Word of the day


Lickspigot – a tapster; the person who always seems to show up just as you’re cracking open a bottle of wine.

Chesterton quotes


Bad dream


North Otago farmer Jane Smith writes of a nightmare on Bowen Street:

. . . Never before have I seen farmers so conflicted between positivity from great product prices and the negativity via continued harassment by government regulations.

That was later the theme for a nightmare from which I woke in a cold sweat, dazed and confused, similar to the feeling when opening an ACC bill.

I was seemingly attending a function in Wellington entitled ‘the NZ Showcase of Incompetency’. Our fearless leader was to be keynote speaker, however her fiance had just tested positive to something and she was also in a Zoom call with Sri Lanka’s regulators on “how to destroy your farming sector and democracy within a 12-month timeframe”.

The dress code was a moko and cowboy hat or socks and sandals – with the theme for the night “A Smorgasbord of Socialism”. The canapés were an unpalatable mix of plant-based righteousness and laboratory-created confusion, the drinks trolley empty apart from “an optional selection of Three Waters” which upon entry we were all lined up and forced to consume. . . 

Follow the link above to read the rest.

Winston Churchill’s wisdom


Saturday soapbox


Saturday’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.

Everyone is in favour of free speech. Hardly a day passes without it being extolled, but some peole’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage. – Sir Winston Churchill

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