Just a Minute

October 10, 2009

In recognition of Nicholas Parson’s birthday, a tast of Just A Minute:


Saturday’s Smiles

October 10, 2009

A man  was driving down a deserted stretch of highway when he noticed a sign  which read

SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS 
HOUSE OF PROSTITUTION 
10 Km 

He thought it was a figment of his imagination and drove on without a second thought…. 

Soon he saw another sign which read: 

SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS 
HOUSE OF PROSTITUTION 
5 Km

He began to think these signs were genuine as he drove past a third sign saying: 

SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS 
HOUSE OF PROSTITUTION 
NEXT RIGHT 

His curiosity got the best of him and he turned into the drive. On the far side of the parking lot was a stone building with a small sign next to the door reading: 

SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS 

He climbed the steps and rang the bell. The door was answered by a nun in a long black habit who asked, “What may we do for you my son?” 

He answered, “I saw your signs along the highway and was interested in possibly doing business…..” 

“Very well my son. Please follow me,” she said and led him through many winding passages so he was soon quite disoriented. The nun finally stopped at a closed door and said, “I will leave you now. Please knock on this door and do as you are asked.” 

He knocked and another nun in a long habit, holding a tin cup answered the door… This nun said, “Please place $100 in the cup then go through the large wooden door at the end of the hallway.” 

He put $100 in the cup, eagerly trotted down the hall and slipped through the door pulling it shut behind him. 

The door locked, and he found himself back in the parking lot facing another sign: 

GO IN PEACE. 
YOU HAVE JUST BEEN SCREWED BY THE SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS. 
SERVES YOU RIGHT, YOU SINNER


Edmonds Cookery Book

October 10, 2009

In my extensive collection of recipe books there are bigger, better illsutrated books with more exotic recipes.

But the one which has stood the test of time, to which I go back for basic, tried and true recipes is the old, spiral bound Edmonds Cookery Book.

It was first printed in 1955, my edition was printed in 1980.

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Post 10 in the post a day for New Zealand Book Month challenge.

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Deborah at In A Strange Land has psoted on Slinky Malinky by Lynley Dodd.


One of those fortnights

October 10, 2009

Leaving home on Tuesday morning to attend a funeral in Dunedin, flying to Auckland for meetings on Wednesday and Thursday, flying back to Dunedin for a meeting yesterday morning and getting home just before 4pm isn’t the best way to prepare to host 30 people for dinner a couple of hours later.

To complicate matters the three young Argentineans who’ve been working for us and who we were farewelling, had been going to cook an asado. But rain and wind aren’t conducive to slow-cooking lamb by the fire so we had to go to plan b.

By the time I got home my farmer had cleaned out the garage and we had a barbeque in there instead.

It went well, we all had fun. The weather and early starts for most people this morning meant no-one over stayed their welcome so we were all cleared up by 1am.

When I woke late this morning I felt like I’d had one of those fortnights this week. Thankfully, I had the sense to have only one glass of wine last night. I’m feeling tired but at least I’m not hungover.


Plastic bag shortage hits charity

October 10, 2009

Sign on the window of a St Vincent de Paul op shop in Dunedin:

We Need Plastic Bags.

Another unexpected consequence of the campaign to get rid of plastic supermarket bags.


Colour war

October 10, 2009

One pub, two publicans.

One’s from Otago, on the right side of the Waitaki River. The other’s from Canterbury on the other side of ther river. 

One prefers Speights, the other drinks another beer.

On which beer do they base the clour scheme of the pub?

Both:

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October 10 in history

October 10, 2009

On October 10:

1813 – Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer, was born.

Giuseppe Verdi. Portrait by Giovanni Boldini, 1886
 
1830 Queen Isabella II of Spain was born.
   

1900 US actress Helen Hayes was born.

In the film What Every Woman Knows (1934)

1919 Richard Strauss‘ opera Die Frau ohne Schatten had its debut performance in Vienna.

 

1923 Nicholas Parsons, English actor, radio & TV presenter was born.


Parsons recording Just a Minute at the Pleasance Grand, Edinburgh.

1930 Harold Pinter, English playwright and Nobel laureate was born.

1950 Us author Nora Roberts was born.

1957 The Windscale fire in Cumbria took place, it was the world’s first major nuclear accident.

1970 Fiji  gained its independence.

1971 the London Bridge reopened in Lake Havasu City, Arizona

 

1975 The Treaty of Waitangi Act was passed.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.


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