From the Herald - a truckie has a heart attack and dies behind the wheel whilst on the Southern Motorway at Newmarket. His passenger grabs the wheel, and Another truckie gets infront of him and manages to get the truck to stop, by allowing it to drive into the back of his vehicle and braking for both of them.

Bloody good stuff.

I havn't posted much up here recently as things have been Chaotic. Spend The period 19-27 December in Wellington, working out of our Porirua office, and then on leave. Then had Holidays up in Auckland, with Liz's nephew staying with us. Now i'm back at work...

Finished my Truck license recently. Beware ! :-)

My Uncle and Grandmother arrived from the UK This morning for a 2.5week holiday. Great to (finally) meet my Uncle and of course to see Nanna again. So the next coupla weeks will have an excess of 'family stuff' going on, I suspect.

And i'm pondering the next major blakjak.net escapade - a complete hardware replacement. Ooer...

Did a little bit of 'stuff' in West Auckland yesterday, showing Wyld's Nephew around. Check out The Gallery for pics at Whenuapai Airforce Base and also at Monterey Park and Model World.

Today we took Matthew up the Skytower. Even in the bleak weather he seemed suitably impressed.

Oh and we learnt the hard way to read the fine print on retail brochures ! :/

All the best of the season to all my readers.

Pulled from the Herald:

It is understood at least one officer was told by a swearing motorist they couldn't care less about the dead people trapped in the cars. "Get out of my way, I just want to get home."

Why should people give Police earfuls while they clean up after a fatal car accident?

Goddamn people. Why dont YOU stop your vehicle and get out and clean up the mess?

Sure, it inconveniences people - but what if it was YOUR family?

Who the hell moves into a house thats within kilometers of a speedway and then has the cheek to bitch about it?

The Herald covers a series of articles about the Speedway. Neighbours are pissed that its too noisy.

Like, WTF? You live in that neighbourhood, you expect it to be noisy. Thats what Speedway Stadiums are, right?

Not only that, its only for something like 18 nights a year. !@#!@#

When you move near an Airport you expect to get noise, right?

Why not a race track?

Western Springs Speedway may have to close entirely if a long term solution is not found. Meanwhile this years season - including events that were going to bring world champion speedsters into NZ - is essentially down the tubes.

Political Correctness is going waaaaaaaaaaaaaay overboard. :-(

He was particularly concerned about the 50 per cent of southbound Harbour Bridge traffic joining the Northern Motorway at Onewa Rd or Esmonde Rd.

I'm one of that 50% :/

From the Herald of course. This is a part of the discussion on using traffic lights to meter cars onto the motorway...

What happens when kids home-alone play with Fireworks?. Kids who were too young to be home alone, I might add. The photo that goes with this article is impressive.

(And the traffic queues created by this incident weren't insignificant either, apparently)

The NZ Herald reports that the Government has opted 'not to support the commercialisation of Whenuapai Airforce Base as an Airport'. The headline of that article is however misleading.

Whenuapai - The homebase for the RNZAF's Transport and Maritime Patrol aircraft and one of the Airforces biggest and longest standing establishments - is to be closed down, with RNZAF activites to be based out of Ohakea (West of New Plymouth). Although a 5 year timeframe had been set down, the above article references at least 6 to 10 years would be required.

The Governments point of view on the future of the airfield is 'to remain neutral' (this is quoted in the article) because 'other users may come up between now and then'.

Waitakere City Council is pushing hard to see the airfield retained as a commercial entity, to service ~500,000 odd people from West and North Auckland in a domestic (and perhaps short hop international) service. Currently Auckland is served for air transport out of Mangere, which is in the South Auckland area (You need to cater for ~1hr to get there from the North Shore on an average trip - traffic can make it worse).

I personally see the value in keeping it as an airfield. It has a strategic location from the RNZAF Point of View (not that i've seen the RNZAF admitt that - this is my personal opinion) and the Airforce has had an input into that community for many, many years. The Airforce contributes to the community and coexists with them already.

On top of this there are civilian light aircraft already using the airfield. Its well charted, documented, catered for in terms of facilities, and in my opinion the desire to turn the land into a moneyspinner needs to be weighed against the practicality of the situation. Theres no more room for any other air facilities - theres a couple of other minor facilities in Auckland (Ardmore, home of the Warbirds as well as some flying schools) and Dairy Flat (Also a flying school and private airfield) - but these don't have anywhere near the development that Whenuapai already features.

From the Herald. I had an article on here (See Node 26) about this issue when it first came up - the guy does a U-Turn (illegally) and manages to kill a motorcyclist.

Not only has he failed to make the repayments required of him by the court, but he may simply be able to go back home to China without having completed most of his community service.

Wheres the justice there? The comments about seizure of Assets is the only good thing in that article.
Meanwhile I think if he doesn't pay up / do his community service, he should be in prison untill his time is served. Its far too easy to get away with far too much....

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=9002922 is an article referring to a house fire on Dominion Rd yesterday. If you look at the picture its not easy to tell, but the fire was primarily in the Garage. The house, while largely untouched (except for the roofspace upstairs) still took a hell of a lot of damage. Firefighters were on the scene for quite some time, i'd estimate at least 4 hours or more.

This sort of thing really serves as a reminder of the power of Fire, and the need to have insurance, smoke detectors and sprinklers where available.

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