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.

19 Comments

  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  April 10, 2018

    The forecast was (partly) right for once; we had A thunderstorm, a half-hearted one. How to stop the dog being freaked out; play a game of what mine thinks is Fetch, laughing and talking the whole time as if thunderstorms are great fun.

    • Gezza

       /  April 10, 2018

      Did yours have tornados? Taranaki’s did.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 10, 2018

        No. The sun’s gone in and a bit of wind’s come up now. But (touch wood) we have escaped lightly.

    • Griff

       /  April 10, 2018

      You can see the thunder storms locations clearly here
      http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz/content/lightning-radar
      Just outside of Hamilton to the north of Napier and Rodney county are getting hammered presently.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 10, 2018

        Not where I am. I had it before midday, and there was heavy rain for a short time, Now it’s sunny again – rain ? me ?

        There were no more than two claps, and even the louder one wasn’t super loud, though loud enough to make the dog bark.

      • Gezza

         /  April 10, 2018

        Thanks Griff. Weatherwatch is very well set up.

    • Gezza

       /  April 10, 2018

      Here’s a longer one for you from this morning. Hint – Pickles isn’t whingeing about how long the video is.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 10, 2018

        Dear kind Sweety !

        ‘My’ birds love Couplands’ Daily Grain. It’s $1 a loaf and seriously good bread, so works well for everyone. 3 slices cut into cubes seems to keep a lot of small birds very happy.

        We have had some more rain, but it’s not cold. ColdER, but I am sitting here in a cotton caftan and bare feet, I saw the ? that hit somewhere and National Park (I missed the beginning of the news) and looked very frightening. I lived in National Park when I was little, I began school there. And I have seen flying roof iron in Wellington.

        • Gezza

           /  April 10, 2018

          Yes it was a tornado that hit both national park and taranaki. I’m from New Plymouth. We had 3 when I lived there in my teens, one of them just one street away. We boys ran toward it & our mothers went berserk at us. I’m always interested to hear people describe them as sounding like a (diesel) freight train, because they do. That one we could also hear making an actual sucking sound like a vacuum cleaner. Was amazing watching it rope out and die.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  April 10, 2018

            We had one in our then street here about 20 years ago. It was in the morning and the skies went dark. There was a lot of noise, but I don’t think that it was quite as noisy as a freight train – we lived by the railway line – but it did roar, We had to turn the lights on again, it was as dark as night. Our bushes sort of lay down but it went behind our place and took off part of a roof in the street that crossed ours. To my eternal fury, I didn’t look out the back and see it passing. People we knew saw the water being sucked out of a lake and put back in !

            • Gezza

               /  April 10, 2018

              Yes – that’s the other thing I remember – it came out of the blackest cloud I’ve yet seen.

            • Gezza

               /  April 10, 2018

              There doesn’t seem to be any uptick from you on the video clip.
              Do you have an explanation? o_O

        • Gezza

           /  April 10, 2018

          The only cheap bread with grain down here for $1 in my local NW is their Value brand. I get it, but they were out of the grain one last time I went there (too late in the day) so my waterbirds and sundry dunnockian opportunists on are getting Molenberg original at the moment.

          It’s not bad, but it’s really just a white bread with a little grain thrown in and I don’t think white bread’s the best for me birds – pooks or ducks. I’m only giving it to the pooks because they always instinctively take it to Jojo. I guess because it travels well.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  April 11, 2018

            The Couplands is brown and has a generous amount of grain in it. It’s like a more expensive one, I think, and the birds never tire of it.

  2. phantom snowflake

     /  April 10, 2018

  3. Griff

     /  April 10, 2018

    “Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives…
    I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it. Suppose any party, in addition to whatever share it may possess of the ability of the community, has nearly the whole of its stupidity, that party must, by the law of its constitution, be the stupidest party; and I do not see why honorable gentlemen should see that position as at all offensive to them, for it ensures their being always an extremely powerful party . . . There is so much dense, solid force in sheer stupidity, that any body of able men with that force pressing behind them may ensure victory in many a struggle, and many a victory the Conservative party has gained through that power.”
    John Stuart Mill ( British philosopher, economist, and liberal member of Parliament for Westminster from 1865 to 68 )”

    • Gezza

       /  April 10, 2018

      This is kind of out of place with the general idea of this page.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 10, 2018

        It may have been meant for Open Forum !

  4. phantom snowflake

     /  April 10, 2018