Watch live demolition of the CrownePlaza
I do hope some of these demolitions have had fixed timelapse records that may surface someday as a video...
What's wrong with this picture...
a random 'snapshot' mystery for an open thread...
I saw this story on The Herald's site this morning, and was mystified by the obvious disconnect of facts (or revelation of time travelling thieves!)...
The Sun newspaper reported that the workers found a vault with hundreds of safety deposit boxes in the basement of the building in Manchester.
The boxes reportedly date back to 1935 when the site was used by the Midland Bank.
The Bank of England could not locate the owners and arranged for a drill to break open the boxes. Inside was jewellery, gold, a gun and master tapes by British bands Joy Division and New Order, all of which have been sent to the Treasury.
Well it was reported by The Sun...
speaking of the cost of access...
Nice to see that Trevor Mallard has a profitable sideline in the ticket scalping business!
While I don't know if the Homegrown Festival has applied for "Major Event" status as defined under the 2007 Act (that Mallard helped push through - for the RWC), Mallard comes across as a profiteer when telling one TradeMe bidder, who offered $500 for the 4 $95 tickets, 'I will let the auction run. And I think your price is cheeky.'
I just hope he wasn't doing it from his work computer, during work hours...
I’ve seen two hearing-able people use sign as fast private communication in a crowded room. It was kind of badass.
And so much easier than semaphore, hard to find flag-waving room in crowds, and I won't even start on the OSH implications...
Lockwit has been very definite about his authoritah being respected
Looking at TV3’s coverage I don’t think Lockwood Smith respected the new MPs' Maiden Speeches enough to even be present – some of the editing gives the impression he is in the chair, but when you see the aerial shot with the woman doing signing on the speaker's left (about 28 seconds in) it ain’t Lockwood nestled into the fleece of power…
What could have been more important I wonder?
a parliament of rooks...
Can we get subtitles too!
Does each MP's seat/bench have a dedicated microphone?
Couldn't software like Siri (or whatever it is iPhones now use) be used to transcribe what is said, with an attribution underneath as to who it is...
...and then all the juvenile heckling could also be ascribed to its source, and float around in the background like the aural pollution it is...
Might even put a stop to it!
404 for me too.
Free Peugeots all round...
Some people swear by them!
Does anyone know how UK Parliamentary services dealt with providing for David Blunkett's blindness?
It does seem clear under the Parliamentary Services charter and act that they are to provide the werewithal for Representatives to do their jobs...
and while directives come from The Speaker, he in turn can only make those after receiving relevant advice and recommendations from the Public Service Commission - so those folk need to pull finger, under urgency if you will...
Speaker to take into account advice and recommendations of Commission
(1) It is a function of the Parliamentary Service Commission to advise the Speaker on—
(a) the nature of the services to be provided under section 9C(a); and
(b) the objectives to be achieved by the Service by providing those services.
(2) In giving directions under section 9B(1), the Speaker must take into account any relevant advice and any relevant recommendation given or made by the Parliamentary Service Commission under subsection (1).
14 Functions of Parliamentary Service Commission
(1) The Parliamentary Service Commission has the following functions:
(a) to advise the Speaker on the following matters:
(i) the nature of the services to be provided to the House of Representatives and to members of Parliament:
(ii) the objectives to be achieved by providing those services:
(b) to recommend to the Speaker the adoption of criteria governing funding entitlements for parliamentary purposes:
(c) to recommend to the Speaker persons who are suitable to be members of a review committee:
(d) to consider and comment on draft reports prepared by review committees.
(2) The Commission may at any time require the Speaker or the General Manager to report on, or inquire into, matters relating to the administration of this Act or the exercise or performance of any function, duty, or power under this Act.
(3) The Commission has any other function or power conferred on it by or under any enactment.
(4) The Commission does not have a role in relation to—
(a) business transacted at meetings of the House of Representatives or meetings of committees of the House of Representatives; or
(b) any other proceedings in Parliament.
perhaps Smith wants to use an interpretation of (4)a & b (above) to say they have no jurisdiction over house proceedings - which would seem to defeat the purpose...
the whole Parliamentary Services Act is here
welcome to the Wild East...
“One must not put a loaded rifle on the stage
if no one is thinking of firing it.”
More excessive actions by unthinking Chch police have seen charges withdrawn...