Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Watch this poor goalkeeper's goalkick go into his own net for an amazing own goal. It always pays to strike those kicks low and hard into the wind for this very reason!
Forget Des Walker in the 1991 FA Cup final, Liverpool's Djimi Traoré against Burnley and Peter Enckleman in the Birmingham derby, we may just have found a new contender for the greatest own goal of all time. This goalkeeper in Israel fails to take the wind into account before he takes a goal kick
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
You are invited to hear from Nick Willis as he prepares for the greatest show on earth, the London 2012 Olympic Games.
This is a unique opportunity to have breakfast with and hear from Hutt Valley's own 1500m Olympic Silver medalist.
In March 2008 Ignite Sport hosted breakfast with Nick before he won silver in Beijing. This time he hopes to go one better!
Nick will also be speaking about the influence various coaches have had on him growing up in sport, and the important role sports volunteers have in NZ sport today.
Tuesday 13 March 2012, Starts 7am
Petone Workingmens Club, 47 Udy Street, Petone
INCLUDES FULL COOKED BREAKFAST
Adults $50 OR $350 to book a Table of eight, School Students $25
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All proceeds to Ignite Sports Trust. Ignite Sport is a charitable trust which uses the ‘Power of Sport’ to impact and positively influence New Zealand young people, their families and wider community. Ignite Sports provides a range of sports academy type programmes and services to support schools and assist young people reach their potential in sport and in life. This includes a new project called Sports Serve which Ignite Sport is developing to help schools find and support volunteers from their local community to coach and manage sports teams.
Here is an interesting list of Wellington's eateries which have been in trouble with the council for their health concerns. How many of these places have you been to? I am surprised that fast food places like KFC haven't appeared. I have only eaten at three of these places and never eaten at Phoenix Takeaways luckily. The disturbing one was norovirus at Wellington Indoor Sports, but I would like to hope that it was an isolated case. Hopefully these places have lifted their game in recent times.
Wellington's dirtiest eateries have been identified for the first time, in a list naming and shaming some of the city's worst food hygiene offenders.
The list features 30 restaurants, niche food distributors, catering companies, bars, cafes and takeaway joints.
All have been temporarily closed by environmental health officers for serious hygiene regulation breaches or public health concerns during the past five years – some for blatant failures and others factors outside their control.
I found these leap year traditions for February 29th 2012 (being a leap year) which sees women proposing to men. Some traditions suggest that women can propose throughout any leap year. I love some of these traditions though which show that it is bad luck for the man to refuse the proposal. Punishments include a kiss, one pound, silk gowns, fabric for a skirt or 12 gloves.
Do you think people still live by this tradition? Do women wait until leap years to propose if the guy just doesn't get the message? Should these traditions be stretched to include girls asking guys out on dates? Should it be for the entire year or just one day? Should everyday be like a leap year day where women should be able to ask guys out or for marriage any day and any year (we live in modern times)?
In the British Isles, it is a tradition that women may propose marriage only on leap years. While it has been claimed that the tradition was initiated by Saint Patrick or Brigid of Kildare in 5th century Ireland, this is dubious, as the tradition has not been attested before the 19th century. Supposedly, a 1288 law by Queen Margaret of Scotland (then age five and living in Norway), required that fines be levied if a marriage proposal was refused by the man; compensation ranged from a kiss to £1 to a silk gown, in order to soften the blow. In some places the tradition was tightened to restricting female proposals to the modern leap day, February 29, or to the medieval (bissextile) leap day, February 24.
According to Felten: "A play from the turn of the 17th century, 'The Maydes Metamorphosis,' has it that 'this is leape year/women wear breeches.' A few hundred years later, breeches wouldn't do at all: Women looking to take advantage of their opportunity to pitch woo were expected to wear a scarlet petticoat—fair warning, if you will."
In Denmark, the tradition is that women may propose on the bissextile leap day, February 24, and that refusal must be compensated with 12 pairs of gloves.
In Finland, the tradition is that if a man refuses a woman's proposal on leap day, he should buy her the fabrics for a skirt.
In Greece, marriage in a leap year is considered unlucky. One in five engaged couples in Greece will plan to avoid getting married in a leap year.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
What are the chances of Lee Westwood's stray golf tee shot landing down a woman's top? I wonder if it hurt? It makes for an interesting situation and provides some comedy for everyone involved. Watch the video below. This happened not long after Phil Mickelson's tee shot went inside someone's pants. It is hardly surprising given how close the fans stand to the fairway and green.
One week after Phil Mickelson's tee shot during the final round of the Northern Trust Open ended up landing inside someone's pants, Lee Westwood tried to outdo the feat during Sunday's semifinal match at the Accenture Match Play.
@DougFerguson405 (Twitter) After watching his drive leak to the left on the par-5 13th hole, Westwood walked up to find his ball in a seriously unplayable lie, after it ended up bouncing and going down the back of a spectator's sweater.
The photo you see on the right was snapped by the Associated Press' Doug Ferguson, and the protrusion you see just above her backpack is Westwood's ball.
And here you thought Mickelson's tee shot into some dude's pants was impressive. Westwood went on to get a drop and lose the hole with a par, but it's safe to say he produced one of the craziest shots of the tournament.
On most days, taking a golf ball in the pants is hazardous to your health and not recommended. But every once in awhile, it turns out to be good luck. Read on!
Phil Mickelson's tee shot on 15 at Riviera Country Club for the Northern Trust Open drifted left. Way left, so far left that it caromed off a tree and ended up in the gallery. Ah, but where in the gallery, you ask? Somehow, like all good things eventually do, it ended up in someone's pants:
Here's a question: how exactly does a golf ball end up in somebody's pants? Best-case scenario: it rebounded off the ground and caromed up his pant leg. Worst-case? The fan saw an opportunity and put it there himself. Thankfully, no incriminating video has yet surfaced.
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Fortunately for the fan, Mickelson didn't actually swing away while said ball was still lodged in said shorts. And fortunately for Mickelson, the pants-related malfunction didn't hurt his scorecard; he still recorded a par on the hole and remains at the top of the leaderboard.
We can think of no better quote than one from "Caddyshack"'s late, great Al Czervik: "Fore? I shoulda yelled two!"
New Zealand comedian and musician Bret McKenzie has won the Oscar for best song at the 84th Academy Awards. His song Man or Muppet which features Sheldon off Big Bang Theory was definitely in a similar style to some of McKenzie's other songs from his time in Flight of the Conchords. I hope his acceptance speech is better than Anna Paquin's speech was all those years ago.
The Muppets songwriter Bret McKenzie has won the Oscar for best song at the Academy Award ceremony currently taking place at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Man or Muppet, written by the Flight of the Conchords actor and performed by Jason Segel (as Gary) and Peter Linz (as Walter the Muppet), was the strong favourite for the award.
However, the Muppets' sole opposition was Real in Rio from the animated film Rio, as only two songs were nominated this year.
The Muppets sees Jason Segel as Gary and his Muppet brother Walter try to reunite the gang to save the Muppets' theatre from demolition. The song arrives at a point when Gary's loyalties are divided between Walter and his girlfriend Mary.
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Saturday, February 25, 2012
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Thursday, February 23, 2012
The latest revelations by a juror in the David Bain murder trial has just reinforced how David Bain should not be compensated. He was found not guilty of murder rather than innocent of murder and I still think that he should be in prison. I wonder how he is getting on in life. Would you flat with, employ or hit the town with such a controversial character knowing there is a strong likelihood that he killed is family? Anyway, I think David Bain milking any money through compensation would be a bit hard to swallow for me.
But if he isn't in prison and not considered guilty of murder then what about the years he wasted in prison?
I think the problem is that the Police involved destroyed so much evidence that would have convicted David Bain. It created doubt and that was all it took to see Bain released from prison.
A juror from the second trial of David Bain wrote to the justice minister urging him not to pay compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment.
Bain, 39, was acquitted in 2009 by a Christchurch jury of charges he murdered his parents Margaret, 50, and Robin, 58, and three siblings Arawa, 19, Laniet, 18, and Stephen, 14, in June 1994 in Dunedin.
The juror wrote to then justice minister Simon Power in April 2010 raising, among other things, misgivings about the conduct of the jury during the trial.
Much of the letter cannot be reported because the law prevents the publication of material revealing the deliberations of a jury. The Bain juror also expressed concerns about the jury not having access to evidence that was suppressed until the verdict was reached and then released after the trial.
In the letter, the juror reveals three other jurors, of their own volition, visited Every St, where the murders took place, during the trial.
Jurors must reach their verdict only on evidence heard or seen in court. They must not make their own investigations during the trial.
In closing, the juror says: "Given the extraordinary length of this trial, the overwhelming media and public interest in the case, the complicated technical evidence, upsetting photos and exhibits, and the conflicting evidence of the experts, this trial certainly took an emotional toll on all of us."
The jurors were offered counselling during and after the trial.
The Justice Ministry has appointed retired Canadian Supreme Court judge Ian Binnie to provide the Government with a recommendation on whether Bain has shown on the balance of probabilities that he is innocent.
The ministry's acting chief legal counsel, Melanie Webb, said the assessment of whether someone should be paid compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment was a separate matter from the decision of a jury in a criminal case.
"This is why the letter in question has not been given to Justice Binnie at this stage. It is now Justice Binnie's role to advise on the basis of the available evidence whether David Bain is, at a minimum, innocent on the balance of probabilities and whether extraordinary circumstances exist justifying compensation."
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Organisers of a charity Undie Run in Palmerston North hope their scantily clad dash will bring smiles to the faces of Christchurch residents.
The first Undie Run was held in March last year to raise money for the Christchurch earthquake appeal after the February 22 quake.
About 50 people ran around The Square in their underwear, raising about $475, but organiser Yvette Morrissey said she hoped to double the number of runners in this year's event on March 1.
"I was real surprised at how many people were interested and how successful it was given the short timeframe I had to organise it," she said.
"It's a good cause and we had a lot of fun. This year I wanted to make it bigger and better."
She expected at least 100 people would take part in the event, with participants running or walking two laps around The Square.
She chose the theme because it had the "outrageous" factor.
"There were so many charities that were fundraising for Christchurch that I thought something a bit more lighthearted and fun would encourage people to really get behind Christchurch," Morrissey said.
"I guess it's also funny for them.
"It brings them away from all that trauma and devastation, and just have a chuckle at people in Palmy stripping down to their undies."
She said the idea of losing their clothes was also aimed at making people think about the impact the earthquake had on the Christchurch residents who lost their homes and possessions.
Undie runner Leila Rauzi was apprehensive but excited about taking part.
"I'm a bit nervous," she said.
"It's not exactly the most comfortable thing, getting down to your undies, but it's for a good cause and I'm sure we'll all have a laugh."
Participants should gather under the clock tower at 5.50pm before the 6pm run.
Collectors will accept donations from runners and the public.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
An interesting blog post from a South African journalist has pointed the finger at New Zealand's current captain Brendon McCullum and New Zealand fans as being poor sports. I can see where he is coming from, especially with McCullum who pushes the boundaries and has that hardnose attitude that we hate in the Australians. I would suggest that he isn't the only player who tries to get away with as much as he can in the middle though. What has happened to the gentleman's agreement to walk when you think you are dismissed at cricket?
I know what he is referring to with New Zealand sports fans. In my view I think we are a glass half empty type of people in this country, especially when our rugby and cricket teams go into battle.
I think our rugby fans are the most highly strung and least fun crowds in many ways because there is so much pressure on the All Blacks to win. I would suggest that the Australian yobbos in Bay 13 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground would be far worse than us New Zealand fans, we probably just lack the co-ordination and imagination to come up with something fun and clever as a way to ridicule the other team and their fans. The Barmy Army England cricket fans are great at this though but the I love that the British do generally applaud good play from the opposition which is one thing that New Zealanders struggle with.
I would hardly call our stadiums hotbeds of hatred. My first visit to Carisbrook in the early 1990s was far more daunting than a sparse crowd at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Maybe that is another reason. When there are less fan numbers like we get here the insults are more personal because the numbers of insults aren't absorbed by numbers. Surely home games are supposed to be played in favourable conditions for the home team and if this is less favourable for the away fans and players then so be it!
New Zealanders can be negative and let their hatred for a specific player spark their abuse of other fans. Surely away fans and players must expect a degree of heckling. I sometimes give overseas fans some stick, but it is important to keep it light-hearted and within the realm of the sport that is being played. I mean who goes around wearing an Australian hat, jersey and scarf when Quade Cooper is playing and wonders why they get ridiculed? I think football crowds in Europe and South America would be more hostile environments than what New Zealand has. I think violence and hooliganism are wrong, but the occasion "who are ya?" never hurt anyone.
What do you think?
A South African columnist has questioned whether Kiwis - sporting heroes and fans alike - are bad sports.
Journalist John Scott, in his 'PS' blog for the Independent Online, has questioned the onfield behaviour of Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum.
He also has a go at the way New Zealand spectators treat visiting teams and fans, claiming Kiwis get so wound up over their teams' performance they end up abusing foreigners.
His blog comes as New Zealand prepares to take on South Africa in tonight's Twenty20 cricket match in Auckland.
Scott said he would be closely watching McCullum over the rest of the series' matches against the South African team.
He compared what he believed was McCullum's lack of sportsmanship to that of previous Black Caps captain Daniel Vettori, who he said was one to admire.
"The previous....captain, Daniel Vettori, was probably one of the most sporting players in recent times. In September 2009 he retracted an appeal when his wicket-keeper, Brendon McCullum, ran out English batsman Paul Collingwood, who had left his crease after mistakenly thinking the ball was dead.''
Instead of upholding his previous captain's behaviour, McCullum chose to 'stump' out a partner instead of congratulating him in December 2006, he said.
"Even worse was to follow, in 2010. On that occasion McCullum claimed to have caught out Bangladeshi captain Shakib Al Hasan behind the wicket for 87, when the video replays showed, without doubt, that the ball had first landed on the grass before entering the wicket-keeper's gloves,'' Scott wrote.
".. I'll be watching McCullum very carefully in his remaining matches against the Proteas''.
And it's not just just McCullum who comes in for a serve, it's the fans.
"All this as a preliminary to the report that some spectators abused South African fielders on the boundary during the first T20 match in Wellington, which South Africa lost. A couple complained they had been constantly sworn at and insulted.
Scott said South African team member John Botha played down the Wellington incident, "claiming it was much the same the world over.''
"Botha was right. It was nothing personal. A minority of New Zealand supporters do it all their opponents. Dr Mark Falcous of the Dunedin School of Physical Education says it is a response to anxiety over their team's performance.''
Scott also brought up a previous rugby incident when a Wallaby fan from Sydney reported: "Some of the charming exchanges involved sexual comments about my wife and instructions that we should all f*** off back to Australia. A bloke even attempted to spit on us.''
But Scott says not all Kiwis are bad sports and he had been welcomed by "lovely people'' when visiting some years ago.
But he did manage to slip in a few sheep jokes - poking fun at the sheep versus person population ratio and citing the well-used phrase "New Zealand, where men are men and sheep are nervous.''
Scott has been a columnist in South Africa since the 1960s and wrote a parliamentary sketch for the Cape Times for 30 years.
Read the blog post in question here.
It has been one year to the day since the Christchurch earthquake struck killing 185 people. It was technically an aftershock after the magnitude 7.1 which had hit the previous September, but this earthquake had more devastating consequences. New Zealanders will stop at 12:51pm today to remember all of the victims of the Christchurch earthquake a year ago.
The February 2011 Christchurch earthquake was a powerful natural event that severely damaged New Zealand's second-largest city, killing 185 people in what has been described as one of the nation's worst peacetime disasters.
The magnitude 6.3 (ML) earthquake that struck the Canterbury region in New Zealand's South Island at 12:51 pm on Tuesday, 22 February 2011 local time (23:51 21 February UTC). The earthquake was centred 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) west of the town of Lyttelton, and 10 kilometres (6 mi) south-east of the centre of Christchurch, New Zealand's second-most populous city. It followed nearly six months after the magnitude 7.1 Canterbury earthquake of 4 September 2010, which caused significant damage to Christchurch and the central Canterbury region, but no direct fatalities.
The earthquake caused widespread damage across Christchurch, especially in the central city and eastern suburbs, with damage exacerbated by buildings and infrastructure already being weakened by the 4 September 2010 earthquake and its aftershocks. Significant liquefaction affected the eastern suburbs, producing around 400,000 tonnes of silt. The earthquake was reported to be felt across the South Island and the lower and central North Island.
In total, 185 people were killed in the earthquake, making the earthquake the second-deadliest natural disaster recorded in New Zealand (after the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake), and fourth-deadliest disaster of any kind recorded in New Zealand, with nationals from more than 20 countries among the victims. Over half of the deaths occurred in the six-storey Canterbury Television (CTV) Building, which collapsed and caught fire in the quake. The government declared a state of national emergency, which stayed in force until 30 April 2011.
It has been estimated that the total cost of rebuilding to insurers to be around NZ$20–30 billion, making it by far New Zealand's costliest natural disaster, and the third-costliest earthquake (nominally) worldwide.
The earthquake has been the most damaging in a year-long earthquake swarm affecting the Christchurch area. It has been followed by a large aftershock on 13 June (which caused considerable additional damage) and a series of large shocks on 23 December 2011.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Should Tui ads depicting women working at a brewery in skimpy clothing be banned for being too sexist? An Auckland based feminist group says "yes"!
I think these ads do aim to attract the main Tui drinkers market who happen to be men who are attacted to women wearing skimpy outfits. While I think these ads do go a bit far in sexualising a brewery, would feminists agree that women who often struggle for equality in the workplace are actualy succeeding in the usually male dominated world of beer breweries? The Tui brewery is overrun by women, surely guys should feel hard done by that they have to dress up as women to get into such a brewery. Is it fine for Carlos Spencer to advertise Toffee Pops with no shirt on, but yet it is fine for women to be in Tui advertisements?
Another option would be to ban alcohol advertising completely or restrict them to after 8:30pm. This would avoid the whole issue completely and push alcohol into the smoking category of social taboos.
I actually wonder why it has taken so long for this group to complain given that the ads have been around for years. Have the ads got worse with time? I think they potentially have as I remember thinking that some of the early ones were brilliant.
In summary, I think the Tui advertisements do push the boundaries, yet I find them usually entertaining. They could potentially ban alcohol advertising or move it to after 8:30pm at night, given that both alcohol and scantily clad women are not really suitable viewing for younger members of the family.
An Auckland feminist group is determined to get Tui's female brewery ads scrapped.
It says the ads, which show men doing everything possible to outwit the women in order to snatch the beer, are sexist.
Feminist Action spokeswoman Leonie Morris says the ads are demeaning and harmful to women and they undermine women's equality.
She says they won't stop until they've got what they want.
"We're launching this campaign, we're going to use social media, Facebook, online petitions and run a campaign for as long as it takes to get Tui to drop these ads," she told Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking.
Ms Morris says despite the ads being around for years, she now wants communities to start talking again about how harmful these kinds of images and messages are.
Olympic runner Derek Redmond was the favourite for the Gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Watch this inspirational video of his race. It is difficult not to shed a tear watching this video which sums up life sometimes when things don't work out the way you want them to. necessity4failure. Often it is the way we handle situations when things don't work out which is often what shows what we are really made of.
Check out Spandy Andy who is an inspiration for all of us. His ability to wear speedos along popular beaches like St Kilda and make YouTube videos has made him a minor celebrity. It is amazing how many people are often intrigued by a character like this even though he scares them. Could Spandy Andy be coming to a beach near you? It is all confidence when wearing speedos.
A Canadian busker who pranced around St Kilda beach in a tiny pair of sparkly speedos has become an online sensation, with video of him strutting and lunging at stunned Melbourne beachgoers attracting more than two million hits on YouTube.
Spandy Andy, who claims he puts "the mint into entertainment and that's fresh", moved to Australia late last year and on a hot summer's day decided to hit the beach and see how Melburnians would react to his revealing routine.
Footage shows the 25-year-old, who has legally changed his name from Andy Rimer to Spandy Andy Rimer, strutting along the esplanade in his sparkly swimwear with an oversized beatbox on his shoulder, as beachgoers stop and gawk at his get-up.
He breaks into a grin before busting out his best moves, including an energetic rendition of the worm along the hot concrete to LMFAO's song "Sexy and I Know It."
Spandy Andy flaps his arms like a bird - a goose, perhaps? - as he runs onto the beach and approaches lone sunbathers, performing push-ups and posing seductively next to them.
The crowd embraces the routine, except for one bearded man who gives Spandy Andy a playful smack when he wiggles his backside in his face.
Spandy Andy said making people smile - or even give a bizarre stare - was what motivated him.
It was a tactic he learned at school when, as the shortest boy and the only Jewish student in his class, he was often targeted by bullies.
"I just learned to basically roll with it and go with it and be proud of who I was and just get weirder," Spandy Andy said.
"They'd be trying to hurt my feelings all the time but I would just get weirder and weirder, so every time they wanted to put me down I'd just start wiggling and stuff like that."
He said he decided to move to Melbourne to dodge the winter in Canada, and since arriving had also performed in the Bourke Street Mall.
"I've danced on the beaches in Vancouver before, I love dancing on the beach. I just love bringing my dance to unsuspecting crowds, and the beach [at St Kilda] was just perfect, it was busy and this new song came out," he said.
"I gave my girlfriend the camera and a couple of other friends.
"I've always been sharing videos online, I've been doing this for about three years now but this is the first one that went really crazy viral, and I just can't believe it."
His advice to everyone is to stop stressing and just smile.
"Even my passport makes me laugh now. There's never a time you should stress," he said.
"Even when I'm going through customs and everybody's a nervous wreck I'm still laughing because I can't wait to show the security officer my new Spandy Andy ID."
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Hulk Hogan is coming to New Zealand soon. I wonder if anyone will actually pay to see him in action, especially these days. Does anyone still watch wrestling? Maybe Hulk Hogan needs to escape his home country where there are rumours of a homosexual affair with Brutus The Barber Beefcake?
Hulkamaniacs rejoice! King of big time wrestling Hulk Hogan plans to to visit New Zealand.
Hogan – real name Terry Bollea – wants to let his Kiwi fans see him and his TNA (Total Nonstop Action Wrestling) co-stars competing live.
TNA Impact Wrestling started screening this month on Sky TV channel the BOX.
"I know we are new in the marketplace there and we really want to make a good footprint everywhere we go," Hogan told Sunday News from Orlando, Florida.
"And since the response has been so incredible already from your country, we really want to follow it up.
"We not only want to send the show there and make sure everybody knows about us and sees and loves the show, but we also want to come to the marketplace there and service the people with a live show.
"You tell me when your next summer is and that's when I'll be there.
"If you guys get the show red-hot and the numbers and ratings go through the roof, we'll be there a lot quicker."
Hogan said he had been eager to visit New Zealand after being told about it by Kiwi professional wrestlers Butch Miller and Luke Williams, who starred as tag team the Bushwhackers.
"I haven't been to New Zealand before but we are really looking forward to coming over, having you take us around your beautiful country and showing us the sights.
"My friends Butch and Luke – the Bushwhackers, who I worked with all through the 80s and 90s – have told me all about how beautiful the place is.
"They talked to me several times back then about coming down for a visit but I was so busy wrestling and running around chasing my tail doing TV shows and kids movies and stuff that I never had a chance to come your way."
The 2.01m, 137kg 12-time world professional wrestling champion is impressed by our national game.
"I've heard all about the All Black rugby team. They are tougher than the football players here in America, that's what I do know.
"They play without pads, it's non-stop and they just keep hittin'. They seem to hit high, they seem to hit low, and they seem to be able to do everything.
"They are a whole different breed of athlete – they are really something."
At 58, the wrestler, movie star, TV personality and singer is still a very busy man.
"It's getting really crazy again. I had a bunch of back surgeries ... but I'm back on my feet now, I'm training and every once in a while I'll jump in the ring and Hulk up on some people.
Ad Feedback "I got remarried and I've got a young wife who is 36 years old. She kinda puts a little spring in my step, you know.
"I'm busy with TNA and here in the United States, I do a bunch of endorsements and commercials and life is really good.
"But I gotta say, TNA and Impact Wrestling is my main focus now."
Hogan is a six-time WWF/WWE Champion, six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, and former WWE World Tag Team Champion.
"I've been around since 1977 and I love this business; it's in my blood.
"I was a bad guy for a while, then a good guy for a while and I think the fans saw the [TV] reality show, Hogan Knows Best, and saw that I was a dad and a husband, and that I had the normal problems like everybody else does with paying the bills and that sort of thing," he said.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
This is an interesting story, but do you think it is fact or fiction? Could this guy survive on eating some frosting or ice from inside his car for two months?
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A Swedish man was dug out alive after being snowed in to his car on a forest track for two months with no food, police and local media reported on Saturday.
The 45-year-old from southern Sweden was found Friday, emaciated and too weak to utter more than a few words.
He was found not far from the city of Umea in the north of Sweden by snowmobilers who thought they had come across a car wreck until they dug their way to a window and saw movement inside.
The man, who was laying in the back seat in a sleeping bag, said he had been in the car since December 19.
"Just incredible that he's alive considering that he had no food, but also since it's been really cold for some time after Christmas," a rescue team member told regional daily Vasterbottens-Kuriren, which broke the news.
Ebbe Nyberg, duty officer at the Umea police, said police saw no reason to doubt that the man had been stuck in the car for a very long time.
"We would not make something like this up. The rescue services were on site too and saw the same as us," he told Vasterbottens-Kuriren.
Umea University Hospital, where the man is recovering after being rescued by police and a rescue team, said in a statement he was doing well considering the circumstances.
Doctors at the hospital said humans would normally be able to survive for about four weeks without food. Besides eating snow, the man probably survived by going into a dormant-like state, physician Stefan Branth told Vasterbottens-Kuriren.
"A bit like a bear that hibernates. Humans can do that," he said. "He probably had a body temperature of around 31 degrees (Celsius) which the body adjusted to. Due to the low temperature, not much energy was used up."
Why the man ended up under the snow in the forest remains unknown, police said.
Watch this preview of Two Little Boys a movie set in Invercargill and the Catlins featuring Bret McKenzie - Flight of the Conchords and Hamish Blake from Hamish and Andy styles (Rove). This looks like a funny movie which will showcase the southern part of New Zealand. Tim Shadbolt has a cameo in this movie. Two Little Boys is based on a book and has been well received in the Berlin Film Festival.
Directed by Robert Sarkies and based on the book by Duncan Sarkies, TWO LITTLE BOYS is an irreverent comedy about Nige (Bret McKenzie -- Flight of the Concords) and his recently estranged best mate Deano (Hamish Blake). The film follows Nige and Deano's riotous misadventures as they struggle with their imploding long-term friendship which has been put under pressure by an unfortunate incident involving a hot meat pie, a ginger cat and the untimely death of a Scandinavian soccer star.
Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt celebrates his 65th birthday today. Happy Birthday Tim Shadbolt, I still vote for you because of what you have done for Invercargill. I didn't realise that he is New Zealand's longest serving mayor. Enjoy your Gold Card!
New Zealand's longest serving mayor is now eligible for the pension.
Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt turns 65 today.
He says he is also eligible for the Super Gold card, a Winston Peters initiative from his days in the Clark Labour government.
Tim Shadbolt says he has not got the card yet as his birthday is today and he has to do the paperwork.
He says it will be a turn up if Mr Peters delivers it personally.
Tim Shadbolt says with a Gold Card, whenever he is in Auckland he will be able to get a free trip to Waiheke Island.
The birthday boy spent this morning recording a TV show and is now out fishing with his son.
A new website has been created called www.wemetonaplane.com aimed at reuniting people who met on a flight. Have you ever met someone on a flight who you want to keep in touch with but never had the chance to exchange details? Do you know anyone you want to get in touch with? My most memorable neighbour on a flight were two New Zealand Olympic boardsailors. One of them won a gold medal. It was more of a mancrush or bromance than anything else!
It seems many an airline traveller takes a fancy to the person in the seat next to them.
Hundreds of people have left their details on a new website that aims to reunite people who have met on plane journeys.
In its first few weeks, wemetonaplane.com has had more than 20,000 page views, as people search for that attractive someone with whom they never traded numbers.
Stories have been logged by people from all over the world, leaving the flight number, date and other details of the flight to help identify the person they are trying to find.
A search algorithm is used to find any stories posted by other passengers from that flight, in the hope the attraction was mutual.
The site, which is the brainchild of Sydney businessman Will Scully-Power, is yet to declare a match but he says more than 30 per cent of visitors are staying for more than 10 minutes, indicating they are "highly engaged" in their search.
Scully-Power met his own girlfriend on a plane and says he was encouraged by figures showing 4400 people a month type the search term "met on a plane" into Google.
New Zealand cricket commentator Peter Sharp has died aged 72. He was famous for his radio commentary where I used to love his dulcet tones. He had a smooth voice. It is shame when someone you have grown up with dies. RIP Peter Sharp who died after a battle with cancer.
One of the most famous voices in New Zealand cricket has fallen silent.
Commentator Peter Sharp has died after a battle with cancer, aged 72.
His wife Sandra was at his side when he passed away at a hospice at four o'clock this morning.
He was the longest serving of the current crop of kiwi cricket commentators, beginning broadcasting in 1966 after playing two seasons for Canterbury as an off spin bowler.
He was a commentator on CHTV3 in Christchurch in its early days, and later for tv in the 1980s.
Mr Sharp was also involved with introducing sports coordinators in schools.
He was largely responsible for the founding in 1992 of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council.
In more recent years he has been heard as part of the Radio Sport commentary team.
His commentating career spanned 45 years.
Peter Sharp became involved in administration, becoming a Canterbury selector and serving a term as president of Canterbury Cricket.
His funeral will be held in Christchurch on Thursday afternoon.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Watch free live streaming boxing Vitali Klitschko vs Dereck Chisora for the heavyweight boxing title. This fight will be interesting after Chisora slapped Klitschko at the weigh in (sounds familiar).
Here is an interesting book review on Rob Bell's book Love Wins! What do you think?
Questions matter. They can help you to grow deeper in your knowledge of the truth and your love for God—especially when you’re dealing with the harder doctrines of the Christian faith. But questions can also be used to obscure the truth. They can be used to lead away just as easily as they can be used to lead toward. Ask Eve.
Enter Rob Bell, a man who has spent much of the last seven years asking questions in his sometimes thought-provoking and often frustrating fashion. And when he’s done asking, no matter what answers he puts forward, it seems we’re only left with more questions. This trend continues in his new book, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, where Bell poses what might be his most controversial question yet:
Does a loving God really send people to hell for all eternity?
The questions you probably want answers to as you read this review are these: Is it true that Rob Bell teaches that hell doesn’t exist? Is it true that Rob Bell believes no one goes to hell? You’ll just need to keep reading because, frankly, the answers aren’t that easy to come by.
How he asks the question is just as important as the question itself. “Has God created billions of people over thousands of years only to select a few to go to heaven and everyone else to suffer forever in hell? Is this acceptable to God? How is this ‘good news’?” They say that the person who frames the debate is going to win the debate. That is especially true when the debate is framed in this way, through these particular questions. You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. No offense, and no pun intended.
See below for further details!
Watch Free Live Streaming Whitney Houston Funeral.
Tune in Saturday, Feb. 19 at 12 p.m. ET to watch the funeral for legendary pop singer Whitney Houston live from New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ.
Expected to sing tributes at the funeral are Aretha Franklin), Alicia Keys, and Stevie Wonder. Other guests expected include Kevin Costner, Clive Davis, Chaka Khan, Bebe & CeCe Winans, songwriter Diane Warren;, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, pop singer Darlene Love, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Antonio "L.A." Reid, Ray J, Brandy, and Dionne Warwick. Marvin L. Winans will eulogize the singer.
1,500 people are expected inside Newark's New Hope Baptist Church, where Houston sang at as a girl.
Houston died at the Beverly Hills Hilton Saturday at the age of 48. Her cause of death continues to be under investigation.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Watch Free Live Streaming Cricket New Zealand Blackcaps vs South Africa Cricket Proteas 2012.
I just found this interesting social experiment on Facebook featuring violinist Joshua Bell. What do you think?
A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.
Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.
A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.
A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.
The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.
In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.
Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.
This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?
One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:
If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?
How many participating countries in EURO2012 football tournament have you been to? This tournament is coming up this European summer in Poland and Ukraine which will provide an interesting backdrop to this competition. How many of these countries have you been to? You must have touched the ground with your feet in these places to count. I haven't been to any of Group A, I have been to three countries in Group B (not Portugal), three countries in Group C (not Ireland) and three countries in Group D (not Ukraine). I have been to nine countries in EURO2012.
Group A: Poland, Greece, Russia, Czech Republic.
Group B: Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Portugal.
Group C: Spain, Italy, Ireland, Croatia.
Group D: Ukraine, Sweden, France, England.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
A very real medical emergency has unfolded at a Las Vegas restaurant that offers "Bypass" burgers and "Flatliner" fries.
The doors to the Heart Attack Grill warn that eating off the menu may be hazardous to your health; and the warnings appear to have come true for one diner.
Amateur video has emerged showing a man being wheeled out of the Heart Attack Grill on a stretcher after a medical episode that restaurant employees say looked like, well, a heart attack.
The eatery's owner Dr Jon Basso, who is not a medical doctor, says he thought it was a joke when a waitress told him a customer was sweating and shaking.
"A nurse came to me and said 'Dr Jon, we've got a patient who's in trouble'. The gentleman could barely talk. He was sweating, suffering", he told a local news station.
Despite the serious nature of the incident, fellow diners reportedly thought it was just another part of the show.
"I actually felt horrible for the gentleman because tourists were taking photos of him as if it were some type of a stunt", Dr Jon said, "But even with our morbid sense of humour we wouldn't pull a stunt like that."
A Las Vegas fire spokesman confirmed paramedics were summoned to the restaurant on Saturday evening and a man was indeed hospitalised.
Since opening in October the restaurant has become infamous for its gut busting menu and the scantily clad 'nurses' who serve the food.
A single meal there can exceed 8,000 calories, and customers weighing in at over 350 pounds (159kg) eat for free.Dr Basso says he heard the man is recuperating. His name and the medical condition he suffered weren't released.
LONDON -- An Arsenal midfielder's goals have been strangely linked to the death of celebrities.Aaron Ramsey's goals have preceded some of the most famous deaths worldwide over the last year.According to The Sun, a Ramsey goal on Saturday was followed a day later by Whitney Houston's death -- marking the fourth time this has happened.The coincidences began last May when Ramsey scored against Manchester United. The next day al-Qaeda terror leader Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy Seals. In October, he scored against Spurs, three days before Apple CEO Steve Jobs died. Later that month, he scored against Marseille in the Champions League. The following day Libyan tyrant Muammar Gaddafi was shot.Celebrities will likely be rooting for AC Milan who faces Arsenal on Wednesday.
Check out these Christian pick up lines. I love some of these. Some of my favourites are "Do you believe in divine appointment?" "You know they say you have never really dated until you date a Christian" "Is it a sin that you stole my heart?" "Oh you are cold, Ecclesiastes 4 v 11".
This is an interesting article and video about women who dress provocatively yet become offended if the wrong guy looks. It is part of an interesting opinion piece from the Sydney Morning Herald. There is more of the article Busted: The Politics of Cleavage and A Glance at the link below.
What do you think about this?
Increasingly, women feel they are entitled to dress however they like but take offence when the 'wrong' man has a look, writes Bettina Arndt.
A young man and woman are having a friendly chat after a yoga class. The fresh-faced blonde seems totally relaxed but then she freezes. ''Did you just look at my chest,'' she asks angrily, arms firmly folded.
''Yep,'' mutters the bloke sheepishly. Her response is fierce. ''Can't I go to one yoga class without being ogled by some jerk?''
Instead of being cowed, he takes her on, launching into a passionate defence of his action: ''If you really didn't want me to stare at your beautiful breasts, you'd be wearing something other than a purple sports bra covering maybe one-third of your perfect tits,'' he argues, suggesting, among other things, that he's biologically programmed to scan for life-giving breasts for his future offspring. He's cute, passionate and ultimately convincing. She ends up asking him out for coffee.
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For your eyes only . . . some women dress provocatively but bristle if the wrong man shows he enjoys the display.
This skit, from New York media company The Kloons [see video above], has attracted more than a million hits on YouTube. The producers say it wasn't just meant as a joke but ''to investigate the deep chasm between men and women''.
That mighty chasm is indeed wide and growing, with so many women now feeling absolutely entitled to dress as they like - bare tits, enticing flesh squeezed into the shortest, tightest clothing. Everywhere you look, women are stepping out dressed provocatively but bristling if the wrong man shows he enjoys the display.
And men - well, they are in a total state of confusion. There are cocky, attractive, successful men, alpha males, revelling in this unexpected bounty, boldly eyeing off the assets of women they fancy as their prey.
Sensitive males are wary, not knowing where to look. Afraid of causing offence. And there are angry men, the beta males who lack the looks, the trappings of success to tick these women's boxes. They know the goodies on display are not for them. These are the men most likely to behave badly, blatantly leering, grabbing and sneering. For them, the whole thing is a tease. They know it and resent it.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/busted-the-politics-of-cleavage-and-a-glance-20120211-1sy7e.html#ixzz1mRT08njS
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The Rock radio station was left red faced after their heavily criticised 'Win A Divorce' prank backfired this evening when Sam the winner turned out to be a woman who with her female partner wanted to get revenge at the Rock for their controversial competition. Watch the live radio footage at the bottom of this post. It may contain crude language but is funny to hear the radio show hosts lost for words!
The Rock's 'Win A Divorce' prank backfired this evening, after a lesbian couple turned the tables on the radio station.
The station expected a man called 'Sam' to divorce his wife live on air, but were in for a surprise when it turned out that Sam was a woman, and had no intention of divorcing her partner.
The station tweeted after the prank, "#WinADivorce happened, Sam made the call to her partner and there's NO WAY we could have predicted what happened next."
During the call, Sam’s wife Amber asked the show’s hosts, “How does it feel to be on the other end of something?
“We sabotaged you, you dickheads.”
Sam said on air that she was "disgusted" by the competition.
“I wanted to be live on air and tell you that this is absolutely appalling,” she said.
Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/The-Rocks-Win-A-Divorce-prank-backfires/tabid/418/articleID/242856/Default.aspx#ixzz1mLeKvLDH
Listen to this live on air radio call of the Win A Divorce Prank winners here
Monday, February 13, 2012
Spanish basketball player Roburt Sallie has become famous for the wrong reasons after it has been revealed that he has been cut from the Spanish team after failing to disclose to his team that he was taking ExtenZe, a pill used for penis enlargement. He has since been dumped after it was feared that he would fail drugs tests after taking these pills. What a claim to fame to be broadcast worldwide!
Former Memphis sophmore Roburt Sallie made a name for himself with a barrage of three-pointers during a record 35-point haul for his school during the famous NCAA Tournament.
Unfortunately he's likely to be remembered for something else after he was cut from his Spanish basketball team.
Sallie apparently didn't tell the team he was taking ExtenZe, a pill used for penis enlargement.
The team were concerned the pill would lead to the star failing a drugs test for testosterone and were angry he hadn't disclosed it to them.
According to Larry Brown Sports, the indication is that Sallie rarely showered with the team after practises and games and the team believe this is why.
There may have been another reason why he didn't shower, but suddenly it appears Sallie has more issues than finding a new team.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
This father gets the ultimate revenge for his teenage daughter's Facebook post about him by shooting her laptop on video. The beauty of it is she can't do anything about it because she doesn't have a laptop. His daughter is a typical teenage girl by the sounds of it, but it seems she will have learnt her lesson since she no longer has a laptop. It does seem a tad ironic making an online video post in response to her online posting on Facebook. She was out thought by her father who is into IT and so despite her posting something offensive about him on her profile thinking he couldn't see it, was sadly mistaken. It is an expensive video to make given he had just spruced up her laptop. Is this an over-reaction, staged or good parenting?
This video has gone viral with 20 million hits!
WASHINGTON (AFP) - A video of an angry American father pumping nine slugs from a handgun into his daughter's laptop has gone viral on YouTube and sparked an impassioned online debate over his parenting skills.
Tommy Jordan, of North Carolina, explains in the video, which he titled "Facebook Parenting: for the troubled teen," that he was upset by a Facebook post by his 15-year-old daughter in which she complained about her parents.
"This is for my daughter, Hannah, and more importantly for all her friends on Facebook who thought her little rebellious post was cute," Jordan says, speaking into a video camera apparently set up on a tripod.
Wearing a cowboy hat and smoking a cigarette, the video opens with Jordan sitting in a chair and reading with unconcealed outrage from the Facebook post, in which his daughter complains about having to do chores around the house.
"Pay you for chores? Are you out of your mind?" he says. "You don't have that hard a life but you're about to."
Jordan describes the Facebook post as "disrespectful" and says he's "going to put a stop to it."
He then picks up the camera and points it at a laptop lying on the ground.
"That right there is your laptop," he says. "This right here is my .45."
Jordan then begins to pepper the laptop with bullets.
Pausing at one point, he addresses his daughter: "You have to pay me back for these too because these are about a dollar apiece."
After plugging the laptop full of holes Jordan tells his daughter "you can have a new laptop when you buy a new laptop.
"Hope you've enjoyed your little fiasco on Facebook," he concludes.
The video, which was posted to YouTube Wednesday, has attracted 2.1 million views in just two days, been "liked" around 62,000 times and "disliked" around 4,800 times.
It has also spawned a debate about Jordan's parenting style, gathering more than 36,000 comments on YouTube and thousands more on his Facebook page.
Most approve of his actions although by no means all.
"You are one very twisted dude. I hope you get some help with your anger problem before you use that gun on someone, like your daughter," wrote Jim Freedom on Facebook.
Another Facebook poster, Rachelle Tolbert, told Jordan "Great job."
"Anyone who thinks you're an awful parent is either a teen (no explanation needed there), or a parent who lets their kids walk all over them. I think your vid was effective and reasonable," Tolbert said."As a father of now grown children, there is very little that will get the attention of a teenage girl... I bet this has, Good job!" said Edward Harrison.
Stuff you may hear on occasion from Christian girls.
Disclaimers: We are Christians and really appreciate our sisters in Christ, but think its okay to laugh at ourselves.
The typical, classic response. Not meant to be offensive AT ALL, only a joke. :) Therefore, enjoy.
Sh*tuff Christian Girls Say has received over 500,000 hits which is far more than what Sh*tuff Christian Boys Say or for those who are easily offended, Stuff Christian Boys and Girls Say. The funny thing is that I have found myself using so many of these! There are plenty of great one liners in these videos.
What do you think? What are your favourites?
Saturday, February 11, 2012
New Asian NBA star Jeremy Lin who is a devout Christian and now famously burst onto the NBA scene from nowhere is the next hero for those Christians out there. He is the first American Chinese NBA player and a Christian so is automatically a minority. Good on him! Enjoy the fame Lin. He wasn't on a college scholarship or anything so pretty much got in the back door.
Apparently he is the third Harvard graduate to play NBA Basketball, but there have been eight Harvard graduates who have become Presidents of the USA according to TVNZ news sources!
Jeremy Lin is the biggest sensation to hit sports since Tim Tebow burst on the scene -- and wouldn't you know it ... Lin says Tebow is one of his biggest inspirations.
In case you've missed out on Linsanity -- Jeremy has come out of nowhere to be the New York Knicks starting point guard. He's scored more points in his first three career starts than any modern era NBA player ... and he's a devout Christian.
Before dropping 38 on Kobe Bryant and the Lakers last night, Lin -- who said he may become a minister after his playing days -- told 95.7 FM in San Francisco that he's inspired by and really respects Tebow.
Lin explained, "I actually want to be able to do some of the things that he does in terms of the amount of charity work and the non-profit work, and the way he impacts people off the field. I think that is what is most inspiring to me about him."
If this keeps up, church attendance is going to go through the roof.
I am unsure how she died, but Whitney Houston made famous by the song "I Will Always Love You" and the movie The Bodyguard has died aged 48. I guess she wasn't really young, but I guess since I am getting older it is always scary to see people you grew up listening to passing away. I must admit Patrick Swayze and Michael Jackson are two other performers from a similar era who have died in recent years. The Bodyguard is often an answer to pub quiz questions.
Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Whitney Houston has died at age 48, a family spokesman said on Saturday.
"Unfortunately it is true," the spokesman said.
Houston, inspired by soul singers in her New Jersey family, including mother Cissy Houston and cousins Dionne Warwick and the late Dee Dee Warwick, as well as her godmother Aretha Franklin, became one of the most celebrated female singers of all time, taking multiple Emmy, Grammy and Billboard Music awards.
Her popularity soared in the 1980s and 1990s with consecutive No. 1 hits including the smash single "I Will Always Love You," from the soundtrack of the feature film "The Bodyguard," in which she starred. The soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy for Album of the Year.
Thursday, February 09, 2012
The Rock Radio Station has stirred up controversy again, with their Valentine's Day promotion where they break the news to the spouse of a winner that they are getting a divorce. This is insensitive and shocking at first glance, but I wonder in some situations if they could be doing the person a favour. What happens if the winner is a victim of violence or something else in their relationship and feels threatened by their spouse? What happens if they are actually unable to confront their partner about their divorce and this radio station is actually doing them a huge favour?
I must admit though that they probably haven't completely thought through this promotion and how sensitive the situation is. I would feel pretty gutted to find out via a radio station and I hope it remains anonymous, otherwise that would be rough. Unless it is a fake or if the couple have been waiting for ages for the official divorce and know that it is expected.
What do you think of this promotion? I think it is stupid in most cases, but could be a blessing in the odd situation. I guess it depends on how they choose the winner!
This follows the Valentine's Day promotion last year which saw a man win a trip to the Ukraine to meet a potential future wife. That is a far better prize in my opinion.
On divorce statistics, there are plenty of numbers being thrown around. What is it that they say? 50 percent of statistics are made up? Statistics are like miniskirts, what they reveal is enticing, what they conceal is vital!
Here is what Statistics New Zealand says.
In 2010, 8,874 marriage dissolution orders were granted by the Family Court, up slightly from the 2009 total of 8,737.
In 1981, there was a sharp increase in divorces following the passing of the Family Proceedings Act 1980. This allowed for the dissolution of marriage on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. Divorces recorded a temporary high of 12,395 in 1982. Subsequently, both the number and rate of marriage dissolutions dropped, but the trend was upward again from the late 1980s to 2004. In the last decade, there has been an average of 9,800 marriage dissolutions per year, varying from 10,609 in 2004 to 8,737 in 2009.
The divorce rate (divorces per 1,000 existing marriages) was 10.2 in 2010, the same as the rate in 2009, but lower than the rate of 11.3 in 2007 and 2008. During the early 1990s, the rate fluctuated around 12.0 per 1,000, and around 12.5 during the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Annual divorce statistics do not give a complete picture of the number of marriages ending in divorce. Analysis of divorce statistics by year of marriage shows that just over one-third of New Zealanders who married in 1985 had divorced before their silver wedding anniversary (25 years). For those married in 1975 and 1970, the corresponding figures were 30 and 28 percent, respectively.
A Valentine's Day promotion by an Auckland-based radio station to spring a divorce on an unsuspecting spouse has been slammed as "cowardly and disrespectful" by a relationship counselling organisation.
The Rock hosts Robert Taylor and Jono Pryor - who are also behind the aggravating Wind Up Your Wife stunts on the Drive show - are offering to "lend a helping hand" to a not-so-in-love couple on what is meant to be the most romantic day of the year.
The MediaWorks-owned station will pay for the divorce provided there are no children involved and the person being dropped only learns their relationship is over live on air.
Mary Gray, executive director of Home and Family Counselling, said the breakdown of a relationship was "no laughing matter" and should be taken seriously.
"We find the promotion a very cowardly and disrespectful response to a very serious problem between two people," she said.
"We would like to see anyone breaking off a relationship to do so with courage and respect."
The Rock station manager Brad King defended the stunt saying it was a "tongue-in-cheek promo on a male-targeted radio station".
"Last year around Valentine's Day, Robert and Jono gave away a wife - a promotion that ended up making two strangers from opposite sides of the world very happy," he said.
"It's fair to say, that particular promotion copped a bit of criticism from various minority groups, so this year Robert and Jono decided to lend a helping hand ... The other way and help out a couple who no longer want to be together."
King added that the promotion initially drew criticism from listeners, with one even accusing the "two twits" of having "zero morals".
"But since the announcement, a lot of people are genuinely interested in what is happening and are tuning in to hear how it all rolls out on Valentine's Day."
The promotion's winner, known only as "Sam" will have her true identity revealed on Tuesday.
In 2010, 8900 couples were granted a divorce in New Zealand.
Last years' Valentine's Day promotion offering listeners the chance to "win a wife" drew the wrath of a local MP.
The winner was given a 12-night stay in Ukraine, $2000 spending money and was able to choose a bride from an agency.
At the time, Green MP and social activist Sue Bradford slammed the stunt as "disturbing".
"It is unusual and somewhat disturbing that a commercial entity would commercialise what should be one of the most meaningful human relationships and actually offer it as a prize for a radio show," she said.
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Just when you thought boxing's credibility is in tatters after All Black Sonny Bill Williams defeated massive American Clarence Tillman III by a TKO in the first round, it appears that the man he beat is actually an actor. Clarence Tillman III is an actor. This resembles the farcical WWF or WWE wrestling and it also leaves you wondering how much of it was staged?
Here is the fight below, Tillman was big and slow.
Here is the weigh-in which was also a joke!
These guys are nothing more than actors like Hulk Hogan, but it is amazing how much attention these fights get and how much money they seem to get paid. It is more, entertainment rather than sport.
It was also stupid how Sonny Bill Williams' original opponent Richard Tutaki pulled out because of drug charges laid against him by Police, but jumped onto the stage after last night's fight wanting Sonny Bill to take him on.
Remember, Sonny Bill Williams beat an overweight sickness beneficiary in a previous fight.
Why do people love watching it again?
For the record, if you need a big African American man for some acting work, here is his resume at Springsouth Actors Agency.
Video highlights of Sonny Bill Williams beating Clarence Tillman III.
Sonny Bill Williams is the New Zealand Professional Boxing Association Heavyweight Champion beating Clarence Tillman 3 at the end of the first round with a left hook which gave him a TKO (technical knockout) win over the massive American. That pre match weigh in was just a publicity stunt to get some promotion and marketing for the fight.
The original planned opponent Richard Tutaki who threw a spanner in the works in true WWF or WWE wrestling styles by running into the ring and demanding that Sonny Bill Williams fight him there and then. This just reinforced how stupid this world of boxing and fighting is. It all seemed a bit like a staged scene from WWE Monday Night Raw.
SBW really needs to fight someone decent to be a real boxing champion, Tillman was massive, but slow. I think David Tua, Monty Betham and Shane Cameron would all be great opponents.
Who do you think he should fight? I think they wouldn't want to risk him losing, so would never accept a challenge to fight them.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Americans love Valentine's Day spending on average $116 each and nearly $16 billion on gifts for February 14th 2011. This money was mainly spent on jewellery and romantic dinners, while flowers and clothing were also popular.
Valentine's Day isn't quite as massive in New Zealand, but I want to raise the question of if single women should give Valentine's Day gifts? Sure, women in relationships will be getting amongst it next Tuesday, but should single women who traditionally wait on men to do the pursuing in the relationship, make the first move by giving a Valentine's Day gift on February 14th? Some cultures like Japan have far more women giving Valentine's Day gifts than men, but what about New Zealand?
I don't have any problem with this. Women in New Zealand have voted for ages, we have had two female Prime Ministers in recent times and women want and demand equality, so I don't have a problem with single women dipping into their pockets (like guys are expected to do) and giving Valentine's Day gifts. Or do these same women who want equal rights, sit patiently awaiting the 14th February gifts to flow in from their knight in shining armour?
I challenge both single guys and girls to be proactive and get amongst Valentine's Day this year on February 14th 2012. It is a chance to have some fun and put yourself out there. I think most people who receive something even from someone they don't like will still be grateful and it is an exciting chance to have some fun!
VIDEO: Streaker tackles Samoa player Vs New Zealand, Wellington Sevens 2012 - 3 Sport - Video - 3 News
In breaking news, it seems that the chicken farmer from Foxton who streaked wearing nothing but a pair of boxer shorts and tackled one of the Samoan players had drunk 24 beers. Some questions spring to mind when I heard this news.
1) How reputable was anyone counting these beers? Surely he couldn't remember and anyone else with him wouldn't know every single beer he drank and would probably be in a similar state.
2) How after 24 beers did he still run and stay upright before tackling a player with an aggressive tackle without falling over before hand?
3) Over what period of time did he drink these beers?
4) Who sold him the beers or how did he get them? Were they lite beers? Were they in smaller bottles at the Sevens which are less standard drinks? 24 beers is probably about 40 standard drinks according to the guide below.
He also looks set to get a hefty fine and banned from entering Westpac Stadium in Wellington for two years.
Guide to Standard Drinks
If you drink a 330ml can of beer or a 100ml glass of table wine or a 30ml glass of straight spirits, you are drinking approximately 10 grams of alcohol, depending on the alcohol percentage. 10 grams of alcohol equals one standard drink.
To drink responsibly, you need to know just how much alcohol is in a drink.
All alcohol packaging and containers now have to state the number of standard drinks they contains.
To find out more about how much you are drinking, use the interactive tool to quickly find out how much alcohol is in that drink.
Mind you, this teenage chicken farmer from Foxton has plenty to work on if he is to beat Australian cricketer David Boon's record of 52 on a flight once in 1989. Boon had about 30 hours of flying but it is more dehydrating in the air.
After 24 beers and a friendly dare, running on to the sevens pitch wearing nothing but underpants seemed harmless enough.
But 19-year-old Martin Pratt of Foxton now feels "pretty stink" about Friday night's incident in which he stripped down to his boxer shorts and tackled Samoan player Alatasi Tupou to the ground.
Pratt said over the course of the day he had drunk two dozen beers – a mixture of Steinlager and Speight's. "I was pretty drunk. I didn't expect to tackle the guy but he had the ball."
The poultry farm worker was chased down by security and arrested. But his actions disrupted the game between Samoa and New Zealand and drew heavy boos from the packed-out Westpac Stadium.
He has been charged with assault and is due to appear in court this month. He said he would probably plead guilty.
Police and Hertz Sevens officials launched a crackdown on alcohol abuse at this year's tournament in a bid to stop fans pre-loading and becoming grossly intoxicated.
They hailed the measures a success, saying there had been fewer problems with drunk Sevens-goers than in previous years.
No-one could be reached last night to explain how Pratt had consumed 24 beers.
He said he wanted to apologise to the player he tackled and to the people who watched him do it.
His friends had "sort of" dared him to invade the pitch and laughed at him afterwards, but spending time in the cells in his boxers sobered him up pretty quickly.
"I got arrested and locked in the cells for about an hour then got let out and had to find my clothes."
Pratt has also been issued with a trespass notice banning him from Westpac Stadium for two years.