Tuesday, November 19, 2019

What Eric Church can Learn from Garth Brooks

Country singer Eric Church could learn a lot
from Garth Brooks.

There are several lessons he could take from the
Legend of country music.

One is not to bag other artists, you may disagree if
an artist wins an award, fair enough, we all have opinions,
but to make fun of artist who beat you out for an award is
along the lines of a middle school student complaining that
they should've been made Prom King.

All that is needed, is a short message of congratulations.

Also, if there is someone who has been on top of his game
for their entire career for 30 years, it's best not to try and
pick a fight with that person, because there is a reason that
artist has been at the top for so so long.

Song writing and the ability to choose a song that others had
written is also a must, and that is where Garth's true genuis
comes to the fore.

He has written/sung songs about Gay Rights, Racial Equality,
Spousal Abuse, Bullying, Children with Downs syndrome,
songs that have touched the world. It may be songs released
as singles or B cuts, but every song on every album has a meaning.

In saying that, Garth also has a fun light hearted side with his
music, handling dark subjects in a way that turns the song
and that dark subject around.  eg: Papa Love Mama.

Garth has always represented country music in the best
matter possible, you couldn't want for more of a representation
of country music than Garth.

Then there's the live performance that an artist gives, Garth must
of played over 1000 concerts in his career, various  award shows,
and in 30 years only lip synced once, because he lost his voice
after doing eight shows in six days.

No one in the history of music has been a better entertainer
than Garth, its not even close, so again Mr Eric Church it's
best not to criticize, a guy that has thrilled the world, thruout
the decades for his dazzling performances.

There's also the charity thing, most artists wait till the end
of their career to get involved, Garth  did it at the start, giving
his time and effort to various causes and then starting up his
own "Team Mates for Kids" that has raised 100's of Millions
for people in need.

His treatment of his fans has always been second to none, just
like his connection with his fans.

So Eric Church can learn a lot from Garth, not just about the
Industry or performing, or song writing, but mainly what life
is all about, and that is how to be a decent Human Being.

Perhaps one day Eric Church will get there.

Time will tell.

Thursday, November 14, 2019


Congrats to Garth Brooks, for winning his
7th Entertainer of the year award at the CMA's.

Garth is the only artist in History to have won this
award seven times. He did this  thru selling out a
Stadium tour, playing Honky Tonks and a shit
load of charity work thru various different organizations.

He gave his time and energy to country music, he talked
directly to the fans thru his facebook live show, "Inside
Studio G" and has continued to be a wonderful spokesperson
for the Genre of Country music.

Always respectful, one hell of a Entertainer, he set the bar
in 1989 and thirty years later he is still setting the bar.

Country music and music in general is lucky to have him
back in the game, no one has done more for the image of
country music globally than Garth Brooks.

Tonight may be considered a bit of an upset, and that may
be so, but it's a well deserved upset.

Well done to Country Music and well done to Garth Brooks.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Is Modern Family America's Verison of Mrs Brown Boys?

I was about halfway thru season four, when I told a
mate that Modern Family is not only up there and equal of
the best shows in Television History, its probably even
better than, MASH  Seinfeld and The Office.

Around the end of season six, I thought, well I called
that too early, it's still a great show but not on a level
with the best of the best.

Around season nine I thought, well its still better than
Everybody Loves  Raymond, a show about a man who
wants to play Golf with his buddies but his wife won't
let him.

When season ten finished, I thought this show has fallen
from Grace so bad, I don't think I can watch the final season.

Two episodes in and I now think one of two things, that the
show is America's version of Mrs Brown Boys, but not as

For those that don't know, Mrs Brown Boys is the worst
Television show in History, it was created by this Irish Gimp
who saw  "When the Whistle Blows" and thought I can
make money off of dumb people, by putting  the laziest
cheapest, unfunny BS jokes that brain dead people will
get off on.

Secondly, it's just all about the money for the cast, to
degrade themselves like this.

So is Modern Family funnier than Mrs Brown Boys?

After watching episode 2 of it's final season (please
cancel Modern Family now) I say no, I say what I
saw yesterday was the worst half hour of television
history, and I have seen a show that had Dai Henwood
in it, so I know bad TV.

How can a show fall from grace so much. The actors, the
writers, the show runner, must of known when they filmed
this abortion of an episode, that it wouldnt even cut mustard
with a middle school art Teacher.

This was insulting to the viewer, Comic book guy from the
Simpsons wouldn't even bother to say his catchphrase.

When the jokes are Phil  falling off his bike, Luke 
 looking at  his 45 year old girlfriend pussy and smiling,
Alex being locked into a freezer and stuttering saying,
"Im c c c cold"  Mitch singing to a fridge. Claire being
someone who she  isn't and some crying babies. You know a
show is extremely bad.

You want to how bad it can get, well the worst two characters
in the show didnt even make an appearance, Manny, whos been
rapey the last few years and Joe the most unlikable kid actor
since the kid from 1999's Star Wars.

Again, last night was sad and it was torture, why oh why didn't
Ed O'Neil who's got a ton of class and integrity , say something?
This episode shouldn't have aired.

So having watched a show for ten seasons and two episodes, I'm
done, I can't do it.

From it's beginnings, Modern Family could've been known as one
of the greatest sitcoms in History.

Now it's a show that is so bad, that not even fans of Mrs Brown Boys
or Dai Henwood would watch.

So its goodbye to a once great show.

Monday, September 30, 2019

What is New Zealand Basketball's Announcement?

This week, New Zealand Basketball is set to make
a huge announcement.

It's been a particular busy year for New Zealand
Basketball, it appears to be a year of good news,
with TV deals, a Brilliant Breakers squad,  new
tournaments, new sponsors, a new interest in
everything Basketball and games at all levels
being live streamed for the world to view.

But what could be the announcement that is coming
this week from New Zealand Basketball?  It would
seem it's going to be a big one, if Justin Nelson's tweet
is anything to go by, a couple of other tweeters in the
know, seem to be tight lipped. So my expectations
are fairly high.

So I'm putting my thinking cap on and taking a guess
on what it might be.

First off, I don't think it's another TV deal, I don't think
it involves an individual player, I also don't think it
involves signing on of another sponsor, for a competition
or team.

So that leaves me with just a handful of guesses, I'm thinking
a few things.....

New Zealand will be hosting a major FIBA Tournament.


An NBA Team will be coming for a preseason game in the
next five years.


There will be full streaming coverage of every  NZ NBL
game in HD 8K.


A second NZ team for the Australian NBL, sooner than expected.


A New Zealand Womens team will enter the Australian NBL
Women's league in a couple of years.

Am I right???

Friday, August 23, 2019

Hey Garth Release the Tapes

Time has come for country singer Garth Brooks to
release the tapes. The public have waited long enough
now and for Historical purposes the tapes have to be

Yes Garth is extremely busy and has several products
due out in the next 12 months that he is concentrating on,
the public understands this, the public though  wants and
deserves to have the tapes released from Garth's master vault.

Garth fans are being extremely spoiled over the next 12 months,
we have "Legacy 1" coming out this year, along with the new
studio album "Fun" and his "Triple Live" album,  and in 2020
we will have the "Diamond Series" "Legacy 2" and of course
another chapter in the Anthology series.

What is far more important though, than his Legacy and
Anthology series, all of which by the way should've included
the tapes,  and those tapes are the tapes from his Master Vault,
they have stayed hidden from the public and THE  media for his
entire career.

So what is on these tapes and why is it important, and why
does Garth Brooks have them locked up tighter than Fort

First off the tapes include.....

Video Footage of every concert he did outside the USA/Canada
on his 1994 world tour.  Pre/Post footage and the entire concerts themselves.

Video  Footage of several concerts he did in the USA 93/94 outside
of his TV specials, also Pre/Post footage and the entire concerts themselves.

The concerts were filmed and recorded by Crazy Duck Productions/
The Dream Chasers and Garth's own people.

Garth has all the footage (over 200 hours from The Dream Chasers
alone) locked up in his master vault.

It's important because it shows the true passion from him and his
fans, the complete crowd frenzy, the uncontrolled mania from fans
at his concerts, it shows the Rawness of Garth as a performer that
you just cant get from a TV special that is edited cut and sliced.

Think, This is Garth Brooks One, and times that by a 1000, its the
reaction from  the crowd that is losing it's sh*t from seeing their
idol, it's Garth himself being totally spontaneous and losing himself
in his performance without worrying about what the reaction from
a TV audience might be.

It's showing another side of Garth that you have never seen from
any TV special any boxset/collection/Legacy or Anthology, it
may even be shocking for some to see, it's this footage that
shows Garth as the true entertainer the true showman, at his

Don't get me wrong, the made for TV specials blows me away,
but they're just that, made for TV, his true heart, his true ability
when he is on stage, is that he is always in the moment.

His concerts he has done since coming out of retirement, are amazing
from the footage I have seen, they're different, he is still a
brilliant performer, as Garth has said though, he is now very careful
on stage because he knows everything is going to be filmed.

I think Garth is very protective of his legacy, his imagery and he
does like to control what is out there. As a life long fan though,
I think Garth needs to be a bit more braver and not just rely on
four TV specials to defined him as an entertainer. He needs to
open up the vault and say to the public "Ya think ya know what a Garth
Brooks concert was like in the early 90's, well think  again!"

Garth needs to be brave, he needs to go into his master vault, he
needs to Unleash all this unseen footage for the public and music
historians, so we can have a complete picture of his career.

The time is right.  Dig deep Garth, ya gotta do it.

Its time for Garth Brooks to...


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Is Part of Garth Brooks Legacy Rehashing Old Music?

Don't get me wrong, Garth Brooks is the nicest guy
in the music industry, he was the nicest in the 90's
and he is still the nicest in 2019.

What he has done since coming back in 2014 is nothing
short of phenomenal. Breaking every Arena and Stadium
record is unheard of in a comeback tour.

His treatment of his fans is so sincere and sweet, no
one has ever came close in their relationship with their
fans than Garth Brooks.

So we are at the stage where we are talking about Garth's
Legacy on the eve on him releasing a Vinyl/CD boxset
called Legacy.

And thus we get to the only negative  part of Garth Brooks's
career and that is, part of his legacy is rehashing old music.

By putting the same songs in a different package/Collection/
box set, would seem to be done in the hope of boosting
his already Massive  RIAA numbers and increasing his
position at the top of Soundscan and their numbers.

For myself the Live Anthology released last year was a
miss opportunity, he could've given the fans countless
hours of  footage from his early days of touring
the USA and touring the world. Instead the multimedia
part of that package was Double Live (released in 98)
and the just released at the time, fan mix of Triple Live.

So we come to the Legacy package, Garth on Vinyl in
three separate boxsets with CD's of the albums too! We
were promised Bonus songs, and that is what got fans
really excited, unfortunately with  Amazon releasing a Pic
of the Discs, the Bonus songs, are the same Bonus Songs,
that he called Bonus songs  in 1998's  Limited series.

Thus the aptly named Legacy Series is actually part of
Garth's Legacy.

It's frustrating knowing that Garth has recorded over 15
thousand songs in his career, that he has way over 200
Hours of concert footage from the early years and he
has never bothered to released any of that.

When he makes an announcement about releasing material
and calls it "Bonus Material" it's always been material
we have either seen or heard before.

How many times can fans buy the same music over and
over or buy DVD's from the same TV specials, while
knowing Garth has in his master Vault, hundreds of
hours of unseen footage from unseen shows.

Now that Garth is an older artist, his Legacy is being talked
about and what pops up, is the amount of times he has re released
the same CD's.

This for me is effecting his Legacy and until we get the
complete package of unseen/unheard material from Garth,
it will continue to effect his Legacy.

Hopefully one day he will open up his Vault for the world
to see.

Time will tell.

Monday, July 1, 2019

An Open Letter to TVNZ Re Sean Marks

Hello TVNZ Journalists

In regards to your story on Sean Marks on July 1st 2019 that
aired on One News.

TVNZ seem to Suggest the All Blacks played a part in Sean Negotiating
with Durant to bring to him the Brooklyn Nets.

As a lifelong Basketball fan who has followed the sport religiously
since the early 80's, that suggestion is not cemented in reality.

Yes, being a Kiwi, I'm sure Sean has in the past been in touch with
various kiwi sports players from several codes. I can guarantee you
the GM of an NBA team (All NBA teams are Multi Billion dollar
franchises) isn't taking one word of advice from anyone involved with
the All Blacks.

There is simply no comparison between the NBA and a international
Rugby Team.

Plenty of Franchises learn from different codes, believe me though if
they really needed someone on board, they would have them on board,
and it just wouldn't be a phone call or a chat or a PR visit.

During the past decade or so, it seem TVNZ had thrown in Rugby References
to Non Rugby stories for the sake of it, I would suggest this practice stops,
because it comes off as patronizing to that particular code.

In a few months RJ Hampton will be in New Zealand to play for the Breakers.

If you get to interview him, would it be too much too ask you, to ask him
Basketball questions and show him respect to the sport he has chosen
to play.

Again, no need to ask RJ a Rugby question.

Basketball fans of New Zealand would appreciate this.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

To Michael Scott: I present the case for Basketball

Michael Scott is the Chief Executive of
High Performance Sport New Zealand,
they're a Government body who funds
our national sports teams and sports

The former Chief executive  Alex
Baumann once said Basketball had
to present it's case better if our National
teams wanted funding.

Basketball is currently 26th of 32 sports
that they currently fund.

May I present the case for Basketball to
Michael Scott.

My case is High Performance sport are
the ones that need to change, not the
second most popular sport on earth.

Basketball has been a sport where NZ
has done far far better on the world stage,
than we should've been allowed.

By Funding our National Men and Women
and our age group national teams, you will
create a situation where young people will take
notice and get invovled in a sport that can lift
them out of poverty.

A child from Aranui or South Auckland would
normally not have the chance to go to an NCAA
D1 college, the sport of Basketball gives them this

It's not just a college education, players can then
go anywhere on the Planet and play, and take that
experience back to New Zealand and young people,
which will benefit the whole country.

Our National teams need this funding to bring the
best players back from overseas for not only world
cups and Olympics, but qualifying series.

Basketball  is in a unique position, where a high
percentage of our best players are overseas, for
them not to be available because of funding  is a crime.

Your criteria seems to be to give to sports that
we may medal in, even though these sports are
not taken seriously by most countries.

I would put to you, when you give Millions to
Equestrian, the percentage of people that benefit
is extremely small, when you give Millions to
Basketball thousands of people benefit, because
of the size of the sport.

So you would really have to ask yourself, what's
more important, Once every four years watching
a Lawn Bowler win a Gold Medal at the Commenwealth
Games, or Watching  Tera Reed bang threes from way down
town at the Olympics and watching Finn Delany dunking
on the Big European Nations.

I know what I think is more important.

Show us the money.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Is the New Zealand Basketball League ready for a Resurgence

Yes, yes it is.

My very first Basketball  game  I attended was in 1983, I
hopped on my little Raleigh 20 and biked to the
game, and fell in love with the sport.

Little did I know that New Zealand also would end
up loving the sport. The following few years, our
little arenas would be packed out for every game,
those with season tickets (like myself) were lucky,
the Canterbury Rams would end up virtually selling
out every game over a three year period.

The imports were the stars, Clyde the Glide Huntly
shooting from the outside, the big men like Ben
Antony, Willie Burton, players like  Ronnie Joyner
Kenny Perkins, Kerry Bogani, Kenny McFadden,
wowed the crowds, as fans couldn't contain their

Our own Kiwi players soon became stars, John
and Stan Hill,  Dutchie  Radermakers, Bert
Knops and the great Gilbert Gordon.

Then the TV coverage started to happen, highlight
packages on a  Sunday sports show, Live coverage
of the final, kiwis started to notice Basketball.

Then the Rugby loving Media of New Zealand got
worried, there were negative articles about the sport,
saying the sport was just hype, hell Joseph Romanos
even started to make up stories, for example, he
wrote that import Lloyd Daniels left his team, but
barely a week back in the states he was murdered.

Well Joesph, he had quite the come back since he
ended up in the NBA the following year.

So there was a media backlash, less TV coverage,
then SKY TV came to New Zealand, the internet
took off and people got their Basketball fix from
watching the NBA.

The crowds got smaller, and the league kinda stagnated.

The Tall Blacks making the semi finals of the Basketball
world cup, gave the game a big boost, but once again the Rugby media
started to go negative.

It got to the surreal stage, The Tall Blacks caused the biggest
upset in International Basketball History by beating Serbia
at the 2004 Olympics,  but our media when ranking sports
achievements that year, put that below  A ranfurly shield

The NZBreakers entered the Australian league and had a
tough few years, all the while  the New Zealand NBL seemed
to be the red headed child of New Zealand sport.

NZBreakers started winning, people started following them,
Steve Adams Gets drafted, young Kiwi men and women start
getting scholarships to NCAA D1 schools, and this has
been the small start of the resurgence of our own Professional
league, and this time, I think there is no going back.

The NewZealand  Basketball league doesn't have to rely on
the likes of Brendan Telfer or Andrew Saville, we have our
own Basket Journos, we have social media, which probably
has played the biggest part in making this year, the best year
for the New Zealand Basketball League since the might of
the Canterbury Rams beat the Saints in 1986.

It will grow and grow, because Basketball people will be in
control of it, and not outsiders. I think in five years time, it
will be not only be back to its heyday of all those decades ago
but will increase in size.

I have supported this sport since 1983, I'm so lucky to have
a  niece who plays NCAA D1,  she's my all time favourite player
no one else comes close.

I have lived and breath this sport, for me its a 24/7 thing
I have watched  literally thousands of games , from Primary/
Middle/High school in New Zealand and the USA, to AAU in
the USA, to D1 college men's and women's in the states, to the
NBA, to International Basketball, to the Euro League. To our
very own Women's league,  and I'm 100% sure that Women's
Basketball is the next big thing for NZ sport and rightfully so.

The lifeblood of Basketball in New Zealand, and what started
my love of the sport was the New Zealand Basketball league,
it just fills my heart that it's started to be noticed again, and
as long as it's basketball people being the Journalists, as long
as the fans keep active on social media, not only will the
league not go away, but it will just keep getting bigger and

One last thing...


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

RJ Hampton signs with the New Zealand Breakers

I'm speechless, I'm without speech.  This is massive
news, I hope the New Zealand media knows how huge
this is.

The greatest High School Player on the planet is coming
to play for the New Zealand Breakers in the Australian

He was activity recruited by Kentucky, Duke and Kansas
and was expected to go to Kansas, when he annoucned he
didn't want to go to college it was widely expected that
he would go straight to the NBA.

Instead he announced he wants to play Pro ball outside
the USA, and the team that has landed this superstar is
our very own the New Zealand Breakers!!

Every game should be a sell out to see this young man
who will achieve superstardom. 

What this also does is change history, players leaving
High School, who aren't interested in college, now have
a option to play professional ball overseas.

As a Basketball fan this has floored me, I was literally
stunned and speechless.

So many great things are happening with New Zealand
Basketball at the moment, and a chance to see this
young man play in person, should excite every fan
in New Zealand, and  it gives the Aussie NBL,
more respect, the media coverage in the States that
the New Zealand Breakers will now get will be massive,
NBA teams will be watching this kid's every move.

As a fan, I'm so excited, and so should my fellow Kiwis.

Bring it on!!!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

McDonalds New Zealand 1990's

"What we need is a really great day, to make the most
of every moment"

That was the theme song to the ad's McDonald's use
to run in the 1990's in New Zealand.

The truth was, there weren't many great days at all
at a particular store in New Zealand.

Names have been changed for legal reason's, but every
incident that is listed happened, it's kinda an injustice,
to the people that worked there, to call what happened there
incidents, it was more of a daily routine that sent the workers
into a robotic type state.

The city I worked in  had two Franchise owners at the time, I
unfortunately worked in the store so bad t that the other owner
would flat out refuse to have anything to do with the store I was in.

McDonald's isn't a living entity, it doesn't have arms and legs
it was allowed to do what it did, because of the social hierarchy
of it's set up.

At the top You had a  Horrific senior manager that would keep
the crew in line, the next level managers, those guys are like
the cool kids, they're allowed to get away with more, they
always  put forward the names of friends for promotion, and
if any serious complaint had to be made, they would think
smiley sweetly at you will solve the problem, it's those
level managers that kept this store running the way it
did,  because nothing was done about the Horrific senior

One of the most repugnant people I have ever meet in
my life was Ryan Laddock, he was a senior Manager at
McDonalds in the 90's  in NZ , his treatment of
workers wasn't just stereotypical of a Fast food restaurant
manager, he was cruel almost like a sociopath, completely
narcissistic  and our franchise owner loved him.

He was able to get away for years with what he did,
because the next level managers did absolutely  nothing
when complaints were bought to their attention.

I worked at McDonald's from Late 1990 to Late 1995, where
I finally had enough.

I had enough because I was pulled aside by guess who,
Ryan Laddox, during one shift, Ryan had spotted a sprinkle
of lettuce on the dress table, he called me aside and even though
it's been 23 years I remember it word for word, he said

"You're the worst fuckin worker here, if it was up to me you
wouldnt work in my fuckin store anymore, well it's Bradley's
store but you know what I fuckin mean,  clean this up, and see
me before you go"

Now I wasn't going to go into an explanation, that I hadn't
created this mess, so I cleaned it up, his actions afterwards
was the worst moment of my working life,  after I had cleaned
it up,  I went to the office where he and another manager
were sitting drinking coffee on their break, I had gotten
the door half open and he screamed "Just fuckin go" but
it was, what happened that split second afterwards, that
made me feel sick to my stomach, almost instantaneously,
he and Miranda, the other manager, turned their backs
and started to have a conversation like I was invisible, and
that is how this one particular McDonald's treated their workers.

A girl who's boyfriend was killed in a car crash,  she took time
off for the funeral, when she came back, Ryan Laddock asked
her to stay where she was,  I thought Ryan was off to the office
to give her a sympathy card from people at this store, he came
back with the  store hand book that every crew is given,  and started
to tell her that bereavement leave is only given out when
the beavered party is a spouse/parent/sibling and not a boyfriend.

Ryan would daily have crew members literally running out the
store crying for the way he treated them, he would look at you,
like you were something on the bottom of his shoe.  He would
go out of his way to make life as unpleasant as possible, nothing
to do with running a tight ship, but just to be unpleasant for the
sake of it, this was a daily thing with him.

He wouldn't give out breaks, he would scold crew members right in
front of other crew members, he would complain that nobody
was doing their job right, there was never a shift where you
could relax with him.

One day a female worker came storming back into work, Ryan
had left a message on her PARENTS answer phone saying,
Janice's work is not up to standard and she needed to come
in, her job depended on it, she came back in and let Ryan
have it verbally, the next day Ryan was complaining to the
Franchise owner that the crew don't show respect and how
embarrassing this was for him, the Franchise owner told him,
"You have no need to be embarrassed, she embarrassed herself"

Another young crew member came in on her day off, with her
friends, she had just started work there, saw Ryan, said "Hi,
Ryan hows things?" in front of her friends Ryan told her
 "Don't come in on your day off again, I don't like little girls
giggling at me"

Again this is just a few incidents that I remember, every crew
member there would have their story to tell.

I found after I had left Maccas, that Ryan got transferred to another store,
because a crew member had punched him in the face.

He was rewarded though, the franchise owner decided he would
be the manager that he gives an all expensive paid trip to  see
the Warriors, flights/hotels/tickets,  I guess he had to reward his
little general.

I have never spoken to Ryan since I left, I take it Leopards don't
chance their spots, and  I have only listed a few things this guy
did, but take those incidents, and thinking about them happening
every day six days a week for half a decade, and you can probably
understand where I am coming from.

The screaming at crew, the looking at crew like you had
committed a heinous crime, complaints after complaints
that he made about crew to the Franchise owner. The  cutting down
of shifts, the split shifts he would give out,  7am-9am and 6pm to

But it wasn't just Ryan that made McDonalds the place it was.

Flash Back to my very first shift in 1990, Knee deep in dives,
my shift had finished, I wanted to finish my task before I clocked
out, I did, I found a manager and all Miranda said was "Go faster
next time"

It didn't take me long to get to know the score of the place, there was
a consistency about the place, that you figured out quickly, no matter
how long you had been working on a shift, don't ever ask for a break,
breaks were this magical mystical like creature that never appeared,
well if you were a manager or a crew member who were friends of
a manager then you would be fine.

I was there for five years and not only wouldn't there had been one week
where I got all the breaks I was legally entitled to, it was every shift, that you
would miss out on your half or 15 min break, some shifts there would be
no break at all.  You would be on your feet for nine hours, yet a crew member
who was friendly with a manager and had  been working for just two hours
would be sent on a break by a manager, that crew member of course would have
 their name put forward to become a crew trainer and then shift assistant then
manager, while the workers who did the work, stayed crew and got treated like BS.

Then there was the manager's book, and if something  went wrong,well
guess who got the blame,  the easy targets, the people who had no
support or wouldn't be listen to, or sometimes Managers would just
make things up.

Take a horrible awful manager, Jenny Brown, I remember looking to
see what station I was on, and I notice my named, Jenny had written,
that "Ricky had dropped some buns and didn't list them as waste"

I told her I didn't do this, to which she replied  "Yeah I know, I just
wrote that in, so it seems like I'm doing my job right"

Jenny Brown also had a habit of talking down to you like you
were a mentally challenged five year ago.  On one particular
busy shift,  she asked me to sweep the floor, but ask me by
saying "Now you take this end of the broom and make sure
this end is on the ground and I want to sweep the mess off
of the floor, is that okay?, are you able to do that dear?" all
the while, she was smirking, feeling clever about herself.

There was one guy called Douglas, who people nicknamed
Doogie, because he bore a striking resemblance   to Doogie Howser.
Jenny Brown would let it slide, but only if certain people called
him that, the rest of the crew were yelled at and told his name
is Douglas and don't call him Doogie.

Jenny Brown's worse moment came when she was charged
with running the breakfast shift,  she decided to put five
people on front counter,  three on drive thru, but only
one person in the kitchen, that person being myself, so
of course when orders came thru and I got behind, it's
no exaggeration  to say Jenny went Ballistic, and I mean
Ballistic, she was basically holding herself back from
Physically assaulting myself.  The fact that there were
eight workers up the front and one at the back didnt seem
to register, by hey a Manager versus a crew member, guess
who got the blame.

This was almost a daily tactic  that several managers used,
it was all about keeping the majority of crew under control,
while blaming those crew when things go wrong, but putting
forward the names of crew for promotion whom they had
a prior friendship with.

Some of the more uglier moments were

A 15 year old crew member who was groped at a work function
by a 24 year old Manager,  she was told by a handful of managers,
the 24 year old "Is a really nice guy"  She was then talked about
during several shifts, how she flirted with him and wanted it, and
it wasn't the managers fault.

I myself got a serious burn while working on the grill,  the
procedure was run it under cold water for ten minutes,
apply burn cream.  Nigel Allan called me after 20 seconds
and told me  "To get back in the kitchen, its too busy"

I also got stung by a bee,  I told the shift manager Nigel Allan
who shrugged his shoulders and told me "the sting will fall out"
was then told by Nigel to get some boxes of fries from the freezer
and take it to the Kitchen, the boxes were 20Kg each,  myself being
small in stature, managed to carry two at a time, Nigel went
crazy  and screamed at me that "Hey Man, I can carry four"

I guess when you are six foot 2,  you're able to carry four boxes
not so much, when you're my size.

Nigel Allan also had the peculiar  habit of physically assaulting
people but making it out to be an accident. He would turn around
real quickly and elbow you in the head, and then ask you
to speak up, because he couldn't hear you. You could be kneeling
on the ground and he walk past you and ahem accidentally knee
you in the head, but have the excuse that he didn't see you
down there.

Nigel Allan thought that the crew who were working on his
shift was incompetent, lazy, didn't know what they were doing
and worse of all needed to be spoken to like they were
four years old.

I had never meet someone with such a narcissistic ego,
not just of his intellect, but his sporting prowess, if
some NBA came on the TV in the crew room, Niven
would shake his head and tell people they're overrated
and his vertical  leap was better, he was also according
to him the same size of an NFL lineman.

He told one chap, who had a brother who was a 400
meter runner who made the world track and field
champs, that his brother's time wasn't that fast because
he had been timed by his Martial arts coach and he
could run  two seconds faster, of course he was
backed up by Sam Grave who was I guess you
could say his partner in crime.

But it wasn't the absurd statements that he made
that were terrible, it was his treatment of people
who really couldn't fight back.

One particular incident, Robin was in the kitchen, Nigel
screamed at him to hurry up with the Chicken burger,
Robin ran, but slipped and fell hard on the tile floor,
Nigel just grab the burger out of his hand, and told
him to get up, no "Are you hurt?"  health and safety
wasn't the top priority for workers at this Maccas.

Then there was Sam Grave, he was quite the pretty boy,
we are talking boy band pretty, we are talking  Ansel
Elgort  pretty, like all pretty boy's this guy had a free
ride, almost straight away he was made into a manager
after just a  few months, his name put forward by
several  female managers, and he became a shift manager
where he would take zero action on the cruelty by his
best buddy Nigel or not even report the hostility that
Ryan had towards certain workers.

Because of this guy's looks, the workers who wanted to
be part of "The Friends Crowd" seem to agree with anything
he had to say and it ended up that workers that didn't play that
game ended up being brutalized if you weren't in awe of Sam's
every action.

Take Robin Stanley, he was a computer nerd in 1993, he
loved his Star Trex and comic books, and was merciless
bullied by all, he was never invited anywhere, was made
to work his ass off while managers and shift managers
stood around drinking coffee, and  he was fired for not
being an octopus, he was busy stacking some eggs and
was told to clean a grill, said "I will just  finish stacking the eggs"
and was  fired on the spot for disobeying a manager's order.
A couple of weeks before this, we were all in the crew
room, Sam Grave was talking about how he was going
to get wasted  and had just bought some good shit.

As usual with Sam, the majority of people in the crew room
seemed to be in awe,  then the conversation turned to the
Internet or the world wide web as it was then  known,  Robin who
hardly spoke at all, face lit up, and started to speak (That was
his mistake) and started to tell people, that the Internet was not
a fad, wasn't just something for computer geeks, and in ten years
time, we would be doing everything on the internet, watching
TV show and Movies, listening to music, doing our shopping
and that the Internet would change life's.

Well Robin who was extremely shy and hadn't really spoken
in a large group situation, was about to be put in his place
in the most horrible of ways by Sam.

Sam who had controlled every situation, was in fits of laughter,
he turned to each person in the room,  "Is it going to change
your life"  "is it going to change your life?" then he looked
at Robin, shook his head and said "Not going to change my

Sam couldn't let Robin have one moment in four years of working
for him.

I popped up  and said "I actually read that in a decade we will be watching
movies on a computer, that sounds quite cool"

If looks could kill, how dare I disagree with Sam.So I guess as
I was leaving the crew room he felt the need to say, "Take out
the rubbish on your way out"  I procedure to do as he said, then
he smiled and said 'Hang on, let me just finished this" As he slowly
finished his fries, then added the packet to the rubbish, all the while
other managers laughed with pure enjoyment.

If we ever got a 15 minute break, we had a electronic time clock in the kitchen
that will count down, how long we are, well Sam thought it would
be a great laugh, if for several crew members he will keep pressing
the button to show we only two minutes left on our break when we
had only been away from five or so minutes.

Sam also thought it would be a great laugh to send out the crew
to do compacting,  that's where crew would take out all the rubbish
bags in a huge metal cage with wheels to the compacting machine,
a job that would take a good 20 minutes, of course Sam thought it
would be a laugh to make the crew do this if there was a sudden
downpour of rain,  there was a beeper on the outside door where
crew had to enter, well you would be left standing in the rain,
while managers would be having a laugh, unless of course it
was one of their mates who would be let in straight away.

Sam ran many  shifts as manager, where numerous complaints
would be made about Ryan, and Sam did  nothing, not because
he was friends with Ryan, he just couldn't be bothered going out
his way for anyone, he wasn't the most selfless of people.

So you had a system there,  Ryan would treat people like shit,
Sam and Nigel, too very good looking guys would turn the
other way, and get away with it, because a handful of workers
wanted to be part of that group, males wanted to have a beer
with them females wanted to get with them,  and 90% of the
workers suffered for it.

Ryan would oversee the shift,  Sam and Nigel who were
shift managers would do nothing about Ryan even if
complaints after complaints were made to them, and
a there was around three female managers who also
did nothing because they didn't want Sam and Nigel
to get into trouble,  and they didn't want to get kick
out of their little social group.

Then there the times people would just be jerks for the sake
of it.  Crew members watching the world cup of cricket,
Miranda  turning the tv over, not because she  wanted to
watch another program, they just didn't like cricket.

So the petty stuff stayed in ya mind.

Crew members who had been there, for years never got
promoted,  But  Jay Mannering  and Nick, guys who
were friends with Sam and Nigel got promoted two
weeks after starting at work and became part of the
friends crowd.

Were they good managers, well no, they weren't
exactly Rhode Scholars, despite being in their
20's they didn't seem to have a middle school IQ.

So you had  Sam and Nigel as shift managers,
Jay and Nick as Managers all given power
over nearly 100 crew members, they would
pinpoint who should be promoted always as
a benefit to them, putting names forward
of females that they wanted to hook up with
and putting forward the names of males they
know would go good with their group.

For a long time I was pissed off with Ryan
and Sam and Nigel, but as I got older the blame
really had to be put with others, for allowing
this to happen.  Yes we had other managers that
were assholes, but they had no motive, they were
just assholes and would never change.

Sure there managers that would glare at crew
and  put their fellow managers on a  pedestal,
hell I remember one manager who virtually
had to be held back, all because Paul couldn't
get the pickle bucket open, Teri started to
scream  "HURRAY NOW" he replied that
"The lid is bent it wont open"  Teri then
went on a swearing rampage at him, her
eyes were on stalks and in the end she
told him that he was pathetic,
of course, Sam came along tried to get it
open, couldn't because the Lid was bent and
Teri  smiled and laugh and told him  "Oh
boy you need some more muscles haha"

Similar case happened when the bun warmer
blew up because  Andrew had yanked it
out too hard (That's what she said) Teri thought
it was  James, and went nuts, telling him "You're
going to be had up for this, this cost 15K"

When it was explained to Teri that it was Andrew
that had done it, she just said "Oh well, these things happen
you just don't know your own strength"

There was a pattern here, that was allowed to go on
for years, managers that were made managers, started
putting forward names of crew to be managers, they
were treated okay,  but they were a small percentage,
you had maybe around 12 people  in my time there,
some who started at crew that become managers that
were treated right, the rest, over 100 of us that were
treated like no human should ever be treated in the work

One junior manager there, I started to have respect for,
they always seem to treat the crew right, and ran a good
shift, that changed towards the end of my time at
McDonald's, and totally went the other way with one
particular moment.

It was a strange one, they hung out with Sam and Nigel,
absolutely thought these guys were right in everything
they said.

Well  Jill decided that she would check if the
crew were following procedures, so she started to watch
what I was doing on the Grill, I had noticed a piece of
Teflon had started to fall, I reached up, and Jill thought
I had totally forgotten to do a particular procedure, so she
told me what it was,  but what it was, was so simple, that
you didn't even need to explain it to a child, to explain it to
an adult was severely condensing.

I had thought about going off like George Costanza,
then thought, no I will call her aside and tell her
how horrible it was to have it explained to me like that,
then I thought better off it and didn't say anything.

She then felt the need to double down a few minutes later,
and explained it to me like I was three years old.

I just nodded in agreement and said sure thing.

So this one store had some real dodgy people, like the
Manager who was stealing from the tills, but setting
up the crew, telling them there's money missing from
the tills, or getting people in for the shifts, then not
paying them and pocketing the money themselves.

Anyway when I decided to write about this, over 20 years
later, I did some research to see where the worst of the
managers had ended up.

No Karma at all, they all seem to be highly successful
people in their chosen field,  I guess that is  always the
way, the Narcissistic jerks who treat the little people
like crap, always end up winning.

So that is how this one particular store was like in the 90's,
like something out of a Horror story.

I have of course never walked back into this one particular
store, and I hope that in the year 2019 things are entirely
different, because if they're not,  then something is
wrong with society and there will be another whole
generation of workers in that store that are going thru hell.


Sunday, May 12, 2019

The Spinoff Confuses Me

Over the past few years, I have occasionally
gone over to the website, "The Spinoff"
and nearly every time the website has left
me in a state of confusion, when normally
I am in a state of denial.

The website seems to read like it's coming
from the old "Social Credit" party manifesto,
but that isn't what confuses me, I guess the
easiest way to explain is to give examples.

Take the Horrific Christchurch shooting, my
old home town  acted with grace and dignity
and an outpouring of love and support for the
victims and their community, as they should.

Writers from the spinoff, wrote the same,
beautiful pieces of how we should come
together and support each other.

But the same writers, had totally different
opinions of other Terror attacks around the
world, they had previously written on their
own blogs and social media, that no sympathy
should be given because of  a country's  foreign
policy and that it was somehow racist to give
thoughts to that country and not another.

One writer also had no problem in the past with
supporting destorying a memorial to victims because
it gets people talking about the issues.

But it's not just the big issues about Terrorism, that
the writers seem to contradict  themselves.

One writer seem to have a go at an American Family
who took a funny Prom picture, of the Daughter,  Dad
and boyfriend, with the Dad  wagging his finger at the
boy, also showing the boy that he had a sidearm.

Well the writer went off at the dad, calling it  horrible
and basically suggesting  the Dad needs to be #MeToo
Yet this writer has based their whole career of telling
people that they shouldn't criticized parents.

Then there were pieces and pieces written about the
"TPP" and how it was going to destroy this country,
and how our country was stolen from us, yet with a
change of Government, the "TPP" is now a wonderful
idea that is going to create countless of jobs for the

There's been articles and articles about how the
National Cycle way is a waste of money, yet
nothing about the good for the environment
it will do.  They talk of previous Governments
wasting money, but don't seem to have a problem
with 100 thousand houses being built but not
enough people to go into the houses.

They support a coalition  Government, when in the
past they had written about the anti Asian statements
of one of it's partners.

They talk of the disgraceful behavior of one of the
world's super powers, but give Russia a free ride.

Their writers talk of TV shows/Movies/Music that
contain, they say, misogynists homophobic
and sexist BS, but their favorite shows are the worst

They have talked of the disgusting practice of doxxing
on social media, yet their writers have done the very
same thing.

They have talked about not telling people to calm
down and letting people show their emotions, yet
have done the same thing.

They have even talked of Plagiarism and not giving
credit to due authors, but again their writers have done
the same thing.

I guess in a nutshell, what I'm really confused about is
how can a site judge the same behavior differently?

With the Spinoff it all depends on who is doing the