The winner of the Best Blog Award is . . .


. . . to be announced tomorrow at the Air NZ Best Blog Award.

If I was a betting woman I’d put my money on Kiwiblog, MacDoctor and Cactus Kate for the top three.

And I’d give an honourable mention to Air NZ for not getting upset at having the award named after them when the comapny, and its chief executive,  had nothing at all to do with it.

An electronic bottle of whatever you fancy is yours if you can pick the top three finalists.

Anything Goes


Cole Porter was born on this day in 1891.



9/10 in this week’s Dominion Post policitcal trivia quiz.

John Key’s disguise eluded me – does that mean it works?



Fifteen degrees and the promise of a sunny day when we left Mooloolaba at 6am yesterday.

Six degrees and the threat of hail when we landed in Christhchurch at 3pm.

Tuesday’s Poem


This Tuesday’s Poem is The Blue and White Tabelcloth by Carolyn McCurdie.

Among the links to other poems in the sidebar, is Mary McCallum’s Pink T-Shirt which is a deceptively simple celebration of joy.

I was also intrigued by S.L. Corusa’s On Marrying A Poet.

June 9 in history


On June 9:

53  Roman Emperor Nero married Claudia Octavia.

Claudia Octavia.jpg

62  Claudia Octavia was executed.

68  Roman Emperor Nero committed  suicide, after quoting Homer’s Iliad..

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721  Odo of Aquitaine defeated the Moors in the Battle of Toulouse.

1310  Duccio‘s Maestà Altarpiece, a seminal artwork of the early Italian Renaissance, was unveiled and installed in the Siena Cathedral.

1534 Jacques Cartier was the first European to discover the Saint Lawrence River.

1595 King Wladislaus IV of Poland, was born (d. 1648).

1650  The Harvard Corporation, the more powerful of the two administrative boards of Harvard, was established,  the first legal corporation in the Americas.

1667 The Raid on the Medway by the Dutch fleet began.

Van Soest, Attack on the Medway.jpg

1732  James Oglethorpe was granted a royal charter for the colony of Georgia.

1772  The British ship Gaspee was burned off the coast of Rhode Island.


1781 George Stephenson, English mechanical engineer, was born (d. 1848).

1798  Irish Rebellion of 1798: Battle of Arklow and Battle of Saintfield.

United Irishmen plaque Saintfield.jpg

1815  End of the Congress of Vienna.

Period oil painting of the delegates to the Congress of Vienna. 

1856 Five hundred Mormons left Iowa City and headed west for Salt Lake City carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts.

1863  American Civil War: the Battle of Brandy Station, Virginia.


1873  Alexandra Palace burned down after being open for only 16 days.


1885  A peace treaty was signed to end the Sino-French War.


1891 Cole Porter, American composer and lyricist, was born  (d. 1964).

Caucasian man in his thirties smiling and looking into the camera. He has a round face, full lips and large dark eyes, and his short dark hair is combed to the side. He is wearing a dark jacket, a white shirt and a black tie with white dots.

1909  Alice Huyler Ramsey, a 22-year-old became the first woman to drive across the United States. With three female companions, none of whom could drive a car, in fifty-nine days she drove a Maxwell automobile the 3,800 miles from Manhattan to San Francisco.


1915  William Jennings Bryan resigned as Woodrow Wilson’s Secretary of State over a disagreement regarding the United States’ handling of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.


1922  First ringing of the Harkness Memorial Chime at Yale University.


1923 Bulgaria‘s military took over the government in a coup.

1928  Charles Kingsford Smith completed the first trans-Pacific flight in a Fokker Trimotor monoplane, the Southern Cross.

1930  Chicago Tribune reporter Jake Lingle was killed during rush hour at the Illinois Central train station by the Leo Vincent Brothers, allegedly over a 100,000 USD gambling debt owed to Al Capone.

1934  Donald Duck made his debut in The Wise Little Hen.


1941 Jon Lord, English musician (Deep Purple), was born.

1944  World War II: 99 civilians were hung from lampposts and balconies by German troops in Tulle in reprisal for maquisards attacks.

1944  World War II: the Soviet Union invaded East Karelia and the previously Finnish part of Karelia, occupied by Finland since 1941.

1946 King Bhumibol Adulyadej ascended to the throne of Thailand. He is currently the world’s longest reigning monarch.

1953  Flint-Worcester tornado outbreak sequence: a tornado spawned from the same storm system as the Flint tornado hit in Worcester, Massachusetts killing 94.

1954  Joseph Welch, special counsel for the United States Army, lashed out at Senator Joseph McCarthy during hearings on whether Communism had infiltrated the Army – giving McCarthy the famous rebuke, “You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”

1956 Patricia Cornwell, American author, was born.

1957  First ascent of Broad Peak (the world’s 12th highest mountain).

1958 Queen Elizabeth II officially opened London Gatwick Airport.


1959  The USS George Washington was launched, the first submarine to carry ballistic missiles.


1961  Michael J. Fox, Canadian-born actor, was born.


1967  Six-Day War: Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria

1968 U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a national day of mourning following the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

1973  Secretariat won the Triple Crown.

Secretariat the belmont.jpg

1978  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened its priesthood to “all worthy men”, ending a 148-year-old policy excluding black men.

1979 The Ghost Train Fire at Luna Park, North Sydney, killed seven.

1985  Thomas Sutherland was kidnapped in Lebanon.

1986  The Rogers Commission released its report on the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

1999  Kosovo War: the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and North Atlantic Treaty Organization sign a peace treaty.

2008  Lake Delton drained as a result of heavy flooding breaking the dam holding the lake back.

Dell Creek Breach of Lake Delton

 Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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