Posts by B Jones

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  • Hard News: Stories: Home, in reply to James Butler,

    Whenever I go back to Wellington it seems a little less homeish (people there ride bicycles now! There are kereru!)

    The birds in Wellington! I've always lived near the edge of the bush, and I remember as a kid seeing a tui was something special. Then a while back I was surprised to see one in central Wellington. Now the damn things constantly divebomb one another in my back garden and take baths in the neighbour's blocked gutter. They're ubiquitous, and kereru are common enough, but last week we had a kaka land on our deck. I'd never seen one before I visited Kapiti Island ten years ago, now you can hear them most days rarking in the skies above the western suburbs.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 927 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Stories: Home,

    Home is always my mum's place on the northern edges of Wellington, but a second sort of home is the government end of the city. Between us, my mum, my dad and I have worked maybe half a century within 300m of the Beehive. Seen governments and buildings come and go, new bus terminals and courthouses, protest marches and victory parades. I hadn't realised how much it had changed until I saw a film clip at Te Papa from the 90s showing Willis St with a clear view through Chews Lane to the Boatshed.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 927 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Cold, calculated and cynical, in reply to Nick Russell,

    The detainees are, as far as I can tell, people who left NZ, some a long time ago, and who are fighting to avoid being sent back here. Some have serious criminal records.

    As I understand it, supporting them includes supporting their bid to stay in Australia. If they already have a ticket out of Christmas Island, but it's a one way trip to New Zealand, supporting them getting other options is logical, even if it's a purely self-interested motive in keeping them over there.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 927 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Are there opportunities within…,

    I had a vision yesterday of Bruce Willis walking through Harlem in Die Hard 2 with a racially inflammatory sign on his back. You can't blame people for responding but someone had to do everyone concerned a favour and make him stop.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 927 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Are there opportunities within…,

    I think we cod all stand to clam down a bit, seeing as things are getting a bit crabby round here. Russell's had his say, and eel need to bring out the Salmon of Correction if this goes on too long. Musselling in won't solve anything.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 927 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Are there opportunities within…,

    The one thing discussions about food and nutrition always seem to ignore is the utility people get from food beyond its nutrients and calories. It's hard to measure, but it's real, which is why I'd pay $5 for a scoop of chips and -$20 for sardines. A tax has to be high to overcome that utility, and those affected by the tax are going to lose that utility. You're making people's lives less pleasant in the hope that there's long term gain - that's a big call, and you can't handwave it away by saying nobody should like fizzy anyway.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 927 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Are there opportunities within…,

    Its usually about six pages in when the argument starts to become about the argument, right? I guess we've hit that point, which is a shame because I had some good recipes for hot gravel to share.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 927 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Are there opportunities within…,

    I ate loads of sardines when I was a kid, and I even liked them for a while. But not any more.

    Mussels and a baguette might be close, but that presupposes cooking gear.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 927 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Are there opportunities within…,

    Also cost of table, knife, fork and toaster.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 927 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Are there opportunities within…,

    You left out the $20 or so you'd have to pay me to eat sardines.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 927 posts Report Reply

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