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, but get cheap flights.


My friend Prof (married to Ms Prof with whom I worked for a while back in the day) doesn’t much care for this standby business.

Which involves:

Fronting up at the airport, not knowing if you’ll get on the flight, hanging around until 15 minutes before departure and then taking whichever seats don’t have bums on them.

Or going home. Or finding an hotel in the middle of the night….

Ms Prof is used to it but….”HE won’t have a BAR of it” she says with an eye-roll “HE only wants to fly BOOKED…” Exasperated sigh.

Yesterday’s Thai flight was booked to the gunwales, but 47 years of seniority works wonders on occasions like this.

Seats in Business.

The years of penury finally paying off…..

Posted in Away, True Stories | Leave a comment

That’s it….!

First bloody frost.

Sod this for a game of soldiers – I’m off….!

Posted in Away | Leave a comment

Not before time….

Getting decidedly chilly (if colourful…..) in the northern hemisphere.

The sunny Top of the South sounds liek an excellent idea…..

Posted in Away, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

So, Farewell then….


Farewell Spit, top of the south and over the Takaka Hill seems appropriate.

Normal service will resume over at Mainz Daily Photo presently

Posted in Sea, Sky, Tasman, Views, Water | 1 Comment

On the left….a teatowel.


On the right, the current (and hopefully) future New Zealand flag.

(I would have preferred “First to the Light” aka Red Peak, but anyway…)

Richmond Mall held a straw poll – drop a glass marble into the appropriate box.

I tok a handfull….

Posted in Richmond, Stuff, This is New Zealand | Leave a comment

The Eastern @ The Mapua Community Hall


The Eastern is close to being my favourite band (that would be Little Feat, btw) and when they come to Nelson, nothing will keep me away.

Last week, they did a charity gig for the Mapua Community Hall.

Crap acoustics,

D7K_0477the usual uncultured Nelsonians who reckon it’s OK to talk ALL OVER the acousric warm-up set,


(Tui drinkers – what can you expect…?)

but 2 bars into the first song, the dance floor is chocka.and they don’t stop for a couple of hours.


Doesn’t get much better than this…

And the classic country “Ladies, a plate please”


The buffet tables were groaning.

Posted in Cool stuff, Country, Culture, Mapua | Leave a comment

Big one


A 4.62 tide does a lot.

Floods the carpark in downtown Nelson. (Every time, and the council muppets don’t think to post signs warning people…)

Lets you move big boats around the estuary


Gives the Mapua Ferry a REALLY hard time running against an incoming tide….

Posted in Mapua, Water | Leave a comment