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    Re: What's with all the fuss about Matariki?

    New Years Day has not always been regarded as the first day of the New Year. Many years ago the New Year began on March 25th.
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    Re: What's with all the fuss about Matariki?

    You obviously are very anti religion. That puts you up against organisations that are in the majority of the world's population. Just because you have no time for church going does not mean that...
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    Re: What's with all the fuss about Matariki?

    Ha! Ha! Yes. I have heard that one as well. Used to take the occasional "maori day" off myself. I was REALLY sick! (Sick of work.):rolleyes:

    You would not be allowed to call it that these days....
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    Re: What's with all the fuss about Matariki?

    At least it means something to someone - it's a day off, a long weekend. That will give them time to go somewhere for a break, so it's not a total loss.:rolleyes:
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    Re: A question for the train enthusiasts out there

    Ah, now I know what you mean. I did not know they were called that. I wondered if that was another name for jiggers. Do they still use jiggers?
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    Re: What's with all the fuss about Matariki?

    I think that you are right. It is tokenism.

    But your "soon be as many Chinese as maori" is not as correct. They are Asian and not necessarily of Chinese origin. Taiwan is one small example.
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    What's with all the fuss about Matariki?

    Why are they making such a fuss? They are treating it as if it is something new. But we have known about the pleiades cluster (also known as the seven sisters) for aeons. I don't see why we need all...
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    Re: A question for the train enthusiasts out there

    What are hi-rails and where did you see them?
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    Re: A question for the train enthusiasts out there

    Another question for those wise ones out there: All trains have a red flashing, warning (?) light on the last carriage. Why is that? It's not as if there is any other train anywhere near the rear of...
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    Re: For the train lovers

    We rode the Eurostar from London to the Gare du Nord in Paris (about 20 years ago) via the Channel Tunnel - 300kph - 2½ hours. And like the TGV (as psycik says) the Eurostar is very smooth. It is...
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    Re: A question for the train enthusiasts out there

    They had a luggage compartment at the rear. I think that they carried small parcels as well. Certainly they delivered newspapers. I travelled between Ward (80km south of Blenheim) to boarding school...
  12. Re: Five mysteries of the universe the James Webb Space Telescope may help us solve

    And talking about that sort of thing, the following is what I learnt from a programme I watch - NASA's Unexplained Files:

    The universe that we see when we look out to its furthest horizons...
  13. Re: How to show emphasis on a certain part of a word

    I could not care less what you think of me. Your opinion is not at all important. To me you are a nobody. You do not count at all. Why should I worry what you think? I do not. So say what you...
  14. Re: How to show emphasis on a certain part of a word

    You obviously did not read all of my post. I stated that 'I am not anti Yank as you may think - I am pro Kiwi. There's a big difference."
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    And have you noticed? Nothing has an affect anymore, neither is anything affected. They all have an impact. Everything is impacted upon. The Yank influence once more? What is happening to Kiwi...
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    That's TVNZ's pronunciation, but in the 58 years that I have been in Auckland it has always been pronounced as it is written: "why ti matter."

    And, in any case, I have been led to understand that...
  17. Thread: Sound problem

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    Re: Sound problem

    [QUOTE=piroska;1316874]Aha.
    My brother has that often.
    We have found his laptop shows sound/mic as 2 hw entries, even though it really isn't. Swapping to the other fixes it./QUOTE]

    I don't know...
  18. How to show emphasis on a certain part of a word

    I am wondering if there is some sort of mark to show which part of a word is to be emphasised. For example, the French use the cedilla, the acute, the circumflex, the grave and the trema to indicate...
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    Sound problem

    I am having an intermittent sound problem on my LENOVO laptop when I have joined a Zoom or Messenger session. I can be talking as usual when my mic and speakers stop. Yesterday, for example, I was on...
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    Re: A question for the train enthusiasts out there

    No. They do not have expansion gaps these days as they used to. Apparently the pre stressed rails eliminate the need for expansion gaps. I'm waiting for someone to tell me why that is.
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    Re: A question for the train enthusiasts out there

    I have another question for you clever train enthusiasts:

    As you know, the railways now have welded rails. I understand to make that possible the rails are pre stressed.

    Firstly, I don't know...
  22. Our planet is quite a bit bigger than you might think

    There are 7 billion people in the world, a world which is that big that you could fit everyone in the state of Texas with more than 92.9 square metres per person.

    Texas is approximately 678,052 sq...
  23. Re: Fog over Auckland - airport closed. Why is that?

    I have found out since that it is, sort of, that the bigger planes have it and the small ones don't. Apparently the overseas planes have it but the local planes do not.
  24. Fog over Auckland - airport closed. Why is that?

    The fog is thick over Auckland this morning so no planes are landing at Mangere.

    But I remember reading about a landing system that was invented in WW2 to enable planes to land in zero visibility...
  25. Beneath Paris’ City Streets, There’s an Empire of Death Waiting for Tourists

    The Paris Catacombs.

    More than 200 miles of tunnels sit just under the City of Lights—some lined to the ceiling with skulls and bones:
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