Posts by Raymond A Francis

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  • Hard News: Punk'd?,

    Yes, where is the Miss Clark who "under promised and over delivered"
    I have not seen her for some time!

    If this the so called "neutron bomb" I would like to know what Miss Clark was doing in the closing days of the last labour government

    45' South • Since Nov 2006 • 543 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Poll Crunch,

    Craig, I think you would find if you asked Jim Anderton that he did not leave the party, it left him, twice

    Talk about a waste of space, interesting that suicide is now a bigger killer than road deaths but know one must mention that word !

    The good news is that I have been in central NSW for the last month and not a word was heard on NZs election...bliss
    Plenty of red wine though

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  • Island Life: No soup for you,

    I vote Andrew's
    "The Crepes of Roth"
    As the best post ever!!
    Still laughing

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  • Up Front: What Sixteen Is,

    Jacky, it sounds to me that Emma got herself into the situation by her own means, it was her choice
    She also got herself out of the same situation with the same skills
    As I said further back it makes me glad I had boys as it seems to me that they are mostly more risk averse in their early teanage years

    There is a tendency to keep our children young for longer and longer,for example they often don't get real jobs until their mid 20s
    In Europe this is getting more extreme than that
    On the other hand my parents cohort started work in their early teans whilst one of my early ancestors left home at 6!! To pack cod on a ship in the Iceland seas. I might add he made his fortune and we have all been riding on the money (well seed money) ever since

    Oh and Emma I like your style and in aswer to your question my boys at 16 were into neither girls or crossbows, they left that sort of thing for later in their lives ie when they left home

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  • Up Front: What Sixteen Is,

    Hmmm, great story Emma but by all that's holy makes me glad I had three sons who were not into that sort of thing

    But you got through it and don't seem to be damaged by your experiences
    It often wonder about risk taking by teanage girls, it seems quite common and males at the same age seem not as forward

    Do you know what happened to the boyfriend?

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  • Up Front: Mmmmmm, MMP,

    Wigram huge, I don't think so Emma
    I live in Aoraki, about 3.5 hours driving from one end to the other

    Should get a woman MP but she is a bit flakey on the dangers of water, cute looking though so that's all right

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  • Up Front: Mmmmmm, MMP,

    Well I voted for MMP and doubt that we will go bacj to FFP but I would like another chance at fine tuning the system
    MMP while fairer does give parties that got under 5% more power that the loosing party that 35%-40% of the voters supported
    It is not a good way to run a country when that percentage of electorate are unhappy

    Would a prortional give a better result?

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  • Hard News: Now It's On,

    The Rochelle Rees "fun" thing is not really a good start to a Labour campaign built around "trust us"

    No affiliated to any party..yeah right, pity the facts got in the way of a good story

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  • Cracker: Being there is everything.…,

    I really don't need to know this
    We are planning our first trip overseas, probably the first of many
    And you tell me I can lose my gear in Palmy, forget about ill paid baggage handlers far away

    The golden rule is (so my reading tells me) is never pack something that you might like to see again and try to use your carry on baggage for everything that you might need

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  • Island Life: Too True To Be Good,

    So who is being billed for all the photocopying Trev is doing

    I believe this is an extremly cunning plan by National to drive Labour's election costs over the limit as they (Labour) release National's policy
    Well Labour have been asking for policy
    On the other hand it could be VCP by Labour if they are billing National

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