Posts by Jason Dykes

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  • Hard News: Piled in bins like summer fruit,

    People in China have a right to better themselves, to escape rural poverty and to earn themselves more choices

    On a slightly related issue, I think the motivations behind the recent London and Paris protests around the Olympic torch relay deserve a deeper analysis. The comments I'm hearing in news media from overseas sports people and administrators that politics (human rights) should not be mixed with sport (the Olympics) sound spookily like those used in the 1981 Springbok tour era in NZ. I thought the whole debate about being able to separate sport and politics was done and dusted. Apparently not.

    I don't think we've yet had the discussion about how bad abuses have to be before we question the appropriateness of various sporting or economic contacts. The timing of the free trade deal is unfortunate in this context.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Slumpy Cashflow,

    Gathered, bagged and ready for pickup. There's some real beauties too.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Psst! Got any Earl Grey?,

    This is all so bloody cyclical. There was a "thermoblast" scandal in Wellington in the mid-90s. I tried some and immediately felt compelled to do a 20km cycle around the bays and city streets. I am pretty sure I lost half a kg.

    Yes, Wellington is good for you. After moving to Auckland then Hong Kong I realised quality of life was more important than dollars alone and returned to this beautiful and vibrant town.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Episode One,

    Oh, please give them some whisky too.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Episode One,

    Great show. This is going to go places. It's hard to replicate a "live" feel on a pre-recording. Hopefully the live audiences will help. Maybe guests would benefit from a shot of good single malt before going on camera!

    I use latest version Firefox on a newish Mac. Speed test 854kbps, second test 345kbps. Maybe it's a bit random tonight but I got lots of stop start in the Media7 download. Youtube a good option I think.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Slumpy Cashflow,

    (even though I don't want to turn this blog into Trade and Exchange)....
    If any one is passing through Hamilton East in the next two weeks and wants to travel on with a bag of feijoas, just bung me a message

    Geoff, as it happens, yes I will be travelling past Hamilton East with feijoas in the next couple of weeks. I am trading with my uncle for honey while at a work-related conference.

    You can reach me at my name with dot in middle at gmail.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Slumpy Cashflow,

    Oh ... I also have some spare bottles of absinthe if anyone's interested.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Slumpy Cashflow,

    Okay, you have three weeks to front up. After that, harvest is over.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Slumpy Cashflow,

    Hell yes, but not from shops. Sounds like a great trade.

    I have to admit that technically the feijoas are not mine (ha ha). There's an old, overgrown and abandoned orchard behind our place. I watched the fruit rot the first year I lived here and in the last two years I've been the only one taking the fruit. I don't eat many feijoas myself but have given them to neighbours and workmates.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Slumpy Cashflow,

    like everything in the botanical gardens if you are visiting on days when they are digging up beds a nice hello and a smile will get you whatever they are digging up, or pruning.

    For a couple of years in the 90s employees in the Bot Gardens cultivated mushrooms. I observed them having considerably more effect than nutmeg.

    ...and whilst we are on the pleasures of the garden..the feijoas have started dropping

    Same here. Anyone want some? Gave away bags and bags last year.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 75 posts Report Reply

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