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What is a sandboy and why are they happy?

Publicans used to spread sand on bar floors to catch slops, spills, spit, and so on. The sand was delivered by sandboys. Hauling sand was thirsty work, and they were partly paid in drink. This kept them merry. And, anyway, happy was the man who got free booze.

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    • The MSM have had the statements from the world’s leaders. I didn’t hear Putin’s one. So here it is, courtesy of the last bastion of truth….

      ““The most important events in the modern history of the United Kingdom are inseparably linked to the name of Her Majesty. For many decades, Elizabeth II rightfully enjoyed the love and respect of her subjects, as well as authority on the world stage,” Putin said, wishing Charles III “courage and perseverance” in the face of this “heavy and irreparable loss.”

      “I ask you to convey the words of sincere sympathy and support to the members of the royal family and all the people of Great Britain,” the Russian president added. ”

      https://www.rt.com/russia/562469-putin-queen-elizabeth-condolences/

      From my point of view, a truly great leader has passed. Integrity and honesty, and service were her hall marks. She may be one leader who can truly say she never lied. Unlike certain other female politicians, whose names will not besmirch a post on the passing of a great Monarch.

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    • Very sad news. I agree with all your comments about her but I think Falcon sums it up so well with “The loss of Queen Elizabeth who truly was one of the last bastions of integrity and truth ,will be recognised by all world wide.”

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  1. MahutaCorp wriggling can of worms.
    2nd guessing , this will be a part of this morning’s “The Platform”, Sean Plunkett, exposure. as touched on @ 9:00 am yesterday morning by Iaasb where a thread developed of the rorters.
    https://ysb.co.nz/have-your-say-1235/#comment-268092

    The redacted, now turns up with the original names.
    Thomas Cranmer ✝️ @kehetauhauaga
    This is jaw-dropping.
    Mahuta’s husband received $28,300 of funding from TPK’s Rangatahi Suicide Prevention Fund of which $15,500 was earmarked to pay a group of ‘experts’ and ‘panellists’.
    When we received the application form via OIA those names were redacted but who were they?

    https://twitter.com/kehetauhauaga/status/1567735102725300224

    Keep scrolling down as there is a fair bit of detail about it bought up by Cranmer
    Some more commentators have emerged on this, and some seeking to cover-up,

    In that thread a number of names seem to pop up, that seem to align with co-governance being practiced now, all in cahoots with the systemic current & past governments.
    Yet it is as if it is the normal way of doing business, like the special resurrected recognized now official science in NZ to be reapplied to all New Zealanders. 🙁

    Sean Plunkett comes on at 7:00 am.
    https://theplatform.kiwi/live-on-air
    From now to 7:00 am is replay rerun and it sounds like worthless Michael Laws for the moment. 🙁

    Will it be just a slice, a part of the 1,000 cuts, or a good stabbing? a mortal wounding?

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  2. Sad day we knew was coming, she seemed to have lost the will to live after Prince Phillip died then the ghastly mess of Andrew then Harry and Me again. Poor old Queen had an awful lot to put up with the last couple of years. Sadly in the future we will have a king who is very green so all the greenies will be clapping their hands in glee.

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  3. ‘Conveniently’ Me Again and Harry ‘just happen’ to be in London, so based solely on past performances (and despite the solemnity of the occasion) it is reasonable to expect that Me Again will make it all about her and exploit it for all it’s worth,

    She will, of course, be and abetted by the usual ‘friendly’ media.

    The woman has absolutely NO class (She just thinks she has).

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  4. In 1981 NZ’s champion pipe band put on a performance for our (new) King Charles – who was playing at a Polo game held in his honour in Clevedon. MacRissole was one of the bagpipers.

    MacRissole wanders what the Queen’s piper’s duties are at the moment.

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  5. Hooton, unfortunately is correct. With Labour’s recent pooh-fingering of everything they’ve touched, National should be 10 points ahead in the polls. But they’re not.

    Matthew Hooton: Labour drops the ball but National fumbles
    Another week, another demonstration of Government incompetence, nastiness and deceit.

    It’s nearly five years since Winston Peters anointed Jacinda Ardern prime minister, with her promises to end the housing crisis, eliminate child poverty and reduce inequality.

    Since then — as National’s Chris Bishop keeps telling us — the number of children living in cars has quadrupled, the state house waiting list is up six-fold, and the Government is paying motel owners and other landlords $1 million a day for emergency housing, up 10-fold since 2017.

    In its case study of Rotorua, TVNZ’s Sunday programme revealed motel owners can pick a sucker when they see one, with the Government paying double market rates. Six times as many motels have signed up to the scheme since 2017.

    Maybe no one cares since it’s just borrowed money. But Te Pāti Māori co-leader Rawiri Waititi worries Labour’s incompetence is also putting our most vulnerable at risk of sexual assault, and emotional and physical abuse.

    Act’s Brooke van Velden also puts the social catastrophe ahead of the fiscal disgrace, asking whether the Department of Corrections is sharing information so criminals aren’t being housed next to children.

    Bishop wants an inquiry. The Greens, apparently more interested in Whittaker’s chocolate, are silent.

    Braver is Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick, a former Labour Cabinet Minister. She fears “those living in emergency accommodation are destroying our city and its reputation”.

    Rotorua, she says, is suffering “due to drug use, violent behaviour, vandalism and other anti-social behaviours, in the proximity of the motels providing emergency housing”.

    Were Auckland mayor Phil Goff not awaiting confirmation that Ardern will make him High Commissioner to London, he might say the same about his CBD.

    With no obvious support, Labour has dumped those with major personal problems together in the unfamiliar environment of accommodation previously used by foreign students.

    Pretty much everyone except Labour and Auckland Council knew what would happen to Queen St and its surrounds. Auckland’s heart was already a near-wasteland thanks to the over-budget and behind-schedule City Rail Link, where Ardern posed for the cameras this week, despite her Government and Auckland Council colluding in keeping the full cost blowouts secret.

    The Government was also discovered to have falsely smeared, from the podium of truth, three women who travelled from Auckland to Northland last year, accusing them of using deception to get travel permits and causing Northland’s unnecessary October lockdown.

    Government surrogates hinted the women were prostitutes connected to organised crime.

    Despite knowing the allegations were false and that any blunder was its own fault, the Government didn’t correct the public record for nearly a year. It still refuses to apologise to those it smeared.

    Perhaps that’s unsurprising. Government surrogates are also happily smearing Revenue Minister David Parker as responsible for the so-called KiwiSaver tax fiasco, including confusion over who was consulted, when and what they said.

    In fact, Parker did everything right. Questioned by National’s Nicola Willis, Parker pointed out that the proposal emerged from IRD’s ongoing work programme to fix tax loopholes, which is available on its website. He confirmed Finance Minister Grant Robertson was involved in the discussions and decisions on the matter. Even Act agrees with the decision made.

    Most demonstrative of Beehive incompetence, Parker outlined his proposal in a Cabinet paper, distributed to all ministers. Final decisions were made at a meeting of the full Cabinet, which Ardern chairs.

    It must also have been considered by the Cabinet legislation committee, whose members are Ardern, Robertson, Parker, Andrew Little, Poto Williams, Michael Wood, Kiri Allen, David Clark and Kieran McAnulty, plus Labour’s whip.

    Committee members are meant to grill ministers about their draft bills, looking for fish-hooks. They wouldn’t have had to look far.

    The bill’s explanatory statement, distributed to all MPs, reports IRD published an issues paper and consulted on the idea more than two and a half years ago. The Prime Minister and Finance Minister might have asked for more details, and checked who was involved.

    The bill’s 19-page regulatory impact statement, also available to all ministers and MPs, says as early as page two that the GST changes would collect $225 million in the first year, rising by 10 per cent every year after. It says this would be passed on to investors.

    On page 10, it warns ministers that “modelling by the Financial Markets Authority shows that this option will lead to KiwiSaver fund balances being reduced by $103 billion by 2070”. That’s surely a big enough number for at least one minister to ask questions. It’s nearly 5 per cent of what KiwiSaver balances would be without the new tax.

    It is not Parker’s fault if no other minister, including Ardern and Robertson, bothered to read the papers. Nor is it his fault if none picked up the political risk they spell out in black and white.

    After all, what else are Ardern and Robertson for if not to identify political risks? It’s not like either of them — unlike Parker, a former businessman and lawyer — has a background in anything else.

    However good the political antennae of Ardern, Robertson and the rest of the 20-strong Cabinet, they can’t fulfil even that modest function without reading the papers they receive each Friday. Once upon a time, prime ministers required that every minister read every paper before showing up to Monday’s Cabinet meeting. There were even discussions and arguments before decisions were reached.

    Apparently that rudimentary expression of Cabinet collective responsibility and basic political management is out of fashion.

    With her PR talents, perhaps Ardern and her Cabinet don’t think they need to understand decisions they are taking or announcements they are making. Besotted cub reporters in other daily media let them spin out of anything that pops up.

    And yet the Labour-Green-Te Pāti Māori bloc remains neck and neck with National-Act. That’s despite the fact that real wages are falling consistently for the first time in at least three decades. All reputable polls indicate voters have only ever been this grumpy after the 2007 global financial crisis, the 1997 Asian economic crisis and the 1991 recession.

    Christopher Luxon’s coalition should be at least 10 points ahead, the way John Key’s was in 2007, Helen Clark’s in 1998 and the various opposition parties in 1992. With his net favourable rating below zero, Luxon is dragging his side down. His media performances suggest lamentable knowledge of New Zealand’s recent political and economic history. If he can’t lift his game, will we soon need to have a talk about Christopher?

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  6. FFS, despite setting a reminder on both my phone and I pad to not forget our wedding anniversary the Queens passing had me watching GBN and I missed both reminders,I’m in the crap again damn it.
    Oh well I guess the silver lining is that I’ll never forget it again.

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  7. The day after I went to London in 2005 I saw the Queen driving through the street. Saw her drive down Memorial Ave in 1959 or 1960. My English half sister who lives in London has never seen her live. Certainly the end of a great era.
    FJA

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    • Hooker, in the 80s I was traveling around the UK and while in London we would sleep in one of the parks close to one of the royal residences, I had a backpack that I would tie with piece of light rope through a hole in a ring on my finger .
      I awoke one morning about 1 am to find a palace guard holding my pack and with it my arm at the full height of the string and kicking me to wake me up and threaten me with arrest.
      I have wondered if I hadn’t had that piece of string connected to my arm if he would’ve stolen my pack and just fucked off.

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    • I did see a photo of myself with my wooden gun at 3 years of age, 68 years ago, going to see the Queen in York, Western Australia. My Grandfather was the Mayor of Quairading at the time, so apparently we had great seats. I do not remember the event.
      Many years later I saw her in Busselton in Western Australia.
      She has been a magnificent servant of the people, She has given guidance over the decades, but never been political.
      Her Son and Grandson, are both Climate Psychopaths, so we are in for no accountability or reasoning from now on.

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    • A ‘Nostalgic’ tribute to Her Majesty, from one who was there (And yes, that DOES make sense)

      For those of us who were ‘Empire Kids’ (No details), the Youtube clip I’ve posted below will no doubt bring back memories of ‘Silence’ at a specific time of day (And invariably a severe reprimand if that silence was disturbed) and to a degree IMHO, also summarises Her (Now late) Majesty. Like the beloved Beeb, Her Majesty was solid, reliable, always there when needed and able to be totally depended-upon, to the extent that many of us came to identify the statement, the tune and the ‘pips’ as being ‘Her Majesty’ incarnate, and that as long as the Beeeb was on at the designated time, Her Majesty was still in charge, London was STILL the centre of the universe and all was right with the world.

      It’s also worth noting that there can be very few people in history (Especially women) who have managed to oversee the dissolution of an Empire (With all the complications that that entailed) yet even after everything had gone, the Empire dismantled and the dust settled, remained totally loved and respected by her (Now-former) subjects. If THAT is not an achievement I don’t know what is.

      Listen – and remember (While trying not to shed a few tears; we were all just slightly younger then…)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssw7cn2TbF0

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  8. A sweet grandmother telephoned St. Joseph’s Hospital. She timidly asked, “Is it possible to speak to someone who can tell me how a patient is doing?”
    The operator said, “I’ll be glad to help, dear. What’s the name and room number of the patient?”
    The grandmother in her weak, tremulous voice said, Norma Findlay, Room 302.”
    The operator replied, “Let me put you on hold while I check with the nurse’s station for that room.”
    After a few minutes, the operator returned to the phone and said,
    “I have good news. Her nurse just told me that Norma is doing well. Her
    blood pressure is fine; her blood work just came back normal and her
    Physician, Dr. Cohen, has scheduled her to be discharged tomorrow.”
    The grandmother said, “Thank you. That’s wonderful. I was so worried. God bless you for the good News.”
    The operator replied, “You’re more than welcome. Is Norma your daughter?”
    The grandmother said, “No, I’m Norma Findlay in Room 302. No one tells me anything.”

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  9. Where’s CLARKe???
    No word of him for months, no twits, no pictures, nothing!
    Any one would think he was banged up or had one of them ankle bracelets!
    Will he be let out and allowed to travel or will she take the baby!

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  10. One of the things that always seemed to be amazing was the relationship people had with the Queen.
    In hundreds of news clips and interviews people of all colour’s, religions and races and nationalities were in love with her.
    They were loyal to her and looking back at Diana’s funeral we have to wonder if we will see a repeat of that procession and all the people and flowers.
    I hope so.
    But that of course will depend on the attitude of the clown king and his “advisors”.

    A very special Lady.

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  11. National house prices plunge, expert warns it’ll get worse before it gets better

    QV general manager David Nagel said the residential market is “desperate for some oxygen” with a shrinking number of buyers who are spoilt for choice.

    “There’s no immediate sign of things getting any better with interest rates likely to rise further and business confidence starting to wane.”

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/money/2022/09/national-house-prices-plunge-expert-warns-it-ll-get-worse-before-it-gets-better.html

    Told ya so. The denier liars are triggered for a reason. Mikey is fine as he took my advice. 😀👍

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  12. The seven dwarfs go to the Vatican , and because they are the seven dwarfs, they are immediately ushered in to see the Pope.
    Grumpy leads the pack.
    ‘Grumpy, my son,’ says the Pope, ‘What can I do for you?’
    Grumpy asks, ‘Excuse me your Excellency, but are there any dwarf nuns in Rome ?’
    The Pope wrinkles his brow at the odd question, thinks for a moment and answers, ‘No, Grumpy, there are no dwarf nuns in Rome .’
    In the background, a few of the dwarfs start giggling.
    Grumpy turns around and glares, silencing them.
    Grumpy turns back, ‘Your Worship, are there any dwarf nuns in all of Europe ?’
    The Pope, puzzled now, again thinks for a moment and then answers, ‘No, Grumpy, there are no dwarf nuns in Europe .
    ‘This time, all of the other dwarfs burst into laughter.
    Once again, Grumpy turns around and silences them with an angry glare.
    Grumpy turns back and says, ‘Mr.. Pope! Are there ANY dwarf nuns anywhere in the world?’
    The Pope, really confused by the questions says, ‘I’m sorry, my son, there are no dwarf nuns anywhere in the world.’
    The other dwarfs collapse into a heap, rolling and laughing, pounding the floor, tears rolling down their cheeks, as they begin chanting……
    ‘Grumpy shagged a penguin!’
    ‘Grumpy shagged a penguin.”

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  13. RIP Queen Elizabeth.
    A long life well-served.
    The royal family are far from perfect- But in a couple of years’ time the ‘Republic of Aotearoa’ will be run by a Mahuta-led Maori only Government. I don’t think the average New Zealander has any idea the Zimbabwe-like horrors that are heading our way..

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    • waikatogirl@0918

      It is very, very, noticeable that the most avid promoters of the ‘Green agenda’ and those who are demanding a return to pre-industrial revolution ‘Primitivisim’ are the self-same ones who, having sown the seeds of discontent and convinced governments that they (The ‘greens’) know best; are experts in fact (Despite having never actually set foot in whatever country is involved),are NEVER, EVER around when things go bad, and when (as in this case), the ‘Peasants’ riot. Such ‘experts’ are ALWAYS tucked away in their nice (non-green) mansions, driving their (non-green) cars, commuting by private jet to wherever their expertise is required, and always congratulating themselves that they have helped ‘save the planet’. The Americans are especially bad in that regard.

      And they (the ‘activists’) simply do not see the shear hypocrisy of their actions, yet ALWAYS ensure that they themselves are ‘well provided for’, justifying their lifestyle as being a just and fair reward to giving their ‘expert’ advice given to ‘the poor’.

      Irony is NEVER a strength for such people.

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  14. ‘Great sadness from ayateerower’, says
    the donkey toothed freak.
    I’m reasonably certain Queen Elizabeth
    never visited this pretend place.

    The name of this country is New Zealand
    Ardern. And YOU do not deserve to be
    called a New Zealander.

    RIP Queen Elizabeth II

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  15. Who the fucking fuck gives a flying fuck about where and when the fucking mule-toothed Commie Royal-hater heard about Her Majesty’s passing? Me-me-Meghan Markle has a serious contender in the me-me-me stakes, that’s for sure.

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  16. I watch “My Son Hunter’ last night
    It was entertaining, if 5% of it was true, then the Biden family are very bad corrupt, bought family with morals of a gutter snipe.
    I am so glad I watched it last night, the link has already been removed.
    We need to keep pretending an out of control drug addict, not only left his laptop with a backup of his phone with a repairman and signed away all rights to it if he didn’t pick it up in 90 days didn’t happen. You cannot make this shit up are wish it away.
    The Whitehouse will be in a real lather, they will be so please with the news of Elizabeth taking the limelight.
    The spectator sum it up in a fair and consistent manner.
    https://spectator.com.au/2022/08/my-son-hunter-a-film-to-terrify-the-white-house/
    The world is falling at an unbelievable pace

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    • Big flop imo, see simpletons post earlier.
      Media and cindy will just brush it off cuz its just loose change in the big scheme of things.

      If cindys asked about it she will just fake a tear over the queen and deflect

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  17. The totalitarian left will use the queens passing to try and grab more power over us. Either by trying to manipulate the king into supporting them, or by pushing for us to cut them lose.

    I’m no royalist, but are concerned what’s coming.

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  18. The campaign has already started with stupid articles like this. Toe in the water article to see what the reaction is. Nothing changes except the monarch.Nothing changes except the monarch.

    What happens to NZ’s currency, passports and anthem?

    There will be no immediate changes to New Zealand currency or passports following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the Department of Internal Affairs and the Reserve Bank have confirmed.
    https://www.1news.co.nz/2022/09/09/what-happens-to-nzs-currency-passports-and-anthem/

    Following her death, questions have been raised about currency and passports which feature her name and image.

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  19. I have lived through the comings and goings of more than one Japanese emperor.
    The Showa Emperor
    The Heisei Emperor
    The Reiwa Emperor (since 2019)

    By contrast, almost all of my New Zealand friends have only ever known one English Monarch.

    The Queen is dead. Long live the King.

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    • …..”The Queen is dead. Long live the King.”…….

      The jury’s out on the second part but she was Queen for a long time. I was 3YO when she ascended the throne.

      There’s still a photo in my family’s albums of my brother & myself standing like dorks waving cardboard flags on sticks when she visited Gisborne in 1954.

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  20. Have just seen TV One news..
    Couldn’t watch or understand much of it as the indigenous and partly indigenous minority kept posturing and talking of their hardships , apologies etc. All about fhem!
    Aided and abetted by the news anchor inserting Te Reo pidgin wherever they could.

    You would think ,that ,just for one day in 70 years ,they would have restrained themselves and given the English Queen and the Queen of New Zealand the respect she so richly deserves!

    Oh and Australia have cancelled sport .NZ —- nah.

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    • Very true waikatogirl, in many fields.
      You lose the farmers for one generation and you lose all that knowledge
      Once they do that, then the imposition of other ideals, not based on facts, or evidence, but on this new science .scientism that can only be found by following the $money that buys incompetence, negligence, malfeasance, in being arrogant in ignorance.

      Farmers deal with what is real, Observe, Orient, Decide, Act. (OODA loop) repeat;— Politicians care not for facts.
      Know your self, Gather more, Know the system to be more effective against the elite.

      George Carlin said, “It’s a big club. And you ain’t in it.”

      The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.- “H. L. Mencken”

      “Real power is achieved when the ruling class controls the material essentials of life, granting and withholding them from the masses as if they were privileges.” ~ George Orwell

      “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” ~Ben Franklin.

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  21. I read elswhere that Seymour said on the TV News that the Queen “did not do much or say much” and then said a few things positive about her as a person.
    Seymour is an idiot who cannot help putting his foot in it.

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