Where’s Whaleoil?

January 11, 2010

A TV3 news story says Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater is mocking another suppresion order.

Clicking on both Whaleoil and Gotcha led to an error message.

Is that just a conincidence?


Monday’s Quiz

January 11, 2010

1. What’s the longest street in the world?

2. Where are the McDonald Islands?

3. Name the novel about infertility written by Ben Elton and the film which was based on it.

4. The flag of which islands has a sheep on it?

5. Who said,Nobody will ever win the Battle of the Sexes.  There’s just too much fraternizing with the enemy.”?


Literary blogging

January 11, 2010

It’s not quite writing from beyond the grave, but Katherine Mansfield has joined the blogosphere.

K M Today is a blog developed by the Katherine Mansfield Society.

It selects daily extracts from Mansfield’s letters and private writings, and allows readers to post comments in response. Each extract is annotated with instant ‘cloud tags’, enabling the reader to view at a glance who/what is being described.

 In a media release, Society chair Dr Gerri Kimber, says:

. . .  the blog will bring to life the innermost thoughts and feelings of a quintessentially modern woman and writer. 

“The courage that Mansfield showed at a time of great fear – exiled abroad by the TB which would eventually result in her death, and facing life without her husband – is present in every entry. The letters and fiction that she wrote at this time have justly inspired generations of writers.”


Too much weather

January 11, 2010

The problems cold, wet weather pose for holiday makers when it’s supposed to be summer are minor compared with the freezing conditions in Britain

While most news reports focus on the impact on people, Phil Clarke looks at the impact on agriculture.

However, he notes it’s not all bad news for business – sales of UHT milk are booming.

Back in New Zealand,  although it’s been unseasonably cold, Northland, the east coast and some inland areas are very dry.

We were happy to get 12 mls of rain in North Otago yesterday. Farmers in Central Otago also welcomed steady rain but the ODT reports that orchardists weren’t so happy.

There’s too much winter in Britain and not enough summer in New Zealand – altogether too much weather.


January 11 in history

January 11, 2010

On January 11:

1569 First recorded lottery in England.

1571 Austrian nobility were granted freedom of religion.

1693 Mt. Etna  erupted in Sicily, Italy. A powerful earthquake destroyed parts of Sicily and Malta.

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1786 Joseph Jackson Lister, English opticist and physicist, was born.

 1787  William Herschel discovered Titania and Oberon, two moons of Uranus.

1807  Ezra Cornell, American businessman and university founder, was born.

1846 Ruapekapeka pa was occupied by British troops. Debate raged as to whether the pa was simply abandoned by its defenders or captured by the British.

Ruapekapeka pa occupied by British forces
1857 Fred Archer, English jockey, was born
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1878 Milk was first delivered in bottles.

1879  The Anglo-Zulu War began.

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1885 Jack Hoxie, American actor, rodeo performer, was born.

 

1915 – Robert Blair Mayne, British soldier, co-founder Special Air Service, was born.

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1919 Romania annexed Transylvania.

 Transylvania highlighted on a map of Romania, with the counties’ boundaries.

1922 First use of insulin to treat diabetes in a human patient.

1934 Sir Charles Antony Richard Hoare, British computer scientist, was born.

1935 Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo from Hawaii to California.

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1938  Arthur Scargill, British politician, was born.

1946 Tony Kaye, British piano and organ player (Yes), was born.

 

1946  Enver Hoxha declared the People’s Republic of Albania with himself as dictator.

1949 First recorded case of snowfall in Los Angeles.

1957 The African Convention was founded in Dakar.

1962 An avalanche on Huascaran in Peru caused 4,000 deaths.

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1964 – United States Surgeon General Dr. Luther Leonidas Terry, M.D., published a report saying that smoking may be hazardous to health – the first such statement made by the U.S. government.

1972 East Pakistan renamed itself Bangladesh.

 

 

 

 

1986  The Gateway Bridge, Brisbane in Queensland was officially opened.

1996  STS-72 launched from the Kennedy Space Center marking the start of the 74th Space Shuttle mission and the 10th flight of Endeavour.

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Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.


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