Category Archives: True Stories

Not for the faint of heart….

My mate Bob Strodel (ex-Etihad CEO, mad as a box of frogs, we met as mere children at Heathrow in 1970…) and I used to refer to us as “10% jet-setters”. Work in the aviation industry, get paid a pittance, … Continue reading

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A generic term for….

… the combination of “bucketsfull” and “truckloads” gets very close to “shitload” But I have more from my 14 tomato vines. Subjectively, at least….. Mot market

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Appears that the local indiginous folk have been over the hill to Golden Bay and relieved some of the more feral inhabitants of their coiffure. Could of course be skeins of wool at the Nelson Market, but I like my … Continue reading

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……They Gave an War Exhibition and Nobody Came. (Title shamelessly stolen from a heroically unsuccessful 1970 feature film.) But I don’t get it. There’s an exhibition in Nelson, arguably the centre of ceramic art in New Zealand with people who … Continue reading

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Mapua Regional Airport

Significant earthworks going on up over the valley. My bet is a new regional airport. It’s nicely aligned with the prevailing northwesterlies, clear approach and departure routes  with no significant obstructions and a control tower appears to be in the … Continue reading

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The Boat Ramp – a tragic story

There’s been a wharf at Mapua – the “Western Entrance” – since the early 20th century. A key to the development of the area, it provided the impetus for the growth of the pipfruit industry in the surrounding region, given … Continue reading

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The Behemoth cometh….

This is a classic Tasman District Council story. TDC required Patrick to put in an 8m turning circle at the end of the drive. Which he did. And also planted it with native flax. On the road reserve. Which you’re … Continue reading

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