Heavy rain is one story to explain airport ceiling’s collapse – but what about a change of name?

April 29, 2015

Wanna know what happens when you consider changing names of an airport?

This newspaper report gives us a clue:

Pieces of the ceiling fell on three people, including a teenage girl, in a “distressing” incident at Hawke’s Bay Airport earlier this month.

A woman who did not wish to be named said bits of a ceiling panel rained down on her, a mother and her 13-year-old daughter while they sat waiting for an early-morning flight on April 10.

The 13-year-old girl received the “brunt” of the debris, with it landing on her head and neck.

“There were three of us. Obviously we were in shock – there was water dripping down on us afterwards. Eventually, when one of the Air New Zealand ladies came over, she said the area was cordoned off a month before when there was a lot of rain. Somebody knew there wasn’t something right up there, somebody wasn’t ensuring the safety of the public.

“We went to line up [for the flight] after we’d brushed the sodden ceiling off us.”

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The Mayans might have been right after all but Xmas 2012 needn’t be cancelled

December 24, 2012

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Uh, oh.

Just as the Grumbles thought they would live to see another Christmas, some tosser has popped up to tell ‘ em “sorry, but maybe not…”

The optimism came when 22 December turned up, and it became clear the Mayan-calendar apocalypse was bollocks.

But before Alf could get down to the Eketahuna Club to sink a few celebratory suds, another prediction has surfaced.

You can read about it here, if you have time, because Alf never was too sure if doomsday was to start when the sun hit this country, or whether he would have to wait until it arrived in whatever country was inhabited by Mayans.

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No, let’s not pay heed to the tossers who predict these were our last New Year celebrations

January 2, 2012

The Grumbles are paying no attention to dotty doomsayers who forewarn that this is the year of the apocalpyse.

True, they are puzzled by news that thousands of blackbirds have fallen to their deaths in an Arkansas town for the second successive New Year’s Eve.

But they have no expectations of anything untoward happening on December 21.

The Los Angeles Times gives an idea of the extent of the scaremongering and its link with Mayan mythology.

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It’s the 21st century but still we believe in psychic powers and astrology

December 7, 2011

If something must lurk in the water, mermaids are prettier than taniwha.

The New Zealand Skeptics are fighting a losing battle against superstition, mythology and pottiness.

The skeptics form a network of New Zealanders including magicians, teachers, scientists and health professionals and their members have a variety of religious faiths, economic beliefs and political leanings

…but are all interested in examining what objective scientific support there is for claims of such things as psychic abilities, alternative health practices, creationism and other areas where science, pseudo-science and shonky science interact.

There are always more questions!

Of course there are.

But Alf is deeply disturbed this morning to learn of a study that found a third of New Zealanders believe aliens have visited Earth and a majority think psychic powers exist.

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The clairvoyant got this one wrong (are you surprised?) and was paid for a lotto bollocks

September 29, 2011

The Herald’s penchant for silliness is highlighted today in its giving space to the very silly story of a woman who has lost her faith in clairvoyants.

She has lost her faith – why exactly?

Answer: because a clairvoyant got something wrong.

This is akin to losing faith in the Auckland rail service because a train arrived late.

The only news worth considering here would be that the clairvoyant had got something right, or that a train actually arrived on time.

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Those Chilean miners would not have been imperilled if they had taken a kaumatua’s spiritual advice

October 26, 2010

The spooks are on the march.

Last heard of somewhere in the bowels of Te Papa, a place best avoided by menstruating and pregnant women, the wee buggers have infested the Waitomo Caves, too.

Alf has it on good authority they have travelled world-wide and account – among other things – for the recent Chilean mine collapse.

Or rather, a failure to observe the right protocols in places where the spirits have taken up residence led inevitably to the collapse.

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