Media watch – Sunday

30 July 2017


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  1. Gezza

     /  July 30, 2017

    (Up @ sparrow fart again dad? Checking first, whether da boyz is behaving? Ya a good dad.) ☘❤️

    Tanks for the mammaries*

    “Flashback: Government enforces carless days amid oil shortage

    In the year that the VW Golf and Toyota Corolla fought it out to be named the best-selling car in the world, New Zealand motorists were asked to choose which day of the week they’d go without wheels, in a bid to ease pressure on a tight fuel supply. 

    Carless days were introduced on July 30, 1979 under the Robert Muldoon-led National party, in the midst of the second world oil shortage that decade. The law went alongside a lower speed limit of 80kmh, and a ban on selling petrol in the weekend. 

    Before carless days were put in place, the Evening Post predicted Wellington’s public transport system simply would not cope if hundreds or even thousands of commuters were to suddenly leave their cars at home, and piling on to buses and trains to get into work. 

    … hundreds of people trying to get around the new rules led to staff at the Ministry of Transport answering the phone as “Ministry of Carless Days,” the Evening Post reported. 

    The first person caught for using their car on a “carless” day was Gordon Marks of Christchurch, in October 1979. He had been at a party and decided to take a nap before heading home. He woke at 3.45am
     and hopped in his car, forgetting that as of 2am he was on his carless day.  

    Sentencing him, the judge agreed it was an oversight by Marks  but said as it was the first case to come before the courts, the legislation had to be seen to have “teeth”.  Marks was fined $50 of a potential $400 fine. ”

    *flamin auto-correct

    • Gezza

       /  July 30, 2017

      🌸 😘

    • NOEL

       /  July 30, 2017

      What a crock it was. They convinced everyone there was an oil shortage when in fact the price was above what the Government of the day was prepared to pay.
      Mind you they sucked me in too but with a beat up second car we got around it.

      • Gezza

         /  July 30, 2017

        Shameful ☝️
        You a member of the Green ⛳️ Party? 😳

  2. This morning it’s been probably the hardest frost here in Dunedin for a few years. But nothing like this:

    • sorethumb

       /  July 30, 2017

      A lot of cold looking houses in Dunedin.
      If I lived there I’d like to live in Mornington on top of the hill or Musselburgh rise with sun and view.

      • Every house in the South Island is probably a cold looking house without adequate insulation and heating this morning. My house is very cold in the parts we don’t heat.

        I lived virtually in Mornington for a few years (Mary Hill), it was ok there but still got cold. I remember riding my bike to work one day down High Street down ruts in the snow with both feet sliding on the ground all the way.

  3. sorethumb

     /  July 30, 2017

    Your vote – caught in the web Sundays with Wallace

    As fears grow overseas over the way practitioners of political dark arts are embracing advanced digital technology, Insight looks at how social media, Facebook in particular, will play a greater role in political messaging in this year’s election campaign.
    A billionaire owned company got Brexit and Trump across the line. Foul thinks Wallace – the people really love us!?

  4. Be careful on the streets people…..

    As much as I find Bazza annoying – no one deserves this treatment, Son or Father.

    As the father of a son who frequents Courtney Place this worries me – Heck I’ve been know to be out on C Place in the early hours after a Saturday night of fun myself!

    The idiot who pulled the knife should go away for a long, long time.

    I hope Soper junior makes a full recovery….

    • Gezza

       /  July 30, 2017

      Parts of Courtenay Place (& Cuba Street) have been foetid & feral after dark for some time now, in my limited experience. Not surprised someone pulled a knife.

      • C Place is general ok – lots of people around…though it seems to be getting worse and worse. The small alleys connecting Tory to Taranaki though have always been nasty

        Cuba – meh I have never felt in any danger there in Cuba from Dixon street up – mostly students getting stoned not the nasty stuff you see elsewhere

        • Gezza

           /  July 30, 2017

          Cuba might’ve changed a bit. Been 10 years since I last haunted Welly’s city attractions. Prefer to shoot up to Porirua, free parking everywhere, megacentres, open areas, easy access to everything (mall can be a bit dodgy at the wrong time sometimes, but basically safe, well stocked & laid out, clean, warm & welcoming).

          Cuba used to have a small resident population of wild-eyed mutterers. And Blumsky got attacked there once, although the circs around that might have been a bit murky, I vaguely recall.

          • Wild eyed mutterers everywhere……G…. some of them even talk in ever decreasing circles about “pukekos”…………. ; )

    • Corky

       /  July 30, 2017

      It’s good Barry has perceived his middleclass naivety. He and his son wont be so naive in the future.

      “I have always felt very safe in New Zealand. I’m shocked that somebody would be armed on the street. I guess that shock is a little naive.”

      I estimate 40 plus percent of people out at night have a weapon of some description..mainly knives, screwdrivers and even home-made tasers.

      I carry a Kelly Worden Travel Wrench and pepper spray. But my best weapon is asking myself do I really need to engage an arsehole calling you an arsehole?

      Here’s a dude who’s naivety got him his teeth knocked out and was lucky the offender(?) wasn’t in a head kicking mood. Male ego is another thing that has to be overcome. This guy had plenty of time to bugger off.

      My guess is the Bazza fight may have followed a similar pattern.


      • Gezza

         /  July 30, 2017

        Well, to be fair, he got plenty of warning.

        • Corky

           /  July 30, 2017

          More then enough. This guy will never know how lucky he was.

          • Gezza

             /  July 30, 2017

            Yep. Even if the assailant didn’t pull a weapon – odds on with someone that aggressive – the idiot asking for it only had to smack his head on the ground too hard when he went down for his existence – or any worthwhile enjoyment of it – to be all over, Rover.

            Wouldn’t think that chap was great dad material.