Friday, August 31, 2007
Swiss Champ Army Knife
I won this in the latest Pepsi Max Competition, it retails for $125. Hard to know if it is worth keeping or not.
It features some very handy things,
Can opener with
- Small screwdriver
Cap lifter with
- Wire stripper
- Hook disgorger
- Ruler (cm & inches)
- Metal file
- Nail cleaner
- Metal saw
- Wire cutters
- Wire crimping tool
Pin (stainless steel)
The rest of this post is brought to you by the letter S
My boys the Southland Stags created history when they beat Otago 26-20 in the match of the year last night. It was the first time Southland has won at Carisbrook since 1977. I was out with mates in Wellington and despite rugby being on the screen, it was Wellington vs Counties. I watched the last five minutes and it was exciting. I got text updates though so that kept me informed.
What a brilliant match though with the lead changing several times throughout. But it was a Jason Kawau try with 10 minutes left that gave the Stags the lead they never relinquished.
The crowd was sparse, but many of the Stags Army made the trip north for the occasion. There were scenes of jubilation and joy as the battlers Southland took the victory in the 229th meeting between these two traditional foes. It was great for the little brothers to get home this time.
I danced the night away at Latinos Bar with a live band. The place was full of sexy women who moved their waist and bottoms in an hypnotic manner. I danced with my crew who are all Beginner Two level. These other people are Advanced or Teachers. There is a photo of my tutor above (the guy). There were plenty of foreigners too. It must be said that with the live music and rhythms made it very sensual and I loved getting amongst it. There were no drunken louts, it was a good crowd.
Not long until my birthday, the big 29 on Friday. I have booked a table at Scopa a pizza restaurant. I figure a meal is easy for such an event since there is a massive party already on the Saturday night.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
I got this off Stuff website. IT is interesting to see who is rated in the top 20 New Zealand women. No Nicky Watson? Tony Marsh?
Dancing with the Stars contestant Hayley Holt, MTV host Amber Peebles and ageing supermodel Rachel Hunter are surprise inclusions in a new list attempting to name New Zealand's 20 hottest babes.
Penthouse pet Hayley-Marie Burnes is also included in the list, which appears in the August edition of Zoo magazine.
The magazine didn't choose a No. 1, but earlier this year model Rebecca Lee topped a similar FHM magazine poll.
Lee didn't make Zoo's list.
The full list of Zoo Weekly's hottest New Zealand women:
In other news Sam Hayes is going to be the new Nightline presenter. She worked in Dunedin at Radio One when I went there on my radio journalism course. She worked as a journalist for a while for TV3. Boy it is amazing how your career can take off. Andrew Mulligan from Prime Sport cut his teeth on Prime television.
In other news I went to the Bourne Ultimatum last night. It was a great movie although some of the scenes with handheld camera work got a bit physically difficult to watch.
Tonight my Lifegroup had a fondue night. Tomorrow night it is pub quiz. Monday night was Salsa and Tuesday was Bourne Ultimatum. On Friday night there is an actual Salsa band. It is a good thing I was away at the weekend because I am seeing heaps of the Lifegroup (rent a crowd).
Sunday, August 26, 2007
I got sent this in an email. Warning it does contain a little nudity and it is hard to know if this streaker actually did score this goal, but it makes you think!
I am feeling heaps better now. It was easier once I cleared my email this morning after four days off. My article is almost ready for the next magazine, and that is really exciting.
Stevo's wedding was good. I was really close to Stevo in 2005-2006 before I went overseas. I can relate so much to Stevo that it was a reality check with this staunch sports mad southern man making it down the aisle. There is still hope. I thought Stevo was really popular in Elim circles, but their weren't as many people as I thought their would be at this. I hung out with Boss, and my old flatties Dave "Crouchy" Marsh and Bauer. They are good value. There is now a move from those couples who got married a few years back to the world of parenthood. There are about five pregnancies in the Christian world in Dunedin. I played Jonahs with Sammy on Saturday night and stayed with the Callanders. It gets awkward at these dances now with most people at this wedding already hitched and knocked up or under legal age. There was a girl sitting across from me so I thought I would make polite conversation. She was still at school.
We also went to the Terrace a few times. It is the regular for myself and gives Boss an outlet from his wife. We were joined by a random guy from Alexandra called Nails who thought we were businessmen in our suits. We played along using phrases like "Buy low, sell high" and he continued to tell us about his 70 year old boss who joined him at the men's urinal at work and was amazingly well hung. This guy kept going on about cheating on women when you are out of town, and thought we were kidding when we talked about loyalty in a relationship. He was half cut so it was funny with four of us and him.
I now wonder when I will stop returning to Dunedin. My sense of place and belonging is moving north towards Wellington. Each time I return people and things have changed and I realise that the once busy city of Dunners is really just a sleepy town.
Finally, the rugby site I write for www.testrugby.com as The Guru is set to launch a massive World Cup competition. This gives me great exposure. It is the official TV3 Rugby World Cup competition requiring people to pick players and get points.
My merchandise hasn't arrived from www.sportingo.com although Hamish McBrearty who won the trip to the Rugby World Cup which I got third in was on TV3 news on Friday night. He will get flown to the World Cup and will get the chance to interview different players and get media access to everything. This latest stardom is a little gut wrenching, but third is still good I guess (what a copout!)
Thursday, August 23, 2007
These 600 naked people are making their point in the Swiss Alps about climate change. Good on them! Never mind the shrinkage!
I got this from Pravda a Russian newspaper. It is for all you guys out there to go squeamish over and ammunition for the ladies.
A female Muscovite burnt her ex-husband’s penis in revenge for his adultery. The Tvoi Den newspaper reports that the man was taken to hospital with burns all over his body, but his jealous ex-wife did not feel guilty at all.
The woman named only as Irina, 41, was married to Dmitry, 48, for 19 years. The couple divorced three years ago but shared the same apartment afterwards. Irina took her revenge upon Dmitry at the moment when the man could repulse the attack neither physically nor psychologically. Shortly before the incident the man broke his heel, so he could not walk a lot and spent much time at home.
When the incident took place Dmitry was watching an adult program on a night TV channel. His ex-wife grabbed a bottle of vodka and approached the man sitting in front of the TV set. She spilled some vodka on him the man and wanted to set him on fire with a match but her attempt. The flame died out in the air.
Dmitry could hardly realize what was going on and made no attempts to stop the crazy woman. Then, Irina made a wick of a newspaper and threw the burning paper aiming at the man’s crotch. Dmitry told doctors that he had felt terrible pain but could not extinguish the fire. He started burning like a torch. At first, Irina was just observing how the ex-husband was agonizing but then decided to send for a doctor.
Doctors say that Dmitry could have burned alive if the woman had not called an ambulance. Severe burns were found on the man’s arms, legs, chest and penis.
Dmitry can not explain the reason of the ex-wife’s action. He said that the idea to divorce suddenly occurred to Irina three years ago, and the woman would not explain to the man why she wanted to divorce him. Dmitry also has no idea regarding the reasons of the recent incident. Irina at the same time does not feel guilty and insists that ex-husbands must be punished even if they once were unfaithful.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
The link function on blogger is stuffed, so to view the photos you should cut and paste the link.
Hi troops. I thought I would post a link to the photos from Sports Camp, so if you have a few spare minutes, follow the link and look up some photos. I am not in many of these, but the photographer didn't have the camera at the volleyball. The indoor soccer I was playing against the guy in the yellow bib with the Arsenal top. That was the semi final. I guess it is difficult to take photos in some sports as you don't know where the ball will go.
Anyway back to my death bed. I have that annoying cotton wool head feeling which really sucks.
I went and saw Eagle vs Shark tonight. I had already bought the ticket last night. Unfortunately I felt terrible when I woke this morning and called in sick. It is probably a result of the Sports Camp at the weekend and tiredness from both lack of sleep and too much sport combined to overpower me. I did feel lethargic at Salsa last night but then forgot about my ill feeling until the morning. I went to the dentist this afternoon at 4pm still not really feeling 100% and I didn't need any fillings. This was a pleasant surprise but since I hadn't been to a dentist in five years I got an X Ray. A polish later I forked over $160 to the cause.
The movie Eagle vs Shark was up there with Hot Fuzz as far as quality movies go. They both had their unique style of humour which you kind of got sick of by the end, but it was still great. The problem with both these movies was the high expectations before hand.
I am off to bed to get a long sleep and hopefully lose this fatigued feeling.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
The Irony of Sports Camp and other random things to happen in the last few days.
What a brilliant weekend I enjoyed at El Rancho Sports Camp in Waikanae. It was a great opportunity to get to know people from my church and play wall to wall sports. The irony of all this sport was that it cut back on my quiet times (it was a Christian camp) and it gave me a break from sport (Air NZ Cup).
Here is how it worked. Seven churches with people from about 15-40+ years old competing in 14 sports, with 5 points for winning, 3 points for runner up and 1 point for making the semi finals. There were only 30 people from The Street meaning you went in about 5 sports. I was in volleyball Friday night. We made the final where we lost after a close first set. It finished at 12:40am. I actually was a top performer in this as opposed to my best sport touch which we lost
Monday started with touch at 7am although the hockey final which was our only success was played at 6:15am. Touch unlike most sports was knock out and full length games on a 100m field. It was taxing and considering we hadn't practiced together and the large proportion of polynesians there we lost in the 1st round. I missed my first indoor soccer game and came on in the 2nd match which were at 7:20am and 7:40am. I was stuffed and breakfast started at 8am.
In the afternoon I played three games of ultimate frisbee and then we lost the final. We had hardly played and it shows that in certain sports you can do better having played less. Minority sports like ultimate, table tennis, shooting and indoor bowls it would be easy to dominate if you played it competitively. We lost the final convincingly, but I coped a knee to my thigh, a dead leg/charlie. It ruined the rest of my weekend.
We also played crosbee (touch/gridiron). But lost the semi final. Then the action got more intense for me. We blew a 3 nil halftime lead to lost 4-3 in the indoor soccer final. They scored the winner with 52 seconds to go. IT was gutting, but we really just ran out of steam and probably needed a few more players overall to give more players a rest.
The evening sports quiz was also annoying as we dominated up until the very end and got 2nd again. I got one regular question wrong and five correct. They had The Rich List where you list get the right to name the number of answers you can give on a topic and if you win the bid you get to name them. They actually used the ones from the tv show, so I got us heaps of points.
The last members from four teams went up to the stage (including our guy) they got amazingly difficult questions like the diametre of a discuss circle, length of a cricket bail etc. They weren't trivia, more facts that you couldn't really guess and because you lose points for incorrect answers, no one really guessed. This guy known as the Oracle got on stage and was only against two opponents and they were not up to much. The questions were actually not that hard. He was given easier questions. He got them over the line and they had again beaten us narrowly. I smelt a rat! We were again the bridesmaids and this continued as we got overall second which wasn't bad considering the lack of preparation and as some elite athletes from the Street like National Basketball League players didn't play this year and so we actually did really well to get second. It provides us with inspiration for next year. I am now really tired.
In other news I won some Rugby World Cup gear on the sports site I write for www.sportingo.com .
I am off to Eagle vs Shark tomorrow. Flight of the Conchords will be on Prime TV on September 17.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I went and saw Diehard 4.0 last night with my Lifegroup "Movie Club". It was supposed to be a Lifegroup replacement this week since it was a social week, but it was only the usual six of us from Lifegroup who went. I must say the backrow at the movie theatre is awesome, but there was so much trash around the theatre.
The movie itself was unrealistically good. There is one scene involving John McLean (who again finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time) somehow surviving especially since the villains died. There is a scene when he is driving a truck. The truck gets so beaten up and somehow he survives.
Anyway I saw Jimbo Edgecombe from a distance. He was pounding the pavements. His brother Mark is off to the Rugby World Cup after his team won the national final of the Heineken Pub Quiz. There are so many competitions on which I have to win to somehow get to France.
I had better go and study for the El Rancho Camp Sports Quiz. It is on the Saturday night of Sports Camp. I will be very tired by that stage. I will wake up and play touch at 7am on the Saturday and sports start on the Friday and continue through until the Sunday. I will be one sick puppy by the time I get back.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
This guy was a real character!
I got this from www.stuff.co.nz
The search for a Christchurch eccentric missing after attempting to swim across Lyttelton Harbour on Saturday afternoon.
Police said Graeme White, 46, walked and swam across mudflats to Quail Island to help with a tree planting project, but must have got himself into trouble when he tried to swim back to the mainland during high tide.
A small dinghy which White used for flotation and to carry his personal possessions was found washed ashore but there was no sign of him.
Christchurch police spokeswoman Maggie Leask said an aerial search and a search of the harbour and mudflats by the Coastguard today had failed to find White.
Inspector Warren Kemp, of the police southern communications centre, said today it was likely White had drowned and there was a good chance his body would be found in the next few days.
White was last seen leaving the island about 2.30pm on Saturday after a day spent planting trees with a conservation group.
He attempted to swim back to the mainland across a 400m channel using the small boat as a flotation device to hold his wallet, keys, and jacket.
The boat was found in Charteris Bay on Saturday with his possessions, but searches by the Coastguard, police, and conservation volunteers have failed to find any sign of him.
White was wearing "a string singlet, very, very short shorts and no shoes", a Coastguard search co-ordinator said.
White was a familiar face in Christchurch courts after several high-profile cases.
He served a jail term for tunnelling into an abortion clinic in 1999 and was fined for attacking a statue of double Victoria Cross awardee Charles Upham in Amberley with a metal-cutting disc.
He recently appealed against a conviction for indecently exposing himself to a woman while tending a goat.
At the time he was wearing a money pouch over his crotch, and a sack cloth. While defending that charge he gathered a further conviction when court staff saw his bare buttocks.
He has also been convicted for riding his bicycle wearing nothing but a helmet.
White had an altruistic side, however. In 2002, he became the second living person in New Zealand to donate a kidney to a stranger.
Professor John Morton, who co-ordinated the kidney donor programme, said the following year that White was a likeable and intelligent man who generously gave a part of himself to save another.
"I found him a fascinating individual," Morton said then.
White's wife, Lynette, told The Press yesterday that her husband had been planting trees on Quail Island with the Otamahua Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust for several weekends.
Volunteers were normally taken to the island on the Black Cat catamaran but White missed the boat because he was milking cows.
He drove to a point near the island and walked across mudflats to join the group while the tide was low. Returning to his car at high tide required the use of "plan B", she said.
White was seen to make it to King Billy Island, a small island between Quail and the mainland, but is thought not to have made it over the last stretch of water.
Sixteen coastguard staff on boats and jetskis, and many conservation volunteers, searched the harbour yesterday but could not find him.
Lynette White said White was a "deep thinker" and a man of deeply held convictions.
"He was pretty single-minded. Once he started something he wouldn't stop. He sticks up for what he believes in. I admire him for that."
White had worked with people with mental handicaps and had run a "half-way house" for several years, she said.
The Whites attended the Hillmorton Hospital Chapel, where Graeme did the music.
"I haven't had much sleep. Of course, I'll miss him but we just celebrated my birthday. If someone was going to die it was probably a good time. We've had a comparatively good week."
Coastguard search controller Jerry Steele said White's chances of survival were slim.
I got sent a sports bag from Sportingo.com . It is a sports fan website I right for. The parcel arrived today all the way from Israel.
I had a briefing for Sports Camp on Sunday. It was great to finally realise that there are some other jocks out there and this weekend I will partake in a hardcore sports camp at El Rancho in Waikanae. It is hard to know what standard to expect, but I am hoping I can dominate. The sports start on the Friday night and then continue on Saturday morning at 7am with touch followed by indoor soccer before breakfast at 8am. It is a juggling act getting people to play sports as there are several clashes. There is also a sports quiz on Saturday night. It is so refreshing to have an emphasis placed on sport and I have also found that there are plenty of female babes who have come out of the wordwork as sporty chicks. It makes for a tiring weekend as the games don't finish until late like midnight. Then there is a sport called Crosbie on SUnday. It is great to get into a new sport which is like American Football/touch.
I won $42.50 yesterday when the Stags beat the Taranaki side by 12 and under. I thought at 25-3 up that the Stags may win by too much, but reality bites as they almost lost, but held on for a 25-20 win. My lazy $10 was a wise investment.
I am off tonight to Salsa. It is Beginner Two class. I have graduated!
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Here is a taste of the New Zealand made comedy Flight of the Conchords. It is really funny and Eagle vs Shark will be similar.
I got this off Reuters who are these sick people?
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A New Zealand couple is looking to call their newborn son Superman -- but only because their chosen name of 4Real has been rejected by the government registry.
Pat and Sheena Wheaton say they will get around the decision by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages by officially naming their son Superman but referring to him as 4Real, the New Zealand Herald newspaper has reported.
The Wheatons decided on the name after seeing the baby for the first time in an ultrasound scan and realising their baby was "for real".
They decided 4Real was the best way to write it, but the name was rejected because the registrar said a name had to be a sequence of characters.
Pat Wheaton said he was considering appealing against the decision through the courts, but whatever happens he won't be budged on his choice.
"No matter what its going to stay 4Real," Wheaton told the Herald, "I'm certainly not a quitter".
A spokesman for the Department of Internal Affairs, which operates the registry told the Herald discussions with the Wheatons about their son's name were continuing.
The baby is now two months old, after the Wheatons first applied to register his name in later June
In other news I had a hit of tennis today of singles for about an hour and a half. It was a long time since I last played at Easter. I am now a bit sore as 90 minutes of hits is far more taxing than a match. The other guy from life group is of a similar level. We went to the Wellington Club which is the nearest courts to my flat. They had four astroturf courts only and not much of a clubrooms. It didn't seem that flash and didn't compare to my old Invers club Waihopai which had eight courts. Then Chris turned the lights on and it brought a whole new aspect to tennis. This club costs $250 for a season. I guess land is more expensive up here, my football fees were $180. I am trying to relive my Southland Premier Grade and Southland Under 18 days. The memory of past glories getting 3rd at the South Island Secondary Schools was 10 years ago, but firmly etched in my memory.
Boss gave me some pictures.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Here is the punch which landed Clint Newland a ten week ban, yet he never got sent off. Tialata was in lala land and hasn't returned to training.
In other news Sports Camp is coming up in a week at El Rancho Camp in Waikanae. There are 14 sports and a Sports Quiz to make it fun. It sounds like a cool crowd going from The Street. Hot sport chicks and some jocks, it has Revenge of the Nerds, 80s Camp movies written all over it! Hopefully I am not one of the jocks who gets embarrassed by some nerds.
I went and saw knocked up last night. It seemed crude and a little detailed for my liking. On reflection the two hours flew by and it actually was quite funny. I know what the term crowning means now! Worth the $6 I paid, again I took Burger King into the movies.
I am signing up for a new Fever Card for the Wellington Phoenix football team. They start their full season soon and there are some Brazilians around town and a new store opening. The Fever Card is free and you can get all these discounts. You have to sign up to www.yellowfever.co.nz
I already have one for Fulham FC.
Boss's claim to fame is now knowing Taranaki first five eighth Kurt Moraith from Uni.
Monday, August 06, 2007
This guy has balls and only in Southland! Think of the shrinkage! It's amazing what farm boys do after a few Speights.
Unlike other parts of the story, the mystery surrounding Invercargill's Rugby Park streaker who ran the length of the field in below freezing conditions at a pre-season game last month continues to increase in size.
A pair of socks worn by the nude pitch invader was auctioned on the Trade Me website last month with the funds supposedly going to the Winton Volunteer Fire Brigade.
When the auction closed it was being led with a bid of $50 by the Beige Brigade, the semi-formal group of cricket supporters who have repopularised the fawn and brown uniforms of the 1980s New Zealand one-day team.
However, Winton chief fire officer Ray Johnstone told The Southland Times he had no knowledge of the streaker, the auction nor any resulting cash windfall for the brigade.
"I haven't heard anything; it's news to me," Mr Johnstone said.
He confirmed he was in Wellington when the streaking incident during Southland's pre-season game against Canterbury occurred and is not considered a suspect.
"You can rule me out," he said with a laugh.
"There's been no cash put up ... there could be a bloody good fine coming up (though)."
Auctions following entertaining exploits of exposure are becoming a commonplace occurrence in New Zealand rugby.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
This is a great clip to inspire the troops.
From the previous post Kate could actually be Boss's claim to fame. Since Paul Miller went overseas to play rugby, Kiwifire don't tour anymore (Ollie was Boss's mate),the professional sports contracts stopped rolling in and the television ad only runs until October. His wife is probably the best claim he has now! She is a highly esteeemed teacher and lead singer at Apos.
An interesting issue arises at after work drinks. They usually put these on around 4:30pm either at work or at a pub. Not being full time or much of a drinker, what do you think I should do? I finish work at 3:30pm. Is not showing up rude or not?
This advertisement is great and it also stars Boss and Siale Tunoka. Check out the dark guy in a green Irish top walking down the hill that's Siale. Boss is the blonde guy that joins the side of the scrum he suits the Irish jersey a bit more. It is Boss's claim to fame.