The All Blacks

New Zealand has had five big wins in the sporting arena in the last 24 hours, so that’s what a large proportion of the tweets in this country are about.

The biggest was the All Blacks vs the Barbarians (basically All Blacks “B”) at Twickenham in London. The game started in the early hours of the morning NZ time. I was awake, but didn’t watch it. I get the impression it was a pretty exciting game though. The All Blacks were losing 10-17 at half-time, so they really had to “pull finger” to get the win.

Three players made their debut for the All Blacks: Asafo Aumua, Matt Duffie, and Tim Perry. One of the All Blacks, Julian Savea, was up against his brother Ardie Savea in the Barbarians. (Ardie is the one with the hair!)

Canada vs MABs scoreThe Maori All Blacks

Yesterday, the Maori All Blacks had a game against Vancouver in Canada.

The Maori All Blacks have a history in Canada going back to 1927 and the Canadians have yet to beat them. However, the Maori All Blacks have never been beaten, so the Canadians aren’t any different to anyone else there.

The Canadians were fantastic hosts as always. They also sold out a 29,000 seat stadium, which is the biggest ever attendance at a rugby game in Canada.

I got most of the tweets for this post yesterday while I was watching the game. As a result I can’t tell you much about it. New Zealand won. By a lot. And I saw one really impressive try. That’s about it though.

Kiwis vs Scotland scoreThe Kiwis

In between those two rugby games there was a rugby league international – New Zealand versus Scotland. The New Zealand rugby league team is known as the “Kiwis,” and Scotland team calls themselves the “Bravehearts.” New Zealand won that one by a big margin too.

I’m not a fan of rugby league. I find the game a bit boring to be honest. It’s like rugby without the good bits. It’s also not that long since every game was just a series of brawls between ill-disciplined fools with too much testosterone and not enough common sense. They seem to have mostly got rid of that aspect of the game, but I still have little interest in watching it.

The Black Caps

Our T20 cricket team beat India at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in India today. New Zealand got 196/2 in 20 overs, including a century by Colin Munro. India could only manage 156/7 in their 20 overs. This game is the second match in a series of three. India won the first game pretty easily, so it’s all on for game three!

The Breakers

The Breakers is a New Zealand basketball team that plays in the Australian league. Just before full time this afternoon it was 70-70 when a US player came up with a 3-pointer with a second to go, making it 73-70. However, then a Cairns players let off a really long three pointer with 0.1 seconds to go and made the shot. However, the rules say that it’s only a proper shot if the ball is released with 0.4 seconds on the clock. So, the Breakers won their sixth game in a row and remain at the top of the table.

Anyway, on with the show!


Political Tweets

What was that?


If looks could kill!


I watched this interview and was completely disgusted. I’ve made no secret of my extreme disappointment that NZ First has so much power in our government. Tracey Martin of NZ First is the new Minister for Children. This ghastly creature was calling for a referendum on our anti-smacking legislation during the election! She thinks it’s okay to smack children, and now she’s Minister for Children! Further, the last government put the age for treatment as a child in the justice system up from 17 to 18. It was about time this was done – it should have done it years ago. NZ First voted against that, and this selfish monster is talking about lowering it again! Martin should not be Minister for Children with such attitudes in my opinion.


Mueller Time Tweets

Just sayin’.


I like this!


Environmental Tweets

Unbelievable! Apparently Trump science board advisor Robert Phalen said, “Modern air is a little too clean for optimum health.”
(Via Ann German.)


Human Rights Tweets

You go girl!


No comment.


Ziya Tong had this response to the above tweet.


Religion Tweets

If only prayer worked, and the pope really did have a special line to some higher power. This is one time I’d be with him all the way.


As I’ve said before, for all the awful things religion has brought to humanity, it’s also brought us some beautiful buildings.


Well said.


This tweet is here for no other reason than because Tom Ellis has the most gorgeous eyes …


History Tweets

I’m a day late with this because of the time zones, but it’s a nice memory. I clearly remember thinking there was hope for the US with the election of Obama in 2008. That feeling went after last year’s election.


Art Tweets

These are works of art in their own right.


This guy has amazing skills!


I think I’ve put this up before, but I can’t get enough of it.


Marine Tweets

Very cool!


The amazing cuttlefish.


This is so cool! Don’t ask me why. I just like it.


Reptile Tweets

Cool pic.


Great news! I think I might have put it up before as well, but that’s okay.
(Via Ann German.)


Other Animals Tweets

I’ve said this before – baby animals are always so cute!


Gorgeous, and look at those eyes!


What a sweetie!


Baby otters are so cute!


Another amazing pic.


What big ears you have!


Other Apes Tweets

Calaya, the gorilla at the Smithsonian, is pregnant!


Isn’t it cute?!


Bird Tweets

They’re looking for a name for their brown kiwi chick at the Smithsonian Zoo. Check it out and maybe suggest a name. I have!




Owls are wonderful birds, and snowy owls especially beautiful.


What a great pic of a lovely bird!


I think I might have posted this before too, but it’s cool.


Dog Tweets

This dog has dragon breath! 😀


Cat Tweets

There are few things cuter than a Pallas Cat.


Look at that tongue!


Oh wow! A lion cub and an ocelot! so cute!


I’ve posted this before, but it’s been tweeted again, and it’s so good it’s worth posting again.


Oh man! I just want to cuddle it!




Most of you know about Paddles by now, the cat who is looked after by New Zealand’s new prime minister, Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford. Paddles and Jacinda made Vanity Fair yesterday.


He expected a cat to do what it was told? Seriously?


So do those legs belong to Jacinda or Clarke?


But this is my favourite Paddles tweet!



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