Posts by Emma Hart

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  • Field Theory: Did you see that?,

    But when we do get to see the events, my goodness, don't they look good!? I could watch those underwater tracking shots of Michael Phelps, with the Water Cube's bubbly roof above him, for ages.

    Here, we're already refering to those shots as 'swim porn'. I'm mildly terrified at the prospect of the men's sprinting in the same sort of loving detail.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4613 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: A Short Word Before We Begin,

    I have an honours degree in maths, hate cricket, and was lambasted for the large amount of grammatical and spelling errors in my first post.

    Large number of grammatical errors. Oh, I'm getting a lovely warm feeling already.

    You say that now, but what did Nimoy follow up his I Am Not Spock book with?

    Bonus points for the reference-spot, dude.

    That's not fair, we were too busy optimising beer funnel flow rates. Cheese wrapper peeling 301 is an optional elective anyway.

    We used to say that you guys got to graduate once you could actually say 'box girder bridges' instead of just grunting 'keg'. For balance:

    How many art students does it take to change a lightbulb?
    One, and they get six points for it.

    Lovely to see you here all official-like :-)

    Thank you Judi. You can be my fangirl if you like, the position's vacant.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4613 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Just marketing to the base,

    Yes, which is why I like the policy in theory only. I'm presuming National are only forcing DPB beneficiaries to work/train 15 hours a week within that 9am-3pm window (effectively 9.30-2.30 if you allow time to drop off and pick up the kid/s)

    And not in the 14 weeks a year the kids are on holiday, right?

    Wait: I thought you said you weren't good with numbers.

    Yeah, I lied.

    But not to my doctor.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4613 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: A Short Word Before We Begin,

    which is an irony, considering how often he's heard it...

    Wow, Che, is there something you want to tell us?

    BTW, even I wasn't anticipating lowering the bar this far this fast.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4613 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Just marketing to the base,

    Asking sickness beneficiaries to be examined by a total stranger to see if their story checks out (wouldn't you find it a little humiliating?)

    It's hugely stressful, that's for sure. Especially when your actual doctor is an expert in your condition, but the designated doctor you get sent to doesn't 'believe' in it.

    And what happens then? What do you do with the people you kick off benefits for not 'complying'? Let them starve?

    Abatement rates are fabulous things. It's changed a bit now, but back in the mid-nineties, we horrified a guy at WINZ by sitting down with him and doing the maths on a piece of paper. At the point where for every dollar we earned, we lost $1.05, he yelled 'that can't be right', and did the maths again himself.

    When we went back two weeks later he'd resigned.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4613 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: A Short Word Before We Begin,

    Whoops. Too fast off the block. Welcome Emma!

    That's okay, Phil, it happens to everyone.

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  • Field Theory: Out of the Blocks,

    I'd feel compelled to miss the wrestling.

    I'd feel curiously compelled to watch the wrestling.

    And I do have the sneaking suspicion some of the three day eventers love their top hats.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4613 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Wedding Bells,

    Far and away the best wedding I've been to.

    I knew getting the Scottish in-laws to pay for the piss was a good move. It took us weeks to drink all that.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4613 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Wedding Bells,

    Same here, but working out anniversaries can be tricky. At least weddings mark a line in the sand.

    Our civil universary is the same date as our previously-celebrated coughmumble anniversary. Karl swears I made this the first of the month so that he wouldn't get advance warning before turning over the calendar page.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4613 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Wedding Bells,

    and when I do they tend to be odd

    I have just now received a message from one of my writing partners telling me she's off to a hand-fasting, and if she's not back by the end of the week she's probably still lost in a forest in Hereford somewhere.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4613 posts Report Reply

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