Not guilty – what will it cost us?


David Bain has been found not guilty.

Wonder how much compensation he’ll be seeking?

Five years of recession for trade sector


Finance Minister Bill English said New Zealand’s tradeable sector has been in recession for five years.

“There’s really been no increase in our tradeable sector output since 2003.”

Growth had come from consumption in government.

Another indictment on nine years of wasted opportunity and over spending under the previous administration.

SFF director resigns


The ODT reports  Silver  Fern Farms’ director Ian Grogan has resigned from the board because of “fundamental and philosophical differences”.

It’s yawning time again


song chart memes 

Another true picture from GraphJam



This Friday’s poem was chosen for Arbor Day – Trees  by Alfred Joyce Kilmer.


I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

      – Alfred Joyce Kilmer –

It inspired this painting by Margot Wethey:

cabbage tree 005

And this from Ogden Nash:

I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree
Indeed, unless the billboards fall,
I’ll never see a tree at all.

In praise of cabbage trees


It’s Arbor Day when we’re being encouraged to plant and care for trees.

In support of that I salute one of my many favourite natives, the cabbage tree, cordyline australis or ti kouka.

It starts like this . . .

 cabbage tree 001

. . .  and grows like this (dog optional)  . . .

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. . . to this . . .cabbage tree 003


. . . which supports my theory that nature has a sense of humour.

Who dunnit? Who knows? Who Cares?


Justice matters.

There was a mistrial the first time David Bain was charged with the murder of his family.

The Privy Council which ruled that, didn’t rule on his guilt or innocence.

All of which makes a strong case for a retrial.

But without deliberately reading, watching or listening to any reports on the trial, I have learned far more than I wished to know about what appears to have been a very dysfunctional family; I’ve heard far too many people who can have no idea of what happened pontificating on the case; and I’ve seen far too many reporters breathlessly imparting not very much.

There is only one person alive who was in the house on the morning of the murders and he’s in the dock. The mind can do strange things so it’s possible he killed his family but believes he didn’t.

I don’t envy the jury their job and realise the importance of them doing it carefully and thoroughly, so that whatever the verdict, the case is closed.

I hope they do it quickly because if this was a soap opera I’d have changed the channel weeks ago.

But this isn’t a show, put on for our entertainment. These were real people who were killed, this is a real man who is charged with their murders and I don’t like the way it’s been turned into a circus.

British dairy co-op in receivership


Dairy Farmers of Britain is in receivership.

Milk quota broker agent Ian Potter said farmer suppliers faced losing an estimated £14,000 each in unpaid milk on top of an average farmer investment of £25,000 which has already been lost.

“It will undoubtedly be quoted in future and may well deter others from setting up co-operative ventures. But at least DFOB has now been taken to the vets and put out of its misery.”

The co-0perative was established in 2002 , has around 1800 farmer members who supply more than 1 billion litres of milk – about 10% of British milk production. It employs more than 2000 people.

Dairying in Britain is not in a healthy state. Production and cow numbers have fallen prompting farming leaders to urge retailers to pay a fair price for milk.

Organisations including the NFU, NFU Scotland, NFU Cymru and the FUW have written to retailers and food service industry to call for action to secure Britain’s milk supplies.

In the letter, the organisations said retailers, discounters and the food industry need to help increase confidence among dairy farmers to stop them leaving the sector.

Everyone in the milk supply chain needs to make a fair profit and retailers needed to stop gambling with the security of milk supplies, it said.

“Our message is very simple. If you want to guarantee a supply of quality British milk, cheese and dairy products you must take steps to secure it,” it added.

New Zealand producers may be concerned that the industry-wide group asked retailers and food service companies to commit to sourcing British dairy products because that will be direct competition for our milk and cheese.

Anyone who thinks promoting Kiwi-made is still a good idea should take note of this because if we urge domestic consumers to buy local, we can’t argue when overseas competitors urge their domestic consumers to buy local too.

Anti-Dismal posts on Canadian concerns about the impact the USA Buy-American campaign will have on them.

Protectionism by any other name still stinks.

June 5 in history – Rome liberated, Kennedy shot, Tianenmen Square,


Allied troops liberated Rome on June 5, 1945.

US Senator, Robert F. Kennedy was shot on June 5, 1968 . He died the following day.

Eleven years later on this day, a man who became known as the Unkown Rebel stood in front of tanks, stopping their advance across Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

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