Daffodils

September 11, 2009

The sun is shining, the daffodils are blooming and that put me in mind of  William Wordsworth’s poem.

Daffodils isn’t his best poem, but it does celebrate the joys of spring.

                Daffodills

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling leaves in glee;
A poet could not be but gay,
In such a jocund company!
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

– William Wordsworth –


There might be a good time . . .

September 11, 2009

. . . to remember you’ve forgotten to put the herbs in the cheese boats you’re cooking.

But it’s not as you’re pulling from the oven the final dozen of the 60 you’ve spent the last couple of hours making.


Mistakes, we made a few

September 11, 2009

Phil Goff has admitted that Labour made a few mistakes and let sideshows sidetrack them from what really mattered.

But he hasn’t yet and maybe never will, accept that they also did the wrong thing with the things that mattered.

He cites Working For Families as one of Labour’s achievements.

Turning middle and upper income families into beneficiaries is nothing to be proud of. This policy and others like interest free student loans, KiwiRail, buying vast tracts of the high country at inflated prices . . . put New Zealand into recession early and continue to hold back the recovery.

Nanny state sideshows annoyed people. But Labour’s expensive social policies and the handicaps they put in the way of economic growth did, and continue to do, much more harm.


Schools can’t do it by themselves

September 11, 2009

The allure of after ball parties escapes me.

It seems so silly to spend so much on looking gorgeous only to turn into pumpkins after the last dance and go on to something else.

The after ball party turns the ball into the curtain raiser rather than the main event.

I understand why schools wash their hands of them. I also  understand why parents believe since a party is inevitable, one at a set and well supervised venue is preferable to a whole lot of free for alls.

However, if the school says there is to be no after ball party, that ought to be that.

But it wasn’t after the Rangitoto College ball when the party was held, in spite of parents and pupils assuring the school it wouldn’t be.

I’m not surprised that kids said one thing to the school and did another, kids have been lying to parents and teachers for generations. But parents lying to teachers is a more recent phenomenon and I’m shocked that parents also deceived the school and connived in breaking the rules.

Schools are expected to not only educate children, but to turn them in to descent citizens, ready for further study, work and life.

They can’t do it by themselves. If parents are not prepared to back up the school and support its rulings they have only themselves to blame when their little darlings don’t learn that actions have consequences until they’re far more serious than no ball next year.


Getting big is no excuse for poor practices

September 11, 2009

It isn’t easy to run a large multi-property dairy operation and it is impossible for the owners to keep a close watch on what is happening all the time.

You need very good systems and processes to ensure good practices but they are only as good as the people you employ.

Animal welfare must be the first priority in any livestock operation and there is never any excuse for cruelty or neglect. Nor is there any excuse for repeated violations of resource consent conditions.

When you have only one farm you are always aware of the potential for problems because mistakes are made and accidents happen. The bigger the operation, the greater the potential for errors and the best of owners can be let down by poor employees.

But no matter what size the operation is,  when mistakes are repeated and accidents reoccur it looks like there are problems with systems and processes which have led to poor practices.

Cactus Kate is a wee bit more forthright.


September 11 in history

September 11, 2009

On September 11:

1816 German lens maker Carl Zeiss was born.

1862 USA author O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) was born.

1885 English writer D. H (David Herbert Richards)  Lawrence was born.

1917 English writer Jessica Mitford was born.

1928 The first Trans-Tasman flight took place.

1961 the World Wildlife Fund was formed.

1973 Chilean President Salvador Allende was killed in a revolt.

1997  Scotland voted in a referendum  to form a  devlolved parliament within the United Kingdom .

2001 The September 11 suicide attacks took place in the USA.


Twin towers of the World Trade Center burning.

Sourced from BBC On This Day, NZ History Online, Wikipedia.


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