Media watch – Thursday

29 November 2018

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  1. David

     /  November 29, 2018

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=12167758

    I am a bit skeptical that this isnt just another setup, there are so many of these stories that turn out to be utter bollocks. Unusual fella and certainly doesnt belong in the womens bathroom but not sure what I would make of him turning up in the mens either.
    Its a strange old world

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    • Gezza

       /  November 29, 2018

      I was waiting in the Blood Test department at Welly Hospital yesterday for ma to come back out after a phlebotomist called her in. I didn’t think she’d be long and was mostly lost in thoughts so didn’t bother finding something to read.

      I noticed a pair of PI women with children because one of the little girls was noisy & ran up and got a cup of water and dropped the lot on the carpet, and the other one’s little girl also ran up and got a cup of water but was fiddling about & whining and her mum got cross and told her off & the pair of them were both escorted out of the area.

      I smiled as I could see the water had soaked into the carpet and all would be well; it’d just dry out in an hour or two.

      Back to being lost in thought and a woman in a long white coat came near and read the instructions and picked up a numbered card scanned it and went and sat down to wait for her number to be called, next to an Asian lady looking at her smart phone but some distance away. I’d glanced up because she was so close, and just simply registered that “She’s blonde, and tall” and that I hadn’t noticed the Asian lady & returned to my internal musings.

      But something didn’t seem or feel quite right about how she walked, so I looked again. Now I could see her face. It was definitely angular. And she was sitting, in a knee-length skirt, with her legs apart, and was very tall, and her shoulders and frame were unmistakeably those of a male human, and even though she seemed to have full-size breasts, she was obviously originally built as a man.

      It didn’t bother me, but I did wonder for a minute, “Transvestite? Cross-dresser? Transexual? What loo would you use here? They all have closing doors and are private. But it was an automatically human thing to attempt to classify what I saw. We do it all the time, even if we don’t acknowledge it – in my opinion. I could understand some women might not like her using their loos or changing rooms if the male appendage is still there.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  November 29, 2018

        I don’t know why the Herald said ‘bathroom’. Most people don’t have a bath in public.

        I am sceptical about the rape claims in loos; there are people there most of the time and it would be difficult to do this unnoticed.

        There is often a staff member at the changing rooms, so that wouldn’t be an issue, and these usually have other people using them so it would be difficult for a rapist there, too.

        If the person is in a cubicle, one wouldn’t know whether they were ‘entire’ or not. There are many other places where rape is more probable.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  November 29, 2018

      If people choose not to vote and exercise the right that their ancestors fought for (the oldest woman in Britain was 12 when all men were given the vote, and anyone over 100 was also alive before this happened, as I understand it) that is their decision. But they shouldn’t whine about the government if they have done nothing to change it. A man I know is proud of not voting for council or government, but this doesn’t stop him complaining about both.

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  3. Yes. A ‘leader who looks like a potential Prime Minister’ sort of message would be a good start.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 29, 2018

      Oh God. There’s that awful purple suit of his again :/

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      • Gezza

         /  November 29, 2018

        It’s bloody hard to take any bloke wearing a purple suit seriously.

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        • Gezza

           /  November 29, 2018

          Pukekos have purple suits.

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          • robertguyton

             /  November 29, 2018

            A pukeko for Prime Minister?
            Why not?
            We used to have a snake…

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            • PDB

               /  November 29, 2018

              Labour were even more impressive – resurrected a dodo bird to be PM.

            • Gezza

               /  November 29, 2018

              We used to have a snake…

              A cobra? She could slither and strike with venom, I guess – but surely she wasn’t THAT bad? o_O

    • PDB

       /  November 29, 2018

      Bridges should go. The faintest chance for National to win in 2020 will be with the incoming capital gains tax (especially if suggested it’s on the family home upon death of the owner/s) but Bridges essentially nullifies that. Winston has already watered down the workplace reform so employers wont be too concerned at the changes there.

      National have a much better chance in term two once the Coalition govt actually tries to change things – currently the economy is being run almost exactly the same as under National so most people would see no need for concern at present.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  November 29, 2018

        The suit is blue, not purple. Pooks surely wear blue and black suits, not purple ones.

        The tie is purple.I don’t what colours pooks’ ties are. Perhaps Gezza should have gone to Specsavers.

        Labour has a Barbie doll now.

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        • Gezza

           /  November 29, 2018

          Pukekos common name for their genus throughout the world is purple swamp hen. That suit is their colour. Pukekos have a purple suit, white frilly knickers, and a black overcoat. If ANYBODY should know, I should.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  November 30, 2018

            Their suits are deep violet, more blue than purple. I don’t know why they wear black coats.

            You didn’t know that their frilly knickers were frilly knickers until I told you.

            Don’t forget their red stockings,

            I wish that I had taken a photo of Fido wearing green (for want of a better word) stockings and waistcoat when he thought that duckweed was grass and stepped onto it…and through it into stagnant water below. I had to walk home with him looking like that.

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  4. PDB

     /  November 29, 2018

    Labour – the party of a kinder type of politics…

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