Now that’s dedication

September 23rd, 2012 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

Watch this guy pay his fine of $137 with 137 one dollar bills folded into the shape of pigs, and put into a donut box. It took him around four hours to do it!

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Amazing talent

September 19th, 2012 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

This video is of 13 year old Carly Rose Sonenclar on X Factor. Incredible talent.

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A rap tribute to the NZ Army

September 12th, 2012 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

This is a great emotional tribute to the NZ Army soldiers serving abroad who have been killed, by rapper Konflikt. A must watch and listen.

Konflikt is a Wellington rapper, 22-year-old Lower Hutt computer student Jarad Westrupp.

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Farewelling their colleagues

August 28th, 2012 at 2:19 pm by David Farrar

I only found this video because Piers Morgan from CNN tweeted it. Very moving. The Defence Force explain at You Tube:

Haka is used throughout New Zealand by many, not only Māori, to demonstrate their collective thoughts. There is a haka for each of the Services, as well as the Defence Force. Units with the NZ Army have their own haka. This video shows the soldiers of 2/1 RNZIR Battalion performing their Unit haka, powerfully acknowledging the lives and feats of their fallen comrades as they come onto the Unit’s parade ground. It is also an emotive farewell for they will leave via the waharoa (the carved entrance way) for the very last time.

Haka –sometimes termed a posture dance could also be described as a chant with actions. There are various forms of haka; some with weapons some without, some have set actions others may be ‘free style.’ Haka is used by Māori (indigenous people of New Zealand) for a myriad of reasons; to challenge or express defiance or contempt, to demonstrate approval or appreciation, to encourage or to discourage, to acknowledge feats and achievements, to welcome, to farewell, as an expression of pride, happiness or sorrow. There is almost no inappropriate occasion for haka; it is an outward display of inner thoughts and emotions. Within the context of an occasion it is abundantly clear which emotion is being expressed.

They will not be forgotten.

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Ron Swanson on government and taxes

July 1st, 2012 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Readers might enjoy this clip from Parks & Rec, with Ron Swanson on govenrment and taxes.

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Games of Thrones Attack Ads

June 27th, 2012 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

Mother Jones says:

 In HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones, there are dragons, sword fights, and zombie armies. But the heart of the show is intense political intrigue. Alliances are forged and broken; backroom deals are cut; principles are sacrificed. It’s a dirty game. Yet imagine how much more unsavory it would be if super-PACs and dark-money outfits existed in the Seven Kingdoms. We did—and here are the results.

Here’s two of their ads:

And

Heh, both excellent. I love Game of Thrones.

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Rudd and Gillard parody

June 18th, 2012 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Very funny.

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Coolest marriage proposal yet

May 28th, 2012 at 7:00 pm by David Farrar

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This is just beautiful, and funny.

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The ideal class size

May 28th, 2012 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

A very funny video on what is the ideal class size.

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Keys actual comments on the media

May 15th, 2012 at 3:55 pm by David Farrar

Do you recall before the election when the media reported that John Key “stormed” out of a press conference refusing to answer any more questions, and then the video showed it was a total beatup. He just called an end to questions and calmly exited.

Likewise we are now seeing reports that John Key “slammed” the media in his comments on NewstalkZB. Luckily they videoed the show, so you can judge for yourself whether this was a “slamming” or in fact a reasonable critical analysis.

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Forklift Safety

April 19th, 2012 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

This German safety video on forklift driving is a classic. We need safety videos like this here!

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Socialnomics

February 22nd, 2012 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

A very good video on the power of social media, with lots of amazing facts and figures. One example was how it would take over 110 years to read everything on Wikipedia, and if it was a book would be over one million pages in width.

Also one clip is essential reading for Mark Unsworth. He will know which :-)

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Very cute

January 30th, 2012 at 4:37 pm by David Farrar

They all look so happy and contented together!

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The Teapot tape online

January 26th, 2012 at 12:12 pm by David Farrar

A copy of the teapot tape has been placed online, and the link e-mailed to a huge number of people from an anon e-mail address.

There are a very small number of people who have that file. Bradley Ambrose and the senior staff of the Herald on Sunday and TV3. Will any of them be brave enough to admit they did it? I will say I don’t think it is anyone from the Herald on Sunday. To be fair to them, they didn’t publish the tape originally, and it was TV3 that turned it into a daily circus.

I said before the election it was inevitable it would come out at some stage.

The recording is on You Tube (uploaded by 2Johns2Cups), plus two other locations. I’m not providing a direct link due to the questionable legality, but I do not believe saying where it has been published (as I have done) makes me a publisher, anymore than when newspapers reported Whale Oil had broken a suppression order (which sent everyone off to his site).

The irony is that the recording is quite benign, as the PM has said. The media beat this up into a nonsense, that just lowered their standing with most New Zealanders.

Hopefully this release will mean that we can all move on now, except of course we await the Police decision on the legality of making the recording.

Please do not post a direct link in the comments.

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Always know the answer

January 11th, 2012 at 8:41 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

A hopeful groom-to-be suffered the most public of rejections when his proposal at a basketball game was blocked in front of hundreds of fans.

The young man got down on one knee at the UCLA game in California and pulled out a ring live on the stadium’s “mistletoe cam” just before Christmas.

“I knew I was going to do this the first day I met you, so I know this is going to sound corny but … will you marry me?” he said.

But rather than a happy yes, the young woman shook her head.

Her boyfriend could only watch in horror as she grabbed her bag and left the area to jeers from the crowd.

In politics there is a saying, that you should never ask a question that you do not already know the answer to.

I think the same maxim should apply to marriage proposals – or at least public marriage proposals.

A successful public marriage proposal can be sweet and endearing and a memory to last a lifetime. But you should not be doing it unless you are absolutely sure what the answer will be.

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Kids and lions

January 10th, 2012 at 11:03 am by David Farrar

Most readers will have seen the video on TV news of a three year old girl at Wellington Zoo quite unaffected by a lion trying to maul her through the glass. Ultra cute.

This video from overseas is even better. Watch the lion literally try and get its mouth around the little toddler, but stopped by the glass. The toddler is quite sanguine about the lion trying to eat him.

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100 years of history in 10 minutes

January 4th, 2012 at 7:04 pm by David Farrar

A very good compilation. Lots of old footage. Hat Tip: Stuff

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Xmas No 1 song

December 28th, 2011 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

A choir of wives of soldiers serving in Afghanistan topped the British singles charts this week, beating X Factor winners Little Mix to the Christmas No. 1 spot and outselling the rest of the top 12 put together.

Wherever You Are by Military Wives, a song written using excerpts from letters sent between military couples, sold 556,000 copies, the Official Charts Company said.

All proceeds from the single go to The Royal British Legion and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen Families Association.

A nice reminder of how so many military families have to spend Xmas apart, doing their duty.

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Battle at Kruger

December 20th, 2011 at 7:47 am by David Farrar

I was reading up about buffalo after seeing some, and how they were often quite altruistic. That lead me to this story about an amazing eight minute video shot in 2005 called Battle at Kruger.

You see the lions sitting in wait on the small group of buffalo. As they get close, they pounce and the lions chase a couple of adult buffalo and a young buffalo. One of the lions tackles the young buffalo knocking him into the water. Three or four lions start mauling him and pulling him out of the water.

At this stage a crocodile grabs the young buffalo, who becomes the meant in a tug-of-war sandwich between lions and the crocodile. Eventually the lions win and drag the buffalo onshore.

Just as they start their meal, well have you ever seen a film where the cavalry charge in and save the day? Just watch this video. Incredible sights and amazing someone was there to record it.

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Don’t try this one at home kids

December 3rd, 2011 at 9:49 pm by David Farrar

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Middle Earth under Labour’s new workplace policy

October 19th, 2011 at 8:29 pm by David Farrar

Whale shows us what Middle Earth would look like under Labour’s industrial relations policy. Enjoy and share.

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Dancing against asset sales

October 10th, 2011 at 4:30 pm by David Farrar

I honestly don’t know what to say.

I just hope the poor bastards are being paid at least the minimum wage for that.

Perhaps Labour could use this as their televised opening address? Hell, I think National should use it as their televised opening address!

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Gower sings the Stars and Stripes

October 4th, 2011 at 12:38 pm by David Farrar

TV3’s political reporter Paddy Gower lost a bet to the Green Party about who would win the USA versus Russia Rugby World Cup match. Paddy reckoned Russia, and the Greens had their money on the USA.

This must be the first time in history that Keith Locke backed the USA over Russia :-)

Unfortunately for Paddy, the USA cleaned up 13 points to 6 so he had to came along to the Greens Caucus meeting and sing the Star Spangled Banner.

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Nigella talks dirty

September 25th, 2011 at 5:52 pm by David Farrar

Someone has edited many different clips of Nigella Lawson together to form a rather x-rated clip. NSFW but rather funny.

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A Pyongyang party

September 21st, 2011 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Heh some nice music to the North Korean military parade.

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