Heart of Gold


Happy birthday Neil Young.

And the other answers are?


Paul Tremewan must have been a Boy Scout because he prepared for a two week absence by answering the next two Mondays’ quizes before leaving.

His first lot of answers were posted yesterday and Rob gave 4/5 for the correpsonding questions.  He’s right about #4, I don’t know about the others and googgled #5 but still didn’t work out the question.

The second lot of answers are:

1 15 May 1991, (replaced by the Employment Relations Act in 2000)
2 Maurice Duggan
3 Kevin Briscoe and Roger Urban
4 a Romney Perendale cross? (We city boys don’t know much about this apart from how they taste, and the fact that their wet weather gear makes excellent car seat covers!
(I learnt that as a student, working in the felly at AFFCO’s Moerewa Works!))
5 Mount Taranaki.

And the questions are?

Reporter leaves geographical tracks


The headline says: Train leaves track leaving major line closed in Southland.

The story says:

A train left its tracks between Canterbury and Otago last night, flipping five of its carriages onto their sides.

Kiwirail engineers are working to right nine freight cars which derailed last night, closing the main line between Christchurch and Dunedin.

I don’t think it’s possible for a train to leave its tracks between Canterbury and Otago because they border each other at the Waitaki River.

The derailment must have happened in one province or the other and whichever it was the part of the line between Christchurch or Dunedin it happened on is well north of Southland.

Don’t reporters know New Zealand geogrpahy?

Aren’t subs supposed to correct these things?

Parking problem


Barry de Geest was born with physical disabilities because of the thalidomide prescribed to his mother when she was pregnant.

He grew up in Oamaru when I was a child and attitudes towards people with disaiblities were a lot less sensitive than they are now. But I remember him being widely admired for his positive attitude and many accomplishments. 

He lives an independent life but he’s come up against a parking problem. He was given a parking ticket, even though his disabled parking permit was prominently displayed.

He wrote to the company and explained. They replied he should still have paid to park.

But how does an armless man use a parking machine?

NZ News UK internet casualty


When I first arrived in London in 1982 friends introduced me to NZ News UK.

It was a give away paper in which you looked for work, flats, British  and international news of interest to ex-pat Kiwis and news from home.

One issue had a story about the conditions at the Smithfield meat market which became front page news back in New Zealand.

Chris Reeve, a former national president of Young Farmers, was appalled by the casual attitude to hygiene at London’s market after the expensive and extensive hoops meat companies in New Zealand had to jump through to meet standards for export.

The paper has been an important part of the OE experience for New Zealanders in London for years but publishing was suspended in July.

It’s not surprising because anything the paper did, the internet now does better.

Bollard says some farms must sell


Real Estate agents’ phone have been busy since Fonterra announced an increase in its forecast milk payout.

Some calls have been from would-be buyers and a few have been from vendors wanting to take their farms off the market.

They’d been under pressure from banks but the increase in the payout has given them some respite.

The sharp drop in the payout last season provided a wake up call for farmers who had borrowed heavily and many will use the increased payout to reduce debt.

However, the increase might not be enough for everyone.  The Reserve Bank’s financial stability report says some farms are carrying too much debt and will be forced to sell some or all of their operations.

Very few farms have sold in the last few months because buyers have been holding back but that changed this week.

No-one rings a bell at the bottom of the market, but the number of calls real estate agents are fielding suggests dairy farms, and their prices, might be about to move again.

November 12 in history


On November 12:

1651  Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Mexican mystic and author, was born.

1729  Louis Antoine de Bougainville, French explorer, was born.

1840 Auguste Rodin, French sculptor, was born.


1847 Sir James Young Simpson, a Scottish physician, was the first to use chloroform as an anaesthetic.

1866 Sun Yat-sen, the 1st President of the Republic of China was born.

1889 DeWitt Wallace, American magazine publisher, co-founder of  Readers Digest, was born.

1912 The frozen bodies of Robert Scott and his men were found on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.

Man with receding hairline, looking left, wearing naval uniform with medals, polished buttons and heavy shoulder decorations

1912 Striking worker Fred Evans was seriously injured in a clash with police and strikebreakers during the bitter six-month-long dispute at the goldmining town of Waihi. He died the following day.

1918  Austria became a republic.

1929  Princess Grace of Monaco, was born.

1933 Hugh Gray took the first known photos of the Loch Ness Monster.

The “Surgeon’s photo” (1934), later revealed as a hoax.

1934 Charles Manson, American cult leader, was born.

1936 The San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge opened to traffic

1942 The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal between Japanese and American forces began.

1943  Bjorn Waldegard, Swedish rally driver, was born.


1944  Booker T. Jones, American musician and songwriter (Booker T and the MG’s), was born.


1945 Neil Young, Canadian singer and musician, was born.

1958  A team of rock climbers led by Warren Harding completed the first ascent of The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.

Yosemite El Capitan.jpg

1962  Naomi Wolf, American author and feminist, was born.

1969 Independent investigative journalist Seymour Hersh broke the My Lai story.

1970 The 1970 Bhola cyclone made landfall on the coast of East Pakistan becoming the deadliest tropical cyclone in history.

1970  Craig Parker, New Zealand actor, was born.


1990 Crown Prince Akihito was formally installed as Emperor Akihito of Japan, becoming the 125th Japanese monarch.

1990  Tim Berners-Lee published a formal proposal for the World Wide Web.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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