Sloop John B


Happy birthday Bruce Johnston, 68 today.

Neither interesting to the public nor in the public interest


Why would a newspaper which wants to be taken seriously waste its front page lead on a story about someone most people don’t know?

A politician’s private life might be fair game, that of their families generally isn’t.

If this storyis of itnerest to the public, they need to get lives. It’s certainly not in the public interest.

I’m deliberately not using names nor am I making a link. The purpose of this post is to criticise the paper not to give more unwanted publicity to the story and the people who feature in it.

Race is on for Waitaki mayoralty


Several months ago someone whose name I’ve forgotten and of whom I’ve heard nothing since, announced he was going to stand for Mayor of Waitaki.

A few weeks ago the incumbent, Alec Familton, announced he was seeking re-election.

Now there’s another contender – deputy mayor Gary Kircher has used his blog to announce he plans to seek the mayoralty too.

I might have said it’s difficult for a sitting councillor to defeat a sitting mayor because both could be judged on what the council has – or hasn’t – done.

But three years ago Alec, who was a sitting councillor, defeated then-Mayor Alan McLay.

Then there were big issues, including controversy over the Opera House development and steep rates rises.

It’s been much quieter on the local body front in the past three years which will make it more difficult to mount a challenge.

However, the race has just begun and if a week is a long time in politics, anything might happen in the four months between now and the election.

H is for . . .


H is for Havard University which, through its endowment fund, is making a bid for a 3,000 cow, 1,300 hectare property in the Maniototo for $28 million.

The fund already owns a farm in the area running 1100 cows on 450 hectares. It also owns nearly a two thirds of the  , 184,000ha Kaingaroa forest.

That’s a lot of land and Cactus Kate asks if there will be a public outcry of xenophobia over this foreign purchase as there has over the bid for the Crafer farms by Chinese interests?

There might be because some people oppose any foreign ownership.

Why? Because H is also for hypocrisy.

People who are quite happy to reap the rewards from investments by New Zealand companies is other countries – including farms – get upset at the idea of foreign investment and ownership of businesses and land here.

On Thursday we visited a farm which was grazing 700 cows in quarantine before they are shipped to one of Fonterra’s farms in China.

That’s our genetics and expertise going to another country. Most, probably all, of the milk the cows produce will stay there and some of the profit will come back here.

If we accept that, how can we refuse when overseas companies want to invest here providing they abide by our laws when they do so?

If we accept US investment how can we oppose Chinese investment?

That wouldn’t just be hypocrisy it would be racism.

June 27 in history


On June 27:

1358  Republic of Dubrovnik was founded.

1709  Peter the Great defeated Charles XII of Sweden at the Battle of Poltava.

The Battle of Poltava by Denis Martens the Younger, painted 1726

1743  War of the Austrian Succession: Battle of Dettingen: On the battlefield in Bavaria, George II personally led troops into battle. The last time that a British monarch would command troops in the field.

George II at Dettingen.jpg

1759  General James Wolfe began the siege of Quebec.

Major-General James Wolfe.jpg

1838 Paul von Mauser, German weapon designer, was born (d. 1914)


1844  Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his brother Hyrum Smith, were murdered by a mob at the Carthage, Illinois jail.


1846 Charles Stewart Parnell, Irish independence fighter, was born (d. 1891).

1850 Jørgen Pedersen Gram, Danish mathematician, was born (d. 1919).


1865 Sir John Monash, Australian military commander, was born (d. 1931).

John Monash 1.jpg

1869 Emma Goldman, Lithuanian/American anarchist and feminist, was born (d. 1940).

1880 Helen Keller, American deaf and blind activist, was born (d. 1968).


1895  The inaugural run of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s Royal Blue from Washington, D.C., to New York City, the first U.S. passenger train to use electric locomotives.


1898  The first solo circumnavigation of the globe was completed by Joshua Slocum.

The Spray

1905  (June 14 according to the Julian calendar): Battleship Potemkin uprising: sailors started a mutiny aboard the Battleship Potemkin, denouncing the crimes of autocracy, demanding liberty and an end to war.


1923  Capt. Lowell H. Smith and Lt. John P. Richter performed the first ever aerial refueling in a DH-4B biplane.


1941  Romanian governmental forces, allies of Nazi Germany, launched one of the most violent pogroms in Jewish history in the city of Iaşi, resulting in the murder of at least 13,266 Jews.

1941  German troops captured the city of Białystok during Operation Barbarossa.

 Weisung Nr. 21: Fall Barbarossa

1942 Bruce Johnston, American musician (The Beach Boys).

1950  The United States decided to send troops to fight in the Korean War.

1951 Mary McAleese, President of Ireland, was born.

1954  The world’s first nuclear power station opened in Obninsk, near Moscow.

1967 The world’s first ATM  was installed in Enfield, London.

1970 John Eales, Australian Rugby Player, was born.

1973  The President of Uruguay, Juan María Bordaberry,  dissolved Parliament and headed a coup d’état.

1974  U.S president Richard Nixon visited the U.S.S.R..

1975 Mark Williams reached No 1 with Yesterday Was Just The Beginning of  My Life.

Mark Williams hits No. 1

1976 Air France Flight 139  was hijacked en route to Paris by the PLO and redirected to Entebbe, Uganda.

1977  France granted independence to Djibouti.

1982  Space Shuttle Columbia launched from the Kennedy Space Centre on the final research and development flight mission, STS-4.

Space Shuttle Columbia

1989 The current international treaty defending indigenous peoples, ILO 169 convention, was adopted.

1991  Slovenia  was invaded by Yugoslav troops, tanks, and aircraft, starting the Ten-Day War.

Jna t-55 slovenia.jpg

2007 The Brazilian Military Police invaded the favelas (slums)of Complexo do Alemão in an episode which is remembered as the Complexo do Alemão massacre.


Sourced from NZ HIstory Online & Wikipedia

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