My knowledge of New Zealand history is improving thanks to doing the daily history posts but I still managed only 7/10 in this week’s NZHistory Online quiz.

That’s what I call a salad


There’s a lot of truth in the statement that there’s no unhealthy food there’s only unhealthy diets.

But if you’re eating out lots you can find yourself facing choices which give you an unhealthy diet.

I wouldn’t want anyone to regulate what restaurants can serve, but it would be good if more could offer at least one dish which satisfies the appetite without being too heavy on the fat, sugar and kilojoules.

Something like the salad at Pukeko Junction, near Amberly.

When I ordered a house salad the woman serving me said the cook had just left but she thought she could make one for me and she did:

An interesting variety of tastes and textures,  lightly dressed and accompanied by fresh, grainy bread.


ORC sets a good example


The Otago Regional Council is planning a nil rate increase in financial year ahead.

That’s a very good example for other local authorities to follow.

H is for ?


A New Zealand soldier is being hailed as a hero:

Wellington-born rifleman James McKie (29), scooped up a live grenade and hurled it away just seconds before it exploded during a firefight in Afghanistan’s Helmand province six days ago.

His actions saved the lives of two British Army soldiers from the unit he has been stationed with in Afghanistan for the past five months.

That  is indeed worthy of praise.

It’s not long since the news from Afghanistan was shock-horror our soldiers are armed and shooting.

I wonder if the people who were so alarmed by that will also be excited by this?

H is for hero. It’s also for hypocrite.

McCorkindale case set sensible precedent


Commentators have been unanimous in asking why police bothered to prosecute school bus driver Jim McCorkindale who touched a boy on the arm when he wouldn’t stop pulling a girl’s hair.

However, the ODT reports:

Police have defended their decision to charge Mr McCorkindale.

They say they made the decision based on the evidence available at the time, but it is understood evidence changed when the boy later altered his story and the case was thrown out.

Without knowing what the boy’s original story was it’s hard to know whether the original decision to proscucte was wise or not.

Even if it wasn’t wise, it’s had a very good outcome:

Dismissing the charge in the Gore District Court last week, Judge Kevin Phillips told the boy he should be ashamed of himself and had him escorted to the court cells as a warning.

The boy apologised for his actions, and the boy’s father also criticised his son for the situation facing Mr McCorkindale.

The case will have been stressful and expensive for Mr McCorkindale, but it’s done the rest of us a favour.

It’s set a sensible precedent that shows adults have the right to intervene with children who know their rights but not what’s wrong.

For other views on the case:

Kiwiblog says give that judge a promotion.

Macdcotor posts on consequences.

Whaleoil’s found an example of a decent judge.

Stephen Franks asks what happens inside the police when the boss is an idiot.

March 10 in history


On March 10:

241 BC Battle of the Aegates Islands – The Romans sank the Carthaginian fleet bringing the First Punic War to an end.

1606 Susenyos defeated the combined armies of Yaqob and Abuna Petros II at the Battle of Gol in Gojjam, which makes him Emperor of Ethiopia.

1762 French Huguenot Jean Calas, who was wrongly convicted of killing his son, diesdafter being tortured by authorities; the event inspired Voltaire to begin a campaign for religious tolerance and legal reform.


1804 Louisiana Purchase: In St. Louis, Missouri, a formal ceremony is conducted to transfer ownership of the Louisiana Territory from France to the United States.


1814 Napoleon I of France was defeated at the Battle of Laon in France.

Full length portrait of a man in his forties, in high-ranking dress white and dark blue military uniform. He stands amid rich 18th-century furniture laden with papers, and gazes at the viewer. His hair is Brutus style, cropped close but with a short fringe in front, and his right hand is tucked in his waistcoat.

1830 The KNI, the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army, was created.


1831  The French Foreign Legion was established by King Louis-Philippe to support his war in Algeria.

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1847  Kate Sheppard, New Zealand suffragist, was born.


1848 The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was ratified by the United States Senate, ending the Mexican-American War.


1861 El Hadj Umar Tall seized the city of Segou, destroying the Bambara Empire of Mali.

1869 The New Zealand Cross was created because New Zealand’s local military were not eligible for the Victoria Cross. Only 23 were awarded, all to men who served in the New Zealand wars, making it one of the rarest military honours in the world.

New Zealand Cross created

1876 Alexander Graham Bell makes the first successful telephone call by saying “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.”

1891 Almon Strowger, an undertaker patented the Strowger switch, a device which led to the automation of telephone circuit switching.


1905 Eleftherios Venizelos called for Crete’s union with Greece, and started the Theriso revolt.

1906 Courrières mine disaster, Europe’s worst ever, kills 1099 miners in Northern France.


1912 Yuan Shikai was sworn in as the second Provisional President of the Republic of China.

1917  Batangas was formally founded as one of the Philippines’s earliest encomiendas.

1922 Mahatma Gandhi is arrested in India, tried for sedition, and sentenced to six years in prison, only to be released after nearly two years for an appendicitis operation.


1933 An earthquake in Long Beach, California kills 115 people and causes an estimated $40 million dollars in damage.


1945 The USA Army Air Force firebombed Tokyo, and the resulting firestorm killed more than 100,000 people.


Morgan Tsvangirai, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, was born.

1952  Fulgencio Batista leads a successful coup in Cuba and appointed himself as the “provisional president”.

1957 Osama bin Laden, Islamist and leader of al-Qaeda, was born.

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1959 Tibetan uprising: Fearing an abduction attempt by China, 300,000 Tibetans surround the Dalai Lama’s palace to prevent his removal.

1964 Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, was born.

1969 James Earl Ray admitted assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. He later retracted his guilty plea.

1970 Captain Ernest Medina is charged with My Lai war crimes.

1977 Rings of Uranus: Astronomers discover rings around Uranus.


1980 Madeira School headmistress Jean Harris shot and kills Scarsdale diet doctor Herman Tarnower

1980 – Formation of the Irish Army Ranger Wing


1990 In Haiti, Prosper Avril was ousted 18 months after seizing power in a coup.

2000 NASDAQ Composite stock market index peaks at 5132.52, signaling the beginning of the end of the dot-com boom.


2006 The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrived at Mars.

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Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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