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Bad boys, bad boys …

As much as I enjoy a good game of rugby, I’ve been a bit put out by some of the imbalances shown during this Rugby World Cup. If you play for Samoa and wear a non-regulation mouth guard what happens? You get a bloody big fine (bearing in mind the team isn’t exactly flush with money). Play for England and do dodgy things with the ball and what happens? You get a warning and...

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On the right track?

correct1Prostitution versus failing to stop at a railway crossing? Getting the two charges confused is an easy mistake to make, I suppose.

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Not your usual suspects

Not your usual suspects

The likely looking group in the mugshots are the eight Amish men who fought the law. And the law won. As you probably know, the Amish aren’t fans of anything modern, like cars. These hardened criminals in the photos didn’t stick orange safety triangle on their horse-drawn buggies, then refused to pay the fines. Why? Well it seems their religion also bars them from wearing or displaying bright colours and, not surpisingly, the aforementioned...

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Her cups runneth over

Her cups runneth over

I sort of admire the attitude of a Welsh great-grandmother who decided to buy herself a new set of boobies at the age of 65 but I think that perhaps she went a little overboard. Joan Lloyd was widowed last year and decided it was time to treat herself to the new lady lumps, going from a somewhat miserly A cup to a positively frighteningly mountainous F cup. As you can see in the...

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Meth market munted?

Meth market munted?

This nasty old recession is making things tough for everyone out there, even our drug-addled citizens. A story on the Dominion Post website today says prices for methamphetamine are on the rise but the product is in short supply and lacking potency. Which is, when you think about it, a lot like politicians: the less they do the more they cost. But back to the meth-heads. According to a report compiled by brain boxes at...

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Justice for all … well, some …

I know there’s probably some law expert out there who can explain in a logical manner just how our system is just and fair but for the life of me I can’t see it. A bloke appeared in court in Christchurch yesterday charged with with being a disgusting person in public. Well, okay, that wasn’t exactly the correct charge but it was what he did: I think we call all agree that pressing your...

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And the winner is …

Moon-gazer Ken Ring has been in the news again of late and while I’m choosing to ignore the whole “another quake’s coming” prediction, I can’t ignore the New Zealand Skeptics Bent Spoon award he has inspired. These sensible citizens decided to give their annual award for “the most gullible or naive reporting in the paranormal or pseudo-science area” to the New Zealand media for promoting Ring and his theories. Well, that’s what it says...

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Taking the man out of mana

Apparently attacking your pregnant ex isn’t such a big deal. Especially if you have your mana to protect. A manager at Te Papa had a row with his ex while visiting her and their toddler. The child got a bleeding nose after being hit by a door during a struggle between her parents and the fine, upstanding specimen of manhood that is her father (and the father of the unborn child) threw a hissy...

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How not to win sympathy for your cause

I can understand the whole peaceful protest thing that happened after the dude was shot in London a few days ago … people have a right to protest (peacefully) about things that raise their hackles. That’s one of the benefits of living in the free world. But the rioting? What a bunch of pillocks. Yes, that’ll show the authorities … go smash up the places you live, destroy the homes and/or businesses of a...

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A sensible decision

As a parent I know I have a responsibility to protect my child (not that he’s a child any more … he’s a fully fledged, hairy young man). When he was just a wee fella, my most important mission in life was to ensure he was happy and healthy. But, as is often the case, there were times when he managed to evade all my best intentions and injure himself anyway and the result...

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