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Hard News: It is your right and duty to vote

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  • Samuel Scott,

    What about 'ponzi'? that is my word of the year.

    South Wellington • Since Feb 2008 • 315 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    I only travel to the North Shore to worship at the Appliance Shed Outlet Store, or visit Mr Slack in the Devonport enclave. Their mayor is clearly a loon. And I hear everyone else over there is on the P.

    I guess this would be an opportune moment to apologise, again, for my role in the rise of Andrew Williams. Still, judging from his rather odd performance on Morning Report today he does have considerable entertainment value.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Phil Lyth,

    Oh, I don't know: could paleogism be the new word of the year?

    Wellington • Since Apr 2009 • 458 posts Report Reply

  • Phil Lyth,

    Ranapia, a self-flagellating penitent? I never thought it might happen.

    Wellington • Since Apr 2009 • 458 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    I also read that, by differing metrics, Eminem and N*Sync were the artists of the decade... it's hard not to wince a little

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    How about climategate? Copenhagen? Hanover? Tiger's-a-cheater? iphone?

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 371 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Can I just point out that Berlusconi wasn't in fact punched in the face? Somebody threw a miniature replica of the Duomo di Milano at his mouth, which is just tremendously symbolic and I love it. Here's the video.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    For now, here are pictures of Colin, our cat:

    Soo... how do you think that little wee wee bird is feeling?
    Nothing because it is DEAD!! No more chirping,tweeting, oh, guess one doesn't need them in this day an' age. May as well be cat fodder. :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Zippy Gonzales,

    Nothing because it is DEAD!!

    It's pining for Mighty Mighty.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 186 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I just wish Colin would nail one of those friggin' awful Australian mynahs that have begun to wake us up with their squabbling again. Their next trick will be to shit figs all over the deck.

    Still, he's never got near a native bird -- although I did once have to remove a live kingfisher from his possession.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    Friends don't let friends text drunk.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1158 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    tremendously symbolic

    Could you explain how so? Out of interest tis all...

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1727 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    Bad cat! Healthy and happy looking, but still a bad cat.

    We taught our cat to hunt and kill grass instead of birds. When he brought birds to us we would scold him and remove the bird. As an alternative I pulled up long grass from the garden and played chase with him - then later when he brought the grass inside we would praise him for his "kill" and give him treats - and play with him some more.

    I think the chasing part of the game is kinda important.

    I don't know whether it was our "training" or just his nature but he stopped hunting birds pretty quickly. Of course explaining to guests why our cat was sitting over a piece of grass loudly proclaiming his hunting prowess was a little difficult.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4460 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    Nothing because it is DEAD!! No more chirping,tweeting, oh, guess one doesn't need them in this day an' age. May as well be cat fodder. :)

    As someone who is petrified of birds, I would like to give Colin some kind of award.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    We taught our cat to hunt and kill grass instead of birds. When he brought birds to us we would scold him and remove the bird.

    He doesn't get very many, and he's learned not to bring in the trophy for approval (he'll still try and sneak past me into the house though), but on the occasion in the pictures we'd been out and returned to find that he'd spent the afternoon having his personal ecstatic hunting party.

    His most memorable trophy was a big rat, which he spent some time catching and releasing in the back yard. I wasn't going near that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    Was I among the quarter of the population of Greater Auckland (it must be true, because the papers said so) that converged on The Domain for Christmas in the Park?

    Ah, the fine traditions of this time of year. Pohutukawa, frantic shopping, batting collapses and ... the invention of crowd numbers at (Insert Sponsor) Christmas in the Park.

    250,000? Amazing what they can do with CGI these days.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1332 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    tremendously symbolic

    Could you explain how so? Out of interest tis all...

    Milan is the centre of Berlusconi's empire. That's where he made his money, with backing from the corrupt local politicians of the Eighties, and that's where the hardcore of his electoral support resides.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    What would I know about what the mass of people think? Was I among the quarter of the population of Greater Auckland (it must be true, because the papers said so) that converged on The Domain for Christmas in the Park?

    We are the masses, we are part of the 75% who didn't go to Comercialarse in the park.

    Oh, I don't know: could paleogism be the new word of the year?

    Dinosaur Spoof?

    Friends don't let friends text drunk.

    Friends don't let friends eat birds.

    I just wish Colin would nail one of those friggin' awful Australian mynahs that have begun to wake us up with their squabbling again.

    Yeah, those damned mynahs squabbling over the natural Resources that rightfully belong to the damn natives. I remember the mynahs strike of '72... oh hang on...

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    I discovered our cat Raoul could catch mynas when I stumbled over a pair of myna legs on the dining room carpet, still connected by a thread of bloody flesh.

    Thank God he eats mice from the head down and just leaves the arse end -- otherwise I'd have to look at their terrified faces when disposing of the corpses.

    Unfortunately he catches skinks. We always rescue them, and our section provides lots of cover inaccessible even to cats, but I feel pretty bad about this. We got him from the SPCA, so I think his hunting skills are pretty much unalterable now. But if we get a kitten, I'll definitely try the Janssen method.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    As someone who is petrified of birds,

    Mwaahahah, now we know your weakness. Fly my Pretties.
    ;-)

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • ScottY,

    The most egregious offence I hold Andrew Williams responsible for is that he has forced me to agree with Cameron Slater.

    West • Since Feb 2009 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Unfortunately he catches skinks.

    Apparently you can get special pouches to keep them safe in your underwear.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    The most egregious offence I hold Andrew Williams responsible for is that he has forced me to agree with Cameron Slater.

    Feeling your pain right now.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Somebody threw a miniature replica of the Duomo di Milano at his mouth

    Hey Gio.......excitable Italian reporter. Do you speaka da lingo? What are they saying???

    Reminds me of pictures of a live dead Mussolini after he was strung up.

    Re Cats:

    Still, he's never got near a native bird

    I doubt it Russell, just because you haven't had the privilege of seeing a dead native bird in his trap. Domestic cats (and prob as bad feral ones) take out a vast number of native birds, bugs and reptiles around town - and NZ for that matter. An example:

    http://www.gw.govt.nz/Campaign-to-save-native-wildlife-and-plants/

    Um...weren't the Stones voted worst band of the 60's??? ahh age and taste. Everyone knows that kids have none.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1590 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    Mwaahahah, now we know your weakness. Fly my Pretties.

    God, it's not the only one, but is the most...obvious. I freak out around sparrows, ffs.

    Someone once tried to get me to watch The Birds. I think I lasted about two minutes. And last summer, eating fish and chips at Sumner beach with a friend seemed like an excellent idea, until the seagulls cottoned on.

    So, I am all for Colin indulging his natural instincts and culling the creepy little things. (I'm only being slightly sarcastic.)

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

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