Bogor the little woodsman and the pot-smoking hedgehog added wisdom and humour to the pages of the Listener for years.

Bogor was a philosopher and a conservationist way back when green was just a colour and not a political persuasion.

Every now and then the cartoons by Burton Silver were collected into books like this one.


dairy 10008

Post 30 in the post a day for New Zealand Book Month challenge

book month logo green

Over at In A Strange Land Deborah posts on Maddigan’s Quest by Margaret Mahy.

Sport talk


* Since rugby became professional Southland has lost many of its stars to other provinces. The grapevine tells me that  the Ranfurly Shield win may result in at least one or two of them coming home.

* Garrick Tremain’s cartoon in today’s ODT shows a reporter and camera man at the reception desk of the NZ Cricket Council.

The reporter says: We’d like to do interviews with the captain, the coach, the selector, psychologist, nutritionist, trainer and the coach driver pelase.

The receptionist is on the phone and says: Daniel . . . couple of gentlemen to see you.

* There’s a rugby match in Tokyo tomorrow.

* What’s up with netball?

If you have anything to say on these or other sporting matters this is your chance to do so.

Does this take the biscuit?


Last year a tourist took offence at Eskimo lollies here, now people on the other side of the Tasman are complaining about creole creams.

There’s a huge gulf  between ignorance and racism on one-side and hypo-sensitivity which takes offence where none is intended on the other.

Where do these biscuits fit? Is it just a name or is it a racial slur?

And if creole creams aren’t acceptable are coconut roughs and if they’re not is coconut by itself?


 How far along the highway to linguistic sterility do we go and where do we stop?

Shows I have slept through


1. Jesus Christ Super Star at the Regent Theatre in Dunedin.

One of the characters sang, Close your eyes, close your eyes . . .  and I did. We had young children at the time and sleep deprivation triumphed over the excitement of a night out.

2. ENZO (Or was it ENSO?) – Otago Museum. The NZ Symphony Orchestra and NZ Ballet playing & dancing to the music of Split Enz. 

The bits I was awake for were amazing but again the need for sleep was greater than the desire to watch the entertainment.

3. Evita at the Regent Theatre in Dunedin.

Another wonderful performance but I still couldn’t resist the temptation to have some very long blinks.

4. Cats at the Regent Theatre in Dunedin.

As for 3.

5.  Mama Mia at the TSB Arena in Wellington last night.

It’s been one of those fortnights this week and when the lights dimmed gravity pulled my eyelids down. That shouldn’t be regarded as a reflection on the show. I was wide awake for the second half and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Quote of the day


It is manifestly obvious that a bad organisation can still produce good work, at least temporarily. Otherwise nothing good would ever come of government –  Macdoctor.

Taking clinics to the patients


Southern papers have had several stories about the closure of school dental clinics.

Teachers complained that children would be out of class for longer if they had to travel to get to a central clinic.

Parents complained about the difficulty of getting children to the clinics during work hours.

Both problems could be solved by mobile dental clinics which are being built for district health boards.

Taking the clinic to the children rather than having to take children to the clinic sounds like a good idea.

It’s a similar idea to the mobile surgical bus.

It’s been operating – in both senses of the word – throughout New Zealand for several years. It enables people in towns whose hospitals no longer have operating theatres to get surgery close to home.

The ‘bus’ is a 20-metre long, 39 tonne mobile operating theatre built in Rotorua. It cost $5.2 million and was privately funded. The ‘bus’ carries $1 million worth of video communications equipment.

It treated its 10,000 patient while on a scheduled stop in Oamaru on May 27 this year.

Sawmill cuts out


The loss of 45 jobs isn’t good news wherever it happens.

But it’s worse in a small town like Tapanui where Blue Mountain Lumber is closing for good.

It’s not just the people affected and their families. That many jobs gone from a small, rural community leaves a hole which will be very difficult to fill.

Some may be able to find work near by but many will look further afield and that will in turn affect those who remain. Businesses and services will lose customers and schools will lose pupils and this may lead to more job losses and business failures.

If there is one good thing about the closure it’s that at this time of year there may be seasonal employers may be able to provide work for some of those who’ve lost their jobs, at least in the short term.

October 30 in history


On October 30:

1485 King Henry VII of England was crowned.

1865 The Native Land Court was established.

1885 Ezra Pound, American poet, was born.

1893 Charles Atlas, Italian-born bodybuilder, was born.

1894 Domenico Melegatti obtained a patent for a procedure to be applied in producing pandoro industrially.


1918 A petition with more than 240,000 signatures was presented to parliametn demanding an end to the sale and maufacture of alcohol in New Zealand.

1922 Benito Mussolini was made Prime Minister of Italy.

1925  John Logie Baird created Britain’s first television transmitter.


The first known photograph of a moving image produced by Baird’s “televisor”, circa 1926 (The subject is Baird’s business partner Oliver Hutchinson)
1938  Orson Welles broadcast his radio play of H. G. Wells‘s The War of the Worlds.
1944  Anne Frank and sister Margot Frank were deported from Auschwitz to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
1945 Henry Winkler, American actor, was born.
1947 The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the foundation of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), was founded.
1960 – Diego Maradona, Argentine footballer, was born.
Diego Maradona.jpg
1960  Michael Woodruff performed the first successful kidney transplant in the United Kingdom at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
1973 The Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, connecting the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosporus for the first time.
1974 The Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman took place in Kinshasa, Zaire.
1975  Prince Juan Carlos became Spain‘s acting head of state, taking over for the country’s ailing dictator, Gen. Francisco Franco.
Sourced from NZ History Online and Wikipedia.

%d bloggers like this: