Posts by Paul Campbell

  • Speaker: Gay marriage, weed, and death…, in reply to TracyMac,

    in the US, you get tax breaks just for being married

    Well only sort of, mostly all you get to do the equivalent of income averaging - you file jointly and the progressive tax steps are adjusted accordingly.

    Mind you I guess in the US filing jointly is a big tax break simply because you only have to file one return, you get to save 100 pages of paper

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2275 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: Real Fans,

    I hear complaints here in Dunedin that there wasn't a similar line queueing around the Octagon ... not because the fans aren't just as 'real, but because the tickets weren't being sold here

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2275 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Unity, success: Chicken, egg?, in reply to Samuel Scott,

    I bought a small cottage by the ocean (Waitati, Dunedin) in 1980 for $8,500 - took me 3 years to pay it off (would have been sooner but my car was stolen during the '81 tour, cops weren't all that interested in finding it) - it had an outside bathroom and toilet, hot water from a coal range.

    Remember it was a time of hyper-inflation and petrol shortages, salaries went up crazily (until Muldoon's disasterous price/wages freeze).

    My Dad had a 3% 30 year house loan, he waited to pay it off.

    In the US I had 30 year loans I could always pay principal off whenever I liked, refinancing was trivial, we followed the rates down refinancing several times over 10 years.

    NZ mortgages suck, short terms, penalties for paying them off early, high interest rates.

    When we moved back to NZ we got a mortgage (we put down 80%) that was at a slightly higher rate but also tied to our chequing account -the ATM showed a large negative number that slowly decreased as we paid it off.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2275 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: About Apple Music, in reply to Russell Brown,

    To be fair, they’ll launch Apple Music on MacOS, Windows and iOS and will have an Android client in a couple of months. That’s a lot of people covered.

    but still no Linux support I guess - no music for me I can't buy on CDs I guess

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2275 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: About Apple Music,

    I'm not an Apple customer, they don't have an iTunes that runs on any platform I use day to day, they're sort of a foreign country to me. I used to be a fan, even a developer, but they've closed off their world from the rest of us.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2275 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Campbell Live: A Disturbance…,

    Some times despite hundred thousands of good and honest people wishing as hard as they can the evil black witch still kills the beautiful fairy

    (Who probably didn't need any more
    of this crap any way)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2275 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Stand for... Something,

    Oh come on, the main purpose of jaffas in cinemas in those days was to roll them from the back row down the (uncarpetted) steps during quiet moments ....

    I'm sure the theatres swept them back up and repackaged them for later resale

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2275 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Stand for... Something,

    I'm with Hillary, my favourite too, but I don't think Key's flag panel would consider it, not jingoistic enough

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2275 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Stand for... Something,

    All NZ Post Offices used to always fly a NZ flag ... I remember walking up to the NZ North one one day and noticed that the flag was upside down, I walked in and asked very quietly "are you being robbed?" ....

    More generally - I think the way we think of ourselves is kind of a sensitive thing - I remember coming back from 20 years of OE and finding myself walking on eggshells for a while, finding there were things I couldn't criticise, or at least not too loudly, there's kind of a brittle sensitivity about some things, we're very proud of NZ, but it's hard to talk about making it better by comparing it with other places

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2275 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live,

    did he really mention her "long blonde hair"? how creepy

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2275 posts Report Reply

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