Whoopi Goldberg visits Sesame Street


Since it’s Whoopi Goldberg’s birthday and it was the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street’s first broadcast a couple of days ago:


Sports Talk


*The Breakers beat Backetball league leaders the Wildcats, last night.

* The next Americas Cup is probably going to be sailed off Valencia again.

* The Black Caps are playing Pakistan in 20-20 cricket

* Rugby for girls and boys this weekend:

The Black Ferns have the first of two tests against England on Sunday and the All Blacks are in Milan, lucky them, to play Italy.

Eye full of Eiffel for fomo


The media introduced mofo to my vocabulary in an attempt to get Hone Harawira’s message across without causing offence.

Now Jim Hopkins has added fomo:

You’re a fomo, Hone; a foul mouth.

Hopkins understands Harawira’s motivation:

Because, for you, the best way to show us redneck bigots how angry you really are about those all white mofos “raping our lands and ripping us off for centuries” was to have a weekend in Paris.

Way to go, dude! That’ll teach da man! You’re saying, loud and clear, frank and fomo so no mofo can miss the point, “You stole my land. I’m going to an art gallery.” Whoooa! That’s not so much an eye for an eye as an Eiffel for an Eiffel. Bad history = a good holiday; an equation Voltaire would surely endorse.

“Apre moi le detour”.

He gets Harawira’s pain:

You’re saying, in essence, “Somebody I didn’t know did something awful to somebody else I didn’t know a long time ago when I wasn’t there. And that makes me angry.”

And best of all Hopkins has a solution:

Trouble is . . . All history is dead, Hone. It’s over. The awful thing about history is that you can’t change it. But, the wonderful thing about history is you can invent it. And reinvent it. And keep on inventing it.

There isn’t one history, Hone, there’s a thousand.

Clearly, the history you’ve created is making you a very unhappy Hone. It could even be causing constipation. So make another history, sir. Your ancestors played for both teams, so to speak.

You’re Polypean, Euronesian, whichever you prefer. And, like many others in Outer Roa, proof our predecessors spent as much time in the bedroom as on the battlefield. . .

These extracts don’t do the column justice, you can read it in full here.



A couple of lucky guesses resulted in 10/10 in the Dominion Post’s political quiz.

But it took me just over a minute – very slow compared with BK Drinkwater who got the same score in only 29 seconds.

Bonus for Alliance suppliers


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There were plenty of smiles at the Alliance Group tent at the Christchurch Show yesterday.

The co-operative had just announced some  good news for sheep and beef farmers – or at least those who are shareholders of Alliance.

It’s made  an operating surplus of $42.1 million from a turnover of $1.5 billion for the year to September 30.

It will make an extra payment of $15m to its farmer shareholders based on the number of livestock they supplied. It will also pay a 5c full imputed dividend, worth $2.8m, based on share holdings and plans plans a bonus issue of 18.6 million shares.

Contrast that with Alliance’s biggest competitor Silver Fern Farms. It made a $43.6m profit but that included the one-off payment of $37m from PGG Wrightson in compensation for its failed merger bid and it’s not making any payout to suppliers.

November 13 in history


On November 13:

1715  Dorothea Erxleben,  first German female medical doctor, was born.

1841 James Braid first saw a demonstration of animal magnetism, which leads to his study of the subject he eventually called hypnotism.

1850 Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish writer, was born.

1906 Eva Zeisel, American industrial designer, was born.

1916 Australian Prime Minister  Billy Hughes was expelled from the Labor Party over his support for conscription.

1934 Peter Arnett, New Zealand-born American journalist, was born.

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1955  Whoopi Goldberg, American actress, comedian, and singer, was born.

1971 The American space probe, Mariner 9, becomes the first spacecraft to orbit another planet successfully, swinging into its planned trajectory around Mars.


1985 The volcano Nevado del Ruiz erupted, melting a glacier, causing a lahar that buried Armero, Colombia, killing approximately 23,000 people.

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1990 David Gray killed 13 people at Aramoana.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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