Posts by Ian Dalziel

  • Hard News: We can make things better here, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Dita De Boni expresses my feelings well...

    I liked that her sweetly sardonic tone continued into the photo caption as well:

    Britain's Prince Andrew was among the economic elite at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. John Key also attended the forum.

    One of these things is not the same...
    Nicely done.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5266 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Once in a Lifetime: Unofficial versions, in reply to Just thinking,

    they just did as little and as quickly/badly as they could.

    ... don't forget the continuous overtone of 'grudgingly'.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5266 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Once in a Lifetime: Unofficial versions, in reply to Just thinking,

    Flex - part II

    “...physics has nothing to do with earth quakes” by Fletchers EQR inspector

    I had the same experience...
    Was his name Mario?
    ...he eventually stormed off when I called him a patronising prick who was arguing against the laws of physics because he didn't want to sort a difficult job.
    Glad to see the back of him/them!

    How they sleep at night is beyond me...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5266 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Once in a Lifetime: Unofficial versions,

    The process in Chchch could also be titled
    'From Draft Plan to Daft Plan'

    and this is how the Govt's grand plans are unravelling
    Land for anchor projects reduced and many, many similar stories - the Govt has just got in the way for 4 years, the bits outside their ambit (in the inner city) are progressing brilliantly...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5266 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We can make things better here,

    Heard, Understood, Acknowledged
    Hmm - possibly not the most apt thread to post this on - but if you are talking about making Auckland/NZ a better place - ya couldn't start in a better place than somehow getting rid of those demagogues of dipshittery, Sean Plunket and his mindless minder Cliff Joiner at Radio Livid, er, Live...

    Plunket has branded Eleanor Catton a traitorous 'hua'

    Plunket this morning criticised Catton for "bagging" New Zealand when she had a taxpayer-funded job at a university.
    "I don't see you as an ambassador for our country, I see you as a traitor," Plunket said.
    "I'm only having a crack at you now because you're being such an ungrateful hua, Eleanor Catton."

    Gee, guess he's still upset about losing his taxpayer funded job on 'moaning report'...

    and then chief blunt knife in the drawer, Cliff Joiner - chimes in with

    RadioLive network director Cliff Joiner confirmed the word used was "hua", a Maori slang word.
    Tom Roa of Waikato University's Maori department said "hua" was a shortened version of "upoko kohua", which meant "may your head be boiled and eaten".

    I think the other origination is more on the money by usage:

    Hua – expression: pronounced whoo-a; however not drawn-out. Originates from the Scottish pronunciation of whore, used in conversation in a tongue in cheek manner, such as 'You dirty hua'; 'you little hua'. Maori for the part of a paua you don't eat as it contains excrement.

    and speaking of 'faux celebrations" here is an excellent fisking of why Australia Day is a bad idea:

    From a non Aboriginal perspective, Australia Day celebrates the arrival of the British.
    From the Aboriginal perspective, it celebrates the day they lost their land, their children, their wages, many aspects of their culture, their freedom. In short, it celebrates a day of widespread death and dispossession.
    How can anyone possibly expect a race of people to celebrate that?
    How would you feel, for example, if, every year on November 11, the Turkish community in Australia held a ‘We Kicked Their Arse Day’, replete with a national holiday and people draping themselves in the Turkish flag.
    Ask yourself this simple question: If you really do believe in a ‘day all Australians can celebrate’, do you really believe that January 26 is appropriate?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5266 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Laneway 2015,

    a Dunedin double take...
    I noticed in other coverage that the Dunedin song homages also extended to a misspelt 'Hey Suess' stage - what's the point of 'honouring' something if ya don't take the time to make sure it is spelt correctly...
    ...especially such a gem as that 3Ds threeway pun
    (the trinity of Hey Zeus, Jesus & Theodor 'Dr Seuss' Geisel
    - The Father, the son and the Holey Gosh!)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5266 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Peak Pohutukawa,

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    Looking at Vincent van Gogh's olive tree rendering, I'm thinking he would have loved painting pohutukawas...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5266 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Domes Day...
    Looks like it was a good turn out in Blenheim
    for the annual Waihopai Spy Base Protest.
    At least the Marlborough Express covered it in some detail, video and everything...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5266 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Auckland…,

    another successful solar orbit...
    I've never understood why Auckland and Australia make such a big fuss about my birthday?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5266 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We can make things better here, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    all a-flutter...

    I feel… unusual.

    welcome to the
    looking glass world
    Chris,
    Alice,
    emerge...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5266 posts Report Reply

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