"I will accept the title - not for me, but for the sport sector."Sure, buddy. I definitely noticed our Olympic medal haul tailing off after 2000.
Bainwatch: South Island correspondent (lucky nothing else is going on in that island at the moment) Jarrod Booker may be in danger of running out of ideas:
"Bain trial: Bloody sockprints scrutinised"
Herald exclusive - Herald Herald Herald: Yesterday was April Fool's Day. You'll notice that I didn't post anything, as I consider AFD to be a de facto public holiday. But man-oh-man, I hope you saw some of the hilarious April Fool ads in the paper. But in case you were so busy breathing through your mouth that you didn't pick up on the fact that Pacific Blue won't actually be having a 'Bronze Class' featuring an on-board spray-tan booth, or that Hugh Hefner won't really be relocating the Playboy Mansion to Rotorua, then someone at the Herald got up, went to work without throwing themselves in front of a train, and wrote an article about ads that were in the Herald the previous day. Go on, read it. Journalist Alanah May Eriksen sounds quite happy with herself.
Goff Corner rides again: It's been a while, but Goff Corner is back. Today we have GC article hemmed in by a piece on MPs libelled on Twitter, and an ad for the Honda Jazz encouraging one to 'discover freedom', presumably through purchasing a car. The article itself, hidden all the way down there, is about New Zealand dropping its bid for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council in favour of letting the US take it. Foreign Minister Murray 'Maverick' McCully has truly learned how to tug his forelock in the past few weeks, which is good considering that he will be meeting with his new boss, Hillary Clinton, in the near future:
Well that makes sense - because (without flogging a dead horse) whenever I think of a country that is quick to criticise others, but slow to recognise their own poor human rights record, I never think 'the US'. And they are totally into reform of the UN in general. So yeah, let's see what happens, shall we?
"The Human Rights Council has been widely criticised. It was our intention, in seeking election, to provide a force for change and improvement," he said.
"However, we believe that US membership of the council will strengthen it and make it more effective."
The US has been a harsh critic of the council and its past reincarnations [Um, what? 'And on the third day the UNHRC rose again...'], saying it members are quick to criticise others, but slow to recognise their own poor human rights records.
Letters on Wanganui/Whanganui: Anyone else bored yet?