Shari Lewis would have been 77 today.
Nevil Shute would have been 111 today.
The first of his books I read was Requiem For A Wren. It made such an impact I sought out his other novels and read several other before I came across his best known novel, A Town Like Alice.
This is from an ABC mini-series.
Her teacher praised her art work and said she was a very talented artist with a unique style. Then she warned that NCEA assessors might not mark her work highly.
The teacher was right. The pupil who had been top of the class all year just scraped through the external assessment.
His teacher said he’d never seen a better graphics project but he failed the external assessment.
NCEA is criticised for the potential for massaging internal assessment results to make schools look good but this wasn’t the case in either of these examples.
Even allowing for a large degree of subjectivity in assessing creative endeavours this sort of discrepancy in the view of teachers and external assessors is ridiculous.
There is something wrong with a system which has such inconsistent results between internal and external assessments.
The conversations started with a question about why there were seagulls in Wanaka which is so far inland.
That led to the observation that so far inland is relative because no where in New Zealand is very far from the sea when compared with most other countries.
That led to the recollection of a conversation with someone who lived in the top corner of Victoria who mentioned they got seagulls there too.
That led to the next question, to which none of us had an answer: how far can seagulls fly?
On January 17:
1524 Beginning of Giovanni da Verrazzano‘s voyage to find a passage to China.
1773 Captain James Cook and his crew became the first Europeans to sail below the Antarctic Circle.
1820 Anne Brontë, British author, was born.
1853 The New Zealand Constitution Act (UK) of 1852, which established a system of representative government for New Zealand, was declared operative by Governor Sir George Grey.
1863 David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister, was born.
1865 Charles Fergusson, Governor-General of New Zealand, was born.
1877 May Gibbs, Australian children’s author, was born.
1899 Al Capone, American gangster, was born.
1899 Nevil Shute, English author, was born.
1905 Peggy Gilbert, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader, was born.
1917 The United States paid Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
1928 Vidal Sassoon, English cosmetologist, was born.
1929 Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by Elzie Crisler Segar, first appeared in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.
1933 Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, French-born Pakistani diplomat (UN High Commissioner for Refugees), was born.
1933 Shari Lewis, American ventriloquist, was born.
1941 Dame Gillian Weir, New Zealand organist, was born.
1942 Muhammad Ali, American boxer, was born.
1942 Ita Buttrose, Australian journalist and businesswoman, was born.
1945 – The Nazis began the evacuation of the Auschwitz concentration camp as Soviet forces closed in.
1946 The UN Security Council held its first session.
1949 The Goldbergs, the first sitcom on American television, first aired.
1950 The Great Brinks Robbery – 11 thieves stolel more than $2 million from an armored car Company’s offices in Boston, Massachusetts.
1956 Paul Young, English musician, was born.
1961 President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warned against the accumulation of power by the “military-industrial complex“.
1962 Jim Carrey, Canadian actor and comedian, was born.
1964 Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, was born.
1973 Ferdinand Marcos became “President for Life” of the Philippines.
1982 “Cold Sunday” in the United States -temperatures fell to their lowest levels in over 100 years in numerous cities.
1983 The tallest department store in the world, Hudson’s, flagship store in downtown Detroit closed due to high cost of operating.
1989 Stockton massacre: Patrick Purdy opened fire with an assault rifle at the Cleveland Elementary School playground, killing five children and wounding 29 others and one teacher before taking his own life.
2007 The Doomsday Clock was set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea nuclear testing.
Sourced from NZ History Online & WIkipedia.