Posts by Paul Campbell

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  • Hard News: Now It's On,

    last time around I steadfastly resisted the urge write "scared of water" on every winston-on-the-beach-in-his-new-suit billboard I saw - mostly because once you realised that the billboard's whole point was that he just wasn't going to get his expensive shoes wet that was all you could think when you saw them

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  • Hard News: Now It's On,

    And as if on cue the "Hollow Men" make another appearance - in a slightly different context (extra points for spotting the music)

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  • Cracker: Being there is everything.…,

    I've only ever lost one bag and I travel a lot - it was ANZ at Chch airport - at the time (because we were in the process of shifting countries and most of our stuff was in a large container - at that point the subject of litigation between 2 freight forwarding companies) it contained all my available clothes on the planet - like someone else mentioned it was xmas eve and by the time I realised I might not be seeing it again all the shops had closed .... needless to say one could't buy men's underwear in Wanaka on xmas day, or sadly boxing day.

    I'd hand carried it to the domestic terminal and checked it myself - then it evaporated - I figure some light fingered someone lifted it off the conveyor

    I wish I'd known about the $100 thing - ANZ did do well paying up in the end - the full $1000 - the thing was full of xmas pressies from the US, my laptop power adaptor, lots of books, CDs, ..., ... it helped that I was carrying GST receipts from customs for some of it and credit card receipts for a bunch else - and luckily my laptops (yes 2 that day) were in my backpack

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  • Hard News: Need to Know,

    Speaking of the LHC - here is a technical site that is monitoring the powerup of the LHC and will indicate problems as they develop

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  • Island Life: Too True To Be Good,

    so what did you do with the other $100k?

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  • Island Life: Off the top of my head.,

    err not my day "enclave" not "conclave"

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  • Island Life: Off the top of my head.,

    yeah looking at the soy sauce in there - my thoughts too were "mmmm sashimi" - there go my hopes for running for higher office .....

    Many many years ago I lived in a little hippy conclave north of Dunedin - one of our neighbours worked in the pathology dept of the med school and was wont to bring home things in jars to show off .... eventually he sold his house and a nice family of german draft-dodgers moved in .... with teutonic efficiency they started to clean the place up .... one weekend a rumour shot around the community .... "the police had been called, they were pulling the weeds out the back and found an arm" .... everyone thought back to those jars they'd heard about .... the truth spreads much more slowly than salacious gossip - what they'd actually found was a plastic skeleton of an arm covered with a perished surgical glove

    needless to say it's probably not a good idea to get a reputation for having body parts in bottles ....

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  • Island Life: Off the top of my head.,

    (err that was in reference to "we might get a hypnotist ...")

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  • Island Life: Off the top of my head.,

    You might end up on the ACT list, or maybe United Future

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  • Island Life: Off the top of my head.,

    At least you got to see yours - I had one a few years back about the size of a $2 coin on the back of my neck - having it removed under a local was a most bizarre experience - I too felt every little piece, there was a lot of huffing and puffing, tearing and prodding - all behind me a tiny fraction of an inch from my spine .... and I never got to see what came out

    Cysts, it seems, grow their own layer of skin-like cells around them inside the cavity, apparently if they don't remove them all (all that tearing) they tend to come back .....

    I had mine removed when I lived in the US - when I first showed it to the doctor (worried about some cancerous growth on my spine) he tried to lance it but it had already turned rock hard ..... because of the wonders of the US health insurance system it took over a year to get it attended to ... even though I had excellent insurance removing it would be 'cosmetic surgery' (it was a fricking big lump the size of a half golfball on my neck) ... it took me a while and a couple of doctor's visits to cotten on that the doctor was subtly trying to coach me - "it was uncomfortable", "it was hard to sleep on my back", "it sometimes caused pain" .... once I managed to utter those magic words I was off to the surgeon to have it cut out (in a dingy doctors office, not the shiny white medical mecca I'd imagined)

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