Unthirlable – unthinkable; undesirable, unlikely to be considered a possibility.
A bar in Dunedin had an entry charge one evening when a band was playing.
Four thousand people paid to get in but the bar served only 900 drinks.
This could mean most people were sober.
It’s more likely a sign of how and where they’re drinking – before they got to the bar and probably at home or another private venue rather than at another pub.
It’s called pre-loading.
People do it because it’s cheaper but it doesn’t reflect well on our culture that many do it to excess and feel they can’t enjoy themselves without the assistance of alcohol.
Quote of the week:
What New Zealanders are looking for is the way in which we can all progress.
That is not going to happen when people talk past each other. Or when people
intentionally or through ignorance misunderstand each other.
No one-on-one relationship ever truly succeeded without respect, compromise,
humility and deep communication.
It comes from Lindsay Mitchell in an open letter to Don Brash and Pita Sharples.
If these two could stop talking past each other they’d find they agree on what really matters – the need to solve the problem of Maori being over-represented in negative statistics and under-represented in the positive ones.
It’s not easy for a wee party to cover all bases and since Gerry Eckhoff missed out on returning to parliament in 2005, Act has lacked a rural voice.
That could change with Southland farmer, and Federated Farmers’ immediate past president, Don Nicolson becoming an Act candidate.
He’s standing as a candidate in Clutha Southland but I don’t think that will trouble sitting MP who got a majority of more than 13,000 and attracted about 65% of the electorate vote in the last election.
The party will have to do better that its dismal poll ratings if he’s to get into parliament on the list too. Labour’s doing it’s best to put farmers off voting for them but Nicolson might be able to persuade some of those disgruntled with National to try Act.
The has yet to rank its list but Keeping Stock points out so far it’s looking like Don, John, John and Don.
If the party’s to counter John Ansell’s proposition that Act is a party for men or women who think like men, it will need to introduce a little gender diversity.
It was rush hour but even so $98.40 for a taxi far from the centre of Auckland to the airport seemed pretty expensive.
However, I wasn’t going to argue with a meter, handed the driver $100 and was surprised to get more than $20 back in change.
I said I thought he’d given me too much. He said, no the change was correct, the fare was $76.60 and he’d given me $23.40.
I said, “But the meter says $94.80”.
He looked surprised then looked where I was looking, grinned and said, “That’s the radio station.”