Bun Fight at the OK Tea Rooms


Happy birthday Bill Oddie – 69 today.

The cheese roll champ is . . .


The winner of the International Science Festival’s ultimate cheese roll competition was Joy Jones of Dunedin.

The cheese rolls were judged on taste, texture, appearance and “ooze factor”.

The University of Otago food science department assessed their nutritional value.

“The winning cheese rolls were a standout, with a substantial amount of filling – 45% cheese – and a traditional flavour of onion soup mix and evaporated milk,” Prof Phil Bremer said.

“The filling was flavoursome, thick, cohesive and smooth, with a full-bodied texture that delivered a rich mouth-feel.

Heating the ingredients in the microwave was key to achieving a homogeneous, easily-spreadable filling that did not separate or go greasy when heated in the cheese roll.”

The recipe is in today’s hard copy of the ODT. You’ll also find it at RadioNZ.

Cheese Rolls are a peculiarly southern delicacy, found in most tea rooms. They’re a staple for fund raisers and I usually have some in the freezer as a standby for a fast and easy meal.

Debate rages on the best recipe and notwithstanding the taste of the judges, I’ll be sticking with the one handed down by my mother. Being generous with the filling enhances the ooze factor.

Just wondering . . .


 . . . why the people who didn’t phone yesterday when I had plenty of time to talk chose to call this morning when I’m expecting 10 blokes for lunch.



12/15 in the Dominion Post political trivia quiz.

Would have got one more if my North Island geography had been better.

13.7% drop in price at dairy auction


An increase in the supply of milk was reflected in Fonterra’s globalDairy Trade trade Weighted Index droped 13.7% at last night’s auction,.

It is still above average, though.

The gDT-TWI is an index that shows the percentage change in the average price of a basket of products currently traded on globalDairyTrade – Whole Milk Powder, Skim Milk Powder, and Anhydrous Milk Fat.

The gDT-TWI takes the percentage changes in prices discovered in a globalDairyTrade event and weights them based on total international dairy product trade flows.

Paul Grave, globalDairyTrade Manager, said the result reflected supply increasing globally in response to what has been a very strong price signal over recent months.  Concerns in the market about short term product availability, which to a large extent underpinned recent high prices, appear to have eased. 

Average price US $ per tonne FAS % change
Anhydrous Milk Fat 4,620 -14.1 %
Skim Milk Powder 3,067 -11.8 %
Whole Milk Powder 3,224 -14.8%

Selling Crafar Farms as unit limits buyers


The sale of the 16 Crafar farms as a single unit excludes most potential buyers.

Federated Farmers president Don Nicolson says:

“. . . our concern as a Federation is the receivers’ clear desire to sell the 16 farms as a complete unit.

“Federated Farmers does not believe Bayleys, KordaMentha or the Crown should remove the opportunity from New Zealand farmers to acquire individual farms. In saying this, we welcome Landcorp’s statement that if successful, it will move to sell down the portfolio.

Few individuals here, and not many overseas, have the desire and financial ability to buy 13 dairy farms and three drystock properties.

The receivers may be doing what they think is best for the banks for whom they’re acting in attempting to sell everything as a package, but this is a case where the sum of the parts might be worth more than the whole. Selling the farms individually may raise more money and it would certainly increase the number of potential buyers.

Feds is also concerned at what it sees as the underlying issue – the weakness of New Zealand’s capital markets.

“With relation to CraFarm, Landcorp is really the only bid we know of that doesn’t involve significant overseas capital.

“This probably still reflects the finance company implosion that burnt through vast amounts of domestic capital. New Zealand is utterly dependent upon overseas capital and rectifying this is a major policy challenge for Government and an issue for corporate and rural New Zealand.

“Farms and businesses are still being bought and sold but that’s largely using foreign capital, either directly through outright sale or indirectly through lending from banks, much of which is using overseas funds. . .

The Federation is reviewing its policy on overseas investment too:

“. . . We cannot stifle the entrepreneurial endeavour of New Zealanders wishing to realise the value of their hard work.

“Yet equality of investment opportunity must, I believe, become part of our trade negotiation stance. If we can not secure freehold title abroad then that must be reciprocated in our country-by-country trade agreements.

“This is not the nuttiness from the political fringe, which suggests keeping New Zealand only for New Zealanders. Bumper sticker slogans don’t make for good public policy and if Australia applied that to us, we’d see some upset Kiwis losing their investments over there.

“Overseas investment can be extremely positive, as Shania Twain’s 2004 purchase and development of Motatapu and Mt Soho stations has shown. Kiwis likewise own farms in Canada as well as the Americas, Europe and Australia but it’s based on equality of opportunity.

I am cautiously supportive of foreign ownership of land and see many benefits in an injection of foreign capital. However, not every country is as liberal about foreign ownership as we are and this raises an element of unfairness.

Don raises a good point that if we let foreigners buy our land we ought to be able to buy theirs and reciprocal purchase rights could be something to consider in  trade negotiations.

July 7 in history


On July 7:

1456 A retrial verdict acquitted  Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death.


1534 European colonization of the Americas: first known exchange between Europeans and natives of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in New Brunswick.

1543  French troops invaded Luxembourg.

1575  Raid of the Redeswire, the last major battle between England and Scotland.

1585  Treaty of Nemours abolishesdtolerance to Protestants in France.

1770 The Battle of Larga.

1777 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Hubbardton.


1798 Quasi-War: the U.S. Congress rescinded treaties with France sparking the “war”.

USS Constellation

1799  Ranjit Singh‘s men took up their positions outside Lahore.


1807 Napoleonic Wars: Peace of Tilsit between France, Prussia and Russia ended the Fourth Coalition.


1846 Mexican-American War: American troops occupied Monterey and Yerba Buena (now San Francisco), beginning the United States conquest of California.

1851 Charles Tindley, American gospel music composer, was born (d. 1933).

1860 Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer, was born  (d. 1911).

 Middle-aged man, seated, facing towards the left but head turned towards the right. He has a high forehead, rimless glasses and is wearing a dark, crumpled suit 

1863  United States began first military draft; exemptions cost $300.

1892 Katipunan: the Revolutionary Philippine Brotherhood was established leading to the fall of the Spanish Empire in Asia.

1898  President William McKinley signed the Newlands Resolution annexing Hawaii as a territory of the United States.


1915 Margaret Abigail Walker Alexander, African-American novelist and poet, was born (d. 1998).

1915 World War I: end of First Battle of the Isonzo.

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1916 The NZ Labour Party was founded.

NZ Labour Party founded

1915  An International Railway (New York – Ontario) trolley with an extreme overload of 157 passengers crashed near Queenston, Ontario, killing 15.

1917  Russian Revolution: Prince Georgy Yevgenyevich Lvov formed a Provisional Government in Russia after the deposing of the Tsar Nicholas II.


1919 Jon Pertwee, English actor, was born (d. 1996).

1922  Pierre Cardin, French fashion designer, was born.

1924 Arthur Porritt won a bronze medal for New Zealand in the 100 m at the Olympic Games (portrayed as Tom Watson in the film Chariots of Fire).

'Tom Watson' wins bronze for New Zealand

1924 Mary Ford, American singer, was born (d. 1977).


1927 Doc Severinsen, American composer and musician, was born.


1928  Sliced bread was sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri. It was described as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped”.


1930  Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser began construction of the Boulder Dam (now known as Hoover Dam).

1933 Sir Murray Halberg, New Zealand runner, was born.

1937 Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Lugou Bridge – Japanese forces invaded Beijing.

The National Revolutionary Army troops defending the Marco Polo Bridge, 1937

1940 Ringo Starr, English drummer and singer (The Beatles), was born.

1941  Bill Oddie, English comedian and ornithologist, was born.


1941 World War II: U.S. forces landed in Iceland to forestall an invasion by Germany.

1941  World War II: Beirut was occupied by Free France and British troops.

1942 Carmen Duncan, Australian actress, was born.

1946  Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini becams the first American to be canonized.

1946   Howard Hughes nearly diesdwhen his XF-11 spy plane prototype crashed.

1947 Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, King of Nepal, was born.

1947 Alleged and disputed Roswell UFO incident.


1953 Che Guevara set out on a trip through Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador.


1956 Fritz Moravec reached the peak of Gasherbrum II (8,035 m).

1958 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Act into United States law.


1959  Venus occultes the star Regulus. This rare event is used to determine the diameter of Venus and the structure of the Venusian atmosphere.

1967 Beginning of the civil war in Biafra.

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1969  In Canada, the Official Languages Act was adopted making French equal to English throughout the Federal government.

1974 West Germany won the FIFA World Cup, beating Netherlands 2-1 in the Final.

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1978 The Solomon Islands became independent from the United Kingdom.

1980  Institution of sharia in Iran.

1980 The Safra massacre in Lebanon.

1983 Cold War: Samantha Smith, a U.S.  schoolgirl, flew to the Soviet Union at the invitation of Secretary General Yuri Andropov.

1991  Yugoslav Wars: the Brioni Agreement ended the ten-day independence war in Slovenia against the rest of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

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2002 News reports accused MI6 of sheltering Abu Qatada, the supposed European Al Qaeda leader.

2005  A series of four explosions occurs on London’s transport system killing 56 people, including four alleged suicide bombers and injuring over 700 others.

2005  Influenced by Live 8, the G8 leaders pledged to double 2004 levels of aid to Africa from US$25 to US$50 billion by the year 2010.

2006  The Western Black Rhinoceros was declared extinct because of poaching.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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