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Went noseying for lunch on Saturday when I was in the Wairau Valley on the North Shore.

Came across an 'open 7 days' bakery. *cough*


Now... last time I checked... 7 days literally meant... Monday to Sunday... and yet we can see that (at the time of signwriting last update) this joint was most definately closed on Sundays. At some stage more recently they've obviously taken to closing on Saturdays as well (thus the paper covering the signwriting, instead of getting it properly done).

So our '6 days' bakery is actually only open '5 days'. Good grief, mate. stupidmuch? How about fixing your signwriting up so that it actually portrays your services accurately, instead of making you look awful .. well.. silly?

Apologies if anyone noticed the outage during the above timeframe; it appears the server simply 'ran out of juice'... It has been rebooted and we're looking into why it hung, and what we can do to prevent it occuring in future. An upgrade may well be on the cards. :o)


Today I hear about the passing of 'Lindsa' who I mainly knew from Twitter.

A guy with a quick wit whos comments were entertaining. Turns out he was fairly well regarded in the NZ Twittersphere and there's lots of 'OMG' going around at the moment.

This tacks onto more interesting news from the twittersphere: Lynne Pope tweeted that our mutual friend Nic had had an altercation with some motorists who objected to his taking a photo of their car. Of course, their car was illegally parked in a disabled car park at the time, and Nic runs a website dedicated to outing folks who do this. Unfortunately it appears that today, Stuff have picked it up and spun it in the negative.

Nic tweeted: "Am at A&E because this arvo a car parked illegally in disability space backed out while I was still talking to them. Flipped wheelchair"

Unfortunately the news article talks about Nic having 'grabbed the steering wheel' and other such nonsense. Ever seen a person in a wheelchair reach high enough to get their arm in the window and grab the steering wheel? Nic has of course pointed out he didn't do this. I more think that the driver knew they were in the wrong, and were caught doing wrong, and didn't like it.

The reporter who put the above Stuff article together should seriously be pulled up over the one-sided nature of their article. Yes, Nic is in discussions with Campbell Live (and yes, i'll be watching) but that's no reason to take other people's skin at face value.

I know Nic well enough to know he's probably closer to the truth than is being reported, that's enough for me. :( SADFACE.

... but I never realised quite how fractured their political parties are.

Came across this excellent explanation of exactly how this transpired. (Thanks to @1littlebird for retweeting it).


Welcome to the 21st Century, our Aussie friends! :) Just remember, we've had two female Prime Ministers in New Zealand and we're still here =)

Caught some video and stills.



I'm willing to bet you've not seen this sorta detail out of a model Fire Truck before! (Thanks to Bob Channing via NZFire)

The AA?

Or Transit NZ?:

Both images taken ~0800 this morning. Who would YOU believe?

In response to The Edge Radio Station's 'Hug a Ginga Day' promotion for this Friday one Father in Christchurch was quite vocal in his protests - supporting his two red-haired kids who get heckles enough as it is, he says.

CloseUp@7 picked it up on behalf of TVNZ and interviewed Dom Harvey (The Edge DJ) along with the Father concerned, and his kids, and a Social Psychologist.

The interview was a whole bunch of Fail. I've just attempted to submit this to their website comment list:
Sainsbury failed to keep control of the Interview. The 'concerned Dad' doesn't seem to 'get it'. All those attacking Dom Harvey need to get a grip.
The Edge is taking a light hearted view of the 'discrimination' that red-heads are all familiar with and deal with all the time - esp in school. Why not turn a negative around and make it positive? Mountain. Out. Of. Molehill.
CloseUp@7 didn't exactly score itself another fan tonight. /me back to Campbell Live...

Wonder if it'll get past their censor :-)

Seriously though, I see this as fully turning a negative (general crap that Redheads cop is really not all that fair) around and making it a positive. If we're going to single them out, lets make it for positive reasons, not negative ones.

Fact is, folks are going to discriminate. Instead of trying to focus on futilte attempts to stop it, why not simply provide an avenue to turn the whole thing 180 degrees?

Good intentioned as the Dad above was, he didn't help his case tonight, especially when he wouldn't let Mark Sainsbury get a word in edgewise. He was still ranting as they cut to commercial...

Spent several hours tonight finally sorting out an article - with photos and video - about the SAREX I helped at a few weeks ago.

Check it out @

A bit of a teaser as to the contents:


Ironically despite my time working for the NZDF, that's the closest i've been to an operating Iroquois in many years... will be a little sad to see them go, good ol' workhorses that they are. Interesting to note that despite originating from the Vietnam War era, variants are still manufactured and sold. And there are hoards of variants...

But yeah, despite only being able to attend the SAREX on the Sunday I managed to get a lot out of it; it helped me make sure I hadn't forgotton any of the key skills required to run comms in a situation like that, got me up-close to an Iroquois and presented an opportunity to talk to the flight crew for several minutes, and also got me some exposure to some of the latest in comms equipment being deployed by SAR. Much thanks to ZL4JY for the opportunity, and to ZL2HD and the others who made me welcome.


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