Silence is Golden

November 3, 2009

It’s the birthday of Brian Poole from The Tremeloes.

One of their most popular songs was Silence is Golden:


Shocking wins Melbourne Cup

November 3, 2009

Shocking, trained by Mark Kavanagh and ridden by Corey Brown, has won the 149th Melbourne Cup.

Irish horses Crime Scene and Mourilyan came second and third.

Just as well I hadn’t put any money on my picks. Maybe next year I’ll use Richard’s method.

To Sir With Love

November 3, 2009

Happy birthday Lulu.

To Sir With Love  was released when I was at primary school but I don’t remember seeing it until I was a teenager when the book on which it was based was required reading at high school.


Tuesday’s answers

November 3, 2009

Monday’s questions were:

1. Where and when was Anchor butter launched.

2. What is a piwakawaka?

3.  Who said: “If you find it hard to laugh at yourself I would be happy to do it for you.”?

4. Who wrote the poem, Milking Before Dawn?

5. What does  sinistrorse mean?

Paul Tremewan and Gravedodger share the honours today.

Paul’s stab in the dark for Anchor butter missed but he got the other four right with a bonus for amusing me with the extra info on Groucho. (But why equus in relation to sinistorse? I know it’s the name of a play and that it relates to matters equine but don’t get the link to left).

Gravedodger got four right and a bonus for close-enough for his Anchor butter answer.

The full answer on Anchor is at NZ Histroy Online.

Samo got three right and PDM can have a bonus for honesty.

Tuesday’s answers follow the break:

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The last word on daylight saving

November 3, 2009

Think back over the last six weeks since the clocks went forward. I don’t know how it’s been where you’ve been but I’ve been at home in North Otago, in Dunedin, Wanaka, Auckland and Wellington and haven’t had an evening when it’s been warm enough to enjoy the extra light.

It’s 25 35 years today since daylight saving was first introduced and how much more sensible it was to do so in November when the days are longer and – I say with more hope than certainty – warmer.

The sun may not have got the message but the calendar says it’s nearly summer so this is my last word (for now) on daylight saving:

(Thanks to Swinestein).

Don’t panic

November 3, 2009

The Foreshore and Seabed Act was the result of panic.

The Court of Appeal didn’t say Iwi with continuous customary use could convert that to freehold title. It just said they had the right to test that in court.

But once that got into the media that was translated into Maori having freehold title and the ability to exclude people from the beaches. There was a public outcry and the government panicked.

That was politically costly for the Labour Party because the Act which resulted led to the birth of the Maori Party.

But Labour wasn’t the only party at fault. Former National Party leader Don Brash told Q&A the party got it wrong.

Now John Key has said the legislation will almost certainly be repealed.

There is no indication yet on what will replace it but when panic led to the mistake in the first place it would be helpful if everybody could debate the issue calmly and rationally.

Mr Key said the legislation had been complex, but a replacement that sat well with all New Zealanders was possible.

Not only possible but necessary.

Property rights must be respected and public access to the beaches must be retained. Those are not mutually exclusive.

Otago Fish & Game not confident either

November 3, 2009

Otago Fish and Game council has told the national body it lacks confidence in its chief executive.

Areas of concern included a water campaign which failed to proceed in 2006, a lack of agreement over themes for pre-election advocacy, and the “divisive and costly” judicial review on high country pastoral leases taken without consultation with regional fish and game councils.

This action follows a similar move  by Central South Island Fish & Game which was made public last week.

That judicial review was not only divisive and costly for Fish & Game it was very costly for pastoral lessees and the public.

Fish & Game is funded by fishing and hunting licences. It’s a public entity, established by statute and answerable to the Minister of Conservation.

It should have stuck to maintaining and enhancing recreational fishing and hunting, not taking the Crown and pastoral lessees to court.

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