Forgiven Not Forgotten


Happy birthday Sharon Corr – 40 today.

Cruel To Be Kind


Happy birthday Nick Lowe – 61 today.

$2 what shops?


What will $2 Shops call themselves if GST increases to 15%?

And what will they charge?

$2 plus 2.5% Shops is unwieldy. Besides, and someone whose maths is better than mine (which will be most of you) is welcome to correct me on this, won’t it be $2 minus 12.5% plus 15% rather than $2 plus 2.5%?

And whatever the impact of any GST change, given we don’t have any coins smaller than 10 cents, it will be impossible to add just that amount to prices for cash sales.

Computer thief to be charged


The man who stole my computer (should I make that allegedly?) is to be charged.

When the police officer contacted me to say he’d found the man and got my computer back he asked if I wanted him to be charged, saying that if he was he’d probably be offered diversion.

I blogged on that and asked if I should make him do diversion. The majority response from people who commented here, and over at Kiwiblog  and Keeping Stock who covered the p0st)  was yes.

I passed that on to the policeman and he tells me the man is to be charged and he has recommended diversion.

His email explained that it’s up to the prosecutor/ diversion officer to determine if the alleged thief meets the criteria for diversion and to determine the conditions of the diversions agreement.

He must agree to a whole range of conditions in order to finalise his diversion. It could take up to 2 months before all the conditions are met. When he fronts in court again the prosecutor will inform the court if all the conditions of diversion were met or not. If for any reason he doesn’t abide by those agreed on conditions, he will proceed through the normal prosecution/court process.

If he fulfils all the tasks as per his diversions agreement, the prosecutor will seek to withdraw the theft charges, and he will then be released without a conviction.

His ‘Police record’ will be note that he has completed diversion in this case. Diversion is offered only once. If he comes to the police attention again, he will not receive diversion again.

I’ve got the computer back (but not before buying a replacement). The bloke who took it got round the password and had been using it – he’d used windows messenger which I never use and left an email address there and had also visited Trade Me. 

That, and the fact he’d had the laptop for a month without making any attempt to return it, has made me feel more strongly he should face some consequences for the inconvenience and expense he caused me. But I think diversion will be sufficient so hope the prosecuting officer offers him that option.

What’s wrong with WFF


Finance Minister Bill English illustrated how the current tax system is unfair for many families.

It’s also unfair for many taxpayers.

Take this as an example:

They own a couple of profitable farms, a crib with a boat and all the trimmings and they get Working For Families.

March 24 in history


On March 24:

1401 Turko-Mongol emperor Timur sacked Damascus.

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1603 James VI of Scotland also became James I King of England.

1731 Naturalization of Hieronimus de Salis Parliamentary Act was passed.


1765 The Britain passed the Quartering Act that required the Thirteen Colonies to house British troops.

1770 Kidnap victim, Ngati Kahu leader Ranginui, died on board the French ship Saint Jean Baptiste.

Ngati Kahu kidnap victim dies at sea on French ship

1820 Fanny Crosby, American hymnist, was born.


 1832 In Hiram, Ohio a group of men beat, tarred and feathered Mormon leader Joseph Smith, Jr..

Joseph Smith, Jr. portrait owned by Joseph Smith III.jpg

1834 William Morris, English writer and designer, was born.

1837 Canada gave African men the right to vote.

1878  HMS Eurydice sank, killing more than 300.

Victory at Trafalgar

1882 Robert Koch announced the discovery of the bacterium responsible for tuberculosis (mycobacterium tuberculosis).

1886 Athenagoras I, Greek Patriarch of Constantinople, was born.


1900 New York City Mayor Robert Anderson Van Wyck broke ground for a new underground “Rapid Transit Railroad” that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.

1907 The first issue of the Georgian Bolshevik newspaper Dro was published.

1923 Greece becomes a republic.

1930 Steve McQueen, American actor, was born.


1934 U.S. Congress passed the Tydings-McDuffie Act allowing the Philippines to become a self-governing commonwealth.

1944 Ardeatine Massacre: German troops killed 335 Italian civilians in Rome.


1944  In an event later dramatized in the movie The Great Escape, 76 prisoners begin breaking out of Stalag Luft III.


1947  Christine Gregoire, American politician, current governor of Washington, was born.

1949 Nick Lowe, British musician, was born.

1951 Tommy Hilfiger, American fashion designer, was born.

1959 The Party of the African Federation (PFA) was launched by Léopold Sédar Senghor and Modibo Keita.

1965 NASA spacecraft Ranger 9, equipped to convert its signals into a form suitable for showing on domestic television, brought images of the Moon into ordinary homes before crash landing.

Ranger 9

1970 Sharon Corr, Irish musician (The Corrs), was born.

1972 The United Kingdom imposed “Direct Rule” over Northern Ireland.

1973 Kenyan track runner Kip Keino defeated Jim Ryun at the first-ever professional track meet in Los Angeles, California.

1976 Argentina’s military forces deposed president Isabel Perón and start the National Reorganization Process.

1976 A general strike took place in the People’s Republic of Congo

1980 Archbishop Óscar Romero was killed while celebrating Mass in San Salvador.

1986 The Loscoe gas explosion ledto new UK laws on landfill gas migration and gas protection on landfill sites.

1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill: In Prince William Sound in Alaska, the Exxon Valdez spilt 240,000 barrels (42,000 m³) of petroleum after running aground.


1990 Keisha Castle-Hughes, Australian/New Zealand actress, was born.

1998 Jonesboro massacre: two students, ages 11 and 13, fired upon teachers and students at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas; five people were killed and ten were wounded.

1998 A tornado swept through Dantan in India killing 250 people and injuring 3000 others.

1999 Kosovo War: NATO commenced air bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.

1999 – Mont Blanc Tunnel Fire: 39 people died when a Belgian transport truck carrying flour and margarine caught fire in the Mont Blanc Tunnel.


2003 The Arab League voted 21-1 in favor of a resolution demanding the immediate and unconditional removal of US and British soldiers from Iraq.

2008 Bhutan officially became a democracy, with its first ever general election.

Jigme Thinley.jpg Sangay Ngedup 2005.jpg  
  Jigme Thinley Sangay Ngedup

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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