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Old Oct 28th 2006, 1:53 pm
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Originally Posted by Batty
When you have friends you just swap
NO. Books are for keeping and for learning from again at a future date .
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You are SO right - I was going to put that earlier but got caught up in some other rant. It's just wrong - books are there to educate, you should not prevent poorer people from owning them.

But as I have said before, the 'education' ahem, well....
Is your OH stupid then? Cos my Kiwi isn't. Assuming that your OH is a product of the NZ education system? I'm not looking for an argument but you're way off base on so many things you're saying. I make it a point never to generalise. It's not good for anyone and people who do either come across as being away with the fairies or bitter.

On the subject of books - when I was younger there was VAT on books in Ireland and they were very expensive. It never stopped me reading. It is something I feel very passionate about and there should not be GST on books but I'm thinking about it and I've a PLAN
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- that weird ar*ed give way rule.....
- the popular misconception that a car coming towards you at speed on a road onto which you wish to turn, is a signal for you to turn out onto the road in front of them
- landspeed record attemps by 4x4 drivers in supermarket carparks
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NO. Books are for keeping and for learning from again at a future date .
If I were to keep every book I own I'd need one of those Dallas houses you were talking about earlier (and I think you'll find they're not usually owned by Kiwis ).
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PMSL
What's PMSL, Sec?
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Originally Posted by Batty
When you have friends you just swap
i havent got any friends - i held a bbq and fed them sausages..... they all started growing extra limbs and move to invercargill after that
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What's PMSL, Sec?
the bit about the corinthian pillars
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i havent got any friends - i held a bbq and fed them sausages..... they all started growing extra limbs and move to invercargill after that
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Old Oct 28th 2006, 1:59 pm
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Is your OH stupid then? Cos my Kiwi isn't. Assuming that your OH is a product of the NZ education system? I'm not looking for an argument but you're way off base on so many things you're saying. I make it a point never to generalise. It's not good for anyone and people who do either come across as being away with the fairies or bitter.

On the subject of books - when I was younger there was VAT on books in Ireland and they were very expensive. It never stopped me reading. It is something I feel very passionate about and there should not be GST on books but I'm thinking about it and I've a PLAN
No, not stupid - but he agrees about the lack of education (when he was growing up) - I admit (having worked in the NZ education system) that they are attempting to address this now. But I am not off base, as these are my OPINIONS. Watch yourself, you're turning into a NZer with your defensiveness.
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the bit about the corinthian pillars
No, I think she means WHAT IS PMSL? It's P****ng my_self laughin
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Old Oct 28th 2006, 2:02 pm
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If I were to keep every book I own I'd need one of those Dallas houses you were talking about earlier (and I think you'll find they're not usually owned by Kiwis ).
How do you know? Are you making a generalisation?!
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No, I think she means WHAT IS PMSL? It's P****ng my_self laughin
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Old Oct 28th 2006, 2:10 pm
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No, not stupid - but he agrees about the lack of education (when he was growing up) - I admit (having worked in the NZ education system) that they are attempting to address this now. But I am not off base, as these are my OPINIONS. Watch yourself, you're turning into a NZer with your defensiveness.
I'm not defensive - I like to think I'm fair. People, however odd it may seem, make life changing decisions on the basis of posts on this forum. It has happened in the past. I am an immigrant here. I'm happy. I'm fairly well off. I live in a nice house that's not sub-divided. I didn't pay a fortune for it. I don't like my job. Everything is not 100% perfect but isn't enough to warrant a rant nor give me any major problems. And. There are loads of immigrants like me here. You're really enjoying laying into New Zealand and fair enough but you've got to realise that when you say that all houses are cold, that people won't talk to you if you don't play sports (I don't - I don't even drive and make good use of the public transport system) those are generalisations and do not apply to everyone. I've got really good Kiwi friends who don't give a toss whether or not I'm interested in sport. So. That's not being defensive - that's telling MY truth. And, tbh, I love this country - so it'd be a bit silly to expect anyone who does to just keep listening to what you're saying and not react.
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Old Oct 28th 2006, 2:11 pm
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How do you know? Are you making a generalisation?!
No. My inlaws live in Browns Bay and are surrounded by those types of houses. All of them are owned by immigrants. Asian, South African, English etc.etc. No kiwis.

Actually, many of these houses (all over Auckland) are on sites that were originally occupied by villas. I've been told that Chinese people knocked them down because of bad feng shui. I don't know if that's true or not but I can see how it might make sense.
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Originally Posted by Batty
I'm not defensive - I like to think I'm fair.
Afternoon (UK time). Nora why aren't you in bed? Have you been out/entertaining and having fun in NZ?? Or did the sandfly itch wake you up?
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