Posts by Raymond A Francis

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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

    45' South • Since Nov 2006 • 536 posts Report Reply

  • 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

    45' South • Since Nov 2006 • 536 posts Report Reply

  • 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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  • Field Theory: Beer and Loathing,

    Caillan Crowe-McAuliffe
    Yes, you are correct
    I made a mistake it is chery flavoured
    My sons bought some for me as I had expressed an interest in cherry flavoured beers, 'cause they sound interesting
    They told me that it was last years brew but you have the true facts
    For father's day they bought me some lambic so I will try that next
    Thank you for the history

    45' South • Since Nov 2006 • 536 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: Beer and Loathing,

    Yes Hadyn
    Emmersons JP, it is a limited brew made each winter, last years one had raspberry in it
    When I started drinking (legally) old blokes used to drink Stout (Vita Stout?) with a squirt of raspberry in it
    This is far superior

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  • Field Theory: Beer and Loathing,

    Ah beer
    It is amazing how many fine wine makers really like beer
    Stuff up at vintage and you have buy a case of fine beer (the wine makers do have fine palates and are picky 'cause that is what you need to be a WM)
    Consquently autumn is more a time for beer drinking rather than wine drinking.....well beer after work, a long lunch with some of the wine library is part of the deal for cellar hands

    Rasberry beer, do try last years Emmisons JP well worth the search

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  • Island Life: Still not over it,

    Cyclists do have votes but do they pay road tax

    That said it seems a no brainer to improve cyclist's options because it would leave the roads with less cars on them and give the car/SUV drivers more targets

    45' South • Since Nov 2006 • 536 posts Report Reply

  • 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!

    45' South • Since Nov 2006 • 536 posts Report Reply

  • 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!

    45' South • Since Nov 2006 • 536 posts Report Reply

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