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.

73 Comments

  1. phantom snowflake

     /  November 6, 2017

  2. phantom snowflake

     /  November 6, 2017

    • Pickled Possum

       /  November 6, 2017

      Jamaican reggae soul … Soulful Quietening Soul …Reminds me so much of the East Coast a decade or so ago. Maori Reggae rocks since Bob came here.

  3. Gezza

     /  November 6, 2017

    Last night’s moon at midnight in North Welly

  4. Gezza

     /  November 6, 2017

    And the rest! Don’t kid yourselves people! Welly has the BEST moons.
    And you KNOW it! 💪🏼

    • ON the three nights a year you can see them I admit not bad

    • Pickled Possum

       /  November 6, 2017

      Well Gez us possums have to keep a serious watch out for 2 moons. 😂

    • Conspiratoor

       /  November 6, 2017

      Northern regions have the best gibbous G. Check with sir al if you don’t believe me

      • Gezza

         /  November 6, 2017

        I’ll be checking up there for myself, Yeoman. Sir Alan is simply far too competitive to be relied on to give objective assessments.

        • Aren’t blue moons a letdown ? When they said on the weather some years ago that we were about to have one and I looked out, I realised that I’d seen them before-and not realised that they were the famous blue moons. They are not THAT blue.

          • Gibbous just doesn’t sound like an adjective describing the moon, somehow. Especially when it also means humpbacked; aren’t there humpbacked whales ?
            Gibbous whales….how bizarre..

            • patupaiarehe

               /  November 6, 2017

              ‘Gibbous’ sounds to me, like an adjective best used to describe a monkey… 😉

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  November 7, 2017

              It does to me, too. The zoo has some new gibbous monkeys.

              Crepuscular sounds like a medical term, not like a word for dusk.

            • Pickled Possum

               /  November 6, 2017

              Gibbous moon means having the illuminated part grester than a semicircle and less than a circle.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  November 7, 2017

              I know; it is from the Latin word for humpbacked. I never hear anyone talking about a gibbous person, though. Or a gibbous whale 😀 😀 😀

            • patupaiarehe

               /  November 7, 2017

              Crepuscular sounds like an adjective for an infected scab! Yuk!!!

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  November 8, 2017

              Something disgusting like that, I agree; it doesn’t sound like anything to do with dusk, anyway ! Crepitus is the sound made when broken bone edges rub together. I thought that you’d like to know that.

              I think that crepuscular sounds like a skin infection rather than a scab, but unattractive, anyway :-/ He was covered with crepuscular sores and lesions YUKKKKK !!!!

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  November 8, 2017

              One could apply it to someone metaphorically; a nasty, creeping, creepy person.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  November 8, 2017

              Crepitus is the sound made when broken bone edges rub together. I thought that you’d like to know that.

              That is one of the things I enjoy about this site Kitty, I learn something new here every day. Thanks for that 🙂

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  November 8, 2017

              Have you ever heard it ?

            • patupaiarehe

               /  November 8, 2017

              No, and hope I never do!

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  November 9, 2017

              Ditto.

              Isn’t there a gibbous, er, humpbacked whale ?

  5. Gezza

     /  November 6, 2017

    I am very happy to announce I have just become the whangai granddad of 8 fluffy black, white & yellow ducklings, which were brought upstream to be shown to me & have now been taken back downstream away from the eel & pukekos. Mum Prettygirl & Dad Charlie were both very attentive & protective, &, I thought, a bit show-offy, but then, so they should be!

    🐧🐧🐣🐣🐣🐣🐣🐣🐣🐣 ❤️

    • Grandpa Gezza ! Congratulations to you and the proud parents. Do any of them look like you, or is it too soon to tell ?

      • Gezza

         /  November 6, 2017

        Possibly Eric, right at the back. He never listens.

        • Conspiratoor

           /  November 6, 2017

          Chances of survival after 10 days …37.5%

          • Gezza

             /  November 6, 2017

            Eric & Donald’s chances aren’t the best. They don’t listen to mum. They’ve just been zipping all over the top of Ella – oblivious. Girl had to rock on over & sound the alarm. The others seem happy to stick together in a bunch and follow her guidance.

            This is obviously why Girl has been beating up Pooky & Bluey lately. Bluey’s been given the waggy finger from me & I think he’ll keep his distance.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  November 6, 2017

              Interesting to see a duck standing up to a puke. Perhaps they feel emboldened in the presence of their parent/guardian. Pukes will prevail though …only a matter of time

            • Gezza

               /  November 6, 2017

              She’s become a lean, mean killing machine, c. One of them wrecked her hairdo. They’ll never stand a chance. They see her coming, they get out of her way. Even Charlie’s stopped pushing her around.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  November 6, 2017

              We have a stream out the back of my workplace G, & I sometimes throw scraps to the ducks & eels there at lunchtime, whilst indulging in my bad habit 😉 . The ducks are faster to the food, but the eels have learned that nipping a duck’s foot, when it removes food from the water, is a guaranteed way to make it drop the food back in 😀

            • Gezza

               /  November 6, 2017

              Ella bit one on the bum, patua. Truly. Reached her head up out of the water and pulled out some plumage. Funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Wish I’d been videoing at the time.

            • Gezza

               /  November 6, 2017

              sorry bout the extra a just pretend it’s disappeared now

            • patupaiarehe

               /  November 6, 2017

              Didn’t even notice it until you mentioned it G 😉 . It’s quite hilarious what goes on in the stream out back. I throw a half eaten ham sandwich in, & the two resident ducks race each other to it, the faster one grabs it, then paddles quickly away from the other, while attempting to gobble it up. Then a couple of seconds later….. QUACK QUACK QUACK!!! A desperate duck is attempting a vertical take off, and it’s mate is paddling as fast as it can in the opposite direction! As soon as what it was eating falls out of it’s bill, ‘VTOL Duck’ is allowed to escape, and the 4 foot long ‘Taniwha’ (who is as thick as my arm) glides up, & grabs what it left behind 😀

            • Conspiratoor

               /  November 6, 2017

              Time will tell G but expect some serious culling of ducklings to occur. If it doesn’t it could be you have achieved some kind of unnatural balance between the endemic and the native. One or two more pukes would tip the balance though and mother duck would wind up with a serious case of post-natal psychosis

            • Gezza

               /  November 6, 2017

              I know all this c. I live in the real world. You’re starting to get a bit like Corky with me. It never ends well for Corky. Don’t be like Corky c.

            • Pickled Possum

               /  November 6, 2017

              Gez FYI Patua Painting is a form of Scroll Painting indigenous to West Bengal, a state in India. Should have keep quite bro
              now we have The Streisand effect, in full play. 😎

  6. Gezza

     /  November 6, 2017

    That’s all you get for free. If you want to see any more get in touch with their agent – Possum.

    • Gezza

       /  November 6, 2017

      I;m not seeing any upticks here. Is there some good reason for that?

    • Conspiratoor

       /  November 6, 2017

      Need to throw more pixels at it

      • Gezza

         /  November 6, 2017

        Yeah I know. Had to enhance the arse off that to get it to look even that good.

        • Gezza

           /  November 6, 2017

          Better start looking for some ugly monstrosity of a smart phone with a humungomegapixel camera. Can’t be put off for much longer. Not when I’m expecting a call any day from David Attenborough.

        • Conspiratoor

           /  November 6, 2017

          okay, the big quacker looks like one of my old decoys with faded paint from days of yore

          • Gezza

             /  November 6, 2017

          • Gezza

             /  November 6, 2017

            Trouble is strong sunlight, c. It fair blares off the surface of te wai.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  November 6, 2017

              Try putting one side of a decent pair of sunglasses in front of your phone’s camera G. You will be surprised at the results 😉

            • Gezza

               /  November 6, 2017

              As I’m often balanced precariously on a steep,sloping, parenga, trying to take photos with one hand while holding on like grim death to insubstantial creepers and odd clumps of obscure-looking foliage, the results would probably be me ending up unexpectedly, unceremoniously, and embarrassingly, on me arse, in te wai (again), frightening the wildlife with the splashing and the expletives. But it’s the thought that counts, so thanks for that.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  November 7, 2017

              I meant that you could remove a lens (hence the reference to ‘one side), and attach it to the front of your phone with some tape. If you want to do it the hard way, that’s your call buddy. The footage could prove quite entertaining tho’…. 😀

    • Pickled Possum

       /  November 6, 2017

      Gez!! Bro, Scoop those little fluff balls up. Put them in your bath tub … if you haven’t got one
      BUY one … pls. Oh that’s so scary. The River Sharks…
      KORO Gez, can you hear their little breathless quacks as you lie in bed …
      probably snoring!!! Heartless. Your little mokoquacks,

      • Gezza

         /  November 6, 2017

        Toughen up. It’s a jungle out there sis.

      • Gezza

         /  November 6, 2017

        (And I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m gonna be a koro to twin pooklets soon, as well. Bluebelle hasn’t visited much at all and is spending all day & night sitting on a nest she thinks is hidden away just round the other side of Charlie’s tree)

  7. patupaiarehe

     /  November 6, 2017

    Reggae seems to be the theme today. Enjoy…

    • Conspiratoor

       /  November 6, 2017

      Not bad, here’s one of my all time reggy favs. I make a brief appearance at 28 secs…

      • Gezza

         /  November 6, 2017

        Nobody wearing briefs at 28 sec, c. What you on about? 😳

      • An old fave. 👍👍👍👍👍

      • Conspiratoor

         /  November 6, 2017

        While I’m on a roll, here’s one of the great aussie bands laying down one of the 600 versions of a great classic. You had to be there to appreciate it, but I guess if you were there you wouldn’t remember it anyway

    • phantom snowflake

       /  November 6, 2017

      That was nearly as cool as your apparently endless supply of classy Tool covers.
      But: