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3 December 2018

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  December 3, 2018

      Bizarre. Says average sea temps but then somehow whale strandings are being caused by climate change. Science now abandoned for witchdoctoring.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  December 3, 2018

        What made them strand themselves in other years? Has there been a huge rise in the numbers?

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  December 3, 2018

          El Nino, eh? We’ve never had one of those before, have we?

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  December 3, 2018

            Quite. You wonder at the gullibility of those who write and publish this stuff.

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  3. My travel was disrupted yesterday with traffic clogged up following Dunedin’s Santa parade.

    It appears that ‘a real Santa’ – someone dressed up in a costume – took part.

    Of most concern in the traffic snarl up afterwards were two 4 metre high pengiuns on wheels driving around – they didn’t have number plates, and driver visibility must have been poor – so poor they took the wrong exit to a roundabout and had to return to hold up traffic more.

    Disclosure – I once took part in a spectator supervisory role (3 spectator responsibilities) in a Santa parade, about thirty years ago.

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    • Gezza

       /  December 3, 2018

      I came home from ma’s after making her lunch on Saturday to find a road diversion at the BP station with a council workman & roadblock blocking the road & an arrow pointing where to go at the roundabout by the BP station. You saw it when you came thru the roundabout.

      I followed the jammed traffic through to the next diversion, where the arrow pointed Right, into another street even further from home, but folk were turning left too, so I did. Another Traffic jam at the railway crossing, but eventually I reached Main Road.

      There was another road block and an arrow pointing right again, but thru traffic was coming thru & heading North on the far side.

      “WTF?” I thought. I pulled in behind another vehicle which had also been needing to turn left & been turned away, & like that driver, spoke to the sole council worker guard. “What’s going on mate? I can’t get home, all the streets are blocked off.”

      “I can’t let anyone through, mate. Council orders.”

      “Why? Is there a disaster, or a police operation going on?”

      “No mate – it’s the parade”.

      “What parade?”

      “The Chrismas Parade. I’m not allowed to let anyone thru. Look mate, sorry, but just go somewhere else for a while. It’ll only be an hour.”

      Ma reads the local rag. There was nothing about it in that. There were no roadside warnings on the way up to her place an hour earlier. No warnings or signs on the way back. Nothing in view at either end of a parade taking place or assembling. Nothing at the road blocks saying why the diversion. Never encountered this before. What a total cock up. Christ I was angry.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  December 3, 2018

        How were people supposed to KNOW about the parade ? ‘Suppose they gave a parade and nobody came.’

        What a Claytons parade that must have been.

        I have just heard Patrick Gower speaking with the worst Irish accent imaginable. I would never have guess that that was what it was supposed to be. It’s like the American woman who had an op and now speaks with ‘a British accent.’ I don’t know which part of Britain has accents like that; certainly none that I’ve ever been to. Or that anyone else has, I imagine.

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        • Gezza

           /  December 3, 2018

          Ma confessed to me when I made her dinner fown at hers tonight that she had found it mentioned somewhere non-prominent in the local rag, which she usually reads front page to back. But it still doesn’t confuse the failure to signpost the main routes and any that were going to be cut off. There over a dozen streets off the Main Road one couldn’t access. Stuff all people read the local rag cover to cover. I wasn’t the only one hacked off with whoever had the contract or job of installing the road blocks and diversions.

          I’ll bet they copped an angry earful for well over an hour on a regular basis. I thought that when I’d calmed down I might fire off a non-congratulatory asking for the name of the incompetent at the council who coordinated this shambles so I could point a thing or two out to them about communication & wish them a crappy christmas, but in the end I couldn’t be bothered.

          I was able to park my car next to a nearby local park and walk home, a pleasant stroll, then go back and collect it & clean the birdshit off it 90 minutes later when I saw a car come up our driveway. But if anybody needed to be home at that time, e.g. to take a time-required medication, or undertake any critical planned activity, they were stuffed.

          The guy explaining the shambles to me had a radio & I could hear over it that they were sending a cop car after someone who’d said “Stuff you: I’m going home, asshole”. It killed a tentative cunning plan I had been weighing up until then.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  December 3, 2018

            I wonder if they’d done their paperwork properly. They have to go through some formal steps to close off roads I think. The police might have to be careful if lawyers get involved.

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            • Gezza

               /  December 3, 2018

              I’ve not seen anything like this so utterly bumbled before. Traffic Management had two bloody people on the job – one at each end, & some right/left orange arrows, and barriers – and that was it.

              Putting roadblocks & diversions in at roundabouts where you only discover them when you’ve actually gone into the roundabout and encountered them on the way through is a shock to the system.

              “WTF?” You can’t stop at a bloody single roundabout on Tawa’s high volume main drag and say: “Oi! Hey mate … what’s going on?”

            • Gezza

               /  December 3, 2018

              *single lane

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  December 3, 2018

            I suppose that anyone who had to take medication would have it with them. You could have pretended to be on Home Detention ….or have forgotten the pills that kept you from being an axe murderer.

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            • Gezza

               /  December 3, 2018

              I suppose that anyone who had to take medication would have it with them.

              Not if you had a 5 minute trip up the road and expected a 5 minute trip back.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  December 3, 2018

              No, I suppose not…unless it was life threatening. I do generally have an inhaler, just in case.

        • Gezza

           /  December 3, 2018

          Americans are hopeless at reproducing British accents. The even struggle with imitating British actors speaking English with a German accent.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  December 3, 2018

            This woman sounds as much like an ENGLISH (I wish the buggers would learn that a BRITISH accent could be English, Welsh, Scots, Ulster….) as I do, if as much. A blind man wondered if I was English in origin; I must have picked it up from my old man)

            The ones on Days of Our Lives sounded as if they’d all learned it from the same coach.

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  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  December 3, 2018

    This ia a real headline,

    FOOT HEADS ARMS BODY.

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