Posts by Brent Jackson

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  • Speaker: Crowding and displacement in Auckland,

    HNZ does seem to be making moves to turn at least some of their 3-brm houses into 5-brm ones by adding 2 attachment bedrooms to the back door.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 386 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Two roads lead to the city, in reply to Russell Brown,

    One pedestrian crossing (for which cars must stop) and two lights-controlled crossings, down from three pedestrian crossings and two lights-controlled. There’s quite a loss of pedestrian rights in it.

    I'm not sure about that. Currently there are 3 single lane pedestrian crossings to get pedestrians from footpaths to traffic islands, and then 3 lights-controlled crossings between the islands, each one going at the same time as the traffic that doesn't cross it.

    The new set up replaces the eastern one-lane pedestrian crossing with a lights-controlled crossing, apparently because it is going to be 2 lanes wide - no getting away from that. The lights-controlled crossing across St Lukes Rd, and the pedestrian crossing from the island to the western side are unchanged. So the big change is that the Motat-side island disappears so the lights controlled crossing across Great North Road goes only to the western island so that it can run when the lights allow the cars out of St Lukes Rd to turn east (towards the city), in the same way it does now. The big losers are cars proceeding along Great North Road, which have a permanent green at the moment, who will be stopped for 2/3rds of the new cycle. I don't think pedestrian crossing is unduly affected by this change. It is only when it is combined with the 2-lane light-crontrolled crossing that pedestrians are slowed getting from Motat to the east side of St Lukes Rd.

    I think the new set-up will be safer for pedestrians as well, since I have seen several near misses on the pedestrian crossing on the Motat side, as pedestrians fail to check for traffic and walk straight on to the crossing. Of course the drivers are required to give way, but some motorists are not treating this small pedestrian crossing as they legally should.

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  • Hard News: Two roads lead to the city,

    Meola Road hill has been shocking for years. They are currently working on it, but I think it is just to raise the kerbs, and is likely to leave the metre near the kerb in a worse state than ever. I always switch onto the footpath just after the Scout Den because the road surface is so uneven.

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  • Southerly: Who was George Hildebrand…, in reply to Ross Mason,

    Yeah, I can see that the P's shapes are quite similar, but the bottom of the J's are quite different. The dot in the signature and the added JP are similar (almost commas), as opposed to the dots in the original JP (though this may just be due to differing writing speed).

    But really this is all of minor consequence, compared to the identification of the adopted child, and her biological parents. Good sleuthing all around.

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  • Southerly: Who was George Hildebrand…, in reply to David Haywood,

    I think you need to add another box around the Geo Coleman signature and JP at the bottom because it appears to differ from the handwriting of the reset of the letter (eg compare the "an" with "any" in the letter). The additional JP was definitely written by a different hand than the crossed out JP.

    This also explains the crossing out of the JP. It was originally intended that Coleman would sign his name in front of this as a witness to Alington’s signature. But then Rev Holland added “me John Holland” which made the intended layout nonsensical.

    Yes. That would seem to be the most plausible explanation.

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  • Southerly: Who was George Hildebrand…, in reply to Hebe,

    Nah... I'm still going with Holland as the JP: would be standard for the local parson to be a JP for signing births, deaths and marriage certs. And the ink is different to GC's.

    It looks to me like Geo Coleman in the process of signing put the JP on the left. John Holland thought that this was an inappropriate place for it, so has crossed it out, and written it again in the correct position under Geo Coleman's signature.

    Also, if Geo Coleman was a JP, he may have had to sign lots of things, so maybe his standard quick signature was just Geo C with an underline. He then decided that this document needed a bit more, so added the "oleman".

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  • Feed: Meals for Me, in reply to Emma Hart,

    For a while last year we’d got into a really good routine where once a week one of our teenagers would cook. It’s harder this year with our son at uni and sports and stuff that means they don’t get home til quite late sometimes, but we really should get back on to it.

    We're quite proud that our teens are each cooking once a week now, but I can see how that may be threatened next year when Boy is off to varsity.

    I suspect they'll be popular when they go flatting, because I'm not aware of similar skills amongst their peers.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 386 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Why does the top 10% paying…, in reply to DeepRed,

    He's to the left of where they are, so he's a leftie. Ipso facto.

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  • Feed: Meals for Me, in reply to Emma Hart,

    ...from the normal family cooking I do six days a week every week all the time.

    No one else in your family cooks ? That's a bit sad...

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  • Feed: Meals for Me,

    My partner and daughter don't like seafood, so if they're not around I cook up some onion, kumara, gold/red/orange capsicum, parsnip, yam (if available), and greens with some butter in the electric frypan, throwing in some frozen surimi, calamari and mushrooms once the kumara is cooked (about 8 minutes). Quick & easy meal for one.

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