Ammiriiiiight?! Cup petition off to slow start
Emirates Team New Zealand has rejected the Government's $99 million bid to host the next America's Cup and Jason Barker got riled up enough to start a petition
Emirates Team New Zealand has rejected the Government's $99 million bid to host the next America's Cup and Jason Barker got riled up enough to start a petition on change.org. He writes: "It's time that we strip the 'New Zealand' part from the 'Emirates Team New Zealand' America's Cup team name! They are not 'Team New Zealand', they are a bunch of greedy upper-class doongies, frolicking about on their obscenely expensive toys, chasing every last penny ... They aren't actually representing 'us', they're representing Emirates!!! Have a look at their boat, people!!! It is emblazoned with 'Emirates' and 'Omega', 'Toyota' and even 'McDonald's'... where is 'New Zealand' proudly displayed? Tiny little flag at the top of the sail — Ammiriiiiight?!" He goes on to make a pretty compelling case. By yesterday he had 23 signatures, but it's early days.
Ads for the "Talking Fish Lure" began to appear in papers in 1959. They promised that, thanks to this new talking lure, fishermen would be guaranteed to catch fish: "An amazing built-in 'fish-attracting' transmitter that broadcasts a steady stream of irresistible underwater messages that talk, coax and actually command a fish into snapping at your hook. Yes, actually excites and stimulates 5 different fish senses all at the same time . . . and forces each and every fish up to 2000 feet away to come darting straight for your line." Eight years later, the promoter of the lure was done for fraud.
Gary has lived on Captain Scott Rd in Glen Eden for 38 years. He writes: "What a joke, surely the smart thing to do would be to monitor before spending thousands of dollars on something that will not be used. I know this because I rarely see any bikes using the lane. It's 350 meters of hill, which does not make a leisure ride, that's both ways. It starts at the top of a hill one way and the bottom of a hill the other. Also, us ratepayers /residents have no parking outside our homes to accomodate a ghost trail."