These Roses


Happy birthday Gin Wigmore, 24 today.

Did you see the one about . . .


Bring your own basil (and garlic and fresh vegetables) – Brian Edwards on pizza problems.

I’m in love (again!) – Lindsay Perigo has a close encounter of an All Black kind.

An interview with Hone Harawira – Dim Post goes where no blogger has gone before.

Sayonara second class meat  Cactus Kate converts to Japanese beef.

Quote of the day – Anti Dismal sees what entrepreneurs see.

Emissions Tradings goings on – Keeping Stock reminds us what Winston was like.

None so blind – Macdoctor diagnoses a problem in Labour’s caucus.

Police crackdown on speedsters to enter new phase – Zen Tiger at NZ Conservative gets satirical. He’s also asking for people to give a taste of New Zealand to help an overseas reader.

May 10 NZ blogs Sitemeter rankings at Open Parachut and  May Half Done NZ blog stats at Something Should Go Here apropos of which in Further on BOT Kiwiblog suggests a ratings site which uses a bot (whatever that it) to scan blogs and collect the data needed for rankings.

Just wondering . . .


. . . why motels and hotels which make such an effort to encourage guests to be green by re-using towels and not having their rooms cleaned waste paper and ink and create more rubbish by draping their loos with sashes telling us they’ve been cleaned?

P.S. if you’re wondering why so many accommodation providers now preach the green message so stridently, Motella tells us environmental criteria are now accounted for in Qualmark ratings.

New medium old measure


The news that our great nephew had been born and all was well came by text.

The message came via 21st centruy technology.

New Zealand changed to metrics long before the baby’s parents were born, while his grandparents were just children; but his weight was given in imperial measure: 8lb 4 oz.

June 6 in history


On June 6:

1508 Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, was defeated in Friulia by Venetian forces.

1513  Italian Wars: Battle of Novara. Swiss troops defeated the French under Louis de la Tremoille, forcing the French to abandon Milan. Duke Massimiliano Sforza was restored.

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1523 Gustav Vasa was elected King of Sweden, marking the end of the Kalmar Union.

1644  The Qing Dynasty Manchu forces led by the Shunzhi Emperor captured Beijing during the collapse of the Ming Dynasty.

1654  Charles X succeeded his abdicated cousin Queen Christina to the Swedish throne.

1674  Shivaji, founder of the Maratha empire was coronated.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosle the Great, founder of the Maratha Empire.

1683  The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford opened as the world’s first university museum.

1752 A  fire destroyed one-third of Moscow, including 18,000 homes.

1799 Alexander Pushkin, Russian poet, was born  (d. 1837).

1808 Napoleon’s brother, Joseph Bonaparte was crowned King of Spain.


1809  Sweden promulgated a new Constitution, which restores political power to the Riksdag of the Estates after 20 years of Enlightened absolutism.

1813  War of 1812: Battle of Stoney Creek – A British force of 700 under John Vincent defeated an American force three times its size under William Winder and John Chandler.


1823 Samuel Leigh and William White established Wesleydale, a Wesleyan (Methodist) mission station at Kaeo, near Whangaroa Harbour.

Wesleyan mission established

1832  The June Rebellion of Paris was put down by the National Guard.

1833 U.S. President Andrew Jackson became the first President to ride a train.

1844 The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) was founded in London.


1857  Sophia of Nassau married the future King Oscar II of Sweden-Norway.

1859 Queensland was established as a separate colony from New South Wales (Queensland Day).

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1862  American Civil War: Battle of Memphis – Union forces captured Memphi, from the Confederates.

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1868 Robert Falcon Scott, English explorer was born (d. 1912).

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1882  More than 100,000 inhabitants of Bombay were killed when a cyclone in the Arabian Sea pushed huge waves into the harbour.

1882  The Shewan forces of Menelik defeated the Gojjame army in the Battle of Embabo. The Shewans capture Negus Tekle Haymanot of Gojjam, and heir victory leads to a Shewan hegemony over the territories south of the Abay River.

1889  The Great Seattle Fire destroyed downtown Seattle, Washington.


1892 Chicago El began operation.

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1894  Governor Davis H. Waite orders the Colorado state militia to protect and support the miners engaged in the Cripple Creek miners’ strike.


1906  Paris Métro Line 5 was inaugurated with a first section from Place d’Italie to the Gare d’Orléans.

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1912  The eruption of Novarupta in Alaska began.

1918  World War I: Battle of Belleau Wood – The U.S. Marine Corps suffered its worst single day’s casualties while attempting to recapture the wood at Chateau-Thierry.

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1919 The Republic of Prekmurje ended.

1921  The Southwark Bridge in London, was opened for traffic by King George V and Queen Mary.

1923 V. C. Andrews, American author, was born  (d. 1986).

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1925  The Chrysler Corporation was founded by Walter Percy Chrysler.

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1932  The Revenue Act of 1932 was enacted, creating the first gas tax in the United States, at a rate of 1 cent per US gallon (1/4 ¢/L) sold.

1933 The first drive-in theater opened, in Camden, New Jersey.

1934 King Albert II of Belgium, was born.

1934 New Deal: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Securities Act of 1933 into law, establishing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


1936 Levi Stubbs, American musician (The Four Tops), was born  (d. 2008).

1939  Adolf Hitler gave a public address to returning German volunteers who fought as Legion Kondor during the Spanish Civil War.

1942  Battle of Midway. U.S. Navy dive bombers sank the Japanese cruiser Mikuma and four Japanese carriers.

1944   Battle of Normandy began. D-Day, code named Operation Overlord, commenced with the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy. 


1944   Alaska Airlines commenced operations.

1946  The Basketball Association of America was formed in New York City.

1956  Björn Borg, Swedish tennis player, was born.

1963  Joe Rokocoko, Fijian rugby player, was born.

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1964  Under a temporary order, the rocket launches at Cuxhaven, Germany, were terminated.

1966  James Meredith, civil rights activist, was shot while trying to march across Mississippi.

1968  Senator Robert F. Kennedy died from his wounds after he was shot the previous night.


1971  Soyuz 11 launched.


1971 A midair collision between a Hughes Airwest Douglas DC-9 jetliner and a United States Marine Corps McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II jet fighter near Duarte, California claimed 50 lives.


1971  Vietnam War: The Battle of Long Khanh between Australian and Vietnamese communist forces began.

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1974 Sweden became a parliamentary monarchy.

1981  A passenger train travelling between Mansi and Saharsa, India, jumped the tracks at a bridge crossing the Bagmati river.

1982 1982 Lebanon War began.  Forces under Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon invaded southern Lebanon in their “Operation Peace for the Galilee“.

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1984  The Indian Army attacked the Golden Temple in Amritsar following an order from Indira Gandhi.

1985  The grave of “Wolfgang Gerhard” was exhumed in Embu, Brazil; the remains found were later proven to be those of Josef Mengele, Auschwitz’s “Angel of Death”.


1986 – Gin Wigmore, New Zealand singer/songwriter, was born.

1990  U.S. District court judge Jose Gonzales rules that the rap album As Nasty As They Wanna Be by 2 Live Crew violated Florida’s obscenity law; he declared that the predominant subject matter of the record is “directed to the ‘dirty’ thoughts and the loins, not to the intellect and the mind.”

1993  Mongolia held its first direct presidential elections.

1999  In Australian Rules Football, Tony Lockett broke the record for career goals, previously 1299 by Gordon Coventry which had stood since 1937.


2002  A near-Earth asteroid estimated at 10 metres diameter exploded over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. The resulting explosion was estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, slightly more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb.

2004 Tamil was established as a Classical language by the President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in a joint sitting of the two houses of the Indian Parliament.

2005  The United States Supreme Court upheld a federal law banning cannabis, including medical marijuana, in Gonzales v. Raich.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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