They should legalise marijuana instead of increasing the drinking age - it does less damage and it's apparently quite easy to grow your own (but may be a little more difficult now SOG is no longer). Prohibition doesn't work. If Al Capone were alive and living in NZ he wouldn't be selling whiskey - he'd be running a p factory on a dope plantation. De-criminalising weed will give police more time to target p manufacturers. Imagine the decreased burden on low income people who smoke dope if they were legally able to grow their own.
Did anyone else see that Real Crime documentary on TV1 about Denmark's prison system? They imprison a third as many prople as we do per capita and have a much lower crime rate as a result. 50% of kiwis have smoked dope at some stage. Getting tough on smoking weed is going to criminalise a huge number of ordinary kiwis which will please the private prison companies and their lobbyists but will cost the nation millions in the long run. Our system is not working - we now jail almost twice as many people per capita than we did in 1992.
That's why the SOG crack-down is a worry. Targeting pot-smokers is a retrograde step.
I'm just waiting for John Key to say "Read my lips - no new taxes". Then they'll screw us over by threatening to triple our local body rates unless they can sell some assets. The uber-wealthy boomers needed another tax break - I mean the property market's been a little shaky recently and they're even talking about regulating our finance industry. What shall they do? Raise GST and lower the top tax rate. That'll sort it.
Won't we all be at Queens Wharf watching it free anyway?
Why does the government have such a burning desire to party at Queens Wharf when there are many existing party places already paid for and constructed and ready to go for the RWC?
Haven't we got better things to do with our money?
I wonder if they'll build a fake beach on the end requiring us to pay for more Pakiri sand every few years a la Mission Bay.
What is wrong with the Viaduct, Vector Arena or Aotea Square again? We don't need a "party central" on Queens Wharf.
At least we're not being lumped with the cost of it. Ratepayer funds are already diminished by $40 million because the Eden Park Trust Board are incompetent.
There's a lot going on already for the RWC - I get the feeling we're going to be spoilt for choice.
For two seconds there after his media release last night I thought that maybe I'd got it all wrong. Maybe John Key really did think that it was WRONG for the wealthy not to pay tax at the expense of low and middle income New Zealanders. Rick Barker from Labour made it clear that they are just going to look after their old mates too. Maybe we need a political party aimed at non-baby-boomers with an intention to level the playing field. In the mean time student loan debt is at $10 billion and rising by $1 bn a year. That's indentured servitude. Not being able to buy a house increases that servitude.
Wayne Barnes was either paid or he is blind. 37 possible penalties in the game against the French and only 2 awarded (both in the first half). Proof?
The AB's were poisoned deliberately in the hotel. Only they were affected out of all the guests.
Members of the Togo soccer team were murdered recently.
We invest a lot in following a sport that seems corrupt when bigger forces are involved - and our small country is pretty easy to screw over.
1991 was a shocker. Nothing went right and we deserved to lose. The Fench beat us fair and square in 2003.
In 1995 and 2007 we had the best team in the world. By miles. Unbeatable except for the ref and the waitress...
The French were dogged in 2007 but then if I'd infringed ten times without penalty then I suppose I also would think I had nothing to lose by smothering everything and standing offside for 80 minutes. We can blame Henry for not playing a better team but the NZRU chiefs had the inside word on what really happened and have kept him on. Go figure!
JC is always happy to talk to anyone in the street... he's fairly chilled out off-screen. He used to frequent the same takeaways as me.
Why the beat-up? We need his show to continue existing. It actually does more for us than The Simpsons. If you're interested in getting Sky you can get The Simpsons anyway - and we can't actually purchase another half hour attempt at real NZ journalism in prime time otherwise.
Two years ago - even 12 months ago - 3News was winning hands-down and TVNZ was in a slump mainly because Carole Hirschfield and John Campbell came up trumps for TV3. They've lost one of the dynamic duo (Hirschfield to Maori TV). Think of Newsboy and Havoc. Where's Paul Casserly when you need him etc. Jeremy and Paul forged ahead in Mikey's absence. Who is looking after Mr Campbell?
Has Close Up suffered since Janet Wilson left? Yes it has. The quality of both shows has dropped because of the loss of some bright sparks. But new people with new great ideas might arrive and currently the situation is a pressure cooker for anyone wanting the job(s).
Most importantly we need to keep both shows rather than having one replaced by an (albeit fantastic) US cartoon.
I was trying to think of Breaking Away's name when I scrolled down and you had it already. My addled memory recalled the team was "The Cutters" and I love the scene when they jump into the quarry off the cliffs. When it came out my friends all had 10-speeds and I had a one-speed but we'd ride 30 to 40km to the beach and back together - I was working my butt off to get up the hills in the same time as my friends though. We lived in Warkworth and went to the Old Wilson Cement Works to swim all through summer and jumping off the cliffs on the far side in the 90 metre deep quarry was the best fun. It's funny - I always thought I was almost the only person who had seen it. I watched it again a couple of years back and it's still fantastic.
On a completely different topic, I think Ali Williams needs orthotics if he hasn't got them already. I did my achilles and hamstrings almost monthly until getting a pair - they work. It's not like he can't afford it - but then who knows now his furniture business went under and his prospects of earning lots playing rugby just took a plunge. When you think how much less the NZRU will make if we miss out on winning the RWC, then $500 on a podiatrist seems small change.
I still go to type NZRFU - apparently it changed in 2006... that word football is almost a misnomer in NZ. I'm waiting for hacky-sackers to adopt it too for example.
The fact that the '95 AB's were poisoned was almost as bad as Wayne Barnes blatant bias and cheating last time around. WTF are they going to do this time? Togo at the African Cup of Nations might have been a test run. You do get the feeling they'll stop at nothing to win and that's made me very negative towards rugby. Wayne Barnes (and the official reaction to his display) made following the AB's seem a bit stupid. Why bother at that point? Does Invictus show half our team vomiting in 1995? Jeff Wilson could hardly walk. Scum.
I loved OMCs album and didn't know Pauly. I vividly remember hearing "How Bizarre" for the first time on New Years Eve Day in Mapua Camground before attending N-Train. It was on high-rotate on the radio and I thought it was an amazing song. After three plays over 2 hours the DJ came on and said it was Otara Millionaires Club. I was stunned - and very proud to be a kiwi. I was 100% convinced that it was the latest sound from London or NY.
I lived downtown in the late 80's and I thought the arrival in town of Karlos Quartez (fashion modelling at the time) and Darryl DLT Thompson changed the whole scene - suddenly it was very cool to be non-pakeha. OMC sealed the deal!