Wednesday, 22 October 2014


.....with luck.

One downside of living in a high rise apartment is this little bugger.

He and his friends want to sit on my balcony.

This would be OK except for the mess that they leave.

Mountain of guano

The neighbour on the floor above feeds the scavengers as does someone a couple of floors below.

I've complained to the building manager who says that there's not a lot he can do but he will advise them of the hygiene problems.

Meanwhile I throw balled up socks at the window to scare them away when they settle on my balcony.

This works but I  have to be careful with my aim when the balcony door is open.

Monday, 20 October 2014


Second Fiddle aka Rob The Boring is banging on about religion again.

This time he's convinced that there is something called the 'soul' that will last forever.
When people die their 'soul' will endure and somewhere in the universe all these 'souls' will be sitting around appreciating the creator.


Maybe it's a spelling thing and by 'soul' he really means 'sole' and that christians will be sitting somewhere on their own.


I saw today that Ebola hazard suit costumes will feature in Halloween dress-ups this year.

I was thinking can there be any worse ideas then of course I realised there are and have been.

Here's just a few of them:

Good old Charles proving that the royal family really do need an injection of fresh genes as the old in-breeding plan they've used for the last few centuries is really not working.

Our answer to in-breeding. Sure he's intelligent but man he can be bloody stupid

The guy who designed the New Zealand Airforce roundel.
The kiwi is a flightless bird .......hold on. This was prescient. He foresaw what no-one else did, that by the turn of the century New Zealand wouldn't have an airforce.

And lastly......

I won't disappoint Richard of RBB by not slinging off about his favourite instrument.
The guy who invented the double bass. What the fuck was he thinking? As if a single bass wasn't bad enough he had to double it!

Sunday, 19 October 2014


I didn't go up north this weekend as it was my niece's 21st birthday party on Saturday.

She's a great young woman, the youngest of my sister's three girls.
They all are marvellous - well educated, clever and with great natures which gladdens me.

Yesterday was very rainy in Auckland so I stayed indoors  but today, Sunday the weather has improved a bit so I'll have a good walk around.

Walking around is about the only thing you can do for nothing in Auckland. It's getting to be pretty expensive to live here.
The Herald on Sunday announces the massive increases in property values as determined by the city council which of course is accompanied by a massive increase in rates.
The inner city where I live has averaged a value increase of 36%. I'm dreading the next rates bill.

The problem with these capital value (CV) increases is, that while making people feel all warm and fuzzy at their vastly increased (theoretical) wealth the increased rates will increase the cost of goods and services. The little coffee bar or the dairy on the corner will have to pass on the increased cost.
That triple shot caramel and hazelnut latte that you enjoy will soon cost 20 bucks.

We'll need wheelbarrows of cash to go shopping soon.

I just bought a car park in the building where we live.
I guess the 48k we paid for it was worthwhile because the council will be patting me on the back telling me its now worth 65k while slipping an increased rates bill into my pocket.

Anyway, I'm off for a walk in the wonderful Auckland Domain soon and then scooting downtown to pick up a coffee before I need to take out a loan to do so.