Regular readers will be aware I’m a Lego fan. I didn’t have any when I was a kid, but I’ve bought some as an adult. Nieces and nephews coming along was really cool, because it gave me an excuse to buy a lot more. It’s amazing how much of it stays at my place … (For when they visit, you understand. ) Now I’m hoping I’ll have a new reason to buy Lego – a Lego kakapo.

I’m a member of the Lego ideas website, on which people present their own ideas for new Lego sets. I must admit I usually delete the weekly e-mails because I’m busy with this website. If I hadn’t, I might have come across this really cool idea more quickly. It came up in May, but I only saw it a couple of days ago on a NZ Lego fans Facebook group.

It’s a Lego Kakapo and the maker, who goes by the name “FlancrestEnterprises”, has done a b£ood¥ fantastic job. As you can imagine, it’s getting a lot of publicity and support in New Zealand, such as from Newshub, but that’s not going to be enough to get it over the line. I’m hoping I can persuade a few of you lovely readers, who are mostly from outside New Zealand, to give this project your support too. Here’s a bigger pic of the beast in question:

Lego kakapo


If you’re not already a member of Lego Ideas, you will have to become a member to vote. It costs nothing, but of course I will understand that many of you may not want to do that. You can still check out the Lego kakapo’s page though, which is here. That’s also where you go to vote.

There has been a lot of Twitter support recently too. Of course, I sent a tweet to my 7,200+ wonderful followers. Much better was Sirocco, who has almost 17,000 followers. He’s the Spokesbird for the New Zealand Department of Conservation. In a wonderful coincidence, he just happens to be a kakapo himself. Here’s his tweet:

“FlancrestEnterprises”, the Lego kakapo designer reports the following about the set:

• weighs 251 grams (8.85 ozs)
• 473 pieces
• 10 cm high x 22 cm long x 9 cm wide (22 cm wide when wings are extended)
• (4 inches x 8½ inches x 3½ inches)
• wings and tail feather posable
• free-standing

I’ve already got a fantasy that Lego will get together with this designer and produce the kakapo set. It will be so successful, Lego will cooperate with the Department of Conservation and Tourism New Zealand to go on to do a whole range of our native birds like the kiwi, kea, tui, fantail (piwakawaka), morepork (ruru), and kereru.

Please consider helping the cause!


Political Tweets


It’s not just the bit that the tweet below points out. Listen to Bannon at the end. He calls those people that he wants to motivate for Trump by treating the DACA kids badly “deplorables”.


Hillary wouldn’t have done it. Further, she says that what Trump was proposing would rip the country apart, and that’s just what it’s doing.


I’ve begun on post on this. As so often, whether it comes into a form fit for public consumption is another matter. But at least I can bring a few tweets to your attention.



Political Tweets: North Korea Summit







Gun Safety Tweets

And there are a$$hole$ out there who say Sandy Hook was a false flag operation. The right to freedom of speech is the most important we have as a society, but it’d be nice if Alex Jones and his ilk just shut up.


Racism Tweets

Where do these people come from?


Again, where do these people come from. How do they find each other? Why are there so many of them? How can so many be filled with such hate, ignorance, and fear? WTF is wrong with them? One question we can answer: “What who makes them feel they can be so open about their racism?”


Aunt Crabby gets it right again.


This is why I put up that Aunt Crabby tweet about Steven Miller. I think there might be one problem with this video though – someone please tell me in the comments – didn’t the Duke lacrosse players turn out to be not guilty? Or am I getting them mixed up with something else?


Human Rights Tweets

A couple more tweets in the ongoing story of the brave Iranian women trying to make wearing the hijab (headscarf) a choice in their country.


This video is really important. Please watch it!


(More) #KeepFamiliesTogether Tweets








Religion Tweets

This is one of the sickest things I have seen in my life! Because of the teachings of the Catholic Church, this poor kid is worried that his dead father isn’t in heaven. At least Pope Francis tells him that his father is probably in heaven because the fact he had his kids baptized shows he’s a good man.

This pope is one of the good ones. He has always been prepared to say that good people, even atheists, can get into heaven. But most of the senior clerics don’t agree, and no previous pope would have said that. But this situation says everything about why religion is a scourge of humanity. It truly poisons everything.


The video in this article is about 10 minutes long iirc, but it’s worth the time.


Art Tweets

Staying with the Lego theme.
(Via Ann German.)


I love this portrait.


Very cool.


Fathers’ Day Tweets

It’s not Fathers’ Day in New Zealand. (We have it in September) It’s not even Sunday. But I know it is for most of you, so here you go.
(Via Ann German,)


Great dad! (I think this was up last year too? There must be some more great dads since then?)


He can’t help lying, especially in the service of making himself look better.


Scenic Tweets

As the tweet says: imposing.


I always think of lava as something that goes slow and you can move away from it easily. But this is amazing, and it’s real footage. It apparently hasn’t been sped up or anything!


Science Tweets

Remember that machine that patched the road? Here’s a similar one for railway sleepers. Science is cool.


Very cool indeed!


Interesting. I didn’t know this, though a knowledgeable friend tells me he’s know about it for a while, so I’m probably just ignorant. Anyway, just in case some of you didn’t know either.


Flora Tweets



Marine Tweets



Creepy Crawlies Tweets

As long as it leave me alone, I’m good.


Other Animals Tweets

A good Australian!


How cute is this?!!!



Bird Tweets

Another tweet from Sirocco. Isn’t this wee white kiwi gorgeous?


Very sad.


This happens in New Zealand with sheep and cattle. But this is a new one on me!


Wow! Absolutely gorgeous!


Makes me laugh!


Dog Tweets

Short dogs got no reason to live! (You remember that song about short people? Well, you do if you’re short and as old as me anyway!)


Beautiful dog, but she really doesn’t want anyone playing with her pup!


Cat Tweets

Sweet guy, but there’s a sad moment.


Another cute kitten.


Gorgeous animal!


Big, brave hunter!


We have to have a kittens tweet with a dad today I suppose …


Lovely kitteh!


This is a cat with mana! (NZ version of mojo.)


It’s all in the eyes!


Don’t wait for it. It’s a GIF.


I sent this to Jerry Coyne (WEIT) and he used it this morning. But now I want it back!


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