Summer is almost here and how many of you are still getting into that summer routine! We all know the routine, eat less calories, do more exercise and you’ll lose weight - it’s simple! But is it? Who finds that this simple remedy doesn’t always work as well as they would like? Here are a few ‘food for thought’ tips that may just help.
Let us know, what's your view on facial hair?
Yes we all know about that good old Kiwi No 8 wire mentality being the root of innovation and the start of many a successful Kiwi business. Just recently one great idea which has come to fruition is the "Cocktail-in-a-Box" concept as reported by Stuff.
It's ideas like this that don't we all just sit back and say, hey why didn't I think of that!
The phrase was coined from the British gauge of steel wire popular as a fencing wire and New Zealand's isolation, basically a Kiwi could make anything out of a piece of No 8 wire!
Some feel that Kiwis undervalue their No 8 mentality and others believe this isolation can be harmful to our economy. Either way isn't it great to see Kiwis stand up and "give it a go".
There are lots of wonderful small innovative and original businesses out there ...
What is your favourite innovative, original business here on the Shore?
So our population is on the never ending roller coaster of growth but how much should the Shore grow before it will lose it's uniqueness, it's current beauty and just become a mass of people on top of each other?
Of course the beaches will remain, and that ever stunning vista of Rangitoto as you weave down the edge of the Shore but with another 1,000 apartments planned in Albany as reported by Stuff and continuous growth in new areas such as Millwater and across Silverdale when is it enough?
Who knows just how many new houses have been built in Long Bay over the last 5 years? And all those properties being bought up, neighbours persuaded to sell and 2-3 original house plots becoming 10-20 triple storey apartment blocks with little or no gardens and difficult road access?
Look at the development around Hobsonville - for someone who hadn't been there for a few years they would be totally lost and it is hard to even determine where the original one main road remains!
Has there been a lot of development in your area and what are your thoughts on the continuous filling in of every spare metre...
So let us know what you think - just how much housing is too much housing?
So as we heave ourselves from our beds before the sun rises in our cooler months, go through our morning ritual in a sleepy haze and then step out into the cool air only to then join the queues of traffic in the rat race of life we ask, is there a better way?
Whilst it's not a problem confined to the North Shore, and in fact South Auckland probably cops the traffic woes even worse, it is no consolation as you sit bumper to bumper contemplating the day ahead and if only there was a better or another way to get to the city.
So why isn't there an alternative? In 2010, according to Golder Associates, the New Zealand Transport Agency "appointed consultant teams to undertake the next phase of work on the Alternative Waitemata Harbour Crossing" so what was the outcome?
If the Brits and French can build a tunnel the full length of the English Channel, and Sydney can build a second crossing with their tunnel why can we build one in Auckland? Yes, we know there's the on going excuses that we don't have the population to justify or provide the costs but we beg to differ when sitting in hours of backed up traffic. Put a toll on it if needed to compensate for some of the costs ...
The Channel Tunnel might serve two nations but it is a massive 50 km long and was opened in 1994. The Sydney Harbour Tunnel uses e-TAG and e-pass video tolling which, despite being completed in 1992, won't cease until 2022. Why can't we do something similar, after all the Harbour is only 1 km wide ...
If not a tunnel, what about more clip on lanes on the current bridge? Would that work?
If neither of these options are available what are our other alternatives. There's no plans to bring rail over the harbour, whether via the current or a new bridge and yet it has been reported by Stuff in September 2016 that "Auckland City Rail Link may balloon to $3.4 billion" and this doesn't even come over to the Shore!
And what about the buses? There's just simply not enough. As reported by Stuff this week there are just "not enough alternatives to using a car" and this is just in Albany. Of course there's also the on-going problem of not enough space at the designated park and ride locations! Sigh ...
So what do we do? We'd love to hear your thoughts ...
As we reflect on yet another year gone by since the Great War and the huge sacrifices made for our freedom we at Linku2 had the great honour on a recent visit to Wellington to spend time wandering and reflecting at two amazing exhibitions. This blog post comes from our Linku2 Retirement blog but we couldn't but help repeat as it tells you about two amazing exhibitions, not on the Shore, but in Wellington and well worth a visit when you are down that way ...
GALLIPOLI - THE SCALE OF OUR WAR
The Gallipoli Exhibition, The Scale of our War, at Te Papa weaves together the stories of a number of people involved in the campaign including a young nurse, Lottie Le Gallais, who searched in vain for her brother who was no luckier than many others ...
The larger than life size models are intricate in every way, created by true artists, you can almost feel their pain and despair as you listen to their accounts of the events around them.
It's almost unimaginable the scale of the loss and devastation at Gallipoli alone. With the campaign lasting less than a year in total, approximately 17,000 Kiwis landed on the beaches at Gallipoli and with almost 3,000 killed in the one campaign our men fought hard and bravely but in this instance it seems it was all in vain. Few realised the hopelessness of the situation and strove onwards with little regard for their own lives. In total the Gallipoli campaign claimed approximately 141,000 casualties for the Allies of which over 44,000 died and for what we ask?
THE GREAT WAR EXHIBITION
On the Western Front more than four times the losses of Gallipoli were felt by those brave Anzac soldiers. The Great War Exhibition at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park pays tribute to both the whole Great War and the Gallipoli Campaign. Created by Sir Peter Jackson this is an exhibition well worth a visit when in Wellington.
It's hard to imagine that such a devastating war really only began because of a number of confusing events resulting in distrust and misunderstandings ... and yet these caused over 17 million deaths and over 20 million wounded being the deadliest conflicts in human history.
100 years ago three main battles raged involving our Kiwi troops. The New Zealand Tunnelling Company quarried away extending the old chalk tunnels prior to the Battle of Arras. These men were the first to serve on the Western Fron from early March 1916. The Germans were also tunnelling but it is said the New Zealanders tunneled at three times the rate of the Germans!
The Battle at Messines the main assault floundered and all that was gained was a few kilometres of land at the cost of many lives.
In October the Battle at Passchendaele was a disaster. In a landscape of mud and debris New Zealanders alongside their Ally forces were shot down standing little chance of success.
New Zealand alone suffered over 18,000 casualties in less than a year on the Western Front.
The cost to New Zealand of the Great War was over 16,000 deaths and over 41,000 wounded.
The carnage, the loss, what was it all for? Perhaps we'll never know how the Great War could have been avoided but what we must never, never forget are those who stood up, held their heads high and bravely gave their lives and those who fought alongside them so that we can enjoy freedom. And so we wear our poppies with pride and attend the dawn Parades, listening to the simple but moving melodic harmony of the bugle ... and we remember
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