local elections

well the local elections are apon us and the media are asking the usual stupid questions , try this one…

Q: Are the health services provided at the Health Centre adequate? Do you support reducing or increasing those services?

 there is only one way to answer that question and remain a viable choice…

some of the candidates are not helping themselves.. one mayoral candidate in Christchurch reportedly said that it would take an earthquake to stop him from winning.. a few days later the city was rocked with the worst earthquake since Masterton 1942 , he is now well behind in the polls ….

 all ‘n’ all good entertainment

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let the games begin

it has already started , the excuses for not competing , and as i said in my last blog dengue fever has been in india since the dawn of time .. my grandfather went to india back in 52 and dengue was rife .. he was there  in an era that there were no controls over it , his party returned safe.. i think what is bugging me the most is the attitude that we are better than the india people and  it is arrogant to tell them that the best that they can do is not acceptable to us , then when the accommodation is found to be alright, use a disease as an excuse to pull out… it would appear to me that these sports people are looking for any reason to not go.. watching an interview on TV the other night the cyclist  , who was pulling out , took the entire interview to tell us the reason he was pulling out was dengue fever and the rest of the interview was fragmented and confusing , he just didn’t want to go and was looking for a way out that made him look like the aggrieved party …how would we react if rugby teams pulled out of next years world cup because we have one of the highest rates of meningitis in the world ? ……just go and enjoy the difference ,  millions of tourist do every year…………….

india

what kind of people expect to go to india and find it pristine .. as far back as i can remember there has been poverty , dengue fever , malaria  and Delhi belly .. listening to the news you would think all of this has just happened .. there is a bit of paint and saw dust on the floor of the accommodation , no difference to living in a house that is being renovated .. i think that the athletes are being a little precious ..when you go to india you should expect to find india ..  those who choose not to go can pay back the tax payer all they have received because when you cash the cheque you agree to deliver .. the tax payer is not the only one affected .. there are people behind the scenes that give their time  , away from their families , for the love of the sport .. who is going to tell them they were wasting their time ?

the week that was

new turntable

well since i last blogged I’ve joined a gym , been to auckland , started a new project at work and today i got my new (second-hand)turntable working… a bit of joe walsh, bette midler and many many more….

  auckland was good as usual , happy birthday mike (today) ,the storm had knocked out the power but the beer was still cold..   work is taking up most of my time at the moment so the trip to auckland was a welcome break .

cheers mike

mike said , the other day , there is nothing like a beer out of a glass pitcher.. i agree , the other day i brough a pitcher to decant my home-brew into … here it is , the brew is awesome as well

nice and frosty

what a weekend

we have had the weekend from hell and it’s just starting to sink in…  christchurch is going to take some time to rebuild ..i only hope the city planners do a good job of replacing the building that have been destroyed………

better days

how do you replace buildings like these……………………………………………