Friday, 24 August 2007

Shrunken Heads

A friend of mine makes shrunken heads. You can see more of these by clicking on the small photo below:

Shrunken Heads


A few photos of flowers I like, mainly chosen for the colours or shape:

Thursday, 16 August 2007

Teens queue for pipes

Another stupid New Zealand Herald story where the Headline doesn't fit the actual article and sensationalises the story. No where in the article is there any mention of teenagers queuing to buy pipes (marijuana pipes). It mentions one teenage was found to have some cannabis and was looking to buy a pipe but that's it.

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Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Monday, 13 August 2007

Union wants dialogue on state of journalism

New Zealand's media union thinks media owners are using celebrity to sell papers etc. instead of using quality journalism. I have been complaining about this for a couple of decades. Back in the eighties or early nineties I recall the totally inconsequential Diana Spencer being on the front page of a newspaper because of a controversy about whether she had "orange peel thighs". On the same page was a large photo of Pavarotti and his girlfriend. The reason? Because he was considering visiting New Zealand about a year after the actual date of the paper! Incredible! These two stories and their pictures took up around half of the front page of the paper. That must have been close to two decades ago.

Why has the NZ media union only now decided that there could be a problem with celebrity news?

Link to story: Union wants dialogue on state of journalism

Police must take some blame, says dead boy's sister

Ok, the kid was being chased by the police, crashed the car and killed himself. The sister says the police must take some blame and change the way they conduct these chases. I say that if the kid hadn't decided to do a runner he would still be alive albeit with a heavy fine. He ran because he just had a fine for a similar offence and didn't want another fine.

So what does the sister want? Police to stop apprehending people breaking the law? I think that is the logical conclusion of her position.

Isn't it time that people started taking a little responsibility for themselves? If the police try to pull you over and you drive away they will chase you. It's their job. If you don't want a hefty fine when driving and on a learner's permit then don't break the law.

Link to story: Police must take some blame says dead boy's sister