Another march for democracy

November 21, 2009

While assorted groups marched for democracy in Auckland, people were marching in Oamaru for a similar cause:

They were part of the street parade in the Victorian Heritage Celebrations.

Waitaki Mayor, Alec Fmailton, Mayoress Heather, the Queen of Victorian Oamaru and celebration committee chair, Sally Hope travelled by horse drawn carriage:

Also on parade, though not necessarily in support of votes for women were foot soldiers of Alf’s Imperial Army:

Emergency services were represented with an ambulance . . .

. . . a fire engine  . . .

. . . and a policeman:

There was steam power . . .

. . . and pedal power:

And if Donna Demente’s car was a few decades ahead of the Victorian era, what it lacked in historical authenticity was more than compensated for by its artistry:


Quote of the week

November 21, 2009

“This Government has the capacity to make its own distinctions between good advice and bad advice,” says English.  “Advice we disagree with is bad advice; advice we agree with is good advice.”

– Bill English quoted in the NZ Herald’s Political Diary.


Did you see the one about

November 21, 2009

Thought for the day – Quote Unquote has a new angle on paper, scissors, rock. Whilte you’re there you might enjoy NZ farmer letter of the year – an answer to the problem of travel perks.

Worlds apart – Progressive Turmoil on the differences in mobile phone use in different countries.

Chicken Fever hits parliament – Audrey Young spots a chook and comes up with some answers to the question of why the chicken crossed the road.

Spam journalism # 63 and Much ado about nothing – Macdoctor points out the difference between smaller increases and cuts.

Goff loses chess game to analogue computer – gonzo Freakpower gets satirical.

Work/life balance – it’s not about the pets – The Hand Mirror finds the paid/ unpaid work balance leaves little time for life.

Saving the minghty kauri Over the Fence on the fund to fight kauri die back.

Supply and demand or what? – Anti Dismal on what matters.

One thing to keep in mind – The Visible Hand on the real issues.

What’s in the water – Alison Campbell at Sciblogs on the dangers of water births.

Trickle down carbon sequestration – Daniel Collins at Sciblogs shows tree planting in the wrong place may compromise water supply.

Greens revealed as biggest spender in Mt Albert by-election – Liberation shows money doesn’t buy votes.

Berlin wall series:  Poland,  Czechoslovakia and Bulgeria , – by Liberty Scott.

Big Boys toys – Frenemy is truck spotting.


Moo pooh for biofuel?

November 21, 2009

Algae which grows on ponds of human waste water in Christchurch is being turned into bio oil.

If it works for human waste it must work for animal waste too.

Could  moo pooh biofuel be produced from the effluent from dairy sheds?


Were those the days?

November 21, 2009

The ball was leather, the goal posts were freshly felled trees, the shorts were longer and the referee, Bruce Rowland,  wore street clothes:

It was rugby as it used to be, played under 1905 rules in uniforms of the era as part of Oamaru’s Victorian Heritage celebrations.

It attracted a large crowd of spectators and St John ambulance volunteers were on hand to deal with the injured:

The referee summoned the police, who were also attired in Victorian uniforms, to deal with an unruly player but behaviour on and off the field was generally seemly.

Some of the players were more oldie than golden but anything they lacked in youth was more than compensated for by enthusiasm.

The ODT’ reported: long on shorts and short on breath.


EU removes dairy subsidies

November 21, 2009

Break out a celebratory bottle of milk, the European Union has removed subsidies on dairy products.

Trade Minister Tim Groser said:

“International dairy prices have shown a marked improvement across the board in the last three months, reflecting a more positive outlook in international dairy markets.

“In response to this market improvement, the European Union has been gradually scaling back its export subsidies since late October. The removal of remaining export subsidies sends an encouraging message to the international dairy market and I welcome that.

“I will continue to make the point in my international contacts that it is important not to revert to subsidies as a response to market conditions.

“All countries with dairy industries have an interest in a healthy international market. This is a positive development toward that end,” Mr Groser said.

That is very good news. However, let’s not forget the dairy produce which the Eu stockpiled when prices fell.

Releasing it will increase the supply which could dampen prices.

Phil Clarke sees this from the British point of view:

One thing that will be crucial is the rate at which butter and skimmed milk powder stocks are released from intervention in the EU. Last week the commission only went so far as to say it was following things closely and would not do anything to hinder recovery.

But EU dairy body Eucolait is worried that, if the commission leaves it too late, many food processors will switch out of dairy fat and into vegetable oil – and the opportunity to reduce stocks will be missed.

It’s a difficult balancing act, but one the commission has to get right if the dairy sector is to enjoy any kind of stability.

It’s tempting to say the sooner they get rid of the stockpiles the better, but flooding the market with dairy produce which has been stockpiled would depress prices.


November 21 in history

November 21, 2009

On November 21:

164 BC Judas Maccabaeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restoresdthe Temple in Jerusalem. This event is commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah.

1694 Voltaire, French philosopher, was born.

1783 Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent, Marquis d’Arlandes, make the first untethered hot air balloon flight.

1787 Samuel Cunard, Canadian-born shipping magnate, was born.

1863 Maori surrendered at Rangiriri.

1877  Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound

1905 Albert Einstein‘s paper, Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?, was published in the journal “Annalen der Physik”. This paper reveals the relationship between energy and mass. This led to the mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc².

1920 In Dublin, 31 people were killed in what became known as “Bloody Sunday“.

1922 Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia took the oath of office, becoming the first female United States Senator.

1929 Marilyn French, American feminist writer, was born.

1936 Victor Chang, Australian physician, was born.

1941 Juliet Mills, British actress, was born.

1945  Goldie Hawn, American actress, was born.

1948  George Zimmer, American entrepreneur, was born.

1977 Minister of Internal Affairs Allan Highet announced that ‘the national anthems of New Zealand shall be the traditional anthem “God Save the Queen” and the poem “God Defend New Zealand“, written by Thomas Bracken, as set to music by John Joseph Woods, both being of equal status as national anthems appropriate to the occasion.

 

New Zealand Historic Places Trust blue plaque at the site of the first performance in Dunedin.
1995 The Dayton Peace Agreement was initialed at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio, ending three and a half years of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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