Go Your Own Way

June 24, 2010

Happy birthday Mick Fleetwood, 63 today.

Facebook fans for Hubbard

June 24, 2010

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.”

There’s a Help Allan Hubbard page on Facebook and another page Leave Allan Hubbard Alone.

Australia catching up with New Zealand

June 24, 2010

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.

Tuesday’s poem

June 24, 2010

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. . .


June 24, 2010

Oh dear – only 4/10 in NZ History Online’s weekly quiz.

Who’d have thought the Beatles could sing so fast?

Attack from within

June 24, 2010

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.

He starts:

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.

He concludes:

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?

June 24, 2010

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.

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