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Island Life: And some with a fountain pen

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  • Brent Jackson,

    The Great Bubble has a problem in that it was the bursting that caused the company collapses. But neither "Burst" nor "Pop" really convey the magnitude and shittiness of the situation. "Collapse" gets closer to the mark, but there isn't really a verb to describe the creation of a neutron star or a black hole.

    I like "Meltdown" - it has the "difficult to contain", "dangerous if you were nearby", and "totally irreparable" overtones from its nuclear namesake.

    The "Meltdown of '08" (or should that be noughty-eight ?)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 620 posts Report Reply

  • Roger Lacey,

    I was thinking of an acronym along the lines Financial Unwinding of Corporate Kingdoms of Unimaginable Proportions.

    I recommend reading John Clarke's lecture from his father in the latest Listener. It is the Desiderata of our times.

    Whatakataka Bay Surf Club… • Since Apr 2008 • 148 posts Report Reply

  • Stewart,

    How's about FinSin for the current Financial Singluarity?

    Te Ika A Maui - Whakatane… • Since Oct 2008 • 577 posts Report Reply

  • James Littlewood*,

    Collapse of Global Capitalism (CGC), but that is a bit of a mouthful.

    What is the Russian word meaning the opposite of Glasnost? Or the opposite of Perestroika?

    (apologies to those who know the preferred spelling of those words).

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 410 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    Why not re-use the name that worked so well last time?

    Oh, that's right, we're all trying not to say it, huh?

    Depression.

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 893 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    By the way.... thats not a forecast on my part... I dont know enough to do that...

    But what I have heard a lot of, is "That wont happen again". "We've learnt our lessons, we wont make the same mistakes"

    It's comforting to hear, and I hope it's true.... but I also know how often statements like that are made by humans and they turn out false. :(

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 893 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Depression.

    So, no effect on New Zealand then?

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    We can all remain perfectly calm, perfectly calm?

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 893 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Besides, we don't know how lucky we are, to live in this joint.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    Glunt (because there's no longer a glut of easy credit, and it's a contraction of "global" and a common mispronunciation of "crunch")

    Tom, take extra care when ordering KFC's Country Crunch chicken.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    The Big Shitpile.

    It seems a common theme so how about...

    Pile Of Total Unmitigated Shit

    Of course you'd have to use the acronym which is two syllables

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4461 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    On a slightly more serious note.

    Yes we are lucky to live in NZ. Our economy, even when totally er, depressed, is still based around producing food. When you don't have enough money for a big screen iMAC you still spend money on food.

    And if nobody buys our food, we can eat it ourselves, which sadly will not be the case for many countries.

    cheers
    Bart

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4461 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    And if nobody buys our food, we can eat it ourselves, which sadly will not be the case for many countries.

    Most New Zealanders aren't farmers, though. Do you reckon we're going to nationalise all the farms if the going gets tought?

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    Do you reckon we're going to nationalise all the farms if the going gets tought?

    And then what, smothered in a mountain of beef? Honestly, there's loads of unused arable land around, just sitting idle.

    There's a couple of hectares next door to me even, 6 foot high weeds (until the local beef farmer ran 8 cattle over it for a month or so recently - I am in awe of their efficiency). It'd be great for growing anything - biofuel, food, cannabis...

    We still have a lot of capacity, and at some stage, people are bound to start converting away from dairy.

    Meanwhile, I can see the return to fashion of allotments & the like.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    Meanwhile, I can see the return to fashion of allotments & the like.

    Maybe. Anyone want to buy any macadamia nuts?

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    Do you reckon we're going to nationalise all the farms if the going gets tought?

    Nope, it will get messy. Global food prices will be all over the place. But what can't be sold elsewhere, will be sold cheap on the local market eg funny shaped kiwifruit. Cancelled export shipments of lamb taste just as good.

    Bottom line, NZ grows more food than we eat here. That has its minuses but it has its pluses as well.

    It won't be fun in NZ but we shouldn't starve and that may not be true elsewhere. That sounds big and scary but some people I trust say this POTUS is the worst thing they've ever seen economically. I don't know myself.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4461 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    some people I trust say this POTUS is the worst thing they've ever seen economically

    See, that's just not going to work.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    But what can't be sold elsewhere, will be sold cheap on the local market eg funny shaped kiwifruit. Cancelled export shipments of lamb taste just as good.

    And the Chinese will get proper Imacs, instead of having to make do with the funny shaped sub-export quality stuff.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    See, that's just not going to work.

    Yeah. It has a double-meaning, which might work for the next couple of months, but hopefully not after that.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    Oh, that's right, we're all trying not to say it, huh?

    Depression.

    How about Depression 2.0?

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5445 posts Report Reply

  • Angus Robertson,

    We can all remain perfectly calm, perfectly calm?

    Possibly, indulge in some crustacean loving.

    Auckland • Since May 2007 • 984 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Well if WW1 was "The Great War" and the 1930s was "The Great Depression" perhaps this one could be "World Depression 2", which acronymizesatizes nicesimile to WD2, and can morph to Dub Dee Two, or DumpDeeDoo. So what do we do about Dumptydoo? It dumped on me, it'll dump on you.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa,

    We can all remain perfectly calm, perfectly calm?

    Possibly, indulge in some crustacean loving.

    Because when a man holds a thing well-made...

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1472 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Because when a man holds a thing well-made...

    How are you doing, Jolisa? I hadn't seen you for years.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • David Slack,

    Because when a man holds a thing well-made...

    Look, over there, in the back seat of that White Valiant!
    Crustacean Angst!

    Devonport • Since Nov 2006 • 599 posts Report Reply

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