          Are you Chinese corky NOT PAYING TAXES???? just asking

          • Corky

             /  July 1, 2017

            Who was talking about taxes, Lurchy?

        • Gezza

           /  July 1, 2017

          Mightn’t be all that bad for everybody Corks. Depending on the sums involved, people you know in government(s), negotiating skills, you might get away with an amicable settlement that saves face for everybody & lets you still keep your most of your loot. Didn’t that happen to some Chinese national here not too long ago. Course, one doesn’t know what else one might have had to undertake to do on behalf the Chinese authorities in exchange for freedom to return, I suppose.

          • Corky

             /  July 1, 2017

            Yes, but if they survive an LA road rage incident, it wont come back to haunt them.

            • Gezza

               /  July 1, 2017

              That rather depends, my good man, on whether they have perhaps caused damage to the other person’s vehicle as the provocation for the assault, & whether the other person is disposed, & proceeds, to claim lifelong injury as a result of the incident – either through the trauma of the original accident, or the through assailant suddenly discovering his or her assaultee is a black belt in some foreign martial art or other. They will be immediately set upon by a plague of lawyers hungry for riches, will they not?

  6. lurcher1948

     /  July 1, 2017

    God i love early trump rallies were he threatens every country around him, he is so good with his speeches and rallies WHAT COULD GO WRONG,HEMATOLAGNIA love….yuk
    AnpTWKKWQ1o

  7. lurcher1948

     /  July 1, 2017


    an early trump speech, enjoy

    • lurcher1948

       /  July 1, 2017

      If you forget the past,some OLD IDIOT will take us to war against Russia and China,WHY

  8. lurcher1948

     /  July 1, 2017

    What STUPID GOVT replaces power poles in the middle of WINTER in Clyde cutting of power in the snow ALL DAY to the town,,BILL ENGLISHES national government does

    • The Government isn’t responsible for replacing power poles, lines companies are.

      • lurcher1948

         /  July 1, 2017

        where is central govt , LEADERSHIP

        • Central government doesn’t replace power polls. Clyde isn’t very far from Queenstown, there could be an opening on a lines gang for Barclay soon.

        • Gezza

           /  July 1, 2017

          Lurch, get back on the planet. I think you’ve drifted off-world somehow with this one. Try swimming motions or something. Obviously gravity has somehow temporarily broken down around you. Good luck & safe landing. 💪 👍

  9. lurcher1948

     /  July 1, 2017

    Central Otago rail trail and stayed upstairs in the towns hotel, and had a nice meal with my love Lorraine,the hotels stair CREAKS and do the bed, RIDE THE CENTRAL OTAGO RAIL/BIKEWAY WE DID… 128km approx? what could go wrong ummmmmmmm

      • lurcher1948

         /  July 1, 2017

        it was a LONG cycle Lorraine and myself, Distance was memory

        • Conspiratoor

           /  July 1, 2017

          Lurch, I trust a man of your advanced years availed yourself of the ebike option

          • lurcher1948

             /  July 1, 2017

            no electric bikes then,only 21 speeds

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 1, 2017

      You’ll be especially pleased John Key inspired the Twin Coasts Cycle Trail up here then, Lurch: http://www.twincoastcycletrail.kiwi.nz/

      • He was Minister of tourism and tourism has become one of our biggest businesses, a major and under-applauded success. They have to up their efforts to improve touristy infrastructure though.

      • lurcher1948

         /  July 1, 2017

        WHOS john key????

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  July 1, 2017

          He was a great PM who seems to have slipped your memory, Lurch. I’m sure you would have liked him.

      • Conspiratoor

         /  July 1, 2017

        To say he inspired it would be a bit of a stretch al. He took someone else’s idea and funded it from the public purse

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  July 1, 2017

          Wouldn’t have happened without him, C.

          • patupaiarehe

             /  July 1, 2017

            Similar to how the Tauranga Harbour Bridge wouldn’t have happened, if not for the efforts of the electorate MP at the time, Alan… 😉

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  July 2, 2017

              I don’t know the history of that one but guess it relates to your mate Winnie, patu. But did he piss someine off?

  10. lurcher1948

     /  July 1, 2017

    It rained and the wind was in reverse direction and steam engines went up LONG steep inclines BUT WE DID IT as non cyclists, we dont give up

    • Gezza

       /  July 1, 2017

      Christ! I’m watching delayed coverage. Gonna pretend I didn’t see that.

  11. patupaiarehe

     /  July 1, 2017

    A different take, on one most people will know, by the very talented Sara Bareilles.

  12. lurcher1948

     /  July 1, 2017

    It take 16 whimpy people from the other side of the world to beat 14 ALL BLACKS, just saying

  13. PDB

     /  July 1, 2017

    Sorry Patu but I’m feeling nostalgic……

    • patupaiarehe

       /  July 1, 2017

      Don’t be sorry Pants. The only thing to be sorry about, is the audio quality. Check this one out…

  14. patupaiarehe

     /  July 1, 2017

    A ‘guilty pleasure’, of mine… Don’t care much for her pop music, but when she does country, IMHO Miley sounds brilliant…

  15. patupaiarehe

     /  July 1, 2017

    As much as I enjoy covers by random folk on youtube, sometimes they frustrate me. The fact that this guy is still using cheap equipment, to record his efforts, is a serious injustice, IMHO….

  16. patupaiarehe

     /  July 1, 2017

    Getting a little bored with posting my own bad taste in music. Well I’m not, actually 😀 It would be great though, if someone else could post something pleasing to the ear….

  17. PDB

     /  July 1, 2017

    On this day in 1995 the famous American disc jockey ‘Wolfman Jack’ died of a heart attack aged 57 years old.

    This 1974 song by Canadian rockers ‘The Guess Who’ paid homage to him (and he talks throughout).As an aside lead singer Burton Cummings is a seriously under-rated rock vocalist – especially his ad-lib stuff.

    • patupaiarehe

       /  July 1, 2017

      Splendid Pants! And not a moment too soon. I’m going to post another ‘guilty pleasure’ below. Did you watch the cover of ‘Yellow brick road”, that I posted last night?

  18. PDB

     /  July 1, 2017

    One before I go….makes me sleepy