Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Hard News: European Horror Stories, in reply to Danyl Mclauchlan,

    the average Greek worked 2,116 hours in 2008, while the average German worked 1,426 hours.”

    That’s about labour productivity. German workers are much more productive than Greek workers, so they earn more, so they work less.

    Silly stat. Cause and effect are not proven. You could argue equally from the data that working less causes you to earn more and be more productive.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4103 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: One, Redux,

    To play the old man card, one of the things I've learnt (slowly) over the years is that there is no right response or wrong one. There is only the response that you have.

    Needing to talk about the quakes is as real and valid a response as another persons need to talk about something else, anything else.

    Everyone in New zealand was affected by this event and many many people outside the country as well. What I have found most heartening about PAS is that for the most part we have all accepted the feelings and responses that we've had and shared them without demanding something else.

    And it hasn't just been PAS. For the most part New Zealand has actually been really wonderful about how we've responded. Sure there have been the "get over it" people, but most times I've heard that I've seen people shake their heads and accept that the person saying "get over it" is just coping in their own way.

    Maybe I'm just being sentimental and viewing things through a rose-tinted monitor but I've seen more real care and genuine sympathy and empathy than I hoped for - that at least is something good.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4103 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Village People,

    The main street

    I know it's just association with the power ad that comes up next to your post but I can't help expecting to see a Dalek coming down the nice smooth and step free street. Please make sure you have some spray paint handy to block their eye stalks.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4103 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Village People,

    and the small person responsible for making the recipe so damned difficult

    I love the "who me?" look of sweet innocence on her face.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4103 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: One, Redux,

    I'm a nest builder. I don't like moving home. I don't like moving office. I don't like moving jobs. I know this about myself and accept it.

    So to me the hardest thing would be have my home, my nest change underneath me ... and keep changing

    You have my deepest sympathy, all of you.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4103 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Deconstruction and Construction, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    If they can make a lid that doesn't fill up with water and weigh 40 kg after 2 years I'd be a customer. Mind you it acts as another layer of safety because any child that can lift the lid is one I don't want to meet in a dark alley.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4103 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This Is Not A Complicated Issue, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It’s like we’re trying to find things to disagree on

    snort - you have actually met most of us so you should know we are a bunch of cantankerous farts who live for a good argument.

    But you are right of course

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4103 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Deconstruction and Construction,

    Oh the joy of a sledgehammer and the license to demolish.

    Great to see you are making progress and also great to see Bob declaring his intent to be a builder of wonders.

    Spa pools come into their own as the body gets more prone to declaring it's weaknesses and switching to peroxide instead of chlorine make maintenance much easier. Now if we could just get a lid that lasted longer than 2 years.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4103 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This Is Not A Complicated Issue, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It puzzles me that some people can't see how far she is already coming to meet the rest of us.

    This kind of sums up the injustice. She is doing what she can to make the conversation possible, but there are some things that are impossible for her.

    The Speaker is NOT doing what he can to make the conversation possible. The things he won't do are entirely possible and as most people can see and have said are reasonable. Still he won't do them.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4103 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This Is Not A Complicated Issue, in reply to Christopher Dempsey,

    The silver lining in all this is the fact that any other differently-abled person that is elected to Parliament won’t have to face the same problems as Mojo Mathers here.

    It's nice to see such charming optimism in an ER. Seriously, I admire the ability to avoid becoming a tired old cynic.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4103 posts Report Reply

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