Happy birthday Randy Meisner, 64 today.

He was in the Eagles from 1971 -77 when they recorded Desperado but I’m not sure when this clip was recorded.

Daydream Believer


Happy birthday Micky Dolenz – 65 today.

Monday’s quiz


1. What is a contradictanym?

2. What do nota, hauta, rawhiti and rato  mean?

3. Apples and pears, battle cruiser, Gregory Peck and Rosie Lea are Cockney rhyming slang for what?

4. Who is the current New Zealand Poet Laureatte?

5.  What does percuss  mean?

6/8 for NBR’s true or false on Guttung book


The NBR has a true or false test on Bird On A Wire, Theresa Guttung’ autobiography.

It’s in the subscriber section so I’ll just give one question as an example:

4) On Telecom’s share price falling from $5.66 to $4.64 in the week after operational separation hit the news.

a) “I thought, wow – that’s actually quite a modest drop compared to the dive from $9.50 since I was appointed chief executive in 1999.”

b) “I really, really should have anticipated operational separation and had some kind of response ready.”

c) “I was reeling from the shock of what was happening.”

I got 6/8.

Irrigation as infrastructure


The government’s 20 year  infrastructure plan lists five priority areas:  broadband, electricity transmission, regulatory reform, roads of national significance and Rugby World Cup 2011.

I don’t have a problem with any of them but I thought there was a glaring omission until I read on and discovered that one of the three emerging priorities is irrigation.

North Otago hasn’t had a decent rainfall all year. Not long ago that would have been causing alarm on farms and in town. It’s still not good for dry land farmers but  it’s not the disaster it used to be because North Otago now has around 40,000 hectares of irrigation which has had a marked impact on productivity, employment opportunities and economic development on and off farm.

It’s more expensive and not a replacement for the water nature sends from the sky, but it ensures better growth in good years and protects farms from the worst affects of drought in bad ones.

North Otago Irrigation Company has sold all the shares for its first stage provides water for 10,000 hectares. It’s now starting to sell shares for the next stage which will double the area under irrigation.

The governments first five priorities will help economic development and provide jobs but the return on investment in those won’t be as fast as that from increased irrigation.

The world is hungry, we’ve got the soils and climate to produce good quality food efficiently, all we lack in too many areas is enough water in the right places. All we need to fix that is irrigation. The investment required is substantial but the returns will be almost immediate.

March 8 in history


On March 8:

1126 Alfonso VII was proclaimed king of Castile and Leon, after the death of his mother Urraca.

1495 John of God, Portuguese-born friar and saint, was born.

1655 John Casor becomes the first legally-recognized slave in what became the United States.

1702 Anne Stuart, sister of Mary II, became Queen regnant of England, Scotland, and Ireland.

1722 The Safavid Empire of Iran was defeated by an army from Afghanistan at The Battle of Gulnabad, pushing Iran into anarchy.

1775 Thomas Paine’s “African Slavery in America,” the first article in the U.S. calling for the emancipation of slaves and the abolition of slavery was published.

1777 Regiments from Ansbach and Bayreuth, sent to support Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War, mutinied in the town of Ochsenfurt.

1782 Gnadenhütten massacre: Ninety-six Native Americans in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, who had converted to Christianity were killed by Pennsylvania militiamen in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indians.


1817 The New York Stock Exchange was founded.


1844 King Oscar I ascended to the throne of Sweden-Norway.

1856 Bramwell Booth, the 2nd General of The Salvation Army, was born.

1859 Kenneth Grahame, English author, was born.

1911 International Women’s Day was launched in Copenhagen by Clara Zetkin, leader of the Women’s Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany.


1917 The U.S. Senate votes to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule.

1921 Spanish Premier Eduardo Dato Iradier was assassinated.

1924 The Castle Gate mine disaster killed 172 coal miners near Castle Gate, Utah.

1929 Frank Borzage’s Street Angel, a silent picture with a recorded musical soundtrack, screened at Wellington’s Paramount Theatre – before this silent movies had been accompained by live music.

First 'talkie' draws huge crowds in Wellington

1936 Daytona Beach Road Course holds their first oval stock car race.


1937 Juvénal Habyarimana, President of Rwanda, was born.


1942 The Dutch surrender to Japanese forces on Java.

1943 Lynn Redgrave, English actress, was born.

1945 Micky Dolenz, American musician (The Monkees), was born.

1946 Randy Meisner, American musician (The Eagles)


1947 Mike Allsup, American musician (Three Dog Night), was born.

1957 Egypt re-opened the Suez Canal after the Suez Crisis.

1963 The Ba’ath Party came to power in Syria in a Coup d’état by a clique of quasi-leftist Syrian Army officers calling themselves the National Council of the Revolutionary Command.

1966 – A bomb planted by young Irish protesters destroyed Nelson’s Pillar in Dublin.

1974 Charles de Gaulle Airport opened in Paris.

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1978 The first-ever radio episode of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, was transmitted on BBC Radio 4.

1979 – Philips demonstrated the Compact Disc publicly for the first time.

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1980 The first festival of rock music kicked off in the Soviet Union.

1985 A failed assassination attempt on Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah in Beirut killed at least 45 and injured 175 others.

2004  A new constitution was signed by Iraq’s Governing Council.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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