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  • James Liddell,

    Well I for one am disgusted at this knocking of our dairy industry. It's incredibly unpatriotic. These objective and informative videos explain everything a decent, patriotic New Zealander needs to know about the backbone of our economy.

    /sarcasm.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2007 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Don't be silly James. We all know the backbone of our economy is bicycles. It will end in tears I tell you, just wait till those cows get in the way of the bicycle track then you'll see.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4931 posts Report Reply

  • James Liddell,

    Milk on the cycleway. It'll be carnage!

    Wellington • Since Jul 2007 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Viola, le fromage et sur le bicyclette. marde. Ou est le bouffe, ah, le bouffe est sur le bicyclette ill avec une escappe, vitte vitte arreste le bouffe, le bouffe est missapropriare mon bicyclette, Sacre bleu fromage.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4931 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    Keep taking the tablets, Barnsey ;-)

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Damn it. I knew I'd forgotten something.
    ;-)

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4931 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    These objective and informative videos explain everything a decent, patriotic New Zealander needs to know about the backbone of our economy.

    This video, on the other hand... Banned on Youtube.

    The People's Republic of … • Since Nov 2006 • 2136 posts Report Reply

  • Blake Monkley,

    on the other hand... Banned on Youtube

    Pro- whalers will have a field day.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2008 • 215 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    We already have the wine.

    I wouldn't go that far. Still have to figure out what a New Zealand winemaker has to do not to win a silver medal or better at some sort of competition.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7386 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Still have to figure out what a New Zealand winemaker has to do not to win a silver medal or better at some sort of competition.

    Wither Hills winemaker Brent Marris figured that out.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4931 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    And cheese. Honestly I cannot get over how average-to-awful cheese is in New Zealand.

    Having polished off some rather good Karikaas mature Leyden after dinner, I can't entirely agree with you.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1039 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    This video, on the other hand... Banned on Youtube.

    Might that not have something to do with it being absolute crap?
    Just sayin'

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    It probably says a lot that many New Zealanders think the cheese they buy at the supermarket is "just cheese" and don't realise it's cheddar.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1865 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    That's like "just coffee"..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16794 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Robeson,

    a control freak who lacks both talent and judgement?

    ahh the days of student radio and a long bitter new right ascendancy..angry Russell

    it seems like the dark ages...those lights aren't getting dim are they??? we got the regular strength bulbs back right??

    just as well there isn't anyone like that running around Tourism these days huh...

    Since Feb 2008 • 87 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Austin,

    While I love the cheeses available in Europe I can't help but think that one reason for this is surprise, surprise that despite the often incredibly bad smell, the cheese is still quite tasty and able to be stomached.

    The first cheese I had from France was so pungent that when the fridge was opened the smell would briefly silence all conversation a minute or so later in the living room. For weeks no one knew where the smell was coming from and apparently assumed that one of us had done some rather awful but were too embarrassed to say so.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 896 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    Correct me if I'm wrong (as though y'all need the invitation ;)) but isn't mandatory pasteurisation the reason that NZ's cheeses aren't proper?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    This video, on the other hand... Banned on Youtube.

    Might that not have something to do with it being absolute crap?
    Just sayin'

    If you're going to, like, critique, maybe you could back that up just a little? Perhaps because it's a little derivative of Stuart Page's classic AFFCO effort for the Skeptics? More like following in a grand tradition. If your beef (no pun intended) is with the music, then yeah well, but George Darroch was hardly providing that example for fanboy reasons. You don't have to look far on YouTube to realise that no video is likely to be banned for being crap.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3565 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    Sadly true, Joe, and my tongue was trying to escape through my cheek somewhat, by I've never been a big fan of yelling incomprehensibly into a microphone and whatever message they were trying to make was lost in the fact that I couldn't hear it. And while the conceit of the video wasn't bad, it wasn't going anywhere by the time I switched it off, so perhaps I missed the controversial bit. Also, might have helped if George had provided some context as to the banning etc.

    But I should have included a smiley, so as not to confuse. (Still crap, but)

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    Understood, Mark, though I found the in yer face animal abuse footage pretty artfully disturbing. I took that to be George's point - a video about the really nasty realities underlying the NZ economy.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3565 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    But- But- what have cows got to do with supermarkets?? That's where meat is made, isn't it?

    => :-D <=

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • dc_red,

    Understood, Mark, though I found the in yer face animal abuse footage pretty artfully disturbing. I took that to be George's point - a video about the really nasty realities underlying the NZ economy.

    Too frikin' right. And even with the artificial (or at least contrived) advantage of a local currency valued at USD0.50 they struggle to flog for a profit the delightful products stemming from those really nasty realities, it seems.

    Oil Patch, Alberta • Since Nov 2006 • 706 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    France is a wealthy country with good wages, working conditions and welfare benefits.

    And cheese. Honestly I cannot get over how average-to-awful cheese is in New Zealand.

    And great red wine for $5-$6 a bottle. And a load of things. France rocks quite frankly, even their hiphop isn't too bad nowadays if you look hard enough...

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Ashby,

    Ahh le Fromage! If you are ever in France in a decent restaurant order the cheeseboard to finish. The artistry is not simply that the cheeses are superbe! but each will served at the optimum temperature to maximise just how superbe! each is.

    Did you know for eg that there is a stage in a child's development when the doctor will declare that it is time for Roquefort it being believed that if you do not introduce your infant to the taste at the right time they will not acquire it.

    Though personally I was raised on Stilton, though sadly even here in the UK the real thing can be hard to find. The stuff in the supermarkets may conform to regulations to carry the label of Stilton but they are mild and bland. Genuine Stilton that is pungent and salty has to be sought in fancy and expensive places. It's the same with pickles which come with warnings to refrigerate after opening because they are full of sugar and deficient in vinegar. This is because the real thing is unpalatable to some people and they are a lost sales opportunity so the product must be mild, sweet, creamy not savoury. Then there is Guinness Extra Cold . . .

    Dundee, Scotland • Since May 2007 • 425 posts Report Reply

  • Andrew E,

    Cardboard box? Central reservation? You had it lucky! [contd. p94]

    174.77 x 41.28 • Since Sep 2008 • 199 posts Report Reply

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