Happy birthday George Cole – 85 today.

Good call on ECan commissioners


Environment and Local Body Ministers Nick Smith and Rodney Hide have named the six commissioners tasked with overseeing Environment Canterbury and fixing the region’s pressing water issues.

Deputy to chair Dame Margaret Bazley is David Caygill, who has experience in local and central government, the legal profession and chairs several organisations including the Electricity Commission.

Biographies of the remaining commissioners, David Bedford, Donald Couch, Tom Lambie Professor Peter Skelton and Rex Williams are at the link above.

I am delighted that Tom Lambie is one of the commissioners. He is Lincoln University chancellor and an organic farmer who gained a lot of respect when he chaired Federated Farmers. He has personal experience of the importance of careful water management through his involvement with the Opuha Dam.

Replacing elected councillors isn’t ideal. But these appointees have a much better mix of skills and experience to deal with the crisis facing ECan and the region’s water than an election could have delivered.

Yehudi Munuhi – Paganini Concerto for Violin #1 in D Major


Yehudi Menuhin would have been 94 today.

It’s not just human waste


Apropos of yesterday’s post about the litter and worse left by freedom campers, I had a reminder this morning that it’s not just human waste which causes problems.

Most dog owners are responsible and it’s not unusual to see plastic bag dispensers at the start of popular walking trails for people who’ve forgotten to bring something to pick up pooch pooh.

The idea is that you not only pick up the pooh in the bag, you take it away and dispose of it carefully.

Not everyone gets the idea:

More cream on the milk payout?


A review of the season’s milk price and distributable profit will be on the agenda of next week’s meeting of the Fonterra board.

In a newsletter to shareholders chair, Sir Henry Van der Heyden says he’ll let us know right away of any changes.

Is that a hint the forecast payout may go up? The dairy grapevine (or should that be milk line?) suggests another 20 cents could be possible.

That would provide a welcome boost for individual farmers and the wider economy.

The drought has forced more than a quarter of Fonterra suppliers to dry off early. Even a little more added to the current forecast payout will be some compensation for more than a month’s less production.

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April 22 in history


On April 22:

1451 Isabella I of Castile was born.

1500  Portuguese navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral became the first European to sight Brazil.


1529  Treaty of Saragossa divided the eastern hemisphere between Spain and Portugal along a line 297.5 leagues or 17° east of the Moluccas.


1692 James Stirling, Scottish mathematician, was born.

S(n,k) = \frac{1}{k!}\sum_{j=0}^{k}(-1)^{k-j}{k \choose j} j^n

1707 Henry Fielding, English author, was born.

1724 Immanuel Kant, German philosopher, was born.

1809  Battle of Eckmühl: Austrian army defeated by the First French Empire army led by Napoleon I of France and driven over the Danube at Regensburg.


1832 Julius Sterling Morton, Arbor Day founder, was born.

1836 Texas Revolution: A day after the Battle of San Jacinto, forces under Texas General Sam Houston captured Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna.

1863 American Civil War: Grierson’s Raid began when troops under Union Army Colonel Benjamin Grierson attacked central Mississippi.

1870 Vladimir Lenin, Russian revolutionary, was born.


1889 At high noon, thousands rushed to claim land in the Land Run of 1889. Within hours the cities of Oklahoma City and Guthrie were formed with populations of at least 10,000.


1898 Spanish-American War: The United States Navy began a blockade of Cuban ports and the USS Nashville captured a Spanish merchant ship.

1912 Pravda, the “voice” of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, began publication in Saint Petersburg.

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1914 Jan de Hartog, Dutch writer, was born.

1915  The use of poison gas in World War I escalated when chlorine gas was released as a chemical weapon in the Second Battle of Ypres.


1916 Yehudi Menuhin, American-born violinist, was born.


1923 Aaron Spelling, American television producer, was born.


1925 George Cole, English actor, was born.

1930 The United Kingdom, Japan and the United States signed the London Naval Treaty regulating submarine warfare and limiting shipbuilding.


1936 The alliance between the Ratana Church and the Labour Party was cemented at a meeting between Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana and Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage

Ratana and Labour seal alliance

1937 Jack Nicholson, American actor, was born.


1944  World War II: Operation Persecution was initiated – Allied forces landed in the Hollandia area of New Guinea.

1944 Steve Fossett, American adventurer, was born.

1945  World War II: Prisoners at the Jasenovac concentration camp revolted. 520 were killed and 80 escaped.

1945 World War II: Fuehrerbunker: After learning that Soviet forces have taken Eberswalde without a fight, Adolf Hitler admited defeat in his underground bunker and stated that suicide was his only recourse.


1940 Peter Frampton, English musician, was born.

1954 Red Scare: The Army-McCarthy Hearings began.


1964  The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair opened for its first season.


1969 British yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston completed the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world.


1970 The first Earth Day was celebrated.


1979 The Albert Einstein Memorial was unveiled at The National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC.


1992 Explosion in Guadalajara, Mexico – 206 people were killed, nearly 500 injured and 15,000 left homeless.

1993 The Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. was dedicated.

1993 – Version 1.0 of the Mosaic web browser was released.


1997 Haouch Khemisti massacre in Algeria – 93 villagers killed.

1997 – The Japanese embassy hostage crisis ended in Lima, Peru.

1998 Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened at Walt Disney World.


2000 – The Big Number Change took place in the United Kingdom.

2000 Second Battle of Elephant Pass, Tamil Tigers captures a strategic Sri Lankan Army base and held it for 8 years.

2004 Two fuel trains collided in Ryongchon, North Korea, killing up to 150 people.

2006 243 people were injured in pro-democracy protest in Nepal after Nepali security forces open fire on protesters against King Gyanendra.

2008 The United States Air Force retired the remaining F-117 Nighthawk aircraft in service.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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