Open Forum – Saturday

7 July 2018


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  1. Missy

     /  7th July 2018

    Well, it seems I may have gone native…. finally!

    I have been caught up in the excitement of quarter final footy, and there isn’t a rugby ball (or Waikato player) in sight!

    Tomorrow afternoon England take on Sweden in their quarter final in the World Cup, and I will admit to looking forward to heading to a pub to watch the game.

    In the meantime Belgium are taking on Brazil at the moment to see who will play France in the semi. I can’t watch it as it is on BBC and I don’t have a TV and haven’t paid the TV Licence, so am blocked from watching it online. However, it will be interesting to see how the Belgians fare, (and I don’t mean the footballers), as it seems thousands of Belgian fans have agreed to down their beer in one go everytime Neymar ends up on the floor rolling around (which I understand is usually a lot!), there is expected to be a lot of drunk Belgians tonight.

    • PDB

       /  7th July 2018

      I was actually supporting England up until the Columbia game when their players were little better than the Columbians in the cheating stakes – that particular game was a example of the worst of football. I’m glad Brazil got given the ass as well because of Neymar.

  2. Missy

     /  7th July 2018

    So everyone how’s the weather at your place?

    9.30pm, 27 degrees and no sign of the heatwave breaking for another week or more….

    I like summer, I like warm weather, but when I want to go to bed I want it cool not temperatures it should be in the middle of the day!

    Other than that, we have been having some amazing days, I have been back almost a month from NZ and no rain with temperatures mid to high 20’s, (some days even making it past 30).

    • David

       /  7th July 2018

      Just come back from a week there and it was just fabulous. Nothing better than standing on the street outside a London pub with a pint in the evening weather.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  7th July 2018

        Missy, it’s been warm enough most days for me to just wear a longsleeved t-shirt over my jeans. The diehards dress by the calendar, of course, others by the temperature. I see people in shirtsleeves,It’s been sunny and warm (except for a few days like today) and there are sales of warm clothes everywhere. I can’t remember when I last wore a coat. I have a pretty dusty pink one and a gorgeous red cape hanging idly in the wardrobe.

        The nights are cold, but I can live with that.

        The summer seemed to go on forever with temps in the 30s and humidity that saw a fan drought again as the shops sold out. I was lucky enough to buy extra ones early, and even needed two in the bedroom. The pedestal fan just wasn’t enough.

        I remember freezing in June in England.

        July is the equivalent of January in the UK, and I arrived in January….in 24 hours I went from 37 above to 11 below. (faints at memory)

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  7th July 2018

          After some heavy rain in June that made June’s rain twice the average, it has been largely fine where I am. Today’s grey, but not oppressively so; light, pearly grey, quite a pretty shade.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  7th July 2018

            Oh, get a grip on yourself. PDT.

            Or should I say do the opposite ???

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  7th July 2018

              The opposite, it would seem.

              Be careful – I read that it can make you go blind.

  3. sorethumb

     /  7th July 2018

    Bad actors on the left want to turn the tables of oppression. -Heather Heying (formerly Evergreen College)

  4. Blazer

     /  7th July 2018

    for HFD…another rich man I have alot of respect for(quite a number)…

  5. Blazer

     /  7th July 2018

    got charged $18 for a cheeseburger at an Auckland pub and was pissed off…. but…

  6. PartisanZ

     /  7th July 2018

    Auckland councillors weigh in on ‘toilet tax’ – NZHeraldo

    “the potential tax also comes hard on the heels of a 11.5c a litre regional petrol tax, introduced six days ago, and a bed tax for accommodation providers.

    Albany councillor John Watson said Aucklanders were being hit with a “double whammy” of new charges and asset sales — both over a short period and despite promises amalgamation would cut costs. He wanted an independent review of the Super City.”

  7. Corky

     /  7th July 2018

    Another dairy owner given his lumps – literally with hammer blows to the head,.

    If he had been armed, a simple step back and quick draw from a waist holster with two leads to the chest would have created a far more favourable news item for my viewing pleasure.