Word of the day

January 24, 2011

Malefaction –  criminal, evil doer; evil doing.

Great grandmother hearth brush heroine

January 24, 2011

You wouldn’t normally expect a hearth brush to beat  a samurai sword in an altercation, especially when the brush was being wielded by an elderly woman with health problems:

 A Christchurch great-grandmother saved a woman from being attacked with a samurai sword by hitting the attacker with a plastic brush.

Lois Kennedy, 81, has been praised for her bravery by police, who said she may have saved the victim’s life. . .

Kennedy – who has severely impaired vision, asthma and walks with a frame – was woken by the sound of a neighbour calling her name.

“It was awful. I was in bed and I heard her calling for help so, as you do, I went out there and all I could manage to see was this mass on the footpath. So I went whacking with my hearth brush,” she said.

That’s what you call a great Great Gran.


January 24, 2011

The open secret is no longer secret:

The ‘celebrity’ charged with disorderly behaviour after an incident in central Auckland in December can now be named after name suppression was lifted at a court hearing this morning.

Sports broadcaster Martin Devlin, 46, was arrested on the morning of December 29 after sitting on the bonnet of his and his wife’s car on Quay Street.

He issued a statement:

I have no problem in admitting that I behaved like a right plum that morning on Quay Street. . .

I sought name suppression in an effort to try and protect my children from being identified and embarrassed by my behaviour.

Obviously the only effective way to prevent that was not to do it in the first place.


And had he not sought name suppression the whole thing would have been done and dusted the day it happened.

What he did is between him and his family, the attempt at suppression made it news.

Did you see the one about

January 24, 2011

Coalition of losers – Graeme Edgler the Legal Beagle at Public Address on the second place getter leading a government. Chris Trotter responds to this post with Dangerous Falsehoods  at Bowalley Road.

Changing or not – Progressive Turmoil on why procrastination isn’t always wrong.

Baby boomers lift share of job market: David Chaston at Interest.co.nz with stats and graphs on employment and population trends.

Book Aid International – A Cat of Impossible Colour reminds me not to take access to books for granted.

I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore Quote Unquote maps the USA states’ economic status.

Here they come again Morry Myna’s cartoon on the coming year.

Bedouin bush mechanics – Around the World’s desert adventures.

Spam attack

January 24, 2011

Twenty or 30 spam comments a day aren’t unusual but yesterday I got more than 100 and there’s already been 305 today.

When there’s only a few comments in the spam folder I do a quick check before deleting, when there’s this many I don’t.

If you’ve left a comment which hasn’t been published you’ll need to try again without links which is what usually marks genuine comments as spam.

Where are the highest and lowest fuel prices?

January 24, 2011

Inventory 2 at Keeping Stock spotted unleaded 91 petrol selling for $2.00.9  a litre at BP in W(h)anganui last week.

BP & Caltex in Wanaka were both selling unleaded 91 for $2.07.9 at the weekend.

Is this the range of fuel prices in the country or are they higher and lower in other places?


January 24, 2011

Can I take a mere 4/10 in the NZ Herald news quiz as a good sign meaning I”m still in holiday mode?

P.S. For those who subscribe to the theory you should go with your first choice when you’re unsure, I’d have got 7/10 if I’d done that.

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