Silence is Golden


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

One of their most popular songs was Silence is Golden:


Shocking wins Melbourne Cup


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Melbourne Cup sweepstake


Etheral, trained by Shiela Luxton, won the Melbourne Cup in 2001.

No New Zealand horse has won since then which is as good excuse as any to pick one for today.

The field for the race is:

1   VIEWED   Bart Cummings   Brad Rawiller   9   58.0  
2   C’EST LA GUERRE (NZ)   John Sadler   Nicholas Hall   7   55.5  
3   FIUMICINO (NZ)   Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes   Steven King   24   55.5  
4   MASTER O’REILLY (NZ)   Danny O’Brien   Vlad Duric   16   55.0  
5   MOURILYAN (IRE)   Herman Brown   Glyn Schofield   14   54.5  
6   ROMAN EMPEROR (NZ)   Bart Cummings   Hugh Bowman   15   54.0  
7   ISTA KAREEM (NZ)   Colin Little   Luke Nolen   23   53.5  
8   CRIME SCENE (IRE)   Saeed Bin Suroor   Kerrin McEvoy   11   53.0  
9   MUNSEF (GB)   Ian Williams   Zac Purton   5   53.0  
10   ZAVITE (NZ)   Anthony Cummings   Mark Zahra   3   53.0  
11   ALCOPOP   Jake Stephens   Dom Tourneur   12   52.5  
12   HARRIS TWEED (NZ)   Murray & Bjorn Baker   Craig Newitt   20   52.5  
13   KIBBUTZ (NZ)   Jarrod McLean   Chris Symons   8   52.5  
14   NEWPORT   Paul Perry   Peter Wells   18   52.5  
15   WARRINGAH (GB)   Chris Waller   Damien Oliver   17   52.5  
16   GALLIONS REACH (NZ)   Richard Yuill   Dwayne Dunn   6   52.0  
17   SPIN AROUND   Steven Cooper   Mark Du Plessis   4   52.0  
18   BASALTICO (IRE)   Luca Cumani   Danny Nikolic   10   51.5  
19   CAPECOVER (NZ)   Alexander R Fieldes   Noel Harris   19   51.5  
20   DAFFODIL (NZ)   Kevin Gray   Chris Munce   21   51.5  
21   SHOCKING   Mark Kavanagh   Corey Brown   22   51.0  
22   ALLEZ WONDER   Bart Cummings   Michelle Payne   13   50.5  
23   CHANGINGOFTHEGUARD (IRE)   David Hayes   Glen Boss   1   50.5  
24   LEICA DING   Darren Weir   Craig Williams   2   50.5  

If I knew what colours the jockeys would be wearing I’d base my bet on that.

Since I don’t, I’m using a foolproof system based on the birth dates of my family multiplied by the sum of the numerical values ascribed to each letter of the horse’s name, divided by 11 (the number of NZ horses running) measured against the attractiveness of the name.

The result – I’m backing Daffodil to win with Harris Tweed and C’est La Guerre for a place.

November 3 in history


1493 Christopher Columbus first sighted the island of Dominica in the Caribbean Sea.

1783 John Austin, a highwayman, was the last person to be publicly hanged at London’s Tyburn gallows.

1801  Karl Baedeker, German author and publisher, was born.

1817 The Bank of Montreal, Canada’s oldest chartered bank, opened.

File:Bank of Montreal Logo.svg

1838  The Times of India, the world’s largest circulated English language  daily broadsheetnewspaper was founded as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce.

1886 Anchor butter was launched from a dairy factory at Pukekura, Waikato,  by Henry Reynolds.

1887 Coimbra Academic Association, the oldest students’ union in Portugal, was founded.


1903 Panama proclaimed its independence from Colombia.

1911 Chevrolet officially entered the automobile market in competition with the Ford Model T.

Chevrolet Logo

1918  Poland declared its independence from Russia.

1941  Brian Poole, English musician of The Tremeloes, was born.

1942 Second Battle of El Alamein ended– German forces under Erwin Rommel were forced to retreat during the night.

1948 – Lulu, Scottish actress and singer, was born.

1952 Roseanne Barr, American actress and comedian, was born.

1954 Adam Ant, English singer, was born.

1957 The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 2. On board is the first animal to enter orbit a dog named Laika.

1973 NASA launched the Mariner 10 toward Mercury.

The Mariner 10 probe

1974 Daylight saving was reintroduced to New Zealand on a trial basis.

1978  Dominica gained its independence from the United Kingdom.

1986 The Federated States of Micronesia gain independence from the United States of America.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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