Murder Ahoy

May 11, 2010

Margaret Rutherford was born on this day in 1892.

Lack of nuture trumps nature?

May 11, 2010

Babies as young as six months can tell good from evil, and show a preference for good.

Does this mean that the lack of nurture later trumps nature?

If so so how long does it take for babies to lose a preference for good and how can that change  be reversed?

Cheek to Cheek

May 11, 2010

Irving Berlin was born on this day in 1888.

Tuesday’s answers

May 11, 2010

Monday’s questions were:

1. Matau and maui are opposites – what doe they mean?

2. How does this finish: So roll on again Waitaki on your journey to the sea . . . ?

3. Who said: “A woman, especially if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.”?

4. Name the highest mountains in three of the six continents.

5. An easy one for NZ Music Month – name your favourite New Zealand song.

Points for answers:

Cadwallader got three right (if I accept that North America is a continenet which I hadn’t in the question but will for the answers).

Bearhunter got three and a bonus for lateral thinking.

David got three and a bonus for knowing the book from which the quote came.

Ray got three plus a half for almost finishing the couplet.

Paul got two, and since I’m being generous today he can have another for his answer to 1 although he got them in the wrong order; and a bonus for creative thinking and spelling and no points off for the gratiuitous mention of Oamaru and blatant favour currying with his favourite song.

Gina gets the electronic bouquet with four right and a point for initiative with the song line.

PDM got two and a bonus for humour.

The answers follow the break:

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May 11, 2010

Day 12 of New Zealand Music Month: Brooke Fraser sings Arithmetic.

In praise of democracy

May 11, 2010

Britain still hasn’t got a new government.

Number 10 Downing Street may have a squatter; negotiations about who will rule may be confused and protracted and the markets may not be happy about that.

But the people are going about their business unconcerned.

No riots, no mayhem, no bloodshed.

In true democracies people accept the will of the people, even when that will is unclear.

Service Before Self

May 11, 2010

Ken Scott joined Rotary 50 years ago this week, last night the club paid tribute to him not just for the length of his service but the depth of it.

He was raised in Dunedin and had the good sense to move to North Otago to set up in business. When he did so his father told him that since he was coming to a small community it was important to put more into it than he took out.

Ken took those words to heart and has been an active participant in many community organisations and activities, one of which is Rotary.

He served as club president twice and has chaired the club’s charitable trust for more than 20 years.

He has taken part in numerous fundraising efforts, most notably the one to buy a scanner for Oamaru Hospital in the 1970s. His work on that project was recognised with the award of Rotary’s highest honour – a Paul Harris Fellowship.

Ken’s the prime mover behind the club’s annual auction at which his donation and then purchase of a bottle of good whiskey has become a standing joke. In recognition of that he was presented with a bottle of whiskey, signed by John Key and Bill English, with the instructions that it was for his personal enjoyment and not to be donated back to Rotary for the auction.

Representatives of organisations on which he serves, past members and friends joined the club last night  to celebrate his 50 years of service and the presentation of a ruby badge.

It was a heart warming and moving celebration. The past District Governor who made the presentation pointed out the number of people whose lives had improved as a result of Ken’s work and reminded us of the good which  comes when people practice Rotary’s motto: service before self.

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