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.

58 Comments

  1. Morning people. Nice bit of folky Country crossover for those of you who like a bit of strum and hum. Citizen Cope — lyrics included

  2. A better version than The Specials cover. Old reggae Dandy Livingstone.

    • Pickled Possum

       /  November 19, 2017

      Yea!! Jamacian Reggae. Cruizy beat to listen while organising things to do.

      • Lol. Me too I was just working on my Spotify Dub, Reggae folder as I’m off for a drive. Was just listening to Shaggy too. Mr Lover, Lover. Boomflippingtastic

      • Conspiratoor

         /  November 19, 2017

        Morning possum. Heres a mournful, haunting piece from a reggae master. A song that stays with you long after the vinyl stops spinning

        • Pickled Possum

           /  November 19, 2017

          Morena Con, That was Soulful Spiritual Gospel tumeke Sound. Thanx

    • Gezza

       /  November 19, 2017

      That’s very nice Pete. I really like that. Very Celtic feel – & simply & movingly performed & filmed. What a location. The banjo playing is great. Never heard a banjo player use harmonics like that before. 👍🏼

      • Felt like that a few minutes ago brushing through the undergrowth . The constant drizzle shrouding my vista. Talks to our Celtic roots. Loved it. Back to Auckland with …….,

        Aaradhna

      • Gezza

         /  November 19, 2017

        Three downticks? On a General Chat thread? 🙄 😀

        Here – this is for you:

        • Conspiratoor

           /  November 19, 2017

          Could be just banjo haters G. Damn thing conjures up some unappealing images to some folks.
          Here’s a sentence you will never hear spoken. “Isn’t that the banjo players porsche parked outside”

          • Gezza

             /  November 19, 2017

            😀
            I like it!
            (Going with my first assessment though)

        • It’s just the General haters. I’ve got them too. I embrace the darlings .

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  November 19, 2017

            Please tell me that that is photoshopped. PLEASE !!!!!

            I once saw a boy on the news who had had those things in his ears. The ears were now like the ones in the WWII song ‘Do your ears hang low/Can you swing them to and fro/Can you tie them in a knot, can you tie them in a bow/Can you fling them over your shoulder….’ (I suspect that it was not the ears in the original version)

            I knew a girl whose brother had a lot of face metal and who insisted that people shouldn’t judge others by their appearance etc etc. Of course they should. That’s all people have to go on. I suspect that she would not object to people thinking and saying how cool this looked.

            • I’d say that is REAL KC.

              Thanks for the memory of the ears and how they hang. Hadn’t heard it FOR decades.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  November 19, 2017

              I would say so, too. What a moron.

              Those ear rhings must hurt-so often the skin around them looks red and as if it would hurt the person if it was touched. The only people who don’t look silly with huge things like that in their ears are African tribesmen whose ears aren’t pink and tender looking.

              The sight of the boy on television would have turned me right off even if I had wanted those massive cottonreels in my ear.

              I cannot understand why people with face-piercings wear such boring things in them.Stainless steel….how dull. I love the gold nose rings that Indian women have, but when the nose ring is in the middle and a big steel one, it makes the wearer look like a pig on the way to market.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  November 19, 2017

              Those ‘flesh tunnel’ rings not only look very silly, but would make one rather vulnerable in a fight, I imagine.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  November 19, 2017

              Thank yyyyyyyyyy………………………….(faints)

          • Blazer

             /  November 19, 2017

            • patupaiarehe

               /  November 19, 2017

              Don’t be cryptic Blazer, I’m not very intelligent.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  November 19, 2017

              When I had a busted foot and was driven to watching some daytime television-about a fortnight sitting with my foot on a footstool seemed like an eternity, every hour seemed like a dog hour-and saw some Americans who had had themselves tattooed all over their faces and bodies and had things like horns and whiskers implanted under their skin. I remember a devil and a leopard (or some big cat). He had horns and she had whiskers like cats whiskers sticking out of her cheeks. The others were similar.

  3. Corky

     /  November 19, 2017

    Malcolm Young passes away.

    And this chap may be close behind. Strangely enough one of my all time favourite songs. Don’t know why..it’s pure bubblegum pop.

  4. Conspiratoor

     /  November 19, 2017

    A wet Sunday is a good time to start researching the retirement bucket list. 34,000 kms around Europe from the edge of Africa to the Arctic Circle and the only time you’re on asphalt is when you’re crossing it.

    .http://www.transeurotrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/TET-Interactive-Map-08.png

  5. Gezza

     /  November 19, 2017

    Gezza’s Stream Update:
    (For Book Fans only)

    1. Ella has moved out of her stump apartment. Possibly off to Tonga to breed, she’s big enuf to be old enuf. All the best to Ella. May she have many, many tuna babies for my stream.
    2. Elvis has moved in. Elvis is fkn fast. Two ducks up-ended & took some meat I threw in to introduce myself to Elvis. Elvis roared up & after them like a robber’s dog & bit them both on the bum!
    3. All ducks now avoid Elvis like the plague.
    4. Pooky decided to climb a tree & show off his flying skill. As always, for some reason I can’t fathom, all the pooks make pre-flight departure announcements in the form of a lot of screeching before they actually take flight. And announce their landing in the same way.
    5. Elvis implied that he was unimpressed, when asked what he thought of this performance, because it was not exactly what he would call “a flight”.

    • Pickled Possum

       /  November 19, 2017

      Elvis, The Hound Dog. He looks good enuff to eat. He’s BIG.
      Looks like Pooky did a nose dive, Splat !!!! … So Not elegant

      • Gezza

         /  November 19, 2017

        I just went down to my eel spot to give Elvis a few hunks of meat, just to admire the beauty of nature’s design with these creatures. My neighbour Shane reckoned the other day that we should try and hand-feed Big Ella one day, if he could ever scramble down there with me. She was big and usually moved sedately.

        Well, good luck to him trying that on with Elvis! Elvis just misjudged where a piece of meat hit the water. He came right up to the surface & then I heard an almighty “SNAP!” in the air as he lunged at where it had been & opened and closed his jaws in a flash. I couldn’t believe it was so loud! I ain’t feeding ELVIS by hand! No way! 😮

        • Pickled Possum

           /  November 19, 2017

          Jez Gez I don’t why, I always thought the eels in our stream didn’t have teeth.
          But they have got monster ones. Are Te Geza Stream Eels long fin or short?

          This is a copy and paste from the internet;
          Longfin eels have a well-developed sense of smell. They have tube nostrils that protrude from the front of their head, above their upper lip. They also have a very large mouth with rows of small, sharp, white teeth. The top teeth form an arrow shape on the roof of the eel’s mouth.
          end of C&P.
          The things u learn on the internet, today … at lunch.
          So keep your nose pickers away from that, Beast! Bro!
          they can climb also …
          http://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-animals/freshwater-fish/eels/freshwater-eels-in-new-zealand/

          • Gezza

             /  November 19, 2017

            All the ones I’ve seen are native longfin tuna, Possum. I’ve got stacks of video clips of all of the regulars and have been able to observe them for long enough in clear water and good light now to see their dorsal and lower fin length, they’re not the aussie version.

            One thing that has fascinated me is that in clear water directly below me swimming above river stones and pebbles, they are all dolphin grey on top and cream or silver underneath. In the distance or against a silty bottom, though, they appear dark, often brown.

            And yes, I’ve seen their teeth. And their mouths are big and their jaws much longer than I realised.

          • Gezza

             /  November 19, 2017

            It’s pretty clear that Elvis is a prizefighter. He’s got battle scars, he doesn’t muck about deciding, he just attacks, and he moves like a rocket when he goes after anything.

          • Gezza

             /  November 19, 2017

            Give me 5 minutes Possum – I’ll show you the size of his mouth with a gif taken from that vid clip I sent you this morning.

          • Gezza

             /  November 19, 2017

            That’s about a 3 cm square chunk of meat …

            • Gezza

               /  November 19, 2017

              You can see now why I call them river sharks – yes?

            • patupaiarehe

               /  November 19, 2017

              Be sure to film it G, if you do decide to handfeed ‘Elvis’… 😀

            • Gezza

               /  November 19, 2017

              I read somewhere on the internet these native longfins don’t generally attack humans but there is a least one reported case of a fisherman having one bite through his waders and it wouldn’t let go.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  November 19, 2017

              A wise man wouldn’t tempt it to G 😉

            • Gezza

               /  November 19, 2017

              Did a quick google query to see if I could find the item about the fisherman. No luck, it’s somewhere, I know – but I did find this:

              “Do they bite?
              Many people are scared of eels, because they are snakelike and slimy, and can slither over land. There are very few reports of eels attacking, but if they do, their teeth can grip. In one incident a longfin eel bit the wetsuit of a diver, who had to use a knife to release its hold.”
              https://teara.govt.nz/en/eels/page-1

            • Pickled Possum

               /  November 20, 2017

              SHIT!!!! What a mouth. I was reading the other day, that with whats going on in the sea, that there are a lot more fish coming up to the surface.

              The Frilled shark is prehistoric and scientists caught a live one off Portugal. 300!! teeth. Eat other fish Whole! They look scary. I won’t be going for a swim in the ocean for a while. Just as well we got the poool.

  6. Kitty Catkin

     /  November 19, 2017

    What a sunset last night.. I leaped up and ran out thinking that there was a huge fire somewhere & wondering why the fire brigade hadn’t come. It was red & orange and who knows what else & I don’t know when I have seen anything like it. The windows were lit up.

    It’s not raining here, though we had a bit last night, but it’s been grey and windy. The sun is finally coming through.

    I have just read a nostalgia-inducing book about the 70s and the glam era….what a lovely time it was. I’ve had it for ages. but it;s been so long since I read it that it was almost like a new book.

  7. Blazer

     /  November 19, 2017

    Duck people…

  8. patupaiarehe

     /  November 19, 2017

    I mowed the lawn today (which I do every couple of months, whether it needs it or not 😀 ), and was a bit surprised to see my nearest neighbours getting a lot closer to ‘man & machinery’ than one would expect. It soon became apparent why. It seems that the worms were lulled into a false sense of security by my neglectful attitude to lawn maintenance, had made their way to the surface, and were taken by surprise at having their cover stripped away. The babies next door will be eating well tonight!

    • patupaiarehe

       /  November 19, 2017

      Now that darkness has arrived, the ‘feeding frenzy’ has finally finished. Ma & Pa have been flying to & fro, between the freshly mown backyard & their whare non-stop for hours! My ‘ataahua wahine’ asked me, when I came inside after mowing it, if I had noticed the two myna’s following me about. Apparently they were hanging around about two metres behind me constantly, but I only saw them when I turned a corner.
      What I have noticed, is a change in their behaviour. I have a chair outside my lounge door, pretty close to the birdhouse, where I indulge in my ‘bad habit’. Usually if I am sitting there, Ma & Pa will wait in the trees for me to go inside, before going home. After today’s ‘lawnmowing mission’, they just go about their business as if I’m not even there. It’s nice to know that my wife isn’t the only one who regards me as a ‘useful idiot’… 😀

  9. Checking spellchekc….oh, good, it seems to be gon. Wot a pane it is wen won has to redo sew many things again thanks to Microsoft
    s grate advice.

  10. Kitty Catkin

     /  November 19, 2017

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    • Gezza

       /  November 19, 2017

      Good point there.

      • Pickled Possum

         /  November 20, 2017

        “What’s the Point!”

        • Gezza

           /  November 20, 2017

          Her full stop. You can’t say that comment of hers was pointless. Her point was very clear. 😐

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  November 20, 2017

            Possum may have missed the point, Sir Gerald.

            • Pickled Possum

               /  November 20, 2017

              Oh Alright Yous Have made your point. I was just pointing out the alternative factor. about the point of no return.