Grumpy Old Kiwi Man

“We are surrounded by stupidity and idiots. We can choose to ignore it or influence change. One way to bring about change is to expose it. As we get older we see these things a lot more clearly, we become less tolerant, we become “grumpy”. If we want anything to change and improve, saying nothing is no longer an option.” [Anonymous]

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The Grumpy Old Kiwi Man is BACK !

So there you were sitting down for your Christmas dinner on 25 December 2019, and can you HONESTLY tell me that you ever imagined, in your wildest dreams, that the world was going to change this much in the year or more afterwards?

No you didn’t (and if you say yes, well no one will believe you).

So I think it is about time that the Grumpy Old Kiwi Man got up and running again and started to look at all those amazing changes that surround us now. Some are good, some are plain bad, and some are simply insane. But the moment we stop talking about them, exposing them and challenging them…. then we allow them all to happen.

So…. enjoy, participate, challenge, disagree or support… but above all… don’t stay silent.

GOKM

What the  Grumpy Old Kiwi Man website is all about.

As I got older, I started to get less tolerant of stupidity and idiots. It is not that I was looking for either of them, but I increasingly started to notice that they surrounded me in all aspects of my life.

I started to notice this on the streets, behind counters, in queues, car parks, supermarkets, in bars, restaurants, on the radio, television, and in fact every single place I found myself in. For a long time I thought it was me. I thought I was difficult, obstructive, impatient and lacking sensitivity.

Now I realise it isn’t actually me. In fact I hear the same sentiments from colleagues, work mates and even conversations I overhear in other places. I now know that the world is full of idiots, making stupid decisions that effect all the rest of us. What is also rather scary is that often these idiots are in positions of authority or power.

I could rave onto friends about stupidity and idiots but I needed to find another forum. The internet provides that forum so here we are.

I will be adding many of my thoughts and observations regularly but if you want to add them too, feel free. I really don’t feel that I am alone.

Daily Rants and Blog Posts

All content below is made without prejudice and is not intended to discredit any one person or persons on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, political or religious persuasion. If any comments or material offends in any way, a full categorical apology is hereby tendered and anyone so offended is invited to respond through the comments facility.

How not to put bums on seats

How not to put bums on seats

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Run over by an E-Scooter

Run over by an E-Scooter

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Too old to read the news?

Too old to read the news?

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Have you got the traffic blues too?

Have you got the traffic blues too?

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Kiwis ripped off at the till

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NZ Post aiming to go out of business

NZ Post aiming to go out of business

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Grumpy old men need to be health smart

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Rants from visitors to the website

‘Daggy’ sent through a view on Councils and Back Yards.

‘The homeless crisis should not mean caging people in high rise cages. We should all have the potential to grow a small plot of food and have a clothes line’

I can’t be the only one around who has things they want to say? Maybe you wander round the house mumbling them to yourself? Maybe these ideas and thoughts are going through your head as you are out and about?

Well if they are and you want to put them up here for others to read, then send them through to me.

Try to keep them around 300 words and adhere to normal rules that I include in my heading further up.

Looking forward to hearing from you !

Contact the Grumpy Old Kiwi Man

Email contact is: info@grumpyoldkiwiman.com