Wonderful Tonight

March 30, 2010

Happy birthday Eric Clapton – 65 today.

Go Now

March 30, 2010

Happy birthday Graeme Edge – 69 today.


March 30, 2010

NZ History Online didn’t do a quiz last week but this week’s is up .

I got 8/10 (partly knowledge, partly lucky guesses).

Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport

March 30, 2010

Happy birthday Rolf Harris – 80 today.

Singing here with The Beatles in a version of Time Me Kangaroo Down Sport I’d not come across before.

If you prefer a more traditional version, try: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lofgud4wLLo

Tuesday’s answers

March 30, 2010

Monday’s questions were:

1. Where would you find  adagio, con anima, forzando and tranquillo?

2. Who said: “Everything I eat has been proved by some doctor or other to be a deadly poison, and everything I don’t eat has been proved to be indispensable for life.  But I go marching on”? 

3. What is tempranillo?

4. Who said: “As a woman painter I work to represent love of humanity and faith in mankind in a world which is to me richly variable and infinitely beautiful”?

5. What does manumit  mean?

Mr Gronk got two right.

David got two and a bonus for extra information for #2.

Deborah got four right and earned a bonus for her car names.

Gravedodger got three right.

Rayinz goets the electronic flowers for getting all five right.

Andrei got four right and a bonus for translation.

Paul got three right and a bonus for lateral thinking/humour.

PDM got one and a bonus for honesty.

Tuesday’s answers follow the break:

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80 years young

March 30, 2010

Don was a widower farming up a no exit road with a son and daughter who weren’t interested in taking over from him.

He put the farm on the market, it sold and at the clearing sale he told my farmer to call him if he needed any tractor work done.

A couple of months later my farmer did need a tractor driver and gave Don a call. He said he couldn’t come that day but he’d be there first thing next morning and he was.

The original offer was for three days work. That was just over 20 years ago and he’s still working for us.

I’ve known him all my life because we’re distantly related – his grandfather and my great grandfather were cousins and my father worked for his parents when he first came out from Scotland in the 1930s.

Since he started working for us he’s become much more involved with our family and has accompanied us on three visits to Argentina to attend weddings. A photo  from one of those trips sums up his zest for life and popularity. He’s sitting on a lawn in his shorts with a glass of beer in his hand, surrounded by five bikini clad young women, all of whom are laughing. Don’s story is he was helping them with their English.

Today is his birthday – he’s a very young 80 and has no plans to retire.

He reckons he’s lucky to be working for us, we know we’re very lucky to have an employee, friend and family member like him.

Just $1 an hour

March 30, 2010

Why should anyone work for just $1 an hour? the opponents to the government’s plans to work-test sickness beneficiaries are asking.

The answer is: is the abatement rates which impose a high marginal tax on extra income for all beneficiaries.

But if the benefit isn’t abated, beneficiaries would get more for part time work than some others would for fulltime work and that’s definitely neither fair nor right.

The problem isn’t that beneficiaries are working for just $1 an hour, it’s that they aren’t working for all the other dollars they get.

There are good reasons why some people need a benefit temporarily. There are good reasons why a few people will need a benefit permanently.

But getting those who are able to work in to work, albeit part time, is better than leaving them to do nothing on a benefit.

Working isn’t just about the money you earn, it’s about satisfaction, standing on your own feet, and requiring less from the public purse which frees up money for those who need it more.

It’s unfortunate but unavoidable that some beneficiaries may find they’re only $1 an hour better off than they would be if they weren’t working. But they won’t be working for only $1 an hour.

They’ll be working for all the dollars the taxpayer gives them plus the $1 an hour.

That’s better for them, better for the economy and better for society.

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