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    Re: Picture posting woes

    Presumably it prevents hotlinking from here to elsewhere, so that the WBF doesn't become an all-purpose free photoserver and go bust like other free photo services.
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    Re: Fix old bike or buy new one?

    If you like the position and the frame, fix the old one. My mountain bike now includes only the rims, spokes and hub shells from the original purchase... But it's still essentially the same bike, and...
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    Re: Do you think you can walk 10K?

    10K - I can cover walking easily, in a couple of hours. Running, in about 50 minutes at the moment. I've been rebuilding my running fitness since the beginning of this year after a few years of...
  4. Thread: 800 Words

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    Re: 800 Words

    No, they don't. And those towns north of Auckland, where I think it's filmed, aren't cheap places to find a house.

    A little economic (poetic) license is taken.
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    Re: Car Names -- what are your favorites?

    How about a Mazda Bongo Friendee?
    Toyota Lime always made me laugh when I saw one, at least it wasn't a lemon I suppose.

    VW Variant. My parents had one, a 1960s version and I suppose it did have...
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    Re: NZ Elections

    Normil - you seem to have bought heavily into the racist Maori bludger story.

    When I look at Maori resilience in the face of being cheated, dispossessed, disenfranchised by Pakeha, and see people...
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    Re: NZ Elections

    Unproven team, I suppose. Certainly, the English/Joyce etc combo can say they have plenty of experience. I'm still ready for a change, and have always been a lefty voter anyway.
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    Re: NZ Elections

    No, we have sufficient Joyces of our own...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Joyce
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    Re: NZ Elections

    His billboards around the place ask "Have you had enough" and I'm very inclined to answer him, yes I've had enough of Winston, especially in the role of kingmaker. However, odds are he'll get to do...
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    Re: NZ Elections

    I assume that's a racist joke of some kind? Winston's definitely Maori, and Scottish I think. If you'd really like to start drawing character traits from ethnicity, as indicated by eye colour, I...
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    Re: NZ Elections

    Winston has a sense of humour, a good understanding of his role, and an ability to negotiate with other politicians... so, quite unlike The Donald.

    He does know how to dog-whistle racists though.
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    Re: Plywood query

    We can get WEST in NZ - even Burnsco has it, but it's cheaper from one of the online suppliers (fibreglassshop.co.nz or others)

    There are cheaper alternative brands but all epoxy is relatively...
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    Re: Surprising cover versions

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4Ao-iNPPUc

    They have a few other great covers, and their 'Nothing else matters' video even has a boat :d
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    Re: What Are You Reading?

    Finished "Deep South", Paul Theroux. He's a grumpy old git at times, not at all afraid to let his self-importance show. But it's a good book and talks about a side of the states those of us outside...
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    Re: Chainsaw time?

    I have the Stihl MS180, essentially the same thing as the MS 170 but with slightly more power. Mine has a 14" bar and doesn't seem overpowered for that length, so I'd expect to take it pretty easy...
  16. Re: my french press failed with near catastrophic consequences

    We leaders took one of those to a Sea Scout national regatta, donated by one of the scout's parents who runs several cafes and a coffee roasting place. It does make excellent coffee but we decided it...
  17. Re: Keeping an 11 year old interested in sailing.

    Jon Tucker? http://www.nzmaid.com/

    Geng, for the 11 year old - don't scare him. Some scare easily, some don't, both kinds can enjoy sailing but you can lose the nervous ones pretty quickly. With...
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    Re: Year of origin dream garage

    We used to use one to go to Sea Scout camps and regattas. It belonged to one of the hard-core Sea Scout families, both boys and their parents would come to camp and a few of the rest of us would...
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    Re: Year of origin dream garage

    1977 Bedford van. One of these, converted for camping, would do me. My dad always liked VWs but I like more VOLUME in a van......
  20. Re: Large objects, of Australian appreciation, in glass display cases, just look righ

    Yes we do. We have his skeleton, I believe.
  21. Re: This is how I know that the 'Internet of Things' has jumped the shark! :)

    Don't tell me IoT has jumped the shark already! The Mgt just renamed our group after it. Against pointed objections from many of the group who'd rather not have a faddish tech trend name embedded in...
  22. Re: Really? BROTM? I promise, no drawings. Or poems.

    We sat in the corner bar at Victor’s and drank gimlets. “They don’t know how to make them here,” he said. “What they call a gimlet is just some lime or lemon juice and gin with a dash of sugar and...
  23. Re: For anyone young here, considering having children.

    Yes - but maybe I'd have started when I was older than 22, knowing what I know now. In fact, I have been round again, and said yes to another child when I already have a house full of three...
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    I'll find that quote later...
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    What goes down well here, and literary too: one measure decent gin, one measure Roses lime juice. With or without ice, but definitely cold.

    Name the drink and novel?
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    Re: How many miles?

    I wouldn't try to do anything near that mileage in a day in NZ. I'd run out of island to drive on for a start...

    The longest I've done in recent times is 570 km in a day, Wellington to Waihi,...
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    Re: Old Family Photos

    My great grandmother Kate Fels, or Granny Kate, as I knew her when I was a little boy, is the little girl on the left of this photo.

    Her mother Sara Elizabeth Fels (nee Hallenstein) is sitting...
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    Re: In the market for a 'minivan'?

    Even the old Odyssey is a very car-like mini van. I'm in the market for a van but looking for something more voluminous - likely an imported second hand from Japan Toyota Alphard
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    Re: Our daughters graduation :-)

    Congratulations! Great choice of university too ;-)
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    Re: I like bicycles.

    Dunno about your country Lew, but here in NZ there has been a resurgence in practical vintage-looking bikes - like the cheaper end of the range in this local shop www.bicyclejunction.co.nz

    If you...
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    Re: I like bicycles.

    A Ute, or one of the similar cargo bikes (Yuba Mondo etc) would do that.

    This is the only cargo bike I've ridden, as I bought it second hand from my sis-in-law who found it too unweildy. I don't...
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    Re: I like bicycles.

    Not at all, it's immensely long. It's a Kona Ute.
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    Re: I like bicycles.

    (on single speed) I think I may be dumber, but it looks tougher. And when I see bits of $100+ derailleur hanging off peoples' bikes on a muddy cross day I feel smarter.
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    Re: I like bicycles.

    And this is my occasional commuter machine:
    https://farm1.staticflickr.com/136/30777709053_b20716af80_z.jpg
    Though not commuting in this pic - this was when I was riding home after a bike camping...
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    Re: I like bicycles.

    I like bicycles too!

    You guys have mentioned both single speed and cyclocross above. We have a local CX series, Huttcross in which I sometimes ride a single speed CX-ish bike, slowly but ripping...
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    Re: NZ Politics.

    Don Brash sounded disappointed that Key hasn't ripped about the place and chopped away government spending, social support, health, generally caused mayhem like Brash would like to. That's what Brash...
  37. Thread: Passwords

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    Re: Passwords

    I use a password manager to generate long, complex passwords. I have a long, memorable passphrase to open the password manager. The encrypted password database is on a cloud storage site, so that I...
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    Re: NZ Politics.

    Sadly the McGillicuddy Serious Party folded. And I have to agree about Collins. She toured our organisation shortly after the last election, and a young Austrian colleague asked who that incredibly...
  39. Re: John Welsford, Long Steps design, cross post.

    We've done it a few times with the sea scouts - packed a large pot into a patrol box (wooden chest) with all of the spare old blankets kept in the back of the scout hall. Works brilliantly with...
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    According to our prime minister, as I recall his comments on the radio, Trump called him to offer condolences on our earthquake. But our guy missed the call as he was otherwise engaged and not...
  41. Re: Elevation: How High is Your Head Above Water?

    5 m, 16 feet. And we're about 50 m from the Hutt River, which is still tidal this near its mouth. There's a stop bank at the bottom of our garden, about 3 m high, and the river bed is beyond that....
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    Re: Aussie ingenuity: boat loading.

    2. Toyota Landcruiser 70 series, LWB pickup model. Agricultural, tough, expensive, old fashioned big 4wd.
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    Re: Best wishes NZ forumites and all

    My wife's brother is up in Stratford Spin_Drift, they sound fine up there.
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    Re: Best wishes NZ forumites and all

    I'm knackered - late to bed, then up at 12 with the shaking, then again at 2:30 or something like that with the tsunami siren. So we went for a drive and ended up sleeping on some friends' floor....
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    Re: New to wooden boats

    Lovely classic launch, and in a lovely place! Mapua is a treasure of a town, and I bet you're looking forward to sitting on deck in a bay one evening in the Abel Tasman.
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    Re: Sustainability of plywood species

    I will try plytech, that's a reasonable saving on what I've found I can get here in Wellington, thanks John. And I think I'll use meranti and hope the Malaysian government, or wherever it's logged is...
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    Sustainability of plywood species

    As I start to work out what I need for my upcoming Navigator build, I've looked at what marine ply I can get here in New Zealand. There's none produced in the country - almost all of the timber grown...
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    Re: Navigator or Pathfinder?

    With the variety of rigs available - that one looks like a gunter yawl - I suspect that there's not an easy answer to that question, and that it depends whether you have a loose-footed sail or one on...
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    Re: Navigator or Pathfinder?

    Currently I'm thinking of doing the original standing lug yawl, but I'm still open to rig options.

    Thorne - I'm familiar with those beach trailer/road trailer combos as I've used them with...
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    Re: Welsford Pathfinder launch

    Lovely, what a day to celebrate.
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