Aussie Sportsmanship – James O’Connor. Look how he responded to a gut wrenching defeat. He was the youngest guy on the field and reacted like a true sportsman older than he is. The way he congratulated the team that had just gutted his own was just wonderful. I might boo Quade Cooper but I will cheer O’Connor.
Yep, O’Connor is a rising star.
We will see a lot more of him in the future (Unfortunately for the All Blacks).
On the way to the dressing room the Australians lined up to applaud the All Blacks (Great sportsmanship) who filed past and several of the All Blacks shook James’ hand.
Four more years…..
Anyone seen Big Bruv or MNIJ since 11pm last night?
Bruv has ranted for four years about how much he was looking forward to coming on here after the All Blacks choked in the semi-finals once again. All I can say to him is that I hope that all the smiling faces around him today don’t send him into a fit of despair.
Some of us like to celebrate success, and others like to drag everyone down to their level. All I can say to the likes of Big Bruv and MNIJ is this; the All Blacks won; you lost; suck on that!
So are like all the ……………………. people…………… who supported Aus only because they thought a Cantabrian should be coach and not an Aucklander feeling like shit?
Or have they quietly shifted allegiance and were really supporting the ABs all along?
Why was that game the acid test for Henry vs. Deans? Surely any doubt was removed once Deans racked up the worst losing streak in Australian rugby history? I’m happy Henry gave us three and a half years of dominant rugby as well, it’s a long time between drinks if the only thing you care about is the World Cup.
I think Henry hails from Canterbury. Place of origin was not an issue. It was the way NZRU handled it. Henry redeemed himself. Good on him (with a little help from some other stout “Cantabrians in the form of Smith, Hansen, McCaw et al).
Don’t knock Deans. He has brought forward some really exciting players and their time will come. Proof? How many people were absolutley confidant that Ione,Genia, Justin Bieber and co weren’t going to whip it from under our noses? Cooper had an absolute shocker. Not the coach’s fault.
Sure, they could just put them on the net, and charge people who want to DL them, but the artists get more money if they get every NZer to pay, and the great thing is that you don’t have to be good at singing. You can make a self-indulgent movie that’s a ripoff of Napoleon Dynamite (Eagle vs. Shark) and make money.
But it’s win-win: Performing “artists” get free money for their unsellable crap, and famous people associate themselves with your political party.
This is Clare Curran’s idea. I’ve come to the conclusion that she is really stupid. And she seems to enjoy taking people’s money and giving it to other people.
@ Tinman “the destruction of NZ domestic rugby” – did you not watch the ITM Cup just a few weeks ago? This would have to be the most competitive domestic season for many years. One level down, the Heartland Championship has been a fantastic development.
Last week or 2, whenever I log onto Kiwiblog my screen freezes and I get a pop up warning me that a script is running that is slowing my computer, my computer may become unresponsive, and would I like to stop it? (Yes please!)
Besides wasting a minute or so every time I log on, it is a total pain in the arse – anyone know how to stop it permanently?
Awful news just out of Las Vegas that Indy 500 winner 33 year old Brit Dan Wheldon was killed today during the Indy race.
Kiwis Scott Dixon and Wade Cunningham were not involved in a fiery crash that took 14 of the 34 cars out of the race on lap 12 of the scheduled 200 laps. The race was called as a result of the accident.
Wheldon was one of the nice guys of motor sport. Very sobering news indeed.
Awful news about Dan Wheldon. I just watched it on Youtube, and had to turn it off before the impact on the in-car shot; just horrifying. As Elaycee noted he was one of the good guys of the sport, and a former team-mate of Scott Dixon’s at Chip Ganassi Racing. His three-year win drought ended this year when he won the Indy 500, and he had just secured a ride for next season. Thoughts and prayers are with his wife Susi and their two young boys.
Inventory2 (6,883) Says:
October 17th, 2011 at 10:49 am
@ Tinman “the destruction of NZ domestic rugby” – did you not watch the ITM Cup just a few weeks ago?
Yes, I watched the Good Guys, minus 10 players stolen by a professional team (7 forwards, 3 backs including two first fives), win an NPC that was of very low standard by winning a final that was of even lower standard.
Speaking of browser issues, I notice that the iOS 5 upgrade of the Safari browser doesn’t seem to like the silly WordPress toolbar at the top of the KB window. It occasionally jumps down the page and drags a scrolled window back up…
Your a very sad person aren’t you Jack. Your so full of hate for the God you still clearly believe in. What happenned in your life? You like to claim you no longer believe but the fact that you cannot stop this bizzarre and obsessive stalking of me is proof that you still do. Its what in counselling, and poker, is called a “tell”, a behaviour which reveals your real thoughts.
Slactivist points out that no less than four Republican candidates have claimed that God called them to run. Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Herman Cain all state regularly that they are in the race at least partly due to the wishes of the Lord.
I know this is never actually going to happen, but wouldn’t it be magnificently awkward if reporters would start asking the candidates about each other’s divine mandate? You know, “So, Governor Perry, Senator Bachmann here has said that she regularly receives assurance from The Lord that she is meant to run. Do you feel that she is incorrect?”
So under the heading in the Herald today..Rena Oil Spill missing 12 m cover ”Govt Error , Steven Joyce is going to meet with MS Company and ”make sure they understand how NZers see things..” This sounds like a noble cause. Pity Steven Joyce has no comprehension of how many NZers see him..arrogant , inexperienced , promoted way beyond his abiliites , the list goes on.
Harold Camping is now predicting the world will end on Friday night.
What sort of a God would do that before the final, especially after the way the ABs played? Will (s)he let the Taffs and the Aussies duke it out for the wooden spoon or will he pull the pin on them also?
You don’t have much time to replenish the wine cellar.
As luck would have it Kiwiblog has its fair share of followers who keep in regular communication with Big Daddy yet maintain a tenuous contact with the real world through rugby. I’m certain that they will intercede on our behalf & allow the RWC to be played before the plug is pulled.
An anti-capitalist protest in Auckland has spread to Auckland University, where around 80 people have occupied the campus clocktower.
Socialist Aotearoa spokesman Joe Carolan told NZ Newswire the protesters were from the Occupy Auckland movement, and another group called We Are The University.
Good little piece explaining the overwhelming case for cheap, plentiful natural gas over expensive, unreliable, bird chopping wind turbines.
“Wind turbines slice thousands of birds of prey in half every year, including white-tailed eagles in Norway, golden eagles in California, wedge-tailed eagles in Tasmania…According to a study in Pennsylvania, a wind farm with eight turbines would kill about 200 bats a year. The pressure wave from the passing blade just implodes the little creatures’ lungs. You and I can go to jail for harming bats or eagles; wind companies are immune…The wind farm requires eight tonnes of an element called neodymium, which is produced only in Inner Mongolia, by boiling ores in acid leaving lakes of radioactive tailings so toxic that no creature goes near them…The gas well requires no subsidy — in fact it pays a hefty tax to the government — whereas the wind turbines each cost you a substantial add-on to your electricity bill, part of which goes to the rich landowner whose land they stand on…Wind power costs three times as much as gas-fired power. Make that nine times if the wind farm is offshore. And that’s assuming the cost of decommissioning the wind farm is left to your children — few will last 25 years.”
I can not see a reason why the Germans would bail out anybody. Nor why would anybody else do it. The Icelandic Government refused to socialise private bank losses. Seemed sensible to me. The Irish Government on the other hand did promise to pay the private bank debts. Weird – and why would you do it.
“When deregulation came along, however, it became apparent that as much as male customers might have enjoyed the eye candy, they weren’t willing to pay for it. Higher quality might seem like a good thing, but it’s really only good if the benefit exceeds the cost. More attractive staff can command higher wages. The airlines could have continued to pay them, if the higher quality had attracted more customers. But as it turns out, most people just wanted to get where they were going, fast and cheap.”
A man walks into a bar, notices a very large jar on the counter, and sees that it’s filled to the brim with $10 bills. He guesses there must be at least ten thousand dollars in it. He approaches the bartender and asks, “What’s with the money in the jar?”
“Well…, you pay $10, and if you pass three tests, you get all the money in the jar and the keys to a brand new Lexus.”
The man certainly isn’t going to pass this up, so he asks, “What are the three tests?”
“You gotta pay first,” says the bartender, “those are the rules.”
So, after thinking it over a while, the man gives the bartender $10 which he stuffs into the jar.
“Okay,” says the bartender, “here’s what you need to do:
“First – You have to drink a whole quart of tequila, in 60 seconds or less, and you can’t make a face while doing it.”
“Second – There’s a pit bull chained in the back with a bad tooth. You have to remove that tooth with your bare hands.”
“Third – There’s a 90-year old lady upstairs who’s never had sex. You have to take care of that problem.”
The man is stunned! “I know I paid my $10 — but I’m not an idiot! I won’t do it! You’d have to be nuts to drink a quart of tequila and then do all those other things!”
“Your call,” says the bartender, “but, your money stays where it is.”
As time goes on, the man has a few more drinks and finally says, “Where’s the damn tequila?!”
He grabs the bottle with both hands and drinks it as fast as he can. Tears stream down both cheeks — but he doesn’t make a face — and he drinks it in 58 seconds!
Next, he staggers out the back door where he sees the pit bull chained to a pole. Soon, the people inside the bar hear loud growling, screaming, and sounds of a terrible fight — then nothing but silence!
Just when they think that the man surely must be dead, he staggers back into the bar. His clothes are ripped to shreds and he’s bleeding from bites and gashes all over his body. He drunkenly says, “Now…., where’s that old woman with the bad tooth?”
If ever there was a reason for OUR collective Super finds to pool their(our), cash and spend on our behalf this opportunity would be it. Rio are selling a large chunk of business with world wide downstream supply and a collection of manufacturing plants. Sumitomo is well committed to NZ via various fertilizer works and other companies so would be a good partner.
This company could rival Fonterra as a NZ success story.
Do the Govt. and the collective wisdom of our various super funds have the foresight and the the audacity to take a large chunk of shareholding say 25% or more in the new company Pacific Aluminum?
Opportunity knocks just once. Lets just get this done for NZ. Sell off the crappy stuff and sell down shareholdings in SEO’s that we don’t need to own all of and buy good longterm income producers.
Not often I encourage the Govt and its organizations to spend money but this is one where I do.
New Zealand’s biggest power user, the $1.2-billion-a-year aluminium smelter at Bluff, has been put up for sale by Australian miner Rio Tinto, with a second-tier aluminium operator or private equity firm seen as possible buyers.
The Tiwai Point smelter in Southland consumes about 15 per cent of the electricity produced in New Zealand and is supplied on a take-or-pay basis by state-owned Meridian. The smelter could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Rio Tinto will sell 13 aluminium units worldwide, including refineries and smelters in Australia, as it seeks to streamline its Alcan aluminium business.
The cutbacks are the latest in a series of moves following Rio’s badly timed $49b acquisition of Alcan four years ago. The asset sales include operations in Australia, such as the Gove bauxite venture and Tasmania’s Bell Bay smelter. It will also offload assets in New Zealand and plants in France, Germany, the United States and Britain.
It is understood Rio Tinto’s partner in the New Zealand smelter, Japanese firm Sumitomo, which holds just over 20 per cent, would have right of first refusal to buy the balance.
Buyers dodge tablet ban
Last updated 05:00 18/10/2011
Australians are making a mockery of a Federal Court injunction banning the sale of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets in Australia by ordering them from online stores.
Samsung has been forbidden by Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett from selling or marketing the device in Australia until a full hearing in its patent infringement case with Apple, which isn’t expected to take place until next year. Justice Bennett said Apple had a prima facie case that Samsung infringed two of its patents.
But online sellers on eBay, and web stores such as MobiCity.com.au, Expansys, Techrific and dMavo, are bypassing Samsung Australia and obtaining stock from other countries, such as Hong Kong.
GetPrice.com.au lists a slew of Australian sellers offering the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and there are more than 2000 results on eBay. Some, such as MobiCity, offer a 12-month Australian warranty.
Maverick online seller Ruslan Kogan was also selling Galaxy Tab 10.1 units but withdrew them from the market after receiving legal threats from Apple. However, it appears the other sellers, many of which are hosted overseas, do not care about Apple’s threats.
“If this is an outcome of the injunction, the harm is not to Samsung, which makes its sales all the same, but to the Australian retailers who do not have the opportunity to compete,” said senior patent lawyer Mark Summerfield, from Watermark in Melbourne.