Did you see the one about . . .

April 5, 2010

Think tank + teach tank = sea change – John Ansell reckons it’s time for the right to use the power of emotion. While you’re there you might find how to say my hovercraft is full of eels in 76 languages entertaining, if not useful.

Foreign investment explained – the Visible Hand in economics fights feelings with facts. He also has an excelent example of price discrimination.

Organ Markets – Offsetting Behaviour on letting donors come before non-donors.

Inglorious grammar – Something Should Go Here laughs at grammar Nazis.

Academic writing in one lesson – Anti Dismal has a wonderful Calvin & Hobbes cartoon.

Cut funding better results – Cactus Kate finds under funding leads to success.

Nigel Cox on C.K. Stead followed by the prologue and the last post  – Quote Unquote has a tale of literary revenge.

Question time in the House of Lords. Seriously – Dim Post finds real Hanard transcripts imitating satire. He’s also had a horrible thought prompted by the end of daylight saving.

Fish for freedom – Phillip D at SOLO shows how a goldfish seller got stung.


I Have A Dream

April 5, 2010

Happy birthday Agnetha Fältskog – 60 today.


Who reads the papers – Yes Prime Minister

April 5, 2010

Nigel Hawthorne would have been 81 today.


Monday’s quiz

April 5, 2010

1. Where would you find vitreous humour?

2. How many stock units is a breeding cow?

3.  Where does: Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness/Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; . . .  come from and who wrote it?

4. Name three of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

5. Where would you find Micah, Nahum Habakkuk, Zephanian, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi in that order?


One woman’s pest

April 5, 2010

The record breaking number of rabbits shot per team in Central Otago’s annual Easter Bunny hunt  is both good news and bad.

It’s good that a total of 23,064 rabbits were shot and collected by 39 teams during the 24-hour hunt, well up on last year’s tally of 14, 799 rabbits.

Shooters also bagged  1152 hares, 54 possums, 54 stoats and a variety of other unwanted species which brought the overall tally of pests to 24,378.

The bad news is that there are so many vermin around. We’ve noticed more rabbits in North Otago. In spite of regular shoots the car lights always pick up a few when we drive in at night and it’s not unusual to see one or two young ones nibbling our lawn during the day.

One woman’s pest is another’s pet and our take-no-prisoners approach to rabbits isn’t always appreciated by visitors, but it’s not just the cute and furry which some want to protect.

We were plagued by wasps while lunching at an outdoor table in Wanaka last year. Several found their way into a glass and I popped a plate over the top to trap them. I warned the waitress to be careful and said if she put the glass upside down in a sink, removed the plate and turned on the tap she’d drown them.

She looked at me as if I’d suggested she commit murder, picked up the glass, removed the plate and let the wasps out.


What do people use to sup soup?

April 5, 2010

I’ve been looking for new cutlery.

Nothing special, just every day stainless steel, dishwasher proof cutlery.

There are plenty of sets of 24 – that’s six place settings of fork, knife, dessert soon and teaspoon – which start at reasonably low prices.

But if you want a full set with soup spoons, desert forks and bread and butter knives you pay considerably more.

Does the minimal approach to cutlery reflect a change in table etiquette or is it a reflection on budgets that indicates many people haven’t the cash to spare for a full table setting?

And what do people use to sup soup, butter bread and get their dessert onto their spoons or don’t they eat those things any more?


April 5 in history

April 5, 2010

On April 5:

456  St. Patrick returned to Ireland as a missionary bishop.

 

1242 During a battle of the ice of Lake Peipus, Russian forces, led by Alexander Nevsky, rebuffed an invasion attempt by the Teutonic Knights.

 Depiction in the illuminated manuscript Life of Alexander Nevsky.

1254  Willen van Rubroeck, a Flemish Franciscan, meets the Mongolian Khan Möngke

1566 Two-hundred Dutch noblemen, led by Hendrik van Brederode, forced themselves into the presence of Margaret of Parma and present the Petition of Compromise, denouncing the Spanish Inquisition in the Netherlands.

1609Daimyo (Lord) of the Satsuma Domain in southern Kyūshū, Japan, completed his successful invasion of the Ryūkyū Kingdom in Okinawa.

1614 Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe.

 

1621 The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts on a return trip to Great Britain.

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1649  Elihu Yale, American benefactor of Yale University, was born.

1722 The Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovered Easter Island.

1792  U.S. President George Washington exercised his authority to veto a bill, the first time this power is used in the United States.

1804 High Possil Meteorite: The first recorded meteorite in Scotland fell in Possil.

1818 In the Battle of Maipú, Chile’s independence movement – led by Bernardo O’Higgins and José de San Martín – won a decisive victory over Spain, leaving 2,000 Spaniards and 1,000 Chilean patriots dead.

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1827 Joseph Lister, English surgeon (, was born.

1837 Algernon Charles Swinburne, English poet, was born.

 

1862 American Civil War: The Battle of Yorktown started.

 

1874 Birkenhead Park, the first civic public park,opened in Birkenhead.

1879  Chile declared war on Bolivia and Peru, starting the War of the Pacific.

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1897  The Greco-Turkish War, also called “Thirty Days’ War”, was declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire.

1900 Spencer Tracy, American actor, was born.

1904 The first international rugby league match was played between England and an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park, Wigan.

1908 Bette Davis, American actress, was boprn.

 

1916 Gregory Peck, American actor, was born.

1920 Arthur Hailey, American writer, was born.

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1923 Firestone Tire and Rubber Company began production of balloon-tyres.

 

1928 Tony Williams, American singer (The Platters), was born.

1929 Nigel Hawthorne, British actor, was born.

1930  In an act of civil disobedience, Mohandas Gandhi broke British law after marching to the sea and making salt.

1932 Champion race horse Phar Lap died.

Death of Phar Lap

  1932  Alcohol prohibition in Finland ended. Alcohol sales begin in Alko liquor stores.

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1932 – Dominion of Newfoundland: 10,000 rioters seized the Colonial Building leading to the end of self-government.

 

1933  U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 6102 “forbidding the Hoarding of Gold Coin, Gold Bullion, and Gold Certificates” by U.S. citizens.

1936 Tupelo-Gainesville tornado outbreak: An F5 tornado killed 233 in Tupelo, Mississippi.

1937 Colin Powell, U.S. Army General, 12th Chairman of the Joint Cheifs of Staff; and 65th Secretary of State, was born.

1937 Allan R. Thieme, American inventor, was born.

 

1942 World War II: The Japanese Navy attacked Colombo. Royal Navy Cruisers HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire were sunk southwest of the island.

 

1944 World War II: 270 inhabitants of the Greek town of Kleisoura were executed by the Germans.

1945 Cold War: Yugoslav leader Josip “Tito” Broz signed an agreement with the USSR to allow “temporary entry of Soviet troops into Yugoslav territory.”

1946 Jane Asher, British actress, was born.

 

1946 Soviet troops left the Danish  island of Bornholm after an 11 month occupation.

1949 Fireside Theater debuted on television.

1949 – A fire in a hospital in Effingham, Illinois, killed 77 people and leads to nationwide fire code improvements in the United States.

1950 Agnetha Fältskog, Swedish singer (ABBA), was born.

1955 Winston Churchill resigned as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom amid indications of failing health.

 

1956 Fidel Castro declared himself at war with the President of Cuba.

 

1956  In Sri Lanka, the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna won the general elections in a landslide and S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike was sworn in as the Prime Minister.

1957 In India, Communists won the first elections in united Kerala and E.M.S. Namboodiripad was sworn in as the first chief minister.

1958 Ripple Rock, an underwater threat to navigation in the Seymour Narrows in Canada was destroyed in one of the largest non-nuclear controlled explosions of the time.

1966 Mike McCready, American musician (Pearl Jam), was born.

1969 Vietnam War: Massive antiwar demonstrations occured in many U.S. cities.

1971 In Sri Lanka, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna launched insurrection against the United Front government of Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike.

1976 The April Fifth Movement led to the Tiananmen incident.

1986 Three people were killed in the bombing of the La Belle Discothèque in West Berlin.

1991 An ASA EMB 120 crashed in Brunswick, Georgia, killing all 23 aboard.

1992 Several hundred-thousand abortion rights demonstrators marched in Washington, D.C.

1992 Alberto Fujimori,  president of Peru, dissolvesd the Peruvian congress by military force.

1992 The Siege of Sarajevo began when Serb paramilitaries murder peace protesters Suada Dilberovic and Olga Sucic on the Vrbanja Bridge.

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1998 The Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge linking Shikoku with Honshū and costing about $3.8 billion, opened to traffic, becoming the largest suspension bridge in the world.

1999 Two Libyans suspected of bringing down Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 were handed over for eventual trial in the Netherlands.

2009 North Korea launched its controversial Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 rocket.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia


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