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Bikes and boxing gloves to settle online spat?


Bikes and boxing gloves are the duelling weapons of choice as Labour MP Trevor Mallard and blogger Cameron Slater seek to settle an online spat.

NZPA
Fri, 27 May 2011

Bikes and boxing gloves are the duelling weapons of choice as Labour MP Trevor Mallard and blogger Cameron Slater seek to settle an online spat.

Mr Mallard today challenged Mr Slater to a bike race after taking exception to posts on the Whale Oil blog that mocked his rate of recovery from a bike crash in March.

The MP has to use crutches or a wheelchair to get around Parliament after he broke his right thigh bone and right shoulder blade in the accident.

In a post on Labour's Red Alert blog today, Mr Mallard referred to Slater as "blubber boy" and challenged him to a 50km-60km bike race in Auckland. "We will see whether the actions match the words -- or in his case his fingers," he said.

"I bet he is too chicken, and if he accepted he wouldn't have a chance."

Slater responded to the challenge on Twitter, suggesting they instead took the dispute into the boxing ring.

"Unfortunately Trevor I don't own a bike, the sport is a bit too g.a.y. for me...happy to step in the ring for 3 rounds though," he wrote.

Slater also challenged the MP to sporting clays, which is a form of clay pigeon shooting.

Labour MP Clare Curran on Twitter described her colleague's challenge as "bullshit blokey stuff" and Mr Slater's response as "pathetic".

Neither of the men has publicly accepted the challenges.

NZPA
Fri, 27 May 2011
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