Blinded By The Light

February 24, 2010

Happy birthday Paul Jones – 68 today.


I Could Be So Good For You

February 24, 2010

Happy Birthday Dennis Waterman – 62 today.


7/10

February 24, 2010

7/10 in this week’s NZ History Online quiz – though the ones on numbers were all guesses.


Bringing history to life

February 24, 2010

Oamaru’s Little Blue Penguin colony had been operating for years before we visited it, and then it was only because we were hosting visitors from overseas.

That’s often the way, tourists know more about local attractions than the locals do.

But I’ve been asking myself why locals don’t support local initiatives because I’ve heard lots of good things about one of Oamaru’s tourist attractions but still haven’t gone to see it for myself.

It’s Living History’s Secrets of the Old Town – walking tours of the historic precinct enlivened by professional actors who become real people from history to tell the town’s stories.

Among the characters are Cranky Kelly, the Scottish Laird and the woman who dared to ask for shoes and those who’ve done the tour tell me they do a wonderful and entertaining job of bringing history to life.

The Living History Players take visitors back in time and behind the scenes to reveal Oamaru’s historic secrets and treasures.

The 50 minute tours leave the Oamaru iSite at 7pm each evening and finish in time to see the penguins come ashore.

I’ve booked to do the tour next Monday and will let you know how it goes. In the meantime, the ODT’s Sally Rae did the tour in January and wrote about it here and there are several online reviews here.


Save a little now pay more later

February 24, 2010

The plan by the Otago and Southland DHBs to cut funding for some home services to the elderly is short-term silliness.

Assistance for a little bit of housework might seem like an extravagance but it could be all that’s needed to reduce or prevent the need for more expensive services.

Saving a little now on services which enable elderly people to stay in their own homes and live relatively independently will only lead to the increased costs of looking after them when they become ill, have accidents or have to go into full time care later.


8/10

February 24, 2010

8/10 in the Dominion Post politics quiz.

Is not knowing who Labour’s police spokesman is a reflection on my knowledge or his performance?


Less tax = more pension

February 24, 2010

One of the criticisms about suggestions of reducing income tax and increasing GST has been the impact on people on low, fixed incomes such as pensioners.

The government has been quite clear that if GST increases pensions and other benefits will increase to compensate.

But a response by National’s Dunedin list MP Michael Woodhouse to a letter to the editor of the ODT (not online) points out that pensioners get more when income tax goes down anyway.

Pensions are based on 66% of the average after-tax income. If income taxes come down, the average after-tax income rises and so do pensions.


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