Skin Tight

September 2, 2009

From the opening minutes when Tom and Elizabeth ran on to the stage and started fighting, to the final moment when they left, hand in hand, Skin Tight held me spellbound.

I laughed, I gasped, I sighed, I cried.

The play is set in rural South Canterbury. Tom and Elizabeth remember their childhoods, the war – he in Egypt, she left at home – his return, their move to the farm and their life there. The story was compelling, the characters real.

Sia Trokenheim and Matt Hudson held my attention for every second of the hour they were on stage. Jim Henderson’s appearance was brief but moving.

Gary Henderson’s play was inspired by Denis Glover’s poem The Magpies, It is funny and sad, entertaining and enthralling.

Skin Tight was directed by Jon Pheloung and performed in the Oamaru Opera House in association with the Court Theatre and Arts on Tour NZ.

If you have an opportunity to see it, grab it.

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Did you see the one about . . .

September 2, 2009

Governance not management  at Stephen Franks including the key compenents of a successful board.

Incentives matter: famine file  at Anti Dismal which illustrates the importance of private property.

Raising good kids at Not PC – taking a positive approach to parenting.

Comment of the week  at No Minister – a look back at Labour’s legacy sourced from a comment at Kiwiblog.

It can be over so quick at rivettingKate Taylor – sudden death and responsible babysitting.

Hands up if you fell for . . . at Monkey with Tpyewriter – looking at the havok didn’t happen.

Capping Incomes at Something Should Go Here – one for the doesn’t learn from history file.

New Zealand Professionals – Fillipinos of London at Cactus Kate – observations and advice on a successful OE.

Cheesecake and trim latte at goNZoFreakpower – the dilemna diet indulgence.

Nanny States at Macdoctor – a three point checklist for differentiating between nanny & necessary.

The Brussels Gestapo at Frenemy – Germans see the light on lightbulbs.


Mid week music

September 2, 2009

In honour of Johann Pachelbel’s birthday, yesterday, his Canon in D:


Question of the day

September 2, 2009

Why do gang members always walk as if they’ve wet they’re knickers?

A viewer asked in an email to Breakfast.


Happy birthday Derek

September 2, 2009

It’s Derek Fowlds’ birthday which is a good excuse to show this classic for Yes Minister where he plays Bernard Woolley:


Dairy auction price rise again

September 2, 2009

The whole milk price increased 24.2% to $US2,858 per tonne in last night’s globalDairy Trade auction.

That follows an increase of 25.8% last month.

Fonterra chairman Henry Van der Hayden said in an email to shareholders that this is a sign dairy prices are firming. Global supply is down and inventories are tight

 

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UPDATE: Interest.co.nz notes the acution included 2000 tonnes of Australian whole milk powder.


Word of the day

September 2, 2009

Propagrandstanding – explained by Gooner at No Minister.


Where to with wool?

September 2, 2009

Merino has got it right.

By itself or with possum, now renamed paihamu, it is a premium product.

Crossbred wool can’t match that and has been losing ground to synthetics for years.

Too much of the world prefers tiles to carpet. Too many of the parts which do like their floors covered have found cheaper and/or harder wearing alternatives to wool.

Alternative uses have been tried. The stab proof, fire proof vest and insulation both have promise but have yet to make enough traction to improve the value of crossbred wool.

The fibre pushes the right buttons for the environmentally concerned times: it’s a natural product and it’s renewable.

But in spite of that prices are so low the return barely covers the costs of shearing.

Frustration over that is no doubt part of the reason behind the vote against paying levies on wool to Meat and Wool New Zealand.

The organisation may well become Meat New Zealand now it’s lost farmers’ funding for its wool related activities but the loss of half its name is the least of its worries.

Loss of funding for wool research means the budget for meat research will have to go further. Some studies, in genetics for instance, would have been funded from both the meat and wool levies.

Another valuable resource paid for by the wool levy was shearer training. It might be possible for some of the people who did that to set up a separate business and continue the service, but it will be more difficult than it was under M&W’s umbrella with AgITO funding.

Sheep returns made a much-needed recovery last season when the price paid by meat companies went up. A shortage of stock here and overseas is expected to keep this season’s price at a reasonable level but the industry can’t afford to stand still.

Research and education in both meat and wool are still needed. Meat and Wool still has a mandate, and funding, to undertake industry-good activities for meat, but who’s going to do the work for wool?


September 2 in history

September 2, 2009

On September 2:

1666 The Great fire of London started. 

1752 Great Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar.

1937 Derek Fowlds, the English actor who played Bernard Woolley in Yes Minister, was born.

1945 Vietnam declared its independence.

 

1960 Peter Snell won a gold medal in the 800 metres and Murray Halberg won the gold in the 5000m race at the Rome Olympics.


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