Posts by FletcherB

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    That is another image of him touching a young girls hair! How many are there? Ew

    I'm assuming/hoping (since it's Stuff) that that is the same one referred to earlier by Bruce Ward as being in an offline Nelson paper?

    Also, different enough to not be noticed as creepy at the time.... but now fitting a pattern?

    Last year, Key was invited to help shave then-Canterbury Earthquake Recovery boss Roger Sutton's head for charity. Key was given the important job of chopping off Sutton's ponytail - and took to it with relish. "Oh yeah, this is actually quite a lot of fun," said Key, with obvious delight. "Can I say how clean your hair is?"

    from http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/67979337/top-10-awkward-john-key-moments

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 811 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live,

    And now, after one person stands up for themselves... more come out of the woodwork...

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11437343

    Prime Minister John Key allegedly pulled the pony-tails of two school girls while on a visit to the national museum.

    Mark Blackham of BlacklandPR said his 12-year-old daughter watched last night's television news and said, "that's what the Prime Minister did at Te Papa to my two friends".

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Bruce Ward,

    The photo caption reads “Prime Minister John Key plays with a young girl’s hair as he talks to mothers at the opening of the Nelson Young Parents School at Auckland Point School last year”. It certainly shows the man with his fingers in hair.
    I cannot find the article or the photo in the on-line edition at Stuff!

    I found this instead..

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11436774

    If it was a one-off… you might just possibly accept he thought he was helping the girl get her ponytail off her shoulder “for the camera"… but as part of an ongoing pattern- we now know of at-least three females subject to similar – it seems REALLY creepy... especially the bit where it looks like he gives it a quick rub or fondle rather than just move it...

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  • Hard News: The other kind of phone tapping,

    The same friend also claimed that the reason we have backwards dials is because some cheap-ass bureaucrat back in the 30s got a bunch of phones cheap back in the 30s because the dials were on backwards, it just wasn’t an issue until NZ got electronic exchanges, and STD to the rest of the world (all our numbers were backwards)

    Hmm, I heard a contradictory rumour, that a cheap-ass bureaucrat was indeed responsible... but for different reasons... because they didn't want to pay a royalty or license fee to the inventor (BT?), so they copied the basic idea but changed it enough to be a new invention...

    Also, in the '80s when everyone was handing their old grey dial phone back to the Post Office (or maybe it had just become Telecom?) in exchange for the ubiquitous beige PERT phones... the old dial-phones were all cleaned, and refurbished back into perfect working order.... before being put en-mass into dumpsters for disposal!!!

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  • Legal Beagle: Compensation for Teina Pora?,

    Also, do you have an opinion on whether the fact he "confessed" (falsely) diminishes his claim?

    I'm not trying to suggest he doesn't deserve (lots of) compensation... but maybe not as much compensation as someone who'd been wrongly convicted, served 20+ years, but hadn't gotten themselves into the mess in the first place by their own actions?

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  • Legal Beagle: Compensation for Teina Pora?,

    But the distinction is nonetheless there, and any claim that may be made by Teina Pora falls outside the guidelines, and thus may require proof of exceptional circumstances.

    Might a possible "exceptional circumstance" be the fact that the law is so badly written as to not include the current situation, which shouldn't really be exceptional? (assuming that the absence of mention of Privy Council or Supreme Court is an oversight and not intentional?)

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  • Speaker: So NZ First gets another list…,

    The House is sitting until Thu 1 April,

    I’m pretty sure they’ll take a break before then ? Maybe for an election or something ! :)

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  • Capture: Aurora Australis,

    Awesome photos, thanks...

    I have yet to witness this phenomena myself, but so wish to do so some time...

    TV news said it was visible as far north as Auckland last night? I wish I'd have known to look :(

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  • Hard News: Villainy and engagement,

    I’m cynical enough to wonder if even this firing was pre-scripted?

    If the replacement judges are more famous, then I’d assume so.

    If however, they are one-star judges, rather than the just fired two-star judges, (as Russell correctly noted in his post :D ), maybe it really did catch MediaWorks on the hop?

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  • Hard News: Works in progress, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    I guess that the obvious solution is to buy an electric bike.

    They certainly seem to go very well… they zip past me all the time and a co-worker loved his…

    But they are still not cheap… You can get a new bike for $100 at the warehouse or k-mart (but I dont recommend it)… you can get a reasonable new bike from a proper bike shop for ~$400 to $1000, and if you go second hand $100 will get you a far better bike than the new one that was at the warehouse, and $200-400 will get you a 1 to 3 year old one that retailed for $1000, or a 10-15 year old one that was good enough for the keen amateur ( or even pro) racers…

    The electric assist bikes seem to cost $1500-$3000 ???

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