Friday, January 8, 2010

ZenTiger Friday Night Free For All

Here we are in 2010 and what an odyssey already. Minto and his mob have already been served by the police for raising a racquet and have lost the game, set and hopefully the match. Most people can see the difference between democratic protest and being a public nuisance. Minto is a walking offensive billboard looking for a spray can.

On centre court though are the Sea Sheppards. Right about now they must be regretting their foolish actions which contributed to damaging that magnificent cat of theirs. Maybe the SPCA need to take action? Although last time they were involved in a cruelty case they stuffed up by letting the journalists in too early. Whales should note that interfering journalists are just as dangerous as whalers. After all look what happened to Diana (Princess of..)

Oops dinner calls. Back later.

29 comment(s):

PM of NZ said...

Evening all.

A fine opening serve for the new year has been this first week. Long may it continue.

I suppose most lemmings will be back at the coal face by next week, ready to fuel the next housing boom.

ZenTiger said...

Hi PM. Back to work soon but maybe not to fuel a housing boom because we might be facing a new land tax and higher GST. I'm interested to see how blue National will be in 2010 or if blue is the new red

Madeleine said...

Evening all - I confess to not having watched a single news broadcast since New Years Eve so I'm not that sure what anyone is on about...

Oswald Bastable said...

Never stopped working!

ZenTiger said...

I've been using the iPhone to check the blog and start the post. Too slow to write long messages. Just about to head back home and get to a decent keyboard. You've missed some exciting stuff Madeline. Well maybe that's not quite the word but still quite a bit happening to indicate 2010 will keep bloggers busier than ever

PM of NZ said...

The new red is all I expect. Along with more GST to service the never ending increases in gummint spend.

Never stopped working myself - keeps me well entertained helping computer users who have forgotten everything they knew before Christmas. Already been busy this week. Just how can I fit in an afternoon nana nap when some bugger wants to employ me?

KG said...

Evenin' all. Like Oswald, we never stopped working. Now the out-of-towners have left, things have settled down a lot though.
Tonight I may get to finish "Azincourt" by Bernard Cornwell.

ZenTiger said...

A good read I believe KG. "Hits the mark" might be an apt description considering the perspective of the central character.

Useless trivia: I used to live on an Agincourt Road many years ago.

Madeleine said...

I've heard bits and pieces and Whale Oil's news has been difficult to miss.

I'll have to start resuming my normal life now - holiday over and all that and my summer school classes started on Wednesday so it's back to routine and responsibility.

ZenTiger said...

PM, I suspect I will not be able to afford to stop working, it's been very hard to save for my retirement, but my taxes are certainly up to date, given the Government takes those from my pay packet first.

I suspect the retirement age is about ?(over the next few years) to be increased at any rate.

scrubone said...

Well, I've paid my taxes... and bought a few loaves of bread. We'll see about the rest next month I guess...

scrubone said...

Madeleine, I thought you were *reading* the news :)

ZenTiger said...

Hey Madeline - Perhaps the teleprompter has been on holiday? I hope you are pulling a six figure salary along with your co-anchor. Does Matt do the weather, or is he an "Investigative" journalist (notice the tie in to his regular column).

Actually, when I think about it, between speaking appearances, magazine articles, blogging and now TV you guys have just about all media streams covered.

So when's the book out? :-)

Lucia Maria said...

I've been sort of on holiday, except for the housework and cooking, but my workload is lighter right now and I need the rest. I was getting exhausted.

Though, over the next two weeks our 8yo is having daily swimming lessons starting at 8:50 am. It's going to be a shock to the system, I tell you.

Andrei said...

Evening all;
My little Nadia has been back for Christmas - she is here for another week before she's off again.

I wish she would stay but there's nothing here for her, I know that but ....

Anyway she saw Gran Torino when she was in Australia, her first ever Clint Eastwood movie and go curious as to why he might have done before, so we just warched Heartbreak Ridge together.

She quite liked it but its not her usual fare - can't see her becoming a hard core Clint fan.

Was fun to watch with her tho

Andrei said...

Ah ye old swimming lessons Lucia - been there done that.

Not my favorite kids activity to supervise.

Didn't mind ballet, rugby or cricket but the swimming lessons got to me for some reason

ZenTiger said...

I watched Gran Torino on the flight back from Sydney last month. I really enjoyed it.

ZenTiger said...

Made my day, I guess one could say.

ZenTiger said...

Are we doing puns tonight scrubone?

Lucia Maria said...

Andrei,

I don't mind the swimming lessons - I just get to sit and watch and basically do nothing much. It's the chlorine in the nostrils afterwards that bugs me for a while.

I.M Fletcher said...

KG, re: Azincourt - does it get better later? I like reading Cornwell but his constant swipes at Christianity, priests and God in his books turn me off. I bought Azincourt and started reading it but the scenes at the begining (priest raping and killing a girl, etc) really turned me off and I haven't picked it up again. I've been reading his Arthur trilogy, but again, the constant swipes and Christians and Christianity really turn me off. I much prefer Stephen Lawhead's version.

I've read some of Cornwell's books on Alfred the Great (Sword Song, etc), but find the same thing. It's weird when an author has to invent a God-bashing pagan (Uhtred) who happens to lead of of Alfred's greatest battles and is the reason Alfred wins, rather than concentrate on his supposed main character who is Christian. He seems to like to make fun of the religion and it's "nailed God" whenever he can.

Sorry for the rant, but's something I've been wanting to complain about for a long time :)

ZenTiger said...

Fletch - What a pity. I saw a couple of reviews that suggested he was a little over the top in that regard, to the point of ridiculousness, but that sounds quite extreme. A pity, because the Battle of Agincourt would be fertile grounds for a good story.

Sean said...

Interesting article from The Economist: Hispanics in America - Reshaping America

They say:
"In a fair number of keenly contested states, the Hispanic population in effect holds the balance of power; and as long as they continue to vote solidly Democratic (as they did in 2008, by a whopping 67-31% margin), that is great news for the blue party."

However:

"Republicans ... need to reconnect with Hispanic voters, and fast. In principle it ought not to be too hard. Culturally conservative, strongly religious, family-oriented and with a long and distinguished tradition of service in America’s armed forces, Hispanics are natural Republicans. "

But as the article continues, Hispanics are - on average - poorer than whites. So the Republicans need to basically get their A into G, and fast.

Andrei said...

Zen said "A pity, because the Battle of Agincourt would be fertile grounds for a good story."

To which I reply Henry V by William Shakespeare works for me.

ZenTiger said...

Shakespeare? Has he done anything else?

ZenTiger said...

They do Sean. Another example of the changing face of demographics. The world will be a very different place in 50 years:

Thanks to rapid immigration, legal and illegal, and a large stock of young people with a high birth-rate, America’s Latino population has grown twice as fast over the past decade as either its white or black population; and the gap is going to keep on widening. Half the babies in Texas, for instance, are born to Latina mothers, even though Latinos make up under 40% of that state’s population.

Madeleine said...

Very good Zen. And you had to ask ScrubOne if you were doing puns tonight?

All media streams but for radio are covered. We haven't done radio in some years now.

As for the book, I have toyed a best of MandM. I guess I'll have to get in touch with Ozy as to who his publishers were.

Madeleine said...
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ZenTiger said...

Throw up the occasional podcast, and you get credits for radio, surely?

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