Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Hard News: Travelling Gravely,

    surely it is best, ... for them to park around the edges

    Best would be for them to take the train/bus.

    Next best would be to build a big carpark with it's own exit ramp out by the stadium somewhere. $5 to park, $10 congestion charge if you continue into town. Free trolley shuttles included in the parking fee, or free skateboards.

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  • Hard News: Travelling Gravely,

    I have no problems with those talkback callers having the fascist state they want. Only think is, it'd be a fascist state run by me.

    Talkback callers would be starved and frozen in antarctic concentration camps. Provided with no food or adequate shelter, but a computer and telephone so that they broadcast and blog the story of their slow and painful death. Pour encourager les autres

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  • Hard News: Travelling Gravely,

    I've had issues with Coop - 90% of the time they're perfect, 10% they stuff up.

    That's what happens when you live in an urban sprawl dedicated to the motor car though. Takes 15 minutes to get from downtown Wellington to the airport. Sometimes they even have good enough weather to fly planes.

    If they built a train link (or even a virtual train - a bus with dedicated road space and a reliable schedule) people could at least choose to live in a public transport accessible area and have a straightforward airport run.

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  • Legal Beagle: I have this theory,

    On a related topic, is the $158k that NZ First are trying to dump on any charity that will take it "election spending"?

    I'd reckon it is - as it's an attempt to curry favour with the electorate.

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  • Cracker: Fillerup,

    I've thought about a scooter but feel that rather than using it instead of my car I'd use it instead of walking. (I use my car to move stuff and for trips to the Hutt & beyond, both of which would be scooter/pointless).

    I do like the Sachs Madass 125. It's like a mountain bike with a 125cc engine - I thought such a thing would be a scheme as a kid - the lightest frame possible with an engine on it. Only 10hp though, 25 would be more fun! But if I had one, I'd use it to get to work and Cuba St and would get fatter as a result.

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  • Hard News: Tragedy into Crisis?,

    BTW, here's the UK manual that sets out procedures for police use of firearms. I'm not sure whether an NZ equivalent exists or is a public document.

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  • Hard News: Tragedy into Crisis?,

    Why aren't all cars carrying firearms if some are?

    Because best practice is to restrict firearms use to a specially trained and selected cadre with the skills for such situations.

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  • Hard News: Tragedy into Crisis?,

    They could always send the Army into South Auckland, complete with LAVs and helicopters. They'd be able to engage any miscreants and return fire, from the safety of the LAV if neccesary.

    Of course they'd probably kill several innocent bystanders and start a few riots, but hey, can't make an omalette. (or spell one, for that matter)

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  • Hard News: Tragedy into Crisis?,

    What I think Tom means is that some bars overseas will sell you a whole bottle of vodka or whatever, which you write your name on and keep behind the bar between visits (unless one is a complete dipso or in a big team, in which case it gets guzzled in one night).

    The Farm in Verbier does this, and it didn't turn Fergie into an alcoholic.

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  • Hard News: Tragedy into Crisis?,

    I know a few people who do *choose* to live in South Auckland. Parts of it are quite nice - in fact, come out of Manukau Mall, take a left and within 5 minutes you'll be passing some rather expensive looking houses.

    I wouldn't choose to live in Whanganui - the mayor's a racist bigot, for one thing.

    On the subject of alcohol sale restrictions, has anyone got evidence that they has any effect at all on alcohol related problems? I reckon if the number and hours of bottle shops in poor areas were restricted, all that would do would increase drunk driving as people headed for the "posh" areas to buy more booze. And isn't it a little bit racist/classist to allow Mt Eden to have wall to wall wine merchants and a 24-hour Foodtown, whilst relegating Otahuhu to a modern equivalent of the six-o-clock swill.

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