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As an avid reader and moderate drinker, I thought some might find other ysb members recommendations of wine and books helpful.

I have over 1000 books on my iPhone that I am constantly adding to.    At the moment I am reading “The Prisoner in his Palace” by Will Bardenwerper. It’s about Saddam Hussein, his American guards, and his trial. From time to time I read comments from you about books you have or are reading.

Kea recommended a book about the goings on at Pike River. “Tragedy at Pike River Mine” by Rebecca Macfie. “How and why 29 men died”      Before reading this, I had the opinion that it was the miners fault. After reading this, I am firmly convinced that the company was to blame. You read it and make your own judgement. (They could only do what Doc and the govt would allow them to do. It should have been an opencast mine from the start)

I will leave the wine comments to others.


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  1. Blame still lies partly in the mine workers, im a firm believer in personal responsibility and they didnt speak up/whistleblow or leave they just carried on and went to work and dobe what they wanted to do… earn money.

    Still managment and doc/ andrew little/ union still have a hell of alot to answer too and im apoalled that no one is rotting in jail for what happened. Peter whittal and andrew little should be sharing a jail cell for their roles in the tragedy



    • Macfie’s book is a Masterclass for company directors.
      I’m with you on the personal responsibility thing. Most (not all) were experienced miners who recognised the risk and gambled their safety against the paycheck – and lost in the most tragic way.
      But: There was incredibly high staff turnover, with many key staff leaving because of reported safety issues not addressed. Why did the Board not enquire? The ventilation shaft design and construction was sheer lunacy, the access shaft was uphill creating a further ventilation issue, the coal had been identified as the gassiest recorded, they didn’t even know accurately where the seam was. There were plenty of warning signs for the Board who appeared to smile, nod and bank their fees. Where is their personal responsibility?
      If you are a Director or Manager of a company this book is a must-read.



  2. Im not much of a book petson btw, i read endless amounts online about a vast range of topics.

    After the lefty snowflakes had a meltdown about jordan petersons new book and tried to ban it i thought fuck them and bought his 12 rules book and preordered his new book. Will be the 1st physical book ive read for probably 15+years but i intend to read them both and hope that every page i read another leftard has a meltdown and cries 🙂



  3. I do not how you read books on a phone Ed. I tried a Kobo e-reader but I came book to the traditional as my preferred option.

    I tend to find a good author and read as many of his / her books as I can find, in between other books. My most recent “favourite” has been Phillip Kerr –he wrote historical thrillers. Many based around the character of detective , Bernie Gunther a German working in WW11 and they include real German military people but using a bit of “writers license” to fill in factual gaps or to fit the story.



  4. I’m not much of a reader and I try to keep books out of the house as much as possible because they smell kinda musty and they gather mites and crawly things. I opened a third edition of Great Expectations left to me by my grandfather once and a lot of dust fell out all over my smoking jacket. Made me sneeze. Errk. Never again. I chucked it in the compost.

    But wine. There’s a subject close to my heart. Can anybody recommend a good breakfast wine under $10 per bottle? Chateau Carton tends to taste the same and gets boring, so I’d like to add a little variety to my diet.




  5. I’ve tried 4 or five xmas’s in a row to read “The luminaries”, tried again this Xmas and found its still a good reason to start liquoring up to early in the afternoon,I’m going to bite the bullet and delete it at least that way I won’t be constantly reminded of what a failure I am at digesting overly complicated story lines.



    • Me neither Maggy though I note that peak banning was reached when Patricia Bartlett took it upon herself to dictate the nation’s morals via the Indecent Publications Tribunal. As a doer as opposed to a voyeur I commend the Censor’s finding that a particular book, “consists of a series of sexual encounters loosely strung together without benefit of plot.”

      Until the to be Mrs Nasska announced that she was “with child” that was the blueprint for my life. 🙂



  6. Love reading – proper books – usually when I find an author I read all that I can find of them. My present favourite is Gerald Seymour who really puts together a great read. I have all my books on an excel sheet – 1424 at the moment – very handy when I go to booksales checking whether there are titles you have not yet obtained.
    Over the past 3 or 4 years or so a big book barn crammed full of second hand books at very reasonable prices has opened at Chertsey, north of Ashburton – south of Rakaia. Have now started reselling many of them as I realise I will struggle to read the one I have, let alone new ones I keep getting.
    Don’t bother with the wines now, just a few beers and then a rum.



  7. AP’s two cents worth;
    Jeremy Clarkson’s books. Yeah. I know he is
    an obnoxious, opininated twat, but his writing
    is bloody funny.
    Also a great read is David Yallop’s book
    “In God’s Name” an excellent read on the
    corruption in the Vatican and how one humble man
    wanted to expose it.



  8. I used to read a lot of Tom Sharpe’s books which are hilariously biting satires, you’ll piss yourself laughing. Here they are free for download below.


    I recommend Indecent Exposure and Riotous Assembly which are both pisstakes of the South African Police Force during apartheid – they kicked him out of the country for writing them. The Wilt Alternative is hilarious as well & one of my girlfriends said that Wilt on High was good too.



  9. If you want to read a good book on the horror of war, read “The Forgotten Soldier”. My father read it a couple of times and I was always intrigued as to why he always read it. Eventually I found a download and read it. After reading it I understood why. If you are a teacher, read “The boy with no shoes”. If you are a history teacher, read both. As for wine I still think Aussie reds are far better value for money than NZ ones, especially Penfolds, Taylors and Wyndham. South African reds are not bad either especially those that are above the $15.00 mark. Alto, KannonKop, Meerlust Rubicon…. There are many to choose from https://www.wine-searcher.com/regions-stellenbosch



  10. Books:
    – Tucker Max – I hope they serve beer in hell (any book from Tucker is funny as all hell)
    – The Karma Sutra
    – Anton Le Vey – Satanic bible
    – How to win friends and influence people
    – Shave Your Balls and 100 Other Things Your Mother Should Have Told You – The GoodDoc BadDoc Guide to Men’s Health and Grooming
    – Prostitute – Sex Funny Stories. Contemporary Urban Fiction
    – 1001 Gruesome Facts The Gross, the Ghoulish and the Ghastly Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty
    – Red Herrings and White Elephants -The Origins of the Phrases We Use Every Day

    Whine: something the leftys do



  11. I’ve finished reading The Prisoner in his Palace by Will Bardenwerper as mentioned by Ed at the top of this page, and I have to say it is compelling reading. All round nasty bastard with a marshmallow centre was our Saddam. And the American soldiers who guarded him through his trial and execution were tough guys put through the worst kind of war – where the line between enemy and friend blurs.



  12. The UK Crime Writers’ Association has awarded Martina Cole the Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence. I hadn’t read any of her work, so began with Dangerous Lady (published 1992) and moved on to the sequel Maura’s Game. Both have aged with dignity and are worthy reads.



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