Not guilty – what will it cost us?

June 5, 2009

David Bain has been found not guilty.

Wonder how much compensation he’ll be seeking?

Five years of recession for trade sector

June 5, 2009

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

June 5, 2009

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

June 5, 2009

song chart memes 

Another true picture from GraphJam


June 5, 2009

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

June 5, 2009

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)  . . .

cabbage tree 002

. . . to this . . .cabbage tree 003


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

Who dunnit? Who knows? Who Cares?

June 5, 2009

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.

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