Happy birthday Mick Fleetwood, 63 today.
Supporters of Allan Hubbard and his wife Margaret have undertaken an advertising campaign and set up a $1m fighting fund.
The couple and some trust have been put in statutory management and are being investigated by the SFO.
No-one who knows them doubts their inegrity but someone has raised questions about paper work:
Timaru lawyer Edgar Bradley, who has been a friend of Mr Hubbard’s for more than 50 years, was another staunch supporter.
“Allan takes a long-term point of view and does not look at things on a daily basis or on a three-yearly basis as politicians do.
“He has the ability to stand back from a problem and look at it dispassionately. Even if it affects him personally, he does not allow that to affect his judgment.
“If a sometime criticism of Allan is a lack of documentation then it must be remembered he is a product of the days when trust was more important than paperwork. Sadly the reverse is now the case.”
Australia has its first female Prime Minister, Juila Gillard.
They’re 13 years behind New Zealand – Jennry Shipley became our first female PM in 1997.
This week’s Tuesday’s Poem is: Dad Aubade by Terese Svoboda.
Bryan Walpert, the editor for Tuesday Poem this week, writes:
. . . Svoboda engages playfully with the tradition of the aubade, a dawn poem that typically centres on the parting of lovers. Worry, she writes, is a kind of aubade, one that refuses to do its work. It seems an appropriate title for the poem, given the emphasis here on love, worries about (final) parting (which despite the speaker’s fears may also not come to pass anytime soon), and, towards the end, distance.
Sneakily, the poem seems less about worry than about the father-daughter relationship that worry brings to the fore. . .
Oh dear – only 4/10 in NZ History Online’s weekly quiz.
Who’d have thought the Beatles could sing so fast?
The headline Goff totally loses the plot would be of little significance if it came from the right. But this one is from the left – Brian Edwards.
Either Phil Goff is getting appalling advice from his media advisers or he is ignoring good advice. Either way, his recent handling of Chris Carter would suggest that he has totally lost the plot.
So what is Carter to do? If I were advising him, I would suggest that he swallow his pride, do whatever will satisfy Goff’s apparent bloodlust, then keep his head down until after the 2011 election, when he will almost certainly be answerable to a different, and more reasonable leader of the Labour Party.
I agree that Goff has handled this badly. Punishing Carter for travelling too much when he was a Minister in Helen Clark’s government is bizarre; not least because it has unleashed her supporters.
Carter has an unfortunate inability to see himself as others see him, but treating him like a child, dispatched to his room until he says sorry and learns to play nicely, will only reinforce his nobody-understands-me syndrome.
That someone outside the party and from the blue end of the political spectrum thinks this means little.
When someone who has been (not sure if he still is) a Labour insider and is from the red end of the spectrum thinks and writes this it’s a sign of trouble within the party.
Attacks from outside can help a party unite. Attacks from within simply cause trouble within.
Bigger or Better? was the theme of Baker & Associates annual Winter Seminar in Masterton yesterday.
My farmer was one of the speakers and had been asked to address large scale sheep and beef farming.
You know all the stories about men teaching their wives to drive? We could tell a few about women helping their husbands with speeches. In spite of my help/hindrance with the preparation, his speech was very well received.
Bigger and better aren’t mutually exclusive. One of my farmer’s points was that it’s possible to get better without getting bigger but if you get bigger without getting better you’ll get in to trouble.
He also said lessons he’s learned from dairying have made him a much better sheep and beef farmer. This includes the value of growing and utilisation of new grass, the use of nitrogen to extend the shoulders of the seasons, the value of sharing of information and how that helps in growing your business.
Another point he made was the importance of NFOs – Non Financial Objectives. Even if you love your work and reckon life’s one long holiday when you enjoy what you’re doing, it’s not healthy if that’s all you do.
On June 24:
972 Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces.
1128 Battle of São Mamede, near Guimarães:Portuguese forces led by Alfonso I defeated his mother D. Teresa and D. Fernão Peres de Trava.
1314 First War of Scottish Independence: The Battle of Bannockburn concluded with a decisive victory of the Scottish forces led by Robert the Bruce, though England did not recognise Scottish independence until 1328 with the signing of the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton.
1340 Hundred Years’ War: Battle of Sluys: The French fleet was almost destroyed by the English Fleet commanded in person by Edward III of England.
1374 A sudden outbreak of St. John’s Dance caused people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and began to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapsed from exhaustion.
1441 King Henry VI founded Eton College.
1497 John Cabot landed in North America at Newfoundland; the first European exploration of the region since the Vikings.
1542 St. John of the Cross, Spanish Carmelite mystic and poet, was born (d. 1591).
1571 Miguel Lopez de Legazpi founded Manila, the capital of the Republic of the Philippines.
1597 The first Dutch voyage to the East Indies reached Bantam (on Java).
1662 The Dutch attemptted but failed to capture Macau.
1664 The colony of New Jersey was founded.
1692 Kingston, Jamaica was founded.
1717 The Premier Grand Lodge of England, the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (now the United Grand Lodge of England), was founded in London.
1748 John Wesley and his brother Charles Wesley opened the Kingswood School in Bristol.
1793 The first republican constitution in France was adopted.
1794 Bowdoin College was founded.
1812 Napoleonic Wars: Napoleon’s Grande Armée crossed the Neman River beginning his invasion of Russia.
1813 Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman and reformer, was born (d. 1887).
1813 Battle of Beaver Dams : A British and Indian combined force defeat the U.S Army.
1821 The Battle of Carabobo took place – the decisive battle in the war of independence of Venezuela from Spain.
1859 Battle of Solferino: (Battle of the Three Sovereigns). Sardinia and France defeat Austria in Solferino, northern Italy.
1866 Battle of Custoza: an Austrian army defeats the Italian army during the Austro-Prussian War.
1880 First performance of O Canada, the song that became the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français.
1893 Roy O. Disney, a founder of the Walt Disney Company, was born (d. 1971).
1901 First exhibition of Pablo Picasso‘s work opened.
1902 King Edward VII developed appendicitis, delaying his coronation.
1905 NZ Truth was launched.
1916 Mary Pickford became the first female film star to get a million dollar contract.
1916 World War I: The Battle of the Somme began with a week long artillery bombardment on the German Line.
1918 First airmail service in Canada from Montreal to Toronto.
1922 The American Professional Football Association formally changed its name to the National Football League.
1928 With declining business, the International Railway (New York – Ontario) began using one-person crews on trolley operations in Canada.
1938 Pieces of a meteor, estimated to have weighed 450 metric tons when it hit the Earth’s atmosphere and exploded, land near Chicora, Pennsylvania.
1944 Jeff Beck, English musician (The Yardbirds).
1945 The Moscow Victory Parade took place.
1947 Mick Fleetwood, English musician (Fleetwood Mac), was born.
1947 Kenneth Arnold made the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.
Patrick Moraz, Swiss keyboard player (Yes).
1948 Start of the Berlin Blockade. The Soviet Union makes overland travel between the West with West Berlin impossible.
1949 John Illsley, English bassist (Dire Straits) was born.
1957 In Roth v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that obscenity was not protected by the First Amendment .
1961 Curt Smith, English musician and songwriter (Tears for Fears), was born.
1963 The United Kingdom grants Zanzibar internal self-government.
1975 An Eastern Air Lines Boeing 727 crashes at John F. Kennedy Airport, New York. 113 people died.
1981 The Humber Bridge was opened to traffic, connecting Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
1982 British Airways Flight 9, sometimes referred to as “the Jakarta incident”, flies into a cloud of volcanic ash thrown up by the eruption of Mount Galunggung, resulting in the failure of all four engines.
1994 A United States Air Force B-52 aircraft crashed at Fairchild Air Force Base, killing all four members of its crew.
2002 The Igandu train disaster in Tanzania killed 281, the worst train accident in African history.
2004 In New York state, capital punishment was declared unconstitutional.
2007 The Angora Fire started near South Lake Tahoe, California destroying 200+ structures in its first 48 hours.
Sourced from NZ History Online & WIkipedia