General discussion, nostalgia, and trivia



  • I'll always remember the day Peter Fats and his boys delivered a piano to my flatmate down two flights of steps.

    Wasn't the old joke that forwards are the piano movers and backs the piano players?

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  • @Rapido
    If JK was a shamateur butcher then McDowell was definitely a shamateur publican



  • @Crucial He moved pianos for us when I was a kid. Once his daughter helped out. Definitely the largest woman I'd seen then.



  • @dogmeat said in General discussion, nostalgia, and trivia:

    @Rapido
    If JK was a shamateur butcher then McDowell was definitely a shamateur publican

    I mean by that time (1987) Kirwan was a shamateur for Benneton in Italy.

    He was genuinely an apprentice butcher circa 1983 etc. I think it was his dad's butchery.

    Not sure exactly when he started summering in Trevino.



  • I've got that book that was released a few years back ranking the 100 best All Blacks of all time.

    Well at least I did.... I leant it to someone recently and can't remember which one of my firends has pinched it.

    The best part is looking up what the players did for a living.



  • @nzzp said in General discussion, nostalgia, and trivia:

    @Rapido said in General discussion, nostalgia, and trivia:

    With the original linked article: 10 most interesting occupations of 1991 players. Didn't mention Bunce, but was he still a rubbishman in 1991?

    'Rubbishman' could be replaced with 'paid cross training' -- the job was just running, lifting and throwing for hours on end. Got people bloody fit, and you can pay les mills to let you do it with a medicine ball now 🙂

    I think Chris Tregaskis was a rubbishman for a while too.

    Tregaskis nickname was trash, he was a qualified builder but went to the rubbish trucks , he's a tiler now. Jerry Collins was a rubbish man too, a few ex Wellington players I've met over the years did a stint picking up rubbish. Wellington was one of the last places for them to pick up the bins and drop them back. That must have sucked if you had the oriental bay run you'd be bloody fit though.



  • Quite a few players in the 60s were listed as "brewery reps". When I was a kid I used to wonder what that meant.



  • Pretty sure Warwick Taylor was a teacher. Wayne Smith, as well - but for at least a while he worked at the Belfast Freezing Works.

    I worked in the same building as Jock Hobbs and caught the lift with him on several occasions.

    Chris Jack is working as a builder these days, in Nelson. Saw him at the supermarket last year.



  • @Chris-B. said in General discussion, nostalgia, and trivia:

    Chris Jack is working as a builder these days, in Nelson

    shit he must have to get custom made earmuffs



  • This seemed the best thread to post this. I think it's hilarious! 😀



  • @jegga said in General discussion, nostalgia, and trivia:

    @nzzp said in General discussion, nostalgia, and trivia:

    @Rapido said in General discussion, nostalgia, and trivia:

    With the original linked article: 10 most interesting occupations of 1991 players. Didn't mention Bunce, but was he still a rubbishman in 1991?

    'Rubbishman' could be replaced with 'paid cross training' -- the job was just running, lifting and throwing for hours on end. Got people bloody fit, and you can pay les mills to let you do it with a medicine ball now 🙂

    I think Chris Tregaskis was a rubbishman for a while too.

    Tregaskis nickname was trash, he was a qualified builder but went to the rubbish trucks , he's a tiler now. Jerry Collins was a rubbish man too, a few ex Wellington players I've met over the years did a stint picking up rubbish. Wellington was one of the last places for them to pick up the bins and drop them back. That must have sucked if you had the oriental bay run you'd be bloody fit though.

    Norm Hewitt was a rubbish man too, good exercise for a front rower



  • @Stockcar86 said in General discussion, nostalgia, and trivia:

    @jegga said in General discussion, nostalgia, and trivia:

    @nzzp said in General discussion, nostalgia, and trivia:

    @Rapido said in General discussion, nostalgia, and trivia:

    With the original linked article: 10 most interesting occupations of 1991 players. Didn't mention Bunce, but was he still a rubbishman in 1991?

    'Rubbishman' could be replaced with 'paid cross training' -- the job was just running, lifting and throwing for hours on end. Got people bloody fit, and you can pay les mills to let you do it with a medicine ball now 🙂

    I think Chris Tregaskis was a rubbishman for a while too.

    Tregaskis nickname was trash, he was a qualified builder but went to the rubbish trucks , he's a tiler now. Jerry Collins was a rubbish man too, a few ex Wellington players I've met over the years did a stint picking up rubbish. Wellington was one of the last places for them to pick up the bins and drop them back. That must have sucked if you had the oriental bay run you'd be bloody fit though.

    Norm Hewitt was a rubbish man too, good exercise for a front rower

    Liam Messam:



  • @Stargazer The Sumo Messam is referring to is Keith Lowen. He owns a rubbish collection business.

    Another ex AB who used to be on the bags in my suburb was the late Aaron Hopa.



  • I had to check, but it's definitely not the 1st of April!

    New All Black birth certificate launched
    
    The Department of Internal Affairs has launched a new All Black themed decorative birth certificate.
    
    The new decorative certificate is now available for purchase, and joins the existing beach and forest themes for people wanting something a little different from the standard certificate.
    
    Around 180,000 birth certificates are issued every year and Deputy Registrar-General Adrian Jarvis says they are delighted for people to have the option of an official licensed product to mark their special delivery.
    
    "We think that these are a great way for All Blacks fans to show their support, whether they are new babies or older fans wanting a new certificate.
    
    "We’ve been working hard to make sure we could launch the new certificate while one of our great rival teams is touring," Mr Jarvis says.
    
    All births must be registered in New Zealand, and this can now be done easily anytime anywhere through SmartStart, an online tool which contains step-by-step information to help parents and babies get off to the best start.
    
    SmartStart has already had over 80,000 visits and more than 5,000 due dates entered. For more information on SmartStart, visit smartstart.services.govt.nz
    
    Parents can choose whether or not to purchase a birth certificate. All Blacks birth certificates can be ordered by calling 0800 22 52 52.
    


  • @Stargazer W.... T.... F?
    Well, I guess I can no longer get annoyed by foreign journo's describing NZ as "rugby-obsessed" or referencing the All Blacks as "the national religion".
    FFS DIA, just... FFS.





  • @Tim haha thats cool!!



  • Bloody hell!



  • @Stargazer seen that, he must have a tumour in his brain or something.



  • He probably wouldn't stand out so much if he was playing with other islander kids.