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  • Commented on Cough Cough
    On the hemisphere question, I can confirm that moving from NZ to the UK, I went from being a very very good innate orienteering navigator to someone who couldn’t find the Thames from Waterloo station. It took about six months...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    As you say the usual trick is to trade or sell the limited company which is the beneficiary of the trust which is the majority shareholder of the limited company holding the land. Go one of two companies back and...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    As with all things "what you can get away with". We've had parallel importing for long enough now that a range of things is generally fine, though a suitcase full of ipads probably isn't. NZ is primarily worried about biosecurity....
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    >The difference is, rather than being there to enforce the rules of the state, or to protect the property of multi-millionaires, they would be there to protect everyone. No they wouldn't. They would be there to protect their neighbours, and...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    To be honest, a lot of that will be because NZ actively tries to discourage the import of non-native animals, especially cats. NZ and Australia have some of the strictest biosecurity requirements in the world even when things are normal....
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Greg, the ACT is the Australian Capital Territory, a federal exclave surrounding Canberra and some neighbouring towns. It was created to ensure that the capital was independent of NSW and Victoria. Amusingly despite being a city and not much else,...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Australia's new law is catastrophic enough for commercial privacy that Microsoft has announced they will be opening a datacentre in New Zealand at last, mostly because otherwise they would be haemorrhaging key customers. A number of significant NZ government departments...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Not to mention that the environmentalists in Lange's government had some pretty big wins at the time what with the forming of DoC and the Ministry of the Environment. Especially since DoC was historically considered to be biased in favour...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Oh I agree. It wasn't rationing so much as the idea that people don't value what they don't directly pay for, even though they pay for the services in taxation. So by adding a nominal fee (at the time iirc...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    There’s also the issue of two classes of ambulances now - the paramedic someone broke get them help ones which should definitely be free, and the “I provide medical transport to from a to b” ones, which I have no...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    I still like the suggestion that the Tories are trialling a new Track and Trace system, to find out where Boris is....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    A sentiment I've heard lately is the idea that the fastest way to get genuine gun control in America is simply to ensure that all the non-white non-protestants legally have guns and carry permits. Concealed ones would be even better....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Yep, late last year I did a lengthy trip through Whirinaki Forest, which is located in the heartland of third world rural poor NZ. We stayed with a local family in order to have somewhere to store the car that...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Having done my UK Motorcycle licence last year, I can confirm that the CBT does indeed require a certified instructor, they also won't let you use your own motorbike (for obvious reasons). As someone who grew up in a different...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    >Plus, what they pretty much all wound up with was nasty, nasty 3rd world dictatorships, the only difference between some is whether the US and western ultrawealthy had them under control or not. >Georgia, I remember reading was the grain...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    GPS, satnav, Google Maps, strip maps and so on all have the same primary goal. They tell you exactly how to get to where you are going. They also have the same flaw - they don’t tell you what else...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    NZ is small, and thinly spread out. We have four flour companies and one sugar refinery. Stuff gets shipped in bulk trucks to the handful of giant national producers, 1000KG IBCs to the two dozen small regional producers, and 20-25KG...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    >Sugar seems to have disappeared along with the flour and yeast. Everybody's baking cookies, it seems As far as NZ goes at least, the problem isn't flour, yeast or sugar. The problem is actually packaging. We are no longer a...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    A colleague of mine was dismasted in the Atlantic on the Clyde Challenger back in 2017. When the boat rolled, the mast went, and the rigging ripped everything off the deck forward, including the hatch covers. He woke up to...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    The UK has several peculiarities when it comes to voting. First is that you are assigned to a specific very local polling station within your electorate, and cannot vote anywhere else. Your station is hyper local though and should be...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Exactly this. Methanol is an entirely expected byproduct of fermentation, especially with wild yeasts. A major part of the batch distillation process is to separate out the poisonous methanol (foreshots), light alcohols (heads) and the heavy poor tasting ones like...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Same with a lot of places that US troops went in or after WWII - Hawaii, the Philippines, Korea - they all have an inordinate fondness for spam in their local dishes. South Korea has a comfort food option that...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    >1. You need a coast guard. Really you do. I'm generally against ordinary people going down with their boat, for example. In the UK the Coastguard is indeed responsible for coordinating search and rescue. But they are decidedly non-military, with...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Yes, that's fair, it was a fairly generic statement. My local MP was Tulip Siddiq, who comes from a seriously political background though. I initially decided to vote for her simply because her name sounded funny, but she soon earned...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    An independent Scotland would find it fairly simple to join EFTA - they would be a similar sized nation to the existing members, so be far less disruptive than the 600lb gorilla of the UK trying to rejoin. And they...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Scotland can always take a leaf out of Switzerland's book, and decide that the armed forces only need to work business hours, borrowing assets from the UK, Ireland or Norway as needed for weekend cover... I gave up a year...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    *Every* potential deal will involve the “divorce payments”. They are the budgetary commitments for the next budget period which Britain was an integral part of making, and would be paying anyway if we remain. If Britain leaves, it still has...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    It's not entirely to do with Brexit, although it might appear that way given the way the media portrays things. The Democrats part of the name is to do with the SDP, the labour splinter party who favoured Europe. The...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    And I feel we should stress that "the other traffic" includes frequent minibuses towing trailers overfilled with kayaks and rafts. Even with the passing spaces there isn't much room left on the road....
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    To be fair, UK roundabouts - the major ones - have a really nasty gotcha for foreigners and motorbike riders. They have an invisible two lanes. The left lane goes left or straight, the right lane goes right. If you...
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