Posts by Yamis

  • Hard News: Friday Music: So Rad,

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad,

    Apols… carrying on this one man team talk here….

    Last 1 term government in the UK was the Conservatives 1970-1974 That’s 40+ years.

    New Zealand: Labour 1972-1975. That’s 40 years.

    Canada: Liberal Party 1980-1984. 31 years.

    Australia: 1974? help me out. That’s 41 years.

    USA: (presidential) Democrats (Jimmy Carter 76-80). So that’s 35 years and counting. The previous one term president/party was some bloke called Grover Cleveland 1884-1888.

    The conclusion I can make is that you have to be an utter abomination for people to not want to return you for another chance to completely balls things up further. So don’t go shoving your head up your arse too soon.

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad,

    Last one term government in the UK was the Conservatives 1970-1974 ???

    I’m relying on wikipedia for this. That’s 40+ years… [off to look at other countries].

    New Zealand: Labour 1972-1975. That’s 40 years since it’s happened here.

    Canada: Liberal Party 1980-1984. 31 years.

    Australia: 1974??? help me out. That's 41 years.

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad,

    People just seem to looooooooooooooooooove voting for the same old same old more often than not these days. Seems like shit has to blow for change to happen.

    Works both ways.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The merry month…,

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  • Hard News: Anzac Day II, in reply to william blake,

    Cheers William, I was a bit worried I might be reading it wrong as it’s quite obscured but think I’m right. Agree with what you said.

    Unveiled 28 April 1922.

    http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/photo/mercer-first-world-war-memorial

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  • Hard News: Anzac Day II, in reply to william blake,

    Does that crossed out red graffiti say "To Murder Maori People" ???? Whatever it was somebody objected to it. Kind of like the twitter debate...

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live,

    After being part of a high school that got shat on by shonky 'journalism' by Campbell Live I refused to watch another episode. I figured if I (literally) couldn't believe the story about us (for good reason), then I couldn't believe ANY story they did. I saw how they operated trying to run around during the day trying to create a story for ratings that evening. If you can't create a story without crapping on people then don't bother.

    Seriously people. Whatever you watch on TV, even if you think it's good journalism.... walk alongside the cameras, or know something about the story and you'll quickly adjust your opinion.

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  • Speaker: Branding a Post-Predator Dream…, in reply to Johnny Canuck,

    the track from Te Henga to Constable Rd at Muriwai in sections looks like it hasn’t seen maintenance for a decade and counting….

    It recently benefited from some modest maintenance in advance of the Hillary Ultra Marathon (mostly hacking back the flaxes that were overgrowing the trail in many places) … but yeah, it’s getting rougher by the month through there – and the chances of turning an ankle (or plummeting off a cliff) are increasingly accordingly.

    I’ve ‘run’, and I use that term very loosely the Speights West Coaster which goes along the track a few times now and it’s in a hell of a state in parts. I know the organisers themselves hacked back the flax a few days out from the race a couple of years ago. On last years run the guy in front of me did the classic step on flax with one leg, step into it with the other and fell face first down the adjacent bank. He was fine.

    The stairs down from Constable Rd would have cost a fair whack to put in, so that’s something…

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  • Speaker: Branding a Post-Predator Dream…,

    My dad was on the DOC board in the late 90s. He left the board after a year saying to me that it was (to paraphrase) an under funded shambles. He was in a similar role in the ARC at the time (and for many years before and after) and I think the difference between the two organisations was stark. When I have the misfortune (or fortune because some of the scenes are awesome) to walk/run DOC tracks in the Waitaks I see first hand how what sort of funding they get. Bring a machete, a spade, wheelbarrow, a cubic metre of gravel, and a helicopter to rescue you once you’ve fallen off a cliff or broken your leg in half when you step in a 1m deep gouged out trough in the middle of the track.

    This view here, been past the spot a few times now, the track from Te Henga to Constable Rd at Muriwai in sections looks like it hasn’t seen maintenance for a decade and counting….

    http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/auckland/places/muriwai-and-te-henga-area/tracks/te-henga-walkway/

    Admittedly though, pest control is WAY more important than poncy walker/ trail ‘joggers’ like myself. Jog on.

    PS. I decided when I was in my late teens I would grow trees and sell them on trade me. So me and a mate collected a whole lot of Canary Is. date palm berries from some trees (over the road from the Parnell rose gardens off the top of my head) and grew hundreds (they grew like weeds). I had about 100 of them ready to off load when dad says they’re a pest, wood pigeons and other birds are crapping the seeds out in the Waitaks and they’re seeding. My conscience got the better of me and I burnt the lot of them. Literally :( I then turned my attention to Nikau’s and potted up and sold a few hundred on Trade Me. Hopefully the IRD doesn’t go back a decade on TM :)

    What annoys me is driving along places like Central Park Drive around Trusts stadium and seeing huge date palms planted along there. At least it’s better than parts of East Auckland. Where in f*cks name do they think they live?! Miami!!!!!

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