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.

28 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  January 14, 2019

    “The problem was you had to keep choosing between one evil or another, and no matter what you chose, they sliced a little bit more off you, until there was nothing left. At the age of 25 most people were finished. A whole god-damned nation of assholes driving automobiles, eating, having babies, doing everything in the worst way possible, like voting for the presidential candidate who reminded them most of themselves.”
    ― Charles Bukowski

  2. Pickled Possum

     /  January 14, 2019

    Yaaaaaaa The Rain is here just 1 second after we had put the last of our hay in our barn Yaaaaa light the fire tonight get some hot water for a long bath. The solar showers were good but nothing beats a soak in Raddox.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 14, 2019

      My bath is long and deep and as I am the sort of bather who lies there all night adding hot water, I don’t have them. I am a shower girl.

      The rain cooled the air a bit, but the humidity is coming back, I fear. Last week was terrible, it was like a sauna.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 14, 2019

      Me too, Possum. Just had one after a ten hour commute to Auckland and back. Very calming. I can now annoy Sir Gerald with some equanimity.

      • Pickled Possum

         /  January 14, 2019

        10 hours Al wow!!!! Was it worth it… haven’t you heard of email …
        courier service or skype hehehe
        you must have left before the sun rose

        Go easy on our mate he has had some stress today at Gezza’s Stream
        with flooding and little babies attempting to swim to him for food.
        Duckling ducking and diving and surviving. Pooklets and pooklings trying to swim to Porirua

        Sheesh, I was a mess at the end of the story, the stress was palatable.
        But by all accounts, he enjoys a good old annoying from you.

        It’s freezing here now.
        Where have all the mozzies gone
        No more buzzing.

        The hot water still not that hot for long deep lux bath
        maybe tomorrow in the morning.
        Had a great shower tho’
        The fire was not lit till late arvo … hasn’t been going for a week.

        Did you know privet and tobacco weed make fabulous hot fires
        by coppicing the big ones, you can have firewood for years
        Kill all others with kerosene.

        • Gezza

           /  January 14, 2019

          (palatable means “pleasant to eat”: palpable means “so intense it can be felt” – jot the last one down, it’s a goodie, sis. Worth using again, correctly, maybe on Corks even ! ) 😎

          • Pickled Possum

             /  January 14, 2019

            I knew that bro but that lady that lives in my putor put me rong hehe
            I meant palpable of course … red cheeks and embarrassed look
            with the slight snivelling going on for grand effect bro.
            Humph corks is Off Limits … Nutbush stylz
            my Mumma done told me so.
            Feel free to use it if there comes a time when it could be applied with max leverage and just hat tip yaw ole sis.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  January 14, 2019

          Was picking up a load of flooring to help a friend, Possum. Was going to cost $350 to ship it. Weighs about 420kg so the ute could carry it ok.

          • Pickled Possum

             /  January 14, 2019

            omgOSH You went down in a diesel truck!!!!
            Cray cray!! springs to mind. Of course, you would have had the trip from Hell.
            With no pizzas in sight. Just droves of inconsiderate drivers.

            Gezza trying to teach me his lingo upstairs … with colourful repartee.

          • Gezza

             /  January 14, 2019

            Hey, while I think of it, my sister and bro in law watched a few of my nature videos on my laptop cos they were interested, & we talked about my hols up in Russers. I remembered my movie and they luvved it! And now, if they ever go up that way again, they’ve now seen that shady character who followed me around everywhere at the Waitangi Treaty grounds. So they’ll be on the lookout for the bastard.

  3. Pickled Possum

     /  January 14, 2019

    Then there’s Coolio
    Loved this song since it came out
    play it now and then to keep it real?
    Stevie Wonder helped write this song

    Cool is putting your sunglasses on
    and you poke your eye and you don’t flinch.

  4. Pickled Possum

     /  January 14, 2019

    Rain stopped back out on the river today
    but before another fav

  5. phantom snowflake

     /  January 14, 2019

  6. Kimbo

     /  January 14, 2019

    CENSORSHIP CONSPIRACY ALERT:

    No “General Debate” so far today on Kiwiblog, so maybe someone is trying to stifle free speech! After all, if you go off topic on a specialist thread you run the risk of censure and suspension. Perhaps, as censorship on KB is a matter of such pressing concern to you, Pete George, you could bring the anomaly to the attention of the wider blog community with a post. Or maybe David Farrar and Kokila Patel have other things to do in their life than scan their blog continually, especially during holidays. 😂

    Question for consideration: can “a personal attack” on Pete George also qualify as “satire”? I say “yes”, indeed satire is very often a personal grossly-exaggerated to the point of distortion and inaccuracy personal attack, and it is a false dichotomy to insist otherwise.

    Nonetheless a fair call on the toxic culture over there, although I’d suggest as you seem to lack the constitution and ability to laugh at yourself even on the odd occasion in amongst the filth Kiwibloggers hit the mark regarding your foibles, Pete, you are better to ignore them and also stay away.

    Anyway, thanks for providing the safe respectful environment where I can post my two cents worth.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 14, 2019

      Another Open Forum post ?

      • Gezza

         /  January 14, 2019

        I dunno. WTF’s wrong with these people, Kitty. Maybe PG should say “lighthearted” or “light”, instead of “lightweight” up in the first sentence of this blog page intro. I guess some folk mistake General Chat for General Debate on that other blog.

        Christ. I hope it’s not gonna be funeral notices next ! 😕

    • I’m better to choose for myself when I venture onto Kiwiblog and when I stay away. Especially when ‘stay away’ is obviously what some are trying to encourage.

      I get plenty of laughs thanks, including at myself. I laugh a lot at how people claim I am a bland beige waste of space and make special efforts to make me seem unimportant – but obviously don’t ignore me, and why do they follow things here as they obviously do?

      I particularly got laughs from Nostradamus, who jumped the shark trying a wee hit job, then fizzled all over the place like an undone balloon when held to account for mixing fact with fiction. And when called on it claimed it was ‘humour’ – very funny, an old excuse when put on the spot – and when that flopped switched to calling it satire, which it hardly was. Especially when he also took a swipe at someone else who had nothing to do with his wee spat. I don’t think I’ve seen him flounder so much before.

      “After all, if you go off topic on a specialist thread you run the risk of censure and suspension” is also quite funny, because this thread is aimed at social chat only. Open Forum is more appropriate for giving me a nudge about blogs and blogging. But you probably weren’t aware of the distinction, so no censure or suspension. You may not be aware that suspension not a normal outcome here, it’s a rarity.

      Cheers.

  7. Gezza

     /  January 14, 2019

    I was late getting to ma’s for lunch today. It’s just grey and miserable now at 4.21 pm, but it rained all night and morning, there was a cool southerly blowing, & the stream was running muddy and high. So I thought me pooks would just be hunkered down somewhere keeping the pooklets warm & wasn’t concerned when they didn’t call me to bring their breakfast.

    Then Bluey did. On his own, and just asked for wheat when I asked him where the pooklets were. I gave him a handful and after a while I could hear young Alex Pook whining – and then Sweety calling – & then pooklets peeping – from over the far side.

    Blimmin Alex eventually worked out he could fly over, leaving Sweety holding the babies (so to speak), had his wheat – and took his bread chunk treat down the bank to the Eel Spot where he mucked about trying to work out what to do because the stream was flowing so fast. Eventually he jumped in, silly sod, and despite powering away determinedly with his little skinny long toes he was just moving steadily backwards heading downstream. By the time he flew up from the water (a very ropey takeoff I might add) he’d lost his bread chunk.

    He came up and go four more after that. After Sweety had flown over, got one, dunked it, flown back and started feeding the now screech-peeping pooklets, Alex did the same thing, with the first one and it promptly washed out of his beak, away downstream. The second one, the same thing happened, but one of 3 hastily assembled ducks down below him got it, the third one a duck actually reached up from the water and grabbed it out of his mouth and he finally managed to clumsily fly over and deliver the fourth one, but one of the pooklets decided to swim over and join Bluey and Sweety who had flown back over for more.

    It was horrible. A sparrow-sized black peeping cork paddling away whooshing downstream! Look! Look! Your baby, for God’s sake, go after it! What’s bloody wrong with you!! Didn’t you notice your pooklet flashing past downstream?? Hopeless. Bluey and Sweety eventually disappeared along the bank & I gave up waiting & thought “that one will pop out in Porirua Harbour; nothing I can do about it! But half an hour later, thank God, I was called back out to the fence and all three pooklets were there.

    It might not bother this duck here, but ducks and even little ducklings have got little webbies & can manoeuvre around easily in any torrent, even go upstream. Pooks are good swimmers in quiet water, but they’re hopeless in a swollen stream; usually they’ll fly over it – once they can fly. And little pooklets are just helplessly useless if they can’t clamber up the bank somewhere when they do manage to get to the other side 50 metres downstream because the flow’s too strong.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 14, 2019

      There’s a pookling down the road (probably more than one, but I haven’t seen a pooklet there) and 11 dux Some of the dux are young, but not ducklings.

      And someone in the paper had an albino sparrer; all white, pink eyes, very sweet indeed.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 14, 2019

        I gave my birds their food when it was not raining much; it was gone when I came back, so they must have nipped in before it became bread sauce. It peed down for much of the day, then suddenly became brilliantly sunny.

        I’d love to see a sparrer making a supermarket door open, now that I know that they can.

      • Gezza

         /  January 14, 2019

        The triplets are very different now. They range in height very clearly, from firstly Shadow, he’s by far the tallest and I’m certain is a boy – growing like a weed in Summer; next down is Summer, 3/4 of Shadow’s height already, growing very fast, possibly going to catch up to big bruvva Shad, and who I think is probably also a boy – he looks directly at me, quite often; and lastly, little River, who is only about 3/4 of Summer’s height and who I think is a wee girl.

        Shadow and Summer look like micro-moas. Their legs are very thick and solid for the size of their body at the moment.

        Although she and Summer were the same teeny weeny height (waxeye-size) when first introduced to me, River is still very small – only about a small sparrow-size in the body, and still very slim in the legs. She still has little halo sprays of fine white frills around the top of her head and her beak, and on her puny little winglets, Summer has lost his.

        Both Shadow and Summer can pick up and eat their own wheat grains, although the adults still feed them and they eagerly beg and let them. Wee River still needs an adult to crush and saliva the grains for her. I watched her try to eat whole grains this afternoon and she can’t yet; her beak and bite are not big and strong enough.

        I hope they are feeding her properly. I feel she should be bigger. She still seems to get ignored a bit by the others for some reason. She’s not particularly timid; Summer is more shy than her. Not sure why she gets less feeding.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  January 15, 2019

          I thought that birds would like WeetBix and gave them some, but they wouldn’t eat it. Back to bread and cat biscuits.

          She sounds enchanting, they all do.

  8. Kitty Catkin

     /  January 14, 2019

    I saw a copy of a Van Gogh today; done in acrylics. It was all right, but lifeless in comparison (as well as being too bright) to the original and the artist (?) had signed it and wanted $125 for it.

  9. Pickled Possum

     /  January 14, 2019

  10. Blazer

     /  January 14, 2019

    tu meke..what can .I SAY..