Summer Holiday

  • Russell Brown,

    How's the holiday? The thing we like here at Public Address System is when you tell us your stories, and we'd like readers to report in from wherever they are through the holiday season: anecdotes, gripes, surf reports, special moments, testaments to natural glory, whatever. We'll keep this feature open for the next few weeks, so when you get connected, think of us, and drop us a line.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22830 posts Report Reply

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  • andrew llewellyn,

    Pissing down in Wellington, two days pre-holiday. If this weather continues I really can't see the government holding on the next election. What's Key's policy on the weather anyway?

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    <sings> I'm dreeeeeeeaaming of a wet Christmaaaaaaaasss

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 900 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    What's Key's policy on the weather anyway?

    It depends on what you mean by "weather" ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22830 posts Report Reply

  • Compie,

    "Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while."
    Kin Hubbard


    or I could give the title of my thesis

    "Towards a New Median Enabled Weather Environment"

    then go on to say how sad a bugger I am doing final corrections before running it off to the printer tomorrow morning.

    I can't wait to play with my two wee boys again, life...

    Dunedin/Vancouver • Since Nov 2006 • 114 posts Report Reply

  • Compie,

    Samuel Johnson thought it “peculiar that, when two Englishmen meet, their first talk is of the weather; they are in haste to tell each other, what the other must already know”

    Dunedin/Vancouver • Since Nov 2006 • 114 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    it's a water-themed christmas this year, so a little rain is not a worry.

    snorkeling goat island, diving the poor knights, walking the bridge to waitangi, seeing the great expanse of ocean at cape reinga.

    [sighs in expectation]

    oh, and getting blisteringly pissed in the mount for new years, as is the fashion.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2042 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    as is the fashion

    Don't forget to put an onion in your belt.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Pissing down in Wellington, two days pre-holiday.

    Hang on, there's no pronoun in that sentence, leaving it delightfully ambiguous* as to what is pissing down. Is it the clouds in the skies above, or is it someone who's had too much eggnog to drink?

    * Context will be ignored in the interests of comedy.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    Llaugh in the face of the pronoun police!*

    *in the interests of fomenting ambiguity

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    Is it the clouds in the skies above, or is it someone who's had too much eggnog to drink?

    Well didn't Che just announce in front of all of the interweb that he was in to water-sports?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 746 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    I am retreating to the rural idyll of my East Coast homeland, where I shall wile away the long, hot days sitting on the porch in a rocking chair with a distended tummy and comtemplating yet another enormous Turkey and cranberry sammie. After all, it would be a pity to waste any of the leftovers.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2214 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    BTW: So you don't have to wait weeks to read it on my (nearly in 2005) award winning blog because I just know you all read it avidly- holidays will be spent:

    Drinking/eating - weather permitting, barbecuing!
    Checking the welfare of ancient sheep & young lambs
    Clearing pine trees (oo-er is this contributing to global warming?) with my kick-arse Husky chainsaw (this IS)
    Making up for deforestation by planting out natives & fruit trees in place of the pines
    Ignoring as much a practicable, in-laws, extended family & small children
    Walking beach, hill & vale with immediate family & Wilma the Wonder Labrador
    Appearing on TV - I managed this last year believe it or not, although you probably didn't notice... but I see no reason why I should not again, perhaps with a few lines this time
    Reading, should Santa oblige, Nigel Cox's Cowboy Dog.

    Unexpected & unplanned activities will be recounted in the usual fashion, later.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    joanna, i've never swum in egg-nogg.

    the visibility would be too low, and the fish-life is usually external to the vessel.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2042 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    I have an article deadline on the 7th of January. I shall fret about that, referee my children, and some time probably about Boxing Day, get into a huge argument with my brother when he refers to my kids' schoolmates as coconuts and towelheads.

    Three days earlier my family will celebrate Midsummer.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    the fish-life is usually external to the vessel

    Now that is an almighty euphemism. For what exactly, I'm not sure, but I like it anyway.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 746 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Savidge,

    Xmas.....my fav excuse for rampant misanthropy...

    Did anyone happen to catch the BandAid show last night?

    I'll be seeking out a hammock, staying drunk and avoiding just about everything.

    Somewhere near Wellington… • Since Nov 2006 • 324 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Savidge,

    Yeah yeah I'm a grinch...

    Please resume normal service...

    Somewhere near Wellington… • Since Nov 2006 • 324 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Miller,

    Climate is what you expect - weather is what you get.

    I was talking to the lady who owns the dairy, she was bemoaning the cold wind and rain. "Where is summer?" she cried. I had to remind her that the holiday season is filled with horrible weather and that she should never go camping in Coromandel Peninsular 'cos they always cop a huge downpour.

    Good weather doesn't start until you return to work. Murphy's Law almost guarantees that ... :-)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Sara Bee,

    The more-than-middle aged parents have arrived... Left them refereeing several teenagers at home =0, and father has already quietly said to me "what shall i buy your mother for christmas?". So it's shaping up nicely :)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 67 posts Report Reply

  • Sara Bee,

    And also, the six year old has convinced himself that he's getting an xbox for christmas, as long as he hasn't been bad. I suspect we'll have some explaining to do on Christmas morning...

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 67 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    and father has already quietly said to me "what shall i buy your mother for christmas?".

    Good to hear he hasn't left it till the last minute...

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Did anyone happen to catch the BandAid show last night?

    It confirmed what I had long suspected - most of the pop stars had shown up in the morning after a hard right, and yet looked totally awesome because of the underlying power of their big '80s hair.

    And Boy George just knew that George Michael was gay.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    And Boy George just knew that George Michael was gay.

    We all did. Barrymore too. But I've long suspected Julian Clary is secretly straight.

    But this aspect of the show was gleefully reported to me by a colleague.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Austin,

    Given that ‘emo’ ranked so highly on the word of the year poll, I challenge you all to keep yourself grounded this summer by composing at least two verses of the finest emo poetry and posting it in this thread.

    If you are blessed with children or in laws this holiday season feel free to involve them in this exercise

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 1024 posts Report Reply

  • David Slack,

    Here you go Ben, just for you:


    Another Christmas Day,
    another disappointment.

    It was sunny
    for three minutes,
    but now it’s grey again.
    Soon it will rain.

    My drunk uncle
    has started his lame jokes.

    And couldn't they,
    just once,
    just once in their ridiculous lives,
    have listened properly
    when they asked
    what I’d like
    for Christmas?

    As if I would
    ever
    want anyone
    to tickle me.

    Devonport • Since Nov 2006 • 599 posts Report Reply

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