As someone who lives out in the sticks and primarily drinks at home (to avoid the drink/drive scenario) I tend to stick to the beers Russell fulminates against - the strong uber-hoppy numbers that excite my palate. Drinking at home doesn't devolve into 'sessions' so I am happy to drink something with a reasonably hefty alcohol content.
No chance I'll get to Beervana, so slim-to-no chance I'll ever get to taste this delicious-sounding brew.
Anyone 'out west' in the Auckland area could do worse than check out the range at 'blanc' on Lincoln Rd (used to be Lincoln Wines). Beers (and wines & spirits) for all occasions.
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Some bored GCSB drone
My ears are burning...
CCCP that would be C(3)P - oh!
With just as much considered thought.
From Kevin Turvey right through to Mr Jolly Lives Next Door
From a cold flat in Peel, Isle of Man to the Comic Strip box-set just 2m from my shoulder, Rik Mayall has amused me for over 30 years.
That would probably result in us speaking German, counting only 1 word for those multi-word stylings they use. Schlimbesserung, much?
Governmental hypocrisy is the new 'meh'
Hadn't you noticed?
Re Morocco - I spent 4 weeks there in early 1978 and it was a blast! We were just a VW-kombi full of youngsters all keen to smoke loads of hash and see Morocco.
We drove from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta down & across going through Tetouan, Casablanca, Rabat & Essaouira before having a few days just north of Agadir. Heading inland & north to Marrakech then on to Fez & Meknes. It was a real fun trip with lots of freedom camping, lots of getting stoned and some wonderful memories.
I would heartily recommend it, even now.
With my wife we had a trip planned when we were in the UK in 2001, looking at Essaouira and Marrakech as a 2-centre holiday and then 911 happened & we had to shelve it as the muslim world wasn't at all inviting for a while. Went to the south of Sapin instead - Seville is also a lovely spot!
No worries. I thought it was a good enough piece of writing to want to push it out to like-minded friends. I felt as though there was a decent cadre of people out there who see things more as I do than is generally acknowledged in teh good old kiwi media.
I am disheartened by the fact that 'both sides' (the major parties National & Labour who would dominate after the election) seem to be happy to carry on with all the old parameters and paradigms that I see as having no benefit. To carry on along the 'accepted' economic and fiscal policy lines just seems to leave AotearoaNZ dead in the water, carried along by global currents.
I feel the Greens have far better vision in this regard (as someone mentioned earlier about them considering more than binary options).
Many of you will have read an article in the Guardian in the last few months (early December, it seems) by David Simon - this should be compulsory reading for candidates and the electorate.
Note sure if I can manage the link, but here goes:
here it is
While I am cautious about most forms of FTA, I can see that benefits accrue when the partners of the FTA are of approximately similar-sized economies. But when there is a significant imbalance in the size of the economies the agreements always tend to favour the larger economy, to the overall detriment (compared with agreements between similar-sized economies) of the smaller economy partner.
Consequently I would have been cautiously in favour of an agreement before the inclusion of Japan and USA, and would prefer that Australia, too, was excluded. It would allow a grouping of smaller but similar-sized economies which could work cooperatively in a global market-place. With these huge economies participating it seems likely to end up with them subsuming the smaller ones.
And I get really nervous when politicians tell us to 'relax'. It is that patronising 'we know best' attitude, when really I don't believe they do.