Thursday, July 30, 2015

I Know What You Did Last Summer...

Three in five of us have a secret we dread others discovering!
A recent survey reveals the average person has at least one secret they've been carrying for 15 years or more!
Many of us have a skeleton in our closet, ranging from affairs or relationships, through to hidden children or even marriages. Other secrets include shoplifting as a child, or getting caught drunk-driving in the past.
The study shows people typically have two secrets hidden away – including an internet history they're not proud of, debt, sexual turn-ons and phobias they've never shared. Other secrets include hidden tattoos, poor exam grades and having to pretend to like someone.
People are most afraid of their partner discovering their secrets (though a quarter believe their other half would support them if they did find out)...but the idea of MUM finding out makes people very nervous indeed. Some 70% of respondents say they keep their secrets out of shame or embarrassment.
Others secrets appearing in the survey include real-life crushes that could never be revealed, or people hiding their real age from someone, while others confess to secrets of having had plastic surgery or being a secret smoker.
A significant majority of respondents - 70% - dread the day someone finds out the truth, while the same number are driven to keep their secrets out of shame and embarrassment.
Over a quarter say what happened is in the past and doesn't affect them now, just over a fifth keep quiet to preserve their relationship, 13% do it to save friendships, and 5% fear they would lose their job.
As for me...? Er...well...one time, at Band Camp...

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BNZ House - About Bloody Time!

The former BNZ House in Christchurch's Cathedral Square has FINALLY been sold and will be demolished.
The new owner is Nexus Point Ltd, a company owned by Chch property investor Surja Yang and an individual offshore investor registered as a company in the British Virgin Islands.
Yang confirmed the $5m.sale had been finalised and would be settled by the end of this month. He says he will then apply for demolition consent, but has no plans yet for the 3000 sq.m. property: "I like the site – it's a prime site for Christchurch. I'm open for any tenants, or someone who would like to do a hotel or offices. I'll build to suit."
Built in 1961, the building's previous owner was Cristo Ltd, a family group of Christchurch investors. After it was damaged in the EQs and the BNZ bank moved out, Cristo drew up designs to rebuild it in similar style for new tenants. They later decided to sell, spending the insurance proceeds instead on an $84m Auckland office tower.
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) took over the building's demolition and asbestos removal in 2012, and handed it back to Cristo when they considered it safe. The two parties then became embroiled in a dispute over the property. The 13-storey building became an eyesore after sitting partly demolished and derelict for three years.
Other would-be buyers eventually gave up...

Yang's background: He owns a half-share of the Victoria St building featuring King of Snake Restaurant. He is also developing a new 4-storey Durham St office building, and has planned a 9-storey luxury apartment building next door on Armagh St.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Faroe Islands' REALITY!

Last Thursday, another 200 pilot whales were butchered in the beautiful Faroe Islands.
A massive pod of around 150 pilot whales was driven into Bøur. The waiting crowd then slaughtered the animals on the killing beach. Later that evening a second grindadráp accounted for approx.50 pilot whales, killed at Tórshavn. This was the single bloodiest day in the Faroes this year!
Contrary to its earlier statement that the Danish Navy would not be involved in grindadráps, vessels HDMS Triton and HDMS Knud Rasmussen were both in the region at the time of the slaughters. Seems clear the navy will be protecting the bloodletting from nasty beastly horrid rat-bag environmental protestors!
Three Sea Shepherd crewmembers were arrested and another two detained, for trying to defend the whales. A SS land-based volunteer filmed the arrest - police demanded he delete the footage before they would release him.
The new Faroese Pilot Whaling Act – believed to be specifically intended to prevent SS volunteers trying to stop the cull – could lead to two years' jail.
SS is currently in the Faroes for it's 6th.Pilot Whale Defence Campaign, Operation Sleppid Grindini. It claims 33 pilot whales were killed last year and around 1,300 were killed in 2013.
So far in 2015, the tally stands at approx.380.