John Key's comment that the elevation of Goff is hardly a sign of renewal
Unless Key appoints some of his bright new things to cabinet then his own team will smell about as fresh the proverbial week old snapper.
Indeed - anyone who's thinking of putting Tony Ryall, the Smiths Lockwood and Nick, Murray McCully and Maurice Williamson on his front bench can't be too snippy about "renewal"
You beat me to it, Simon - Bill and Ben seemed particularly popular in the City booths, in Grey Lynn and on Waiheke Island. They got no votes on Great Barrier
Also the Bill and Ben party could have been the 10,000 votes in central Auckland that Judith was missing. How do we find out where those votes came from?
The Electoral Commission website has a breakdown by booth for every electorate in the country - makes for an easy way to waste a LOT of time, looking at votes and patterns booth by booth.
We've tried various "go away" measures in the past, ranging from having the sprinkler going beside the front path (kept most away, but one group of kids just walked through it) to a sign on the door and a sign on the letter box (ignored by most).
Parents who don't let their kids walk to school and would be horrified if you suggested their kids should walk to the other side of town to play in a strange park seem quite happy with sending their same small children out to bang on strange doors and ask for lollies. Must confuse the heck out of the kids, what with the "stranger danger" and "don't take sweets from strangers" message they get the rest of the year....
This year was the quietest for quite a few years in the Halloween-door-knocking department. We had one group of 4 14-15 year girls who between them had managed to muster up a beret, a set of fairy wings and (I think) some bunny ears. I told them to go away [/humbug]
The appeal of Seinfeld has managed to completely bypass me too. It's just not that great, folks.
feel free to bitch anything on TV (or anywhere else) that just isn't funny
sketch show 'A Thousand Apologies'
I'd like to put my vote in for the massive increase in the level of reporting in our daily newspapers, with the equal decrease in the level of journalism in our daily newspapers (no kiddies, they are NOT one and the same).
Also signwriters/ad copy writers who don't bother using a dictionary when they're not sure of a word, but just slap the bloody thing in there anyway, and who cares if it's spelt wrong? Well, I do as it happens - and don't get me started on apostrophes....... except to ask every single retailer of music and movies that, if you DON'T put an apostrophe in DVDs (and none of them do), why the heck do you feel compelled to put one in CD's (and most of them do).
Mr Full O'Bile
That's because it would force them to come up with an actual law and order policy, rather than "we're tougher than you are, look how many more people than you we'd lock up given half the chance", and come to terms with the fact that preventing crime is a lot different to preventing re-offending.
Labour market flexibility is newspeak for "low-wage, casual-employment economy".