Not interested but . . .


Like Reasonable Ray  and Inventory 2 I think it’s far too early for rugby.

I’ll go further than them and say I’m sick of it already because:

* there’s too much, too often.

* I hate the way it dominates so many other things so we have to arrange functions round it or provide a TV then have people divided into those who watch and object to other things or people who  interfere with the watching, those who sort of watch but can converse as well and those who don’t watch at all.

* I’m bored with games against Australia and South Africa.

* I need an emotional connection to enjoy watching and I know too little about most of the players to have one.

So I’d made a deliberate decision not to watch tonight’s game. But I happened to be cooking dinner at 7.30 and having seen a teaser on the news thought I might as well watch the opening minutes until the meal was ready.

My farmer was late so having started watching I kept on – not properly with undivided attention, I ate and cleared up from dinner, read the ODT & NBR, and wrote a couple of emails too. But I kept an ear on the commentary and every now and then I’d watch what was happening.

So there you are, even though I’m sick of  rugby, could only name a couple of players and not really interested, I still watched and oh how I hoped that Otago would win.

For the record they didn’t: Brumbies 33-  Otago 31.

Uh oh18


When I couldn’t find a phone number on Monday I used the whitepages and got it immediately.

On my way to Christchurch the following day I needed the number again so rang 018.

I gave the operator the surname and first names of the couple and then explained I didn’t know the exact address but they lived at Clearwater.

She asked if that was an area, I replied it was a resort and she told me they didn’t have a number for anyone of that name at Clearwater.

The names I’d given her aren’t rare but they aren’t very common either so I asked if there was a number for any couple with the combination of names I was asking for anywhere in Christchurch.

She said there was one so I asked for the address and when she gave it to me I recognised it as being the one I needed.

Not giving the exact address makes finding a number harder, but given I gave the two first names and surname of the people whose number I wanted and there was only one with that combination in the whole of Christchurch, why didn’t she offer it as an alternative rather than just giving me the we -don’t -have -anyone -at -that -addreess response?

This isn’t the first time I’ve gone through a similar teeth-pulling exercise to get a number, even when I know it’s in the phone book and/or internet whitepages and I’ve got the right address.

It happens often with country people because rural delivery addresses usually go through a postal centre some distance from the phone exchange, so for example the postal address might be Oamaru but the phone exchange will be one of several other wee townships such as Enfield, Windsor or Duntroon which most people don’t know.

But it also happens with addresses in towns and cities and others tell me they have similar problems with the 018 service.

If it’s this bad when staff appear to be New Zealanders, imagine how much worse it will get if Telecom moves this service to an overseas call centre too.

I Love You


 Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day so this Friday’s poem had to be a love one.

I Love You, by Roy Croft comes from Poems and Readings for Weddings edited by Julie Watson, published by Penguin.

I Love You


I love you,                                           

Not only for what you are,                  

But for what I am                                 

When I am with you.                            


I love you,                                            

Not only for what                                

You have made of yourself,                 

But for what                                         

You are making of me.


I love you                                              

For the part of me                                 

That you bring out;                              

I love you                                             

For putting your hand                           

Into my heaped-up heart                       

And passing over                                   

All the foolish, weak things

That you can’t help                                

Dimly seeing there,                                

And for drawing out                              

Into the light                                           

All the beautiful belongings                   

That no one else had looked                  

Quite hard enough to find.                      



I love you because you

Are helping me to make

Of the lumber of my life

Not a tavern

But a temple,

Our of the works

Or my every day

Not a reproach

But a song.


I love you

Because you have done

More than any creed

Could have done

To make me good,

And more than any fate

Could have done

To make me happy.


You have done it

Without a touch,

Without a word,

Without a sign.

You have done it

By being yourself.

Perhaps that is what

Being a friend means

After all.


 – Roy Croft –

Which are the animals?


The SPCA has noted an increase in animal abuse and after reading this I was left thinking the lack of humanity makes the perpetrators sound more like animals than the victims.

Three Black Fridays


Today is the first of the three Black Fridays we’ll have this year.

Feel free to inundate me with black cats, force me to walk under ladders and spill salt if I’m wrong, but I think this is a fairly rare occurence which happens only when the 13th falls on a Friday in February and not in a leap year.

The days and dates in February, March and November match every year except leap year when March and November get pushed forward a day by Febraury 29th. February, like January, then leaps a day the following year to catch up.

April and July match days and dates (both start on Wednesday this year); so do September and December (both have Tuesday the 1st this year) and October and January also match up (the 1st falls on Thursday for both this year). The first day of every other month falls on a different day.

When February 13th falls on a Friday in leap year, August 13th is also a Friday.

Wikipedia explains the history of the date and explains there is no statistical evidence to back up fears of something amiss happening on Black Friday, in fact it might even be safer because people take more care.

That means you don’t have to touch wood today.

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