I’ll Be There


Happy birthday Jermaine Jackson, 55 today.

Everything I Own


Happy Birthday David Gates – 69 today.

Sport talk


*Lisa Tamati is nearly at the end of her goal to run the length of New Zealand in 33 days.

* A friend emailed us a photo captioned look what I got for my birthday, come and get it.

The photo showed him sitting beside this:

I suspect it will be the first of many taunts which come our way because North Otago will be the first to challenge Southland for the shield next year.

* Where’s the line between legitimate interest in a sporting figure’s private life and prurience and has it been crossed by the saturation coverage of Tiger Woods?

Split ’em up


When the idea of merging police and traffic officers was first mooted I supported it.

Hardly anyone liked the traffic cops  – those big blokes with big moustaches riding big bikes in black leather – and most people supported the police.

But instead of improving the image of traffic enforcers, the merger has tainted the image of police.

It’s not just because they are most visible as traffic enforcers. But the suspicion that some enforcement has had a lot more to do with revenue gathering than making roads safer has grown and people resent the over-zealous approach to traffic policing when crimes like burglaries don’t always get the attention they deserve.

Now Police Commissioner Howard Broad is proposing to use dedicated traffic enforcement officers to help patrol roads, rather than fully sworn police.

The idea has the blessing of Police Minister Judith Collins.

I think it’s a good idea too, with one proviso – the traffic cops don’t go back to the black leather and moustache look which so many of them sported in the past.

Prentice to challenge Shadbolt?


Tim Shadbolt has cemented himself so firmly into the role of Invercargill’s mayor it’s looked like the position would be his as long as he wanted it.

But ructions in council, culminating in his unsuccessful bid to pass a vote of no confidence in his deputy Neil Boniface, have loosened his hold on the mayoral chains.

The grapevine is beginning to ask if he’s had his time and Invercargill born and raised singer Suzanne Prentice, who is on the city’s Licensing Trust,  may be a strong challenger.

The Invercargill-based entertainer attended a council meeting this week as a “concerned ratepayer”, and watched Mr Shadbolt fail in his bid to oust long-serving deputy mayor Neil Boniface.

Asked how she felt after the meeting, Ms Prentice said she was still concerned and was seriously considering standing for the mayoralty.

“I am doing my homework.”

She hoped to make a decision early next year.

Tim Shadbolt has done a lot for the city and he’s certainly improved its profile. But criticism of him is growing.

Southern Squall has been covering the issue and ran a poll asking if recent events had changed people’s support for Shadbolt.

It’s unscientific but attracted 347 respondents which is  a good number for a blog poll.

However, the significance isn’t so much in the results but that the question was asked at all. Until recently, criticism of the mayor was muted and there was no real sign of a serious challenger.

Now there’s both and if there’s a challenger with a good chance of unseating him, it could be Prentice.

P.S. The ODT’s editorial covers Shadbolt’s showdown.



Wednesday was a very long day.

The alarm had gone off at 5.15 to enable me to get to the airport in time for the first flight, I’d spent the day in a meeting and then had to hang round Wellington airport for more than two hours for the 7pm flight back south.

The last of the cheese was being removed from the Koru Club buffet just as I got there so I was looking forward to the cheese on the plane.

It – a chunk of camembert and a generous slice of cheddar –  was up to expectations (though, call me biased if you will but I prefer Whitestone to Kapiti) but instead of the three crackers which normally accompany it, there were only two.

I put it down to cost cutting and thought no more about it. Busted Blonde had the same experience, blogged on it and set up a Facebook bring back the crackers group.

Chris Keall of NBR  read her post and contacted Air New Zealand who responded saying flyers will be getting four crackers – two packets of two.

Isn’t it great what bloggers and the MSM can achieve when they work together? Today it’s crackers, tomorrow it’ll be world peace 🙂

December 11 in history


On December 11:

1282 Llywelyn the Last, the last native Prince of Wales, was killed at Cilmeri.

Llywelyn the Last at Cardiff City Hall.jpg

1789 The University of North Carolina was chartered.

1890  Carlos Gardel, tango singer was born.

1904  Marge, American cartoonist, was born.

 The first Little Lulu from the February 23, 1935 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.

1907 Fire swept through Parliament Buildings destroying Bellamy’s restaurant but missing the library.

Parliament's library escapes great fire

1917 Lithuania declared its independence from Russia.

1918  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer and Soviet dissident, Nobel laureate, was born.

1931 the Statute of Westminster was passed granting complete autonomy to Britain’s six Dominions. It established legislative equality between the self-governing dominions of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Dominion of Canada, the Irish Free State, Dominion of Newfoundland, the Dominion of New Zealand, and the Union of South Africa.

Statute of Westminster passed

1936  Edward VIII‘s abdication as King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the British Dominions beyond the Seas, and Emperor of India became effective.

1940 David Gates, American musician (Bread), was born.

1941 Germany and Italy declared war on the United States, following the Americans’ declaration of war on Japan in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The United States, in turn, declares war on Germany and Italy.

1943  John Kerry, American politician, was born.


1944 Brenda Lee, American singer, was born.

1946 The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established.


1954  Jermaine Jackson, American singer (Jackson 5), was born.

1958  French Upper Volta gained self-government from France, and becomes the Republic of Upper Volta.

Flag Coat of arms

1972  Apollo 17 became the sixth Apollo mission to land on the Moon.

Apollo 17-insignia.png

1997  The Kyoto Protocol opened for signature.

2005 Cronulla riots: Thousands of White Australians demonstrated against ethnic violence resulting in a riot against anyone thought to be Lebanese (and many who were not) in Cronulla Sydney. These were followed up by retaliatory ethnic attacks on Cronulla.

2008 Bernard Madoff is arrested and charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.


Sourced from Wikipedia and NZ History Online.

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