Go Samoa

September 30, 2011

Rugby World Cup story of the week: The day I met a real winning Dunedin dame by the UK Sunday times’ rugby writer Stephen Jones.

I love the way the provinces have got behind the teams. Some commentators have been unkind enough to suggest full stadiums for minnows’ matches is a reflection on how little there is to do in somewhere like Palmerston North. I prefer to see it as people getting into the spirit of the occasion and thoroughly enjoying themselves.

I stopped in Ashburton for Turkish takeaways on my way home from Christchurch last night and was served by a Romanian who’d enjoyed having his national team in New Zealand but was understandably disappointed in their performance.

They  lost all their games, their last against Georgia ended with a  score of 25 – 9.

Canada and Japan tied on 23 points in their game.

Italy scored a bonus point in their 27 – 10 win against the USA.

In another example of hope triumphing over experience I’m backing Samoa in tonight’s Rugby World Cup match against South Africa.


PM without the politics

September 30, 2011

John Key introduced his Prime Minister’s hour on RadioLIVE by saying it would be a politics-free zone.

He interviewed All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, film director Sir Peter Jackson, a rugby league player (I think it was a Warrior, but I missed his name) and finished with a chat to Paul Henry as he passed the microphone over to him.

And how did he do?

Interviewing well is an art and given he’s used to being on the other side of the mic I think he did very well.

I would say that of course, but so too did other listeners:

Comment From cherylcheryl: ] John Key is doing very well 🙂

Comment From PatPat: ] I’m impressed with Jk’s easy style. No wonder NZ loves him.

Comment From MaggieMaggie: ] The coolest Prime Minister on the planet! John Key is a natural! Take confidence to pull this off as a Rookie Radio D.J.

I wouldn’t want him to give up his day job, but his performance this afternoon shows he has options should he decide to have a career change.


September 30, 2011

Do you know your Warriors’ history? the Herald asked.  The 3/10 I got – all of which were guesses – shows I know nothing.

Apology won’t heal the harm – updated

September 30, 2011

Labour MP Darien Fenton has apologised for the vitriolic attack she made on Sir Peter Leitch when she took exception to his support for John Key.

He is a man with a very big heart and no doubt he will accept the apology.

But it won’t heal the harm the comments have done to Labour.

She says she wasn’t calling for a boycott but she said she wouldn’t use the Mad Butcher shops, even though Sir Peter no longer owns them:

The owner of The Mad Butcher chain, Michael Morton, says Labour MP Darien Fenton is grossly misguided in suggesting a boycott of the butcheries.

“She is having a go at The Mad Butcher founder, Sir Peter Leitch, simply because he made some nice remarks about the Prime Minister, John Key. Well he has made favourable comments in the past also about the former Prime Minister, Helen Clark, and she (Ms Fenton) didn’t get mad about that,” said Mr Morton today.

“Sir Peter hasn’t owned The Mad Butcher for more than two years now, although he still promotes the brand.

“Her postings on the internet are mean-spirited. Peter has earned his knighthood– he has not only done a lot for New Zealand in supporting the Warriors and contributing to charity, but he is also apolitical.

“And to also try to drag the company into her argument is ridiculous. I think she owes apologies all round.”

The apology as printed in the Herald doesn’t specify whether she takes back her threat not to buy from the Mad Butcher again.

It is unlikely her rant had any impact on the businesses but it inflicted another wound on her party, even though her leader Phil Goff was far more gracious:

I’m a real Warriors fan. I’ve been going to their matches for years and have
caught up with the Mad Butcher many times. He is a great guy and a great
ambassador for rugby league. He is absolutely entitled to express whatever
opinion he likes. Go the Warriors against Manly.”

Fenton’s comments were what Keeping Stock refers to as a SMOG – a Social Media Own Goal.

She made them on Tuesday and it’s taken until Friday for her to realise she “went too far”.

In the meantime it’s gone around the blogs and into the mainstream media reminding voters yet again that Labour is making too much of a mess of opposition to be trusted anywhere near government.

UDPATE: Whaleoil, who broke the story, had a phone call from Sir Peter who said how badly hurt he was.

Friday’s answers

September 30, 2011

Thursday’s questions were:

1. Who said: “Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy,
boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting.”?

2. It’s guerrier in French,  guerriero in Italian, guerrero in Spanish (to my surprise I couldn’t find it in Maori), what is it in English?

3. A statue of whom overlooks the Octagon in Dunedin?

4. What are the capital cities of Romania, Samoa and Tonga?

5. The Hang Seng is the stock exchange of which country?

Points for answers:

Gravedodger, Andrei and Mort win an electronic chocolate cake each – GD for five right with a good try for the warrior bonus and a bonus for correctly identifying Hong Kong’s status and Andrei for five and a bonus for language skills for Bucureşti. Mort got five and the warrior bonus.

David got 3 and 2/3 with the warrior (I wonder why that didn’t come up when I searched www.maoridictionary.co.nz?) and another bonus for deduction.

Cadwallader got four.

Adam got 3 2/3 with a bonus for correcting me on Hong Kong’s status (I can’t take points off the others when they answered the question set and it was my fault the question was wrong).

PDM got three – and a don’t-know-what-you’re-missing for never having been to Dunedin (best in spring or autumn).

Answers follow the break:

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September 30, 2011

6/10 in the Herald’s changing world quiz.

Live PM on RadioLIVE

September 30, 2011

Prime Minister John Key is hosting a RadioLIVE show from 2pm this afternoon.

In a first for RadioLIVE, the show will feature the Prime Minister, listeners and some very special guests including Sir Richard Branson and Richie McCaw.

General Manager of RadioLIVE Jana Rangooni says:   “This has been done in the UK and US but not, to the best of my knowledge, in New Zealand. 

“We hope to make this an annual event for whoever is the Prime Minister at the time.”

RadioLIVE listeners will have the opportunity to talk to John Key directly, sharing what’s on their minds, and putting questions to the Prime Minister via phone and www.radiolive.co.nz.

In the not too distant past, people flocked to public meetings to hear politicians.

These days politicians have to make more of an effort to go to the people and doing it via the radio waves is a very good way to do that.

The PM was on NewsTalk ZB a couple of weeks ago taking questions from callers on everything from politics to the personal which included the last film he’d been to (The King’s Speech).

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