Hark The Herald Angels Sing

December 18, 2009

Charles Wesley would have been 302 today.

He wrote the lyrics for this:


You Can’t Always Get What You Want

December 18, 2009

Happy Birthday Keith Richards –  66 today.


Need to know if need to help

December 18, 2009

A young man was chatting to me about the deplorable trend for friends of people celebrating 21sts to tell-all during the speeches.

“I treat my parents on a need to know basis,” he said.

As a parent, I agree with that policy and the older the children the less parents need to know.

I’m quite happy to remain ignorant of minor transgressions and random acts of silliness at any stage and my view of what constitutes minor and random becomes more relaxed as the children age.

However, I would want and need to know, if I needed to help.

Yesterday Cactus Kate  asked a question: should she tell friends she saw their 17 year old using illegal drugs?

She’s had 96 responses, almost all of which said yes.

 A child doing something which could endanger her health and well being,  and lead to arrest and charges which would limit her future travel and professional options will almost certainly need help eventually.

If it was my daughter I’d want to know about it and I’d be better able to help if I found out sooner rather than later.


Sport talk

December 18, 2009

’tis the season for best and worst.

Best sporting feat of the year – Southland winning the Ranfurly Shield. I’m awarding that not for the match but the enthusiastic response of the province to winning it.

And worst? Does my failure to maintain last summer’s fitness for the whole year count?


It’s a sham

December 18, 2009

Our Riverton farm was on the market earlier this year.

At the time the grapevine was buzzing about a Maori bloke who was signing up farms without setting foot on them.

Shortly after ours was signed up by a man offering a 1% deposit after unspecified due dilligence.

The real estate agent told us he had absolutely no confidence in the offer and we didn’t accept it.

It sounds very like the offer came from the same outfit which the ODT reports has bought 28 farms in Southland.

A Maori trust, with financial backing believed to come from Dubai, has contracted to buy 28 farms in Southland, with plans to buy others throughout the country.

The cost of the farm purchases so far is estimated at more than $150 million.

Inquiries by the Otago Daily Times have revealed concerns in the rural industry about the group’s actions, from delays confirming the sales contracts to deposits not being paid as expected.

Two of Southland’s largest rural real estate companies, PGG Wrightson and Southern Wide, declined to deal with the trust, but the farms have been bought through other real estate agents.

That the two major firms won’t have anything to do with the trust is pertinent.

If it’s the same outfit which made the offer to us, it’s a sham.


To h and not to h that is the decision

December 18, 2009

Who’d want to be Maurice Williamson, Minister of Land Information charged with making the decision on whether or not it’s Wanganui or Whanganui?

Neither will please everybody so he’s opted for both.

Wanganui is to be given its “h” back in a compromise under which Government agencies will have to follow the new spelling but others will have a choice.

I’m impressed with this diplomatic decision. Government agencies w(h)ill have to do as they’re told and the rest of us can do what w(h)e w(h)ant.


Do you want sex with that?

December 18, 2009

What message does a billboard with an unhappy Joseph and Mary under the duvet and the words: Poor Joseph, God is a hard act to follow give?

Catholics, evangelical protestants and other denominations who revere Mary are offended. I’ve read and heard a range of views from Christians who take a less literal interpretation of the Bible and none of them was amused either.

Archdeacon Glyn Cardy said:

“What we’re trying to do is to get people to think more about what Christmas is all about,”

Does that mean he wants us to think Christmas is about sex?

I thought it was supposed to be about hope, faith, peace, joy and love.


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