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Monday, 15 October

21:00

Keeping Up Appearances S03 E01 The Inquiring Mind

lousy formatting, audio OK and best viewed full screen. In many ways the audio is the main attraction.

Wikipedia

Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. The central character is eccentric and snobbish middle class social climber Hyacinth Bucket(Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet.[2]The sitcom follows Hyacinth in her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide. Much of the humour comes from the conflict between Hyacinths vision of herself, and the reality of her underclass background. In each episode, she lands in a farcical situation as she battles to protect her social credibility.

The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects

20:00

Classic TV Drama: Upstairs Downstairs S04 E10 The Heros Farewell The Inquiring Mind

Blocked in some locations Lousy format, but best of those presently available,suggest full screen

Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series produced by London Weekend Television (LWT) for ITV.It ran for 68 episodes divided into five series on ITV from 1971 to 1975.

A BBC Wales and Masterpiece produced continuation also called Upstairs Downstairs was broadcast by BBC One in 2010.

Set in a large townhouse in Belgravia in West London, the series depicts the servants downstairs and their mastersthe family upstairsbetween the years 1903 and 1930, and shows the slow decline of the British aristocracy. Great events feature prominently in the episode but minor or gradual changes are also noted. The series stands as a document of the social and technological changes that occurred between those 27 years, including the Edwardian period, the Suffragettes, First World War, the Roaring Twenties and the Wall Street Crash.

The show was a ratings success for ITV, and received outstanding acclaim worldwide winning multiple awards.

Series had an excellent cast with many well known actors appearing over the life of the series. Some are still active to this day.

19:00

Monday nightcap Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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19:00

Classic TV: Cagney & Lacey -S04 E17 Post Partum The Inquiring Mind

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Early episodes had Meg Foster in the Lacey role

18:56

CONVOLUTED THINKING FROM HILLARY C No Minister

In a breathtaking example of the double standards that characterize the US political discourse Hillary Clinton made the extraordinary claim in an interview broadcast last night that Husband Bill's extramarital affair with Monica Lewinsky which took place in the White House was not an abuse of power because ..... 'she' was 22 years old at the time.

Give me feekin strength.   The President puts a 'hit' on a White House intern young enough to be his daughter and it's not an abuse of power.

Hillary wouldn't know right from wrong even if it bit her on the bum.    In her lexicon the Republicans eat babies while the Democrats are as pure as the driven snow.

  

18:30

Must Watch: Climatologist breaks the silence on Global Warming groupthink Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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18:00

Manly Monday Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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18:00

The Charmer: Gorse In The Middle #4/6 Nigel Havers, Bernard Hepton, Fiona Fullerton, Rosemary Leach The Inquiring Mind

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The Charmer was a 1987 British television serial set in the 1930s, and starring Nigel Havers as Ralph Ernest Gorse, a seducing conman, Rosemary Leach as Joan Plumleigh-Bruce, a smitten victim widow and Bernard Hepton as Donald Stimpson, Plumleigh-Bruces would-be beau, who vengefully pursues Gorse after he has conned her

17:30

What they havent told you about Climate Change Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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17:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S04 E12 Blood Relations The Inquiring Mind

Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing

Water Rats is an Australian TV police procedural broadcast on the Nine Network from 1996 to 2001. The series was based on work of the men and women of the Sydney Water Police who fight crime around Sydney Harbour and surrounding locales. The show was set on and around Goat Island in Sydney Harbour.

Water Rats premiered on 12 February 1996, and ran for six seasons and 177 episodes. Colin Friels and Catherine McClements were the original stars of the series and were instrumental in the shows early success. They both departed the show in 1999. In later seasons, Steve Bisley, Aaron Pedersen and Dee Smart became the shows main stars.

For the sixth and final season in 2001, the show concentrated more on the cops personal lives rather than just focusing on the crimes committed. The Nine Network cancelled the show after six seasons. Executive Producer Kris Noble blamed escalating costs for the cancellation. However, Bisley and Smart had also just quit the show, and the series had already been suffering a ratings battle following the departure of Friels and McClements in 1999. 

17:00

Classic Comedy: Open All Hours Ronnie Barker and David Jason S04 E04 The Errand Boy Executive The Inquiring Mind

From Wikipedia

Open All Hours is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke for the BBC. It ran for 26 episodes in four series, which premiered in 1976, 1981, 1982 and 1985. The programme developed from a television pilot broadcast in Ronnie Barkers comedy anthology series, Seven of One (1973). Open All Hours ranked eighth in the 2004 Britains Best Sitcom poll

The setting is a small grocers shop in Balby, a suburb of Doncaster in South Yorkshire. The owner, Arkwright (Ronnie Barker), is a middle-aged miser with a stammer and a knack for selling. His nephew Granville (David Jason) is his put-upon errand boy, who blames his work schedule for his lacklustre social life.

Across the road lives Nurse Gladys Emmanuel (Lynda Baron), occupied by her professional rounds, and her elderly mother. Arkwright longs to marry her, but she resists his persistent pressures. In later episodes, it is explained that the two have actually been engaged for many years but have been unable to go through with a wedding due to the advanced age of Nurse Gladyss mother, for whom she cares at home. Though short-tempered with Arkwright, she is concerned for his and Granvilles welfare.

17:00

John Bolton, US Ambassador to the UN Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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16:51

...and the truck you rode in on No Minister


Truck drivers mounted a protest in Auckland today, driving in convoy at slow speeds and hindering other vehicles' progress. 

My question is: how the fuck would anyone be able to tell it was a protest?  It sounds like any other day on State Highway 1 to me. 

16:30

Daily roundup Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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16:30

Testament of Youth (1979) #2/5 The Inquiring Mind

Wikipedia

Testament of Youth is a 1979 BBC television drama based on the First World War memoir of the same name written by Vera Brittain. It was transmitted on BBC2.

The series stars Cheryl Campbell as Vera Brittain, an independent young woman from Buxton, Derbyshire, who abandons her studies at Somerville College, Oxford University to become a volunteer nurse. It features Peter Woodwardas Roland Leighton, Joanna McCallum as Winifred Holtby and Emrys James and Jane Wenham as Veras parents.

The series won five British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA). As well as her BAFTA, Campbell received a Best Actress awards from the Broadcasting Press Guild

16:15

RNZ Jesse Mulligan: An initial report on the Bridges Ross mess The Inquiring Mind

This is not what National needed.

The website link has links to some useful information.

National Party leader Simon Bridges says the inquiry into who leaked his expenses points to National MP Jami-Lee Ross. Joining us is political editor Jane Patterson who has been listening to the press conference. More at the link

Here is the PWC Report.

Furthermore there may be a positive, Bridges had the courage to:

  • press ahead with an enquiry when Mallard cancelled his, bit didnt as he secretly went ahead
  • publish the results, unlike Labour who have been very secretive over the youth camp report
  • publish the results, unlike Labour who were very secretive over the Meka Whaitiri issue
  • fronted up as soon as he got the report with a media conference

The problem for Bridges is that the media are determined to get rid of him. Perhaps that says more about them, than Bridges.

16:00

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15:45

Bridges claims Jami-Lee Ross was expenses leaker Ross says not The Inquiring Mind

The media will love this as will Labour and Winston Peters.

A first report from Checkpoint, but this will run for a while as the vultures gather.

A PWC report concludes the person believed to have leaked National leader Simon Bridges expenses was MP Jami-Lee Ross, but the Botany MP says Bridges has pinned the leak on him and forced him on medical leave so he wouldnt speak publicly.

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ckpt/ckpt-20181015-1709-evidence_points_to_jami-lee_ross_as_leaking_bridges_expenses-128.mp3

There are various theories re this, as yet we do not know all the facts.

The facts are yet to be totally clear.

15:45

Today in rock history Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1925, guitarist Mickey Baker (MacHouston Baker), he was regarded as a pioneer in the development of rock and roll. Born today in 1935, guitarist, singer and songwriter Barry McGuire. Born today in 1941, Don Stevenson singer, songwriter and drummer with Moby Grape. Born today in 1942, singer and songwriter [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:30

Tweet of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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15:15

Whaleoil bookclub book reviews Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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15:15

Meat is murder: Tasty, tasty murder Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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15:08

CK to save $billions The Inquiring Mind

Very good solution,will allow PM more camera crews to cover her every photo op

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The government has a new strategy to save billions of dollars relying on common knowledge (CK) instead of research and facts.

The seed for the initiative was planted by Energy Minister Megan Woods.

When asked about advice to back up her assertion that MBIE was wrong to say a ban on oil and gas exploration would have a negligible impact on domestic emissions and likely increase global emissions she said it was very common knowledge that was widely held.

When the Prime Minsiter heard this she said a light went on and she immediately ordered a whole-of-government strategy to base all policy on CK, spokesperson Bright Spark said.

Well be able to ditch all the working groups for a start and that will save millions, but thats only the beginning.

With CK to guide us there will be no need for most of the roles at Treasury and

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15:00

Morning Report: Recruiting Overseas Teachers (2) The Inquiring Mind

Earlier, Adam noted how the Ministry of Education was proposing a major campaign to recruit overseas teachers to NZ

As part of that he noticed how Morning Report had a number of segments on this issue.

Previously the blog has considered a MR segment from a teacher who came from overseas

Lets now take a look from another perspective. MR talked to Minister Chris Hipkins about the new initiative, but this was prefaced by some additional comments from teachers, negative on Hipkins initiative

The governments plan to recruit hundreds of overseas teachers in New Zealand classrooms by the beginning of the next school year has been dismissed as a nonsense by some teachers. The government has increased its 2019 target for recruiting overseas teachers from 400 to 900. Immigration New Zealand has emailed 6000 overseas teachers who had registered an interest in working here. Its also trying to lure back New Zealand-trained teachers as it focuses on trying to get the 850 teachers it says it needs for next year. Michael Harvey is a secondary school science teacher who now teaches in Malaysia. He says things would need to change for him to come back. Education Minister Chris Hipkins tells Susie Ferguson the government will be pulling out all the stops to recruit enough teachers.

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20181015-0709-hipkins_responds_to_criticism_of_overseas_teacher_drive-128.mp3

Hipkins was, to Adams mind, less than convincing.

Again Hipkins trotted out the Ardern mantra of nine years of neglect. This mantra, repeated, by Labour is getting very tired.

Some immediate questions:-

  • new overseas teachers will find it hard to be here for a new school year
  • Hipkins says immigration targets not affected given other news re other industries and sectors this seems rather squidgy at best
  • Hipkins did not address the issues raised by McCabe earlier or by Harvey in his brief soundbite.

15:00

Comedy corner: Non-PC jokes guaranteed to offend Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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14:39

War breaks out in National as Jami-lee Ross named as leaker Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Im a bit late to this story because of pressing other issues, which may or may not become apparent soon. However it is too big a story to ignore. This afternoon Simon Bridges released the report into the leaker and named Jami-lee Ross as the leaker. This confirms what I have known for more than [] The post War breaks out in National as Jami-lee Ross named as leaker appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:30

14:30

Cambridge University votes against Remembrance Sunday Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

It is a sad fact that those that do not learn the lessons of history are bound to repeat them. In the UK, the countrys brightest young people have just voted against marking Remembrance Sunday, even though 2018 is exactly 100 years since the end of World War 1, because they are afraid that it [] The post Cambridge University votes against Remembrance Sunday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:21

Beating up on someone who's ill No Minister

On 2 October, Jami-Lee Ross had to stand down due to a serious health issue that made it impossible for him to continue as an MP.

Only a couple of weeks' later, his boss Simon Bridges is bagging him in the media as the person responsible for leaking Bridges' travel expenses.  What an astonishing lack of empathy and basic human decency from Bridges!  What effect is this going to have on poor Jami-Lee's serious health issue?  I can't believe a man with aspirations to be Prime Minister could display such a cavalier disregard for a colleague's health.

14:05

MALAYSIAN POLITICS No Minister

Anwar Ihrahim, onetime UMNO Deputy Prime Minister and currently President of 'his' Peoples Justice Party and leader of the Pakatan Harapan coalition government, jailed twice (and beaten while in Police custody) on what many considered to be trumped up charges of sodomy and subsequently pardoned, completed his political comeback on the weekend with a comprehensive victory in the Port Dicksen bi-election where he polled over 70% of the votes cast.

Anwar is expected to become Prime Minister when Mahatair (age 93) steps down in two years time.

Anwar was the driving force behind the exposure of corruption in the UMNO which was the dominant force in Malaysian politics from Merdeka  (Independence) in 1957 until it was defeated earlier this year.    The corruption was endemic and has seen many politicians (including the defeated Prime Minister Najib Razak) and other high government officials either dismissed from office or arraigned before the Courts.     The charges against Najib include money laundering, criminal breech of trust and abuse of power.    His wife, Rosmah Mansoor, has also been charged with seventeen counts of money laundering and tax evasion.

Anwar is a 'different' political animal.    Clearly he is a radical nationalist.   Some have suggested he is a closet Islamist ... I see no great evidence of that.    If I were to try and align him with someone from the NZ political scene I guess I would cast him in the mold of Jim Anderton (although Anderton was never Chair of the Development Committee of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund as Anwar was).    Time will tell.    I wish Anwar well.    I have a great love of Malaysia.   The country deserves better than what they had over the last decade or so.

Updated ... I forgot to add that when the Police raided Rosmah's home they seized 12,000 pieces of jewellery (including 2,200 rings, 1.400 necklaces, 2,100 bracelets, 2,800 pairs of earrings, 1,600 brooches and 14 tiaras); 423 luxury wristwatches (notably Rolex); 234 luxury sunglasses (Versace and Cartier); 567 luxury handbags (notably Chanel, Prada and Versace); 272 handbags from Hermes and the equivalent of MYR 116 million in 26 currencies.    And you thought Imelda Marcos was a tad extravagant.     All this on the PM's salary of MYR 273,920 per a...

14:00

BBC insider takes the red pill Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

We live in a time of universal deceit. As in the old Communist societies, the very institutions that citizens should be able to trust implicitly the state, the police and the public media, lie incessantly. Police and politicians lie about the mass-rape of children in Britain, media lie about the criminal anarchy imported along [] The post BBC insider takes the red pill appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:30

Gresham College: Prof Simon Thurley #1 English Architecture: Making England in the Shadow of Rome, 410-113 The Inquiring Mind

Another good  lecture on a very interesting topic as Prof Thurley looks at how English Architecture evolved

13:30

Daily sudoku Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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13:00

Dole Institute of Politics: Decisive Battles #1 Cowpens 1781 The Inquiring Mind

A lecture on a much lesser known battle,at least to Adam, of the American War of Independence

13:00

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12:30

Overseas teacher recruitment in overdrive Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

It is a year ago now, but remember when both Labour and NZ First campaigned on reducing immigration? It was obvious by 2017 that the sheer number of people coming to live here was putting our entire infrastructure under strain housing, roads, schools and hospitals. No one was suggesting cutting immigration altogether, but many [] The post Overseas teacher recruitment in overdrive appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:30

Brexit Fun The Inquiring Mind

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Andy Davey: That boy , he bobs, he weaves, you never know what hell come up withsneaking off to charm with roses and choccies

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12:00

Map of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Click images for a high-res interactive view and incident stats Sydneys Sexual Harassment Data Map A disturbing map has revealed the spots in Sydney where women are most likely to be sexually harassed. Disturbing data, entered into a mobile app, has revealed more than 2,000 locations across Sydney where women have been physically and verbally [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:45

Tweet for Today The Inquiring Mind

 

11:30

Mum takes on school bully Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I usually have mixed feelings about a discharge without conviction, but this is one situation where it seems perfectly justified. This from a Newspaper. An Auckland mum lashed out and assaulted a teenage girl who had been bullying her daughter grabbing her by the hair and hitting her repeatedly in the face. But Kingsland [] The post Mum takes on school bully appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:15

Monday Meme Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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11:00

Dog rape culture Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Three intellectuals with a self-proclaimed left political identity pretended to be feminist activists and wrote 20 bogus papers.  Some were submitted and published in top publications in the fields of gender studies, sociology and critical theory.   Quote.  One paper included an investigation into whether transhysteria means men rarely insert objects into their bottoms while another advocated [] The post Dog rape culture appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:30

Whaleoil Sports poll Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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10:00

View from your window Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Travelling north over the Daintree river in Northern Queensland, Australia by car ferry. 3rd (right) lane, drivers side, approx of the way across. NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Classic Comedy: Ronnie Corbett in Sorry S07 E04 Flying Lessons The Inquiring Mind

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Sorry! is a BBC television sitcom, that aired on BBC1 from 1981 to 1982 and from 1985 to 1988. Starring Ronnie Corbett, created and written by Ian Davidson and Peter Vincent for the BBC, both of whom had previously written for The Two Ronnies, of whom Corbett was one half.

Sorry! is based around Timothy Lumsden who, 41 years old in the first three series (his age increased to 42 and then 48 in subsequent series Corbett was actually 50-57 during the series run), is a librarian who still lives at home with his domineering mother Phyllis and henpecked father Sidney. Although quite shy around women, Timothy longs to find love and leave home, but Phyllis is always against the idea, and constantly manipulates her son into staying at home. One of the running gags of the series is Sidney frequently shouting Language, Timothy! when he feels Timothy has said something inappropriate (though most times nobody would typically find the words even close to offensive). Timothy usually responds Sorry father, but sometimes snaps Shut up, father! to which Sidney always replies Fair enough.

The writers used this to clever effect in one episode when Timothy is boasting about his acadmeic achievements; I got two passes in English, Literature and the other one, at which point Sidney walks past and says Language, Timothy.

In contrast, Timothys friend Frank and sister Muriel urge Timothy to stand up to his mother once and for all. Muriel had successfully left home, and married Kevin, and as a result is viewed with distrust by her mother.

09:30

Would you watch women only car races? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

After reading Christies recent post regarding equal funding for Paralympians, I came across an article that got me thinking, on motornews.co.nz It seems that ex-Formula 1 driver David Coulthard and a few others have come up with the idea of creating a brand new international single-seater series that will be only for women. The idea is [] The post Would you watch women only car races? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

Cartoon of the day by SonovaMin Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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09:00

The Unknown War: #19/20 The Last Battle The Inquiring Mind

The greatest battles of World War II, the most colossal encounters of military force, the most devastating human losses which the modern world has ever seen, occurred on Russian soil during 1941-1945, on a battlefield that is unknown to most Americans. The conflict between Hitlers Germany and Stalins Russia claimed more than 30 million lives. On the early morning of June 22, 1941, the Nazi Wehrmacht had amassed 4.2 million crack troops along a front that stretched for 1,800 miles, and Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union began. The Nazi high command was extremely confident, expecting the total collapse of Stalins Russia within six weeks. In reality, The Unknown War raged on for nearly four years. Before it finished, the Nazis and Soviets fought the single greatest campaign in military history. The Unknown War covers that period of history beginning in June 1941, when Germany launched its surprise attack on Russia, through to the end of the war. The Unknown War was a landmark television series, detailing the drama of the Eastern European front during World War II. Academy Award Winner Burt Lancaster hosts the 20 part series. Film footage from Soviet archives comprises a major portion of the series, supplemented by film from both the United States and British archives. Burt Lancaster spent three weeks in eight cities in Russia, for location filming. The Unknown War was made as a counter to the deliberate distortions in the Anglo-American series The World At War, which chose to give as much coverage to the US in Italy as it did to the Red Army at war from the Arctic to the Black Sea. So blatant was the politically motivated distortion in The World At War that the Soviet authorities ultimately refused to cooperate in its production. Instead they set out to make a documentary series of their own that would tell the real story of the War in the East. The Eastern (Russian) Front of WW2 has been side-lined in the Western media for decades, reduced to just one aspect of the War, if it is even mentioned at all. Certainly there is never any recognition given to the fact that it was the main, decisive arena of WW2, the scene of a titanic struggle that, at the cost of 30 million Soviet lives, saved the world from fascism. Made by the USSRs Central Documentary Film Studios, The Unknown War dealt exhaustively with the war on the Soviet front. Narrated by Burt Lancaster, who also appeared on camera, the series featured interviews with many participants from numerous battles, partisan campaigns and SS massacres. It showed the destruction, the sacrifice and th...

08:30

Dole Institute of Politics: Niagara, 1814 Dr. Rich Barbuto The Inquiring Mind

As the War of 1812 stretched into its second year, President James Madison launched his best troops once more into Canada in a final attempt to win the war he started. American, British and native warriors battled for four bloody, desperate months of fighting along the Niagara Riverexamined here by Dr. Rich Barbuto.

08:30

Madam President Jacinda Ardern Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Too Right A regular column by John Black Rightminds.nz Last week, 1ZB carried a report on possums infesting the walls of the prime ministers residence, Premier House. Of course, it didnt take the possums side. Taking the marsupials point of view, the pests are our prime minister and her male companion. Oh, how the poor [] The post Madam President Jacinda Ardern appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

Morning Report: Recruiting Overseas Teachers (1) The Inquiring Mind

As we might have expected Morning Report had several items on the proposed plan to bring in some 1000 teachers from overseas. The number is probably incorrect, but the Ministry keeps changing the numbers.

Leaving aside that this coalition campaigned on reducing immigration which we will deal with another time.

Leaving aside the fact that we did not seem under the prior government to have these strident calls in the media and by teachers for more teachers, again we will look at that later.

Let us turn to the first segment on MR this morning:-

A British teacher who came to New Zealand to work in a secondary school is questioning the governments drive to recruit teachers off shore to shore-up teacher numbers. The government has increased its 2019 target for recruiting overseas teachers from 400 to 900 in a bid to meet the 850 shortfall of teachers expected next year. Steve McCabe, from Britain, is the type of person the government is after. He was hired in 2009 as a physics and science teacher at a South Auckland high school but he says the experience was so depressing he moved into teaching at a polytechnic. Steve McCabe says the recruitment drive is a temporary solution and there needs to be significant changes to the teachers workloads to stop teachers burning out.

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20181015-0639-working_in_nz_classroom_depressing_-_uk_teacher-128.mp3

This raises a number of questions:

  • is NCEA by reliance on assessment causing workload issues?
  • does MOE require excessive paperwork?
  • what did he mean by behaviour management issues?
  • is he suggesting that some form of performance pay should be introduced?
  • he seems to be suggesting that the MOE is geared to feeding new teachers in every year and accepting a relatively high attrition rate

 

08:00

Golriz Ghahramans tale continues to unravel Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The below article is a guest post and an opinion piece. The author has made deductions based on various written sources that have all been linked to. You can decide for yourselves if the conclusions the writer has drawn are logical or reasonable.     Ms Golriz Ghahraman has once again played the refugee card [] The post Golriz Ghahramans tale continues to unravel appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

Fuel costs taking their toll in the Far North Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

TVNZ reports: quote. For those in our most remote communities, prices at the pump are hitting pretty hard. For those living in the Far North like Bridget, it can cost up to $111.52 for half a tank of petrol Bridget lives in New Zealands most northerly settlement of Te Hapua. Every day she spends $50 [] The post Fuel costs taking their toll in the Far North appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:15

Winning before you fight Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

It is likely that the hearts and minds of voters are won or lost by Leaders of the Opposition before they become Leaders of the Opposition. Put another way, there is about every successful Opposition Leader an air of inevitability. Politicians who are successful in weaving about themselves a narrative of personal irresistibility and preordained electoral success are almost impossible to stop. The reverse is equally true. Politicians who cannot persuade either their colleagues or the wider public that they have what it takes to win, never do. The most vivid exemplar of this notion is Rob Muldoon. The principle of seniority may have prevented him from stepping into Keith Holyoakes shoes in the early months of 1972, but by early 1974 everybody knew that it was only a matter of time before the incumbent Leader of the National Opposition, Jack Marshall, acknowledged the inevitable and stepped aside.   The post Winning before you fight appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:15

Most read Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Our Whats Hot post and Must Read posts up the top of our home page are based on the two articles from the day before that attracted the most comments. This post is to provide you with the links to the top five most read posts as the vast majority of our readership do not comment and the post with the [] The post Most read appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:03

Whips tell National MPs not to talk about leadership Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Simon Bridges failing leadership is forcing the whips to strong arm all the National MPs into saying nothing about the leadership to the media tomorrow as they go into caucus. Ive learned that there is growing concern amongst caucus members of bunker mentality setting in. Bridges interview with Duncan Garner this morning had some good [] The post Whips tell National MPs not to talk about leadership appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Slander most vile Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The implication is obvious, the innuendo palpable, the casual arrogance of certainty in the headline reading like an open-and-shut case. Bias done it, in the birthing unit, by withholding the resuscitation machine. When I first saw the headline in a newspaper I immediately assumed it was just another lazy attempt at clickbait by another bored [] The post Slander most vile appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

RNZ Saturday Morning with Kim Hill: Professor Sarah Harper The ageing population The Inquiring Mind

Kim Hill with a most interesting interview

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20181013-0810-professor_sarah_harper_-_the_ageing_population-128.mp3

With a background in anthropology and population studies, Sarah Harper is Professor of Gerontology at the University of Oxford, a Fellow at University College, and the founding director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing. Harper served on the UK Prime Ministers Council for Science and Technology, and in 2017 she was director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. She is a director and trustee of the UK Research Integrity Office and a member of the Board of Health Data Research UK. Harper was appointed a CBE in 2018 for services to demography. She is currently researching the impact of falling fertility and increasing life expectancy, with a particular interest in Asia and Africa. For the past four years she been a judge for the $250,000 Ryman Prize, awarded for work into improving the quality of life for older people, which Prime Minister Jacinda Adern presents this week.

06:30

Why do lefties need to lie about Three Strikes? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Last  week I caught up with an old friend I will call him Porky. For 35 years Porky and I have agreed to disagree on whether he has for all those  years been a  proud foundation member of a motorcycle club or a gang. Either way he is one of those good jokers that [] The post Why do lefties need to lie about Three Strikes? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Being Melania The Inquiring Mind

The much touted interview with Melania Trump

06:00

Does access to firearms increase our suicide numbers? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I attended a recent firearms seminar where one speaker addressed the role of firearms in the nations dreadful suicide problem. The essential gist of his presentation was that the more people who have access to firearms the more suicides that the nation can expect. These firearms just made it all too easy to act [] The post Does access to firearms increase our suicide numbers? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Gresham College: Prof. Vernon Bogdanor Postwar Political Crises in Britain #1/6 1951 National Health Service The Inquiring Mind

This series from 2015 is most interesting, even if you do not necessarily accept Bogdanors perceptions and interpretations of the events.

05:30

Daily crossword Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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05:15

How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

If your subscription has not automatically renewed it may be because you hadnt ticked for it to automatically renew when you set it up because your credit card has expired because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. because of insufficient funds If you want to update your credit card details click here. If [] The post How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:00

C4 News: Where next for austerity? George Osborne (13 Oct 2018) The Inquiring Mind

Interview with George Osborne, Chancellor in David Camerons government and now Editor of the Evening Standard

05:00

Whaleoil general debate Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Good morning, welcome to our daily Whaleoil General Debate. Our evening General debate is called Backchat and will start at 6 pm On General debate, you are encouraged as a commenter to share your own stories, discuss other news, bring NEW news, catch up with friends or make new friends with other commenters. To participate youll [] The post Whaleoil general debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:45

Top Ten posts of the week Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

This Monday morning post is to provide you with the links to the top TEN most read posts of the past week so that you can easily catch up on the most interesting and popular posts written by our Whaleoil writers over the past 7 days ( Sunday to Monday). Fuel companies hit back Great News: Social [] The post Top Ten posts of the week appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:30

Face of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Voice of Europe reports: On 24 March 2018, an ISIS terrorist stormed a supermarket in Trbes, armed with a handgun, a hunting knife and three homemade bombs. He shot two people dead and took others hostage. During the negotiation with the police, the terrorist accepted Beltrames offer to swap places with the last hostage, a female cashier. [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:15

Word of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The word for today is terpsichore (noun) 1. (Greek Mythology) The Muse of dancing and choral singing. 2. The art of dancing. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : The muse of the dance, Greek Terpsikhore, literally enjoyment of dance, from terpein to delight (from PIE root *terp- to satisfy; source also of Sanskrit [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Daily proverb Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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23:30

SNL: When Kanye met Donnie The Inquiring Mind

Blocked in some countries, a Proxy may help

23:00

The Late Movie: The 39 Steps (1935) Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll The Inquiring Mind

This is a true classic,great cast, excellent director Hitchcock and a good script. Possibly,nay the best of the several versions of John Buchans classic yarn.

Some of the minor players went on to greater recognition. Watch carefully.

20:00

Keeping Up Appearances S02 E10 The Inquiring Mind

lousy formatting, audio OK and best viewed full screen. In many ways the audio is the main attraction.

Wikipedia

Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. The central character is eccentric and snobbish middle class social climber Hyacinth Bucket(Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet.[2]The sitcom follows Hyacinth in her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide. Much of the humour comes from the conflict between Hyacinths vision of herself, and the reality of her underclass background. In each episode, she lands in a farcical situation as she battles to protect her social credibility.

The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects

19:30

Classic TV Drama: Upstairs Downstairs S04 E09 Another Year The Inquiring Mind

Blocked in some locations Lousy format, but best of those presently available,suggest full screen

Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series produced by London Weekend Television (LWT) for ITV.It ran for 68 episodes divided into five series on ITV from 1971 to 1975.

A BBC Wales and Masterpiece produced continuation also called Upstairs Downstairs was broadcast by BBC One in 2010.

Set in a large townhouse in Belgravia in West London, the series depicts the servants downstairs and their mastersthe family upstairsbetween the years 1903 and 1930, and shows the slow decline of the British aristocracy. Great events feature prominently in the episode but minor or gradual changes are also noted. The series stands as a document of the social and technological changes that occurred between those 27 years, including the Edwardian period, the Suffragettes, First World War, the Roaring Twenties and the Wall Street Crash.

The show was a ratings success for ITV, and received outstanding acclaim worldwide winning multiple awards.

Series had an excellent cast with many well known actors appearing over the life of the series. Some are still active to this day.

19:00

Sunday nightcap Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

125 years after New Zealand became the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote, VICE investigates what its like to be a female politician in 2018. Embedding with women from across the political spectrumGreen MP Golriz Ghahraman, Nationals deputy leader Paula Bennett, Labour MP Louisa It is interesting to note [] The post Sunday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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The Russian Kebab life hack Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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18:00

Sunday standup Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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18:00

The Charmer: Gorse The Deceiver #3/6 Nigel Havers, Bernard Hepton, Fiona Fullerton, Rosemary Leach The Inquiring Mind

Wikipedia

The Charmer was a 1987 British television serial set in the 1930s, and starring Nigel Havers as Ralph Ernest Gorse, a seducing conman, Rosemary Leach as Joan Plumleigh-Bruce, a smitten victim widow and Bernard Hepton as Donald Stimpson, Plumleigh-Bruces would-be beau, who vengefully pursues Gorse after he has conned her

17:30

Rolls Royce Shadow to the Arctic part 2 :Chasing the Northern lights Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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17:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S04 E11 Good Times And Adventures The Inquiring Mind

Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing

Water Rats is an Australian TV police procedural broadcast on the Nine Network from 1996 to 2001. The series was based on work of the men and women of the Sydney Water Police who fight crime around Sydney Harbour and surrounding locales. The show was set on and around Goat Island in Sydney Harbour.

Water Rats premiered on 12 February 1996, and ran for six seasons and 177 episodes. Colin Friels and Catherine McClements were the original stars of the series and were instrumental in the shows early success. They both departed the show in 1999. In later seasons, Steve Bisley, Aaron Pedersen and Dee Smart became the shows main stars.

For the sixth and final season in 2001, the show concentrated more on the cops personal lives rather than just focusing on the crimes committed. The Nine Network cancelled the show after six seasons. Executive Producer Kris Noble blamed escalating costs for the cancellation. However, Bisley and Smart had also just quit the show, and the series had already been suffering a ratings battle following the departure of Friels and McClements in 1999. 

17:00

Classic Comedy: Open All Hours Ronnie Barker and David Jason S04 E03 The Housekeeper Caper The Inquiring Mind

From Wikipedia

Open All Hours is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke for the BBC. It ran for 26 episodes in four series, which premiered in 1976, 1981, 1982 and 1985. The programme developed from a television pilot broadcast in Ronnie Barkers comedy anthology series, Seven of One (1973). Open All Hours ranked eighth in the 2004 Britains Best Sitcom poll

The setting is a small grocers shop in Balby, a suburb of Doncaster in South Yorkshire. The owner, Arkwright (Ronnie Barker), is a middle-aged miser with a stammer and a knack for selling. His nephew Granville (David Jason) is his put-upon errand boy, who blames his work schedule for his lacklustre social life.

Across the road lives Nurse Gladys Emmanuel (Lynda Baron), occupied by her professional rounds, and her elderly mother. Arkwright longs to marry her, but she resists his persistent pressures. In later episodes, it is explained that the two have actually been engaged for many years but have been unable to go through with a wedding due to the advanced age of Nurse Gladyss mother, for whom she cares at home. Though short-tempered with Arkwright, she is concerned for his and Granvilles welfare.

17:00

The curious case of the Nazi pug Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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16:30

Daily roundup Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Just a brief note to those readers who like to add their own contributions to Daily roundup in the comments. PLEASE remember that politically incorrect and offensive (but funny) jokes are only to be enjoyed on Mondays in the Comedy corner post which is specifically for that kind of humour. Do not post that kind of humour here. The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:30

Testament of Youth (1979) #1/5 The Inquiring Mind

Wikipedia

Testament of Youth is a 1979 BBC television drama based on the First World War memoir of the same name written by Vera Brittain. It was transmitted on BBC2.

The series stars Cheryl Campbell as Vera Brittain, an independent young woman from Buxton, Derbyshire, who abandons her studies at Somerville College, Oxford University to become a volunteer nurse. It features Peter Woodwardas Roland Leighton, Joanna McCallum as Winifred Holtby and Emrys James and Jane Wenham as Veras parents.

The series won five British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA). As well as her BAFTA, Campbell received a Best Actress awards from the Broadcasting Press Guild

16:00

Whaleoil backchat Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. On Backchat, you are free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. To participate youll need to sign up for a Disqus account which is free, quick, and easy. On posts that are not articles like this one, you do not have to stay on topic [] The post Whaleoil backchat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:45

Today in rock history Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1932 songwriter, singer and saxophone player Robert Parker. Born today in 1942, Billy Harrison guitarist and founding member of Them. Born today in 1945, Colin Hodgkinson bass (82-84) with Whitesnake. Born today in 1946, Justin Hayward songwriter, guitarist and singer with the Moody Blues. Born today in 1946, William [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:30

Brex-It The Inquiring Mind

A great new Insiders from ABC, very funny

As consensus on Brexit continues to be out of reach, former Foreign Secretary, Boris the Clown has re-emerged to cause ever increasing friction for Theresa May and the kids of Londonderry.

15:30

Whaleoil sports quiz Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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15:15

Whaleoil bookclub book reviews Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

With the holidays coming up Oilers are going to be doing a lot of reading (hopefully under a tree at the beach or tucked up in bed with a cuppa). A commenter recently asked what had happened to our Whaleoil bookclub book reviews. We havent done them for a long time because we have been [] The post Whaleoil bookclub book reviews appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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Quiz: Where in the world? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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14:30

Capitalism is saving the planet Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

In the 1980s, Sydney electronic musician Tom Ellard described to me what it was like when he heard Kraftwerk for the first time: Its like theres this space in your head shaped thus, and suddenly something comes along that just fits perfectly. Reading Bjrn Lomborgs The Skeptical Environmentalist was just such an experience. Despite growing [] The post Capitalism is saving the planet appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:24

Two taxes missing The Inquiring Mind

Numeracy and knowledge are not major attributes in Dysfunction Junction

Homepaddock

On Monday Jacinda Ardern told us fuel companies were fleecing us.

Yesterday we learned two taxes were missing from her numbers:

Prime Minister Jacinda Arderns calculation of how much extra tax Kiwis are paying at the petrol pump on Monday did not include the recent excise tax or Aucklands Regional Fuel tax.

National Leader Simon Bridges said the Prime Minister has got this badly wrong, and has made a staggering mistake.

But a spokesman for the Prime Minister said her comments were based on the most accurate information Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) had compiled at that time. . . 

Between October 27, 2017 and September 28 this year, petrol prices have risen 39c, according to MBIE data Ardern said just 6.8c of that increase was due to taxes and levies.

That 6.8c increase is made up of a 1.77c increase in Emissions Trading Scheme (EST) taxes

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14:00

Just admit it Hollywood: You suck Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

As I wrote some time back, the folderol surrounding the 2016 remake of Ghostbusters was a textbook study in fake news. Its happening again with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. According to the mainstream media narrative, the Ghostbusters remake was a masterpiece of cinema and a bold feminist statement unfairly destroyed by misogynistic, keyboard-warrior manbabies. [] The post Just admit it Hollywood: You suck appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:00

Dole Institute: Political Campaigns, Top to Bottom #4 Polling, Data, and Predicting the Outcome of Elections The Inquiring Mind

Polling is always one of the focal points for the publics attention leading up to elections. In 2016, very few pollsters forecasted the Trump win accurately. Some blame this on the Clinton campaigns reliance on analytics and modeling, rather than polling and door-to-door experience. Can polling and data work together in the future? About Fall 2018 discussion groups: Technology has transformed every aspect of the modern political campaign, from polling to messaging to fundraising and beyond. Kelly Dietrich, founder of the National Democratic Training Committee (NDTC) and KU alumnus, leads a discussion group series on the midterm elections and their intersection with tech and data. Dietrich and his guests will glean real-world examples from the midterms as they happen, offering audience members an unparalleled look at the inner workings of todays campaigns.

13:30

Daily sudoku Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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13:18

END OF LIFE CHOICE BILL No Minister

I was away in Hamilton last week doing Gods work and so I missed the debate in Kerikeri organised by Matt King MP on the Life Choices Bill.    Speaking in favour of the Bill was David Seymour MP (author of the bill) and against was Dr Chris Reid, a highly respected local GP and candidate for President of the Royal New Zealand College of  General Practitioners.    By all accounts it was a very civilized debate.

I have to admit I'm an Agnostic on this Bill.   On one hand few would have been failed to be moved by the story of 104 year old Australian Professor David Goodall who made an informed choice to end his life on his terms in Switzerland which allows assisted dying.  He spent his final day exploring the Basil University Botanical Gardens with three of his grandchildren and enjoying a last meal of fish and chips and cheesecake before listening to Beethoven's Ninth 'Ode to Joy' as the drug was administered.

OTOH I worry about the potential for subtle (and not so subtle) elder abuse no matter the safeguards built into the Bill ... 'Mum, you've had a great life; 'we' can't look after you any more; all your friends are 'gone' and Dads there waiting for you' ... or variations on the theme and always with the family fortune a beckoning.    And it happens now ... over 2,200 cases of elder abuse are reported each year in good ole NZ (although it is estimated that 3/4 cases go unreported) .     79% of cases involve psychological abuse and 54% financial abuse (clearly in many cases it's a combination of both).    76% of abusers are family members.

So, as I said, I'm capable of being convinced one way or the other.   What I do know is that religion won't play any part in my decision.    I would welcome your thoughts on this.



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12:30

Kiwi as Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Unless you have just crawled out from under a rock, you will be well aware that we are currently celebrating 125 years of womens suffrage. September 13 was also a big number anniversary; 75 years since the election of the first woman MP. Women got the vote in 1893 but were not allowed to stand [] The post Kiwi as appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:30

The Unknown War: #18/20 The Battle of Berlin The Inquiring Mind

The greatest battles of World War II, the most colossal encounters of military force, the most devastating human losses which the modern world has ever seen, occurred on Russian soil during 1941-1945, on a battlefield that is unknown to most Americans. The conflict between Hitlers Germany and Stalins Russia claimed more than 30 million lives. On the early morning of June 22, 1941, the Nazi Wehrmacht had amassed 4.2 million crack troops along a front that stretched for 1,800 miles, and Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union began. The Nazi high command was extremely confident, expecting the total collapse of Stalins Russia within six weeks. In reality, The Unknown War raged on for nearly four years. Before it finished, the Nazis and Soviets fought the single greatest campaign in military history. The Unknown War covers that period of history beginning in June 1941, when Germany launched its surprise attack on Russia, through to the end of the war. The Unknown War was a landmark television series, detailing the drama of the Eastern European front during World War II. Academy Award Winner Burt Lancaster hosts the 20 part series. Film footage from Soviet archives comprises a major portion of the series, supplemented by film from both the United States and British archives. Burt Lancaster spent three weeks in eight cities in Russia, for location filming. The Unknown War was made as a counter to the deliberate distortions in the Anglo-American series The World At War, which chose to give as much coverage to the US in Italy as it did to the Red Army at war from the Arctic to the Black Sea. So blatant was the politically motivated distortion in The World At War that the Soviet authorities ultimately refused to cooperate in its production. Instead they set out to make a documentary series of their own that would tell the real story of the War in the East. The Eastern (Russian) Front of WW2 has been side-lined in the Western media for decades, reduced to just one aspect of the War, if it is even mentioned at all. Certainly there is never any recognition given to the fact that it was the main, decisive arena of WW2, the scene of a titanic struggle that, at the cost of 30 million Soviet lives, saved the world from fascism. Made by the USSRs Central Documentary Film Studios, The Unknown War dealt exhaustively with the war on the Soviet front. Narrated by Burt Lancaster, who also appeared on camera, the series featured interviews with many participants from numerous battles, partisan campaigns and SS massacres. It showed the destruction, the sacrifice and th...

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Map of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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A very scary time for young men Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

There are three types of sexual assault complaint: regret, revenge, and real. To the list, we can now add a fourth type of sexual assault complaint: political. For that, you dont even need a judge or jury. In fact, you dont even need any real evidence. Frontpagemag reports. Quote:President Trump lashed out at left-wingers this [] The post A very scary time for young men appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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Quiz: France Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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10:30

Who wants a paper bin liner? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A newspaper reports that everyone is loving ditching the plastic and that it is all so easy, we cant understand why we didnt do it before. quote. Kiwi shoppers concerned about the looming eradication of plastic supermarket bags are bulk-buying more plastic to line their rubbish bins. Some supermarkets are reporting a spike in sales [] The post Who wants a paper bin liner? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:30

Sunday Classic Comedy: Make Me An Offer (1954) Peter Finch The Inquiring Mind

This film also has an appearance by a young Richard OSullivan

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View from your window Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Frankton, Queenstown NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view from your kitchen window or bedroom window or lounge room window or car window on [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Classic Comedy: Ronnie Corbett in Sorry S07 E03 A Fool And His Money The Inquiring Mind

Wikipedia

Sorry! is a BBC television sitcom, that aired on BBC1 from 1981 to 1982 and from 1985 to 1988. Starring Ronnie Corbett, created and written by Ian Davidson and Peter Vincent for the BBC, both of whom had previously written for The Two Ronnies, of whom Corbett was one half.

Sorry! is based around Timothy Lumsden who, 41 years old in the first three series (his age increased to 42 and then 48 in subsequent series Corbett was actually 50-57 during the series run), is a librarian who still lives at home with his domineering mother Phyllis and henpecked father Sidney. Although quite shy around women, Timothy longs to find love and leave home, but Phyllis is always against the idea, and constantly manipulates her son into staying at home. One of the running gags of the series is Sidney frequently shouting Language, Timothy! when he feels Timothy has said something inappropriate (though most times nobody would typically find the words even close to offensive). Timothy usually responds Sorry father, but sometimes snaps Shut up, father! to which Sidney always replies Fair enough.

The writers used this to clever effect in one episode when Timothy is boasting about his acadmeic achievements; I got two passes in English, Literature and the other one, at which point Sidney walks past and says Language, Timothy.

In contrast, Timothys friend Frank and sister Muriel urge Timothy to stand up to his mother once and for all. Muriel had successfully left home, and married Kevin, and as a result is viewed with distrust by her mother.

09:30

Commenter of the week Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Here at Whaleoil, we have a lot of talented people making comments on our posts all of the time. So, we have decided to shine a light on the person we think has most deserved an accolade in the last 7 days. Please note this is not about just one comment. We are looking [] The post Commenter of the week appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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Whaleoil music quiz Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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08:30

Climate alarmists, its time you killed your pets Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Climate activists are notorious humbugs, even by the fraudulent standards of green eco-crites. Celebrity climate doomsters use their fleets of private jets and luxury cars to swan forth from one of their opulent mansions and hector us common folk about our wicked, planet-destroying ways. Climate junkets are invariably held in exotic locales across the planet. [] The post Climate alarmists, its time you killed your pets appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

CSIS: The Future of Petrochemicals presented by David Turk of the International Energy Agency on 11 October 2018 The Inquiring Mind

This presentation is very relevant,both in an overall sense against the backdrop of IPCC, but especially as regards NZ and Jacinda Arderns sudden decision to stop Oil and Gas exploration. Its even more apposite in the way it seems the NZ government is prepared to take major decisions without understanding of what they might mean and lead to

08:00

Golriz: Turning the corner on domestic violence Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Golriz Ghahraman has announced via Twitter that we have just turned a corner on domestic violence.  Quote: Here is my personal experience, how speaking out, and the work of the indomitable @janlogie means we have have (sic) just turned a corner on domestic violence (thanks @NZStuff for giving me a voice on this today)  End [] The post Golriz: Turning the corner on domestic violence appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:45

All you need to know about ordering restaurant quality meat Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Okay, so youve tried our delicious meat products from The Whale Meat Company and you would like to enjoy it on a regular basis. We have made it as easy as possible for you to keep getting your favourite products every week fortnight or month We do not want you to risk running out. We do not [] The post All you need to know about ordering restaurant quality meat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

RNZ Changing World: From poo to plastic The Inquiring Mind

Strange but true as this item illustrates

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ocw/ocw-20181004-2106-from_poo_to_plastic-128.mp3

Scientists at Scion are developing a revolutionary new toilet that will not only safely treat human waste using no water and very little energy, but will also produce a useful product bioplastic.

More in the linked article

07:30

The cry baby and the cop who deserves a medal Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Someone give this cop a medal.  Good on ya mate!  This report from Stuff.  Quote: An Auckland woman who was fined $150 for driving 85kmh [sic] on a motorway says the harsh punishment has left her confused and anxious.  End of quote. You poor dear, its really quite simple.  The speed limit is 100 km/h and you were only doing [] The post The cry baby and the cop who deserves a medal appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:15

Top Ten posts of the week Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

This Sunday morning post is to provide you with the links to the top TEN most read posts of the past week so that you can easily catch up on the most interesting and popular posts written by our Whaleoil writers over the past 7 days ( Sunday to Monday). Fuel companies hit back Great News: Social [] The post Top Ten posts of the week appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Jacindas incompetence shows again Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The inexperience of this government is something that is constantly on show, even though they have been in power for a year now. They should be getting into their stride by now but it is not happening. Time and time again, they make silly mistakes that would have had the media screaming about incompetence if [] The post Jacindas incompetence shows again appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Kiss goodbye to $200 million in welfare fraud Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Its a stretch to say Im happy paying tax but I accept that it is a necessary evil.  I accept that we have a social welfare system in New Zealand and that we pay a benefit to various groups of people for them to survive.  It should be a hand up, helping people down on [] The post Kiss goodbye to $200 million in welfare fraud appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Gresham College: Prof Martyn Thomas Computers and Warfare The Inquiring Mind

Excellent, interesting especially when you consider cyber warfare,surveillance

06:00

Is race a factor in deciding whether to resuscitate a baby? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

In a very bold and emotionally charged headline, a Newspaper reports:  Quote: Mori babies less likely to be resuscitated, bias blamed. Babies close to death are less likely to get life saving treatment if theyre Mori, Pacific or Indian and experts partly blame racial bias. A Weekend Herald investigation can reveal the ethnic divide [] The post Is race a factor in deciding whether to resuscitate a baby? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Daily crossword Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

This is Subscriber Content. You can access subscriber content, including crosswords, sudoku, polling, commentary and podcasts by subscribing to one of our membership packages. The post Daily crossword appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:15

How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

If your subscription has not automatically renewed it may be because you hadnt ticked for it to automatically renew when you set it up because your credit card has expired because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. because of insufficient funds If you want to update your credit card details click here. If [] The post How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:00

Whaleoil general debate Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Good morning, welcome to our daily Whaleoil General Debate. Our evening General debate is called Backchat and will start at 6 pm On General debate, you are encouraged as a commenter to share your own stories, discuss other news, bring NEW news, catch up with friends or make new friends with other commenters. To participate youll [] The post Whaleoil general debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:30

Face of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Fiona Simpson could be the toughest mother in Queensland. Caught in a serious hail storm at Kingaroy, she shielded her baby from pelting hail after it smashed her car windows. I pulled over because it was just way too dangerous. Then the hail started and it just got heavier and heavier It blew out the [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:15

Word of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The word for today is rapporteur (noun) One who is designated to give a report, as at a meeting. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Circa 1500, from French rapporteur tell-tale, gossip; reporter, from rapporter. The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Daily proverb Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Proverbs 14 26 Those who fear the Lord are secure; he will be a refuge for their children. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:30

Donnies Mob The Inquiring Mind

Jim Morin 11102018

Jim Morin considers the irony of Trump and the GOP painting Democrats as a mob , when you look at a Trump rally

jim_morin_11102018

02:00

Matt in the Morning The Inquiring Mind

Matt Daily Telegraph 17062018

Browsing some older cartoons, Adam decided this one had some currency, for NZ readers at least, in respect of the Ardern Labour-coalitions love of working groups

matt_19062018_ardern

01:15

Beyond Our Ken Classic Radio Comedy (1959) with Kenneth Horne,Kenneth Williams,Betty Marsden, Hugh Paddick and Bill Pertwee The Inquiring Mind

Episodes previously posted have been taken down, apparently due to copyright claims against the poster on You Tube

So no more

Saturday, 13 October

20:00

Keeping Up Appearances S02 E08 The Inquiring Mind

lousy formatting, audio OK and best viewed full screen. In many ways the audio is the main attraction.

Wikipedia

Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. The central character is eccentric and snobbish middle class social climber Hyacinth Bucket(Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet.[2]The sitcom follows Hyacinth in her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide. Much of the humour comes from the conflict between Hyacinths vision of herself, and the reality of her underclass background. In each episode, she lands in a farcical situation as she battles to protect her social credibility.

The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects

19:30

Classic TV: Cagney & Lacey -S04 E15 The Gimp The Inquiring Mind

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Early episodes had Meg Foster in the Lacey role

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