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Twins 6

“A Pair of One”

Greta and Freda Chaplin

They were identical, inseparable and lived their entire lives in complete unison.

They were so alike in the way they thought, spoke, moved, dressed, looked, and lived, that children would thrown stones at them and called them witches and adults used to spit on them in the street.

This story of identical twins in England, this is a rare glimpse into the strange world of mutual identity-sisters who viewed the world through each others? eyes, living looking glasses. Greta and Freda Chaplin were identical twins who dressed alike, walked ?in step and for much of the time they spoke the same words in unison. They were inextricably bound to each other and if separated they wailed and screamed. There are many twins who dress alike and behave somewhat alike but the Chaplin twins have been described as one of the most uncanny. Their story sparkles with the crazy quirkiness of the far edges of humanity, yet it resonates with the essence of every human.

Greta and Freda?s relationship to each other appeared precarious and, in fact, as you looked at them, they seemed to sway slightly. You had the impression they were holding each other upright and that if you took one away, the other would fall down. They were like two people in a rowing boat. If the oars strike the water at the same time, the boat moved forward with ease. But if one oar is a moment late then a great effort is required to keep it on course and the boat will blunder its way through the water.

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The most expensive phones in the world

I am staggered, even when me and my mates were selling phone systems we never did a deal as spectacularly good for the sales person and bad for the customer as the “deal” that Telecom has been extorting from the DHBs.

Telecom is scrambling to offer health providers alternatives to its beleaguered XT network as a third district health board confirms it is considering dropping its contract.

The Dominion Post reported yesterday that Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast district health boards had asked to switch to another network, saying the problems with XT were putting patients at risk if on-call doctors could not be contacted.

Capital & Coast would not say how much its 341-phone contract is worth, but Hutt Valley’s 49-phone contract is more than $1 million.

Fuck me dead, that is astounding! I was trying to figure it out, even over five years it’s still an average phone bill of $340 per month.

If I was Tony Ryall I would seriously, seriously be looking very closely at the rorting that Telecom is conducting inside the health Sector. Another area worth rattling the cage over is the exorbitant costs associated with the Health Intranet. When you have got the officials bullshit explanation as to why THI is so expensive, give me a call and I’ll translate it for you.

There are literally millions to be saved just in communications.


Key confirms TVNZ charter for the chop

Key confirms TVNZ charter for the chopPrime Minister John Key has confirmed the government will abolish the TVNZ charter. The cabinet was working on the issue, he said. [Stuff Politics]

Bloody good show. It is about time that these funds were made contestable then we can have some quality instilled in the shos we as taxpayers cough for rather than applying the funds to TVNZ’s pet projects and bubble gum shows.

It also means that the likes of Richard Harman’s Frontpage can foot it against TVNZ for a quality current affairs show.

Hell, maybe I’ll even contest for some funds to make a show about the Blogmobile.


Alan Keyes on video attacking Obama. This is a serious attack with no holds barred.

Alan Keyes, a three-time presidential candidate, called President Obama a radical communist and a usurper and said with him in charge, America is going to cease to exist at a pro-life fundraiser.

The German Philosopher Johann Von Goethe, once said, there are none more hopelessly enslaved, than those who falsely believe they are free. Every person in the civilized world is enslaved from childhood in a prison without walls or bars few realize

The legal definition of free is not subject to the legal constraint of another. A free man is self governing. A slave follows rules and regulations.

Serious wake-up call for Jihadi Apologist

Direct from Tim Blair. There is nothing I can add to this post other than the rather obvious suggestion that you pick your causes a bit more carefully next time…if she gets a next time.

Canadian journalist Beverly Giesbrecht, who converted to Islam following 9/11 and launched the website Jihad Unspun seven years ago, faces beheading after being kidnapped by jihadists in Pakistan:

A video of a Canadian journalist held captive in Pakistan surfaced on the Internet Thursday in which she said her captors would “probably” kill her by the end of the month if their demands weren’t met.

“The time is now very short and my life is going to end,” a pale and tired Beverly Giesbrecht says on the video before it fades out.

The Vancouver journalist is shown sitting in a chair with a dagger mounted on the wall behind her, pointed at her head.

“We have a very short time now, I’m going to be killed, as you can see,” Giesbrecht says.

Post-conversion, Giesbrecht changed her name to Khadija Abdul Qahaar. Not that it makes any apparent difference to her Taliban captors.

UPDATE. JeffS asks: “Is she being held by moderate Taliban?”

UPDATE II. Rayhan looks on the bright side:

It is always heart warming to hear people coming to Islam especially prominant figures like journalists. Thanks for notifying us of her conversion.

MP urges finance collapse inquiry

MP urges finance collapse inquiryAct MP John Boscawen wants to set up a parliamentary inquiry into the spate of finance company collapses to avoid “such massive losses” occurring again. Mr Boscawen said that after 46 finance industry failures and with $6 billion… [NZ Herald Politics]

I don’t think we need an inquiry. It isn’t rocket science with most of these dodgy finance companies that have tipped over.

  1. They borrowed short and lent long
  2. The Directors were bent
  3. Lack of shareholder equity
  4. Lack of Industry governance from Trustee companies
  5. We sure don’t have an equivalent regulatory body like APRA, ASIC, or even an AUSTRAC

It is the fricken wild west and as I say there isn’t much we need to do except model our system on the Australians. An inquiry is simply a politicians suggestion of how to waste money talking when we really need to be “doing”.

David Garrett responds to stupid Mfat officials

This morning the Mfat officials are squealing like good little socialists that our three strikes law proposal will breach all sorts of silly UN laws. Of course they ignore that helen Clark rammed throught eh Electoral Finance Act and the S92a copyright amendments both of which breached our BORA.

David Garret who is refreshingly blunt and to the point as an MP had this to say about their whining;

Claims that ACT’s ‘Three Strikes’ legislation would likely violate United Nations covenants on torture and political rights are completely laughable, ACT New Zealand Law & Order Spokesman David Garrett said today.

“This is especially so when you consider that a leading member of the UN Human Rights Council is Saudi Arabia – a country notorious for severe oppression of political and religious minorities, homosexuals, and women,” Mr Garrett said.

“In Saudi Arabia court-sanctioned amputations and brutal lashings are a common form of punishment for petty crimes; public execution by beheading can be expected for those convicted of armed robbery or homosexuality.

“Meanwhile, homosexuals in nearby Qatar – another Council member – get off quite lightly by receiving only a five-year prison sentence for homosexual sex between consenting adults. Not surprisingly, capital punishment is still common – with the death penalty being handed down to those convicted of abandoning and renouncing Islam.

“On the flipside, New Zealand is a liberal and progressive nation by any measure. Why then, should we be expected to pay any attention whatsoever to covenants set down by barbaric regimes like those of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Council members?” Mr Garrett said.

Well put that man, tell Saudi Arabia and Qatar and Iran for that matter to FRO.


Sue Bradford has a bloody cheek

Greens question reliability of smacking surveyThe Green Party is questioning the reliability of a poll which showed most people want a change to the law that bans smacking. The survey, released yesterday, was followed today by an Act Party MP announcing he had drafted a member’s… [NZ Herald Politics]

Sue Bradford makes me sick.

Green Party MP Sue Bradford, who promoted the legislation, said the survey was “a smokescreen to obscure the simple message that New Zealand children deserve to live free of violence” and was designed to confuse people.

Tell me Sue what you would say to all the kids that have died since this law was passed, a law you said in parliament would keep them all safe? Tell me Sue just how many kids your law that was supposed to protect, have been bashed and killed and maimed?

Sue Bradford you are a disgrace. You need to know that over 80% of Kiwis think you law sucks and it is you who is puting up smokescreens.

The job application that went awry

In these desperate times people will say and do almost anything to get a job. This scenario that played out was sent to me by email.

Witness this email exchange that started with a job application thru Trademe. I have called Simon and the exchange is real.

From: Trade Me
Sent: Wednesday, 18 February 2009 10:10 a.m.
To: Simon Freeman
Subject: Trade Me Jobs — New application from Zing. Job: Admin/Collections Coordinator

Date sent: 18 February, 10:09 AM

Hi Simon,

You have received an application for job ‘Admin/Collections Coordinator’.

Job: Admin/Collections Coordinator

Applicant’s name: Zing

Applicant’s email: [email protected]


Hi Siman Freeman

I called regarding the working hours, when you transfer the line to another person, the line got mix up then I called again, the receptionist answered the phone. But she has no telephone manner at all, at all then I just hung up

Thanks for using Trade Me Jobs.

So far so good, things are about to turn bad though;

Subject: RE: Trade Me Jobs — New application from Zing. Job: Admin/Collections Coordinator
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 11:18:31 +1300
From: Simon Freeman
To: [email protected]

please call again Zing


From: vensisa smith [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, 18 February 2009 12:08 p.m.
To: Simon Freeman
Subject: RE: Trade Me Jobs — New application from Zing. Job: Admin/Collections Coordinator

Hi Simon

Thanks for your reply.

I wasn’t sure the meaning of solo charge between 5 to 6pm with radio that stated in the ad, she explained to me and I understood, then I had a bit relax talk with her and said it is a bit scary to stay at work by myself, then she said “if you are scare, this job is definitely not for you” Wow! it was shocking, big shock by her respond. I have been dealing with different classes of people and different ethic grounp, it is the first time I heard a person talk like this way, that shows her terrible attitude, I wonder why there is such person exist in now adays civilize society? she also gives bad image of Kiwis to other culture of people.

NZ is a beautiful country, it would be great with beautiful people(inner beauty) here to create a beautiful world.

Simon, Thank you very much your time to read this email. It was nice to talk to you. Hope you have a successful year in the year of OX.



Subject: RE: Trade Me Jobs — New application from Zing. Job: Admin/Collections Coordinator
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 12:12:25 +1300
From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]

You really need to adjust your attitude if you want to fit into kiwi life.

Do not contact this office again.

I have spoken to the staff member concerned and her story is very different.

Thank you

Simon Freeman

Oh dear, doesn’t look she will be getting the job….but wait there’s more as the saying goes.

Subject: RE: Trade Me Jobs — New application from Zing. Job: Admin/Collections Coordinator
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 12:24:25 +1300
From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]

go home, back to your country

you are completely mistaken – I can’t believe NZ gave you a visa.


From: vensisa smith [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, 18 February 2009 12:25 p.m.
To: Simon Freeman
Subject: RE: Trade Me Jobs — New application from Zing. Job: Admin/Collections Coordinator

Get Loss. the reason NZ grad Chinese vise is because they need claver people to contribute to this stupid country. Get Loss.


Subject: RE: Trade Me Jobs — New application from Zing. Job: Admin/Collections Coordinator
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 12:30:27 +1300
From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]

You really are a very funny lady -its lost, not loss and visa, not vise.

Glad to see that you have a perfect grasp of the english language as specified in the advertisement.

I’m sure you will have a wonderful future here in NZ and make lots of friends.


From: vensisa smith [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, 18 February 2009 12:34 p.m.
To: Simon Freeman
Subject: RE: Trade Me Jobs — New application from Zing. Job: Admin/Collections Coordinator

No Doubt I have language problem, I agree.
But you attitude worse thana child, I wonder why people from other countries say kiwis are stupid.


Subject: RE: Trade Me Jobs — New application from Zing. Job: Admin/Collections Coordinator
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 12:37:42 +1300
From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]

Yes, we are very stupid people. We let you into our country.

NZ is a wonderful land of opportunity that welcomes all people and races.

But your attitude as demonstrated on the phone today, and your emails, is an attitude that NZ does not need.

Go back to China . You will be happy, NZ will be happy.


From: vensisa smith [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, 18 February 2009 12:39 p.m.
To: Simon Freeman
Subject: RE: Trade Me Jobs — New application from Zing. Job: Admin/Collections Coordinator

this contry need Chinese here, that’s why John Key attand Chinese new year ceremary.

your attitude shows clearly that you are improfeshonal. as you sitting in the office to spend your time to keep sending your childish emails


Ok this is getting out of hand….but wait….


Subject: RE: Trade Me Jobs — New application from Zing. Job: Admin/Collections Coordinator
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 12:42:15 +1300
From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]

John Key is only going to China because he likes eating St Bernard dogs and he wants some new recipes.

I’ve got all day to send you emails, as myself and the other staff are having a great laugh.


From: vensisa smith [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, 18 February 2009 12:46 p.m.
To: Simon Freeman
Subject: RE: Trade Me Jobs — New application from Zing. Job: Admin/Collections Coordinator

Hey, I don’t eat doy, because I don’t like the taste. anyway dog is animal, why you regard dogs as human, so which mean you have mentally problem.

Can there be good news here….there is, well sort of.

Subject: RE: Trade Me Jobs — New application from Zing. Job: Admin/Collections Coordinator
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 12:54:49 +1300
From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]

I think you may have us confused with Australia ………

Anyway, congratulations Zing, you’ve got the job!

Please be on the corner of K Road and Queen Street at 3am Saturday morning. Company uniform will fishnet stockings, miniskirt, and halter top. For your first assignment, you will be undercover as a call girl, and your code name will be Egg Foo Yong.

Another agent will approach you, a man, he will mention a special code phrase to you. The code phrase is ” How much baby”. When he says this to you, hop into his vehicle with him and commence further communications.

Please report after completion of the assignment.

Welcome aboard special agent Egg Foo Yong.


From: vensisa smith [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, 18 February 2009 1:00 p.m.
To: Simon Freeman
Subject: RE: Trade Me Jobs — New application from Zing. Job: Admin/Collections Coordinator

Argue about dogs is a good thing to say. But K Road such low thinking, you made me loss interested to “chat” honestly

Key offers olive branch to unions

Key offers olive branch to unionsPrime Minister John Key has offered an olive branch to the union movement, while hitting out at Labour’s new president. [Stuff Politics]


They spent a poultice of money trying to defeat him and will likely spend a poultice more, I for one would be seeking vengeance rather than peace. But that is probably why John Key is PM and I am a blogger. He is a bigger man than I would be for seeking detente with the unions.

I have a pathological hatred of unions that came about ever since Mark Gosche tried to forcibly stop me from crossing a picket line to go to work. I had a holiday job and his union decided to go on strike. I have a pathological hatred for unions since that time when Mark Gosche tried forcibly to prevent me from working and then got his union mates to write scab on my uniform, my docket book and fill my locker with shaving foam all because I wanted to work. I served customers in the uniform and with the docket book and my tips were massive that week. I also punched Mark Gosche in the face for daring to stop me going to work and pushing and shoving me.

I have a pathological hatred of Unions that I caught when I had a holiday job at L.D Nathans in Roma Road in the stores and worked for a union arsehole called Con Strongman. He knew the rules and he was an arsehole. He worked slower than a tortoise with arthritis and right on the smacker of 10:25 and 12:25 annd 2:25 and 4:25 he knocked off whatever he was doing because the rules said that you had 5 minutes to wash your hands before meals, breaks and leaving. He knocked off even when it would take just another two minutes to empty a crate…..he always threatened to lock you in the store if you didn’t leave with him. He always locked the store so the “blacks wouldn’t steal anything”…..except his whole house was decorated with stolen goods from the L.D. Nathans stores.

I hate unions and I will never be at peace with them.