General chat

“Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat?”

Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

56 Comments

  1. Pickled Possum

     /  October 31, 2017

    Joe and Beth
    Soul Classic Blues Tu Meke

  2. Knysna Lagoon very early morning.

  3. Gezza

     /  October 31, 2017

    Cool bananas. Thanks ladies! Sometimes I feel like Charlie & Ella have to virtually carry this General Chat Forum section on their own!

    • Cringe. I know, I suggested the damn thing and then promptly headed off to Africa. I’ll try to be more attentive. Might be more about photos though.

      • Gezza

         /  October 31, 2017

        That’ll be fine. Not everyone’s got the time to be a wildlife rangerer, Avian Aviation Authority & Film Director, & casting for actors & actresses & figuring out what they’re talking about is pretty time consuming too. Then there’s always some rotten movie critic givin ya a hard time!

        • You make me chortle, AAA, Director, Casting Agent and general Gaffer.

          You occasionally disgrace yourself, but I forgive you.

          • Gezza

             /  October 31, 2017

            Thank you very much, Ms Subversive Activites 2017. 🌹
            We are none of us perfect. ☘ 👼🏼

            • Gezza

               /  October 31, 2017

              Righto. Concert practice time out on the BSBlockwall, top of my stream’s parenga. Pooky likes the Stonesy /CCR stuff. Vera’s more into the Dylan, & if she’s awake Ella sometimes pops out for Purple Rain.
              Back later. Cya’s.

            • Gezza

               /  October 31, 2017

              Whoops. 3.20 pm.
              Man, yet anutha stunner day in North Welly. 👍🏼 🎸

            • Did one of your pooks fly over and leave a huge poo on my window ?

              I have never seen a bird poo like it. It looked as if someone had emptied a yoghurt pot on the glass. Nice job cleaning it-as you may imagine-there is no chance of rain washing that off.

            • Gezza

               /  October 31, 2017

              Possibly a pukeko poo. They do manage to produce some pretty impressive deposits at times. They also, separately, leave little rudimentarily-processed green fibrous sausages about the place if they’ve been lawn moaing.

              If it covered almost the entire window, judging from one or two unfortunate experiences here, it might be from a duck. Have you got any mallards or mallard/grey hybrids up there?

  4. Serious question? im a South island Honky so may be a little detached, but is Nania Mahuta an effective MP or a waste of space?

    • Last time she did ZERO

    • Gezza

       /  October 31, 2017

      Looks like you might’ve detached from Open Forum? Possibly?
      Don’t pay any attention to anything Corks says on this one. But the word around the stream is she’s not exactly been an F-16.

      • barryglik

         /  October 31, 2017

        @Geeza. Re our conversation yesterday re the 5th estate programme you suggested I view. But first a preamble. Most over 50’s especially and I sense most of us on this blog are over 50 will have been heavily influenced by the 6 o’clock news TV One then TV3 and probably in later years by Holmes and then Campbell. In those days with far less radio and of course no internet those TV “News” programmes and commercial radio “news” on the hour had massive uncontested reach. I myself stopped watching the 6 o’clock news by 1978 as i believed it simply reflected what the majority audiences preferences and prejudices were. TV was incredibly expensive and so balanced news was simply never an option through until this most recent decade as more competition came on stream. But for me I gave up on the search for a balanced media by 1980 and never searched again till last year so a 36 year hiatus. The 5thestate then comes nearly 36 years too late for me made more difficult because with a 100 million media competitors via the internet the programme’s reach is minuscule. What would my thoughts be if we did have a balanced media during these past 40 years? Guess I will never know.

        • Gezza

           /  October 31, 2017

          Yeah, we’ll probably all never know either. I’m 62, going on 13 sometimes, according to my sister. (l don’t pay attention to my older or younger brothers, pair of bloody know-alls – good SOH though.)

          I think the last time I saw anything resembling balanced reporting on the teev was maybe around the time of the collapse of Saigon – now Ho Chi Minh City.

          Since then our tv media has become liteweight garbage – chock-full of infotainment, US cop dramas, mind-numbing games, cooking, renovating & *reality* tv shows, & utter bloody trivia – fronted by a bunch of well-dressed numpties who are the *stars* of the whole shebang & whose insights & news or magazine-style *documentary collections* are short, once-over-lightly,”victim” slanted affairs, or leave you with more obvious bloody questions than they ever bothered to ask, so I hardly watch much telly myself these days.

          It’s not so much maybe that it lacks balance, as that it mostly lacks even any credibility.

    • Pickled Possum

       /  October 31, 2017

      Shane it’s easy peasy to know what Nanaia Mahuta is about

      https://www.parliament.nz/en/mps-and-electorates/members-of-parliament/mahuta-nanaia/

      In last election she cruised to victory with 12,070 votes compared to first-time Māori Party candidate Rahui Papa, who received 4619.
      Why would she STILL be in there if she wasn’t doing the job she was voted in for.

      • Gezza

         /  October 31, 2017

        Fair enuf Possum. I was gonna say tribalism in voting but at least she hadn’t got up Maori voters. I like her chin moko. She reportedly hasn’t impressed in Opposition, but as a Minister, & with a stronger Maori caucus, she might now get a chance to shine?

        Her portfolios:
        Nanaia Mahuta: Māori Development, Local Government, Associate Environment

        • Gezza

           /  October 31, 2017

          * got up Maori voters’ noses (embarrassing mistake 4 me 😬 – soz)

          • I have heard local Maori saying that she does virtually nothing, people who should know. She was loudly praised by someone for all her hard work-the speaker was a relation. or at least a connection. But most people are unimpressed, although they think that she’s a nice person.

            (unable to resist temptation to join in this discussion although this is not the right place for politics)

            • Gezza

               /  October 31, 2017

              (Uptick’s for your last para)

            • Pickled Possum

               /  October 31, 2017

              Sori Miss been on the …

            • It’s a shame if she is just cruising along, as being a Mahuta means that she is fairly safe.

              I wonder if her father’s ears were burning when various Tainui said what they thought of him accepting a knighthood.

              I saw his funeral procession-can’t think of a word for it-he was floated down the river on a waka with a cloak on the coffin. It was quite a sight. I seem to remember that there were other wakas there, but it was some years ago. But it was an unforgettable sight.

  5. Blazer

     /  October 31, 2017

    hang on in there…

  6. Halloween. Sure they bus the little blighters into our neighbourhood!

    I’d have had about 100 kids. Serious. Quite a few big groups

    Lovely diversity, kids all clean and sweet; the beautiful Chinese kids with stunning costumes on and impeccable manners.

    Love it.

    Doorbell !!!

    🎃

  7. patupaiarehe

     /  October 31, 2017

    Not trying to be macabre here, but I’m going to post a picture of a dead creature below. Consider yourself warned. This delicate little bird broke it’s neck on my window today. As soon as I heard the ‘thump’, I hissed at the cats, & ran outside, in the hope of saving it. Unfortunately, it suffered an ‘unsurvivable injury’, that being a broken neck. As there are a few amateur ornithologists here, I was hoping someone could tell me what species it is, as I have never seen a bird like this before. My best guess is a juvenile Kingfisher.

  8. Blazer

     /  October 31, 2017

  9. Blazer

     /  October 31, 2017

    Silver headed Tomtit.