Saturday, January 31, 2009

Cheaper prisons

Here is the cheaper way to build prisons- prefabricated cell modules.

Made by outfits like this one.

Shipping containers are even cheaper!

Feckin' hot!

Gladstone Weather, near Carterton, Wairarapa, NZ -41 02 37 S, 175 35 43 E
LAST READING AT TIME: 4:00 PM DATE: 31 January 2009
Current WeatherDry Current Temperature 33.5°C (92.3°F) (Heat Index 33.5°C ), Apparent temp 32.0 °C , Apparent temp solar 41.0 °C
Maximum Temperature (since 9am)35.7 °C at: 3:16 PM Minimum Temperature (since 9am)27.3 °C at: 9:00 AM

Friday, January 30, 2009

Well THAT was impressive!

Just did a callout to a faulted pump. This usually means I get $70 for driving out of town and pushing a reset button.

I knew it was going to be a bit more than this when I saw the 15 meter fountain in the distance. Very pretty, but not when you have to wade in and shut it off. Against the odds, I got it shut off with nothing more than wet boots.

Looks like Mr Pump has broken loose and fallen down the hole. I'm glad MY work ended with shutting off the mains!

Two dumbass crims on the run

Hat Tip: Theo Spark

Completely free from the ravages of intelligence...

Thursday, January 29, 2009


Any readers out there know anything about softbait fishing?

I'm thinking of giving it a try.


Let sleeping dogs lie

Some things are just better forgotten.

I can't see the point of re-living pain felt many years ago. Some say it is therapeutic, but I believe that in most cases, time is the great healer.

Let the memories fade and the pain fades too. You may never forget but why beat yourself up by continually reminding yourself of the follies of youth.

Forward and onto better things is the way- don't look back!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Anyone else smell a large red rat?

"...The man who brought assault charges against Labour cabinet minister Trevor Mallard pleaded guilty to providing the Inland Revenue false or misleading documents at Wellington District Court today..."

Now the fact that he has pleaded guilty to the sin of misleading thieves is not the issue here.

I see yet another person who has protested against the late unlamented government appears to have had the microscope put on him. Another Tim Selwyn type of case.

For in the environment the apparatus set up, it isn't hard to have broken SOME law- and the state has the means, the time and your money to VERY thoroughly investigate your life.

Shame they don't do the same to the upper echelons of our criminal fraternity- or would that be too close to home...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Prick of the week

Former police inspector Ross Meurant

Someone who should know better than to open his big mouth and let stuff come out.

"...Former police inspector Ross Meurant says the armed offenders squad member who fired the shot that killed teenage courier driver Halatau Naitoko should be tried before a court..."

Now he of all people should know that first there is an inquiry into event, which will determine whether or not charges (and which ones) should be laid.

For the leftist retards who inevitably cry 'whitewash' these internal inquiries are run by a certain type of person who is hell-bent on finding fault. They are the hall monitors and prefects of the world- nasty, officious and pompous wannabe prats with delusions of adequacy and as likable as a Wolverine with diarrhea. (based on my experiences with these types in the services)

The correct comment for this twat to have made would be: "let's wait until we have the full story"

Monday, January 26, 2009

Bludgers, bastards and freeloaders in general

Freeloaders of the Day;

The South Wairarapa Swimming Clubs (especially the bludgers in Greytown).

Now here is a sports body that REALLY wants us ratepayers to dig deep!

While the local rugby clubs get their grounds mown at the ratepayers expense, these clowns want a pool maintained with all the power, chemical and service costs paid for- so they can then monopolise the pools after 5pm when hot ratepayers (the poor bastards that actually fund this) get home from work and wouldn't mind a dip to cool down! Heaven forbid they could share the pool, by roping part of it off!

They obviously have 'contacts' within the local council as they get a grandstand build at the Featherston pool for about 80 grand, Thi swill get used on about two days a year, while the rest of the facility is in an advanced state of disrepair- the toilets look like those found in France!

Will any of these bludgers ever turn out for a working bee? No leave THAT- to other volunteer service groups- Lions, last time it got painted. Every man woman and child should have been down there with sandpaper and paintbrushes.

The Greytown mob wanted the ratepayers (from a town with approx. ratable properties) to fund a 50 meter covered and heated olympic frickin' pool!

Even the SWDC morons realized that this would be political suicide and politely told them to sod off and find the money themselves.

Now if I want a game of golf (I don't) I would be expected to dig ito my pocket and pay subs which fund the groundskeeper and the green upkeep. I don't see the fricking council paying for the green to be mowed. Nor do they provide mowing, weed-control or electricity to my gun club. I pay subs for that and attend frequent working bees- which is as it should be.

They could travel a bit further north and look to the shining example of the Carterton Swimming club, who run the pool for the council and keep an old pool pristine and well-staffed with friendy helpful lifeguards.

These fricken swimming clubs need to get their hands back into their own pockets and their face out of the public trough. And stop playing the 'what about the children' card.

If those who cry this one really gave a shit, they wouldn't hesitate to get their own chequebooks out!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

And then I walked into the camping ground TV room...

No- seriously- this happened to me this morning!

Except the were all friggin' gingas! (even scarier)

All mesmerized by frickin' Pokemon!

Camping- it works

Why go live in an un-air-conditioned tent with no broadband access or HD TV?

Wife lies about in the sun drinking wine and is happy.

Kids orbit the camping ground with other kids and are happy.

I get to drink beer all day and barbeque mammal-flesh twice a day.

Once a day I have to go the the supermarket for more beer, wine, ice and mammal-flesh and take the kids to the pool in lieu of bathing.

When you have all the gear, it works.

You will need:
300 litres of chilly bin capactity (that's an Esky to you chaps in the West Island) You will need more if you want to keep food cool.

A good lamp- the new LED lamps go for ages on a set of batteries.

Air mattresses and a blower that runs off the car battery

Duvets- forget that sleeping bags unlesss you like extreme bondage

A big tent -preferably two- one for the kids.

An automatic bug spray dispenser

MP3 players and car rechargers

PSP or equivalent for child distraction

Comfy chairs

lots of change

Thursday, January 22, 2009

On holiday

Off camping again- back on Sunday!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Privateers Prize

This is my invention. It gets a mention in the space opera I'm currently writing, thus the name.


One large glass (chilled)- a pint is good.


Ice cubes
Two nips Southern Comfort
One nip Galliano
One nip Coconut Rum
One nip Rum (any kind)
A dash of lime cordial

Fill with orange juice and soda water.


If you are Cactus Kate, order a minion to do the above.

It's very smooth and appeals to the girls.

It also knocks them on their arses!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Final Cut

"Losing the powers of government is like being publicly castrated, says the ousted deputy prime minister..."

I thought neutering went with his job!

There are those who accept the power when they take on the job.

The others take on the job for the power.

I know who I believe are the right ones for the job...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Cafes to not bother with.

Last Thursday I posted on the Invercargill cafe owner that refuses to serve Jew's. Now another Cafe has joined in the rush to commit economic suicide (hopefully)

I said:

"...Well, however you may feel it IS his shop and he should be able to serve-or boot out whoever he likes. It's called property rights and they don't change because the property owner is a prize prick..."

And that holds true.

Principles like property rights and freedom of speech are unchanged just because you find what the others are saying is repugnant, racist or hateful. It's also a two-way street as those who don't like your opinions or actions are free to tell you that you are a complete and utter pick and to take their business elsewhere.

However, as has been rightfully pointed out- this is MY opinion on how things ought to be.

It's not how things are in law. Regardless of what I think of the law, we are currently stuck with it- and these 'hospitality providers' are in breech of the law.

A law which appears to be taking the 'softly, softly' approach.

Would that they do the same when you dare to open your business during Easter? Or put up a sign- 'No Maoris or Islanders' (the later had better be on a plyboard sheet big enough to cover the whole window!)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Another clever NZ inventor

"...The Auckland entrepreneur has invented a cost-effective, easily installed and unobtrusive automatic fire suppression system which quickly and efficiently puts out stove-top fires...

...He plans to market his Sensorjet unit for around $250, with installation bringing all-up cost to between $300 and $400..."

Sounds great- simple and affordable.

Now what chance that people who won't spend two bucks on a smoke detector battery will actually buy one of these?

Of course we will all be paying for state houses to have these installed. Let the drunken fry-ups continue to roll...


One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.

Hot Tip- where else?- Theo Spark

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Doing the right thing

"A woman has handed her son over to police investigating the rape of a young Dutch tourist in Tuatapere after recognising her own filleting knife and teatowel on the Southland Times website..."

This is something not too often seen these days. All too often the relatives and associates are shielding the suspect- even and especially when they know he is guilty as sin. This is particularly immoral when the crime is a repugnant one such as rape or murdering a baby(or two)

All things said, it can't be easy to turn in a child and this women is to be praised for doing the right thing.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Great Flying!

"Former fighter pilot Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger III has saved the lives of more than 150 people after safely guiding a plane into the freezing waters of New York's Hudson River, moments after a flock of birds reportedly cut the jet's engines..."

I hope somebody is right now buying this man a large bucket of beer!

Crush the boy racers AND the cars!

"Christchurch mayor Bob Parker is calling for the Government to tell the city how to deal with the problem of boy racers..."

This is the trouble with public roads. Every sod is free to use them and these pricks seem to have next to nothing to stop them abusing them.

No need to involve central government unless you really want the dickhead control SNAFU. Just tell the police to sort it out.

Resource them properly to do the job.

Then stand the hell out of their way and let the experts get on with their job.

Without the hand-wringing when some poor, disaffected Yoof get a richly deserved clip around the swede with a aluminium bar.

Without the whining when some kid with wealthy parents has to spend the weekend in the pokey with the dregs of 'TheVillage of the Damned'

With no sympathy when the japper shitbox brought on a student loan is reduced to a paperweight. And the loan is still outstanding.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Not the right way to deal with this

"An Invercargill cafe owner's refusal to serve Israelis on the basis of their nationality is a clear human rights breach, Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres says.

Sisters Natalie Bennie and Tamara Shefa were upset after being booted out of the Mevlana Cafe in Esk St yesterday by owner Mustafa Tekinkaya..."

Well, however you may feel it IS his shop and he should be able to serve-or boot out whoever he likes. It's called property rights and they don't change because the property owner is a prize prick.

Of course everyone who doesn't like what he has done is free to take their custom elsewhere, to tell him why and to persuade all their friends and acquaintances to do so.

His suppliers should also be free to stop supplying him, should they choose to do so.

Bagel & Lox, anybody?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Big Bada Boom!

My other WTF! pistol*
.562" lead ball and 50 grains of FFFG.

And I'm actually hitting the target now that I'm getting used to the bloody great flash in front of my face!

*When you fire it , people come over and ask say "WTF was THAT!"

Blogging light

Hat Tip: Theo Spark

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Dumb and Dumber

"Reina Hardesty, 13, sent 14,528 text messages in December - about 470 text messages a day, at an average of a message every two minutes if she was awake for 15 hours each day, the New York Post said..."

Kick her arse, cut the phone in half with a disk grinder and send her to Military school!

That is just friggin' ridiculous!

She seriously needs to get a life...

Monday, January 12, 2009

What's new?

I have been wondering what new gadgets will be coming over the next couple of years.

Looking backwards 10-20 years at the rate of progress and trying to project forward is always a bit of fun.

I have made a few predictions that panned out- most of which were scoffed at by 'industry experts'

Pre-paid mobile phones, huge growth in the computer gaming market, video phones, colour printers and the MP3 type music player were all things I had picked for the early 21st century (this was 20 years previous)

I got a few wrong- teletext was nobbled by the internet and a universal personal phone number hasn't happened yet.

It's not that there a re great new inventions coming onto the market- it's more a steady refinement of existing devices and the drop in price for these goods. In another decade, the old CRT tv will be as much an oddity as a wood cabinet black &white set. And today I read that 3-D tv is in development. That will probably arrive about the time I have replaced all my favorite movies with blu-ray!

So what are my picks for the upcoming hot items?

USB data stick systems- just plug into another computer or a dumb terminal and all your stuff is there.

LED panel lighting

Internet notebooks will take off like the mobile phones they will eventually replace- the ever decreasing size of these devices will drive the development of voice interface software.

Flexible LCD screens.

Jack Ketch

I would do it for a far more modest fee!

After all, I would make it up by repeat business...

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The things kids come out with

My six-year old son's interest in the Tintin books has certainly increased his vocabulary!

Everything is now 'Thundering Typhoons', 'Billions of Blistering Barnacles' and his brother is a 'Squawking Popinjay!'

It could be worse...

Saturday, January 10, 2009


When a moron shoots a crossbow in a residential area and hits some poor sod, he should be in jail NOW awaiting trial.

There is no doubt about who did it, that this was an act of causing serious injury though sheer bloody stupidity.

What was the possum-brained prat thinking? (well- obviously he wasn't!)

And police are "considering laying charges."

Considering indeed- throw the book at him!

Future inventions

I was about to predict the LED glow panel as often used in science fiction and thought i should google it first.

It appears I was a bit slow making this prediction.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Facial piercings

SO why is she bitching?

She seems to think holes in the face are OK.

Under Canvas

Camping grounds- you probably know them well.

Camping sites that measure exactly one meter more than your tent or caravan.
Toilet and shower blocks of bare concrete that are about as clean as the average milking shed.
Surly caretakers.
Route marches to the nearest water/toilet/shower.
Living two meters away from the Addams Family (and cousins)
Bins overflowing with Lion Red bottles.
Flies for Africa.
A kitchen full of fat German tourists cooking lard.
Drunken Bacradi Breezer-belching teenagers talking (and screaming) at 105 decibels at 2am.
Did I mention the toilets- almost as filthy as those found in France?

Well, I found none of this at the Carterton Holiday Park - believe it-or not!

The grounds were like- well- a park. Plenty of shelter from sun and wind and well-groomed grass. We picked a site under one of those spiny fir trees for our tent (hint: birds can't roost in the outer branches of such trees!) We had room for a station wagon and a ute, plus had a large wooden picnic table out front of the tent. The grounds are next to large sports fields and a chilrdens playground (with a REALLY big slide)

Pete and Di, who run this example of what a camping ground SHOULD be and seldom is- were always helpful and friendly.

The toilets, showers and kitchen were always spotless. I have never seen such clean communal facilities outside of an Army barracks on inspection day! The showers required a $1 token for five minute- which gets around the problem of shower-hogging girlies (so says the wife) You can have a cold shower for free and at this time of year that is what I want-34 degrees C yesterday!

The office had a few basics for sale- washing powder and packets of cereal and tokens for the showers ($1 token for five minutes) but just outside the gate was a well-stocked dairy and there was a supermarket about 1km away.

The town is about 800 meters away and full of great restaurants, cafes and takeaways. Tasti Takaways do huge feeds of Fish & Chips and Chinese food for very reasonable prices and there is something for all budgets.

About 500 meters away is the local swimming pool and a swim may be had for the sum of $2.00 The pool is a outdoor one and much nicer than the run-down holding ponds that pass for pools in the South Wairarapa.

With small children, this camping ground worked well for us, as it was small, well-fenced and we could easily keep track of straying kids. For me, I could travel to work each day and leave the family to it and return each night with fresh supplies of food, drink and ice.

If the weather obliges I shall return in a couple of weeks!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Away until Friday

Gone camping.

Tale of woe to follow.

Monday, January 05, 2009

More on climate

The Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change

‘Global warming’ is not a global crisis

We, the scientists and researchers in climate and related fields, economists, policymakers, and business leaders, assembled at Times Square, New York City, participating in the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change,
  • Resolving that scientific questions should be evaluated solely by the scientific method;

  • Affirming that global climate has always changed and always will, independent of the actions of humans, and that carbon dioxide (CO2) is not a pollutant but rather a necessity for all life;

  • Recognising that the causes and extent of recently observed climatic change are the subject of intense debates in the climate science community and that oft-repeated assertions of a supposed ‘consensus’ among climate experts are false;

  • Affirming that attempts by governments to legislate costly regulations on industry and individual citizens to encourage CO2 emission reduction will slow development while having no appreciable impact on the future trajectory of global climate change. Such policies will markedly diminish future prosperity and so reduce the ability of societies to adapt to inevitable climate change, thereby increasing, not decreasing, human suffering;

  • Noting that warmer weather is generally less harmful to life on Earth than colder:

Hereby declare:
  • That current plans to restrict anthropogenic CO2 emissions are a dangerous misallocation of intellectual capital and resources that should be dedicated to solving humanity's real and serious problems.

  • That there is no convincing evidence that CO2 emissions from modern industrial activity has in the past, is now, or will in the future cause catastrophic climate change.

  • That attempts by governments to inflict taxes and costly regulations on industry and individual citizens with the aim of reducing emissions of CO2 will pointlessly curtail the prosperity of the West and progress of developing nations without affecting climate.

  • That adaptation as needed is massively more cost-effective than any attempted mitigation and that a focus on such mitigation will divert the attention and resources of governments away from addressing the real problems of their peoples.

  • That human-caused climate change is not a global crisis.

Now, therefore, we recommend—
  • That world leaders reject the views expressed by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as well as popular, but misguided works such as An Inconvenient Truth.

  • That all taxes, regulations, and other interventions intended to reduce emissions of CO2 be abandoned forthwith.

Agreed at New York, 4 March 2008.

Hat Tip and to see more- The Devil's Kitchen

I know the feeling...

Just substitute 'Featherston' for 'Wyoming'

(We actually have had trains blown off the lines here)

Sunday, January 04, 2009

A New Market

The rise of- The Speak Easy!

Not quite the prohibition era style, but neighborhood garages that have been decked out as bars.

Attracting a selective clientele of locals- word of mouth only, these bars provide what the pubs and clubs cannot.

A place free from louts, bogans and thugs.
A place where you can hear somebody across the room talk.
A safe place to have a drink amongst friends.
Quite probably somewhere where you can smoke a cigarette without a trip out into the cold!

Drinks marked up a bit from the supermarket price- not a 300% markup. The wine, beer and spirits may even (shock-horror) home-made!

That charming Kiwiana decor - the style of the real Kiwi bach- no two items match! Carpet squares salvaged from the dump over the concrete floor. An old piano with a couple of keys missing. A mangy stags head with an old bra over one antler. Ashtrays stolen from pubs back in the days when they had them. An old dog sleeping next to a permit-free pot-bellied stove in the corner.

The more ambitious may have an old pool table and the Tv that was retired when the owner got an LCD. Only for when the rugby or cricket is on, of course!

There is an outdoors toilet that may or may not be connected to the sewers, depending on the skills of the relaative that illegally onstalled it.

This is nothing new- I knew of one years ago in a town that will not be named. This was a house brought by a bunch of blokes who wanted somewhere to go for a drink and to watch the game. The only pubs in the area were populated by the local PWT and knuckle-draggers, so they made their own. You had your own lock-up fridge and it was BYO, thus totally legal. They paid subs which covered rates, power and a cleaner.

A great arrangement!

The Speak Easy is alive and well in the UK- The Pub Shed

Saturday, January 03, 2009

So news is slow

When you publish this sort of tripe!

I bet they all ask him to have sex with them...

Gentile Tramping

Cactus Kate was written a piece on her idea of wilderness travel.

I totally agree- I have often said that any fool can rough it and that the outdoors are far more enjoyable when you take a few comforts along- and don't have to carry heavy things!

She provides a link to an Aussie outfit, but we also have such things here.

It's really just reinventing the wheel- it used to be called 'going on safari'

Much more pleasant than tramping!

If only we could still get coolies with a work ethic nowadays- that's what happens when you do away with flogging!

Friday, January 02, 2009

In a nick of time

One good thing to come out of this incident is that an obviously unreformed nutbar will now not be released.

If this piece of refuse is in for murder and rape he shouldn't be up for release in any case. He should have been ashes some years ago.

Those feral cats are a bloody nuisance- they thrive around all institutions- prisons, hospitals, army camps. For some reason all the other vermin get poisoned but the cats seem to escape- or perhaps they are just more obvious.

This one had at least been useful.

It's helped make a scumbag show his true colours .


Normally a story like this stays about for a bit- it's already under the radar at Stuff.

A brave 12-year old girl gets five younger siblings out of a fire. The media- rightly- loves this stuff.

And the parents? What were they doing...

I would guess charges are forthcoming.

More bleeding-heart bollocks

'Desperate need' for detox centres in major cities

"Waking up cold and sweaty in a police cell while coming off drugs or alcohol is a sobering experience, in more ways than one.

Not only for the people being arrested, but for the police officers who have to deal with them regularly.

Detoxification centres where people can sober up or come off drugs safely before appearing in court are desperately needed, says Michelle Dianne Kidd, who works for Lifewise, formerly known as Methodist Mission Northern, at Auckland District Court..."

These facilities used to exist and were known as 'Drunk Tanks'

Where all the drunks and druggies were tossed, to spend the night in their own vomit and piss. A great incentive to those who could and would learn that this was extremely unpleasant and that public drunkenness should be refrained from.

It must be remembered that in order to gain entry to this establishment, you usually had to attract the attention of the constabulary. Wobbling up the street singing might work- depending on what sort of a shift PC Plod had so far had, but loutish and offensive behavior made a trip to the cells near a certainty. A polite and respectful drunk would often be offered the choice of a cell or the city mission but would usually avoid the communal accommodation.

Through a night in a cesspit with the dregs of city life and a refreshing cold shower in the morning, courtesy of a fire hose- one learns that actions have CONSEQUENCES. A lesson that is sadly seldom taught today- until one goes way too far and the consequences are extreme.

Usually for some other poor sod. (Thanks for the reminder about that MK!)

Thursday, January 01, 2009

The Honours List

What a load of arse!

It might actually have some merit if you removed:

  • Those getting an award for doing their job- news flash- you are actually MEANT TO do your job well- and you get paid for doing so!
  • Sportsmen- they already get trophies, awards and prizes for winning events.
  • The Military- they already have their own honour awards- they are called medals.
  • Services to country music- Do I even need to say why this is sooo wrong!!!