Me and Bobby McGee


Happpy birthday Kris Kristofferson, 74 today.

Me and Bobby McGee isn’t good  grammar, but I don’t think Bobby McGee and I would work in the song.

Fawlty Towers


Happy birthday Prunella Scales – 78 today.

Tuesday’s answers


Monday’s questions were:

1. What does Wanaka  mean?

2. Ad lib is an abbreviation of what and what does it mean?

3. Who wrote The Spoilers, Wyatts Hurricane and High Citidel?

4. What two lines follow:

 Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it,

5. Name two of the four letters in the alphabet which have all dots in Morse code.

Gravedodger gets the electronic boquet again with three and a half right, another half for close enough for his translation of #2 and a bonus for proof reading.

Bearhunter got two and a near enough for #2.

Paul got 2 1/2 with a bonus for lateral thinking for #1,  entertaining reading for #4 and making me smile with #5.

PDM got 2 (1 right and 1/2s for #2 and #5) plus  a lateral thinking bonus for #3.

The answers follow the break:

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Bad language is already normalised


As I walked past an outdoor cafe a teenager uttered a stream of obscenities.

I turned in astonishment, wondering what I’d done to upset her so much. However,  her abuse wasn’t directed at me, and although she was talking loudly, she didn’t appear to be angry, she was merely conversing with her friends.

Outgoing chief censor, Bill Hastings, said it may seem hypocritical that language which is the norm in the streets is censored in films, but it would be damaging to young people if that sort of language was normalised.

I’m not objecting to the censorship, but I think the battle is lost.

The story I recounted above is not unusual. Language which used to be offensive to most, and still is to some,  is part of ordinary conversation for a growing number of others.

Good neighbour improved approach to pest management


The Crown will have to meet ‘good neighbour’ obligations in regional pest management strategies under a proposed pest management plan which has been released for public comment.

Biosecurity Minister David Carter said:

“This means all land owners in New Zealand will be bound to control pests, such as rabbits and wilding trees, so that they don’t ‘spill over’ and affect their neighbours,” says Mr Carter.

Weeds and pests don’t observe boundaries so property owners who do their bit and more are fighting a losing battle if their neighbours don’t do their bit too.

“Today’s announcement delivers on National’s promise to ensure that the Crown meets its obligations as a responsible landowner and to develop a unified approach to pest management for all land.”

The relationship between the Crown and farmers has always been a bit uneasy and it got worse in recent years when pastoral lease land was surrendered under tenure review. Weed and pest control budgets on public land weren’t sufficient to cope which put farming operations of neighbours at risk.

“The cost of established pests to our economy runs close to $1.9 billion a year – $1.15 billion of lost production and $719 million in directly preventing pests from arriving in New Zealand and managing them once they are here.

“The proposed Plan of Action looks at ways to ensure our pest management strategies limit this cost, and meet the needs of today and challenges of tomorrow,” says Mr Carter.

“This will help drive a new national policy direction which will further strengthen and align pest management plans as they are developed.”

Lower costs and more effective control will be a popular combination if they work.

The proposed plan is open for submissions.

June 22 in history


On June 22:

217 BC  Battle of Raphia: Ptolemy IV of Egypt defeated Antiochus III the Great of the Seleucid kingdom.


168 BC  Battle of Pydna: Romans under Lucius Aemilius Paullus defeated and captured Macedonian King Perseus, ending the Third Macedonian War.

1593 Battle of Sisak: Allied Christian troops defeated the Turks.

Sziszeki csata (1593).JPG

1633  The Holy Office in Rome forced Galileo Galilei to recant his view that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe.

1680 Ebenezer Erskine, Scottish religious dissenter, was born  (d. 1754).


1713 Lord John Philip Sackville, English MP and cricketer, was born  (d. 1765).

1757 George Vancouver, British explorer, was born  (d. 1798).

1783  A poisonous cloud from Laki volcanic eruption in Iceland reached Le Havre in France .


1825  The British Parliament abolished feudalism and the seigneurial system in British North America.

1844  North American fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon was founded at Yale University.

1845 Tom Dula, American folk character (Tom Dooley) was born (d. 1868).

1848  Beginning of the June Days Uprising in Paris.


1856  H. Rider Haggard, English author, was born  (d. 1925).

1887 Julian Huxley, British biologist, was born (d. 1975).


1893  The Royal Navy battleship HMS Camperdown accidentally rammed the British Mediterranean Fleet flagship HMS Victoria which sank taking 358 crew with her, including the fleet’s commander, Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon.


1897  British colonial officers Rand and Ayerst were assassinated in Pune, Maharashtra, India by the Chapekar brothers and Ranade. They are considered the first martyrs to the cause of India’s freedom from Britain.

1898  Spanish-American War: United States Marines landed in Cuba.

1906 Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American author and pilot, was born  (d. 2001).

1906  The Flag of Sweden was adopted.


1907  The London Underground’s Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway opened.


1910  John Hunt, Leader of the 1953 British Expedition to Mount Everest, was born (d. 1998).


1911  George V and Mary of Teck were crowned King and Queen.

Late-middle-aged couple in crowns and ermine capes stand on a dais 

1918  The Hammond circus train wreck killed 86 and injured 127 near Hammond, Indiana.

1919  The Flag of the Faroe Islands was raised for the first time.


1922 Bill Blass, American fashion designer, was born (d. 2002).

1922  Herrin massacre: 19 strikebreakers and 2 union miners were killed in Herrin, Illinois.

1932 Prunella Scales, English actress, was born.

1936 Kris Kristofferson, American singer/songwriter and actor, was born.

1940 France was forced to sign the Second Compiègne armistice with Germany.

 General Charles Huntziger signs the armistice on behalf of France.

1941  Germany invaded the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa. Russian The 22 June song is devoted to this day.


1941  The June Uprising in Lithuania began.


1941  Various Communist and Socialist French Resistance movements merged to one group.


1942  Erwin Rommel was promoted to Field Marshal after the capture of Tobruk.

Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1973-012-43, Erwin Rommel.jpg

1944 Peter Asher, British singer, guitarist and producer (Peter & Gordon), was born.

1944  Opening day of the Soviet Union’s Operation Bagration against Army Group Centre.

1944 july 17 moscow german pow.jpg

1949 Meryl Streep, American actress. was born.

1953 – Cyndi Lauper, American singer, was born.

1954  Pauline Parker, 16, and her best friend Juliet Hulme, 15,  killed Pauline’s mother, Honora, in Victoria Park, Christchurch.

Parker-Hulme murder in Christchurch

1957 Garry Gary Beers, Australian bassist from group INXS, was born.


1957  The Soviet Union launched an R-12 missile for the first time (in Kapustin Yar).

1962  An Air France Boeing 707 jet crashed in bad weather in Guadeloupe, West Indies killing 113.

1964 Dan Brown, American author, was born.

1969  The Cuyahoga River caught fire, which triggered a crack-down on pollution in the river.

1976  The Canadian House of Commons abolished capital punishment.

1978 Charon, a satellite of the dwarf planet Pluto, was discovered.

Charon plutoface.png 

1984 Virgin Atlantic Airways launched with its first flight from London Heathrow Airport.

2003  The largest hailstone ever recorded fell in Aurora, Nebraska


2009 June 22, 2009 Washington Metro train collision: Two Metro trains collided  in Washington, D.C., killing 9 and injuring over 80.

2009 – Eastman Kodak Company announced that it will discontinue sales of the Kodachrome Color Film, concluding its 74-year run as a photography icon.

"A square white plastic frame, bearing the red text "Kodachrome" and a red logo bearing the word "Kodak", surrounds a portrait (rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise) of a young woman wearing a white hat. She stands in front of a wooden building. Two triangular flags hang to the left, and the text "Madam M Palmist" is visible in the centre-top." 

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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