Posts by Raymond A Francis

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  • Speaker: Facing the floods,

    I have to say I am disappointed in the Mayors role in this
    She has a furiously keen mind and has the skill set to get things done
    But so far not much has changed, ok it is early days but she must have known the problems Christchurch faced, she was vocal enough .
    She has control of the Council so let us see some action and less duck shoving
    If anybody can make Chistchurch a better place to live in it is her and her Council

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  • Hard News: Jones: The contender leaves,

    I think it is great that Kelvin Davis will get into Parliment on Jones's retirement, what I would like to know why did the Labour grandees put him so far down the list
    And what is this going to do to Hone's and Dotcom chances
    We live in interesting times eh

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  • Feed: Grandpa's Kitchen,

    Isn't Google great, in Australia they have Puftaloons which are fried scones
    In Scotland they have fried potato scones which sound really nice

    I will definitely have a go at these unfortunately I am stuck in a winemakers house in Cromwell at the moment, the Korean BBQ made by a Japanese assistant was great but the fried scones will have to wait till I get home

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  • Feed: Grandpa's Kitchen,

    There is a long line of men being able to cook in our family despite some prize winning bakers on the female side
    I have always wondered about the dish called " pooftas " not sure how you would spell it but that is how it was pronounced
    These were fried scones which my Grandfather made for his wife's breakfast
    Love to know the origin of these, the scotch grannies or the Portugese whaler but they taste great, split with golden syrup, on the full breakfast plate

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  • Hard News: Feed: Grandpa's Kitchen, in reply to Ross Mason,

    Mine said Kiwi because it apparently was not nice to eat while Pukeko is good and legal in season

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  • Southerly: How I Became a Grumpy Old…,

    Beautiful work David, not quite sure which, is best, your writing or your beautiful joinery skills
    Very impressive

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  • Hard News: Polls: news you can own,

    It intrigues me that the Green vote in the past has not reflected the various poll results, in that it is lower
    Which if you think their supporters are young and connected would knock on the head the theory that polls underestimate those who don't have

    I guess it might because they are at the small end of the spectrum and are subject to swings that all small parties can get but it seems to always overestimated it at the last three elections

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  • Up Front: The Kids are All Right,

    Sorry Emma but I have to call you on
    "We’re also passing on to them, possibly for the first time, a world worse than the one we grew up"
    What do think it was like for my parents in 1935 or German kids in 1945

    Things are tough now but that is nothing new, what is new is the middle class, middle aged moaning about how everything has gone to the dogs but it isn't their fault and they are reluctant to do anything about it. Further more anyone else but them are going to fix it and pay for it

    No wonder young people are cynical

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  • Feed: My Life in Curry,

    I love spicy food and a bit of chili heat but other than to prove your superiority what is the deal with eating food that hurts going in and apparently hurts going out

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  • Hard News: The Web,

    It is great to look back and discern how our lives have been changed
    Ask Jeeves was one of my list of search engines although hardly the best
    It will be interesting to see where it all goes but jeeze there have been some changes when you compare my Amstrad with my present computer of choice a mini ipad retina

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