October 28, 2009

Bother – missed one question in the Dominion Post’s political quiz.

I made a wrong guess about what was concerning the Environment Commissioner.

Kiwiblog got the lot.

Mid-week Music – The Shadows

October 28, 2009

In recognition of Hank Marvin’s birthday, The Shadows play Apache:

The Reluctant Pirate

October 28, 2009

Amos Bunberry is a pirate in training, but a relucant one.

He’s trying pirate life because his mother said he had to. But he’s not enjoying it until he meets Griselda and her gang of forward thinking pirates.

This is a quirky tale in which brains beat brawn.

The author is Pauline Cartwright. Her word plays and jokes are enhanced by Marg Hamilton’s illustrations.

The book was a finalist in the 1994 Aim Book Awards.

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Post 28 in the post a day for New Zealand Book Month challenge

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over at In A Strange Land Deborah posts on Down the Back of the Chair by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Polly Dunbar.

PGW rebrands

October 28, 2009

Rod Orman was less than enthusiastic about PGG Wrightson taking Chinese company Agria as a cornerstone partner.

Perhaps the person who photoshopped the PGW store with Chinese script below the brand had similar concerns:



Waimate writer wins SST short story contest

October 28, 2009

Waimate writer Sue Francis has won the open section of the Sunday Star Times short story award.

Her winning story, The Concentrators, is set in Temuka and she describes it as a coming of age story.

This is Sue’s second writing success this year. She has recently had a story published in the latest volume of Random House’s Best New Zealand Fiction. 

Sue is a classmate in the writing course I am doing at Aoraki Polytech. The win is also a good reflection on our tutor, Diane Brown.

Southland celebrates

October 28, 2009

They may not have the numbers found in provinces further north and even the most loyal Southlander would admit that they don’t always get the warmest of weather.

But Southland certainly knows how to celebrate.

The Southland Times covers yesterday’s Ranfurly Shield parade here.

Own boss for holiday pays off

October 28, 2009

The staff of the Pig & Whistle pub in Queenstown who employed themselves for Labour Day think it was worth their while.

Owner Barry Ellis turned the pub over to his staff on Monday to avoid having to pay the punishing holiday pay rates which often makes opening too expensive.

Staff signed special contracts for the day and became self employed. They had to pay all the costs and they could then share the profit.

Duty manager Daragh Cantwell said it would be a few days before the financial success of their boss handing the pub over to the staff was known.

“But we did okay. It was definitely worthwhile,” said the temporary boss, enjoying a day off yesterday after working 17 hours the previous day.

If the staff are happy and the owner is happy this may be one way of getting round the law which requires anyone working on a holiday to be paid time and a half and a day off in lieu.

There is a risk in it for staff, if they don’t make enough they’d be working for nothing for a day. But there’s a risk in operating on holidays for owners that they won’t make enough to cover the cost of extra wages and days off.

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