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Caffeine Blues

The VUWSA Budget cuts have hit us hard here at Salient. Very hard indeed.

We arrived back at work this week to find that VUWSA were no longer allowing us to order the filter coffee which virtually keeps us alive. Sorry guys, they said, budget cuts and all. They gave us some Fairtrade coffee which had been left around somewhere in their offices. Fair enough, we said, and went back to work.

Except the Fairtrade didn’t work as well as it should have. James kept whinging about being tired. I kept almost nodding off at my desk in the mid-afternoon. Then, on Wednesday I inspected the packet and discovered the terrible truth. It was decaf.

There were meetings, arguments, withdrawl shakes, and eventually we had to settle for instant. Yes. Instant. So there we go: cuts are being made. There have been sacrifices. Stop complaining.

Other pet peeve of the week: Bob Clarkson. Barry Crump is dead, ok? Nobody uses the term joker anymore.

As much I’m loathe to say this, Clarkson may actually have a point. It’s just the way he tried to make it was so grating and downright stupid. Islam is a religion, not a country. Please someone get him a spin doctor. Or a brain transplant.

If National is elected in 2008 and he’s still an MP, he’s going to be a serious liability. Ian Wishheart must be rubbing his hands together with glee.

Anyway, Salient is back on Monday. Enjoy.

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Nicola Kean: feature writer, philanthropist, womanly woman. Nicola is the smallest member of the Salient team, but eats really large pieces of lasagne. Favourites include 80s music, the scent of fresh pine needles and long walks on the beach.

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  1. Jono says:

    well, I know the perils of Decaf, my old workplace which shall remain nameless, except for saying it was never really “Your Store” changed from Caffiene rich Coffee to the sad replacement which is Decaf and I really felt your pain, it made those Sunday strolls into work after a hard night on the turps so much harder when you got there you yhad no fuel to wake you up and get you going not a pretty picture.

    As for Bob, I agree completely he made some great points but also at the same time shot himself in the foot, but good on him for getting up there and saying what he wanted.

  2. nala 300076904 says:

    how did tauranga vote in clarkson over the charismatic winston (aside from his perpetual media bashing). clarkson is creepy

  3. blogette'shusband says:

    get a life newton

  4. Chris says:

    I’m sorry Nicola, but what point does Clarkson have?

  5. Nicola Kean says:

    He had a tiny point about the burqas-in-court issue. Although that was eventually resolved with all parties reasonably satisfied, so I don’t know why it had to come up yet again.

    The whole “crooks with guns” hiding under burqas was ridiculous.

  6. Jono says:

    rofl, so blogette is married to herself, great to see, and I actually have a life unlike a certain person who’s only life appears to be abusing people on here.

  7. Ari says:

    Where I work I have to PAY for the coffee. That’s right…no free coffee decaf or otherwise. Even tea has to be bought.

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