Posts by Paul Campbell

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  • Hard News: Rationalisation is at hand!,

    and something else different (and hillarious) - a California ad against the anti-gay marriage initiative:

    from YouTube

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2152 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: We are all Chinese now,

    Well I think the whole point of free trade sorts of legislation is that tax breaks are a no-no

    What we can do though is intensive handholding of local business - we have a wonderfull resource in NZ: native Chinese speakers - exactly what we need to do biz in China - getting new kiwis involved with local business - training them in how to do business in China from those who know how to do it (just because you speak the language and know the customs doesn't make you a business expert) etc etc

    To be fair I think China is going to be hurting with it's biggest trading partner going down the tubes - they're going to be looking around for new people to do business with

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2152 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Have you met thingy?,

    Well you see that if they were "Act" they would know about lower case and not have to shout all the time

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2152 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Have you met thingy?,

    I definitely have the same thing too - but I think it leaves me in the opposite situation - not outgoing, but stuck in social situations where I remember faces but can't remember names

    However I do seem to have vaguely mastered the act of introducing someone who's name I can't remember to someone who's I do and letting them fill in the missing piece " Have you met X?" (then let them introduce themself)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2152 posts Report Reply

  • Random Play: It's life Jim, but not as…,

    (and should I move my money to Kiwibank?)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2152 posts Report Reply

  • Random Play: It's life Jim, but not as…,

    when I moved back to NZ I was looking for a bank, went from bank to bank asking what their deposit insurance limit was (I was moving enough for a house) I kept getting blank stares "what?" - took me a while to figure out that no one had any

    So what does happen when my Aussie owned bank goes belly up? they do have some form of DI in Oz - does their govt get first call on my money?

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2152 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Not Actually Blue at All,

    "the Christchurch effect" - growing up in Dunedin I was used to the game you play when you meet someone new - basically "who do we know in common" - I guess we all thought this worked everywhere - this led to locals doing culturally embarrassing things like "oh, you come from Ohio do you know X".

    As a kid walking downtown in Dunedin -you had to be on your toes - it was a terrible faux-pas to walk past someone you knew and not say "hi" - moving to the US it took me a long time to realise that the stress I felt walking down the street was due to looking at everyone in the eye in case I knew them (and the associated dirty looks for getting in their private space) - of course playing the game was out of the question.

    20 years later I moved back to Dunedin (I'm not going to call it 'Dunners', where did that come from while I was gone?) and it was all reinforced when we bought our house and discovered that my lawyers partner had owned it prior to the current owner, abd the realtor that had sold it that time was our current landlord, and that the current owner was a lecturer in the Uni dept I used to work for, ....

    We've decided that that whole '6 degrees of separation' is crap - in Dunedin it's 1.5

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2152 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The joke that went too far,

    I notice there seems to be a lot more BDO ads around year this year - someone was wondering last night if it's because they're worried that people in the south have cottoned on that the same headliners are playing BDO in Sydney and it's often cheaper to fly there than Auckland

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2152 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The joke that went too far,

    Hmm .... coffee ... potential legal crap .... coffee .... legal crap .... that's a tough call

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2152 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: First Footing,

    My standard line is: "shoes? funerals, trade shows and snow" (well weddings too) - I've had the one pair of dress shoes for over a decade and some ski boots

    I've worn Birkenstocky-like things for 30 years, barefoot round the house - my feet smelled so foul as a kid, ditching shoes when I went to Uni was wonderfull

    Living in Dunedin I occasionally get "aren't you cold?" to which the usual answer is something like "they're warm, look they're glowing a healthy bright red - my ears are cold ...."

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2152 posts Report Reply

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