Posts by Ian Dalziel

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  • Capture: Aurora Australis, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Seriously how do you monitor when to expect a good aurora?

    Director of Light Entertainment…
    Here are the fluor-essentials…
    :- )

    http://www.spaceweather.com/
    have email ‘spaceweather alerts’
    or just checking there each day for solar events heading our way gives you a bit of lead time to get out to a dark-night area.
    also
    http://www.aurora-service.net/aurora-forecast/

    Spectacular as these are, this large light show indicates how fragile our ‘electromagnetic-based culture’ is – an X3 flare or higher could cripple us and our puny devices – an earlier event in the week interrupted radio communications in the Pacific, who knows if that affected the preparedness of those in Vanuatu facing a large terrestrial storm…

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5475 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Villainy and engagement, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Wiki sez Freeview has 30 channels.
    Must be some space in there somewhere :)

    If only there was a free-to-air channel showing the best of NZ funded TV - like Heartland (but not behind Sky's paywall)...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5475 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Agony of Vanuatu and the…, in reply to tussock,

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  • Speaker: The Agony of Vanuatu and the…, in reply to william blake,

    ...dipped in honey

    Gee, see less bee...
    It's a shame about the bees...

    Concern over an increase in the number of bee colonies disappearing mysteriously has prompted a national survey of the bee population.
    ...
    Great concern over bee health was held internationally, including in the United States, which had convened a national task force to address the population decline, and in Europe, which has banned some pesticides which were seen to be harming bees, Stone said.
    03/07/2014

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5475 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Christchurch,…,

    Anyone looking for a good investment in Lyttelton?

    One of Lyttelton's biggest commercial properties has been put up for sale after a long repair process.
    The property houses the portside settlement's SuperValue supermarket and a pharmacy on the ground floor, the Wunderbar nightspot on the first floor, and a basement gym. Offers are being sought for the property with an April deadline.
    ...
    It would be business as usual for the tenants following any sale.

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  • Speaker: The Agony of Vanuatu and the…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I note the Government is thinking of sinking more money into the Central Plains Water (CPW) scheme in Canterbury.

    Which will explain this story:

    The Government wants a mixed governance structure for Environment Canterbury (ECan), with some members elected and others appointed, it has announced.
    Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Associate Local Government Minister Louise Upston released a discussion document on the proposal on Wednesday.
    “We are proposing a mixed governance model . . . with seven members elected across Canterbury at the local elections in October 2016 and six appointed by Government,” Smith said.
    “[It] enables a majority of elected representatives while ensuring continued momentum on the Canterbury Water Management Strategy and earthquake recovery work,” he said.
    “We considered other options of a fully elected council and alternatives that involved substantive changes to council functions.
    "Our preliminary view is that these carry too many risks given the critical stage of work on the Canterbury Water Management Strategy and the earthquake recovery.

    Send in the cows…
    for a desperate dairy rear action!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5475 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Agony of Vanuatu and the…, in reply to linger,

    enter a camel…

    it’s a horse with no mane…
    Which brings me full circle to unjust desertifications!
    (Well I was headed there, but got sidetracked,
    one always gets tan gents in the desert!)

    I note the Government is thinking of sinking more money into the Central Plains Water (CPW) scheme in Canterbury.
    The Canterbury Plains have been clearfelled twice, most recently for dairy developments, irrevocably changing local weather patterns and further straining (if not draining) already low running rivers and aquifers.
    What happens when it is unprofitable or impossible to run those gargantuan gantry-style irrigators?
    Will the over adulterated soils desiccate and decamp for points east, sand-blasting suburban and central Chchch?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5475 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Movement, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    An case of artful or artless placement, perhaps

    The armpit mammary or the thigh-high sconce?
    ;- )

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  • Speaker: The Agony of Vanuatu and the…,

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    :- b
    Alliterative allusions aside, my perceptive pal the principal
    is perpetually perturbed by the principality’s principled

    The eye of a needle is the section of a sewing needle formed into a loop for pulling thread, located at the end opposite the point. These loops are often shaped like an oval or an “eye”, hence the metaphor.

    Ennui froze the doomed dromedaries in the dome
    as the Needlethreader class cruiser missed the eye…

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5475 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Agony of Vanuatu and the…, in reply to Amanda Wreckonwith,

    Does the meat or dairy consumer have no personal responsibility for the GHG emission

    Desire drives demand from the damned
    & the guardianship of sequestered energy...

    In an ideal resource management environment everyone at every step from grower through to consumer would be responsible for best practice and minimising, if not eliminating, waste. Each absorbing and reflecting any and all consequential costs.
    Including some of the biggest wasters, distribution and supermarkets, over-enthusiastic shoppers aside...

    a procession of processes proceeds on the proceeeds
    as it progresses through prince and proletarian alike

    ; - )

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