Pop Review: Royalty Taste Of Distinction Ginger Beer

April 30, 2011
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Pop is not noted for its topicality. It’s often appropriate – when eating chips, when mixing with booze, when at the beach. Yes, often appropriate, rarely, if ever, topical. But today I witnessed a new age dawning over the Kingdom Of Poptopia. Today, with great fanfare and stirrings of pride, I bring to thee Royalty Taste Of Distinction Ginger Beer!

That's something of a mouthful - the title, not the drink, which comes in the usual variable serving style of liquids...

Made in the abroad lands of the Queen of Anglaise this pop was clearly left behind by Wills when he was over here just a few short weeks of freedom, and having to cook his own tea, ago.

So, is this a ginger beer fit for a king, or a crowned prince who knows he’s going to be king but only after some extreme misery: Imagine having a job lined up that you can’t have until some of your closest relatives have popped their clogs. Rubbish.

Where was I, ah yes, the drink. Well, it was all right, nothing special and a bit weak really. Certainly in a market as rich in quality, deep flavoured, tangy ginger beers I wouldn’t bother with this one again.

I hope they didn’t serve it at the royal wedding reception do.


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Shine On You Crazy… This Title Isn’t Going To Work, Damn

April 29, 2011
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ANZ (the bank that really is enormously average but does honour foreign cheques that you deposit instantly, I mean right there and then, which can be useful for an international interloper like myself) is currently running a competition to win tickets to the final of the Rugby World Cup.

All you have to do is submit an idea to welcome the world to the event.

I had to submit something, the prizes are too good not to.

So I put my thinking cap on, remembered that I don’t like hats much, took it off again because my head was itchy, scratched it and messed up my hairdo, then wondered what the hell to submit.

Then I remembered this…

Odin's Glow - one of the most impressive things I have ever seen...

I have already badgered people about doing something like this on Wellington’s Mount Victoria but what the hell, some people make a whole career out of banging the same drum, I reckon this one’s good for a few more whacks.

So I sent along this idea.

If you’ve clicked on the link then you’ll be thinking, awe, bless, at least someone has clicked the like button. Yes they have, and that person was me. So, please, please, please, please, click the like button, even if you don’t like it, or it’s badly written and makes no sense, just assume it will be awesome.

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Phrases of Undoing

April 26, 2011
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I was talking to my mom the other week and I was describing the concept of Kaizen to her. Kaizen is a philosophy of continuous improvement – anything you do can be made a little bit better. This is important in business, where any sense of complacency that everything is sorted and good today leads to bankruptcy and unemployment tomorrow. It’s by this process that the Japanese developed their high quality production lines, while the rest of the world was turning out cars that often rolled off the line not quite done, and had to have some remedial work done before they could be shipped off.

This got me thinking about the saying “if it aint broke, don’t fix it”, and how utterly useless it is. Just because something isn’t totally broken, it doesn’t mean it can be the best it is. How backwards would the world be if everyone had taken this phrase to heart?

And this is not alone in its misguiding, here are some other useless phrases that get chucked at kids:

“If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” This is a good idea until you realise that there are very few things that can be done well the first time you have a go at them. I don’t think this idiom affects kids too much, but it festers in the mind and becomes a problem later in life. Many adults won’t try something new, simply because they know they’ll be rubbish at it at first.

“A bad workman blames his tools.” If you have a poor tool, you will either A) do the job badly or B) take longer doing the job than your boss wants you too. Bosses have been using this phrase for too long to put the blame on their staff.

Next time you think about uttering one of these pearls of wisdom just remember that idioms are only sound bites that have become popular. And like most sound bites, they have no nutritional value.

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