Kapi-Mana News : January 17th 2012
TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz Airlie Rd bridge faces budget blowout By KRIS DANDO CONTINUED Page 5 Who knew such a small bridge could cause such a large headache? The replacement of Airlie Rd bridge has ballooned to $1.92 million, exceeding the original budget by $800,000, with re- tendering, increased piling costs, a footpath provision, consent requirements from KiwiRail and construction cost inflation contribu- ting to the blowout. Porirua City councillors were also told the cost of professional services is now $318,000, com- pared to a previous budget of $100,000. This includes unbudgeted heri- tage, geotechnical and structural costs and unbudgeted additional economic assessment of different options for New Zealand Transport Agency funding . An NZTA subsidy of $755,000 is available, but this will not be paid until September. Porirua City Council decided in 2007 to replace the single-lane bridge, built in 1937 in tandem with track duplication work on the Main Trunk Line. In February last year Kapi-Mana News reported a significant amount INSIDE MISSING Local man feared drowned 2 WIND CATCHERS Plimmerton host regatta 3 MUTED Loud TV ads bug you? 6 SUMMER GIGS Win tickets18 INDEX Letters ................................ 8 Eye On Crime ..................... 10 Toddler in Tow.................... 13 Cinemaddict ...................... 19 Weekly Workout ................. 20 Gardening ......................... 36 Classified .......................... 41 Sport ................................ 48 CALL US Phone 04 237 8118 Fax 04 237 8552 Address Ground floor BNZ Tower, Hartham Place, Porirua Email firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com richard.gordon@ kmananews.co.nz Oy Oy 7 returns Spy spoof: In a futile bid to look the part of a sinister spy writer, Oy Oy 7 creator Sol Weinstein cocks his Cavendish & Harvey pistol, which fires 25 butterscotch pellets a second. He wears his trenchcoat and trench-hat to go along with his chronic trench-mouth. By MATTHEW DALLAS The lovemaking was profane to say the least. Totally indulgent. He was the kind of agent to be turned on by a navel orange. Sol Weinstein is describing Israel Bond, the master spy and semitic seducer at the centre of his satirical adventure novels which are back in print for the first time in 40 years. The titles betray both the satirical tone of Weinstein s writing and his inspiration; Loxfinger, Matzohball, On the Secret Service of His Majesty, The Queen, and You Only Live Until You Die. Ian Fleming and I were writing in different alternative realities at the same time. That s the line I ve always stuck to -- and I m not changing it for you, says Sol, who has called Plimmerton home since he left the United States in 2002. Kapi-Mana News was introduced to the New Jerseyan in 2006 when we learned he had composed, some 40 years earlier, the sentimental 1961 show tune The Curtain Falls. It was a stage favourite of both Bobby Darin and Bob Hope, and returned to prominence in the Darin bio-pic Beyond the Sea. A newspaper reporter turned comic writer, the Israel Bond adventures allowed Sol to move away from writing for night club entertainers in the mid-1960s. When Playboy magazine serialised Fleming s James Bond adventures, they interspersed them with Sol s Oy Oy 7 series. A big James Bond fan, he added peculiarities from his own life and an absurdist streak to the Fleming formula. Licensed to both kill and pray over the corpses, Israel Bond travelled the globe, protecting the holy land from criminal masterminds such as The Man With the Golden Gums and Auntie Sem-Heidt. The spy often relied more on quick puns and his prowess in the sack than actual espionage skills. But then, who could resist the temptations of Sister Sweetcakes the swinging nun, Kopy Katz -- the mistress of reproduction -- and, wait for it, Poontang Plenty? Poontang Plenty was my Pussy Galore...I really kept [Bond] busy, Sol says. Four volumes of Israel Bond adventures were published as $1 paperbacks by Simon & Schuster, selling between 400,000 and 500,000 copies, but later fell out of print. Sol was approached by American publisher About Comics last year to include the novels as part of its prose imprint. At 83, Sol s wit is still sharp, fast and indulgent. He cracks wise constantly, his enthusiasm unhampered by the mild case of Tourette s Syndrome he s had since childhood, and jumps at the chance to write his own photo caption (see below). Though no-one ever took Israel Bond to the big screen like 007, Sol soon found success in television, writing for variety shows and prime-time series The Jeffersons, The Love Boat and Three's Company. Folders of his scripts still stack his bookshelves, and photos from another age, of Sol with showbiz pals like Sammy Davis Jr and Dom Deluise, jostle for wall space with jazz posters and paintings by local artists. He enjoys life in New Zealand, a quiet and charming place. I wonder what Oy Oy 7 could do now to take Iran out of the ballgame. Because that s getting scary. The world is in the hands of crazy people unfortunately. You have to be thankful for New Zealand s positioning. I try to make people laugh, but on the inside I m just as scared as anyone else. What s more, Monk [his cat] wants me to turn over the house to him and put me in an old folks home. Buy the books at http://oy-oy-7.com.
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