Posts by Raymond A Francis

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  • Hard News: Go Us,

    Russell
    I have just read the whole thread and frankly I think (hope) there will be a time when you will remember this as a low point of your blogging life
    Bad enough that this sort og thing takes place elsewhere but there is no need to go hunting for dirt
    This is just as bad as the vileness that is linked to the PM's husband
    Sorry, I expect better of you
    Rant over

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  • Hard News: National Exuberance,

    The NRT and Chris Trotter spat is interesting

    Idiot/Savant blog has not allowed comment for a long time so consquently I only read it every couple of days
    Despite a strong left wing tendency he is prepared to call things as he sees them and he would go to the top of my list if he allowed comment
    His calling of Chris while slightly over the top seems soundly based so it will be interesting to see how CT, who has been sheltered from criticsm before he came ablogging will react
    Great stuff!

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  • Southerly: Primary School for Beginners,

    Thank god the scots discovered the frying process, before that they boiled everything.....boiled mutton..awfull

    Back to the subject, there are some real heart breaking stories here, again thank god or someone that school is not the best days of our lives
    I went to a country school in the early 50s, kids still wore lace up boots and my chief memory other than all the bullying was the mud, the cold and the exploding pot bellied stoves
    Don't tell me about Maori being strapped for speaking Te Reo in the class room, we were strapped for speaking english

    The one big change with the end of corporal punishment was brought home to me when I was involved with the local High school Boardin the 90s
    When I was at school it was us against the teachers and while they could beat us there was room for us to be subversive
    I managed to endure High school without a canning but that was because I was never caught
    You one would ever grouse on your fellow students but now there was a race to dob each other in
    Made running the place so much easier!

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  • Hard News: A bit tacky, no?,

    Just before you all get your respective knickers in a twist with the evil right wing bloggers taking a rather poorly aimed pot shot at the PM
    Check out how the boys at "The Standard" handle the same theme, slightly better but it just proves that an election can bring out the worst in some

    If you are looking for a better type of right wing blog try the Homepaddock

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  • Southerly: Wedding Bells,

    Well I agree with Toms
    There I have writen that and that is the second time this year I do wish Tom would write more left leaning diatribes that I don't agree with
    His point was you just have to go with the flow
    I had to go through a big Taranaki wedding mostly driven by my brides famil. I put my foot down on a wedding dance but other than that went with the flow
    On the other hand now that our sons are getting married (one down two to gp) small, no relations other than really near and very informal seems ok
    Just how the french girl friend will fit in with this only time will tell, on

    I have just oganised a funeral for my atheist father, we went the Moari way with that and it went very well

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  • Island Life: The Grouse is done to a…,

    Islander, yes I know that you start later, we have a stand on the Hast but I have never fished there.....as yet!

    Of course you can have whitebait fritters which are popular
    I rather like them quickly fried after a dusting of flour, works well when you only have a hand full for the day
    And when you have masses, poached in milk is just beautiful

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  • Island Life: The Grouse is done to a…,

    Islander, I would love to get my feet under your table

    PS I could provide whitebait! (only 8 days to season start)

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  • Island Life: The hide of a politician,

    That is soooo good
    And the best argument I have ever heard for state sponorship of political parties

    I have always been strongly against that as I feel feeding them it only encourages the buggers

    But that tape quite rightly does make it sound so sleezy

    Nice one cheered me up no end, laughed out loud as I sit here writing my dad's eulogy

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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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