Posts by Steve Barnes

  • Hard News: Standing together, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Gold miner,

    Mine?
    A General Parts Sales Manager for a Ford main dealership in the UK. Started working for them when he was 14, was given time off to fight in WW2 then back to the firm till the day he was replaced by a computer at the age of 62. They gave him a gold plated watch.
    Yours sounds so much more fun,
    But we digress…

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  • Hard News: Standing together,

    Sense of Entitlement™
    Now available to White Middle Class Maori.
    Whether its a Kappa Haka or a Cuppa Tea.
    Your bread's buttered both sides after Dinner with Key.
    You can have your cake and eat it and you can eat your neighbours too*.
    And come up smelling Rose's, albeit Rose's old shoe.

    *Their cake that is....

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  • Hard News: Standing together, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Principled polity…


    As usual Ian, you show yourself to be a man of Principal (your father was a Headmaster?)

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  • Hard News: To be expected, in reply to George Darroch,

    The media desperately need a narrative supplied, or they are forced to invent their own

    Well yes, because the Media are a bunch of apologists for National or totally incapable of actual Journalism or both.
    Which I must say is not a fact but not far from it. There are journalists out there with the skills and integrity to prise the fact from the fiction, unfortunately they are not "gushing" enough about "Baby George" to be of any interest to the average Kiwi, apparently. And as smiling John is out there with the three way hand kissing and shaking that baby, the Media are enthralled with the "Real" news.

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  • Southerly: How I Became a Grumpy Old…,

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    The Good Ship Burma Road slips quietly into berth on a dark and stormless night....
    ;-)

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  • Southerly: How I Became a Grumpy Old…, in reply to steven crawford,

    I like your towel rail. I am inspired to take my time…

    Arrrrrrrgh, she be a fine boat sir, that she be. Will ye be doing Aloft conversion for the power of the wind?

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  • Southerly: How I Became a Grumpy Old…, in reply to David Haywood,

    (I’ve already installed an emergency generator to power the house).

    If you are thinking of going Solar, water Lectrix or both, drop me a line.
    We have 4Kw solar + 5.2Kw gennie set-up. works a treat and no bills. :-)

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  • Southerly: How I Became a Grumpy Old…,

    I think he meant "Blue Boar" its a pub. Geez that grass is long.

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  • Southerly: How I Became a Grumpy Old…, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

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    Can you explain why every single tread in our spiralling staircase has forms and degrees and blah blah blah…… :)

    Why yes I can. ;-)
    Excellent work David, both writing and building.
    Our own project is still ongoing. First find a bit of native bush far from the maddening crowd then build a brewery. The rest follows at a leisurely pace.
    I have often found that those that don’t build for a living often outshine the “Professionals”
    As Ben said “Unless, of course, you secretly love it. I can never be sure, with people who obsess about finishing projects with a neverending horizon of perfection.”
    Having been a builder most of my life I know how tedious the job can be, most people wanting the same old same old and the city planning departments and inspectors fear to tread the untrodden path.
    I was told by a client once that “Only God can achieve perfection” and since then I have praised the Lord in my shoddyness, hence my building style, “Agricultural Sheik” yes, Sheik, sounds more like Shreek than Chic and goes better with our vast collection of “Eastern” Rugs.
    Thus I am actually enjoying this journey into the “forbidden zone” and playing with ideas that no-one would allow me to explore.

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  • Hard News: The Web, in reply to nzlemming,

    This I totally agree with.

    What has happened, I think, is that someone at the White House has said “We need a good news story about the Internet!”, but this in no way counters the harm the NSA has done, technically and spiritually, to the Internet protocols and technologies by compromising the most basic levels of security. It’s going to take a long time and a lot of new tech for that to be undone.

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