Posts by Luke Williamson

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  • Hard News: So long, and thanks for all…,

    Jacinda Ardern for leader, Phil Twyford for deputy. Give the Labour party the really big shake up it needs. It's going to take a lot to stop me from drifting to Greens next election.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 260 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The GCSB Bill: eleventh-hour arguments,

    You've seen how unpleasant John is with anyone who is criticising his bill so imagine what life would be like for anyone within National who voted against it. I think a very nasty accident would befall them.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 260 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Food Show 2013: There is a…,

    Go and see my friends Andrew and Lisa at Mahurangi Oysters - their oysters are super delish.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 260 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: U: It's about the combos,

    I have almost given up on TV completely. I find it virtually impossible to find anything I want to watch on the standard channels and am now a dedicated Fatso user along with getting my son to download whatever series I feel like watching , e.g. Archer, Game of Thrones, Dr Who, Downton, etc. If you don't like Generic Crimeshow, or cooking, or home renovating (with the exception of Grand Designs), the choices start to get pretty limited. We have to have satellite to get any TV where we are in Warkworth so have been using Sky for the standard free channels but have just cancelled that and going completely to computer based.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 260 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Tooled Up for Food,

    We have a Circulon set of pots from same era as your pan Russell and they are still going strong, although, I'm sure I see bits of the lining in my roux when I do it. And, by another coincedence, we also have exactly the same small cast iron pan in which we also toast pinenuts and fry single eggs. No photo sorry, but my boiled egg slicer is another thing I just love in my kitchen. It gives me pleasure every time I neatly slice those eggs.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 260 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A different kind of country,

    JohnKey sees himself as CEO of NZ Corp and, as head of the company, he can do whatever he likes until the end of his "contract". His sole job is to maximise profits for the shareholders, i.e. the 32% of voters who gain advantage from the way he runs the country. If you were John, why wouldn't you carry on as you are when every poll tells you 60+% of the country loves you and your nearest competitor is languishing on 15%. I still believe in democracy and the ability to vote these bastards out but it is going to take a lot of effort when the corporate media are happy with the status quo. Russell Norman has so far been the only one with balls enough to actually directly take on John and I think a lot more of that is needed.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 260 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A GCSB Roundup,

    Yes, transcript please. The sound was crap unless you like the sound of repetitive coughing. John Key is very interesting in these instances where he feels vaguely threatened - you quite quickly see his nasty side coming through. If you question his authorité, you are immediately responsible for bombs blowing up children. Huh?

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 260 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media3: Panic or Peril?,

    My daughter has just turned 15 and is in a group of friends who are all just turning 16 – young for her school year, etc. They are no more sexualised than the 15- to 16-year-old girls were when I was that age. As a group, they are high achievers at school and mainly come from two-parent, middle class homes so that makes them a certain niche. However, they fawn over movie star and rock star boys, are experimenting with first boyfriends, and hear/watch some explicit songs/videos mainly because of the quantity of that material now available, and the quantity of channels to deliver it, i.e. phone, net, TV, print, etc.
    I would say that the theme for these children is good parenting (excuse me including myself here) and, as Craig said above, reasonable boundaries. They know some material is “don’t watch for your own good” and they turn it off. Ever since the internet became a normal thing in the household, there has always been the danger of the children seeing objectionable material. We sat both of them down (son who is now 18), early on, and explained that we simply couldn’t stop them going to unpleasant sites or receiving some horrible material, if that’s what they decided to do, but they would regret venturing to those dark places for reasons A, B, C. We continued to repeat the message every now and then, and set limits on what DVDs we watched as a family at different age levels.
    Limits can be set, children can understand why and they can self-monitor if there is a sound culture around them of looking after yourself and each other. Again, my daughter and her friends are very strong advocates for their own physical and mental health. They understand what surrounds them and how to get the best out of what is available rather than the worst. Of course there are hiccups along the way and short, sharp pulls on the reins by the parents every now and then, but that is normal.
    Most of the above applies to the boys of the group my daughter socialises with and those of my son. If the rules are there along with an explanation of why, they understand and respect the reasons.
    And, as pointed out by Ben and others, let’s not forget that it was not so long ago that girls of 13 and above were married off, pregnant and dead from complications at birth.
    Sorry for the rave.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 260 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media3: Our comedy,

    I am always really sceptical of NZ comedy shows, for good reason, but really enjoyed Flat3! Very nicely executed by young, talented crew. Interesting being an old git too and finding that I could watch it on my nice big telly using my adorable new Apple TV - it is a very cool device.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 260 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Key Questions,

    His ratings would go through the roof if he actually acknowledged and apologised but I don’t think it is in his makeup to do so.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 260 posts Report Reply

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