The Daily Blog Open Mic – Sunday – 6th October 2019


Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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  1. Brexit – important as an example of democracy frayed – will it hold? Scotland is demonstrating that they want to see it a practical working system that fits the purpose of all citizens.

    Do the English have any stuffing left in them or are they stuffed with straw which leads them to follow strawman arguments by a leader who is straw-headed? Was the Wizard of Oz cunning satire?

    • BREXIT politics is like the spaghetti junction of Auckland traffic congestion. We failed to come up with a deal so an entire generation will be screwed. And any deal that try’s to fix it just won’t be able to inflat fast enough to deal with immigration numbers.

  2. Colin Cotterill writes funny and whimsical DIY home-made social justice stories set in Laos. The one from 2018 is called Don’t Eat Me. Dr Sir and his wife Madame Daeng, both geriatrics are both kind and practical and have been in the thick of life, and politics and war, and have had French connections, and are worldy-wise. They are grounded in their aspirations and appreciate their neighbours and citizens, what is good in their country, what is not, and how it keeps operating and surviving beneath the stifling blanket at the top of self-indulgence, propaganda, and vaulting ambition. (Think black market, a little bribery, a little blackmail, some harshness, kindness and solidarity) Together the citizen cadre of true patriots keep going, always working towards something better. This one explores the first illegal trade in exotic animals, then the same trade that has acquired a veneer of humane standards and certification, but always with callous lack of care of the animals and widespread corruption with pay-offs to many to enable the lucrative exploitation to continue.

    Colin puts an Afterword explaining that the story relating to the animals is
    close to truth, and these animals are going to an Afterworld that reflects badly on the humans participating and those of us enabling it with our inaction.
    ‘…wild beasts…shipped around the world to zoos and private collectors,…now have legal documents. Those documents don’t stop the savagery and wickedness. It’s not all right to take your kids to a zoo because all you see there are the survivors. And even they have a limited shelf life.’
    He notes some authors who tell the animals’ story such as The Animal Connection by Jean-Yves Domalain.
    The recent Laos tale – Wildlife Trade in Laos: The End of the Game by Hanneke Nooren and Gordon Claridge.
    And there is Tigers are Forever by Steve Winter and Sharron Guynup. And further; Google is your guide.

  3. It sounds as if these young-old students aren’t fit to be let out of home. For all the joidevivre and brashness they still need pastoral care. Remember even a clever young economist about to join the Unseen University in Wellington did not pick her companion as a teetering psycho.
    Woman dead, two people injured at Dunedin party:
    The tech generation don’t seem to know themselves as being human, and care for their bodies and minds as needed. Instead they go for that extra buzz, push themselves, when running go through ‘hitting the wall’ as if they want to prove they are as good as machines. Be careful what you wish for (you might get it), is a cautionary saying with a twist to make you think…perhaps?

  4. Things to take note of when building new in NZ – eg timber fllors, these can be uplifted and repositioned if need be. Also wooden floors with air flow underneath would sit on shaded, cool ground drawing off warmth from above. In Australia, it has been common to have tile floors, and continued in the walls also. Lying on the bathroom floor is deliciously cool when the heat becomes oppressive.
    The Wood Processors and Manufacturers’ Association’s technical manager, Jeff Parker, said better design which relied on natural elements such as siting a home to take better advantage of sun and wind would be a big benefit in New Zealand.
    Mr Vickers said part of what needed to be considered was a return to timber foundations, to mitigate the effects of flooding and rising seas.
    “One of the concerns I have at the moment is we’re building more and more concrete slab buildings. We used to do a lot of suspended timber floors and one of the challenges we face is you can’t lift up a building later, if it’s built on a slab.”

    • Greywarbler, Yes, that was interesting. Also from your link: “a cubic metre of cross-laminated timber (CLT) absorbed more than 700 kilograms of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

      “If you compare that to concrete, one tonne of cement releases a tonne of CO2 into the atmosphere so there’s a big difference if you’re going to make a wall out of concrete or a wall out of CLT.”

      Rammed earth is something to consider for walls, as well as hay bales – though these are often sealed with sprayed cement I think. More options, including hempcrete and bamboo, at this inhabitat link.

  5. This is thought-provoking in TDB Pacific section.
    Tuvalu – “For 74-year-old Teaga Esekia, a chief from the Tuvalu island of Vaitupu, the ocean is a lifeblood. “Tuvaluans, they have different types of months, not like January to December,” said the elderly but agile man, who still climbs coconut trees every day.
    “They have their seasons according to fish and planting. We tell the time by fish.””
    “Some of the common fish, they’re very hard to find now in Tuvalu. That’s a problem we’re facing nowadays.”

    His people on Vaitupu also sustained themselves by planting pulaka, a type of swamp taro, which are grown in pits. “I can see most of the pits are now not growing because if you taste the water there, it’s salt. When we were young, these pits were growing very well. Nowadays it’s very hard,” he said.

  6. Kheala That is a great link you put up. What a difference in just look of the houses compared to the grey, brown with black roof, open-prison look of the speculators dreams we see in Auckland and Porirua. Horrible and depressing. And they may be under some sort of lien? or caveat that denies the owner the right to change any aspect of the house, even the colour, or so I thought I’d read. Talk about delusions of grandeur – they think that in NZ they are going to have their version of Bath Crescent I think is one UK area like that, or the Squares in London.

    Houses for now have to be clever in a number of ways and designed by a reliable person builder/engineer.
    Hempcrete sounds promising and bamboo could be the thing to be utilised. If BRANZ is going to return to a helpful role there should be designs of model dwellings using this stuff, even show homes, information on it, and specifications to be bought cheaply to get the thinking people in NZ going. I think there are probably quite a lot of young mature people ready to move into new ideas, and we need an enlightened active government supporting the citizens now more than ever before.

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