Mother knew best


Donna Reed would have been 89 today.

A show where mother knew best – were these the good old days?

Shine On You Crazy Diamond


Happy birthday Nick Mason – 66 today.

Did you see the one about . . .


Productivity and wages –  Antidismal follows up his earlier post – Econ 101 and the minimum wage.

The average worker should not be paying even 33% – Kiwiblog on tax creep

A Little Bit of Fun – how to Mathematically park your car. Aimee Whitcroft at Sciblogs on how much space you need to parallel park.

Why the public should not be so worried about asset sales – John Carran at the Rates Blog.

Economic weather report – 24.2% of NZ born graduates live overseas – highest in OECD – Bernard Hickey at Rates Blog.

Comic game theory and living arrangements – the Visible Hand shows sharing a house doesn’t mean sharing standards.

Inadequate – Kismet farm finds bra manufacturers have boobed.

You should see the pot selection – Something Should Go Here finds something unexpected at the supermarket.



NZ History Online has a weekly quiz – refreshed each Monday.

I got 6/10 this week and a couple of those answers were due in part to luck not knowledge.

Must do better next week.

From cattle class to cuddle class


The lie-flat cuddle class seats which Air New Zealand is introducing for long-haul flights are definitely an improvement on the sit-up cattle class ones.

But as Cactus Kate pointed out  they’re very cosy and that level of cosiness isn’t necessarily conducive to sleep if one or both travellers are of a bigger build.

I told my farmer the first time we flew Business Class, once you’ve been exposed to a greater level of comfort it’s very difficult to go back.

We flew Singapore Airlines to Spain last year and the Singapore-Europe, Europe-Singapore legs of the trip had lie-flat beds in Business Class which has spoiled me for anything less.

A wee bit shy of more shares


Fonterra put a rosy glow on its announcement that 3,461 of its 10.500 farmer shareholders had subscribed for 60 million shares worth $270.7 million.

But when you take into account that at least some of those were required purchases to cover extra production I think you can conclude that most farmers are a wee bit shy of buying more shares than they need.

This season’s forecast payout is better than the long term average but the big fall last season is still fresh in most minds.

It reinforced the need to be cautious. This season most farmers are doing their best to keep to a low cost system, reducing their mortgages and few have an appetite for increased debt.

Is it ever okay to speed?


He’d been following a large, slow truck for several kilometres with no opportunity to pass.

They got to a straight stretch of road with no on-coming traffic. He put his foot down, passed, began pulling in and was slowing down when a police car came round the corner. Seconds later the red and blue lights went on.

When the policeman approached the car he told the driver he’d been going 119 kph.

The driver said, it’s impossible to pass another vehicle at 100 kph unless it’s very small, going very slowly and you’ve got a very long stretch of road in which to do it.

The policeman said that was irrelevant, the law’s the law and the driver had broken it.

The driver argued. The policeman stuck to his guns. Finally the driver said, “If you write the ticket, I’ll take it to court.”

The policeman backed down.

Shortly after this a letter to the editor of the ODT told a similar story and pointed out it was better to pass as quickly as it was safe to do so than to spend any longer than necessary on the wrong side of the road.

A police officer responded saying the law was the law and it didn’t hurt anyone to have to stay behind another vehicle and travel a little bit under the speed limit.

That ignores the reality that the vehicle that travels a little bit under the limit on a reasonable stretch of road travels much more slowly when the road gets windy or steep. And it’s not just one vehicle which is following, it’s all the others which catch up and want to pass too.

My phsyics isn’t up to calculating the time and distance needed to pass a vheicle going at varying speeds but I know that the faster you go the less time it takes and the shorter the distance needed.

The law is the law but, as Gravedodger and PDM pointed out on Monday’s post on the flasher who saved me  from a ticket, it’s often the car being passed rather than the one passing that’s at fault.

I don’t expect the police to say it’s okay to speed, but if a vehicle is taking the opportunity to pass where and when  it’s safe to do so, they ought to turn a blind eye if the passer exceeds the limit by a little bit and briefly.

January 27 in history


On January 27:

1186 Henry VI, the son and heir of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I, married Constance of Sicily.

1343 Pope Clement VI issued the Bull Unigenitus.

Clemens VI.gif

1606  Gunpowder Plot: The trial of Guy Fawkes and other conspirators began, ending with their execution on January 31.

1695 Mustafa II became the Ottoman sultan on the death of Ahmed II. Mustafa rules until his abdication in 1703.

II Mustafa.jpg

1756 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer

1785 The University of Georgia was founded, the first public university in the United States.

1825 The U.S. Congress approved Indian Territory clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians on the “Trail of Tears“.

1832  Lewis Carroll, English author, was born.
tinted monochrome 3/4-length photo portrait of seated Dodgson holding a book
1888 The National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, D.C..

Logo of the National Geographic Society

1908 William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American newspaper magnate, was born.


1921 Donna Reed, American actress, was born.

1933  Mohamed Al-Fayed, Egyptian billionaire businessman, was born.

1939 First flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.


1941 Beatrice Tinsley, New Zealand astronomer and cosmologist (, was born.

1944  Nick Mason, English drummer (Pink Floyd),was born.

1944 The 900-day Siege of Leningrad was lifted.

Blokada Leningrad diorama.jpgI

1945 – World War II: The Red Army liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.

1951 Brian Downey, Irish musician (Thin Lizzy), was born.

 1951 Nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site began with a one-kiloton bomb dropped on Frenchman Flat.

November 1951 nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.jpg

1962 Peter Snell broke the world mile record  on grass at Cook’s Garden, Wanganui, in a time of 3 mins 53.4 secs.

Peter Snell breaks world mile record

 1967 Apollo 1Astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee were killed in a fire during a test of the spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Centre.

Apollo 1 patch.png

1967 – More than sixty nations signed the Outer Space Treaty banning nuclear weapons in space.

1968 Mike Patton, American singer (Faith No More), was born.

1973 Paris Peace Accords officially ended the Vietnam War. Colonel William Nolde was killed in action becoming the conflict’s last recorded American combat casualty.

 Signing the peace accords.

1974 The Brisbane River flooded causing the largest flood to affect Brisbane City in the 20th Century.

1979 Daniel Vettori, New Zealand cricketer, was born.

Daniel Vettori, Dunedin, NZ, 2009.jpg

1981 Tony Woodcock, New Zealand rugby union player, was born.

 1983 Pilot shaft of the Seikan Tunnel, the world’s longest sub-aqueous tunnel (53.85 km) between the Japanese islands of Honshū and Hokkaidō, broke through.

1984 Pop singer Michael Jackson suffered second and third degree burn on his scalp during the filming of a Pepsi commercial in the Shrine Auditorium.

1996 Colonel Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara deposed the first democratically elected president of Niger, Mahamane Ousmane, in a military coup.

1996 Germany first observed International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

2006 Western Union discontinues its Telegram and Commercial Messaging services.

Western Union logo

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

%d bloggers like this: