Word of the day

September 6, 2011

Hinchinarfer – a grumpy woman; gruff-voiced woman, with shrieking sisterhood tendencies.

Blue trumps green

September 6, 2011

The Highlanders’ board has seen sense.

The southern men will be wearing predominantly blue uniforms next season with the controversial green left for away games.

The board still wants to “freshen the brand” but will wait until after a consultation process undertaken by the University of Otago.

It shouldn’t take much consultation to tell the board that if they want fans to show their true colours then the team should be true to their colours.

Sex by judicial decree no joke

September 6, 2011

The story of a woman successfully suing her ex-husband because his libido was too low for her liking will probably be treated as a joke.

It’s not funny when you go beyond the headline:

But the strains of work and illness prevented Jean-Louis from fulfilling his matrimonial duties, his advocate pleaded.

Announcing her decision the judge quoted the French civil and penal code, which requires both parties in a marriage to respect ‘lifelong community’ requiring them by law to have sexual relations.

Sex by judicial decree isn’t funny.

It probably would be even less likely to be regarded as amusing  if it was the man who complained about the woman but it’s no more a joke because it was the husband’s low libido which prompted the case rather than the wife’s.

Non-consensual sex is abuse regardless of who’s demanding and who’s reluctant.

A difference in libido would cause problems in a relationship but they would be best sorted out by counselling rather than a court.

Which century is this?

September 6, 2011

The third comment left on David Farrar’s Stuff column starts:

Diversity is important but women need to understand that the majority of hard, business decisions are necessarily made by men, and this applies to Parliament as well.

There are several things I could say about that but it’s time I got back to the kitchen.


September 6, 2011

Getting excited about this year’s Rugby World Cup doesn’t mean I know much about its history.

I scored only 2/15 in the Herald’s 1987 RWC quiz.

My rugby trivia knowledge is sparse at the best of times and I don’t remember watching any games in the tournament.

That was the year our first son was born and died. It was also the year my farmer started digging us out of the ag-sag by supplying old ewes for the winter kill which required us to shear every couple of weeks.

When I look back on the winter all I remember is being in hospital with Tom or at home cooking for shearers or preparing food for someone else to give them when I was away.

This is a much easier and happier year and I’ll be going to at least two games – although that is absolutely no guarantee I’ll do any better in a quiz on the tournament in 24 years time.

Are we exctied yet #2?

September 6, 2011

A friend was on a flight which landed in Dunedin shortly before the plane carrying  the Pumas touched down last Thursday.

They were greeted by a large crowd and she said the excitement was infectious.

It wasn’t, however, a patch on the enthusiastic welcome the Tongan Rugby World Cup team got from their supporters in Auckland yesterday.

Keeping Stock has the video and I defy you to watch it without being moved.

The team is one of the underdogs but however they perform on the field, it will be difficult to beat the Tongan  fans who’ve shown us all how to get into the spirit of the occasion.

Too safe can be more dangerous

September 6, 2011

The crash which injured 35 children after the school bus they were on was rammed by a logging truck provides a compelling argument to back up Rural Women’s call for active signs on school buses.

I think those signs, reminding drivers to slow to 20 kilometres an hour when approaching and passing a slowing or stationary school bus, would be a good idea.

But we must be careful to keep a balance between making roads safer and making them so safe they become dangerous because drivers relax and stop taking responsibility.

No matter what is done to enhance safety, the responsibility to remain alert and prepared for the unexpected lies with drivers.

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