Posts by Raymond A Francis

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  • Southerly: A Year Ago Today,

    David, I got so angry reading your post I had to walk away from the computer before finnished reading it
    Quite frankly this sort of thing should not be able to happen
    I do have to say that my experiences with the birthing process (three sons spread over 6 years) even though it was 30 years ago was much more positive

    Anyway a belated happy birthday to Bob and give his mother a big hug, she is such a trooper

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  • Island Life: Staring into space,

    Been there, done that.
    I do have to say that while sitting in the darkness with the optometrist intensivily asking me questions I have to strongly quell a disire to lie, not sure why this is and it is (I claim) uncharacteristic
    I do agree about the childhood testing not picking up children and how poor eye sight can interfer with education, the test needs to be more rigorous

    You might point out to your daughter that girls who wear glasses are so much better looking, my wife(who naturally wears glasses) says it is because they tend to magnify the eye which is of course the enterance to the soul

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  • Hard News: Just Some Things,

    Happy birthday RB

    And a query (maybe your dear partner may know if you don't)
    Why is it so hard to find a printed schedule of programms for the Freeview channels
    I know I can scan through them with the electronic gizmo but why is nothing in print

    And may the day after your birthday be almost as good as the day

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  • Island Life: What it don't get, I can't use.,

    Nice one, Mikaere

    Actually giving away money is not as easy as it looks

    Of course you can give it to"development agencies offering education and opportunity and campaigns against HIV and AIDS in developing countries"

    Which sounds good but if that is really short hand for the UN I think that really means you could just go out and piss it against the wall for all the good the UN will do and has done with the billions they have consumed

    Mind you the Bill gates Foundation has offeres Rotary International 100 million US dollars if they can match that amount with the resulting monies to be used to try and end world polio
    That strikes me as getting the maximium bang for your donated buck

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  • Island Life: Abusage,

    All us old bugges posting at the same time

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  • Island Life: Abusage,

    There was a women on Nat. Radio this morning from Budget Advice or something like that
    Her reply to all questions was ‘absolutely’
    Drives me mad, drove me mad
    I have noticed in certain bad teachers, it is just mental lazyness

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  • Hard News: Radio Times,

    OK probably closer to cardigain wearing age than most P.A readers, not that I ever have owned one
    So, yes all the house and car radios are tuned to Nat Rad
    Afternoons are a little mixed, love the Panel when the mix is right
    Brian Edwards telling us HK was not spun definitly a classic

    But I hate/dislike the way weekend afternoons are run, the parts are mostly alright it is just the way they are put to-gether or the fact it runs from 12 oclock. It just seems to go on forever

    Actually brings out the one problem of being of "indapendent means" we don't get weekends

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  • Hard News: User-generated Speechification,

    Nice lines Keith and Steve

    I am inclined to think we have reach a turning point where we, the great unwashed can, thanks to WWW really reach out and talk to with each other with out going through the choke point of the paid opinionated "experts"
    Of course we have always been able to do that on a one to one basis in the back bar of our local pub but now we have a much wider audience
    And of course everybody can join in

    I imagine the last time anything like this happened was when pamphleting (printing) was on the go before the English civil wars

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  • Island Life: Courtroom 15,

    Well done
    My wife used to take the school to see the District Court in action, really a good education in civics and a chance to see "justice' in action

    I like the thought that Simon Moore (a family freind from Otago days) took time to treat you and the girls well

    Hopefully the trip will ensure the girls never end up in Court on the wrong side of the Bench

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  • Hard News: The Mood,

    Russell
    Christchurch and Dunedin are not the wops, wops
    You, of all people know that

    But I think you will find that even in Chch the next polls will show a swing away from Labour
    Time will tell of course

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