or outrageous good fortune?
Under that heading it seems that someone should play a track by The Jam.
And not the obvious one. Channeling some anger for Christchurch.
well, er, landcheck tells me
that here in Shirley I live in
a pocket of pretty green...
Paul Weller makes a fist of Economics 101:
PRETTY GREEN (Paul Weller)
I've got a pocket full of pretty green -
I'm gonna put it in the fruit machine -
I'm gonna put it in the juke box -
It's gonna play all the records in the hit parade -
This is the pretty green - this is society -
You can't do nothing - unless it's in the pocket
- oh no -
I've got a pocket full of pretty green -
I'm gonna give it to the man behind the counter -
He's gonna give me food and water -
I'm gonna eat that and look for more -
And they didn't teach me that in school -
It's something that I learnt on my own -
That power is measured by the pound
or the fist -
It's as clear as this oh -
I've got a pocket full of Pretty Green!
I’m pretty sure I couldn’t read a script stapled to my head.
Graeme, you'll find the Leonardo da Vinci Call Centre has solved this problem by placing mirrors above their monitors and reversing the forehead script for reflection...
apparently if your carpet is glued to the floor, it’s covered by the policy, if it’s tacked it counted as a chattel (and not covered).
in the Press today Brownlee is quoted as saying:
"The Government expects to be buying houses in the condition that is reflected in their valuation. If people want to start ripping things out of them, that will simply reduce the value," he said.
"If you sell to the Government, then all legal rights belong to the Government, like it would with any purchase agreement.
"It costs a minimum of $15,000 to $20,000 to demolish a house. The demolition contractors will expect to get some salvage out of it."
It seems the only deal Brownlee did was to ensure the Demo companies make some dosh - no thought about replacement values in the Phantom Zone.
even though if these were mortgagee sales the owners could strip the house of chattels - as I understand it, maybe someone else could clarify...
This could also explain why Brownlee looked so damn shifty and nervous on the podium behind John Key during the initial announcement on Thursday...
and here is a history of Tower insurance another piece of fine Government tinkering and dissolute policies...
Once upon a time it was owned mutually by the policy holders - now I'm not sure who the shareholders are - but here are the directors if ya want to contact them.
from their Values PDF
TOWER adheres to three fundamental values in all its business dealings:
Commitment to our customers and to providing them outstanding service;
Commitment to our employees and to providing them opportunity to grow and develop;
Meeting reasonable shareholder expectations and delivering competitive, sustainable
and profitable growth.
2 out 3 ain't bad, right?
David, I'm signing up as foot soldier in your fight against corporate greed and for real justice.
I hope I’m dead and gone before drugs are legalised.
That’s one hell of a dangerous thing to wish for.
Especially if the TPPA goes through and Pharmac is legally restrained from making even legal medicinal drugs - that a deteriorating geriatric might need - priced beyond reach...
Unashamedly stolen from the BBC’s Question Time, which put several pollies into Wormwood Scrubs to do just that.
Wormwood scrubs always makes me think of bitter aromatic overalls - the medical equivalent of a hair-shirt!
absinthe makes the heart grow fondue...
There is a science fiction short story that plays with this idea: there is a lonely ‘normal’ in a world of instant portals and extremely widespread experiential&knowledge sources
Any chance you can remember the name?
It sounds like I need to read it.
Lovecraft's The Shadow Out of Time could be regarded as an early take on this idea...
You can read it on line here
Third eyelid all sewn up?
hum and haw (mainly British)
also hem and haw (American & Australian)
to take a long time to say something and speak in a way that is not clear, in order to avoid giving an answer He hemmed and hawed and finally admitted taking the money.
I am not in favour of 12 year olds
But I am in favour of drinking
12 year old alcohol.
Speaking of "accessories after the fact"
Key is now telling Australian media that
Pike River Mine would be illegal in Australia
even though "In November last year, however, he said: "I have no reason to believe that New Zealand safety standards are any less than Australia's."
I think the crucial phrase there is
- I have no reason... something that becomes more and more obvious every day!
...for (allegedly) stealing the best part of $500 from everyone in NZ.
I don't think any of these charges
relate to the collapse and bail out
of South Canterbury Finance...
That's a whole other kettle of fish
- and I would hope some of the blame
may be shared around on that one.
Honey, I shrunk the country...
There’s something in that for the NZ govt methinks – Beehive beer.
perhaps a whole new reality tv series
- Mead Men