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September 23rd, 2017
Reminder: It's Election Day in New Zealand.
Please go & vote if you can.Also...
New Zealand has laws that haven't quite caught up to 2017. By law, all electioneering materials have to be taken down by midnight before election day. Yesterday saw hordes of volunteers taking down election billboards, hoardings & other advertisements.
Today, no campaigning is allowed. So while I can exhort you to go vote, I cannot encourage you to vote for a particular party. Anything I posted up to midnight last night is ok but nothing today.
That said, there's nothing to stop a non-New Zealand voter from retweeting a tweet so it shows up on my current timeline. And I don't know what the law says about liking someone's tweet or Facebook post.
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Catch-up post: Week starting August 28.
Monday: Beef in red wine, scalloped potatoes, cauliflower cheese saucehttps://flic.kr/p/XU4jKEhttps://flic.kr/p/WVwYjr( More...Collapse )
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September 21st, 2017
Support equipment returned
From top clockwise: Perching stool, walker, toilet frame with seat, shower stool.https://flic.kr/p/YC5R7C
About two weeks ago, I was allowed to put weight on my dodgy leg. That made a massive difference to my mobility. I've been walking on it (gingerly at first) as much as I can. Earlier this week, the knee brace came off which means I can bend my knee again.
The mobility assistance people didn't waste any time arranging to collect the support equipment. So now it is on to the next stage of the recovery process.
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September 8th, 2017
My knee is metal(-ish)
I got to see my post-surgery knee x-rays for the first time. I figured they'd have needed to incorporate quite a bit of scaffolding to hold the pieces in place. After all, I managed to break my patella into five pieces. And yes, there it is.
The left picture is the front-on view, the right picture is the side-on view. (The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that the left view is upside down. I didn't realise until after I put the pictures together & I can't be arsed fixing it.) In the side-on view, a gap is still evident; the pieces haven't joined up properly yet.
But the good news is that I am now allowed to put weight on my left leg. That's really helped with mobility & overall self-confidence, but we're still in the early months of the recovery process. And overall it is "good news"; the healing is on-track.( X-ray pix below the fold...Collapse )
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September 1st, 2017
"The Trip" — a 48 Hour Film
The Trip — a 48 Hour Film: Winner of Best Film Washington, DC from Tracy Mathews on Vimeo.
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The New Zealand healthcare system going the way of the British?
What with reduced funding in real terms, burn-out of healthcare workers & opening the door to PPPs (Public Private Partnerships)
it's looking grim.
In New Zealand, this same door is already ajar, as Ian Powell of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) recently pointed out, in the organisation’s July newsletter:
Partly through ideology and partly through the shortsighted incentive of short term gain, the Government is pressuring DHBs that require major capital works development to adopt a funding arrangement similar to Private Public Partnerships in England that will worsen DHBs finances. The first example is the small new $12 million ‘integrated family health centre’ in Westport.
The Government, through its misnamed partnership group, is pressuring West Coast DHB to adopt a method of funding branded as ‘capital recycling’ that is a PPP by another name. The practical effect is that the DHB is likely to pay between $750,000 to $1,000,000 annually for about the next 34 years more than would it would have to under the normal way (Government loans repaid at a lower interest rate). In order to make the Government’s books look good, the DHB’s financial position has to worsen, thereby increasing the likelihood of deficits.
Imagine if this new system of funding continues with the next and much bigger new outpatient facility as part of the post-earthquake Christchurch Hospital rebuild. This new facility could end up costing somewhere in the vicinity of $100 million which would then involve Canterbury DHB incurring extra annual costs of up to say $100 million. In fact, one does not have to imagine anything. It has already been acknowledged that ‘capital recycling’ is on the cards…
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More mobile but...
Took a bus to the local village this morning. Wandered around a bit on crutches before catching the bus back.
It still took some hobbling on crutches to get to & from the bus stop, and also around the village (stopped for a rest quite a few times). I am getting faster on crutches & have more stamina. But it's still tiring, and my good leg & the palms of my hands are constantly feeling at least a bit sore from unaccustomed extra effort.
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August 17th, 2017
So Australia, how about you just give up this notion of self rule?
"New Zealand law has made every Australian citizen incapable of being elected to, or serving in, the
Australian Parliament. It's not just Barnaby Joyce: It's everyone!"
section 44 of the [Australian] constitution, which states that anybody "under any acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power" would be disqualified from entering federal parliament
"Under recent and little-noticed changes to New Zealand law, Australian citizens now don't need a visa to live, study or work in the Land of the Long White Cloud. That's right: Any Australian citizen is entitled to live, study and work there," Angyal said.
"That means we're ALL entitled to the rights and privileges of a subject of New Zealand -- not a citizen, with the attached rights and privileges such as voting -- but to be a subject of that country, living there, subject to New Zealand law, working or studying. And there's no doubt that New Zealand is a foreign power."
Angyal argued that under this New Zealand offer, and other such laws in other countries around the world, all Australian citizens are inadvertently in breach of section 44.
"You don't have to have the rights and privileges of a subject of a foreign power -- you just have to be entitled to those rights and privileges," Angyal wrote.
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Via a friend elseweb:
"Always remember: It may take a work crew or a mob to take a statue down, but it only takes one person about ten minutes to epoxy a dildo to one."
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Pseudo-public accessways in the Auckland CBD: A map.
This is wonderful.
"Did you know there are more than 60 public access routes through private buildings
in central Auckland?
The routes exist to allow for private development in areas where public access may otherwise be restricted. They are known as ‘through links’, and they include public viewing decks, plazas and access to privately owned artworks."
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