Sunday soapbox

Sunday’s  soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.
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15 Responses to Sunday soapbox

  1. Gravedodger says:

    Gee that boy from the Haka had an awesome game eh, most tests ever by an international rugby player.
    They sure breed em tough on this side of the river.

    Nice touch with Margaret and Don pre match loved her motherly response “just to have him walk off at the end safe”, and Don “oh we talk about flying”.


  2. farmerbraun says:

    maybe it’s just me , but there is something deeply satisfying in watching the Wobblies being handed their rses.
    Thanks Quade.


  3. andrei says:

    New Zealand under the watchful gaze of John Key’s National Government is becoming more anal by the day.

    Went to buy a lighter at the supermarket last night to light my fire but apparently they have all been pulled – WTF
    Was pointed to a contraption over 500 mm long that cost 4 or 5 times the price of the humble blic flick – plastered with safety warnings

    It is supposedly child proof though any kid worth his salt would have it working in a nano second – for an elderly person with arthritic hands who wants to light his fire though it would be mission impossible.

    But when you get it going the flame it produces is so fricking
    anaemic you would struggle to light the candle on a kids birthday cake with it

    You know how I lit my fire last night?

    With my MAPP torch – though of course MAPP gas is another banned thing (it causes cancer or so they say) so it is MAPP gas substitute that did the deed.

    To add insult to injury on my journey back from the supermarket home my lawful journey between supermarket and my home was interrupted a big Government apparatchik who wanted to verify I hadn’t ingested a molecule or two of C2H5OH which if detected by the miracles of modern analytical chemistry in my system would allow the Government to fine me or take away my right to drive my car

    Naturally the machine revealed I was not about to run over a bunch of five year olds on a school crossing by through ethanol impairment so I was allowed to continue by lawful business and sit by my fireside in peace


  4. farmerbraun says:

    Count your blessings: you were not forced out of your car at gunpoint; you were not strip-searched;you were not summarily executed for protesting your innocence.
    Give it time 🙂


  5. andrei says:

    Kids have been known to drink bleach Tracey – should that be pulled from the supermarket shelves

    The removal of vegetables from idiot’s anuses is a regular occurrence in our Hospital emergency departments should we remove all phallic vegetables from sale? No more carrots, cucumbers and courgettes on the shelves for our gustatorial delight?

    We cannot make the world idiot proof and there are legitimate uses for the humble Bic Flic which sure beats rubbing two sticks together


  6. TraceyS says:

    Should bleach be pulled? No, but we can put childproof caps on bottles. If the product has to be removed for a short time while that change happens so what? I think that is a small thing worth doing. I’m sure the lighters will be back once they meet the standard required.

    In the meantime, no need to rub sticks. Matches work perfectly well.


  7. Mr E says:

    I can’t believe Tracey ignored the obvious. You need to speak to your supermarket manager and request only diced fruit and veg are sold. Explain to him or her that you are worried about people’s anuses, and no doubt they will understand.

    When you sleep at night without worrying about anuses you can thank me.

    Yep – another day solving real world problems. What a legacy I am leaving behind. I mean – after me. No back there. Damn it!


  8. andrei says:

    In the meantime, no need to rub sticks. Matches work perfectly well.

    They didn’t have any of those either Tracey – except for some really really long ones that come in a box of about twenty at vast price

    My guess is more houses have been burned down by kids playing with matches than have been incinerated by misuse of the current childproof Bic Flic (a fine example of which in vivid orange I picked up today at my local service station for a couple of bucks you will be pleased to learn)

    In any case in antediluvian times when my children were growing they had access to many incendiary devices (e.g. my oxy acetylene and MAPP torches (it was the real cancer causing MAPP back then) far more effective for budding arsonists than Bic Flics but they also knew if they went near them they’d get their bottoms smacked, it still being legal in those dark times to instil discipline into your children.

    The worst that ever happened in that regard was my son and his friend took a ball-peen hammer to the glass in my spirit level to explore its innards……


  9. TraceyS says:

    Those really really long ones are great. You’re probably right that more fires have been started by children playing with matches over history. One of the problems with lighters is that they give the impression of being childproof, when obviously they are not, therefore less care may be taken to put them away securely. “Viscusi and Cavallo concluded that lighters with child-resistant features cause some consumers to reduce the care they take with lighters but that their overall effect has been to improve safety” *. Whereas we all know not to leave matches lying around for young children to get their hands on because there are no pretenses of built-in safety. This fascinating problem extends far beyond the home of course.


    Click to access fall07-feature02.pdf


  10. Mr E says:



  11. TraceyS says:

    Oh yes I see, Mr E, my links…Peltzman!! (Dave will never let me away with having inadvertently referenced someone of the Heartland Institute).



  12. andrei says:

    You are beyond help Tracey – you live in as world of your own, worrying over the danger posed to children from cigarette lighters and reading reports by written by over privileged pointy heads whose chatter is 99% nonsense with a small kernel of truth that comes under the heading of the bleeding obvious

    Meanwhile in the real world, which you choose to shut your eyes to, the danger to childr4en in their own homes does not come from cigarette lighters but malevolent politicians


  13. TraceyS says:

    The death of the little boy from the cigarette lighter house fire is no less tragic than the death of the little girl from the bomb.


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