Monday, 25 April 2011
Sunday, 24 April 2011
We were very heartened to hear that Matt McCarten is looking to stare at us over the political ramparts for a while longer.
Saturday, 23 April 2011
The US is to begin drone strikes on Libyan targets. Games without frontiers war without tears.
Your iPhone knows where you are and it can tell other people, like the IRD, the Police and your spouse’s divorce lawyer.
24 people had themselves nailed to crosses in the Philippines, to demonstrate their Christian love.
Live on Italian TV, a little girl asked Pope Benedict to explain the suffering caused by the Japanese tsunami. Poor old Bene the Rat was buggered if he knew about that.
In Israel yesterday, WikiLeaks revealed that whilst in opposition, Benjamin Netanyahu tried to make Ehud Olmert attack Iran. Benjamin is Prime Minister now. Watch out Iran.
And in the UK, Kate Middleton’s face was found on a jelly bean. It’s a good likeness too.
Friday, 22 April 2011
Posted by Lambcut (the Brunette is away).
Easter is irritating to an irritable perimenopausal atheist. It’s Good Friday. It’s cold in Wellington in a thin, dry, sunless sort of way. And, everything is fucking shut. We have ANZAC Day to look forward to. I like ANZAC Day. In fact I love ANZAC Day. I trundle down to the cenotaph at dawn in the cold and become warmly emotional remembering elderly relatives and brave countrymen who fought in the great wars. And, I feel patriotic. But be in no doubt the patriotism I feel does not extend to a love of government. This government is turning my waning oestrogen to vitriol.
This 5th National government rules by bureaucratic fiat. It’s not too far from a constitutional crisis. It’s running round sacking Councils, creating obese Czars and not listening to anyone who might know anything helpful. It is without proper advice from industry, commerce and critical stakeholders. Nat5’s approach to the Ultrafast Broadband initiative is a perturbing case in point. Vodafone, TelstraClear, CallPlus, Kordia/Orcon, 2 Degrees, Maori rural Broadband Initiative bidder Torotoro Waea and its partner Opto Networks, Federated Farmers, Consumer NZ, InternetNZ and TUANZ have joined to protest the potential monopoly created by Telecom’s advancement. Steven Joyce is not listening.
A quick glance around the House reveals with staggering clarity that the necessary knowledge and experience to know and decide absolutely everyfuckingthing for you and me cannot be found within the House. Even scant knowledge of the bureaucracy will tell you that appropriate experience and knowledge is not contained in there.
I can understand why there has been a strong reaction against the precious and costly over consultation of the 5th Labour administration, especially in relation to the RMA. But at the moment we have Minister’s Offices and entire Ministries completely disengaged from industry, commerce and other vital pools of knowledge that exist outside the bureaucracy and the Beehive. That didn’t used to happen under Lab5. Other preposterous pie eyed, bury-advice-in-an-avalanche-of-cluster-fucking over-consultation happened. But not this overweening-overconfident-I’ll keep-my-head-blindly-up-my-arrogant-ass sort of crap.
It’s creepy and it reminds me of Muldoon. Have a happy Easter.
Thursday, 21 April 2011
Our guys are the good guys. The Taleban are the bad guys. The Taleban killed some of the good guys and they happen to have killed one of our best guys.
Ohh Cool! Labour launched a campaign, it was highjacked. They did something illegal. They claimed the law was an ass. The were forced to remove the signs. They looked silly. And in true Labour form they blame someone else for the failure of their poorly executed idea. But the people who took the piss didn't break the law. They didnt make a pigs arse of the campaign and they didnt blame someone else for their cock-up.
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
We have had one eye on Labour rather juvenille Stop the Asset Sales campaign using a replica of the Stop sign used throughout the country.
“For years helicopter operators have got away with this inhumane, barbaric practice and now DoC have not only legitimised it, but they have given it priority over other forms of recreation.”
“The real hypocrisy is that for wilderness areas such as the Adams, Hooker Landsborough and Olivines where other people are not even allowed fly-in access DoC has allowed heli-hunters an unprecedented right to use helicopters.”
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Anyway we used this recipe as a base.
Its pretty easy - the things we did different - we used a tablespoon of muscovado sugar and lemon juice and a damned good shake of mixed spice over granny smith apples.. They are really tart And off our tree and have never been sprayed .
We used the 40% less fat rolled pastry as well. No good reason to do that considering the apples are drowned in the caramel.
It came out really well. and the edges were just a little toffeeish.
Today we were at Kirkaldies and they had a nice lady demonstrating some hugely expensive but divine cook ware which included a tart tatin pan in its line up. They had a tart tatin to try.. So with out being too gleeful..
Theirs was a distant also ran to the efforts of the hottest big breasted baker from Rangitumau. It was insipid compared to the glorious creation I served up to my mates.
I suggest if you are looking for a good wine - try the Urlar Riesling. Its lemony tones will set off the tart wonderfully.
Monday, 18 April 2011
New Zealands Labour Party, facing the worst poll results in since 1996 will find no comfort in the latest polls from Australia. Gillard has led her party to its worst poll showing in 16 years.
Sunday, 17 April 2011
Friday, 15 April 2011
We blogged yesterday on the powerful story brewing in Australia between Bess Price a rural Aboriginal woman who supported the state intervention aimed at increasing the social status of Aboriginal women and reducing sexual abuse.
Thursday, 14 April 2011
We reckon that this is the time we really need to sell our place- New Zealand. While Tourism New Zealand does a pretty good job - its time for the rest of New Zealand to start selling our story.
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Queenstown people are an odd lot. The town has its share of flash harrys and quick buck merchants but it seems the towns fathers are not keen on sex on the move.
A bloodless scientist in Aussie has done are very interesting thing. He has developed an index that assesses the worth of saving threatened and endangered species purely on fact and logic.
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
So the West Coast hard boy Damien O'Connor is a limpy.
Dont back down.
Monday, 11 April 2011
The PM has given Greenpeace an overdue serve over their antics on the high seas as Petrobas, the Brazilian Mineral exploration company, has a squizz off the North East coast to see what lies beneath.
We have already blogged on what we see as a very dangerous development for Labour - the rise and rise of Andrew Little and his comrades - a flea bitten motley crew of die hard unionists, know for their strong arm tactics and crimson red philosophies.
Mr O'Connor said he stood aside because he did not trust the list ranking process. "Frankly, I didn't trust the system to give a straight-shooter a fair deal ... It is dominated by self-serving unionists and a gaggle of gays."
He would not name individuals, but said he was disappointed the system did not deliver better results for rural and provincial candidates, such as himself, who were outside the party's power blocs.
"It does not truly represent the rank-and-file members and delivers a list that is not truly representative of those who vote Labour."
Thursday, 7 April 2011
Codename 'Mata' - concerted effort from some Maori fisheries 'leaders' to give the Japanese more fisheries assets for no greater control of Sealord. Here Nissui-san, please have some more of our assets... The relationship with Nissui has never delivered the promised benefits back to iwi and one wonders of the idiocy of those in control about this deal. Shane Jones will no doubt be in support though... Another nail in the coffin of the collective model. 2016 - give the assets back to iwi; many will lose them but at least it will be through their own incompetence, not the incompetence of a bunch of nobodys.
The UBER WAKA FACTS
- The Waka is actually a funkily designed pavilion that will seat 200 people and has room for a 1000.
- It is made from the same materials as the Cloud Pavilion. A PVC Covered Frame – to ensure that it is portable.
- Creative NZ funds both the Ballet and the Symphony orchestra to the tune of $4m a year.
- The Waka is being built for less than $1 million
- $1.1 million is for events and cultural performances and entertainment. Its funded from the Cultural Diplomacy fund. That Fund is normally used to “take” Nz Arts to the world – like subsidising the NZSO tour of China. All iwi will be invited to submit proposals.
- As its the RWC 2011 year the funding is being spent in New Zealand because of the Foreigners who will come here.
- The $1.1million for events at the Uber Waka pavillion will have to be applied for in the normal way for each performance.
- But its been set aside for performances in and around the Waka.
- And most of the Cultural Diplomacy fund is being used to fund other RWC projects around the country not on the Waka entertainment.
- So we think that for a tourist they have some choices – food, fashion and industry in the Cloud and Maori Culture in the Uber Waka on the Auckland waterfront. We reckon there will be queues at the Waka and the Cloud. Similar structures are used around the world for Expo type events.
So what its not:
-A plastic canoe
-Something for only one iwi.
Well as taxpayers you subsidise the symphony orchestra and the ballet.
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
Dont always agree with it but its good. And the site is going ahead in leaps and bounds
We suppose that there is no surprise that the fact a huge waka was to be built as part of the Rugby World Cup 2011 was greeted with derision from across the political spectrum. ACT, and Labour both hate it.
Tuesday, 5 April 2011
Crikey what is Keeping Stock playing at! - He kept the most juiciest salubrious new info at the end of his latest post on the Darren Hughes affair.
Hone Harawira has become a treacherous despicable conniving twat.
Monday, 4 April 2011
We are feeling a little sorry for Judith Tizard. Its clear that she is a political nigel no mates.
Sunday, 3 April 2011
The mad rooter is gone. And no doubt much to the chagrin of a few bidders he was taken away by a bloke called Mohammed. Mohommed said he wasn't for the pot straight away but in the back of the ute was a bucket with a steel and knife. So it looks like there will a fair bit of mutton curry around Masterton soon. Perhaps even the Goan Mutton Curry below - which looks pretty bloody good to us.