Posts by Ross Mason

  • Speaker: A Singer Must Die - Leonard…,

    1971. Auckland uni year. Girlfriend of time introduced me to Suzanne, Marianne and the Bird. Bought my guitar and Cohen Tabs music book and managed to learn to pick the whole bloody book. I still pick it up.
    Saw both concerts in Wgtn.
    Best lines:
    “Johnny Walker wisdom running high”
    “She’s a hundred but she’said wearing something tight”
    Best songs:
    Suzanne
    Partisan
    Lady Midnight
    Dance me to the end of love
    Democracy. The fact he died the day after Trumps election says it all
    “Sail on, sail on, oh mighty ship of state
    To the shores of need
    Past the reefs of greed
    Through the squalls of hate
    Sail on, sail on, sail on”

    And no doubt they will.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1571 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Saudi sheep: Misappropriating…,

    Last couple of paragraphs of the introduction of the AGs report:

    “My final thought relates to transparency. New Zealand has worked hard to have an ethical and transparent public sector. Accusations of corruption and bribery should be of concern to us all. During my time as Auditor-General, I have seen an increase in these accusations.

    None of my inquiries has upheld those accusations. However, complacency is not an option. We should all continue to demand transparency in how our public resources have been used and what was achieved with our money. Transparency is the best foil for corruption.”

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1571 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: The Spinoff: Offensive and…, in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    Lawyers entertainment.
    Tort toys.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1571 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: All right, then – take me to Rio,

    Horse Parking. Great description. Still cackling over it.
    Shooting was good eh?
    Even had a mid aged woman ask me to take her to try out shooting today too!!!

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1571 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Horse Parking. Laughed my arse off with that description.

    Good result for shooting :-)

    I've already had a woman at work ask me to take her shooting cos she wants to give it a go.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1571 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The war is still with us,

    I’ve been watching this on BBC/Skynews from Prague. Fascinating.
    I recall Blair praying a lot over whether he should go to war. God spoke to him apparently.

    No mention of God in the report it seems…..

    I suspect it is now the god afflicted guilt that is seeing him ‘travel to the Middle East 3 or 4 times a month’.

    Lies, deceit, utter bullshit about WMDs seem words that fail to describe what Rumsfeld, Bush(s), Rice and those truly nasty bastards Wolfowitz and Chaney got up to. What is thankful is that Clark had the gumption and the guts to say stuff you to the USA.

    Oh…and lets not forget what happened to the poor bastard who spilled the beans on the Dodgy Dossier. David Kelly.

    No wonder a little tipping of the scales was needed – or, as Blair also put it in his book, “politicians are obliged from time to time to conceal the full truth, to bend it and even distort it, where the interests of the bigger strategic goal demand that it be done”.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1571 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Høstens Vemod,

    Umm......regarding the tool use by your children David. Not being unduly parenting over the fence but I have found safety glasses quite handy to keep two eyes functional.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1571 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Høstens Vemod,

    Sheesh. Every H&S Officer would be pulling their hair out what with those kids not having safety glasses!!!
    .......I didn't see any hammer being used......

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1571 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: An update of changes to…,

    I will no longer be able to report that the second wife of my great grandfather committed suicide by cutting her own throat?

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1571 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media Take: The Panama Papers,

    So this money comes into the country. Sits in a trust. No income is made in NZ therefore no tax is paid. So....other than somewhere to put the money away from home....but pardon my ignorance, remind me where the fudge is the benefit to NZ? Oh...wait a minute....are we subsidising lawyers and money-go-rounders again?

    Or are we just somewhere "safe" to move the money from here to another bolt hole, do some wheeling dealing, send it back to NZ and voila! Next time I bring it all back home...I haven't made any money in NZ, I haven't made any money back home... and I spend the excess and start again. Shit...why didn't I think of that?

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1571 posts Report Reply

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