DIY Update

With Lou and Matt spending some extra time with family down south recently, I took the opportunity to finish a visual refresh in our kitchen.

Gone is the mixture of wallpaper and tiles on the right, replaced with a coat of Sisal on the walls and Quarter Thorndon Cream for the door/window frames and skirting. Click through to the gallery for a peek at the result.

Also in the gallery you’ll find a photo of the back yard, which is looking a little more complete now with some new grass and furniture…

Roll on summer! 😎

Advice from Plunket

These valuable words of advice come from an early 1970’s New Zealand plunket book…



11 down and 10 to go… and I’ve finally passed the half way mark in the Bond saga.

Moonraker (1979) has 007 on the trail of a space shuttle that was hijacked while being transported piggyback style on the back of a 747. The film eventually moves into space and is clearly influenced by Star Wars which captured movie goers imaginations two years previously.

The film gets silly in some parts – take for example a gondola chase in Venice which winds up with Bond driving a hover craft through St Marks Square – but has all the classic Bond trademarks. Along with several cheesy chase scenes, a female CIA agent called Dr Goodhead and a most useful wrist watch dart gun gadget, we also see Bond take a Concorde to Rio – one piece of cutting edge technology that has since become obsolete before its time.

Overall I liked it less than Moores previous outing, with IMDB users also rating it lower at 6.1/10. Finally, to round off here’s a couple of lines from the end of the film…

Minister of Defence: “My God, what’s Bond doing?” (on seeing an image of Bond and a woman on screen)
Q: “I think he’s attempting re-entry, sir.” 😉

New Zealand takes world title!

It’s true! Forget the yachting, cricket, rubgy and netball, NZ has finally scored a world title… for sending txt msgs! 😛

Elliot Nicholls, 17, broke the world record in Dunedin yesterday, not once but twice, texting a 160-character message blindfolded and finishing in 51 seconds on his second attempt and then 45 seconds on his fourth try.

…more via stuff (also WebCite)

Mo at two weeks

Yup, the mo growin’ men have reached the half way point in Movember. Here’s mine,

In case you missed an earlier post, Movember is all about men’s health awareness and the fight against prostate cancer, with proceeds going to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ. If you’d like to donate, sponsor my mo!

PC Gone Mad

Time for a rant…


Yes I am shouting! What sparked this outburst is news from Australia that Santas at shopping malls this Christmas have been instructed not to say “ho ho ho” as it is derogatory to women and might frighten children (see here and here). Good grief people! In that context “ho ho ho” is NOT derogatory at all and the suggested alternative “ha ha ha” is far more sinister (think about the situation for a minute…).

The saving grace for kiwi kids is that Santas here will be allowed to say “ho ho ho” (as reported here). And rightly so.

While on the subject, too many kids these days are wrapped in cotton wool. Yes I’m precious about my boy on occasion, but he’s allowed to play in the dirt, climb anything and taste everything. Society these days is robbing kids the fun of being a kid. Yes we need boundaries for children, but not at the expense of learning through trial and error and having fun.

One of the best summaries I’ve read about being a kiwi kid can be found on the Facebook group “I was a Kiwi Kid!” (quoted after the jump below). Enjoy reading it, then stop and think how much of that has been robbed from the next generation…

As for the PC thing, when Santa can’t say “ho ho ho” it’s a very sad day for our society.

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The Spy Who Loved Me

Bond #10, the third for Roger Moore, is The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) which stands well in the saga with Moore looking more comfortable in the role than his first two outings.

Kicking the story off, we see nuclear submarines from both the Royal Navy and Soviet fleet stolen by the villainous Karl Stromberg who wants to launch the nukes from the subs to spark a world war, leaving him to live in his underwater hideout. 007 is of course tasked with stopping this, along with a top Soviet agent who turns out to be a woman with the code name XXX…

The film was enjoyable and trademark Bond with gadgets, girls, guns, one-liners and bad guy chases. The stand out gadget in this film would have to be the white Lotus Esprit which can transform from car to submarine – very handy if you find yourself being chased by a chopper with mounted machine guns and happen to drive off a wharf…

There are several classic quotes in the film, with my favourite being this from early on,

M: Moneypenny, where’s 007?
Moneypenny: He’s on a mission sir. In Austria.
M: Well, tell him to pull out. Immediately.
[scene cuts to Bond making love to a woman] 😉

If you like the old Bond films, then this one is well worth a look. IMDB has it rated at 7.1/10 and if you’re after some other trivia about the film, jump over to Wikipedia.