Happy birthday Neil Young.
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?
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
1889 DeWitt Wallace, American magazine publisher, co-founder of Readers Digest, was born.
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.
1934 Charles Manson, American cult leader, was born.
1936 The San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge opened to traffic
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.
1962 Naomi Wolf, American author and feminist, was born.
1970 Craig Parker, New Zealand actor, was born.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.