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October 14, 2005

Rey de la hamburguesa

I went into Burger King today (shush, I walked around town for 30 minutes first) to get lunch, and noticed they had a "Caution, Wet floor" sign out, with a neat translation in Spanish underneath the English text. That would make perfect sense in the US, where the nearest Spanish-speaking country is Mexico, but not really in New Zealand, where the nearest Spanish-speaking country is, uh, Mexico (or more likely a South American country). I guess it's cheaper just to print off one design.

Now I'm sure I noticed this before and had a conversation with someone online about it, but my memory sucks, so I don't remember.

Posted at 5:32 PM | Comments (4)

October 4, 2005

Spelling Nazi Post

And massacring the English language today:

Ow. Their draw's are a huge drawer card.

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September 8, 2005

What I can remember about NZ's political parties

I don't usually post about political stuff, but since there's an impending general election, and also a leader's debate on TV1 tonight, I thought I'd review what I can remember about each of New Zealand's political parties and their election promises...

Labour: Currently in Government - have done well barring a few scandals such as PM Helen Clark claiming not to be able to tell when the car she's in is travelling at 150 kph. Promising tax cuts for some low earners (doesn't affect me) but not going to reduce the petrol tax because "it would encourage people to use more petrol". Better stop work on Auckland's motorway then, because it will encourage people to drive faster.

National: the main opposition, lead by Don Brash. Promises tax cuts for everyone, though the Labour party disputes this is affordable. Wants to abolish the Maori seats, and close of Treaty of Waitangi claims fairly soon. Has been accused by the Labour party of having the aid of the US Republican party. Also most recently linked to a cult.

Smaller parties:

The Greens: the environmentalist vote. Would have coalition with Labour next time, probably. Would probably get more votes if Nandor tidied himself up a bit.

Progressives: lead by Jim Anderton. Currently in a coalition government with Labour. Have a lower public profile than men's netball.

ACT: lead by Rodney Hide. Would form a coalition with National after the election and believes National needs them to form a government, but currently aren't polling too well.

NZ First: lead by Winston Peters. Likely to have the most seats of the minor parties next time, but Winston says he's not going to form a coalition with anyone.

United Future: lead by Peter Dunne. Also likely to shack up with National next time.

Maori Party: lead by Tariana Turia. Focuses on Maori issues, and would like to form a coalition with Labour, but Helen Clark isn't keen.

So, not that much then.

Posted at 8:31 PM | Comments (0)

May 10, 2005

Random photo of construction work

Construction of the new Pak 'n Save in Lower Hutt is coming along nicely.

[Men at work]

As the bounding fence was at a bit of an angle, this was taken rather awkwardly holding the camera over a wire gate and looking at the LCD screen at the back.

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May 9, 2005

Subway cut the horseradish

Yup, it appears the local Subway has taken horseradish sauce off the
menu, along with red wine vinaigrette. So now as well as mustard-less
meatball subs, it's horseradish-less melts...


On the upside, apparently Caesar dressing is coming back...

(This was Subway Watch. Next up, the Burger Show!)

Posted at 10:35 PM | Comments (1)

March 9, 2005

Subway cut the mustard

I went in to Subway this lunchtime to get a meatball sub and discovered to my horror that they had cut the mustard. Yup, mustard (and oil and marinara) had been removed from the menu (at least at my local branch) because no one was asking for them.

Oil I can understand. As a menu option it's a bit vague. What kind of oil? Vegetable oil? Olive oil? Cooking oil? Crude oil? Who wants oily food anyway? "Mmmm, I'll think I'll haves me some OIL!"

I have no idea what marinara tastes like. Apparently it goes well with seafood, which I'm not particularly partial to. For that matter, the idea of putting fish in a sandwich never really appealed to me. I'll eat it on its own, sure, but in bread? Really it never occured to me to ask for it. Now the option is GONE! Departed. Left the Subway.

But mustard, dagnabbit, goes perfectly on a meatball sub. Whenever I had one before, on went the mustard. Now it too is GONE! Nevermore will I enjoy a meatball sub with mustard on it! Woe is I! Cast adrift, alone on a sea of mustardlessness, forever condemned to order meatball subs without mustard. Cruel mustard, why hast thou forsaken me?

*bows as audience throws vegetables and small bricks at the stage*

Posted at 9:03 PM | Comments (0)

February 19, 2005


Failing to indicate at a roundabout is going to become illegal here. All I can say is it's about time. It's a menace trying to cross the road near a roundabout when you don't know what the traffic is intending to do.

Yesterday, when I was getting lunch, I watched a roundabout near where I work to see if people were properly signalling.

Of the people turning left, the majority signaled. This is pretty much a no-brainer. One or two people didn't bother, of course.

Of the people going straight through, the majority didn't signal at all (you're supposed to signal left when coming off the roundabout).

Of the people turning right, the majority signalled right correctly when turning, but didn't signal left when turning off.

The police'll pick up a fair few $150 fines, I should think...

(I previously complained about this back in 2001, nice to see something's finally being done...)

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December 9, 2004

New Zealand now has Civil Unions

MPs say I do to civil unions

This is excellent! The head of Destnazi Cult was, of course, on TV complaining that society was going to pot, but that's to be expected.

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November 8, 2004

Queensgate AKA Westfield

The additions to Westfield (or Queensgate as it's still known) in Lower Hutt seem to be coming along nicely. They should hurry, as we vitally need the extra 50 women's clothing stores!!!!!1one

There's also a bit of work going on on Logan's Plaza (or Maidstone Mall as it was originally known) in Upper Hutt. Must be the season to build on to your shopping mall.

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September 27, 2004

El Photos

I done put some pictures in LJ's picture hosting site finally. This picture below and ther preceeding one (click on "Prev" which you look at the picture) are a couple of photos I took in Lower Hutt last week.

Side of building Side of building
The demolition of a building in Lower Hutt revealed the side of the building next to it, which had been covered for who-knows-how-long and included some cool antique signage.

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