I Heard It Through The Grapevine


Happy66th  birthday Gladys Knight.

Did you see the one about . . .


Milk and health: there aren’t always two (equal) sides to a story – what Alison Campbell at Sciblogs  learned at the gym; she also had a trip to the optometrists because of flashes in the eye.

John Freeman on Shrinking the World – Quote Unquote learned about slow communication at Writers and Readers.

Finger tutting – Ozy Mandias Warning on geometircal dexterity.

Heritage Irises – a blog celebrating irises which gives a promise of spring to brighten winter.

Four essential questions for government – Inquiring Mind on the need to focus on benefit and value.

Murphy’s Law – RivettingKateTaylor had one of those moments when Toyota isn’t strong enough.

At the risk of stirring old broth – Laughy Kate has a number joke which leads to a number of others in the comments.

Book sales, frumpy readers and mental rotation of book titles – Grant Jacobs from Sciblogs went to the Regent Theatre 24 hour book sale.

Congratulations to the Visible Hand in Economics on 1000 posts .

And an announcement that Agridata has moved to interest.co.nz

BHG boobed


Better Homes and Gardens boobed and they’ve apologised for it:

Our sincerest apologies to anyone we may have offended with our recent piece on Yahoo! Shine. At BHG our main focus is on the wants and needs of women and making our content available to them in our magazine, on the web, and beyond. To that end, we have a network of contributors that we work with all the time. Unfortunately a portion of this story was insensitively written and was not properly vetted by the BHG editorial team. This was our mistake and we take full responsibility.

And the offending content? A guide to modern manners for parents, written by Heather W, entitled the 10 commandments of dining with little kids.

It’s now been edited to nine after the uproar about the 10th – that mothers should take their babies to the loo if they want to breast feed.

It’s the 21st century and a woman is telling other women that breastfeeding should be done in the loo. Sigh.

If the mothers in question were dipping their breasts in the sugar bowl before the baby latched on the writer would have something to complain about. (The person who told me about that swore it was true, though I do wonder if it’s an urban myth). But what’s wrong with discrete feeding?

I’ve seen far  more breast falling out of inappropriate clothes than is normally exposed when a baby is fed.

If children – or for that matter people old enough to know better – are being noisy or in any other way obnoxious, it’s difficult to ignore. But anyone offended by breastfeeding can concentrate on their own meal, their companions, or simply look away.

Better Be Home Soon


Day 28 of New Zealand Music Month with belated birthday wishes to Neil Finn, who turned 52 yesterday : Crowded House singing Better Be Home Soon.

E books are here


Whitcoulls has announced that E books are here and they’ve opened a brand new eBook store.

The Kobo eReader has 1G of memory, is capable of holding up to 1000 books and comes pre-loaded with 100 classic titles.

It costs $295.

Will I be buying one?

Not yet, but if I was planning a trip of more than a few days I’d be seriously considering it.

More gets less


What does this say about the standard and appeal of the candidates?

 Jim Anderton’s Progressive Party has found that the more active candidates that it fields in elections, the lower its party vote is.

From Liberation where a series of posts on Key to Victory: the 2008 Election Campaign, edited by Stephen Levine and Nigel Roberts continues with a look at the Progressives campaign.

Given the party exists only in name to provide the would-be mayor of Christchurch with a party leader’s budget, this could be considered an obituary.

May 28 in history


585 BC – A solar eclipse occured, as predicted by Greek philosopher and scientist Thales, while Alyattes was battling Cyaxares in the Battle of the Eclipse, leading to a truce. This is one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated.

1503 James IV of Scotland and Margaret Tudor were married. A Treaty of Everlasting Peace between Scotland and England signed on that occasion resulted in a peace that lasts ten years.


1533 The Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer declared the marriage of King Henry VIII  to Anne Boleyn valid.

1588 The Spanish Armada, with 130 ships and 30,000 men, sets sail from Lisbon heading for the English Channel. 


1644  Bolton Massacre by Royalist troops under the command of the Earl of Derby.

1660 King George I of Great Britain, was born (d. 1727).

1754  French and Indian War: in the first engagement of the war, Virginia militia under 22-year-old Lieutenant Colonel George Washington defeated a French reconnaissance party in the Battle of Jumonville Glen.

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1759 William Pitt the Younger, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1806).


1774  American Revolutionary War: the first Continental Congress convened.

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1830 President Andrew Jackson signed The Indian Removal Act which relocates Native Americans.


1853 Carl Larsson, Swedish painter, was born (d. 1919).

1858 Carl Rickard Nyberg, Swedish inventor, was born (d. 1939).


Carl Richard Nyberg, painting from around 1920.

1859  Big Ben was drawn on a carriage pulled by 16 horses from Whitechapel Bell Foundry to the Palace of Westminster.


1860 One of the worst storms ever to hit the east coast of England, sank more than 100 ships and killing at least 40 people.

1863 American Civil War: The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first African American regiment, leaves Boston, Massachusetts, to fight for the Union.


1892  John Muir organised the Sierra Club.

Logo of Sierra Club

1905  Russo-Japanese War: The Battle of Tsushima ended with the destruction of the Russian Baltic Fleet by Admiral Togo Heihachiro and the Imperial Japanese Navy.

Admiral Tōgō on the bridge of Mikasa

1908 Ian Fleming, English author, was born (d. 1964).


1912 Patrick White, Australian writer, Nobel Prize laureate, was born (d. 1990).


1918  The Democratic Republic of Armenia and the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic declared their independence.



1920 Dennis Gunn was convicted of the murder of a postmaster and sentenced to death. In what was possibly a world-first involving a capital crime, Gunn’s conviction was based almost entirely on fingerprint evidence.

Fingerprints help convict murderer

1926  28th May 1926 coup d’état: Ditadura Nacional was established in Portugal to suppressthe unrest of the First Republic.

1930 The Chrysler Building in New York City officially opened.

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1931 Carroll Baker, American actress, was born.

1934  Quintuplets, Yvonne, Annette, Cécile, Émilie, and Marie, were born to Ovila and Elzire Dionne, and later become the first quintuplets to survive infancy.


1934 – The Glyndebourne festival in England was inaugurated.

1936 Betty Shabazz, American civil rights activist was born (d. 1997).


1936 Alan Turing submitted On Computable Numbers for publication.

1937 The Golden Gate Bridge was officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

1937  Neville Chamberlain became British Prime Minister.

A well-dressed, aging man is seated in a chair and looks sideways towards the camera.

1940  World War II: Belgium surrendered to Germany.

1940  World War II: Norwegian, French, Polish and British forces recaptured Narvik in the first allied infantry victory of the War.

1942  World War II: in retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Nazis in Czechoslovakia killed more than 1800 people.


1944 Rudy Giuliani, 107th Mayor of New York City, was born.

1944 Gladys Knight, American singer and actress, was born.

1944 Patricia Quinn, Northern Irish actress, was born.

1945 John Fogerty, American musician (Creedence Clearwater Revival) was born.

1952  Memphis Kiddie Park opened in Brooklyn, Ohio.

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1952 – The women of Greece gained the right to vote.

1961 Peter Benenson‘s article “The Forgotten Prisoners” was published in several internationally read newspapers was later thought of as the founding of Amnesty International.

1964 The Palestine Liberation Organization was formed.

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1970 The formerly united Free University of Brussels officially split into two separate entities, the French-speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Dutch-speaking Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Ulblogo.jpgSeal of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

1974 Northern Ireland’s power-sharing Sunningdale Agreement collapsed following a general strike by loyalists.

1975 Fifteen West African countries sign the Treaty of Lagos, creating the Economic Community of West African States.

1977 In Southgate, Kentucky, the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire killed 165 people.

1978 Second round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta which was won by incumbent Sangoulé Lamizana.

1979 Constantine Karamanlis signed the full treaty of the accession of Greece with the European Economic Community.


1982 Falklands War: British forces defeated the Argentines at the Battle of Goose Green.


1984 Beth Allen, New Zealand actress, was born.


1987 19-year-old West German pilot Mathias Rust evaded Soviet Union air defenses and lands a private plane in Red Square.


1987  A robot probe found the wreckage of the USS Monitor.


1991 The capital city of Addis Ababa, fell to the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, ending both the Derg regime and the Ethiopian Civil War.

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1995  Neftegorsk was hit by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that killed at least 2,000 people, 1/2 of the total population.

1996  U.S. President Bill Clinton’s former business partners in the Whitewater land deal, James McDougal and Susan McDougal, and Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker, were convicted of fraud.

1998 Nuclear testing: Pakistan responded to a series of nuclear tests by India with five of its own, prompting other nations to impose economic sanctions.

1999 After 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece “The Last Supper” was put back on display.

1999 – Two Swedish police officers were murdered with their own fire arms by the bank robbers Jackie Arklöv and Tony Olsson after a car chase.

2002 NATO declared Russia a limited partner in the Western alliance.

2002  The Mars Odyssey found signs of large ice deposits on Mars.

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2003 Peter Hollingworth became the first Governor-General of Australia to resign his office as a result of criticism of his conduct.

2004  The Iraqi Governing Council chose Ayad Allawi, a longtime anti-Saddam Hussein exile, as prime minister of Iraq’s interim government.


2008 The first meeting of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal formally declared Nepal a republic, ending the 240-year reign of the Shah dynasty.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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