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  #2405755 24-Jan-2020 12:01
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Yes - I think it’s circumstantial to the extent that it’s not the policies and practices of a bank as a whole that determines the quality of the experience you have with that bank - it’s the expertise, intelligence and interpersonal skills of the individual banker that you’re dealing with. In round terms, banks are all pretty much the same - but individual staff are not.

 

 

If the staff hung around long enough to have a relationship with I might agree with you. But we've seen three different mortgage managers in our Kiwibank branch in the last six months. Each one said we could have everything we wanted but once we applied they said no.

 

Whilst internet banking has had lots of upsides I'm never in a branch to talk to someone to create a relationship. Long gone are the days when my bank manager would know the names of my kids and would approve 10k loans over the phone.


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  #2405760 24-Jan-2020 12:19
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Wheelie bins and rubbish bags on the footpath.

 

 

 

The wheelie bin lid states not to put the bin on the footpath, as do rubbish bags.

 

 

 

A real PITA for wheelchairs, elderly, pushchairs and strollers, having to navigate these obstacles.

 

 





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  #2405796 24-Jan-2020 13:04
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Wheelie bins and rubbish bags on the footpath.

 

The wheelie bin lid states not to put the bin on the footpath, as do rubbish bags.

 

A real PITA for wheelchairs, elderly, pushchairs and strollers, having to navigate these obstacles.

 

 

In Christchurch you are told by the City Council...

 

"make sure you have your bins placed on the kerb by 6am on the day they are due to be emptied"

 

Almost all of the footpaths start at the kerb, so the Yellow bin in particular blocks half of the footpath!

 

The bin lids have a moulding stating "This side to road", contrary to your label.


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  #2406640 25-Jan-2020 14:23
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Media screeching that Donald Trump has 'made history' by attending an anti-abortion rally. So what? If he took a dump on the White House lawn that would also be 'making history'. Just because someone does something for the first time does not mean they are making history and I am frankly sick of headline writers super-sizing everything. What would make history would be President Trump inviting both sides of the abortion debate to sit down together and try to come to some kind of agreement.

 

 





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  #2406823 25-Jan-2020 19:41
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That Arrow seems to assume you watched every episode of Flash or similar.





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  #2406995 26-Jan-2020 13:04
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Lack of interoperability in streaming.

 

The service that I use has "upgraded" and now the UI is a nightmare. Why am I forced to use their own playback software instead of it being a choice?


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  #2407004 26-Jan-2020 13:10
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That happens a lot. Something works fine. Then it gets 'improved'. Then it doesn't work anymore. The improvements are often made to serve advertisers.

 

 





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  #2407005 26-Jan-2020 13:27
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That my 16 hour flight back from Chicago didn't have Wifi. Why planes that are 10+ years old have it, and planes <5 years old don't, is beyond me. 

 

On the plus side, the 787-9's are exceptionally quiet and smooth aircraft. I *hate* flying, but my 16 hour flight was pretty tolerable. 

 

Oh, and OMG IFE systems on US internal flights that provide you with Movies and TV but every couple of minutes you get adverts. Air NZ isn't a patch on what it was 5 years ago, but no ad's is excellent. 

 

 


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  #2407049 26-Jan-2020 16:41
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That my 16 hour flight back from Chicago didn't have Wifi. Why planes that are 10+ years old have it, and planes <5 years old don't, is beyond me. 


On the plus side, the 787-9's are exceptionally quiet and smooth aircraft. I *hate* flying, but my 16 hour flight was pretty tolerable. 


Oh, and OMG IFE systems on US internal flights that provide you with Movies and TV but every couple of minutes you get adverts. Air NZ isn't a patch on what it was 5 years ago, but no ad's is excellent. 


 



Was that your usual Business Class?





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  #2407151 26-Jan-2020 19:19
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That my 16 hour flight back from Chicago didn't have Wifi. Why planes that are 10+ years old have it, and planes <5 years old don't, is beyond me. 

 

On the plus side, the 787-9's are exceptionally quiet and smooth aircraft. I *hate* flying, but my 16 hour flight was pretty tolerable. 

 

Oh, and OMG IFE systems on US internal flights that provide you with Movies and TV but every couple of minutes you get adverts. Air NZ isn't a patch on what it was 5 years ago, but no ad's is excellent. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last time I flew us domestic, I loaded up with netflix before leaving home and then uploaded from the us library from the complimementary wifi in lobby of the hotel. (admittedly it was rather slow but I could reach it from the resturant so each night would start uploading for the return trip.

 

 

 

(Am curious about the auckland to NY direct leg starting late in the year. Might lookup a conference in December. a week in a hotel in NY in the weeks before christmas would be fun.)


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  #2407969 28-Jan-2020 10:55
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When people put televisions in a corner of a room and/or having windows right beside the tv.
Makes watching tv during the day hard to watch when the suns out.

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  #2407970 28-Jan-2020 11:02
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People watching daytime TV.


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Bookabach cancelling our accommodation eight days before we are due to arrive.

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  #2408307 28-Jan-2020 16:39
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networkn:

 

That my 16 hour flight back from Chicago didn't have Wifi. Why planes that are 10+ years old have it, and planes <5 years old don't, is beyond me. 

 

On the plus side, the 787-9's are exceptionally quiet and smooth aircraft. I *hate* flying, but my 16 hour flight was pretty tolerable. 

 

Oh, and OMG IFE systems on US internal flights that provide you with Movies and TV but every couple of minutes you get adverts. Air NZ isn't a patch on what it was 5 years ago, but no ad's is excellent. 

 

 

 

 

I came back in economy class - a long 16 1/2 hours ..

 

The seats are not comfortable - I tried to doze leaning forward, but every slight turbulence my noggin was hitting the touch screen and causing it to turn off and on. Didnt bother me, but did annoy my wife, who was sitting next to me ....

 

Ended up using the blanket for a bit of padding ...

 

Food was nice ...





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  #2408321 28-Jan-2020 17:30
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Mentioned it before

1) registering to vote in the US election.

2) the US in general is still stuck in filling out paper forms.

Florida really doesn't want anyone whose not a Republican voting, and make it as difficult as possible.

Even though I followed the extremely complex directions, 4 pages.

I signed it, and even scanned and sent along my old voter's registration card, and two old Florida driver's licences.

Per their instruction, I emailed it to the correct address.

I got back an email some weeks later saying it was incomplete, and needed to be physically signed on paper, and mailed in.

I am going to vote, and it ain't going to be Trump.

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