Open Forum – Thursday 2 April

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  1. Duker

     /  2nd April 2020

    Morning headlines , more Covid porn- where everything is ‘massive’, bot not real only ‘predictions’….like the unreality of porn , its what sells the commodity-news in this case

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  2. lurcher1948

     /  2nd April 2020

    Hell its Thursday already,time flies when one’s having fun.

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    • Gezza

       /  2nd April 2020

      The days do seem to pass more quickly, so far.

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      • lurcher1948

         /  2nd April 2020

        That old rightwing radio magic shock jock peter William’s is spinning like a top bad mouthing our PM Ardern.Magic might pull his horns in as Magic is dieing the death of no advertising,and may need govt help,but i think the reason is,peter will not be getting that shiney new Porsche he was going to buy…hard to buy when ones unemployed

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    • Corky

       /  2nd April 2020

      Turbo’d the scooter, Lurchy?

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  3. David

     /  2nd April 2020

    Shut the border Jacinda, you are importing the problem you are sacrificing the economy to stop. Is she worried about the colossal overseas vote she won last time, if so how about just quarantine everyone who arrives here for 2 weeks and set your people free.

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    • Duker

       /  2nd April 2020

      Thats whats happening , only NZ citizens are allowed in and they go into quarantine…try to keep up

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      • David

         /  2nd April 2020

        5100 people arrived last week and 3600 just carried on to wherever they were going to “self isolate”, they were monitored but not tested and left to carry on their merry way. Keep up yourself just 22% of arrivals were quarantined.
        Australia is now quarantining all arrivals for 2 weeks and given 99% of our cases are related to overseas transmission a little extra vigilance would stamp this thing out and its pretty obvious with the daily update that some arrivals are not self isolating and the high trust model is a joke.

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        • Duker

           /  2nd April 2020

          My mistake I got wrong

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        • duperez

           /  2nd April 2020

          What is the answer to a high trust model not working? The level of imposition some are feeling under such an approach has them upset. What would the alternatives look like?

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          • David

             /  2nd April 2020

            Hotels, army barracks, campervans…there is a lot of spare capacity available at a discounted price.
            The level of imposition the other 4.5 million are feeling isnt fantastic either before you start adding up the economic cost and the debt we are racking up.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  2nd April 2020

              I noticed a lot of No Vacancy motel signs in Hamilton. Does this mean that people are in there in isolation ?

            • Duker

               /  2nd April 2020

              Closed up for 4 weeks as no point in staying open . No people travelling, certainly not mixing with strangers in a motel and Hamilton doesnt have overseas flights anymore

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  2nd April 2020

              There were cars there, so it’s hard to say. Motels are self-contained, so isolation would be easy there.

              It would make sense to use them for something.

      • NOEL

         /  2nd April 2020

        Correction Duker they don’t all go into quarantine. Technically only 118 are in that classification. The rest are in variations of self isolation.

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  4. Duker

     /  2nd April 2020

    Interesting comments about testing
    “A GP based in Palmerston North, Dr Huw Jones, said testing centres are already at full capacity.
    “There’s definitely discrepancies between the prime minister’s message and then the message that we get on the ground.”
    The MidCentral District Health Board is worried about the new guidelines too, according to an urgent advisory it sent out yesterday which RNZ has obtained”
    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/413214/live-covid-19-updates-from-new-zealand-and-around-the-world-on-2-april

    It seems the limits now arent so much the testing labs , but the procedures and people at the ‘testing stations’
    As well the medical system here has a rationing mentality, where something can only be allowed by joining a queue. …which is understandable but clinicians even like to ration the queues. …”sorry this weeks queue is full , we can put you in next weeks queue”

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  5. David

     /  2nd April 2020

    Beautiful day in Canterbury yesterday and loads of people breaking the lockdown rules and no sign of plod on my 2 hour bike ride. Some woman screamed at my wife when she was out walking the dog because she didnt leap out of the way, not sure who had right of way when approaching each other but our golden retriever is an excitable bundle.
    Clean up canterbury had 3 guys working on an empty property being renovated on Mairehau Rd, this could well be within the rules or they have an exemption to do the landscaping who knows. 5 doors down a porch party was underway in the sunshine patroned by workers from a prominent drainage company with their sign written vehicles parked on the drive and road.
    Some butchers can work and some cant, you cant get a coffee at the supermarket anymore but you can get an ice cream at the dairy or a coffee at the gas station.

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  6. seer

     /  2nd April 2020

    You didn’t feature this article yesterday, PG.
    https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/broad-spreads-fight-broad-spread

    (did its publication not support your opinion that “I doubt there will be much April Fools Day pranking in media today”?

    Now, important stuff. I believe yesterday was the beginning of NZ’s medical marijuana regime. Any reports …Zedd and others…

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  2nd April 2020

      Z is still trying to do his EoY accounts but his world is rotating smokily.

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  7. Alan Wilkinson

     /  2nd April 2020

    In a bonkers world NZ would be flying in multiple planeloads of protective equipment from the country that launched the virus on us.

    And NZ manufacturers would be unable to get material to make them locally because our greenies in govt want to ban plastic and have banned drilling for the raw material it is made from.

    Of course all this would go unnoted by our MSM.

    In other news the UK can’t do enough testing because the bureaucrats won’t allow the resources of university and other research labs to be used. SNAFU.

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  8. Gezza

     /  2nd April 2020

    Volunteer fire station alarm’s going here in Tawa. 8.49 am.

    I’ll time it to the engine siren. The volunteers here are impressively quick at getting a full crew to the station & getting an engine out.

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    • Gezza

       /  2nd April 2020

      Yup, fire engine with siren on the way at 8.54 am.

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    • Gezza

       /  2nd April 2020

      Another Fire Station siren: 3:50 pm
      Fire engine out & on the way: 3:56 pm.
      Not bad for a volunteer force.

      A couple of years back, I heard the Station siren start on the way home down the Main Road from ma’s place. I was just at the roundabout at the turn off to the Fire Station & I was curious to see how long it would take for a fire engine to get underway so I turned left immediately & parked on the side of the street & timed it.

      Tawa VFS has two fully equipped trucks & an incident car.

      Within two minutes there were builder’s utes, SUV’s, a couple of cars, & an electrician’s van coming past from all directions. They drove into the parking yard. The first one there, a woman, opened the Station Doors & came out, then went back inside & 3 minutes later the engine roared past me, full crew, kitted out & turned up Main Road at the roundabout.

      They’re pretty impressive.

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      • Gezza

         /  2nd April 2020

        * and it was

        Another Fire Station siren: 3:50 pm
        Fire engine out & on the way: 3:54pm.

        Fumble fingers me. 4 minutes is very good. But maybe there were some volunteers already at the station this arvo for some reason.

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  9. Alan Wilkinson

     /  2nd April 2020

    Morning croissant with company

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    • That company looks quite a lot like one of ours (but yeah, it’s a very common colour, if cats aren’t specifically bred they eventually end up back at tabby).

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  2nd April 2020

        Jazz was rolling around in the sun on the driveway when I got back with the dogs. “Lockdown? What lockdown?”, she says.

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        • Both our cats like lying in the sun on the drive or in various possies around the property. They often come to meet us when we (used to) arrive home – sometimes they would come running across the street when they heard us coming. And when we’re out and about they often follow us all over the property, and if we stop to work they get comfortable nearby.

          They are both good ratters and mousers, also occasionally get birds, mostly sparrows and thrushes that feed on the ground, never bellbirds, fantails or tui who stay up.

          A while ago I pinged a sparrow on the roof (trying to get them out of our ceiling and any nook they can find in the roof) and it fell on the drive. Both cats were on the lawn a wee way away. I showed our young cat where the sparrow was, he came and grabbed it and took it and dropped it in front of old Gracie.

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    • lurcher1948

       /  2nd April 2020

      God,Alan reduced to cat pictures,you must be bored

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  2nd April 2020

        Not yet, Lurch. The dogs got tired of waiting after their bacon bits and headed for the deck in the sun.

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  10. Gezza

     /  2nd April 2020
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  11. duperez

     /  2nd April 2020

    Starting to look autumnal out there:

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    • Gezza

       /  2nd April 2020

      Last two mornings here it’s been foggy too, dupers. Quite like watching the fog lifting off the forested hills & valleys all round, in columns that look like lazily rising wispy white smoke as the sun slowly burns it all away.

      Autumn’s a beautiful season when the mornings & evenings start to cool off but the days are warm.

      There are flotillas of lots of mallards and grey ducks & hybrids pairing up again, crusing up & down the stream. There are lots of wolf-whistles coming from the mallard drakes, trying to impress the ladies with the amusing way they bob down & rear up to whistle. Hard to catch one on video doing it. You never know when one of them will.

      Lots of Monarch butterflies and some small native bees around today.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  2nd April 2020

        I never tired of seeing the mist rising from the river as I walked across the bridge to the school where I was teaching then, There were swans and ducks in the river and orange carp. The mist rises off wooded hills most beautifully.

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  12. Corky

     /  2nd April 2020

    Observations and Titbits with Corky:

    1- Went for a run yesterday in a beautiful park close by to my residence. Beautiful scenery and sheilas to boot. Some of these woman were serious fitness buffs who knew their stuff.
    HIIT , Arthur Lynard’s protocols, Leonard Schwartz’s Heavy Hands, kettlebells and suspension trainers were a few things being used. Its a sight you rarely see as people usually exercise in small groups at a gym doing the same exercises, or individually.

    On my way home I noticed GATES!. Either locked or not. That probably indicates the mindset of the owner. If you were a burglar, you’d be better off choosing an ‘open gate house.’

    I also took a small detour around another park in a lower scio -economic area. The park was deserted except for kids playing unsupervised, and a group gathered around a bench smoking and drinking. Again, the outer manifestation of the predominate mindset of that area.

    2- Grant Robertson being a little vague on talback as to who was buying government bonds.

    3-Bill Rolston blaming the demise of Woman’ Weekly and The Listener on the gummint ,during his talkback interview.

    4- Preppers are now starting to horde again. Especially the essentials and tinned goods.
    The idea behind that is you can’t tin produce if there’s no produce. For example, Hawke’s
    Bay is estimated to leave 12 million apples to rot on the trees this season.

    5- Solar panels trump petroleum driven power generators…at least that’s what people are finding when they disappear from their rooftops.😀…or not.

    6 – Good ole Dr Lance O’Sullivan. Never one to miss a photo op, he at least has a point.
    No need to point out the perpetrators. Meanwhile, Hone is manning the road blocks. Maybe the horse before the carriage?

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120746934/coronavirus-dr-lance-osullivan-says-lockdown-in-kaitaia-a-joke

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    • Duker

       /  2nd April 2020

      Did Ralston mention his little retirement job has gone too. Did Ralston ever shed a tear for freezing workers, railway workers when it was their jobs decades ago ?

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      • Corky

         /  2nd April 2020

        I don’t know. I’m just reporting what he said. But please expand on your comments.

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    • Duker

       /  2nd April 2020

      Apple harvest runs to mid April , so workers from islands were already here and just 10% of crop unpicked
      And apart from social distancing harvesting continues as normal

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      • Corky

         /  2nd April 2020

        No skilled labour available. Forkies, QC and admin. Overseas markets disrupted. It matters not how many apples are picked or not.

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        • Duker

           /  2nd April 2020

          Harvesting is a essential business like all agriculture
          Why would they not have the skilled staff from last week and the week before that?
          Doesnt make sense people with ‘essential jobs’ wouldnt be turning up unless you are dazed and confused this late in the arvo

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  2nd April 2020

            People are told not to leave their own area, not go to others.

            There’s nothing odd about gates on houses; anyone with a dog should have one. Many houses have them.

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            • Duker

               /  2nd April 2020

              Going to work for those with essential jobs excluded from that…plenty of contractors move around during week . Taxi drivers still working
              So many clueless questions..do you have a PhD in not knowing anything

          • Corky

             /  2nd April 2020

            Duker. I can only mention what is being reported. Kitty has given one probable factor. Now, there’s no need to get snarky. I will add, and this is was reported: that the apple industry isn’t short of pickers, having picked up many who have lost lost jobs, or who have tense family situations, and would rather pick apples than be at home. But they are short of skilled labour.

            Now, Kitty thinks there’s nothing odd about gates. A very astute observation. Hell, I have one myself. Of course, an observant person knows his neighbourhood. For example, I said to my neighbour the other day. ” Did you go away for a week.” How did you know,” he replied. I told him he always has his bedroom window slightly ajar. It was closed. So, to the observant person, one who keeps his head up, and not down in case they may be accused of gawking.
            I know which gates are usually open, or closed. That I mentioned it means I have NOTICED A CHANGE IN WHAT PEOPLE ARE DOING WITH THEIR GATES.

            Also tomorrow I will deliver utu on Kitty. Kitty called me out, doubting I had travelled on the train between England and France. I have,and will tell of my recollections. I doubt she has been to Europe. Anyway, this heads up will give her a chance to Google up large as she tries to catch me out. Classic. 😂

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  2nd April 2020

              I have not only been there, I lived there for some time, in Belgium and England. We lived in a rather dull town in Flanders and then in Bath and spent time in London and Lewes.We travelled to and from Europe and England frequently, between Ostend and Dover.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  2nd April 2020

              If you look up a street called Tieltsesteenweg in Eeklo, you can see where we lived. It’s a town near Ghent/Gent and Bruges/Brugge. There were trains to Luxembourg from the station. I think the number was 69, but it might have been 89. It’s a terrace house as so many are there. Not quite Coronation St, it was a bit bigger than those ones.

              I don’t need to google these places. I know them.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  2nd April 2020

              Why would I bother to google a country I used to live in and where my brother still lives ? My late husband was English.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  2nd April 2020

              Please spare us tedious ‘recollections’ of a train journey that many will have been on anyway.

            • Corky

               /  2nd April 2020

              OK…. it would have been a very long commentary. The person with me
              during the journey was both a historian (amateur) and a train lover, so just describing what he told me about St Pancras International railway station would have been lengthy.

              I will just note two things. I was told the train develops 12,000 hp and uses what’s called a ‘distributed power system, which powers every axle.
              The average train in NZ develops 2000 hp. Those facts according to my travel companion.

              That just leaves Gezza calling me out as to whether I own a copy of Tuhoe by ELSDON BEST. All in good time.

            • Gezza

               /  3rd April 2020

              Jeez, Corks. That was quite a long while ago.

              I try not to dwell in the past too much – every day’s a new beginning & an opportunity to see if any of my views or attitudes need changing, in light of further developments or information.

              I think I was probably pulling ya leg. Weren’t you having a battle with Kitty overvit? Didn’t I suggest you could just post a pic here of it in your library, or your bookcase, or something ? Shouldn’t be a problem to do that ?

              (Surprised you haven’t already done it, tbh. 😐 )

            • Corky

               /  3rd April 2020

              ”I try not to dwell in the past too much – every day’s a new beginning & an opportunity to see if any of my views or attitudes need changing, in light of further developments or information.”

              As I said a while back, when you deal with Maori, you must deal with utu-
              even with someone who is only half Maori. My ancestors extracted utu on
              Te Whānau-ā-Apanui two generations after the initial slight.

              ‘I think I was probably pulling ya leg. ‘

              Yes, you were, and having a bit of fun at my expense. That’s why utu must be served. You are quite right, it’s a simple matter of a photo. Unfortunately, that is not possible at this time due to circumstances out of my control. However, those circumstances should lift soon, then it’s just a matter of learning to post a photo on this blog.

              I only change my views in light of new facts. Hence, not many of my views change. My views on capital punishment to ‘against’ was the last time my viewpoint changed. In fact, most of my views and opinions, are becoming stronger with time and confirmation.

            • Gezza

               /  3rd April 2020

              @ Corky

              Just on how to post photos, maybe you might like to bookmark this link & have a play sometime? You’re a smart enuf bro to figure out how it works pretty quickly, imo. As long as your photo is in your computer’s folders, it’ll take you there & uploading it & getting a “.jpg” is pretty easy.

    • Gezza

       /  2nd April 2020

      Beautiful scenery and sheilas to boot.

      Christ. You brute. Lucky you didn’t get flamin arrested or body-slammed by one of the fitter ones.

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      • Corky

         /  2nd April 2020

        Sadly, the best looking one..who was extremely good looking, had one leg fully tattooed.
        That put her off the menu. That and the well muscled man with her. We were all keeping our distance though.

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  13. Corky

     /  2nd April 2020

    Hi Corky

    Thanks for your email.

    Mike Bush has just started speaking to the committee – if you haven’t already started listening.

    Best Wishes

    Kind Regards

    Kirstin

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    • Gezza

       /  2nd April 2020

      Good man. What time was the message sent, Corks?

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      • Corky

         /  2nd April 2020

        Message sent – 9.19 am

        Reply received – 10.37 am

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        • Gezza

           /  2nd April 2020

          I’ll have a dekko at the video tonite. That’s earlier than the first two. They started around midday & ran for a couple of hours or more then. Wonder what time they started today? Never mind though, should be able to find Bush’s moosh among the screen grid fairly quickly.

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        • Gezza

           /  3rd April 2020

          Bush was grilled for in excess of an hour. I scribbled some notes. Will discuss tomorrow.

          The issue of iwi community roadblocks came up obliquely when Marama Davidson asked for Bush’s assurance that communities protecting their vulnerable members would be supported by police.

          Mike Bush was totally unimpressive, imo. Andy Coster takes over Bush’s role as the new CoP from midnight, Friday. The Chair & Committee Members were doing a damn good job of acknowledging Bush’s years of service to the Community & thanking him, but then boring in with questions & persisting when he was evasive or vague his answers.

          Gotta hit the sack. It’s gone 1.30 am

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  14. lurcher1948

     /  2nd April 2020

    Why does david farrar and his feral pack and the feral idiot that runs YSB hate the police so much.Are the rightwing hating the police so much that they are calling them Plods goons Stasi…this is on rightwing talk back radio Magic,,, is it because not being able to own an AR15 is an assault on free speech….To the RIGHT WHO DO YOU CALL IF YOUR WIFE HAS BEEN RAPED…Kiwi gun blog or the NRA or that standby young nats and siomon brudges, i myself respect the police but the national party voters demonise them

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  2nd April 2020

      There’s possibly a symmetry there, Lurch. National party voters respect freedoms but Labour voters demonize them.

      Both premises are exaggerated.

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      • Duker

         /  2nd April 2020

        Make money with no restrictions and drive as fast as they want are the only freedoms they consider….oh and the state steps in when it all turns turkey
        Covid 19
        Micoplasma Bovis …how much is thay $800 mill
        A new freedom is right to cut wages …inpite of it being illegal

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  15. lurcher1948

     /  2nd April 2020

    This is your average post from a self-entitled prick on kiwi blog and David Farrar encourages it for clickbait…see i respond but then its day 8 and the dogs are tired of me
    Maggie Pie
    According to my partner, we do have the ‘UK Police’ here, particularly when it comes to traffic enforcement.
    A lot of the time, he reckons he gets targeted for the sort of car he drives???. But any minor infringements, like turning left at red lights, failing to come to a halt at a Compulsory Stop, driving a tad over the speed limit, or not wearing his seat belt, whenever he gets pulled over by a cop, he’s always found he has been able to talk his way out of it.
    Unless of course, that cop happens to be an officious Pom…..then he doesn’t bother wasting his breath. He just pays the fine.

    Thumb up 3 Thumb down 1LOG IN TO REPLY REPORTAPRIL 2, 2020 2:17PM
    ps this female probably is a dumpling lardo living in a council flat trying to live the dream that lurcher1948 lives(never brag how rich you are’the rich keep it to themselves)

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  2nd April 2020

      One policeman said that people in expensive cars are convinced that they are targeted because of this and people in old dungers are convinced of the same thing.

      Anyone who runs a red light, doesn’t wear a seatbelt or ignores STOP signs is an idiot.

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  16. Kitty Catkin

     /  2nd April 2020

    My former neighbour across the road was one. I once saw him coming back from a callout; he’d barely have had time to put his key in the door before the siren went again.

    One cold night when the rain was horizontal, the siren went at about 2am and my bedroom was immediately lit up by his car lights. They all deserve medals for the work they do.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  2nd April 2020

      OOps, that was for Gezza and the firemen.

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      • Gezza

         /  2nd April 2020

        Firefighters or firepersons these days, I imagine. Both our Rural Fire Force & the Volunteer Fire Service have female firefighters as well as male ones, Kitty.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  2nd April 2020

          Mainly men here, as far as I can see.

          Firepersons is a bit naff. Firefighters is better.

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          • Gezza

             /  2nd April 2020

            I know. That’s what they’re called. I just like to have a bit with things like personhole covers & hupersonity.

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            • Gezza

               /  2nd April 2020

              *bit of fun with

              Sorry, had a thumping headache most of the day. But got heaps of overdues done outside this arvo – including weeding & mowing the lawns. Bluey & a female have two new pooklets about two months old.

              Put some sugar water out after being too busy with ma since January to be my wildlife ranger duties. Haven’t seen tuis since the sugar water stopped but sure enough, a young female tui is now visiting all day again. Beautiful turquoise feathers, but she’s not singing.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  2nd April 2020

              You would probably like the Politically Correct Bedtime Stories which are a cruel parody of PC. They take trad stories like the Tortoise and the Hare and make them PC and ‘acceptable’ . Girls are pre-wommyns and so on. Blimmin funny. One is dedicated to a musician who left an orchestra rather than play Peter and the Wolf.

              I find ‘Aged Persons’ for ‘Old People’ cringemaking. Who talks about ‘persons’ except in ‘…murder by a person or persons unknown.’ ?

            • duperez

               /  2nd April 2020

              The tuis here have been so tuneful lately but the trouble is they’re in leafy trees and I can’t see them well enough for photos. Today I went out a couple of times to try to spot one who was there for quite some time. No joy. These are out the front in months gone by when they obliged:

              ……

              …..

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  2nd April 2020

          Not many tuis around here, but there are a fair few kingfishers. The birds in towns are probably having a thin time. Someone had left a packet of cheezels or some such thing, a bilious orange item. I tipped them out for the town sparrers. Better that than nothing.

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  17. Alan Wilkinson

     /  2nd April 2020

    Gemma’s evening walk (ball chase) in the park ends with a chewing session that only the hard rubber ball survives.

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    • Griff.

       /  3rd April 2020

      Good quality tennis balls last far longer.
      My last Dog had a rule : once it no longer bounces it is dead and should be ignored no matter how much Dad chucks it around.
      He was given an 18 pack of cheap ones once. They lasted less than a day.
      Dog took great delight in killing all except one so he still had something to play fetch with.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  3rd April 2020

        Nope, any tennis ball is a goner after one session of throwing and chewing. After much experimenting these hard rubber dog balls are far and away the best.

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  18. Alan Wilkinson

     /  3rd April 2020

    Man, dog and Bay – taking the scenic route back from my flu jab today

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  3rd April 2020

      Darn, wrong pic. Somehow link was v slow to copy.

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    • Gezza

       /  3rd April 2020

      Bluey Pook was funny this morning. He hasn’t seen me for months & he’s been happy enuf living wild off the stream environment & hanging out with whoever his current female partner is & their two 2-monthish old pooklings.

      But he came up the bank yesterday when he heard the sound of my handmower as I was mowing the lawns & when I took a coffee break & leaned on the fence to check out the riperian activity, there he was, & he spoke to me a couple of times & listened when I tslked back. A bit wary, but he did pick up some bread chunks. I threw over the fence for him.

      We had a light drizzle here until about 11 am. I did a few little chores outside & had my morning coffee at the fence & had a look to see if there were any eels there. (None, but an Australasian shortfin lazily cruised around, heading downstream yesterday morning.)

      Anyway Bluey was walking in the stream, & wandered up, flew up on the high, safe spot on the neighbours 6 foot high fence & & yacked away at me for about 30 minutes.

      I’ll make sure I don’t feed him in the back yard again. It was cute having pooks running round my back yard & making little video movies of their antics, but by the time I had 6 of them, with 3 of them hungry adolescents, it got beyond cute.

      They shat everywhere, pulled out chunks of my lawn & dug big holes in it, got into other sorts of mischief, & the 3 pooklings made such a constant racket all day long with their high pitched yelling for attention, up on my fence, I was worried the neighbours would complain, so I had to chase them all off in the end.

      They are beautiful-looking waterbirds though. And when they’re relaxed around me, they’re quite the conversationalists. Just never go near them when they have nearby pooklets which are a few days up to a couple of months old. They will attack you pretty fearlessly, to chase away the threat – & they’re big birds with large, dagger-like beaks and long claws.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  3rd April 2020

        We have weka not pooks in the garden. Big enough to see off the cats and pretty fearless as the neighbour feeds them. They also get to scavenge our compost bins. Pooks were just a pest at Bland Bay where they ripped out plants in the water garden. Neighbour hung a dead one on his garden fence to put the others off.

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        • Gezza

           /  3rd April 2020

          Understandable, I guess. The adults will kill ducklings & other small birds. Unless I can stop them.

          The pooklets & adolescent pooklings are like four-footed young animals. They make toys out of objects & play with them, day after day. Pickles used to pick up a very small clay pot & drag or roll it out of the garden onto the lawn or the pathway. He also doggedly plucked at the plastic caps on 5 of the bolt-head screws that fix the corrugated plastic roof panels to the roof frame until they came off. He was always fiddling & stomping around up, there once he learnt to fly 😠. I came out of the dining room slider one morning & thought: “What the heck are those grey, round things on the pavers over by the patio chairs ??”

          Jojo would pull a small bamboo stake out of another big clay pot, with her beak, & just play with it, picking it up with her feet , & twirling it or just dragging it round. Then she’d drop on the lawn somewhere. I’d put it back in the pot full of potting mix & the next morning or afternoon it would be on the lawn again !

          Jojo also tore all the bark off an eight inch long rough peg I’d made by cutting some off-cut branches into several pegs. She did it over about a week, eventually doing a perfect job of de-barking the whole thing. Same as with the bamboo stake. I’d put the peg back with the others – & she’d take it out & get to work on it, tearing a few more strips off each day as a a game, & leaving it & strips somewhere on the lawn.

          They’re very curious birds – & very strong. I found a thin, metre long wooden trellis slat poking thru the gap between two of streamside fence palings one day – most likely Alex’s effort. Heaven knows where she got it from. I used to walk all the way along the top of the stream bank (before the bloody blackberry got established every Summer & made that a painful, clothes-ripping venture – cutting off the walk until it dies right back in Winter). I couldn’t find anybody’s trellis nearby that was missing a slat – but she must have dragged it along – or maybe up the bank if she found it in the stream – for 10’s of metres.

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  19. Gezza

     /  3rd April 2020

    🙄 I forgot to buy some blimmin Hot Cross Buns for Good Friday when I shopped for the holiday weekend on Wed. How bloody slack is that? 😠

    I guess NW will be open tomorrow – Sat – but I figure there’ll be a whopper of a queue 😕

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    • Blazer

       /  3rd April 2020

      I went to NW last week at 8am….early to beat the rush…sign on door said OPEN 9am….went this morning at 9.am…sign on window said OPEN-8.am!

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