Posts by Ray Gilbert

  • Hard News: News from home ..., in reply to Hilary Stace,

    My Mum worked for the now long gone MacKenzies shopping chain in the 70s. They dillegently went out in symapthy in support of the big "mens" unions like the freezing workers and warfies when asked, forfeiting pay while they did it. When their (mainly womens) union went on strike for a small rise in the low wages they were earning - their first strike in over a decade - not a single other union joined or supported them.

    Since Nov 2006 • 81 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Sign this Petition,

    More idiocy from the Herald

    CEOs Back John Key

    In an apparent “blow” for Labour the vast majority of CEOs back National and John Key!

    What next – a blow for National when we discover that union leaders back Labour or evironmentalists back the Greens

    Since Nov 2006 • 81 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: If political parties were beer ...,

    I remember Rupert E Taylor of the Headless Chickens, after winning the Rheineck award, endorsing the product

    I remember them playing Dunedin in the resulting tour and one member - who I can't recall from so long ago, wearing a Joseph Khutze t shirt. It took some a while to appreciate the irony.

    Since Nov 2006 • 81 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Illegal Highs,

    Yep - and in news just to hand - Naitonal has placed a candidate from the tobacco industry in the safe seat of Clutha-Southland. Sigh!

    Since Nov 2006 • 81 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: Saints Preserve,

    They also make a fantastic slo gin type drink as well. Plase them cut up in a sterile jar with sugar and immerse in lots of gin. Then leave for a few months or longer.
    It's best to fill the jar with gin if you can as the ones at the top oxidise and turn brown. They still taste fine and can be used to make a killer trifle after you have drunk the liquid.

    Since Nov 2006 • 81 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Cycle Frolic, in reply to bob daktari,

    trains haven't operated on the weekends for a long time due to the electrification work

    Closures are staggered - only every second weekend for the next couple of months according to AT website. However there are no trains or replacments at all to the Waitakere stop on Sundays, something I think is a bit of a shame as it is a good place to alight for cyclists trying to avoid the city rush on their way to ride in the country.

    Since Nov 2006 • 81 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Cranks, self-seekers and the mayor,

    I would have thought National radio might have been a bit better at putting these privet prosecutions he brings In context, by giving a clearer picture of the motivation.

    A case of not being able to see the wood for the trees perhaps?

    Since Nov 2006 • 81 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Lowering the Stakes, in reply to Jason Kemp,

    Mt Roskill has 7-8 kms of off road cycle paths and roads have been engineered around local schools making them safer for children to walk to.

    It's also worth noting that the new road upgrades around the State Highway 16 expansion and the suburban links to New Lynn have off road cycle lanes included in them. This means that you can now travel from Sandringham to New Lynn without having to ride on the road - at least you will be able to when they finally complete Wolverton/Tiverton Rd upgrades. I assume the Waterview extension will also include more cycle lanes beside the motorway onwards towards Helensville.

    Just a shame that the older northern parts of SH16 ster this are still some of the scariest roads to ride on I have encountered. Best stick to the back roads up there still.

    Since Nov 2006 • 81 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Lowering the Stakes,

    I spent well over a decade communting by cycle in Auckland every day rain or shine. Started with Herne Bay to Penrose, then Balmoral-Penrose, Mt Roskill-Grafton and finally Blockhouse Bay-Grafton. The first couple of years in Balmoral before the cycle lanes went on to Dominion Rd. I eventually stopped about 3 years ago because I got tired of the stress caused by inconsiderate and dangerous drivers with near misses and rude abuse on a regular basis - at least once a week.

    I was as defensive a rider as you can get - you don't fool around and play loose when you are sharing Mt Smart Rd with peak hour commuters and large trucks! Despite all of this I lost count of the number of times cars refused to give way to me when it was my right of way turning across a road - this used to happpen at least once a week when I took my daily right hand turn across Dominiion Rd at the end of my street (no trafffic lights). It wasn't that people didn't notice me as I always made eye contact and signalled the drivers who would often turn into my pathway regardless.

    In my years commuting I had people drive staight up the flush median I was travelling down to come into my lane, forcing me into oncoming traffic. I was deliberately forced off the road by cars, trucks and a bus. Also endured abuse, had someone threaten to kill me and on another ocassion was threatened by someone swinging a hammer.

    All up I ended up getting excercise but not relaxation. Now I either travel by footpath and scooter in along New North Road, or take the train and actaully arrive at work relaxed rather than wound up.

    Since Nov 2006 • 81 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Public Address Word of…,


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