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  Reply # 896713 17-Sep-2013 08:59
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Lizard1977: "Expensive" shoes. For years I bought cheap sneakers from the Warehouse, but they never lasted for more than a couple of months before the heel would collapse like a souffle. About 7 years ago I took the plunge and bought proper sneakers from the Shoe Clinic. My feet haven't stopped thanking me, they've lasted for years and years, and the average cost (compared with the cost of buying new shoes from the Warehouse every few months) works out much better. I just refuse to buy cheap shoes anymore - it's a false economy for me. I've bought two pairs of sneakers from them (one pair of miAdidas customised to my feet), one pair of court shoes for badminton, and one pair of business shoes. Not only do they last, they feel as comfortable as they did on day one.


Next time you're in London, may I recommend Lobbs in St James?

Their craftsmen make wooden lasts that match YOUR feet precisely and then each pair of shoes you order is made on those lasts. Better shoes you could not get.

Added trivia - they could make shoes today that would fit Queen Victoria perfectly, because they still have their lasts of her feet!

The price, you say? Ahem. If sir has to ask, he may be more comfortable seeking his footwear elsewhere....!


Wow!  Yeah, I guess that's why I put expensive in quotes.  Definitely compared to Warehouse shoes, my current collection is expensive, but probably not expensive in the grand scheme of things.  Certainly not nearly $6000! :)  Sir would most definitely be seeking more affordable footwear!  Bet they would be comfy though...

Still - you've got to be impressed by the commitment to perfecting a craft, even if it sets you back almost as much as a reasonably good second hand car...

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  Reply # 896731 17-Sep-2013 09:25
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  1. Mediaportal
  2. ebook reader / calibre / utorrent 
  3. Japanese waterstone for knife sharpening 
  4. Small SSD for mediaportal C: drive
  5. A soft bait rig for spinning / boat use
  6. A good filleting knife 
  7. A thai bespoke thick white cotton shirt for outside painting / fishing / gardening 
  8. 2 pairs of $500 english black dress shoes - resoled 3 times and still look like new
  9. A lazyboy chair
  10. A good pair of slippers
  11. Merino Macpac singlets and Ts - soft, warm and cool (contradictory but somehow true)

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 896732 17-Sep-2013 09:26
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If it hasn't been said already, somebody is going to say GTA V :D

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  Reply # 896766 17-Sep-2013 10:02
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My AeroPress. I've had it for a week and it has changed my life. I can't live without it now.

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  Reply # 896770 17-Sep-2013 10:13
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gehenna: My AeroPress. I've had it for a week and it has changed my life. I can't live without it now.


Where do you buy them and how much are they ? 


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  Reply # 896772 17-Sep-2013 10:15
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I got it from Amazon for about $75 delivered. I also got a reusable mesh filter instead of paper ones. So all up about $90NZ delivered.

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  Reply # 896805 17-Sep-2013 10:46
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My Nespresso, the coffee snobs on here will howl with laughter but to me it's everything it should be, quick, easy and consistent.

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  Reply # 896872 17-Sep-2013 12:15
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I never regretted spending about a month's salary to pay for a well-known criminal lawyer to represent me in court when I was wrongfully arrested and charged for something I never did (yes - I know they all say that!) by a lying sleaze-ball detective constable back in the 1970s. I'll never know if I'd have had the same result had I not paid the price.

My only regret about that incident is that when the magistrate slammed down his gavel right in the middle of the detective providing glaringly obviously fabricated "evidence" in the witness box, threw the case out of court, reprimanded the cop, suggested that he could be charged with contempt, and that I may wish to seek damages. After a few seconds discussion with my lawyer, we decided that it wasn't worth it - as even if "winning", the lawyer suggested that I would be a marked man for life for the sake of proving a point and recouping a few dollars.

Ahhh - police "culture" back in those days. The detective constable went on to become a detective inspector.


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  Reply # 897293 18-Sep-2013 03:21
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For me it was moving to a Mac way back when the eMac 1Ghz was launched and I was tempted by OS X and the *NIX nature of it:

http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/emac/specs/emac_1.0.html

Ever since then I've been a happy Mac camper.




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Additional devices: Unifi Security Gateway, Unifi Switch, Unifi AP AC HD, Unifi Cloud Key, Apple TV 4K 64GB
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  Reply # 897321 18-Sep-2013 08:22
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langers1972: My Nespresso, the coffee snobs on here will howl with laughter but to me it's everything it should be, quick, easy and consistent.


I like them too; I do not have one, but when in Asia I always spring for Club rooms in the hotels and they usually have them. Brilliant things.

Mind you I do not adhere to the NZ philosophy that only coffee made in an espresso machine is worth drinking. Good coffee made with freshly ground beans in a drip filter machine is much preferable to me for daily drinking (and a decent filter coffee machine in NZ is rarer than hen's teeth!)

So I will add "good coffee beans" to the list and nominate Jed's Number 5 beans as best in NZ.





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  Reply # 897322 18-Sep-2013 08:26
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Lizard1977:
Geektastic:
Lizard1977: "Expensive" shoes. For years I bought cheap sneakers from the Warehouse, but they never lasted for more than a couple of months before the heel would collapse like a souffle. About 7 years ago I took the plunge and bought proper sneakers from the Shoe Clinic. My feet haven't stopped thanking me, they've lasted for years and years, and the average cost (compared with the cost of buying new shoes from the Warehouse every few months) works out much better. I just refuse to buy cheap shoes anymore - it's a false economy for me. I've bought two pairs of sneakers from them (one pair of miAdidas customised to my feet), one pair of court shoes for badminton, and one pair of business shoes. Not only do they last, they feel as comfortable as they did on day one.


Next time you're in London, may I recommend Lobbs in St James?

Their craftsmen make wooden lasts that match YOUR feet precisely and then each pair of shoes you order is made on those lasts. Better shoes you could not get.

Added trivia - they could make shoes today that would fit Queen Victoria perfectly, because they still have their lasts of her feet!

The price, you say? Ahem. If sir has to ask, he may be more comfortable seeking his footwear elsewhere....!


Wow!  Yeah, I guess that's why I put expensive in quotes.  Definitely compared to Warehouse shoes, my current collection is expensive, but probably not expensive in the grand scheme of things.  Certainly not nearly $6000! :)  Sir would most definitely be seeking more affordable footwear!  Bet they would be comfy though...

Still - you've got to be impressed by the commitment to perfecting a craft, even if it sets you back almost as much as a reasonably good second hand car...


I have several bespoke jackets from tailors in the UK that set me back about $2,000 each over 10 years ago. Nothing like off the peg stuff - each one took about 3 months with 3 or 4 fittings and everything from the cloth to the linings to the buttons was chosen individually by me. Cloth was cut from a pattern made to measure just right for me and so on.

I'd have got to the shoes eventually...!

Very few seem to prefer quality to price in NZ though.





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  Reply # 897332 18-Sep-2013 08:48
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GTA V :D

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  Reply # 897350 18-Sep-2013 09:03
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  Reply # 897357 18-Sep-2013 09:07
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Geektastic:

Very few seem to prefer quality to price in NZ though.


This applies to the vast majority of humanity.

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  Reply # 897464 18-Sep-2013 10:35
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Geektastic:
Lizard1977:
Geektastic:
Lizard1977: "Expensive" shoes. For years I bought cheap sneakers from the Warehouse, but they never lasted for more than a couple of months before the heel would collapse like a souffle. About 7 years ago I took the plunge and bought proper sneakers from the Shoe Clinic. My feet haven't stopped thanking me, they've lasted for years and years, and the average cost (compared with the cost of buying new shoes from the Warehouse every few months) works out much better. I just refuse to buy cheap shoes anymore - it's a false economy for me. I've bought two pairs of sneakers from them (one pair of miAdidas customised to my feet), one pair of court shoes for badminton, and one pair of business shoes. Not only do they last, they feel as comfortable as they did on day one.


Next time you're in London, may I recommend Lobbs in St James?

Their craftsmen make wooden lasts that match YOUR feet precisely and then each pair of shoes you order is made on those lasts. Better shoes you could not get.

Added trivia - they could make shoes today that would fit Queen Victoria perfectly, because they still have their lasts of her feet!

The price, you say? Ahem. If sir has to ask, he may be more comfortable seeking his footwear elsewhere....!


Wow!  Yeah, I guess that's why I put expensive in quotes.  Definitely compared to Warehouse shoes, my current collection is expensive, but probably not expensive in the grand scheme of things.  Certainly not nearly $6000! :)  Sir would most definitely be seeking more affordable footwear!  Bet they would be comfy though...

Still - you've got to be impressed by the commitment to perfecting a craft, even if it sets you back almost as much as a reasonably good second hand car...


I have several bespoke jackets from tailors in the UK that set me back about $2,000 each over 10 years ago. Nothing like off the peg stuff - each one took about 3 months with 3 or 4 fittings and everything from the cloth to the linings to the buttons was chosen individually by me. Cloth was cut from a pattern made to measure just right for me and so on.

I'd have got to the shoes eventually...!

Very few seem to prefer quality to price in NZ though.



Or that most Kiwi's know that quality doesn't have to cost $$$$$$.


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