She saw it coming (or should have) but a Greenie is shocked by the closing of a railway station

March 19, 2011

Please spare her from quakes, tsunamis and flashers.

As a keen student of Green Party sensibilities, Alf today is wondering how Jan Logie would react if the Kapiti Coast was wiped out by a tsunami as devastating as the one that has hit Japan.

Logie – a Green Party candidate in her neck of the woods at this year’s election- has a very low threshold when it comes to being shocked, startled, dismayed, thunderstruck and so on.

Shock (Alf thought) is something that jars the mind or emotions as if with a violent unexpected blow, or the disturbance of function, equilibrium, or mental faculties caused by such a blow; violent agitation.

It can also be a severe offence to one’s sense of propriety or decency; an outrage.

Mrs Grumble reckons she would be shocked if a flasher exposed himself to her.

So how shockable is this Logie woman?

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Hobson’s choice for cabbies – if their passengers don’t mug them, Steven Joyce will

October 20, 2010

Mugger be buggered...I'm here to collect your fine.

Cabbies have good cause to be pissed off with meddling law-makers.

Too often they are mugged by their passengers.

But all is not lost. Those who are really bothered by the prospect of being attacked and robbed could do something about it and install security cameras

Nanny State prefers compulsion.

Stuff reports today on a raft of measures developed by the New Zealand Transport Agency including – disgracefully – hefty penalties for non-compliance.

The agency has done this after the Cabinet agreed to make cameras in taxis compulsory in a bid to improve driver safety after a spate of attacks.

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Smile, you’re on cabbie camera – but installing these gadgets should not be a matter of compulsion

April 3, 2010

Alf can’t whip up much interest in a debate about the safety of cab drivers in his Eketahuna North electorate. Indifference perhaps stems from the dearth of taxis and assaults.

But Alf personally is fascinated by the subject, because it suggests to him that most cab drivers are remarkably unconcerned about their personal welfare and safety, despite the hullabaloo that typically follows the murder or beating of one of their colleagues.

If they were concerned, the Taxi Federation would not have to press the Government to introduce mandatory safety measures such as cameras.

Cabbies would have done it themselves.
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How can you avoid the traffic jams when you return from holiday? By living in Eketahuna

January 4, 2010

There are many good reasons for living in Eketahuna. Among them, you don’t get caught up in traffic jams when you drive home from holiday.

Alf accordingly is feeling smug this morning as he reads of the advice being doled out to holidaymakers heading back to Auckland today. They are being urged to take a different route to avoid one of the most heavily congested roads at this time of the year.

And, presumably, to avoid going down with a dose of road rage.

Heavy traffic on State Highway One just north of Auckland has been building since yesterday, as people head back to town in time for work tomorrow.

But the NZ Transport Agency last night urged people to travel on SH16 – expected to be significantly less busy.

“There’s around 13,500 vehicles coming back into Auckland so people should plan to arrive back in town early in the morning or after 6pm,” a spokesman said last night.

Inspector Heather Wells, the road policing manager for Counties Manukau, is urging drivers to be patient on the roads. She said several accidents during the same period last year were caused by frustrated drivers heading back from holiday.

Alf will be drivng up to Pahiatua some time today. Then he will drive home. And he will not get stuck in a traffic jam.