I’ll Never Find Another You


Happy birthday Athol Guy – born on this day 1940.

Tuesday’s answers


Monday’s questions were:

1. What did you do on New Year’s Eve?

2. What was your best New Year’s Eve celebration?

3. What was your worst?

4.  What was the most unusual?

 And by way of training for next week when normal quiz questions will resume:

5. Who wrote: For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning?”

Rob and Paul T tied with 4 right but Rob gets a  bonus for fuller answers  to questions 2 & 3 (and another bonus for dedicated parenting); he also gets a commendation for reasoning for his answer to 5 and Paul gets a bonus for imagination for his answer to that question.

Rayiinz gets 2 and a bonus for being the only one to answer 5 correctly.

The answer to 5 was T.S. Eliot, from  Little Gidding.

There were no incorrect answers to 1-4.

Mine were:

1. Conducted a wedding ceremony at Elephant Rocks and drove back to Wanaka to find our daughter, a couple of friends, my brother, his wife and three daughters had arrived in my absence. We had a bbq, wandered in to town (which wasn’t nearly as busy as past years) called on friends, went down to the waterfront for the midnight fireworks and retired.

2. For 10 years we invited family, friends and neighbours to our place for a BBQ – ages ranged from babies to grandparents. We had good people, good food, moderate amounts of alcohol, lots of laughs  plus fireworks. 

3. Last year we left our hotel in Buenos Aires at 9pm on the 30th, got to the airport after 10 to be told our flight had been delayed until 5am. We took off about 5.30 on the morning of the 31st and landed in Auckland on the 1st with no mention of New Year’s Eve en route.

4. Most memorable: A party in San Nicolas, Argentina – pot luck meal followed by singing and dancing (including tango – though I don’t dance well in English and found it even harder in Spanish). Everyone kissed everyone on arrival, at midnight and on departure. As we left my farmer said it was a long time since he’d kissed that many women and he’d never kissed that many men.

Cardrona Hotel


There are the imitation Cardrona Hotels which have popped up around New Zealand and more recently in London.

Then there’s the real, original Cardrona Hotel  in the Cardrona Valley. . .

. . . which serves Cardrona merino lamb chops . . .

. . . which were delicious, though four was two more than I could cope with.

January 5 in history


On January 5:

1759 George Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis.

 “Washington’s Family” by Edward Savage, painted between 1789 and 1796, shows (from left to right): George Washington Parke Custis, George Washington, Eleanor Parke Custis, Martha, and an enslaved servant: probably William Lee or Christopher Sheels.

1767 Jean-Baptiste Say, French economist, originator of Say’s Law, was born.

Jean-Baptiste Say.

1834 William John Wills, English explorer of Australia, member of the Burke and Wills expedition, was born.

1889 – Preston North End was declared winner of the original football league.

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1896 – An Austrian newspaper reported that Wilhelm Roentgen had discovered a type of radiation later known as X-rays.

1903  Harold Gatty, Australian aviator, navigator with Wiley Post, was born.

1910  Jack Lovelock, New Zealand athlete, was born.

1914 – The Ford Motor Company announced an eight-hour workday and a minimum wage of $5 for a day’s labour.

1917  Jane Wyman, American actress, was born.

1918 – The Free Committee for a German Workers Peace, which would become the Nazi party, was founded.

1925 – Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming became the first female governor in the United States.

1932 Umberto Eco, Italian writer, was born.

1933 – Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began in San Francisco Bay.


1938 King Juan Carlos I of Spain, was born.

1940 – FM radio  was demonstrated to the FCC for the first time.

1940 Athol Guy, Australian singer, member of The Seekers, was born.

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1943 Justice Mary Gaudron, first female judge of the High Court of Australia, was born.
1944 – The Daily Mail became the first transoceanic newspaper.
1946 Diane Keaton, American actress, was born.
1950 Chris Stein, American guitarist (Blondie), was born.
1960 Phil Thornalley, English bass guitarist (The Cure), was born.

1968 – Alexander Dubček came to power: “Prague Spring” began in Czechoslovakia.

1969  Marilyn Manson, American singer, was born.

1973 Phil Joel, New Zealand bassist (Newsboys), was born.

1974 – Warmest reliably measured temperature in Antarctica of +59°F (+15°C) recorded at Vanda Station

1976 – Cambodia was renamed Democratic Kampuchea by the Khmer Rouge.

1977 The occupation of Bastion Point started.

Occupation of Bastion Point begins

1993 – The oil tanker MV Braer ran aground on the coast of the Shetland Islands, spilling 84,700 tons of crude oil.

1993 – Washington state executed Westley Allan Dodd by hanging (the last legal hanging in America).

2005 – Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the solar system, was discovered by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz using images originally taken on October 21, 2003, at the Palomar Observatory.

Eris (centre) and Dysnomia (left of centre), taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Eris (centre) and Dysnomia (left of centre).

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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