The British Women’s Institute was founded on this day in 1915.
Malcolm Allison became our farm consultant when we converted part of our farm to dairying 14 years ago.
Always calm, reasonable and reasoned, he helped us through the challenges of conversion and expansion, outbreaks of TB, staff and management problems and other highs and lows of dairying.
He also introduced us to the delicious taste of venison ham when he gave us the leg of a deer he’d shot on one of his many hunting trips.
A couple of months ago we joined more than 100 other clients for a dinner at Riverstone Cafe for a farewell party in his hnour. It was an especially poignant gathering because he wasn’t going on to something better. He had terminal cancer and we were there to pay tribute to him before it was too late for him to know how much we valued him.
Ours was one of the farms scheduled for a visit during his final week at work last month, but his health took a sudden deterioration and for the first time in 14 years, he had to cancel.
Malcolm died last week and yesterday his family, friends, colleagues and clients crowded into the Oamaru Club for his final farewell.
We learned about the boy who grew up to be the first in his family to graduate; the man who loved farming, tramping and hunting, the rugby player and club stalwart,; and the consummate professional who gave his best in his personal and professional lives.
There was both laughter and tears as we celebrated the life of a man who lived life to the full but sadly not for long enough.
Which is worse, climate change or genetic engineering?
People who fear both may need to answer that if genetically modified clover is proven to reduce greenhouse emissions in stock.
Shades of the green conundrum: what would you do if you found an endangered bird eating an endangered plant?
What many regard as the beautiful game doesn’t feature on my radar and when I’ve come in ear shot of the TV while the World Cup’s been on the sound of the vuvuzelas, has driven me away.
But excitement is contagious and I have to applaud the All Whites for the 1-1 draw this morning.
Like the Hand Mirror, this is probably the only post I’ll write about the World Cup (soccer) edition.
For more informed views:
Keeping Stock has some bleary eyed reflections.
At No Minister Barnsley Bill says goooooooal
Kiwiblog says well done the All Whites – and philosophers may be interested in his comment that anything that isn’t a loss is a win.
And Not PC mixes art and sport with Glad Day William Blake.
Stuff’s new game of spot the funny numbers is entertaining.
They’ve got copies of all the ministerial credit card receipts released under the OIA and are inviting readers to help them spot irregularities.
But it pays not to get too excited too soon because large amounts don’t necessarily mean anything’s amiss.
A six figure bill with sums of 167, 310 and 10,000 for dinner for a ministerial party (page 47) on Steve Chadwick”s card might look like it’s worth a question.
Except it’s in Chilean pesos and if an online calculator is to be believed $167,310 is only $NZ449. She ought to have had reciepts but the sum once converted probably isn’t a lot for a meal for several people.
On June 16:
1487 Battle of Stoke Field, the final engagement of the Wars of the Roses.
1738 Mary Katharine Goddard, American printer and publisher, was born (d. 1816).
1745 British troops took Cape Breton Island,.
1745 – Sir William Pepperell captured the French Fortress Louisbourg, during the War of the Austrian Succession.
1746 War of Austrian Succession: Austria and Sardinia defeated a Franco-Spanish army at the Battle of Piacenza.
1779 Spain declared war on Great Britain, and the siege of Gibraltar began.
1821 Old Tom Morris, Scottish golfer, was born (d. 1908).
1829 Geronimo, Apache leader, was born (d. 1909).
1858 Abraham Lincoln delivered his House Divided speech in Springfield, Illinois.
1858 Battle of Morar takes place during the Indian Mutiny.
1871 The University Tests Act allowed students to enter the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Durham without religious tests, except for courses in theology.
1883 The Victoria Hall theatre panic in Sunderland killed 183 children.
1890 Stan Laurel, British actor and comedian, was born (d. 1965).
1891 John Abbott became Canada’s third prime minister.
1897 A treaty annexing the Republic of Hawaii to the United States was signed.
1903 The Ford Motor Company was incorporated.
1904 Eugen Schauman assassinated Nikolai Bobrikov, Governor-General of Finland.
1911 A 772 gram stony meteorite struck the earth near Kilbourn, Columbia County, Wisconsin damaging a barn.
1912 Enoch Powell, British politician, was born (d. 1998).
1915 The foundation of the British Women’s Institute.
1923 Baby farmer Daniel Cooper was hanged..
1924 The Whampoa Military Academy was founded.
1925 The most famous Young Pioneer camp of the USSR, Artek, was established.
1929 Pauline Yates, English actress, was born.
1930 Sovnarkom established decree time in the USSR.
1934 Dame Eileen Atkins, English actress, was born.
1937 Erich Segal, American author, was born (d. 2010).
1938 Joyce Carol Oates, American novelist, was born.
1940 World War II: Marshal Henri Philippe Pétain becomes Premier of Vichy France.
1939 Billy Crash Craddock, American country singer, was born.
1940 – A Communist government was installed in Lithuania.
1948 The storming of the cockpit of the Miss Macao passenger seaplane, operated by a subsidiary of the Cathay Pacific Airways, marked the first aircraft hijacking of a commercial plane.
1961 Rudolf Nureyev defected at Le Bourget airport in Paris.
1967 The three-day Monterey International Pop Music Festival began.
1972 Red Army Faction member Ulrike Meinhof was captured by police in Langenhagen.
1972 The largest single-site hydro-electric power project in Canada started at Churchill Falls, Labrador.
1976 Soweto uprising: a non-violent march by 15,000 students in Soweto turned into days of rioting when police open fire on the crowd and kill 566 children.
1977 Oracle Corporation was incorporated as Software Development Laboratories (SDL) by Larry Ellison, Bob Miner and Ed Oates.
1989 Imre Nagy, the former Hungarian Prime Minister, was reburied in Budapest.
2000 Israel complied with UN Security Council Resolutiwen 425 and withdrew from all of Lebanon, except the disputed Sheba Farms.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia