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!!!
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?
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?)
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 ! :)
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 :(
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?
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 ???
Hmmm... how to vote?
Theres about five I want to nominate for second or third, and none that are clearly #1 ahead of the others...
Yes, that was what I was referring to. It’s as close as we’ve ever got.
Somewhat off-topic, but the 1984 Wellington Trades-Hall bombing might also have been terrorist-ic in nature? (presumably a lone attacker rather than group?)
I was surprised to see this from him…
Edit- I see I was beaten to it... same as above.