Ten Guitars

November 24, 2009

It’s Billy Connolly’s birthday.

It’s not easy to find something by him without a lot of words my mother wouldn’t want to hear, but I think this is free from fs.

And today is?

November 24, 2009

I just phoned the Koru Club and got a recorded message telling me the office was closed for Queens Birthday.

The Entertainer

November 24, 2009

Scott Joplin was born 141 years ago today.

I was introduced to this as the theme music for The Sting, but the tune is much older than that film.

Tuesday’s answers

November 24, 2009

Monday’s questions were:

1. What is a gnomon?

2. Which New Zealand author lost his left leg in 1940?

3. Who wrote Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge?

4.  Which author rode the Queen Mother’s race horses?

5. Who said, If you steal from one author, it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many it’s research”?

No-one got all the answers:

Fairfacts Media gets a point for the speed and wit of his response.

Andrei got 3 plus 1/2 for his answer to 5.

Samo got 2 and I think another 1 for the answer to 4  – although I wasn’t thinking of  Lester Piggot I think he wrote an autobigoraphy which technically makes him a writer.

PDM gets one and a bonus for his answer to 5.

Teletext is the winner with 4.

Paul Tremewan got 1 right and a bonus for teaching me something.

Tuesday’s answers follow the break:

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Lamb drop up

November 24, 2009

The national lamb flock increased  6.2% this spring  Meat and Wool NZ’s tailing survey shows.

A total of 28.95 million lambs were tailed this year, 1.7 million more than last spring when numbers reached a 51 year low.

North Island lamb numbers were up 9.1 per cent (1.1 million head) to 13.15 million head. South Island lamb numbers were up 4.0 per cent (0.60 million head) to 15.80 million head

Fewer ewes were put to the ram but good stock condition and generally favourable weather resulted in more multiple births and better lamb survival.

We had a 123 percent lambing nationally. This was 10.5 percentage points better than last season’s 111.1% when drought affected fertility. 

An increase in the conception rate for ewes, plus good weather conditions in early lambing led to excellent lamb survival boosting the number of lambs tailed.

The export lamb slaughter for 2009-10 is estimated to be 23.5 million head. This is an increase of 4.4% on last season and represents one million more lambs available for slaughter. However, some of these lambs will be retained for replacements to make up for the drop in stock numbers last season.

New season lambs have been receiving similar prices as last season. However farmers are expecting the price to fall off rapidly after the Christmas export trade due to the strength of the dollar.

Last season gave a welcome boost in returns for sheep meat but while international demand is strong it is not expected to translate into prices which are high enough to compensate for the relatively high value of our currency.

Nominations open for PM’s science prizes

November 24, 2009

Nominations have opened for three of the inaugural Prime Minister’s Science Prizes:  the Prize for Science, the Science Teacher Prize and the Science Media Communication Prize.

Prime Minister’s Science Prize

The winner of the Prize for Science will get $100,000 plus $400,000 for their research. The Science Teacher Prize gives $50,000 to the winner and $100,000 to their school and  the Science Media Communication Prize gives the winner $150,000 to cover the costs of a series of secondments for the winner to media organisations.

Nominations close on December 18.

Further information on the prizes is here.

4WD not amphibian

November 24, 2009

The Southland Times has the story and photo of a four wheel drive vehicle which can’t swim.

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