Dame Pat Evison

May 30, 2010

Dame Pat Evison died today.

Arts and Culture Minister Chris Finlayson paid tribute to her:

Dame Pat Evison was one of our most well-known and well-loved actresses for her television roles in groundbreaking series, but she was also a pioneer in New Zealand theatre,” Mr Finlayson said. “She was one of the first New Zealand theatre students to receive a scholarship to study overseas, at the Old Vic Theatre School in London.”

“She was also an important part of television history in this country, acting in Pukemanu, the first continuing drama series ever produced in New Zealand.

Dame Pat acted in a number of early Downstage Theatre productionsn in Wellington. Her performance in the Samuel Beckett play Happy Days was described by director Bruce Mason as the “finest event in New Zealand Theatre”.

I never saw Dame Pat acting in live theatre but Pukemanu was the first local drama I remember and it was a must-see for me.

An interview with Dame Pat was featured on the Arts on Sunday.

The only youTube clip I could find of her was this:


What’s up with RSS feeds?

May 30, 2010

Using Bloglines or something similar is the easiest way to keep up with several blogs and other websites which update regularly without having to check them individually.

But I’ve noticed recently that Bloglines doesn’t work for some blogs, eg Kiwiblog and Macdoctor, although they update regularly in my side bar.

Then there are others like Beattie’s Book Blog which just shows array  in the side bar but updates normally with Bloglines.

Is it something I’m doing – or not doing – or is it a universal problem?

While on the subject of RSS feeds, some blogs display only an introductory paragraph.

I suspect it’s to draw more visitors to their blog because you have to visit it to read the whole post. But unless I’ve got lots of time to spare or the intro is really, really fascinating I usually pass right on to the next blog and forget about them.


If I Only Had Time

May 30, 2010

The penultimate dayof NZ Music MOnth – John Rowles sings If  I Only Had Time:


Was it cleaner’s revenge?

May 30, 2010

It wasn’t cold by South Island standards but the Auckland hotel room was a little cooler than I find comfortable.

It had what we call a heat pump on the Mainland, but I suspect it’s used more often as an air conditioner up here and regardless of which setting I tried, all I could get was cold air.

I had a restless night because I wasn’t quite warm enough, got up at 6.30 without putting brain in gear, turned on the shower and got drenched with cold water.

It’s the fault of the shower designer that the rose is on the wall directly opposite the door. I was staying only one night so couldn’t have done anything to upset the cleaner the day before. But I wonder if someone else had and that’s why s/he had angled the shower rose so the water gushed straight out rather than down?


Much more than management

May 30, 2010

“Being in government doesn’t just mean managing. It means changing and putting right things we identify as being wrong.”

Commerce and Justice Minister, Simon Power.


Bad back or laid back?

May 30, 2010

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett was asked about the results of investigations into beneficiaries receiving well above the average wage.

WINZ had investigated more than 300 of these cases and she said they found some were people who were fostering extremely vulnerable and demanding children, and doing it well,  and it would have cost the state far more to care for the children any other way.

However, there were some whose needs and contributions were less obvious.

One of these was a couple who had been beneficiaries  for 15 years. He had a bad back but in that time they’d also had 10 children.

“Bad back or laid back?” the minister asked?


Under promise, over deliver

May 30, 2010

The problem of drought and the need for irrigation in North Otago was impressed upon John Key when he was in Oamaru for the National Party’s Mainland conference last weekend.

In the week since then we’ve had about half our average annual rainfall.

 I thanked him, with tongue in cheek, for that at the Northern Region’s convention cocktail party last night and added we’d got far more than we’d asked for. 

 He grinned and said, “It’s good politics to under promise and over deliver.”

In drought prone regions we never say we’ve had too much rain and I didn’t want to seem ungrateful, but I did say next time he over delivered it needn’t be quite so generously.


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