Weekend That Was Part: Quade Cooper is a wanker

Quade Cooper: Wanker
Friday
  • Drinking with Jay Bee and Ivan Defiant at The Quiet Lady where we quietly drank our Steinlager and mused about how many points the All Blacks would put on the Wallabies. 
  • We're dared not be too hopeful Hawke's Bay would take the Ranfurly Shield off Taranaki....
Saturday
  • Did some SEO on The Metallica Lyric Lounge
  • Cooked some Rogan Josh with chicken. It came out OK but I should have baked a bacon and egg pie.
  • Watched the AB's fall prey to the Wallabies opening gambit of big tackles and nut grabbing.
  • Prayed for the Magpies to have a blinder against Taranaki.
Sunday
  • Mended a drawer and painted it. 100 Man points added to the Man Card.
  • Did some more SEO, this time on U2 Lyrics while listening to Boy and October.
  • Ate some Twisties and drank a chocolate milk while I made an About James Ryan page.
  • The Rugby Gods did not smile on the Magpies. Sad Face.

Why I love Rogan Josh and other horses


rogan josh melbourne cup


Why I love Rogan Josh and other horses

Horse racing is in my blood. My grandfather, the late J.P. Ryan was a trainer and so horses were a large part of the family's life until his death in the mid 60s. The seed was planted well enough so that the extended family continue to attend race days for the purposes of family entertainment and gambling.

Most of my racing attendance has been at the Hawke's Bay Race Club in Hastings. It's not a fancy horse racing venue though the surrounds of the Havelock Hills and wider vista down the Heretaunga Plain make it a perfect spot to watch the horses come pounding in down the home straight. Indeed, the sound of the hooves hit the turf  as they near the winning posts is perhaps one of the most awesome sounds you'll hear.


Here's a trip down memory lane of some of the horses I admired and enjoyed as a kid (and as an older kid!)

Master Blaster

Late for the races one day, Dad did a phone bet for us kids on Master Blaster, chosen specifically because of its name. As we headed to the track we listened to the race on the car radio. I don't recall where he was in the race at the time but he fell over a hurdle and broke his leg. Us kids felt pretty bad though not as bad as the vet who had to put Master Blaster down - he actually managed to shoot himself in the hand before the lame animal was finally spared.


Horlicks

Before the recession tanked everything, there used to a race called the Kelt Capital. It was a Group 1 race, meaning it was a prime race and had prime horses - to win it was to mean you had a fine horse on your hands. I remember the popular Horlicks won it in dead heat which was kind of exciting back in the day.


Sunline

Arguably NZ's finest race horse, Sunline was a modern day champion that NZ fell in love with. She won just about everything she raced in - including famously two Cox Plates. And she wouldn't just win, she would win by miles - at the turn or top of the straight her jockey, Greg Childs, would let her go and she'd just leave the other runners in her dust - it wasn't until her later years as she aged when younger horses like Northerly could catch her. Despite her winning 32 out of 48 races, I think I lost more money on her than I won!


Bonecrusher

Everyboy has their favourite horse and my brother David's was Bonecrusher. While Simon liked dinosaurs and I liked snakes, David liked Bonecrusher like JFK liked blondes. He had scrap books of every article written about the beast. Bonecrusher is famous for winning the Cox Plate where he just ousted Waverlly Star as they battled each other for the lead as they left the other runs in their wake. I think David liked the name as it was that of a Transformer from the Destructicons....

Rogan Josh

I'd never heard of Rogan Josh until he won the Melbourne Cup - it seemed a bloody odd name for a horse and it was my who informed me that rogan josh was actually an 'aromatic lamb dish hailing from Kashmir'. Who knew? Mum. And she then made it for the next evening's meal and I've been ordering it to eat ever since!


Empire Rose

I think this is my personal favourite - Empire Rose was another Melbourne Cup winner and I think the reason why I loved her as a kid was she was sooooo big. I remember the Cup race vividly enough to recall that Natski got second - it's not very often you can remember who got second so it must have been a good race eh? Apparently as the two went past the post, while Empire Rose's nose was ahead, her rump was behind Natski's - which just goes to show how big she was!

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Prime and Bumblebee as Lego Men


Here's some cool costumes of Optimus Prime and Bumblee dressed up as if they were Lego Men. Awesome.

Moving to the Karori, gonna eat a lot of Peaches


So Jay Bee and I have bit the bullet, got a mortgage and bought a house in Karori. I understand it's a place where people go to be grown ups. I know it's a place for grown ups as it has a New World and only grown ups shop at New World. Right?

We have a lovely brick house with three bedrooms and a fricken sweet living area. We did have to make sure that all our white ware was actually all silverware so it would match the oven! WTF you say? Look, I don't ask why, I just fork over the cash. It's easier that way.

In return I get sanctuary over what has quickly been called the Man Cave and the garage for the car. This means I get to buy stuff to put stuff in said buildings like gardening shears, an axe (acutally two), paint, hammers and saws. Yippie!

Moving in was an all day effort and things went well - a big ups and thanks for E who took time out to spend the day lugging boxes and beds down 28 steps all day.

The week that followed was an assortment of cleaning, removing ugly shelving, getting firewood delivered, learning which number bus to catch and what was the best of the three fish and chip shops Karori has to offer.

Answers to the learning: The Number 3 and Corfu.

The three day weekend was a further excuse to go a lil nuts at Bunnings buying various other tools like snippers and loppers plus some weedkiller and grass. Oh, and curtains. We bought lots of curtains. And then I hung curtains. Looots of curtains.

And that's what I wrote a few months ago and forgot to press publish. Since then I've sanded benches and window sills, had a party and a BBQ and painted the front step. It also snowed. If snowed for the first time in 50 years in Wellington and it was muthuckin cold!

Mount Ngarahoe covered with snow


I went Skiing up Whakapapa in the weekend, here's a sweet photo I took of Mount Ngarahoe. I love the shot of the chair lift just creeping by!

Experts should compare and contrast this snow covered mountain with the shot of it from when I did the Tongariro crossing a few years back!


Steve Lilywight talks future U2 in 1987

Steve Lilywhite circa late 80s 
I came across this article on @U2 which featured an interview with Steve Lilywhite who, as time has now told us, has been one of U2’s most best and consitent collaborators.

Clearly U2’s The Joshua Tree album has started to go stellar at the time of the interview and U2 were becoming a huge band. I thought it would be interesting to reflect on some of his comments about the future U2 and see where they landed.

His words from 1987 are telling..


"They have still got their best to come. They have now started to write songs and The Joshua Tree is far more song-oriented. They spent four albums trying to write songs and now, on their fifth album, they are just beginning to get it together. By the sixth and seventh albums I think we'll see some classic songs coming from U2."

Did we see some classic U2 songs from those sixth and seventh albums? We sure did! Rattle and Hum produced All I Want Is You, Desire, Angel of Harlem and a wee hit called When Love Comes to Town. And then what happended? If you paid attention as Actung Baby commanded, you’ll have heard the majestic One – a song which some how managed to top the beauty of Joshua Tree’s With or Without you. There was also the monster of a song, The Fly, the haunting Who’s Going to Ride your Wild Horses, and of course the mega hits of Even Better Than the Real Thing and Mysterious Ways.

So we can safely say Steve Lilywhites prediction was bang on!

'If you can build a band up from the first to third albums it is quite a nice little progression. It was always clear in my mind that U2 were going to go all the way. There was no question of that." 


It would appear that Steve thought U2 had gone all the way with Joshua Tree and perhaps that’s a fair enough sentiment – two number ones on the US charts is pretty much going all the way in my book.

Could Steve have predicted how far U2 have actually ended up going? No, I doubt he would have thought U2 would have become the biggest band in the planet taking over the Rolling Stones in terms of sales and concert tickets sold, but he was still there went U2 basically had their third coming with All That You Can’t Leave Behind.  The songs from that album owned the Grammy Awards, and then Steve swam the tide of U2 popularity with How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb* and the slowburning but the more you listen the more you love it, No Line on The Horizon.

"This is very close to being an album of classic songs, but I think that within one or two albums they could have an album which might be one of the biggest-selling records of all time. 

Two Words: Achtung Baby.

"This album will do well, it'll probably double their sales so far, but the next one will be brilliant!"


Well I wouldn't say Rattle And Hum is brilliant but it had some brilliant songs - U2 got a bit of crap for trying a bit to hard to emulate the soul / blues thing that they were in love with - regardless, as I mentioned above Rattle and Hum had the songs, and believe me when I saw U2 in Auckland play Angel of Harlem, the fans went nuts with appreciation.

So based on that rough cut from the Lilywhite interview, he had a fair measure of where U2 would end up!

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