Happy birthday Mick Avory, 66 today.
Happy birthday John Helliwell – 65 today.
1. What was the origin of the term proof in relation to alcohol content?
2. What does stick to one’s last mean?
3. What are the two smallest countries, by area, in the world?
4. Who said, “New Zealand is a country of thirty thousand million sheep, three million of whom think they are human.”
5. Who is New Zealand’s Minister of Internal Affairs?
The USA regained the America’s Cup for the first time since 1995 when BMW Oracle beat the Swiss yacht Alinghi this morning.
It’s the third fourth * win New Zealander Russell Coutts has been associated with.
He skippered New Zealand yachts to two wins and is now CEO of the Oracle team.
Coutts could have skippered a record three wins but in a gesture of sportsmanship handed the helm to Dean Barker for the final race. He was praised for that but then received a lot of criticism when he left New Zealand to sail for foreign teams.
I didn’t blame him for doing that. He’s a professional yachty, he’d done his best for New Zealand and had the right to earn more money elsewhere when he had the opportunity to do so.
* Ian left a comment pointing out Coutts also won with Alinghi.
Moonlight sounds romantic but there wasn’t much romance in the dry, barren East Otago hills where farmers struggled from drought to drought.
There’s still no romance there, but since the area was opened up for gold mining there’s been plenty of life. Conditions on consents are safeguarding the environment and ensure that the land is left in a better state than it was before the mining started.
They’ve proved that mining doesn’t have to be a dirty word and there is no reason the same thing couldn’t happen in a few selected areas of the conservation estate with low conservation values.
When someone says National Park, most of us think of beautiful bush, glorious mountains and pristine water ways. But it’s not all like that.
Some of it’s like this:
There’s some native scrub and exotic weeds; it’s home to wild rabbits, hares, pigs and deer; it’s no where near tourist trails and it borders private land.
If there were minerals of value under land like this, they could be extracted with minimum disruption to the neighbours. One of the conditions imposed on the mining company could be that the land is planted in natives when the mining is finished.
This would provide jobs and income and leave the land in a better condition than it is now.
What’s the problem with that?
On February 15:
509 Khosrau II is crowned king of Persia
1564 Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer and physicist, was born.
1812 Charles Lewis Tiffany, American jeweller, was born.
1820 Susan B. Anthony, American suffragist, was born.
1874 Sir Ernest Shackleton, Irish Antarctic explorer, was born.
1877 Louis Renault, French automobile executive, was born.
1882 The first shipment of frozen meat left New Zealand.
1891 AIK was founded at Biblioteksgatan 8 in Stockholm by Isidor Behrens.
1909 The Flores Theatre fire in Acapulco, 250 died.
1942 The Fall of Singapore. Following an assault by Japanese forces, British General Arthur Percival surrendered. About 80,000 Indian, United Kingdom and Australian soldiers become prisoners of war, the largest surrender of British-led military personnel in history. The Sook Ching massacre began.
Lt Gen. Arthur Percival, led by a Japanese officer, walks under a flag of truce to negotiate the capitulation of Allied forces in Singapore, on 15 February 1942.
1944 The assault on Monte Cassino, started.
1951 Jane Seymour, British actress, was born.
1978 New Zealand beat England in a cricket test for the first time.
1982 The drilling rig Ocean Ranger sank during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland, killing 84 rig workers.
1989 Soviet Union invasion of Afghanistan: The Soviet Union officially announced that all of its troops have left Afghanistan.
1991 The Visegrád Agreement, establishing cooperation to move toward free-market systems, was signed by the leaders of Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland.
2003 Protests against the Iraq war occurred in over 600 cities worldwide. It is estimated that between 8 million to 30 million people took part, making this the largest peace demonstration in the history of the world.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia