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Rated: E · Book · Personal · #2102670
This is a blessed spot, spoilt only by the people, in the central North Island of NZ.
Most of the time for me the glass is half empty. On rare occasions the glass is half full as with news of The Donald's activities.
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February 2, 2017 at 6:26am
February 2, 2017 at 6:26am
#903769
I have completed a first draft of my "Life before cadet course story and it has been a catharsis. I enjoyed it more as I got further into it. Post festive season i am cycling more. Usually a 10 km round trip from my suburb to centre of town and return. I am sure I am feeling physically better already and have reduced some of my tablets. So here's hoping I continue to both cycle ....and feel better! Monday is a public holiday for Waitangi day. It commemorates the Treaty of Waitangi and there is usually a stoush of some sort and eggs getting thrown at government attendees at the treaty house in Bay of Islands.I reckon one of these years the government attendees should have their own rotten eggs to throw back!
I see TD is locked in a dispute with our neighbour the Australian PM...so lets see where that leads.
January 25, 2017 at 12:06am
January 25, 2017 at 12:06am
#903102
We are halfway through summer but it seems like autumn, or as the Yanks would say, the Fall. My 17 year old son is off on a leadership camp prior to commencing his last school year at college. The schools are back in a week or so and the busy tourist season will slow down markedly. We will be left with the backpackers and the like. In NZ the schooling system is broken. These days it is not about understanding but rather about obtaining credits by one way or another. External exams have been emasculated to the point they are meaningless. We are going to hell in a hand bucket. We will reap a terrible harvest regards education in the years to come.A chap I know from the soldiers club will turn 100 in March and get his personal telegram from the Queen. I would venture to say it will not be too long before it becomes a telegram from the King. She is over ninety after all. She has been Queen all my life and I am 62. I am a great fan of the Monarchy and am so glad we are a constitutional monarchy.A big morale boost for me has been TD scrapping the TPPA that our govt had signed up to without giving a fig for our citizens. It is disgraceful that we have to rely on TD to get us out of it.
January 22, 2017 at 3:19am
January 22, 2017 at 3:19am
#902893
I want a refund on the summer here in NZ. It has been absolutely atrocious and as I type this we are in the middle of a storm with high winds etc. A lot of damage around the country. The mountains next to my town require chains on vehicles for driving up as there is a lot of snow. In mid summer this is unheard of! How this tallies with global warming is above my pay grade for sure.
January 2, 2017 at 9:54pm
January 2, 2017 at 9:54pm
#900940
I have been off point for a while. Much has happened and so far the festive season, as silly as it is, has treated me passably well. Many of us here see the Donald as some sort of Messiah. We have been fed so much hogwash over the years about the benefits of immigration etc that we are disheartened and we see him as a saviour! This may disturb some people but if you think the USA has issues I can tell you it is much worse in other parts of the world...NZ included. Anyway I am off to buy a motorbike to replace one that was stolen. My son will ride it most of the time but such is life. Am hoping to get back on track and try to keep resolutions. I am collaborating with fellow cadets to put together an account of our cadet course days in the Rhodesian army.
November 29, 2016 at 6:03am
November 29, 2016 at 6:03am
#898637
We are entering the silly season here. A 10 year old boy was stopped from a sprint race because he was in barefeet!
November 25, 2016 at 4:54am
November 25, 2016 at 4:54am
#898336
I am getting over earthquaked via the news media these days and their stories are more inconsequential by the day. They are really starting to scrape the barrel. Many in industry are rubbing their hands with glee anticipating much dinero to be made through scams and fraud.
November 17, 2016 at 5:21am
November 17, 2016 at 5:21am
#897732
The damage to the surrounding countryside at the top of the South Island is huge. Some infrastructure can never be fixed. I am talking about main roads, rail links etc. New access roads may have to be built and rail may never return! I am always saddened at how these natural events bring out the best in rescues and acts of kindness but open the way for scamming contractors to make huge bucks quickly.
November 15, 2016 at 5:27am
November 15, 2016 at 5:27am
#897494
Bad weather is hampering restoration of services.
November 15, 2016 at 4:44am
November 15, 2016 at 4:44am
#897491
South Island and our capital had a large earthquake today. Two deaths reported so far

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