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In Topic: New Apples

21 September 2017 - 04:00

View Postyfs, on 21 September 2017 - 01:19, said:

Some iphone 5 batteries have been recalled.  You may want to look into it.

My iPhone5 is almost 5 years old and the battery still gets me through the day.  I'm not a heavy user any stretch so that sort of performance is fine for me.  I reckon getting 5 years from a mobile phone is ok.

In Topic: New Apples

13 September 2017 - 19:23

I think smartphones are a mature technology and are so good already that a lot of the new features strikes me as gimmicky and as such, I don't feel any of these new phones are a compelling purchase.  I mean it's all very well that it has facial recognition and you just look at the phone to unlock it - but some of us, like me, don't lock our phone in the first place.  And on those few occasions when I do, inputting a 4-digit code is hardly a great ordeal!

I'm still happy with my iPhone 5.  It's 5 years old and whole the battery life isn't what it was, it still works perfectly.  I'll stick with it for the time being.

In Topic: Hooters Is Closing Its Restaurants Because Millennials Aren’T Interested In B...

10 September 2017 - 03:35

View Postchocolat steve, on 05 September 2017 - 07:49, said:

What is wrong with Christchurch?

Many of the folks in Christchurch are an odd breed....

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05 September 2017 - 05:27

View Postchocolat steve, on 05 September 2017 - 01:19, said:

I am seriously looking at NZ as a place to go to for semi retirement. Last summer I visited the embassy and went online about how to get there for a work visa and tried to secure a job with a company who would sponsor me. I like what I see about NZ. I wouldn't live in Auckland as nice as it is. Christchurch or Wellington probably.

I grew up in Auckland and consider it home, even if I was not born there.  Fantastic city but outrageously expensive housing and traffic that is out of control.  It's New Zealand's one and only international city.

I'm originally from Wellington and love the place.  It has a certain charm and style and the main downtown city area is easily walkable.  Heaps of good cafes, restaurants, bars and a fantastic vibe if you're in to going out...but the weather is not great - and even that is being kind.

Christchurch I cannot stand.  Honestly, unless one had a compelling reason to be there I would not choose to live there.

If you don't need to be somewhere so big, check out Tauranga (100,000+ people) or Napier (60,000 people).  Both are pretty cities, are on the coast, have very good weather and are much more affordable and easier to get around than Auckland....but of course that means there's less to do.

In Topic: Bad News, Guys

03 September 2017 - 05:57

View PostFlashermac, on 03 September 2017 - 03:41, said:


For some years now Soi Cowboy bar owners have been split between the "Arab"  and everyone else. There is considerable speculation about where the guy's money is coming from. (He's actually an Iranian.) His modus operandi is to buy a bar, spend millions remodeling it, then pay his dancers and non-dancers way over the top. Allegedly, the US DEA has its eye on him. Nothing they can do about it though.

There must be maybe half a dozen Arab bars now. The other bar owners want nothing to do with him. The late Darel of the DH had nothing good to say about the Arab. Too bad Stickman has stopped writing. He'd surely have heard something about this.

Suzy Wong changed hands a good few months ago (though no idea if that was when The Arab bought it or if it has changed hands again since).  I remember hearing then that the happy hour had been abolished (The Arab is not big on happy hours, nor on opening early, strange as it may seem) so my guess is - and it is only that, a guess - is that he probably acquired it a while ago.

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