Waiting and hoping and praying


Waiting and hoping and praying is all anyone can do until air tests show it is safe to begin rescuing the 29 miners trapped in the Pike River mine.

What will it be like for the rescuers once they get the go-ahead to enter the mine?

Oswald Bastable describes a much simpler cave rescue and that must have been hard enough:  http://oswaldbastable.blogspot.com/2010/11/that-there-is-always-worse-job.html

Did you see the one about


Same planet, different world Oswald Bastable on bookless homes.

Mapping internet sensation stereotpypes – Lucia Maria has found some new world wit.

Muppets in blue goNZo Freakpower casts the blue end of the blogosphere as Muppets.

How did the poor come to be poor – Anti Dismal on why understanding wealth matters more than understanding poverty.

Building inpsectors – Credo Quia Absurdum Est on why practical experience beats the a bloke with a folder.

Reaching Atip – Cactus Kate explains fashion week.

Be careful Gareth – Patrick Smellie on the fine line between integrity and hubris.

Did you see the one about . . .


New Zealand and Uruguay as sporting equivalents – Pablo at Kiwipolitico compares one small country where sport and agriculture are important with another.

Don’t admit them to hospital then – Macdoctor on the smoking ban for prisoners.

Star the second – In A Strange Land has a star chart to help her stay dry for July.

What makes us happy? Rivetting Kate Taylor on what really matters.

Sparks in the universe – Stellar Cafe on the bright ideas that get away from you.

What determines productivity? – Anti-Dismal on attemts toa nswer the big question.

Biology isn’t destiny but it affects your saving throws – Offsetting Behaviour on nature vs nurutre.

Trio – Quote Unquote on tree planting and muttering and purring.

Mines railways or jobs – Liberty Scott on unintended consequences.

Happy Birthday to us – Gooner at No Minister on the blog’s third birthday.

TraeMe hints – Oswald Bastable knows something but he’s not telling much.

Farewell to the Independent – Liberation bids the paper goodbye with a parody of Chirs Trotter’s writing.

Apropos of which is The Independent 1992 – 2010 at Bowalley Road. He also discusses the redefinition of protest in Russel’s tussle.

Let’s get better Best Blog Awards


Whale Oil, Cactus Kate and Oswald Bastable  aren’t impressed with the nominations in the blog category of the Qantas Media Awards.

I agree.

Let’s do something about it with the Best Blog Awards.

Your views on categories, criteria, how and by whom they should be judged are welcome.

Once that’s been determined we can open nominations.

Mistress of Mistressology mis-steps


I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Busted Blonde at Roarprawn but her blog posts, and some whispers on the grapevine, have earned my respect.

The woman who claims to have a trademark on the term mistressology obviously doesn’t know her reputation or she wouldn’t have been silly enough to get her knickers twisted about BBs use of the term on a post giving advice to mistresses.

The one who claims to be a mistress of mistressology has mis-stepped by picking a fight with the wrong woman.

BB is not the sort to head to port when the sea gets rough and she’s got to the nub of the matter, if you Google search mistressology  it leads to Roarprawn and the not the other woman’s website.

In an act of bloggers’ solidarity I’m joining Whaleoil, Cactus Kate and No Minister who have carried the story and by doing so increased links to Roarprawn which will put her up the Google rankings more.

UPDATE: Motella has joined the campagin too.

Update 2: so has Inquiring Mind 

And look what a google search now turns up:

Search Results

  1. Cactus Kate: Mistressology (ck)

    The first rule of Mistressology Kala really is to choose your target well. You don’t pick on women who when they are alerted to your existence will chew
    asianinvasion2006.blogspot.com/2010/…/mistressology-ck.html19 hours ago

    Mistressology Trademark Fail | Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Gotcha!

  2. 15 May 2010 Probably about now some stupid pommy cow called Ms. Kala Elliot will be wishing she had just STFU. She has tried to bully Busted Blonde
    whaleoil.gotcha.co.nz/2010/05/…/mistressology-trademark-fail/21 hours ago

    Mistress of Mistressology mis-steps « Homepaddock

  3. 16 May 2010 The woman who claims to have a trademark on the term mistressology obviously doesn’t know her reputation or she wouldn’t have been silly
    homepaddock.wordpress.com/2010/…/mistress-of-mistressology/6 hours ago

    roarprawn: MISTRESSOLOGY

  4. 6 Apr 2010 Final rule of mistressology – it will end in tears sooner or later – relationships on any level based on betrayal and lies are always doomed

    We called the post Mistressology. Like as in the study of Mistresses I am the author of the forthcoming book entitled Mistressology and am requesting


  • No Minister: Mistressology claimed as trademark

    15 May 2010 My name is Ms. Kala Elliott and I am the owner of the Trademark ‘Mistressology‘. The application was made last year on my behalf by my UK
  • Mistressology « The Inquiring Mind

    16 May 2010 Mistressology. May 16, 2010. tags: Cactus Kate, Mistressology, No Minister, Roarprawn, Whaleoil. by adamsmith1922
    adamsmith.wordpress.com/2010/05/16/mistressology/1 hour ago

    “Motella” – News, Views and Politics of New Zealand’s Motel

  • 15 May 2010 Busted Blonde is now being cyber-stalked from the UK by a Ms. Kala Elliot that claims to have ownership of the Trademark term Mistressology
    motella.blogspot.com/2010/05/mistressology.html7 hours ago

    “Motella” – News, Views and Politics of New Zealand’s Motel

  • 15 May 2010 After only 4-minutes of us publishing a blog post on Mistressology, we note that we have appeared on page one of Google using the search
    motella.blogspot.com/2010/05/mistressology-part-2.html8 hours ago

    Gotcha! | Politics | Humour | Information | News | Opinion | Debate

  • UPDATE 3: Oswald Bastable is supporting BB too.

    Against the natural order


    The death of an elderly person, while sad, is part of the natural order of life.

    We’re born, we grow up, we grow old, we die.

    The death of a younger person is against that natural order.

    Parents aren’t supposed to out live their children, young people don’t expect to lose their siblings and their friends.

    When the death has come at the end of a prolonged illness like cancer, as it did today for blogger Anna Woolf, there may be relief that her pain and suffering are over. But that won’t lessen the grief of family and friends.

    When someone young dies, those close to her lose not just what they had, but the hopes and dreams they would have had for her future with them.

    I knew Anna only through her blog. I hope the example of her courage, strength and humour helps those who loved her.

    As a member of the Bereaved Parents Club, I hope that they too will learn that, in time, it is possible to be happy again; and to know that a deeper appreciation and enjoyment of life are the most valuable legacy from those we’ve lost.

    Not PC posted the news of Anna’s death. Kiwiblog , M&M and Whaleoil who knew her too, also pay tribute to her. Oswald Bastable knew Anna through her blog and writes from his experience with cancer.

    Just a little click


    Osward Bastable has written a book which has been published on-line.

    He’s asking people to click on the free download to help him up the list to where a browser is more likely to see it.

    It’s just a little click and a big of bandwidth; and if you like what you read he’s offering a discount on sales.

    (I did the clicks but got called away from the computer before I had time to read past the opening paragraph).

    NZ Book Month


    Today is the last day of NZ Book Month and the post a day challenge.

    It’s been fun and the challenge for me was not what to include but which books to leave out.

    Deborah kept up with the calendar. In doing so reminded me of some old favourites and added several books to my must-read list.

    Family, work, life and other more important things got in the way of Rob’s good intention to post each day, but what he lacked in quantity was more than compensated for by quality. 

     He didn’t get round to Bollard and Buckle’s “Economic Liberalisation in New Zealand’  which he reckoned is a real page turner; nor Malcolm McKinnon History of the NZ Treasury which he promised would have you on the edge of your seat.

    Maybe next year. 🙂


    Deborah has posted on a month of books and in doing so reminded me that Karen Healey became a late entry to the challenge and posts here on Margaret Mahy; and that Oswald Bastable also did some book month posts, although none on his own.

    Learning to Lie Together


     Learning to Lie together is a collection of poems by Diane Brown.

    It starts with a possum falling out of a tree in Who makes the first move and finishes with an analysis of a relationship in The maths of happiness.

    In between is a selection of poetic reflections on everything from the discovery that in Korean the word for poem means fart to long distant love.

     The poems are very personal, but most deal with universal themes. They reveal enough but not too much, they show but don’t tell and all trust the reader to find what s/he will between the lines.


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    Post 23 in the post a day for New Zealand Book Month challenge.

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    Over at In A Strange Land Deborah posts on Eel Dreaming by Helen Taylor and Ben Brown.

    Oswald Bastable  posts  on  Tararua, the story of a mountain range Chris Maclean.

    One of the Family


    One of the Family  was the first of Mary Scott’s books I read and it hooked me.

    I read every other book of hers I could get my hands on in libraries and when I had the where with all, started buying them. I still comb second hand shops in the hope I can add the few titles not yet in my collection.

    This, likes all of Scott’s books, is set in the North Island back blocks.

    Theo and her daughter Judy are trying their best to run a run-down farm with too little money, the help of  Terry – who’s on probation – and a series of hopeless managers. Into this comes Theo’s uncle, who is also their mortgagee, a retired English teacher.

    The story’s got romance, revenge, crime, tension and humour. The characters are believable, the plot engaging.

    It’s another on my annual read-it-again list.


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    Post 22 in the post a day for New Zealand Book Month challenge.

    Deborah at In A Strange Land has Eating Plums in Bed, by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Jenna Packer.

    Oswald Bastable has Requiem for a Gasworks by John S. Pollard.


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    Timeless Land


    Brian Turner’s poetry, Owen Marshall’s prose and Grahame Sydney’s paintings combine to capture the people and places of heartland New Zealand.

    Timeless Land, published by Longacre Press, is a glorious tribute to Central Otago.

    In Place,  Turner writes: Once in a while/you may come across a place/where everything/seems as close to perfection/ as you will ever need . . .

    Once in a while you may come across a book in which everything seems as close to perfection as you will ever need. This is such a book, one to linger over, read and re-read.

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    Post 20 in the post a day for New Zealand Book Month challenge.

    Deborah at In A Strange Land posts on Matariki by Melanie Drewery, illustrated by Bruce Potter.

    Oswald Bastable posts on Jim Henderson’s Open Country  and Shooting from the HipLip by Lee Hughes.

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    Who said New Zealander’s can’t do who-dunnits?

    Ngaio Marsh did, Mary Scott and Joyce West did and now Vanda Symon is doing it too.

    Overkill is set in Mataura where Sam Shephard is sole-charge police constable. She discovers the body of a young woman washed up on the banks of the river was murdered. The victim hapens to be the wife of Sam’s former lover and soon she’s a suspect.

    I bought the book after reading a review and saved it for a long flight and reading it helped make the journey pass quickly.

    Sam is not your typical detective but she’s got grit and I liked her enough to read Symon’s second novel, Ring Master, in which she stars too.

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    Post 19 in the post a day for New Zealand Book Month challenge.

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    Deborah at In A Strange Land has picked Annie and the Moon by Miriam Smith illustrated by Lesley Moyes.

    Oswald Bastable  posts on Oracles and Miracles by Stevan Eldred-Grigg.

    Good Men is a good project – Updated


    Several publishers thought a story about wizards wouldn’t sell. J.K. Rowling proved them wrong.

    A couple of men in the USA are hoping to prove the publishers who didn’t like their idea of an anthology of stories by men on manhood they were wrong too.

    Tom Matlack and his partner collected a wide range of men who were willing to write their stories then:

    We hired the best agent in the business, wrote a detailed book proposal, and went shopping for a publisher. Fifty (that’s 5-0, including a who’s who list of the literary world) turned us down. They told us guys don’t read, would never read any kind of anthology, and most certainly wouldn’t read an anthology about men. Apparently we are all mindless fools.

    In spite of the rejections they set up a website, The Good Man Project , and plan to launch a book and a film in November. 

    I hope they succeed.

    The men of my acquaintance do read and the women I know don’t confine their reading to books by and about women.

    Besides, I admire people who aren’t put off by rejection and have the courage and drive to turn a good idea into a success.

    If there’s an audience for wizards why not one for good men?

    Hat Tip: Beatties Book Blog.

    UPDATE: Apropos of books which were rejected, Oswald Bastable pointed me to a list of 30 famous authors whose works were rejected (repeatedly, and sometimes rudely) by publishers.



    Former MP and Minister outside cabinet Phillip Field has been found guilty  of 26 charges.

    Field, former MP for Mangere, was found guilty of 11 of 12 charges of bribery and corruption as an MP after the Crown said he had Thai nationals carry out work on his properties in return for immigration assistance between November 2002 and October 2005.

    He was also found guilty of 15 of 23 charges of wilfully attempting to obstruct or pervert the course of justice. The charges related to his evidence to an inquiry into the work on his homes.

    Crown Prosecutor Simon Moore is correct when he says:

    “This has been a really important case, and bribery and corruption strikes very much at the heart of who we are as a people.”

    The case is a nasty blot on our democratic fabric not just because Field is the first person found guilty of corruption as an MP but because of the way then Prime Minister Helen Clark and her Labour colleagues sought to protect him and hobble the Ingram Inquiry into allegations against him.

    Kiwiblog has done an excellent post detailing what happened and when, concluding with:

    Long before the Police investigation, the Labour Party should have denounced Field. Instead Clark, Cullen and the rest of the Labour Party defended him. That is why these convictions are their shame.

    This would also be a good time for all MPs to come together and declare this should never happen again, and support an Independent Commission against Corruption that can investigate abuses of office by parliamentarians, senior officials and agencies.

    The call for an Independent Commission against Corruption is seconded by Whaleoil.

    Keeping Stock says:

    And sadly, we can no longer claim to be a country where our politics are free from corruption. That will be Taito Phillip Field’s legacy to New Zealand, and to the Pasifika people he purported to represent.

    Roarprawn asks:   He is the first but will he be the last?

    No  Minister says (and shows): A good day for Tui.

    Oswald Bastable says: Official – there is corruption in NZ politics.

    PM of NZ notes: Only guilty of trying to help.

    UPDATE: Fairfacts Media posts on The Guilty Party.

                      Macdoctor posts on Dishonour.

                     Dim Post says The Only Thing Taito Phillip Field is Guilty of is Corruption.

                    Something Should Go Here highlights the Gobsmackingly Dishonest Quote of the Day.

    UPdate 2:

                  Monkeywithtypewriter posts In Praise of Ingram.

                 Stephen Franks writes Reflections on Field’s Corruption.

    Did you see the one about . . .


    Holidays at Oswald Bastable

    What’s the Point of United Future? at Fairfacts Media (one in a series looking at NZ political parties).

     How to cook a hairy sausage at Quote Unquote.

    It’s not okay to be blind drunk and expect police to be there at Cactus Kate.

    Spot the criminal at Macdoctor.

    Today’s referendum at Keeping Stock (also one in a series).

    Read aloud to your children at NZ Conservative.

    The Four Pillars at Fenemy.

    Comics in the clinics at Not PC.

    And a new (to me) blog: A cat of impossible colour  (Hat Tip: Open Parachute)

    IQ test skewed towards men?


    IQ Test
    Free-IQTest.net – IQ Test

     Kiwiblog is smarter than I am.

    Quote Unquote  is brighter too.

    I bet it’s the number sequence that I got wrong.

    If two men score better than one woman do I have sufficient evidence to accuse the test of  gender bias? 🙂

    UPDATE: Oswald Bastable  beat me too.

    I haven’t noticed any women confessing to their scores – but maybe they’re too smart to waste their time on the test.

    UPDATE 2 : Kismet Farm scored better than me too.

    Did you see the light/dark?


    Did you see the light dark last night?

    TV3 showed us the lights on the Sky Tower going out (and also lots of candles burning).

    The Herald declared Earth Hour a success but Keeping Stock reckoned that was a Tui truth.

    Around other blogs this morning:

    Zen Tiger at NZ Conservative has a much better idea for dirt day once a week

    Psycho Milt at No Minister had some family learning opportunities

    And some I missed last night:

    A seven year old speaks sense at M&M

    Dave Gee switched on for sanity hour

    Roarprawn declared it a crock

    Oswald Bastable switched on everything

    Mr Dennis lit up too.

    The money or the holiday


    Some of our staff take all the holidays owing to them and more; we have to insist others take all they’re entitled to.

    Those who take extra time off won’t be affected by the proposal to allow workers to choose the fourth week’s holiday or an extra week’s pay; those who aren’t keen to take what they’re eligible for will happily take the money instead of  packing a bag for a  fourth week off.

    Four weeks holiday plus 11 statutory days off adds up to six working weeks plus a day off work in a year. Not everyone wants that much so now they’ll have a choice of taking the money instead.

    The existing policy gives workers a vacation which many turn into a staycation, because they can’t afford to go away. National’s policy will enable them to choose a paycation instead.

    It’s each worker’s choice, and if blogs are anything to go by this is clearly understood by those on the right but not on the left.

    Kiwiblog approves the move and notes the fear and ignorance from opponents. 

    Keeping Stock  agrees with the Herald editorial.

    Oswald Bastable will be happy to take the cash and use it for his annual holiday.

    Whaleoil is please the government will let employees buy back holidays.

    The Visible Hand in Economics thinks it’s an excellent policy, thinks the Greens have got it wrong and has a more detailed discussion.

    Monkeywithtypewriter may not consider himself politically right but he’s right on this when he says four weeks entitlement, pull the other one.

    Meanwhile the sky is falling on the left where:

    Bomber at Tumeke! doesn’t understand that the four week’s entitlement doesn’t kick in until a year has been worked so has nothing to do with the 90 day trial period.

    No Right Turn takes a very jaundiced view  of employers.

    And The Standard is doesn’t believe in good faith.

    Why on earth would they do this?


    If you had an uneconomic business to sell and knew that the government which was most likely to buy it was also the one least likely to be there after an impending election, how keen would you be do do a deal with it?


    And being very keen, would you be hard to deal with?


    Would you even be prepared to compromise on what you were prepared to accept rather than risk having no deal at all if the government changed?

    Almost certainly.

    Why then did Labour, spend so much more on what has become AlbatrossRail than it was worth when Toll Holdings would have been very, very willing sellers?

    And given that, why on earth would anyone consider appointing Michael Cullen to the board of an SOE when he has demonstrated his lack of business acumen not just with this purchase and the ACC blow out but nine years of wasted opportunities?

    I’ve just got back from Wellington and have come across the story late in the day so am not surprised so many other blogs have covered it and are united in their condemnation of the idea:

    Keeping Stock says No John No

    Kiwblog has problems with this  and comes up with more appointments for the government to consider.

    No Minister says No, no, no  and asks is NZ now a Fools Paradise?

    Roarprawn is aghast.

    Cactus Kate calls it a National disgrace.

    NZ Conservative suggests another job with a lot less pay.

    Oswald Bastable also suggests another job.

    Anti-Dismal sees politics where there should be commerce.

    Barnsley Bill hopes it’s a joke.

    Inquiring Mind says Absolutely bloody outrageous.

    PM of NZ isn’t being tribal.

    Whaleoil says No way.

    UPDATE: Monkeywithtypewriter thinks this is all a personal PR campaign for Cullen.

    In Flanders Fields


    It’s Armistice Day and the 90th anniversary of the end of World War 1.

    In Flanders Fields

    by John McCrae, May 1915

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep,
    though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

    Keeping Stock ,  PM of NZ and Oswald Bastable  also remember.

    UPDATE: Lou Taylor at No Minister  and Barnsley Bill  mark the date too.

    My grandfather fought in Egypt where he looked after the horses and, thankfully, was not sent to Gallipoli.

    He didn’t like talking about the war and Mum remembered him burying his medals in the garden, never to be seen again.

    UPDATE 2: Poneke  posts on the sons who lie in Flanders fields.

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