Gerry Brownlee may not want to go awandering with David Parker but he showed that politics can be fun during question time today:
Hat Tip: Kiwiblog
I’m slipping – only 7/10 in today’s Dominion Post politics quiz – and it took me 50 seconds.
Noel Coward would have been 110 today.
. . . what happens to the half used bottles of complimentary shampoo and conditioner which are left in hotel rooms?
Are they refilled or is it okay to take them?
And what about the other toiletries? Is it okay to take the bottle if you’ve used the hand cream? Or to take it even if you haven’t used it?
Then there’s the pen.
Is it okay to take it because its a promotional tool for the hotel which reminds you – and whoever else uses the pen – about it?
Or is souveniring of these little things petty theft which adds to the costs for the accommodation provider?
Apropos of this, I was chatting to an airline steward as the plane was coming in to land.
His first stay in a hotel was an overnighter for work.
He was delighted with all the little bottles in the bathroom and took them home for his children.
Then he discovered all the wee bottles in the fridge and took them too. A couple of days later the hotel caught up with him and explained the contents of the mini bar weren’t complimentary.
. . . to whoever planted the pohutukawa on the road side between the centre of Wellington and the airport.
They look glorious.
Escargot sounds better than snail, but whatever they’re called I’ve never summoned the courage to eat one until last night.
Then it came served to each diner on a china spoon as a pre-dinner offering and it would have been rude to turn it down.
I looked, lifted it slowly to my mouth, tasted it somewhat gingerly and to my surprise I liked it.
The dominant flavour was mild garlic and the texture was similar to a tender scallop.
The dinner was an end of year gathering at the Museum Hotel in Wellington. The meal was delicious – groper accompanied by steamed vegetables and followed by crème brulee. The service was superb and my fellow diners delightful.
I came across some old school reports last week.
They were pretty positive but there was nothing in them to indicate how the child being reported on was doing in relation to the norm for her age and stage or, just as important, in relation to her potential.
In light of that the aim of providing school reports in plain English which show parents how their children are performing doesn’t seem unreasonable to me.
Teachers say that they already know which children are failing and they ought to. But if this is the case why don’t parents know too?
An Education Review Office report to be released today has part of the answer:
. . . some teachers and principals are ignoring achievement data for year 1 and 2 pupils that does not show positive results. In some cases the information has not been given to boards of trustees and parents.
Knowledge is power and at the moment teachers have knowledge about children which isn’t being shared with parents.
The move to national standards ought to change that but identifying children who aren’t learning well is only the start.
Giving them the help they need to ensure they reach their potential must follow and the responsibility for that doesn’t lie only with schools.
Not all children turn up at school ready to learn. Some don’t speak English and some who do have poor language skills. Some haven’t been read to, some don’t recognise numbers or colours. Some are hungry. Some lack social skills, some have behaviour problems.
National standards will indentify children with literacy and numeracy problems. They may identify teachers who aren’t up to scratch and they will also point to families where the parents are failing their children.
The success of national standards won’t rest on what they show but what’s done about it. The focus will be on schools but some of the problem, and the most difficult part to address, is what happens, or doesn’t happen, in homes.
He needed a new ute.
The dealer had one is stock which he could have immediately or another on order which would take six weeks to arrive.
The one in stock was red and he was a National Party director.
He waited six weeks for the blue one.
How’s that for dedication to the cause?
On December 16:
1485 Catherine of Aragon, Queen of England, was born.
1770 Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer was born.
Portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820
This iconic 1846 lithograph by Nathaniel Currier was entitled “The Destruction of Tea at Boston Harbor
1775 Jane Austen, English writer, was born.
1787 – Mary Russell Mitford, English writer, was born.
1790 King Léopold I of Belgium, was born.
1882 Sir Jack Hobbs, English cricketer, was born.
Jack Hobbs (left) walks out to the SCG with his opening partner Herbert Sutcliffe.
1888 King Alexander I of Yugoslavia, was born.
1899 Sir Noel Coward, English playwright, actor and composer, was born.
1905 Piet Hein, Danish mathematician and inventor
1905 A great rugby rivalry was born when a last-minute try to All Black Bob Deans was disallowed, handing the Welsh victory.
1907 The Great White Fleet (US Naval Battle fleet) began its circumnavigation of the world.
1915 – Turk Murphy, American trombonist, was born.
1917 Sir Arthur C. Clarke, English writer, was born.
1947 Ben Cross, English actor, was born.
1949 Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget, later knons as SAAB, was founded in Sweden.
1955 – Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, was born.
1960 1960 New York air disaster: While approaching New York’s Idlewild Airport, a United Airlines Douglas DC-8 collided with a TWA Lockheed Super Constellation in a blinding snowstorm over Staten Island, killing 134.
1972 Angela Bloomfield, New Zealand actress, was born.
1991 Independence of The Republic of Kazakhstan.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.