What's everyone's take on Cindy's Dawn Raid apology?
Don't let the fact I am a second gen NZ Samoan stop your honesty.
Government optics purely inline with Jacinda's approach of running the country. Always make the decisions for your own PR purposes.
I can't comment on if it will achieve anything for the greater Pasifika people, but my (limited) understanding of what happened here does tell me that it's perhaps something that was long overdue. Dawn raids against a specific race of people is truly shocking. As you mention, the longstanding effects of these (mistrust of government / police) affect everybody.
Tim Perry.. of all the players who had multiple starts for the Blues he was the worst. Second place is miles behind him. Think of all the crap players that played for the Blues over the decades Tim Perry was number one. Well done.
Managed to win three super rugby titles though!
Didn't really watch him at the blues but he was decent for the crusaders and ultimately managed to push crockett out of starting his last final.
Not to mention a fairytale end to his career winning the M10 Cup with the Mako in his final match.
Both of those songs are actually bloody well written musically. Both very similar structure and my fav bits in both are about 2/3 of the way through with the solo and then bringing it back in for a more powerful version of the chorus. Can tell there are actual musicians involved. Much better than a lot of the crap we are served up today.
They did some good tunes back in the best era of rock…..
If Jordie Barret doesn't even get a yellow card for head contact with a Force player, then Swinton "Just got it a bit wrong".
I'll bring up DMac's RC and suspension and compare the two.
Despite being told by all and sundry that I'm wrong (I'm not), the difference between an inadvertent collision and a deliberate targeting is crap. Did they bring in the NRL judiciary and tell them Swinton was needed for Origin?
Carrying on from the beer thread the cider I mentioned reminded me of one of the first dishes I created for our restaurant.
Boned and stuffed chicken leg in a cider and tarragon sauce ( this is early 90s so give me a little latitude. The flavours still work).
A bit fiddly but run a knife right along the underside of a chicken leg (thigh and drum skin on) and remove the bones.
Stuff with seasoned and caramelised diced apple. Preferably a tart variety and tie with string.
Pan fry on a low/medium heat to render and crisp the skin by which time it should be almost cooked through then pour some cider over and set aside with a lid on for 5 minutes once it comes to the boil.
Remove chicken and rest. Then crank up cider with some chopped fresh tarragon (French tarragon only) and whisk in some cold diced butter to make an emulsion.
Sauce over chook and away you go.
Buttery mash of some sort goes well.
@victor-meldrew but a car accident death within 28 days is still a covid death? What about a suicide? Or a murder? (I can feel my blood pressure rising....🙂).
I don't expect you to look that up mate. I got a big night in front of the tele, best to leave it there😁
I think you are getting yourself worked up over not much here. Excess deaths are unequivocal proof that Covid is taking people early. The numbers are broadly in line, so its' just reality. How much life people are losing is a fair question, as the vast majority of deaths are elderly, ill & obese.
I don't know, mate. Have you ruled out a spate of people being hit by buses? The same group of people would be slower to get out of the way 🤔
Well us Wellington folks are getting a wee shake with the latest covid case. Have already heard from some of my team who are a bit anxious, and my MIL was also pretty nervous about what might happen. Hopefully people pull finger and get back to scanning.
I'm currently reading the books. Got em on Kindle so it has merged all 5 books into one which physiologically makes it a tough as you don't feel like you are making much progress. Have got 69% of the way through.
They are freaking awesome though.
The detail on the houses the families is fucking amazing isn’t it.
Luatua and Vito-doing well overseas, I understand. Charlie would have been useful too (33 now though). I'd say decline. Stale tactics, so-so selections.
Would have liked to have seen a bit of Jordan in a Bledisloe, hoping it will still happen.
@Billy-Tell well yeah, if your foot is on the line, you're outside the field of play right?
In touch and field of play are separate concepts. You can have one part of your body in the field of play and still be in touch. Howver if you are required to be outside the field of play then no part of your body can be inside the field of play. That's why they use separate terminology.
Back to beer and another picked up today was a Saison from Sunshine Brewing in Gisborne.
Nice surprise. First because I have never been a fan of the brewery (just a bit average IMO) but also because there are few kiwi attempts at a Saison that I would really feel fit the bill.
This one really does. Funky, farmhouse flavours with the right level of “sourness “. Just a touch in other words.
Would be a nice food match. Pipi fritters, Salt and pepper squid etc
“A bit average” sums it up well, they settled for some solid beers and stayed there. Pretty refreshing when I was up there for work on a stinking hot day though I must say, it’s a shame the brewery isn’t overlooking the water, they missed a trick there.
They were one of the early independent breweries IIRC and have been around a long time. The old Gizzy Gold was quite sought after when the options were Lion, DB then Macs, Monteiths and GG
there was always Mikes,and Macs. And monteiths (which you mentioned, before they got bought)
Edit: and Croucher, and Emersons...
I’m going back a little before that I think.
Have a feeling that Gisborne Gold was around before Emerson’s, Croucher and maybe Mikes.
Edit: Mike’s and Sunshine both started 1989
Had it on good authority that some of the Home Nations would love for the Lions Tours to finish.
Minimal remuneration and loss of players to injury the primary reasons.
If we'd gone down 3-0 - which was on the cards prior to and during the tour - then it could have seen the end.
So thanks for playing ball NZ 🙂
It is certainly something that really irks me that the NH either decided (or allowed) the SoccerFootball construct of clubs to be the structure in Pro Rugby.
It can only lead to the game being money driven, to owners making decisions based on their club rather than country and to the international game being devalued.
When 'friendlies' become common the international game will die and the RWC will become everything. (I think there are some in higher powers that would actually welcome that scenario)
It's not really the NH as a whole, just England and France. Now I can't speak for France but the idea that The RFU would actually make a pro-active decision of any magnitude is laughable. In England professionalism was held back for a year to allow for a smoother, land transition. What a complete and utter joke. The RFU did SFA to manage the change and left this extra year as a vacuum for wealthy sugar daddies to finance the clubs and effectively own the player base. Fucked it up from the word go.
there are many aspects of the professional game in England that are laudable but the overall planning is not one of them. It is more a case of constantly putting out fires that we have started ourselves.
Wales has done an awesome job of fucking it up too
True but in a different way. The idea of the regions was IMO, the right way to go but it seems from the outside that it has been handled poorly. Quite how I don't know but money is obviously a problem
Regions would have been accepted from the outset if they had been administered and financed by the WRU a la NZ.