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Political correctness = crass stupidity?

The parents of a poor little kid in Toronto have decided to inflict their politically correct stupidity on the child by raising him/her as a genderless being. They already have two children: a pair of quite feminine sons named Jazz and Kio. And yes, as the Daily Mirror quite rightly points out, those names do sound a hell of a lot like the latest model hatchback you’d find at your local car yard. Anyway,...

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Osama bin Gone

The jokes are popping up everywhere now that it’s been confirmed Osama bin Laden is dead. Letterman used it for his top 10 list, suggesting bin Laden’s final words may have been something along  the lines of  ”I need a house full of Navy Seals like I need a hole in the head”. There there are the reports that due to a paperwork typo, when he got to heaven instead of the 72 virgins...

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The man for the job

You really have to wonder what possessed Mr and Mrs Guy to name their little boy Randy. They must be proud of his career achievements, though. The headline on Asian Banking & Finance? “Randy Guy gets head job“. Well, yes, I’m sure he did. And no, I’m not pulling your tit. That really is the headline.

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Bacteria found in Playboy Mansion hot tub!

Okay, so it’s not exactly “hold the front page” stuff but it is interesting. And while I’m sure I’m not the only one fairly unsurprised by the news that a hot tub at the Playboy Mansion was a tad disease-riddled, I am a bit surprised that the bugs in question were legionella bacteria. I would have expected something a little, er, nastier.

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Xtra-ordinary lack of customer service

If Xtra is your ISP, or if you’ve been on Trade Me, you are probably aware of the problems currently being experienced by Xtra’s customers: no international traffic. No facebook, no offshore news websites, no eBay (if that’s your thing) no … well, no anything that involves an overseas server. Like the photos on my website (my site is hosted by a New Zealand company, the photos are hosted by Flickr). Like many of...

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Boo-fecking-hoo, poor baby

Did we all feel sorry for the pillock in court last week, facing charges over a high-speed chase? He was “petrified”, according to the news report. Poor boy thought the police would stop chasing him once he hit speeds of 160kmh so he kept going … and so did the cops. Eventually, he reached 190kmh, which is when the whole “petrified” thing happened. According to that same court report, the moron in question was...

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A case of ‘do as I say, not as I do’

I have no problem with someone wanting to keep their private life private, even celebrities (to a degree, because let’s face it, a lack of real privacy is one of the costs of fame). But I when it comes to quasi-celebrities — those who are famous for nothing more than having shagged, married, made a sex-tape with or rubbed shoulders or other bits with real celebrities — then I think okay, sure, let them have their...

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WOOS: (Word) Occupational overuse syndrome

I know the Christchurch earthquake has been awful, that it has done so much damage to the city it’s almost too much to comprehend. However, I think it’s time we in the media banned the term “earthquake-ravaged”. Much like the liquefaction, it’s everywhere: earthquake-ravaged this, earthquake-ravaged that, earthquake-ravaged city, earthquake-ravaged central-business district, the earthquake-ravaged eastern suburbs … the list goes on. It was a good, effective, punchy way of describing the damage. Once or...

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Another sad death

Another sad death

Juma, the Pittsburgh Zoo’s oldest lion, had to be put to sleep a few days ago. He’d been unwell for a while with an assortment of problems, including liver disease, and things came to a head when he stopped eating. Juma was one of the five oldest lions in the United States. According to a news report, Sheba — his mate of 21 years — spent hours grooming him in the days before he...

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RIP Elizabeth Taylor

I see on the online news that Elizabeth Taylor has died. Very sad but I guess not unexpected with all the health problems she has had over the years. She was 79.

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